Random Thread for October, 2014


An update on my life: today I had my first day in the classroom, being graded by my observing teacher. I taught Ozymandias, a poem by Percy Shelley, to the honors classes, and Ray Bradbury’s A Sound of Thunder to the regular English 10. My teacher gave me a score of 39/40, and said I was a natural. I, of course, used film clips. I showed the very ending of the first Planet of the Apes film for Ozymandias, showing how even the United States will one day be in ruins, while showing the Simpson’s version of A Sound of Thunder (Homer fixes the toaster, which makes it a time machine, where he goes back in time and kills an insect and makes Flanders supreme ruler) in the regular class.


About Jackrabbit Slim

Location: Vegas, Baby! I’m much older than the other whippersnappers here, a baby boomer. I tend to be more snobbish about film, disdaining a lot of the multiplex fare for “cinema.” My favorite films: Woody Allen’s oeuvre (up until about 1990), The Godfather, The Graduate, A Hard Day’s Night, Pulp Fiction. Politics: Well, George McGovern was my political hero. I’m also a prickly atheist. Occupation: Poised to be an English teacher in Las Vegas. For many years I was an editor at Penthouse Magazine. My role on this blog seems to be writing lots of reviews and being the resident Oscar maven.

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  1. I actually enjoyed GONE GIRL… it’s pretty damn great until the reveal, and after that it’s still silly fun… but some folks are seeing it as a brilliant commentary on marriage and relationships. And that’s just dumb.

  2. In completely unexpected (but welcome) television news: Twin Peaks is quite possibly returning for a third season after a brief, 23-year Summer hiatus.

    This is based on mysterious Tweets from David Lynch, Mark Frost and a former writer for the seminal 1990’s whodunit who said that “fans won’t be disappointed” with whatever is being teased.

    The rumor mill is that an official announcement will be made Monday. 8 episodes, airing on Showtime, with Lynch directing the entire season. I’ve got to think this is unprecedented (in terms of gaps) but I could be wrong.

  3. So Neill Patrick Harris is hosting the Oscars. I think he’s hosted just about every award show there is. I’m sure he’ll be fine, if more than a little safe.

  4. The submissions for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar:

    A record 83 countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®. Kosovo, Malta, Mauritania and Panama are first-time entrants.

    The 2014 submissions are:

