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Films viewed in 2017

Poster for 1945 filmIt’s the ninth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2017: 127 movies, see below
  • 2016: 86 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2008: 153 movies

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2017 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2017

  • 40 of them was from 2017, 53 from 2016, and 6 from before 2000
  • 55 from the USA, 15 from France, 11 from UK, 10 from Israel, 9 from Germany and the rest from 13 other countries.

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Films viewed in 2016

Barney's VersionIt’s the eighth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2008: 153 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • And 2016: 86 movies, see below

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2016 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2016

  • 17 of them was from 2016, 19 from 2015, and 9 from before 2000
  • 36 from the USA, 10 from France, 9 from Israel,  and the rest from 17 other countries.

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Balaton/UjRH koncert videoval

Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa Kiadó "Romolj meg" c.  számát

Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa Kiadó “Romolj meg” c. számát

A Balaton zenekar nagyjabol kethetente ad klubkoncertet a Hunnia Bisztroban. Mivel mar nem lattam oket harom eve es eppen Budapesten voltam elmentem meghallgatni oket szeptember 10-en. Arra szamitottam, hogy keson kezdenek. Arra nem, hogy azert, mert egy masik, meg nem hirdetett, meglepetes “zenekar” is fellepett es ok hosszan keszulodtek. Ennek a masik, alkalmi formacionak  masnap volt az igazi koncertje es ezen az esten afele foprobat tartottak. Ime a masnapi koncert leirasa:

Elmentek a Fiúk – URH és Európa Kiadó dalok 

Kiss Llaci és Salamon András reinkarnációja került az első koncert középpontjába, mert bizonyos értelemben ők érkeznek a legmesszebbről. 1980-ban volt az URH, a magyar alternatív szcéna rövid életű, de mégis egyik legmeghatározóbb zenekarának első koncertje. Fél éves intenzív underground zenélés után az URH feloszlott és átalakult: lett belőle Európa Kiadó és Kontroll Csoport, majd Sziámi.

Kiss Llaci (zeneszerző-basszusgitár-ének) évtizedekig zenélt az Európa Kiadóban, de mivel Ausztráliában él, egyre ritkábban tudott fellépni itthon. Vele kapcsolatban fontos információ lehet, hogy trükk-animációs szakemberként dolgozott nagysikerű nemzetközi filmekben. Grafikusként is jegyzik, Párizs és Lille után márciusban volt kiállítása Budapesten, melynek anyaga a Szépművészeti Múzeum gyűjteményébe került. A két legendás zenekar legjobb dalai közül jó néhányat ő írt és énekelt.

Salamon András (dob) az URH-ban, majd az Európa Kiadó első formációjában játszott, de egy idő után más pályára lépett; filmrendező lett, számos nagyhatású alkotást jegyez. Az SZFE, az ELTE és a Metropolitan egyetemeken filmrendezést tanít. Nevéhez fűződik az „Ashes to Ashes” című, David Bowie-ra emlékező koncert sorozat megrendezése is.

UjRH- URH, Európa Kiadó és más dalok:
Kiss Llászló, Salamon András, Vig Mihály, Keszei Krisztián, Kamondy Ágnes, Magyar Péter, Horváth Gábor, Somoskői Soma, Bakos Zita, valamint: Hámori Gabriella, Ónódi Eszter és Kamarás Iván előadásában.

Az estbol ket Balaton altal jatszott szamot vettem fel (az Európa Kiadó “Megalázó, durva szerelem” cimut es  a ‘Kínai kormány“-t ami a sajatjuk) es harmat a masik zenekartol:

  • Magyar Péter énekli az URH “Ismeretlen katona-jat
  • Kiss Llászló és Kamondy Ágnes énekli az Európa Kiadó  “Lehet” c. számát
  • Ónódi Eszter énekli az Európa KiadóRomolj meg” c.  számát

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Books added to FilmandReligion.com in May 2016

Cover for Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and TelevisionIn the month of May 2016 I added these 22 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from earlier

