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  1. Is anyone besides me going to be there? My wife Jessica and I will be there for essentially the whole festival, so I'm in the process of narrowing down the festival list from 300 to 20. My priorities: - American Dharma - Errol Morris chats with Steve Bannon - Beautiful Boy - a new film from the director of Broken Circle Breakdown will always excite me - Birds of Passage - ditto the creators of Embrace of the Serpent - Burning - ditto a Haruki Murakami adaptation - Fahrenheit 11/9 - Michael Moore takes on Drumpf - If Beale Street Could Talk - Barry Jenkins meets James Baldwin; I'm there - Loro - Paolo Sorrentino does his version of a Berlusconi biopic - Meeting Gorbachev - Werner! It's always fun to create my festival spreadsheet; right now, I've got 61 films that are moderately to extremely appealing to me. -
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    Spotlight (2015)

    Well, that's gracious of you to write, Evan. Actually, I was thinking about Spotlight as I read about the PA grand jury report. And I'll be honest, I'm more than a little puzzled by the strong reaction to the report, since to me it seems to say nothing really new. Evan (or any other believers for that matter): is the reaction because it makes irrefutable the reality that the RC hierarchy's response is still deny and hide, or is it something else entirely? (And in case it's not clear, I'm asking from a place of genuine curiosity, with no hidden agenda.)
  3. I think this may be the Top 100/25 discussion you were asking about, Joel:
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    First Reformed

    Hmm, to each their own, but I find this film so stylized and far enough removed from ultra-realism that I felt little to no ethical distress in observing the relationship between Hawke's and Seyfried's characters. Ultimately, in my eyes, it's a relationship of great beauty and transcendence. This is in contrast to, say, Lost in Translation, where the affair between Murray and Johansen is morally troubling. On the other hand, I think we're supposed to be troubled by Hawke's treatment of the choir director. He was a definite shit there.
  5. I mostly agree with you here. If the voting ends up being done exclusively by longtime A&F regulars and established film critics, then absolutely yes. If we have newer folks or less seasoned cinephiles on board, then some weighting is called for.
  6. How many participated in our last Top 100? I think we'd need a certain minimum to make such an endeavor worthwhile and valid.
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    Stranger Things (Netflix)

    Agreed - it was still entertaining, but a major quality dip from Season 1.
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    First Reformed

    I think it's deliberately ambiguous. I interpreted it more optimistically than you did, while my wife leaned more towards your interpretation.
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    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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    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/#