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  1. I don't mean to be a pest about it, but there are a lot of King Lears, just for example.
  2. More than one of these films has a non-unique title. I think it's good practice. Plus, I really like being able to see the year of release, it instantly places it in a lot of context.
  3. As another constructive suggestion, I think it would be nice to put the date of release and/or the director in parentheses after each title, to make them easier to find and to disambiguate a couple of the titles from other films with the same name. Thanks for putting this together, Ken!
  4. For what it's worth, I've never seen Madadayo spelled with two aa's in the first syllable, other than on IMDB. I think it's an error there, though I suppose it may be an alternate spelling. Criterion spells it with one a, so I think that's the more standard version.
  5. Ed, when you say "TV print" did you also mean the short version shown on TV for a long time? There's an interesting introduction to the film on the Criterion Blu-ray by Scorsese, where he discusses the history of the film's presentation over the years. (He also talks about it's influence on his own films, particularly Raging Bull) He says that the version that was shown on TV for years was a 90 minute (with commercials) version. If that's all you've seen, then seek out the full version asap!
  6. I likewise thought the deadline was in June. I'll get cracking this weekend. Ken, I went back and re-read your instructions, and the May 25 date couldn't be clearer. As a teacher, I give myself an F for following instructions. I apoloigize to everyone for the tardiness. I am working on Colonel Blimp this morning, and I will get Limelight to you as well. Mea Culpa.
  7. Besides all the continuity issues you all are mentioning, my annoyance with the MCU series is mainly on the character level. 1. Spider-Man looking up to Stark as a mentor flat out doesn't work for me. And more annoying is the fact that his Stark suit makes his superpowers a moot point, as he becomes a clone of Iron Man with a different coat of paint. 2. Peter has already noted the inconsistent development of Captain America in this film. It's played for cheap laughs here. 3. Over the course of the MCU, Thor has less of a character arc, and more of a character rollercoaster. In every movie they opportunistically change not just his look, but his mannerisms, speech style, and fundamental personality, somewhat in order to serve time plot, but mostly again for cheap laughs. I've seen the same phenomenon in high school plays from young actors a thousand times. Getting a cheap laugh is easy (especially when the audience is already your fan), but building real characters is hard. 4. I think they did more or less the same thing with Pepper's character. In her case it was more of a gradual thinning out until she really only served the purpose of making Tony's death more "heroic" and "poignant." The fact that she has an Iron Woman suit at the end is stupid, but you can see that it was the only way for them to get her to the battlefield for Tony's death scene.
  8. I'm embarrassed that I missed the second round of voting! I wanted to wait till the last minute, but I was incredible busy the last couple weeks, so that wasn't a great choice. Anyways, I'm still happy to write blurbs for the two films Ken assigned after Round 1. I'd also be interested in writing an essay for your potential book, though I need to think about what I would best be able to discuss.
  9. Everyone should go read Joel Mayward's most recent essay on SILENCE, which is on Bright Wall/Dark Room, but is also the featured piece from that online magazine on RogerEbert.com at the moment! https://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/bright-walldark-room-april-2019-religious-cinema-for-non-believers-scorseses-silence or https://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/2019/04/10/martin-scorsese-silence-2016/ Congrats on a wonderful piece on this important film, Joel.
  10. Hi Ken, I would be happy to write about: 1. Limelight 2. The Gleaners and I 3. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (and though you said 3...) 4. Madadayo 5. Make Way for Tomorrow
  11. https://variety.com/2019/film/news/agnes-varda-dead-dies-director-french-new-wave-1203175854/ Share your thoughts on this irreplaceable filmmaker here. We've lost not only a unique vision, and a unique female vision, but a unique elderly vision. We don't get to experience enough art made by those in their late years, when experience and wisdom have accumulated. And when that is processed through the vision of a true artist, it gives us something profound in a way which is different from and more rarified than the art of the young or middle aged.
  12. I nominated Make Way for Tomorrow, which finds the characters and the audience confronting the aging process in at least 3 stages of life. First, there is the Old couple, who are facing the heartbreaking fact of having to leave their home, and be separated for the first time ever. Then there are the adult children and their spouses, in the prime of life, and busy with social and work activities, yet having to deal with the added burden of taking care of their aging parents. Finally, there are teenage children, grandchildren of the old couple, who are finding their way on the cusp of independence, and are straining against the bonds of childhood in a search for independence and freedom. The film deals with these competing family claims with grace and humor, but with an unsparing honesty that allows us to sympathize with each generation's difficulties, but without letting them off the hook for their choices. I also nominated Tokyo Story, which is a sort of remake of Make Way for Tomorrow, yet set in Japan, and with a Japanese set of family dynamics. I advance it for similar reasons to the McCarey film. I nominated Madadayo as well. In this swan song of Kurosawa, he revisits many of the themes of aging that are present in earlier works, including the loneliness of old age, the sense of loss when you have retired from your livelihood, the romanticism of nostalgic recollection, and the defiance of intending to live even longer. "Not Yet!" In Chaplin's Limelight, I think there is a profound exploration of what it means to be past your prime, especially in a performance profession, where you are only as good as your most recent success. There is also a tender look at the phenomenon of trying to recapture youth through a relationship with someone much younger. In The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, we get the full scope of a man's adult life, from brash and romantic youth, to cautious and set-in-their-ways old age. The sense that the world may be passing you by as you get older, and the reflection on the contrast between the boldness and certainty of the young with the experience and wisdom of the old has never been made better.
  13. Second Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
  14. I nominate: Title: Make Way for Tomorrow Director: Leo McCarey Year: 1937 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029192/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0029192/?ref_=nv_sr_1 Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Title: Tokyo Story Director: Yasujiro Ozu Year: 1953 Language: Japanese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046438/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Title: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Director: Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger Year: 1943 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036112/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one. Director: Akira Kurosawa Year: 1993 Language: Japanese IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0107474/?ref_=nv_sr_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one Title: Limelight Director: Charles Chaplin Year: 1952 Language: English IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0044837/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1 YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): Couldn't find one. Title: A.I. Artificial Intelligence Director: Steven Spielberg Year: Language: IMDB Link: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0212720/?ref_=nv_sr_1 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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