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  1. Finally caught up with this. Second, and I really encourage everyone to watch it if they can.
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    Greta (2019)

    I thought even by horror film standards, Frances' and Erica's decisions were remarkably stupid, and were written solely for the purpose of setting up later (obvious) plot points, and there were many opportunities where the horror could have ended much earlier. I like Huppert enough that I thought it was watchable, and I certainly didn't hate it, but that's probably the most positive thing I can say about it. I like Moretz as an actress, but she's given almost nothing to do other than be stupid and then be scared and stupid. And unlike Huppert, she takes the role too seriously instead of finding the level of camp that this sort of story needs if it's going to work. Also, it really didn't help that the film's sole interest is: how crazy is Greta and what will she do next?
  3. Did you make an argument for My Happy Family, Joel? I've been on the fence about seconding it, since it is about a sort of midlife crisis, but I'm not entirely sure how much that crisis relates to growing older, as to becoming a new stasis for the family. I would encourage everyone to watch The Portrait of a Lady, if possible. The ways our youthful decisions affect how we grow older plays a big part in the development and aging of Kidman's character, as well as others.
  4. A Good Day to Die Hard? Or is it the sequel before that one? As you can tell, I haven't seen either. I will wait for you, Or will our youthful romance Fade as we mature?
  5. The subtitle of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato si’ is “On care for our common home.” That entire phrase, but especially the last three words, are put into relief by Lowland Kids, a documentary short about the effects of climate change on Isle de Jean Charles, off the coast of Louisiana, and the inhabitants thereof. In twenty minutes, director Sandra Winther introduces us to teenage siblings Juliette and Howard, shows us the beauty of the home they have known for most of their lives, and raises awareness for the necessity of relocation since the island will inevitably be flooded in the coming years due to rising oceans. Winther’s concise approach to the documentary allows her to convey a community that feels familiar by the film’s end, which makes the impending loss of their home more poignant. Bird’s eye shots of Isle de Jean Charles alternate with boating trips and the teenagers strolling along the water to show the beauty of the island. These are contrasted with the destruction wrought by hurricanes, a reminder that one day the floods from the storms will not recede. Through the interviews, the inhabitants communicate a clear love for their home and express regret that Juliette and Howard will probably be the last kids to grow up there. We learn that Juliette and Howard lost their parents at a young age, and they have been raised by their uncle with help from the tight-knit community of Isle de Jean Charles, where everyone is either friend or family—both of whom should help one another, and this community does. It is a beautiful example of the Catholic Church’s teaching on the principle of solidarity. That solidarity is what the teenagers know they will have to cling to when they move to a new home. As discussion of relocating from Isle de Jean Charles emerges toward the end of the film, one man realizes that this will make them refugees, even as he admits it challenges his understanding of the word. At a time when other refugees have been in the news, it is an interesting word choice, but an accurate one that conveys the plight that comes from abandoning one’s home, regardless of the reason. In Lowland Kids, that reason is climate change. Since the earth is our common home, not only should its care be all of our concern, but aiding anyone who finds themselves displaced should be as well. Lowland Kids does not function as an alarmist call to action, but more powerfully as a brief window of empathy into the life of an overlooked community imminently affected by climate change. Whether we respond as if we are members of that community as well is what the film invites us to consider. Cross-posted at Catholic Cinephile.
  6. I may be in a minority on this, but I cannot remember the last time I hated a movie this much. https://letterboxd.com/evan_c/film/alita-battle-angel/ It made me feel a little less lonely to read Walter Chaw's even more scathing review.
  7. Ah, I was trying to think of an individual film. Very clever. The Apu Trilogy.
  8. As the person who nominated Inside Out, I don't think it's about the parents growing older at all; however, I think Riley's growing older through the course of the film is different than a coming of age story. For one thing, she's a child at the film's beginning and still a child at the film's end; she's just aged from one portion of childhood to another. For me, in most coming of age films there's been a distinct progression and the protagonist has made a distinct leap from childhood to adulthood. Riley begins the film as a child and ends it at the place where most coming of age stories begin. Also, Joy (and the other four emotions) certainly has to grow wiser and learn to fall upwards, to quote the term that was discussed early on. While I would like most of the list to be films about characters growing into middle age or later, I think it would be nice to have a few films about children growing older as well, as long as we make some distinction about how those films are different than coming of age stories, which I think Inside Out does. I also went ahead and nominated The Portrait of a Lady, because Nicole Kidman's character is faced with the consequences of her one youthful mistake as she ages, and then must reconcile her idealism and dreams of how her life would turn out with the reality of how it has. And the ways she's chosen to grow older come to ahead when she sees another young couple facing the possibility of making a similar mistake.
