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    Listed alphabetically, some of my favourites include: 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY BABE THE DECALOGUE FARGO THE GODFATHER (PART 1 & 2) LE FILS (THE SON) LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY SPIRITED AWAY TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD VERTIGO

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  1. My +1 is Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
  2. I posted my top 30 favourites on Facebook at the end of last year, with the usual caveats that it was going by Australian release dates (so A HIDDEN LIFE will have to wait till next year) and likely subject to a lot of changes throughout January, which it so far has been. But as of today, I’m feeling very happy about my top 10, and I think it will likely stay fairly solid. My 10 favourites (in order of preference): 1. AMAZING GRACE 2. THE IRISHMAN 3. LITTLE WOMEN 4. ONE CHILD NATION 5. THE FAREWELL 6. APOLLO 11 7. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN 8. KNIVES O
  3. My lists (like every other year) are very much in flux, and will likely be edited at least a few times over the next couple of weeks, but overall, I do feel very happy about my top 10....also, my list is going by 'Australian release dates,' so it's highly likely that a number of these might have been seen by many of you last year, or just haven't been released in your country yet. Okay, here we go.... My 10 favourites (in order of preference): 1. ROMA 2. THE RIDER 3. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 4. SWEET COUNTRY 5. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? 6. LEAVE NO TRACE 7. SHOPLI
  4. So I have to give the usual disclaimer that a lot of the movies I list are stuff that many of you would have seen last year, as I’m going by Australian release dates. My 12 favourites (in order of preference): 1. SILENCE 2. DUNKIRK 3. A GHOST STORY 4. THE SALESMAN 5. THE UNKNOWN GIRL 6. MUDBOUND 7. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO 8. PADDINGTON 2 9. MENASHE 10. GET OUT 11. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES 12. MY HAPPY FAMILY 15 Runners-up (alphabetical order): 1. AFTER THE STORM 2. ALL SAINTS 3. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN 4.
  5. Well FWIW, that has already been confirmed: https://mobile.twitter.com/DecentFilms/status/786360573432823808
  6. Benchwarmer

    Sing Street

    FWIW SDG, it is for literally all the reasons that you mentioned that I was in a debate with my brother (who began entering the seminary last year) over the films' negative portrayal of Catholicism. I personally found the films' altogether negative portrayal - with the one exception being in (what is significantly) a "fantasy/perfect world" sequence - of Catholicism to be a strong caveat in a film that really had a lot going for it. My brother was able to bracket the anti-Catholic elements in a way that I found I could not. He felt that the "1980's Irish counter-cultural context" was an unders
  7. Like a lot of other people, I found trying to narrow my favourites down to be a very difficult task this year. 2016 struck me as an above average year at the movies in many respects. Two disclaimers: 1. I'm likely to come back and edit these lists in the coming weeks, so they are very much in flux. 2. Y'all here at the Arts and Faith community will likely notice that a lot of the movies I list are stuff that you would have seen last year. That's because (like every other year) my lists are going by Australian release dates. My favourites (in order of preference): 1. PATERSON
  8. I saw it about 4 months ago. I definitely recommend re-visiting it soon. FWIW, I know at least two other Arts and Faith regulars who are likely to list it in their favourites also.
  9. Okay, edited and fixed. But let it be known that Part I was also there once upon a time!!!
  10. In alphabetical order: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Mungiu, 2007) Babe (Noonan, 1995) Fargo (Coens, 1996) The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974) Of Gods and Men (Beauvois, 2010) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981) The Son (Dardennes, 2002) Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  11. You may not be wrong at all. It seems to me that Some Like it Hot & The Apartment are held in such high regard everywhere I look. Double Indemnity & Sunset Boulevard are also held in high regard, but I see them talked about a lot less than the other two in critic circles these days. Though I'm quite happy to acknowledge that I may very well be looking in the wrong places. Either way, my main reason for saying this is that I seem to personally be more easily drawn to early Wilder films than I am to his later ones!!!
  12. Having watched several Wilder films within the last few months, I'm inclined to say Double Indemnity & Sunset Boulevard > Some Like it Hot & The Apartment by a pretty strong margin!!!
  13. Going by Australian release dates - My favourites (in order of preference): 1. PHOENIX 2. INSIDE OUT 3. SELMA 4. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 5. THE END OF THE TOUR 6. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION 7. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE 8. LEVIATHAN 9. EX MACHINA 10. CINDERELLA 11. LOVE & MERCY Runners-up (alphabetical): 1. AMERICAN SNIPER 2. BRIDGE OF SPIES 3. FOXCATCHER 4. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 5. THE IMITATION GAME 6. KNIGHT OF CUPS 7. THE MARTIAN 8. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 9. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Honoura
  14. That's an excellent review Evan. Great job!!!
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