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Evan C

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    Being led on an illegal suicide mission by a selfish maniac.

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    Church organist
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    The Jaguar Shark
  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique - Kieslowsk WALL-E - StantonA Man for All Seasons - ZinnemannCasablanca - CurtizSingin' in the Rain - Donen and KellyHenry V - BranaghRebecca - HitchcockFaust - MurnauBabette's Feast - AxelSweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - BurtonThree Colors Trilogy - KieslowskiThe Lord of the Rings (extended editions) - JacksonIt's a Wonderful Life - Capra Vertigo - HitchcockDr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - KubrickThe Red Shoes - Powell and PressburgerBringing Up Baby - HawksThe Godfather Part II - CoppolaFinding Nemo - StantonSophie Scholl the Final Days - RothemundThe Pianist - PolanskiPaths of Glory - KubrickChariots of Fire - HudsonAll About Eve - Mankiewicz
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier MessiaenPrelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude DebussyThe Rite of Spring - Igor StravinskyEroica Symphony - Ludwig van BeethovenSunday in the Park with George - Stephen SondheimMeditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier MessiaenSt. Matthew Passion - J. S. BachFantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice DurufleMagical Mystery Tour - The BeatlesPiano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti Symphony no. 6 - Louis VierneDialogues of the Carmelites - Francis PoulencRigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkeinPerelandra by C. S. LewisThe Hobbit by TolkeinThe Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsThe Screwtape Letters by LewisFox in Socks by Dr. SeussThe Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. ChestertonKing Lear by ShakespeareMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensThe Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. Oscars 2018: Best Picture

    Huh. The Post was shut out completely. Was it not screened in time, or did the SAG not care for it? Of these five, I haven't seen Mudbound yet, but I would guess the race is between Lady Bird and Get Out for the Oscar.
  2. Re: The Boss Baby - it's a delightfully inventive take on sibling rivalry with some really impressive animation to match the originality of the story told from the pov of a 7 year old, and it features some of the best one liners of the year. So, second.
  3. Second Darkest Hour. And Ken, I will be watching The Boss Baby this week.
  4. The list is up! Thank you everyone for you contributions. https://imagejournal.org/top-25-films-on-waking-up/
  5. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Yes, she definitely said ex-cop, which was used to explain his rage over the billboards. As regards Dixon, I'd say he takes a baby step toward being marginally less terrible a person, but he would still have a hell of a way to go before I would say the film offers him redemption, which if it did, I think would be problematic.
  6. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

    I thought Scott meant that the Ebbing police haven't done anything wrong as relates to investigating Angela's murder, which is why he wrote, "at least in this case," and as Peter mentioned there's the first scene where Willoughby visits Mildred and details all the steps they took to find the killer. MORE SPOILERS I absolutely agree; I don't think there are any clean hands in the film (maybe Lucas Hedges as Robbie and Caleb Landry Jones as Red excepted). As I said to Ken in the Ecumenical Jury thread, it's possible John Hawkes' line is too on the nose, but "all this anger only begets greater anger" is an indictment of the whole town, and I think McDonagh's point is that if you let your anger, however righteous, boil into rage you're not that different than Rockwell's Dixon, which is why Mildred teams up with him at the end. She didn't care that much about police brutality against blacks; it was a convenient club to beat up the police department over not catching her daughter's killer. When working with someone such as Dixon becomes the easiest way to fuel her anger, she's happy to partner with him. Also, I think I'm in a minority here, from reading your review, Andrew, and other reviews, but I didn't think Dixon got a redemption at all. He shows he can occasionally do the right thing when the occasion presents itself, but that hardly absolves him from being a violent, racist jerk. Yes, the scene in the hospital was a hugely undeserved mercy, but that says more about Red than it does about Dixon. And considering his final decision is to become a vigilante and go murder someone, I just don't see that as a redemption of his character; he's just found a new source toward which he can direct his anger and violence.
  7. Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

    Good point about the previous scene and her demand for civil rights violations. We certainly don't know at that point how far her anger is going to take her, but the more I think about those scenes, they definitely seem to be the beginning of her not being a righteous heroine fighting for justice, which is how she's introduced. Sorry to hear that; I hope there aren't too many more films in that vein. On an unrelated note, this is at least the second film of McDonagh's which has explicitly referenced Don't Look Now. When Collin Farrell wanders onto the film set in In Bruges, someone mentions Roeg's film set in Venice. And in this Sam Rockwell's mother says she's watching the Donald Sutherland film where his daughter dies. Now I'm curious if McDonagh has referenced it any other of his films.
  8. We're down to 2. I'm hoping to be able to send the blurbs to Greg by Monday.
  9. I started a Three Billboards thread, and I think Scott Renshaw says it eloquently and succinctly, which is why I quoted his review over there. Yes, it is the sort of speech that gets audiences nodding along, especially as we haven't yet seen how far Mildred's anger is going to take her and at that point we only know her as a victim protesting gross injustices, but through the course of the film McDonagh implicates the audience and condemns our anger when it leads us to make similar sweeping condemnations. John Hawkes' line is on the nose, but not overly so. "All this anger only begets greater anger" is what the film is about, and Mildred's swipe at the priest is one of the earliest examples of that anger. As to the priest not getting a quasi-redemption even the way Sam Rockwell's Dixon did, Mildred makes it clear that religion has no part in her life (whether that's because of Angela's death, earlier hardships, or something else is unclear) and since the main opposing forces are her and the police department, it didn't bother me that small supporting character of the priest, whom Mildred has no time of day for, didn't reappear later in the story. I started writing a review, and I realized I was making this sound like another Crash - everyone's more complicated than they appear, even racists - and I think the film is much more nuanced and complex than that, so I abandoned that review to think over the film some more. But I will say: while it's quite plausible McDonagh wants the audience to agree with Mildred's remarks to the priest, then I think that's because he wants to turn the tables on them. As McDonagh is Irish, I was wondering if that broad condemnation was his initial reaction to the sex-abuse scandal and if he was using that speech to condemn his own propensity for anger as well.
  10. I thought this deserved its own thread. Three Billboards is the first McDonagh film I would say is not a comedy. It's punctuated with a number of darkly comic moments, but the overall arc of the narrative is that of a tragedy. Scott Renshaw's review nails precisely what makes this movie so great.
  11. Heartily second Three Billboards. As to the scene with the priest, it's a legitimate expression of very justifiable anger that runs out of control, and I don't think we're meant to agree with Mildred's sweeping condemnation any more than we're meant to agree with the other acts she does as her anger escalates.
  12. I'm seeing it in twenty minutes so we'll find out soon, but I'll say, this is my second most anticipated film of the year end, behind Lady Bird, and considering how much I like In Bruges and even Seven Psychopaths, I have fairly high hopes for this.
  13. I second Lady Bird, and I noticed on the first page that Hunter Gatherer isn't listed as seconded, which I have as well.
  14. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    That's the definition of keeper I was taught and always assumed for that passage, not someone who keeps and controls animals, and the passage was used to teach we have a social responsibility to care for others, and this film seemed to be a continuous series of failures in that regard.
  15. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    At the risk of hijacking this thread, would you elaborate, because I was always taught the opposite. Cain failed to be Abel's keeper (or failed in his social responsibilities toward his brother.) This film is about similar failures (on a smaller scale) in how we ignore others' who need help when it might inconvenience us.