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  2. Oscars 2018: Best Makeup & Hairstyling

    And the winners are... as noted above: two awards for Darkest Hour and one award apiece for Pitch Perfect 3, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and I, Tonya. Darkest Hour is the only winner that has an Oscar nomination in this category. Interestingly, Wonder -- which is also Oscar-nominated -- did not win any of the three guild awards that it was up for.
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  4. I Can Only Imagine

    A trailer for this played before 15:17 to Paris (which is interesting, in a way). Still have no interest in seeing it, but thought I'd share, for anyone wondering how they're going to do this. https://youtu.be/OsMyv9Q4_OU
  5. 2017 Reading Journals

    Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens respond to gun violence (December 2017) Foreword by Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly Some of the poets contributing –Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Rita Dove, Cornelius Eady, Robert Hass, Jane Hirshfield, Jack Myers, Carol Muske, Naomi Nye, Natasha Trethewey
  6. Oscars 2018: Best Costume Design

    And the winners are... The Shape of Water, Wonder Woman, and I, Tonya -- only the first of which is even *nominated* for the Oscar.
  7. Movie Calendar

    The 15:17 To Paris In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris...
  8. 2018 Reading Journals

    January 2018 Antony and Cleopatra - This might be, as many critics (like Harold Bloom and Harold Goddard argue), Shakespeare's most kaleidoscopic and opulent play. And Cleopatra, as Shakespeare imagines her, might be Shakespeare's best woman character after Rosalind, Cordelia, Juliet, and a few other of Shakespeare's tragic heroines (including his most beautiful and fragile, Ophelia) Twelfth Night - my favorite Shakespeare comedy next to The Merchant of Venice. Macbeth - ever since I read this in senior year of high school I've always had a special fondness for its imaginative, troubled, and tormented hero-villain. Plus it has a great use of poetry by almost all the characters, but best of all Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Lots of memorable phrases and sayings come as a result of Shakespeare's linguistic creativity here. King Lear - this might be Shakespeare's greatest play. Of course Hamlet is the other candidate The Oresteia by Aeschylus - this is my favorite Greek work after The Iliad. Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus(?) - this is like the Ancient Greek version of King Lear, it's so cosmic and sweeping even though it's set in one place and focuses on a hero who's bound to a rock Pericles - part of it is awful, but the stuff that Shakespeare wrote (from acts 3-5) is great and looks forward to the other 'late romances' he writes. Cymbeline - overstuffed but still great; a lot of fantastic poetry, and the self-parody of King Lear, Measure for Measure, Othello, and more is so palpably entertaining and breathtaking that I couldn't help but be amazed. And Imogen is as good as the Romantics thought she was. The Winter's Tale - my favorite of the Shakespearean 'late romances,' and I actually like the tonal shifts from semi-tragedy in the first 3 acts to a kind of romance in the next two acts. Leontes is a madman, but I find his poetry, contorted and complex and turbulent, to be some of the best Shakespeare wrote, and his change to repentance feels believable and representative of how true repentance and sorrow works. I think I like this late romance the best because it allows for a providential happy ending while not neglecting the costs of jealousy and irrational sin. Plus, it has the Exit, pursued by a bear stage direction (memorable alongside Enter Lear with Cordelia in his arms) The Tempest - still the great final play that I remember it being. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - interesting for the first half, the next part becomes quite tedious to me. February 2018 War and Peace (still reading this since last year) The Iliad by Homer (in Caroline Alexander's translation) Sanctuary by William Faulkner (the "potboiler" that Faulkner wrote for money and which Harold Bloom considers quite good) The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald (reading this for the first time) Electra by Sophocles (not as great as some of Sophocles' other dramas, but still great) Walden by Henry David Thoreau - has tedious sections but is overall a wise, reflective work of American literature
  9. Martyrs

    Fascinating. I should take a look into this film at one point in my life. Currently the most extreme film I've seen is Park Chan-wook's great and violent film Oldboy, which has some of the best fight and sex scenes I've ever seen (David Cronenberg's A History of Violence, which I think's one of the best of the 21st century, also has great fight and sex scenes).
  10. Oscars 2018: Best Animated Feature

    And the winner is... Coco.
  11. Oscars 2018: Best Documentary Feature

    And the winner is... Jane, which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.
  12. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    And the winner is... Loveless.
  13. Oscars 2018: Best Sound Editing

    And the winners are... as noted above: one award apiece for Blade Runner 2049, Dunkirk, The Greatest Showman and War for the Planet of the Apes -- only the first two of which are nominated for the Oscar.
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  15. Oscars 2018: Best Cinematography

