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  1. Creating Film Critic Circle?

    Doing my bi-annual (or so) bump of this thread to see if interest has changed. I had lunch with publicist at SXSW and we discussed how more and more sites are decreasing or doing away with movie "reviews" altogether. CT, for example, has pretty much eliminated movie reviews, though they still run occasional "trend pieces." I've been told that Crosswalk has done the same. Seems like the only ones doing movie reviews in that space are the content monitors (Plugged In, MovieGuide, Christian Spotlight) or individually run blogs. But it's not really possible for blogs to be anything approaching comprehensive. Anyway, now that CT has shelved the weekly e-mail newsletter as well, it occurs to me that an FFCC type affiliation could have a weekly newsletter through MailChimp or whatever that ran short blurbs/recommendations of new releases or provided links/excerpts to member reviews at various blogs, Letterbox'd etc. That is, of course, assuming people are still writing movie reviews in various places all scattered to the wind...or is the review dead and we all just live in the age of the trend piece? Any thoughts?
  2. 300 (2006)

    Thank you for saying that. Made me smile.
  3. Ready Player One

    Based on what little I know of you, I expect you would probably hate it.
  4. Ready Player One

    teven Spielberg dropped by Austin last night to introduce the film, which was both pretty terrific and total fan service. Should make a gazillion dollars. My review.
  5. Living Biblically

    This show premieres on CBS tomorrow. I got a chance to look at the Pilot ahead of time. I'm aware of the fact that pilots are usually shaky because they have to establish the premise and all the characters in 24 minutes. It wasn't offensive (to me), but I can't honestly say it was particularly funny, either. The priest laughs at main character when he says he wants to live "literally" according to the Bible, saying he only wants people to do so in general. The pilot episodes kinda sorta deals with whether adulterers should be stoned and whether it's okay to wear synthetic blend clothing. I suspect a big staple will be the adherence to stuff most people think as trivial. Whether it ever gets around to tackling the things that might actually impact someone...who knows. The main character is prompted on his mission by the announcement that his wife is expecting and that comes on the heels of a best friend dying. His sort of blind adherence to rules he doesn't understand is, I think, the antithesis of American Christianity post-Enlightenment, but I get the feeling like this is going to be a sticom version of Joan of Arcadia...hey, strange how often things work out when you are obedient, huh. The actors are appealing enough and it's interesting to see religion on TV...so I guess I'll give it a few more episodes.
  6. Congratulations, Joel.

    I suspect this should go in "About You" somewhere, but I couldn't find a Joel specific thread there, so I just thought I'd use this one to congratulate Joel on being accepted into the Online Film Critics Society. Good work, Joel!
  7. Last week I was screening Last Vegas, a middling comedy about aging and male friendship, and I had that experience where, somewhat bored by the film, I thought, "You know what was a better film about [whatever the subject of the film was about]?" So instead of going home and writing a review of Last Vegas, I wrote a review of Shepard & Dark, which I thought also about male friendship but done better. Today Ender's Game opened, and I didn't hate it, but I thought about how much I really liked Searching for Bobby Fischer, another film about a child genius in a hyper-competitive environment. I put a tag for such films on my blog, and started my own list on Letterbox'd, but I thought I might mention it here if people come up with one. The (unenforceable) parameters) are: 1) A (somewhat) new film... 2) that reminds you (thematically or, heck, even formally) of another film... 3) that you liked/appreciated/esteemed better than the new film. If you have/have had that experience, feel free to share your recommendations here.
  8. 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?
  9. Wish you had let me know you wanted to see the Breadwinner -- GKIDS was being very liberal with screener requests.
  10. 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...
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. A better film about...

    I actually thought Darkest Hour was the better of the two movies, but I appear to be in the minority.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I did a 3 Screenshots for The Unknown Girl. It contains major spoilers.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

  24. I was lagging in my enthusiasm for Louder than Bombs, but I'll definitely check it out.
  25. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    Major plot spoilers! (for all Dardenne movies):