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No one is perfect, neither living people nor fictional people. We must forgive our friends much, and we must forgive our favorite characters much, as well. We forgive our friends for sins they do not confess, because we want God to forgive the sins we do not confess, and we forgive the sins of our…Read On

Undefended: The Greatest TV Episodes Since The Debut Of Lost.

The first episode of Lost premiered September 22, 2004 and ushered in what more than a few critics have called “the new golden age of television,” which lasts up until today. What are the five greatest individual episodes of television to have aired in this era? Jon Paul Pope “The Wheel,” Mad Men Episode 1.13…Read On

“Midway in our life’s journey, I went astray from the straight path and woke to find myself in a dark wood.”

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“Utopia – The Place That Cannot Be”: How Mad Men Incorporates the Divine Comedy Into the American Dream “They taught us at Barnard about that word, ‘utopia,’” says Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff) in “Babylon,” the sixth episode of Mad Men’s first season. “The Greeks had two meanings for it: ‘eu-topos,’ meaning ‘the good place,’ and ‘u-topos,’…Read On

The Road, Film And Novel

The epic of the wasteland, at worst, beats you over the head with a cricket bat. At best, the epic of the wasteland is the greatest analysis of the absolute depravity humans can sink to and the heights to which they can soar. It is the ultimate nightmare of a world obsessed with its own survival…Read On

Undefended: Animated Films

This week, the five greatest animated movies of all time. Thomas Banks: The Jungle Book Robin Hood 101 Dalmations The Sword in the Stone The Looney Toons spoof on Casablanca Brian Murnion: Toy Story (USA – 1995) Sleeping Beauty (USA – 1959) Spirited Away (Japan – 2001) The Secret of Nimh (USA – 1982) The…Read On

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The Life Of The World: Movies About The End

“He who saves one life saves the world entire” claims the Talmud. How can this be true? Judaism, Islam and Christianity all have long philosophical and theological traditions which uphold the notion that man is a microcosm, a little cosmos, and that God has written the entirety of creation, in miniature, within the person of…Read On

Undefended: Nature On Film

Spring has lately arrived. A young man’s fancy turns to love. What films best capture the natural beauty of the world? This week, five films that do well to show us God’s grandeur. Also, in addition to the title, supply a single line as to your appreciation of each entered film. Remy Wilkins: Days of…Read On

Token Problems Of A Token Marriage: Fireproof In Discussion

A few weeks ago, Kanaan Trotter and I watched Fireproof and then discussed the film. FilmFisher has no vested interest in “Christian films,” per se, but rather film criticism written by Christians. At the same time, the “Christian film” industry is a burgeoning industry, and simply ignoring Christian films because they tend to operate with…Read On

Undefended: Shopping

This week, top five cinematic shopping scenes. Barry Egan buying pudding in Punch Drunk Love was a given. Remy Wilkins: The Dude post-dating a check for .69 in The Big Lebowski Shigeru shopping for Apollo Choco in Nobody Knows Supermarket Banjo Fight Scene in Zombieland Robert Neville renting movies in I Am Legend Uncle Owen buying…Read On

Undefended: The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

Patience is a difficult virtue to convey in film. Films have to be intriguing, progressive, suggestive, so patience and waiting don’t always make for riveting viewing. Nonetheless, in a world which moves as fast as ours, patience is essential to living a happy life. As we find ourselves in the middle of Lent, in a…Read On

9 Fine Documentaries You Can Stream For Free.

Dark Days (2011): You’ll just sit there baffled for most of this one. The story of an underground city in New York, Dark Days director Marc Singer somehow found out about and then got access to one of the smallest, most secluded and protective communities of the homeless in NYC and made a documentary about…Read On

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How to Watch a Movie like a Critic

When I visited the theater to see Unbroken last December, my teenage ticket salesman complimented me on my choice. “It’s a great movie,” he gushed. Two hours later, I felt sorely tempted to go back and ask him why he thought the movie was so wonderful. Certainly, Unbroken tells a remarkable true story. But compared…Read On

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Undefended: Heresies & Blasphemies

This week, five cinematic blasphemies. Your blasphemies, that is. Five opinions about this or that film, this or that actor, this or that director, whatever you like, which are simply unacceptable within the world of film criticism. Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette: Until the last fifteen minutes, Casablanca is a boring film about whining drunkards. The Lion…Read On

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Weigh In: Should We Be Concerned About “Christian Movies”?

Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette: Very interesting question. Before I answer, what do you mean by “concerned”? Do you mean concerned as in worried about their bad impact or concerned as in wanting to make more of better quality? Or something completely different? Joshua Gibbs: I nearly asked, “Are Christian movies any good?” but I thought it…Read On

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Is It Okay To Not Like The Classics?

“All things are wearisome; man is not able to tell it. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, Nor is the ear filled with hearing.” -Ecclesiastes 1:8 You will never read enough. You will never see enough. For some, a tantalizing prospect. For others, a sad frustration. Hang around a classical school long enough and…Read On

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Undefended: Movies On Ice.

This week, most of the country is under snow and ice. This week’s Undefended prompt: Top five scenes on snow and ice. Timothy Lawrence: Charlie Foster Kane’s childhood (Citizen Kane) David’s prayers to the Blue Fairy (A.I. Artificial Intelligence) AT-AT attack on the Rebel base (The Empire Strikes Back) Kanji Watanabe singing on the swing…Read On

Undefended: When Do We Actually Need A Remake?

This week, FilmFisher writers were given the following prompt: “There’s way, way too many remakes going on, and nine times out of ten, films are being remade that ought to be left alone. This week, come up with five films made during the Hays Code era (let us agree on a sharp enforcement of this…Read On

Undefended: Five Novels & Five Directors

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to pair up five novels which hadn’t (exactly) been adapted to the screen with the five directors who had the talent to make them come alive on the screen. This prompt inspired quite a bit of back scenes conversation. Fill the comments box below with your own ideas. Joshua…Read On

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Undefended: Oscar Picks

Nominations for the Academy Awards were recently announced. This week, a handful of FilmFisher regulars wrote in their own picks for some of the top awards given out at the Oscars. Brian Murnion: Best Picture: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Best Original Screenplay: Leviathan Best Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” Best Lead Actor:…Read On

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Undefended: Best Dance Scenes And Dance Sequences

This week, top five dance sequences. As per usual, writers were asked not to repeat previous entries. Remy Wilkins 1. Paul Rudd doing what he do in I Could Never Be Your Woman 2. Clown Dance in All the Real Girls 3. Forest Dance by Andy Samberg in Hot Rod 4. Dancing Outtakes of Sam…Read On