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    God's Not Dead (2014)

    I like how Cineplex seems to have the film ranked under the "comedy" genre. Has that happened anywhere else? I'm assuming the film's not intentionally comedy...
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    Noah (2014)

    I'm still pretty dizzy after seeing it, but I don't think I've ever been so eager to write about a film. Specially, the part that took my breath away was Kiekegaard comparisons aside, I thought major chunks of the film (specifically the first twenty minutes and roughly the last ten) felt clunky and first draft-ish. But there's more than a fair share of mouth-watering substance in between.
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    R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman

    This is a truly extraordinary tribute montage:
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    Top 25 Divine Comedies: Results

    I'm about a month late to this thread, but I wanted to comment on this. When I first found the 2011 list two years ago, I had seen a grand total of six/100. From my completely inexperienced but eager standpoint, this was exhilarating to me. I was so excited to be introduced to Dryer and Tarkovsky and beyond. I've now seen over half of that list, and I still have a looooong way to go, but I'm still exhilarated by the diversity and obscurity to be found among the Arts and Faith favourites. I've never once considered the list to be irrelevant to me. Rather, it's been unspeakably more rewarding than an alternative, more familiar list ever could have been. So while I severely lack the experience to actually contribute to the lists, I'll admit that I too was surprised to see such familiarity on an Arts & Faith list. I would have been happy to see less Pixar and more titles I haven't even heard of, for is that not one of the distinguishing appeals of the Arts & Faith lists? Illuminating bold and obscure treasures that most would be likely to miss? I guess I'm not really contributing anything new to this thread, other than to say: From a newcomer's perspective, a more diverse Top 25 would have been ultimately much more rewarding. But hey, I've got nothing against revisiting some good Pixar!
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    Upcoming Criterion Releases

    I've long suspected this might be the case, and it's the reason I don't feel good about the fact that I purchase Criterion disks almost exclusively during the 50% off sales. Are their 50% off sales sponsored in any way? Or is it just something they keep doing out of the goodness of their hearts? I feel somewhat guilty as well, but I can't not take advantage. Although, in order to get my hands on Breaking the Waves and Persona as soon as possible I'll probably just go ahead and preorder.
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    Space Jam 2

    I have 90's little kid nostalgia for space jam. I remember that was when I first found out what product placement meant.
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    Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

    Val Kilmer voiced both Moses and God in Prince of Egypt, I believe, the suggestion being that God's voice sounds like the voice inside our heads. I was not a fan of how they did the burning bush scene - I rather wish it had been more "ordinary" and not quite so "magical" - but I feel their answer to God's voice was a good one.
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    Uninspired, sure. But what specifically struck as INCEPTION-like? I don't really see much there in terms of visual style or even in terms of thematically, other than both scifi, that reminds me of Nolan's film. Is it just our knowledge that Pfister is Nolan's DP? I won't judge until I've seen it, but I wouldn't be surprised at all if Pfister is cashing in on Nolan fame and formula. The smart-man's-blockbuster approach that made everyone love Inception so much. Not to mention the heavily borrowed cast. But, this only from the trailer. And I'll be doing my best not to watch any more trailers for this from now on!
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    I had a similar thought. Curiously, I just had a lengthy discussion with someone about the condition of our 'futuristic' movies. Apart from a few exceptions, I think it's safe to say that we have a grim anticipation of an apocalyptic future embedded in our cultural psyche. War will ravage us, corporate greed will overpower us, our technology will get the best of us. It all seems very tired to me. And yeah, I find this trailer fairly uninspired. It looks very much like we're appealing to the Inception crowd (which, of course) and there's not a single frame here that looks original or even interesting. And what the hell is Morgan Freeman doing there?
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    Not concerned about warning new readers or casual passers-by of spoilers, SDG?
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    Ted Baehr, Tom Snyder, and Movieguide

