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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    Unless he were to be mind-wiped, I also don't know that Steve could be happy going back to the past knowing that the world is still threatened, and he is still needed to keep it safe, in 2019. What if he were to go back and then in 2020 there is some catastrophe and Earth is wiped out and maybe he could have made a difference if he were here? That kind of thought would torment him. I actually think Steve has ended up as a very (tragically) betwixt and between character--he wouldn't fit in in the 1940s anymore, but equally, he will never quite be comfortable in the 21st century.
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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    I thought Volume 2 *tried* to be a deeper and more character-driven movie than GOTG, but the script was too weak and shallow to let it actually succeed, and it rehashed too many beats from the first GOTG. I do give Volume 2 props for having a much better final battle than Volume 1, though. IMO the dance-off was so dumb I felt myself losing brain cells just from watching. I don’t think the fact that GOTG2 made more money than GOTG means a whole lot one way or the other, though. Let’s be real, Marvel could roll ME out as the director of any of the next phase movies and it would still make more money than its predecessor(s). Other than Age of Ultron (which I know was creatively disappointing but which was also up against a monumental task), has there been a MCU sequel yet that hasn’t made more money than its predecessor?
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    The Marvel Cinematic Universe: The Avengers, etc.

    I agree with this. Choosing a new director for GOTG3 meant that the movie had the possibility of doing something radically different from the first two that would let the franchise climb to new heights. With Gunn, the third movie will be more of the same.
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    Avengers: Endgame (2019)

    I don't know, Carol kind of reminds me of 1940s Bucky--cocky and sometimes flippant but also a good soldier, someone who always tries to do the right thing, and someone who knows how to be a team player. Steve will respect all of those things (IS many of those things). Heck, depending on how long Carol has been away, Steve might enjoy having someone around who is less up on pop culture than he is! I actually could see Natasha having more of a problem with Carol, mostly because Carol is another secret Fury kept, but also because I could imagine Natasha gritting her teeth at having a sense of humor not dissimilar to her own thrown back at her. Somehow I feel like Bruce won't like Carol much either.
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    For some people, acknowledging realities=political feminist agenda. Having had overnight to reflect on the movie, I would agree with those who put it at or near the top of the second tier of Marvel movies (though I still think it ties with Iron Man as the best MCU origin movie). It wasn't as good as Winter Soldier--which I suspect will be forever the top Marvel movie in my mind--but it is probably the best movie Marvel has done since. The biggest thing for me was the actors. The ensemble just had utterly PHENOMENAL chemistry. I want Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson in every buddy cop movie ever from now on; you could tell that SLJ was having a ball playing a younger and more relaxed version of Fury, and Carol just got such a kick out of Fury and how he could match her wit and that he just let her be her, it was delightful. Larson owned the titular role and commanded the screen without having to be flashy or overpowering. I do agree that the movie never quite manages to dive as deeply into Carol as you would like it to, and her character arc wasn't paced super well (I would love to see a director's cut of this movie--I wonder if some meaty scenes for Carol got left on the cutting room floor), but part of that is inherent in the amnesia plot, and Larson did very well with what she was given. You never forgot that Carol was in internal conflict, didn't feel like she fit in with the Kree, and was always on some level in search of herself. Larson also played Carol's reaction to Maria really well; you could tell that Carol felt something for Maria even though she didn't really recognize or know her. Speaking of, I also thought Larson and Lashana Lynch had excellent chemistry and Carol and Maria had the movie's most compelling relationship. Despite having limited screentime together, and mostly during which one party didn't remember the other, they sold the hell out of a lifetime friendship and being each other's Person. I really hope Carol came back to visit between 1995 and 2019, because it makes me sad to think that it was another 25 years before they saw each other again, and that Carol still looks 25ish while Maria will now look 50ish. Monica was the best thing ever, and Akira Akbar was just perfect. And Ben Mendelsohn was excellent as Talos--not every actor can be compelling under layers of makeup and prosthetics, but he really was. And I liked what the movie did with his character. I didn't expect it but it SO worked. I do agree that I didn't love the choice of Just a Girl for the scene it was in. It didn't ruin the scene and I get what they were going for, but they just didn't quite get there. Some of the other music choices--particularly Only Happy When It Rains, Whatta Man, and Come As You Are--were much more inspired. The movie did go about 10% overboard on '90s nostalgia, but generally it refrained from hitting that button too hard, and some beats really worked--the Blockbuster and phone booth, for example. Everyone waiting for the disc to load and Fury's "state of the art" pager also got particularly big laughs at the theater I was in. Were the Kree actively blocking Carol's memories from returning, or were they just not helping her recover them? I want to say the first but I don't recall that the movie ever made it clear. Fury and the false eyes made me cackle. I also got a kick out of the "in orbit?! You're supposed to be my science guy! IN ORBIT?!" bit, and a whole lot of other moments besides. This movie was genuinely funny a lot of the time, unlike a lot of recent Marvel fare, which I think has tried too hard to be funny. Goose will be the universe's secret weapon against Thanos. The first post-credits scene made me SO amped up for Avengers: Endgame. I so want to see Steve, Natasha, and Carol hanging out. I guess Bruce and Rhodey can come too, but Steve/Natasha/Carol is where it's at. Overall, this is the first Marvel movie in a while that I think I would pay to see in theaters more than once. Hats off to all involved.
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I just got back from the movie and am still formulating my overall thoughts, but I know I agree with this statement. To me this movie was on par with Iron Man as the MCU’s top origin story movie.
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    Captain Marvel (2019)

