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  2. Thanks - I'll try again later today or tomorrow, and if unsuccessful, I'll email you the info.
  3. Not specifically. Most error messages I've received have been when one of the mandatory fields (with the red asterisk are not filled in). But it could be if more than one person was using the app at once that this created an issue? If you want to send me (via PM or e-mail) a copy of the photo you are using, I'll see if I can create the entry and you can edit the blurb.
  4. kenmorefield

    Sophie Scholl

    I did not dig this film as much as I hoped. (I watched it last night so I could vote on it in Round 3 of 2020 list.) Looking over the reviews at Rotten Tomatoes (where it's in the high 80s) I found myself agreeing with both the positives and the negatives. It's a powerful story, but the film itself left me dissatisfied. As a total aside, reading through this thread was also quite an interesting reminder of how we all change and grow. I absolutely don't say this to pick on him, because I think (at least in reference to Trump advocates) that SDG has the online patience of a saint, but I did a little bit of a spit take at the "idiot" comment. Perhaps we all have smoothed over some of our edges over time...but I know there used to be a .... forcefulness...with which we expressed our opinions that looking back upon makes me cringe. (I include myself in that description.) Anyhow, the movie.... There is a point about 40 minutes in where I thought the film had the potential to be a Protestant trial of Joan of Arc movie. I liked the interrogation scenes very much, but only as performance pieces. They are great scenes in isolation, the sort of thing an acting student might use for an audition, full of interesting possibilities and acting choices. But I am sympathetic to the complaint that with the outcome never in doubt, I wasn't always tracking how the four parts fit together. (The pre-capture, the interrogations, the jail scenes, the trial). For me the jail scenes leeched the tension right out of the film. I am not sure why. They just seemed so generic. In the Trial of Joan of Arc, the outcome is not in doubt, but the whole thing is about the trial and, by extension, whether God is giving her the words and what that signifies. Here it is hard to read it that way sense the interrogation breaks her down eventually. Also, am I the only one that struggled with the first 20 minutes in thinking that they were foolishly and needlessly reckless? Maybe I've seen enough resistance films (Army of Shadows comes to mind), but it is almost like they want to get caught. The only way I can interpret that is the brash nature of youth, but the risk flirtation also felt strangely at odds with the care that had clearly been made to create and think through a cover story in the interrogation. (It is hard for me to think of the Sophie in the first 20 minutes and the Sophie in the next 40 minutes as the same person.) What I did like about the film, what quite frankly frightened me about it (potentially inflammatory political rhetoric ahead) is how familiar the logic and arguments of the fascist sounded. The cult of leadership, the lack of concern for truth in any objective sense leaving just rhetoric (how the venal motive can be framed as something else to exhaust the true truth seekers or assist in the self-brainwashing of the committed). The film by no means sucked. And I'm probably harder on it for being late to it. By the same token, I kept thinking of other prison and resistance films I admired -- Army of Shadows, In the Name of the Father, Hunger, A Man for All Seasons [even the final shot was reminiscent], and I am more or less of the mindset that if you spent the bulk of a movie thinking of other movies that signifies in some ways that the movie isn't working for you.
  5. I've gotten an error code EX1406 twice now when I've tried to save my Embrace of the Serpent blurb. Do you know what this signifies?
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  7. Amadeus, definitely. and Grave would be good. Both have previous app entries from other lists so giving me five minutes to copy them over. That way you can just edit the blurb rather than having to re-enter all the data. Do you have any interest in Amazing Grace or Stop Making Sense? I don't want to pigeon hole you as the "music" writer, but it feels a shame not using your expertise if you have interest in either of those.
  8. Anything you'd like me to start working on, Ken? I've been planning to review Amadeus for awhile, so I'd happily start on that. Grave of the Fireflies is the other of my nominees not in the top 25, so I could start writing that too, if you want.
  9. I'd love to - this one'll take a bit longer, though, since I never wrote a review of it.
  10. Steven, I gave Spirited Away to Anders since he is updating his previous writing, but I'd be happy for you to do Witness and Song of Bernadette. I've updated your account so that you can use the app, but we have a previous entry for The Song of Bernadette. As such you can click on it (once I copy it to 2020 list and just edit the blurb) You may also change the picture if you like. The other info will stay the same.
