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    I like to watch...
  • Favorite movies
    The New World (+ all Malick so far...); Wild Strawberries (+ most Bergman...); The Three Colours Trilogy (all Kieslowski); Jean De Florette/Manon Des Sources; In The City Of Sylvia; The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (all Powell & Pressburger)
  • Favorite music
    Schubert, Sibelius, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Berlioz, Dvorak, Bach, Stravinsky, Wagner, Brahms, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Debussy. Buena Vista Social Club. Abbey Road. Ella Fitzgerald. Yiddish songs (!)
  • Favorite creative writing
    Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Dickens, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Homer, Aeschylus, Rosemary Sutcliff, Arthur Ransome, Du Maurier.
  • Favorite visual art
    Pre-Raphaelites. Vermeer. Rembrandt. Van Gogh. Monet. Manet. Buildings: V&A Museum. St Paul's Cathedral. Royal Albert Hall. Haddon Hall (location for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride).

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  1. Seems like more of the regulars would actually prefer 'coming of age'... it doesn't bother me if we switch it. You may be right that 'waking up' is too broad/ambiguous a theme. I thought it might provoke more discussion, but it might just mean the list lacks any sort of cohesion. 'Coming of age' would probably generate more interest, and although a common theme I'm sure we could put our own (somewhat) unique spin on it. Anyway, these polls ain't legally binding, missy. Them's more like...guidelines.
  2. That's the sort of statement the IMDB boards used to be full of (and I really miss those boards, but oh boy were they full of crap...) I really hope your comment is just a spoof of those, rather than serious. My own little dig at Ken's expense was meant entirely in jest, and was - I thought - reasonably amusing. (And unfortunately, perhaps a little too nail-on-the-head when it comes to the defensiveness of fanboys. However 'high-culture' they may be...) These boards are a special place, and we're all much too grown up for petty name-calling He's diluting his brand a little, isn't he? It's something I'm torn on - I want all his films to be revelatory masterworks like my first experience of Badlands or The New World, but on the other hand he ain't getting any younger and I want to see some of his other ideas come to fruition. (I would just about kill for his mooted Gawain and the Green Knight, for example, because I know he'd bring something utterly new to that world.) I think I'm more or less with Jeffrey on the last two - though I need to revisit - but that doesn't alter my regard for Malick. As far as I'm concerned he's got a free pass to do whatever he wants. I'll be there. In fact, I kinda wish he had turned this into an 8-hr miniseries, like he apparently considered. Anything different, difficult, intricate, challenging is to be welcomed in this shallow and dumbed-down cultural landscape. There - that was a sweeping sentence the most ardent Malick acolyte would approve!
  3. Terrence Malick breaks his self-imposed decades-long silence to discuss the traumatising rumours that Ken Morefield isn't really a fan: (Spoiler Alert: he says it's okay, he's sending Val Kilmer round with the chainsaw...)
  4. Same here. 'Coming of Age' is a classic theme, and one we should probably do at some point, but this one just excited me more. It allows so much room for interpretation and hence gives real value to the different perspectives people bring. Plus, as you said, 'Waking Up' is just such a Faith-full theme.
  5. Isn't there a clause somewhere on Arts and Faith stating that this sort of response to a film by Saint Terrence gets you tarred, feathered and run out of the virtual town? If not, there should be... No, but really - I knew there were maybe a couple of doubters, but nothing quite this strong. Your criticism reminds me a lot of Rossini's quip about Wagner: 'He has sublime moments and awful quarters-of-an-hour'! One other thing the two have in common - they are the least ironic artists you will ever encounter. I wonder if that's not a coincidence; if that level of sincerity leaves them immune from embarrassment, and less likely to modulate their idiosyncrasies/weaknesses to accord with general taste?
  6. The review I've just read on Indiewire isn't impressed by the claims: But then he didn't like the film because it wasn't progressive enough, so maybe more delicate viewers will have the pleasure of finding something to offend them...
  7. Typical Hollywood story here - they'd planned to scale back the budget for this one, which was partly why they hired Ronning and Sandberg (they'd made a film - Kon Tiki - set mostly on water but at a low budget). Now it's ended up as one of the most expensive movies in the world, estimated at $320 million.
  8. Agree entirely, I'm afraid. Although the worst thing about the trailers so far has been Ewan Mcgregor's 'French' accent. Horrible. And him married to a Frenchwoman...
  9. Beginning in December I'm reading everything I can lay my hands on by Penelope Fitzgerald. The books I've read thus far have been so astonishingly good that she's gone straight into my list of favourite writers. I should probably start a thread on her and try to write something cogent and analytical, but in the meantime I'll just say that I genuinely think she rivals Jane Austen for deft, quiet, devastatingly witty social observation. I have no praise higher. Read so far: The Blue Flower; The Gate of Angels; The Bookshop; Innocence; Offshore To read: Human Voices; The Beginning of Spring If anyone's looking for a writer of spare, elegant, wry, funny, elusive, wistful, humane novels - she's an absolute master of the art. My literary discovery of the decade...
  10. Watership Down is just a great, great classic - one of those novels which truly expand a child's mind and imaginative horizons. The Plague Dogs has an element of interest for me, in that I've gone on half-a-dozen holidays to that area of the Lake District, and walked pretty much every acre of ground the story covers. Have to say I didn't really feel an emotional connection to the story, though. I've often considered reading Shardik, but never got around to it yet. Maybe I'll do that next year as a tribute.
  11. "Finally, the movie's title itself doesn't make any sense, because Billy never really takes a long walk at halftime. In fact, he's actually ordered to just stand motionless while Destiny's Child performs during the halftime show!" I have read that passage a dozen times in the last five minutes, and it still makes me laugh. No prizes for guessing its origins... Seriously, though - it's the first time I've realised what it must be like to have your movie reviewed by a 5-year-old; I guess when the reviewers are nameless and it's all about the branding you may as well hire the cheapest 'talent'. It's no good: I just read it again, and I'm still laughing.
  12. Yeah, I've read Jonathan Strange. I enjoyed it quite a lot actually - Clarke is somewhere at the crossroads between Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Alan Garner and Neil Gaiman. A heady mix! Hope she publishes something this decade...
  13. I like the mental image evoked there... Also, agree about the action sequences. I can see why they do it - a skyscraper can fall apart so visually that you don't need to put any effort into binding that image to narrative stakes. Thing is, we've seen it all before and so the sensory impact is dulled and jaded. You're right - the reversal of this cliche is so refreshing, and seems of a part with the whole tone of Strange. It feels almost like a palate-cleanser among the MCU courses.
  14. Wow... shouldn't it be made quite difficult even for a moderator to delete *A WHOLE THREAD*?!! Think of what gems of wisdom are now lost forever in the web's unconsciousness... Has this happened before? Perhaps the site needs a little tweak.
  15. Sean Astin is among those joining the cast for Season 2. Sounds pretty good to me. Have to say I adored this show, which gave us absolutely nothing new but managed to be a perfect blend of everything I like about 1980s Americana. The ultimate amalgamation of those two Steves, King and Spielberg. EDIT: Just noticed that Paul Reiser is mentioned in the comments thread above, which is interesting as he's another of the new cast members.