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Evan C

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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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Looks like I really need to watch Nomandland. If anyone knows anything about where to stream it, let me know.
  4. I saw Scott Renshaw and Walter Chaw discussing on Twitter how much they did not care for this, which was in response to it winning best actress, and specifically best screenplay from the LA Critics' awards. The trailer intrigued me and I'm looking forward to it, but I have no idea where I'll fall on it.
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    The Prom (2020)

    I really enjoyed The Prom. It's got a lot of little flaws, but most of it is so good, that those hardly amount to anything significant in my book. I threw up some first impressions on Letterboxd.
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    Organ Music

    Thank you, Michael and Andrew! Demessieux's talent was truly astounding, and she had to break so many glass ceilings in the organ world. She was the only pupil of Dupre who Dupre himself said could outplay him, which is incredible, because Dupre was a virtuoso of unprecedented talent, and he was also quite egotistical as well as extremely sexist, so for him to admit a female student was better than him is saying something. I think Vierne found acceptance at least by the end of the 3rd symphony. He definitely found peace of mind by the 5th and 6th symphonies, which start out more tort
  7. No, a call never happened. It would definitely be good to schedule one again soon. Ken, I'm happy to help cover some board costs (don't really know how much it comes to, but happy to help as much as I can.)
  8. I picked up Pierrot le fou and Taste of Cherry.
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    Organ Music

    I'll post this link here instead of starting another thread. Last Sunday I gave an organ recital at my church, and if anyone's interested, the whole recital is up on YouTube.
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    Cuties

    Good review, Andrew. I decided to wade into the controversy and film as well. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/cuties-aka-mignonnes/
  11. I've always loved Beethoven. The only Beethoven I've heard live is the Eroica, also played by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, which is probably one of the reasons it's my favorite of his symphonies. FWIW, my ranking of the symphonies would probably go: 3, 9, 6, 7, 5, 8, 2, 4, 1, although it's really hard for me to rank 5-8. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never really listened to the string quartets outside of class assignments, so I should probably rectify that.
  12. Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Autumn mentions her birthday is August 19th.
  13. 25th Hour, as I work my way through more of Spike Lee's filmography.
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    Hamilton

    I really hoped to love this, and I definitely think it would work better if one were at a live performance. I wrote a review for Letterboxd, which is linked below. It's a sprawling, messy musical, and neither of those things are necessarily bad; indeed, they could give a kinetic energy to a performance one's at, which I hope would be the case, but between the cutting, closeups of stage makeup, and general degree of separation that the camera inherently caused, I found the frenetic energy of the show more tiring than thrilling. https://letterboxd.com/evan_c/film/hamilton-2020/
  15. They were all (Sibelius, Korngold, Steiner, Herrmann, etc.) influenced by Wagner at some point in their lives, so I would say that's the common link and why Sibelius can have a film score sound to his music.
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    Shine (1996)

    I'd say that's a pretty negative review, even if it's more directed toward the people he thinks are exploiting Helfgott. But I'll definitely seek out the film.
  17. Eve's Bayou is a memory driven, religion haunted film that should definitely be on this list.
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    Da 5 Bloods

    I was going to post this on Letterboxd, but it's down right now, so here are my initial, mildly spoilerish thoughts: The first half is Apocalypse Now, and the second half is The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Spike Lee tips his hat obviously to those two films, but the decision to merge homages to them presents a new view of the horror of the "American War" in Vietnam and its link to the horror of racism in America. It's an explosive link, and the two halves of the movie literally hinge on an explosion. As the four surviving members of "Da 5 bloods" search for the gold they buried
  19. I could do Lourdes, unless someone else wants it.
  20. I saw it years ago, when I was trying to go through as many Peter Weir films as possible, and this was the only one I thought was actively bad. I just thought it was all over the place with too many ideas and sloppy pacing.
  21. Has anyone claimed The Red Shoes? Even though it's not my nominee, that would be my next choice, unless someone else really wants to do it. I'm also happy to update my Phantom Carriage blurb, if need be. After that, I'd be willing to do Amazing Grace unless someone else wanted it.
  22. I posted the Amadeus blurb and started working on Babette's Feast. If no one's asked for The Red Shoes yet, I'll happily do that, but I'll cede if someone else wants to do it.
  23. I third that sentiment. Thanks again for all your work in organizing this, Darren!
  24. I could update and expand my old blurb for Phantom Carriage, if you'd like. (At least, I'm 99% sure it's mine.) I'd rather hold out for Three Colors: Blue and talk about the importance of music in that film, but if no one else wants to do Amazing Grace and Stop Making Sense, I could do them.
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