    Afghanistan, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love,” Jamshid Mahmoudi, director;
    Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director;
    Australia, “Charlie’s Country,” Rolf de Heer, director;
    Austria, “The Dark Valley,” Andreas Prochaska, director;
    Azerbaijan, “Nabat,” Elchin Musaoglu, director;
    Bangladesh, “Glow of the Firefly,” Khalid Mahmood Mithu, director;
    Belgium, “Two Days, One Night,” Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, directors;
    Bolivia, “Forgotten,” Carlos Bolado, director;
    Bosnia and Herzegovina, “With Mom,” Faruk Loncarevic, director;
    Brazil, “The Way He Looks,” Daniel Ribeiro, director;
    Bulgaria, “Bulgarian Rhapsody,” Ivan Nitchev, director;
    Canada, “Mommy,” Xavier Dolan, director;
    Chile, “To Kill a Man,” Alejandro Fernández Almendras, director;
    China, “The Nightingale,” Philippe Muyl, director;
    Colombia, “Mateo,” María Gamboa, director;
    Costa Rica, “Red Princesses,” Laura Astorga Carrera, director;
    Croatia, “Cowboys,” Tomislav Mršic, director;
    Cuba, “Conducta,” Ernesto Daranas Serrano, director;
    Czech Republic, “Fair Play,” Andrea Sedlácková, director;
    Denmark, “Sorrow and Joy,” Nils Malmros, director;
    Dominican Republic, “Cristo Rey,” Leticia Tonos, director;
    Ecuador, “Silence in Dreamland,” Tito Molina, director;
    Egypt, “Factory Girl,” Mohamed Khan, director;
    Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director;
    Ethiopia, “Difret,” Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, director;
    Finland, “Concrete Night,” Pirjo Honkasalo, director;
    France, “Saint Laurent,” Bertrand Bonello, director;
    Georgia, “Corn Island,” George Ovashvili, director;
    Germany, “Beloved Sisters,” Dominik Graf, director;
    Greece, “Little England,” Pantelis Voulgaris, director;
    Hong Kong, “The Golden Era,” Ann Hui, director;
    Hungary, “White God,” Kornél Mundruczó, director;
    Iceland, “Life in a Fishbowl,” Baldvin Zophoníasson, director;
    India, “Liar’s Dice,” Geetu Mohandas, director;
    Indonesia, “Soekarno,” Hanung Bramantyo, director;
    Iran, “Today,” Reza Mirkarimi, director;
    Iraq, “Mardan,” Batin Ghobadi, director;
    Ireland, “The Gift,” Tom Collins, director;
    Israel, “Gett, the Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, directors;
    Italy, “Human Capital,” Paolo Virzì, director;
    Japan, “The Light Shines Only There,” Mipo O, director;
    Kosovo, “Three Windows and a Hanging,” Isa Qosja, director;
    Kyrgyzstan, “Kurmanjan Datka Queen of the Mountains,” Sadyk Sher-Niyaz, director;
    Latvia, “Rocks in My Pockets,” Signe Baumane, director;
    Lebanon, “Ghadi,” Amin Dora, director;
    Lithuania, “The Gambler,” Ignas Jonynas, director;
    Luxembourg, “Never Die Young,” Pol Cruchten, director;
    Macedonia, “To the Hilt,” Stole Popov, director;
    Malta, “Simshar,” Rebecca Cremona, director;
    Mauritania, “Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako, director;
    Mexico, “Cantinflas,” Sebastián del Amo, director;
    Moldova, “The Unsaved,” Igor Cobileanski, director;
    Montenegro, “The Kids from the Marx and Engels Street,” Nikola Vukcevic, director;
    Morocco, “The Red Moon,” Hassan Benjelloun, director;
    Nepal, “Jhola,” Yadav Kumar Bhattarai, director;
    Netherlands, “Accused,” Paula van der Oest, director;
    New Zealand, “The Dead Lands,” Toa Fraser, director;
    Norway, “1001 Grams,” Bent Hamer, director;
    Pakistan, “Dukhtar,” Afia Nathaniel, director;
    Palestine, “Eyes of a Thief,” Najwa Najjar, director;
    Panama, “Invasion,” Abner Benaim, director;
    Peru, “The Gospel of the Flesh,” Eduardo Mendoza, director;
    Philippines, “Norte, the End of History,” Lav Diaz, director;
    Poland, “Ida,” Pawel Pawlikowski, director;
    Portugal, “What Now? Remind Me,” Joaquim Pinto, director;
    Romania, “The Japanese Dog,” Tudor Cristian Jurgiu, director;
    Russia, “Leviathan,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director;
    Serbia, “See You in Montevideo,” Dragan Bjelogrlic, director;
    Singapore, “Sayang Disayang,” Sanif Olek, director;
    Slovakia, “A Step into the Dark,” Miloslav Luther, director;
    Slovenia, “Seduce Me,” Marko Šantic, director;
    South Africa, “Elelwani,” Ntshavheni Wa Luruli, director;
    South Korea, “Haemoo,” Shim Sung-bo, director;
    Spain, “Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed,” David Trueba, director;
    Sweden, “Force Majeure,” Ruben Östlund, director;
    Switzerland, “The Circle,” Stefan Haupt, director;
    Taiwan, “Ice Poison,” Midi Z, director;
    Thailand, “The Teacher’s Diary,” Nithiwat Tharathorn, director;
    Turkey, “Winter Sleep,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan, director;
    Ukraine, “The Guide,” Oles Sanin, director;
    United Kingdom, “Little Happiness,” Nihat Seven, director;
    Uruguay, “Mr. Kaplan,” Álvaro Brechner, director;
    Venezuela, “The Liberator,” Alberto Arvelo, director.

    The 87th Academy Awards nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

    The Oscars® will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

    The only one I’ve seen is Ida. Has Rob or Nick or anyone else seen or heard of any of these?

  5. lol, been dealing with some work stuff that’s been consuming my time. God willing things will improve shortly.

    I want to kick off HAGEBOC in time for Interstellar, although (as long as no one has any objections) it will be a radically different contest this year.

  6. Interstellar getting fairly mixed reviews (with the occasional rave). It’s a little worrying how much the reviews remind me of those for Prometheus.

    It’s disappointing, but I guess not overly surprising given that Nolan just made the worst film of his career two years ago.

  7. Hey guys! Long time no talk!
    Just wanted to let you know that I’m good for an early Big Hero 6 review (of course) this weekend. I know nothing about the original comic/manga/whatever, but the trailers/clips have been growing on me. Cautiously optimistic on this one!

  8. Marvel’s next wave:

    May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War
    – Nov. 4, 2016: Doctor Strange
    – May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    – July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
    – Nov. 3, 2017: Black Panther
    – May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War – Part I
    – July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel
    – Nov. 2, 2018: Inhumans
    – May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War – Part II

  9. Excited for Black Panther, although less enthusiastic about Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange (which hopefully falls through).

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