    Attica, Even, Jeffrey - I'm encouraged by your responses. I suppose I'm sooner to disassociate myself from a 'Christian response' to art and culture when it just seems like too much work to redeem it. It seems much easier to simply pursue film and criticism on the general playing field, if you will. But that's just where I find myself right now. My Christian faith is restricted to mostly vague subtext for the time, considering what popular 'Christian' film criticism tends to look like. I'm grateful for pockets of the internet like this, but it still seems as though there's such a painfully long way to go. Possibly I just live in the wrong place and see all the wrong things.
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    Hmm, probably. I suppose I've just started interpreting everything he does with added dramatic flair!
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    Ted Baehr, Tom Snyder, and Movieguide

    If their terms look anything like Tom Snyder's tweets, it's probably a lost cause. I've often found myself incredulous at the appalling condition of the right-wing Evangelical subculture - and the distressing ease by which they can be picked out by their stereotypes - and I'm often forced to turn a blind eye, if not for my own good. I can't let what is so clearly antagonistic, antagonize me. Their layers of warped complexes are utterly impenetrable, as far as I'm concerned. I would think the WORST thing you could do is engage them. Let them to their own vices. Their hypocrisy is self-evident.
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    Shia LaBeouf, as well as wearing a paper bag on his head for the Berlin premiere, stormed out of the press conference. Either this is all another part of the film's elaborate marketing scheme, or Shia and Lars are secretly blood brothers steeped in controversy.
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    Ted Baehr, Tom Snyder, and Movieguide

    "What a MAROON!"
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    R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman

    Cigarettes and Red Vines reported that Paul Thomas Anderson provided the eulogy at Hoffman's funeral. This is heartwarming news, and I would love to find out what he said.
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    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

    Philip Seymour Hoffman Will Be Digitally Recreated For His Final ‘Hunger Games’ Scene If this is true... is this really a 'good tribute' to him? Somehow, it's definitely not an announcement I wanted to hear less than a week after his death.
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    yes, I am also disappointed that Jonze did not go so far as to 'visualize' the dead cat.
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    The Master (2012)

    I had forgotten to revisit this thread, but in the past year and a half since I first saw it THE MASTER has become one of the most important staples of cinema in my life. You can bet I'll be revisiting this film again today, paying even closer attention to Hoffman's role. Truly one of the most captivating character performances of the decade.
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    R.I.P., Philip Seymour Hoffman

    I don't think I've ever felt so devastated over the loss of an actor. His collaborations with Paul Thomas Anderson and his role in Synecdoche, New York have been so important to me, and I'm going to be revisiting each of those films this week and crying real tears. I ache for all the future PTA collaborations that will never be. I ache for an actor who surely had many, many roles left in him. And I guess the Hunger Games are pretty much f**ked.
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    Having just seen ANTICHRIST, I'm expecting this to be the sequel.
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    I like the idea of Samantha "calling something out" in Theodore, though I doubt she can be viewed in accordance with any sort of divine benevolence. Samantha is simply another, finite entity, albeit with obvious differences from a human entity. In the end, they're simply not compatible to share in the responsibility of love. Although, her explanation of 'evolving' beyond human understanding deserves some scrutiny (but frankly, I love how vague it is).
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    This is Martin Bonner

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Love this thread. Loved this film. That is exactly the moment that came to my mind when I scanned past Christian's comment concerning the film's cinematic quality. The pace of the camera matches that of the plot beautifully. There were a few moments that made me think, "ah hah, indie film," but for the most part the composition felt relaxed and confident, never trying too hard and yet never being dull. There was a rich maturity to the film, not only in the character dynamics but also in the way it was shot. Great colors. Incredible use of the frame. Aesthetically, it was a pleasant experience.
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    Computer Chess

    Very much a niche film - as I watched it, different people kept coming to mind, "ah hah, I think I know someone who would really enjoy this," but nothing especially exciting happened for me, personally. It held my attention, but as a weird sort of distant fascination. It kept reminding me of Aronofsky's Pi, but where Pi got right inside the philosophical implications of obsession and numbers, Computer Chess made me wonder if human rational was even human at all. It becomes uncomfortably bleak, very quickly. But like I said, it's too niche for me to even get a handle on it. I'm not smart enough for it.