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  1. A guy on Twitter updated Andy Warhol's famous statement to the effect that in the future, everyone will be the showrunner of THE WALKING DEAD for fifteen minutes.
  2. (to Christian) Yeah, I thought so, too. Apparently he kept getting visibly angry by the increasingly dark tone, and several times my stepmother told him to just stop reading it. He soldiered on, though, partly out of a hope that it would get better and out of some duty to finish it since I'd given it to him with the attached praise of a bunch of people on amazon who I've never met but who raved about the book. I guess those John Grisham books never end with a mom driving her car at a high rate of speed into a piece of infrastructure to kill herself and the son she helped to beat a murder charge when she learns he was guilty. (to Darren) "Chicka chicka boom boom. Will there be enough room?" Someday when I'm consigned to a bed somewhere, these things will remain embedded in my gray matter.
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    SKYFALL was awesome. I saw it twice. (Man, this is embarrassing. Only eleven more posts and this long national nightmare can be over.)
  4. Apart from the books we gave the kids, I bought my wife Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which she blew through quickly and loved. I rec'd an amazon gift card from my in-laws, which I converted into the BFI Film Classics volume on Haneke's Cache, a trade collection of Captain America, the DC Showcase volume of Weird War Tales and Hanna Pylvainen's We Sinners, which I intend to read this weekend. My dad's always tough to shop for, but he likes John Grisham books, so I figured I'd find him a legal thriller for Christmas. I went for Defending Jacob by William Landay based on the book jacket and positive reader reviews. He read it while vacationing and confided to me last night that the bleakness of it made him angrier than any book ever has, and he contemplated throwing it in the ocean several times.
  5. Anybody else reading this comic? Vaughan referred to it as "Star Wars for perverts," which is a pretty hilarious and apt description. I just finished the first trade collection last night and will be eagerly looking for the second one in a year or two. I really dig it, though not enough to buy single issues.
  6. Walter gets less and less interesting as the show goes on, and Jessie gets more and more interesting. Plus, the secondary characters do get better and better. Hank becomes more complex, and his marriage to Marie becomes a nice counterbalance to the Walt-Skyler drama. Without venturing into spoilers, there's a Hank-Marie scene in Season 3 or 4 that I love to death.
  7. Let me just say that while voting I thought we had a fantastic number of really quality films to evaluate, and grading them was really tough. There are lots and lots of films that were nominated that I wanted automatically to hit with a 4 or a 5. So, to that end, I'm certain that we're gonna have a great final list. And I look forward to Joe Carter writing a post about it in 2021.
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    Mama (2013)

    As the one guy on this board who gets invited to screenings and cops to being a horror fan, I count on you, pal. Or, well, I used to count on you.
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    Dr. Who

    My kids are 15, 13, 9 and 2, so finding shows or movies where everyone (or, really, the oldest three and my wife and I) is interested gets tougher and tougher. I spent my life avoiding all iterations of the Doctor; on occasion during the Tom Baker years I'd flip onto a PBS airing, watch for a few minutes and turn away impatiently after my Star Wars-calibrated expectations were unmet. Recalling the buzz the show has got from some folks here, I proposed to my 9 year-old that we watch a few episodes of the show, beginning with Eccleston. She's got this wonderful all-in devotion to the franchises. First, the Harry Potter books and movies. Then Star Wars, then Lord of the Rings, then superheroes. Her devotion to this one, though, goes over and above those others. My wife and I loved watching episodes with her, and the other kids have gradually gravitated to them, too. My oldest daughter likes a boy who likes Dr. Who, so it became something she wanted to get to know, and our 13 year-old has stopped protesting so much, too. Even the youngest, who doesn't really watch it, has started saying at bedtime that she wants to stay up to "Watch Dr. Who!"
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    Mama (2013)

    Is this a telltale case of few or no preview screenings, or are our resident critics uninterested in this one?
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    Dr. Who

    Today I am wearing cufflinks shaped like the Tardis.
  12. If stef would do it, I'd sell the screenplay to him for fifty cents.
  13. In the right hands, it could perhaps exceed its deeply hackish origins.
  14. Swanberg would also wanna be in it, though. That'd be a dealbreaker, in part because he'd insist on showing his junk. Maybe he could be convinced to take a bit part as the obnoxious coworker. One big upside is that Greta Gerwig would take his call.
  15. Hmmm. Ebert? Does he like AMOUR?
  16. Yeah, I know. I should try to minimize the number of threads I infantilize.
  17. Yeah, he'd work. But I'd rather sell it to the Duplass brothers. 25 to go.
  18. Man and woman are trapped in a stale, rote marriage. Each finds happiness and escapism through internet communities in which they interact anonymously. An online relationship develops between their personas which, through honest and open communication, fulfills all unmet emotional needs. They arrange a meeting IRL. Cue the pina colada song.
  19. I concur totally. Indeed, I remember you inviting me to that iteration of the forum. Let us now commence to play mutually-beneficial post-whore tennis. (27)
  20. Not opening here until mid-February, so I'm no use to this discussion unless I can get screener action.
  21. He keeps calling them, but they won't pick up the phone!
  22. Indeed. They are westerns for people who don't want to watch westerns.
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