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Jim Tudor

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    Freelance film/video editor; graphic artist
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    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.
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    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.
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    Comic books rule!!!
  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 Actress & Best Actor, visit the Awards results page at http://www.zekefilm.org/2014/02/24/the-results-are-in-the-first-annual-zeke-awards/. Best Movie of the Year: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Most Spiritually Significant Film: DON JON Best Comedy: FRANCES HA Most ThoughtProvoking Film: HER Most Important Film: 12 YEARS A SLAVE Best Genre Film: (Tie) FROZEN & HER Thanks to all who participated in the First Annual ZekeFilm Zeke Awards!
  2. Vote in the First Annual ZekeFilm Zeke Awards!

    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, experimental community building exercise, which is in line with out tagline, "Community Through Cinema". (I've been meaning to post about the site, still a work in progress, here for a while now.) Voting should only take a minute. If you like what you see (or even if you don't!), stick around and read some of our reviews and columns. Thanks, and have fun with this! http://www.zekefilm.org/2014/01/31/the-first-annual-zekeawards/ Jim Tudor ZekeFilm.org (co-founder), Twitch (contributor)
  4. Melancholia

    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.
  5. 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 venue meant more to me than anything else at the fest, including Flickerings, which I was honored to be a part of the early planning email conversations. (Not that I had much input, but it was cool to be involved, at least peripherally.) I do know that this year Dave Canfield got to branch out and do his own thing with a late night screening venue devoted entirely to horror films. I believe that "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" made it's Cornerstone debut! Would've loved to have been able to attend that, as well as his other screenings & subsequent discussions.
  6. 2008 Top Ten Films Lists

    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 for being a church for artists, and being full of ex-hippies. Robert Johnston - yes, I have that book! And, I've read more than half of it, five years ago or so. I know I pulled some of his ideas for my Film Language presentation in 2002. Thanks again, I'll scour the forums for more lists... JiM T
  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 start off the class sessions by discussing whatever they've seen that week, and that's okay with me, but then again, time is limited. Film language is vital, and maybe Film History can be incorporated there? If I try to do 15 minutes of one and then 15 minutes of the other, it may be a little disjointed, and the second topic may not ever actually surface. Have any of you guys who've done this before worked around the R-rated problem before with church leadership? They say I can show whatever I want if I use another venue, but I'm pretty insistant on keeping this within the church. As for the films we show, I'd LOVE to put on "Ordet" and "Sunrise", but I know this crowd, and I suspect they'd be a lot less likely to show up if we started with those more obscure films. I'll either bury them until later in the schedule, or show them if we get to do a follow-up class next year. In short, i think I need to "earn their trust" first. Greg, the college level material would be worth consideration. Is there a way I can look it over? Alan - who's this Johnson you borrowed heavily from? Thanks! JiM T
  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, both events should be regularly attended. Right now, we're struggling to figure out curiculum for the class, and a schedule of movies to show on the movie nights. Idealy, the movies shown should inform the class topic, and vice-versa, but we're not quite finding that synergy yet. I'm wondering if anyone here has attempted something like this before, and has any advice. Film ideas are very welcome. We're trying to avoid the all-too-common films that pop up in these sorts of events, like "The Matrix", "Fight Club", and even "Blade Runner". Also, to further complicate things, we're meeting some resistance about showing R-rated films in the church building. {Sigh} So far, our mission statement fragments are looking like this: - Our goal is to integrate the film experience into the intellectual day-to-day lives of Christians. We want to address the apparent need that Christians have to compartmentalize film watching in their lives. We hope to cause people to consider the role and importance of art in our daily spiritual lives, and to ultimately consider film as a legitimate and vital art form. So far, the films we have planned to show are: 1. "Signs" 2. "Angels with Dirty Faces" 3. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" 4. "Psycho" 5. "Whale Rider" 6. "2001 - A Space Odyssey" (Yes, I know somewhere along the way, "Psycho" recieved an R rating. We're hoping we can work it in anyway.) We're looking for diversity in genres, decades of origin, and trying to touch on the work of some great directors, too. Mainly though, we're looking for meaty films that are also entertaining, and will draw a reasonable crowd. (I know from experience that "Kundun" won't fly, hence "Whale Rider" as the resident "let's talk about pantheistic and/or non-Christian cultures" movie.) If anyone is inclined to share any thoughts, I'd appreciate it. Thanks... JiM T
  11. Fantastic Four and the Silver Surfer

