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Plot Device

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    Shel Silverstein is my 2nd favorite children's poet (behind Dr. Seuss). And the "personal photo" is NOT me, just a secondary avatar.
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  1. Ouch! That's right!! New members are required to make a minimum of (I think) 5 "reply" posts in already-established threads before they are allowed to launch their own threads. Hmm ... Try posting here and there throughout the forum to get your "minimum" fulfilled. (Just make sure they are them "real" posts with real substance is all. Some newbs try to fake it by posting the word "Hi!" and that's it.)
  2. I second this nomination whole heartedly. And I offer my reasons in the A&F discussion thread for this film. http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopi...mp;#entry169743 A truly worthy film. And one of Frank Capra's best, imho.
  3. I am happy to "second" this nomination for the Top 100 List. I saw this film by mere chance as a child on broadcast TV on a Saturday afternoon, back in the days when there were ONLY the three networks, and PBS, and maybe one or two independant stations. It deeply touched me and I still vividly remember it all these years later. There are even whole stretches of dialogue that I still remember from it, and I promise you I only saw it once. Every character was so compelling, especially the female lead. Frank Capra had such a feel for women's roles and he crafted them into rich and believable ch
  4. Okay. I can live with this reply. Thanks.
  5. What I'm REALLY tring to say, Alan, is: I need a very firm explanation of "spiritually significant." And I am not finding one anywhwere on the web site. Can you pin down what "spiritually significant" means? I have made two nominations up above that some people might not agree to be "spiritualy significant," depending on how they are treating the definition. So if you would clarify what the working defintion is supposed to be, I might consider withdrawing my two borderline nominatons.
  6. Alan, can you post in this thread the criteria and guidelines we should be following for considering/nominating a film? (In other words, can you put EVERYTHING in this thread so we don't have to go hunting for it in all the links?) I'm sure the criteria is listed SOMEWHERE here at A&F, but I don't know exactly where it is. What I'm saying is: you've certainly outlined the date ranges of films, but I want to know what kind of merits we should we be zeroing in on. Thanks.
  7. Autumn in New York http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174480/ http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=19192&hl= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_in_New_York_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=autumninnewyork.htm Richard Gere stars as a successful and complacent playboy who falls for a twenty-something Winona Ryder. It holds up for brutal scrutiny his idealized and self-satisfied lifestyle of unbudgeable bachelorhood, serial boyfriend-hood, thoughtless two-timing and "playing the field" (especially with women half his age). The film exposes how the weightier ramifications
  8. Autumn in New York http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0174480/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autumn_in_New_York_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=autumninnewyork.htm Richard Gere stars as a successful and complacent playboy who falls for a twenty-something Winona Ryder. It holds up for brutal scrutiny his idealized and self-satisfied lifestyle of unbudgeable bachelorhood, serial boyfriend-hood, thoughtless two-timing and "playing the field" (especially with women half his age). The film exposes how the weightier ramifications of infidelity and a lack of commitment almost always fall f
  9. The Good Son http://imdb.com/title/tt0107034/ http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=19191 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Son_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=goodson.htm A very young Elijah Wood stars as a troubled pre-teen boy grieving over the recent death of his mother. His father reluctantly leaves him behind with cousins while he goes to Japan on business. Wood makes friends with his same-aged cousin played by Macaulay Culkin who turns out to be a brilliant yet secret sociopath. As Culkin diabolically frames Wood again and again for his own heinous crimes,
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    The Good Son

    The Good Son http://imdb.com/title/tt0107034/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Good_Son_%28film%29 http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=goodson.htm A very young Elijah Wood stars as a troubled pre-teen boy grieving over the recent death of his mother. His father reluctantly leaves him behind with cousins while he goes to Japan on business. Wood makes friends with his same-aged cousin played by Macaulay Culkin who turns out to be a brilliant yet secret sociopath. As Culkin diabolically frames Wood again and again for his own heinous crimes, including cruelty to animals and causing a multi-ca
  11. Bruce Almighty http://imdb.com/find?s=all&q=bruce+alm...mp;x=13&y=7 http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopic=2485 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_almighty http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=brucealmighty.htm Bruce Almighty is described by its distributors as a "supernatural romantic comedy." It's primarily a rom-com, and the issue/obstacle that comes between the story's lovers (Jim Carrey as local TV news correspondent Bruce, and his girlfriend Jennifer Aniston as kindergarten teacher Grace) is Bruce's self-absorption and life-owes-me-a-living attitude. But this self-focus
  12. No. Not too late to make such a call. From my understanding, in order to be a success, this movie needed to gross about $120M in its opening weekend (only because the budget was a staggering $210M). My general rule of thumb has always been that you need to achieve about 50% of budget on opening weekend in order to NOT be a flop. That's because from opening weekend onward you will suffer drops of roughly 50% each successive weekend until you dwindle away to nothingness. By starting out so low on this first weekend, their overall domestic take will probbaly only be about $80M is they're lucky.
  13. I just tried it. The last line was the stumper.
  14. The tree log scene was badly done in the 1970's version--no suspense, not fast or tense enough. And the giant snake was just dumb looking. Jessica Lange was very good and did what she could with bad material. The script wanted to emphasize the sexual attraction by Kong toward her, which is ridiculous. And so I appreciated Jackson's version which went for a Diane Fossey take on the relationship between Kong and Ann. If anything, the set-up of Act 1 was pretty good in the 1970's version--the whole oil exploration thing.
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