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The Unbelievers

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 12, 2013. 2 Replies

The Ledge (2011)

Started by Micah Johnson. Last reply by Craigart14 Sep 1, 2013. 6 Replies

What do you consider to be the best films ever made?

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Craigart14 Mar 21, 2013. 119 Replies

Prometheus?

Started by Marc Draco. Last reply by Eric A Flynn Feb 10, 2013. 6 Replies

Ten Favorite Atheist Films

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by Eric A Flynn Feb 10, 2013. 39 Replies

Cloud Atlas

Started by Loren Miller Sep 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Documentary: "8: The Mormon Proposition"

Started by James M. Martin. Last reply by James M. Martin Jul 29, 2012. 3 Replies

The Sadist (1963), directed by James Landis

Started by A Former Member May 27, 2012. 0 Replies

Moneyball

Started by Loren Miller Apr 21, 2012. 0 Replies

Real Steel

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Apr 21, 2012. 2 Replies

How an Iranian film unites us all (CNN)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by TNT666 Feb 21, 2012. 3 Replies

Antichrist (2009), directed by Lars von Trier

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by A Former Member Oct 7, 2011. 8 Replies

agora best atheist movie?

Started by vondutch. Last reply by Craigart14 Sep 24, 2011. 13 Replies

The Rape of Europa (2007)

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Thanatopsis (1963), an experimental film by Ed Emshwiller

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Pandorum (2009), directed by Christian Alvart

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Comment by James M. Martin on February 10, 2010 at 6:00pm
Re-reviewing Bunuel's Exterminating Angel (El Angel Extermador) in its new Criterion version convinces me more than ever that this is a great atheist masterpiece, although Bunuel himself, when asked what it meant, shrugged and said, "Nothing." There are delighful moments concerning a worthless bunch of late nite society diners at a wealthy home (Mexico City filling in for London, as Luis was emphasizing the stiff upper lip of the titled class). How on earth the filmmaker talked a Mexican producer into allowing him full throttle not only on his bizarre sexual fantasies and Surrealist urges (big "S" because while many younger film critics today discuss this movie or that as being "surreal," they have no idea what they are talking about): sheep straying from the kitchen to the huge drawing room where about 20 couples in full dining gear are trapped by a mysterious force only to break down, like the boys in Lord of the Flies, into bestial behavior, all their decorum cast aside; a physician who argues with a believer (pointing up science and reason vs. superstition), and a lot of other scenes that delight, amuse, and astonish. This one is ****.

And for the first time, you can actually read the English subtitles; plus, the "extras" have a tour of Bunuel in memories, places he haunted on both sides of the Atlantic, e.g. his beloved Toledo; discussing his strange relationships with Dali and Lorca, who were lovers; etc., all conducted by Juan Luis Bunuel and Jean Claude Carriere, his son and collaborator respectively.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on January 16, 2010 at 9:25pm
@ Jeff, I personally Wells could definitely deliver the goods. He was however much smarter than the Hollywood moguls of the time and was an enemy of Hearst. I think his ego wouldn't allow much bowing down to the powers that be.
While John Fords ego and macho facade would never let him embrace the term artist in reference to his own work, Wells deeply embraced it and would not bend to the non artistic powers. What a waste. He was a visionary film maker, twenty years ahead of his time. His self destruction is well stated by James.( And perhaps a thread to artistic self destruction would be interesting as it is so prevalent)
Comment by James M. Martin on December 4, 2009 at 4:53pm
@Sydni: Orson was a legend by the time I entered film school at UCLA, a semester behind Jim Morrison and his retinue, most of whom of course became the doors, and F. F. Coppola had just entered a feature film as his thesis -- a tough act to follow.) I recall seeing Touch of Evil for the first time in a Saturday morning kid's show, all chopped up as it turns out, but it made me want to make movies.

Welles was a sad case. A genius too big for his britches, just like Kane. This was a man who started dinner with a quart of Muscadet as a chaser for a dozen or two (that's 12-24) oysters on the half shell...and then proceeded to the chateaubriand, soup, the sides, &c., a new fifth of wine with each of six to eight courses. The man was self-destructive by the end of his career. But he was a bon vivant, international superstar, and cult idol after that film noir.

It got to the point that producers in the U.S. would not bank him and he was too big to move and thus could not get the big budget cameos and such that financed his low budget works of extraordinary genius: Chimes at Midnight, The Trial, and Confidential Report (alternately Mister Arkadin) among the better ones.

I will have to forgive him his being a Taurus. ;-)
Comment by James M. Martin on December 4, 2009 at 4:41pm
I found the following member-generated review of The Man From Earth at Netflix and thought I might share (I will be seeing the film -- finally!) this week or next:

5.0 Stars
Every once in a while, it pays to just sit back and enjoy a movie without mindless action and special effects. Man from Earth more then makes up for this with a great story exploring the possibility of a prehistoric man surviving until the present time. It makes you think, question and maybe even believe. I would warn that it touches on some things that may offend devout Christians, so please watch with an open mind and remember this is entertainment so be entertained."
Comment by sacha on November 2, 2009 at 11:43am
Fabulous!
Comment by A Former Member on October 31, 2009 at 5:58pm
HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Comment by sacha on October 26, 2009 at 10:08pm
I love the violin playing skeletons
Comment by A Former Member on October 25, 2009 at 7:56pm
That's a neat commercial Niki. Way too macabre for a US commercial airways, though. I've actually had Underberg.
Comment by A Former Member on October 16, 2009 at 10:02am
Paranormal Actvity Trailer.

After a young, middle class couple moves into what seems like a typical suburban “starter” tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night.

Especially when they sleep. Or try to.
Comment by xremote on September 23, 2009 at 7:31pm
I think its funny that the pic for this group is Clerks, K.Smith believing in god and all. That being said what a great movie!!!! If anyone here is on the viewaskew boards hit me up for a chat sometime.
 

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