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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. Evan C

    The Nightingale

    Has anyone seen Jennifer Kent's newest film? Watching this on the heels of Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood made a stark contrast on two very different approaches to violence against women. And while this film is probably even more brutal, I also think there's more of a conscience on display here. I wrote up these first impressions for Letterboxd.
  2. Even with that review, I'm still not tempted to see this movie.
  3. I don't have the connection to work with publishers, but I'd be happy to help spearhead organizational aspects (recruiting jury members, keeping track of nominees, etc.) And I'm happy to participate again.
  4. I'm absolutely on board for a new top 100 next year. As I did with the Growing Older list, I'm happy to keep a running list of all nominated and seconded titles. I could probably help with other logistics depending on how much more time consuming they would be. How much different would the process for a top 100 be from a top 25 (other than many more titles to vote on)?
  5. Saw it last night. I can't quite cosign on Walter Chaw's rave, but if I lost a best friend to suicide a couple weeks ago, I have no idea how a movie about any sort of close friendship (even a toxic one such as this) would hit me. At the same time, I don't agree at all with saying Robbie's Sharon Tate lacks personality or is just a dumb blonde. Despite substantially less screen time, I thought she had just as much depth as Rick and Cliff, and she provides the film its soul with her longing for fame while knowing it's temporary. She was not only my favorite character here, but one of my favorites in Tarantino's entire filmography. The scene when she watches herself and the joy she takes from the audience was one of my two favorites in the film (the other being the filming of the TV pilot, where DiCaprio's bad acting is hilariously perfect for the character). I'd say Robbie should be a strong contender for supporting actress awards. If it hadn't been for the sheer viciousness and brutality of the final act, which is shocking and jarring to a degree that I'm not sure has any dramatic justification, Once Upon a Time would have easily been my favorite Tarantino film. It's a lament for an era that's gone and the good aspects of that era, while simultaneously acknowledging all the toxic elements of that era that led to its inevitable demise. I really like the points Alissa Wilkinson makes in this essay on the movie's ending: SPOILERS I took it for granted Cliff most likely did kill his wife, which may have also been a lament over Natalie Wood's early death - that was the first thing I thought of with that subplot. Let's also not forget one of his first lines after the opening TV interview is a racist insult of Mexicans. I thought the point of both was to establish he's an antihero and to expose the racism and sexism that plagued (plagues) Hollywood and necessitates a reevaluation and deconstruction of many films from that era, which Tarantino clearly knows, as can be seen in Bounty Law and the bad TV pilot being just as much a critiques of Westerns as they are tributes. One early line states "Roman Polanski is the hottest director in Hollywood right now." That line only makes sense and has any greater meaning if we know why in six years from the time of the movie that will very much no longer be the case. Tarantino's premise seemed to me to be: what if evils like that had never happened? Which puts this in a slightly different category of revisionism than the revenge fantasies of Django Unchained and Inglourious Basterds. There'd unquestionably be other evils that still have to be dealt with, and the film shows that, but dreaming for one night of a world with four fewer murders because of two drunk, stoned antiheroes makes this film less conceited than I often find Tarantino's films.
  6. I'm not reading any reviews until after I see it, but Walter Chaw is one of the best critics working today, and FWIW, he said on Twitter this is his favorite Tarantino film. Link to his review: https://www.filmfreakcentral.net/ffc/2019/07/once-upon-a-timein-hollywood.html
  7. I've heard from several sources that close female friendships in the 19th century often turned sexual at times, and when novels from that era refer to a woman being a lady's companion, usually that was code for some sort of lover. I thought the film made its case that the relationship between Emily and Sue was of such a nature fairly compellingly, but definitely overplayed the "this is shocking unprecedented information" aspect.
  8. Since I bought the new Criterion Blu-ray box set of the "faith trilogy," I decided to write a review of Through a Glass Darkly after rewatching it the other night. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2019/07/24/through-a-glass-darkly/
  9. Anna is a better version of Atomic Blonde (and Red Sparrow).
  10. The two above are for the same film, and no, it's not Blade Runner. (Hint: Phoenix is the name of a character.)
  11. Evan C

    The Dead Don't Die

    I loved it, although to be honest I've loved nearly every Jarmusch film I've seen. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/the-dead-dont-die/
  12. Evan C


    Thanks, Andrew, and thanks for the catch. I changed it to "recovery group," since it's definitely not clear what type of group therapy it is.
  13. Is this it? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6547170/ These are both written from the perspective of the villain, not the protagonist.
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