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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    The Jaguar Shark
  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique - Kieslowsk WALL-E - Stanton A Man for All Seasons - Zinnemann Casablanca - Curtiz Singin' in the Rain - Donen and Kelly Henry V - Branagh Rebecca - Hitchcock Faust - Murnau Babette's Feast - Axel Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Burton Three Colors Trilogy - Kieslowski The Lord of the Rings (extended editions) - Jackson It's a Wonderful Life - Capra The Maltese Falcon - Huston Shadow of a Doubt - Hitchcock Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Kubrick The Red Shoes - Powell and Pressburger Bringing Up Baby - Hawks The Godfather Part II - Coppola Finding Nemo - Stanton Sophie Scholl the Final Days - Rothemund The Pianist - Polanski Paths of Glory - Kubrick Chariots of Fire - Hudson All About Eve - Mankiewicz
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier Messiaen Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky Eroica Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven Sunday in the Park with George - Stephen Sondheim Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier Messiaen Three Chorales - Cesar Franck St. Matthew Passion - J. S. Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach Choral Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven Six Organ Sonatas, op. 65 - Felix Mendelssohn Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice Durufle Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street - Stephen Sondheim La Nativite - Olivier Messiaen The Messiah - G. F. Handel Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles Piano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti Requiem - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Dialogues of the Carmelites - Francis Poulenc Piano Concerto no. 1 in B-flat minor - Pytor Ilyich Tchaikovsky Cantata 147 - J. S. Bach Symphony no. 5 - Carl Nielsen Mass for Pentecost - Olivier Messiaen Sonata on the 94th Psalm - Julius Reubke Company - Stephen Sondheim The Four Seasons - Antonio Vivaldi Atmospheres - Gyorgy Ligeti The White Album - The Beatles Rigoletto - Giuseppe Verdi Canon for 4 - Elliott Carter
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein Perelandra by C. S. Lewis The Hobbit by Tolkein The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The Screwtape Letters by Lewis Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss The Ballad of the White Horse by G. K. Chesterton King Lear by Shakespeare My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. I wouldn't quite put this on par with Summer Hours or Clouds of Sils Maria, but I thought Assayas still did a pretty great job, and Stewart is phenomenal. Marginally spoilerish first impressions.
  2. I really liked it.
  3. Finally saw it. Wow, was that incredibly stylistic. The kinetic energy is intensified by Woo's choppy editing, which made it a heck of roller coaster ride (which I enjoyed). Not sure what to make of the ending. I appreciate Woo's willingness to go as bleak as he does in a sort of "cost of violence" way, but Li shooting the triad leader seemed to be giving into audience vigilante bloodlust, especially by preceding it with that flashback. As to the religious imagery, I really don't know how deep any of it is; I'm inclined to say not very. Chow's sanctuary (the church) being destroyed by his violent lifestyle seems to be a very obvious piece of symbolism, as well as him losing his sight, and thus losing the ability to restore the one thing he wanted to for the whole film (Jenny's sight.) The idea of true friendship being willing to lay down one's life for another was subtle enough that I felt it was woven into the film pretty well.
  4. I hope you reconsider, Andrew. Since a conversion is a process of changing one's beliefs - or literally, a turning around - I don't see why that should exclude atheists. And while we are a faith based community, films like Joe Versus the Volcano and Ikiru (one of the few top 100's I would want on such a list) are about conversions, or waking up to a greater reality and turning one's life around, that are applicable to all of humanity, regardless of religious affiliation.
  5. I don't mind doing it as a list either; with the right definitions, I think it could be a really great list. At the same time, you voiced my concern on the other end: that it turns into an A&F greatest hits list. The Thin Red Line, Tree of Life, Ikiru, Wings of Desire, Ordet, Babette's Feast, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, Magnolia, Sullivan's Travels, The Apostle, Jesus of Montreal, The Flowers of St. Francis, etc.
  6. Since it looks like "Waking Up" is going to be the winner, I want to ask for some clarifications now, specifically as to how it's different from, "movies in which a character has moral growth and development," because that is a broad definition which would encompass a lot of movies. I see that in his description of the theme, Jeremy says he's trying to cultivate a list in which characters wake up to appreciate the "joys and treasures of life," and then later clarified with: I really like this description, but I'm still worried it's not definitive enough. For instance, if I just select titles across my DVD shelf: 12 Angry Men - Henry Fonda wakes up the rest of the jury to the injustice of condemning the kid. GoodFellas - After fantasizing the glamor of the mob life, Ray Liotta ultimately wakes up to its ugly realities. Coraline - Coraline wakes up to realize the dangers of a world that gives her everything she wants, and that her parents aren't as awful as she thought. Men In Black - Will Smith wakes up to the alien world surrounding us. Schindler's List - Schindler wakes up to the plight of the Jews. Minority Report - Tom Cruise wakes up to the corruption of a system he enforced after it turns against him. Mary Poppins - She wakes up all members of the Banks' family. Shadow of a Doubt - Teresa Wright loses her youthful naivete, and wakes up to the evil of her beloved uncle. Spellbound - Ingrid Bergman helps Gregory Peck wake up to the reality of his past. Pan's Labyrinth - Ofelia wakes up to the evil that surrounds her as well as the fantasy world. Quiz Show - Ralph Fiennes wakes up to the corruption of TV, and then wakes up again to repent of his cooperation. Tsotsi - He wakes up to recognize the evil of his life and take responsibility. I don't think we'd want all these titles, and I know I wouldn't, so before we start nominating (and before the poll closes) I'm interested to know if there's a way to make waking up more specific.
  7. We've done run-off votes before, so we could do that and see whether "Coming of Age" or "Waking Up" wins.
  8. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - two days of the film overlap with the first two games of the 1963 world series, which were October 2nd and 3rd.
  9. The Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) - a newspaper is dated March 23rd.
  10. This has 80% at Rotten Tomatoes!?!!!? I...did not expect that.
  11. Table 19 - the entire film takes place on April 12th, as the wedding invitation in the first scene tells us.
  12. I was expecting it would be a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment of LeFou smiling/dancing/expressing affection for a man, but we'll find out.
  13. It shall be interesting to see if: 1) this report is true and 2) what the reactions to it are if it is.
  14. Every time I see footage from this, my expectations sink even lower. The trailers and footage has basically gone: note for note remake --> uninspired, elaborate cos-play --> over the top disaster/peril climactic set piece
  15. Substitute Manchester By the Sea and Moonlight, but considering how close it came, calling La La Land for best picture that early was a pretty impressive prediction.