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Joel Mayward

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  1. Link to our original 2014 thread. Link to our 2015 thread. Link to our 2016 thread. As the end of this year is quickly approaching, I've begun this thread for nominating, seconding, and discussing films for the Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury for 2017. Here's a statement Ken Morefield wrote up for our first jury in 2014: I think the statement remains applicable--it's appropriately broad and ecumenical, while also having the particular faith-focused nature of this end-of-year-list. I want to propose a timeline here, and I'm very open to feedback/pushback, so let me know what you think: Nominations open on November 1. To nominate a film, simply post it here in this thread or email it directly to me (jmayward@gmail.com). All nominated films must receive a "second" vote from another jury member in order to appear on the voting ballot. Non-jurors can also recommend films for nomination in this thread, but they must be seconded by two jury members. I will keep a tally of all the nominated and seconded films here, updating it as we go. You can this same thread to discuss, advocate, question, process, or to direct folks to links to other threads or conversations about the nominated films. I'd encourage you to give your reasons behind nominating or seconding a film. Qualifying films: a first time theatrical, DVD/Blu-ray, streaming, or festival release in the 2017 calendar year. Nominations will close at midnight on December 30. This is fairly late in the year for end-of-year film lists, but it mostly follows our pattern last year with Silence, and allows some of the late-year releases to be considered (like a certain Paul Thomas Anderson film). Is this date too late, or does it work for y'all? On December 31, I'll send jury members a link for a survey with all the nominated films that they can rank 1-5 (strongly disagree-strongly agree that the film should be on our jury's top 10 list). You are to vote only for films you have seen--if you haven't seen a film, simply leave that ballot blank or unranked. Voting closes on January 6. This gives a week for jury members to vote on the nominated films. Would having this occur after the holidays be more or less helpful for people's schedules? I recognize that folks may not want to be online or voting on film-related stuff the first week of the year. After the totals have been added up using some math wizardry, I'll send out an email with the results and post them here in the forum. Then I'll solicit "blurbs" for the final list, as well as your Honorable Mention--a film which did not end up on the top 10 list, but you would like to see recognized. I'll work with IMAGE on when/how the final list will be published. Here's our jury, listed alphabetically and with the website/"brand" I currently have for you (let me know if you want to update or change this): 1. Anders Bergstrom (3 Brothers Film) 2. Peter Chattaway (FilmChat) 3. Evan Cogswell (Catholic Cinephile) 4. Steven D. Greydanus (National Catholic Register) 5. Christian Hamaker (Crosswalk) 6. Josh Hamm (Cut Print Film) 7. M. Leary (Filmwell) 8. Noel T. Manning (Cinemascene) 9. Joel Mayward (CineMayward) 10. Kenneth R. Morefield (1More Film Blog) 11. Jeffrey Overstreet (Looking Closer) 12. Kevin Sampson (Picture Lock) 13. Melissa Tamminga (Seattle Screen Scene) 14. Gareth Higgins (The Porch / Movies & Meaning) 15. Josh Cabrita (MUBI Notebook / Cinema Scope) I'm excited to have Melissa and Kevin as part of the jury this year, so welcome them to A&F! I've reached out to two others who have not responded yet; if they answer in the near future, I'll add them to our jury. Looking forward to our discussion of these 2017 films, and for creating another unique end-of-year list.
  2. I second Princess Cyd. It's now available to rent via iTunes and Amazon, and would be well worth your time to view it.
  3. I second The Florida Project. I've updated the nominations page, and have left Aquarius and Hunter Gatherer--they're both films worth watching and contemplating, they just aren't necessarily *2017* films, so vote accordingly. Unfortunately, it's not streaming on Netflix UK.
  4. Not to belabor this, but looking at Mike D'Angelo's NYC releases page, I can't find Hunter Gatherer nor Aquarius listed. However, Hunter Gatherer appears on the 2016 list on Nov 18, Aquarius on Oct 14. On the Beach at Night Alone has a 2017 release for both D'Angelo and IMDB, so feel free to nominate it! FWIW, I'm basing the US release dates on IMDB, with D'Angelo's list as a secondary source. But as I said above, I ultimately trust the jury members' judgment and perspective in voting.
  5. In the initial post, I wrote this on qualifying films "a first time theatrical, DVD/Blu-ray, streaming, or festival release in the 2017 calendar year." Like Twin Peaks: The Return or Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, I trust the jury members' voting for what we collectively think should be included on a 2017 film list. If Hunter Gatherer, Aquarius, or other films were unavailable to viewers apart from online streaming until 2017, and they're nominated and get the votes, then I'm totally good with that. It all gets complicated with tracking festival, theatrical, and/or streaming releases. All that being said, I also hope our list would be a selection of what was best of *2017* films, which is what prompted my post--I watched Hunter Gatherer, went to look up details about it on IMDB, and found its US festival and theatrical release dates as 2016. And I'm going by US release dates despite currently living in the UK, where we already have Paddington 2, but we won't have Lady Bird, Three Billboards, or Phantom Thread until February 2018.
  6. A note about Hunter Gatherer: IMDB has it as a 2016 film (see the release dates below). So, unfortunately, I don't think it's eligible for this year's list. Edit: the same should be noted for Aquarius, which had a limited US release on 14 October 2016 (also played Cannes, TIFF, VIFF, and NYFF in 2016). I will try to continue looking through the list of seconded films to make sure we're only including eligible films from 2017 on our list of films to vote for.
  7. FYI: I am updating the list of nominations and seconds on a weekly basis. If you see a discrepancy or that I've missed something, please feel free to let me know! You're also invited to email me or DM a nomination or second. The Florida Project and Good Time both open near St Andrews this weekend, and I hope to catch both films before they're gone.
  8. I second Mudbound. Best of the films Netflix has produced. And I nominate Aki Kaurismaki's The Other Side of Hope.
  9. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    Adele Haenel is the lead in the Dardennes brothers' next film. The synopsis from the article:
  10. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I recently compared and contrasted The Unknown Girl with Aronofsky's mother! for Transpositions, the online presence of ITIA, the institute where I'm studying.
  11. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    FWIW, the Hebrew root word for "keeper" is shamar, which has the various meanings of keeping an eye on, guarding, watching over, being careful or caring for, etc., such as "The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it." So, while the greater sin involved in Genesis 3 is murder (just like the greater tragedy in in The Unknown Girl is the unnecessary death of the unknown girl), there is something in the story of Cain and Abel about responsibility for one's actions towards caring for others. Cain is being sarcastic or snarky in his response to God--am *I* responsible for people, o deity who is supposed to be responsible for everything?--but one can draw the conclusion that, yes, being responsible for others' well-being and flourishing is, in fact, part of what it means to truly be human.
  12. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    I initially felt frustrated by the "reveal" as well, but I think that was less sloppy and more intentional on the Dardennes' part. They purposefully resist convention and tropes, though in a subtle and profound manner. If this is a detective thriller, one might expect a big chase or violent confrontation or twist surprise as to whodunit. In this case, it's a moment of confession, despair, and ultimately of hope and justice being done in a way which is unexpected and disorienting. Jenny's discovery of the person responsible for the girl's death doesn't come because Jenny is a great detective who puts together all the clues; it comes because Jenny persistently listens, and good listening reveals. The actual story as to what happened isn't nearly as sensational as the systemic injustice hinted at throughout the narrative (though that stuff is important too), and I think that's also intentional. And I agree about the ending; one of the Dardennes' best.
  13. From IMDB, the release date schedule: It was also nominated for a 2017 Oscar and a Golden Globe, and was nominated or won for a variety of 2016 critics' list awards. So I'd be very hesitant to consider it a 2017 film.
  14. I have yet to see The Boss Baby, but your nomination here has moved it from my "never would consider watching" list to my "eh...perhaps..." list.
  15. You know, I'm gonna second Valerian. For its Exodus-like narrative. And for Ryan Holt's religious-like love for it.

