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  1. Knight of Cups (2015)

    news: Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Won’t Get U.S. Release Until 2016
  2. Celine and Julie Go Boating

    I saw the original, uncut version of La Belle Noiseuse in the theater and absolutely loved it. I will never forget that experience. Since then I have wanted to see more of Rivette's films, but still have not. Back in the mid 80's Celine and Julie Go Boating was often referenced in the film department in which I was studying, but none of use could get a copy of it (or just didn't know how), and I still have not seen it. I've been waiting since then to see it.
  3. Knight of Cups (2015)

    From the Berlinale online program guide: Looks the film will show five times as the festival.
  4. Left Behind (2014)

    no reason, just seems right to post this here... Guy Turns Back Window Wiper Into A Nicolas Cage Who Can't Stop Waving At You
  5. Tips for hosting a movie event

    I recently had some young friends over a couple of times to watch films and discuss them. So far we've seen TREE OF LIFE and THE GODFATHER. In both cases I did a short intro. I didn't go into much detail, but highlighted a couple of interesting things/themes to notice, and in the case of THE GODFATHER, I mentioned a couple of interesting production stories. Afterwards we sat around and talked through our reactions, and that gave a more natural opening to bring up other interesting aspects of the films, as well as learn from the reactions of the others. I find people tend to like a good and short intro rather than just start in watching. But they also want to get on with watching, so long intros don't work that well. Personally I like intros that go basically like: 1) this film is so cool because... 2) an notice how it does "x" and "y" etc. 3) and afterwords we might want to talk about how the film... (expresses "z", compares to 'some film', etc.). When I taught film history in college I found it helped to place a film (when it what made, and where) within the context of history: what was going on socially, culturally, politically, economically, etc., at the time of the film's making. Depending on the kind of film and the nature of the event, sometimes it's worth mentioning some simple rules of watching, like turning off cell phones, reminding people where the restrooms are, etc. These are obvious things, but I find some people get excited at such events and start chatting to their friends, etc.
  6. Believing filmmaker, (good) religious film

    Well, it has a spiritual theme, obviously, but are there any religious characters? Sure. I suppose Wender's films are less religious and more existential in theme and characters, but I've often mulled over whether they are religious films. As for The Bell's of St. Mary's, it's not really my cup of tea, rather sappy for my tastes, but... it fits.
  7. Believing filmmaker, (good) religious film

    hhmmm... Wim Wenders: Wings of Desire & Faraway, So Close! ??? perhaps... Leo McCarey, The Bells of St. Mary's
  8. Believing filmmaker, (good) religious film

    perhaps... Éric Rohmer, My Night at Maud's Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev
  9. Are Christian Films Judged by a Double Standard

    perhaps this goes here: How Christian Critics are Killing the Christian Film Industry there's just too much in this article/rant that disturbs me to offer any comments on it
  10. Are Christian Films Judged by a Double Standard

    Are Muslim and Hindu films also "faith-based", and if so, is there a double standard in play for them as well? I really don't know anything about such films, but I wonder. Is the recent LEFT BEHIND film a faith-based film? If so, what faith is it based on? And what films are not faith-based? I'm trying to think of some. Isn't it more fair to refer to GOD'S NOT DEAD, for example, as a Christian propaganda film? Are we too scared of the word "propaganda" to include that in a genre label. Anyway, these are very old questions, and "faith-based" seems like a vague, dissembling, throwaway label. ...but... if a film makes a claim, even via the genre is chooses, that it is about the most significant, most deep, and most profoundly existential questions any human can ever ask, and then also claims to offer the answer to those questions, it's no wonder someone would begin with a significant dose of skepticism and a "prove it to me" attitude before even seeing the film. Perhaps that is, at least, a part of the so-called double-standard if there is one. And if such films fail (by not asking the questions well, and by not answering them well), as so many of these faith-based films do, then anger and derision are not unforgivable reactions.
  11. I find this take on modern art interesting: ...but I also find it troubling. It seems rather easy to find works of great beauty from a particular era and proclaim that era as good, and conversion find ugly works from other eras and proclaim those eras bad. It's true there is some ugly modern art, and yet I find many works of modern art extremely beautiful, even works labeled ugly by some arbiters of taste. In general I find the video oversimplifying both modern (and pre-modern) art, as well as the narrative flow of ideas. But am I right? So... what's right and what's wrong with this video? I'm curious as to what others think.
  12. Wild (2014)

    I have heard the book is rather good. Not sure if it would be the basis for a good film, if it's a book-to-film kinda film. I too found the trailer very meh.
  13. Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas

    is this the war on Christmas?
  14. When the Game Stands Tall

    trying to figure out the title... "when the game stands proud"? is that what it means? does tall mean "proud"? or "courage"? why not a person with courage, why a game? a game can't stand tall, or be proud, or have courage, so what does it mean? even then I would think a game (football or otherwise) generally doesn't require much courage to write home about, at least not like other situations that require courage. ...although, if the story has to do with a Christian football player who has to debate his atheist coach in front of the team, and will be benched if he fails to win the argument, and then he does win the argument, and wins the game, and the girl too, with then the team becomes all Christians (or thoughtfully curious), and the unrepentant coach ends up dying in a moment of audience schadenfreude - then that would stand tall in my mind.