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    The Three-And-A-Half Obstructions.

    There's yet no thread about von Trier's latest film, apparently (although PTC has written a reviewlet) perhaps because y'all, like I, found it the weakest of Lars' films of the last ten years. (The mesmerizingly horrible The Element of Crime, von Trier's 1984 debut, will always be his worst.) It's not bad, mind -- I'd likely give it a B -- but it's not as nearly as interesting as its perverse premise might suggest. More later today. Dale
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    Vera Drake - the latest from Mike Leigh

    From Reuters: "Secrets & Lies director Mike Leigh has sealed a North American deal for his new film, Vera Drake, with New Line Cinema....Starring Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney and Philip Davis, the film follows the story of an Englishwoman in the 1950s who is completely devoted to and loved by her working-class family. However, she also leads a secret life as an abortionist, which threatens to unravel her life as well as her family's. '[The film] contains a groundbreaking performance by Imelda Staunton and raises critically relevant issues in an emotionally involving family situation,' said New Line co-chairman and co-CEO Michael Lynne." (Emphasis mine.) Dale
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    Capturing The Friedmans

    I'm surprised there apparently isn't a thread regarding Capturing the Friedmans on the new board -- I admit not checking the old -- because it's perhaps the most critically acclaimed film of '03 so far, and because the relentless haziness the film throws at the viewer seems the perfect discussion catalyst. (Did or didn't the father rape those kids? Did or didn't the accused son participate? Did or didn't the father rape his brother? Why is the accused son so happy before sentencing?) I'm relatively negative on the film -- "relatively negative" meaning I gave the film a B instead of the As or four-stars-of-four being ubiquitously thrown about -- and it's primarily for three reasons: I'm all for ambiguity in theory, but I'm not fond of the manner Jarecki creates it: It plays like the second-half of every Law & Order episode from the past few years, where every five minutes there is a new piece of evidence pointing toward the guilt/innocence of the party the audience formerly thought was innocent/guilty. There
  4. "No intelligent person really thinks The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Chocolat, Cider House Rules, In the Bedroom or Chicago are good movies[.]" -- Armond White, "Their Souls for a Freebie," this week's New York Press Crikey. I have no particular affection for the five movies listed that I've seen (I swear I'll watch The English Patient someday), and I downright dislike the two Hallstr�ms, but oh. My. Dale
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    Supper / Dinner

    (I have a good feeling about this thread, but I am uncertain it will quite rise to the heights of the lunch discussion.) It's a Friday in Lent, and while I do not follow the requisite Catholic gastronomic tradition, Kim does, so we will probably either have a cheese pizza at a local place or go to Captain D's (not great, but better than LJS while not being terribly more expensive). Last night, Kim and I split an Arby's half-chicken, with curly fries and mac & cheese as sides. (There was also a zucchini muffin, but Kim won't eat it and I just picked at the outside like I usually do.) We both had water to drink: Hers with lemon, mine without. Wednesday I made chicken quesadillas: with cheddar cheese for me, and with mozzarella cheese for Kim. There was no side. I had orange juice to drink [1]. Kim had milk. I do not remember my Tuesday supper. Dale [1] I have orange juice to drink with almost every at-home meal. Yet now I have a very bad cold. What is up with that. What.
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    John Tavener

