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  1. My +1 is Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
  2. I posted my top 30 favourites on Facebook at the end of last year, with the usual caveats that it was going by Australian release dates (so A HIDDEN LIFE will have to wait till next year) and likely subject to a lot of changes throughout January, which it so far has been. But as of today, I’m feeling very happy about my top 10, and I think it will likely stay fairly solid. My 10 favourites (in order of preference): 1. AMAZING GRACE 2. THE IRISHMAN 3. LITTLE WOMEN 4. ONE CHILD NATION 5. THE FAREWELL 6. APOLLO 11 7. THE BODY REMEMBERS WHEN THE WORLD BROKE OPEN 8. KNIVES O
  3. My lists (like every other year) are very much in flux, and will likely be edited at least a few times over the next couple of weeks, but overall, I do feel very happy about my top 10....also, my list is going by 'Australian release dates,' so it's highly likely that a number of these might have been seen by many of you last year, or just haven't been released in your country yet. Okay, here we go.... My 10 favourites (in order of preference): 1. ROMA 2. THE RIDER 3. SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE 4. SWEET COUNTRY 5. WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? 6. LEAVE NO TRACE 7. SHOPLI
  4. So I have to give the usual disclaimer that a lot of the movies I list are stuff that many of you would have seen last year, as I’m going by Australian release dates. My 12 favourites (in order of preference): 1. SILENCE 2. DUNKIRK 3. A GHOST STORY 4. THE SALESMAN 5. THE UNKNOWN GIRL 6. MUDBOUND 7. I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO 8. PADDINGTON 2 9. MENASHE 10. GET OUT 11. WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES 12. MY HAPPY FAMILY 15 Runners-up (alphabetical order): 1. AFTER THE STORM 2. ALL SAINTS 3. THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN 4.
  5. Well FWIW, that has already been confirmed: https://mobile.twitter.com/DecentFilms/status/786360573432823808
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    Sing Street

    FWIW SDG, it is for literally all the reasons that you mentioned that I was in a debate with my brother (who began entering the seminary last year) over the films' negative portrayal of Catholicism. I personally found the films' altogether negative portrayal - with the one exception being in (what is significantly) a "fantasy/perfect world" sequence - of Catholicism to be a strong caveat in a film that really had a lot going for it. My brother was able to bracket the anti-Catholic elements in a way that I found I could not. He felt that the "1980's Irish counter-cultural context" was an unders
  7. Like a lot of other people, I found trying to narrow my favourites down to be a very difficult task this year. 2016 struck me as an above average year at the movies in many respects. Two disclaimers: 1. I'm likely to come back and edit these lists in the coming weeks, so they are very much in flux. 2. Y'all here at the Arts and Faith community will likely notice that a lot of the movies I list are stuff that you would have seen last year. That's because (like every other year) my lists are going by Australian release dates. My favourites (in order of preference): 1. PATERSON
  8. I saw it about 4 months ago. I definitely recommend re-visiting it soon. FWIW, I know at least two other Arts and Faith regulars who are likely to list it in their favourites also.
  9. Okay, edited and fixed. But let it be known that Part I was also there once upon a time!!!
  10. In alphabetical order: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968) 4 Months, 3 Weeks & 2 Days (Mungiu, 2007) Babe (Noonan, 1995) Fargo (Coens, 1996) The Godfather Part II (Coppola, 1974) Of Gods and Men (Beauvois, 2010) Raiders of the Lost Ark (Spielberg, 1981) The Son (Dardennes, 2002) Spirited Away (Miyazaki, 2001) Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)
  11. You may not be wrong at all. It seems to me that Some Like it Hot & The Apartment are held in such high regard everywhere I look. Double Indemnity & Sunset Boulevard are also held in high regard, but I see them talked about a lot less than the other two in critic circles these days. Though I'm quite happy to acknowledge that I may very well be looking in the wrong places. Either way, my main reason for saying this is that I seem to personally be more easily drawn to early Wilder films than I am to his later ones!!!
  12. Having watched several Wilder films within the last few months, I'm inclined to say Double Indemnity & Sunset Boulevard > Some Like it Hot & The Apartment by a pretty strong margin!!!
  13. Going by Australian release dates - My favourites (in order of preference): 1. PHOENIX 2. INSIDE OUT 3. SELMA 4. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD 5. THE END OF THE TOUR 6. MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE - ROGUE NATION 7. WHEN MARNIE WAS THERE 8. LEVIATHAN 9. EX MACHINA 10. CINDERELLA 11. LOVE & MERCY Runners-up (alphabetical): 1. AMERICAN SNIPER 2. BRIDGE OF SPIES 3. FOXCATCHER 4. THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 5. THE IMITATION GAME 6. KNIGHT OF CUPS 7. THE MARTIAN 8. SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE 9. STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Honoura
  14. That's an excellent review Evan. Great job!!!
  15. Alphabetical order: 1. Buck 2. Inception 3. Inside Out 4. Of Gods and Men 5. The Overnighters 6. Selma 7. A Separation 8. True Grit 9. Two Days, One Night
  16. It worked for me. I think the reason the
  17. There's still a good many 2014 films I am yet to catch, so as I have said in previous years, the list is very much in flux, and it is likely to be edited at least a few times over the next couple of weeks. Also, I need to give you all the standard disclaimer that I am going off Australian release dates, so there will be a number of titles that a lot of you will associate with 2013..... My favourites (in order of preference): 1. TWO DAYS, ONE NIGHT 2. BOYHOOD 3. IDA 4. 12 YEARS A SLAVE 5. LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON 6. CALVARY 7. DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Runners-up (alphabetical):
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    Nightcrawler

    Other questions I have been noodling: The film is obviously aware that the protagonist is a wretched man, and occasionally we see other characters trying to counter his nihilistic and bizarre worldview, but do these counter-arguments come across effectively? Moreover, does the film do a good enough job in distancing us from his outrageous, amoral behaviour? Is that what a film like this SHOULD be doing? And if not, why not? Gyllenhaal's performance gives the protagonist a charismatic and fascinating quality that (IMO) is unmatched by anyone else in the film, which seems to pose a real probl
  19. Benchwarmer

    Nightcrawler

    So I watched this film 2 nights ago, and have been mulling it over since. I must say that it has made me start to look at news stories quite differently. For example, I watched this news report on the excessive use of Police brutality: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GncaM_lt3-E, and though I was naturally disturbed by the actions of the Police Officers, I also found myself thinking about the actions of the cameraman, as well as the appropriateness of the presentation of the news report itself, something I would have been much less inclined to do before seeing this movie. I'm not sure whether it
  20. Benchwarmer

    Particle Fever

    Peter Woit (a theoretical physicist) shared his thoughts on his blog in October of last year: The good: The bad: He concludes by saying: Read the whole thing here.
  21. Sorry to get nitpicky, but you say in that blog that the Tyrone Powers Zorro movie is the best Zorro movie of all, but your review of the Douglas Fairbanks version seems to suggest otherwise. Am I misreading something, or have you had a change of heart?
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