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    The Disciple

    This one almost sneaked past me, since Netflix has been focusing the energy on promoting their latest animated film instead. But this is so good, and so artful, that it needs a wide viewership. I'm pretty sure it's the first film of 2021 where I've said to Jessica afterwards that I would've loved to see it at a festival, to soak in the energy of a good Q&A and hear the director's thoughts afterwards. So it wasn't totally surprising, as I did my pre-review research, to learn that it was an award winner at TIFF and Venice last year. It's only the director's second film, but his styli
  2. I presumed the original query was a springboard from the most recent wave of transphobia generated by the conservative/evangelical outrage machine, and the comment on the 13th pretty much confirms it. I was going to refrain from commenting, but the recent back-and-forth in my subculture between Richard Dawkins and the American Humanist Association on transphobia has me thinking about it more. No matter one's belief system or lack thereof, I think one's worldview whether Christian or secular humanist should favor defense of the marginalized over proof texts. (Matthew 25, the Gospel of Lu
  3. Ah, I should've added an update. It's been available through some arthouse cinema sites in the US for a good week or so now. Reviews thus far have been underwhelming, so I've not been in a hurry to see it...
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    Thanks for the feedback, Christian. In my first lockdown column last year, I committed to sharing viewing links in all of my reviews till it was safe to return to cinemas, and I think I've done a good job of holding to that. I agree with you that it can be a challenge to find out how to watch films at home. JustWatch is my go-to for this, but they're far from complete. I supplement that with regular check-ins at a handful of arthouse cinema websites, to see what they're offering: though I'm now on the west coast, I still check what the Grail and Fine Arts Theatre in Asheville are playing,
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    And how was 10 Mile beer? The father and son look like they know what they're doing. And yes, I'm a kid in a candy shop right now. There's an embarrassment of choices here, and I limit myself to one beer a day, so I'll be in the discovery phase for a long time yet. I was actually at a fabulous bottle shop in Bellingham on Friday and went a little overboard; I used a random number generator on Saturday to choose among the 11 IPAs in my fridge!
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    It's not groundbreaking stylistically or anything, but this is a fun documentary for anyone with at least a passing interest in craft brewing. Folks here might find it of more than usual interest, since one of the two microbrew startups profiled sees their business as a form of Christian ministry. My review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2021/04/brewmance-serves-a-tasty-look-at-american-craft-brewing/
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    Usually the IndieWire "New Movies" column and NYTimes' film coverage are comprehensive, but this one slipped under their radar. Luckily a nearby arthouse cinema is selling virtual tickets to this, or I probably would've missed it, too. As of now, it's my favorite new film of 2021: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2021/04/coming-of-age-story-kuessipan-stands-apart-for-its-beauty-and-unique-setting/
  8. Better Days recently became available to rent thru streaming services in the US. No such luck with The Man Who Sold His Skin, alas.
  9. Hey, does anyone know how to score access to The Man Who Sold His Skin? I like to be a completist in watching Oscar-nominated international features, and this is the only one I'm not finding a way to watch.
  10. ...or The Green Book beating every other nominee that year.
  11. Yes, this. Thank you for expressing this more clearly and graciously than I was able to.
  12. You're probably going to have to develop a better critical vocabulary than "that was stupid" to receive any serious engagement in these parts. Paul Schrader considers Lebowski one of the 60 greatest films ever made, FWIW.
  13. I know there are critics who don't dig the Coen style, but I verge on thinking that if a person doesn't love (or at a minimum, appreciate) the Coen Brothers' oeuvre, they don't love cinema. At their best (and even when middling), their work is such a splendid amalgamation of crackling dialogue, philosophical musings, visual artistry, characterization, and music. As the eight pages of discussion of No Country for Old Men would attest to, there is plenty to be said about this film. And though opinions were polarized on this film, I don't recall that it was labeled as dull. It subverts an
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    Classical Music

    Wow, the Ninth - it's either my favorite or second favorite of his symphonies. Mahler certainly achieves transcendence in wrestling with his mortality and (I think) ultimately achieving some degree of musical acceptance of it. How fascinating that he would set him own irregular heartbeat to music! And that is a great story about Gilbert; I would've been applauding his decision along with the rest of the audience (minus one), had I been there...
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    Classical Music

    Well, we're 4/5ths of the way across the country, which means I just listened to Mahler 8. Greenberg's course and Josh Weilerstein's Sticky Notes on Mahler 6 have done a lot to enhance my appreciation. Since Mahler's symphonies are so often expressionistic psychodramas, it really helps to have a roadmap. And wow, it's now so clear the debt that Shostakovich owed Mahler, his favorite composer. Their creative orchestration, bizarre twists, and love of the grotesque really parallel one another, though it could be argued that Mahler aimed for the transcendent more frequently (and certainly mor
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