    Given my personal predilections, at some point I'm going to make it to his dozen or so works that include handbells (most famously, I believe, "The Last Sleep of the Virgin"), but really, the best starting place is the best starting place. So, help. Dale
  7. I'm reading Consider the Lobster, a book of essays by the greatest essayist of our time (the name of whom, I hope, you can glean from the subject line). And his 9-11 work from that book, "The View from Mrs. Thompson's," Wallace — surprisingly to me, since I've never heard him discuss Christianity before — writes: "The church I belong to is on the south side of Bloomington, [illinois,] near where my house is. Most of the people I know well enough to ask if I can come over and watch their TV are members of my church. It's not one of those churches where people throw Jesus' name around a lot or talk about the End Times, but it's fairly serious, and people in the congregation get to know each other well and to be pretty tight. As far as I know, all the congregants are natives of the area. Most are working-class or retired from same. There are some small-business owners. A fair number are veterans and/or have kids in the military or — especially — in the reserves, because for many of these families that's what you do to pay for college. "The house I end up sitting with shampoo in my hair watching most of the actual unfolding Horror at belongs to Mrs. Thompson...Mrs. Thompson is a long-time member and a leader in the congregation, and her living room tends to be kind of a gathering place."Just an interesting fillip. Dale
  8. In poetry: I like Premiere 6.0, even though it dies on me every 90 minutes or so. Dale
  9. Four score and seven years ago, it was 1922, and the Internet was somewhat smaller than it is today. But sometime between then and now -- specifically August 1999 -- was birthed the OnFilm Yahoo! Group, an e-mail-only list founded by Shari Lloyd and featuring trailblazers such as Peter Thomas Chattaway, J. Robert Parks, Jeffrey Overstreet, Alex Klages, Jason Morehead, Ed Rock, Don A. Smith, and, yes, even M. Dale Prins (going by the moniker "Matthew Prins") -- most of whom cut their teeth on the newsgroup rec.music.christian in the 1990s. The tagline: "A forum to discuss movies from a Christian perspective. Many Christians go to the movies more than they go to church and film has been called the most powerful narrative experience of our time. This is the place for fans, critics, and thinkers of great thoughts to hash through the implications of what they see, especially as it relates to their faith." While OnFilm did continue (and, although relatively quiet, survives to this day), in April 2001, OnFilm member Doug Cummings started a threaded message board at his website Chiaroscuro. The intent, as I recall, was a more serious discussion of film than some of what was being posted on OnFilm. In March 2002, after some problems with the message board software at Chiaroscuro, Doug Cummings, Steve Lansingh, and Jeffrey Overstreet started a new message board using the more advanced and stable Novogate software. Concerns about the long-term viability of Novogate (and probably wanting to have a more user-friendly URL) led to, in June 2003, the closing of the Novogate board and the creation of a forum at Promontory Film by Steve Greydanus, Jeffrey Overstreet, and someone whom we will just call Alan. This was the first forum to share the look and the style of the current Arts & Faith Forum (and the first forum in which the archives are fully available today). Three months later, presumably to bring in arts discussion outside of cinema, Promontory Film became Promontory Arts, but otherwise stayed more or less unchanged. Around April of 2004 came the first iteration of the Arts & Faith Forum -- again, mostly just a changed name. The Arts & Faith went under revisions over the next five years as the improvements to the forum's software were released, but while people left and people came, during that time the board stayed surprisingly stable -- no name change, no major software change. In May 2009, while staying mostly the same functionally (and while keeping the same name) the board moved under the warm, glowing, warming glow of Image Journal, where it remains to this day. Anyway. Inspired by digressions in this thread and the realization that some of us have been at this now for a full decade, I think it's time for us to narcissistically go back and talk about some of the highlights we've had with A&F et al. over the years, be they favorite threads, people who used to be around here that we...oh, y'all are smart enough to figure out what to talk about without me coming up with a sample list. To start, I have a great deal of fondness for this dorky thread. Dale [Thanks to PTC, MLeary, and Andy Whitman for history help.]
