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Evan C

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    Being led on an illegal suicide mission by a selfish maniac.

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    Church organist
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    The Jaguar Shark
  • Favorite movies
    The Double Life of Veronique, WALL-E, Singin' in the Rain, A Man for All Seasons, Henry V (1989), Rebecca, Faust (1926), Babette's Feast, Bringing Up Baby, Sweeney Todd the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Three Colors Trilogy, Vertigo, Dr. Strangelove, The Red Shoes, Lady Bird
  • Favorite music
    Quartet for the End of Time - Olivier Messiaen; Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun - Claude Debussy; The Rite of Spring - Igor Stravinsky; Eroica Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven; Sunday in the Park with George - Stephen Sondheim; Meditations on the Mystery of the Holy Trinity - Olivier Messiaen; Fantasia and Fugue in G minor - J. S. Bach; Prelude and Fugue on the Name of 'Alain' - Maurice Durufle; Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles; Piano Etudes - Gyorgy Ligeti; Symphony no. 6 - Louis Vierne; Dialogues of the Carmelites - Francis Poulenc; Tumbelweed Connection - Elton John
  • Favorite creative writing
    The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkein; King Lear by Shakespeare; My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier; The Possessed by Fyodor Dostoyevsky; Beloved by Toni Morrison American; Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Favorite visual art
    Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte

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  1. Babette's Feast and Sullivan's Travels were both nominated. Not sure about all the others. And did we really lose Dogville? Woohoo!
  2. I considered it briefly, but felt sure someone else would, and more importantly, if we're limiting to two films per director, I'm going with Fire Walk With Me and Mulholland Drive before I pick The Straight Story. For the record, I did nominate Fire Walk With Me.
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    All That Jazz (1979)

    I nominated All That Jazz for the top 100 list. It's a reckoning with mortality and a stunning testament to the importance of vocation and art as a means of transcending the ugliness and shortcomings of the world through which art and supernatural inspiration (literally) offer a hope of salvation to a deeply broken, very unhealthy choreographer. I wrote a review a few years ago, trying to delve into all the reasons I love this film. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2018/08/09/all-that-jazz/
  4. For its integration of art, mythology, how view others, gender roles, and the gorgeous integration of imagery and music throughout, my +1 is Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019).
  5. Prioritize Sophie Scholl, In a Lonely Place, Hour of the Wolf, Man with a Movie Camera, 2046 If anyone can't find copies of Sophie Scholl and In a Lonely Place, I will mail you my DVD of either, provided you mail it back. I didn't nominate either, but thank you to whomever did.
  6. Two or three films per director is fine with me. I think we should allow more than one to acknowledge directors whose films mean more to this community. Of the 40 films I short listed for my top 25, the only two that no one else nominated were The Godfather Part II and Touch of Evil; I'm a little surprised no one else nominated the latter. The Wes Anderson and Coen films I considered all made it.
  7. Those are good reasons for a second round of voting. Do we want to do top 20 or 25? Since we submitted lists of 25, maybe ranking that many would make sense. And I like the idea of one non-blind nominee in place of a "golden ticket" since there are definitely too many participants for that to be feasible.
  8. In that scenario, yes the film with more votes (presumably of 5s and 1s) would finish slightly ahead of the film with same average but fewer votes. But at the same time, more people would have felt strongly about the first film being included, so shouldn't it be included ahead of something that a few people felt so-so about? To be honest, I doubt either film would make the final list in that case. Personally, I don't like ranking through a second voting round. It's okay with the EJ, because there are only ten films, but I don't see why we should arbitrarily pick a number and only rank those films. I'm not suggesting ranking all 100 - that would be unfeasible. However, I don't feel strongly enough about it to seriously object if everyone else wants to do it.
  9. I think we initially discussed voting by May, but I know a lot of libraries are closed right now, which might make it harder to watch some of the more obscure nominees that may not be streaming anywhere, so I'd be for extending our original deadline if it doesn't create conflicts with schedules or publishing a book.
  10. I think based on who's participating, there's no need to have a weighted voting system. That said, we definitely need some system in place to account for films with more votes and fewer votes, because a film with an average of 4.9 after 20 votes should not finish behind a film with an average of 5 with only two votes. I believe IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes both use the Bayesian average, So with my two scenarios above, (and let's say m = 2 (a nominee and second, essentially), and C = 3, because it's the middle of the scale) (2/(2+2)) * 5 + (2/(2+2)) * 3 = 4 (adjusted score of a film that gets a 5 from two votes) (20/(20+2)) * 4.9 + (2/(20+2)) * 3 = 4.72 (adjusted score of a film that got 4.9 from twenty votes) Obviously we might want a minimum vote cutoff higher than 2, if we did use a Bayesian average, but I'd be fine with that as a means of tallying votes, if everyone else was.
  11. Darren, how many films directed by woman have been nominated so far?
  12. Country of origin is good idea. Mine was: USA - 10 France - 3 Poland - 2 Japan - 2 Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Taiwan, Iran, USSR, Canada - 1
  13. My final breakdown was: 1920s - 2 1950s - 3 1960s - 3 1970s - 2 1980s - 4 1990s- 4 2000s - 1 2010s - 6 As to the "will someone else nominate this question," I had seven I felt pretty confident someone else would cover, so I cut the three I felt less strongly about and kept the other four.
  14. I don't agree with Andrew's assessment of Mija; I think she's a highly pitiable character to be sure, but she's a mild mannered, somewhat naive woman who suffers a complete mental breakdown--both due to the early stage Alzheimer's and the shock of her grandson's actions. The scene when she learns about the repeated gang rape with the callous, sexist fathers worrying about their sons' (and their own) reputations is phenomenal acting from Jeong-hie Yun as Mija attempts to process something that was previously unfathomable to her. And the rest of the movie is her attempt to process that information and see the world from another perspective (ultimately that of Heejin), and the poems serve as the bridge for her to get there. The scenes with her grandson are a sort of five stages of grief--anger in waking him up in the middle of the night, denial with the babying of him. I still don't know what to make of the tragedy of the ending (that she could only accept what happened by putting herself completely in Heejin's shoes), specifically whether the film views Mija's final act as some sort of triumph or failure.
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