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JennyLynne

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  1. italics = theatrical viewing * = repeat viewing 1/1 - Bulletproof 3.0/5 1/1 - Minority Report 3.5/5 1/2 - Changing Lanes * 1/5 - Harold and Maude * 1/5 - Levity 3.5/5 1/6 - 40-Year Old Virgin 3.0/5 1/8 - Duece Bigalow: Male Gigolo 2.5/5 1/9 - Shower 4.5/5 1/10 - Story of Qiu Ju * 1/11 - Shaolin Soccer (original Chinese) * 1/12 - Green Tea * 1/12 - Shadow of a Doubt 3.5/5 1/13 - The Graduate *
  2. I'll send something this weekend. Depending on the time I have, I may send several.
  3. This is definitely in my top ten of the year.
  4. I think a longer version was in the deleted scenes, but it did still exist in the movie. The boy was also shown sitting in bed listening to the sound. Anyway, I loved this movie. I thought it was perfectly quirky.
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    Ikiru

    I'm another who just doesn't "get" this film. I agreed (and enjoyed) the message, I thought the filming was beautiful. . . and I even enjoyed the characters. But I thought so much could be edited out to make this a tighter film. Perhaps I'm just too engrossed in more fast-paced works that I can't appreciate the slow blossoming of a flower. . . There just seem to be so many classics that I can't get into -- this, any of Fellini's work, and more recently "In the Mood for Love" and "2046."
  6. Just saw this at our new independent theatre last night. One of my new favorites from the year. I find it interesting that he begins this journey solely because of Winston's sleuthing interest, but the act of searching seems to make the question his own. I wonder what that says about motives -- as long as we're moving in the right direction, does it matter why? Or will the process of moving be a catalyst for change in the rest of us? I found myself searching for flowers everywhere. They are in just about every location except his two last stops. Any thoughts as to why those are flowerless?
  7. We've been using "Reel Spirituality" in our film course. I've really enjoyed it. I think it works well in that type of setting.
  8. Amelie A Mighty Wind Rushmore Punch-Drunk Love Ponette (I love the little girl imitating God "you must undergo many trials")
  9. A friend of mine and I are interested in pursuing advanced degrees (I want a Master's, and he wants a Ph.D.) that will enable us to teach film and theology in tandem. Are any of you aware of any suitable programs, or any people we might do well to contact? Any help would be appreciated. We are not interested in seminary -- We both want to primarily emphasize film, and then use theology as an interpretive theoretical lens (i.e. feminist theory, queer theory, or Marxist theory) for exploring and understanding film. Thank you for your time.
  10. I am trying to pursue a masters in film and theology. Do any of you know of any programs or people who teach in such areas? I'm rather impressed with what Berkeley offers, but looking for other options.
  11. Mona Lisa Smile is one of my not-so-guilty pleasures. It is full of cliches and predictable moments. But in a culture that demands cookie-cutter women, I think anything that celebrates the diversity of women is wonderful. Such images would only be truly cliche if our culture lived by them -- but we don't. We still teach women that their ultimate goal is marriage, that they are nothing but a sexual object, that they can't be too good at sports or school for fear they will lose femininity. There is nothing particularly deep or new in this film, but I think it offers a message worth repea
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    Jesus of Montreal

    Wow, I almost want to check out the dubbed version now just to see some of those differences. . . however, since I'm not a fan of dubbed movies, I may have to be in a similiar situation with lack of subtitles to actually get around to watching it. Oh that I spoke fluent French.
  13. I mentioned this in the another thread, but we showed this in our film class this summer. We related the plot to the way sin creeps into our lives -- often starting out as innocent, but eventually taking over. Good little film. It has some nice food for thought.
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    2046

    I liked 2046 much more than "In the Mood for Love." Both are incredibly beautiful to watch, but about 20 minutes too long. I enjoy the storyline, though. . . completely different message than you will find in American cinema. I probably need to see it again to fit all the pieces together. I imagine it will be several months before I feel up to that =0)
  15. Wow Ken. . . yeah, I would have felt very uncomfortable working in that type of environment. About the women comments -- I must just be unobservant -- or simply used to watching films with guys -- I didn't even notice women were a minority until the recent threads talking about it.
  16. I rarely ever notice the rating. . . guess I'm not a true Christian woman ;0) Especially since "Saving Private Ryan" and "Braveheart" are not on my top ten list. Interesting thoughts, though. . . I forget how big of a deal that can be -- and I grew up in the southern baptist church. Oh, and I am a fan of "A Simple Plan." We showed that in our film class this summer, but had low attendence due to tornado warnings (oops).
  17. A quote to sum up where I come from when approaching this list: (actually quoted in Phillip Yancey's "rumors of another world") "I was brought up in a Christian environment where, because God had to be given pre-eminence, nothing else was allowed to be important. I have broken through to the position that because God exists, everything has significance." - Evangeline Paterson Granted, that can be taken to extremes in such a list. But, in most cases, if a film is good and requires a person to think about their own lives or the world around them, I feel it qualifies as spiritual. I think a lot
  18. I'll be honest and say I didn't get it. I thought the film was beautiful. I thought it was captivating. I came away not having a clue why it was made or what I was supposed to take from it. I feel like I was dropped in a story that left its characters right where it started, without the elements that make a good circular story. Yes, I wanted to know what was in the box. But more than that, I just wondered what the viewer was supposed to have gained. A dad who seems to be caring with abusive tendencies that need to be worked out in some therapy sessions, two kids -- one relatively trusting
  19. The 2002 Stylebook lists that information under "composition titles."
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    Owen Wilson

    I like Owen Wilson, but probably wouldn't put him on the list for "best."
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    Ju-on

    Just saw Ju-on last night. I absolutely loved it. And while several of you mentioned you found nothing to think about, the group I watched it with talked about it for at least an hour following. I thought the ending was incredible. I still can't figure out the connection between Rika and the girl (seeing her in the mirror, etc.) -- it almost seems as if Rika *is* the girl, and if not, there is at least a deep connection of some sort; one that didn't seem to exist with the other characters. We were also curious about how the freaky boy was enrolled in school. Was the teacher cursed through
  22. Just finished our June calendar yesterday. On the agenda: 6-6 - Ponette 6-13 - A Simple Plan 6-20 - Wild Strawberries 6-27 - cancelled due to VBS also on the agenda: a weekend showing of the Three Colors trilogy. I'm rather excited.
  23. I bought this DVD last weekend (thanks to a Blockbuster gift card and the previously viewed sale) and finally got around to watching it this weekend. During the first half, I really wasn't sure what to think, the concept of the birth of a camel was not really all that exciting to me, but at the same time, I was drawn in by the mystery of what they would do -- and by the beauty. . . too pretty not to watch. By the end, I was moved. And after reading all of your posts, I'm wishing I had kids to show this to! I was so intrigued by the camel's crying. I think I could have just watched a s
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