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  1. A student of mine is writing a research paper about how to respond to sexual abuse (from harassment to assault), and specifically focusing on how the movies "let us down" in shaping our ideas about this. She's specifically looking for films that explore responses to abuse: Characters who go to the police, the press, counselors, etc. Characters who choose retaliation. Characters who suffer in silence. I'm sure glad I'm not writing a research paper about this, as I wouldn't want to watch a bunch of movies on this subject. But, I'm glad somebody's thinking about how we need stories that help us empathize with those who suffer. And we need stories that give those who suffer some better understanding of how to respond... and how not to respond. Ideas? Suggestions?
  2. Here's a new interview with John Lasseter about Pixar, its origins and style.
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    The Tree of Life (2011)

    According to a quick trip through some stories at The Guardian, IMDB, and various online chats about sci-fi and Mel Gibson, it looks like the next Terrence Malick film may be Tree of Life. Colin Farrell and Mel Gibson are the actors supposedly involved, but it sounds like something along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey, beginning in some pre-historic era and jumping forward in time. (And that's interesting, considering how I've heard The New World compared to 2001 several times.) But this all sounds very vague and speculative. Who knows? Anybody here heard about this? (I see Peter mentioned it in his blog about a year ago.)
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    The Tree of Life (2011)

    Um... This seems significant: Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ Gets Longer Criterion Version
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    Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)

    Rachel McAdams will join Downey Jr. and Law for round two, due Dec. 2011.
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    The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)

    (Insert cry of dismay here!)
  7. I was startled tonight to discover that My Brother's Wedding, a film by Charles Burnett (Killer of Sheep), has just been added to Filmstruck's streaming service. Reading about it, I find that it's a hard title to track down. Has anyone here seen it? It sounds like it's worth a look:
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    My Brother's Wedding (1983) - dir. Charles Burnett

    Whoa, I didn't even think to check. If I saw that thread back in 2007, I sure don't remember it. Thanks! I hope I get a chance to see it, but this week is slammed, and I have some promising screener links to upcoming things I want to check out too. Argh.
  9. My favorite faith-related films aren't about heroes passing tests, but about would-be heroes failing and God remaining sovereign and full of grace. Three Colors: Blue, for example. Or The New World. If I had to pick a story in which a person faces tests and succeeds, under incredible pressure, I'd suggest The Son. If you're interested, I have a whole book about this subject. Regarding your question "Is there a difference between faith based and spiritually based films?" — I don't know. I don't believe in "faith-based films," because all creative work is an act of faith. I don't know what a "spiritually based film" is. All creativity is an incarnational activity and thus involves spirit. I'm not sure what you mean by "overt or subtle themes." The more a work of creativity announces what it thinks it means, the less artful it is — and it usually ends up being wrong about what it means anyway. Art is an invitation to explore what an artist has made out of his or her own encounter with mystery. We do not go to art to get a lesson; we go to experience beauty and consider what we might make of it, which, if the art is good, will be an ongoing and inconclusive journey.
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    First Reformed

    That Variety clip is so cool! Congrats, Ken! And good for you, Darren. Wow. I can't wait to read what you write up from that.
  11. I nominate World of Tomorrow, Episode Two: The Burden of Other People's Thoughts, by Don Herzfeldt. In retrospect, I rate World of Tomorrow as one of my top 5 films 2015. And since I have no reason to disbelieve the reviews, which are hailing this as every bit as spectacular, I'm throwing a "Hail, Mary" pass to the end zone and trusting that this will be well worth our time and consideration. The question is, of course, whether or not it qualifies, being only 22 minutes long. It played festivals, but it's not getting a wide theatrical release. It's on Vimeo today.
  12. Hoo, boy. I've been wondering how long it would take for this idea to take root somewhere... Variety:
  13. I'm going to assume that Twin Peaks: The Return is not eligible. I understand, and yet this just shows how the increasingly cinematic qualities of some television productions are blurring the lines between the art forms. Nothing I've seen this year stays with me, in the way great art films stay with me, like that series.
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    The Women's Balcony

    This film is already on its way out of theaters in Seattle, but with a 95% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a synopsis like this one, it seems like a film this community should consider: Anybody here seen it?
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    Blade Runner 2

    From co-writers of Eagle Eye...
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    Lucky Logan, dir. Steven Soderbergh

    As expected, Soderbergh's "retirement" meant as much as most celebrity retirements. Has Coldplay reformed yet? We can thank Channing Tatum.
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    Joe Henry - Invisible Hour

    Warm up for the next Joe Henry album with this December 7 performance from KEXP.
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    Isle of Dogs

    I love it. I'm guessing it's influenced by The Plague Dogs.
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    La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    This interview is so good, Darren. Thanks so much. I love what they say about not looking down on their characters from above.
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    I believe it's a wad of chewing gum. "That gum you like is back in style."
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    Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    I'm much more comfortable reading this film as a critique of humankind's distorted, patriarchal religious ideas than as a critique of God Himself. This looks to me like "Okay, people who believe we should glorify God but exploit nature and all things feminine, here is your worldview mirrored back to you." I know that's not necessarily what Aronofsky is saying, but I don't put much stock in what artists say their own work means. There is too much in this film that doesn't make sense if this film is offered as a protest against the God that the artist believes in. It makes more sense to me if the art is challenging us with "Really? This is how you think the cosmos works? This is the god you believe in, and this is how you think it's best to serve him?" It feels more like an indictment of humankind and the way they engage with the god they believe in than a proposition about who God is and how he works.
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    Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    Agreed. My immediate thought was "Oh, okay, so what is about to unfold... it has happened before. The circle of life." That is, of course, where the heart/diamond/thing came from.
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    The Dark Tower

    Just found this IGN report via Hollywood Elsewhere: Abrams. Hmm. That makes me think that Lost's Josh "Sawyer" Holloway just has the right kind of look for the lead....