  1. The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (2016) by Rhonda Burnette-BletschBuy
  2. Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order (2016) by Elijah Siegler Buy
  3. Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film (2016) by Jay DyerBuy
  4. Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek (2016) by Fred EichelmanBuy
  5. Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told (1992) by Ken DarbyBuy
  6. I Just Saw Jesus: The JESUS Film – From Vision, to Reality, to the Unimaginable (2016) by Paul Eshleman Buy
  7. Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (1993) by Maryel Buy
  8. Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer: An Ethnographic Film Monograph (1996) by Linda Connor, Patsy Asch, Timothy AschBuy
  9. Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film (2012) by Jeff SellarsBuy
  10. Love in the Afterlife: Underground Religion at the Movies (2016) by Richard StrinerBuy
  11. Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Decalogue’ (2016) by Eva Badowska, Francesca ParmeggianiBuy
  12. Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (2016) by Matthew S. RindgeBuy
  13. Redeeming Television: How TV Changes Christians–how Christians Can Change TV (1992) by Quentin J. SchultzeBuy
  14. Religion and Prime Time Television (1997) by Michael SumanBuy
  15. Religion Vs. Television: Competitors in Cultural Context (1996) by Jay NewmanBuy
  16. Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions (1990) by Robert Abelman, Stewart M. HooverBuy
  17. Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television (2010) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  18. The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927) (2016) by David ShepherdBuy
  19. Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film (2015) by Marjorie Hewitt SuchockiBuy
  20. Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue (2016) by Kutter Callaway, Dean BataliBuy
  21. The Way: A Cinematic Retreat Guide (2016) by Rose PacatteBuy
  22. Westernized Visual Representation of Jesus and the Construction of Religious Meanings (2015) by Dong Hwan KwonBuy

Articles added to FilmandReligion.com in May 2016

In the month of May 2016 I added this 44 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1990’s

