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  1. SeanC

    Dune (2021)

    Yes, precisely (especially since Villeneuve's previous sci-fi film didn't do well despite being really good).
  2. The conflict over neatness I really didn't buy, just because Mary Anne doesn't remotely seem like somebody who would be messy to the point of it bothering Dawn.
  3. I watched Ridley Scott's 1977 film debut, The Duellists, the day before seeing this, so that was an obvious thematic companion. I didn't much like The Duellists, but The Last Duel turns out to be Ridley Scott's best film since at least Matchstick Men, and possibly since Thelma & Louise. Also the first screenplay collaboration between Ben Affleck and Matt Damon since Good Will Hunting (joined by Nicole Holofcener) -- all three of whom seemed like very unconventional choices for this material, but the result speaks well of stretching outside one's comfort zone. It was originally intend
  4. SeanC

    Cyrano (2021)

    This is based on a musical stage production created by Peter Dinklage's wife Erica Schmidt, with music by The National. It's cool that Dinklage and his wife were able to bring their project to the screen. It certainly looks like Wright is bringing his usual visual flair to the proceedings as well.
  5. Overall, I really liked this, probably the second-best film of the Craig era. The main villain's ultimate plot is definitely a bit hazy in terms of motive and goals (ironically, as some have noted, this is the rare case where a Bond villain doesn't try to provide a detailed explanation for what he intends to do), but the emotional stakes of the movie absolutely land for me, and that goes a very long way toward selling it. This reminds me in a lot of ways of The Dark Knight Rises:
  6. How could you possibly assess whether he "has it" based on a mostly dialogue-less trailer? I find it very unlikely that Anderson would cast someone who couldn't act as the lead in his movie, sentiment or no. As far as the trailer goes, it's very heavily skewing toward conveying a vibe rather than story or characters, so it's hard for me to say much about it. But given the director, I'll being seeing it regardless.
  7. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Women's qualifiers: USA #3 Poland (RUS #4) Belarus (RUS #5) Switzerland (USA #4) Ukraine (RUS #6) Australia The Italian skater, Lara Naki Gutmann, is sitting in the unofficial seventh qualification spot for when Sweden returns the berth that its skater qualified at Worlds (and effectively qualified again by finishing in the top six here). Ice dance qualifiers: Finland Armenia (CAN #4) Georgia (RUS #4) Czech Republic The Finnish ice dance woman, Juulia Turkkila, was previously a singles skater who placed fourteenth as Finl
  8. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    From the Autumn Classic last weekend, Gilles & Poirier debuted their new programs (winning the dance event by a wide margin, as you'd assume). They brought back Govardo, the band that did the cover of "Vincent" they used three years ago, to do their new Beatles program. While they haven't said this is their last season explicitly, "The Long and Winding Road" certainly sets a tone. One or two of the lift elements I feel could use refining for maximum effect, but I like this as the blueprint for an Olympic program. Elsewhere, the women's event had what will be hard to t
  9. Why does it feel like that? WandaVision ends with an explicit tease that we'll see more of the kids. In addition to what's noted above, Kang is appearing in Quantumania, and the only tie he really has to the Ant-Man mythos is his relationship with Cassie Lang, which was part of the Young Avengers origin. They have introduced, at this point, every member of the original lineup other than Hulkling (and the second Vision, but given the differences between the MCU and the comics I expect we aren't getting him). I'm sorry, but that's not coincidental, it just isn't.
  10. This will also have Leonard Bernstein's music, most obviously, since they're both from the same source. West Side Story has been staged innumerable times. There's no reason that only one director should ever get a crack at making a film version of it, even if the first was a classic film (and especially in this case since there are obvious areas, like casting, where this one can make immediate improvements).
  11. Should they have stopped adapting Pride and Prejudice after 1940?
  12. They form their own team, they’re not something set up by others.
  13. The MCU is fun superheroics, though, teen heroes are very much tonally appropriate (indeed, we've already got Spider-Man).
  14. Basically every single Marvel project has an active Young Avengers tie-in at this point. I really see no basis at all to think that they aren't building up to that; it's every bit as apparent as the setup for some version of the Thunderbolts.
  15. The MCU Avengers (and seemingly the Thunderbolts) were assembled piece-by-piece by a government operative. The Young Avengers aren't like that, there's nothing to show in post-credits scenes. If they're doing something akin to their origin arc (though without "Avengers Disassembled" that would have to be significantly different) then them being brought together is the story there.
  16. SeanC

    Dune (2021)

    Average movie ticket price in 1991 was $4.21 USD, which inflation-adjusted is $8.44 USD today. Average ticket price in 2021 is $9.16, so ticket price has risen very slightly ahead of the rate of inflation, but we're talking less than a dollar. Streaming services operate on a subscription model which makes mega-budget projects generally uneconomical, or affordable only in very small numbers, unless you're just blowing money on prestige (both Netflix and Apple, for instance, have given ludicrous sums of money to Martin Scorsese for recent films because they want to burnish their reputation
  17. SeanC

    Dune (2021)

    That ticket price is what's necessary to finance movies made at this scale.
  18. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Nebelhorn is broadcast by the organizers online.
  19. I doubt it has anything to do with that. VanCamp just had a baby; the most likely motivation is wanting time for that.
  20. I hope they gradually move toward a more integrated model, similar to the last Commonwealth Games.
  21. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Kaiya is doing a split season. As one of the only two Canadian women with a consistent 3-3, she is absolutely in the running for the Olympic team, even if I would say Madeline is the favourite at the moment.
  22. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Lim & Quan have been cult favourites on the Canadian junior domestic scene the previous two seasons because of their quirky music choices, but they opted to represent Korea going forward to get out internationally, and went with the obvious RD choice to embrace their new federation: And Kaiya Ruiter unexpectedly wins Canada's first women's JGP medal in 8 years. This program was clearly selected with China on the brain (though China doesn't actually like the Disney version of Mulan).
  23. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Piper posted the annual teaser image for their free program. It's a long and winding road leading to a door, so one could say there's an obvious interpretation. Day 1 of the JGP is through, and the North American singles skaters kind of bowled over everybody else (though in the ladies that's just because one of the two Koreans imploded and the other had an imperfect skate).
  24. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    JGP France I starts tomorrow, the first noteworthy international junior event in over a year.
  25. SeanC

    Figure Skating

    Dealing with a leg issue.
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