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About Anders

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    Scruffy-looking Nerf Herder

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    Film, books, sports, politics, music, food, drink.

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    University Lecturer, Media and Communication Studies
  • Favorite movies
    2001: A Space Odyssey, Citizen Kane, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Godfather, Seven Samurai, Taxi Driver, 8½, Vertigo, Pulp Fiction, The Godfather: Part II, Days of Heaven, The Third Man, Mulholland Drive, Blade Runner, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Lost Ark, La Dolce Vita, It's a Wonderful Life, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, Ikiru, The Grapes of Wrath, Eyes Wide Shut, Wild Strawberries, The Big Lebowski, Brazil, Blue Velvet, Rushmore, Children of Men, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, JFK, Spirited Away, Lawrence of Arabia, 2046, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Once Upon a Time in the West, Barry Lyndon, Do the Right Thing, Pan's Labyrinth, The Mirror, La Jetée, Alien, Lost in Translation, From Russia With Love, Ronin, Inglorious Basterds, The Man Who Would Be King, The Prestige, My Neighbour Totoro, After Life, The Tree of Life, Psycho, Mad Max: Fury Road, North By Northwest, Chungking Express, Summer Hours
  • Favorite music
    Hip-hop, Jazz, Pop, Indie Rock, R&B, Film Scores
  • Favorite creative writing
    Moby-Dick, Blood Meridian, The Lord of the Rings, Dandelion Wine, Karl Ove Knausgaard

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  1. 2046 (2004) A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) In a Lonely Place (1950) Man with a Movie Camera (1929) Wanda (1970) A couple of these are ones I nominated. I'm kinda surprised you'd never seen A Charlie Brown Christmas, one of the most profound and explicitly Christian pieces of commercial art ever made IMHO, with an all-time jazz score. I'd prioritize that first. 2046 is one I nominated, and I'm guessing without Ryan Holt to second it, it will be passed over. It's a moving meditation on desire, time, memory, change, anchored in the history of 60s Hong Kong. It's a bit more sprawling and less focused or "perfect" than Wong's In the Mood for Love, but it strikes me as a better fit for this list. The last three are all films I think you should see. I think you'll perhaps like In a Lonely Place and Wanda, given your tastes. I'm guessing the formalism of Vertov's "city symphony" may not appeal to you, but it's really a landmark in exploring the philosophical possibilities of the film camera.
  2. My +1 is a Canadian documentary directed by a woman. Stories We Tell (2012) I'd nominate Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles which strikes me as a major omission, but I'm afraid I must admit, I've still never watched the whole thing... a quarantine goal?
  3. You're welcome. Yeah, but also that I think for a long time (at least in my young adult days) Touch of Evil was seen as the "other" big Welles, aside from Citizen Kane, but as more of his European films and other works become available, the consensus on Welles is spread out a bit more (what a career). For instance, I'd probably put Chimes at Midnight ahead of Touch.
  4. I mostly watch films, and with Criterion Channel and MUBI it's rare I don't have something queued up that I really want to watch. So, when I do watch TV it's usually something less serious, or sports. But there are no sports now, so I'm interested in finding other things. For instance, I just binged the most recent season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. My wife and I have been looking for something that would appeal to us both and were thinking maybe The Americans or The Leftovers. I'm also interested in checking out Devs, since a close friend of ours who is a sci-fi writer recommended it.
  5. Anders

    Heartbeat Detector

    It's not available on streaming, for purchase or rent, in Canada, so I'd appreciate that, or sharing to a WeTransfer account or something. I've long been curious about the film because of your championing it.
  6. Yes, I agree that film 1 should rank higher. Should be like voting for sports awards.
  7. It's true. It comes back to the question of demographic representation on this board, and the dominant histories of cinema that we to a great degree perpetuate.
  8. Ok, I voted. Painful to leave a few off that I really would have loved to see nominated, but wasn't really confident I could make a case to folks for. Mostly a list of films I felt essential for this list and personal picks that I couldn't do without. Some stats: Country of Origin: USA/UK - 4 Hong Kong - 1 Japan - 3 USA - 9 Canada - 1 France - 3 USSR - 1 Thailand - 1 UK - 1 Sweden - 1 Decade of Release: 30s - 1 40s - 2 50s - 4 60s - 3 70s - 3 80s - 4 90s - 1 00s - 4 10s - 3
  9. Yes, I was planning on submitting in the next 24 hours, I've got a list of about 20 that I'm fairly sure of and about 40 that I could put on my final 5. I think my list is definitely going to be a bit different from some, or even what I expected mine to look like.
  10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts again. I watched this film with my church group in January 2019, as we had a couple of congregation members who had done the Camino and then shared about their experiences. I have to say, the film didn't strike me a strongly as it did the two of you. While I don't discount many of the positive things you mention, the film ultimately struck me as too polished, the script a bit mechanical and "plotted," for lack of a better term. Like, most of the supporting characters struck me as there to fulfill a role in bringing Tom to where he has to be. Estevez doesn't move way from a very conventional way of presenting the script, leaning on a lot of production and script short cuts, when I think this story would have benefitted from having more room to breath and a less conventional visual style. I also didn't really like the use of musical cues in it. Anyway, this is just from my notes. Not to say I dislike the film; I think it's decent, but I don't see it as being particularly remarkable despite the positive association that I will always think of it as a key "Arts & Faith" film from its many champions on here.
  11. I was just reading an interview with Stephanie Coontz, a historian of the family, and she tangentially brought up an interesting point about witch trials:
  12. I have a copy of the OOP New Yorker Video DVD. I ended up seeing it about a decade ago in a grad school class and fell in love with it. I now rank it among my 10 favourite films of the 90s and it cemented Kore-eda as one of my favourite directors in world cinema.
  13. Anders

    Night and Fog

    I did! And I plan on attending to hang with John and Mark regardless of whether my paper gets in. John was my external examiner on my defence, and I feel very fortunate to have him as an advocate and mentor.
  14. Anders

    Night and Fog

    Oh wow, I would love to talk to you about the Ricoeur book sometime (if you're ever in southern Ontario again). I love the Renais film and I read excerpts of Ricoeur's book during my PhD but would love some more insight. It is indeed heavy stuff. Literally.
  15. I'm working on my Top 10 list for posting over at 3 Brothers Film before the Oscars, but as it stands right now, I would have Frozen II on my list and I think the lack of serious engagement with the film as anything other than a sequel to a kid's animated film is pretty egregious. Americans for all their attentiveness to political and racial issues still have a blind spot when it comes to issues dealing with indigenous peoples.
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