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  1. I'm up for doing either a top 25 or a new top 100, although I wonder if there's enough participation here for that to be feasible. I know I've cut back on posting, but I still check the board once a day.
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    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    Picked up The Passion of Joan of Arc and Au Hasard Balthazar.
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    Little Women

    If that cast does sign, would the plan be Emma Stone as Meg and Saoirse Ronan as Jo? I would have guessed Stone would have been considered for Jo, but Ronan seems too old to play Beth. Anyway, I think this is the most excited I've ever been for a Little Women production.
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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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    Another one in Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Board Games thread. Profile is here: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/profile/9563-vulgarmolly/
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    Movie Calendar

    An Angel at My Table - Janet Frame is reading a newspaper dated October 26th. Tully - Marlo's (Charlize Theron) birthday is mentioned as June 7th.
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    Saw it last night. SPOILERS I actually found Mrs. Manion quite sympathetic, because the film makes it clear she's a victim of someone. Whether she's a rape victim of Barney Quill or an abuse victim of her husband, who along with Stockholm syndrome pressured her into lying about being raped to get him off, is unclear and outside the scope of the film. And I actually thought the film did make it clear that she was in no way responsible for whichever act of abuse actually happened, even if she was highly flirtatious or willingly having an affair. And the way Preminger framed the reaction to the "panties" scene made me sympathize with her even more, because he puts her right in the center of the frame, drawing all attention to her, which for me, put into stark relief the cruelty of laughing at her and the abuse she suffered. However, I absolutely agree that the film doesn't really see a problem with the "what was she wearing" argument, as is made clear by how Biegler wants her to dress for the trial, even if it wants to put all the blame on the perpetrator (whoever he is). And the introduction of Mrs. Manion was also quite problematic, because it's designed to cast as much doubt on her story as possible, even if there are dramatic reasons to do that. I suppose it's possible to say the film is depicting a realistic portrayal of what laws and attitudes were regarding rape in 1959, but it is cringe-worthy. I was thinking this would make a good double feature with Cape Fear, in which a defense attorney buries evidence that his rapist client's victim was flirtatious, because he knows that's immaterial and an immoral line of defense even though the law says otherwise. Regarding what really happened in Anatomy of a Murder, whether Mrs. Manion's a victim of her husband or Barney Quill, the testimony from Quill's friend makes me think she was raped, because why else would he be so jumpy, nervous, and reticent. Also, the ripped panties suggest a more violent encounter, not an affair. On the other hand, Lt. Manion is so unlikeable and obviously violent that the prosecution's claim he caught his wife having an affair, beat her, and murdered her love seems more than plausible. Anyway, it is certainly clear that the "temporary insanity" claim is bogus, and Diegler is defending a guilty man in regards to the murder charge, and I thought the film handled that aspect fantastically, showing how everyone is entitled to a fair trial and the ways that a guilty man could get off depending on how evidence is produced.
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    Movie Calendar

    Anatomy of a Murder - Jimmy Stewart mentions August 16th during the trial as the date the rape occurred.
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    Come Sunday aka Heretics

    In case anyone comes here looking to respond to the conversation which ensued about the Image Board of Director's Statement, Jeremy moved it to its own thread here, so this thread can be devoted to Come Sunday.
  10. I've never seen The Accused, but that's one of the more famous examples I think. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Magnolia, Elle, Thelma & Louise. Tess is a fantastic portrayal of the realities of sexual abuse and how society traditionally lets male abusers of the hook while holding their female victims responsible for their crimes. And it's made a hundred times more pointed considering who directed it and when he did.
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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/
  15. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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/