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  2. Justice League

    Oh, and this is by my count the fourth movie featuring Superman to center on some sort of real estate grab.
  3. Justice League

    With the exception of Gadot and a few fleeting seconds where Cavill shows what a great Superman he *could* be with a decent script, this movie is a total disaster. It fails in so many basic ways (like, introducing the villain and building tension and maintaining tonal consistency) that it should be taught in film school as a cautionary example.
  4. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Well, he's the arch-antagonist but in more of a totemic, figurehead way, and gets about as much active 'screen time' as Satan does playing a similar role in the Bible. And I think Christianity would be rather different if its holy book was called Lord of the Flies, don't you? For a slightly more on-track note: is anyone else slightly surprised the Powers-that-be-Disney have given creative oversight of the whole new trilogy to Rian Johnson? I've seen all his films, and have found them engaging and intriguing, with a slightly off-kilter, syncopated, haphazard feel to them. I certainly wouldn't have said he had the stern clarity of vision ideal for shaping a vast arc of coherent story-telling. On the other hand, I think he may do well with the smaller moments and details - give the world a slightly more 'lived-in' feel than TFA had. It will be interesting to see.
  5. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I never really thought this was a detective thriller at all. The film I was reminded of was Personal Shopper, in that both use a mystery as a catalyst/MacGuffin to reveal some other aspect of society and a trouble which is haunting the protagonist. While I'm still not sure we needed every loose end of the mystery tied up, after thinking over it some more, I appreciate that the reveal is the gravest example of someone failing to act as their sister's keeper, which escalated with each of Jenny's interviews until that climax, so perhaps it's not as sloppy as I initially thought.
  6. Last week
  7. Has anyone else seen The Breadwinner? It's emotionally devastating animated tale set in contemporary Iran. I guess the most obvious point of comparison would be Persepolis. I esteem the film, but I am still not sure if it is something I necessarily recommend for a Christian audience. We've had films that depict World Religion before (Timbuktu; Gett), but some of those have generated discussion about how or why the depiction of another religious community is relevant to Christian audiences.
  8. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    Hmmm, makes me want to hear Evan's comparison essay between this film and Murder on the Orient Express.
  9. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I initially felt frustrated by the "reveal" as well, but I think that was less sloppy and more intentional on the Dardennes' part. They purposefully resist convention and tropes, though in a subtle and profound manner. If this is a detective thriller, one might expect a big chase or violent confrontation or twist surprise as to whodunit. In this case, it's a moment of confession, despair, and ultimately of hope and justice being done in a way which is unexpected and disorienting. Jenny's discovery of the person responsible for the girl's death doesn't come because Jenny is a great detective who puts together all the clues; it comes because Jenny persistently listens, and good listening reveals. The actual story as to what happened isn't nearly as sensational as the systemic injustice hinted at throughout the narrative (though that stuff is important too), and I think that's also intentional. And I agree about the ending; one of the Dardennes' best.
  10. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    It finally played in Indiana. Anyway, I thought it was phenomenal, right up to the denouement, which on this viewing came across as sloppy. It seemed to me that this is a story about one small personal failing which leads into a larger, systematic societal failing of the same nature, and the mystery is simply the catalyst to reveal the tragedy and injustice when we don't act as our brother's (or sister's) keeper. And as I said, I thought the film's handling of that theme and Jenny's persistence to right her mistake along those lines was absolutely phenomenal. But the actual resolution of the mystery seemed relatively unimportant compared to that, so when the film shifted gears to wrap up all the loose ends neatly, the first of the plot twists struck me as unnecessary and rather forced, even though I can absolutely the earlier elements it came from. The final confrontation which ends the film is hauntingly beautiful, and one of the Dardenne's best endings and final shots. A second viewing may change my mind on the handling of the resolution of the mystery, but right now I'm definitely not quite as in love with this as I was with Two Days, One Night or Kid with a Bike.
  11. The Disaster Artist

