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    Fairfax, VA
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    Film, religion, jazz.

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    Publications Manager
  • Favorite movies
    Dardennes brothers, Tarkovsky, Dreyer, Coens, De Palma, some Kubrick
  • Favorite music
    Hard-bop jazz.
  • Favorite creative writing
    Junot Diaz, Matt Labash, Marilynne Robinson

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  1. Christian

    2018 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury

    Thanks, Joel. I'm happy to participate, but my affiliation should be Patheos/Schaeffer's Ghost; Crosswalk cut loose all its freelance reviewers in January. The Washington Area Film Critics Association kept me on its books despite my dropoff in published reviews - at least for this year - so for now I have continued access to screeners, which have started to arrive.
  2. Christian

    A&F Site News -- Please Read

    I'm glad the site will live on under your guidance, Ken. Thank you for taking the initiative to preserve A&F. I still check the board frequently to read new posts.
  3. Christian

    Await Your Reply

    Hoo boy. Lemme check. Thanks for alerting me. Yes, wrong link. Try this one.
  4. Christian

    Await Your Reply

    Last week I found a hardback copy of "Await Your Reply" at a library used book sale and bought it. But the main reason I wanted to post here was to link to today's Chaon essay in the New York Times Travel section. It includes a few film references, FWIW: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/travel/elda-restaurant-biddeford-maine-review.html?action=click&contentCollection=travel&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront
  5. Christian

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    Yes, let's do away with weighted voting. I have a lot of posts here at A&F, but as my participation waned, then ceased, in recent years, I'd wondered if my votes carried more weight than they should relative to those who were more active on the board. (My highest-rated choices never seemed to place too high on the final lists, alleviating my concern somewhat.) I've enjoyed the Ecumenical Jury the past few years and hope it continues. Even if I were not to participate in the jury, I'd still value reading its results/awards.
  6. Christian

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    I'm on board but worry about the level of participation and how that might affect the results. What's our baseline participation goal for a new Top 100?
  7. Christian

    My Brother's Wedding (1983) - dir. Charles Burnett

    It's from more than a decade ago, but we do have a thread on the film. I'd love to hear Jeffrey's and others' thoughts on My Brother's Wedding.
  8. Christian

    Stan Brakhage

    I don't post here much, but wanted to jump back in to say that, five and half years after buying this set, I think I may have, at last, stumbled on to a way to approach the material. I've mentioned over the years both that I easily fall asleep when viewing feature films at home, and it's happened multiple times while trying to watch the Brakhage disc(s). I've also said that I've had revelatory experiences with certain films while at the gym, on the treadmill. (This happened with Scorsese's New York, New York and, at home on the treadmill, with Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.) This morning, for my run, I had no audiobook to listen to and couldn't get my OTA antenna to work (I figured I'd just put on the local news - something I never do - just to have something to stare at while I ran on the treadmill). So, searching for a DVD that wouldn't require me to read subtitles or captions - I have trouble with those from the distance my treadmill is from the TV, but also because the slight bouncing in my stride makes it hard to lock in the text) - I decided to put the Brakhage Disc 1 on. I don't know if it's the endorphins or some sort of chemical response from the exercise, but the films played as new to me, and as extraordinary. I think I'm only on the third one, Dog Star Man, but some of the imagery was unfamiliar to me and, having to pull the disc out quickly once my workout was over so I could get ready for the day, couldn't confirm from the chapter listing that I was actually watching DSM (yes, I felt stupid; googling it before posting this morning didn't provide the visual confirmation I was hoping for). Still, whichever film I was watching was just beautifully strange, and now I feel like maybe, just maybe, I'm ready for more Brakhage. Another 2018 movie resolution, maybe?
  9. Thanks, Joel, for sending out the ballot. I filled mine out and am only now scanning the list of nominated films that didn't get a second. I can roll with titles being left off - not all of us see everything, and we don't all feel strongly about the same films - but I was still quite surprised to see Loveless not seconded. That film has haunted me since seeing it, and it deals with moral issues in profound ways. Its view of faith may be negative - something that I've said makes me hesitant when considering eligible films for this list. So I can see why someone might not want to "endorse" Loveless with a jury nomination. But the other part of me is picturing jury member finally catching up with Loveless, which I choose to believe they simply must not have seen (right??), and kicking themselves for leaving it off our list. My imagined life - the one where everyone realizes how correct I am - is my best life. Happy new year, all!
  10. Second The Shape of Water. For this list, I shy away from religious characters/characterizations that are primarily negative in nature, and Shannon fits that description. But Eliza's statement about being evaluated not by what you lack struck me as a picture of grace. I've been reluctant to champion that angle because it might equate God to, ya know, a fish-man (who's described as "a god"), but I was genuinely moved along those lines both times I watched the film.
  11. Second "On the Beach at Night Alone." I'd love to nominate Hong's 2017 film "The Day After," which I preferred to "Beach," but it looks as though "Day" doesn't have an official opening date in the U.S. this calendar year.
  12. The Post is superb, but I hadn't thought to nominate it for this list. Nevertheless, I'm happy to second Peter's nomination.
  13. Ah, the ending! Yes, I suppose there's something to that for our list. OK, I second The Trip to Italy.