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Brian D

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  1. I am very keen to be involved with a new top 100 as well. I'm willing to assist in organization at some level if needed.
  2. I am leaning quite a bit toward being "in". 2 questions for you, Ken: -By when would you be expecting a draft? -What kind of length would you be hoping for in each essay? Thanks!
  3. The Growing Older page looks wonderful. Just wondering...is there a way to make the page pop up more easily on a Google search? If you search for "arts and faith growing older top 25 films", you will find Andrew and Ken's pages. Those are excellent in and of themselves, but is there a way that a Google search could yield direct access to the online top 25 list itself? This not for my own sake but for others who would like to find it easily as they search.
  4. I would really enjoy doing a piece on the Growing Older list in relation to the concept of legacy. How does the concept of legacy manifest itself in the lives of these characters? Along with this, how do the films themselves (especially works like Limelight and the Varda films) function as a legacy handed down by their directors? As we grow old, what kinds of legacies do we hope to leave? As filmmakers reach their mature years, what kind of legacies do THEY want to pass on to those who will come after them? This topic could be quite a fruitful one, and in fact could be discussed in relation to almost every film on the list. Space likely wouldn't allow for treating all of the films, but there is quite a bit of potential for a wider overview.
  5. I'm making my way through this top 25 blurb by blurb. I feel this list unlocks these films as one would unlock a box of precious treasure - carefully and with loving attention.
  6. Thank you so much for that piece on your blog, Ken. You have many wonderful observations there...many things I hadn't noticed even after 3 viewings of the film.
  7. Malick...life of Christ...a film called The Last Planet...maybe just a little exciting for us at A and F? https://thefilmstage.com/news/terrence-malick-begins-shooting-new-film-the-last-planet/ Reports are coming in that the elusive filmmaker has begun shooting his next film near Rome. Various Italian publications are reporting that Malick has embarked on a shoot for his new film The Last Planet near Anzio, south of Rome, notably in the nature reserve of Tor Caldara. The film will reportedly convey passages “in the life of Christ” through representing evangelical parables. One Big Soul adds that the shoot has actually been underway for a few weeks.
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    Young Ahmed

    Fun to see you there on the Croisette asking questions of the brothers, Joel!
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    Young Ahmed

    Fun to see you there on the Croisette asking questions of the brothers, Joel!
  10. My laptop seems to struggle with being able to access the Arts and Faith messenger. I've managed to send messages intermittently, but not today. Ken, would you mind sharing your email address with me either here or by sending it to me at [...] I wanted to send you another message or two in relation to my blurbs. Thank you!
  11. Hi Ken, In regard to the blurb I'll be writing for You Can’t Take It with You in the top 25 : I really liked the way you crystallized this film’s value (above) for the list in terms of Grandpa Vanderhof’s fruitfulness in old age. Do you mind if I expand on that particular point for my blurb? I can’t think of a more helpful perspective or way to approach the film for this top 25. Gratefully, Brian P.S. I wanted to send this as an individual message but I couldn't get that A and F function to work.
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    Madadayo

    Spoiler alert: The scene is closer to the end, quite soon after the depression over the cat has lifted. I wondered why the tone was more serious rather than the tone of celebration that I would have expected. It may be one in which the hare is mentioned...I don't recall for sure. I suspect there may be a cultural aspect that I am missing. Thank you!
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    Madadayo

    Spoiler alert: The scene is closer to the end, quite soon after the depression over the cat has lifted. I wondered why the tone was more serious rather than the tone of celebration that I would have expected. It may be one in which the hare is mentioned...I don't recall for sure. I suspect there may be a cultural aspect that I am missing. Thank you!
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    Madadayo

    Question : can someone please explain to me what is going on in the scene in which the wife keeps filling up the professor's sake cup while the professor is singing? The thing that confused me here was that the students at that moment appear to be frozen in some sort of fear or apprehension rather than their customary joviality and laughter. Why are they suddenly so serious?
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    Madadayo

    Excellent, Ken. Hearing this analysis from a professor really gives Madadayo a boost in credibility in my mind. I was on the fence about some aspects if it, but I realize from your take that some of my concerns may vanish as I shift a bit and focus on some other very fine aspects of the film.
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