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  1. Thanks, Nick. This is my favorite post thus far. I missed it the one night is was playing near(ish)by. This "it's playing here" reminder has perfect timing.
  2. Nominating: Title: Cries and Whispers (1972) Director: Ingmar Bergman Running Time: 91 minutes Language: Swedish IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0069467/ Title: Love Liza (2002) Director: Todd Louiso Running Time: 90 minutes Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0282698/
  3. I am in the same boat as you, Justin. I have a lot to learn and have often feel like an idiot. Many times I have unexpectedly learned about other areas I needed to grow in that have little to do with film. SO, listen to your wife, stick with it and I guarantee you will be grateful you did.
  4. "Seeing something dogme-ish..." does that really equate to cinema verite in this context? There is no way to know if the filmmaker attempted to capture the scene using Dogme guidelines. I am on the verge of disqualifying your comment
  5. One of the great things about the Dogme 95 movement is that, although many get certified few--if any--actually meet all the criteria of a Dogme film. It is difficult to achieve but I think worth the effort for a filmmaker. It is the difficulty to achieve the standards and yet filmmakers strive to make a Dogme film, this is fascinating on many levels. This movement challenges mainstream movie-making; even better, it challenges how we see, how we communicate and how one tells a story. Another great thing great about this movement is that I was pulled into the Dogme fold by these two guys (M.Leary and Persona) well over a decade ago. It is an amazing group of films to have inserted into the beginning of friendships; it created excellent conversation topics! Dogme 95 has influenced both how I view film and how I look at filmmaking, especially in documentary and ethnography form/methods but fiction as well. The purity, the authenticity and the chance to convey a verisimilitude engages me on deeper levels than mainstream film. Please keep us posted on your thoughts.
  6. Nominating: Title: Husbands (1970) Director: John Cassavetes Running Time: 131 minutes Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0065867/ YouTube Link:
  7. I found that to be a little poor in the writing department. I can ascertain what I wanted it to mean and offer significance that way but, overall, it felt like they needed another obstacle in the story structure just before the final act. It felt like an unnecessary point of conflict. Unless, of course, they planned on using that as a webisode story. I would look forward to that.
  8. Title: Days of Wine and Roses Director: Blake Edwards Running Time: 117 Minutes Language: English IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055895/
  9. I don't know if this will be an argument for inclusion, as I don't have a ton of time, but I think it is a decent summary of why each one should be considered for nomination. My Night at Maud’s is a pretty dense conversation relating to marriage (ideology and morality) through the dialogue of a divorced woman and a soon to be wed man. This is a necessary look at marriage. The Day I became A Woman is a multigenerational look at the relationships between women and men through the gaze of marriage (from preparing as a young girl to acting within marriage through to death/widowing) in Iranian culture. Each story is tied to the idea of womanhood and the affects marriage has on it. Days of Wine and Roses is a fascinating story of how we affect one another in marriage; for better or for worse.
  10. I completely agree. This is an excellent monologue performed in such a way as to be able to feel how long it has been simmering inside without knowing how to communicate it all, or wondering if it would be heard.
  11. Glad I found this thread. Title: My Night at Maud’s (Ma nuit chez Maud) Director: Eric Rohmer Running Time: 110 Minutes Language: French IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064612/ Title: The Day I Became a Woman Director: Marzieh Makhmalbaf Running Time: 78 Minutes Language: Persian IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260332/ [Edit: Two of my suggestions have already been seconded. Deleted those]
  12. Well placed reminder/warning, Jeffrey! I planned on seeing this last week but didn't make it. I am now hoping it turns up at the art theater close to home, since it has been on my "to see" list for a while.
  13. On a technical note, I really appreciate the creators' choice not to I am completely with you on this, Andrew. I wasn't expecting to be such a powerful moment in the show since . I was affected by Andrew Lincoln's acting in the closing moments as well, especially considering That being said, I haven't really been taken in by this season yet. Actually, I have been on the verge of calling it quits. I don't want to because I haven't been this riveted by a TV series (even though a lot here think the writing is horrible) since The Wire. Let's see what tonight brings.
  14. Unfortunately the filmmakers forum here dries up quickly--no matter how hard we try to get it going. All I can say is...post your question and see what happens. I currently edit in CS5 and CS5.5 and Vegas Pro 11.
  15. Thom


    Hmm, a computer that develops a malevolent awareness and a love story...anyone remember Electric Dreams
  16. Yes, Rushmore, thanks for the list. It will definitely be helpful as I pluck away at the list. I am currently at 152 so, a little less than 100 more. (SIgh) That is both exciting and overwhelming.
  17. Thom


