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Thursday, February 04, 2010
Dim the Lights, Bring up the Narrative
I had a hard enough time keeping up with films in the Best Picture category for the Academy Awards when the list was restricted to five nominees. This year it is up to ten, so I have my work cut out for me. Here are the hopefuls from 2009:
“Avatar” “The Blind Side” “District 9” “An Education” “The Hurt Locker” “Inglourious Basterds” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” “A Serious Man” “Up” “Up in the Air”
I managed to see Avatar, District 9, An Education, A Serious Man, Up, and Up in the Air. I would really like to view The Hurt Locker and probably The Blind Side. I think Precious would be too bleak and Inglourious Bastards too bloody, but you never know. I thought Julie and Julia might have made the list.
I have commented before that I love movies that have a strong narrative, in part because the best of the bible and life in general is story-telling. Religion breaks down when we lose the narrative quality which conveys its truths. The bible narratives are often startlingly honest about the human condition.
Which movies did you enjoy the most from this list, and which would you like to see? Any theological insights?