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  • Favorite movies
    The New World (+ all Malick so far...); Wild Strawberries (+ most Bergman...); The Three Colours Trilogy (all Kieslowski); Jean De Florette/Manon Des Sources; In The City Of Sylvia; The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp (all Powell & Pressburger)
  • Favorite music
    Schubert, Sibelius, Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, Berlioz, Dvorak, Bach, Stravinsky, Wagner, Brahms, Verdi, Tchaikovsky, Debussy. Buena Vista Social Club. Abbey Road. Ella Fitzgerald. Yiddish songs (!)
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    Tolkien, C.S.Lewis, Dickens, Jane Austen, Shakespeare, Sophocles, Homer, Aeschylus, Rosemary Sutcliff, Arthur Ransome, Du Maurier.
  • Favorite visual art
    Pre-Raphaelites. Vermeer. Rembrandt. Van Gogh. Monet. Manet. Buildings: V&A Museum. St Paul's Cathedral. Royal Albert Hall. Haddon Hall (location for Jane Eyre and Princess Bride).

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  1. Thanks for introducing me to John K Samson. I've been listening to Winter Wheat regularly. Any recommendations for similar songwriters?
  2. I'm British and not that politically active so forgive my ignorance - what is the 'civil rights crisis' African-Americans are having? More or less the same here. In terms of our list - I think we need to accept that we are overwhelmingly a group of white dudes. I think we should just honestly nominate the films that we find fitting to the theme, rather than trying to second-guess whether the Twitterati are going to call us out on our privilege/unwokeness. I'd love it if that list includes a huge variety of cinematic styles from across the globe, but if not so be it. If we get moved sideways into a politically-charged 'relevance' I'll really wish I'd voted for 'coming of age'... On the other hand, I find this comment interesting, and I'd be interested if you could elaborate on this a little. It made me think about my own assumptions on cinematic spirituality (as tending toward the slow and meditative). One silly question - did you mean 'enervating' or 'energizing' (the opposite)? 'Cause I can't quite work out what that sentence means...
  3. I've heard on and off about Laura Marling for the past few years, but I'd never bothered to actually stop and listen until this month. She absolutely blows me away - I'm just in love with how intelligent and honest her craft is, and how utterly uninterested in compromise for commercial gain. Anyway, Semper Femina is her new album, and I'm surprised no-one's posted on it, as I see from a quick search that she has a few devotees on this forum. I'd be interested to hear thoughts from anyone who's followed her career - I'm pretty much listening through all her albums back-to-back, which sometimes gives less perspective in terms of an artist's development. Have to say, though, that I think it's very good - I think confident is the word that best describes it; it's not as dark or soul-searching as some of the others - one of the lyrics that struck me most in the album is 'lately I wonder if all my pondering's taken up too much ground'. To me it feels like a clean, reflective album - there's something attractively healthy about it. Any thoughts? I know I'll be revisiting this album - and artist - a great deal this year. The most immediately catchy song, Always This Way:
  4. Another Woman - very much Woody Allen's Wild Strawberries, but it stands on its own thanks primarily to Gena Rowlands. The film is entirely themed around the idea of awakening - from self-deception to the reality of one's own flaws and weaknesses. As mentioned in the nominations thread, my advocacy for this film centres on the scene where Rowlands' character reads Rilke's Archaic Torso of Apollo, with its explicit final statement: 'You must change your life'. This idea, of being brought to the crux of one's own existence, is so well embodied by Rowlands that the film carries a charge of moral depth unusual for Woody Allen. The Lives of Others - it's pretty obviously a candidate, isn't it? I imagine it may be too simplistic for the tastes of some in our community (and as a Stasi-era film I think Barbara is greater), but it's a very strong iteration of our theme. I know some people say the ending is too sentimental, but I think I see it differently. Wiesler is a man who's undergone a conversion experience but is still haunted by the past, and the final line 'Es ist für mich' is imbued with a sense of wonder at an act of grace. This is a film which drew a lot of people to serious foreign-language drama, and I think it would be not only a deserving list member, but a useful one. (Edited to add the last paragraph from Anthony Lane's New Yorker review, which sort of backs me up on the ending:
  5. Another Woman Woody Allen 1988 English IMDB All appropriate clips seem to have been deleted from Youtube. I'd have put the Rilke scene. The Lives of Others Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck 2006 German IMDB Arts & Faith
  6. Seems like more of the regulars would actually prefer 'coming of age'... it doesn't bother me if we switch it. You may be right that 'waking up' is too broad/ambiguous a theme. I thought it might provoke more discussion, but it might just mean the list lacks any sort of cohesion. 'Coming of age' would probably generate more interest, and although a common theme I'm sure we could put our own (somewhat) unique spin on it. Anyway, these polls ain't legally binding, missy. Them's more like...guidelines.