  9. I've been thinking about this for weeks, and I feel like I should know it, but I'm still stumped.
  10. Title: The Portrait of a Lady Director: Jane Campion Year: 1996 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117364/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): none Title: Inside Out Director: Pete Docter Year: 2015 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2096673/ YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):
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    The Favourite

    This is the first Lanthimos film that I've liked, let alone loved, so I decided to write a review, trying to explain why it works so well for me. https://catholiccinephile.wordpress.com/2019/02/15/the-favourite/
  12. We've always asked everyone to abstain from voting on a film if they haven't seen it. Last time, the cutoff for a film's eligibility was 50% of the voters having voted on it. I'm not sure if it was different in previous years. How to apply the rankings to each film was and is up to each individual. 5 and 4 are both votes in a film's favor with 5 being a stronger vote, but both of them will contribute to a higher average for a film. 3 is neutral, and 2 and 1 are votes against a film. Personally, I've used 5 for anything I think is essential, 4 for anything I'd be happy to see on the list, 3 for something I don't care either way, 2 for something I don't think is a good fit, and 1 for anything I really don't think belongs on the list. And I limit the number of 4's and 5's I give, in order to leave room for other people's favorites and for anything I haven't seen, so it's possible a film I like might get a 3, because I just feel stronger about enough other films on the ballot.
  13. Thanks for posting them in that format, David. It really helps me know what's a nomination and a discussion. Second Minding the Gap and Clouds of Sils Maria.
  14. I just nominated Blind Chance, a what-might-have been story that explores three different outcomes to one incident that overshadows all of the protagonist's life. In each segment, Witek grows older, and the film shows the radically different paths his life takes in response to once chance happening and the resulting influences that shape his future choices. Some of the choices lead to him growing wiser and others growing in power instead. As a story about how outside influences and our choices affect how we age, I think this would be a great fit for the list.
  15. Title: Blind Chance Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski Year: 1987 Language: Polish IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084549/ YouTube Link A&F Thread, if one: none
  16. Criterion picked it up, so I would have assumed it would be available on Kanopy. Strange. If you wanted, I'd be willing to mail you my Blu-ray, as long as you mailed it back to me after watching it.
  17. By the way, if I've missed anything here that's been nominated or seconded, please let me know.
  18. As a result of the SAG, this is probably the hardest award to guess who will win. One the one hand, Amy Adams has never won, so the Academy could give her a compensation award. Roma clearly is building momentum, so De Tavira might win. Regina King is excellent, and I know there's been some significant push for her, and if anyone was to repeat what Christoph Waltz did when he won the Oscar for Django Unchained without being nominated for the SAG, she has the right type of role to pull it off, a perfect blend of take-no-nonsense and compassionate. At the same time, The Favourite is an acting-driven film filled with meaty performances, and I doubt the Academy will want to let it go without giving it any acting awards, and I doubt Olivia Colman will beat Glenn Close, so maybe Weisz or Stone will win. So hm.
  19. I've been thinking about nominating three period pieces, but have held back because I can't decide whether they're truly about growing older and in some cases wiser and in some cases not, or three movies whose plots take place over many years. The three films are: Barry Lyndon, The Age of Innocence, and The Portrait of a Lady. I'm inclined to say The Portrait of a Lady is a good fit, since Nicole Kidman's character must confront the consequences of the choices she made in her youth, particularly when she has a chance to prevent another young couple from repeating the mistakes she made. The very last scene of Barry Lyndon definitely shows a sort of growth for Barry, but beyond that I'm not sure how much growing older is a central theme. And The Age of Innocence definitely shows Newland growing older, but once again is that too limited to just a couple scenes? Anyone else have thoughts on those three films?
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