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  1. Spoiler: Moonlight has been nominated.
  2. I revisited this film last night for possible inclusion on my top 25, and what most struck me this time was how radical a gesture it was for Rossellini to follow Rome, Open City, Paisan, Germany Year Zero, and Stromboli with a film about the pre-modern world. There's absolutley nothing nostalgic or idyllic about it, though. After making those post-WWII rubble films, Rossellini seems to be offering this as a kind of benediction. This is the world, this has always been the world, this will always be the world, and it is full of absurd suffering and stupid greed and violence but also beauty and grace. Amen.
  3. I'll probably wait a day or two to see if any more lists come in before posting the full list of nominations. (I'm still not finished my own.) Fwiw, I've been copying/pasting the top 25s as they come in and removing duplicates without looking closely at any individual list. But I have a general sense of the nominations, and I don't think anyone will be disappointed by any notable absences. The canon is the canon for a reason! And on that subject . . . I began grad school in the mid-'90s and have read broadly in art history and theory in the years since, so I understood that mid-century Modernist cinema, especially in Europe, Russia, and Japan, grew out of the trauma of WWII. But revisiting some of the canonical films -- most recently, Late Spring, Night and Fog, and The Flowers of St. Francis -- has been more intense than I'd anticipated. Remember when we used to talk about rubble films? I'm really feeling that idea these days.
  4. Another way the world has changed a lot since our last list is that I'm more conscious this time of how white and male the list is, which isn't surprising given the voters.
  5. > If we have 176 films from nine lists, that's actually less overlap than I expected. But there's more and more overlap with each new list. If the goal is to vote it down to a list of 100 films, I'm glad we'll have a pool of 2-3 times that many to choose from. I'm still not sure what my top 25 will look like exactly, but I've been thinking it might be fun, after the full list of nominees is revealed, to post it with a few words about each. Like Jeffrey mentioned earlier, some of my choices might not make sense without understanding why they're so significant to me.
  6. For the first time in my life, I'm watching movies like I read books -- three or four at a time -- which is probably a sign that these strange days are affecting my attention span more than I realized. Earlier this week I was simultaneously rewatching Stroszek, Johnny Guitar, and Low Life in 40-minute bursts. Right now I'm half-way through Who Are You, Polly Maggoo? (after seeing another of his films in Berlin, I'm dipping into William Klein movies) and I've queued up a dozen or so Allan Dwan films on Amazon. Robin Hood (1922) is really good!
  7. I just added your films to the master list, Andrew. I was starting to worry that we might end up with too many nominations, but now that nine people have submitted lists, some consensus is starting to form.
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    Heartbeat Detector

    Holy shit! (Am I allowed to say shit on this forum? Because holy shit!)
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    Heartbeat Detector

    How did you see Low Life? I was totally mesmerized by it and am eager to see it again but didn't realize it was available anywhere?
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    Heartbeat Detector

    After watching it twice this week, In Praise of Love remains my favorite Godard film. That cut to DV feels even more cataclysmic today than it did 18 years ago.
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    Heartbeat Detector

    > Godard's last few films Great minds think alike, I guess. I had Heartbeat Detector in my hand the other night and decided, instead, to rewatch In Praise of Love, which is a film I'll still be wrestling with years from now. I also rewatched Night and Fog. Apparently we're all in an apocalyptic frame of mind!
  12. Because I like playing with data. So far . . . 1920s: 3 1930s: 3 1940s: 4 1950s: 10 1960s: 14 1970s: 8 1980s: 18 1990s: 23 2000s: 23 2010s: 42
  13. Yeah, so far everyone has been great about sending them in the right format, so it only takes me a minute to copy/paste them into the spreadsheet and remove duplicates.
  14. I'm having the opposite problem. I think I've discovered list-writer's block! I'm currently at 16 and every time I add a new one, I immediately delete it and think, "Not profound enough!"
  15. I know this kind of argument can be a get-out-jail-free card for critics, but the docent scene is self-consciously didactic, made with non-professional actors who are (poorly) performing their roles. Cohen is using the gallery as a creative space -- both in the mannered style of that scene and in the later scene with the nudes. It all works really well for me, but I'm sympathetic to the criticism.
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