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    RIP Milos Forman (1932-2018)

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/14/entertainment/milos-forman-obit/index.html I realize I've only seen three of his films (Amadeus, Cuckoo's Nest, and The Firemen's Ball) - I guess I should attempt to change that.
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    Creating Film Critic Circle?

    I think template looks good, although make sure to include the link to 1More Film Blog. If we want to start a newsletter like that, I'm happy to help in anyway that I can. I think we'd need a few more people to make rating/polls worthwhile, and to be honest, I prefer short blurbs to simply a number score from a group of people, but I wouldn't be opposed to doing that either.
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    Creating Film Critic Circle?

    I'm definitely interested and think it would be great to get something like that going. A mailing list that provided links to members' reviews written for their various platforms could work well. I think we'd probably want to tag team to make sure the majority of new releases got covered, but if we got enough people, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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    Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

    I saw the first trailer for this when I went to see The Last Jedi, and immediately after the trailer a guy sitting behind me said to his friend, "They spoiled so much of it!" And I thought, "There is absolutely nothing to spoil."
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    Lady Bird

    I could have sworn I had shared my review here, but apparently I never did. So here it is: https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/lady-bird/
  6. Overstreet is referring to Le Fils, by the Dardenne brothers. IMDB page here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291172/ His book is here: https://www.amazon.com/Through-Screen-Darkly-Looking-Closer/dp/0830743154/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517515453&sr=8-1&keywords=through+a+screen+darkly To answer your initial question: what are some of my favorite films "that touch on the Spirit of Humanity and God's hand in the hero's journey?" For a traditional notion of hero's journey, I'd pick Branagh's adaptation of Henry V. But I would pick The Double Life of Veronique, Babette's Feast, and WALL-E for my favorite films about journeys which remind us of God's presence and love in unexpected ways.
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    Movie Calendar

    The Commuter - August 23rd and 24th are mentioned in the opening montage. There are newspapers and train tickets, so it may be possible to determine which day the majority of the story takes place on.
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    Favorite films of 2017

    My list is up: https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/2017-top-ten/
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    Favorite films of 2017

    Normally I'd post my list this week, but both Phantom Thread and The Post are opening this weekend, so I'm definitely waiting to see those, and I may wait until next week to see Call Me By Your Name as well.
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    A better film about...

    If I interpreted the final scene of Thelma correctly, and I'm not 100% sure I did, Lady Macbeth is a better version of Thelma. Also, Frozen is a better version of Thelma.
  11. Huh. I emailed them twice and never heard back. If it's not too late, I'd still be happy to see it, if you have a connection.
  12. Thanks for doing all of this, Joel. Thelma opens in Bloomington on Friday, so I'll be turning my ballot in at the last minute, but I will not forget. Christian, I haven't seen Loveless, and sadly have no idea when I'll be able to, although it's one I'm very much looking forward to tracking down eventually. Same thing goes for The Breadwinner.
  13. The Greatest Showman is currently listed as seconded, even though no one seconded it as of this post. However, the themes Ken mentioned make it worthwhile considering for this list, and it's a pretty good musical too. So second. I'd also like to make a last minute push for My Happy Family, which is the sort of intimate family drama about how we interact with one another that's very appropriate for this list, and it deserves a lot more attention as well, and it's streaming on Netflix right now.
  14. For some reason, I thought The Work had been nominated and seconded. Anyway, second. It's also streaming on Amazon for $0.99, and it is worth spending that on.
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    The Shape of Water

    A very fine review, yourself, Andrew. Since del Toro placed those two Biblical stories so prominently in the film, I thought I should discuss them in my review.
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    The Shape of Water

    I found this to be quite powerful and moving. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2017/12/23/the-shape-of-water/
  17. I'll second Coco, although I'm not as wild about it as others are. I nominate My Happy Family, Bilge Elbiri's #1 film of the year, a Georgian drama somewhat in the style of Farhadi about the dynamics of a supertight family when one member decides she wants to move out. The exploration of the family dynamic is quite powerful, along with the generational and gender expectations. It's streaming on Netflix now; as a warning, Netflix defaults to playing it dubbed in English, and the dub is pretty terrible, so make sure to switch it over to Georgian dialogue with English subtitles.
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    A better film about...

    For films about examining traditional notions of heroism and suggesting there is victory in loss and retreat, Dunkirk is a better version of The Last Jedi.
  19. I nominate The Shape of Water and The Transfiguration. The first is another beautiful del Toro fairy tale about giving a voice to the voiceless with a few Biblical references tossed in; the second is a low-key vampire coming of age tale set in Manhattan that uses the inherent isolated, predatory nature of vampirism as a force compounding the isolation the young black protagonist already feels since he doesn't want to join the local gang but doesn't trust his teachers or the police either.
  20. The list has finally arisen from its long slumber, and here it is: Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952) Rob Z Something, Anything (Harrill, 2014) Overstreet The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski, 1991) Evan C Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Darryl A. Armstrong Red Beard (Kurosawa, 1965) Andrew The Assassin (Hou, 2015) NBooth The Trial (Welles, 1962) magadizer The Secret of Kells (Moore and Twomey, 2009) Darryl A. Armstrong Wings of Desire (Wenders, 1987) Overstreet The Insider (Mann, 1999) M. Leary Joe Versus the Volcano (Shanley, 1990) J.A.A. Purves Arrival (Villeneuve, 2016) Joel Mayward Marty (Delbert Mann, 1955) Mr. Arkadin Malcolm X (Lee, 1992) EdB99 Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962) M. Leary Picnic at Hanging Rock (Weir, 1975) M. Leary This Is Martin Bonner (Hartigan, 2013) SDG The Truman Show (Weir, 1998) Rushmore The New World (Malick, 2005) Brian D Fearless (Weir, 1993) John Drew Punch-Drunk Love (Anderson, 2002) John Drew Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Spielberg, 1977) Anders Pan's Labyrinth (Del Toro, 2006) Evan C Knight of Cups (Malick, 2015) Anders The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011) Joel Mayward Please keep the results to yourselves until the Image webpage is up. Greg has promised he will get on that once we've submitted all the write-ups. For requesting write-ups, priority will be given first to the nominator, then to the seconder, then to whomever asks for it first. If two people really want the same film, please discuss it among yourselves and see if one of you would be willing to take another film. A film is not assigned until it has been crossed out and the assigned A&F member's name written next to it. For submitting the write-ups either email me or use messenger here. Remember, write-ups are short, one paragraph, about 120-150 words. If you volunteer for a write-up, aim to have it completed in three weeks. Also, was it a 2 or 3 film limit per director? If 2, the next two films are Groundhog Day and Tender Mercies.
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    Oscars 2018: Best Picture

    Huh. The Post was shut out completely. Was it not screened in time, or did the SAG not care for it? Of these five, I haven't seen Mudbound yet, but I would guess the race is between Lady Bird and Get Out for the Oscar.
  22. Re: The Boss Baby - it's a delightfully inventive take on sibling rivalry with some really impressive animation to match the originality of the story told from the pov of a 7 year old, and it features some of the best one liners of the year. So, second.
  23. Second Darkest Hour. And Ken, I will be watching The Boss Baby this week.
  24. The list is up! Thank you everyone for you contributions. https://imagejournal.org/top-25-films-on-waking-up/
  25. I thought this deserved its own thread. Three Billboards is the first McDonagh film I would say is not a comedy. It's punctuated with a number of darkly comic moments, but the overall arc of the narrative is that of a tragedy. Scott Renshaw's review nails precisely what makes this movie so great.