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Phantom Thread. Has to be among the most favorite movies and most exquisite films I've ever seen in my whole life. I'd seriously make it a top 20 all time which for me is saying something because I'm notoriously both indecisive and fickle.

If you see it and try to read it literally you'll probably hate it, especially in the knee jerk era of #metoo and all the fudged up confusion its wrought. But if you take it allegorically, symbolically, metaphorically — whatever is the proper literary term/take — then it's probably the deepest most complex meditation on love ever committed to film. And then there's the performances, the landscape, the color/tone, the era, everything. I found it flawless and I'm still thinking about it/working into its meaning and scope weeks after seeing it.

Also re-watching Gilmore Girls all the way through and both laughing hysterically and finding myself gut punched at the fights — wow, witnessing emotion really does take you to the same place biologically. It's tough. But it's a great series for Indie Rock and pop culture fans.

And I want to see that new Peter Rabbit because I want to be able to compare it to the real, gentle, pastoral, imaginative original and see just how wide the gulf in between.

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Loitering With Intent (real low ratings on Rotten Tomatoes because people are stupid and shallow). wink I thought it was great.
Outlander series one
The Odd Couple TV series 1
God Help The Girl (didn't really like it)

PS, I was super sad to learn that John Mahoney, Martin Crane in Frasier, died. I loved him!

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Tonight I watched abou9t an hou9r of the Three Penny Opera, 1931, by Berthold Brecht and G.W.Pabst. I want to watch the rest but I had to start juggling the pretense of a project/avoid work late at night through fandom distractions like this, so will get back to the rest tomorry. Here's something from the Criterion Collection about it to entice you:*

The sly melodies of composer Kurt Weill and the daring of dramatist Bertolt Brecht come together on-screen under the direction of German auteur G. W. Pabst (Pandora's Box) in this classic adaptation of the Weimar-era theatrical sensation. Set in the impoverished back alleys of Victorian London, The Threepenny Opera follows underworld antihero Mackie Messer (a.k.a. Mack the Knife) as he tries to woo Polly Peachum and elude the authorities. With its palpable evocation of corruption and dread, set to Weill's irresistible score, The Threepenny Opera remains a benchmark of early sound cinema. It is presented here in both its celebrated German and rare French versions.

*The opener is kick ass, the music Polka-ish but not and more, the cinematography blows minds, and the mythology wrapped up in it all is transcendent. It's almost a 100 years old AND is set in a Victorian-ish/Edwardian time but is among the most Modern with a capital M things I've seen in recent memory, likely due to shadow play and frankness. Many thumbs collectively up, notably for the worker, the union, the poor, grace, consciousness, art, and courage.

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Katy Perry - Roar (Official)

people don't change...

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Katy Perry - Roar (Official)

Wow, thanks for sharing. I'm so perennially behind the times. First time I've seen that. Fun...though too slick by half (or is it by twice?)

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Patrick Melrose.... Oh.  My.  God.

highly disturbing? check... dysfunctional family? check... blatant excessive drug use? check.... saturated in english wit? check....

it is awfully depressing.  but an amazing performance.  the witty one-liners are utterly brilliant.

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I'm on to the second season of Anne with an E and while I adore the girl cast as Anne, and enjoy it in a kind of "whatever, I'll watch it," kind of way, I'm non-plussed by the pedantic revisionism, by trying to make an early 20th century classic kid lit story in the culture of rural PEI Canada (written by a religious woman) comport with 21st century notions on race relations, and the sexual spectrum. You know, it's not like those things aren't main stream now, every piece of literature doesn't need to be turned back in time to reflect what we wish people understood earlier than now. So I'm giving it a C- this season.

Also rewatching all three seasons of The Durrells in Corfu — it truly is a Masterpiece!

Watched Into the Wild which I've been wanting to see for some time. I found it sublime and compelling and extremely well done on all fronts. I don't love narration, but I put up with it for this one. I then read all that stuff surrounding controversies around the guy, but in the end I found him to be a truly unique soul if not a bit extremist and obsessed in his way, but for a somewhat forgivable reason — I too long for Alaska and for wilderness and for solace from the absurdities and excesses of this era. The movie is on Netflix now and it's well worth watching, very thought provoking.

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The new season of American Masters, which you can catch at pbs.org.

First two episodes have been on women artists. Eve Hesse (mind-blowing), and Elizabeth Murray who struck me as a truly groundbreaking human being in addition to her art as production, as pieces. Humility comes to mind and so much to teach. These have been real treats.

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I've been "watcha watchin'"

"Hearts Beat Loud"

(Should they have called it 'Hearts Beat Loudly' ?)

Jeff Tweedy makes a guest appearance in this.

By the way, because the film is set in Noo Yoik, I've been saying, "Jeff Tooydie". <- Note: That's funny, at least around here, if you're me, and you hear me say, "Jeff Tooydie" in my Bronx accent, which I learned here:

https://youtu.be/1hrA9-6o4tI

Tony Collette in the film. She is awesome, eg. in "Little Miss Sunshine".

This is the trailer for "Hearts Beat Loud":

Hold on, let me say first that the film is partly set in a record, but those klutzy filmmakers forgot to put a Jicks record on the shelves. No Pavement sleave either.

