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About Anders

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    Globe-trotting special agent
  • Birthday 06/12/1982

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    Waterloo, ON
  • Interests
    I have a particular interest in the works of Hitchcock, Kurasawa, Nolan, Lynch, Malick, Wong Kar-wai, Welles, and Scorsese. I am developing an interest in Southeast and East Asian cinema. My research areas include film and literary theory. I am currently working on the topic of film, memory, and dreams - subjectivity in cinema. And I still love Spielberg and Lucas.

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  • Occupation
    PhD Candidate (Wilfrid Laurier University)
  • Favorite movies
    A sample of favourite films: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Psycho, North By Northwest, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, It's A Wonderful Life, Lord of the Rings, Days of Heaven, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Seven Samurai, Ikiru, La Dolce Vita, Wild Strawberries, Pulp Fiction, Schindler's List, Blue Velvet, Rushmore, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Dr. Strangelove; Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Big Lebowski, The Third Man, There Will Be Blood Directors: George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Sofia Copolla, Terrrance Malick, Stanley Kubrick, Akira Kurowsawa, Frederico Fellini, Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuaron, The Coen Bros., Orson Welles, Hayao Miyazaki, Wong Kar-wai, David Lynch
  • Favorite music
    A sample of my favourite artists: Radiohead, The Beatles, U2, Broken Social Scene, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, The Clash, Arctic Monkeys, Kanye West, Mos Def, Outkast, Ryan Adams, The Beach Boys, Coldplay, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division, Joel Plaskett, The Kinks, My Bloody Valentine, The Smiths, Bob Dylan, The Stone Roses Genres: Canadian Indie Rock, British Rock, French House, Hip-Hop,
  • Favorite creative writing
    A sample of my favourite authors: William Shakespeare, John Donne, J.R.R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, J. K. Rowling, Joseph Conrad, T. S. Eliot, William Blake, John Keats, Oscar Wilde, John Milton, Robert E. Howard, Ian McEwan, W. Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, Franz Kafka, Fydor Dostoyevsky, James Joyce, Ian Fleming, Michael Chabon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Bill Watterson, Charles Schulz, Brian K. Vaughan Genres: 17th C. English Poetry, Modern Lit, Existentialist Lit, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Magic Realism, Humour, Comic Books, Comic Strips

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  1. You guys are going to make me watch this, aren't you?
  2. Look great! Thanks for putting this together everyone. Note: There's an extraneous apostrophe in my write up in CLOSE ENCOUNTERS, and an extra "o" in the phrase "those who wish to" in that same write up. Hopefully those can be changed easily.
  3. I know it's not necessary, but a third. Valerian was one of the most enjoyable films of the year for me.
  4. Hmm, sure. I mean, I guess if enough of us are able to vote for it, then it should be on the list.
  5. A better film about...

    I haven't seen either, but the summaries of Boss Baby I've heard makes it sound both insane and morally objectionable to me in its portrayal of family. I'm tempted to watch it.
  6. Yeah, I've seen and would definitely nominate First Reformed, but those of us who didn't catch it at TIFF or Telluride probably will be the only ones who can comment. I'll be leaving it off my top ten list for this reason, though it would rank in the top 2-3 of the year for sure and is the most spiritually significant film I've seen this year.
  7. I'm fine with this timeline. Also, last year I personally contacted a few of the distributors/publicists and got online screeners for some of the films which I was then able to catch up with in Dec. It wasn't too hard. I'm going to begin that process shortly, and I'll pass on information if/when I have any success in contacting folks.
  8. I'd like to nominate Blade Runner 2049. As a rationale to start thinking about why I think it belongs on this list, I'm posting my brother's essay about it: http://3brothersfilm.com/2017/10/all-the-best-memories-are-hers-the-christ-figure-in-blade-runner-2049/ Also nominating: Get Out (Peele) Dunkirk (Nolan) T2 Trainspotting (Boyle) The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (Baumbach) Second: Song to Song (Malick)
  9. I’d actually like to swap Malcolm X for Close Encounters if I could. I feel more enthusiastic about articulating its place in our list, as I’m more familiar with it as a film.
  10. Blade Runner 2

    Thanks, Joel. To be clear, my younger brother wrote it, not me. But it comes out of conversations we had after the film. I would go so far as to say that the film doesn't just provide a Christ figure, but a Christology for the Replicants. SPOILERS! Also, I think my favourite scene in the film is related to this whole topic, which is when K/Joe meets with the resistance folks, and Hiam Abbass's character says "Oh, you thought you were the child." It's the key to understanding how the identification with the saviour works in this film.
  11. Blade Runner 2

    I'm sharing this here because it delves into the religious aspects of Blade Runner 2049, something that hasn't been discussed much. WARNING: SPOILERS! http://3brothersfilm.com/2017/10/all-the-best-memories-are-hers-the-christ-figure-in-blade-runner-2049/ Also, this analysis of the film figures strongly in why I'll be pushing this for our year end top ten lists.
  13. Phantom Thread

    So, this is the first time PTA has ventured out of America in his subject matter. Interesting.
  14. Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I don't know. I figure it's exactly the kind of thing Lord/Miller would have thought was clever, funny, etc. (While I like the Jump Street films and The Lego Movie just fine, I think they're kind of overrated). I actually don't mind it. And all the behind the scenes stuff that Howard has been showing on Instagram through the Star Wars Official account looks like it feels right to me. Count me as still curious.
  15. Marjorie Prime

    I really dug his last film, Experimenter, about Stanley Milgrim. The only other one I've seen is his 2000 adaptation of Hamlet with Ethan Hawke. I'll be sure to check this out, as it sounds right up my alley.