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  1. Whoever does the intro/write up for the list as a whole will need to address the fact that we had no female participants. I am technically Hispanic and I believe Joel identifies as well. Do we have any other voters who identify as non-white?
  2. I could have sworn that I made a thread for S1, but I couldn't find it. Anyhow, Evan did me the solid of reviewing the "Finishing the Hat" episode from S2: http://1morefilmblog.com/2020/04/01/poetry-in-america-season-2/?fbclid=IwAR3l6zLacJMBkiP-K_5tMdtf8x9hSBtI0tHgTVpvdD5CHPUejicnXTMz9xg
  3. This was originally posted in the television forum. While new members are always welcome at A&F and have full posting privileges, these posts do not appear to have anything to do with the threads they are posted in.
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  5. They certainly are very striking. Can you say a little bit about what sort of research you were doing or what led you to post them here? Always curious when new people pop up on these forums.
  6. I sent e-mails to Brian and Ed, but in general I don't want my job as admin to be to nag people. I am not sure what kind of exception you mean, Rob. I would probably be okay with allowing some members to vote even if they didn't nominate. If you mean pushing back the nominations deadline, that might warrant a broader discussion. (I might be persuaded if there are specific individuals who request a finite amount of additional time but I am dubious about simply extending the deadline to see if more people show up. Anyone else want to offer up an opinion?
  7. SDG messaged me today and wanted to know if he had missed the deadline for participating, so I think he is still going to try. I think Rushmore said earlier in this thread that he was intending to submit a list. Other than posting a couple of places in Social Media, I haven't really tried to track people down and badger them about participation. I'm assuming PTC still might, but he hasn't said so. Also, I'm a little surprised that Brian D and Ed Bertram have not submitted nominees since they are not frequent forum participants but did do the Top 25 and indicated a desire to participate in the threads leading up. I don't know where they are in world and how Pandemic is affecting them, so if anyone does, Christian's suggestion of a reminder might not be a bad idea. Nathaniel has been around here, though mostly in the TV and literature threads. Rusty (new guy above) asked if he could participate.. Anders has been a little lest frequent around these parts with academic work kicking in, but he participated in last Top 25 and Ecumenical Jury, so perhaps he has a list coming...? So I suspect there could be a few that are waiting until the last minute to submit.
  8. The weird thing about the theme in your last sentence is that I don't think it is an unreasonable interpretation to say that their willingness to do this is the only thing that averted an even greater catastrophe. (Although, if it contributed to the catastrophe in the first place....). So I'm not so sure that it is only on behalf of the state. Part of what we are seeing in the show (and today) is the system's ability, and that of master manipulators to intertwine service to the state with other kinds of service (to the general good) in ways that make the latter impossible without kneeling to the former. So people are forever having to choose between acceding to the state or allowing some sort of large-scale suffering. The state is more tolerant of wide-scale death (it can preserve itself even in the face of that) and so better at playing chicken with innocent lives. Regarding the science v. system, I resonated strongly with the exchange (maybe episode two?) where Shcherbina tells Legasov words to the effect of "I wish you'd stick to talking about things you understand and not about things you don't understand." Shcherbina reminds me of Fetisov in Citizen X, and the key relationship between the male leads in that film evidences many of the same dynamics. I am, in some ways, more interested in the Fetisov and Shcherbina characters because of their choices to work within the system -- how it simultaneously enables the scientist/policeman to do work they otherwise couldn't and yet strengthens the system to make it harder for it to ever change. It's fascinating because it gives me a glimmer, I suspect, of how people within systems rationalize their own participation.
  9. I'm not sure if I'll do that with my whole list (though I have no objection if others do), but I do hope that discussion will follow of all sorts that will populate some of the threads.
  10. Tabletop Simulator on Steam helps to play some games during social isolation.
  11. Certainly one of the things that resonates to me about the series is the effects, both short and long term, on the culture of not being able to trust *any* sources of information. To that extent Trump's villification of the news is relevant and not a particularly partisan issue. Increasingly, in my observation, everyone (people on left and right) are suspicious of sources of information, not just the usual, partisan suspects.
  12. In 2015, I did a "feel better" movies segment: http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/15/feel-better-movies-what-to-watch-when-the-news-is-bleak/ http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/28/feel-better-movies-josh-wartels-list/ http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/12/01/feel-better-movies-rachel-daviss-list/ http://1morefilmblog.com/2015/11/21/feel-better-movies-evan-cogswells-list/ I've been feeling a bit overwhelmed by transition to online instruction in the middle of the semester, so it's been hard to watch anything heavy or long...I still haven't watched Poetry. Been wanting to watch some things that are commercial but comforting...and had a surprising hunkering for musicals...just because singing alone gives one uplift in spirits.
  13. I am admittedly wrestling with whether now is the best or worst possible moment to finally getting around to HBO's Chernobyl. It is devastating on so many levels, but most particularly the blunt illustrations of how the failures of systems are borne by individuals, and usually not the ones with the most invested in the system or the biggest hand in making them that way. Neither is the series about "heroes" in the face of circumstance, unlikely or not. The guys that swim under the reactor to hand turn the pumps do so because, as the autocrat says, it must be done, and they are the only ones who can do it. And yet, if the series can be believed we came within 48 hours of half a continent being uninhabitable for thousands of years. There is something both horrible and familiar (horribly familiar) about how the doers at all class levels have learned to ignore the "leaders" either by work around (the scientist speak in code on the phone, talking about nieces and nephews of a certain age so that the initials and ages correspond to chemical elements) or simply speaking to each other directly. ("If those things worked," a miner says of protective masks, "you'd be wearing them.") Even so, the human cost is unfathomable since, given time, that is the only resource to be thrown at the catastrophe. And each lie increases the death toll, and yet some must lie to stay alive long enough to keep even more from dying. If, like me, you look around at some recent disaster and wonder, "Will this be enough to change us?" How close must we get to the edge before we turn around? And if, like me, on your darkest days, you think, no, we'll never turn around of our own volition, perhaps things that break systems are lust horrible, painful events that force us, in some small degree, to do what we know we should but can't bring ourselves to by strength of our fallen will, then this series will most likely resonate with you.
