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  1. One of my chronic complaints about Hollywood's representation of religion is that it is never familiar to me -- the way Christianity is typically portrayed focuses on a style or branch of Evangelicalism (or Catholicism) that rarely feels authentic. So I mean it when I way this film has the most positive and resonant depiction of Christianity that I can recall from a mainstream Hollywood film. The lawyer who declines to prosecute Slahi because he was tortured says things like, "As a Christian...as an American..." he objects to torture. It also shows him paying a personal and profess
  2. I deleted it. There were two identical posts. I caught the first one and flagged the person as spammer, but Andrew responded to the second before I could delete it, so it didn't show up as spam. Andrew, I don't know if you want to leave your reply up as a caution to whomever might wander in about the dangers of the spam message.
  3. January has come and gone, and I'm not really sure where we are at. We can certainly shelf this for now and ask again later in the year if Pandemic wanes. Or we can assume there isn't enough interest. Or we could assume that "if you build it, some will come" in a lurking fashion. Evan, do you have any thoughts on how you'd like to proceed? Go, wait, or abandon?
  4. Jeff, I doubt this is what you want to talk about with Chad, but I am interested in the *mechanics* of filming during (this stage) of the pandemic. Have most productions resumed? Is he just on hiatus? Is it different for small indies (do they have to deal with unions?) That sort of stuff.
  5. Peter...good to see you. Thanks for posting that.
  6. I bought an OQ2 last week with money I didn't spend on film festivals last year. My first Virtual Reality Experience. I primed myself to be disappointed, but Beat Saber is certainly more fun than anything I play on the Wii (excepting Rock Band which requires a crowd). Also, there is a YouTube VR, so I watch the Top 100 trailer that Jeremy did in VR, and that was...cool. The store seems very limited as to content, but what content that is there is fun (if overpriced). I think success will be if enough people buy it that the secondary market finds it profitable to start developing mor
  7. Nice to see Another Round get some more love.
  8. Link to The New Muppet Show It seems inconceivable to me that after nearly two decades, there is no dedicated thread to The Muppet Show. Perhaps there was, and I couldn't find it. Anyhow, I got a press release today that Disney+ is getting The Muppet Show including Seasons 4 and 5 which the press release says " have never previously been released on home entertainment." "
  9. Okay, here's the grumpathon: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/01/23/cobra-kai-season-3/
  10. Whether you are a critic, a fan, or something in-between, you have no doubt experienced the delicious pleasure of discovering a show or a band or a film before it breaks out. You have also no doubt shared that the glum experience of watching that personal favorite lose something of its appeal as it seeks and finds a larger audience. Cobra Kai on YouTube was a quirky, clever, nostalgic favorite that avoided the extremes of deconstruction and imitation. It wasn’t simply a repeat of the Karate Kid formula, but neither was it presenting the childhood movies as false memories. Cobra K
  11. May try to write a review this weekend, but man, S3 was a major letdown for me.
  12. Interesting thoughts...appreciate the other perspectives. One thing that hasn't been wearing well with me is the whole "never before in the history of the world..." vibe. I do think there is an important observation to be made that it is the technology and the apparatus that is more disturbing than the content...but I am old enough to remember similar such claims for, say, television (the medium is the message/amusing ourselves to death/death of print culture irrevocably changing all aspects of life.) I wonder to what extent the film postulates some sort of straight, unchanging
  13. I finally watched Mulan and it was marginally entertaining, though thoroughly safe and over-processed in an American movie kinda way. I felt like the movie thought just the existence of a female lead who wasn't a princess was enough of a reason for being, as though we haven't watched 8 years of Arya Stark or something. Bits and pieces had nice art design and choreography. Other scenes were really laughable: Commander: Your punishment is banishment... Mulan: I would rather die! Commander: If you are seen again, you will get your wish. [Mulan leaves] I couldn't really t
  14. Nice commentary from Magnus Carlsen: "This draw offer is, quite frankly, insulting...." Also liked, "He shouldn't smile there...he should be ashamed..." Not surprisingly the essence is that the show tries to inject suspense or drama into a situation where world-caliber chess players would see there is none...