  1. Acts of God: Film, Religion, and FX by Judith Wilt (1997-01)
  2. “Aftertones of Infinity”: Biblical and Darwinian Evocations in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and To the Wonder by Gregory Allen Robbins (2016-01)
  3. Agonizing Transitions and Turning Away from God in Two Tunisian Movies by Imen Yacoubi (2016-01)
  4. “As We See, So We Learn”: Doctor Who as Religious Education by Owen D. Edwards (2015-12)
  5. Babette’s Feast: A Religious Film by Wendy M. Wright (1997-10)
  6. The Books of the films: Trends in religious film-analysis by Steve Nolan (1998-03)
  7. Buddha found and lost in the Chinese nation of ‘Diversity in Unity’: Pema Tseden’s films as a Buddhist mode of reflexivity
    by Kwai-Cheung Loa (2016-04)
  8. Contending for Faith: Analyzing The Assault On Faith In The Truman Show And The Ladykillers by Timothy J. Etherington (2004-12)
  9. Different Images of God: Theological-aesthetical Evaluation of Films by Andrey Zvyagintsev and Pavel Lungin by Denys Kondyuk (2016-01)
  10. Doctor Who and the Iconographic Search for an Ecstatic Human Religious Experience by Stacy Embry (2015-12)
  11. Dr. King and the Image of God: A Theology of Voting Rights in Ava DuVernay’s Selma by Marcos Norris (2016-04)
  12. Enlightenments: The Interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism on Screen by Andronika M. Martonova (2016-01)
  13. The Eyes Have it: Film, Editing, and Postmodern Theological Hermeneutics by James M. Hansen (2016-04)
  14. Fetish, Sacrifice and Tragic Freedom in the Dardenne Brothers’ La Promesse by Andrew Small (2016-04)
  15. From Marseille to Mecca: Reconciling the Secular and the Religious in Le grand voyage (The Big Trip) (2004) by Yahya Laayouni (2016-04)
  16. “He who kills the body, kills the soul that inhabits it”: Feminist Filmmaking, Religion, and Spiritual Identification in Vision by Carl Laamanen (2016-04)
  17. Into the Arms of Dr Who: Implicit Religion and a Cowboy’s Redemption by William Keenan (2015-12)
  18. Islam, animation, and money: The reception of Disney’s Aladdin in Southeast Asia. by Timothy R. White, J. Emmett Winn (1999-12)
  19. Jesus in Film: Hollywood Perspectives on the Jewishness of Jesus by Adele Reinhartz (1998-10)
  20. Madness, Otherness and Transformation: Exploring Religion in Nordic Crime Films by Sofia Sjö (2016-01)
  21. Madonnas in Our Midst: Representations of Women Religious in Hollywood Film by MaryAnn Janosik (1997-07)
  22. The Medium and the Spirit: On Teaching Religion and Film by Torey L. Lightcap (1997-03)
  23. The Messianic Figure in Film: Christology Beyond the Biblical Epic by Matthew McEver (1998-10)
  24. MOVIES: Is God Really Dead in Beverly Hills? Religion and the Movies by Stanley Rothman (1996-04)
  25. “Noah’s Beasts Were the Stars”: Arthur Melbourne Cooper’s Noah’s Ark (1909) by David Shepherd (2016-01)
  26. Pasolini on Terra Sancta : Towards a Theology of Film by Noa Steimatsky (1998-04)
  27. Redeemed in Blood: The Sacramental Universe of Martin Scorsese by Richard A. Blake S.J. (1996-01)
  28. Redescribing “Religion and …” Film: Teaching the Insider/Outsider Problem by Russell T. McCutcheon (1998-06)
  29. Rejecting the Ethnic Community in Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and Scarface by Bryan Mead (2016-04)
  30. Religious conflict, popular culture and the troubled spectators of recent Indian film by Anthony R. Guneratne (1997-04)
  31. Religious Faith and Science in Contact by Bryan P. Stone (1998-10)
  32. The Roles Of Violence in Recent Biblical Cinema: The Passion, Noah, And Exodus: Gods And Kings by Kevin M. McGeough (2016-04)
  33. Screenwriters as Theologians: Doctor Who’s Scope for Theological Exploration
    by Caroline Symcox (2015-12)
  34. Seeing the Light, Hearing the Call: Women Religious as Spectators and Subjects of Popular Nun Films by Maureen A. Sabine (2016-04)
  35. Spirits and Ceremonies: How to Construct Religious Experience in Documentary Film by Jouko Aaltonen (2016-01)
  36. Star Trek and theology by Jolyon Mitchell (1998-05)
  37. Suffering and Soul-Making in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out by Bertha A. Manninen Ph.D. (2016-04)
  38. Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice: Between Nietzsche and Christ by Frank Bosman (2014-11)
  39. Teaching Religion and Film by Paul V. M. Flesher, Robert Torry (1998-12)
  40. That unbearable recurring apocalytic nightmare : crisis and apocalyptic visions in British film, 1987-1994 by Anthony John Kinik, (1997-10)
  41. The Truth About Inherit the Wind by Carol Iannone (1997-02)
  42. Various Representations of Jews in Turkish Cinema by Melih Çoban (2016-01)
  43. Word and Image: Burgess, Zeffirelli, and Jesus the Man of Nazareth by Graham Holderness (2008-11)
  44. The Word Made Cinematic: The Representation of Jesus in Cinema by Gregory Kahlil Kareem Alleen (2008-06)

Films added to JewisFilmFestivals.org in May 2016

Poster for Night Song / Mobile ÉtoileIn the month of May I added 36 films to JewisFilmFestivals.org. Some of them are old, others are new. There are shorts, feature films, documentaries and TV series among them. In the list below I used the English title for all them, but many of them are from other countries. The only thing common in them is that they were all shown at one more Jewish Film Festival. I hope you will find some interesting one films here:

