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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, 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. Unless my memory is really wrong, after everyone comes back, when Hawkeye is reunited with his family at the end, he embraces two kids who are both young adults, which is substantially older than his kids were in the first scene.
  2. I think this is the article you're referring to: https://screenrant.com/avengers-endgame-ending-implications-bad-thanos-snap/
  3. Continuing Jeff's point that time travel ruins storytelling, this just dawned on me. If Gamora cannot be brought back by the stones because Thanos killed her to obtain the soul stone, but 2014 Gamora can travel forward in time in order to be around for Guardians 3 without undoing the events of Guardians 1 and 2, then shouldn't it be possible to go back and get Tony and Natasha and still have them around the same way? So their deaths are really meaningless.
  4. My feeling on spoilers is that the concern about them is way over-the-top, and if a film can't survive being "spoiled" then it's probably not a very good film. And if you don't want something spoiled, then the responsibility is on you not to read anything about the film before you see it. However, if refusing to have something spoiled is a scruple that someone deeply cares about, I try to respect it within reason. Hence, my excessive warning on my first post in this thread, just in case someone felt strongly about not wanting Endgame spoiled.
  5. Ah, so the trapped in the ice version thawed out and still joined the Avengers in 2012. But wouldn't marrying Peggy have still been a violation of the rules the film established?
  6. More thoughts, about several big plot holes that are bothering me. MASSIVE SPOILERS VERY MASSIVE SPOILERS SERIOUSLY, DON'T READ FURTHER IF YOU WISH TO AVOID SPOILERS LAST SPOILER WARNING Why do Hawkeye's kids age five years, but Peter Parker stays the exact same age? Also why are Peter and his friends all still in high school after five years? Steve Rogers' going back in time to marry Peggy definitely violates the time travel rules stipulated by the movie. Also, wouldn't he have had to kill the other version of himself for that to work? If Thanos only suffered injuries from using the stones to destroy the stones, shouldn't at least *some* of the other characters been able to use them without sustaining injuries the same way Thanos did in the first film? Hulk was already exposed to enough radiation it seems like he should have been able to bring the people back without repercussions. And shouldn't the gauntlet and the Iron Man suit have been enough for Tony not to have been killed by the stones? Also, isn't wiping out Thanos' entire army excessive (and arguably genocide)? I mean, eliminating Thanos and his adviser and maybe a few of the space ships should have been enough to stop the attack, so killing all his soldiers (who would presumably stop fighting once their leaders were dead) is surely excessive violence. Finally, as exciting as it was to see all the Avengers assemble for that final battle, please tell me I'm not the only one who thought the filming of the battle itself was bleak, dull, and anticlimactic with little in the way of choreographed action (beyond people flying toward one another and backward from being punched) (For example, just contrast the fights in Aquaman...) And I couldn't believe how out of focus the tracking shot of all the people at Tony's funeral was. (Or was that the projector at my theater?) I'll stop before I end up hating this.
  7. Well, finally saw it. My first thought was: was there a cultural 180, which I missed, deciding that the Seinfeld finale was a good idea? The referencing past installments in an endless parade of favorite moments felt exactly the same to me--a fun, fan-servicing idea on paper, really long and boring in execution. Also, I take it Loki is permanently dead, since he was killed before Thanos snapped his fingers? Tom Hiddleston was by far the best thing about this franchise, so with him gone, there's really no point to these movies.
  8. Oh well, I guess I should have campaigned more for All That Jazz. I thought there was no better film to show the reckoning with one's mortality and how growing older is also an approach toward death, framed through a sense of vocation. I'm still happy to write about Sunset Boulevard, and I could do Things to Come. I could maybe do Gertrud as well, but it's been awhile since I've seen it, and I'd need to rewatch it to write about it.
  9. Such a pity so few people have seen this. It's probably my current favorite film of the year. My review.
  10. Evan C


    For the most part, I thought the portrayal of religion was neither positive nor negative, just one integral part of Diane's life as she cares for her cousin, son, volunteers her time, etc. The one exception would have been the dinner with her son and daughter-in-law, but I think that scene was more critical of the born again proselytizing, not of religion per se. I was reminded of Bergman, especially toward the end during some of the dream sequences, not just in the framing and lighting choices which seemed reminiscent of The Silence and Cries and Whispers, but also in the themes of aging, regret, and past mistakes as seen through the perspective of one's religious beliefs.
  11. I haven't seen You Can't Take It with You in ages, but it was already one of the three lowest rated films in my initial ballot that ended up on the list, so I might slide it down a couple more spaces now, in favor of some things others made passionate cases for, but I still need to see.
  12. I'd be happy to write about: 1) All That Jazz 2) Sunset Boulevard 3) The Browning Version
  13. Did we decide on a cutoff date for this round of voting? I'm asking because there are only nine finalists I have not seen, and I think I could easily get to 4-5 of them, possibly more, depending on how long the poll is open.
  14. Evan C


    I'm probably second to no one in my love for WALL-E, so take this with whatever grain of salt is necessary. Continuing from Peter's comment, the predominance of white caucasian captains and white caucasian culture only makes the critique of white Western wastefulness and consumerism more powerful. I also really don't think I can take seriously anyone who complains about using Hello, Dolly! because it's too white and American, when Andrew Stanton said he chose it for its personal value to him. And that last sentence undercuts any consideration I might have given his other arguments.
  15. Definitely prioritize A New Leaf. My favorite of the others is Youth without Youth, but it wouldn't surprise me if our tastes diverge on that one. On Golden Pond probably fits the theme most explicitly of all of them, but it's the one I'm least excited about as a film itself.
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