    Trailer #3
  12. Movie Calendar

    I, Tonya - 6/13-98 dare on a video with Shawn. 1-20-xx video with Shawn (more than one time). Jan. 6 - verbal reference and a title card, Jan 7 - Title Card, Jan 8 Title card
  13. I don't know if it is because I had only an abbreviated stint at TIFF this year or if things are really wide open, but I feel very lost. I usually come home from TIFF with a pretty clear idea of frontrunners and favorites, but I got the A24 FYC package in the mail today and was looking at the titles and thinking, "Have I even heard of these movies?" Menashe, Good Time, It Comes at Night, The Lovers, The Ballad of Lefty Brown. I've got like 60 titles and very little indication of how to prioritize...so beyond nominations if anyone wants to put in an enthusiasm metric for stuff that has been nominated, I'm certainly willing to hear it.
  14. Rescind Nomination: 20th Century Women Nomination: Behemoth
  15. Many of the critics' groups got FYC screeners for 20th Century Women, so it's quite possible Peter did screen it in the mad rush before some other awards.
  16. I found this purely dazzling, as a one-of-a- kind visual experience that took 7 years, with 125 artists painting over 62,450 frames in Van Gogh’s style. (Seven years- ! like the devotion/obsession of the artist himself). I especially enjoyed seeing /hearing Saoirse Ronan animated as Marguerite Gachet. And the score by Clint Mansell is moving. The weak part is the story itself, investigating Van Gogh’s supposed suicide, which lacks dramatic energy-- though the film did change my mind about the circumstances of his death.
  17. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Anodos wrote: : Yes, and Sauron is hardly the protagonist of Lord of the Rings. True, but he *is* the *antagonist*, and none of the other stories set in Middle-Earth are named after him (to my knowledge).
  18. I'm sure your Pan's Labyrinth is better than mine would be, so thanks but no thanks. I can't remember how I rated Joe Vs. The Volcano as it's so long since I've seen it, but I'll rewatch it this weekend and try to scribble something out. I think I can see my way to a blurb for that, unless the *other* EdB claims first dibs.
  19. Rian Johnson's Star Wars Trilogy

    Yes, and Sauron is hardly the protagonist of Lord of the Rings. I wouldn't get hung up on strict adherence to the veracity of a title. At this point 'Star Wars' is shorthand for an entire universe, and I'd just like to see it explored with a little more variety. Force Awakens was such a cautious retread of previous entries - I'm hoping to see something of a departure starting next month.
  20. From IMDB, the release date schedule: It was also nominated for a 2017 Oscar and a Golden Globe, and was nominated or won for a variety of 2016 critics' list awards. So I'd be very hesitant to consider it a 2017 film.
  21. I could have sworn I watched 20th Century Women during the mad rush to see as many films as possible before *last* year's awards. (And I remember liking it, too.)
  22. Justice League

    Continuity question: Cyborg, when explaining his origin, says the Mother Box sat on a shelf and didn't do anything until after Superman died. But... I could have sworn that Bruce Wayne was watching Lex Luthor's video footage of Cyborg and the Mother Box in Batman v Superman, *before* Superman died.
  23. Justice League

    Ummm...was that Leonides of Sparta in one flashback? Hope my eyes deceived me, because if it was I may have to move Snyder below George Lucas on the "oh-my-God-aren't-I-clever!!!!!!!" index.
  24. And a really wild score to push the whole thing along. Andre Royo here is one of my favorite performances of the year. Glad you also caught this one.
  25. I second Hunter Gatherer and 20th Century Women. I really encourage everyone to check out Hunter Gatherer; it's the sort of quiet look at misfortune, obsession, and attempting to change your life after you've constructed a rut for yourself that seems right up our collective alley.
  26. Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

    I'm going to try to come up with something long-form about this movie, but for now: this is a film that benefits *tremendously* from lowered expectations.
  27. Because of your nomination, Ken, I am going to watch The Boss Baby before the nominations close. Also, I'm not sure I've seen any film this year more enjoyable than Valerian.
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