    Attica - I just meant a knee-jerk reaction to the doc in general. I had considered writing a piece on my thoughts of Hellbound? (I did for Expelled) but I must say that, in the end I was underwhelmed. Don't get me wrong, I think the piece was done well and provides a great place to start when thinking theologically about hell but I am not a fan of talking head documentaries. I don't know if I would even consider this a documentary as much as an informative piece (splitting hairs, right?). This entire film could have been a nice essay in print. It would have definitely been more interesting as an essay film, a "Miller's March" sort of thing, explore the journey. It would have been really cool to see a drive across country that interviewed people "on the streets" about hell as they drove from one "expert" intervew to the next. This could potentially show religional perspectives on hell from the "everyday" person maybe even show the influence of the "experts" on the everyday people. It would also have been interesting to see how the congregations of the experts interpret, absorb, and articulte the theological views being taught to them. The ONLY time we see this is with WBC.
  18. This is sais so well. Thanks, SDG. It always does me well to consider that propaganda is a form of advocacy and is probably a less loaded way to talk about things of this nature. However, I do think that the term "propaganda" is no longer the neutral term it once was and has its place in such conversation. I think of advocay as making a statement of why one supports something and propaganda as a form of presenting selective facts with the intent to influence the audience; a form of persuasion (kind of like marketing). Propaganda now has a negative and manipulative conntation. Whereas, the term "advocacy" seems to carry the original meaning of propaganda. An important distinction when talking about these two documentaries and a Moore's work in general.
  19. When you are nearing the end and have footage of the host pointing at science and basically saying "this is the path to genocide" and pointing to religion and saying "this is the path to life"? That is an unnecessary dividing line to make. And it looks pretty paranoid. And hardly a balanced discussion. I also note that when you suggest Michael Moore makes propaganda films, it is pretty common for his fans to find that preposterous. I suspect, as you note, how these films come across has a lot to do with how the viewer feels about the topic. But one is being more than a little generous to pretend Expelled had no spirit brought but what the viewer brought... This was not an attempt to ask folks to look at the ID issue and discuss, it declares that anyone who feels it ought not be included in Science class is part of a liberal elite that is trying to suppress knowledge. I certainly cannot help how Moore fans percieve his films but I do try to become as objective as possible when viewing documentaries and I think a great case can be made that Moore's "docs" fall on the extreme end of the propaganda spectrum. And I say this as a fan of Moore's early work. I guess I could have been more clear on the idea of "what the viewer brings." I am not, in any way, suggesting that a documentary remains neutral or without spirit until a viewer watches it and creates meaning (or forms the spirit). I was speaking to how a viewer may amplify certain qualities of a documentary based on what they bring to it. Therefore, I am not "pretending" in any way shape or form. I readily admit(ed) that I was much more taken in by the subtext (intended or not) that was really discussing the creation of knowledge (as stated previously). This coud easily take the focus off of, and soften, any mean-spiritedness of the doc. If I were to be able to be called out on anything it would be that (my focus) and not "being generous" or "pretending."
  20. If only I lived a little closer to GR, we could hit this one together. The Walking Dead season opener is the only thing on my schedule.
  21. Thom


    Attica, I think you did redeem this thread by posting the WBC News. It is interesting that, without knowing Kevin Miller, they immediately describe him as "God-hating," which is far from the truth. Having had the pleasure of chatting with Kevin a few times, he is far removed from "God-hating." But I digress to keep from getting off topic again. WBC is an interesting inclusion in such a discussion. Contrary to the Christianity Today article Peter posted earlier, I believe that WBC and their tactics are an important inclusion into such a documentary. They explore the extreme affects of a theological perspective on Hell and how that then takes form as one interacts in the world. I think they also provide an extreme to balance the overly calm and passive extreme of the Christian Universalist's theologiccal perspective on hell. Extreme inclusiveness and extreme exclusivity are the bookends that define this spectrum and the attitudes that shape how one then interacts and communicates with the world around them. I just saw the full film last night so I am still processing to avoid knee-jerk reactions. P.S. Favorite WDB quote, "Pimp Satan's lies"
  22. Thom


    I can help get this thread back on track. It is currently playing in the Chicago area for any of you around these parts. Only for the next week or so, if you want to see it. Kevin Miller said it should begin OnDemand and streaming in February but I say, "why wait?"
  23. I am revisiting this thread because I just saw Hellbound the Movie. Wow, this has become quite the conversation. Well, is was quite the conversation and I am glad it produced such thoughtful dialogue. It is my opinion that that is the least a documentary should do. Nezpop, I didn't find the documentary even "a little mean spirited" or "driven by paranoia." I didn't even find it slightly lending itself toward propaganda, like every single Michael Moore "documentary." I wonder how much of the spirit of a film like this is driven by the spirit (or expectations) of the viewer. In the end, I didn't find that the film produced much conversation or dialogue between the two camps. However, I did think it was an excellent documentary on the "production of knowledge" and the gate keepers of "legitimate" academics.
  24. Sorry that didn't work Jeffrey. It seems odd that it would not work that way for each user. But do mention it to the Letterboxd folks as Jason mentioned above. He is right, they are pretty responsive to user issues and comments. At one point they had a way for users to place votes on fixes and new functionality. Each user received a selected amount of points that they could use to vote. They could use 1 or 2 at a time or even place all the votes on one specific request. They may still have this, I haven't looked for it again. I believe it was in the FAQ section.
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