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  1. I have my account settings configured to send me an email for every reply that gets posted in a thread I follow (which is mainly threads I've posted in). The emails have always contained the full text of the replies. Recently - probably since the Invision update? - the emails contain only the first couple lines of the post so I have to click through to the site to see the rest. The convenience of reading replies directly in my email was nice to have. I don't suppose it's possible to restore the old email behavior?
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    Dune

    Chalamet is certainly capable of actual acting, so I assume it's Villeneuve's fault that he speaks every line here as if he's either drugged or just waking up from a deep sleep. Also most of the visual design looks pretty dull, though I can imagine the sandworm as shown here working well on the big screen. Overall, this trailer isn't exciting.
  3. Does that mean you couldn't stay for the credits without disrupting the exit procedure? That would bother me as an inveterate credits-watcher. Not that I could really blame the theaters for not worrying about this, since I'm literally the only person I know who insists on sitting through the credits every time.
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    John Ford

    I don't know Ford very well, but I recently saw and really liked The Long Gray Line, a biopic about Marty Maher, an Irish-born army officer who spent fifty years at West Point. The film turns on an interesting tonal shift that happens partway through. When Maher arrives at West Point as a young immigrant fresh off the boat, initially working as a waiter who breaks a lot of dishes, the film plays as a broad comedy with a lot of faith-and-begorrah Irish jokes and some outright slapstick. However, it eventually transitions, surprisingly smoothly, into a weightier drama with serious themes related
  5. Beautifully done, and some of the connections between films are unexpected and wonderful. Thanks for this. I think I can identify the majority of the clips, but I expect there are members here who can get them all.
  6. Coming late to this thread, I'm just starting to listen to Symphony No. 1 above. In the first notes of that clarinet solo, I had a moment of confusion while I thought was listening to the main title theme from The Godfather.
  7. I have kind of a guilty fondness for the novel, which I first read as a teenager some time in the decade before last (yikes). It's a very readable book despite its length and leisurely pace, sippable like a mint julep. Scarlett O'Hara is indeed one of the great unlikable protagonists of American fiction. She's selfish, ruthless, manipulative, narrow-minded and incurious, naive and then cynical, etc. What redeems her, as a character if not a person, is her grounding in the only thing she has left at the end of the book, "the red earth of Tara": home, family, tradition, but also the farm, the co
  8. Thanks for the reviews, both of you. This looks fascinatingly provocative. I'll look forward to seeing it as soon as I can do so for less than two times the cost of a theater ticket.
  9. I've been maintaining a spreadsheet with all the previous lists here. If you click twice on the 2006 column header, for example, you'll see all the films from 100 to 1 at the top.
  10. It makes me smile that Bergman and Malick are the two choices where everyone who voted had an opinion. (And, in my opinion, we made the right choice in both cases!)
  11. I'm hoping The Tree of Life wins out over A Hidden Life. I certainly have my personal bias here, since Tree of Life has been on my personal top 5 for years and I didn't really connect with A Hidden Life, and maybe it's just that when I saw Tree of Life at an impressionable age I was subconsciously ready for a rhapsodic Malick phase which is unrepeatable nine years later. It still seems to me that Tree of Life is a film of unfathomable depth and spiritual power, a film bursting with variety that can be explored endlessly and always remains surprising. A Hidden Life, beautiful as it is, seemed t
  12. Thanks for this. I'm coming down on the 2-films-per side for similar reasons, along with a growing feeling that changing course midstream is causing more confusion than it's worth.
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    Nightwish

    I love Nightwish, which has been my introduction to symphonic metal. (I came to it via Tuomas Holopainen's extraordinary concept album The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, which has a quite different sound despite some recognizable stylistic similarities.) I'm not entirely sure that I approach it wholly on the level of artistic appreciation - the effect of this kind of music on my feelings and nerves is such that I've been known to say, not really joking, that Nightwish is my favorite recreational drug. I agree that Endless Forms is their best album.
  14. I understand this and sympathize. The problem is that I'm really in two minds here, afraid to choose either option for fear of regretting it later. Some compelling arguments have been made on both sides.
  15. Interesting. It's missing too many essential A&F favorites for me to really prefer this list to the regular one (apparently Dreyer isn't too divisive around here, who knew?), but there are some choices here that would have been fascinatingly provocative. Admittedly, this list also has most of the choices that I thought were bad, including the only nominated film I outright hate.
  16. Please do post that. It would be interesting to see the candidates "sorted by controversial". I'm happy to see Blade Runner (returning from the 2004 list!) on there. It strengthens the list to have a sci-fi entry beyond the two obvious choices of Stalker and 2001. I'm disappointed by the absence of Carol and Moonlight. I hoped at least one of those would make the cut, though Carol at least always seemed like a long shot.
  17. How many directors are on the list in the two-per-director version?
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    Carol (2015)

    If you have a video or slide presentation or some way to present this breakdown without a ton of extra work for you, I'd love to see it! I also love the film and consider it my favorite LGBT-themed film of the last decade (edging out Moonlight and Weekend).
  19. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
  20. For starters, add the Criterion Channel to your search space, even if you only subscribe for 1-2 months solely for A&F purposes. Cleo from 5 to 7 is currently there, for example.
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    Howl (2010)

    Now I'm trying to think of other examples of "on-screen textual analysis," and wondering if there's a whole genre of literary documentaries and poetic meta-films that's been escaping me. (Hmm...is there any in Poetry? It's been a long time since I saw that.)
  22. I like both of these ideas. One of the last films I struck off my nominations list was Todd Haynes' Carol, and I already kind of regret not leaving it in, probably as a substitute for one of the films that were almost certainly nominated by somebody else. This idea, though, I'm not crazy about. It seems borderline dishonest to "correct" the voting record just because we suspect that we may not like the actual voting results. If individual voters want to intentionally give higher scores to certain filmmaker demographics, that's fine, but at the end of it all I think we should be frank w
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    Howl (2010)

    The courtroom dialogue is reportedly lifted verbatim from the transcript of the actual trial, and I believe the interview-like segments all use Ginsberg's actual words (probably not from a single real-life interview, but I don't know about that). And of course the poem is the poem, slightly abridged and rearranged, as I recall, but otherwise unchanged. It's been years since I saw it, but I think those three elements account for the majority of the film's running time. So you could actually consider it a sort of documentary, if you wanted. Franco is good in this, yeah. His reading of the p
  24. How long will we have to watch and discuss the nominated films before voting? I'm hoping for a longer period (at least a month, and really my ideal would be three months) in order to watch or rewatch and thoughtfully consider as many nominated films as possible. (And really, we've been waiting so many years, is there really any reason to hurry now?) But I'm guessing that others will want to get things moving faster than that, which is fine too.
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