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Evan C

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    Church organist
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    The Jaguar Shark
  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique, WALL-E, Singin' in the Rain, A Man for All Seasons, Henry V (1989), Rebecca, Faust (1926), Babette's Feast, Bringing Up Baby, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Three Colors Trilogy, Vertigo, Dr. Strangelove, The Red Shoes, Lady Bird
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier Messiaen; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy; The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky; Eroica Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven; Sunday in the Park with George - Stephen Sondheim; Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier Messiaen; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach; Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice Durufle; Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles; Piano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti; Symphony no. 6 - Louis Vierne; Dialogues of the Carmelites - Francis Poulenc; Tumbelweed Connection - Elton John
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein; King Lear by Shakespeare; My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier; The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Beloved by Toni Morrison American; Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. Evan C


    Great review, Andrew! And thanks for the shout-out. This will almost definitely be my favorite film of 2021, and certainly top three. My review can be found here: https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2021/08/13/annette/
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    Pray Away

    Nice review, Andrew. I didn't know you were also bisexual. I'm becoming more comfortable with my sexuality, but it's certainly been a journey to get there.
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    Pray Away

    I know there hasn't been a lot of posting around here (and I know I've certainly been around here less), but I wanted to share my very rough first impressions of Pray Away, which I probably won't share to my blog or Facebook, for reasons that should be obvious if you read the review. https://letterboxd.com/evan_c/film/pray-away/
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    Not sure whether this thread is for the Hitchcock film, the remake or both, but I finally wrote about why Rebecca is my favorite Hitchcock. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2021/04/22/rebecca/
  5. Wow, I thought this race was down to Carey Mulligan and Frances McDormand. I would love to see Davis get a second Oscar, so hopefully this will make the award hers to lose.
  6. With a few reservations, I was surprised to find I overall liked this quite a bit. I thought it was a great example of using implication to make us really feel the horror and put the viewer in the position of people who only have the word of survivors to believe. As to the ending, the lack of catharsis seems to be a deliberate choice on the part of Fennell, and while it means I would certainly never recommend this to an assault survivor or almost anyone for that matter, it's not a choice I'm inclined to fault her for, as it was the final damning indictment of rape culture and a tragic commentary on how revenge turns out for anyone with less power than their perpetrator. Fennell's directing is fantastic (her script writing less so, so naturally she'll probably win the Oscar for that). The "shocking" twist is so predictable that it's hard to believe Cassie didn't know it or think to inquire about it, but otherwise the rest of the filmmaking is really solid. And Mulligan certainly deserves the nominations she's getting.
  7. That too, and maybe Crash over Brokeback Mountain.
  8. This really doesn't pertain to a discussion of No Country For Old Men, but FWIW, while I'm inclined to agree with you that the Oscars got it wrong, I think No Country and There Will Be Blood was possibly the closest best picture race ever, with only All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard rivaling it. The tension and pacing of No Country is spellbinding and the ultimate resilience in the face of sheer evil is as tenuous and challenging as it should be. Bardem is fittingly terrifying, Jones perfectly world weary, Brolin appropriately stupid, and MacDonald a ray of grace. The worst best picture blunder was Dances with Wolves beating GoodFellas, or Forrest Gump beating anything at all.
  9. I've watched No Country For Old Men three times. The first time, I hated it. The second time, I admired it but only partially enjoyed for it. The third time, I loved it. I think my change in opinion came down to appreciating and understanding who gets the final say and whose story it is. Also discussing it with a friend who says it's his favorite film of all time really helped me appreciate it more as well. And The Big Lebowski gets funnier every time I watch it.
  10. Evan C

    Organ Music

    The recital series continues with this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hyjHP3-AUk
  11. 24 hour flash sale from Criterion directly: https://www.criterion.com/sale
  12. I think if we went ahead we would get some lurkers, but I don't know if we'd get enough. I think I'd opt for revisiting it in April or May or so, in hopes that the pandemic has waned and people will have more time.
  13. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2021/02/01/favorite-films-of-2020/ Portrait of a Lady on Fire First Cow Ma Rainey's Black Bottom Dick Johnson Is Dead Da 5 Bloods Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets Yes, God, Yes The Vast of Night The Prom What the Constitution Means to Me
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    Organ Music

    I did another organ recital if anyone wants to watch it. (Minus the first minute of the first piece, which got cut off due to a technical glitch.)
  15. I think a new top 25 list is a great idea. I'd be happy to take a leadership role. That timeline seems good to me. I'll throw out movie musicals as a suggestion for a theme, although I'm open to any other topic as well.
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