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  1. Well, yes. So it is! I see that now. I was stuck on the Mission (even though I have seen it) as well as a few others that I had seen. I never saw Stalker. Thanks for your help, Darrel. Sara
  2. I was looking at the list of our 2006 films at the top of the forum page. On the left are screen shots of some of the films. But I can't identify them all. Can someone help me by listing them in order as they appear? Thanks. Sara
  3. Dan, yes. That's it! Thank you, thank you, thank you. =D> Sara
  4. I read the thread on fathers' dying in movies. And I remember about 10 years ago I saw one on TV (I hope it was a movie, but maybe a tv show.) This one moved me deeply. There was a middle aged son, who didn't get along too well with his aged father. He was at the bedside of his father as he died. The father died. The dialogue (maybe a voiceover) was - "They say at a moment like this, you are now free. You walk out into the sun and suddenly you are no longer in someone's shadow. And how do you feel?" "I know how I feel." "Lonely..." I have never forgotten that. Can anyone tell me what movie or tv show that was? Sara
  5. I guess I have a different take on the movie. I love British humor and was not offended by anything in the film. (Small children would not get the jokes. But I know a 10 year old who loved the whole thing, especially Lady Tottington.) The whole movie was full of great humor. The other thought I would like to add is this: I think we are experiencing Wallace's "dark side." You know Jung says the "better" the person, the darker is his shadow. This is wonderfully shown in the movie. Even the church has its dark side. And good people have to be aware of their shadows. Light and Dark. That is the tension that we all live with within ourselves and in the world and within the church. Sara
  6. I am pretty happy with Netflix. I put Ingmar Berman's film (The Virgin Spring) first into my queue the day before it was being released. I was surprised that they gave it to me that day, shipped out the next day! I wish the turn around time were faster. Seems to take longer to get to them than it takes Netflix to send to me. (Usually a day from Netflix to me.) I also got the newly released Ugetsu and Forbidden Games immediately. The day they were released or close to it. As for damaged DVDs - very few. I was disappointed in the DVD for Jack Nicholson's " One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest." Horrible. Skipped. And with none of the new extras. I notice some of the newer versions of these DVDs (like the above) are not offered by Netflix. But on the whole, they treat me pretty well, and I will not be leaving them anytime soon. Sara
  7. Ever see a film that was not deeply "spiritual" that just made you laugh and feel happy? Unconditional Love did that for me. Yesterday, I had watched the DVD of The Constant Gardener - which was good, but a bit tiring after awhile. When it was over I turned on the TV, and got almost at the beginning of Kathy Bates, Lynn Redgrave, and Meredith Eaton in Unconditional Love. And Julie Andrews made a surprise appearance at a strange funeral. Meredith Eaton is about 4'3" and she wore a red raincoat...(shades of "Don't Look Now" and the dwarf.) This movie was just a welcome relief for happy entertainment. The music was good, too. The whole thing was a bit crazy, but I loved it. Have you seen it? Sara
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    I thought the last scene showed her wrestling a propane tank along the ground, with the motorcycle buzzing around. I just saw this film again. I was wrong. :spoilers: The last scene does not show Rosetta in bed. Instead it shows her crying on the ground and the boy (whose job she had taken) picks her up. The last shot is of her face. I too find hope in the ending. Sara
  9. I just watched Eraserhead (on the new DVD that has David Lynch talking at length about making the film.) Honestly, it was the weirdest, most surreal movie I have ever seen. Perhaps Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou would come close. And maybe Bunuel's L'Age d'Or and Phantom of Liberty. It was a strange experience, and I enjoyed it even though I scratched my head throughout. What did others here think about it? Sara
  10. I just saw this and loved it. And I was glad to find Ron's review. I really liked this quote from Ron's review: "If Everett is the kind of fool whose false wisdom is mocked in the biblical Book of Proverbs, his redeemed side-kicks point the way to another kind of foolery that's praised in Saint Paul's first letter to the Corinthians; 'Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Were is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For the foolishness of God is wiser than man's wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man's strength. Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards, but God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things, so that no one may boast.' " Says it all! Sara
  11. 293 right now, not including 4 jewels coming out in March. Sara
