Rushmore

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    An exponent of the deadpan non-sequitur
  • Birthday 02/14/1991

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  • Favorite movies
    Not my absolute top ten, but a sampling of movies I like: Intolerance (1916) A Night at the Opera (1935) Pinocchio (1940) Lawrence of Arabia (1962) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 1776 (1972) Into Great Silence (2005) Up (2009) Of Gods and Men (2010) The Tree of Life (2011)
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    Beethoven Strauss Tchaikovsky Wagner ABBA Bob Dylan Buddy Holly Jimmy Webb Joanna Newsom The Decemberists
  • Favorite creative writing
    Jane Austen G.K. Chesterton Allen Ginsberg Thomas Hughes Rudyard Kipling C.S. Lewis Friedrich Nietzsche Plato Francis Thompson Seton George Bernard Shaw J.R.R. Tolkien Charles Williams Herman Wouk
  • Favorite visual art
    The whole argument from significant form stands or falls by volume. If you allow Cézanne to represent a third dimension on his two-dimensional canvas, you must allow Landseer his gleam of loyalty in the spaniel's eye.

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  1. Anecdotally, I can confirm that the film and its central character resonated deeply with several critics I follow (e.g. Angelica Jade Bastién and Kyle Turner) and people I know in the black and/or gay communities. I don't have data. I found something real and convincing in Chiron, despite the narrowness of his experience in the film. Holy Moly's Invisible Man comparison seems to be an illuminating one.
  2. I haven't been around here much for the last few months and I don't think I've even posted in any of the film club threads, but for the record I'm still on board with this (and with selecting a film for next month). I'll watch Scarlet Street tonight, if I can.
  3. I love the experience of going to the movies as much as ever. The frequency varies with the spare time and money available to me, but during times when I have plenty of both, I average between once and twice a week. Since I moved to a large metropolitan area (St. Louis) last year, though, I do find much more variance in the quality of theaters. I used to always go to the same AMC multiplex for wide releases and a Landmark Theater in a nearby city for limited ones, and I was very happy with both. I haven't yet found a wide-release multiplex I'm quite happy with here, but there are some wonderful smaller theaters, some of which have retrospective screenings regularly. (Overpricing, excessive previews, etc., are real issues, as are those digital sound systems that somehow make a loud crackling noise every few minutes. The worst thing I've found, though, is an AMC theater that doesn't admit anyone under 18 after 5 PM. I got asked for ID while buying a ticket to The BFG. I found that so depressing I never intend to go to that theater again.)
  4. My favorite example is probably The Brothers Karamazov. Of course it's great, but I just didn't find it satisfying. There are too many passages obviously meant to set up a much bigger story than the one we have.
  5. I'd like to have Andrei Rublev, but I keep telling myself maybe they'll put it out on blu-ray.
  6. The Decalogue!
  7. I'm not sure the stuff ever really got deleted in the first place. At least as long as I've been on the forum, you could find old Short Term Parking topics with the forum search function. (I don't know if Google worked as well.)
  8. Yes, and it would still be in my top 10 or 20, but I'm not so sure now about including it with the other four. (Although my opinion of it hasn't gone down, and I don't have specific films in mind that would replace it. Just following my gut.)
  9. I can confidently name at least four of my top five: Into Great Silence (Gröning, 2005) The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011) 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) Raising Arizona (Coen brothers, 1987)
  10. To be clear, taking a month means selecting the film that will be discussed in that month, right? So the person who gets August will have everybody watching a film in July?
  11. I'm more concerned about 2016.
  12. Can I nominate Sweet November?
  13. That sounds fine to me, with the understanding that someone who puts a film forward would be willing to consider other choices if too many people object to the original choice (whether because it's too hard to find or some other reason). It seems to me that this group could adopt such a system without too much risk of tension or a need for strict rules.
  14. Same here. (Ken, it was your article that got me to see Earrings, so thanks for that.) As I understand the director idea, it wouldn't require everyone to watch multiple films, but would instead allow anyone who had seen any of the relevant films to participate. I'm more inclined to single films, but I'd be open to trying various things to see what works. Ditto that.
  15. So I also saw this twice, and it is weird, even after you accept the genre mashup going on. For example (mild spoilers going forward), when a ghost, evil spirit, or whatever finally seems to appear, the tension immediately dissipates and the mood shifts from terror to sadness and hopelessness. (Not to say this scene isn't scary.) What seems to be going on is that most of the events of the second half of the film represent Tam's state of mind, not events that are really happening. The continuity problems alone are enough to indicate this. But I struggle to make sense of the ending whether it's real or not. On the character level, I find Tam (the sensitive one) more relatable and believable than Phum (who's a victim of the film's dreamlike state). Some of the dialogue seems a bit on the nose, but it's hard to judge these things via subtitles. Also, much of the film is shot quite beautifully. I'm curious about the title - does it have the same meaning as the French expression l'heure bleue? Anyway, this was very much worth seeing. Never read the reviews on Netflix.