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    Disc Golf, Cards (especially Euchre), Literary Criticism,

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    Professor of English
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    The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions
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    The Godfather, Persepolis, The Man Who Planted Trees, Emma, A Man Escaped
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    I dunno. My Ipod did once randomize a Meatloaf song and an Amy Grant song back to back.
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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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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....
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
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    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.
  12. There may be some downtime today (Saturday) as I try to complete a board upgrade.
  13. Roth's novel is...not my favorite. Come to think of it, I've never really read a Roth novel that I liked all that much. But Simon/Burns is promising.
  14. Joel, I don't see it until Monday, but I've heard early raves about Toy Story 4. If you need something that is already out, Rocketman would, I assume, allow for some discussion of the performance as liturgy since concerts also serve the same function. Godzilla also has formulaic elements and relies heavily on nostalgia.
  15. I went to the press screening as a midweek, get-out-of-the-house diversion. I was completely and utterly bored. The only 1/2 way interesting story line is both introduced and resolved before the credits and that just leaves a lot of action scenes and jokes that don't land. I tend to like both Hemsworth and Thompson, but not much chemistry there. As to John's question,...without spoilers, I'll say it was pretty obvious who the traitor was. (In a film like this one, much like an episode of Murder, She Wrote, the identity of the culprit is a somewhat easy process of eliminating who you know it can't be (Tessa Thompson, Hemsworth, Emma Thompson, and the obvious scapegoat rival). But, as an aside, my guest said the film was *exactly* what he anticipated it would be based on previous installments and trailer and therefore enjoyed it as a mindless diversion.
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