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  1. Title: A Married Couple

    Director: Allan King

    Running Time: 96 Minutes

    Language: English

    IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064640/

    YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): http://www.criterion...-married-couple

    Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): ?

    So... this is a documentary. Well no, cinema verite. Well no, actuality drama:

    "King describes his style as "actuality drama - filming the drama of everyday life as it happens, spontaneously without direction, interviews or narrative". He says he strives to "serve the action as unobtrusively as possible" and does so by becoming very familiar with the environment and people he films, by paying particular attention to movement patterns, routines and light quality." - wiki

    I made this nomination after I saw Overstreet asking for doc ideas on Facebook.

    If you don't know Allan King, DEFINITELY get to know him. I VERY HIGHLY recommend Dying at Grace and Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company. In many people's book, Warrendale is one of those you're just supposed to see before you die.

    A Married Couple is nowhere near my favorite of his work, but I do think it fits wonderfully for this list. He captures a couple deconstructing their gender roles in their quickly dissolving marriage; while he deconstructs the nature of documentary procedure. He definitely goes for a fly-on-the-wall approach, and although the couple suffers a bit from observer effect (changing their behavior due to the awareness they are being observed), they still have some very raw moments ranging from humorous to tender to outright frightening.

    I know you can check it out on Hulu+, I'm not sure if it's on Netflix. Or if you can, just go buy the Eclipse set. I'd wholeheartedly recommend just springing for the set. It has been one of my very favorite movie purchases of at least the past few years, each film in it is a treasure, and each time I watch them I get irritated that I didn't know about Allan King sooner.

  2. The Face of Another is a Japanese science fiction movie about a man who becomes disfigured in an accident and decides to undergo an experimental procedure: the doctor will create a mask of another man's face, and then graft it onto the first man. To test how convincing the new face is, he decides to see if he can "seduce" his own wife. He succeeds, but when he reveals himself to her later, she says she knew it was really him all along--that the seduction was just a game to keep their love life interesting.

    The director, Hiroshi Teshigahara, is probably better known for The Woman in the Dunes, but I think Face is a more interesting movie.

    I'm kicking myself for not thinking of that one first. I personally don't find it as aesthetically pleasing as The Woman in the Dunes, but I like your words "more interesting." I think that's terribly accurate. My gauge for how interesting a film is starts rising with the post-viewing discussion, and The Woman in the Dunes doesn't strike up anywhere near as many conversations (read: debates, arguments, name calling) as The Face of Another.

    Edit: Plus, Teshigahara is one of my very favorite directors. He will always need more attention. What he did with Kobo Abe and the AMAZING Toru Takemitsu is all so wonderful, and I could watch his Antonio Gaudi on repeat until my eyes shriveled up and fell out.

  3. My apologies for not being around A&F lately... it's a long story. However, I feel very strongly about these and would love to see them included. I would also relish the opportunity to write about them, especially as they pertain to marriage issues and matters of faith:

    Title: A Married Couple

    Director: Allan King

    Running Time: 96 Minutes

    Language: English

    IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064640/

    YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): http://www.criterion...-married-couple

    Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): ?

    Title: Antichrist

    Director: Lars von Trier

    Running Time: 108 Minutes

    Language: English

    IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0870984/

    YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film):

    Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith....topic=4077&st=0

  4. Just throwing in my two bits:

    I haven't really bothered much watching opera on home media but then again, I haven't been able to go as often as I'd like for the past several years. I think I'll check out that DVD (NY Metro).

    This is my very favorite opera and in my opinion the Solti recording is THE one to own. It's not exactly an original conclusion to draw, but I tried on a dozen or so, and ended up agreeing with the general consensus anyway. My advice is to save time and save (up) your money, and go for Solti.

  5. There are a lot of votes in this thread for liquor served neat, but for those who do mix cocktails, any favorite concoctions? My wife and I are trying to get a list of some good refreshing summer cocktails to try.