  11. Wow, thanks Ken. It helped that I had reviews of both I Am Not Your Negro and Embrace of the Serpent on my website, that only needed minor tweaking. And on that note, what next, boss?
  12. Just a parenthetical aside, but doesn't it seem like Bruce Beresford dropped off cinephile radar? In the 80s and 90s, he had a number of well-regarded, understated dramas: Black Robe, Tender Mercies, Breaker Morant. And I see from IMDb that he's still making films, but I don't think I've seen one since the early 90s.
  13. Forgot about Yi Yi. Perhaps that is because we went with a different Yang film, but....
  14. If no one else has claimed them, I’ll do Witness, Spirited Away, and The Song of Bernadette.
  15. Andrew, that's a beautiful write up of the Peck film. I'd invite people to check on the list as blurbs get added and if you like them to tweet them out to let other reader's know.
  16. Happy to green light Uncle Boonmee (I was hoping you'd be willing to do that one!) and Spirited Away (since you are updating your own work let me copy over the previous entry and you can edit. I would see no problem with the others, but let me know when the others are done so I can green light. (I'll move over After Life and Still Life so that it is just blurb...and can replace picture if you want a different one.)
  17. Andrew, I'd love to see you do a blurb for The Work. I've set up your account to make the app accessible. I need to think about Magnolia because of its...unique...history on this board.
  18. I mentioned in another thread, I'm currently thinking hard about doing an essay broadly or indirectly about "auteur theory," particularly thinking about Top 100 perennials -- The Apostle, Tender Mercies that we don't associate with "auteurs." Might also want to fold in It's a Wonderful Life (is it on the list because it is a Capra film?) and A Man for All Seasons (is Zinnemann an auteur?).
  19. I'd like to write on spiritually signifiant cinema in East Asia, especially in the twenty-first century, and what non-theistic or atheistic (in the PRC) cinema looks like and how we can parse the deep spirituality of someone like Jia. But I'd also talk about Tsai, Apichatpong, Yang, and Koreeda.
  20. Short list of films I'd like to write the blurbs for if it works: Spirited Away (I already wrote the old one, so I'd be happy to update) Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives After Life Blade Runner Still Life
  21. So, in other lists, what does in the "Description" box will appear directly below the title in the list format (before you click on the individual entry): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/year/8-2020-top-100/ That's typically been the director so that he/she will be listed in the quick survey. (d. Akira Kurosawa) But...some discussion was made for using that line to list other films that *would* have made the Top 100 by score if it were not limited to 1 film per director. (example: Also: Red Beard). I kind of like that idea since it helps highlight that, no, we didn't just suddenly leave The Passion of Joan of Arc off the list, even if the reader doesn't click through to the actual blurb. But for most of them, I would choose the director.
  22. I'll check after posting this. A Man for All Seasons Ordet Andrei Rublev Three Colors: Blue (as a member of the trilogy and on this list) Babette's Feast Diary of a Country Priest The Seventh Seal Gospel According to St. Matthew The Flowers of St. Francis 2001: A Space Odyssey The Night of the Hunter The Mission Wings of Desire Tokyo Story The Apostle The Burmese Harp Grave of the Fireflies Schindler's List It's a Wonderful Life Sunrise ETA: 13/20, not terrible.
  23. This documentary is an excellent introduction to Mindfulness Meditation -- and there is virtually a cornucopia of info on meditation on the internet, all free. Search for meditation + youtube.com for many lessons on meditation from different teachers. Search on the internet for Eckhart Tolle and you'll find many of his excellent meditation teachings. There is a very good academic course, with several weeks of classes, for free --search for Mindfulness for Well-Being and Peak Performance at the FutureLearn.com site.. Soundstrue.com is also offering many free meditation episodes to introduce their long list of meditation teachers. Good luck!
  24. Not really. The format allows people to go longer if they want, but nobody should feel obligated to do so. Standard movie review instructions for a blog post is 800-1200 words, so I would discourage people from having more than that. I expect most will be shorter, but I want to give people freedom in this, particularly as some of voters have expressed a desire for a little more "contextualization" in the blurbs. Sorry that's not too specific.
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