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J.A.A. Purves

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  1. I just rewatched this film with my wife, and I have to say that Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron singing a song asking not to be shot into outer space is somehow ... very funny.
  2. Title: Captain’s Courageous Director: Victor Fleming Year: 1937 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqxk0bYt4U8 Link to the A&F thread on the film: N/A Title: You Can’t Take It With You Director: Frank Capra Year: 1938 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WY9RAroTS0 Link to the A&F thread on the film: N/A Title: The Best Years of Our Lives Director: William Wyler Year: 1946 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yc5PugV4mk Link to
  3. Title: Smashed Director: James Ponsoldt Year: 2012 Language: English IMDB Link YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1UdI8iy4wU Link to the A&F thread on the film
  4. C.S. Lewis actually explicitly rejects the atonement "as punishment" in Mere Christianity. Given his reading of MacDonald, this isn't a surprise (one of MacDonald's most explicit treatments of it is in his Unspoken Sermon entitled "Justice"). For what it's worth, there is at least one lovely Antiochian Orthodox church in my town, where my wife and I have visited occasionally during our process of working through where we belong. We still go to their Saturday evening Vespers on occasion, and every time we leave refreshed and readied for Sunday morning. Coming from my evangelical backgro
  5. January - Summa Contra Gentiles, Book One: God (1259) - by St. Thomas Aquinas - The Rule of Saint Benedict (530) - by St. Benedict - The Gods of Winter (1991) - by Dana Gioia - The Heresy of Formlessness: The Roman Liturgy and Its Enemy: Revised Edition (2018) - by Martin Mosebach - American Cicero: The Life of Charles Carroll (2010) - by Bradley J. Birzer - Letters Between a Catholic and an Evangelical (2003) - by John Waiss & James McCarthy - Love the Postmodern Predicament: Rediscovering the Real in Beauty, Goodness, and Truth (2018) - by D.C. Schindle
  6. Thank you, Darren, for starting this thread - one of the most riveting and thought-provoking threads we've had here for what feels like a long time. It is striking how tragedies, griefs, and personal & family related issues have been mentioned by most participants in this thread as both cause for change in A&F participation and change in spiritual life and outlook. I did not know this was something that so many of us shared. It sounds like many of us have had quite a rough time of it. Personally, the tragedies and struggles of life, family, and career have severely limited the time
  7. (A&F links to Rocky Balboa (2006) and Creed (2015).) I've always loved these films because of their continually going back to the themes of family, history, and heritage. I don't think Stallone could have done better than by picking Michael B. Jordan as the hero to pass the torch to in order to keep carrying the story, and it looks like this next film is as much about torch bearing as ever. Todd Gilchrist, Moviefone: “After six “Rocky” films, “Creed” was a remarkable triumph -- what seemed superfluous at best became essential. The first "Creed" movie is not just a g
  8. Thanks for the review, Joel. This looks like a good Veterans' Day film. I'll try to watch it this weekend.
  9. I like this idea very much. FYI, if you want to post a thread for a film for which there is already a thread, I believe there is a way of moving it to the "Featured Film Discussions" section of the board. Email me if you can use any help figuring that out. Perhaps we could discuss a film or two for Advent: something like Whistle Down the Wind, Gosford Park, or The Night of the Hunter.
  10. J.A.A. Purves

    Widows (2018)

    This is not normally the plot of an awards winning film, but it sounds like it has been turned into a story that is much more powerful than most other directors would have made it. I’m looking forward to this. Chris Feil, Film Experience, September 16, 2018: “Widows takes its seemingly straightforward crime narrative and weaves in character details and sociopolitical context to reflect a world where the personal and the political are inextricable, where institutional corruption and old boy loyalties create impossible consequences for the innocent average citizen. The personal
  11. In my experience, a "like" button does discourage conversation. Just being able to click to "affirm" what someone says is an easy alternative to responding with even a single sentence of affirmation. If the A&F board is to have a resurgence of conversation again, there are a number of alternatives to this that I think could encourage more conversation instead.
  12. The Adjustment Bureau Ruby Sparks Dogville Certified Copy Children of Men Hail, Caesar! Éric Rohmer's Six Moral Tales
  13. I'm still here and am checking in every week. If enough participants desire to update the Top 100 list, I'd recommend: 1) First and foremost, re-establishing Arts & Faith's contact with Image: Assuming Image is still going to publish what we produce here, we'll need a contact person there who can familiarize him- or herself with how Arts & Faith's lists, voting, polls, and film & voter ranking calculations all work. 2) Selecting someone with the ability to lead and organize the process: I can personally testify that this would be a significant time commitment. While I c
  14. If you read anything else about Ready Player One, read this essay - From Palmer Rampell at The Los Angeles Review of Books, May 3, 2018: “The New Yorker critic Pauline Kael wondered rhetorically while being interviewed in 1985. ‘One hates to say it comes down to the success of Steven Spielberg, but…’ She left a pregnant pause. For critics like Kael, Spielberg, along with George Lucas and others, shifted the production model in Hollywood away from introspective low-budget pictures helmed by auteurs — like Bonnie and Clyde and Easy Rider (the so-called Hollywood Renaissance) — to blockbus
  15. From Richard Lawson at Vanity Fair: “This is not an intense annals-of-power thriller, though. It’s instead a quiet look at a personal moral quandary that has no easy answers, a conflict Green illustrates with sensitivity. Though all three sections of the film have didactic bits when big ideas are plainly stated, the bulk of Monsters and Men renders huge issues with a fluid understatement. But that disarming pensiveness and interiority doesn’t forget the anger and sadness of the story—instead, it somehow heightens it, affording these characters a grounded texture that casts their struggles in
  16. Bishop Robert Barron, “The Most Unexpectedly Religious Film of the Year,” April 10, 2018: “We flash-forward several months later, and we watch the Abbots (can the name have possibly been accidental?) going about their lives in what could only be characterized as a monastic manner: no conversations above a whisper, elaborate sign language, quiet work at books and in the fields, silent but obviously fervent prayer before the evening meal, etc. (I will confess that this last gesture, so thoroughly absent from movies and television today, startled me.) Given the awful demands of the moment, any
  17. (A&F threads for Badlands (1973), Days of Heaven (1978), The Thin Red Line (1998), The New World (2005), The Tree of Life (2011), To the Wonder (2012), Knight of Cups (2015), Voyage of Time (2016), Song to Song (2017), and Radegund.)
  18. As Kenneth notes below, Spoilers are in the trailer:
  19. (A&F threads for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Prince of Persia (2010), and Great Expectations (2012).)
  20. (A&F thread for Of Gods and Men (2010).) Linda Marric, HeyUGuys.com: “Director Xavier Beauvois (Of Gods and Men, 2010) is back again with a beautifully crafted production which tells the story of the women left behind in rural France after the of the majority of men of fighting-age were conscripted to fight in WWI. The Guardians (Les Gardiennes), takes a contemplative, slow paced look at the great war from the perspective of those whose stories are seldom told. Cannes Grand Prix winner Beauvois, offers a simply told and beautifully conveyed account of the devastating events which wi
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