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Posted 08 March 2008 - 08:17 PM

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 11:21 PM

The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada


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A man fulfills a promise to a friend, and forces another man to see the error of his ways. There are layers to this film I've yet to explore, and I expect it to reward me for years to come. It's rich in the way that great literature can be rich, but it's also highly cinematic and narratively daring. Spiritually, the film explores honor, madness and forgiveness.

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EDIT: BTW, I really want to nominate this film, originally released in 1983, but seeing as how I championed the shorter cut released only last year, I can't in good conscience nominate it this year.

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:24 AM

Adam's Apples (Adams Ĉbler)
A modern retelling of the story of Job, in a dark comedic fashion. A quirky preacher and an ex-convict find themselves caught in a series of events that force them both to make a choice between denying God or accepting his ways. Stars respected Danish actors Ulrich Thomsen and Mads Mikkelsen.

#4 Darrel Manson

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 10:25 AM

A question: was there a minimum time since release before films were eligible?

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 11:49 AM

OK, so no 07 films, except those that have an IMDB date of 06. So Norbit (as an example) isn't eligible.

So some to nominate:

Into Great Silence
IMDB: (IMDB link)
A&F discussion: http://artsandfaith....showtopic=13153
Netflix: http://www.netflix.c...10?trkid=222336

Joyeux Noel
IMDB: (IMDB link)
A&F discussion: http://artsandfaith....?showtopic=8436
Netflix: http://www.netflix.c...81?trkid=222336

Edited by Darrel Manson, 09 March 2008 - 11:52 AM.

#6 David Smedberg

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 03:07 PM

175 movies automatically nominated is a lot; would it be possible to get a ranked list? (Or is there already one posted and I just can't find it?)

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Posted 09 March 2008 - 04:47 PM

Since LOTR is considered en bloc, I'd also nominate

The Godfather Trilogy
IMDB: (IMDB link), (IMDB link), (IMDB link)

The films show the fallen nature of humankind, but even more they show the ways that sin, even when we enter sin trying to do good, is corrosive and destructive. The most explicit scene in this regard is from the first film - the baptism scene, while Michael as godfather renounces evil, great evil is being done in his name. Michael, and his father before him, never planned on the descent into which they fell, but fall they did.

Edited by Darrel Manson, 22 March 2008 - 12:38 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:55 AM

The Wicker Man
It is one of those rare treats that manage to question your belief system. Pitting Christianity against early pagan druidic rituals is just one of the intellectual pleasures of this cult film. As the local teacher tells the Sgt, it's easier for a child's mind to understand reincarnation than resurrection. It gets them past all those rotting bodies.
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Wikipedia: The Wicker Man
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Posted 10 March 2008 - 08:04 AM

Diarios de motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries)
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This film is an emotionally powerful and compelling view of Ernesto Che' Guevara and the events that shaped his view of the world. Exploring ideas of compassion, self sacrifice and grace, the film encourages viewers to confront their values and beliefs in regards to the "least of these".

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 09:01 AM

The Da Vinci Code 2006

I am nominating The Da Vinci Code as the most significant spiritual film of the 21st century! Why? Because it takes anyone willing to suspend judgement on a 21st century romp through religious myth in search of authentic spirituality. The Da Vinci Code is what Marshall Mc Luhan would call today as "the juicy piece of meat used to distract the watchdog of the mind" How? Using images, symbols & metaphors (the language of soul) it distracts the mind in order to speak directly to our collective psyche. Daring the unthinkable, it challenges religious beliefs & dogma and opens the way for discovering a higher truth. Two years since its release, and 7+ years of collective fear and manipulation for war ... The Da Vinci Code remains the most significant film for uncovering authentic spirituality.

For an in-depth analysis see "SYMBOLISM v.s. SPIN: The Code's Post 9/11 Message", posted on this site @ Reel Power Coach Blog, or Google "SYMBOLISM v.s. SPIN" article


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Posted 10 March 2008 - 10:53 AM

Children of Men (2006)

The portrayal of a fallen and broken world, as well as questions of hope and the redemption that a birth can bring. While deviating significantly from the source material, virtuoso filmmaking from director Alfonso Cuaron brings this dystopian world to life in a visceral and moving way.

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Edited by Anders, 10 March 2008 - 04:29 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 12:32 PM

Flock of Dodos:The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (2006)

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A calm, objective exploration of the Creationism ("Intelligent Design") movement and its attacks on the theory of evolution by natural selection.
It exposes the somewhat uncomfortable facts that truth can wear an ugly face; that plausibility, likeability and authenticity do not always go hand-in-hand; and that people on both sides of the "circus" do not always conform to stereotypes.
This film makes compulsive viewing for anyone interested in the interface between science and faith. It may not change minds; after all, as Gerd Lüdemann says in Jesus after 2000 Years: No faith can ever be refuted by reality, let alone by arguments. But it blows a breath of fresh air through a murky business.


