Movie Review – The Passion of Joan of Arc
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by Seth Harris
1d ago
The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) Written by Joseph Delteil and Carl Theodor Dreyer Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer How could a Dane make a film about Joan of Arc and do her story any justice? This was the sentiment of many French nationalists when Carl Theodor Dreyer was invited by the Société Générale des Films to make a film about the historical figure as her popularity resurged in the 1920s. Dreyer spent a year studying the transcripts of her trial before starting to write the script. He would cast Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Joan, an actress who never appeared in another film and died at ..read more
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Movie Review – Do the Right Thing
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by Seth Harris
3d ago
Do the Right Thing (1989) Written and directed by Spike Lee Every ten years since 1952, the British film magazine Sight & Sound has conducted a poll among invited critics and directors to determine an ever-shifting list of the 250 greatest films of all time. The most recent list of poll results was released last year, with Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (dir. Chantal Akerman) topping the list. I decided to pick a few films near the top that I have not seen or have only seen pieces of to further my cinematic education. I’d seen fragments of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thi ..read more
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TV Review – Neon Genesis Evangelion Episodes 19 thru 26
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by Seth Harris
3d ago
Neon Genesis Evangelion – Episodes 19 through 26 Written by Hideaki Anno, Akio Satsukawa, and Hiroshi Yamaguchi Directed by Masayuki, Masahiko Ōtsuka, Hiroyuki Ishidō, Akira Takamura, Shōichi Masuo, and Kazuya Tsurumaki When I first started watching Neon Genesis Evangelion at the start of the year, I read that some fans hated the ending of the anime series. I wanted to know why that could be. Now that I have finished the show, I completely understand why some of the audience would not like this. I, however, am a big weirdo, and I loved it, yet I get that it goes in a wildly different directio ..read more
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PopCult Podcast – Challengers/Sasquatch Sunset
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by Seth Harris
3d ago
In one film we follow the complex intersection of sex, sports, and relationships. In the second, we see life from the perspective of animals where mortality is sudden & cold. Ariana and Seth watched Challengers and Sasquatch Sunset. Their opinions may surprise you, especially about one of these films ..read more
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Solo Tabletop RPG Actual Play – CY_Borg Part Three
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by Seth Harris
4d ago
CY_Borg (Free League Publishing) Written and designed by Christian Sahlén and Johan Nohr You can purchase CY_Borg here  You can download the CY_litary De.file_ment solo rules here Read how our last CY_Borg adventure ended here For this playthrough of CY_Borg, I decided to go with one of the six classes in the core book. A d6 roll had me as an Orphaned Gearhead. Things are named very specifically in all the Borg games, but the text doesn’t define them. This evocative design makes it so that each player or group’s experience with CY_Borg will be very different while still following basic g ..read more
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Solo Tabletop RPG Actual Play – Notorious: Outsiders Part Two
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by Seth Harris
6d ago
Notorious: Outsiders (Always Checkers Publishing) Written and designed by Jason Price Art by Torben Bokemeye You can purchase Outsiders here Read the first chapter in Korris’s trilogy here The Nomads have let Korris know they are not happy with his performance on Oceron. Too much attention drawn to his activities makes the Guild vulnerable. As a result, Korris finds himself limited in contracts he can pick up, but he also gets a few more messages from other Nomads telling him they’re impressed he took down a Dreng warrior.  Despite the boost this gives him, Korris is filled with dre ..read more
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Movie Review – Heaven Can Wait
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by Seth Harris
1w ago
Heaven Can Wait (1943) Written by Samson Raphaelson Directed by Ernst Lubitsch I thought this was the film Warren Beatty’s 1978 Heaven Can Wait was based on. I was wrong. That film was a remake of 1941’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Why Beatty chose to title his movie after a well-known Ernst Lubitsch film while it was a remake of something else does not have an answer I could find. What makes it even more confounding is that both films have an element of fantasy & the afterlife. They play out in wildly different ways, but in the first fifteen minutes of this movie, I wondered when I’d start to ..read more
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TV Review – Northern Exposure Season Two
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by Seth Harris
1w ago
Northern Exposure Season Two (1991) Written by Robin Green, Henry Bromell, Andrew Schneider, Diane Frolov, Ellen Herman, and David Assael Directed by Stuart Margolin, Sandy Smolan, Nick Marck, Steve Robman, Rob Thompson, Bill D’Elia, and David Carson I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a deftly handled realignment on a show as I have with Season Two of Northern Exposure. While Season One wasn’t terrible, it was pretty one-note until the end. For the most part, the show was a fish-out-of-water story about Joel Fleishman (Rob Morrow), an NYC doctor transplanted to the remote environs of Alaska. T ..read more
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Movie Review – To Be Or Not To Be
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by Seth Harris
1w ago
To Be Or Not To Be (1942) Written by Edwin Justus Mayer Directed by Ernst Lubitsch When To Be Or Not To Be was released in theaters, the public wasn’t sure how to feel. It was a film about Europe under the control of the Nazis, but it was also a comedy. Beloved comedian Jack Benny was even dressed up as one as part of a complex plan to trick the Nazis. Benny’s father walked out of the theater in disgust, seeing his son wearing that uniform. Eventually, the actor’s father was convinced to return and ended up watching this film 46 times over its run in theaters. However, some critics found the ..read more
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PopCult Podcast – Do Not Expect Too Much From the End of the World/Dad & Step-Dad
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by Seth Harris
1w ago
A whirlwind day in the life of a Romanian woman hustling & grinding to stay afloat. A lazy weekend with two men concerned with the upbringing of a son they share. These strange films make up the podcast this week. Ariana and Seth watched Don’t Expect Too Much From the End of the World and Dad & Step-Dad. They have many thoughts ..read more
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