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by Mister Tee
Sun Oct 14, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: The Official Review Thread of 2018
Replies: 123
Views: 6676

Re: The Official Review Thread of 2018

I've caught up with all three of the year's hot documentaries, and have been meaning to comment on them, so I thank dws for giving me the prod to get my thoughts down. I know I've noted this before, but I think it bears repeating: it's truly amazing to have three docs in such a short period achieve ...
by Mister Tee
Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:41 am
Forum: 2018
Topic: Beautiful Boy reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Beautiful Boy reviews

Given the desultory critical response, I was ready to write this one off completely -- but it's having a startlingly strong opening weekend: estimated $325,000 at only 4 theatres. Year's biggest limited average. So maybe it has some life in acting categories. Well, amend this. Either the original r...
by Mister Tee
Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: At Eternity's Gate reviews
Replies: 9
Views: 233

Re: At Eternity's Gate reviews

How did this turn into the Book Club thread? An unexpected free NY Film Festival ticket came my way last night, so, my early word on At Eternity's Gate: Kind of a mixed bag. Schnabel is an inventive director, and he works hard to take viewers inside the mind of the tortured artist. Some things work ...
by Mister Tee
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: 2018
Topic: Beautiful Boy reviews
Replies: 4
Views: 196

Re: Beautiful Boy reviews

Given the desultory critical response, I was ready to write this one off completely -- but it's having a startlingly strong opening weekend: estimated $325,000 at only 4 theatres. Year's biggest limited average. So maybe it has some life in acting categories.
by Mister Tee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1965
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Best Cinematography 1965

I have to issue a promissory note here, as I'm missing two from the black-and-white column (Morituri and In Harm's Way) and one color (The Agony and the Ecstasy). I have In Harm's Way coming via Netflix, and Agony is scheduled for TCM within the next month. Once those two are under my belt, I'll wei...
by Mister Tee
Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: 2018 Baseball Post-Season

And then there were four, not including the team I care about. To rewind briefly: Cleveland carried a 2-1 home-park lead into the 7th inning, and watched their bullpen collapse utterly: the Astros scored 10 runs over the final three innings, and only allowed 1 meaningless bottom-nine counter. The As...
by Mister Tee
Mon Oct 08, 2018 9:02 pm
Forum: The Damien Bona Memorial Oscar History Thread
Topic: Best Cinematography 1966
Replies: 4
Views: 226

Re: Best Cinematography 1966

I can't vote under black and white because I never saw Is Paris Burning? I remember the movie opening -- and getting pretty terrible reviews (despite being the work of well-respected Rene Clement). That it managed this nomination anyway was a fairly strong sign the category's usefulness was at an en...
by Mister Tee
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:05 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: 2018 Baseball Post-Season

Away for two days as advertised, and for a bit there it looked like half the four series might be over before I could weigh in again. That could still be the case by end of day -- in fact, 3 of 4 match-ups could be decided. But, for the moment, three series still live. To deal with the past-tense se...
by Mister Tee
Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:01 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: 2018 Baseball Post-Season

Alert: I'll be out of town for the aforementioned family event from tomorrow through Sunday, so it's likely I won't have opportunity to post during that stretch. As to the upcoming series: The Rockies are, per Pythagoras, a less-good team than their record, while the Brewers line up pretty well with...
by Mister Tee
Wed Oct 03, 2018 11:33 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: 2018 Baseball Post-Season

I can exhale, at least for a day or so, as the Yanks prevailed, to move on to face Boston. Severino -- who, we may recall, was knocked out in the first inning of last year's Wild Card -- came out smoking, and, while he only lasted into the 5th (thanks to a lot of grinding at-bats by the A's), he kep...
by Mister Tee
Wed Oct 03, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

Re: 2018 Baseball Post-Season

So, if you had the Cubs as first team to be bounced from the post-season...your predictive powers are way better than mine. It was an absorbing game, gripping if you had a rooting interest. A danfrank kind of game, I assume -- low-scoring, no home runs, the ultimate rally built on three weakish two-...
by Mister Tee
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: General Off-Topic
Topic: 2018 Baseball Post-Season
Replies: 6
Views: 101

2018 Baseball Post-Season

It required an extra day, but we finally have our post-season qualifiers in position. We had a tale of two leagues this year. The AL was a metaphor for our income inequality-riven society. For the first time, three teams in one league won 100 games or more. This was possible largely because three te...
by Mister Tee
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:53 pm
Forum: 90th Predictions and Precursors
Topic: Best Cinematography 2017
Replies: 6
Views: 321

Best Cinematography 2017

It's been hard to work up the energy to discuss something so near in the rear-view mirror, but, briefly: Call Me by Your Name and The Lost City of Z would have been splendid substitutes, but the slate isn't blemished in any way. As much as I don't care for Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel always makes ...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:59 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 640
Views: 24802

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

I fully agree, Magilla. It also goes to the accuser from Yale -- when I heard her last name was Ramirez, I thought to myself, yep, that'd be a girl Kavanaugh and his gang would consider disposable. Even when it came to Dr. Ford...one of the Catholic school girls/Kavanaugh supporters said of her &quo...
by Mister Tee
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Current Events
Topic: Everything Is Great and Amazing
Replies: 640
Views: 24802

Re: Everything Is Great and Amazing

At the very last second, an Arizona Senator makes a surprise move that flips the script. Haven't we see this movie before? There's of course NO guarantee the FBI investigation will be decisive, but a week in Trump Time is a year (things that happened yesterday morning can feel like another life). Re...

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