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  1. Evan C

    Little Women

    Emma Watson replaces Emma Stone. Watson seems like an obvious choice for Jo, so I'm guessing Ronan's probably going to play Beth.
  2. Mad Max: Fury Road Persona The Royal Tenenbaums
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    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    I recently rewatched all three extended editions, with friends and jokes about drinking every time: there was a panorama shot, Gimli was the butt of a joke, there was a reference to counting kills, every time someone's addressed as _ son of _. Obviously, since we're all still alive, we didn't play said drinking game. I think that indicates how silly, to use Rushmore's term, the films are. And not having watched them since I was a teenager, the B-film elements really stood out, even in Fellowship, not just the wizard force battle, but everything with the Ring Wraiths, and most of the Mines of Moria as well. At the same time, I think Fellowship has enough great moments that the good outweighs the bad, and it's the one that I still like; however, that ratio becomes less favorable with each subsequent film, and Return of the King is certainly not much better than The Hobbit: A Long, Exhausting, Overly Violent Journey.
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    Spotlight (2015)

    I think three years ago I really believed (out of naiveté, willful blindness, or a combination thereof, I'm not sure) that it was "a few bad apples" and not a widespread institutional corruption. Reading the PA grand jury report made it clear not only how long the abuses and coverups had lasted, but also how severely the hierarchy had fostered that culture of secrecy and coverups, which in turn reminded me of our discussion from 2015.
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    Examples of "Cinematic Parables"?

    Based on the description you gave, I would have said mother! sounds like an allegory, not a parable. Anyway: A Serious Man, Fargo. I think there's a case to be made for The Big Lebowski as well. Unforgiven. Love & Mercy (is that not popular enough?)
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    Spotlight (2015)

    In light of the Pennsylvania grand jury's report yesterday, I remembered Andrew's and my debate in this thread about the guilt of the hierarchy, and I just wanted to come back to say I was completely wrong, and Andrew was right.
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    Movie Calendar

    Days of Being Wild - April 12th and 16th are both mentioned as the beginning of relationships.
  8. I think emailing a link of the survey to everyone would be a good idea. That way, we'd have confirmation of everyone who was participating, and it would make sure that bots or trolls couldn't come onto the board and then vote themselves.
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    Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

    While I am second to no one (or almost no one) in my hatred of the first film, I was pleasantly stunned by how much fun this one was. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2018/07/24/mamma-mia-here-we-go-again/
  10. I definitely think we should continue the Ecumenical Jury, regardless of whether we make a new list. I agree we should settle on some sort of quorum, and perhaps dispensing with the weighted voting system would be wise. I know it was to discourage people from creating accounts just to vote and then never participating on the board, but given we probably have fewer numbers, it would probably skew the tallies too much. Also, if we were to invite Alissa Wilkinson and Melissa Tamminga to participate, it would definitely be better not to have the weighted totals. I can personally attest dispensing with it will make tallying votes a lot quicker and easier. Joel, I'd be happy to help with tallying votes, keeping track of nominees, etc. I don't think I have time to run the entire thing by myself, but if you handled communications with Image, I think I could make a list of titles and crunch numbers.
  11. Does anyone want to reach out Darren, M. Leary, Purves, Persona, and any other original members whose input would be invaluable in making a new list, especially a new top 100? And I'm with Joel, I think this is definitely worth doing.
  12. I'm up for doing either a top 25 or a new top 100, although I wonder if there's enough participation here for that to be feasible. I know I've cut back on posting, but I still check the board once a day.
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    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    Picked up The Passion of Joan of Arc and Au Hasard Balthazar.
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    Little Women

    If that cast does sign, would the plan be Emma Stone as Meg and Saoirse Ronan as Jo? I would have guessed Stone would have been considered for Jo, but Ronan seems too old to play Beth. Anyway, I think this is the most excited I've ever been for a Little Women production.
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    RIP Milos Forman (1932-2018)

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/14/entertainment/milos-forman-obit/index.html I realize I've only seen three of his films (Amadeus, Cuckoo's Nest, and The Firemen's Ball) - I guess I should attempt to change that.
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    Another one in Sherlock Holmes 3 and the Board Games thread. Profile is here: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/profile/9563-vulgarmolly/
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    Movie Calendar

