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wyoming

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

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    filmmaker
  • Favorite movies
    The films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, Terrance Malick, and Paul Thomas Anderson.
  • Favorite music
    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.
  • Favorite creative writing
    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.
  • Favorite visual art
    Rene Magritte, Chagall, Norman Rockwell, Russian iconography, and the photography of Cartier Bresson, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, and Gary Winnogrand.

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  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 metaphor complete. Perhaps Malick's intention with his next project is to build upon what he's after with this one.
  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 final summation of what he was searching for throughout the vast majority of his career. Though imperfectly resolved or perhaps reconciled, the question was indeed perfectly begged of us. How deep and to what depths does the obsession of the Christ for humanity go? {Spoilers ahead} The crux of Heaven is absolutely salvific. And, I will only make a few references, though they are countless. Then, tell me if indeed this was what Kieslowski was or was not trying to get at. We open in a simulator. Pre-manifestation of actuality. Ie. Pre-Word becomming flesh. And, of course you know how the film ends. The young man's plan is perfect in helping her escape. Why? His father used to be be the head of the what? The Law. The son works all things perfectly, because he knows his father's business. His love for her is unquestionable from the moment he lays eyes upon her. The one thing he can never do is impose himself upon her free will. She must agree. Strange coincidence? He was born on the day of her first communion. Her mother cried and she didn't know why. Her confession: "I don't believe in sense, justice, life, etc...and the one thing I have never told you; I want it all to end." Want what to end? Perhaps her disbelief? This could quite possibly be the most candid of confession's from Kieslowski himself that he would ever make. Immediately after confession. He unconditionally expresses his love. Then, through the act of shaving heads, they take on one another's identity. And, we cut to wedding celebration. Coincidence? And, for the time I will simply mention a biblical truth. "Whosoever confesses me before my father..." Where did this occur in the film? I truly believe we can see what Kieslowski was getting at with this piece. Plus, the cross, (the tree) would or would not be the ultimate consummation of Christ's love for us? What of their final meal before the tree? She says, "I don't want you to go." Anyhow, these are a few of my mental ramblings. And, who knows, it's not like Kieslowski would ever tell us what he was intending, so, it's left to us to try and delve ito the depth of a genius; complicated to be certain, but not without longing for the truth.
  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, that was my assumption, and if I'm mistaken, and this is Christian Art 101, then I give my apology. However, my feeling is that there are thoughtful and talented people in this forum; and I just so happen to be one who feels that we should be challenged beyond ourselves, and take a hard look at whether or not the real problem is that we've bought into the methodology of the industry just like every joe who wants to be a star, and make it in the biz. In other words, where we fall short, is in our Christ likeness, and not our ability as artistic craftsmen. There are plenty of Christian's in the biz. But, I'd say the vast majority, as harsh as it may sound, are sell-outs. And, whether we're Christian Artists or artists who happen to be Christians, is a conversation that should find itself going the way of the dinosaur. We're either Christians or we are not, and from that world view is how our art will be informed. No way, does it need to take another generation to create something rich, and beautiful. That's simply a cop out based upon our own ignorance, and short comings. We need to do the work, and be filled with the Spirit. Period. We should be encouraged. I have come most into the light by the hands of those that love me enough to admonish me in the way that I should go. And, to think that there is this world out there that has "grown up amidst a heritage of excellence" and somehow we were exempt of this, is a falty statement. Film is still a primitive art form, and it doesn't take that long to become informed about what's out there if one is looking. And, our faith gives us the grandest heritage of all. So, the question is simply...do we have the gift? And, are we doing what it is that the Lord asks of us? I tend to think that we've bought into survivalism, and utilitarianism. In fact, I'm rather certain we have. I can't buy that, "I was trapped inside the puritanical box" as an excuse any longer. I understand it, because I'm human and human's greatly err. But, I can't buy it, because that would be saying that my God isn't bigger than some schlock exec at a studio that was formed by the hands of man. That somehow, due to my childhood misleadings, I'm not going to be able to create anything substantive and relevant for quite some time. I believe, that in our weaknes He is strong. So, perhaps the question should be...Have we admitted our weakness.
  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 wonderful as Tarkovsky. Not meant as a conceit. But, certain things we must know. We must believe, and know, and do. And, either we do it or do not. But, just as those five smooth stones slew that giant, I imagine the victory in this crazy mixed up world of art and entertainment will come the same way. History aptly teaches us that it always does. It's just God's way. To go with the boy who will truly say, "Alright...I'll do it."
  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 thing of excellence. So, my question is: "Where's the revolution? Where are the artist's that have been graced by the divine?" I'm looking to see if they're really out there. I've sat in one too many pep rally's. And, I've heard the lame attempt to give rise to their voice. But, show me the work. Point me in the direction. I love Chaplin, and De Sica, and Capra. I love Bergman, and Tarkovsky. Truffaut, Herzog, Wenders, Tornatore, Majidi, Salles, Yimou, Kieslowski, Sokurov. Give me some P.T. Anderson, or even Whit Stillman. Jarmusch, and Kaurismaki. Jim Sheridan's got the gift. Von Trier and the Dogme gang are pushing the limits. Fact is, I love film. Love "The Great Conversation" that's taking place in this day of ours. All of these, and of course, many others, have at one point or time touched the sublime, touched on the divine. Albeit, quite unknowingly at times, but none the less graced by something. So, where are the Christian's who take the risk, silence their tongue, and do the work? Where are the one's who do it well, and keep from stuffing their faith in their pocket. Sad to say, we're a mighty army of lemmings. But, nobody's holding us back except for us and our own pathetic and emaciated faith. Nobody's holding us back. I won't buy that for a second. Not when I know what kind of God we serve. Could it be we just bought the great American lie? We let the subtle deception that we're owed something creep into our subconscious? Convinced ourselves that every thing's okay? Just a bunch of beggars begging for bread from the wrong hands? I always believed we might be greater than that. In fact, I know we are. We simply don't want to count the cost, and lay the ego on hold. We simply don't believe. I mean, if I'm wrong then so be it. Point me in the way. Show me the work. Show me the Godly warrior who transcends this heap, and those are the feet I'll wash. Just show me the one's who are doing it, and not those members of their quaint little clubs who keep talking about it. Show me the ones that do it. For once, could we honestly take a look...I want to wake up knowing that these days weren't in vain. What about you?
  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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