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  2. Ken wrote: Based on my limited experience, the main reason people investigate past threads is to review or gather information needed for nominating or voting on Top 100/Top 50 films. If those lists are to be archived--well, the 2020 Top 100 all link to A&F discussions of those pictures. Some of the older lists have only blurbs, or hit-or-miss links to the forum. FWIW.
  3. I would assume there is since I found correspondence from a previous admin to a previous owner talking about making the board archives a "subreddit." That's a bit beyond my level of expertise, though if someone else wants to investigate alternatives and recommend a proposal, I am willing to consider.
  4. I would be sad about this, but it's undeniable that there are a lot of empty chairs and empty tables around here lately. I haven't been posting much either, though I'm not a very prolific forum poster at the best of times. (And, FWIW, I'm only just now resuming pre-pandemic movie habits - two nights ago I went to see In the Heights, and that was the first time I'd been to a theater since February 2020.) Mind you, I think it's still very possible that the forum could take off again - but for that to happen would probably require an infusion of new blood and a mostly new group of participants. It wouldn't be the old community back again in any case. A question about preserving the site: Is there an easy way to convert the board into a static site where old discussions could still be read? If so, the site could presumably be hosted at a much lower cost in time and money than an active forum. Perhaps InVision offers such a feature? It's worth noting that Wayback Machine has a feature for saving specific pages (the "Save Page Now" form), so this is a way to ensure any given thread will be available in the future.
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  6. Ken, I appreciate all you contributed in both time and money to keep the A&F board going. I have enjoyed being part of the conversations over the years, but it does seem that almost all participants have moved to other, more public, platforms for publishing their reviews, gotten involved with other social media for discussion, etc. A&F may have served it purpose. I agree that the Top 100 (and 50) lists are worth preserving, and I'm willing to contribute to that if it would be helpful.
  7. I've not been active here in some time, and perhaps Andrew is right that others have moved on. In the least, Ken, if you close the board, definitely post the Top 100 lists, etc. on some kind of platform. They're absolutely worth saving and keeping online as a resource.
  8. I certainly get where you're coming from, Ken. I still check in here each morning as part of my breakfast-and-tea routine, but it feels like everyone has moved on, whatever the reasons.
  9. Hey all. I am currently leaning towards retiring the Invision |Discussion board for this site at the end of 2021. This is mostly a time thing rather than a money thing, though money might play a slight part. The Invision software is complicated and involves my paying help every time there is an update. It's also a renewal cost for a subscription cost, which, while minimal, is superflous. My current idea is to keep the domain registration and convert the Top 100 lists, blurbs, and intros as well as the Ecumenical Jury lists and blurbs to stand-alone web pages so that they would still be accessible (and could even be expanded for further lists.) I mention this for two reasons: 1) If there is content beyond that you might want to save, think about making whatever back up copies you can in the next final months. 2) If there is some argument against retiring the board that I haven't thought of, speak up. I know some people like the idea of preserving the board posts as an archive, and traffic suggests there is some value to that, I just don't know how much people really investigate past threads. 3) It's possible that the pandemic and paucity of new movies might have created a slow down, but it's looking like the reverse, actually. As parts of society in North America open back up a little people may be spending even less time glued to their computer screens. Of course this could change too after an initial rush to get back out in the world, but.... Anyway, just thinking out loud. Nothing imminent, but I'm putting that out there in case there are any obvious arguments I'm missing.
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  11. This blog: https://thezoeverse.com/ Fantastic reads on sex, drugs and travel by a female author. Adult content.
  12. The cross makes an interesting MacGuffin. Yet, because it is a cross, it opens up some interesting spiritual questions.
  13. This was a truly terrific film; it reminds me of why I miss film-festivals that feature world cinema. The setting is Macedonia and Petrunya is a woman who sets the town on edge by jumping for the cross -- i.e. participating in a local ceremony where the priest throws the cross in the river and the *men* jump in to catch it and earn God's favor. Seems like it's getting good but not great reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but I think it might really resonate with exvangelicals or those concerned about misognyny in society and the church who aren't yet ready to throw out the whole thing as being so from the get go. Your mileage may vary, but it's definitely gonna be on my Top 10 list for 2021, probably somewhere near the top. http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/06/18/god-exists-her-name-is-petrunya-mitevska-2021/
  14. BethR

    Dream Horse (2020)

