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  2. Somewhat belatedly, my top films list (there are 10 runners-up and 10 honorable mentions): Paterson Cameraperson Silence The Red Turtle O.J.: Made in America Love & Friendship April and the Extraordinary World The Witch Arrival Queen of Katwe I also did my usual round-up of top 10s from Christian cinephile friends and peers… and the top picks look strangely familiar…
  3. One of my students is aiming to write a research paper on the films of Mel Gibson and his inclination to focus on characters who suffer injustice, persecution, and rejection. She wrote to me after searching for sources, saying, Have any of you come across (or written) substantial studies of Mel Gibson's body of work outside of the usual Passion of the Christ pieces?
  4. One of my students is aiming to write a research paper on the films of Mel Gibson and his inclination to focus on characters who suffer injustice, persecution, and rejection. She wrote to me after searching for sources, saying, Have any of you come across (or written) substantial studies of Mel Gibson's body of work outside of the usual Passion of the Christ pieces?
  5. Here's the link to the Facebook event we created to host the Oscar chat. Hope you guys can make it. You'd really enrich the conversation and experience. https://www.facebook.com/events/1836771273246138/
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  7. Our list has gone public! Feel free to share with your social media networks: Part One: https://imagejournal.org/2017/02/22/arts-faith-top-10-films-2016-part-1/ Part Two: https://imagejournal.org/2017/02/23/arts-faith-top-10-films-2016-part-2/ The final ten films: 1) Arrival 2) Silence 3) Our Little Sister 4) Hail Caesar! 5) Knight of Cups 6) Hell or High Water 7) Loving 8) Queen of Katwe 9) A Monster Calls 10) Tower Thanks to everyone who nominated, voted, and wrote blurbs!
  8. You might try following Trump Regrets on Twitter ( https://twitter.com/Trump_Regrets ). The retweets are pretty scattershot, but you may see patterns of things that (some) Trump voters recognize as a problem. The most consistent complaints I've heard are about temperament/demeanor (and ironically his use of Twitter). I find the threads depressing in a "what did you think was going to happen?" mode, and I don't interact with it at all, but it is anecdotally helpful at getting a lens into what people think is a problem. Of course there are also the "why isn't Hillary in jail yet?" complaints and the "you should not have accepted Flynn's resignation" complaints that he's not conservative enough....
  9. I would talk to the folks at Cascade though too, as I bet they would be open to suggestions for series of some sort.
  10. That's a fair response to one style of what I try to do on social media, but that's not really what I'm after here. I'm not looking (here) for outrages, like Trump's "It's all about me" responses to almost everything including questions about antisemitism (which I did recently post about on Facebook, and which your comments above seem to me an apt response). I'm not looking to have persuasive conversations about what a bad person Trump is. I may be more optimistic about the value of such conversations than you are, in part because of my different mode of social media engagement, but I'm looking for something different here. I'm looking for issues that have emerged in the Trump administration — policy decisions, appointments that sort of thing — where important problems emerged or important mistakes were made, either because it became necessary to backtrack or because of bad consequences. What are things Trump has done or is doing that everyone — or, if not everyone, a lot of people including many Trump supporters — can recognize are a problem? "Trump appointed a national security advisor who apparently wasn't truthful about his contacts with Russia and was vulnerable to blackmail by Russian intelligence — and Mike Pence didn't find out about it for weeks" seems like a good example of this. Thanks, Joel, I appreciate that. I'm still trying to find my approach given my own clerical vocation. Of course when and where one chooses to broad these topics is a separate question from "What are the topics that we should be talking about?" I'm looking for input on the latter.
  11. And the winners are... La La Land, Hidden Figures and Doctor Strange. The only guild-award winner that is even nominated for the Oscar in this category is La La Land.
  12. OK WHO'S UP FOR DOING A LIVE OSCAR CHAT ON FB???????
  13. Beautiful. Thank you, Michael!
  14. Have always wished Jarmusch would take this on. I think he would do well with how sharp and interior the book is. But Johnson is pretty wonderful, so this is exciting.
  15. Great review, Andrew. I wrote a paragraph or so on how this wonderful documentary connects to all that great black cinema around Burnett in LA in the 60s and 70s. There are a lot of similarities to dig into.
  16. In terms of publishers specifically geared toward film, The Critical Press and Wallflower Press are at the top of the heap right now. Otherwise, Routledge, Bloomberg, and Palgrave have pretty healthy film series.
  17. There are some scene adaptations in The Learning Chanel's GREAT BOOKS series. These are pretty hokey, but the interviews with academics are quite helpful. The series claims that that Wright was offered (20K? 30K?) for the rights in 1930s but only on condition that Bigger be changed to a white protagonist.
  18. Sure, I'd be interested. I think Facebook would probably be easiest.
  19. Bates Motel is back! The new season is actually set a couple of years after the previous one, so the characters are a bit farther along than they were. Nothing really special to add, except that Vera Farmiga is definitely still the MVP here, though Highmore is (of course) very good.
  20. I finally watched the first episode. I'm pretty sure it's not good, but I'm really loving it for its pure flashy/trashiness. It's definitely the Betty and Veronica show, though. In some ways, though, this feels like what would happen if you took all small-town fiction in American history and boiled it for weeks before serving up the concentrate. Then again, I've been living with this stuff for a couple of years now, so everything seems hyper-referential.
  21. There's an adaptation of Richard Wright's Native Son on the way: The story mentions the 1986 movie version with Oprah Winfrey, but there was also a 1951 version with Richard Wright as Bigger Thomas. Both are on YouTube, though I am doubtful of the legality of either upload. Here's a trailer for the 1951 version:
  22. Is there any desire to do this sort of thing again? If so, what's the latest suggestion for most effective method? Facebook or something else?
  23. Elaborate cos-play, note-for-note remake (mostly). Shaking my head, but this is not at all surprising given the culture we live in.
  24. This looks like everything I feared it would be.
  25. LION (2016) February 12, 2012 - title card near the end.
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