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  2. I am not a particular Firefly fan, but the Legendary Encounters: Firefly was on sale at a recent game convention, so I picked it up. Unlike the Aliens or Predators Encounters, this one feels like you need to know the show a bit more. I am not sure about replay-ability since it is tied to missions that are episode specific and there are only 15 of them (will you learn which heroes go with which eps?) Also - nether a plus nor minus - the Encounters depends much more on the "Coordinate" mechanic, making it more of a truly co=op game than Marvel Legendary where people mostly just play their own hands and build their own deck. Cindy and I lost the first two games, the first quite badly as the most powerful enemy entered into the combat zone as the very first card revealed and proceeded to destroy the ship. We lost the second game by taking a ship strike that had to be healed in one turn and again when we played on and didn't have enough strike to defeat the main villain (Crow). But we won the third game quite easily, as by then we knew which characters were optimal for that episode.
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  4. As per previous discussion, I'm not averse in principle to these ideas, but I am working with a template, teaching myself .html editing, ftp, etc., while not really having any help (that I don't have to pay for out of pocket) on the tech side. So things are likely to change very slowly since priority one is to to not break anything by making changes that I don't understand. According to our file structure, we have stand alone pages for 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2019. Those prior to 2019 are on a different template and heavily covered with IMAGE branding. I would like to have some sort of master page for the Top 100/25 lists that goes to each separate page as well as easier integration back and forth to the forums. I like the 2019 format, but it plays better on phones than laptops and the text is too small to actually read the blurbs. It's a better clickbait than actual resource. But I wouldn't mind having a separate page of just the texts.
  5. I loved everything about this film, and I don't consider myself a huge Pixar fan. Mostly I like the way the stories are different in each of the Toy Stories, and they aren't afraid to develop the characters and/or put them in different situations rather than simply doing the same formula over and over. (How ironic that the trailer before the film was for The Lion King, which looks like a shot-for-shot remake). I also love how the films have subtext without being strictly allegorical. There are metaphysical similarities, but the owners/makers aren't God. There are comparisons to parenting (and/or in this case adoption), but it's not allegorical in the rigid sense. It's just that there are similarities enough to draw and make comparisons rather than just decode. The lost toys inversion of Pinocchio is brilliant, and the new characters interesting. It's been a long time since I left the theater this enthused.
  6. Turning this back to MiB for a second, I enjoyed Matt Lynch's take on Letterbox'd more than the movie itself: https://letterboxd.com/colonelmortimer/film/men-in-black-international/ I like this not necessarily for the jab at government but because it points out how devoid of imagination are so many movies today. Think of all the directions this could go and yet we get warmed over action scenes and "who is the mole" plot structure.
  7. Final decision: just discovered that Amazing Grace is playing at a local theater at the perfect time slot. Sorry mediocre summer blockbusters, this seminary class is going to go see Aretha.
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  9. Yes, thanks again, Ken! I agree that it would be helpful to have year and director but also that it looks much better in the gallery to only have the title. Could there be another page with just the 1-25 list that contained this information (basically what is at the beginning of this results thread with year and director)? That would deal with this issue, and address what I see as the most glaring omission—the list itself, in an easily readable form. At the top of each page, “List” could be added to Home, Gallery, and About with the link to that page. I love the click-advancing gallery with the blurbs, but a list like that would make the page much more user friendly. I think that list would be the appropriate place to link to the threads for the respective films in the forum (an idea I really like). Even better, perhaps that list could appear on the Gallery page (which currently just has pictures) in the form of captions under each picture that give the rank, the film title, director, and year. Those of us who have seen or at least been in on the discussion might get the hint as to what each photo refers to, but