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It's not just the choices, but the text written by Ray Pride for his list that makes it so great. Reminds me of the "Moments Out of Time" feature that used to run (still does in some other forum, I think), but Pride encompasses entire films sometimes by highlighting a single moment or phrase.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I miss Ron period. Spreadsheets or not. I would take a non-spreadsheet Ron over a spreadsheet Ron.

But Nick, I like the CaPC list quite a bit and am so happy to see the success you have had at Patheos.


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Vancouver Film Critics Circle:

INTERNATIONAL AWARDS

BEST FILM

Zero Dark Thirty

BEST ACTOR

Joaquin Phoenix,
The Master

BEST ACTRESS

Jessica Chastain,
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Philip Seymour Hoffman,
The Master

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Amy Adams,
The Master

BEST DIRECTOR

Kathryn Bigelow,
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST SCREENPLAY

Mark Boal,
Zero Dark Thirty

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Holy Motors

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Searching for Sugar Man

CANADIAN AWARDS

BEST CANADIAN FILM

Rebelle
(a.k.a.
War Witch
)

BEST ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM

Michael Rogers,
Beyond the Black Rainbow

BEST ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM

Rachel Mwanza,
Rebelle

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A CANADIAN FILM

Serge Kanyinda,
Rebelle

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A CANADIAN FILM

Sarah Gadon,
Cosmopolis

BEST DIRECTOR OF A CANADIAN FILM

Panos Cosmatos,
Beyond the Black Rainbow

BEST CANADIAN DOCUMENTARY

The World Before Her

BEST BRITISH COLUMBIA FILM

Beyond the Black Rainbow


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M. Leary said:

But Nick, I like the CaPC list quite a bit and am so happy to see the success you have had at Patheos.

Thanks Mike! I really appreciate your support.


"What is inside is also outside." -Goethe via Merleau-Ponty, in conclusion to the latter's one extended rumination on film
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CT's Most Redeeming Films of 2012 list provoked filmmaker Nathan Clarke on his Facebook page (used here with permission):

Today Christianity Today published their "Most Redeeming Movies" list. I suspect there isn't a "most redeeming books" or "most redeeming new restaurants" list coming out. Why are we so obsessed with redemption when it comes to film? Has it basically become a code for "movies that fit our world view as Christians?" Half the time the most redemptive films are crappy films. Should we honor crappy story telling because it fits how we see the world? The Avengers and Brave have no business being on a "best of" list unless it's Best Animation. I talk to young filmmakers and they say they want to make redemptive films. I just replace "redemptive" with "Christian" - pretty much what they want to do. This is one of those things I just wish would go away. Publish a "best movies" list, that's enough for me (and CT will be publishing a Critics fave list next week).

This has provoked about 50 comments.

Later he says,

My concern as a maker is that as you start placing these kinds of parameters around stories it tempts the makers to (probably subconsciously) edge the stories towards what you are saying is valuable. Signs of life is a nice editorial slogan but "redemptive" particularly can hamstring the story teller.

To one challenger, he added,

I think it's good to do a "best of" list. I love them and I appreciate that each best-of list should have a perspective. I also love and appreciate the important work that critics do. I just have concerns about limiting the story telling value to "redemptive." Part of that is because it's so loosely defined (for example how is Avengers redemptive - my understanding is that the plot is basically "stand up for those in your tribe and destroy your enemy") and part of it is because I don't think we should just be telling redemptive stories. One of the best story tellers of our age, Flannery O'Connor, wrote stories that probably would not be considered "redemptive" but I think as Christians we believe they are important stories to tell.

I've only posted one comment, but it was this:

THANK YOU, Nathan. I've been saying this since the first time CT published a "Most Redeeming Films" list as an alternative to the "Cream of the Crop" list. Aren't excellence and beauty and artfulness redeeming? Is redemption an "ingredient" we can single out? I went along with it because, well, it was mandatory for CT's critics to vote on both lists. But my votes remained very similar for both lists: Works of art, whether they inspire good feelings or trouble, are redemptive insofar as they reflect truth with beauty and excellence. And that's what I mean when I say a film has any greatness.
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"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
Now blogging at Patheos.com. I can also still be found at Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. See also my film journal.

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Hadn't seen that, thanks for posting. I'm now taking bets which movie will elicit the first complaint (early favorite: Django) and how long until the first complaint about Moonrise Kingdom that cites the kiddie fondling scene (over/under is 73 minutes).

Edit: Full disclosure, I voted in these (not that anyone around here wouldn't know that), as well as the NCFCA and OFCS (but don't blame me for Argo winning there, either).

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Who are CT's movie critics these days? Ken, you're one, right? Jeffrey: Were you eligible to vote this year? I can't remember when you officially departed CT.

