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  1. This was in NYT Today: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/15/business/media/tenet-movie-theaters-coronavirus.html?auth=linked-facebook&campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20200916&instance_id=22233&nl=the-morning&regi_id=66845518&section_index=4&section_name=play_watch_eat_cube&segment_id=38240&te=1&user_id=0c6043332b82de93c9e6bacec2c2e437
  2. I suppose some exist, but I haven't met too many. If it is a studio film, they usually don't care about the individual critic...they just want word of mouth. If it is a smaller film, I'll sometimes give a publicist a head's up and ask if they prefer I don't review the film at all (as opposed to a negative review). That's not to lose a junket or anything but just because I sometimes want the smaller films to have an opportunity to find their market, even if it isn't me. Conversely, though, (this doesn't speak to Jeremy's question) I've known more than one critic who will be more inclined t
  3. I switched a setting in the dashboard. See if that fixes it.
  4. Hi Mary, that's a very nice note. Just a head's up that Justin has not posted at this site in about 2 1/2 years, so if you don't get a response, that may be why.
  5. Perhaps one or more of the following? 1) Rotten Tomatoes has been really expanded. There are a *lot* more critics on it. That tends to reduce things to a more populist vote. 2) Pandemic makes people starved for content... (doesn't explain Star Wars).
  6. Some discussion of this in the Top 100 and Top 25 pages thread. The software upgrade disabled the app. They should be back now, here: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/ I feel like some of this discussion is circular...as far as the way the lists are posted (or archived) here, people want...something else. But I haven't really gotten any sense of what specifically they want as far the publication and promotion of the list. I'm certainly open to anyone who has suggestions for how/where the lists should be published. The thing I like about the app is: 1) Continuity o
  7. I was able to find the option in the admin dashboard to put the app back in..the update disabled it. Lists are now here: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/
  8. Thank you for the head's up, Michael. There was indeed a software update yesterday. I'll look at this tomorrow and see if I can fix it myself (I think I can). If not, I'll talk to our tech guy. Sigh. One think I don't much care for in Invision...it's upgrades are clunky if (as we have over the years) one has tweaked the site beyond the basic board. But, on the flip side, it's got fifteen years of tweaks and apps and extensions and pages, so....
  9. I'm doing something similar on my screened in porch. Main issues so far have been having to start later for darkness, sound of cicadas. I tried a bigger screen for a yard showing but it wasn't stable.
  10. Looks like I never posted my review, so here's a link: http://1morefilmblog.com/2019/12/07/richard-jewell-eastwood-2019/
  11. I am waffling between a minimal review of an upcoming film and a longer essay on why Christian movies can't do comedy. So I'm asking if anyone is aware of movies in the Christian movie genre that are comedies. To be clear, I am not thinking Divine Comedies...I am defining "Christian Movies" as a genre much as I always have, meeting two of the following: By Christians (production company/talent/producers, not just necessarily with people who identify as Christians participating; conceived and led by Christians), for Christians (marketed to a niche audience); about Christians (content/
  12. This historical drama about female spies is conventional, but it still worked for me. I wished it was bigger...each of the three women could have filled their own movie. Still, it's nice to be reminded that of the sacrifices made by those who aren't always recognized and lauded by the culture they sacrificed for. Also, IFC is releasing in On Demand and in theaters, so if your theaters still aren't open (mine aren't), you can still see the film. My review: http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/09/07/a-call-to-spy-pilcher-2019/
  13. Time Magazine argues that transmission is more aerosols than droplets: https://time.com/5883081/covid-19-transmitted-aerosols/ The smoking analogy is very helpful for conceptualizing. This would also explain why theaters are problematic since aerosols can linger, though this article seems to indicate that proximity is a bigger issue.
  14. Here's a link for Kino Marquee with a list of Kino Lorber films and the local cinema they support: https://kinomarquee.com/ I follow Alamo on Demand because there is an Alamo Drafthouse in Raleigh: https://ondemand.drafthouse.com/
  15. I've been trying in my reviews to post a "where can you see it" hyperlink at the end since most of my reviews come from private links sent by publicist or studio.Generally, I try to steer people to the local theater since they sometimes get a cut, though there are a few services where the studio offers direct download or where a theater has an exclusive. I had one film (I forget which -- I think it was the Hilda af Klimpt documentary??) where the first week you could only rent it through the web site of the Met or Laemelle (NY/LA) and I was either asked to or decided to wait a week to post rev
  16. Yep. We've talked about that some over the years. I'd add that for Marvel, I always feel a center-less circularity. The individual movies are teasers for the next movie. The Avengers movies are important as culminations of arcs -- I've invested this much time already, I should see it through to the end. But which movies (if any) stand on their own as good, complete, satisfying stories. I realize that there is a serial tradition, but Raiders of the Lost Ark pays homage to that while managing to be satisfying on its own. That, to me, is the big difference between the first three Star Wars m
  17. Janus has announced a re-release in honor of a "4k restoration," whatever that is. Anyway, coming to virtual theaters in September. presents BEAU TRAVAIL Directed by Claire Denis "MY FAVORITE FILM BY MY FAVORITE FILMMAKER." - Barry Jenkins "NEVER FOR ONE MOMENT DOES THIS SHIMMERING, SIMMERING EMOTIONAL DESERT STORM OF A FILM RELAX ITS GRIP ON YOUR SENSES."
  18. This got the Criterion treatment and I picked it up during the July sale. It's a tough political moment to watch Irene Dunne in blackface. While Shana L. Redmond's excellent feature on the Criterion DVD helps to contextualize race in the show and film -- I'm not sure I could appreciate the film on its own terms. To the extent that I understand her carefully parsed argument, there were elements of Show Boat (the film) that were (or were meant to be) progressive for the time. (Example: Robeson insisting on changing the "N" word in 'Ole Man River' to the marginally less offensive 'Darkies'?)
  19. I think that is probably why she included it. Looking back over my review, I realize that the film itself is not necessarily non-editorial, but Kopple trusts the audience to pick up on these points rather than pushing back. That's maybe old school? Post 2016, I think journalist have had to learn to push back on self-serving answers or obvious lies. I remember Kopple doing a Q&A for Running from Crazy (one of my favorites of her films) and saying that when she met with Hemingway, she told her, the only way this works if if you are prepared to be 100% truthful. But she had in Hemingway
  20. Seasons 1 and 2 are now on Netflix.
  21. My brother and I are doing a Q&A next week to help one of the local theaters screening the film. It's free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/desert-one-film-qa-w-ken-morefield-son-of-iran-hostage-and-film-blogger-tickets-118483636747?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
  22. Has anyone here used Kast? I think it would helpful for sharing content (viewing parties), but i haven't quite figured out, even after wading through their Q&A it is is legal to share content. (My understanding is, for example, that I could rent a movie from Amazon and invite someone to watch it with me by sharing my window.)
  23. The relationship with Image is friendly, but they no longer own the site. I offered them a write up for the 2020 list but they passed. It is conceivable that they may one day house more Arts & Faith content, but the impression I got when they sold the site is that they wanted to give the new editor and team time and space to develop their own vision for the magazine.
  24. First, thanks for sharing the video. I agree Jeremy did a terrific job, and it pleases me that this video is in the world regardless of whether it functions as an ad for A&F or a homage to the films or both. The link to the full list is: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/year/8-2020-top-100/ The link to the master page for all lists is: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/ There has been some discussion in the last year about how the list(s) are preserved and archived, most of it here: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/31704-top-100-and-top-25-pages/
  25. David Cook at Christian Spotlight:
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