    Mint juleps and whiskey sours are standards for summertime in the Pair household. Super refreshing. Often I don't feel like bothering with a mint julep so whiskey sours are more frequent. Maybe it's just easier to keep lemon around than mint.

    I adore absinthe year round, but especially in the summer with properly mega-chilled water. I find I'm usually alone in this. Anybody else into absinthe? Absinthe and chartreuse; I absolutely love them both. Absinthe and chartreuse are constantly neck-in-neck for my very favorite drink.

    I make a drink involving absinthe, chartreuse and gin (plus some other secret ingredients) that is very aromatic, and not for the faint of heart. I typically only allow a guest one glass - one is plenty. I'm not about to be responsible for somebody getting smashed, it can definitely sneak up on a person.

    Sailor Jerry's spiced rum over ice and/or with Cherry Coke is pretty tasty in the summer as well.

    I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer ...Orval. Any trappist will do, but Orval is king.

  6. I'd love to participate. Let me know.

    +1, with gusto!

    I plan to launch an arts blog mid-May, or I can write something up for you to post... I'm game for anything if you'd like me. Tarkovsky is one of my very favorite artists!

    Are you looking for anything specific? Would you be looking for film-specific entries, or general posts on his entire body of work, or both - or neither? - or all of the above???

  7. I was searching the forum for something else and came across this thread. Coincidentally, this past weekend my wife had to reel me in before I yelled at two girls outside a theater after I took her to see Pina for her birthday. Once we were back home, I had collected myself (had I yelled at them on the spot, I would have probably lost control until I became terribly cruel) but my anger was still poison in my stomach so I posted this to the theater's Facebook. Even if nobody dignifies it with a response, I felt lighter just by putting it out there.

  8. Pair, I saw Sunn O))) live a couple years ago and have to admit that I didn't make it through the whole show. It wasn't the volume that did me in; I just couldn't get past the absurdity of it all.

    I definitely get that. Sometimes they work best for people in a random mix that includes a wide variety of other music, but if I'm in the right mood there's nothing I'd rather listen to.

    You might want to skip Earth.

  9. Are we trying to blow his mind, or keep it within some sort of reason? Maybe just throw some randomness out there to see what sticks? ^_^

    Koenji Hyakkei

    Maja Ratkje

    Sunn O)))

    Abesse 2/084






    Current 93

    Hieronymus Bosch


    Death in June


    Dillinger Escape Plan


    Today is the Day





    Vidna Obmana


    Toru Takemitsu

    Arvo Part

    Henryk Gorecki



    Flying Lotus

    ...and I used to carry around Pynchon, Joyce or ee cummings like badges of honor. Now I make sure whatever movie or book I have with me is stored away out of sight. I no longer have that desire to explain myself or listen to another person's thoughts. Until reflecting on this thread, I didn't realize... that's a bit sad. When did I lose that optimistic fire?

    Maybe this weekend I should stroll through a college campus with Finnegan's Wake tucked under my arm. :lol:

  10. Deep Discount's Daily Deep Deal is for Criterion's Last Temptation of Christ on blu that comes out next week. Half off, plus if you use promo code NET5 you get an extra 5 dollars off.

    40 dollar Criterion bluray, for 15 bucks? Pretty good deal. Today only, so I hope you see this in time if this interests you.

  11. This discussion begins and ends with Godard's My Life to Live, when Nana cries while watching Dreyer's The Passion of Joan of Arc.

    For shizzle.

    But that also reminds me of Masculin féminin: 15 faits précis, when Chantal Goya and company watch a Swedish erotic film and she has such a lovely expression and mannerism about her. Apparently the screen was blank and Godard told her it was a romance like Gone with the Wind and that she should look at it sweetly and with admiration and imagine herself in the heroine's place, snuggle up cutely to Jean-Pierre Léaud, et cetera. Some sneaky directing there, that made for a peculiar finished product.

  12. A little late to the game, and at the risk of dredging Bethke back up...


    I also saw one that said "...if I told you I love Babe Ruth but hate baseball." That one made me chuckle. But I think the "Rhyming makes it relevant," line is a cute bit of alliteration.

