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Top Films Seen In 2016

Posted: December 28, 2016 in Movies

Following the cliched tradition, here’s my round-up of the sixteen best films I’ve seen for the first time this year, both new and old. There are many I’ve yet to catch up with, but these are my personal highlights: (more…)

The Strange Good News

Posted: November 10, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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[SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!]

It’s three days since I saw Doctor Strange with Amy and many scenes and quotes and threads are still swirling around my head like some psychedelic mind melt. We loved it – both in terms of artistic endeavour and also how it spoke to us.

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Movie Metaview: The Witch

Posted: March 17, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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(NO SPOILERS,  I PROMISE)

Living upon the precipice of what constitutes both a natural and supernatural darkness, banished from society for unnamed transgression(s), a surname-less/everyman Puritan family fight hunger and winter in the face of something far more malevolent. Is it truly in the woods, or actually within their midst? (more…)

Movie Metaview: Wild

Posted: February 29, 2016 in Faith, Movies

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The solo journey as a story device is one that delivers rites of passage, transcendent experiences and impressive man-against-nature victories. This opportunity to immerse us the audience in an otherworldly environment – be it ocean (All Is Lost), desert (Tracks) or 370 miles of road on a lawn mower (The Straight Story) – can lift us from mere travelogue to pointed metaphor with the smoothest of segues. When real people with real foibles are thrust into alien landscapes, they are presented with their real selves… and we too. (more…)

Stevie’s Top Films Of 2015

Posted: December 30, 2015 in Movies, Uncategorized

Man, what a year for cinema: drama, comedy, tragedy, thrills, spills, fantasy and a teeny touch of romance. Here’s my top ten films of the past twelve months: (more…)

I watched Everest last night with some mates, while staying in Ipswich for one of our (Relational Mission’s) regular Prayer & Equipping events. A stunningly shot and impressively staged film, Everest relates the tragic tale of a joint expedition to scale the planet’s highest point in 1996. Not knowing going in how many of the party survived to tell the tale, I was gripped by the tragedy and the elation. It is a great example of both human bravery and fragility, a hair’s breadth between the two. And it was in that that I was struck by a line which spoke to me as we were praying some big prayers together this morning. (more…)

Of Mad Max and Molars

Posted: June 21, 2015 in Movies

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I’ve seen Mad Max: Fury Road three times so far and, despite loving it instantly, it’s somehow improved on each showing. Much has already been made of the stunts, the depth of the world Miller has built, the editing, the photography, the feminism, the redemptive themes and how Furiosa’s unspoken-of disability has enthralled and inspired people both young and old. Not to mention how the First History Man’s question as the credits roll alludes to our ultimate need for redemption and rescue. So, despite being many of the reasons why I love it so, I won’t be writing on any of those aspects; others have written far more eloquently and personally than I could on these things. Instead, I want to talk about teeth. (more…)

Star Wars: Machete Order

Posted: June 17, 2013 in Movies

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I’d promised a few a while back I’d make mention of how I found the new Machete Order for watching Star Wars…

It strayed across my radar courtesy of @VoxPopple, and having experienced the new sequence myself now it will remain my standard for viewing. Here’s the full rundown of the IV > V > II > III > VI order (I DOES NOT EXIST! EVER.), plus its Whys and Wherefores: Machete Order.

And my observations? Other than the starkly absent C3PO/Anakin history, it demotes Jar Jar to Level 1 Annoyance (previously 4), and raises the bar on Anakin and Luke’s relationship massively. Pressing pause after Empire to flashback and enjoy how we all got here feeds Jedi well. The only real downside is that Clones and Sith really do not wear well, and so their juxtapositioning can jar (jar).

Other than that: it’s rescued the prequels from being unwatchable (now they’re merely “watchable”), and elevates the originals in a way I didn’t think was possible. Nice one.

Movie Metaview: Looper

Posted: May 22, 2013 in Movies

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Joe’s a Looper – a killer and disposer of people sent back from thirty years hence. No bodies in 2074, corpses in 2044 that don’t exist. Clean kills. When someone starts “closing the loops” – sending back veteran Loopers to be killed by their younger selves – Young Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Old Joe (Bruce Willis) both go on the run with opposing agendas.
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Movie Metaview: The Tree Of Life

Posted: February 25, 2013 in Faith, Movies
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“Unless you love, your life will flash by.”

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Terence Malick’s elegant work of art (this is so much more than a “film”) leads us through young Jack O’Brien’s grasping of life and all it entails. LOSS (the death of a brother, missed opportunities afforded by his father’s failings), LOVE (his father still loves him hugely, his mother is the Grace to his father’s Law), and LEGACY (how this has shaped Jack as an older man).

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