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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.

kutter and scorsese
Latest Review
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Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water insists that deep, emotional connection between things with breath and blood in them is more powerful and important than any technological ambition or achievement. That’s an admirable message.

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Conversations With Filmmakers
MInari Crew

Minari | A Conversation with Lee Isaac Chung and Harry Yoon

Director Lee Isaac Chung and Editor Harry Yoon speak with filmmaker Eugene Suen about the making of the award winning film Minari

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Steve James

City So Real | A Conversation with Steve James

Fuller Professor of Theology and Culture, Kutter Callaway spoke with Director Steve James about his five-part docuseries, City So Real

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Latest Review
Avatar the Way of Water poster

Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water insists that deep, emotional connection between things with breath and blood in them is more powerful and important than any technological ambition or achievement. That’s an admirable message.

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Recent Reviews

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The Fabelmans

Watching The Fabelmans is like sitting at the feet of an accomplished raconteur. I wanted to live in this film. I never wanted it to end.

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

When Black Panther: Wakanda Forever isn’t being a Marvel movie, it’s a lot of fun.

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Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles

Physical beauty is but one aspect of beauty, the glint of a greater glory. People are beautiful because they are complex and ineffable, endlessly fascinating creations of the eternal God.

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Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

This is not Disney’s film. It is a much darker, weirder tale, rough with knots and splinters, but glowing with boyish mischief.

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The Banshees of Inisherin

What a knotty tale this is! You never feel resolution, only sadness and longing and bewilderment.

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Black Adam

You didn’t come here for a lesson. You came here to watch the Rock make things go boom.

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Raymond & Ray

We keep telling this story because we long for our relationships with out parents to be right.

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Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus Pocus 2 does that thing that Disney has been doing for the last decade or so and tries to offer its villains a measure of redemption.

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Blonde

Blonde is an aesthetically provocative deconstruction of our culture’s conceptions of Marilyn Monroe, of society’s willingness to sacrifice people on the alter of celebrity and consumerism.

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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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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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At New York Comic Con

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First Man

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The Old Man and the Gun

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The Sisters Brothers

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A Simple Favor

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BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman is an awakening, a reminder that we can be more like Ron Stallworth, that he is not exceptional, until, perhaps, the very, very end, depending on how you read it, when Lee elevates Stallworth to

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Eighth Grade

As someone on the margins of her own middle school society, Kayla possesses a keen awareness of who around her is being fake and who is being genuine. Even so, she herself is not immune to the desire for acceptance and struggles through several instances of identity crisis.

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Most documentaries of entertainment people follow a familiar arc—the innate talent, the singular devotion to craft and rise to fame. Then, the fall from grace and public favor, and the final esteemed place in art and culture, voiced by colleagues, artists, and frustrated spouses and lovers. Neville’s film reveals that Fred Rogers’ path was so very different, but equally fascinating.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout – Alternate Take

Most movies are fantasies, not in the genre sense, but in the descriptive. Movies present a condensed, idealized version of people and the world. They tip easily into the realm of metaphor and symbol, creating and incarnating icons to which audiences can attach their own hopes, fears, desires, even prayers.

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Sorry To Bother You

The energy of the film is angry, but it is, after all, Juvenalian Satire in general, and, with respect to the individual characters in the story, Menippean Satire, so the judgement is real. It’s disturbing by design.

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout

We believe Ethan Hunt’s relentless passion to save the world because we see it reflected in Tom Cruise’s insane passion to entertain the audience at extreme risk. Tom Cruise will attempt any stunt to entertain an audience.

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Cannes 2018

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Cannes International Film Festival, 2018, Cannes, France A report by ecumenical jury member Robert K. Johnston

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The Incredibles 2

While it is heartening to see the family pull together when the catastrophe comes, it is more heartening to see each of them recognize when another family member is in a moment of personal crisis.

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Ocean’s 8

That’s not to suggest that O8 is without its twists. The surprises have more to do with the characters than the plot though.

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Solo – A Star Wars Story

Balance sheets lack the faculty for recollection.

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I’ll Push You: A Conversation on Disability and Faith

The filmmakers and subjects of I’ll Push You discuss their 500-mile journey, theological resources for disability, the connections between vulnerability and intimacy, and more

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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word is about as straightforward as a documentary can be. Pope Francis looks into your eyes and lays out the things he believes are most urgent for humanity today.

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Deadpool 2

Deadpool 2 isn’t for kids, but it sure is fun. I think it has a good heart too. There’s genuine sentiment on display in the midst of all the mayhem. Every moment of the film has been crafted to provide a good time for the audience

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Tully

Despite the clamorous portrayal of motherhood, however, Tully doesn’t vilify motherhood or raising a family; nor are self-liberation and relational independence presented as remedies to a disease generated by traditional family structures. It’s not about doing more of “this” and “less” of that.

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FULLER studio is pleased to partner with Brehm Film for this series. The reviews, articles, and other content in this series is entirely the work of Brehm Film.