Mr. Arkadin

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  1. Top 25 Films on "Waking Up" Please keep nominations and seconds only in the nominations thread. All discussion of the nominated films themselves, as well as ongoing conversation about how we should best define the list's theme, should be posted here. *Note: Currently, there are no hard-and-fast rules about eligibility based on content - it’s up to YOU to advocate for what you believe fits this category. We believe the community of voters will make a wise decision about it when the times comes. That said, please think carefully about whether the film is really about what the community wants for an "Arts & Faith" list as opposed to a purely generic "top films" list that would be created on some other popular movie website. Timeline: Open film nominations and discussion: 3/29 Close film nominations: May 28 Open voting on films: June 2 Close voting: June 15th Write blurbs: June 16th – July 16th Post results: TBD
  2. BABY DRIVER is the kind of cinematic confection about which little can be said, but I found it pretty thrilling.
  3. That's something the Nerf parody actually captures really well: Wick action has only one kind of rhythm. There's not a lot of variation.
  4. Keith Uhlich declared this to be one of the standard-bearer of what he called the "New Competence," a movement that counterbalances "chaos cinema" by fetishizizing formal clarity (i.e. relying on show-off long takes, as WICK and LA LA LAND do). But he also lamented the shallowness of it all, suggesting that there's no real center, no real vision. I enjoy the WICK films as passable timekillers, but I agree with Uhlich that they're pretty voids. Wick's backstory has always felt like a calculated narrative justification, a cliche revenge trope stripped back to the bare bones. The many fights capable but also numbingly repetitive; an endless sea of headshots doesn't make for dynamic action. I wish this series would drop any pretense of drama. It works best as hyperviolent absurdist cartoon, as it does during the prologue of WICK 2.
  5. Paul is in the process of setting up the voting. The Image folks are a little overwhelmed at the moment, so it might be a little bit.
  6. Agent Cooper, Holy Fool. I wish they were still releasing this in two-episode blocks. I want to stay in that groove for longer than an hour.
  7. Around that same point. I just realized I wasn't invested or entertained. They decided to pile on narrative incident, but little of it is interesting. Part of it is a sense of the been-there, done-that (it's a shame that they didn't really go all-in on a WWIII type of scenario to differentiate things), part of it is that this season isn't very good at the posturing that made this show fun.
  8. David Fincher + Kevin Spacey? I'm intrigued.
  9. I gave up on it.
  10. If nothing else, this season moves faster than previous seasons.
  11. Some thoughts on Alien: Covenant.
  12. So I have this as our final list of nominees. Am I missing any? 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days Adam's Apples All Quiet on the Western Front Almost Famous Amazing Grace Amélie Angel and the Badman Another Woman Arrival Awakenings Barton Fink Blue Velvet Breaking Away Captains Courageous Children of Men Cleo from 5 to 7 Close Encounters of the Third Kind Contact Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon David and Lisa Don't Look Now Edward Scissorhands Eyes Wide Shut Face to Face Fearless Fruitvale Station Gaslight Ghost in the Shell Groundhog Day Holiday I ♥ Huckabees Ikiru Inception Joe Versus the Volcano Journey to the West Knight of Cups Last Holiday Life, Animated Malcolm X Marty Metropolis Moon Moonrise Kingdom Mulholland Drive My Neighbor Totoro On the Waterfront Pan's Labyrinth Picnic at Hanging Rock Punch-Drunk Love Red Beard Running on Empty Searching for Bobby Fischer Selma Shutter Island Something, Anything Spirited Away Take Shelter Tender Mercies The Artist The Assassin The Color Purple The Double Life of Veronique The Edge of Seventeen The Fits The Great Dictator The Illusionist The Insider The Killer The Lives of Others The Long Goodbye The Matrix The New World The Pervert's Guide to Cinema The Secret of Kells The Traveler The Tree of Life The Trial The Truman Show The Way They Live They Might Be Giants This Is Martin Bonner Through a Glass Darkly Upstream Color Wings of Desire
  13. *UPDATE*: I am slowly compiling a spreadsheet of all nominations here: This thread is for nominations and seconds ONLY; discussion and advocacy for your nominations should be posted in this separate thread. I would strongly encourage each of you not to just nominate films without any explanation for why you think they belong on the list. Part of the nominating process should include nominating the film and then going over to the discussion thread to explain why the film merits your nomination and our votes. Please do this.Nominations will be open until 5/28. The rules are as follows:1) Nominations must follow this format:Title:Director:Year:Language:IMDB Link:YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film):Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):2) Every nomination must be seconded before appearing on the ballot (some require thirds - see below). To second, simply reply to the nomination post with “Second.”3) Every A&F member can nominate up to 25 films.4) There is no limit on nominating films from the same director; however, only the top three vote-getters per director will be allowed on the final list.5) No films released after December 31, 2016 can be nominated. (Like last time, if there is a heavily advocated for exception, we’re open to allowing for it.)6) TV series of more than one season cannot be nominated.7) Miniseries and special TV-to-cinema works like Dekalog, which have appeared in theaters sometimes or in parts, are eligible for nomination; they must receive a third nomination to appear on the final ballot.8) Trilogies and series of films shall be considered as separate films unless:a. They were filmed at once by the same director and crew, e.g. Lord of the Rings;orb. The theme and plots are interwoven in such a way as to necessitate the watching of all films to complete an understanding of each, e.g. Three Colors.Trilogies and series nominated as a single work must also receive a third nomination to appear on the final ballot.
  14. It's close-ish to what is suggested in Prometheus. It's not very close to how Covenant evolves the ideas suggested in Prometheus.
  15. Title: Face to Face Director: Sergio Sollima Year: 1967 Language: Italian / Spanish IMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): N/A
  16. Title: The Americanization of Emily Director: Arthur Hiller Year: 1964 Language: English IMDB Link: YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): N/A
  17. Yes. Their scenes are so bittersweet that it makes me want to cry.
  18. The weight of time is all over this series, not just in the weathered faces and voices of our beloved characters, but in the sense that the status quo of the world has changed, that things were lost that can't be recovered, and the darkness of the world remains as baffling and terrible as ever. The moment where Badalamenti's "Laura" theme returns in its most prominent statement--for me, one of the most moving moments in these first four episodes--sums this all up. It's not empty fanservice, but a deep statement of loss, of the effects of entropy on communities and people.
  19. Aside from the brief Michael Cera cameo, this is magnificent.
  20. Outside of the cue for the prologue and the moments when it reprises Goldsmith, I find PROMETHEUS' music really underwhelming.
  21. Yeah, the biggest problem with this film is that it's mostly kind of boring.
  22. FWIW, Scott has indicated that the next film (tentatively titled Awakening) will be set between Prometheus and Covenant.
  23. I read Fancher's draft a very long time ago. Your sense of it matches with my memory of it.
  24. Give Deakins an Oscar already. Otherwise? Ehhhh.