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  2. Even with that review, I'm still not tempted to see this movie.
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  4. Copied from Letterbox'd: Cindy called this "clunky in spots" but sweet, and I agree. It's a bit on-the-nose, and some of the stylistic choices (such as words on the screen) did not work for me. It was formulaic. But the formula was well executed. It's always nice to see the supporting characters (even the dad) have *some* nuance. (The scene where he hocks his wife's jewelry, for example, is well done, and the choices, from the close up on his hand reaching out to take the money to the playing of Pakistani music over it, work well.) One nagging reservation is that I kept wondering why this whole genre (musical bildungrsoman) is framed as a quintessentially *male* experience. I thought about Toni Morrison: Pieces I Am, and how there are spaces for how literature (or film) has inspired or become spiritually meaningful to women, but there just feels like there is a hard to articulate difference between say, this or Yesterday, and Mamma Mia or Ricki and the Flash, where the music just becomes the generic soundtrack for a conventional melodrama rather than being about the female's relationship to the art. This is a biographical piece, and Patel is a guy, so I offer that not so much as a criticism of the movie as a nagging thought about the genre that mediates my enjoyment of individual entries in it.
  5. I haven't seen the film, so I guess I should avoid this sort of clickbait engagement, but...she gets "high" and "sings about pooping"? Really? https://letterboxd.com/kurstboy/film/dora-and-the-lost-city-of-gold/
  6. Andrew

    Blinded by the Light

    I guess a Billy Joel biopic can't be far behind, but this story inspired by Springsteen's music, about its effects on a British-Pakistani teen in Maggie Thatcher's England, was a delight. And it's my favorite among the recent crop of movies inspired by pop/rock music of the 60s-80s (no competition next to Bohemian Rhapsody and Yesterday, a tougher call with Rocketman). Writer/director Gurinder Chadha explores similar themes as she did in 2002's Bend It Like Beckham, but this film shows that she's matured greatly as a storyteller. Here's my full review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2019/08/let-yourself-be-blinded-by-the-light/
  7. BethR

    Cats: The Movie

    Perhaps a planet where The Lion King is the only musical in any form?
  8. BethR

    The Nevers

    Six more cast members reported, with descriptions hinting at outlines for the series. Whedon again seems to be showing his ability to cast distinctive actors.
  9. Burgle Bros 2 is now being funded on Kickstarter:
  10. I've done this before, though not with MD. If you want to discuss, feel free to send me a PM or e-mail.
  11. 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.
  12. Totally without realizing that we were on the 200th, I decided to take a swing at teaching Moby Dick this semester. It's a class on "the novel," and I decided to try something I've wanted to do for a long time--take one novel and spend a whole semester on it. I'm starting to get daunted, though, the closer I get and the more I prepare.
  13. I am certainly okay with that, as Joel had a nice balance of inclusion of A&Fers and welcoming people not regulars here. As far as publication, I''m pretty much open to whomever someone acting as coordinator wants to work with. My preference is that any outside publisher would have an understanding (as I did with CT or Image) that they get exclusive rights to publish the list/results for 30-90 days, after which we are free to republish on the site (usually with a link back or rider saying "this article originally appeared at blah, blah, blah, reprinted with permission.")
  14. kenmorefield

    Cats: The Movie

    And yet...she appeared to know all the lyrics to "Hakuna Matata" by heart.
  15. BethR

    Cats: The Movie

    Woman #2 has obviously been living on some other planet.
  16. Unless someone else wants to take on the task, I'm quite happy to coordinate the EJ again this year, if everyone is cool with that. I believe Transpositions would be willing to host and publish the list again, but if it's possible to post it directly to ArtsandFaith.com, like the "Growing Older" list, that'd probably be better for site traffic and longevity of the lists. We can also republish this last year's EJ list on ArtsandFaith.com at some point in the future as well. However, it might be more work for administrators--specifically Ken--to post such lists here, so if that's the case, Transpositions is an available option, if that worked for everyone.
  17. No, the Bruce Lee depiction was not the worst thing in the movie, but it did bother me: https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/13/entertainment/quentin-tarantino-bruce-lee-trnd/index.html This is not as asinine as saying Batman could win a fight with Superman, but it's in the same bloody ballpark of asininity.
  18. kenmorefield

    Cats: The Movie

    I think I shared this on Twitter and Facebook, but this trailer played before The Lion King and the two women sitting next to me had the following exchange: Woman 1: It's Cats! Woman 2: It's not Cats... Woman 1: No, the *musical* Cats.... Woman 2: Cats is *not* a musical!
  19. NBooth

    Cats: The Movie

    Here's the trailer, btw:
  20. Though an observer and not a participant, I hope y'all continue with this. I always enjoy the thoughtfully composed finished product.
  21. With the Wavelengths and Masters lineups announced today, this is shaping up to be a really strong year. My only major disappointment is that it looks like Kelly Reichardt's new film will premiere at Telluride and then skip TIFF before screening at NYFF. I'd also heard rumors of a new Tsai Ming-liang feature that didn't make the lineup, apparently. I wonder if I'll be able to squeeze in 30 films in five days?
  22. Joel and Peter mentioned in another thread that it may be worth opening this topic a little earlier than in year's past. (It's been my experience in the last two years that *awards* season has been pushed up. My feeling is that the A&F Ecumenical Jury is worth continuing, but since we don't have a partnership with Image any longer, I get that people may want to focus their efforts elsewhere. I am happy to participate but I am not sure I want to coordinate. If anyone wants to take point on this, you are welcome to do so with my blessing.
  23. Joel Mayward

    Them That Follow

    I only recently learned how to rename a topic title as moderator/admin. It's not intuitive, as it doesn't appear in the panel options. I'll message you how to do it.
  24. kenmorefield wrote: : I tend to not think much about End-of-year stuff until post-TIFF, which is when I think awards season really gets going. I hear ya... but TIFF starts very soon, and even VIFF (which begins a week or two after TIFF ends) is already accepting media applications. It feels like festival season (and thus awards season) has basically begun already, in some ways...
  25. Overstreet wrote: : But the primary problem, for me, is this: The family is so obviously hiding the truth from her that she must certainly guess what's up right away. I could never figure out if the movie wanted us to understand that the grandmother — Nai Nai, as they call her — is in on the charade from the beginning, and accepts their fakery as a gesture of love, or not. I kept wondering if there would be a typical Hollywood scene in which we learn that Nai Nai has been aware of the charade all along, and I was grateful that the film never played that card. Then again, when we are told that Nai Nai *herself* kept her husband's illness a secret from him -- because that's just the way things are done in that culture -- I began wondering how she could *not* suspect what her family was up to. A culture that plays those kinds of games is a culture that would encourage a huge degree of paranoia and/or mutual suspicion, I would think.
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