Crosswalk is continuing to compile its list. Should be ready soon.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Who are CT's movie critics these days? Ken, you're one, right? Jeffrey: Were you eligible to vote this year? I can't remember when you officially departed CT.

Crosswalk is continuing to compile its list. Should be ready soon.

Christian, that's a more complicated question than you might think. CT recently underwent numerous staff changes, including editor in charge of film/entertainment coverage. Technically speaking the previous associate editor would use the nomenclature of a "CT critic" but I was/am technically a freelancer who contributed regularly. I got an okay to use CT in a recent press credential application, so I am more or less confident that I am still a CT critic; although I currently have no pending assignments.

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Thanks, Ken. Let me put it another way: Do you know who, or maybe more importantly, how many people, voted in those awards?

I'm not skeptical, just curious. I figured the article might list those who contributed/voted.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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I haven't been on the CT team since 2009. And I think I quit voting even before that, I'm not sure. The only critics poll I voted in this year was the one at indieWire.


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Thanks, Ken. Let me put it another way: Do you know who, or maybe more importantly, how many people, voted in those awards?

I'm not skeptical, just curious. I figured the article might list those who contributed/voted.

Off the top of my head, I would guess (just guess) about a dozen. Though it is worth noting that unlike some (most?) other critics associations, the editor has veto power over what got nominated and (I believe, possibly) some discretion over how the votes are weighted. (My own votes were required to be submitted in ranked order, and it was my understanding that: a] a critic could only vote for or nominate a film he/she had actually seen, and b] critics who had seen at least ten of the nominees were weighted higher than those who had not. (I think the idea here was that someone couldn't stack the voting by only voting for his/her favorite film and then not ranking anything else.)

Edit: As to the other part, who, (as opposed to how many), that I don't feel at liberty to say. Not because it is a secret. (Mark might very well say if someone asks him in a comment), just that I think it's not necessarily up to me to make that call.

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I haven't been on the CT team since 2009. And I think I quit voting even before that, I'm not sure. The only critics poll I voted in this year was the one at indieWire.

2009??? Man, I'm slippin'.

Off the top of my head, I would guess (just guess) about a dozen. Though it is worth noting that unlike some (most?) other critics associations, the editor has veto power over what got nominated and (I believe, possibly) some discretion over how the votes are weighted. (My own votes were required to be submitted in ranked order, and it was my understanding that: a] a critic could only vote for or nominate a film he/she had actually seen, and b] critics who had seen at least ten of the nominees were weighted higher than those who had not. (I think the idea here was that someone couldn't stack the voting by only voting for his/her favorite film and then not ranking anything else.)

Edit: As to the other part, who, (as opposed to how many), that I don't feel at liberty to say. Not because it is a secret. (Mark might very well say if someone asks him in a comment), just that I think it's not necessarily up to me to make that call.

OK. Interesting.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Cesar nominations.

Best Picture

Farewell, My Queen

Amour

Camille Redouble

In The House

Rust & Bone

Holy Motors

What’s In A Name

Camille Redouble led with 13 nominations. Amour had 10.

I had In the House in my top 15, and it was in my top 10 for most of the year. Really enjoyed that film. (Might be the academic in me. Some will probably find it a little too abstract; it's kind of like a cross between Ruby Sparks and Synecdoche, N.Y., only, you know, funny.

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Sundance Awards. Haven't heard of nearly any of these (Upstream Color won a sound category), but one did catch my eye:

World Cinema Directing Award: Dramatic – Sebastian Silva, “Crystal Fairy”

Silva directed The Maid a few years ago. Crystal Fairy is a comedy starring Michael Cera and Gaby Hoffmann, according to IMDB.


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Crosswalk at last.

Everyone but me loved The Hobbit. I'm OK with that, but I'm surprised they loved it that much.


"What matters are movies, not awards; experiences, not celebrations; the subjective power of individual critical points of view, not the declamatory compromises of consensus." - Richard Brody, "Godard's Surprise Win Is a Victory for Independent Cinema," The New Yorker

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Christa Banister picked The Master as "Best Film About Faith"? Wow. A great day at Crosswalk.

I find it fascinating that the two critics among the Crosswalk team who are celebrating The Master are both women; especially since the most vocal Christian nay-sayer on the film described it as pornographic and a film that objectifies women. (I absolutely disagree with both of those claims, and it's interesting to see these two Crosswalk critics suggesting that they, too, disagree.)

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I think Crosswalk needs to spread their Best of 2012 list out over more pages, because I only had to wear out one mouse click-button to read through it. Good choices, though. Like to see our man Christian going to bat for Team Ghibli.


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