not someone who happens across the page due to interest in the topic. I think it would be a mistake to assume that anyone would find their way to the nominations or results thread in the forum, even if they wanted to. This is the spot. Those heading links do not appear at the top of the About page. It think it would be best to have them there to allow people to navigate within the site without having to rely on the browser’s back button. I know that clicking the title in the upper left also brings one back to Home, but the consistency would be nice, too. Speaking of consistency and that title in the upper left, it’s different in terms of line breaks on all three pages: Home has Arts & Faith Top 25: Growing Older About has Arts & Faith Top 25: Growing Older Gallery has Arts & Faith Top 25: Growing Older That last one (Gallery) is the one that looks best and makes most sense (3 lines of 2 prominent words each), and I think all of them should be changed to look like that. On the Home page, moving the cursor over the Gallery heading link reveals a drop down menu containing the words “Growing Older,” but if you click on that, it stays on the home page. Clicking the word “Gallery” obviously leads to the gallery. On the Gallery page, the text “(Click on a Photo for a description from A&F contributor)” should be subordinate (lower, smaller font) to the word “Gallery.” I’m not sure it needs to be in parentheses. Is there a reason why “Photo” is capitalized and not the other key words? I’d suggest “Click on a photo for a description and commentary from an Arts & Faith contributor. Click on the film’s title for a discussion of the film in the Arts & Faith film forum.” That would of course necessitate adding the rank, title, and ideally year and director to the gallery page, as mentioned above. Could there be a prominent link to the A&F home page? At the least, the “Artsandfaith.com” in the Our Mission section of the About page should be an active hyperlink. I still think that there should be a dedicated, aesthetically pleasing (like this one) A&F home page with links to the forum, Top 100 and 25 lists, ecumenical jury lists, etc. but that’s probably a project for another time. Some of these are quibbles; some are more substantive. I have used templates like this in the past and I know they can be very tricky, but if these changes are possible, I think that the consistency and additions would improve the site a lot.
  10. I'd be okay with a comparison of a film that is on the list to one that is not or to a theme that included films on the list as well as films not on it. I wouldn't want an essay just about a film that wasn't on the list. But I think something like you describe would be fine.
  11. Is the group of available films for discussion limited to those in the list? I ask because I'd been kicking around a comparison piece on MAKE WAY FOR TOMORROW and AMOUR and Haneke's film isn't on it.
  12. Thanks for sharing your review. I am uncomfortable with the use of "authoritative," though I recognize that the "in one way" qualifies it. It's been my experience as a peripheral victim impacted by gun violence and a witness to others that such traumas can dull one's capacity for reason, forgiveness, or even non-personal judgments about what is in the public good. As a matter of personal relationships, its fine to recognize someone's greater experience with trauma. As a foundation for social expectations or even public policy, it's dangerous, and it can (and I think has) reduced those trauma victims to agitprops That's not across the board, of course, and the way one frames and responds to trauma changes over time. But I generally tend to be wary of political arguments or social calls that are motivated by what will or will not give closure, healing, payback, or satisfaction for the victims. As this film shows, the victims themselves often don't know what that is. I don't think that is what Steven is doing here. I think he's just acknowledging that he knows my family history and is being respectful of it. I just bring it up as a way of that my ambivalence about the film's presentation is less about about different values regarding what the victims should have done as in this film's overall tone of praise suggesting that such questions are less complicated than I think they are. (Then again, maybe they aren't. There are plenty of commands in Christian New Testament that haven't so much been tried and found impractical or unhealthy as assumed to be wrong and left untried.) Perhaps because we just did the Growing Older list, I'd love to see a follow up of Emanuel in 7-10 years to see how they have changed, if at all, and/or how the decision to take the very difficult road of emotional forgiveness impacted them in other areas of life. (The film argues that such an impact will, inevitably, be positive, but I'd like this argument to be a bit more detailed.)
  13. SDG

