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  1. A late nomination here, but I just finished Fast Color and I think it would be a fine addition to the list. It had a very brief theatrical run in the US back in April, but it's easily available on Hulu now. Three generations of women in the same family grapple with broken relationships and broken trust in the middle of a years-long drought. It's both a small melodrama and a sideways superhero movie. I'll second American Factory as well.
  2. I'd like to nominate Honeyland, which I've been chewing on for a few months now. It just won Best Nonfiction Film from 2019 from the New York Critics Circle. A Macedonian beekeeper and her mother find themselves with unexpected neighbors when a refugee family moves into their village. The resulting friction raises questions about appropriate give-and-take in social situations, and about cultivating relationships in community and with nature, especially when those relationships prove difficult. The material flows into the spiritual with the ever-present background humming of the bees.
  3. Regarding Knives Out - yes, it's a second. For Terminator: Dark Fate, I was praising the movie without nominating or seconding it. It's worth seeing, but I'm not sure it fits the purposes of this jury.
  4. I did some digging on Light from Light and found this: http://grasshopperfilm.com/host-a-virtual-screening/ I haven't contacted them yet, but if anyone else is looking to get a screener for Light From Light, please let me know. I'll see if I can obtain screener links for those interested.
  5. Hi all - happy to be back again. Seconding The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Us, Marriage Story, and Ad Astra. I'm tentatively inclined to second Knives Out as well, if just for the faint "the meek will inherit the earth" through-line, but this feels like faint rationale when compared to some of the other titles here. Gareth, I genuinely loved Terminator: Dark Fate (although most of the plot has already flown away, never to be remembered again). It surprised me too! Nominating Her Smell, a difficult but rewarding sit. Eagerly awaiting A Hidden Life and Light From Light.
  6. Jumping in to add my support for Bad Times at the El Royale and First Man; I know they've been seconded already, but I think they're both good candidates for the list. In the same vein as Bad Times, I'm conflicted about Hotel Artemis, which has a Good Samaritan story at its core, but I'm not sure it amounts to much more than that; anyone else see it and agree or disagree? I'd also like to nominate Eighth Grade. Like Lady Bird from last year, it's a kind, compassionate portrait of a teenage girl, trying to understand her place in her own life. The protagonist, Kayla, has an experience of the last week of eighth grade that looks nothing, but feels everything, like my own. Unlike The Hate U Give (which based on the discussion above looks pretty heavy handed; I myself have not seen it yet), Eighth Grade is a light touch, more of a discussion prompt than a sermon, but one that allows the viewer to ask: how are we caring for our children? How are we showing them love, and how are they receiving it? Kudos to Joel, who tweeted about the movie this afternoon and who reminded me just how great it is! I have not seen Monrovia, Indiana, but would very much like to. My day job sidelined me from quite a few October/November releases and I don't have access to screeners - does anyone have access to Monrovia that they would be able to share? (I'll catch it on streaming if it's released before Christmas.)
  7. Excited to be here! Seconding Evan's nominations for Leave No Trace and Annihilation. I nominate Support the Girls (Andrew Bujalski). A single day, give or take, in the life of Lisa (Regina Hall), a manager of a sports bar/knockoff Hooters in Texas. Lisa's day is packed with the run of the mill difficulties that people in the service industry face daily: a racist/sexist boss, an understaffed restaurant, a waitress who can't find childcare for her son, horrible customers, and so on. Taken one at a time, these obstacles might be manageable, but piled together they make one of the worst days on the job imaginable. Lisa is stuck in an untenable situation, but she still loves her job, no matter how much heartbreak it gives her. She's there to give her employees the best possible workplace she can, she's there to advocate for her workers in an unfair environment, a living embodiment of Micah 6:8, and she does it all with no hope of recognition or reward.
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