  1. Abulele (2015, 90 min)
  2. The Accursed (2014, 60 min)
  3. The Art and Life of David Labkovski (2015, 6 min)
  4. A Children’s Song (2015, 27 min)
  5. The Cummington Story (1945, 20 min)
  6. Escape to the Rising Sun / Survivre à Shanghai (1990, 95 min)
  7. Focus (2001, 106 min) Buy
  8. Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man (2016, 10 min)
  9. Guavas (2016, 80 min)
  10. Half the Town / Die Hälfte der Stadt (2015, 88 min)
  11. Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (2006, 58 min) Buy
  12. Imported (2015, 46 min)
  13. The Last Jews of Baghdad: End of an Exile; Beginning of a Journey (2005, 110 min)
  14. Mama’s Sidewalk Cafe (1957, 30 min)
  15. Martin Buber, Itinerary of a Humanist / Martin Buber, itinéraire d’un humaniste (2015, 52 min)
  16. Night Song / Mobile Étoile (2016, 119 min)
  17. None Shall Escape (1944, 85 min)
  18. Numbers Guy (2014, 33 min)
  19. On a Streetcar (1955, 30 min)
  20. Once Upon a Giant (1988, 77 min)
  21. The Raven – Ze’ev Jabotinsky / Haorev – Ze’ev Jabotinsky (2015, 60 min)
  22. Red Gold (2014, 53 min)
  23. Return to Rivne: A Holocaust Story (2015, 22 min)
  24. Run! (1962, 16 min)
  25. Sabbatical / Shabaton (2015, 9 min)
  26. Sara Stein – Shalom Berlin / Der Tel-Aviv-Krimi (2016, 88 min)
  27. Shtetl in the City: Memories of Toronto’s Jewish Community (2016, 77 min)
  28. Shylock’s Ghost (2015, 70 min)
  29. A Simple Story about Love / Sipur Pashut al Ahava (2014, 5 min)
  30. Thorn / Kotz (2015, 25 min)
  31. Uskut (2014, 4 min)
  32. Wayne and Shuster in Black and White (1996, 30 min)
  33. Wedding In Galilee / Urs al-jalil (1987, 113 min) Buy
  34. Where Do We Go Now? / Et maintenant on va où? (2011, 110 min) Buy
  35. The Writer (2016, 71 min)
  36. The Yatzkans (2014, 75 min)

Films added to JewisFilmFestivals.org in April 2016

Poster for The Tenth Man / El rey del Once / El rey del OnceIn the month of April I added 77 films to this site. Some of them are old, others are new. There are shorts, feature films, documentaries and TV series among them. In the list below I used the English title for all them, but many of them are from other countries. The only thing common in them is that they were all shown at one more Jewish Film Festival. I hope you will find some interesting one films here:

