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  1. Interesting to note that this movie is now more highly rated on IMDb than Inglorious Basterds, is the highest ranked film released in 2016, and is overall ranked #90 of all time. I saw it last night, finally. I was inspired and moved. It made me think, "What small beans are my problems!" when compared to what these men had to face going over that ridge. Of all the Gibson movies I've seen (bracketing The Man without a Face, which doesn't contain any violence that I can recall), I found I could tolerate the violence the best. The car crash scene at the beginning, with its frank, unpre
  2. I thought I'd resurrect this thread one more time, since the duo I mentioned here has since managed to springboard themselves all the way to the #1 spot in the Billboard rankings: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/chart-beat/6576138/twenty-one-pilots-first-no-1-album-billboard-200 Their latest album, Blurryface, is not my favorite of their albums but contains the same elements that made them so addictive to me--the subtle complexities, the willingness to challenge me as a listener to listen more closely, and the hard-won hopefulness. Anyone else catching on to Twenty One Pi
  3. Didn't have any problems with ours that were discernable to me, but keep in mind I hadn't seen it before so I didn't have a baseline to compare it with.
  4. Thanks, Tyler. I'm glad to see that the critic Christian quoted had a similar experience to mine.
  5. Christian posted in the "What You are Watching this Weekend" thread about his plans to see this film this weekend. I saw it too with him and Victor. I didn't see a topic, "Ahem" me If needed. Sorceror has a reputation on this forum (I think for a while a still from the film was Ba'al T'Shuvah's avatar?), and it lived up to the reputation-I was on the edge of my seat. However, afterwards I wasn't sure I liked its aftertaste. It was calculated for effect, but the effects were often disparate and unearned. Consider the explosion that drives the rest of film (the act of terrorism in Colum
  6. It's interesting (and I am working on figuring out what that "interesting" means-- I'm vacillating between "dismayed" and "intrigued") how musicals and animation are apparently comedies by default. Seriously, I absolutely LOVE Ratatouille and Fiddler on the Roof, but neither is a comedy, despite comedic scenes. I am dismayed by the lack of British films beyond Life of Brian. (Right? Am I missing some?)
  7. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is on sale at Steam for 18 more hours. I've heard rumors that it's one sale for PlayStation 3 and XBox 360 as well-I'm not sure how to check that. I just finished playing, and it is a great game. Not perfect, but great. Emotionally resonant in ways that only the player can understand--my wife was watching me play and I was explaining to her what I was doing--in the sense of what buttons I was pushing on the controller--so that she would understand the meaning of what was taking place on screen. Highly, highly recommended. Game reviewer "TotalBiscuit" has it
  8. Overdrive, the service that allows libraries to offer free eBook and audiobook rentals, is rolling out a trial of free movie streaming in certain areas: http://www.mobiletechreview.com/ubbthreads/showflat.php?Board=news&Number=45642
  9. I'm watching movies I haven't seen before to see if they are worth nominating, so last night Mrs. Schmed and I sat down to watch Clockwise, starring John Cleese. I've since nominated it, because [A] it is a clear fit with the list (it is framed by the singing of the hymn "He Who Would Valiant Be"), and yet it contains no heavy-handed moral. It is concerned with the comic comeuppance of this particular man, and the fact that he is a straight-laced Christian man makes it all the more delicious. upon (only) 12 hours reflection, it seems to me to be brilliantly acted, and generally well-m
  10. Title: Clockwise Director: Christopher Morahan Running Time: 96 min. Language: English IMDB Link Clip from the film: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rl36yb8EBz4 Link to the A&F thread: There isn't one yet
  11. I recently (finally) finished Papa Y Yo, and it was the one game I've played in years that re-kindled the spirit of awe that Myst and Riven had. The sense of mystery that the boy faces as he rearranges Rio in his imagination is spectacular.
