Author Archive | Joel Mayward

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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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Top 6 Films From the First Half of 2018

The year 2018 will be my first full year living in Scotland, and I have recognized that film culture and releases differ here. Films like Lady Bird and Phantom Thread are technically 2018 releases in the UK, and both would certainly top my list (Lady Bird might have been my #1 from 2017 had I […]

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Transpositions – Motion Pictures, Mary Magdalene, and #MeToo

For Transpositions, I recently wrote on Garth Davis’ 2018 film Mary Magdalene, the #MeToo movement, and the filmic depictions of Mary Magdalene throughout cinematic history: I find it sadly ironic that Garth Davis’s exquisite 2018 film Mary Magdalene became an unexpected victim in the #MeToo movement which emerged following the New York Times article on movie producer Harvey Weinstein’s […]

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