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    Disc Golf, Cards (especially Euchre), Literary Criticism,

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    Professor of English
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    The Godfather, Persepolis, The Man Who Planted Trees, Emma, A Man Escaped
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    I dunno. My Ipod did once randomize a Meatloaf song and an Amy Grant song back to back.
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    * George MacDonald * Lord of the Rings (but not the dreadful movies) * Riddley Walker * Wicked * Dune * Emma (anything Austen, really) * The Remains of the Day * Nero Wolfe * Billy Budd Tom Jones (but not the dreadful movie). D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  1. Not sure what this says about me, but I keep feel genuine hesitation to answer or make any suggestions because I feel like we've gotten to a point in cancel culture where calling someone "fat," even in a non-derogatory way, will be construed as fat-shaming or contributing to fat-shaming culture. I know that is not what you are doing, just saying that it's really hard for me to answer question because I every time I think of some possible reply, I hear this imaginary reply in my head, "Oh, you think 'x' is FAT? You are part of the problem...."
  2. It's hard not to love an art process documentary that tells you the makers of The Day After showed the entire crew Hiroshima Mon Amour in order to try to get them on the same page about the the devastation of nuclear weapons. This is my favorite documentary of the year so far, not because it champions The Day After (which I don't know if I ever saw) but because it argues that movies can change things, even if the ones that do are always little miracles that somehow defy all the odds as they slouch towards Bethlehem, waiting to be born. http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/06/05/television-
  3. I've been mostly striking out at this year's Full Frame, and I wonder if it is because of the films or because the virtual festival doesn't quite replicate the film festival experience. I find myself more critical of the films, making because the director isn't right there doing a Q&A or maybe because I'm watching 1-2 films a day over a longer period rather than slamming through many and only remembering the best. Anyhow, this is an engaging film, to be sure, with lots of great anecdotes and generous film clips. I'm not sure that putting the two together does anything that a profile o
  4. I liked the idea of this film -- a focus on the friendship, but the film itself sticks so close to the text and interpretations of Hamlet that it feels as though the angle was a pitch to get it made. I actually liked it...as a rendition of Hamlet. But I don't see how the angle affected the text other than a framing device where Horatio is making the film about Hamlet. So, yeah, he tells Hamlet's story. There was a pointed homoerotic bond implied between the two which didn't bother me but which felt less revolutionary than I think the makers thought it would be. Gonna tr
  5. Joel, I just now clicked on this, and was surprised to see among the participants....MIchial Farmer was a former student of mine a long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away. What a small world we live in....
  6. Good point about the release info. From publicist: "Opens exclusively in theaters on Friday, June 18 in New York (Angelika Film Center and Film at Lincoln Center) and Los Angeles (Laemmle’s Royal and Pasadena’s Laemmle Playhouse 7) followed by a national release" I haven't seen Double Lover, but I want to. I remember thinking in the first twenty minutes of Summer of 85 how *different* it was from By the Grace of God. For awhile I thought I couldn't really pin Ozon's style but more and more I am wondering if that's by design. He seems to adopt style that fits the material rather than looki
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    Summer of 85

    I don't know what it is about Ozon's work that appeals to me, but I can't remember But really, since In the House, he's been on a five film run or so that reminds me of when I was first falling hard for Kore-eda. Not meaning to imply the two are similar in style, just reaching for some sort of comparison about being aware of a director, liking him (or her) okay, and then all of a sudden having a run of films that elevates your affinity. I also have a tough time describing Ozon's style or sometimes seeing similarities. Summer of 85 is...i don't know, a mash up between John Hughes, E
  8. EDIT: Both the miniseries and the Cusack movie end with Stevie Wonder's "I Believe" (or a cover of it.) There is an element of hope in the lyrics that I find appropriate in the Cusack movie (and the novel) which just comes across as cynicism in the min-series. It's more like Natalie Wood at the end of Miracle on 34th Street -- not really believing but hoping that if one obsessively repeats over and over and over again that one does that it will somehow workout. Also, at the end of the novel, Rob makes .... not a transformation, but some small steps in the direction of self-kno
  9. Cindy and I finished watching this and I don't know quite what to think. It's hard to describe without getting into spoilers, but it was a project I approached with skepticism, gradually relented and accepted on its own terms, and then.... well, the ending. I disliked the ending intently. I felt it was different from the book (and the Cusack film). I guess there were other parts that were different from the book as well, but I think changing the ending changes the MEANING, and either I didn't understand the new ending or, I did understand it and found it deeply pessimistic bo
  10. I got an e-mail for a publicist saying the film will be available in September and "more information" was coming in May. Sounds like they are going to do at least some marketing to evangelical press.
  11. Most of you know Nathan's film Wrestling for Jesus. This new one is one of those thoughtful documentaries that has spiritual undertones and embedded messages without needing to be overtly preachy. I liked it: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/05/06/the-passing-on-clarke-2020/
  12. Viva l'Italia! is on MUBI for 30 days. I'm gonna try to watch it.
  13. Cindy and I are watching. Not sure what I think yet. The lead actress was in Outlander, so I'm a fan of hers.
  14. The word “acceptance” plays a prominent role in The Passing On, Nathan Clarke’s new documentary about an African-American funeral director mentoring his potential successor. When James Bryant quizzes his mentee about the five stages of grief there is a pregnant and symbolic pause between “depression” and “acceptance.” Bryant’s mentee, Clarence Pierre, states that “I’m black, but I don’t feel like I am accepted” in the African-American community. Pierre is gay; whether the ostracism he feels from the community he serves makes it easier or harder to serve them is a complex question. The emo
  15. Jerry that makes some sense. If the people questioning you are sincere (it sounds like you think they are) than I might personally also try to reframe the practice -- For example: well, this allows us to include more girls in the ensemble, and research shows that theater helps build self-esteem and confidence, so I think it is important to let as many young women reap these benefits as possible. (Or conversely, to help men become more empathetic and in touch with their feelings.)
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