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  1. I'm in the middle of Season 2. Loving every 80-s nostalgia-drenched episode. The show blossoms from the original conflict to peruse the two contrary worldviews inhabited by its two central protagonists. In this way, it's refreshing, especially since both Daniel and Johnny have moments where they are the correct ones. Daniel's earnest wins in the original Karate Kid series carry a sense of entitlement and pride that's destructive on its own, while Johnny's clumsy attempts to preserve his 80's-era pre-Daniel glory humorously collide with today's worldviews (i.e. participation trophies). There's a great moment, which I don't know if you've gotten there yet (I won't spoil it), but it involves Miguel's friend Eli, who faces the brunt of Johnny's "tough love" teaching. The show is clearly having the viewer change sides in sentiment over the course of the series, where during the final showdown you can be torn as to who to root for. For a show that looks rather cheesy upon retrospection, it's something quite rare in terms of narrative.
  2. Just a note that I saw this with my wife this past weekend, and found that the film was incredibly involving, despite not having much dialogue, and having much of the "action" happening off screen. This East-coast X'er was very grateful to get to witnesses a community, in the confines of our own country, so far removed from his own world. Bravo.
  3. So, in other words, if you want to watch a quality Disney live action remake, but only have forty minutes to spare, you can leave after 40 minutes. #expensivebutcool
  4. There's a flash Criterion Sale going on at the Criterion.com website, right now, only a few hours left. I just purchased Blus of Some Like It Hot, Mildred Pierce, and A Matter of Life and Death.
  5. I'm thrilled to be in the same company as some of you... I found the film to be a highly cathartic, emotional experience, provided the person watching it being the writer/director, and perhaps his family. As for me, I found myself on the outside-looking-in. I simply didn't care for these characters as much as I'd hoped I would. Even though there were some amazingly technical shots that were flawless.
  6. I nominated It's A Wonderful Life. I would think this to be the most obvious film in this category. George Bailey, as he grows older, greatly resents the paths his life has taken. His youthful optimism to "see the world" and live a high adventure is thrown off due to circumstance over circumstance which leaves him stuck in Bedford Falls. At one point, due to circumstances that are not his own doing, he is endangered by the possibility of jail, and he erupts, thinking that his life, all up to this point, had become a giant waste. It takes an angel-second-class to demonstrate for him the reality that--despite his inability to have that adventure--that his life, in retrospect, was most incredibly worthwhile.
  7. Title: It's A Wonderful Life Director: Frank Capra Year: 1946 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0038650/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJfZaT8ncYk Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/18085-its-a-wonderful-life-1946
  8. Thanks for picking this film; I was away a few days and this is the first I heard of your opening the discussion. I admire this film a lot for what it truly attempts to do, that is to demonstrate Christian apologetics in the context of an-otherwise secular narrative. The dialogue in such scenes are actually quite quotable and funny, but the film knows enough to have surrealist comedy and action interludes before such dialogue gets too burdensome. I will want to see this again to have a fresher output... only, I would do so after the holidays, as I am inundated with my mandatory annual holiday movie watching, considering there's too many great films I only watch this time of year.
  9. The Ninth Configuration. (aka, the greatest example of a Christian movie ever made, that most people here have not seen).
  10. There is a lot to commend this version, and it may do well in this year’s Oscar race… but I can’t quite put it in the “must-own” category. Taking into account the positives (which there are many, including breakthrough performances from the two leads), the negatives I have are the following: Lady Gaga’s performance is more a revelation that she could be “normal” than be other-worldly. The fact that she had played a charade of bizarre characters for so long, make us forget that she was a “normal person” before she stumbled upon her fast-track to fame. The performance works, and there’s moments of genuine emotion, but let’s not make this out to be a stretch as it is: it’s easier for her to play “normal” than for Meryl Streep to play Lady Gaga bizarre. The songs, while passionately performed and not uninteresting, are forgettable. Perhaps my mistake is reading a biography of Prince and the making of Purple Rain around this time. Purple Rain is the inferior movie with the far-superior soundtrack. Audiences were humming songs on the way home from the theater, and there’s nary an ounce of fat on that landmark recording. Not so here. Good songs, but not memorable. The ending didn’t feel true. Sorry, it didn’t. We live in an age where, while there have been notable celebrities who had gone the same route as that central character, those which had done so had different baggage than this lead thespian had. And those real-life actors who had the same baggage as this central character… some of them toughed it out, had a few years in career purgatory, and came out the other side all the more wiser and more brilliant. I’m thinking of Johnny Cash. I’m thinking of Robert Downey Jr. I’m thinking of Rob Lowe. Heck, even James (“Guardian of the Galaxy”) Gunn could very well be on the mend as I write. Hollywood is a fickle place, but it also loves comeback stories, for which this central character could have been… but only then, the drama would’ ve extended another half-hour, and it might have upset the entrenched formula (though I haven’t seen the earlier films). So all in all, I give it a solid 3 out of four stars.
  11. Scott Wilson has passed away. He was a character actor who had been in movies since the 1960s (In Cold Blood) and most recently held a recurring role in The Walking Dead TV series. However, it was in The Ninth Configuration that he had garnered his highest acclaim, garnering a nomination for Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor (1980). He played an astronaut who suffered a mental breakdown after he abandoned his mission moments before takeoff. The movie is a faith-based psychological drama/comedy/mystery/thriller hybrid where his character has the greatest transformation over the course of the story, the one who challenges the belief in a loving God the strongest. His performance was wonderful to behold.
  12. 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."
  13. 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.
  14. I suppose I had that one-liner coming.
  15. 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.
  16. 24-hour Criterion Flash Sale going on at criterion.com . Purchased blu's of The Breakfast Club, The Hidden Fortress and The Uninvited.
  17. White went into specifics about the conversion scene itself. I don't recall him going into any other details about that initial shot.
  18. 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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    "DID YOU GET IT?" - Half In the Bag
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    One critic considers it to be a deeply Christian movie, but only if you interpret the title character to be the devil himself.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. They have that Jesus Music classic "Beware, The Blob!"
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