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    Schumann, Ives, Berlioz, Bach, Bartok
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    Richard Powers, Gene Wolfe, Tolkien
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    Paul Klee

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  1. Joshua Wilson

    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    Nice, Evan. I'm holding out for the sweet MAGNIFICENT AMBERSONS release at the end of the month. If I can swing another title, I will go with something on my long list of coveted favorites...
  2. Joshua Wilson

    A&F Site News -- Please Read

    My time here has been brief, and my participation sporadic and of doubtful value to the community, but I've enjoyed the contributions of you all, and I'm glad that this site will continue. Thank you, Ken.
  3. Joshua Wilson

    Examples of "Cinematic Parables"?

    Posted this on Facebook—just thinking out loud, but a few that come to mind, but may or may not meet your definition are: NETWORK THE MOSQUITO COAST Pretty much any Panahi film Maybe BARRY LYNDON
  4. Joshua Wilson

    Top 25 or 100 for 2018-19

    I'd be interested to participate!
  5. Joshua Wilson

    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I was only going to get one disc due to financial prudence, but due to an unexpected refund, I was able to get the Dietrich-Von Sternberg set and ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS.
  6. Joshua Wilson

    Student inquiry: Films about sexual violence and responses to it

    I know this is probably too late, but seeing that Evan responded with thoughtful remarks on ANATOMY OF A MURDER reminded me that there that film depicts serious concerns regarding rape, social views of victims of sexual assault, and how it is treated in the criminal justice system. Check the thread on that film for both his and my thoughts.
  7. Joshua Wilson

    RIP Milos Forman (1932-2018)

    Definitely prioritize RAGTIME.
  8. Joshua Wilson

    Mowgli (aka The Jungle Book)

  9. Joshua Wilson

    Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I see that this post is from last summer, but I can't agree more. There's a book out there of Kurosawa's painted storyboards for RAN also, which I really need to just buy some time.
  10. Joshua Wilson

    24 FRAMES

    I finally put together what I hope are some more coherent thoughts on this film. I really look forward to seeing it again. Even if you don't read my post, I urge any Kiarostami fans to watch the video that I embedded. It's a Q&A between Ahmad Kiarostami (Abbas's son, who completed 24 FRAMES) and Godfrey Cheshire. It's Kiarostami gold, I assure you. Anyways, here's the link to my essay: https://fforfilms.net/2018/02/16/24-frames/
  11. Joshua Wilson

    24 FRAMES

    That really speaks to the kind of film it is, doesn't it? It's more of a concept than a film in the traditional sense. I'm still thinking about whether I want to try to write up something more substantial about it. I don't know that I have the right tools at my disposal, but I think I'll try. There are already some interesting things written about it, some of which I have tweeted out links to, and including our own Melissa Tamminga's review.
  12. Joshua Wilson

    24 FRAMES

    I got to see 24 FRAMES last night, unfortunately as I was drowsy from physical exhaustion. It's definitely food for thought, and a fascinating new variation on themes that Kiarostami has explored on very different ways before in his career. My initial notes towards a coherent thought on Letterboxd: https://letterboxd.com/magadizer/film/24-frames-2017/
  13. Joshua Wilson

    Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

    It occured to me that the complaints about Luke's character in this film (which I don't recall hearing after TFA) really have to be laid at the feet of the conclusion of TFA in the first place. There had to be a plausible reason for Luke going into hiding, and we already knew that it was connected to his failure in training Ben Solo. That was the scenario that had to be resolved in this film. Besides the fact that if you criticize Luke's character for this action, you have to be just as upset at Obi Wan and Yoda for doing almost the exact same thing after the old Jedi order was destroyed.
  14. I really enjoyed the introductory essays that tied together thoughts about the entire list. I look forward to seeing the ones on the list that I have not yet had a chance to view. Thanks for letting me contribute, too.
  15. Joshua Wilson

    Film Club Oct - Nov 2017 - High and Low

    HIGH AND LOW is one of my favorite Kurosawas as well. It's a master class in directing, script, and in acting, particularly from Mifune and Nakadai. If you only know those two from Samurai pictures, this will greatly expand your understanding of their achievement as film actors.