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  1. Nothing about this thing looks good.
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    Shazam!

    I mean, my recollection is that superhero movies are a tougher sell for you than they are for me. So YMMV. But Shazam! has a lot going for it, including a level of thematic consistency that’s often lacking in these kinds of movies and a finale that is actually pretty satisfying. My impression from FB is that Peter isn’t as positive on the movie, so again YMMV.
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    Shazam!

    Saw this tonight. It’s really good. Between this and Aquaman, the DC movies have gone from simply being more interesting than MCU flicks to actively being better than them.
  4. Yeah, Chaw’s way over the top on this. It isn’t a great film, but it’s a Marvel movie. None of them are great. CAPTAIN MARVEL is perfectly passable entertainment. Like THOR: THE DARK WORLD, it’s at its best when it’s aping crappy 90s sci-fi film and television (in this case, SUBURBAN COMMANDO). It’s less good when it’s a superhero movie.
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    Tolkien Biopic

    TOLKIEN: “Yeah, so I’ve been working on a novel. It’s kind of complicated, but....”
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    The Favourite

    I spent most of awards season chafing against the fact that The Favourite wasn't really available in my area, and then once it became available I still put it off until after Green Book got best picture. Based on everything I had heard and seen, I expected this one to become my automatic top film of 2018 and--yeah, it went right to the top and into the ol' personal canon. This is a gorgeous movie, for one thing, and the three leads are all solid. Funnily enough, the relational dynamics reminded me of Phantom Thread, in that both films portray subtly (or, in the case of Weisz's ridin' and shootin' getup, not-so) sado-masochistic relationships, where the interest and frisson derive from the ways in which characters manipulate each other and themselves. This is a kinky movie, and no mistake, but it feels less leering than, for instance, The Handmaiden (a movie which, to be clear, I love). It's more detached, more interested in the internal dynamics of the central relationship than in the external forces bearing down on them. So, yeah. I've not seen Green Book, but I have a hard time imagining it's more satisfying than The Favourite.
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    Tolkien Biopic

    Yes! Agreed.
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    Tolkien Biopic

    Looks rubbish, derivative, and dull.
  9. They’re adapting Occupied City. Peace hasn’t finished the trilogy yet.
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    The Twilight Zone

    Trailer for the CBS All-Access show with Jordan Peele.
  11. Apparently the title is The Suicide Squad, because why the heck not.
  12. I’m fully in favor of privileging interesting films over “perfect” ones. And a list that at least considered Interview is more interesting than one that rejected it out of hand. Besides which, a list of “significant” films has way more leeway than “best” because the two don’t always overlap.
  13. Three more noms from me: 1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. Yeah, it's about a lot of other things too. But the heart of the film is coming to terms with aging and the change that brings. The scene where Kirk mutters "damn" after noticing Saavik noticing his reading glasses is a minor but key moment. 2. Youth Without Youth. It's aging-in-reverse. It's a meditation of youth, age, mortality, language.... 3. Farewell My Concubine. This one's a more tenuous fit, insofar as any movie that covers a subject's life, real or imagined (so, say, Gandhi), will take on themes of aging. But I think this one is really, in part, about embracing (or failing to embrace) changes over the course of one's life.
  14. Title: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Director: Nicholas Meyer Year: 1982 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the first 10 Star Trek movies Title: Youth Without Youth Director: Francis Ford Coppola Year: 2007 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Thread Title: Farewell My Concubine Director: Chen Kaige Year: 1993 Language: Mandarin IMDB Link YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film: None, which is a shame.
  15. I nominated Beginners and A Single Man. Both are movies about facing down the specter of mortality, which certainly fits part of the “growing older” theme. The former, in particular, presents two characters who are forced to grow in distinct ways as both father and son grapple with death (their own and their wife/mother’s) and with self-identity as the father finally comes out as gay. A Single Man is more unidirectional, in that it’s about grief, but I think the idea of growing older is very much a part of that, particularly when the Hoult character is factored in.
  16. Title: Beginners Director: Mike Mills Year: 2010 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Thread on the film Title: A Single Man Director: Tom Ford Year: 2009 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one)
  17. Every Dolan flick invites armchair psychoanalysis. This doesn’t look any different in that respect.
  18. Ok, so I'm going to try this year to generate discussion about some books in this section. Since last year, I've been trying to read more new books--keep abreast, as it were, of whatever's going on out there. And that year, as with this, I started out with a Dave Robicheaux novel by James Lee Burke. Now, I know that other people on this board dig Burke--MLeary, for one, if I recall--so it seems sensible to have a thread on him. For myself, I've now read three Burke novels: Crusader's Cross (2005), Robicheaux (2018), and now The New Iberia Blues (2019). I've got handfuls of the other novels both with me here and back home in Alabama and I plan--eventually--on getting around to reading them. I'm going to go ahead and drop my reading journal entry (lightly edited) on The New Iberia Blues below: I’m not sure how I feel about this. Crusader’s Cross, which I read years ago, was really good (as I recalled); Robicheaux was a weird experience that I don’t remember much of, in part because I read it on a thirteen hour flight from China to the U.S. So this one—hmm. Ok, so there’s some stuff I really didn’t care for: 1. Old men getting it on with young women, with their [the young women's] enthusiastic cajoling, is—I guess not unheard of, but it feels a lot like an older man’s fantasy (lots about these last two novels feel that way, including the fact that these sixty-or-seventy-year-old-men apparently have arms like cantaloupes and can take beatings that would kill men even a third their age. But, ok, that’s a generic thing). 2. Characters who aren’t Dave or Clete (or Smiley, the halfpint assassin, I guess) are pretty opaque and inconsistent in the way they act. Everyone seems to be picking fights with Dave, including his adopted daughter. After all this time one would think she would know better. 3. There’s a definite tinge of old-man-yells-at-cloud to all Dave’s talk about Hollywood and the New America, etc etc etc Things I liked: 1. I don’t think I appreciated it enough before, but Burke’s crime fiction really does hit that same spot that Hannibal, for instance, does in its interposing of quasi-supernatural events onto a crime narrative. It was stronger here than I remembered in the previous novel. 2. The epilogue was really good. There’s a sense of trying to find some kind of happiness or solidarity in a world that is (in the case of the Louisiana coast, literally) falling apart, which seems very of-its-time. 3. Burke writes beautifully, of course. So--thoughts, anyone? Any Burke aficionados? Has anyone else read the new book?
  19. I'll bump this thread instead of starting a new one (for now). It seems to have flown under my radar, but back in October it was apparently announced that Thomas Harris had a new novel coming out. Now it has a title: Cari Mora. It's out in May.
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