  1. 3 Days and a Child / Shlosha Yamim Veyeled (1967, 90 min)
  2. Aaron’s Magic Village / The Real Shlemiel / Die Schelme von Schelm (1995, 87 min) Buy
  3. Abandoned / Los abandonados (2015, 78 min) Buy
  4. An Affectionate Look At Wayne & Shuster (1965, 27 min) Buy
  5. Arik Brauer – A Youth in Vienna / Arik Brauer – Eine Jugend in Wien (2012, 70 min)
  6. Assi Dayan: Embittered (2013, 8 min)
  7. The Bielski Brothers (1994, 50 min) Buy
  8. Blessed / Mevorehet (2015, 16 min)
  9. Blind Love: A Holocaust Journey Through Poland with Man’s Best Friend (2015, 27 min)
  10. The Boys Of 2nd Street Park (2003, 91 min) Buy
  11. Building History: The Story of Benjamin Brown (2016, 8 min)
  12. Call Me Bullie / Kraa Li Bullie (2015, 61 min)
  13. Carrying the Light (2011, 60 min)
  14. A Demonstration in the White City / Hafgana bair halevana (2015, 50 min)
  15. Dirty Dancing (1987, 100 min) Buy
  16. Discovering Edward G. Robinson (2015, 45 min)
  17. Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana (2016, 85 min)
  18. Eastern Corridor / Vostochny koridor (1966, 100 min)
  19. Engel (2013, 9 min)
  20. False Flag / Kfulim (2014, 40 min)
  21. Fateless / Sorstalanság (2005, 140 min) Buy
  22. The First Sea / Das Erste Meer (2013, 60 min)
  23. Fish Soup (2015, 10 min)
  24. Fred Bondi, Lucky Man / Fred Bondi, L’Homme Chanceux (2014, 89 min)
  25. The Genizah Of Our Dreams / Geniza naših snova (2015, 15 min)
  26. Golan: A Farewell to Mr. Cinema (2015, 74 min)
  27. Grand Illusion / La Grande Illusion (1937, 114 min) Buy
  28. A Green Kippah (2014, 24 min)
  29. Guard Hut / Budke (2012, 17 min)
  30. Hitler’s Reign of Terror (1934, 55 min)
  31. Holot (2015, 7 min)
  32. Home Movie (2013, 18 min)
  33. Honest Ed Mirvish: The World’s Most Unusual Shopkeeper (1998, 54 min)
  34. I, Dalio – or the Rules of the Game (2015, 33 min)
  35. Imagine: Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M (2014, 75 min)
  36. It Happened in Havana: A Yiddish Love Story (2013, 27 min)
  37. Joshua Then And Now (1985, 119 min) Buy
  38. Last Folio / Posledny Portret (2015, 81 min)
  39. Léon Blum, Loathed and Adored / Léon Blum: Hai et adoré (2015, 58 min)
  40. Life According to Agfa (1992, 100 min) Buy
  41. The Life of the Jews of Palestine (1913, 78 min)
  42. The Littlest of Kings (1959, 60 min)
  43. Lost and Not Found (2015, 3 min)
  44. Lost in a Crowd (1957, 60 min)
  45. Louis-Ferdinand Céline / Céline!… deux clowns pour une catastrophe (2016, 90 min)
  46. Love Letters to Cinema / Michtav A’hava Lakolnoa (2014, 50 min)
  47. Mondays With Monty (2014, 7 min)
  48. Mr. Gaga (2015, 100 min)
  49. Nana, George and Me (1998, 48 min)
  50. Nightswimming / S’chiya Leylit (2013, 24 min)
  51. The Paper Bridge (1987, 105 min)
  52. The Photographer in Front of the Camera / Der Fotograf vor der Kamera (2014, 75 min)
  53. Porcelain Unicorn (2010, 3 min)
  54. The Revival of Jewish Poland (2013, 48 min)
  55. Roman Kosher (2014, 49 min)
  56. Schindler’s List (1993, 195 min) Buy
  57. Shalom Sesame: Grover Learns Hebrew (2011, 23 min) Buy
  58. Shalom Sesame: Monster in the Sukkah (2011, 23 min) Buy
  59. Sheldon Leonard’s Wonderful Life (2011, 72 min)
  60. Silver Cutlery / Cubiertos de Plata (2013, 13 min)
  61. Slay me, I tell nothing / Erschlagt mich, ich verrate nichts (2013, 80 min)
  62. Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk (2014, 10 min)
  63. Spitting Game: The College Hook Up Culture (2009, 82 min)
  64. Strings (2012, 11 min)
  65. Sukkot in Warsaw (2014, 21 min)
  66. The Syndrome (2014, 86 min)
  67. Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973, 92 min) Buy
  68. The Tenth Man / El rey del Once (2016, 82 min)
  69. Tough Guise 2 (2013, 78 min) Buy
  70. The Tree on the Wall / El Árbol de la muralla (2012, 75 min)
  71. Tviggy (1969, 13 min)
  72. The Unvanquished (1945, 90 min)
  73. Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (2016, 85 min)
  74. The Wordsmith (1979, 72 min)
  75. The X-Files: Kaddish (1997, 70 min) Buy
  76. You Will Find Me Within You / Me Reencontrara’s Dentro De Ti (2013, 16 min)
  77. Zeitgeist (2007, 25 min)