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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
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Horizon: An American Saga, Chapter One

There are segments throughout the film that feel spacious, like Costner is reveling in the opportunity—maybe his last opportunity; there’s a “shoot your last shot” air to all of this—to create iconic “American” images, to commit them to the screen, as they used to say.

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HOrizon Poster

Horizon: An American Saga, Chapter One

There are segments throughout the film that feel spacious, like Costner is reveling in the opportunity—maybe his last opportunity; there’s a “shoot your last shot” air to all of this—to create iconic “American” images, to commit them to the screen, as they used to say.

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The Bikeriders

I don’t know that I’ve ever seen a film that was so obviously fictional but which feels so anthropological and which has this strong meta-commentary element running through it.

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Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga

Fury Road’s staging and spectacle are exhilarating while the film’s pace is ultimately numbing. Furiosa’s saga is more poetic, using of surprising visual symbolism and editing rhythms to make the film more dynamic.

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Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

The Apes movies are at their best when they show us something akin to our human world but reflected through the series’ monkey-shaped mirror. In this installment, that simian similarity has to do with Caesar’s legacy.

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Challengers

Challengers gives us the sport as an allegory for love, an intense physical, emotional, and psychological relationship between two people so riddled with the trappings of our economic reality, genuine connection becomes almost impossible.

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Dune: Part Two

Like Fremen on the back of a worm, Dune: Part Two’s storytellers ride the story and beckon the audience to do the same.

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Poor Things

Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things parses the difference between morality, immorality, and amorality with a butter knife recently used to spread clotted cream on a scone. He doesn’t wipe it off first.

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Godzilla Minus One

Godzilla is scary in Godzilla Minus One, like, heart-racing, muscle-tensing scary.

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Sundance 2024

There are over a thousand film festivals in the U.S. alone each year, but Sundance is the one we keep returning to. Why?

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Ferarri

Mann’s protagonists are always haunted by time. In Ferrari, the end has caught up to Mann’s protagonist before the movie begins.

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The Boy and the Heron

The Boy and the Heron is an old man’s film, thick with grievances, guided by questions, punctuated with answers that feel more like observations unrelated to the questions but somehow conciliatory nonetheless.

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May December

Maybe read this after watching the movie. I’m not going to reveal anything really, but May December is a film that was fun to experience fresh.

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The Holdovers

The Holdovers is a wonderful Christmas film. I predict it will become a regular holiday guest for many.

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Napoleon

What Napoleon lacks in psychological subtlety, it makes up for in spectacle.

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The Killer

The tagline for David Fincher’s latest film, The Killer, reads “Execution is everything.” It’s as much about the style of the film as it is about the story it tells.

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PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie is kids’ stuff, of course, and it’s satisfactory fare of its kind.

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Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

I think Killers of the Flower Moon is an indictment, but it might be a testimony.

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The Creator

Gareth Edwards much be some kind of wizard because, while he has only made special-effects driven, science-fiction films, he makes movies you can feel like you feel it when a jet airplane breaks the sound barrier over your house.

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The Nun II

Movies like The Nun II haunt viewers long after the credits roll is because, at least from their perspective, they’re tapping into something real.

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A Haunting in Venice

A Haunting in Venice is a great ghost story. It’s not as scary as its trailer would have you believe, though it doesn’t have its moments of spine-tingling terror.

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Barbie

Pink.

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