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Evan C

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  1. WALL-E is still one of my 3 favorite films ever, and I think its focus on care for the environment as well as its portrayal of awe and wonder makes it a perfect fit for the list. As I said in the other thread, I'm surprised and a little disappointed Touch of Evil was omitted. I'm surprised no one included Heat or The Insider, and I think it would have been nice to have Life of Brian in the running.
  2. I will advocated strongly for 2046. I really do miss Ryan's presence here, though.
  3. I like the 6 point scale; I'm not sure how I would break down a 7 point scale. After the nominees were published, I very quickly organized them into a list of 5s, 4s, 3s, 2s, and 1s, mostly so I could know how many I had not seen (answer: 80). Anyway, my rubric for that was 5 - should be in the top 100; 4 - I'd be happy to see it on the list, but would pick something else slightly ahead of it; 3 - recognize the merits, but personally wouldn't pick it; 2 - don't want it on the list; 1 - really don't want it on the list. However, I like Darren's rubric for the six point scale a lot better.
  4. I know how you feel. I considered Let the Sunshine In, but figured that would never make the list ahead of 35 Shots of Rum and Beau Travail.
  5. My nominees were (also in chronological order): Faust (1926) - Murnau's rendition of Goethe's story of a wager between God and Satan for one man's soul is still one of the most visually stunning films ever made, and the way Faust's choices affect all of humanity is beautifully shown The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928) - I don't think I need to make a case for this Singin' in the Rain (1952) - because it's arguably the most perfect film ever made, it's a delight from start to finish, it's a celebration of the good, true, and beautiful, and it's the perfect example of the type of joy the world needs right now (please, please, please let this get on the list) The Night of the Hunter (1955) - Don't think this needs a case made for it either Paths of Glory (1957) - I seriously considered 2001 and Eyes Wide Shut, but for a humanist statement on humankind's ability to do great evil and great good, I had to go with this. it's also the film that first got me hooked on Kubrick. Through a Glass Darkly (1961) - In my mind, the most perfect wrestling with doubt, faith, and a desire to believe in the midst of loss and suffering. This has to be one of our two Bergman's (or three, if we go three) The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) - This one may be a bit of a stretch, but its simultaneous love letter and critique of traditional musical romances provides some beautiful reflection on how we respond to unexpected changes in our lives and how we value what we have. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966) - What purpose does suffering serve, and how do we add to it or help diminish it? Stalker (1979) - Probably doesn't need a case made for it, but the search through a supernatural, mysterious zone reveals more about the protagonists' own lives and how they live them All That Jazz (1979) - I already started a thread for this. Yes, I did nominate three musicals. Kagemusha (1980) - I think this is generally underappreciated, it's one of Kurosawa's best, and the questions of honor, duty, and what or who one truly serves make this a great fit. I hope it's included given the director limit. Amadeus (1984) - a perfect cautionary tale about envy and how we react when God speaks in ways we neither expect nor want Babette's Feast (1987) - a literal cinematic feast about gratitude and the ways arts can serve and save a community Grave of the Fireflies (1988) - one of the most beautiful portrayals of sibling love, a highlight of the evil of war, and the injustice of decimating a country because it loses, and the cost that takes on everyone The Double Life of Veronique (1991) - a reminder that we're never alone, even if it seems like it, and the mysterious ways we can be connected even when we least expect it, especially though the transcendence of art Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992) - a journey through hell that challenges all the characters' (and our) preconceptions and assumptions that made it possible for Laura Palmer to be so abandonned Three Colors: Blue (1993) - How was this the only one of the color trilogy to be nominated? Anyway, it's about finding the will to live and heal after a tragedy, with art once again playing a crucial role The Last Days of Disco (1998) - in the midst of messy lives in which me make many mistakes, the importance of small moments of grace, moral insights, and valuing the good times we share with one another WALL-E (2008) - about care for environment and our home. Andrew is right we need film's addressing America's original sin of slavery and racism, but we also should include a film addressing our country's sins of environmental waste and destruction A Separation (2011) - a film that cares about everyone of its characters as they all try to do what is right, and the ways seemingly simple acts of carelessness can have more serious repercussions Two Days, One Night (2014) - this has always been the Dardenne film that resonates the most with me; the compassion it has for all the characters stuck with an awful choice, Sandra's resilience, her fight with depression, and the "third way" of the ending that finds a perfect balance between cynicism and fake optimism The Assassin (2015) - a story of walking away from violence and trying to build peace between warring dynasties, even when that means rejecting your training The Witch (2016) - unquestionably about the dangers of fundamentalism, but also about the fear of a very real evil Silence (2016) - It's important to remember how Christians have failed and ask ourselves where is God in the midst of that failure Lady Bird (2017) - "Don't you think maybe they're the same thing: love and paying attention?" Gerwig's handling of the Catholic school milieu gives this a more religious element than the average coming of age story, but the care and love that's at the root of all these relationships, even when the characters don't know how to show it, makes this an essential film for the list.
  6. Babette's Feast and Sullivan's Travels were both nominated. Not sure about all the others. And did we really lose Dogville? Woohoo!
  7. 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.
  8. Evan C

    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/
  9. 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).
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Darren, how many films directed by woman have been nominated so far?
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. I had one, then I cut it last minute. Now I wish I had kept it (presuming someone else didn't nominate it).
  21. I had 4 from the '90s as well as '80s. My most represented decade was the 2010s, but I guess that's in keeping with Ken's point about age and impact of movies. At the same time, I only had one from the '00s, so I think that balanced out.
  22. I think I've narrowed my list down to 25 that I can live with, in spite of seven very painful cuts, but I'm going to sit with it a little bit longer.
  23. I started with 35; I've gotten it down to 27.
  24. Great observations, Ken. I can now narrow down my 25 nominees for the top 100 list from 28 to 29.
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