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Noel T Manning II

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  1. @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

  2. On 12/3/2019 at 11:17 AM, BethR said:

    Thanks for this, Noel T. Manning. A&F doesn't even have a film thread for Yesterday, and I believe many dismissed the movie, but you have articulated my experience with it as well. I'm not a participant in the Ecumenical Jury, but just wanted to say this.

    @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.  

  3. 12 hours ago, Joel Mayward said:

    I nominate A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. Like the documentary of Rogers' life from last year, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, there is something distinctly and beautifully grace-full about both Fred Rogers and the films about him.

    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

  4. @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. 

  5. 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. 


    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. 

  6. Hello All - I'm happy to be a part of this group again. I've been having some log in issues combined with family medical challenges - we're in action now though. My list for dialogue is below -and it includes some that were already seconded:


    A Quiet Place

    A Star Is Born

    Bad Times at the El Royale

    Black Panther

    Christopher Robin

    Eighth Grade

    First Reformed

    Free Solo

    Green Book

    The Hate U Give

    Isle of Dogs

    Leave No Trace

    The Mercy

    The Old Man and the Gun

    The Other Side of the Wind

    Paddington 2

    Ready Player One



    What They Had

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

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