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  1. NBooth

    The Lighthouse

    This was actually a movie (like 2018's The Favourite) that I was pretty sure I would love based on the look and various things I had read about it. Well, I finally got to it and--yep, I really love this movie. I'm less captivated by the horror aspects than by the relationship between the two characters and the Promethean stuff--there's something to be said (I'm not quite sure what, yet) about the way the ideas of lighthouses, keepers of flames, etc, plays into the not-erotic-but-erotically-charged May-December relationship between Dafoe and Pattinson (the characters' respective names would play into this as well...). I need to collect my thoughts first, though.
  2. My list. Usual caveats about time read. Yes, I count audiobooks. Nonfiction bold. January Buccola, Nicholas. The Fire is upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and the Debate over Race in America. Vidal, Gore. Julian.
  3. I finally got around to this show in 2019 and am, perhaps, a little obsessed with it. I'm not sure it's good, most of the time (it's had some really good episodes), but it sucked me in enough that I picked up the books and read the first one. I liked it, too, though I've had trouble getting into the sequel (the first chapter of which has what strikes me as some genuinely bad writing). Brightbills definitely doesn't feel like graduate school, though--at least, not one with which I'm familiar. Not enough angsting over publications and the disappearing job market.
  4. I would say Username, Avatar, Interests, Post-count, and role should be fine, although limiting it to Username, Avatar, and Post-Count might be ideal.
  5. Any Kindle-users out there should note that GV's books are regularly discounted, at least in the US store. Right now, Julian is 5.99. I picked it up a while back and have been struggling to find the time to read it. Now that the semester is over, I'm finally able to concentrate. It's really good, I think, and intersects with Myra Breckinridge in unexpected (to me) ways.
  6. Here's an old video that just crawled across my YouTube recommendations.
  7. Incidentally, it's occurred to me that--if Star Trek 09 can be thought of as Abrams' audition for Star Wars, then this movie is arguably an audition for Indiana Jones. It steals a whole plot-hole, more or less, from Raiders and it borrows a notably iconic bit from Last Crusade. And Poe has a particularly Indiana Jones-ish look to him. EDIT: Ken, you posted just when I did, so I didn't see your inquiry. I'll try to develop some thoughts, but for now my take is that I-VI represent the idiosyncratic vision of a single man with a number of identifiable obsessions (Campbell, yes, but also Freud--the whole Prequel Trilogy is steeped in pop-Freudianism), while the Disney movies aren't. Of the Disney movies, one is the work of a filmmaker who knows how to create interesting visuals and push characters in unexpected directions, while the other two are directed by a man who relentlessly shoots even the biggest vistas like they're small rooms. But, like, I'm at the point where I consider the Lucas Star Wars to be one thing and the Disney Star Wars to be another, separate, wholly ignorable thing. I'm glad The Last Jedi exists, but I don't care about anything else Disney does with the property for the foreseeable future (though I might check out the Obi-Wan miniseries).
  8. Apparently, Abrams is saying that Finn wanted to tell Rey that he was Force-sensitive. You can kinda see that, if you go into the movie knowing it, but it doesn't really have a payoff.
  9. Kind of funny that Abrams has revived two SF franchises now and in both cases the end result was that the best installments were directed by someone else. This movie is terrible. What a sorry “end” to the Saga. (It’s not the end. Nothing ever ends, to quote another property that got a much better sequel this year. They’ll be back to the well within a decade, is my guess).
  10. We don't have a thread on HBO's Watchmen?! It's good. Far better than it has any right to be. Since it's just wrapped its first (only?) season, perhaps discussion here isn't on the cards. It's a shame, because there's a lot going on here; instead of a carbon-copy of the comic, Lindelof and his crew have created an inquiry into areas the original version tended to avoid--race, especially--and manage to do so in a way that isn't ham-fisted (well, except for the fact that racists are particularly ham-fisted lately, so that realism looks like satire). [I've not seen the finale yet, so perhaps this praise is premature]. Anyway, I wanted to share this interview because at a certain point it keys into a number of intersecting interests present on this board. It's at Queerty, which is a pretty worthless rag of a website--except that they've managed to score Lindelof for an interview and, well
