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    Started the first season of this one. It has a...

    Started the first season of this one. It has a strong sense of dread, of slow and creeping isolation that's accomplished by smart dialogue choices and smarter reliance on camerawork. The underwater...
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    Probably the fewest number of films I've watched...

    Probably the fewest number of films I've watched to date in a year so far, but:

    1. Control
    2. Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
    3. BlackkKlansman
    4. Mandy
    5. A Quiet Place
    6. Revenge
    7. Red...
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    Novels: Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country Ross...

    Novels:
    Matt Ruff’s Lovecraft Country
    Ross Thomas’s Briarpatch
    Tayeb Salih’s Season of Migration to the North
    Leila Slimani’s The Perfect Nanny
    Juan Rulfo’s Pedro Páramo
    Monique Truong’s...
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    It’s Such a Beautiful Day The Lobster The...

    It’s Such a Beautiful Day
    The Lobster
    The Handmaiden
    Mad Max: Fury Road
    Only Lovers Left Alive
    Stranger by the Lake
    Upstream Color
    Timbuktu
    A Separation
    Tree of Life
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    Frustrated that the Rockwell and Ali performance...

    Frustrated that the Rockwell and Ali performance nods kept out people like Steven Yeun or Daniel Kaluuya. And that South Korea still doesn't have a single film that's made it to the Best Foreign Film...
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    Oscar nominations: Best Picture: “Black...

    Oscar nominations:

    Best Picture:

    “Black Panther”
    “BlacKkKlansman”
    “Bohemian Rhapsody”
    “The Favourite”
    “Green Book”
    “Roma”
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    Season 3, while working to offer more shades to...

    Season 3, while working to offer more shades to the characters, hasn't had the madcap energy or ingenuity of season 2 until the Janets episode just before midseason break. I was worrying that the...
  8. Hey, my mom was super-excited to see Mary Poppins...

    Hey, my mom was super-excited to see Mary Poppins Returns. She might have been the only one, though. :p
  9. Poll: Really enjoyed this one. The central relationship...

    Really enjoyed this one. The central relationship between Parker and Morales was well done, some actual nuanced work between father and son Morales, and invigorating animation style throughout.

    I...
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    I don't expect to finish anything else in time...

    I don't expect to finish anything else in time for any changes to this last post:

    New Reads for 2018
    Fiction:

    1. Tadeusz Borowski's This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen (Stories)
    2....
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    Poll: Having seen all of Lee's films, this feels...

    Having seen all of Lee's films, this feels comparable to Secret Sunshine or Oasis to me (I've grown to see SS as his masterpiece after first thinking it was Oasis, though I greatly respect that and...
  12. Poll: I like the symbolic reading that you apply to the...

    I like the symbolic reading that you apply to the film--reading the rib and fall from grace. And perhaps there's some level of collateral to be paid for Owen and Claire's messing around, especially...
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    Poll: Ended up watching this on a plane from Dublin to...

    Ended up watching this on a plane from Dublin to Chicago (along with Jurassic World: Sequel and The Predator), and this was transparently the best of the batch. The double cross was stupidly revealed...
  14. Poll: This film is aggressively frustrating. It's not...

    This film is aggressively frustrating. It's not as though it has characters who have any real depth or connection to the audience, but the final narrative development over the last five minutes makes...
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    Lots to edit in, hopefully... BEST PICTURE...

    Lots to edit in, hopefully...

    BEST PICTURE
    Paddington 2
    Private Life
    The Rider
    The Tale
    First Reformed

    BEST DIRECTOR
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    Poll: Props to Davis, Debicki, Kaluuya, and Farrell for...

    Props to Davis, Debicki, Kaluuya, and Farrell for doing strong work here. While Farrell's accent fails him, his actual character arc, attempting to remain in "power" even in scenarios where he folds...
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    Poll: Well, this was positively lovely; thanks Film...

    Well, this was positively lovely; thanks Film Twitter. While perhaps not especially nuanced in the villain, its gentleness and grace that are shown to all of the main cast comes across with such...
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    Some updating: 1. The Rider 2. The Tale 3....

    Some updating:

    1. The Rider
    2. The Tale
    3. First Reformed
    4. Burning
    5. Private Life
    6. Paddington 2
    7. Eighth Grade
    8. Sorry to Bother You
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    You all deserve this in your heads, too. ...

    You all deserve this in your heads, too.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDFBTdToRmw
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    Poll: I'll echo Zac. This one tries to cram the entire...

    I'll echo Zac. This one tries to cram the entire kitchen sink into the film, hitting every major sociohistorical angle so that there's so many secondary threads being juggled that Sarah and I were...
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    Been having a hard time having the time to do a...

    Been having a hard time having the time to do a full film, even in sections, but we are powering through the one-season Crazyhead on Netflix. For a British version of early Buffy seasons, it's fun...
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    Poll: To me, this had the Lanthimos feel, yes, but I...

    To me, this had the Lanthimos feel, yes, but I also felt a lot of influence from Punch Drunk Love and its similarly bitter and yearning to be understood worldview. The delivery of Finley's dialogue...
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    Have this one sitting and waiting for the end of...

    Have this one sitting and waiting for the end of the semester to power through it all. Excited to hear about this reaction. Doing Donna Tartt's The Secret History for a Halloween book club.
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    Not sure where I'd place it in the challenge, but...

    Not sure where I'd place it in the challenge, but we watched Terrifier late last week, after the trailer made the killer come off as legitimately unnerving. And honestly, the actor playing Art the...
  25. Team B: Round 1 1. Winston - Captain Marvel 2....

    Team B:
    Round 1
    1. Winston - Captain Marvel
    2. Ivan Drago - Aquaman
    3. dreamdead - Mary Poppins Returns
    4. TGM - Dumbo
    5. Henry Gale - The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

    Round 2
    1. Henry...
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