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Andrew

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  1. Andrew

    First Reformed

    I'm glad this finally is making its way to screens around the country. (My big regret at TIFF last year was missing this film.) Sid (my fellow Secular Cinephile reviewer) and I were amazed and shaken by it, so much so that each of us wrote a review. As non-believers, I'm sure our interpretations will be somewhat different from many folks here, but here's what I wrote: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/06/a-second-look-at-first-reformed-tolling-the-moral-death-of-u-s-christianity/
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    Leaving My Father's Faith

    I forgot to post about this one here. In this time of religious division and incivility, this documentary - about Bart Campolo's deconversion, his dad Tony's reaction, and their ensuing dialogue - is refreshing. Ken was good enough to introduce me to this one (thanks, Ken!), and I recommend it highly. Here's my review: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/05/leaving-my-fathers-faith-a-famous-preacher-dad-and-his-humanist-son/
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    Hereditary

    Be forewarned, this is a disturbing film to watch, but its spiritual themes are fascinating: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/06/hereditary-the-horrifying-potential-of-biological-and-spiritual-inheritance/
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    The Rider

    Chloe Zhao's film about a Lakota cowboy recovering from a TBI is one of my favorite features so far this year, probably second only to The Phantom Thread in my estimation. Of probable interest to folks here in particular, it has some faith-based content that I found touching and authentic. My full review: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/06/the-rider-immerses-us-in-native-american-cowboy-life/
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    Like Joel, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. It was entertaining and had a few genuine laugh lines. It's still a lot of empty calories, though. What leaves a bad taste and I ultimately find unacceptable, though, is the way that droid sentience is presented by one of the characters using much of the language employed in the abolitionist, civil rights, and feminist movements - and yet this is played substantially for laughs.
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    Ready Player One

    I think your second paragraph hits the nail on the head, Nathanael. I suspect this accounts for much of the film's lack of passion. It makes me wonder how much of a role in writing the screenplay Cline really had, since his book oozed sincere love for 80s popular culture.
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    Ready Player One

    Yeah, I'm one of the detractors (and I loved the novel): http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2018/04/i-wasnt-ready-for-the-disappointment-of-spielbergs-player-one/#
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    Star Wars: Han Solo origin story spin-off

    Ugh, this may be the first Star Wars movie that I pass on seeing. At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old curmudgeon, this looks like the predictable outcome of turning films that were special triennial events into yearly commodities. I shouldn't be surprised, since the folks that crap out The Hunchback of Notre Dame 3 are now in charge.
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    Phantom Thread

    I really loved it as well. A few bits of dialogue rang false, and I thought the 4th act dragged a little, but otherwise all the pieces clicked wonderfully. The Jonny Greenwood score is gorgeous, probably the best thing I've heard at the movies in 12 months. And the dark humor, especially in the second half, was delectable. I'm glad that Day-Lewis and Manville got their Oscar noms, but Krieps deserved one as well.
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    First Reformed

    Very cool (but don't forget Ozu!). This is the one film I regret not seeing in Toronto last year.
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    Favorite films of 2017

    Ooh, great idea, Brian! I thought this was a significantly above average year at the movies; thus my longer than usual "Best of" and "Honorable Mention" lists. Here are my top 13: 1. I Am Not Your Negro 2. Makala 3. BPM 4. mother! 5. The Shape of Water 6. Call Me by Your Name 7. Silence 8. Wonderstruck 9. Last Men in Aleppo 10. Cries from Syria 11. One of Us 12. Get Out 13. Faces Places
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    A better film about...

    Darkest Hour is still in my screener pile (I'll view it in the coming week if it gets any noms in the NCFCA), but I expect I would agree with you, as I was immensely disappointed with Dunkirk.
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    The Shape of Water

    Nice review, Evan. Despite writing from two different perspectives (and I liked your exploration of the Ruth and Samson parallels), we found much of the same things to love about this film: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2017/12/loving-shape-water/
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    Oscars 2018: Best Foreign Language Film

    I thought BPM (memorable, affecting activist romance) > The Square (bizarre, quite entertaining) > In the Fade (interesting but ultimately slight). Other glaring oversights are Makala (will probably be second on my Best of 2017 list), Faces Places, and Thelma.
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    Call Me by Your Name (Luca Guadagnino 2017)

    I watched my "For Your Consideration" screener of this yesterday and thought it was excellent, 4 verging on 4.5 out of 5 stars in my rating system. I had shied away from this after finding A Bigger Splash tedious, and it's subject matter (17 year old falls for young adult assistant to his professor father) seemed dicey. But it's handled maturely, and all three of the leads (Chalamet, Hammer, Stuhlbarg) are superb. Chalamet definitely steals the show, capturing the insecurities of adolescence with a level of authenticity and vulnerability rarely seen. Surprisingly, the film also has perhaps the best parent-child moment I've seen all year, one that grabbed me with its wisdom and pathos. And I loved the way it mingled images of sculpture from antiquity with the main story, illustrating the imprint on the mind of evanescent youthful beauty. And the northern Italian setting is as gorgeous as one would expect.
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