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  2. Here are the honorable mentions: http://www.transpositions.co.uk/2018-arts-and-faith-ecumenical-jury-part-two-honourable-mentions/ It strikes me that this list would be right there with the finalists.
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  4. Brian D

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    On seconding Poetry: Yes, there are moments of moral failure in this film strong enough to make us queasy, but these are really of a piece with the fragility of the lead character’s mind. Having just seen it for the first time, I feel the film should be very strongly considered for our list. It a deeply challenging film about aging, and this from a cultural perspective rarely seen on our screens. Growing older…. …how we express ourselves as we age. …how we relate to art and beauty as we age. …how we relate to memories as we age. …how we relate to depravity as we age. ...how we relate to truth as we age. But, really, my list is so prosaic for a film of such…well, you know. This list is only the beginning of why Poetry should be in our Growing Older top 25. Rent it on Amazon.
  5. Joel Mayward

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    The reemergence of this thread reminds me of this:
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  7. Darrel Manson

    Movie Calendar

    Hotel Mumbai - Nov. 26, 2008. Date shown as the terrorists' raft comes ashore. Also on the memorial outside the Taj Hotel shown at the end.
  8. This looks wonderful, everyone. Fine work.
  9. This looks wonderful, everyone. Fine work.
  10. Buckeye Jones

    Annihilation

    It’s on Amazon Prime in the States. Basically a remake of John Carpenter’s The Thing, except with flowers.
  11. Peter T Chattaway

    Rocketman

    I mentioned on Facebook the other day that the makers of Rocketman must be looking at Bohemian Rhapsody's enormous success (over $800 million worldwide! multiple Oscar nominations including Best Actor -- which it could very easily win -- and Best Picture!) and feeling both envious and optimistic about what that film's success could mean for their own film's prospects: Apparently there's an audience out there for 1970s-set British pop-star biopics with LGBT content! Then a friend of mine pointed out that Rocketman is also directed by Dexter Fletcher, the guy who finished directing Bohemian Rhapsody after Bryan Singer ankled the project. So, whoa.
  12. Darren H

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    > Darn it, I actually shed a couple tears near the end, My daughters and I are looking forward to shedding a couple ourselves this weekend! Their anticipation for this movie rivals mine at their age, when I was waiting for The Empire Strikes Back.
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  14. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    FWIW, I re-watched Unforgiven, and I did think it more about economics, power, and trauma but not necessarily about aging. So no nomination for me (though it's a fine film.) Your mileage may vary.
  15. Peter T Chattaway

    Oscars 2019: Best Costume Design

    And the winners are... Crazy Rich Asians, The Favourite and Black Panther, the latter two of which are nominated for the Oscar.
  16. Joel Mayward

    Roma (2018)

    My apologies! I nearly picked it myself, but chose Spider-Verse instead.
  17. Andrew

    Roma (2018)

    That is too bad. Klansman certainly carries plenty of social significance, but it's too pat ending kept it off my Best of 2018 list. Roma's long run time was felt by my tuchus, sitting in a Toronto cinema, but other than that I can find no fault with it. I found its focus on Mexico's serving class, as well as the dissolution of Cuaron's family - all set against the social turmoil of the era - quite moving. By spending so much time with members of an overlooked socioeconomic strata, I thought it was deeply humanistic (or spiritually significant if you prefer). I wonder if the frequent complaints here of detachment have something to do with the stoicism/fatalism of the film's protagonist?
  18. Anders

    Roma (2018)

    I'm with Joel. I loved Roma and it moved me immensely, both personally and politically. Nothing would make me happier as far as Oscars than for Yalitza Aparicio to win Best Actress. Joel, I'm really sad to hear that no one picked Roma for a HM! If I had known, I might have even bumped BlacKkKLansman for it, since it's still jockeying with First Reformed as my favourite film of 2018.
  19. kenmorefield

    How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Weirdest looking pandas I ever saw. And the kung fu was more like generic fighting. Other than that, a serviceable entry into a generic franchise.
  20. kenmorefield

