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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

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Undefended: Top Five Cinematic Acts Of Violence.

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… Movies today are too violent. Violence is glorified and glamorized, excused and pursued. And yet, not every cinematic act of violence aims to titillate the audience…Read On

Undefended: The Top Five Period Pieces 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 top five period pieces of all time. Thomas Banks 1.The Painted Veil 2.Ben Hur 3.The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 4.Robin Hood (Errol Flynn…Read On

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Undefended: Top Five Opening Scenes

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… …In nearly every short fiction workshop I’ve ever taken, at some point the prof comments on the need to have “a gripping opening sentence.” Today, with…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Most Humane Villains

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 most humane villains? Summer blockbusters tend to flatten villains out until they are nothing but demons, although realistic dramas are often apt to…Read On

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Undefended: The Top 5 Summer Blockbusters Of The Last 20 Years.

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 5 greatest summer blockbusters of the last 20 years. As a slight editorial note, from here on out, the Undefended list is going to…Read On

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Objectionable Content: On Foul Language

There was a man I knew, an elder at his church, who, whenever he was called upon to announce a pregnancy, preferred the euphemism “with child” because in his youth the word “pregnant” in reference to a woman was deemed inappropriate for public use. I thought it was funny that he couldn’t bring himself to…Read On

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Undefended: Five Movies That Make You Want To Be A Better Person

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, we’re honored to have guest contributor Doug Jones, the author of numerous books, most recently Dismissing Jesus: How We Evade the Way of the Cross.  On the…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Movie Trailers 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 movie trailers of all time. Joseph Gross: 1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKtWhBtvHQU 2. Moon https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twuScTcDP_Q 3. A Scanner Darkly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVnvilLFk2Y 4. Man…Read On

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Motif: Sofia Coppola’s Car Rides

  Depending on how narrowly you define “drama,” I’m not sure Sofia Coppola has ever made one, though all her films get classed as such. When I think of a drama, I think of Ordinary People or Rain Man, something with a little high-vaulted emotion, a confession, dynamic characters and perceptible change. Someone gets judged…Read On

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Undefended: The Five Greatest Hitchcock Movies Hitchcock Never Made

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 Hitchcock movies Hitchcock never made. A single caveat: no Clouzot movies allowed.   Justin Spencer: 1. Talented Mr. Ripley 2. The Usual Suspects…Read On

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Objectionable Content: The Preface

Over the next month or so, we’ll publish a series of articles on cinematic “objectionable content”: one article on vulgar and obscene language in film, another on sex and nudity in film, and a final article on violence in film. I am not content that the Christian conversation about objectionable content has been particularly sophisticated; while…Read On

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Undefended: The Top 5 Films Practically No One Has Seen

Undefended is posted every Friday. All Film Fisher 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 films which practically no one has seen. What are those films which have slipped through the cracks? Those films you always want someone’s…Read On

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Undefended: Pop Music’s Top 5 Greatest Gifts To Cinema

Undefended is posted every Friday, but we’ll be closed tomorrow for Good 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… …scenes from films which use previously released music to the greatest effect. James Banks 1. “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive”…Read On

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Inside a Scene: The Social Network

The Social Network is as taut a drama as any murder mystery. Its dark campus shots and broody soundtrack with nary a short-short co-ed or frisbee in sight announce a break from the college movies the old era. It’s a fictionalized account of the rise of Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, from neophyte tech…Read On

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Undefended: The Top Five Screenwriters Working Today

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 screenwriters working today? James Banks 1. David Webb Peoples 2. William Goldman 3. Vince Gilligan 4. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 5. Michael Mann  …Read On

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The Metaphysics Of Moving Pictures And Still Images.

While no longer in fashion, during the 1960s and 1970s, many films concluded with a still frame as opposed to a moving image which faded to black. The expression “moving picture” (from which we get the term “movie ) is something of a misnomer, though, because the “moving” nature of “movies” might be understood as…Read On

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Inside A Scene: The Remains of the Day

As a first viewing of The Remains of the Day unfolds, the story seems merely to involve two stuffy old Brits who can’t admit their love for one another until it is too late, although the film lingers in the imagination too long to dismiss it so simply. The film begs for a second viewing…Read On

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Inside A Scene: The Dallas Buyer’s Club Rodeo

“I am rodeo!” -Ron Woodroof Every movie tells its story using symbols. At the very least, a movie will invoke cultural symbols and tropes, but a more attentive filmmaker will build new symbols specifically tailored to the story through repetition. These symbols embody the underlying themes of a movie and will shape the attentive viewer…Read On