  11. Apparently this show is going to rest on the exact intersection of clever and stupid, considering the way in which its twist might have already been figured out by...reading the promotional material.
  12. My list is pretty basic, but I gotta do me. John Carter just barely didn’t make the cut. EDIT: Looking over Evan's list and I can't believe I left out The Assassin. Definitely top 20.
  13. I'm somewhat disappointed that this doesn't seem to be based on the Gore Vidal book of the same name.
  14. Finished this today. It's pretty much what I described above. It's blessedly not overly self-satisfied, most of the time, though it feels the need to nudge viewers in the ribs a few more times than is strictly necessary to sell its jokes. Pleasant, innocuous, lit-nerd-flavored cotton candy.
  15. This piece at Vulture convinced me to go ahead and do a trial subscription to Apple TV so I could check out the series. It helps to think of the show as less a biographical piece on Dickinson and more a slightly more sophisticated Another Period. The take on Thoreau is cartoonish, at best, but it's entertaining. It's disheartening because now we're in for another generation of "Yuk yuk, Thoreau's mom did his laundry!" jokes--but, really, we would get those anyway because there's no such thing as an original joke at Thoreau's expense. As for Steinfeld, she's entrancing, of course. She's very definitely playing Dickinson as a contemporary kinda-goth teenage girl, which is perhaps predictable but it's anyway more entertaining than A Quiet Passion's grim dreariness.
  16. One of the virtues of this movie is that, since I’m in the process of teaching through Moby-Dick, I can use clips to illustrate some of the chapters on whaling.
  17. Just watched this movie as part of my ongoing immersion in Moby-Dick paraphernalia. It's not terribly good, but it isn't bad. It's pretty, for sure, and the whaling footage is spectacular. I have doubts about the historicity of the framing narrative, and I'm pretty sure the movie conflates Mocha Dick with the whale that sank the Essex, but I guess that's just storytelling. As a middle-of-the-road survival story with lovely seascapes and some of the best whaling action I've seen in any movie related to Moby-Dick, it's a perfectly serviceable piece of work. [EDIT: Ok, I can't resist--anyone who thinks that (1) this movie is a polemic against whaling, and (2) that such a polemic would be a bad thing needs to reconsider both their decision to try criticism and their overall moral compass] [EDIT EDIT: At the same time, given this movie’s connection to Melville, I guess it’s fitting that it be attacked as anti-Christian, since (as I’ve learned recently) that’s how lots of religious papers received Melville back in the day]
  18. FWIW, Audible has been adding lots of Gore Vidal novels lately--mostly from his Narratives of Empire series, but they've also just added Julian, Myra Breckinridge, and Duluth.
  19. Yeah, I agree with this. I also think this season was the best-paced they’ve done yet.
  20. Furman's new album, Twelve Nudes is out and it's really good. AFAIK, Furman still uses he/him pronouns (at least, all the interviews and write-ups I've seen do), so I'll stick with that for now--but the past few albums have really leaned into a sort of queer trans-everything identity, and I think Twelve Nudes is probably Furman's fullest statement in this regard (yes, even more than Transangelic Exodus). It's loud, it's boisterous, it's angry, it's funny. It's just--like I say, really good. And at 45 minutes or so, Twelve Nudes doesn't wear out its welcome.
  21. NBooth

    Boy Erased

    There's a pretty obvious clue as to Sykes' history in one of the early "therapy" sessions; the speaker says something like "What you are struggling with and what your counselors have overcome" and there's a shot with Sykes in the foreground while Jared stares at him from the background. It's not much, but it's certainly there. I finally got around to watching this and it's chilling. Perhaps it's because I'm from a subculture very close to what Jared and his family inhabit. I recognize that kind of humor ("raise your hand if you're worth a dollar"). I recognize the interactions between people. And even though I don't inhabit that world anymore, it's got that same uncomfortable feeling one gets going back to the small town of one's childhood. Which means that the movie plays like a horror movie (to me), and the slow boil from ripped dollar bills to beatings with the Bible seem fairly effective. It's a fine movie. It isn't great, but it's effective at doing what it does.
  22. By the way, here's a link to Wild Nights with Emily, the other not-your-mama's-Emily-Dickinson (and, frankly, the one I would rather see).
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