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Best performances of all time 3/∞

Philip Seymour Hoffman as Lancaster Dodd in The Master

"I think Paul’s honest about who humans are. I think you gotta have an honesty and a humility about human nature and that it’s not about you at the end of the day. He knows what he’s good at. That’s the thing about Paul. And what he’s good at he’s better at than probably anybody.” - Philip Seymour Hoffman

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2/10
I am furious with myself for spending money to see this film. It is a tank-ful of war movie cliches from beginning to end. It is constantly reminding the audience what we are supposed to be feeling. It spends 50% of the time stuck on someone’s face who is dealing with an intense thought or emotion. In place of any kind of structure it attempts to manipulate us into reckoning with the horrors of war and necessity of brotherhood. It fails in this. It’s characters are played by actors who’ve played the role 5 times already (sans Shia LaBeouf who is actually the only part of the film I liked). It’s cinematography is lazy. It’s soundtrack is dull. It is Saving Private Ryan's limbless, brainless, spineless, tongueless, blind, pet golden retriever and it should be put out of its misery. 

2/10

I am furious with myself for spending money to see this film. It is a tank-ful of war movie cliches from beginning to end. It is constantly reminding the audience what we are supposed to be feeling. It spends 50% of the time stuck on someone’s face who is dealing with an intense thought or emotion. In place of any kind of structure it attempts to manipulate us into reckoning with the horrors of war and necessity of brotherhood. It fails in this. It’s characters are played by actors who’ve played the role 5 times already (sans Shia LaBeouf who is actually the only part of the film I liked). It’s cinematography is lazy. It’s soundtrack is dull. It is Saving Private Ryan's limbless, brainless, spineless, tongueless, blind, pet golden retriever and it should be put out of its misery. 

8.5/10
This film is aggressively unsettling…but beautifully made. Fincher, per usual, is so exacting in how he captures and constructs moments. He is such an impressive filmmaker. I also like the fact that the film is getting so many different responses. It asks a lot of questions and doesn’t give many answers. It forces its audience to solve the puzzle. I’ve been particularly intrigued by Christianity Today’s take on the film as a contemporary critique of what we present on the outside vs. what’s actually on the inside. A pretty basic controlling idea that takes on a more poignant meaning with each socio-technological advancement we face. This film is certainly not for everyone, but it is gripping from the first shot to the last. 
Christianity Today’s review: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/gone-girl.html

8.5/10

This film is aggressively unsettling…but beautifully made. Fincher, per usual, is so exacting in how he captures and constructs moments. He is such an impressive filmmaker. I also like the fact that the film is getting so many different responses. It asks a lot of questions and doesn’t give many answers. It forces its audience to solve the puzzle. I’ve been particularly intrigued by Christianity Today’s take on the film as a contemporary critique of what we present on the outside vs. what’s actually on the inside. A pretty basic controlling idea that takes on a more poignant meaning with each socio-technological advancement we face. This film is certainly not for everyone, but it is gripping from the first shot to the last. 

Christianity Today’s review: http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2014/october-web-only/gone-girl.html

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The new single by King Shelter which premiered in Intersect

Buy on iTunes here.

Watch Intersect (short film) here.

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Poster design for my new short film, Intersect. 
Watch here: vimeo.com/andrewpauldavis/intersect

andrewpauldavis:

Poster design for my new short film, Intersect. 

Watch here: vimeo.com/andrewpauldavis/intersect

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An ex-couple recalls their last date together, struggling to cope with reminders of each other. 

Today’s the day. Proud to present the online premiere of my new short film, Intersect.

“I said, “I didn’t know there were so many Christians in Iraq!” to an Iraqi pastor, who replied, “You didn’t invent the church in North America. You just domesticated it. You tell the church in North America that we are praying for you to remember who you are.”

Shane Claiborne, on talking to an Iraqi pastor he met during his peacemaking trip to Iraq back in 2003 (via ryankozycz)

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“Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.”
- David Lynch

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Every viewer is going to get a different thing. That’s the thing about painting, photography, cinema.

- David Lynch

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Behind the scenes of writing Intersect. 

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View my short film Knee Deep (4 min.) by clicking here.

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Thank God for books and music and things I can think about.

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)

I don’t know what’s worse: to not know what you are and be happy, or to become what you’ve always wanted to be, and feel alone.

Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (via fuckyeahliteraryquotes)

Jesus exposed the ugliness of inhumane religious laws by healing on the Sabbath. He exposed the ugliness of patriarchy by his respectful treatment of women. He exposed the ugliness of cultural taboos by touching lepers and having fellowship with unacceptable “sinners”. He exposed the ugliness of institutionalized Jewish racism by ministering to and praising Gentiles and Samaritans. And he exposed the ugly injustice of the Roman government and the world by entering into solidarity with a rebel race and letting us crucify him on the cross. Jesus’ whole life was the kingdom of God, and his consistent sacrificial love, in solidarity with the oppressed, consistently provided a beautiful contrast to the ugliness of the oppressive kingdom of the world and the oppressive principalities and powers that are over it.

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