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  1. i saw some people tweeting about this. I've got no problem with it; in fact, more content choices, so I'm good. As long as there are people who want to go to movies, I think movie theaters will survive, but there may be particular chains or indie theaters that don't.
  2. P.S. Those expenses don't include the money paid to Jeremy for YouTube trailer. If you liked his work there (I did) and would be interested in maybe seeing other such videos for subsequent Top25s or lists, that would be another reason to chip in.
  3. Hi Everyone, I've turned the donation sidebar on for a week or so in case anyone wishes to contribute to expenses. The cost for the board was about $600 this year. That includes: 1/3 or dharge for Virtual Private Server hosting. (I pay 1/3 since my blog is hosted on the VPS and another organization pays 1/3 since it shares the VPS.) Licensing fees to Invision to use the forum software Domain Registration to GoDaddy Licensing for cpanel (which is used for site maintenance). Donations/honorariium to tech/IT personnel who does stuff like scrub the site w
  4. James Erskine’s Billie is a little gem of a documentary, more oral history than biography. That is arrives streaming this week with little fanfare is mildly surprising but entirely shocking. Even in non-pandemic years, the vagaries of awards campaigns are many. In the documentary field, it is hard for even a well-financed and distributed film to get much attention. But that’s not the whole story. Billie had a festival run, as many documentaries do. Early responses that I read were muted, with some chiding the film for integrating the story of journalist Linda Lipnak Kuehl, whose taped
  5. Starting today, you should notice that there is now a "blog" button on the header-bar. This has duo functionality: 1) Members can create their own blogs that allow them to make longer entries here. My thinking is this is good for people who want to write reviews or longer pieces that may not fit on a thread or who may not want to post in a particular thread. To do this you must first "create" a blog using button in upper right and then "add content." 2) Members can import the feed of their pre-existing blogs. The Arts & Faith feature will stack them by entry, so this is a
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    I saw it at Filmfest 919 (played at a drive-in). But screeners went out to critics' groups last week. If you want to PM me, I can sent you a contact person.
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    Could have sworn i made a thread for this but it looks like I posted in Movie Going During a Pandemic. http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/10/27/nomadland-zhao-2020/ Zhao was given a screenwriting award at Filmfest 919, so I felt bad that the pandemic kept her from enjoying that honor in person.
  8. I'll add my voice to Andrew's in saying I liked it just fine. Never saw the musical on stage, but I have seen quite a few filmed staged productions -- Bandstand, Kinky Boots, etc. The cutting doesn't bug me so long as I can see the dancing when they dance, which I felt I could.
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    Soul (2020)

    Nothing quite says these boards are in a post-PTC era than seeing there is no thread for a forthcoming Pixar movie. But I digress... I was delighted after five minutes, worried after 10, really worried after 40 and gradually moved in a second half of the film that seemed to work to me much better than it had any business doing so. It seems to be not content to hit just the standard Pixar beats, and there is emotional (and dare I say moral?) complexity here. I was happy for a lot of things they *didn't* do, though I guess my sadness is the "real" world was always more interestin
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    I am not saying the movie was dreadful, but...my movie-going experience was...even though I managed to time this (by eyeing Fandango) so that I was literally the only person in the theater... https://letterboxd.com/kenmorefield/film/tenet/ I saw on Letterboxd that Anders liked it a good bit, and his review is probably fairer than mine. It was a reminder to me that we all have different tastes around here and...that's okay.
  11. The Croods: A New Age unfolds like an American football game where a perennial 5-11 team (I’m looking at you, Washington) grabs a first quarter lead. For a short while, fans hold out hope that the familiar patterns will be avoided. By the end, things revert to normal, and one finds oneself thinking of what might have been rather than celebrating what one actually saw. The sorta fresh twist is that the Croods meet the Bettermans, a more…evolved…family that sleep in separate rooms, practice personal hygiene, and have windows in their tree cave. It turns out the Bettermans were are/were Guy’s
  12. Just this middle ages setting where everything is so pressed and dry cleaned. I'm not talking about tone so much as look.
  13. Invision is letting me demo the blog feature to promote it. If you want to see what it would look like or add feedback, let me know, and I will add you to the temporary demo site.