  12. I get so mad sometimes with Roger Ebert. His review of this movie makes me wonder about him. I watched the Spitfire Grill twice yesterday. And I keep hearing Percy singing "There is a Balm in Gilead, that makes the wounded whole..." There are threads, I know, on A&F about Christ Images and also about Roger Ebert. Could we for now talk just about the Spitfire Grill? This film moved me deeply. There was so much pain and healing - and yes, resurrection (end). Why oh why do I think now of Grace in Dogville as I think of Percy in the Spitfire Grill? (This just came to me. I never intended to write that...) I don't want to put spoilers in this message. I would like to hear your thoughts. Percy was surely "the wounded healer." There are no words to express what I feel about this film. The whole cast was wonderful. And the music was supportive and beautiful. And I could feel the healing presence of Christ/Percy and the pain of both. Sometimes it hurts you as you absorb so much beauty and pain and healing. Sara
  13. Having just watched Bresson's Pickpocket recently I would like to suggest: Pickpocket OR A Ballet of Hands. What are alternate titles you would give some movies? Sara
  14. Last night I watched "Crash." I finally gave it up half way through. I know it is said to be a good film. But sometimes I don't like so many people and so many plots. Sometimes I just enjoy the quieter things of Bresson or Bergman or the Dardennes. At least I enjoy the simplicity - even Dogville! - as opposed to so many folks and plots and points of view. No less deep. More so. Just not so noisy and complicated to keep up with. Do any of you know what I mean? I love a good mystery. Give me "Rear Window" anyday. Not things with plots and subplots and gangs to keep up with and a thousand characters. What are some of the "complicated" films you have seen as opposed to some of the less "complicated" (but no less powerful for its simplicity?) For example I loved Bergman's Winter Light. And East of Eden. But some of the gang, drug films because they have so many characters and so many plots, leave me out in left field. Sara
  15. I probably should not chime in here, but I will anyway. I love games for the PC. And I love Rembrandt and Paul Klee. That said, I think some PC games offer a special kind of beauty for those who love them. The beauty is in the game play and in the art one sees on your monitor. Take for example the first Age of Empires. Later games in the series may have bigger buildings and a lot of high tech stuff, but the beauty and magic in this first Age of Empires is hard to describe. Like when you build a dock, and a fishing boat, and see the little boat going out in the water and casting its net, then returning with its catch to the dock to add to your food. (Sometimes I just want to watch it - rather than realize I must keep going, otherwise the "enemy" may get ahead.) Or like watching your two priests go off into the desert and try to convert others and then build their own place. If you have not played this, Age of Empires - Rise of Rome, you are in for a treat. I know they now have Age of Mythology and Age of Empires 3, but going with that first game (and the music) is wonderful. Did you know, you can still download the demo from Microsoft? Both AoE and RoR. Just build those first little huts, a granary, a dock, and .... well, I am getting carried away. It is not like those role playing games. Anyway. Sara
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    I thought the last scene showed her wrestling a propane tank along the ground, with the motorcycle buzzing around. ← Ron, I think the last shot of her showed her lying down - maybe on the ground, maybe on the bed. I don't really remember. But there was a close up of her face - her feelings - her thoughts. It was powerful. Then the scene went black. And left me wondering. Sara
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    John, Ron, and Doug, Thank you so much for the above posts about Rosetta. It was wonderful to come here and read what you wrote. I by chance saw it last night on TV! It is so beautifully typical of the D brothers : back of heads, handheld cameras, and no music score. (I recognized the "father" as the boss instantly.) I was struck by the last scene - showing Rosetta in bed. I wondered what she was really thinking/realizing. Maybe it was all too much - her betrayal of the boy, her hard life, her hope. Her face was a realization of something deep within her. What was it? Also, please, one of you comment on why you think this is our Number One most spiritual movie. It stirred something deep within me. Not sure what. Have to see it again or let this settle. But that last scene of her face was a statement or a question. Which? Sara
  18. Jeffrey, I did not feel that Alice Howell was "Christian bashing." Sara
