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  1. news: Terrence Malick’s ‘Knight of Cups’ Won’t Get U.S. Release Until 2016
  2. 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. From the Berlinale online program guide: Looks the film will show five times as the festival.
  4. 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. 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.
  6. hhmmm... Wim Wenders: Wings of Desire & Faraway, So Close! ??? perhaps... Leo McCarey, The Bells of St. Mary's
  7. perhaps... Éric Rohmer, My Night at Maud's Andrei Tarkovsky, Andrei Rublev
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
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    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.
  12. 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.
  13. it's a couple years old now, but just found this clip. Notice Malick in the tan, wide-brimmed hat and light colored pants, and the olive vest.
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    Silence (2016)

    I just started reading the book. So far I am loving it. Which makes me a bit worried for the film. I'm not sure Scorsese is the right director or not. He has the background, personally and professionally, but his recent films IMHO lack the subtlety and mystery I would think necessary to turn this book into a film.
  15. Finally watched the trailer. Hmmm. Then I read some of the "praise quotes" here: http://www.maryfilm.com/friends-of-mary I wonder what they saw.
  16. geeze... I guess I'll have to find another combox in which to forsake Christ.
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    Lucy (2014)

    Just got back from seeing this silly, silly movie. Two nights ago the family re-watched THE FIFTH ELEMENT. I wanted see that one in order to "prep" myself for LUCY. After ELEMENT I got nervous. It's kinda fun, but so awfully silly that I feared LUCY would be more of the same. LUCY did not disappoint. And then I remembered the family had watched LEON: THE PROFESSIONAL a couple months ago. I remember the first time I saw that film I thought it was really cool and intense. This last time I thought is was okay, but with some really silly moments and formulaic character development wrapped in the appearance of something new. Ah... Luc Besson, why do you torment me so?! ...but I can't say I don't recommend LUCY. For it works at a certain level of goofy entertainment that perhaps can be enjoyable at, say, the end of a long, hot day loading a semi-truck with hay bales, and then settling down after dinner with several beers on a comfortable couch.
  18. A different approach to bookselling. In my heart I support this approach.
  19. This article: Do Christians Have Poor Cultural Taste? is interesting. It says nothing new for those who have asked these kinds of questions before. I often think that to merely ask the question is to be on the right path. Here's a thought/question: Suppose a Christian has bad taste in art. What does that mean in terms of his/her soul? Is this fact a pointer (or could it be a pointer) to something more fundamental? Another thought/question: The article argues against a utilitarian approach to art. Though not well defined (it's a short article), the idea is that using art is not the same as receiving art, and that the former leads to bad taste and the latter to good taste. And then the author goes on to say that good tasted leads to less priggishness, and by implication, a better Christian and a better witness to the world. The potential problem I see with this (though I basically agree) is that it says to avoid a utilitarian approach to art so that one can then become a better witness, a better person, etc. It replaces one use with another. Perhaps a more interesting approach is to say that there are three transcendentals: Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. That these are eternal, and that to focus on only one or two is to lose sight, in some fundamental way, of who God is and what being made in the image of God is all about. Thus, saying that some Christians, while being champions for "Truth" but having poor cultural (read aesthetic) taste, is to say that they don't care about who God is as much as they claim (as much as their emotions and cherished self-images claim). This is not to harbor any degree of determining the hearts of any individual, for we can't and shouldn't try, but I think the overall question is valid. What are your thoughts?
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    Noah (2014)

    "It seemed best to view his take on the experience of the believing soul phenomenologically." A review from Vic Sizemore.
  21. Saw this film finally last night. I suppose I had avoided it because I tend not to watch "horror" films, and especially because I get rather freaked out by films having to do with possession, demons, etc. I know, it's a kind of weak spot for me, but if demons are truly for real, and I believe they are, then I just don't want to be entertained (getting my scare thrill) from such stories. But after watching the Steven Greydanus/Scott Derrickson discussion recently, which is one of the more excellent film (and faith) discussions I've come across, I decided I wanted to see DELIVER US FROM EVIL. So I felt I should "catch up" a bit, and I saw EMILY ROSE. Scott, if you read this, I want to say EMILY ROSE is an excellent film. I found myself less scared (though I was) and more deeply moved than I expected. It really is a film that explores the deepest concerns of being human. I found the demonic possession scenes well done, but they came across as truly tragic rather than something merely to create thrills. Yes, the film is frightening, but in the end, like with THE EXORCIST, one does not come away merely frightened, but thinking and feeling and pondering. It also helps that, though the script is very good and does not pander, the excellent performances give it a depth of believability which makes the story ring true. So thank you for this film.
  22. The opening paragraph from The Rainbow by D. H. Lawrence:
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