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  1. For the record, I'm a big fan of the bit-by-bit release of the list. Thanks for doing this whole thing Prins.
  2. When I was six, I played the soundtrack to "Lady and the Tramp" and Sean Cassidy on my Fisher Price record player (which had my sister's name in brown crayon scrawled across the top). My six year old and my eight year old have MP3 players. I have no philosophy or strategy for guiding my children's tastes. I just want songs that they are likely to enjoy that are not about the Britney's sexual exploits. Mostly, I just want them to love music. So I'm looking for fun and pretty innocuous. Here's some of the stuff they have right now... Plain White Tees - 1,2,3,4 Panic at the Disco - Nine in the Afternoon Don't worry be happy -Bobby McFerrin Some Taylor Swift Some Jack Johnson A fair amount of Sam Cooke Gypsy Kings Jet Jamaroquai I know those are sort of all over the map. Many of them are influenced by what they hear on films or Rock Band. What do your kids listen to?
  3. Mirrormask was a near miss for me crow. And Almost Famous and Eternal Sunshine... That's it... I'm editing.
  4. Joel & Ethan Coen - 25 Wes Anderson - 25 Michel Gondry - 10 Lars von Trier - 5 Robert Altman - 5 Richard Linklater - 5 Christopher Nolan - 5 Quentin Taratino - 5 Hayao Miyazaki - 5 Paul Thomas Anderson - 10 For now...
  5. DanBuck

    Your 2009 Mix

    I know a few of these are older than 2009, but they were new to me this year. Sue me. 1. Fleet of Hope - Indigo Girls 2. Paris - Paul Benton 3. Bulletproof - La Roux 4. Just Ain't Gonna Work Out - Mayer Hawthorne 5. Skinny Love - Bon Iver 6. Off I Go - Greg Laswell 7. Melody - Kate Earl 8. Corner - Allie Moss 9. Little Person - Jon Brion Guilty Pleasure 10. Whatcha Say - Jason DeRullo *Note: I have been a participant of this board for about 8 years. And I think this is my second post in the music forum. I lurk here quite a bit, but always feel in over my head.
  6. I'm certainly in better company in these parts, but... Forrest Gump.
  7. Then you'd do better not to judge it. Meh. I discern, not judge. And I discern both not to see it and laugh when it ends up in someone's Top 20 list. Top 20 OF THE DECADE. James Bond. The two don't mix. Maybe Top 20 of the summer it came out. You don't need to see a James Bond film to know what is in it. I've probably seen 83% of them. Enough is enough already. For the record, "meh" is my favorite word of the aughts. And Enough is Enough sounds like a Bond title. For the record, I quite liked Casino Royale, even if the ending (epilogue) was WAY overcooked.
  8. This is particularly interesting. He does have a sort of ubermarionette aesthetic. I wonder how specific he gets with actors about delivery. It's interesting to note that Schwartzman has only been truly successful in Anderson-esque films. Are we seeing a cinematic manifestation of Gordon Craig? If I am late to this connection I apologize, but its fascinating to me. I'll have to mull this over a bit more.
  9. Oooh! Man Without a Past! Good one! It'll probably make it onto my "almost list".
  10. I could easily do an ALL DOCUMENTARY list. But for now... Here's what I've got: The Lives of Others - 10 Lars and the Real Girl - 10 Gosford Park - 15 In America - 10 Before Sunset - 7 My Kid Could Paint That - 15 Finding Nemo - 7 Royal Tennenbaums - 6 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - 10 Spirited Away - 10 And 20 auxillary point to Jeepers Creepers of course!
  11. Not dead. Just finished directing my thesis production. Check my blog (linked in my sig) for pics and reviews. I might participate in this. It looks fun.
  12. It is very common in schools public and private. (In both TX and FL) AR is not a bad idea, but it is almost always badly utilized. I have found that the points system (while you could certainly take issue with individual pt assignments) is not the primary evil. The problem is that AR's latent message is that reading is only worthwhile if you earn prizes. And when it is used as a central part of a school or classroom's reading curriculum it tends to reward kids who are already good readers, and the slow readers feel more and more penalized. It's like a literary capitalism. There's very little emphasis on reading for the joy of reading. My wife (a third grade teacher) is also critical of the "Testing" becuase it is a poor indicator of reading comprehension, and doesn't come near critical thinking about the content. Having said all that, I have seen anecdotal evidence of it working well. Some kids really get a boost of motivation from earning points and it moves them toward being REAL readers in a way that other methods have not. Ultimately, AR is a fine supplement to a reading curriculum. Unfortunately some schools, especially private ones, will make it a central component of their content and even their graded work. So, from my experience and my wife's expertise, the question to ask is not "Do you use AR?" but "How is it used?" and "Is there other reading curriculum?" Hope this helps.
  13. DanBuck