  12. Can't melodies be more or less melodic? Literature more or less literary? Paintings more or less painterly? Poems more or less poetic? Prose more or less prosaic? Etc. No. A melody cannot be comparatively more melodic than another, although a piece of music can (since melody is one ingredient in music). More directly to the point, I think we probably say a movie is "cinematic" when we really mean it is visually spectacular. I'd vastly prefer to vote on a "Top 25 Most Visually Spectacular" list thant "Top 25 Most Cinematic" list. Default acknowledgement, I am not Tyler and yet here
  13. Exactly right. I'm currently thinking I'd vote for best films about spiritual or existential malaise... and I'd hope we can find some films that (per Nick's nomination) inspire positive action to resolve said malaise
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    I loved the scene where Parker talks the guy out of the panic attack. I am of 2 minds about the fight which lasted most in my memory, the brutal fight in the hotel room involving the balcony. That was GRUESOME, but it was also pretty memorable. I didn't care for Jennifer Lopez's character or the scenes with her (except the scene which also included his SO--girlfriend? wife? I forget). Oh, and for Pete's sake, do they ever show him change the license plate off of any of his stolen cars? It felt stupid that he never got apprehended for all those thefts.
  15. Not my intent to come after you. Your terms slavish and pathetic were blood-raising terms. Rod Dreher is a friend of a friend... rather than get deeper into his personal muck, let me speak from my own. Ironically, knowing what is right and wrong can be the wrong way to consider the struggle. Knowing what my religious duty is can be the crux of my obedience... since I am a very religious person--in a sense that is abstracted from the truth or falsity of the religious claims. I've reflected to myself that if there were no true religion, I'd probably be sorely tempted to invent one, since I c
  16. No problem yet... *keeps reading* Because when I think about people who are struggling to "walk the walk", I definitely don't have a problem with them admitting they need support from other people, who can be father figures here on earth... (Pope, like papa.) Sure, the sin itself is pathetic (being there myself, I feel these words deeply), but I don't think that's what you meant. /not commenting on Dreher. Not commenting on Dreher. Backing out slowly...
  17. I am a big-time sweater as well, and as Greg says perhaps the best thing is to wear dark clothes. I also wear the Underarmour underwear that doesn't hang on to moisture. Otherwise, you'd be surprised what a few minutes in the men's room (luckily I've got a unisex one which has a lock on the outer door) can do for hair and face.
  18. This is an interesting concept, but poorly executed in more ways than just those you've named. "I find it hard to be friends with people who seem to constantly do the wrong things..." is considered a self-righteous statement, and yet "I don’t talk about my sins or struggles" is a self-righteous action. Seem to me "I find it hard" is an admission of struggle, so admitting you struggle is at once Christ-like and self-righteous?
  19. FWIW, I think The spoiler warning is appreciated until the movie has been out on DVD for a few weeks, since seeing movies in the theater is becoming prohibitively expensive, especially in my area. That said, I think it might suck the fun out of threads to demand spoiler warnings for such a long time... It's probably better for us slowpokes to stay out of threads full of spoilers. So.... two minds. One man. (Nothing unusual here.)
  20. Le Fils I would think that Pacha would be a clear choice, rather than a maybe. He's pretty much a dad to Kusco. Similarly, Dean in The Iron Giant.
  21. Or you could watch the "Recobbled" version and miss out on the ridiculous, jarring musical numbers. http://www.vmresource.com/thief/workprint.html
  22. Nick, I'm on record that I didn't like the film, but I don't think it can be called stupid. And if you try and type out a reply that says you disagree, I'll bite off your fingers.
  23. I am in the same boat w/r/t GOG... and Steam sale games as well. I keep bookmarking games I want to buy but shouldn't because I haven't even finished "Beneath a Steel Sky" and "The Cave" yet.
  24. I am torn because I do not have much free time right now to spend playing video games, but I really want to experience this one. It looks really fascinating, and I love when games tackle themes that are difficult to discuss (like racism and the dark side of American history). Then again, PC Gamer's review indicates that the plot is an unholy mess: http://www.pcgamer.c...nfinite-review/ Of note to Arts and Faith readers in particular: There is an interesting interview at Gamespot with Ken Levine, the game's creative director, where he discusses the religious aspects of the game. Levi
  25. By far my favorite RSS reader is the "NewsRob" app, which is an Android exclusive. Mariano, the app's creator, has assured us it will continue to work, although it's not guaranteed it will sync using an alternative API like the one Feedly has planned.
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