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  1. An interesting curiosity: Dallas Stars backup goalie Richard Bachman went looking for a new mask, so the artist riffed on Stephen King's pen name and came up with the above creepy image.
  2. I consider IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE to be a comedy, though a dark one. I would have been happy to see UNFAITHFULLY YOURS (Sturges) or SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS on the list.
  3. I'm knocking off three episodes a night of this show on Netflix Instant, and really enjoying it. It's the perfect example of a well-made, skillfully-written genre show. It has probably the worst name of any television show to air in the past ten years, which may or may not have been a factor in its abysmal ratings. And I don't watch a single minute of this show if not for the amount of bandwidth Alan Sepinwall devoted to singing its praises when it was airing.
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    Django Unchained

    Uh, so which "major critics" have ignored the "strand of racism" in Birth of Nation, exactly? To the extent I've seen it discussed in recent years as one of the great films, it's typically with a Klan-shaped asterisk next to it.
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    Things kids say

    Not "said," but "did." Yesterday my kids had a two-hour delay from school, so they were watching a borrowed copy of THE SECRET LIFE OF ARRIETTY. Our two year-old Daisy went afterward to the junk drawer in the kitchen, took out a plastic clip like the kind you put on an open bag of chips and tried to clip the back of her hair, Arrietty-style.
  6. I've been the guy who rolls his eyes at the fecundity of the comic book movie genre, but I actually think a WONDER WOMAN movie could be a pretty cool thing, and could be a pretty lucrative thing, too. But the problem is that the moneyguys would demand a babe be cast in the role, and the finished product would be expected to be high on jiggle, and maybe high on camp. I'd cast someone who's truly physically unique in the role-- the Australian basketball player Lauren Jackson.
  7. I'm sure lots of people wondered whether THE BROOD was being pushed forth ironically, but I think it's truly one-of-a-kind.
  8. I know. Now let's talk about THE BROOD. Who rated it lowly?
  9. Bumping this thread just because M. needs to add another installment.
  10. A straw poll might not be the best thing, but a two-round vote might produce the best of all possible lists. The first vote cuts the list in half and gives us a more manageable list, then we refocus on the remaining contenders and pick the best out of those. I'm really good at creating more work for people. I know you're not arguing this, Jeremy, but it's so funny to me when I read negative critical reactions to EYES WIDE SHUT that seem to fault it for not being sufficiently PORNY, SEXAY and HUMPY-HUMPY. Like restless consumers who bought into WB's crappy PR campaign that this would be The Last Word on Sex, these critics sat through the thing and didn't get sufficiently aroused! The outrage!
  11. If by "happy ending" you mean in the parlance of the massage parlor, then yes. If by any other definition, then no.
  12. What has me really excited about this film is the way in which it
  13. Hines Ward will be a zombie on the February 10 episode. He's got a pretty good backstory. Dance champion, Gotham Rogue, Super Bowl MVP.
  14. Sure, I could see that. First-place votes, etc. Not sure I'm on all fours with your theory, Ken. Regarding Rohmer's film, I don't know whether it's ever been discussed on an iteration of this particular URL, but I recall having extended discussion about it with people who still post here, like Jeffrey and Darren, back when I was seeing a bunch of Rohmer films for the first time in '02 or '03ish. Some of these films might have gotten a bump based on their reputation, to that end.
  15. In the category of near-misses and second-thoughts, I'm not sure I'm really sold on CONTEMPT as a great marriage film, though I rated it highly. Knowing what I know now, I'd rather have downgraded it a bit if it would have meant getting EYES WIDE SHUT or YI YI on the list. Did we decide ELENA was not time-eligible, or did it just not get nominated? I think it's one of the only films I know to take head-on a theme that will be more and more common in our cultural context, namely the ordering of priority and affection in blended families and second marriages.
  16. I'm pretty sure I fived EWS. If not, it got a four.
  17. Thom, you are also more than welcome to take DON'T LOOK NOW or CHLOE IN THE AFTERNOON's write up. It would probably save Jeremy from having to send at least one "Where are they?" e-mail come deadline time.
  18. hey hey hey ... watch it there bud ... YOU try coming up with material to fit this situation ... I'm charitably assuming that's how Russ's last riposte to me was intended. To be sure. Nothing but warmth and affection intended, to you both.
  19. We know Victor is not speaking seriously. Whether he is "being funny" is something else.
  20. Is there any way to find out how many votes in total were cast for a particular film? If this was posted previously and I missed it, apologies. I was just thinking about STROMBOLI, which placed very high, though I wonder how many people actually saw it. It's not very accessible.
  21. No, that's my issue, Steven. Because yours doesn't make any sense.
  22. I remember noticing, too, that Alex wasn't wearing a ring, though men tend to wear their rings less reliably than women do. My wife often wears just her wedding band, so the absence of a second ring on Nica's hand didn't tell me anything particularly noteworthy. I believe Loktev addressed it in a Q&A in Toronto and confirmed she intended engagement, to the extent it's important. Except that it isn't. (Apart, of course, from the idea that their sexytime could then be holy and proper.)
  23. She's wearing a ring on her fourth finger, so that sort of body language denotes that there's, by way of tradition, either an engagement or a wedding. I believe when I saw the film I either misread or misunderstood the relevant subtitle, and wasn't sure whether the marriage ceremony was past or future. While the couple is "modern" to the extent that they're sleeping together pre-marriage, it is interesting that the film casts them as an couple engaged to be married, rather than merely a "committed" one, of the sort where a breakup could come at any time, either six months or sixty years later.
  24. I have a R1 DVD rip that I'll be happy to mail it to you.
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