  7. That's the sort of statement the IMDB boards used to be full of (and I really miss those boards, but oh boy were they full of crap...) I really hope your comment is just a spoof of those, rather than serious. My own little dig at Ken's expense was meant entirely in jest, and was - I thought - reasonably amusing. (And unfortunately, perhaps a little too nail-on-the-head when it comes to the defensiveness of fanboys. However 'high-culture' they may be...) These boards are a special place, and we're all much too grown up for petty name-calling He's diluting his brand a little, isn't he? It's something I'm torn on - I want all his films to be revelatory masterworks like my first experience of Badlands or The New World, but on the other hand he ain't getting any younger and I want to see some of his other ideas come to fruition. (I would just about kill for his mooted Gawain and the Green Knight, for example, because I know he'd bring something utterly new to that world.) I think I'm more or less with Jeffrey on the last two - though I need to revisit - but that doesn't alter my regard for Malick. As far as I'm concerned he's got a free pass to do whatever he wants. I'll be there. In fact, I kinda wish he had turned this into an 8-hr miniseries, like he apparently considered. Anything different, difficult, intricate, challenging is to be welcomed in this shallow and dumbed-down cultural landscape. There - that was a sweeping sentence the most ardent Malick acolyte would approve!
  8. Terrence Malick breaks his self-imposed decades-long silence to discuss the traumatising rumours that Ken Morefield isn't really a fan: (Spoiler Alert: he says it's okay, he's sending Val Kilmer round with the chainsaw...)
  9. Same here. 'Coming of Age' is a classic theme, and one we should probably do at some point, but this one just excited me more. It allows so much room for interpretation and hence gives real value to the different perspectives people bring. Plus, as you said, 'Waking Up' is just such a Faith-full theme.
  10. Isn't there a clause somewhere on Arts and Faith stating that this sort of response to a film by Saint Terrence gets you tarred, feathered and run out of the virtual town? If not, there should be... No, but really - I knew there were maybe a couple of doubters, but nothing quite this strong. Your criticism reminds me a lot of Rossini's quip about Wagner: 'He has sublime moments and awful quarters-of-an-hour'! One other thing the two have in common - they are the least ironic artists you will ever encounter. I wonder if that's not a coincidence; if that level of sincerity leaves them immune from embarrassment, and less likely to modulate their idiosyncrasies/weaknesses to accord with general taste?
  11. The review I've just read on Indiewire isn't impressed by the claims: But then he didn't like the film because it wasn't progressive enough, so maybe more delicate viewers will have the pleasure of finding something to offend them...
  12. Typical Hollywood story here - they'd planned to scale back the budget for this one, which was partly why they hired Ronning and Sandberg (they'd made a film - Kon Tiki - set mostly on water but at a low budget). Now it's ended up as one of the most expensive movies in the world, estimated at $320 million.
  13. Agree entirely, I'm afraid. Although the worst thing about the trailers so far has been Ewan Mcgregor's 'French' accent. Horrible. And him married to a Frenchwoman...
  14. Beginning in December I'm reading everything I can lay my hands on by Penelope Fitzgerald. The books I've read thus far have been so astonishingly good that she's gone straight into my list of favourite writers. I should probably start a thread on her and try to write something cogent and analytical, but in the meantime I'll just say that I genuinely think she rivals Jane Austen for deft, quiet, devastatingly witty social observation. I have no praise higher. Read so far: The Blue Flower; The Gate of Angels; The Bookshop; Innocence; Offshore To read: Human Voices; The Beginning of Spring If anyone's looking for a writer of spare, elegant, wry, funny, elusive, wistful, humane novels - she's an absolute master of the art. My literary discovery of the decade...
  15. Watership Down is just a great, great classic - one of those novels which truly expand a child's mind and imaginative horizons. The Plague Dogs has an element of interest for me, in that I've gone on half-a-dozen holidays to that area of the Lake District, and walked pretty much every acre of ground the story covers. Have to say I didn't really feel an emotional connection to the story, though. I've often considered reading Shardik, but never got around to it yet. Maybe I'll do that next year as a tribute.