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    Disc Golf, Cards (especially Euchre), Literary Criticism,

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    Associate Professor of English
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    Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema Book Jacket
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    * George MacDonald * Lord of the Rings (but not the dreadful movies) * Riddley Walker * Wicked * Dune * Emma (anything Austen, really) * The Remains of the Day * Nero Wolfe * Billy Budd Tom Jones (but not the dreadful movie). D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  1. Assuming I may not have time to watch every nominee I haven't seen, in what order should I prioritize: Brigsby Bear, Columbus, Logan Lucky, and Son of Joseph?
  2. Wish you had let me know you wanted to see the Breadwinner -- GKIDS was being very liberal with screener requests.
  3. Without getting into vote lobbying, I was looking over the list of nominations to see what I haven't seen yet, and I was struck by how many *divisive* films I thought there were. Of course, I could be wrong about that, but my sense is that there may perhaps be more 1/5 splits than in years past. But we'll see...
  4. I liked Logan quite a bit, and thematically it fits this list, but it did not hold up well on a second viewing (for me) and the degree, intensity, and graphic nature of the violence made it problematic for me as something I'd want to recommend specifically to Christians.
  5. Bah, I misread the closing date. Suppose I'm too late to second Call Me By Your Name? I'm not a *huge* fan of the film, and I tend to shy away from making this list about what films I think Christians "should" watch as a corrective for whatever they are thinking/feeling/believing wrong, but...inclusion *is* a big deal, and I think there is a value in at least including films that depict people outside of the *perceived* Evangelical bubble. Also, as gay films go, it is less in-your-face with the depiction of the sex itself, which makes it easier to recommend to Christian audiences than, say, Stranger By the Lake. It's my fault for not seconding it earlier, so no harm if ballot already written. As an aside, I'll say this about this jury: every year's list seems to be pretty different. This feels like a leaner list of nominees, so I'm curious what will win out or if we'll swing back to more eclectic after being more commercial last year.
  6. FWIW, Noel seconded it to Joel in a DM, but he was having log in problems to post it here. I watched the first thirty minutes of MHF in awards push, but I'll do my best to take another look.
  7. I nominate The Work. It is a documentary about a four day, felon-led group therapy session in Folsum Prison that mixes participants from the prison with civilians. The scene in which one of the participants tries to talk another out of contemplating suicide is one of the more memorable scenes for me of 2017. The publicist is being pretty liberal with screening links, so if you want to see it, don't hesitate to message me and I'll put you in contact. Can't promise they will respond given the holidays, but I think there's a good chance.
  8. I will add a last minute nomination for The Greatest Showman, which I loved, aggregators be damned. I suppose for this list, I see the humanism -- all are made in God's image -- as appropriate, as well as being authentic to who you are and distinguishing between positive call (vocation) and need for success in the eyes of the world.
  9. A better film about...

    One of the things I preferred was that DH was able to convey--at least to me--that the principals really were uncertain about the outcome. That gave it much more emotional power in my viewing. I appreciated the cinematography of Dunkirk, but in part because of the BIG MOVIE structure, it would have seemed as anti-conventional for the last mission to fail as it would have been, say, for all the rebels to get wiped out at the end of Star Wars (spoilers for Star Wars, I guess).
  10. A better film about...

    I actually thought Darkest Hour was the better of the two movies, but I appear to be in the minority.
  11. Doubt it has enough time to generate traction, but I'll nominate Breathe, which deals with quality of life arguments and marriage in ways that I think are appropriate for this list.
  12. Second Hostiles, which strikes me as a film that has a lot of themes suitable for this list though may split people on how well it executes those themes. Pike and Bale are darn good.
  13. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I did a 3 Screenshots for The Unknown Girl. It contains major spoilers.
  14. I'll second Thelma, somewhat neutrally. It feels oddly dated to me...and it tries to do too much -- add Requiem, The Exorcist, The Twilight Zone (ep w/Billy Mummy), and God's Not Dead to Joel's list of antecedents. But it warrants consideration.
  15. A better film about...

    Thelma is a better version of Requiem (which is a better version of The Exorcism of Emily Rose). It's also a better version of God's Not Dead, though I'm not sure that is an endorsement.