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    Worship Podcast, partial capos, parody songs, great movies

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  1. Nick Alexander

    Student inquiry: Films about sexual violence and responses to it

    Sleepers, Mystic River, The Butterfly Effect and The Prince of Tides all come to mind. And Molly Ringwald would make the case that The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, (and probably Weird Science) as examples of those films which "let us down."
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    Ready Player One

    Just came back from seeing it; and I am surprised that I liked it as much as I did, in the face of all these (now reading) detractors.
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    Ready Player One

    I suppose I had that one-liner coming.
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    Ready Player One

    Happy you liked it. I'm also a child of the 80s and had an Atari 2600.... and yet the trailer still underwhelmed me. I also have a fandango coupon for a (mostly) free ticket. And yet... that trailer still underwhelmed me, and my time is precious. On the fence.
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    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    24-hour Criterion Flash Sale going on at criterion.com . Purchased blu's of The Breakfast Club, The Hidden Fortress and The Uninvited.
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    God's Not Dead (2014)

    White went into specifics about the conversion scene itself. I don't recall him going into any other details about that initial shot.
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    God's Not Dead (2014)

    I've not seen this film yet; but that said, I have just finished reading David A.R. White's book "Between Heaven and Hollywood", where he shares his experiences working in the film industry as a faith-filled Christian, first as an actor, and then as a producer (including films like "God's Not Dead.") Anyway, here's an interesting tidbit: the first scene they shot was the rain-soaked conversion scene, the climactic scene at the end (I've not seen the movie, but hearing your angst about this scene has deterred me from actually seeing it). Why was this the first scene shot? So to share with financial backers to get more funding so to complete the movie. They knew they'd have a better chance securing funding if there was such a scene in their film. Something to chew on....
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    Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    "DID YOU GET IT?" - Half In the Bag
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    Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    From a Reddit user:
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    Mother! (Darren Aronofsky)

    One critic considers it to be a deeply Christian movie, but only if you interpret the title character to be the devil himself.
  11. Nick Alexander

    Werner Herzog Masterclass

    Just a note that TCM will be playing lots of Herzog titles this coming Thursday night: 8pm ET: Fitzcarraldo 10:45pm: Stroszek 1:00 AM: Aguirre, the Wrath of God 2:45 AM: Cobra Verde 4:45 AM: Burden of Dreams (documentary on the making of Fitzarraldo) 6:30 AM: Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe (short). http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/1349154|0/Directed-by-Werner-Herzog-9-7.html
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    The Ninth Configuration (1980)

    Shortly after I saw it, I listened to The Projection Booth podcast, where all three members were quite enthusiastic over the film. It helped detail for me what I had missed in my first screening. projection-booth.blogspot.com/2017/05/episode-323-ninth-configuration-1980.html
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    Kino Lorber Studio Classics Blu-Ray & DVD Sale Through August 6

    They have that Jesus Music classic "Beware, The Blob!"
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    The Ninth Configuration (1980)

    This aired on TCM this past week; I DVR'd it and finally caught up with it. The Ninth Configuration is the directorial debut of William Peter Blatty, working off his own script. This was a loose follow-up story to The Exorcist (which he wrote), except it follows the exploits of an astronaut (Scott Wilson, lately seen as Herschel in The Walking Dead) who appeared in the beginning of that former film (he was told by Regan, in an early scene, that he was going to "die up there."). In the opening moments of this film, he abandons his mission to the moon moments before takeoff, and is taken to a crazy ward in the Pacific Northwest (the film was actually filmed in Hungary). He meets with the new psychiatrist, played by Stacey Keach, who's an extremely devout Catholic. Their conversations about faith take up a sizable part of the movie's running time, with Keach demonstrating an impartial, Jesuit approach to therapy, while Wilson chews the scenery resisting in every way possible. And that's just one storyline thread. Blatty includes storylines that hearken to his "A Shot In the Dark" era, complete with punchlines, sight gags, and a patient staging an all canine-version of Hamlet. I would say part of the movie's failure is also why I am chomping at the bit to see it again. It is a "comedy drama", only that the comedy is waaaay out there, and the drama has so much importance at stake. There is a twist ending, and there is an extremely tense bar-room fight sequence late in the movie. And each of these elements, on their own, work on their own terms, with excellent acting (and overacting... and underacting). Put together, it's like eating Salsa Ice Cream. But it demands a second viewing, just because the twist changes the game substantially. In all fairness to this board, this movie is a rare find, and not many people have clamored to watch it for themselves. But on the basis of some extremely significant visuals, and on the basis of many significant dialogue scenes (including explaining the title), this film should have been listed in any Arts & Faith 100 listing, near the very top.
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    Captain Fantastic

    Crisis Magazine (Spoilers)