  14. I realized somewhere in between Andrew bumping A Man for All Seasons and bumping this thread, that I fully expect dissertations and/or anthologies within 2 years or less, about film/books in the age of pandemic. The first thing I thought of when reading this response is how the film deals with the theme of inter-generational conflict and responsibilities...the duties (if any) of children to their parents. Certainly the film seems topical at a social moment when those over 60 are at greatest risk and we are all being socially isolated from one another. How we conceptualize family and duty is very much on everyone's mind.
  15. The 2011 List is now done via the app: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/films/year/4-2011-top-100/ I don't expect anyone to delete old links, and I realize some don't like the layout or look as much as the old Image-branded pages, but I would count it a courtesy if links to the list go here. It's important to get as many of the lists and Ecumenical Jury lists in one place for archiving since we have no control over other sites, and that's really one of the main reasons I acquired the site. It seems like from recent threads that archival preservation is important to a lot of people, so I think, eventually, this app will be nice at having the lists easy to navigate. Plus each one has a direct link to the discussion thread (if there is one).
  16. I prefer playing board games face to face, but in time of social distancing, I made an account at Board Game Arena. My name there is kenmorefield. Games include Takenoko and Innovation.
  17. Hi Andrew, I see that I never actually posted a link to my review here. Perhaps because looking over this thread I've been puzzled at some of the directions the discussion goes and not particularly patient with them Anyway, here's my review: http://1morefilmblog.com/2017/05/24/favorite-film-series-a-man-for-all-seasons-zinnemann-1966/ I like what you said about the personal effects of More's portrayal. I think I recall one of my early posts in this thread (deleted in one my purges) was about making good attractive...making people want to be good rather than just telling you someone else is good. That's one area where the film is quite effective. I see that I mentioned current events in my review from 2017: Perhaps another thing I admire about the film is that different parts of it have been resonant at different parts of my life. We can sometimes talk about art being "timeless" as a way of saying outside of time. But perhaps that means being able to relevant in different times. Which is, of course, ironic given the film's title.
  18. I have been slow to get to this with some work issues arising this week, but I am going to try to watch this weekend.
  19. Hi Rusty, and welcome. Yes, new members can participate. Please feel free to join in.
  20. Ken and Cindy sitting at table; Ken is scanning InstantWatcher, which he follows on Twitter, to see what it tranding. Ken: Wait! There is a Boss Baby sequel? Why was I not told! [Clicks on Netflix link] Oh, it's a television show. [Pause.] Darn it! Cindy: What's wrong? Ken: I forgot to nominate Boss Baby for the A&F Top 100...
  21. Watching this again for the first time in decades has been a very...disorienting experience. Mostly because I am so much more aware of who Dershowitz is than I was at 24, or whenever the film came out. The fact that Dershowitz is a producer as well, makes me see it much more as self-promotion, and the moral superiority doesn't age well. I'm thinking particularly of: His justification that he is only taking the case to fund his pro-bono work for African-Americans on Death row. His comment to Sonny that they have won an important legal victory but that *morally* Sonny is on his own. His professorial take down of the blonde student who expresses moral outrage by saying perhaps things are a "little" more complicated than her moral indignation. (He nowhere seems to express that he views the issues as complicated or that he struggles with them. The treatment of women also hasn't aged well. There's some back story that one of the young women (played by Annabella Sciorra) used to live with him? So he's a great guy because he defends minorities, but we'll all just look past collecting young female students or former students? (I see from his bio that he was divorced in 84 when the trial went on but married his second wife two years later. His son, portrayed in the film seems younger than the 21 years of age he would have been. So it's a Dershowtiz valentine to himself. That said, There's something about Barbet Schroeder's direction that I find almost hypnotic. Schroeder starred in one of Rohmer's Six Moral Tales and produced another one, and his filmography is...weird and varied to say the least. I see that he also directed the documentary about Idi Amin, so perhaps he is drawn to portraits of narcisstic or self-absorbed men. Thinking about that makes me realize that Jeremy Irons is so freaking good that he convinced me for 30 years that the film was about *Klaus.* But maybe Schroeder conceived it as a contrast between two different types of self-absorbed narcissists?
  22. I submitted my list. Excited to see what other people picked. I was a little surprised by the fact that the 1990s were the most heavily represented decade, but I guess that was when I was in my late 20s and early 30s which is sort of an age where movies have such a personal impact and where one's taste and judgment ar erefining.
  23. kenmorefield

    Cats: The Movie

    Seth Rogen is using his social distancing time to get stoned and review Cats:
  24. Darren, you still good with collecting ballots? I have this sinking feeling that the next couple weeks are going to be...tough on all of us.
  25. That is true, though in my experience Kanopy availability varies depending upon one's library.
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