    Emanuel (2019)

    Interesting, Ken. I had a much more positive response to the film, which I thought did a decent job of establishing its priors and offering sufficient perspective for the target audience, or at least for the portion of the target audience I’m most in tune with, i.e., reasonably open-minded white American Christians who either know there’s a lot about the black American experience they don’t know or are at least open to that insight. But it doesn’t surprise me that you had a different take. On topics relating to deadly violence and ways of reacting to, depicting, or framing it, your perspective is obviously different from mine, and in one way more authoritative. I don’t know, but it’s possible my experience of the film might be more common. My review.
  14. Yep. I'd be pretty surprised if there is enough interest, but I've been surprised before. If not, perhaps thinking about it will add some momentum for doing a Top 100 in 2020. I've got three new course preps for Fall, so I can't say I'd be crushed if it doesn't make. But I do like the idea of having *something* to accompany the A&F lists...and this forum tends to do a little better if there is some sort of communal project as opposed to just chattering about the newest releases (which is fun, I admit). Of course, it could be the case in which the board begins to take a shape around a seasonal calendar...with some sort of Top 25 in the first half of the year and the Ecumenical Jury in the end...leaving people the Summer to, you know, live their lives....
  15. BethR

    Late Night (2019)

    I agree with your review, Ken. For me, Mindy Kaling's performance salvaged the movie, so I ended up on the positive side. Also, having just seen Men in Black: International, I enjoyed comparing/contrasting Emma Thompson's suiting choices. But yes, it could have been better.
  16. I don't know what your timeline is, but the Yesterday trailers look good.
  17. NBooth has accurately summed up my experience with MiB:International. It was diverting, and the theater was nicely air-conditioned
  18. I have a longer piece on Summer Hours that I've presented as a conference paper and I'd love to expand and revise. I'll throw something together.
  19. I'd love to have an excuse to write at length about Denis's films in this context, but my fall is booked up with other projects. Good luck, Ken!
  20. Nice to see this thread resurface. For what it's worth, I've just about finished Richard Rohr's new book, The Universal Christ, which is exactly the book I needed to read. He mentioned in a recent interview that his publisher forced him through seven or eight edits, which apparently exhausted him, but the work shows. It's by far the best thing I've read by him -- it feels like the culmination of his life's work and thinking (he'll celebrate his 50th year as a priest in 2020). I'm grateful for this book if for no other reason than it presents a version of the Christ story that feels intuitively right to me, and it's given me a way to reclaim the vocabulary of Christian religion. Highly recommended.
  21. Went to Catholic schools from primary to uni, including units in theology as part of gen. ed. requirements. Sunday Mass (Novus Ordo) and days of annual obligation (one for Confession); With family during annual memorials, the rosary. At bedtime: - the readings for the day and any memorial from the Daily Roman Missal; - the entry for the saints of that day from Lives of the Saints; Given additional time, - a chapter and devotional entry from the Catholic Prayer Bible (NRSVCE) and commentaries from the Catholic Study Bible (NABRE); - a chapter from the Catechism or part of a novena found in the same Missal; - a chapter from a classic, such as Imitation of Christ; When traveling and given limitations with what I can bring, The Shorter Christian Prayer and the rosary.
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  23. Huzzah! Thank you for all of your hard work on this project, Ken.
  24. I'll share the CFP as well and we'll see who sends in proposals. I'm happy to write an introduction as well as an essay (or two!) for a film (I wrote blurbs on Before Midnight and Another Year for the list). Thanks for putting this together, Ken!
  25. FWIW, if the book does move forward, I'm thinking I may write a comparison of King Lear and Sunset Boulevard as sort of male/female nightmares of aging. But...it's hard for me to resist writing about Jane Austen whenever that's a possibility. In previous anthologies, my focus has sometimes changed as other essay proposals came in. Also FWIW, Joel has expressed some interest/willingness to write the introduction, but I am sure he would also be willing to do an essay if there is a better fit for intro.
  26. Here is a copy of the Call For Papers announcement: https://1morefilmblog.com/2019/06/16/cfp-arts-faiths-top-25/ I have not formally put the book under contract but anticipate no problem in doing so. I am simply waiting until after the July 31 proposal deadline so that I can provide the publisher with a preliminary list of essays. To be honest, I am skeptical about generating the required number of essays, but one never knows until one asks. If there are less than 10 proposals, I don't think it is worth pursuing. If there are 15 or more, that's sufficient. Between 10-14 would depend on who pitched an essay, how reliable and experienced the writers are, etc. I will copy the list titles here momentarily, and I will update it if I get any pitches so as to avoid having multiple last-minute pitches on same topic. The Straight Story Late Spring Wild Strawberries Make Way for Tomorrow The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Limelight Tokyo Story The Gleaners & I Poetry 35 Up Umberto D. Before Midnight Gertrud Faces Places The Man Who Planted Trees Things to Come Persuasion Summer Hours Another Year Maadadayo Madadayo 35 Shots of Rum Sunset Boulevard You Can't Take it WIth You The Remains of the Day King Lear
  27. I have added Rob's blurb of The Man Who Planted Trees, meaning the web page is complete unless anyone else wishes to be added to the "About Us" page. Thanks all for your contributions.
  28. kenmorefield

    Emanuel (2019)

    I don't think it would be possible to give this a "Rotten" on RT, but I also have a hard time recommending it.
  29. Andrew

    The Dead Don't Die

    Despite its lukewarm response at Cannes, I rather liked this. Here's my review: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/secularcinephile/2019/06/once-again-bill-murray-zombies-fun-in-the-dead-dont-die/
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