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Evan C

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    Being led on an illegal suicide mission by a selfish maniac.

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    Church organist
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  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique - Kieslowsk WALL-E - StantonA Man for All Seasons - ZinnemannCasablanca - CurtizSingin' in the Rain - Donen and KellyHenry V - BranaghRebecca - HitchcockFaust - MurnauBabette's Feast - AxelSweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - BurtonThree Colors Trilogy - KieslowskiThe Lord of the Rings (extended editions) - JacksonIt's a Wonderful Life - Capra Vertigo - HitchcockDr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - KubrickThe Red Shoes - Powell and PressburgerBringing Up Baby - HawksThe Godfather Part II - CoppolaFinding Nemo - StantonSophie Scholl the Final Days - RothemundThe Pianist - PolanskiPaths of Glory - KubrickChariots of Fire - HudsonAll About Eve - Mankiewicz
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier MessiaenPrelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude DebussyThe Rite of Spring - Igor StravinskyEroica Symphony - Ludwig van BeethovenSunday in the Park with George - Stephen SondheimMeditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier MessiaenSt. Matthew Passion - J. S. BachFantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice DurufleMagical Mystery Tour - The BeatlesPiano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti Symphony no. 6 - Louis VierneDialogues of the Carmelites - Francis PoulencRigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. TolkeinPerelandra by C. S. LewisThe Hobbit by TolkeinThe Woman in White by Wilkie CollinsThe Screwtape Letters by LewisFox in Socks by Dr. SeussThe Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. ChestertonKing Lear by ShakespeareMy Cousin Rachel by Daphne du MaurierA Tale of Two Cities by Charles DickensThe Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. Evan C

    A better film about...

    For films about strong female monarchs who embrace Catholicism as a part of their liberalism, anachronistic pro-LGBTQ beliefs, and as a rebellion against their patriarchal, misogynistic, homophobic, fundamentalist, Protestant courts, Mary Queen of Scots is a better version of The Girl King. I never thought I would write that sentence or see a second movie which links Catholicism to the female protagonist's feminism and threat it poses to the toxic masculinity linked with Protestantism.
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    Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

    Speaking of cultural barometer, my non-film critic friends absolutely LOVE this. So much that I haven't really wanted to review it and rain on their parades, because if they find the film to be that special, then why bother being the grouch who says, "Actually..."
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    Bohemian Rhapsody (2018)

    Well, in Bohemian Rhapsody the one who goes to Mercury's home to rescue him from Paul and provides the impetus to get the band back together, which finally enables Mercury to find Jim Hutton, is Mary Austin, so the parallel is pretty close to Love & Mercy. I thought the song recreations were pretty fantastic, and whenever the film was basically functioning as an extended music video of Queen's greatest hits, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am a big fan of Queen, so I wonder how much someone would enjoy those parts if they weren't. However, I thought the narrative portions were pretty bad; the entire presentation of the story was rote and cliched before taking into account the liberties that were outright fictitious. At the same time, that only made up about half of the film, and the other half was thoroughly enjoyable, and the recreation of the Live Aid concert was amazing, so I'd say I liked it more than not.
  4. I loved the first half of Lean on Pete; I didn't find all of the narrative twists in the second half to be set up completely convincingly, but I still thought Haigh's directing and Charlie Plummer's acting were extraordinary. As a story of loss, connections, new beginnings, and unexpected acts of mercy it absolutely should be in consideration for our list, so: I nominate Lean on Pete. I also nominate Let the Sunshine In. This is a difficult film, and it wouldn't surprise me if not too many of us care for it. It's also kind of hard to discuss the reasons I like it so much without getting into spoilers, but for a film about a woman desperately seeking a relationship, often with some of the most toxic men she meets, it gives Juliette Binoche's character an incredible amount of sympathy and agency, even when she makes less than ideal choices, almost as an inversion of the romantic comedy arc in which a philandering man must learn to settle down. The film also explores the ways our culture influences our choices and how happiness comes from acceptance and not making some grandiose development or progression. And since Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc has not been seconded, I second that.
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    Oscars 2019: Best Picture

    I've said it at least three times, but I'll say it again: A Star is Born is winning best picture, and this list of nominees seems to confirm that. I suppose there's the possibility of a BlacKkKlansman upset, especially if the Academy wants to make a political statement and rectify Spike Lee never winning an Oscar. Otherwise, if a new Oscar front-runner emerges, I think it will be something other than one of these five, because I can't see any of the other three films here winning best picture.
  6. Ken and Joel, I will happily take the screener link or publicist contact for Chosen: Custody of the Eyes and Monrovia, Indiana. Email or message is fine.
  7. I didn't see Wildlife listed on the first page, so I thought I'd repost the above. I also nominate Can You Ever Forgive Me? - a searing mockery not just of criminal enterprises, but also of greed and celebrity obsession which creates a void for said enterprises to fill. I thought the film did a fantastic job of balancing sympathy for its unethical protagonists while never failing to remind us how corrupt they were. And there's a late scene in which the characters discuss writing as a vocation, which acknowledges the misuse of Lee Israel's talents but also her humanity. And a strong second for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.
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    A better film about...

    For the woman/women fall on hard times and look to illegal means of solving their financial troubles, I thought Can You Ever Forgive Me? was a better version of Widows.
  9. Well, the movie was better than that. I thought the dynamics between Starr and her family were very touchingly portrayed with some really good performances from Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby. It was Starr's interactions with most of the white cast (especially Starr's white best friend who's actually *gasp* racist and spouts "all lives matter" bs) when the preaching really started, but as I said, I feel some of that may be necessary in our current climate.
  10. Good points, both Ken and Joel, on "expand" versus "alternate." The latter was definitely a sloppy word choice on my part; I did not mean to imply any films are excluded, just wondering aloud on the merits of including message-movies in general for this list. Anyway, you've both convinced me. I nominate The Hate U Give. And while I was less enthusiastic than some people, I think Wildlife merits consideration not only as a coming of age story, but also as a story of how families depend on one another, and how the selfish actions of one family member affect the other members, so I nominate that too.
  11. I second Boy Erased and Bad Times at the El Royale. I imagine many people will not care for the latter, but it's a story of every sin having a consequence and one of the best made movies of the year. Does anyone want to weigh in on the merits or not of nominating The Hate U Give? It's first and foremost a heavy-handed sermon, although a very timely and very well made one. Starr (the protagonist) and her family are very well developed characters-both in terms of writing and acting-and their responses to a tragedy should be of interest to Christians, both in terms of depicting how people respond to traumatic events, and because said events are so prominent in 2018. At the same time, several of the supporting characters are one-dimensional archetypes who exist for Starr to punch down toxic ideologies that many people still harbour. There's nothing wrong with that, and in our current climate, I'd say it's necessary and a moral good. However, since we publish this list to provide a list of alternate titles to the usual message-movies of Christian cinema, I'm hesitant to nominate a film that has similar problems, just because it has better production quality and a message (I'd assume) most of us agree with. Thoughts?
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    Movie Calendar

    The Hate U Give - a close-up of a phone screen shows a date to be Friday, May 19th.
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    From the trailer, it looks like Michael Keaton will be the villain. Also looks like there will be human protagonists.