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  2. It appears that we have no thread for this and just a few mentions in festival threads. Given that it won the People's Choice Award at TIFF (as did Green Book) and is thus on an Oscar shortlist, I figured I'd give it its own thread. I wrote a review comparing it to Huck Finn as a way, I hope of explaining both why I liked it but also why it didn't quite have the emotional oomph that I thought it should: https://1morefilmblog.com/2019/10/22/jojo-rabbit-and-huck-finn/
  3. I think that's a good goal for the lists, that they're all hosted directly at A&F and have a consistent look/feel to them.
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  6. Just a quick note to say that Hustlers has joined the $100 million club and has thus been added to the list at the top of this thread.
  7. I like how Christie's frames this discussion in their headline, https://www.christies.com/features/A-collaboration-between-two-artists-one-human-one-a-machine-9332-1.aspx that AI is a medium, not the actual artist. But, of course, this is not how the AI world sees this, nor other AI creative endeavors such as in these articles: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-abstract-portraits-were-painted-by-an-artificial-intelligence-program-180947590/ https://arxiv.org/abs/1706.07068 https://futurism.com/a-new-ai-can-write-music-as-well-as-a-human-composer/ http://web.mit.edu/allanmc/www/benjamin.pdf https://www.newscientist.com/article/2139184-artificially-intelligent-painters-invent-new-styles-of-art/ https://sputniknews.com/science/201711211059311031-artificial-intelligence-spots-forged-paintings/ As I've regularly written, if there is ever an AI that burns out and commits suicide at 27, that's when I'll believe AI is creative. https://natureofthebeat.svbtle.com/ai-commits-suicide-at-27-years-old-news-at-11 Some of the arguments I have made about humanity and art vs algorithms does make me reflect on how different we are from AI. I like to think artists have a passion that an AI cannot replicate. But as many artists have said about this drive, how can they do anything else? Isn't that the same thing, though as the AI, how can it do anything else? If art is part of our human nature as created by a Creator, is this not the same or similar thing as an AI? I did read an article that I think posed the right question (I can't find that link) can an AI that is not directed to create choose to create? I think this also poses other questions. If art if quantifiable, that there truly are objective standards that are discernible and objective, what is left but to push out the humanity in art? Even GO, which assumes a required human intuitive, creative nature has been conquered by AI. GO still is built on a set of rules and a definable outcome that can be programmed. Is art the same? This is where I usually diverge from those who think art has to be objective and require a set of standards. If that is true, why do we need humans? What do humans bring to art that cannot be replicated by an AI? https://natureofthebeat.svbtle.com/for-the-humanity-in-art I'm really not posting my blog articles to drive traffic, just as starting points for conversation. There is a lot to love about Svbtle.com, but they do not have a commenting system where a conversation can occur. Besides, I think I posed the questions here so it doesn't really require going out to my blog. Just some thoughts in hopes to generate a conversation. Joe
  8. Hopefully not the last hurrah part, but that does sound like a good time to make an app.
  9. I think this Netflix limited series is quite good, an interesting contrast/complement to the procedural elements in Mindhunter. (That show illustrates how some procedures develop over time based on research and new knowledge, Unbelievable shows how procedures don't always change with time or keep abreast of new understanding of crimes.) I worried that the first episode was a little too on-the-nose or perhaps exaggerated. (I mean, the male detectives are cringe-worthy in their insensitivity and bullying.) But I suspect there people like that, and it's not like the show portrays all men as being insensitive. (The domestic partners of the detectives vs. the males who work with them vs. the boyfriends of the victims show an array of attitudes.) I had heard this was a Toni Collette vehicle, and she is always fabulous. But I am really impressed by Merritt Wever. The writing doesn't give her a whole lot of interpretive wiggle room -- saintly patient with victim, letting frustration out with male subordinates, struggle to control emotion with domestic partner. But she finds authenticity within it, perhaps because her character is the more self-aware of the two detectives. I am not sure if the series is about anything beyond a horrific examination of a particular case. If it is, for me, it is about how women have to fight to find some middle ground between two poles -- completely empathetic or completely hardened. The reality is that neither pole is individually healthy or professionally effective. (They need some of Collette's bluntness and directness to get things done.) I am also not sure how well the show lets us see the background of the victim who is not believed and the extent to which suspicion of her story would be conditioned by her background. This is particularly a tension in the foster-mom who first floats idea to the police that the story might be fabricated. Is the foster mom just evil? In over her head? Is this about the dangers of non-professionals making diagnoses about things they aren't really qualified to? Or is there something there? I'm not done yet, so I am curious if the series will advocate some sort of reforms or suggestions for how to keep such things from happening again. It is, of course, bitterly ironic that the obstinacy of insisting on a criminal citation for filing a false report (for a rape that actually happened) is what leads to a break in the case since the various jurisdictions aren't always steadfast in reporting unsolved rapes that they thought did happen, making it harder to recognize a pattern.
