Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Our Lives and Minds on Film.

Coming soon to a Subversive Reformation near you.
Opening Saturday, March 1.

Subversive Reformation will be posting a series of entries dedicated to the screen play writing, the cinematography, the digital editing, and the acting that is the religious and culturally formative film industry. I will be composing several posts that include the competitive ranking of films in pliable labeling systems including:

Most Intellectually Stimulating Film
Best Picture on Reality
Most Inspiring Monologue
Best Character Development
Most Meaningful Film
High Entertainment Value

Please post your film recommendations for any of the above categories and also suggest other categories.


Travis.Bickle said...

Well, whatever category you come up with - I vote for "Fight Club".

Anonymous said...

Might I suggest Juno, for Best Picture on Reality.

Justin said...
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Justin said...

Best monologue: Forrest Gump Forrest: You died on a Saturday morning, and I had you placed here, under our tree. And I had that house of your father's bulldozed to the ground. Mama always said dying was a part of life. I sure wish it wasn't. Little Forrest, he's doing just fine. 'Bout to start school again soon. I make his breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. I make sure he combs his hair and brushes his teeth everyday. Teaching him how to play ping-pong. He's really good. We fish a lot. And everynight we read a book- and he's so smart Jenny. You'd be so proud of him, I am. He, uh, wrote you a letter, but he says I can't read it, I'm not supposed to, so I'll just leave it here for you. Jenny, I don't know if Mama's right or if its Lieutenant Dan, I don't know if we each have a destiny or if we're all floating around accidental, like on a breeze. But I think maybe its both, maybe both is happening at the same time. I miss you, Jenny. If there's anything you need, I won't be far away.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Frodo: I can't do this, Sam.
Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. (stands, leans against a wall, looking out into the distance) It's like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were. And sometimes you didn't want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going, because they were holding on to something.

Best picture on reality: The Prestige

Most meaningful film: Anchorman

Daniel Coutz said...

Travis,I just watched Fight Club tonight in its entirety for the first time. Most mind blowing movie would be the category I would choose for it.

joe said...

Most Intellectually Stimulating Film - fight club, the game

Best Picture on Reality - American Beauty

Most Inspiring Monologue - either brad pitt in fight club or james earl jones in field of dreams

Best Character Development - kevin spacey in american beauty, tyler derden in fight club or michael douglas in "falling down"

Most Meaningful Film "the game" with michael douglas, american beauty, secondhand lions

High Entertainment Value - fight club,the game

Ron said...

Most intellectually stimulating - Anything by Christopher Nolan (Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige)

Best Critique of American Life While Still Maintaining Hope - Magnolia, Little Children

j clark. said...

good will hunting.
the usual suspects.
american beauty.
american history x.
reign over me.

Travis.Bickle said...

I don't know that I agree with Christopher Nolan's films being in the most intellectually stimulating film category. However, I do think Nolan is an excellent filmmaker - and I think I understand why Ron would put his films in that category.

I would be more likely to say that "Waking Life", "Hurly Burly", and "My Dinner with Andre", would all be a better fit for the particular category of Most Intellectually Stimulating - among others (like most of the Criterion Collection, for example).

Joe said...


Troy Current said...

I second Farmer's thought

Ron said...

I am thinking of intellectually stimulating films as those in which issues/themes of our times are addressed in meaningful ways. I put Christopher Nolan in this category primarily because one way to approach his body of work is to look at it as a series of movies attempting to answer the question, "what is the truth?", as well as to address questions of truth and identity. I think in many ways these are the postmodern question of our time and Nolan is attempting to play with them in interesting ways that allows us to then think and reflect about them.

But I also like Waking Life and Fight Club too...

Daniel Coutz said...

I'm seeing the movie American Beauty a lot and I haven't seen it yet. I may have to track it down.

Travis.Bickle said...

Ron - Well Said!

Daniel Coutz said...

I just looked up all the movies on and nearly all of them are rated R(except for a couple of Travis Bickle's). As a student at the Naz you guys make it very hard to watch any of the movies you guys picked.

Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."