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

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    Professor of English
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    The Godfather, Persepolis, The Man Who Planted Trees, Emma, A Man Escaped
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    I dunno. My Ipod did once randomize a Meatloaf song and an Amy Grant song back to back.
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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. Thanks Beth, I'll fix it now. I've been thinking some all day about the idea of representation. I know Kevin, didn't know he dreamed of being a director when he was a kid. It's hard to imagine having so few role models in your dream vocation.
  2. Kevin Sampson has given us a blurb for Do The Right Thing: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/film/374-do-the-right-thing/
  3. Well, this is an unassuming war film (if such things are possible) that strikes me as a near perfect vehicle for pandemic summer -- it's short (90 minutes), understated, not that hard to follow but still aspirational. It's in the Hanks mode of decent men having greatness thrust upon them, and it's got a pro-faith vibe about it without being preachy. Recommend: http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/07/06/greyhound-schneider-2020/
  4. Okay, so I thought I'd have a little fun with this, so I am offering a contest. The trailer has 57 clips. to enter the context, identify as many of the clips as you can, in order. Hint: Some films appear more than once. Sent me your entry via PM using your Arts & Faith account. Deadline is Sunday, July 12, at 11:59 p.m. EST. Winner gets a one month free subscription to Criterion channel. If more than one person gets them all (or if there is a tie), I will draw winner at random from the entries. Good luck! (To win you must have an Arts & Faith account -- it's free -- so feel free to invite a friend.
  5. I couldn't be more pleased with this effort. If you like it, please share on social media. Also, I paid/am paying Jeremy for this, but he did it at a steep discount (according to one of my director friends not on this list who I asked about pricing), so I encourage anyone who has Paypal and likes it to "tip" the editor. I'm going to be running a contest in July to identify the clips, but for now just watch and enjoy:
  6. I have seen the near-finished trailer that one of our own created, and it is spectacular. Can't wait to share it with you all, you are going to love it.
  7. Exciting. I know this is a lot of work just to put together a proposal. I hope you are successful.
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    Corpus Christi

    I esteemed it, but I had a hard time writing why. (That's not too unusual, I've been having a hard time writing much of anything these days.) I was surprised by at least one of the reactions to Daniel being confessing at the end. I guess I see both points from the Andrews. Like Andrew J., I was surprised the end didn't land harder, but like Andrew S., I honestly don't see how it could have ended any other way. In the DVD notes, Komasa says: 1) If Daniel hadn't committed a crime, he probably would not have been drawn to the Church in the first place. 2) Leviathan was "a reference point of sorts" though he "tried to add some lightness to [Zvyagintsev's] pessimism" FWIW, my review.
  9. Marci, how do you take Koreeda in general? I ask to try to contextualize your response, not challenge it.
  10. Not sure if there is a bigger Koreeda man than me on this forum, but I found this one less endearing when I saw it at Filmfest 919 last fall. Perhaps it was the film festival format that forced an early morning screening. (I remember Koreeda personally thanking everyone as they left the Scotiabank one year at TIFF for coming to a 9 am weekday screening). Perhaps a second viewing under better circumstances will help. It does feel to me like post After the Storm that he has moved in a more....commercial direction? I guess a lot of people felt Shoplifters was classic Koreeda, but The Third Murder and The Truth both try to bring in elements of genre or commercial cinema (A-list stars) in ways that felt a bit forced. Still, he's a treasure, and I'm glad this film is finding its way out into the world.
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    Dads (2020)

    This documentary is on Apple TV. It is fine, I guess. The problem I had with it is that it is so committed to not being negative about anything that there are no boundaries or conflicts or ideas to shape it. Dads are good. Yay! My review: http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/06/27/dads-howard-2020/ Edit: Of course, I'm not a father, so it's hard to tell, but then again, I don't think this film is for fathers so much as it is for kids to elicit them to appreciate their fathers, which I'm all for, in principle...
  12. I finished the novel yesterday. It is loooong. One thing I felt more at the end was that maybe Mitchell went once too often to the well of having someone (usually Rhett) explain Scarlett to herself...exposition in the form of dialogue. This is a tricky thing because some people are insightful and do analyze other people, and there are conversations like that. And I feel as I've grown older that people talk more and more "like" movies in real life because they grow up on more videos (or books). So for right now it. is hard for me to pinpoint when this literary device crosses the edge, but the final chapter of GWTW felt that way to me. Granted, I'm reading the book in 2020, but I had a slightly different response than BastiƩn. I didn't feel the characters were complex. They are relentlessly, obstinately static. Now, there are people like that in real life, people who are committed to not changing, ever. (I think of the exchange in Mississippi Burning where where Baldwin's character leaves his wife and she asks, "Are you saying I've changed?" and he replies, "I'm saying you haven't...'). Thus the characters in GWTW, for me, are not that interesting. Particularly in the latter third of the novel, I expected experience to make a mark on somebody, anybody. For somebody to change in a positive way. But it's a book mostly about plot...situations change but characters remain the static. That's a mark of a soap opera, really. Having said that, I do have a begrudging appreciation for the book. The world-building is quite extraordinary.
  13. I had this thought during the Zoom call...it might be interested to try a few video "introductions" to the films. In the app blurb list, there is a place that says "Video" and that can go to any YouTube video.We mostly use it for trailers, but some people really don't like trailers. Might be fun to do a 2 minute intro to the film or appreciation of it. I have a rarely used YouTube channel that can upload them, and that might even draw some traffic from a new source. Any thoughts?
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    Shine (1996)

    I mentioned this film late in Zoom chat. Evan, here is a link to the article in the Chicago Tribune I mentioned that I read after Cindy and I attended the Chicago leg of the "Shine Tour" https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1997-04-06-9704050246-story.html He's not as negative as I remember, but it's funny he actually brings up P.T. Barnum:
  15. Late in chat tonight, Christian asked about responses to the Top 100 and some of my response was that Do The Right Thing prompted some "what's *spiritually significant" about it?" questions. Wondering if anyone who voted for the film might want to add some thoughts on that. I finally got around to the idea that belonging (to a family, a culture, a society) is a universal human aspiration and seeing the consequences of exclusions helps viewers understand that the consequences of exclusion are spiritual and not just economic/political/social (though they are that). Also, I think films that invite you to *identify* with the other are spiritual. But that's two very broad answers. It is also a film that wrestles with morality -- I think about the line in Calvary where Father James says, "Thou shalt not kill...no exceptions" and the conversant asks, "What about self defense?" Then Father James says, "Aye, that's a tricky one...." That answer (the morality of violence) has probably gotten more discussion because of the Malcolm X and MLK quotes.
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