  10. I think the answer to that question is...eventually. My goal is that these all be in a consistent format and hosted on the site, but I don't know that we have settled on a format yet. Also, while we've been going okay, post-Image, I think things are still touch-and-go traffic wise. I suspect that if we do another Top 100 in 2020, that will either solidify some traffic or be a kind of last hurrah. Perhaps getting an app would/should be part of 2020 list. If so, that could then be used to standardize the format of past lists. That's my gut instinct, anyway. What do others think?
  11. Thanks, Andrew. Thanks also to Joel for his recent donation. It is gratifying to see people willing to share this cost.
  12. Do you need a app for this? That way you don’t have to deal editing so many html and css.
  13. I'm travelling at the moment, so limited consistent time on the internet - but if you could put the donation bar up for a few days next week, I'd like to donate as well.
  14. Nvm checked the logs and the database table ibf_core_output_cache needed to be repaired.
  15. Don’t think its the donate plugin, try to clear history and let us know.
  16. Thank you to Evan and Nathaniel for contributions while I had the donation sidebar up.
  17. I turned off the sidebar plugin. Did that help address the issue?
  18. I suspect this is because I turned on the donation box shell temporarily, but I would take a look and see. On my mobile phone it works, but doens't show the donation box.
  19. For the last day or two, when I visit the site on a mobile browser, it looks like this, while the title displayed is "A configuration or server error has occured". I've tried it on both Firefox and Chrome on Android. Only the forum itself seems to be affected; the other pages (top 25 and top 100) display normally.
  20. If you'll all forgive a brief note on the film's box-office performance, it turns out the movie dropped only 41.9% in its second weekend, which is very good for a comic-book/superhero movie. So it seems word-of-mouth and repeat viewing are keeping this film afloat beyond the pre-release controversy. These are two tweets from a longer thread on the subject, when the people that estimate these things were estimating that Joker would drop 42.8%. N.B.: The second tweet has the qualifier "this century" because some of the Superman and Batman movies released in the 20th century -- particularly in the '70s and '80s -- had smaller second-weekend drops, but distribution patterns and moviegoing habits were very different back then. Blockbusters tended to have longer "legs" than they do now, etc., etc.
  21. I wrote capsule reviews of Adam and Young Ahmed and then... a couple days later, on my birthday, I got violently ill and didn't return to the festival for a couple days, by which point I had lost some of my momentum, such that I never quite found time to do a proper sit-down-and-write between movies. I did tweet some stuff, though. It didn't help that I just couldn't stop falling asleep for a few minutes here and there, especially at the late-night screenings -- and for some reason a *lot* of the movies I wanted to see were showing only once, and the screenings in question were late at night. So I didn't really feel that I was in a position to comment on those films. *Usually*, if I nodded off, it was for a few minutes during the first half of the movie, so I was able to "recover" and find my bearings and settle in for the second half well enough -- but there were a few cases, like Motherless Brooklyn, where the entire final half-hour (and possibly more?) was ruined by the fact that I kept fighting the urge to nod off, and losing. The fact that I had two-hour commutes home every night, and often didn't get home until 1:30am or 2am on the nights that I *did* catch the late shows, was also an impediment, and eventually, by the end of the festival, I was just skipping the late-night screenings altogether. A few tweets, though, if I may: Some of those tweets have follow-up tweets. Check 'em out if you're interested.
  22. Also, when did the director of Sense & Sensibility and Brokeback Mountain suddenly become an envelope-pushing evangelist for high-tech filmmaking and theatrical exhibition a la Lucas and Cameron?
  23. This was the first movie I saw in the 3D High Frame Rate format since 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, and... I still don't like the format. Looks too much like video. Looks cheap. (It even *sounded* like video, to me, like they were using the mic on the home-movie camera or something -- or is that just my brain tweaking the way I hear the sound because I associate that kind of sound with this kind of imagery!?) All that being said, the digital "mask" they created for Young Will Smith was pretty convincing, at least.
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  25. Yep...it's easy to say I'd ask for a lower key desk job, but the excitement of a gig like his would be so intoxicating.
  26. McCallany is giving my favorite performance of the show. I 100% about the authenticity of the role (he reminds me of some of my friends' parents), and some of the choices Tench makes in the second season in regards to his family are simultaneously understandable and heartbreaking (like, I don't think I would know what to do with his situation if I were in his shoes).
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