Oh, and Sasha Lane is in the film, who was in "American Honey", the one about drifting American Youth. That's a heavy one, be warned.

"Hearts Beat Loud" is much lighter. I mostly mention it in case you like light-ish music films.

If you should ever watch it, look out for when Ted Danson says something the character he plays is enenthusiastic about, and then adds, in an upbeat manner, "Right?" The way he says it reminded me of Malkmus in one of those radio interviews from a while back, it might have been the one where they played a four song set for that station in Seattle, at the end of the American tour, after "Wig Out At Jagbags" came out.

Here's the film's trailer:

Er ... I'll just cue it up, ... , let me tend to all that control alt c v business, ... , should only take a minute, or a bit longer, those sorts of operations have sometimes been notoriously unpredictable, ... , however, turns out, good news: things went according to plan, here is the preview trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXNOg_SK7Vs


Thanks Chris, I'll give this a watch. Toni Collete is one of my absolute favs. If you haven't watched it, check out the Showtime series The United States of Tara, in which she plays a wife and mother with dissociative identity disorder. I found it stunning.

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The Miniaturist
Mean Streets
The Sons of Katie Elder
Broken Arrow
Once Upon a Time in the West
3:10 to Yuma

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kate h wrote:

I'm on to the second season of Anne with an E and while I adore the girl cast as Anne, and enjoy it in a kind of "whatever, I'll watch it," kind of way, I'm non-plussed by the pedantic revisionism, by trying to make an early 20th century classic kid lit story in the culture of rural PEI Canada (written by a religious woman) comport with 21st century notions on race relations, and the sexual spectrum. You know, it's not like those things aren't main stream now, every piece of literature doesn't need to be turned back in time to reflect what we wish people understood earlier than now. So I'm giving it a C- this season.

Also rewatching all three seasons of The Durrells in Corfu — it truly is a Masterpiece!

Watched Into the Wild which I've been wanting to see for some time. I found it sublime and compelling and extremely well done on all fronts. I don't love narration, but I put up with it for this one. I then read all that stuff surrounding controversies around the guy, but in the end I found him to be a truly unique soul if not a bit extremist and obsessed in his way, but for a somewhat forgivable reason — I too long for Alaska and for wilderness and for solace from the absurdities and excesses of this era. The movie is on Netflix now and it's well worth watching, very thought provoking.



Hi again,  kateh!!!!!  At my house we were so amped for season two of Anne With An E. But now we can barely look it in the eye. You may remember that I'm the person who reads aloud with her family every evening. While waiting for season two, we enjoyed the first Anne book, and read a fair chunk of the second one, too (We also read Pollyanna, by Katherine Anne Porter, for comparison).

What a letdown. I speak for my family here. We had mixed feelings about  the stupid gold-in-Avonlea story arc.  Even though it was stupid, we liked not being married to the events of the book.  The book really embraces the simple.  We realize it's not filled with drama and suspense such as people always want to see on tv. So we are ok with taking liberties, even great ones, with the plot.  We love those characters, and the well-chosen cast who play them bring them to life. We enjoy seeing them in different plots, if they could just not be so ridiculous.

We like the Gilbert plot line in some ways. However, we found the idea of Gilbert delivering a baby in a foreign country (and breech!) completely absurd from start-to-finish and done in the most sloppy and unrealistic way possible. I mean, I know we're not watching Call The Midwife, but the entire scene seemed like it was written by the type of men who would wait in the lobby while their children were being born. It turns out that the writing team for the show is mostly women!  A bunch of women conceived the idea that this Trinidadian woman needed some white boy to come along and tell her to push her baby out.

There are more complaints than I care to write about, such as poor character consistency.  Yet we still watch the show on occasion. We have only gone through half the season so far. We love the actress who plays Anne. We adore Matthew.

You watched the Durrells In Corfu? We had read and LOVED the Corfu trilogy in our reading time, so we watched season 1 a while back.  That was all there was then.  I loved the show. My kids were a bit sour, as they'd hoped for more focus on Gerald's nature observations and interactions with non-humans.   So, looks like I've got two more seasons!

nto The Wild?  Great idea, thank you. It's ON!  Why have I not watched it already? I enjoyed the book when it came out.

What else have I been watching lately?

Steven Universe
Better Off Ted
Bocaccio '70
Minutes
Seven Beauties
The Thin Man

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i've wanted to get into steven universe, but it seems like it's very annoying/difficult to catch up on.  i haven't found any legal streaming options and they seem to release like 70 episodes a year?  am i missing some easy way to watch it?

the boy your mother wanted you to meet

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Bob, we are watching Steven Universe on hulu. They have most of them. The first seasons had tons of episodes; the latter seasons have not been as prolific.  I think it's just the last season that's not on hulu yet but can be watched on you tube (that's what we did) and that is a bit annoying. 

If you aren't already a fan, I would suggest skipping the first 10 or 15 episodes. That's how my kids got me in.  The first shows are kinda stupid, especially if you don't already like the show.

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oh ok.  i don't have hulu+ so that may be why i personally never saw it streaming

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