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  1. My guess is Nicole's transformation from not wanting Charlie to know how deeply she loves him and why, as expressed in the letter, to not objecting and allowing Henry to share it with him. As I was watching the scene I had this feeling in the back of my mind that at some point she'd realize what Henry was doing and shut it down, because I'd forgotten that it's totally part of the playbook that she'd show her growth as a person by allowing that grace to him. Speaking of playbooks, I resisted the charms of the showtunes, maybe partly because I'm not much steeped in musicals, but your review was insightful and helpful to me, Evan.
  2. I didn't love it, either, Ken, and I was really thinking it would be right in my wheelhouse. I felt largely the same way that Baumbach tilted the equilibrium toward Charlie, and then somewhat clumsily injected the plot element of his affair to try to balance things out a bit, when I'm not sure I think his character would have done that. It made me want to revisit Bergman's miniseries, though. Speaking of THE SQUID AND THE WHALE, it's funny that Baumbach gives Charlie one of Bernard's lines about all the f&*%ing he left on the table by being committed to and then married to Nicole. Here's the part that affected me the most: Despite all of the more-showy cathartic scenes in the last half-hour, the one that spoke most directly and tenderly to me is the moment where Charlie arrives at Nicole's house to find Nicole's mother chasing Henry and the New Boyfriend around with Nerf guns. He hesitates and you can see that he's realizing that everybody moves on. She's not just G-ma to him. Charlie had built something with her, married into it, yeah, but made it something that transcended the gestures and obligations of inlawdom. Hell, even after the marriage had gone on life support Charlie greets her by picking her up like a small child, and she lovingly reciprocates! She wanted to make sure the divorce demand could be withdrawn and she offered him an encouraging word in the hallway when he needed it. None of that concern becomes untrue when she acquires familiarity with or affection for New Boyfriend, but the poignance of what humans can achieve through love fades when we can be so easily swapped out and all those years of shared memories are just misplaced letters.
  3. I don't have any interest in the GOT prequel and agree with your premise, Ken. I guess GODFATHER 2 is both a prequel and a sequel, so it's not an apt counterexample, but that's the best I could come up with.
  4. Is the group of available films for discussion limited to those in the list? I ask because I'd been kicking around a comparison piece on MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW and AMOUR and Haneke's film isn't on it.
  5. Ken, that page looks really nice. Good work. My name's misspelled on the LATE SPRING blurb. If you end up not being able to get the other blurbs you need, hit me up and I can put something together this weekend.
  6. Ugh. We'll pass. The recent movie's actually on DVD, Beth. My nine year-old Daisy bought it with some birthday money and has watched it about seven or eight times (by her count), including two days ago. It doesn't really warrant that level of devotion, but there is something about the movie that's so non-Riverdale that I find it charming. Weird that they recast all of the parts for this show. As if there aren't enough of the Riverdale-type shows out there for everybody who isn't, you know, nine like the actual f-ing audience of the source material. Never been happier that we unplugged our cable, so Daise can pretty much never have to know that this show was made.
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    Make Way for Tomorrow

    It's positively counter-cultural to contemporary Americans because Bark and Lucy put their own love story ahead of everything else. Or, rather, what comes natural to them is taking pleasure primarily in life out of their love for one another, with everything falling into subordinate place after their own love. That doesn't mean they neglected their kids or wouldn't have given their life for their kids, but means that the value they place on their own marriage is what contextualizes everything else. It's what allows them to let their shitty kids off the hook when they act in accordance with their myopia. Their love is so unadorned but genuine that is has a transformative effect on every stranger who comes into direct contact with it. Only their own kids are by and large immune to its power.
  8. Yeah, should the blurbs be sent to you by message, Ken, or to an email address?
  9. Great list! My assumption is that y'all have the very reasonable expectation that blurb-writers be people who actually participated in the voting, but if not, or if you get caught in a bind, I'd happily volunteer to write any of these: 35 Up Gertrud Late Spring Make Way for Tomorrow
  10. Yeah, Daisy and I liked it quite a bit, as well. I actually wish it was a TV show; we'd watch the adventures of Nancy and her socially-mismatched pals every week.
  11. Doug, I think I've cracked the case of "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Film Release." I was in Target last night, and it's new on sale this week. Must have been a weird one-shot theatrical drop. I'll rent it from a Redbox this weekend and report back.
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    DVD Bazaar

    Like most of us, I suspect, I don't buy many DVDs these days, but I did just spring for the Criterion Ingmar Bergman box, figuring I'll have the next couple of decades to dig and dig. I have a couple of Bergman Criterion DVDs that are now superfluous that I was planning to put on ebay, but figured I'd see if anyone here was interested. I've got the single-disc releases of THE SEVENTH SEAL and WILD STRAWBERRIES and the boxes/double discs for SCENES FROM A MARRIAGE and FANNY AND ALEXANDER. I guess I was hoping to get maybe $7 each for the single discs and $10 each for the boxes/doubles, with buyer paying shipping. Oh, I also have the non-Criterion PERSONA and SARABAND, which I'd be happy to see $5 for. Is anyone here interested in them, or interested in trading any Criterions they're not particularly interested in having anymore?
  13. I had no idea there even was a new Nancy Drew movie until you posted this, and it's playing nowhere at all near me. Lots of screens devoted to CAPTAIN MARVEL, though, which is good because I wanna show how important it is to me that my kid has an appropriate representational superhero role model by shoving a bunch of cash at Marvel-Disney's newest and latest toy show. I thought I did that when we bought tickets to WONDER WOMAN, though, so I'm not sure how many times I have to re-enact that ritual. Cornish has made only two movies as far as I know--this one and ATTACK THE BLOCK, which I think you'd really enjoy. It's an alien invasion film told from the POV of a group of mostly black London housing project teens, and Jodie Whittaker plays a nurse who lives in the same building. He did a bunch of stuff for British TV that I haven't seen and got sucked into the Marvel thing for a script, and there was some profile a month or so ago about why he wandered around for several years between features.
  14. Hey, Doug! I will definitely catch up with this one soon. We missed it theatrically, but it did prompt me to finally get around to seeing ATTACK THE BLOCK, which made me regret not prioritizing it all the more. Candidly, the trailer didn't really draw me in, but Cornish's involvement would have sold me if I'd not been sleeping on his last film. Now he just needs to not wait so long before making his next one.
  15. I've skipped the last several sales, but it makes sense for me to pick up a few titles for the girls to give me for Christmas. Everybody wins. So I grabbed PHOENIX, but the other two I really want--PERSONAL SHOPPER and NASHVILLE--were not in stock at the store I went to.
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