    An Angel at My Table - Janet Frame is reading a newspaper dated October 26th. Tully - Marlo's (Charlize Theron) birthday is mentioned as June 7th.
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    Saw it last night. SPOILERS I actually found Mrs. Manion quite sympathetic, because the film makes it clear she's a victim of someone. Whether she's a rape victim of Barney Quill or an abuse victim of her husband, who along with Stockholm syndrome pressured her into lying about being raped to get him off, is unclear and outside the scope of the film. And I actually thought the film did make it clear that she was in no way responsible for whichever act of abuse actually happened, even if she was highly flirtatious or willingly having an affair. And the way Preminger framed the reaction to the "panties" scene made me sympathize with her even more, because he puts her right in the center of the frame, drawing all attention to her, which for me, put into stark relief the cruelty of laughing at her and the abuse she suffered. However, I absolutely agree that the film doesn't really see a problem with the "what was she wearing" argument, as is made clear by how Biegler wants her to dress for the trial, even if it wants to put all the blame on the perpetrator (whoever he is). And the introduction of Mrs. Manion was also quite problematic, because it's designed to cast as much doubt on her story as possible, even if there are dramatic reasons to do that. I suppose it's possible to say the film is depicting a realistic portrayal of what laws and attitudes were regarding rape in 1959, but it is cringe-worthy. I was thinking this would make a good double feature with Cape Fear, in which a defense attorney buries evidence that his rapist client's victim was flirtatious, because he knows that's immaterial and an immoral line of defense even though the law says otherwise. Regarding what really happened in Anatomy of a Murder, whether Mrs. Manion's a victim of her husband or Barney Quill, the testimony from Quill's friend makes me think she was raped, because why else would he be so jumpy, nervous, and reticent. Also, the ripped panties suggest a more violent encounter, not an affair. On the other hand, Lt. Manion is so unlikeable and obviously violent that the prosecution's claim he caught his wife having an affair, beat her, and murdered her love seems more than plausible. Anyway, it is certainly clear that the "temporary insanity" claim is bogus, and Diegler is defending a guilty man in regards to the murder charge, and I thought the film handled that aspect fantastically, showing how everyone is entitled to a fair trial and the ways that a guilty man could get off depending on how evidence is produced.
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    Movie Calendar

    Anatomy of a Murder - Jimmy Stewart mentions August 16th during the trial as the date the rape occurred.
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    Come Sunday aka Heretics

    In case anyone comes here looking to respond to the conversation which ensued about the Image Board of Director's Statement, Jeremy moved it to its own thread here, so this thread can be devoted to Come Sunday.
  21. I've never seen The Accused, but that's one of the more famous examples I think. Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Magnolia, Elle, Thelma & Louise. Tess is a fantastic portrayal of the realities of sexual abuse and how society traditionally lets male abusers of the hook while holding their female victims responsible for their crimes. And it's made a hundred times more pointed considering who directed it and when he did.
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    Creating Film Critic Circle?

    I think template looks good, although make sure to include the link to 1More Film Blog. If we want to start a newsletter like that, I'm happy to help in anyway that I can. I think we'd need a few more people to make rating/polls worthwhile, and to be honest, I prefer short blurbs to simply a number score from a group of people, but I wouldn't be opposed to doing that either.
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    Creating Film Critic Circle?

    I'm definitely interested and think it would be great to get something like that going. A mailing list that provided links to members' reviews written for their various platforms could work well. I think we'd probably want to tag team to make sure the majority of new releases got covered, but if we got enough people, that shouldn't be too much of a problem.
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    Jurassic World 2 aka Jurassic Park 5

    I saw the first trailer for this when I went to see The Last Jedi, and immediately after the trailer a guy sitting behind me said to his friend, "They spoiled so much of it!" And I thought, "There is absolutely nothing to spoil."
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    Lady Bird

    I could have sworn I had shared my review here, but apparently I never did. So here it is: https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/lady-bird/