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About 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)
  • Favorite music
    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. Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    It's been a long time since I was so unsettled by a film. It's certainly worth seeing and even beautiful in a certain horrible way. Maybe it's even great, though I'm not quite ready to affirm that. The Gnostic interpretation makes some sense, though we've certainly reached the point by now when all alleged Gnosticism in movies should be looked on with grave suspicion. The mother-as-devil interpretation, though, is either some kind of joke or one of the most horribly wrong readings of a film I've ever seen. It just makes no sense. You would have to fight the film every step of the way to twist it into that shape.
  2. Do the extra features include filtering people's likes out of your activity stream? This is a feature I want so much that I might even pay for it, after I ramp up my Letterboxd usage again (I've let it fall by the wayside recently). The flood of "So-and-so liked Such-and-such's review" notices is a major obstacle for me in using the site the way I want to.
  3. What we're reading

    I now have Wright's The New Testament and the People of God on the way to me from Barnes & Noble. It might not be the most accessible starting point, but the one I'm really eager to read is The Resurrection of the Son of God, so I want to start the series it's in. On a completely different note, I just read Orson Scott Card's Xenocide . I thought the setup was equal to any of the previous Ender books, but the payoff was imperfect at best. It was worth reading, but doesn't make me wildly eager to read Children of the Mind, though I'm sure I will eventually.
  4. What we're reading

    I'm looking forward to reading N.T. Wright soon. I think a few members here, including SDG and Peter Chattaway, have found his books helpful.
  5. What we're reading

    I just finished reading the second volume (on the events of Holy Week) of Pope Benedict XVI's Jesus of Nazareth. I really value these books. They're quite readable and accessible, but ultimately they're basically academic in character, not devotional - which isn't quite what you'd expect from the author's description of them as "my personal search for the face of the Lord," but it's exactly why they work so well for me at bringing out the reality of Jesus. (Especially since lately, I've found the Church and even God, in the philosopher's sense, difficult to believe in. It's still easy to believe in Christ.) For example: Happy Easter to all.
  6. I don't think so, given that the origin of "woke" in current parlance was with internal use in the black community.
  7. Moonlight

    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.
  8. 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.
  9. Is the film medium in a slump?

    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.)
  10. Unfinished Books

    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.
  11. Upcoming Criterion Releases

    I'd like to have Andrei Rublev, but I keep telling myself maybe they'll put it out on blu-ray.
  12. Upcoming Criterion Releases

    The Decalogue!
  13. Is Short Term Parking really that?

    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.)
  14. Your Top 10 Favorite Films

    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.)
  15. Your Top 10 Favorite Films

    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)