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#13 David Smedberg

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 01:49 PM

GU, that link isn't really a topic, it's a blog post that got a link in "A Look Outside". It's closed for replies...I suggest you start a new topic. (That movie is a good suggestion...I'll have a reply to make if you create a topic.)

Edited by David Smedberg, 10 March 2008 - 01:53 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 03:26 PM

The New World

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The longing for Eden is at the heart of this film. Treating the settling of Jamestown in 1607 and the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, The New World stands as a poetic witness to the mystery of the human heart in relation to itself, to others, and to nature.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 04:43 PM

So it's not the date that's listed next to the movie's title that counts? And what happens if a movie has not gotten a U.S. release at all? (Not that I'm going to be able to nominate such a movie...but the question seems logical.)

Edit: Oh, and besides, IMDb says that IGS got at least one U.S. festival showing in 2006...

Edited by David Smedberg, 10 March 2008 - 04:45 PM.

#16 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:08 PM

David Smedberg wrote:
: Edit: Oh, and besides, IMDb says that IGS got at least one U.S. festival showing in 2006...

Yes, I saw it at a festival in 2006, too. Apparently it premiered in Toronto in 2005? (Does "U.S." exclude Canada, then? For Hollywood-studio purposes, "U.S." usually INCLUDES Canada ... though this is admittedly less-true where independent films are concerned.)

Alan Thomas wrote:
: Argh. Children of Men likewise isn't eligible; it's U.S. release date is in 2007.

No, its U.S. release date was Christmas 2006, and the fact that it was released on the day of the Nativity itself was mentioned in many of the American reviews; however, it did not go into "wide" release until January 2007. (A film like Into Great Silence, on the other hand, never really had a "wide" release to begin with, right? So we're not really paying attention to whether a film's release is "wide" or "limited", right?)

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 05:27 PM

The Mosquito Coast
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The necessary counterpart to any tale of modern missionary zeal, The Mosquito Coast tracks the manic collapse of a man struggling with some of Peter Weir's favorite themes: the conflict of faith, personal loss, and the little worlds we often create for ourselves as a way to avoid either of these. The film is spiritually significant as it is a cautionary tale against a very specific notion of independence, of seeing the world as a place that can be fixed with hard work and ingenuity. The clash of its main character with a local missionary becomes a brief, but effective, parable for contrasting visions of humanitarian interests in third world contexts. And the end of the film, unforgettable in its reversal of Heart of Darkness references, is a vivid microcosm for much of Weir's work.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 06:24 PM

Alan Thomas wrote:
: FWIW, in cases where there are disputes, the IMDb USA release date will prevail. In the two cases above, CoM and IGS, IMDb's USA release dates render them ineligible. If IMDb is incorrect, you can submit a correction using their system.

So ... given a choice between what you know to be right and what the IMDb gets wrong ... you'll go with what's wrong?

In any case, the IMDb happens to be correct about Children of Men -- it's right there:"USA 25 December 2006 (limited)".

So my previous question stands: Are we disqualifying "limited" releases in favour of "wide" releases? If so, then on what basis do we accept any film that has never had anything BUT a "limited" release?

Incidentally, while Children of Men IS eligible by the current rules, Amazing Grace is NOT (because, like Into Great Silence, it played only festivals in 2006, before going into release in 2007).

Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 10 March 2008 - 06:21 PM.

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:00 PM

Spirited Away
IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0245429/
Arts and Faith: http://artsandfaith....=Hayao Miyazaki
The beauty of childhood is captured perfectly in Hayao Miyazaki's viscerally inticing masterpiece. Chihiro is the epitamy of childhood: naive, self-centred but ultimately, innocent and kind. Miyazaki's film is a testament to the imagination of children and the innocence of youth. This generation's Alice in Wonderland, Spirited Away grabs you with its loveable characters, awe-inspiring hand-drawn visuals and wonderful story. This is a film that ignites the child within every person and is arguably the greatest animated film of the new millenium. Spirited Away is a window into the mind of a child, and the beautiful ideas that lay dormant within.
Netflix: http://www.netflix.c...=1677353978_0_0
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia....i/Spirited_Away
Amazon (DVD): http://www.amazon.co...-...3390&sr=1-1
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Edited by Aren Bergstrom, 10 March 2008 - 07:38 PM.

#20 Darrel Manson

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Posted 10 March 2008 - 07:50 PM

QUOTE (Alan Thomas @ Mar 10 2008, 04:57 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes, I'll go with what's wrong, Peter, just to float your boat. wink.gif

Thanks for correcting me on CoM; it's in. There are two USA release dates, which is frustrating! Limited releases do count; I had only seen the 2007 date. And Amazing Grace is out. (I'll make the database updates later tonight.)

Let me be clear(er): Any film with a USA release date of 2006 or earlier is eligible. Releases can be wide or limited, direct-to-video, or broadcast.
IMDB shows limited US release date of 12.25.06 for Children of Men

Edited by Darrel Manson, 10 March 2008 - 07:51 PM.