    Dream Horse, directed by Euros Lyn, is a fictionalized version of the story told in the 2015 documentary Dark Horse. A group of Welsh working-class villagers pool their money to breed and train a racehorse they name Dream Alliance. When the horse turns out to be a much better investment than expected, the surprise is more--surprising--in the documentary than in the fictional version. Under two hours isn't really that long by today's standards, but the film seemed to drag at times while hammering home class divisions and various characters' individual quirks and trials. However, Toni Collette is always worth watching, Sian Phillips has a nice minor role, and the racing footage is (I thought) well-shot for thrills. Three stars :)
  15. kenmorefield

    Luca (2021)

    Liked it a lot. Maybe loved it, though looking back, I see my initial impressions of some Pixar wane quickly. Still, it's gorgeous, and it's been a long time since I've seen movies with moments of genuine joy. It's somewhat manipulative in an emotional way, but boy do it's punches land. Full review: http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/06/16/luca-casarosa-2021/
  16. Interesting review, Ken. I was one of those millions watching the original TV movie The Day After, and still remember it as a horrific experience. It certainly cemented my existing conviction that we should do everything in our power to prevent nuclear war.
  17. Retreading some of the ground in articles linked above (and yes, it's published in First Things), Mark Bauerlein's history of the decline of English departments, "Truth, Reading, and Decadence." The emphasis on "identity critics" is over the top, but probably what FT readers want. Along similar lines, a former student found herself in a graduate course on Shakespeare with an instructor whose interest in eco-criticism ovrwhelmed almost anything Shakespeare actually wrote. The student was pretty disgusted.
  18. I'm intrigued and will certainly watch it, but the creator of that trailer could benefit from some Ritalin. Whew, that exhausted me!
  19. Andrew

    There Is No Evil

    Oh yeah - I totally viewed those two stories in that fashion.
  20. Not sure what this says about me, but I keep feel genuine hesitation to answer or make any suggestions because I feel like we've gotten to a point in cancel culture where calling someone "fat," even in a non-derogatory way, will be construed as fat-shaming or contributing to fat-shaming culture. I know that is not what you are doing, just saying that it's really hard for me to answer question because I every time I think of some possible reply, I hear this imaginary reply in my head, "Oh, you think 'x' is FAT? You are part of the problem...."
  21. Ohhh, this is so hard for me to answer. I've been playing a lot of board games and it's hard to separate which one I like the most overall, and which one just had my attention right now… At the top of my “right now” list is A Feast For Odin, which is a very euro worker placement game by Uwe Rosenberg who’s well known for Agricola and Caverna. Even though player interaction is much lighter than most games I like, this core mechanic is this tetris-y tile placement puzzle that is really quite fun. I've been playing it a lot lately. I saw that a lot of interesting games can be found in dndguide.net and I confirmed this to be true.
  22. A question I had (as I recall, I saw it in the fall) deals with the use of the song "Bella Ciao" in the 2nd and last stories. I'm tempted to view them in such a way that the 2nd story is projected decades ahead in the final. Anyone else notice that use of music?
  23. A friend, who, like many Christians, disliked or disapproved of the film’s divergence from the novel, recently revised her views based on the recent cultural dialogue around race (and quantum principles). Whether you agree with her take or not, it’s a well written article.
  24. A friend, a woman in her 30s, who by her own account has been fat her whole life, is trying to mitigate the wounds our fat-phobic culture have inflicted. As part of that, she is trying to nurture her imagination by feeding it depictions (in film, books, or TV) of old women who are fat and happy. Can y’all help me start a list for her?
  25. It's hard not to love an art process documentary that tells you the makers of The Day After showed the entire crew Hiroshima Mon Amour in order to try to get them on the same page about the the devastation of nuclear weapons. This is my favorite documentary of the year so far, not because it champions The Day After (which I don't know if I ever saw) but because it argues that movies can change things, even if the ones that do are always little miracles that somehow defy all the odds as they slouch towards Bethlehem, waiting to be born. http://1morefilmblog.com/2021/06/05/television-event-daniels-2020/
  26. Andrew

    There Is No Evil

    I can see where the second story would've left a negative impression; I'm not a fan of the 'filmed play' feeling either (why I wasn't over the moon about Ma Rainey last year). It was my least favorite episode, but I loved how it then became something more expansive, with a French New Wave sort of energy.
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