  15. I know one other idea we had for a list was TV shows. I think Crime & Punishment was suggested in the last round. But I know Evan's been wanting to do Musicals for awhile, and I'm inclined (if we do this) to let whoever organizes have maximum input on selecting the topic.
  16. I would be okay with that, though it is hard to tell if there is enough interest to proceed.
  17. This Netflix documentary looks a little different on the other side of last week's failed insurrection at The Capitol. It's argument is depressing but persuasive -- that the conditions that created the violence were predictable (one participant says the thing he most fears based on his understanding of social media manipulation is "civil war") and to some extent unavoidable. Like documentaries dealing with climate change, it is harrowing because it doesn't see a clear solution. The conditions that have been created are so widely entrenched as to make fixes implausible. That's why t
  18. The Immigrant (#91) is on MUBI for 30 days. Looks like we have an old (2014) blurb on there. If anyone wants to update, let me know. But watch the film either way if you've never seen it.
  19. When someone he has befriended leaves the Ku Klux Klan, he often gives Daryl Davis the robe he wore as a member of that group. Over the years, Davis, by his own account, has amassed dozens of these retired jerseys of hate. Accidental Courtesy: Daryl Davis, Race & America, which premiered this week at SXSW, chronicles Davis’s attempts to impact America by changing the hearts and minds of one racist at a time. Daryl goes to Klan rallies. He has invited Klansmen to his home and visited them. He calls some of them “friend” even as they call him inferior. In one moving segment, the film rec
  20. Love Sarah begins immediately after the death of the titular character, whom we are told was a world class chef. Sarah’s partner reluctantly agrees to sell the restaurant space, and her daughter meets Sarah’s estranged mother because she has nowhere to live. I would like you to stop for a moment and predict three things you might expect to happen in a movie with the set up described above. Go ahead, I’ll wait… If you actually did the above exercise and are still reading, you might make it through Love Sarah since knowing what is coming next is not a deal-breaker for you. It isn’t for
  21. For the seventh year in a row, members and friends of the Arts & Faith forum attempted to bring attention to films specifically recommended to a Christian audience. The Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury is not affiliated with Interfilm -- best known for forming an Ecumenical Jury at various world film festivals, especially Cannes. The Arts & Faith groups was created in 2014 after Christianity Today discontinued its annual lists of critics choices and "most redemptive" films. Although many participants at Arts & Faith identify as Christian, the forum itself is not affiliated wi
  22. I am very pleased that 11 A&F members and friends kept this tradition alive. The results have been populated in our list section: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/year/20-2020-arts-faith-ecumenical-jury/ I'll be adding an intro at the A&F Blog and we have blurbs coming from various participants. The final list was: 1) Nomadland 2) Minari 3) Dick Johnson is Dead 4) Sound of Metal 5) Soul 6) First Cow 7) The Painter and the Thief 8) Da 5 Bloods 9) Young Ahmed 10) David Byrne's American Utopia
  23. In the past few years, we've made Top 25 themed lists when we were not doing a Top 100? Do we want to continue doing so this year? If so, I propose the following calendar: January -- Discussion of (and eventual vote on ) a theme. February -- Nominations and discussion March (early) -- Voting April -- Posting Results and writing blurbs. Of course, that is all negotiable. There may be people who have academic commitment or professional commitments. Just looking at the basic structure from years passed. I know at least one person thought our 2019 campaign a little st
  24. Not one of our personal lists, but since two of us (Andrew and I) are in the NCFCA, here are the results for that group: http://ncfilmcritics.org/?p=956
  25. Hard list to write, hard year to live through. But I did it: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/01/03/2020-top-ten/ Nomadland Sound of Metal One Night in Miami Soul Another Round Hamilton News of the World Greyhound All In: The Fight for Democracy The Prom
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