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    2010: 22. Serious Man, A 39. Through a Glass Darkly 40. House is Black,The 48. Killer of Sheep 50. Cyclist, The 60. Fanny and Alexander 64. Beau Travail 66. By Brakhage: An Anthology 67. Lorna's Silence 79. Meshes in the Afternoon 89. Ushpizin 90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher 91. Au Revoir, Les Enfants 92. Son of Man 94. In Praise of Love 97. M. Hulot's Holiday 2006: 70. Stromboli 74. Black Robe 89. Argent, L' 92. Molokai: The Story of Father Damien 2005: 34. Europa '51 76. Believer, The 89. Trip to Bountiful, The 94. Silence, The 99. In America 2004: American Beauty Bad Lieutenant Blade Runner Changing Lanes Dogma Dolce Vita, La Fight Club Grand Canyon Groundhog Day Henry V Last Days of Disco, The Life Of Brian, The Man Without A Past, The Matrix, The On The Waterfront Prince Of Egypt, The Signs Sixth Sense, The Songs From the Second Floor Star Wars original trilogy Truman Show, The Vanya on 42nd Street Witness Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Here's the promised spreadsheet in Google Docs, which is currently view-only. If you'd like more than just viewing access, PM me your Google account name and I'll give you full access — you can make whatever updates you see fit (filling in years and directors, adding genres, etc.). The only thing that might be slightly confusing: Years that the film didn't make the list are notated with a "999" rather than a blank space or a "no." Trust me, it's a lot easier that way when writing queries. Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Your wish, etc.: 1. Ordet (11 points) 2. Passion of Joan of Arc, The (13 points) 3. Decalogue, The (16 points) 4. Son, The (24 points) 5. Au Hasard Balthazar (27 points) 6. Gospel According to Matthew, The (28 points) 7. Babette’s Feast (29 points) 8. Andrei Rublev (38 points) 9. Diary of a Country Priest, The (43 points) 10. Ikiru (46 points) 11. Seventh Seal, The (52 points) 12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (64 points) 13. Three Colors Trilogy (74 points) 14. Stalker (79 points) 15. Apostle, The (81 points) 16. Man for All Seasons, A (102 points) 17. Promesse, La (120 points) 18. Man Escaped, A (122 points) 19. Magnolia (124 points) 20. Mirror, The (133 points) 21. Wild Strawberries (137 points) 21. Wings of Desire (137 points) 23. Day of Wrath (140 points) 24. Tender Mercies (156 points) 25. Tokyo Story (161 points) 26. Chariots of Fire (164 points) 27. Jesus of Montreal (179 points) 28. It's A Wonderful Life (190 points) 29. My Night at Maud's (191 points) 30. Straight Story, The (194 points) 31. Ponette (197 points) 32. Yi Yi (219 points) 33. Bicycle Thief, The (220 points) 34. Close-Up (238 points) I'll post it on Google Docs in the next day or so, and anyone can do whatever they like with it. Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Actually, one more, since I just thought of it (and it's easy to implement). The top 20 films in A&F history, ranked by the sum of their placements in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011: 1. Ordet (11 points) 2. Passion of Joan of Arc, The (13 points) 3. Decalogue, The (16 points) 4. Son, The (24 points) 5. Au Hasard Balthazar (27 points) 6. Gospel According to Matthew, The (28 points) 7. Babette’s Feast (29 points) 8. Andrei Rublev (38 points) 9. Diary of a Country Priest, The (43 points) 10. Ikiru (46 points) 11. Seventh Seal, The (52 points) 12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (64 points) 13. Three Colors Trilogy (74 points) 14. Stalker (79 points) 15. Apostle, The (81 points) 16. Winter Light (91 points) 17. Man for All Seasons, A (102 points) 18. Promesse, La (120 points) 19. Man Escaped, A (122 points) 20. Magnolia (124 points) Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    My last one for right now, unless anyone has any quick requests: By decade: 1920s: 3 1930s: 3 1940s: 6 1950s: 19 1960s: 12 1970s: 7 1980s: 13 1990s: 12 2000s: 25 Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    207 films have been on the A&F Top 100 at one time or another. The number of times each of those films has been on the list: 5 times: 34 films 4 times: 16 films 3 times: 24 films 2 times: 61 films 1 time: 72 films Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Comeback Kids (2011-list films off since the 2004 or 2005 lists): 2001: A Space Odyssey (90 on 2005 list) Amadeus (97 on 2005 list) Code Unknown (2004 list) Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Disprovers (worse each list): Breaking the Waves (50 to 59 to 99 to off) Day of Wrath (24 to 29 to 42 to 45) Diary of a Country Priest (4 to 5 to 11 to 23) Rosetta would also be on the list (1 to 33 to 82 to off) except that it wasn't on the first, unranked list. Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Improvers (better each list): Andrei Rublev (18 to 10 to 8 to 2) Three Colors Trilog (28 to 17 to 15 to 14) Tokyo Story (64 to 57 to 21 to 19) I'm surprised it's only three. Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Ah crud. That's why I'm getting one more than everyone else: I have L'Enfant and The Child as two separate films. Okay. Everything is right now. Anyway... Films on every A&F list (34): 1. Passion of Joan of Arc, The 2. Andrei Rublev 3. Ordet 4. Decalogue, The 5. Au Hasard Balthazar 7. Gospel According to Matthew, The 8. Son, The 9. Ikiru 10. Babette’s Feast 11. Mirror, The 12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans 13. Seventh Seal, The 14. Three Colors Trilogy 15. Stalker 16. Magnolia 19. Tokyo Story 20. Promesse, La 21. Tender Mercies 22. Apostle, The 23. Diary of a Country Priest, The 24. Bicycle Thief, The 25. Man for All Seasons, A 29. Wild Strawberries 37. Chariots of Fire 38. Straight Story, The 40. It's A Wonderful Life 45. Day of Wrath 47. Close-Up 48. Yi Yi 49. Ponette 55. Jesus of Montreal 64. My Night at Maud's 67. Wings of Desire 68. Man Escaped, A Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Films on every previous list but not the 2011 list (6): 49. Solaris 57. Wind Will Carry Us, The 70. Derzu Uzala 80. Open City 86. Sacrifice, The 99. Breaking the Waves Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Films on the 2011 list not on any previous list (24, SUPER-CORRECTED): 6. Make Way for Tomorrow 18. Searchers , The 27. Paths of Glory 28. Grave of the Fireflies 34. Nights of Cabiria 39. Touch of Evil 42. Apocalypse Now 56. Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The 61. Ran 63. Double Life of Veronique , The 70. Lawrence of Arabia 74. How Green Was My Valley 80. Paprika 82. Born Into Brothels 83. Vertigo 86. Spirited Away 87. Trial, The 88. Rules of the Game , The 89. Sullivan's Travels 92. There Will Be Blood 97. Sophie Scholl: the Final Days 98. Ratcatcher 99. Iron Giant, The 100. The Story of the Weeping Camel
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Films on the 2010 list but not the 2011 (34, SUPER-CORRECTED): 22. Serious Man, A 25. Nostalghia 39. Through a Glass Darkly 40. House is Black,The 41. Green Ray, The (Summer) 47. Late Spring 48. Killer of Sheep 49. Solaris 50. Cyclist, The 52. Cries and Whispers 57. Wind Will Carry Us, The 60. Fanny and Alexander 62. Moment of Innocence, A 63. Trial of Joan of Arc, The 64. Beau Travail 66. By Brakhage: An Anthology 67. Lorna's Silence 70. Derzu Uzala 71. Autumn Afternoon, An 79. Meshes in the Afternoon 80. Open City 82. Rosetta 84. Pickpocket 85. Punch-Drunk Love 86. Sacrifice, The 89. Ushpizin 90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher 91. Au Revoir, Les Enfants 92. Son of Man 93. Virgin Spring, The 94. In Praise of Love 97. M. Hulot's Holiday 99. Breaking the Waves 100. Song of Bernadette Dale
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    Films in 2011 but not in 2010 (34, SUPER-CORRECTED): 6. Make Way for Tomorrow 18. Searchers , The 26. Miracle Maker, The 27. Paths of Glory 28. Grave of the Fireflies 34. Nights of Cabiria 35. Night of the Hunter, The 36. 2001: A Space Odyssey 39. Touch of Evil 42. Apocalypse Now 43. Code Unknown 52. Places in the Heart 56. Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The 61. Ran 63. Double Life of Veronique , The 70. Lawrence of Arabia 71. Koyaanisqatsi 74. How Green Was My Valley 80. Paprika 82. Born Into Brothels 83. Vertigo 86. Spirited Away 87. Trial, The 88. Rules of the Game , The 89. Sullivan's Travels 90. Schindler's List 91. Dogville 92. There Will Be Blood 95. Amadeus 96. Fiddler on The Roof 97. Sophie Scholl: the Final Days 98. Ratcatcher 99. Iron Giant, The 100. The Story of the Weeping Camel
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    Top 100 2011: Results and Discussion

    All right, all right. Since PTC and SDG (on Facebook) are prodding me, assuming I find my old spreadsheet, I'll do the statistics for the 2011 list as well. But then I'm leaving A&F. Forever. Or until I come back. M. Dale
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    The Fighter (2010)

    That's pretty tough to dispute. And apparently deceased. M. Dale Prins is dead. Dead tired of you thinking he's not alive. Dale, who's a 78-year-old woman, dang it
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