  13. But I've been thinking about the original question -- big screen or not all -- and the only titles I can come up with are structuralist films that are about projection and light. For example, as far as I know, Michael Snow still refuses to make Wavelengths available in any format other than film, which seems right to me.

    Amen. I really want to dig deeper into structuralist film, what I've seen has touched me deeply. I have some Paul Sharits and Kurt Kren under my belt, and though I'm really excited about the Frampton set Criterion has coming, I hope I don't fixate on how much better it would be on a large screen, with the flicker of the film stock.

    I seem to remember reading somewhere Lav Diaz only projects his DV work as well, but don't quote me on it, my brain might be making that up. He's another I wish I could sink my eyes into.

    By the way, Pair, my first experience of Costa was seeing Colossal Youth on a massive screen in Toronto. I went in without any expectations and spent the next three hours thinking, "I had no idea the cinema could do this."

    Beautiful. I saw the DVD first, then saw it on the big screen (not 'massive,' by any means, you lucky fellow). If I was a less deadpan person, I might have wept over how much more I found there, and how much the DVD had cheated me. I still watch it regularly, but I have to make a serious effort to put the difference out of mind.

  14. As I've mentioned before, I'm a lay preacher and lead a Saturday night service. For a variety of reasons (I won't bother going into here) and after much prayer and consideration, I have canceled the Saturday service and have been busying myself restructuring and planning something different: in short, it will be a gathering to meditate, pray on and INTENSELY study the Sermon on the Mount. This gathering will also aim to motivate itself to practical, almost grassroots-styled application of the SotM's lessons.

    I'm planning on launching the project 14 April, to meet every Saturday after as a time-slot replacement for the night service that was a bit more traditional than what I have planned - in structure, content and application. The structure was by form - yet a concise version of - a typical Sunday service, will now be composed largely of silent meditation and creative praise. The content was by lectionary or the preacher's discretion, but will now be verse-by-verse study and sermon, one section at a time, out of the SotM. I also plan to cross-reference to and discuss OT, other ancient texts and various commentaries. The personal application was nearly non-existent, my hope is to foster a community holding one another accountable (in support, not criticism) for direct pursuit of the SotM's tenets - especially emphasizing those currently studied - through the week and throughout the entire project.

    What I would like to hear from any of you who would like to offer, is any suggestion at all concerning the project - but especially books, resources or other media I should be buying now, while I'm still in the planning stage.

    Here's what I've already at my disposal, and have long been preaching out of the most:

    Translations: NASB, Amplified, (KJV, NIV, and a couple others, but I don't find myself using them quite as much)

    The Apologetics Study Bible (Holman)

    The Interlinear Bible: Hebrew-Greek-English (JP Green)

    The Strongest Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

    The IVP Bible Background Commentary (NT & OT both)

    Nave's Complete Word Study Topical Bible

    Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words

    The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha Vols. 1 & 2 (Charlesworth)

    The Dead Sea Scrolls Translated (Martinez)

    The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible (Abegg, Flint, Ulrich)

    These are the types of books I'd especially like to beef up on, personal writings by or about people that are inspired by the SotM and/or it's practical application:

    The Kingdom of God is Within You (Tolstoy)

    The Cost of Discipleship (Bonhoeffer)

    Mere Christianity (Lewis)

    The Sayings of the Desert Fathers (Cistercian Studies)

    The Lives of the Desert Fathers (Cistercian Studies)

    The Book of Ammon (Hennacy)

    The Sermon on the Mount (Wesley) <-The only book I bought especially for this project, it's a Methodist church I'm doing this for, so, you know, Wesley.

    Planned purchases I am under the impression would be of use or have been suggested, I would appreciate input on what my priority should be for these:

    The Sermon on the Mount (Expositional Commentary, Boice)

    Harlots of the Desert

    Dark Night of the Soul

    The Little Flowers of St. Francis

    Rule of St. Benedict

    The Irresistible Revolution (Claiborne) <-? ...recommended, but from a dubious source.