    On the Basis of Sex

    I was at a pawn shop the other day and happened to pick up S1 and S2 of The Paper Chase on DVD. Oddly, the case that Kingsfield reams Hart for not knowing in the Pilot episode--he didn't know there was an assignment due on the first day of class--is the exact same case that Ginsburg aces in her first class scene in On The Basis of Sex. I was wondering if this was an inside joke or if maybe this was like some traditional first day at Harvard case...wonder if it has been mentioned in other law shows or movies. (It's about a doctor promising to fix a burned hand 100% and doing a skin graft from the chest leaving palm hairy.)
  21. Evan C

    Review Haiku

    Ah, I was trying to think of an individual film. Very clever. The Apu Trilogy.
  22. Joel Mayward

    Roma (2018)

    Guess I'm on the light side of this black-and-white divide? I loved it, and love Cuarón--he's my favourite of the "three amigos." I was moved to tears multiple times over the course of the narrative, so I find it interesting to hear descriptors like "aloof" or "detached" from multiple viewers, both in this thread and beyond. I wonder, what aspect of the film's style was so distancing for some, yet so alluring and affecting for others? The cinematography? Language? Pacing/editing process? One of the biggest surprises of our Ecumenical Jury list this year: Roma is neither in the Top 10 nor an Honourable Mention pick for any of the jury members.
  23. Overstreet

    Roma (2018)

    It's a crowded dark side. I shared similar experiences of detachment back on December 8 on Letterboxd. But then, I haven't found Cuaron compelling since Children of Men.
  24. Joel Mayward

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    I've been trying to think of counter-examples, but based on the criteria you listed--not an adaptation of pre-existing stuff (apart from the archetypes you mentioned), no big stars (a debatable descriptor for Avatar with Sigourney Weaver, but I see your point), not a comic book or superhero film, and standalone (though not for long)--then I think you have a fair point here. Everything has been turned into franchises, and even the most original action blockbuster to-date--Fury Road--is still part of a series of some sort. However, if one considers Pixar's filmography as blockbuster material, then I'm not sure (although Pixar has lately been prone to churning out sequels rather than truly new material).
  25. As the person who nominated Inside Out, I don't think it's about the parents growing older at all; however, I think Riley's growing older through the course of the film is different than a coming of age story. For one thing, she's a child at the film's beginning and still a child at the film's end; she's just aged from one portion of childhood to another. For me, in most coming of age films there's been a distinct progression and the protagonist has made a distinct leap from childhood to adulthood. Riley begins the film as a child and ends it at the place where most coming of age stories begin. Also, Joy (and the other four emotions) certainly has to grow wiser and learn to fall upwards, to quote the term that was discussed early on. While I would like most of the list to be films about characters growing into middle age or later, I think it would be nice to have a few films about children growing older as well, as long as we make some distinction about how those films are different than coming of age stories, which I think Inside Out does. I also went ahead and nominated The Portrait of a Lady, because Nicole Kidman's character is faced with the consequences of her one youthful mistake as she ages, and then must reconcile her idealism and dreams of how her life would turn out with the reality of how it has. And the ways she's chosen to grow older come to ahead when she sees another young couple facing the possibility of making a similar mistake.
  26. Thanks Ken! And thanks to the jury for their ongoing patience and rich contributions in the write-ups. There really isn't any other 2018 top list I've seen that is quite like this one, and I was pleasantly surprised when 24 Frames and Jeanette ended up in our top 10. Plus, our Honourable Mentions picks are pretty out-of-the-box too. Those are coming on Friday.
  27. kenmorefield

    Roma (2018)

    Welcome to the dark side, Nick. Always room for one more.
  28. Nick Alexander

    Roma (2018)

    I'm thrilled to be in the same company as some of you... I found the film to be a highly cathartic, emotional experience, provided the person watching it being the writer/director, and perhaps his family. As for me, I found myself on the outside-looking-in. I simply didn't care for these characters as much as I'd hoped I would. Even though there were some amazingly technical shots that were flawless.
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