Author Archive | Joel Mayward


The 2019 Cinemayward Oscars

The Oscar nominees for 2019 will be announced today, which prompts this confession: I have a love/hate relationship with film awards. On the one hand, art shouldn’t be a popularity contest or a game to win; on the other hand, I *love* cinema, so anything highlighting film attracts me like a moth to a flame. […]

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Top 25 Films of 2018

I confess, I love end-of-year movie lists. It’s an opportunity to see others’ tastes, personalities, and experiences in a succinct form, as well as an opportunity for me to highlight the true, the good, and the beautiful I’ve found in cinema from the previous 365 days. I’m not a fan of “but what about [film […]

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Top 18 Movie Scenes of 2018

While I will post my top films of 2018 on the last day of the year, here are 18 of my favorite scenes from cinema in 2018, listed in alphabetical order by title. I’ve included film clips when available, so there may be spoilers: A Star Is Born – Ally’s first moment on stage singing “Shallow” The […]

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Transpositions – Truly Unconventional Christmas Films for the Bleak Midwinter

I’m an associate editor for Transpositions, the online journal for ITIA, where I recently wrote on four very unconventional Christmas films from a theological perspective: The traditional popular Christmas film is typically full of holiday joy and good cheer, as exemplified by enduring classics like the musical White Christmas, the madcap silliness of Elf, or the syrupy […]

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