    I think this may well be the case, because the trailers have gotten progressively better as they have leaned into the quirky/cosmic material more and been willing to reveal a little bit more. The first trailer read as very, very safe. re: Brie Larson's voice, I was critical of her line delivery in the first trailer because to me there didn't seem to be much conviction behind the line deliveries. Everything she said felt kind of empty and really flat. I've enjoyed the later trailers more in part because her lines have had more personality behind them.
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    The Favourite (2018)

    It's so funny how mileage varies on this across viewers! It is a testament to the strength of the cast and the screenplay. That said, imo it was the right call to nominate Rachel Weisz in Supporting--the movie was "about" Sarah far less than it was about Anne or Abigail. That is not to say that Sarah was a flat or agency-less character, but rather to say that I thought the screenplay subordinated her story to Anne and Abigail's, and that her importance was really more about her place in theirs. (That Weisz could even be in the conversation for Lead is a great compliment to her performance, I think.) Equally, as I said above, Emma Stone should definitely have been nominated in Lead. I don't know what the screentime totals looked like, but Abigail was the character whose journey the movie was most focused on from start to end and for most of the movie its focal point. I definitely think there were some category shenanigans in nominating her in Supporting--and as I said above I wonder if that decision was made because everyone involved knew Stone wouldn't win (her performance wasn't strong enough) and they thought Colman had a better chance of winning Lead with no costar splitting the vote than Weisz did of winning Supporting with no costar splitting the vote. Turns out that may have been the right call. I honestly think Olivia Colman could have gone either way--she felt like Supporting for the first third to half of the movie, but by the end it felt like Anne had ascended to co-Lead status with Abigail (that shift starts around when she sleeps with Abigail and the movie becomes more about Anne's choice between Sarah and Abigail and less about Abigail's machinations, I think). Given the strength of her performance as well as its Oscar bait-y nature (the weight she gained, having to mimic Anne's physical condition post-stroke), I can see why they ran Colman in Lead instead of Supporting. I really think that is one that could have gone either way. I was also grossed out by the vomiting scenes, but in reflecting on them I felt they served a purpose. iirc, we usually see Anne and Abigail vomiting because they've overindulged in something (and usually they're overindulging to self-medicate emotional/psychological pain). On the contrary, Sarah, who is so self-controlled and in many ways austere, I think only throws up when Abigail has poisoned her. It's both a really nice little characterization note that splits Sarah off from Anne and Abigail--Abigail can play Anne so well in part because they are more similar, while Anne and Sarah wreck their relationship largely because they are such fundamentally different people--and as far as Sarah goes, also an obvious literalization of Abigail's poisoning of her life.
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    The Favourite (2018)