    Christ Notes

    Early Christian Writings


    Internet Sacred Texts Archive

    The Skeptic's Annotated Bible

    Scriptural Index of John Wesley's Sermons <-Also started looking at only recently for this project, for the same reason as above. You know. Wesley.

    I'm sure I'm missing something, but those are my basic supplies that are used often enough for me to remember right this second. I would welcome ANY recommendations, especially from peculiar, extreme or conservative points-of-view from which I lack information. I would also welcome discussion about why I shouldn't be using something I listed above, or if there is a better resource than what I have. I'd be happy to supply which edition or publication I have if a need to update is a concern.

  15. Action-packed and/or effects-laden popcorn fare definitely lose a good deal, but I believe that experimental or introspective films lose even more because they require attention, pitch black darkness and a severe silence.

    When it comes to a serious "big screen or nothing" attitude, I immediately think of anything by Stan Brakhage and Pedro Costa's Fontainhas Trilogy. I'm thankful to have home media for those through Criterion, but now that I've seen several Brakhage and Colossal Youth on the big screen... I can't go back man, I just- I can't go back.

    At some point I want to rent out a place and watch In Vanda's Room. I'd also love to see several more Brakhage films on the big screen, especially my favorite of his, Untitled (for Marilyn). For the reasons I gave above, I'd also like to see Akerman's Hotel Monterey and Bokanowski's L'ange.

    One should always see Bresson's work in a cinema, but I don't think his lose nearly as much as Brakhage's and Costa's.

  16. My wife is having a curriculum planning day for homeschool and my kids are spending the weekend with my parents. I'm thinking this is prime opportunity to knock out Carlos in one sitting, which will be my first Assayas. I was hoping to see Summer Hours first, but oh well.

    [...]then to a Bresson film, Les Anges du Péché, at that National Gallery of Art tomorrow.

    JALOUX... :(

  17. My review is finally up. Thanks to Comment Magazine for publishing it.

    You sir, have nailed it. From the moment I finished this film I've been trying to get others to watch it, especially people of faith. I was confused by the resistance I met, but after having time to consider I did fall on many of your same conclusions, adding only, "Hmm. Maybe it's too 'Catholic' for people."

    I'm lobbying hard in my church to start a monthly movie night, am making slow progress, and have already planned this as the first feature. I've also passed your review along in my little corner of facebook. They've heard me carry on about it before, but it's good to provide a more literate second opinion. ^_^

    How awesome was that Movieguide review? Just a terrific job they did over there. Not just missing the mark of the lesson to be taken from the story, but "three obscenities and no profanities?" Hmm, "Fuck off" must be an obscenity then? I shudder to think what would qualify as profanity. 8O

    I saw this at Grand Cinema in Tacoma during the "City of Destiny Faith and Film Series," an event sponsored by two local churches and probably filled with their congregations... and I was fortunate enough to enjoy my own Movieguide-style reviewers hissing whispers right behind me every few seconds, Wife: "So these are the bad guys, or are these the good guys? Oh, so those are the good guys?" The More Informed Husband: "No, these are the bad Muslims, those guys the priests were sitting with were the good Muslims. No, that's a priest not a Muslim." And the best one from Husband: "No, I think that's a Christian Muslim," which made my eye twitch and my wife grab my arm and hold me down in my seat. Such an Alvy with Annie in line at the theater moment.

    I couldn't get back in time to see it in theaters, so bought the blu-ray as soon as I could. I watched it not long ago with my son, and he was very moved by it. We have already seen evidence of the effect it (together with other faith-concerned films and art we expose our children to) had on his way of thinking about his young faith in our conversations and little things we hear back from his bible study teacher.

    I ramble. Basically, thank you for that.

  18. Has a Criterion set ever had pop-up packaging before?

    Not as far as I know.

    I can't decide if I think this is kitschy or awesome or both. Perhaps it needs a little soundbox-doodad like the ones in greeting cards... so when you open it, the classic Godzilla cry/roar sounds.

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