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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. Anders

    2019 List Preliminary Discussion

    A couple of quick responses: Add me to those suggesting we do a Top 25 this year and a Top 100 in 2020 (I'm in favour of Joel's idea of "Coming-of-Age" films, fwiw). If we do 2020, I will have a chunk of time freed in summer that year, because it is a term without a teaching load for me. So, I'd consider helping with the organization of it (I've also been around since the first lists in 2004).
  2. Also, in the spirit of our "A Better Film About..." thread: . I do like the later film a lot, but it's true I think.
  3. I'll share my review here as well for anyone who's interested. It's a film I only saw for the first time this year, and it's stuck with me since Easter. https://3brothersfilm.com/blog/2018/3/30/review-the-ninth-configuration-1980
  4. Anders

    The Criterion Channel

    I'm just really happy to hear it will be available in Canada. Filmstruck was not.
  5. Anders

    Silent Hill

    Of course, the bulk of it was filmed in Brantford, Ontario, about 40 min away from where I live, so I've always thought I should watch it at some point.
  6. Anders

    The Ninth Configuration (1980)

    I finally saw this film this past spring (during Lent) and immediately fell in love with it. So, despite have seen the first couple seasons of The Walking Dead, it was The Ninth Configuration that I first thought of when I heard of Scott Wilson's passing. I want to revisit this film now (I saw it on the streaming service MUBI, so I don't have a Blu-ray/DVD copy of my own). It really is wonderful. I had this to say about it when I watched it in the spring. https://3brothersfilm.com/blog/2018/3/30/review-the-ninth-configuration-1980
  7. Anders

    2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    I'm happy to join in again.
  8. Anders

    A&F Site News -- Please Read

    I'm pleased that the site will continue and under the auspices of a long time contributor. Like others, Arts & Faith has been an important place online for me over the past 16 (!) years. Happy to hear the Ecumenical Jury and top 100 will continue. Best and let me know if you're interested in accepting small contributions towards keeping the board running.
  9. Anders

    TIFF 2018

    I didn't make it. But my brother Aren saw a number of films. His favourite was Sunset. You can read his coverage at 3brothersfilm.com.
  10. Anders

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    I'm due for a rewatch, since my last viewing was in 2011. But I still have a major fondness these films and think they are a more significant achievement in sf/fantasy filmmaking than they are given credit for these days. However, Peter well-articulates the few reservations I have about them which are issues of characterization and agency that I see in a lot of fantasy/sf/comic book cinema.
  11. Anders

    TIFF 2018

    Looks like a great line-up. I'm hoping I can pop into the city for a screening or two, but given that I'm starting the new university term full time as faculty this year, I may not have time to see very many.
  12. Anders

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    I actually preferred the Guardians here to in Vol. 2, which I wasn't a fan of.
  13. Anders

    The Sword in the Stone

    Reading the book right now, and I'm surprised how well the Disney film captures the tone of White's book, at least in the early chapters. I'm cautiously optimistic about this, but I concur with everything Beth says above. I picked up the book to get the taste of Guy Ritchie's awful King Arthur: Legend of the Sword out of my mouth. I liked Man from U.N.C.L.E. enough to give Ritchie the benefit of the doubt on that one, but yeech. Has any literary/legendary figure been more ill-treated by Hollywood than poor King Arthur? I'm going to go back and watch some more Arthur films over this next year to try to find some bright spots.