    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 villian of the first film who then of course comes back to screw them. Dr. Doom's portrayal as a space-faring Donald Trump type was a huge problem with the first film, but it was less of an issue here. Granted, it would be great to see the diabolical Latvarian dictator Doom, who is into both science and dark magic on screen. Maybe in time, we will. But for now, this is probably the best sequel that could be had from the first FF movie.
  12. Cornerstone @007

    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 ponytailed guy chasing the red-haired toddler. JiM T
  13. The New World (2005)

    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. General Comic Book Discussion

    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 the other three for the reasons you say. I thought Morrison's take on Doomsday in #4 was ingenious. If only the real Death of Superman event would've been even a third as good. Ah well, that's ancient history. I'm one of those people who, like David Carradine's Bill, loves the idea of Superman, but can't quite get on board any of the monthly publications. I really do love and admire the messianic elements of the big guy, (and hence, loved "Superman Returns" - just saw it last night) but the movies (ones that matter) actually resonate more with me than most of his comic stories. Although "Superman for all Seasons" was awfully good... Never got into him, although he's one of those writers that other writers I do like really dig. All I really know oif him is his bizarrre guest spot in the early issue of "Powers". That was nutty! I didn't read the whole Jason Todd thing, since I thought it was wrong on principle to bring him back. I was a little relieved to read that that it was an Infinite Crisis manipulation, and not just another "he was never dead at all!" thing. But yeah, the comparison has been made to me before. But is the timetable exact? "Winter Soldier" has been going for a year and a half now, whereas I'm not sure about the return of Jason Todd. "Hush" did precede everythng else I'm talking about, so there is that, if that counts. (Don't know.) I guess I'm not opposed to returning since that death was so long ago, and didn't affect me as personally like Jason Todd's death did. (I called that 1-900 twice to vote for him to live.)
  15. General Comic Book Discussion

    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.) So I've gotten into the work of Brian Bendis (espeically "New Avengers", which is awfully expiramental for such a mainstream title), Brubaker (I'm late to Captain America party, but am catching up quick), and Dan Slott ("She-Hulk" and "Thing" are both breaths of fresh air). I used to be into anything Keith Giffen did, but drew the line with his Penthouse Comix stuff. But his "Ambush Bug" and JLA were legendary to me. Even that painfully complex run he did on "Legion of Super-Heroes" in the late 80s was a good time to me. But I think even he says "Lobo" got out of hand. I also buy any "Flaming Carrot Comics", "GI Joe", "Transformers", "Ms. Marvel", and "Astonishing X-Men". Most of those I'm way behind on my reading, but do plan to one day catch up. I'm doing "Walking Dead" via trades, which I HIGHLY recommend to any fan of human drama and/or horror. Also, I'm slowly going back and catching up on "Powers" via HC collections, although there's only the one so far. Also, I'm slowly going back and getting the non super-hero Bendis stuff like "Jinx" and "Fire". So I'm more of a Marvel fan than DC, but I'm also a sucker for "event" books. Both companies burned me out in the ninties with this stuff, but for the moment, they have my trust again - even if I'm critical of "Civil War" and "Infinite Crisis". I'm committed to those, if only as a spectator rather than a fan. Not familiar with all of that, but I've come darn close to picking up "The Goon" Fancy Pants HC collection a few times. But I still need to get all the "Sin City", "Ultimate Spider-Man" and "Hellboy" trades, too. That'll keep my wallet busy. I should mention that I've worked on and off in a comic book store since 1990, so I've got more of a jaded inside view than most, I think. I'll still do occasional shifts when my freelance careeer isn't tying me up too much, and that way I can rack up a lot of trade credit and afford those HC collections. And yeah, "Infintie Crisis" made "Infinite Earths" look all the better, didn't it? That "Secret Files" story was better than most of the actual "Infinite Crisis", IMO.
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