    Yeah, I was super pumped (and pleasantly surprised) when Colman won last night--and then her speech was just so charming!!! My new ambition in life is to be her BFF, because she just seems like so much fun. I'm also glad The Favourite didn't get shut out, as that would have been a real shame (especially as TF tied Roma for the most nominations). I side-eyed HARD Emma Stone being nominated in Supporting instead of Lead, but I guess it worked out, since Stone might have split the Colman vote if nominated in Lead. I wonder if that was actually the thinking behind putting her in Supporting instead.
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    S01.E16: Estimated Time of Departure

    This guy clearly went to the Kitsis and Horowitz School of Showrunning. That is neither a compliment nor a good thing.
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    NFL Thread

    I agree that NFL owners can run their business as they see fit (to a degree, obviously). Yet iirc, despite a lot of chest-beating and woofing about it, the owners haven't actually instituted any rules prohibiting anthem protests. In fact, they backed off of doing so before the start of this season because they know it would be incredibly unpopular and a terrible look for the league. It's pretty disingenuous to blacklist Kaepernick for anthem protests when the owners have actively chosen not to have any policies against anthem protests. Exactly. Somehow "distractions" don't matter when a player is talented enough and a team wants him. It's like domestic violence. The NFL/owners care OH SO MUCH, REALLY...until it's a player they really like and want to keep around, and then they look the other way and mouth a bunch of platitudes and let the guy who beat a woman keep playing.
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    The Favourite (2018)

    I just got back from seeing this, and thought it was very good but weird. The acting was utterly top-notch, of course. Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz were blow-the-doors-off amazing; I found Emma Stone good, but not as good to the other two (though that may be partially because Abigail just wasn't as interesting a character). I felt quite badly for Sarah at the end, and wish more of the movie had been about her, as imo she emerged as the most interesting character, with the most depth/layers of anyone on-screen. When she was walking back through the secret passage after she saw Anne and Abigail sleeping together? OUCH. In some ways I also think Sarah loved Anne more than Anne loved her (not as it appears on the surface), which makes it all doubly tragic. I would totally watch a prequel about Anne and Sarah (really Sarah) running the country...or a sequel where Sarah does something else cool and seethes in bitterness. Did anyone else crack up at her attempts at letter writing? I know I did. But I also love that we don't know what the actual letter said. Olivia Colman's EYES during the party scene. Sometimes the (odd) soundtrack worked for me, and sometimes it didn't. The fish-eye view was effective the first 500 times it was used, but by the end I was kind of over it. The costumes and scenery were BEAUTIFUL, though--I do hope it wins one of the technical Oscars for which it's been nominated (especially Costume Design or Production Design), because it was just a visual feast on all levels. Agreed, I loved that, and I loved Weisz' deadpan delivery of "No, but I do have a standing job offer" when Godolphin finds her in the brothel and asked if she'd been raped. Something about it was both so controlled and wry and nonchalant in the way that Sarah was throughout the movie, and yet hinted that she was about to TOTALLY lose her shit.
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    NFL Thread

    I don’t believe for a second that Gurley isn’t injured. McVay is too smart to pull a Malcolm Butler the year after Belichick probably pissed away the Super Bowl by doing it. I think they just haven’t wanted to admit how banged-up Gurley is.
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    Super Bowl LIII: The Live Chat Topic

    Yeah, tonight was a win for the officiating for sure. No big blown calls and they let the players play and only really flagged the big stuff, which I like.
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    Super Bowl LIII: The Live Chat Topic

    YES!!!! That is NOT how I thought this game would go, but for a Pats win I will happily take it. Though for the sake of my blood pressure, they need to stop shooting themselves in the foot in the first quarter/half, jfc. They should definitely have been up more at halftime. And they have got to do something about Gostowski...he’s developing a bad case of the playoff yips. This game didn’t have the drama of some others but I found it tense and didn’t think it was boring. At a certain point you started waiting for the one big play that would turn the tide. There was some truly excellent defense. So pumped for the McCourty twins. Gronk is SO retiring. You can’t script a better ending.
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