Evan C

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  1. I had never seen an Ozon film before, and I wanted to catch Frantz before it left town. I was not impressed.
  2. In that both are films about healing after World Wars and personal betrayals, and both involve music as a crucial plot point, Phoenix is a better version of Frantz.
  3. Second Almost Famous and The New World.
  4. I recognized the cameos when I first saw the trailer, and while I would have preferred the surprise of discovering them when I saw the film, it was still my favorite scene of the year. It's also what I was referring to in the last sentence of this short review.
  5. At the risk of speaking for Peter, it seemed quite clear to me that "thing" referred to the idea there was no meat at the Last Supper, not your faith. And the Gospels do contradict one another at various points. That doesn't mean Christianity is a contradiction; it means the Gospels were written down by human beings who recalled things differently. As to the film itself, deviations from minute details of the Gospel are valid artistic licenses. They don't make it blasphemous; it would need to profane Jesus and somehow suggest he wasn't the Son of God to be that.
  6. Could we have a running list of all nominated films along with which ones have been seconded?
  7. I'll second The Edge of Seventeen
  8. Not sure I'd call it good, but I definitely liked it more than I expected.
  9. Title: The Assassin Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou Year: 2015 Language: Mandarin IMDB YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFtNsQ78oI A&F Thread
  10. Here are my cases for the films I've nominated so far. Edward Scissorhands - The presence of the title character forces the citizens of the town to wake up and either to recognize the humanity and dignity of one who is different and turn away from their inherent selfishness or dig into it. Last Holiday - Basically Ikiru as a comedy with Alec Guiness, a man receives a diagnosis that he only has a few months to live, and for the first time in his life begins to appreciate the beauty and goodness in the world Holiday - Cary Grant is awake to the beauty of the world, but his stuffy fiance despises his childish notions; however, he manages to convert her sister who believes the same as he does. Pan's Labyrinth - The faun wakes Ofelia up to both good and evil and her newfound spiritual alertness helps her confront the evil Alice - One of Woody Allen's more religious films, when Mia Farrow has a midlife crisis, she turns to every worldly solution she can think of before finding happiness in waking up to the joy of sacrifice and putting others before her. This Is Martin Bonner - As a conversion story, both the title character and the released prisoner he helps rehabilitate have to rebuild their lives, and in doing so they wake up to the harm their past choices caused, but they also wake up to appreciate the goodness that they and others can bring to the world Amelie - After trying to play God, the title character wakes up to realize the presence of grace and learn that she can't control everything. Eyes Wide Shut - This is more about waking up the reality of evil, but both Cruise and Kidman know they need to wake up and abandon that evil, but their fascination with it makes it impossible for them.
  11. Seconds for The Double Life of Veronique, Totoro, Adam's Apples, and The Lives of Others.
  12. Title: Edward Scissorhands Director: Tim Burton Year: 1990 Language: English IMDB YouTube Title: Last Holiday Director: Henry Cass Year: 1950 Language: English IMDB YouTube Title: Holiday Director: George Cukor Year: 1938 Language: English IMDB YouTube Title: Pan’s Labyrinth Director: Guillermo del Toro Year: 2006 Language: Spanish IMDB YouTube A&F Thread Title: Alice Director: Woody Allen Year: 1990 Language: English IMDB YouTube A&F Thread Title: This Is Martin Bonner Director: Chad Hartigan Year: 2013 Language: English IMDB YouTube A&F Thread Title: Amélie Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet Year: 2001 Language: French IMDB YouTube A&F Thread And since waking up, or conversion, is about eyes opening, I hope we seriously consider: Title: Eyes Wide Shut Director: Stanley Kubrick Year: 1999 Language: English IMDB YouTube (spoiler and NSFW) A&F Thread
  13. 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.
  14. I really liked it.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. We've done run-off votes before, so we could do that and see whether "Coming of Age" or "Waking Up" wins.
  20. 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.
  21. The Shadow of the Thin Man (1941) - a newspaper is dated March 23rd.
  22. This has 80% at Rotten Tomatoes!?!!!? I...did not expect that.
  23. Table 19 - the entire film takes place on April 12th, as the wedding invitation in the first scene tells us.
  24. 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.
  25. It shall be interesting to see if: 1) this report is true and 2) what the reactions to it are if it is.