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    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.
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    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.
  16. Looks like I really need to watch Nomandland. If anyone knows anything about where to stream it, let me know.
  17. 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 tortured, but end even more triumphant than the 3rd. The 4th symphony, on the other hand, is dark and turbulent all the way through, and it was definitely written during one of the hardest times of his life (after the death of his son).
  20. 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.)
  21. I picked up Pierrot le fou and Taste of Cherry.
  22. Evan C

    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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    Good review, Andrew. I decided to wade into the controversy and film as well. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2020/09/21/cuties-aka-mignonnes/
  24. 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.
  25. Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Autumn mentions her birthday is August 19th.
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