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    film, philosophy, pop culture, history, and the Boston Celtics.

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  • Favorite movies
    The films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Terrance Malick, and Paul Thomas Anderson.
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    The Kinks, Rolling Stones, The Pixies, Gillian Welch, Iron and Wine, Modest Mouse, Built to Spill, Cat Power, Eels, Tom Waits, Nada Surf, Sunny Day Real Estate, Nick Drake, Belle and Sebastian, Billie Holiday, Pergolessi and Bach.
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    Work by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Douglas Coupland, David Foster Wallace, Dave Eggars, John Steinbeck, J.D. Salinger. Plus, The Moviegoer by Wendall Berry, No Man is an Island by Thomas Merton, the poetry of W.H. Auden and Jorge Luis Borges, the prose of Samuel Beckett, the philosophical writings of Soren Kierkegaard, the historical writings of Daniel Boorstin, A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn, The Confessions of St. Augustine, The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a' Kempis, Images: My Life in Film by Ingmar Bergman, and Sculpting in Time by Andrei Tarkovsky.
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    Rene Magritte, Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Russian iconography, and the photography of Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, and Gary Winnogrand.
  1. Hey Jeffrey, I'm going to be popping in to Glen East next week and meeting Mr. Greg Wolfe for the first time. If you can find a way over, we can talk of these things at length. Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.
  2. As to Malick's Assyrian Christian roots, I know not. I have only heard of his wife's Catholicism. I like that M. Leary, "sacramental beholding". And let me add, in his next project the sacraments play a role front and center, big time.
  3. Exactly Jeffrey. So to add even further to the for whatever it's worth dialogue...I have heard from a very reliable source that Malick's wife is devoutly Catholic. If that is indeed the case, his next work, I believe, will build upon what he's after. Also, last I heard, Malick was the holder of the screen adaptation of Walker Percy's The Moviegoer...FWIW.
  4. FWIW, I was fortunate enough to read Malick's treatment for his next film. Just wait. He goes much further. He is definitely on a Christian path. And it is a specifically Catholic one at that. In fact, even as we reflect upon Tree of Life, isn't it really all one giant search in the form of reflection/memory of grown-up Jack (Sean Penn). He wonder's "How did I lose you?" As an adult man he's looking to find that which he lost from his childhood. And to carry that even further, he's a man who wants to return home. He lost his home. As a Catholic convert, the imagery was staggering and the meta
  5. Another review! Wow! www.cinematical.com/2007/09/28/fantastic-fest-review-there-will-be-blood/
  6. I am much late to this board, but here are two cents for what they're worth. If you can't go with Harold and Maude, how about another great Ashby flick, Being There. Also, one of my favorites from this era and a great film at that, Five Easy Pieces. And finally, HSers can indeed handle some foreign fare, so my thought would be to give them a taste of Godard's Pierrot Le Fou (1965). I think they would most definitely enjoy it. Actually, I guess that was three cents.
  7. ...according to ptanderson.com, which says its source is quite reliable, it looks like Paul will be adapting the Upton Sinclair novel...Oil! And to top it off, looks like Daniel Day-Lewis is gonna star. Sign me up, sign me up, sign me up! Where can I get my ticket?
  8. wyoming

    Tom Tykwer

    I must agree with the opinion that Tykwer is the new Kieslowski. If he continues to evolve as a filmmaker in the ways which seem to be already apparent, it will be frightening to see what he may create (and I mean that most wonderfully). But, as for the comment I wish to make, regarding the brilliance of Heaven, I will simply reiterate what seems to be a majority consensus among the promontory folk; Kieslowski is utter genius. And Heaven, a finale to a man's life that few, if they take the time to deconstruct every element of what it is that is occurring within this piece, will find as the fin
  9. Dan...Thanks for the feedback. I am one who tries my best to be open minded to what all may have to say... That being said, I must now say that I beg to differ with you greatly. And, most sincerely, I do not in any way mean to appear to be "scolding" you. But, if that is the appropriate verbage, then let it be what it may be. You see, the sad truth is that I am not "screaming at children for not riding their bikes like Lance Armstrong". I believe I was speaking to a room within a forum of those who profess to believe, and have a much vested interest in the world of the arts. In fact, th
  10. Thanks for the thoughts Rich and Ron...Two things to be certain. And, these are the things that we must know that we know that we know. One...That God, the same God who parted the sea, shut the mouths of lions, cooled the fiery flames, delivered the victory of a giant into the hand of a shepherd boy, gave sight to the blind, and brought the dead to life, etc., is still the same God without a doubt. And, two...let us never falter in what we've been called to do. We have to know who we are to be. What is meant to be. In regard to your reply Ron, I have every intention of creating work as wonderf
  11. Someone explain to me the absence of the divine in our modern world of filmmaking, and the arts in general for that matter. I am a bit perplexed by the lack of knowledge, and the mouths that speak as if they understand. It's as if all we as Christian's have left to hold onto is our ability to critique, and maybe flash around a piece of paper that certifies somewhere along the line we received a nifty education. How unfortunate that it never assisted us in creating something of true artistic merit. My chief complaint is that we sit around and judge, acting the expert while never constructing a
  12. Just wanted to give a hello, as I'm new to the promontory scene. And, I'd like to also say that Majid is without a doubt one the most gifted of contemporary filmmmakers. Thank God for artist's like this who can eclipse the majority of American drivel.
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