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Brian D

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    Family medicine doctor
  • Favorite movies
    In America, Of Gods and Men, Munyurungabo, New World, Running on Empty, Where the Wild Things Are, Dead Man Walking, Men Don't Leave, The Apostle, Into the West
  • Favorite music
    U2, Dylan, Springsteen, Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Sara Groves, Innocence Mission
  • Favorite creative writing
    Novels: Gilead - Marilynne Robinson Brothers Karamazov-Dostoevsky Auralia's Colors-Overstreet Short stories: The Tumblers - Nathan Englander My Mother's Garden - Katherine Shonk
  1. This lecture/sermon interacts beautifully with our current top 25 "waking up" theme. * For me, it comes thrillingly close to the sweet spot where arts and faith overlap. It posits the imagination as a key element in keeping us awake to spiritual realities. I almost had to catch my breath as I found myself contemplating the heart of why I, as a Christian, find art to be so central to my journey of faith. One of my favorite quotes: “For Plato, the world is full of shadows, appearances, and only reason apprehends the eternal forms. But for [C.S.] Lewis the world is filled with bright shadows, and it’s the imagination that perceives the brightness, this holy otherness, in the shadow.” http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/in-bright-shadow-c-s-lewis-on-the-imagination-for-theology-and-discipleship - Kevin Vanhoozer *C.S. Lewis and Christ are 2 of its central subjects, which lends it the qualities of both lecture and sermon.
  2. Patton

    This is really quite a film. On first viewing, it became for me a proud companion to a group of epics that includes Lawrence of Arabia, Gandhi, and perhaps Spike Lee’s Malcolm X. Like those films, it seems at once to traverse the globe and to traverse the heart of an amazingly complex historical person. In each of these films, there is a view of the central figure that is so wide-angle that it seems we are looking at countless sides of the person at one time. Films with this kind of view are rare but thrilling. They seem to capture something of what it means to be a person.
  3. The Red Turtle

    Great choice, Justin. At this point, it's in the top 5 of the 2016 films that are most special to me. When SDG compiled a list of friends'/A and F'er top 10's at the end of 2016, the absence of this film from all of those lists suggests many haven't seen it. It was SDG's #4, FWIW...and I think that's worth a lot given his thoughtful approach to animation in film. Streaming on Amazon channel Starz by the way....along with a few other fine Ghibli titles.
  4. The Red Turtle

    There is a reason Miyazaki pushed for this first-ever Ghibli co-production. Wordless...gorgeous...myth-weaving to haunt your imagination.
  5. Any news on possible dates for results? Especially curious since there had been talk about a larger film list project for next year. Next year is coming soon.
  6. The Image Film Issue -- Help with PR

    What nice timing....I had just purchased my very first Image journal within the past hour and was drawn to the To the Wonder essay. Issue 93 is already spinning my brain like a basketball on a finger. I am loving the ride.
  7. The Image Film Issue -- Help with PR

    I'm not connected enough on social media to get the word out widely, but I will think of ways to get this to friends. I am excited about this issue!
  8. Film Club April 2017: Cleo from 5 to 7

    That essay makes it all the more gut-wrenching that....my library doesn't have an agreement with Kanopy that would allow me to watch Cleo there! I'm sure I will be able to see it someday, but until then I can at least read about it and patiently wait.
  9. Ah, Mary Poppins. My wife keeps reminding me we need to watch that together as a family. At this point, I only have the vague childhood sort of memories of that one. I appreciate how this thread has reminded me to think more broadly about movies for my kids, more broadly than, "What Pixar movie have I not shown them yet?" The world is wider than Pixar, and time is wider than the past 2 decades.
  10. Speaking of The Sound of Music, that is another movie that somehow jumped from "liked" to "loved" once I had seen it with my kids. There was definitely a kid connection to my leap in admiration, as I suddenly found the father's relationships to the kids in the film to be a point of emotional contact with the film. The film had pierced me with those relationships, and suddenly the film was special in a way it hadn't quite been before.
  11. Wall - E The 2nd viewing 9 years later with 2 of our kids: I really think seeing this with my kids caused me to take more notice of what is lovely, lyrical, and true in this space dream of a film. Cinderella (Branagh) I've seen this twice now with our kids, and each time was dumbfounded by how emotionally invested I was in the film. Cinderella as a fairy tale in a book has never come within an arm's length of my heart. Branagh's film, though, finds me swept up in the grandest of epic film emotions. I suspect I would still feel this way even without kids present, but children sweeten the deal because there are real children's hearts right next to you taking it all in ... just as if it's the first time the story's been told. Not to mention, this Dad is a total sucker for the way the 2 main characters' love and respect their parents. Why shouldn't I be? What movies have you begun to love more because you've watched them with a child or with children?
  12. La Fille Inconnue / The Unknown Girl (2016)

    Wow, Joel, you're moving to study the films of the Dardennes? Sounds like a dream opportunity. How long will you be there?
  13. Red Beard

    Thank you, Andrew!
  14. Red Beard

    Ah, that's a helpful way to see it. Niide has the ability to choose physical violence as his means of righting the world, but instead chooses the path of medicine and healing. Perhaps he chose being a doctor as his vocation in order to overcome a natural/inbred tendency toward violence. I'm intrigued by the link to Dostoevsky. I know Kurosawa also filmed his own version of The Idiot. Is there any good writing out there about Kurosawa's links to Dostoevsky on a career level? On a level beyond these individual examples of adaptations?
  15. Film Club April 2017: Cleo from 5 to 7

    Thanks! I'll check on those.