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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
  1. Good observations Mike.
  2. 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 understandable backdrop for the villainous portrayal of Brother Baxter and the negative youthful attitude towards the faith, but his more relaxed take wasn't enough to encourage me to give the film a place on my end-of-year honourable mentions list.
  3. 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 2. 45 YEARS 3. BROOKLYN 4. LOVE & FRIENDSHIP 5. THE RED TURTLE 6. HELL OR HIGH WATER 7. SHERPA 8. ARRIVAL 9. HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE 10. THE JUNGLE BOOK 11. TRAIN TO BUSAN 12. SPOTLIGHT 13. HACKSAW RIDGE 14. DOCTOR STRANGE 15. QUEEN OF KATWE Runners-up (alphabetical order): 1. APRIL AND THE EXTRAORDINARY WORLD 2. THE BFG 3. EYE IN THE SKY 4. HAIL, CAESAR 5. KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS 6. MIDNIGHT SPECIAL 7. RAMS 8. SULLY 9. 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE 10. THE WITCH Honourable mentions (alphabetical order): 1. THE BIG SHORT 2. THE FOUNDER 3. LIFE, ANIMATED 4. PETE'S DRAGON 5. SAND STORM 6. SNOOPY AND CHARLIE BROWN: THE PEANUTS MOVIE 7. STAR TREK BEYOND 8. STEVE JOBS 9. YOUR NAME 10. ZOOTOPIA
  4. 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.
  5. Okay, edited and fixed. But let it be known that Part I was also there once upon a time!!!
  6. 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)
  7. 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!!!
  8. 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!!!
  9. 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 Honourable Mentions (alphabetical): 1. '71 2. 99 HOMES 3. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 4. CREED 5. GETT: THE TRIAL OF VIVIANE AMSALEM 6. GIRLHOOD 7. A MOST VIOLENT YEAR 8. MR. HOLMES 9. STILL ALICE 10. TRAINWRECK Others worth mentioning (alphabetical): 1. ANT-MAN 2. DIARY OF A TEENAGE GIRL 3. FAR FROM MEN 4. JURASSIC WORLD 5. MAN UP 6. MOMMY 7. SICARIO
  10. That's an excellent review Evan. Great job!!!
  11. Which one?
  12. Alphabetical order: 1. Buck 2. Inception 3. Inside Out 4. Of Gods and Men 5. The Overnighters 6. Selma 7. A Separation 8. True Grit 9. Two Days, One Night
  13. It worked for me. I think the reason the
  14. There's still a good many 2014 films I am yet to catch, so as I have said in previous years, the list is very much in flux, and it is likely to be edited at least a few times over the next couple of weeks. Also, I need to give you all the standard disclaimer that I am going off Australian release dates, so there will be a number of titles that a lot of you will associate with 2013..... My favourites (in order of preference): 1. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT 2. BOYHOOD 3. IDA 4. 12 YEARS A SLAVE 5. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON 6. CALVARY 7. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Runners-up (alphabetical): 1. ALL IS LOST 2. CHEF 3. ERNEST & CELESTINE 4. GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 5. THE PAST 6. WINTER SLEEP 7. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Honourable mentions (alphabetical): 1. THE BABADOOK 2. BEGIN AGAIN 3. BIG HERO 6 4. CHILD'S POSE 5. INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS 6. THE LEGO MOVIE 7. LOCKE 8. NOAH 9. THE SELFISH GIANT 10. STILL LIFE Others worth mentioning (alphabetical): 1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER 2. DELIVER US FROM EVIL 3. THE DOUBLE 4. THE DROP 5. EDGE OF TOMORROW 6. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS 7. FORCE MAJEURE 8. LONE SURVIVOR 9. A MOST WANTED MAN 10. OMAR 11. PADDINGTON 12. SNOWPIERCER 13. WADJDA
  15. Other questions I have been noodling: The film is obviously aware that the protagonist is a wretched man, and occasionally we see other characters trying to counter his nihilistic and bizarre worldview, but do these counter-arguments come across effectively? Moreover, does the film do a good enough job in distancing us from his outrageous, amoral behaviour? Is that what a film like this SHOULD be doing? And if not, why not? Gyllenhaal's performance gives the protagonist a charismatic and fascinating quality that (IMO) is unmatched by anyone else in the film, which seems to pose a real problem for me. But I might need a second viewing to know for sure. Matt Zoller Seitz describes the film as a comedy, but I walked out of it disturbed and terrified. Certainly, it's largely intended to be a dark satire on the media's shallow appetites, as well as our own. I admire the film for what it does, and found it very effective while I was watching it, but I'm still not sure if I like it.