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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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    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

    Roma (2018)

    I'm with Joel. I loved Roma and it moved me immensely, both personally and politically. Nothing would make me happier as far as Oscars than for Yalitza Aparicio to win Best Actress. Joel, I'm really sad to hear that no one picked Roma for a HM! If I had known, I might have even bumped BlacKkKLansman for it, since it's still jockeying with First Reformed as my favourite film of 2018.
  2. Anders

    The Favourite

    Nice explanation, it's exactly this lack of playfulness that I found in The Lobster that you've identified that I had a hard time articulating on Twitter last night. I'll plan to check it out as it's still playing at the local theatre and it's my reading week next week and I'll have a bit more time.
  3. I was just gifted a copy of this one in a stack of Criterion DVDs so I'll move it up on my watchlist.
  4. I'd vote for An Education, in the sense that it leaves Jenny not just changed, but notably wiser. Having read the relevant parts of Lynn Barber's book, I think it's fair to say that Hornby's voice shines through. It's interesting to me that for a writer known for his books about male culture and aging (Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy), his two screenplays for An Education and Brooklyn do such delicate work with their female protagonists. Ken, if you don't nominate High Fidelity, I will. I think it's a perfect example that "Growing Older" is different from "Coming of Age" but not just about "grey hairs."
  5. Boyle's sequel to his own film, T2 Trainspotting is a film revisiting the characters from the first 20 years later, not unlike Before Sunset or Before Midnight. But T2 Trainspotting is filled with deep sadness and regret, about repeating the same mistakes as we grow older. Quoting myself from Letterboxd: This film might do the most of any recent "belated sequels" to take advantage of that distance between the past and now, and in particular the pain of nostalgia, especially when the present offers little hope. There's a scene here where Mark Renton and Simon "Sick Boy" reminisce about their first experience with heroin that is heartbreaking. This film filters the past through the present of our Trump/Brexit/Social Mediated-world, so we can feel how crazy things are even in comparison to the 90s. There are a couple of formal and narrative choices I'm unsure about, and would have to watch the film again to really ponder, but those minor reservations aside, this is one of the best films I've seen recently about aging. And a killer soundtrack. The sequence with Queen's "Radio Ga Ga". Wow.
  6. Title: T2 Trainspotting Director: Danny Boyle Year: 2017 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2763304/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/28465-t2-trainspotting/&tab=comments#comment-287392
  7. A few more nominations with explanations: Tarkovsky's The Mirror is to fundamentally about memory, but it's entirely appropriate since it treats differences in perception between old and young. It also places our growing older in a context of culture, politics, and history, rather than simply a personal subjective experience. As a recent article I read terms it, if the foreground are all the things an individual can touch and see in one's own subjective near distance, and the background is the far off background of the cosmos or long history, then middle ground is that arena of the social that mediates between the two, something increasingly lost in our experiences of aging. Mirror is about memory as that mediating force. Lost in Translation has struck me as being increasingly wise about growing older, as I revisit about once a decade for the last nearly 20 years. It shows a person growing older, but not always wiser. Summer Hours is about growing older, the relationship between you and your parents as they age, and you and your siblings in relation to the cultural values that surround us, including art, etc. I think it should clearly be on the list. I've shown it numerous times, especially to people my parents age, who are going through the loss of their own parents and life transitions into becoming the heads of families, etc. If you haven't seen it, please do before we vote.
  8. Title: The Mirror (Zerkalo) Director: Andrei Tarkovsky Year: 1975 Language: Russian IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0072443/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/27713-the-mirror-1975/&tab=comments#comment-209117 Title: Lost in Translation Director: Sofia Coppola Year: 2003 Language: English/Japanese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0335266/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/647-lost-in-translation-2003/&tab=comments#comment-4040 Title: Summer Hours Director: Olivier Assayas Year: 2008 Language: French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0836700/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/23009-summer-hours/&tab=comments#comment-198698
  9. I nominated Chimes at Midnight, which to me can be seen as about growing older both in the person of Falstaff and in Hal, who must betray his friend when he ascends to the throne. The moral dilemma is in how the betrayal of Falstaff seems painful, even though it is by all standards the right decision. Growth requires these kinds of hard choices, which Shakespeare and Welles treat beautifully. I also nominated the Hong Kong film A Simple Life by Ann Hui. It's about caring for the elderly in our lives and the process of growing older for both the younger person and the older person. The film treats issues of class, health, nursing homes etc. It's about aging with grace and the reversal of care that happens when those who cared for us (in this case a maid/servant) need our care.
  10. Second Limelight and A.I. I nominate: Title: Chimes at Midnight Director: Orson Welles Year: 1965 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059012/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/search/&q="chimes at midnight" Title: A Simple Life (桃姐) Director: Ann Hui Year: 2011 Language: Cantonese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2008006/reference YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ymwtdcIFbs Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/28377-a-simple-life/&tab=comments#comment-285485
  11. Anders

    What board games have you been playing lately?

    My wife and I finally got our own copy of Agricola for Christmas after having played and enjoyed it with family a few years ago. Also, I played the Call of Cthulhu RPG for the first time this weekend, my brother Aren acting as keeper and introducing me and a couple of friends through the quick-start story, "The Haunting." Fantastic time and I'm hoping we can keep going with that. It also makes me eager to pick up the Arkham Horror board game, which is apparently similar in style and feel.
  12. Anders

    Aquaman 2

    Speaking of high-grossing films, James Cameron, and Aquaman reminds me that on the TV show Entourage, James Cameron directed the show's version of Aquaman, which the main character starred in.
  13. Anders

    72nd Festival de Cannes (2019)

    Sounds like a fantastic experience! Have you chatted with Alissa Wilkinson? She has attended Cannes for a few years, IIRC.
  14. 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).