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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 She wanted to make sure the divorce demand could be withdrawn and she offered him an encouraging word in the hallway when he needed it.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.
  7. Russ

    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.
  12. Russ

    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.
  16. Oh, great. Now you're going to put it on hold and I won't be able to renew it. Yeah, we're having a lot of fun with it. And Daisy legit beat me the first time we played, which always boosts her enthusiasm for a new game.
  17. Hey, Ken! Thanks for stepping up here and taking custody of the site. It's fair to say that A&F was used for many good things--a lot of meaningful discussions of truth and beauty--and I'm glad to see that you cared to try to nurse the site back to health, or at the least to make sure it didn't dissolve into the ether. Truthfully, I'm fine with whatever regarding alternate accounts, but agree with you that less rules are likely better than more with regard to these kinds of things.
  18. We're loving MACHI KORO at my house. My 8 y.o. is a board game freak, and our library lends boardgames, so we get to try out some games we'd be too afraid to buy. Have got PATCHWORK and EX LIBRIS on loan now. Found 7 WONDERS on clearance at Target for $15 and am saving it to give her for Christmas.
  19. So this one time in summer 2004, I made a fake account to take good-natured shots at Stef Loy and received temporary "termination of access privileges." If I held grudges, I'd advocate for that provision to get redlined.
  20. Russ

    A Quiet Place

    Well, we have a pretty good idea... ;)
  21. My wife and 13 year-old daughter started it yesterday and are really enjoying it. My wife couldn't say enough about Jared Harris's performance.
  22. Yeah, I'm with Anders. I took a college film class in ye olde autumne of Year of Our Lord 1991 that used the then-current version of Bordwell and Thompson's FILM ART, and it's still one of my favorite film books. Nice combination of film history and history of techniques, with discussion of the two woven together and tons of illustrative screen captures. It's a book that your students who get hooked on the film thing will refer to forever.
  23. I'm imagining now Doctor Mister activating the Eye of Agamotto and time twisting backwards until the thread reappears out of the ether followed by Steve sucking an expletive back into his mouth and reversing his ill-fated keystroke. BTW, Peter and I exchanged some comments on the twitter dot com about this, but part of what I think is so thrilling about the action sequences in DOCTOR STRANGE is that they reverse what we've all come to hate so much about high-stakes action films: the destructo-porn crumbling of city blocks and tall buildings, presumably stuffed with unseen people. This film literally reverses that awful cliche, and the thrill level is much higher, without the attendant disgust. If anybody else has already made that point, apologies, but I think it's a big reason why the action scenes work better than they have in any Marvel movie I've seen to date.
  24. This comparison really excites me. The soccer field scene is pretty amazing.
  25. This is most certainly true. The first sentence, I mean. The good news is that the roar is significantly less intense now that I've misplaced some weight, but the bad news is that my nose and throat seem determined to retain my Permanent Snorer status, which is something that I really need to start disclosing to people in advance of falling asleep in their proximity. If there's a bright side, I think you only ever had to endure one or two nights consecutive in the din. I've only ever stayed in TOR at the Clarence Castle, the bunkbeds-and-granola bars hostel that Doug introduced us to. Over the course of the five or six trips that I made this arrangement became troublesome bordering on creepy from the Wooderson Effect-- I kept getting older while the rest of the hostel's occupants stayed the same. The year that I went for a week--2009--I reliably left early every morning for movies while the rest of the room slept and came back close to midnight. I only ran into my "roomates" a couple times, and near the end of the week one Euro guy, seemingly egged on by others being in the room, wanted to passive-aggressively start something with me over the snoring. I felt bad. I'd been trying to sleep on my stomach to make it better, but I guess it didn't work. I felt certain that I was gonna get Private Pyled, but it didn't happen. Miss you, Ken.
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