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Maybe we can make room for Balthazar and Sunrise too (which would mean I need to get around to seeing Sunrise soon).

Jeffrey, how is it that Sunrise is still on your "haven't seen list"?


...the kind of film criticism we do. We are talking about life, and more than that the possibility of abundant life." -M.Leary

"Dad, how does she move in mysterious ways?"" -- Jude (my 5-year-old, after listening to Mysterious Ways)

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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A blog. Edited by Darryl A. Armstrong

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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I just stumbled on an odd link to the list in the comments of this: Suggest some great films with an atheist, agnostic or secular connection. Really not sure what the connection is supposed to be, although several films from the list, including The Decalogue (I and V), Stalker, and Solaris, were mentioned by other commenters.

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It's the side effects that save us.
--The National, "Graceless"
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A blog.

And this is really cool, Aldrich Arts Collaborative.


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Better late than never, my blog.


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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I think your last response here was supposed to go in the Glen 2010 thread.

I was quite confused. Haha!


"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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I have a collage assignment for one of my grad school writing classes, and I decided to use the Tarkovsky film blurbs from the Top 100 list (3 of which I wrote) as my starting point for the piece, titled "The Arts and Faith of Andrei":

In an unnamed, dilapidated city on a remote Swedish island, a Russian poet named Andrei Gorchakov, who left his homeland in order to research a biography of a psychologist named Kris Kelvin, was reading a translation of a book of poetry when he dreamt of a sleeping woman levitating over a bed. “It was my dead wife,” Gorchakov recalls.

Time moves by gracefully

Memory, guilt, and illusion

Allow for community, penance, faith, and redemption.

“She once locked our family in our house for seven years to await the end of the world.”

She pasted prints from a 15th-century monk who was Russia’s greatest inocographer, Andrei Rublev--a recitation of the Emmaus Road story, a character donning a crown of thorns, a bird landing on a boy’s head--in all the house’s windows. The light in the house was washed-out in sepia tones so murky and muted, it was difficult to imagine anything surviving there.

It lets those pass who have lost all hope;

Not good or bad, but wretched people.

It trades terrestrial rules for a glimpse of a spiritual realm.

Kelvin interviewed astronauts who returned to Earth after a years-long mission investigating Solaris, an alien planet. The planet’s cloud cover enveloped it in an unyielding desaturated twilight, the sort of subdued silver light that should mark the end of creation. After his first meeting, Kelvin described them as “placid, patient, and terrifying.” He concluded,

“Outer space provides not a bold frontier

of new sights and discoveries,

but a mirror to the human psyche.”

When Gorchakov awoke, he found himself face to face with his deceased wife, mysteriously reincarnated, the way a dream might blend an artistic failure with a window into heaven. She told him he must cross the pool of St. Catherine with a lit candle, where his deepest wish would be granted.

Art in a fallen world

Is no cheap or desanctified metaphor, but literal truth;

His visual poetry translated into a new language.

If there are any casual onlookers who aren’t supplicants, then nothing happens.


It's the side effects that save us.
--The National, "Graceless"
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Pepperdine University Libraries.

Sporcle (it's a quiz).

Edited by Darryl A. Armstrong

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
"I want to believe in art-induced epiphanies." -- Josie
"I would never be dismissive of pop entertainment; it's much too serious a matter for that." -- NBooth

"If apologetics could prove God, I would lose all faith in Him." -- Josie

"What if--just what if--the very act of storytelling is itself redemptive? What if gathering up the scraps and fragments of a disordered life and binding them between the pages of a book in all of their fragmentary disorder is itself a gambit against that disorder?" -- NBooth

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Here is an interesting little conversation I happened upon at MUBI - Here


...the kind of film criticism we do. We are talking about life, and more than that the possibility of abundant life." -M.Leary

"Dad, how does she move in mysterious ways?"" -- Jude (my 5-year-old, after listening to Mysterious Ways)

[once upon a time known here as asher]

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Here is an interesting little conversation I happened upon at MUBI - Here

I think I've seen that before, but never followed the link on the first page, which leads to a four page conversation where one of our members shows up.


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Here is an interesting little conversation I happened upon at MUBI - Here

I think I've seen that before, but never followed the link on the first page, which leads to a four page conversation where one of our members shows up.

Huh. I thought I had seen it before, too, because we linked to a MUBI discussion of the list earlier in this thread (as per below) -- but it seems like the good folks at MUBI started two entirely different threads about the same Top 100 list.

An interesting discussion of the list is taking place over on the Auteurs forum.

"Sympathy must precede belligerence. First I must understand the other, as it were, from the inside; then I can critique it from the outside. So many people skip right to the latter." -- Steven D. Greydanus
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