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  2. Yes, those introductory pieces by Jeremy are phenomenal and really helpful. I don' think they've been posted in this thread, so here they are: http://imagejournal.org/2017/12/11/arts-faith-top-25-films-waking-part-1/ http://imagejournal.org/2017/12/12/arts-faith-top-25-films-waking-part-2/ Two requests for the Image/website people. 1. Could there be links to Jeremy's introductory essays on the page that has the list itself? 2. Could there be a link to the list from the A&F Top 100 page? ( http://artsandfaith.com/t100/) Most of the previous A&F lists are there but the link to the 2016 list on Mercy is missing as is a link to this year's list. I think people are more likely to come across the Top 100 page and then link to the Waking Up or other Top 25 lists than the other way around.
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  4. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Saw that SDG and Peter Chattaway both reflected that THE LAST JEDI refutes/replaces many of the THE FORCE AWAKENS themes/directions or "mystery boxes". Much of the storyline in TLJ is specifically focused on moving on from the past, so thematically you could say TLJ is reacting to the nostalgia bomb that was in TFA. Though, at one of the initial climaxes, a dramatic and not unexpected shift in allegiance quickly blends callbacks to both ROTJ and ESB--it was as if Johnson faced nostalgia head on, and then shook it up. What follows is certainly exciting and interesting as it moves our players to the final acts of this trilogy. Ultimately, I didn't feel that TLJ refuted or rolled its eyes at TFA, even if what was set up as big fan concerns (you'll recall the endless debates over a couple of characters' origins) was rather quickly addressed and forced the characters to move on, or not, as the case may be. Hamill did really good work here, and I found myself wishing that instead of this trilogy, Lucasfilm had picked up the story 15 years earlier in the narrative. I think there was a ton of interesting story to explore with Skywalker's attempts at restoring the Jedi order, and the conflicts that arose in that time period that would have potentially been more dramatically satisfying than the current stories. But perhaps that was ground already covered in Lucas' own prequels, with Anakin's fall and all that. The diverging storylines probably could have used a little bit of tightening, particularly Finn's. And there's an important leadership lesson in the Holdo/Daemeron dynamic: If you actually have a plan in a stressful situation, its important to share it transparently. Would have saved a lot of headache and heartache. It's a good movie, with a lot to like. I tend to think it provides a valuable continuation of what started in TFA in a way that pushes the story forward in interesting ways but without "course correcting". SPOILER Having grown up as a kid seeing the original films came out, I am not a real fan of watching the big three not survive these individual films. I'd have loved to have seen Han, Luke, and Leia share some screen time again, and "pass the baton" if you will through means other than their deaths. I'm very glad Johnson put Luke and Leia together, even for a brief moment.
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  6. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    Spoilery review. The spoilery section is clearly marked so if you wanna read up to that point cool
  7. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    The Insult is really good and surprisingly accessible. Glad to see it getting noticed.
  8. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    Makala and Faces Places weren't on the original list of contenders, presumably because they are both French and France had already submitted BPM for consideration.
