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  1. Let's strive for greater specificity, shall we? There are, after all, quite a few educators in this community — educators who care deeply, who work hard, and who are devoted to making the time and effort count.
  2. I've already posted my deep dismay about this elsewhere, and I don't want it to appear I'm not acknowledging it here. Yes, this is a grievous loss to Christians, to seekers, to readers. The whole sequence of events leading up to her death seems maddening, avoidable, a complete nightmare. I cannot fathom the challenges now and in the future for her husband and two very young children. We are witnessing, though, just how deeply this is rocking a whole world of struggling believers who have found a lifeline in her honesty, her courage, her authenticity, her desire to know the truth and to be set free. May her example inspire a great host of new voices and similarly generous hearts.
  3. Must I preface this note with a SPOILER WARNING or are we past that now? TIME TRAVEL RUINS STORYTELLING. Almost all of the time. As I exited the theater from Infinity War, I turned to my friend Danny and said, "Welp, Ant-Man will save the day. Quantum Realm makes anything possible. And so the next one will be all about time travel to fix things." I was not excited by this prospect. And sure enough, this made for a suspense-free experience for me... and a long, long three hours. Oh well. These movies have never been for me. I have three or four I enjoy, but I'm ready to move on. And besides, Spider-Verse spoiled the MCU for me by showing me how everything could be 100 times better.
  4. Another thing I love about A-List is I can go see something twice in quick succession, which is extremely helpful with reviews. I saw Amazing Grace twice, which never would have happened if I was paying full price. I'm also finding that I much prefer to see movies with a typical audience at a typical screening than my old press-screening routine, which was either a nearly-empty theater (if it was press only) or a theater 3/4 full of an audience of screening-chasers who tend to be loud, obnoxious, and enthusiastic about anything they see. That particular crowd of free-pass-enthusiasts has a reputation in Seattle — there was a cover story in the Seattle Weekly once, branding them "The Passholes." Anyway, I get a better sense of how a movie plays with a typical audience by seeing it with — gasp! — a typical audience.
  5. AMC A-list is awesome. I'm seeing movies in theaters — and good movies, too — once a week at least these days. I was a happy Moviepass user for a while, but wow — that service fell apart spectacularly.
  6. (Sigh.) Due to the number of classes I'm teaching this quarter, and the two conferences I'm attending in the next two weeks, I'm not going to have time to prioritize seeing more titles Ibefore the final vote deadline — and I've only seen 18 of these finalists. So I'm doing a lot of spitballing if I vote in Round 2. I almost wonder if it would be better for me to bow out of voting at this point.
  7. I'd be up for any of these, but I should probably write no more than three. 1. Faces Places (since Gleaners is already take, and I've already written so much about that one) 2. 35 Shots of Rum 3. Another Year I'd also be willing to write about 35 Up, if necessary.
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    HIgh Life (2018)

    Time to re-title this thread. Saw it last night, and I am impressed, perplexed, and strangely unmoved... all at once. I suspect this will be a second-timer for me... or maybe a third, if I can muster the will to stick with it. It tried my patience, as I had difficulty tracing lines through these bizarre outer-space circumstances that led to any kind of insight. From her opening shot onward, Denis is clearly keeping both Stalker and Solaris in view — Pattinson's fuzzy dome and shots of a train running through wilderness are just a couple of the obvious reference points — and there's also a heavy dose of Lynch, with long shots of pipes and industrial equipment that emanate a vaguely sinister influence. But the relentlessness of the focus on sexual cruelty was somehow extreme without ever becoming... I don't know... interesting. The big leap forward in time at the end complicates matters by burdening my suspension of disbelief and generating a ton of questions about "Wait, but... how...? Are you telling me that, in the interim, all of this has happened?" I'm hoping to read something insightful soon that will help me say, "Okay, I'm glad I sat through this." I admit it — I'm disappointed. I love some of Denis' films, and others have left me puzzled, but this one frustrates me.
  9. FWIW, I loved the original Gloria — enough so that I'm really reluctant to see it done again. (Here's my original review, which was part of a series of reviews I did in 2014 about movies focused on complex, nuanced female leads.)
  10. Wow, Joel — congratulations! I can't wait to read your coverage. You've been writing some wonderful stuff lately. I'm thinking about including Silence in my Faith & Film class so that I can share your new essay about it.
  11. My 40 freshman this quarter agree: Star Wars movies are "dad movies." Nevertheless, they gasped — and a couple of them applauded — when I played this teaser for them and they realized what it was. If I knew Rian Johnson was in charge, I'd be intrigued. But it's Abrams, so I wouldn't call my perspective "a new hope."
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    Roma (2018)

    It's a crowded dark side. I shared similar experiences of detachment back on December 8 on Letterboxd. But then, I haven't found Cuaron compelling since Children of Men.
  13. Title: La Jetée Director: Chris Marker Year: 1962 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056119/?ref_=nm_knf_i4 YouTube Link: Arts and Faith link: 
  14. Title: World of Tomorrow Director: Don Herzfeldt Year: 2015 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4171032/ YouTube Link: Arts and Faith link: 
  15. Thank you, all, for investing time and honesty in this. I'm realizing how much I miss the substantial conversations I remember having with so many of you... what seems like many years ago. I want to share some things myself, but every time I start to write something I feel overwhelmed. Part of that is work-related fatigue. Part of that is my inability to paraphrase the tangle of troubles and questions that currently make up my heart. Let me sum it up like this: I've been trying to write a simple 1,000-word review of 24 Frames for more than a month now. Just as Michael lost his capacity to focus on film for a while, I seem incapable of writing anything but scribbles and notes these days. It feels like America's sudden nosedive into flagrant depravity on the global stage has burned something out in me. In my better moments, I know it isn't a total burnout. But the simultaneity — in November 2016 — of Anne's medical crisis and the 2016 election, within a few months of the moment when I suddenly quit my job of thirteen years because of medical complications stemming from emotional abuse in the workplace... all of that left me wrestling with several kinds of trauma. And the insane busyness of my new career — as rewarding as the work is, and as grateful as I am for it — has kept me from the time, the silence, the prayers, and the counseling I know I need. I just keep working, the days keep passing, and I don't write or heal or grow. So I don't know how to write about faith right now. But this conversation is rich, and I'm taking it as a challenge to make the time, come back, and get involved. I do still love this community.
  16. Title: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Director: Terry Gilliam Year: 1988 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0096764/ YouTube Link: Arts and Faith: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/19415-the-adventures-of-baron-munchausen/
  17. OMG, GUYS. Title: Nobody's Fool Director: Robert Benton Year: 1994 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110684/ YouTube Link:
  18. Title: Mrs. Dalloway Director: Marleen Gorris Year: 1997 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119723/ YouTube Link:
  19. Title: 35 Shots of Rum Director: Claire Denis Year: 2008 Language: French IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1100048/ YouTube Link: Arts and Faith: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/24377-35-shots-of-rum/
  20. If they have not been seconded, I second Phantom Thread and Mirror (Zerkalo). Title: Poetry Director: Lee Chang Dong Year: 2010 Language: Korean IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1287878/ YouTube Link: Arts and Faith:
  21. Title: Marjorie Prime Director: Michael Almereyda Year: 2017 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4978710/ Arts and Faith:
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