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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

    Congratulations, Joel.

    I just want to chime in to say meeting Joel was great. He's thoughtful and friendly in person and he gave what was definitely one of the best papers at the conference on the films of the Dardennes as parable, through Paul Ricouer's understanding of the parable form. It was insightful and compelling, enhancing my already healthy appreciation for the directors. Thanks, Joel!
  2. Anders

    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

    I actually preferred the Guardians here to in Vol. 2, which I wasn't a fan of.
  3. 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.
  4. Anders

    Lady Bird

    I saw this a couple weeks ago and I loved it. Appreciate Gerwig's thoughts here. Thanks for sharing.
  5. You guys are going to make me watch this, aren't you?
  6. 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.
  7. I know it's not necessary, but a third. Valerian was one of the most enjoyable films of the year for me.
  8. Hmm, sure. I mean, I guess if enough of us are able to vote for it, then it should be on the list.
  9. Anders

    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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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)
  13. 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.
  14. Anders

    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.