Film



Fixed In Post Podcast: Favorites from 2019

By John Barber

Every year, on the Fixed In Post podcast, Pete Peterson and I do a special episode about our favorite films of the year, and every year I include some movies that make Pete say, “I’ve never even heard of that one!” One of the great joys for me is to look past the big box office movies and to find the ones that are a little harder to notice—films that require some digging to spot.

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Stuff We Liked in 2019

By The Rabbit Room

One of our favorite year’s-end traditions is to look back to all the great books, music, films, and television shows that we were fortunate enough to encounter throughout the last twelve months. And as far as well-crafted art and entertainment goes, 2019 was not bad at all. So, without further ado, here is an avalanche of recommendations (plus commentary!) from many of our contributors, recounting all their favorite stuff from 2019. Enjoy, and we hope it leads you to discover a new favorite gem of your own.

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The Habit Podcast, Episode 28: Chris Wall

By The Rabbit Room

The Habit Podcast is a series of conversations with writers about writing, hosted by Jonathan Rogers. In today’s episode, Jonathan Rogers talks with Chris Wall, producer of the Slugs & Bugs TV Show.

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The Silence & Presence of God: Moviegoing with Ingmar Bergman

By Hetty White

Last year at Hutchmoot, I was perusing Eric Peters’s delightful used bookshop when I stumbled on a work called The Silence of God: Creative Response to the Films of Ingmar Bergman. I had heard of Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman, but I couldn’t think of a single film of his that I had actually seen.

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The Slugs & Bugs Show: A Review

By David Mitchel

One of the great words of the New Testament, to which Jesus himself gave the greatest importance when he used it in instituting the Eucharist, is anamnesis, remembrance. Christ’s institution placed at the center of our lives a gift and a discipline. The discipline is recalling a Person from the back of our minds into the focus our mind’s eye. The gift is that the Person we recall is Christ himself.

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Fixed in Post: Once Upon A Time in Hollywood

By The Rabbit Room

Love him or hate him, Quentin Tarantino has always been a provocative director. In his newest film he takes a look back at the Hollywood of the late ’60s with its hippies and westerns and Bruce Lee and even a little bit of The Great Escape. There’s a lot to discuss, and only one thing is certain: Tarantino provokes Pete Peterson and John Barber to profoundly different reactions.

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Imitation, Theft, and Collaboration

By Chris Thiessen

While I was reflecting recently on Quentin Tarantino’s latest film Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, I was reminded of something T. S. Eliot wrote (unlikely pair, I know): “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal,” Eliot stated in his essay on Philip Massinger. “Bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”

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The Last Unicorn and a Better Remembrance

By Elizabeth Harwell

“The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.” This is how Peter S. Beagle swings open the door to the world of his classic, The Last Unicorn. But before I was able to make words out of letters, and stories out of ink on a page, my unicorn lived in the 1982 animated classic under the same name.

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Fixed in Post: Keen on Tolkien?

By The Rabbit Room

There’s been some negative press about the new Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, and a lot of folks have shied away from the film due to rumors of how it might have been mishandled. The legacy of old Tollers is something near and dear to our hearts around here, so we were anxious to see it for ourselves and make up our own minds.

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Reflections on the New Tolkien Film

By The Rabbit Room

The Rabbit Room staff was lucky to attend a pre-screening of Tolkien before it officially hit theaters. Feeling protective of our beloved author, we all shared a good helping of skepticism going in—but, delightfully, our skepticism was assuaged, laughter was had, and as the credits rolled, we heaved a collective sigh of deep relief. At the very least, it was a heartwarming film, clearly sincere in its quest to faithfully represent the maker of Middle-earth. What follows are the thoughts of Chris Thiessen, Andrew Peterson, and Shigé Clark (in that order) after seeing the film.

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The Snap of Thanos and the God Who Flooded Humanity

By Rebecca Reynolds

If you haven’t seen Endgame, stop reading now. I’ll try not to post any spoilers until I get a few paragraphs deep, but I am eventually going to drop a few. Consider yourselves forewarned.

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The Other Endgame

By Adam Whipple

First things first: spoiler alert. This is going to get messy, because I got messy.

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