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Jim Tudor

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    Freelance film/video editor; graphic artist
  • Favorite movies
    Star Wars (ALL of them!), Toy Story (original moreso than the sequel), Pulp Fiction, Double Indemnity, X-Men, X2 (best comic book super hero film yet), GoodFellas, The Exorcist, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 (just behind X2), Hellboy, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, 2001, Dawn of the Dead (both)... Big fan of Depalma, Hitchcock, Lucas, Scorsese, Kubrick, Wilder, Wise, Bergman, Coppola, Spielberg, Tarantino, and others.
  • Favorite music
    Daniel Amos, The Beatles, 77's, The Lost Dogs, The Flaming Lips (later stuff), Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, soundtracks, The White Stripes, Johnny Cash, VOL, and others.
  • Favorite creative writing
    Comic books rule!!!

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  1. At ZekeFilm.org (our website and organization devoted to fostering community via our collective love of cinema) we've tracked all the mud we can all over the red carpet, and now, with the clock ticking down on the 2013/14 film awards season, we're happy to post the results of our First Annual Zeke Awards! The categories were determined by the ZekeFilm founders, the nominees were selected by our contributing writers, and the results were chosen by our readers. Below are the winners in our top categories. For the rest of the winners, runners-up, and write-ups on the results, including Best
  2. UPSTREAM was nominated, but I don't think enough of our contribs saw it. I agree about SHORT TERM 12 as well, but same fate there. BROKEN CIRCLE hasn't opened in any of the towns we live in, although I personally got invited to see it, albeit well after 2013. BONNER I admit I'm not familiar with. Thanks for checking it out!
  3. Hey folks, although I've never properly introduced my new-ish Film & Faith website ZekeFilm, we've gone forth and attempted our own "Best of 2013" film awards, a little something we call The First Annual Zeke Awards! Our contributing writers have nominated the contenders for each of the 17 categories, and now visitors to the site can vote to determine the winners. (Voting ends Friday, Feb. 21.) The idea is that this is a film awards that's for anyone to vote in. Even if you haven't seen each movie, go ahead and vote for your favorites anyhow. This is intended as a small, exp
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    Not sure what this says about me, good or bad, but this and "The Tree of Life" have the distinction of being the only two films this year I've thought about every day since seeing them. While I've been familiar with LvT and his antics & aesthetic, "Melancholia" is the first of his films I've actually seen. While I won't be watching "Antichrist" any time soon, I will be going back to play catch-up, hopefully before I have to write about "Melancholia", which opens in my town in late November.
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    Cornerstone 2010

    That's in reference to the fact that they've moved the main stage to the food court area, making it considerably more centric, and have moved several other stages and the lecture tents out into the field, where the Encore stages used to be. The barn that was used for Flickerings has been commandeered for a much-needed artist hospitality area, if I understand correctly. I was unable to attend this year's fest, but was hearing things through the grapevine for months leading up to it. Also, the Imaginarium as we knew it is no longer, which is a very sad thing for me. That admittedly bizarre v
  6. Only 24 movies this year so far, and always reconsidering some of these, so the list is very subject to change: 1. The Dark Knight 2. Iron Man 3. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 4. Hellboy II: The Golden Army 5. Shine A Light 6. Speed Racer 7. George A. Romero
  7. I finished the Godawa book fairly recently. I agree with you - the last chapter, and also his first chapter intro, were really the meat of the book. The analysis of a lot of the films really pidgeon-holed a lot of them unfairly (such as "The Truman Show").
  8. Just the intellectual lives? Seems to downplay the role of emotion in our day to day lives. Man, you're pretty hamstrung if you have to keep away from both rated R films AND anything that might be considered "obscure".... Downplaying emotion is not our intent. Maybe I should change the statement... Yeah, we are hamstrung in those ways, although the "obscure" rule is self-imposed. The R-rated business is really annoying, since I know that a lot of churches have gotten over this in recent years. It was particularly surprising to get hit with this by our church, since it has a reputation f
  9. Believe me, I know. Personally, I'm not a fan, but the other guy is really sold on it. Since I'm already looking for a few more female-skewing films to show, I didn't fight him too much on this one. Anyhow, thanks for the replies everyone! I've actually done a one-off Visual Film Language presentation a couple of times, (complete with clips) so I'll probably expand that for the first few weeks. But I'm still looking for ideas and suggestions for the rest of the time. My problem is I tend to try to do too much, and only get maybe 1/8 of my plan executed. I suspect people will want to s
  10. A seminary graduate/film buff friend of mine and I (a professional in the movie business, sometimes-critic & lifelong film buff) are ramping up to teach a class about film our church. The church is Presbyterian (PCA), but inhabited with overly-educated, under-employed intellectual family-types. So we're dealing with a smart, literary bunch who don't necessarily respect film as art. The plan is to teach a one hour class on Sunday mornings for 8 - 10 weeks, with weekly movie screenings on, say, Friday nights. The two will be exclusive experiences, but in order to get the whole picture, b
  11. Hmmm. Well count me in the minority around here that actually managed to enjoy FF2. I NEVER thought that would be the case - the first one was such a tremendously bad movie. But having grown up with all these characters in comics, I found that this movie "felt" more like it should. But more importantly, the major script & plot problems with the first film did not haunt this film. In that regard, FF2 is actually less transparent than "Spider-Man 3". Say what you will about FF2, but it holds together, and even follows the "X2: X-Men United" model of creating an uneasy alliance with the
  12. My wife and I are making our return to Cornerstone this year after skipping last year so I could work on a film shoot and earn $$$. The Imaginarium program has me drooling, but I'm trying not to get too excited about it (or anything else at the fest), since we're also bringing our 20-month old son, who will be making his glorious C-stone debut. With him in tow, who knows just how much cool stuff I'll be forced to miss/leave early. Oh well - we tried to hire someone to come along and do some babysitting for us, but that didn't work out. Hope to see of you folks there. I'll be the ponytaile
  13. Thanks for the news - I've been wondering what the deal is with the once-rumored longer version. I've been trying to hold out for it on DVD, having not bought the current release. Guess I'll keep waiting... JiM T
  14. The folks at the comic shop I sometimes work in have been telling me the same thing about "Marvel Zombies", which I simply missed the boat on. I hadn't yet read "Walking Dead" at the time, and thought "Zombies" looked like another goofy gimmick, and nothing more. Guess I was wrong! I will be gettting the trade at first opportunity. But yeah - likewise, based on what you say about "Zombies" - I think you'd really love "Walking Dead". It not funny zombies, but man is it good. Yes! I realized I too forgot to mention that series. I didn't care much for the third issue, but I really loved
  15. Yeah, but it sure sounds kinda cool! Sure, I'm game for that. Like I said, I'm committted to "52" as long as it's good. A few years ago, when comics kinda hit their stride again after recovering from the horrid 90's, (which got so bad with all the gimmicks and garbage, that I darn near quit without ever "officially" doing so) I began coming at collecting comics according to creator (mainly writer) rather than by character. (Had collected "Amazing Spider-Man" since 1985 through the Clone Saga, and still consider Spidey my favorite super hero, but still to this day don't buy regularly.)
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