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  1. 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.
  2. I was just gifted a copy of this one in a stack of Criterion DVDs so I'll move it up on my watchlist.
  3. 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."
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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    The Criterion Channel

    I'm just really happy to hear it will be available in Canada. Filmstruck was not.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. Anders

    2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    I'm happy to join in again.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
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    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.
  23. 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.