  14. Alex Gibney is the rare documentarian who usually ends up convincing me regardless of whether or not I start on the same side of his arguments. Taxi to the Dark Side and Going Clear are powerful indictments of the U.S. military presence in Iraq and the Church of Scientology, but one hardly needs to be a latter-day Clarence Darrow to earn my assent about such subjects. In Zero Days, he argues that the Obama administration and Israel were the ultimate authors of the Stuxnet virus — a form of undeclared cyber warfare against Iran that may have had consequences far beyond what was originally
  15. Like its protagonists, Han Van Meegeren and Joseph Piller, The Last Vermeer is unassuming. Its subject — the looting of European art by the Nazis — was covered more dramatically in Monuments Men and Woman in Gold. Add to that the fact that Van Meegeren was a historical figure, and the outcome of its mystery will be known to many of the viewers from the outset. Was Van Meegeren (Guy Pearce) a collaborator who helped Nazis plunder Dutch cultural treasures, or was he a subversive forger who tricked them into overspending for clever forgeries while keeping the original treasures safe? The fil
  16. I was about 30 seconds into the screener and was like, oh...this is a sequel to that other film, isn't it? Honestly, I think Monty Python and the Holy Grail has ruined that aesthetic for me. But a lot of people in these parts liked Jeannette, so I suspect some of you all will be happy for more... http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/11/17/joan-of-arc-dumont-2019/
  17. Joan of Arc is titled Jeanne in its French release, and for the first thirty seconds or so, I thought I had popped in a screener for Dumont’s 2017 (I-don’t-know-what-else-to-call-it-except-maybe-a-cult-classic) Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of Arc. It has the same sandy patch of land serving as a location, the same dry cleaned and pressed banners and blue nun’s robes that look so very, very, 15th century, and, of course, the same jarringly anachronistic soundtrack. Joan is a couple years older now, and she isn’t the one singing. Instead she stares broodingly into the camera as musical
  18. I don't know that there is much new here, although plenty of it was new to me. The main thing, though, is that Friedkin is so engaging that i was more than happy to listen to him riff for 100 minutes about the film's production history. Lots that might be of interest to an A&F crowd including his acknowledged debt to Ordet, his discussion of "grace notes" in film, and his conviction that every choice he made about the film ended up being a fortuitous one -- leading him to believe there was something more influencing him than simply luck. http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/11/16/leap
  19. Leap of Faith: William Friedkin on The Exorcist is an engaging and interesting film even if you are not a horror aficionado. I’m not a horror fan, but The Exorcist is one of those rare films that transcends its genre. Participating in one distinct thread of the Gothic horror tradition, the film presents supernatural evil as a part of our real world. It doesn’t explain away the supernatural at the end, rather it argues that the world is full of unexplained phenomena. Only in recent centuries have we hubristically begun to think that we can explain everything. Friedkin has said previ
  20. Thanks, Evan. Typically in November or December I turn on the Donation bar for a few days along with a post documenting expenses. This probably won't happen until December just because of the COVID scheduling for school (no break, ending around Thanksgiving).
  21. I've long toyed with the idea of adding a blog subdirectory for those who want to post full reviews, something like http://artsandfaith/reviews. Could be as well to archive stuff like list introductions since we aren't associated with Image any longer. That said, most people have their own outlets for posting reviews, so I don't know whether such an experiment would be worth attempting.
  22. La Notte, Destry Rides Again, Silence of the Lambs Christ Stopped at Eboli
  23. I don't think it did because of the election and not much happening film wise; seems like we're getting an uptick of new releases so it might be nice to chat again soon. (I just got a screening link for Dumont's Joan of Arc, but, you know a Zoom call about The Croods 2 is what we've been waiting months for.
  24. Popping back into this thread to say that I have some deadlines coming up for domain registration, software license and other $$ outlays. I've interpreted waning participation since end of Top 100 as being mostly COVID and election driven. Not necessarily ready to pull the plug, but by the same token, I don't really want to be dumping money into a site that has 2-3 posts a month. Then again, there hasn't been much to talk about film-wise. That could change. At a minimum, I'm open to going another six months or so to see if early 2021 sees the development of a Top 25 list of s
  25. I didn't care for it: http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/11/11/hillbilly-elegy-howard-2020/
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