  19. I'm not sure where this should go, but anyway I am sticking it here. (Probably should go under Religion.) I just received a copy of a letter to the editor (up in New England) written by a wonderful lady, 80 years old, Episcopalian, teacher, and an author of several books. It is her response to Jerry F's Friend or Foe Christmas tree campaign. I share it here because I think it is worthy of reflection. Here is her letter: To the Editor: Jerry Falwell's campaign for Christmas trees termed "Friend or Foe" throws a spotlight on the reason that things religious are so hideously divisive in our country, in the world, and throughout history. What will it take for humanity to wake up to the simple alternative of becoming inclusive! Michelle Gillette wrote a fine piece for the Eagle suggesting that the basic customs and beliefs of the major religions should be taught in school. I taught such a course myself in a private school emphasizing the unity of concepts of the mystical sides of all the major religions. I cannot for the life of me see why at this Winter Solstice season (which is the basic symbolic reason for the celebration of the return of the light) we should not include Christmas trees (pagan in origin!), Hanukah menorah, Kwanzaa, Diwali and even the joyful archetypal Santa Claus as well. A cornucopia of carols could be celebrating life on earth and the promise of a peaceful New Year being born in the darkness of winter. Historically, the birth of Christ was arbitrarily set on Dec.25 to replace the Roman Saturnalia, (the sun enters the sign of Capricorn on Dec. 21 and is ruled by the planet Saturn) and also the birth of Mithra and Adonis, the central figures in rival religions in the 4th cent C.E. The seasons were considered sacred events. We are losing our environment by losing this insight. Whatever our religion we turn to a central mystery of creation, giving it the name of God. We forget that the polytheistic religions considered the many gods and goddesses to be personifications of the different aspects of an ineffable One. As long as this attitude of the fundamentalists in all the religions prevails, we will continue to have wars and bad feelings caused by literalism and righteousness. Humanity needs to remember that the light celebrated at this season is the same Light/Life that shines in every one of us and that the "only Way", taught by the several avatars in different times, is the same 'process' (verb!) that ultimately is intended to help each of us, regardless of sect, to discover the inner presence of our Divine Guest, common to all but going by different names! For Christians, it is the Christ Within. The flame on every candle is the same fire. When we discover this we might find a new commandment: "Love thy neighbors, they are thyself." Nicholas of Cusa reminded us that "God is a circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere." Linguistically, the antonym of sym-bolic is dia-bolic, which means to separate. "Friend or Foe" needs to become "Friend and Friend". Alice O. Howell I thought this was worth sharing. Sara
  20. One of my goals is to see all 100 of our 2005 most spiritually significant films soon. That may be hard, because some of them are not on DVD yet. I have a few Bunuel, Dreyer, and Tarkovsky I taped off TCM in the past (and even have the cherished Les Miserables 1935 with Charles Laughton - though I have seen the '98 one too) But in all (counting each trilogy as one) I have only seen 57 Have any of you seen ALL of them? If not, about how many have you seen? Sara
  21. What a beautiful day with you little son and Nemo. It will be hard later for you to "let go" as you have mentioned about the pain of the father in Nemo. Thanks for telling us about this. Sara
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    I just got Crash from Netflix. AND Bresson's Pickpocket. Which should I watch first? Would you save the best for the last? Sara
  23. Well, Ron, if I'd known all that I know now (via this thread) I might have come here without rose colored glasses. Seriously, I think I was looking up lists of good films and found A&F's 100 for 2004. Anyway, I am glad to be here. Sara
  24. I just spent the last three hours watching The Tree of Wooden Clogs. I am near tears. Yet, what I feel is deeper than tears. No, it was not sad. But so deeply human. It touched something inside me that I am finding hard to write about. The music - Bach on the organ - the people - such a variety of humanity with such beautiful faces. And such community. I have rarely seen such community in a film. And the church and all the prayers and the children and their mothers saying the Rosary at bedtime. Memorable scenes - the father cutting down a tree to make a new clog for his little boy who had to walk miles to school. The grandfather going out on a snowy night to put chicken droppings underneath the snow so he could plant and have the first tomatoes. The mother of 8 going into the church with some water asking for Jesus to bless it and give her a miracle so she could save her cow. What was the plot? This was no suspense thriller. No Hollywood big name stars. Just simple peasants going about life trying to make a go of it, with joy and with sorrow, yes, and with love and with faith. If you want a real review, get someone else. All I can say is that it was a very beautiful film and I loved it. Sara
  25. I am still trying to figure out how one does this. Is the prostitute levitating too? Or is the poet levitating and thrusting while only levitated inches above the ground? I'm not the "smartest" as you say, around here -- it actually sounds fascinating to me... At least, it's a trick I was unaware of and don't think I could actually pull off... -s. ← So maybe you should watch the film, stef. Sara
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