  9. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    I thought BPM (memorable, affecting activist romance) > The Square (bizarre, quite entertaining) > In the Fade (interesting but ultimately slight). Other glaring oversights are Makala (will probably be second on my Best of 2017 list), Faces Places, and Thelma.
  10. Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    The nine-movie shortlist: Chile, “A Fantastic Woman,” Sebastián Lelio, director Germany, “In the Fade,” Fatih Akin, director Hungary, “On Body and Soul,” Ildikó Enyedi, director Israel, “Foxtrot,” Samuel Maoz, director Lebanon, “The Insult,” Ziad Doueiri, director Russia, “Loveless,” Andrey Zvyagintsev, director Senegal, “Félicité,” Alain Gomis, director South Africa, “The Wound,” John Trengove, director Sweden, “The Square,” Ruben Östlund, director Two of the more glaring omissions here are BPM (Beats Per Minute) and Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father. The only film on this list that I've seen so far is The Square. The final live nominees will be announced January 23.
  11. I'd also second: Logan Lucky War for the Planet of the Apes And would like to nominate "Logan." One of my faves of the year (for various reasons). Wade Bearden captured some wonderful thoughts about logan here: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2017/march-web-only/logan-is-ragged-intimate-depiction-of-wages-of-sin.html I know earlier in the thread that Disney/Pixar was under consideration for boycotting, but "CoCo" is currently in my Top 15 of the year. It earned one of my highest grades. At it’s heart, it is a film about family, choices, the power of something beyond self, and remembering those who paved the way before us. An absolutely beautiful story that touches on some interesting themes and topics for adults and children alike. The animation is flawless, and in some scenes, I was literally speechless at the intricate detail. It offered truly wonderful and distinct characters, some great cameos, and tributes to real life historical figures. The film kept getting better the further along it went. Some of the scenes were so touching that even grown men were brought to tears – this is an amazing piece of cinema that I’ll revisit a few more times. I'd also like to nominate: "Wonder" - It is a story of perseverance, family devotion, courage, and standing up against oppression. This film is told from multiple character perspectives ( I loved that uniqueness). It is a marvelously wonderful family film, well-acted, topical themes, & great character chemistry.
  12. Sorry to be so late to the dialogue here - My credentials some how got wonky when trying to sign in. Here's an "under the radar" nomination: I'd like to nominate "The Bachelors" with JK Simmons & Josh Wiggins. This film follows a father and son attempting to start a new life after the death of a wife and mother. It is a film ultimately about trying to come to terms with loss, sadness and loneliness. The story question that drives the film - can a father and son move on through the pain to a better place in life - and if they can, will their relationship remain intact? J.K. Simmons is such a strong and authentic actor, His talents are so amazingly natural. Wiggins really impressed me also. This Drama with touches of organic comedy - Written and directed by Kurt Voelker. This picture offers wonderful shot selections and editing; really amazing storytelling through visual and musical montages. I Loved, Loved, loved the original music & the lighting choices for certain key scenes, It was absolutely amazing in helping to tell the story. I was truly impressed with the chemistry between Simmons & Josh Wiggins. It was truly a beautiful father and son relationship story - which is so different from many that we read about in books or see on film today. It was about finding strength to move on in life together and individually as well. One of only a few films I gave an "A+" to this year.
  13. I second Princess Cyd. It's now available to rent via iTunes and Amazon, and would be well worth your time to view it.
  14. Oscars 2018: Best Picture

