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  1. With the exception of Gadot and a few fleeting seconds where Cavill shows what a great Superman he *could* be with a decent script, this movie is a total disaster. It fails in so many basic ways (like, introducing the villain and building tension and maintaining tonal consistency) that it should be taught in film school as a cautionary example.
  2. I'm going to try to come up with something long-form about this movie, but for now: this is a film that benefits *tremendously* from lowered expectations.
  3. If I'm not mistaken, this just opened in China, so I'll be seeing it on Monday.
  4. I have The Entire Mystery. From what I can tell, the Criterion blu-ray essentially replicates the extras in that set (though it's got the essay! of course). There were issues with sound in some pressings of that set, but I never noticed any problems with mine.
  5. I need to rewatch it. It's been a couple of years and I want to see how it holds up.
  6. Counterpoint: the Red Riding trilogy.
  7. As dubious as I've become about DisneyWars, this is exactly the direction they should take. Not more Han Solo/Boba Fett/Pruneface spinoffs. If Johnson wants to hear my ideas for a noir flick set on Coruscant during the Clone Wars, he can feel free to reach out to me.
  8. I burned out on Lord of the Rings a while ago, so I don't have a dog in this fight. But given the ubiquity of the movies (there's still media being produced based on the films' aesthetic!), they're going to have a long row to hoe if they want this series to be judged on its own merits. OTOH, reviving or reworking a movie barely a decade after its release is nothing new. I recall that The Third Man ran as a TV series exactly ten years after the iconic Orson Welles film. So this isn't unprecedented.
  9. I often tell my students--sometimes with a conspiratorial wink and a grimace--that the dark, dirty truth about writing is this: if it works, it works. If you can get away with it, then go for it--the only absolute truth in writing. I maintain that the same is true of art.
  10. Not to interrupt the flow, here, but I got my habds on a copy of this and will be watching this weekend.
  11. Excerpt from Frost's new TWIN PEAKS book, out next week:
  12. When you put it that way, it sounds Hegelian.
  13. Talk about destiny tends to be a very villain thing in Star Wars, anyway. Just as a rule--I think of Vader or Palpatine saying it more than, say, Obi-Wan. I'm not over the moon about the trailer. The Luke stuff is, at least, moderately interesting, but the rest of it is pretty meh. The porg made me want to throw something at my screen.
  14. I'm willing to watch any of them; High and Low is the only one I've seen, but if we went with it I'd be more than happy to re-watch. I mean, Kurosawa! [I'd also be up for Melville]
  15. I'd be down for it. If you want to propose a movie for October/November, feel free. The semester is just starting for me, and I'm in a new place, so I have no idea how busy I'll be. But I'm always up for discovering new movies.
  16. Link to Darryl's piece. It's a good piece.
  17. I've said most of this elsewhere, but I went ahead and put together twelve inconclusive thoughts on The Return.
  18. To be honest, I don't remember which performance I didn't care for. I actually remember very little of the season, which should put some perspective on how positive my remarks seem. I liked it and had fun watching, but it was competent, for the most part, rather than great (though there were some great bits here and there, mostly involving Hopkins or Newton).
  19. Buried in an article about Amazon's shift in priorities regarding their original shows is this:
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