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Undefended: Hot Button Issue Movies

This week, five films that deal well with hot button issues. Five films that aren’t preachy, and yet treat on contemporary social and political issues with a light touch. For each film, please put in parentheses that subject you believe the film does well with. Remy Wilkins 1. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (One…Read On

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Undefended: Best Movies For Adolescent Boys

At the beginning of the week, FilmFisher writers were asked to come up with lists of great movies for adolescent boys to watch. The editor suggested: I’m thinking 12 to 14 here. Movies young boys ought to watch to get a grip on the world, to tame bland instincts for violence and leather catsuits. Movies…Read On

Undefended: Greatest Date Movies

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to produce a list five fine date movies, and were asked to not repeat any entries their colleagues had already listed. Here is what they returned, in the same order in which the lists were returned on our message board: Elizabeth Stinnette 1. While you Were Sleeping (1995) 2…Read On

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Undefended: Best Films For Children Age 5 to 8

This week, our writers made lists of the best films for children age 5 to 8. Here is what they turned up with: Elizabeth Stinnette 1. Beauty and the Beast 2. Toy Story II 3. Mary Poppins 4. The Sound of Music 5. Chicken Run   Remy Wilkins 1. Jungle Book (1967) 2. Wall-E 3…Read On

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Undefended: Top Five Cinematic Sidekicks.

This week, FilmFisher writers were asked to make a list of the five greatest cinematic sidekicks of all time. Some of us got cute. Timothy Lawrence 1. Tuco (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly) 2. Rey (The Rover) 3. Eduardo Saverin (The Social Network) 4. Bruno (Bicycle Thieves) 5. Clarence (It’s A Wonderful Life)…Read On

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Undefended: Five Movies, Five Cities

This week, a list of five movies wherein the setting is especially well presented, well used in the plot and theme.  Thomas Banks 1. Blade Runner (futuristic Los Angeles) 2. Heat (Contemporary Los Angeles) 3. The Quiet Man (Rural Ireland) 4. Fargo (” “) 5. The Town (Boston)     Timothy Lawrence 1. Collateral (Los…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Movie Montages

This week, the five greatest movie montages of all time. Timothy Lawrence 1. The baptism montage in “The Godfather” 2. The opening scene of “Apocalypse Now” 3. The married life montage in “Up” 4. The ending of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” 5. Gordon’s ending monologue in “The Dark Knight” Honorable mention: The ending of “American…Read On

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Undefended: Five Greatest Shakespearean Non-Shakespeare Films

At the beginning of the week, editor Joshua Gibbs sent out this prompt to FilmFisher writers: This week, five films which embody the Shakespearean ethos and spirit, but weren’t inspired by or adapted from originally Shakespearean material. After clarification was requested, he posted this: I often hear this or that comedy or drama described as…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Dream Sequences.

This week, writers made lists of the five greatest dream sequences in motion picture history. Here is what they returned: Joshua Gibbs 1. The judgment of Papillon in Papillon 2. Ariadne’s instruction in Inception 3. Briony’s novel in Atonement 4. Rob responds to Ray in a variety of ways in High Fidelity 5. The world’s most difficult…Read On

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Undefended: Five Greatest Movies About School

This week, our writers were asked to make a list of the five greatest movies about school, and here’s what they returned:   Thomas Banks 1.Finding Forester 2.Dead Poets’ Society 3.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie 4.The Browning Version 5.The Breakfast Club   Joshua Gibbs 1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Parts I and…Read On

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Undefended: Top Five Cinematic Investigations Of Marriage

What are the five greatest cinematic investigations of marriage? This week, our writers took to this prompt. We’re pleased to have historian and pastor Dr. George Grant as a guest contributor. Dr. George Grant is the Pastor of Parish Presbyterian Church, Founder of New College Franklin, President of the King’s Meadow Study Center and Founder of…Read On

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Inside A Scene: The Prologue To Birth

Over the next several weeks, I will be analyzing a host of scenes from Jonathan Glazer’s criminally under-appreciated Birth. When the film was released a decade ago now, I was living on the south side of Chicago, saw the preview at home, and spent twelve dollars on public transit to make it to the north…Read On

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Undefended: Five Greatest Tragicomic Roles Of All Time.

Today, FilmFisher writers contributed lists of the five greatest tragicomic roles of all time. We’re honored to have poet Aaron Belz contribute a list for Undefended. Belz’s work has been published in Cardus, Wired, Books & Culture, First Things, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Exquisite Corpse, Mudfish, Gulf Coast, RealPoetik, The Washington Post, elimae, Fence, Fine…Read On

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Undefended: Top Five Films About Angels And Demons

This week, the top five films about angels and demons. Writers were told, “Don’t be too loose, but neither too stringent” in definitions, and here’s what they came back with: Rikki Elizabeth Stinnette 1. It’s a Wonderful Life 2. The Dark Knight Trilogy 3. A Christmas Carol (1999 Patrick Stewart version) 4. The Passion of…Read On

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Undefended: The Top Five Movies And Scenes About Food

This week, the top five films or scenes about food. Caveats: food, not drink, and no documentaries this round. I’m pleased to say David and Daniel Foucachon, formerly of West of Paris and now of Romans Road Media, contributed a list of their favorites, as well. Bon appetit. David and Daniel Foucachon 1.  L’aile ou…Read On

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Undefended: Five Greatest Dramas Of The 1980s

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week… the five greatest dramas of the 1980s. Brian Murnion 1. The Last Emperor 2. Chariots of Fire 3. Crimes and Misdemeanors 4. (TIE) Broadcast News | Fanny…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Pastors And Priests From Motion Pictures

This week, a host of priests and pastors responded to the prompt alongside our regular writers. Brian Phillips, Holy Trinity Reformed Church in Concord, North Carolina 1. Eulis “Sonny” Dewey (Robert Duvall) – The Apostle 2. Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) – The Mission 3. Father Brown (Mark Williams) – BBC’s Father Brown 4. Father Desmond…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Patriotic Films Of All Time

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week… the five greatest patriotic films of all time, although they need not be American. Sean Johnson: 1. Henry V (Olivier) 2. Rocky IV 3. Field of…Read On

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Undefended: Top Five Coming Of Age Films

Undefended is posted every Friday. All FilmFisher writers are given a prompt and respond with a list of five items, none of which are explained or rationalized. This week… the top five coming-of-age films.   Kanaan Trotter 1. Life of Pi 2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off 3. The Goonies 4. Good Will Hunting 5. A…Read On