    Evan C wrote: : Huh. The Post was shut out completely. Was it not screened in time, or did the SAG not care for it? Oh, SAG members had a chance to see it, all right. I went to a press screening in Vancouver a couple weeks ago and got a DVD copy of the film shortly after that. I would be very, very, *very* surprised if SAG members had not had at least as many chances to see it as I did. I also liked the film a lot, but I guess SAG liked these other films (or the performances therein) more. Of these five, Lady Bird is the only one that I don't have as a screener or can't watch on streaming. (Mudbound is on Netflix, The Big Sick is on Amazon, and I have DVDs of the other two. I also have a DVD of Mudbound, which is kind of redundant, not least because I can stream a higher-def version of the film!) So I guess I should watch it soon.
  15. I really enjoyed the introductory essays that tied together thoughts about the entire list. I look forward to seeing the ones on the list that I have not yet had a chance to view. Thanks for letting me contribute, too.
  16. Oscars 2018: Best Picture

    Huh. The Post was shut out completely. Was it not screened in time, or did the SAG not care for it? Of these five, I haven't seen Mudbound yet, but I would guess the race is between Lady Bird and Get Out for the Oscar.
  17. Oscars 2018: Best Picture

    The Screen Actors Guild award nominees for best ensemble cast, which is as close as the SAG gets to a Best Picture category: THE BIG SICK (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) ADEEL AKHTAR / Naveed HOLLY HUNTER / Beth ZOE KAZAN / Emily ANUPAM KHER / Azmat KUMAIL NANJIANI / Kumail RAY ROMANO / Terry ZENOBIA SHROFF / Sharmeen GET OUT (Universal Pictures) CALEB LANDRY JONES / Jeremy Armitage DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington CATHERINE KEENER / Missy Armitage STEPHEN ROOT / Jim Hudson LAKEITH STANFIELD / Andrew/Logan King BRADLEY WHITFORD / Dean Armitage ALLISON WILLIAMS / Rose Armitage LADY BIRD (A24) TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Kyle Scheible BEANIE FELDSTEIN / Julie Steffans LUCAS HEDGES / Danny O’Neill TRACY LETTS / Larry McPherson STEPHEN McKINLEY HENDERSON / Father Leviatch LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson JORDAN RODRIGUES / Miguel McPherson SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson ODEYA RUSH / Jenna Walton MARIELLE SCOTT / Shelly Yuhan LOIS SMITH / Sister Sarah Joan MUDBOUND (Netflix) JONATHAN BANKS / Pappy McAllan MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson JASON CLARKE / Henry McAllan GARRETT HEDLUND / Jamie McAllan JASON MITCHELL / Ronsel Jackson ROB MORGAN / Hap Jackson CAREY MULLIGAN / Laura McAllan THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (Fox Searchlight) ABBIE CORNISH / Anne PETER DINKLAGE / James WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby JOHN HAWKES / Charlie LUCAS HEDGES / Robbie ŽELJKO IVANEK / Desk Sgt. CALEB LANDRY JONES / Red Welby FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred CLARKE PETERS / Abercrombie SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon SAMARA WEAVING / Penelope The winner will be announced January 21.
  18. Oscars 2018: Best Supporting Actress

    The Screen Actors Guild award nominees: MARY J. BLIGE / Florence Jackson – “MUDBOUND” (Netflix) HONG CHAU / Ngoc Lan Tran – “DOWNSIZING” (Paramount Pictures) HOLLY HUNTER / Beth – “THE BIG SICK” (Amazon Studios/Lionsgate) ALLISON JANNEY / LaVona Golden – “I, TONYA” (Neon/30West) LAURIE METCALF / Marion McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24) The winner will be announced January 21.
  19. Oscars 2018: Best Supporting Actor

    The Screen Actors Guild award nominees: STEVE CARELL / Bobby Riggs – “BATTLE OF THE SEXES” (Fox Searchlight) WILLEM DAFOE / Bobby – “THE FLORIDA PROJECT” (A24) WOODY HARRELSON / Willoughby – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight) RICHARD JENKINS / Giles – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight) SAM ROCKWELL / Dixon – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight) The winner will be announced January 21.
  20. Oscars 2018: Best Actress

    The Screen Actors Guild award nominees: JUDI DENCH / Queen Victoria – “VICTORIA & ABDUL” (Focus Features) SALLY HAWKINS / Elisa Esposito – “THE SHAPE OF WATER” (Fox Searchlight) FRANCES McDORMAND / Mildred – “THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI” (Fox Searchlight) MARGOT ROBBIE / Tonya Harding – “I, TONYA” (Neon) SAOIRSE RONAN / Lady Bird McPherson – “LADY BIRD” (A24) The winner will be announced January 21.
  21. Oscars 2018: Best Actor

    The Screen Actors Guild award nominees: TIMOTHÉE CHALAMET / Elio – “CALL ME BY YOUR NAME” (Sony Pictures Classics) JAMES FRANCO / Tommy Wiseau – “THE DISASTER ARTIST” (A24) DANIEL KALUUYA / Chris Washington – “GET OUT” (Universal Pictures) GARY OLDMAN / Winston Churchill – “DARKEST HOUR” (Focus Features) DENZEL WASHINGTON / Roman J. Israel, Esq. – “ROMAN J. ISRAEL, ESQ.” (Columbia Pictures) The winner will be announced January 21.
  22. Yes, lovely list. Great job everyone! Thank you for your guiding hand, Evan! Like all good film lists, this one makes me want to spend my week watching (and rewatching) all of these. Is it possible to archive this thread in a more prominent place? The threads that appear first under top 100 are still the 2016 ones. I am only aware of the waking-up list release because I happened to be looking for it. No big deal if there's no easy fix.
  23. Re: The Boss Baby - it's a delightfully inventive take on sibling rivalry with some really impressive animation to match the originality of the story told from the pov of a 7 year old, and it features some of the best one liners of the year. So, second.
  24. It is still in my Top 10 for the year, but that honestly has more to say about lack of depth this year.
  25. Second Darkest Hour. And Ken, I will be watching The Boss Baby this week.
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