    I've managed to avoid spoilers for TP:TR until I have the time to view it for myself in its entirety, which I've decided to do via its Blu-ray release this December. I watched FWWM this past August for the first time in theaters, and now it's had its own individual release via Criterion. So, I wanted to ask this community: if I were to purchase Twin Peaks Season 1 and Season 2, and FWWM, what DVD/Blu-ray versions or sets would you recommend? Looking on Amazon, I've seen "The Entire Mystery," "The Gold Box," and individual sets. Any reason to get the Criterion FWWM separate from the other sets?
  17. Film Club Oct - Nov 2017 - High and Low

    My research is focused on the films of the Dardennes, and they recently gave a list of 79 of their "favorite" films to a Belgian film website, which was picked up at Indiewire. The list is fascinating to me for the themes and connections between films, both in style and content. Social realism prevails on the list, as do coming-of-age or films about childhood. Lots of urban landscapes and visions of poverty or the underbelly of society. They also include a lot of films which are noteworthy for their ethical dilemmas, ones where both the characters and the audience are forced to reckon with complex moral choices, usually involving mortality. From Kurosawa, they listed Ikiru, Red Beard, and High and Low.
  18. Disney has since lifted the ban on LA Times critics, likely due to the solidarity of the film critics groups' united front. This is my attitude as well. If there's a significant jury consensus around TP:TR and it gets both viewings and votes, it'd be worth including. That said, I don't think this opens the door wide for *any* TV show to be nominated. TP:TR is a bit unique in having had a few episodes play at Cannes this year, and in Lynch himself describe it as an 18-hour film. But I would not include streaming shows like Stranger Things 2 or mini-series/anthologies like True Detective or Fargo for this list.
  19. I'd like to introduce another addition to our jury: Josh Cabrita, a colleague of Josh Hamm and Peter Chattaway in British Columbia, who has written for Cinema Scope and MUBI. Welcome to A&F, Josh!
  20. If Jeff's post is a nomination and this is a second, I will add Twin Peaks: The Return to the nominations lists. It's a piece of art which defies categorization, as I've seen critics vary on their interpretation of whether it's an 18-hour film broken up into parts, or something brand new in terms of how TV/cinema is presented. Having not seen it yet, I can't comment either way, but I hope to remedy this before the end of the year. And as Ken nominated Patton Oswalt: Annihilation, a stand-up comedy special on Netflix, I am supportive of having the jury votes decide the merits of TP:TR.
  21. I know a few episodes played at Cannes, but I'm not sure I'd be willing to call it "cinema," at least not in the traditional sense. Although, O.J.: Made in America did win an Oscar, and the criteria of "release in theaters" is evolving with the rise of streaming (e.g. Okja). So, what does the jury think? Should Twin Peaks: The Return be considered? Also, this post reminded me to pre-order the Blu-ray set.
  22. I'll second The Beguiled, Your Name., and War for the Planet of the Apes. Glad to have Gareth as part of this conversation!
  23. IMDB currently lists April 2018 for its US release. This may be one of those cases where it may end up on a 2018 list just because enough people haven't been able to view it this year. Its reception from TIFF has me really looking forward to it.
  24. Simply add new posts in a new comment within the thread. No need to limit all of one's nominees in a single post, as you're right, it would limit discussion and engagement if we just each kept adding to a single comment.