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Brehm Film brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories and the Christian faith.

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Brehm Film

Brehm Film brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories and the Christian faith.

Brehm Film

Brehm Film brings together filmmakers and film-viewers, Christian leaders and laity, scholars and students for dialogue between our culture's primary stories and the Christian faith.

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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick isn’t a movie. It’s music. It’s the kind of story sung by ancient Greek poets who beseech the Muses for inspiration.

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Conversations With Filmmakers
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Hosea | A Conversation with Avril Speaks, Ryan Dobson, and Suzanne Watson

Elijah Davidson sat down with Fuller grad and filmmaker Avril Speaks, Ryan Dobson, and Suzanne Watson  for a conversation about their film, Hosea

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Latest Review
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Top Gun: Maverick

Top Gun: Maverick isn’t a movie. It’s music. It’s the kind of story sung by ancient Greek poets who beseech the Muses for inspiration.

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Recent Reviews

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Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers

The original cartoon, Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers, was itself a reboot/reimagining of a couple of classic Disney characters. Why not do it again?

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is another variation on the multiverse concept echoing through our blockbusters of late.

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The Northman

We see what we have the eyes of faith to see. The Northman lets us see with viking eyes for a couple of hours. I see, and I shudder.

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Everything Everywhere All at Once

Everything Everywhere All at Once asks a question that is easy for us to answer: What is the meaning of life?

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The Worst Person in the World

This is Oslo; This is Gotham

The Worst Person in the World and The Batman cry for new narratives, for new ways of reaching maturity that don’t depend on childrearing and violence.

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Kimi

Kimi is a taught, ninety-minute thriller. It is machine-like in its precision, and any humanity you feel is just you seeing your reflection as you stare into its chrome-plated surface.

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Flee

Everyone who lives in the relative peace and security of the West should watch Flee. It reveals the unimaginable hardships refugees face in seeking a place to live where their lives are not in danger.

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Wine and War

Wine and War offers a glimpse into a kind of counter-narrative to cycles of violence, one in which beauty is borne out of pain, and transcendence is born out of depravity.

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Licorice Pizza

Licorice Pizza is like a trip to a record store. It’s a great hangout movie, awash in music and shining with all the adolescent feelings pop music so perfectly captures.

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Spider-Man: No Way Home

In Spider-Man: No Way Home, Peter Parker is given the gift of layered experience due to a rift in the space-time continuum. It’s fun for fans who have watched all the Spider-Man movies made since 2001. It is enlightening for Peter.

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Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is merciless. It’s a lot like the “geek show” we see near the beginning of the film in which a man bites the head off a live chicken.

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West Side Story

The primary point of view in West Side Story is that of a wrecking ball, like the inverse of below-the-water shots that begin Jaws. Death is coming, this time from above.

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House of Gucci

Most acting is so good we don’t notice it. We accept the characters as real and forget they are being performed by actors making choices. House of Gucci doesn’t let us do that.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time

The film is a celebration of Vonnegut on multiple levels: as a novelist, writer, and public intellectual, but also as a friend, a father, humorist, aficionado of life, and finally a loved one.

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tick, tick… BOOM!

There is something inherently, necessarily myopic about the creative process where an artist has to focus on their unique work to such a degree that it’s easy to lose sight of the web of loving relationships that surround and support them.

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Dune: Part One

Dune: Part One is an inherently ecological tale. It’s about the preeminence of the natural world in the workings of our governments, economies, and religions.

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The Last Duel

The Last Duel isn’t a subtle film. Ridley Scott’s latest is a medieval #MeToo movie with a dash of Rashomon.

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The French Dispatch

In the beginning was the word in The French Dispatch, Wes Anderson’s long release-delayed ode to the literary magazine ideal.

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The Rescue

The Rescue allows us to catch a glimpse of what true heroism looks like.

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No Time To Die

No Time to Die is an admirable farewell for Daniel Craig’s take on Bond. The movie is maybe a little long, but it’s long in the way that a dinner with friends stretches into the evening when you don’t really want it to end.

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Playing With Sharks

What if the entire population of a given place was made up of artists? Marfa, Texas is a place where you can find out.

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Land

Land is an unhurried look at grief, isolation, and how a full (and therefore healing) experience of lament often requires the bonds of community.

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My Name Is Pauli Murray

The documentary My Name Is Pauli Murray introduces us to the activist and spiritual leader the world forgot.

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Summer of Soul

Through footage that has never been seen before—and that sat in a basement for 50 years—this documentary gives visibility to the healing and radicalizing gift the festival brought to the neighborhoods of Harlem.

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

It’s honestly kind of surprising this documentary hasn’t been made before

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CODA

CODA is a film you can gather a family or small group around. It could provide a conversation starter and beginning guide to understanding disability and opening the doors of the church to everyone.

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Bad Hair

The real demon in Bad Hair the normative standard of white beauty. When you scream, whether you realize it or not, you’re screaming at the horrors of white supremacy.The real demon in Bad Hair is the normative standard of white beauty. When you scream, whether you realize it or not,… Read more »

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Palm Springs

If you’ve got to be trapped in the same day for all eternity, you at least want to be able to lounge in an infinity pool, right?

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50 First Dates

50 First Dates manages to say something novel about this “meaningless, meaningless life” we life we live, as time-loop movies make so abundantly clear.

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In the Room with Scott Derrickson

Scott Derrickson, director and screenwriter of The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Doctor Strange, has a conversation about storytelling, the horror genre, and the creative process.

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Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems

Uncut Gems is electric,If you can tap into it quickly, you can ride the current right up until it arcs off the screen and into your skull, at which point you can either let it continue through your body warming your every cell or you can switch off and just… Read more »

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Bombshell

Bombshell is a good look at the inner workings of abusive power in workplaces and the women who have been asked to present more than just their resumes in order to qualify for a job.

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Ford v Ferarri

Ford v Ferarri is a story of how a team of underdog idealists prevailed working within the stifling climate of an immense corporation. It’s a story about what it costs an idealist to work within an institution.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Marielle Heller has previously made movies about thoroughly unlikeable people and dared audiences to sympathize with them. Here, she dares us to believe kindness of this sort is possible.

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Parasite

Parasite, Bong’s latest, is no exception. It is the most fun I’ve had at the movies all year. Bong excels at taking his narratives in unexpected directions and shifting tone rapidly along the way.

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God in the Movies – Clips for Discussion

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The Irishman

A common trope of faith and film writing is that the cinema is a “sacred space.” In Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, the theater becomes a confessional.

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The Lighthouse

Robert Eggers is back with The Lighthouse, another unsettling time warp into the dark recesses of American folklore.

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Strange Negotiations: Music As Transgression

In this way, the film manages to stay focused on the particularities of Bazan’s story, but it does so by setting this one man’s personal journey against the backdrop of a series of broader shifts.

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Joker

To watch Joker is to stare the sickness in the face. The film is a disturbing experience. We are not used to spending time with these kinds of characters anywhere, even at the movies.

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