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Noel T Manning II

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    Film, TV & music journalist. Co-founder of the Real to Reel film fest & longtime member of the Critics Choice Association

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    Communications, Marketing, University Teaching, Film Criticism
  • Favorite movies
    Forest Gump, Young Frankenstein, Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, Usual Suspects, I Am Sam, Children of Men
  • Favorite music
    The Beatles, Kristian Bush, U2, The Alarm, Billy Joel, Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Pray for Rain, The Eagles, Kansas, Boston, Journey, Chicago
  • Favorite creative writing
    Andy Andrews, CS Lewis, Unbroken, Ted Dekker, Stephen King, Tom Clancy, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler,
  • Favorite visual art
    Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Susan Bell, Philip Philbeck, St. Basil's Cathedral, Tim Burton,

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  1. I love the anthology idea and would be willing to contribute is needed.
  2. I would like to offer a nomination for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Faith, hope, redemption, forgiveness, sacrifice, free choice, exploring purpose even when one's own live hangs in the balance are all on display in this final installment of the Skywalker saga.
  3. @dodgyboffin - I'll second Honeyland. I served on the Critics Choice Doc Nominating Committee and this one got tons of love. The narrative (and the visual way it was told) was magnificent. Key explorations of relationships (beyond individuals), life's struggles(and fragile balance), persistence of mission and focus (even in the midst of potentially destructive change) - What a wonderful slice of cinema. - NTMII
  4. @BethR - Thank you so very much. I hope more in our voting panel take the opportunity to visit the film "Yesterday." I really can't get enough of this film. - Noel T.
  5. A Double feature for consideration on Ethics : Dark Waters and The Report (Amazon Original). With that on mind, I'll second The Report @kenmorefield
  6. Such a charming and touching film. I'll offer a third layer of endorsement for this film : A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood explores forgiveness, acceptance, compassion and genuine caring and serving others. So many wonderful quotes from this film, but I'll offer this one to close out this support: “I think the best thing we can do is to let people know that each one of them is precious.” – Mr. Rogers
  7. I'll also endorse Knives Out. Seeking truth and speaking truth are strong messages and understanding that perpetuating lies can cause some serious damage (emotional and physical). There are also messages relating to betrayal, greed, power.
  8. @Evan C - Spot on with "Official Secrets." I'll second that for consideration and suggest "Dark Waters" for some of the same reasons. The cost of seeking truth (and speaking truth) is not always without personal, professional, physical and mental sacrifice. It is a David vs. Goliath narrative. It also explores to power of will and choice in coming up against insurmountable odds.
  9. I'd second Alita: Battle Angel - humanity's thirst for power and societies advances offer an interesting idea for story where coming of age, survival, class divisions, revenge, relationships and redemption all play a part in themes of universal struggle. I'll also throw offer Frozen 2 for consideration. Themes of following life's calling, searching for purpose, sacrifice, building bridges and addressing sins of the past. Yesterday: This is a film that explores the power of something greater than self, the thirst of fame, fortune and everything that goes with it. It also reminds us not to look past the true gifts standing right in front of us. It is also a film about risking all the material world will provide by speaking "truth." There are sometimes that certain films need to marinate with you long after the viewing. Those films seem to get richer, more meaningful, and even more deeply engaging with time. Those films seem to find ways to echo, and resonate with greatness beyond that initial reaction. Those are the films that and can speak volumes if you give them the chance. This is one of those films for me. I've seen this films multiple times, and it keeps speaking to me in different ways with each viewing.
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