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  1. From Wikipedia:
    Tenet is a 2020 science fiction action thriller film written and directed by Christopher Nolan, who produced it with Emma Thomas. A co-production between the United Kingdom and the United States, it stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. The film follows a secret agent who learns to manipulate the flow of time to prevent an attack from the future that threatens to annihilate the present world.

    Nolan took more than five years to write the screenplay after deliberating about Tenet’s central ideas for over a decade. Pre-production began in late 2018, casting took place in March 2019, and principal photography lasted six months, from May to November, in Denmark, Estonia, India, Italy, Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema shot on 65 mm film and IMAX. Over one hundred vessels and thousands of extras were used.

    Delayed three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Tenet was released in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2020, and United States on September 3, 2020, in IMAX, 35 mm, and 70 mm. It was the first Hollywood tent-pole to open in theaters after the pandemic shutdown, and grossed $363 million worldwide, making it the fifth-highest-grossing film of 2020. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics, and won Best Visual Effects at the 93rd Academy Awards where it was also nominated for Best Production Design.

  2. So much of this kind of confusion could be avoided if people would resume using italics (or at least quotation marks) to set off titles.

  3. The practice I was taught, in let’s say high-school English, was either quotation marks or italics (sometimes meaning underline!) for titles, depending on the kind of thing it was, with generally italics for longer or more “significant” genres and quotation marks for shorter or simpler genres or works. Thus “A Short Story” but A Novel. Songs were always in quotation marks, longer forms were italics particularly if classical.

    There was a bit of tension between basing it on the genre alone or also taking into account the individual work. Is there a GENRE distinction between short lyric poem and longer poem but still short of epic? Is it always The Film or could it be “A Short Subject”?

    We didn’t write (in the same way) about television, so didn’t face what would probably be a similar distinction between A Continuing TV Series and “A Titled Episode of a TV Series”. I wonder how A One-Time Special would have been handled. Also whether “Episode 3” is a title — today, the streaming services like to always show a series/episode numbering and also the episode title — but when there is no episode title, instead of leaving that spot onscreen empty they will use “Episode 3” as the title; and that may thus appear twice in the formatted listing.

  4. Yup, it’s the movie. Perhaps the downfall of Nolan going forward, but I actually liked Robert Pattinson in it, having avoided his entire filmography, vampires or otherwise. Now he’s Batman

  5. Knowing what ‘Tenet’ was going into this, I liked this comic. I was reminded of promises I make myself every New Year, birthday, start of summer, pick your significant date.

    Am I alone?

  6. @Stan, I don’t make promises in general, let alone myself, but a smart person I know says “Don’t set goals, set deadlines” so I guess the principle is the same

  7. Thank you all so much! I also vote for distinguishing titles in some way. Don’t like feeling lost….

  8. Yes titles shoiuld be set apart, but Bug didn’t use the title he used the verb “to tenet” as in “verbing weirds language”.
    G

  9. GiP, fair point, but I would argue that the title should still be set off so long as it’s still a novel use.

  10. I thought is was a Dr. Who reference, but then realized it’s David Tennant, not Tenet. (Sorry if that riles the Whovians.)

  11. Good one, MiB. But (though it is tangential to your joke) you have hit close to an actually used term, tentet.

    I have been to a performance by the Anat Cohen Tentet. “One June 14, 2019 the Anat Cohen Tentet reached a new crest in its evolution with its second recording – Triple Helix. The album’s centerpiece is a three-movement concerto composed for Cohen and the Tentet, by her longtime collaborator Oded Lev-Ari, the Tentet’s musical director and Cohen’s producer/label partner at Anzic.” … Etc.

    While searching for that, I had a hit on a different Tentet, The Teddy Charles Tentet from the 1950s.

  12. I’ve heard “dectet” for a group of ten.

    And then there was the Raymond Scott Quintet, six players, because Raymond Scott liked the word Quintet better than Sextet.

    And then there was the Firehouse Five Plus Two, because Firehouse Five sounds better than Firehouse Seven.

    Parodied on the old Beany & Cecil cartoon show with a three dog musical group, the Fireplug Five Minus Two.

  13. I recall watching the old 1960s outlaw biker movie THE SAVAGE SEVEN with a friend, and we spent many jolly minutes trying to figure out who the “seven” were. (As I recall, there were three or four rival groups in the movie, but none seemed to contain an exact seven members. So we decided to refer to the movie in the future as THE SAVAGE SEVERAL.)

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