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N.K. Carter

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    Writer/Editor/Layout Artist/Graphic Designer/Photographer/Chef
  • Favorite movies
    Fiddler on the Roof, Finding Nemo, Spider-Man 2, The Lord of the Rings, The Secret of NIMH, The Princess Bride, Lilo & Stitch, Beauty and the Beast, Days of Heaven
  • Favorite music
    Over the Rhine, Jars of Clay, Nickel Creek, Jennifer Knapp, mewithoutYou, Yasunori Mitsuda, R.E.M., Sufjan Stevens, Neko Case, Gillian Welch, Jason Robert Brown, the Weepies, The Hold Steady, Josh Ritter, Camera Obscura, Jolie Holland, The Watkins Family Hour
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    Gilead, Peter Pan, The Great Divorce, Till we Have Faces, The Lord of the Rings, The Everlasting Man, Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, The Children of Men, The Once and Future King, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Golden Compass, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Willful Creatures, The Wasteland, Dubliners, The Great Gatsby, Ultimate Spider-Man, Runaways, Marvels, Fables, The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
  1. Actually, Don Bluth's early films all feature tender parent-child relationships: - Mrs. Brisby sacrifices life and limb to save her youngest son (admittedly a fever-stricken rallying cry without much personality) and the rest of her children. - Fievel and his father in An American Tail share a genuinely affectionate bond — though they spend most of the movie apart — and it's his father's music that guides him home in the end. This is probably the best example, and in fact the Mousekewitzes are an affectionate, in-tact, mostly functional nuclear family, which is, as you've pointed out befor
  2. Last-minute write-up on filmwell. Incidentally, religion crops up in 4 out of the ten nominated short films, and not in an especially negative way. There's actual church scenes in Dimanche/Sunday and Pentecost (neither especially reverent, although there's a bit of affection in Dimanche), a brief interview with a vicar in Wild Life, and a sweet if tactless character who's a minister from a local "Jesus Club" in Tuba Atlantic. Pentecost is the only one with much to say about religion, though, humorously flipping around the old "sports as a religion" to "religion as a sport."
  3. Well, this thread went to a weird place this morning. I think that Simon and Kirby were first and foremost trying to create pulp fiction that flew off the magazine stands, and like most successful pulp creators, they knew their audience. Most of the early successful comic heroes were pretty WASPy, even when they were from another planet. If you look at marketing decisions surrounding children's films in recent years, there's an emerging sense in Hollywood that, by and large, you can make a boy's movie and girls will watch it, but it's much harder to make a girl's movie and have boys watc
  4. I came away from the film with the impression that the boy-who-would-be-Sean-Penn and the middle brother are the only ones that matter. Isn't the middle son the musical one? Does the youngest son ever do or say anything at all? I spent the latter half of the film wondering why Malick bothered to include a third brother at all — his obscurity seems so complete as to border on intentional. In retrospect, it's a good bet he's a victim of Malick's notorious editorial process.
  5. Someday I'm going to make it all the way through this thread and post my thoughts. Probably long after anyone cares. But yes, Godawa is off his rocker.
  6. I'd lowballed my expectations on this one, so I was pretty pleased with the result. Solidly written with some surprisingly tender moments, appealingly old-fashioned, cohesive and featuring a great cast. Evans acquits himself nicely, and the film delicately sidesteps most of the worries from early on in the thread (It might still induce superhero fatigue, but if I were to cut this year's superhero output down to size, I'd cut Thor and Green Lantern to keep this and X-Men). The use of the USO bond tour to both explain and contextualize his origins was very clever, and while there's a bit of mode
  7. That's where I am-- the books are so a part of my brain that I can watch the movies and feel as if I've had a really satisfying literary experience when in fact I've just been reminded of one. That's a great line for a film review, if Roger Ebert hasn't already used it – "This isn't a good movie, but at least it reminds me of one."
  8. I'm glad! Since your review of Prisoner of Azkaban is pretty much the framework for how I view the rest of Kloves' failures. Incidentally, I know you said you got bogged down in Goblet of Fire and stopped reading the books, but given your comments on the movies I think there's a lot of moral material in the seventh book especially that you would find really, really interesting and heartening. A lot of things you would find objectionable, too, but still as a cultural bellwether really interesting.
  9. I'm going to throw in with the side that doesn't mind the reboot. We get a new version of Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre every ten years or so, right? That's much more restricted in terms of plot than Spider-Man. Spider-Man is incredibly fertile ground for adaptation, with decades of stories and dozens of different writers' takes to draw on. There are alternate continuities, future histories and standalone stories, not to mention television series and other media constantly reinterpreting and streamlining the material. I love the Raimi films, but they are the work of a very idiosyncratic
  10. To be honest, I'm always surprised when I come back from these films to find that the critical notices are generally positive. I enjoy them, of course, but then I come pre-invested. I love these stories and these characters, and where the films rush past key plot points and major character developments, I can fill them in and feel relatively satisfied. As a visual highlights reel, they're pretty good. But I've always imagined non-readers reactions ought to be more like Jeffrey's or D'Angelo's. What's satisfying about a bunch of two-note characters running around with wand lasers killing acclai
  11. My cautious optimism remains... cautious. It certainly doesn't look like a bad costume, and I like the notes of texture, although I can't quite figure out what's battle damage and what's just part of the costume. I can certainly appreciate the need to differentiate this film from the previous ones, too. I will say, though, that Spider-Man has one of the truly great superhero costumes; it's unusual but elegant, neither too simple nor too busy, and perfectly specific to the character. ( ) Any major modification to the costume, with the exception of adjusting for texture (as was necessary
  12. If he thinks he's playing "generic spiritual leader™" that would explain why his performance is so boring.
  13. See, I'm not seeing it. I put The Family Circus on one side and Yogi Bear on the other, and while the thought of The Family Circus makes me want to run and hide my head under my pillow, the thought of Yogi Bear seems to elicit some kind of primordial, Stef-stabbing-a-doll-in-the-eye annihilating loathing. I don't remember having a traumatic childhood experience with Yogi Bear, or with any bear. Some of my best friends are bears. I'm baffled. I empathize. There's something about Yogi in particular and his soulless face and large, oddly blank smile that verges on disturbing for me. That par
  14. Actually, Hardcore Christianity is probably the previous big thing. Several of my church friends in high school flirted with or joined that scene, back in the early aughts. The song from which that essay gets its title, "Memphis Will Be Laid to Waste," came out in 2002. (Incidentally, that song features a blistering John Donne-inspired rant by Aaron Weiss, whose band mewithoutYou, which has earned some affection on this board, began its career in that very scene -- before going in a very different direction.) Many of those same friends grew up to resemble "hipsters," some Christian, some no
  15. I don't disagree with your thesis about the relative merits of ESB/TT and this film -- although I think the comparison of the first half of a seventh film to any second film for good or ill is unhelpful -- but dude, can't HP at least get the animated Deathly Hallows sequence in the "more coolness" column? That's all I ask.
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