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    I can't believe there's no thread on Dune. It's only one of the GREATEST contributions to sci-fi/fantasy ever composed. And the David Lynch film is... well... it's something, that's for sure. Not sure what, but it's something. I'm actually a fan, even though I tend to think of it as a different entity than Herbert's novel. The film has some pretty unforgettable scenes.... And I'm nostalgic about it: It was my introduction to Patrick Stewart, and Francesca Annis, and Grima Wormtongue (I mean, Brad Dourif)... The miniseries has won some praise here and there. And now... rumors of another big screen adaptation. I need to pick this up and read it again soon, simply because I miss that world. I love the first book, like the second, love the third, and need to revisit the fourth now that I'm old enough to appreciate it. So... any fans around here? Of any particular manifestation of the story? Who would be in your dream cast for Dune?
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    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    Count me in.
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    Batman Begins (2005)

    Christian Bale. That's the big news at AICN. With Nolan (Memento, Insomnia) at the helm, does this story have anything more to give audiences? I'd venture to guess that in Nolan's hands, we might finally have a Batman film of serious substance. He's all about conscience, the guilt of violence, the difficulty humans face in trying to deal out justice that resolves anything... Well, he's got a great leading actor. I wonder if the project will make it to the screen.
  4. Here's a new interview with John Lasseter about Pixar, its origins and style.
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    Slumdog Millionaire

    Kim Voynar's Cinematical review:
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    Super Size Me

    Is there a thread on this already? If not, before you get too excited about this film, this criticism of "Super-size Me" is worth noting. Has anyone here seen it?
  7. In 2013, I led a seminar at the Glen Workshop that encouraged participants to trace poetic connections between images in poetry and film. I used a short film — about five minutes, I think — that was just a series of quick images, a cleverly sequenced montage. Those paying attention could see how the images were related by clever poetic or aesthetic connections. It was sort of like a game. Does this ring a bell for anybody? I'm dismayed that I can't find the name of the film in my notes.
  8. 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?
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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!)
  13. 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.
  15. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. Hoo, boy. I've been wondering how long it would take for this idea to take root somewhere... Variety:
  19. 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.