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    Jane Austen's Emma: A Close Reading Companion
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    * George MacDonald * Lord of the Rings (but not the dreadful movies) * Riddley Walker * Wicked * Dune * Emma (anything Austen, really) * The Remains of the Day * Nero Wolfe * Billy Budd Tom Jones (but not the dreadful movie). D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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  1. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I forgot to mention another option: --one round of voting only, but respondents rank every film seconded that they have seen. This is what happens in some critics' groups, albeit with a much smaller number of nominees. The plus side is that there is no need to tally how many have seen a film as that is built into the ranking (someone might rank a film they haven't seen higher than one they have seen and disliked but is rarely going to rank it very high). The negative side is that this tends to greatly favor those films that have been more widely seen, making it nearly impossible for the esoteric choices to score high.
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    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    How does the following strike people? 1) Proposed dates: Nominations open until April 1; Round 1 Voting April 1-21; Optional Round 2 Voting (Ranking the Top 25 films from Round 1) April 22-28; announce list April 29th and begin assigning blurbs. This does have the downside that I am going to Ireland on May 13, so I'm running into end-of-semester, but I suspect there will be plenty of help if I need it and the posting/creation of a page isn't quite as urgent since we are not attached to Image's schedule. (We can discuss whether we want to do a book then, or we could set up the book contract before and assign chapters then.) Eligibility Option A: We set a threshold (to be determined) and state that if that percentage of voters haven't seen the film, it can't make the list.At the Ecumenical Jury, it is usually 50%, but given the fluctuations in membership here, I'm open to a lower percentage. (40%? 35%?) Eligibility Option B: We set a relatively low threshold for eligibility of a film, but adjust the film's score in Round 1 accordingly: For example, we set the threshold at 20%, but we deduct an amount (to be determined) from the film's total average score. Hypothetically, let's say that is 0.3. A film that had been seen by a smaller cadre but scored consistently higher, might see its score reduced from 4.5 to 4.2 but still make the list, over a film with a score of 4.0. One issue I see with Option B is it could incentivize people to inflate scores for films they perceive as not being widely seen, but those films would still need some strong consensus among its promoters. Still just brainstorming. Open to other ideas.
  3. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    That seems low to me. I would think that a film, to be on the list, out to have been seen by a majority of people voting (51%), but I realize that might discourage some people from voting if they haven't seen a lot of films and don't want to be the cause of a film not making it. Could also end up in a list that is lowest common denominator--what people have seen as opposed to what they think best. Perhaps we could make having seen a certain percentage of nominated/second films a condition of voting? Or is that too exclusive? Right now we seem to have around 70 films that have been seconded, and a quick glance shows me about 10 I haven't seen, so I'm in like an 85% range (and I tend to think of myself, rightly or wrongly, as being fairly well read/viewed). Is 50% an unrealistic expectation? I am open to suggestions for how to handle this. Don't freak out if you disagree (please), just brainstorming here and realizing I have no realistic sense of how "typical" my viewing habits are in comparison to others who are participating. My goals are that I would like a list that is a true reflection of the people here, who are participating, not one that is a reflection of a handful of people here who have seen everything or that reflects only a handful of movies that everyone has seen.
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    Boy Erased

    I finished watching and reviewing The Sunday Sessions, which follows a gay man (adult) while he undergoes conversion therapy. I found the film a fascinating complement to Boy Erased because the director tries (and mostly succeeds, I think) to take an observational rather than adversarial approach.
  5. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    Incidentally, have we (or I) set actual cut off dates for nominating/voting? Also, how have previous Top 25s dealt with the issue of people who haven't seen a nominated film? A minimum who have to have seen it to make the list? Or does everyone have to vote on every nominated title whether they have seen it or not?
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    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated No Country for Old Men. As with The Interview with a Vampire, I am more a fan of the way the material speaks to our theme than an absolute fan of the film itself. I think No Country, properly understood, is about Sheriff Bell and his coming to terms with the ways the world is changing and has changed around him. The film has its problems, but I do like the way it inverts the one-last-ride Cowboy trope (hmmmm....maybe I should nominate The Searchers?), and there is something profound and beautiful about the way Bell comes to terms with his own aging while mourning not just himself but those who have inherited a world darker and uglier than the one he enjoyed.
  7. Title: No Country for Old Men Director: Joel and Ethan Coen Year: 2007 Language: English IMDB Link:https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0477348/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube Link: A&F Link: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/8037-no-country-for-old-men-2007/
  8. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I think we are all hashing out our own thoughts on how to focus an admittedly broad topic. I'm pretty sure it goes without saying, but comments I make here reflect my own ideas for the list and not some guideline theat everyone has to follow. Separating admin hat from community member hat is messy, but in this case I welcome or encourage disagreement, especially when it leads anyone to posting or developing their thoughts.
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    Your current spiritual practice?

    Hi Jeff. I am sorry to hear that you have been laboring under personal and social traumas. Thanks for sharing what's been happening to you.
  10. Hi David, welcome to A&F. I moved your post from the pinned list of films that had been nominated to the actual thread where we nominate films. Please go back to the first message in this forum and check out the format for making nominations. This will make it easier for Evan to track which films have been officially nominated and seconded. Ken
  11. kenmorefield

    Top 25: Discussion for Nominations on Growing Older

    I nominated two films about which I admittedly feel ambivalent. High Fidelity...I'm still not sure if it is coming of age more than growing older. And I know there is a contingent of this board that thinks the film suffers in comparison to Hornby's novel. But...it more than any postmodern work I know really addresses the emptiness of postmodernism. I ultimately see Rob not as an arrested adolescent who must grow up (coming of age) but as a crippled adult who is seemingly incapable of navigating life because of his fear of death. Umberto D...others I respect like this film more than I do. Like King Lear, it is a title I think is *supposed* to be on such lists, and there is a poignance to the attempts to hold onto dignity. On a side note...I actually thought about Citizen Kane (see Ed's post above), though I'm not convinced that it is a film about growing older so much as a film that spans a lifetime. I think Kane's defining feature is precisely that he doesn't grow. He is a mostly static character, and as much as I love the film, I'm not sure if I quite get it on this list...though I can be convinced. I haven't re-watched Unforgiven yet, but I wondering if it is more a film about domestication and violence than experience and maturity. We'll see.
  12. Title: Umberto D Director: Vittorio de Sica Year: 1952 Language: Italian IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045274/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube: A&F Link:
  13. Title: High Fidelity Director: Stephen Frears Year: 2000 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146882/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube: A&F Link: could not find one.
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    Fresh from publicist: sneak peak and character poster:
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    Running from Crazy (2013)

    Over in the Top 25 thread for "Growing Older" I nominated Running from Crazy but have not yet been able to drum up a second. So I figured I would at least give the film its own thread and post a link to my Top 10 write up from 2013. https://1morefilmblog.com/2013/12/28/2013-top-ten/ My esteem for Barbara Kopple's work is high. I particularly like the way she eschews more sensationalistic zooms or close ups during painful moments to give the film a more discreet tone. That said, she mentioned in a Q&A that she told Hemingway the only way she could do the film is if Mariel would be "completely honest," and the subject agreed. It turns out that Hemingway is articulate and insightful about the aging process--the ways it affected her and her sister, the ways in which she sees it being transferred to her daughter, and the steps she is taking to try to break the cycle of depression and suicide that has plagued her family. That fact really makes me want to push it for our list since it isn't just that the subject matter is "aging" but also that the approach touches on a spiritually significant question -- whether we are biologically or environmentally determined. It's available to stream on Amazon for like 3 bucks. Not sure where else it might be playing. (I think it was broadcast on OWN).