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Nick Olson

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    Assistant Professor of English / Aspiring Cinephile

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  1. Nick Olson

    The Americans

    Hey all! (Been a while!). I just wanted to share an essay that I recently wrote about where we stand after the most recent season of THE AMERICANS. Thought some of you all might be interested.
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    Knight of Cups (2015)

    Same here.
  3. Nick Olson

    Knight of Cups (2015)

    Maybe (I mean that seriously--maybe). But I wonder if this is especially true of Jack's recollection of his mother more than it is of Malick's presentation across multiple films?
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    Knight of Cups (2015)

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    2015 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    I may have missed conversation on this somewhere in the thread, but if it hasn't been nominated yet, I would recommend Panahi's TAXI, even while I have some leftover questions about what's scripted and what isn't and what the answer to that means.
  6. Nick Olson

    Inside Out

    This may have been my favorite moment from my first (so far only) viewing.
  7. Nick Olson

    Mad Men

    For a while now I've thought this could've been quite a series finale image. http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yKffa92JtLI/UcyF-ks6KLI/AAAAAAAAMyw/QzBHPqBY8dg/s640/.Mad+men+housejpg.jpg
  8. Nick Olson

    Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly [2015]

    I love Kendrick Lamar and I'm growing to love this album. My sense is that Good Kid, m.a.a.d City is one of the best albums of the decade. It's too early to make any declarations about this new album, which demands time and attention, but at this moment I'd say look no further than "How Much a Dollar Cost" for why so many of us think Lamar a brilliant artist--a prophetic voice, even. But given how narrative/context driven his craft is, recommending anything in isolation is in danger of devaluing it because Lamar is an artist who avoids radio singles.
  9. Nick Olson

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    Good video. I would argue that the film's more subversive of Belfort than relying on exhaustive excess. I think the filmmaking suggests an unreliable narrator in various ways, too.
  10. For the sake of extra encouragement, I agree with Darren's post above about scenes you've yet to get to. I love The Immigrant. Thus far, it's my favorite film of 2014 and it's not really close, though there are several films I still need to catch up with.
  11. Nick Olson

    Knight of Cups (2015)

    I would love for the author to expound upon the "more overtly (and detrimentally) evangelical" line...
  12. Nick Olson

    Knight of Cups (2015)

    Looking forward to it!
  13. Nick Olson

    The Top 25 Films on Memory: Assigned Write-ups

    I happily defer to AF folks with more seniority. I know these are beloved by many here. But if you're looking for an additional voice for the list, I'd be happy to write something on one or more of these. 1. Tree of Life 2. Certified Copy 3. Vertigo 4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  14. Nick Olson

    The Babadook (2014)

    Hey all. I haven't written in a while, but I thought some here might be interested in a piece I wrote on this film. The Babadook is likely to be on my 2014 favorites list.
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    2014 Ecumenical Jury Award(s)

    And I was about to say that I liked the Filmwell idea. ...but, given Greg's latest post, if everyone can agree on the final groundwork for an A&F association, I think that would probably be a good call.