    And the winners are... Blade Runner 2049 and November.
  16. My Brother's Wedding (1983) - dir. Charles Burnett

    Whoa, I didn't even think to check. If I saw that thread back in 2007, I sure don't remember it. Thanks! I hope I get a chance to see it, but this week is slammed, and I have some promising screener links to upcoming things I want to check out too. Argh.
  17. My Brother's Wedding (1983) - dir. Charles Burnett

    It's from more than a decade ago, but we do have a thread on the film. I'd love to hear Jeffrey's and others' thoughts on My Brother's Wedding.
  18. Movie Calendar

    HOSTILES When the Captain is given the orders that set the story in motion, there's the date of July 27. It may be the date of the letter, or it may be the date on a newspaper. There's also some scripture read at a graveside, fairly early in the film; amazingly enough, not one of the two or three Bible passages screenwriters seem to know. I forget which. But that's for another list...
  19. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I see that this post is from last summer, but I can't agree more. There's a book out there of Kurosawa's painted storyboards for RAN also, which I really need to just buy some time.
  20. 24 FRAMES

    I finally put together what I hope are some more coherent thoughts on this film. I really look forward to seeing it again. Even if you don't read my post, I urge any Kiarostami fans to watch the video that I embedded. It's a Q&A between Ahmad Kiarostami (Abbas's son, who completed 24 FRAMES) and Godfrey Cheshire. It's Kiarostami gold, I assure you. Anyways, here's the link to my essay: https://fforfilms.net/2018/02/16/24-frames/
  21. Maurice Pialat retrospective

    I watched Graduate First (Passe ton bac d'abord) the other evening, and have Pialat's debut Naked Childhood (L'Enfance nue) awaiting me at the library. The former was like seeing a director in a realist mode--more Cassavetes than Rossellini--make Dazed and Confused. It'd be a great pairing with Mungiu's Graduation, as both deal with the "bac" final exams and the anxiety of adolescence with a similar realist style, but from remarkably different perspectives. Naked Childhood is about a 10-year-old boy struggling to navigate the foster care system after being abandoned by his mother, and sounds like it could have had an influence on the Dardennes' The Kid with a Bike. I attempted to watch Police, but the DVD from the library didn't come with English subtitles, and while I am improving my understanding of French, I'm not quite ready to see a French film without subtitles.
  22. I was startled tonight to discover that My Brother's Wedding, a film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), has just been added to Filmstruck's streaming service. Reading about it, I find that it's a hard title to track down. Has anyone here seen it? It sounds like it's worth a look:
  23. Starman

    Starman is a good choice for Valentines Day. Ladies like Bridges. Karen Allen is gorgeous. Has plenty of romance and explosions with aliens. And a road trip theme for honeymooners. Not overly cerebral/somber like Arrival was. From the maker of Halloween but not so scary, only rated PG. A crowd pleaser for V-day.
  24. Oscars 2018: Best Visual Effects

    And the winners are... War for the Planet of the Apes (four awards, including the top overall award), Blade Runner 2049 (two awards, including the category that was open to games and animated films), Dunkirk and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (one award each, notably in categories where Blade Runner 2049 and War for the Planet of the Apes were not nominated). Dunkirk is the only VES award winner that is *not* nominated for the Oscar in this category.
  25. Oscars 2018: Best Animated Feature

    And the winner is... Coco, in all four of the dedicated animated categories. Despicable Me 3 did *not* win in the fifth, blended category.
  26. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    24-hour Criterion Flash Sale going on at criterion.com . Purchased blu's of The Breakfast Club, The Hidden Fortress and The Uninvited.
  27. Congratulations, Joel.

    Just as an academic update: I've had a paper accepted into the International Religion & Film Conference happening in Toronto this year, so if there are Toronto-based A&F folks, it'd be great to connect. Also, I was accepted into membership with INTERFILM, the international network aiming to connect the church and film, mainly by participating in film festivals as ecumenical juries and awarding prizes. Finally, if someone here in academia wants to move to St Andrews, the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts is hiring a Lecturer in Theology and the Arts.
  28. Oscars 2018: Best Screenplay (Original)

    And the winner is... Get Out. And -- oops! -- I just realized I neglected to post the actual Oscar nominations, which were announced a few weeks ago And the nominees are... The Big Sick Get Out Lady Bird The Shape of Water Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri So, a perfect match with the guild nominees *except* for Three Billboards taking the spot that went to I, Tonya (and if memory serves, there are eligibility issues that might have affected Three Billboards' chances for the WGA award, e.g. it wasn't written by an American; I seem to recall the WGA was a little weird that way, at least in previous years).
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