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Scott Derrickson

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About Scott Derrickson

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    Wayfaring Chestertonian Genre Slut

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    Screenwriter, Film Director
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    1. Ikiru 2. Taxi Driver 3. Apocalypse Now 4. Blade Runner 5. Wings of Desire 6. The Godfather 7. Do the Right Thing 8. Seven 9. 2001: A Space Odyssey 10. The Exorcist

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  1. I have not looked at the Doctor Strange thread here, and thought today would be a good day to read it. This is what happens when you call me an Evangelical on the eve of a Presidential election Steven. I hope you've learned your lesson and this doesn't happen again in 2020.
  2. FYI Y'all, I've gotten to know James Gray because our boys are on the same baseball team. I sent him this thread, which he read in its entirety and very much enjoyed. Specifically, he was glad to see someone talk about the spiritual significance of the film with regards to the characters themselves, and he said he was very surprised that the critical community at large chose to completely ignore this subject as if it were taboo.
  3. This thread inspired me to watch this last night. What an astonishing film. I normally care nothing about awards season, but this year I so hope this has a second life because of the MANY awards it should win. I would say more about it, but Jeremy's review says pretty much all that needs to be said.
  4. Scott, I would love to hear more about what you admire in The Warriors. You, too, Jason. I struggled with the film, in part because I didn't expect the 1970s outfits to be so of-their-time. Don't ask me why I thought that, but I wasn't expecting a movie about gang members to remind me of the Village People the entirety of its running time. The leads were flat, I thought; I liked the hissing, one-note villain best, simply because I wanted to see him get punched -- an effective performance! But those are some soft-looking gangbangers in the movie. I'm not sure if I saw the Director's Cut. I
  5. Italian. in real life and in the movie. I saw the video recordings that the real Ralph Sarchie made with the family members that the scene was based on - those people weren't lying, weren't trying to get attention, and were absolutely terrified of their own house. Chilling to watch.
  6. Thanks very much Tucker (and Attica). I found the story deeply frightening, but more so, I found it perplexing, profoundly mysterious, heart-wrenching. So it's always rewarding to hear someone say that's it's more than just a scary movie.
  7. It's essentially the first dark comic/graphic novel movie - the directors cut literally has comic images spliced throughout. There is nothing quite like it. One of my favorite films.
  8. The character of Ralph Sarchie is spot on, as is his family drama, etc... but the main storyline about the soldiers is pure fiction with the scarier scenes inspired/taken from his book. Emily Rose sticks VERY close to written accounts of what happened to Anneliese Michel, with some embellishments, and the trial outcome is accurate - but Laura Linney's character is pure fiction. And there were two priests on trial not one. Overall, I'd say Deliver us from Evil is more fictionalized.
  9. Roger Ebert was an agnostic with zero antagonism toward spiritual/religious content in movies. This current Chicago SunTimes reviewer is the opposite extreme. I don't mind a bad review, but this feels more like a hit piece/snarky outing on my faith than a review. Am I being too sensitive? http://www.suntimes.com/entertainment/movies/28406705-421/deliver-us-from-evil-devil-must-have-made-director-concoct-these-routine-frights.html#.U7sLz7HrzYQ
  10. But surely at some point Sarchie stops denying his spiritual gifts and uses them for good? Of course I noticed you never actually showed that, but I thought it was implied. Not to say there might not be more drama and character development (perhaps in a hypothetical sequel?) before he becomes Sarchie the demon hunter, but I assume that's his trajectory. If he never becomes a demon hunter (or investigator of the demonic, or "demonologist" as the real-life Sarchie calls himself), you'd have essentially jettisoned the central theme of Beware the Night. That would be … odd, it seems to me.
  11. Even I don't know how you got April 2013 - where did you get April? I couldn't have told you that. Regardless, your statement about the end title cards telling us what "the characters have been doing in the years since the story ended" is incorrect. Nothing in the title card says or implies "years". It just says that after the birth of his new daughter, Sarchie retired and continues to work with Mendoza.
  12. SPOLIER: But Sarchie never becomes a demon-hunter at all in the film. He is only chasing a perp and denying his spiritual gifts. When he realizes that his brute force against Santino is useless, he hands him off to Santino. He never makes a profession of faith either - only a renouncing of evil at the end. That was intentional.
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    My single favorite film of the past 25 years.
  14. Locke never wanted or intended to tell his family in the manner that he did - he was forced to do it by the early birth of the baby. The moral significance is two-fold for me: 1) The amount of devastation that a single mistake can make in ones life, and 2) The level to which Locke is willing to pay for that mistake...specifically, that he was choosing from the day of its birth to make the child a supreme priority.
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