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  1. I got an e-mail for a publicist saying the film will be available in September and "more information" was coming in May. Sounds like they are going to do at least some marketing to evangelical press.
  2. Most of you know Nathan's film Wrestling for Jesus. This new one is one of those thoughtful documentaries that has spiritual undertones and embedded messages without needing to be overtly preachy. I liked it: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/05/06/the-passing-on-clarke-2020/
  3. Viva l'Italia! is on MUBI for 30 days. I'm gonna try to watch it.
  4. Cindy and I are watching. Not sure what I think yet. The lead actress was in Outlander, so I'm a fan of hers.
  5. Jerry that makes some sense. If the people questioning you are sincere (it sounds like you think they are) than I might personally also try to reframe the practice -- For example: well, this allows us to include more girls in the ensemble, and research shows that theater helps build self-esteem and confidence, so I think it is important to let as many young women reap these benefits as possible. (Or conversely, to help men become more empathetic and in touch with their feelings.)
  6. I may not be the best person to ask, but the fact that you have only recently been challenged on this suggests to me that it's not something that particularly bothers you or the performers -- so that suggests to me someone external to the community/cast is trying to rope you into an issue. Do you (or your community) adhere to every Old Testament law? or just some? It would seem to me that any sincere answer to someone who asked this as a sincere challenge would have to be contextualized within a broader theology of what one's overall relationship was to the Old Testament ( https://en.wik
  7. While searching for a thread, I was surprised we don't appear to have anything for the book or the film...just some mentions in Hornby's thread and some nominations threads. Anyhow, this works far better than I thought it would, and it is making me rethink some of my assumptions about the novel. I've taught the novel several times, and there has been a definite shift in student attitudes over the years...from Rob is funny albeit sometimes painful to Rob is a monster. I've always sort of assumed that Rob's quirks are endearing (or not) because of male stereotypes and gender politics. So th
  8. I discovered Screen Rant's PITCH MEETING videos during the pandemic, and I love them so very, very, much:
  9. Michael, I don't want to put words in Andrew's mouth, but I'm pretty sure what he is saying is not that you are not eloquent enough for him but that that you may find less people inclined to interact or discuss with you if you take an aggressive or hostile tone (towards the material or towards people with different tastes/opinions). That may be okay...if what you want is just an open forum to express yourself and your views. But if you are looking for other people to engage with, there's fewer people on the board these days that just want to argue. Paul Schrader is a screenwriter and dire
  10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Michael. Here's a clip from Dick Cavett interviewing James Earl Jones about the same thing: I think it is interesting (I'd love to know the Broadcast date) that Cavett's reaction is nearly identical to Ebert's in the clip (now taken down) above. He calls the letter to the NYT "silly." James Earl Jones does better at trying to explain/contextualize the argument while stopping short of making it a mandate. I agree with them both (though Jones seems to understand this at a deeper level) that part of the argument is socio-politi
  11. Bumping this thread to see if anyone is interested in making some 5-15 minute videocasts with me discussing specific Top 100 films. This would be for YouTube channel. I still watch Jeremy's trailer from time to time and it never fails to make me happy.
  12. I remember liking Buster Scruggs more than I thought I would, but I've always sort of respected the Coens more than I've liked any particular film. Some of this is my own affinity for traditional narratives, I'm sure. No Country has that narrative, but there is a stilted forced-ness to the dialog (that I associate with Cormac McCarthy) that always strikes me as too self-consciously literary. I can abide Fargo because it's a dark comedy of sorts and because Marge centers the whole thing, I've tried to convince myself over the years that Ladykillers and Raising Arizona are actually funny, but wi
  13. I have merged Michael's new topic with the previously existing thread on Carman and his disease.
  14. I imagine there has been discussion of this topic on this board before, though I don't really know how to search for it. I've been watching old episodes of Siskel and Ebert on YouTube, and I came across their discussion of Voices: Around the 22 minute mark, Ebert mentions that there were "protests" in San Francisco because the portrayal of deafness was not "technically" accurate and because a hearing actress played the main (deaf) character. What is interesting for a viewer today is how quickly and cavalierly Ebert dismisses such protests. Today we live in a world wh
  15. Been playing a ton of Walkabout Mini Golf (super fun) and just played Vader Immortal Part I...little too much of just an immersive video rather than an app, but getting to do the lightsaber battles in VR is fun.
  16. Michael: You might be interested in this thread:
  17. I'm a little surprised at no Hoyt von Hoytema. I haven't seen Cherry, but The Trial of the Chicago 7 was (not unexpectedly for a Sorkin movie) about words more than images.
  18. Hi Michael, We briefly mentioned All is True here: I reviewed Ophelia, but I don't think we ever had a thread here. It's interesting that both of these are riffs on Shakespeare rather than straight up films of his plays. http://1morefilmblog.com/2019/06/27/ophelia-mccarthy-2018/
  19. Hi Michael, Welcome to Arts & Faith. As you've no doubt discovered, participation waxes and wanes...but one benefit of such forums is that the posts remain for others to find them. Feel free to drop by the "Introductions" thread in the "About You" forum and introduce yourself. Doing so is not required, but it does help people get a sense for who is looking for interactions.
  20. I sometimes cite this passage in "Billy Budd" as an example of the "difficulty" of Melville's prose: I acknowledge that difficulty is a relative thing, and we are more used to certain conventions because of the influence of Melville, but that's not to discount that that there are objective ways in which his writing is difficult and that descriptor is not just a lazy stereotype. Of course, some people like difficult in art -- I do on occasion. Part of what makes something pleasurable is that it makes you work a little. But anyhow, the complex sentences, the repetition
  21. I merged the two Derek Webb threads.
  22. Hi Elizabeth. Thank you for sharing your experience. I edited it in the following way: removed private phone number. Since this is a public forum (anyone can read even if you have to be a member to post), it isn't typical to post private info. I would recommend suggesting someone who wants to contact you to send a private message or e-mail and then you can exchange contact info.
  23. Aren, I do think the nature of Melville's prose is harder than average. We're probably more accustomed to stylistic shifts in tone or the move away from plot, but the diction and sentence-structure can be convoluted (deliberately so, I think) to the point of frustration. If you liked it, I recommend "Billy Budd" as shorter but still having some similar qualities.
  24. One of my chronic complaints about Hollywood's representation of religion is that it is never familiar to me -- the way Christianity is typically portrayed focuses on a style or branch of Evangelicalism (or Catholicism) that rarely feels authentic. So I mean it when I way this film has the most positive and resonant depiction of Christianity that I can recall from a mainstream Hollywood film. The lawyer who declines to prosecute Slahi because he was tortured says things like, "As a Christian...as an American..." he objects to torture. It also shows him paying a personal and profess
  25. I deleted it. There were two identical posts. I caught the first one and flagged the person as spammer, but Andrew responded to the second before I could delete it, so it didn't show up as spam. Andrew, I don't know if you want to leave your reply up as a caution to whomever might wander in about the dangers of the spam message.
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