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    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
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    2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    I'm happy to join in again.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    Avengers: Infinity War Part I

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

    I saw this a couple weeks ago and I loved it. Appreciate Gerwig's thoughts here. Thanks for sharing.
  11. You guys are going to make me watch this, aren't you?
  12. 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.
  13. I know it's not necessary, but a third. Valerian was one of the most enjoyable films of the year for me.
  14. Hmm, sure. I mean, I guess if enough of us are able to vote for it, then it should be on the list.
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    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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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)
  19. 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.
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    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.
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    Blade Runner 2

    I'm sharing this here because it delves into the religious aspects of Blade Runner 2049, something that hasn't been discussed much. WARNING: SPOILERS! http://3brothersfilm.com/2017/10/all-the-best-memories-are-hers-the-christ-figure-in-blade-runner-2049/ Also, this analysis of the film figures strongly in why I'll be pushing this for our year end top ten lists.
  22. I can do any of the following, but not more than two: KNIGHT OF CUPS PAN'S LABYRINTH CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND MALCOLM X ARRIVAL SPIRITED AWAY THE INSIDER
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    Phantom Thread

    So, this is the first time PTA has ventured out of America in his subject matter. Interesting.
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    I don't know. I figure it's exactly the kind of thing Lord/Miller would have thought was clever, funny, etc. (While I like the Jump Street films and The Lego Movie just fine, I think they're kind of overrated). I actually don't mind it. And all the behind the scenes stuff that Howard has been showing on Instagram through the Star Wars Official account looks like it feels right to me. Count me as still curious.
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