    Moon (2009)

    Loved this film and I was so pleased to see the fusion of Bradbury and Kubrick style with the Absurd thematic territory of Beckett. It was enjoyable, moving and fascinating. Show hidden text It was so strange to find myself trying to sympathize with a clone and never actually meeting or seeing the original. It called to mind the idea that we are all just living infinitely reiterable existences that are little more than an imitation of something real. Baudrillard writes of the Simulacra, when the imitation, or simulation, is as the real as much (if not more) than the referent. This movie explored that territory. Is our life similar to Sam Bell's. Are we living disposable lives that have been lived before and will be lived again? Are the memories we hold on to even our "own" or are they the remnant of when we were real many years ago?
  14. I'm with you Baal - The Conversation has become one of my favorite films of the 70s
  15. In truth the purpose of a film class this short (and short on prep time) is to give students a positive experience with great films. Secondarily I'd like to open their eyes to the elements of narrative structure, cinematography, lighting, direction, and mabe even some acting. There's no way I'll be able to get through more than six films which means I have about 30 minutes of discussion for each film. So, knowing the simple goal of the class, I unashamedly move to some of my favorites toward the last half of the class. I also recognize though, that I might be one of the first people these students meet that takes film seriously. And I don't want them to receive a latent message about films I DON'T include. There are already enormous gaps in what I am able to show them that I mourn deeply, but what they get is better than nothing.
  16. I wasn't EVER seriously considering Birth of a Nation. Adding When We were Kings to the top of my queue.
  17. I LIKE Glory a good bit but its white filmmakers telling a story of Black Soldiers. That doesn't make it a bad film, but I'm not sure it does what I need it to do. Seven Samurai might work. Ran is a bit long I think. And after pondering PTC's question I think I'm interested in hearing the voice of an American minority.
  18. I DO love Malcom X but its over three hours. That's more than 20% of the entire film dedicated to one film. I've moved Killer of Sheep to the top of my Netflix queue. It's short AND its a documentary (of sorts) which I was lacking in my list anyway.
  19. Birth of a Nation occurred to me as well. Wouldn't hurt to give an accurate portrayal of a legitimate albeit ugly force in film. Just not sure I'm up to it. I've had Killer of Sheep on my netflix queue for some time but I was worried it might be boring for high schoolers.
  20. Good questions PTC. It occurs to me that I have some films by Jewish filmmakers and at least one that deals directly with anti-semitism. (Although that's hardly a perspective they haven't heard from Hollywood). e2c - You may be right. I immediately thought of Do The Right Thing, but Malcom X might be a good consideration as well. (Although it's really long isn't it?) I'm thinking of rethinking my second half. Right now from Elephant Man on I've chosen the films I love and know well in order to teach them well. But perhaps I need to retool those.
  21. I'm going to be teaching a film appreciation class this summer to high school students. Today I've received my student list and looking at the names I was thrilled to see that the program's inner city scholarship program has filled my class. But the names also made me realize that there's probably not a white student in the class, and yet, there's probably not a single person of color in the films I'll be showing. Now, I appreciate the importance of great films regardless of the color of those who made them. But at the same time am I sending latent messages about the kinds of films (and the people who make them) that matter? Is it my responsibility to deconstruct a hegemonic film canon? Here are the films I'll be showing: The General Citizen Kane Rear Window The Elephant Man The Hudsucker Proxy Quiz Show *Note: I realize this is a purely American list, but with only 10 days of a 90 minute class I couldn't make a foray into foreign film that would be anything more than weakly symbolic. So, if I wanted to allow students to construct a narrative of film with a more colorful cast of characters than the one inherent in my film choices... what would I show? Spike Lee might be a little rough for high schoolers. What else is there? Help! Should I care? If so, how?
  22. ddddyyyy is clearly spam - but he/she knows truth when he/she sees it.
  23. An exquisite ending in my opinion. And maybe the greatest coming of age film since Harold and Maude.
  24. Wait, you're forgetting stef! That's 5.
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