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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I can write about THE TRIAL if you like.
  4. Second the Long Goodbye and The Insider.
  5. I think Orson Welles's THE TRIAL should be on this list. After the narrated prologue, it begins with the shot of Anthony Perkins waking up in his bed, to find the police in his room, . The film is of course not a realistic story, and the irony is that though K has woken up, it is clearly a nightmare unfolding over the course of the film. The surreal narrative dream-logic pursues a vision of the absurdity inherent in bureaucracies, and ultimately the cruel and pitiless violence of the police state. These are themes very much needing to be awoken to, but in this poetic, labyrinthine exploration, are somehow made more present than a more straightforward story might do.
  6. Title: The TrialDirector: Orson WellesYear: 1962Language: EnglishIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057427/YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_7weUR0oMYLink to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one): http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?/topic/25906-the-trial/
  7. Title: The TravelerDirector: Abbas KiarostamiYear: 1974Language: FarsiIMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071859/YouTube Link (a clip of/trailer for the film): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=98sDY2opnjk (Complete film)Link to the A&F thread on the film (if there is one):Could not find one
  8. Silence (2016)

    I finally finished writing a few thoughts on the film. It's both easy to keep talking about it and hard to say what I am thinking. It's a challenging film and one that now already means a great deal to me. https://fforfilms.net/2017/01/17/silence-epiphany-and-the-credo/
  9. Silence (2016)

    Thanks for thinking enough of me to include one of my thoughts in your Review, Evan. In the screening I was at, I noticed no sound issues. I'm pretty sensitive to sound issues. I think it was your theater, Joel.
  10. Spirited Away

    I just a few weeks ago got this film on disc, and watched it with my kids. I remember thinking when i first saw it some years ago that if was too intense for my young children. And I similarly have mellowed on that judgement with my younger children. I was going to ask you if you still felt that caveat about showing it to younger kids should apply, so I'm glad you addressed that here.
  11. Paris, Texas

    I watched this film in August, and just rewatched it in an attempt to be able to put some words together about it. I decided to compare it to Bresson's Au hasard Balthasar. I found some striking thematic similarities between the two films, not least of which because both have an oblique focus on abused young women. It took me a long time to write this, partly because of the devastating emotional impact from both of these films. Anyways, my thoughts are here at my blog. (spoilers, as always)
  12. Silence (2016)

    Do you know where (or if) it's available to see in the US?
  13. Criterion sale at Barnes & Noble

    I do. They look terrific to me. Only controversy I'm aware of is the framing on BLUE. There is a shot in which you can see the boom mic, which presumably should have been cropped out by the framing, but wasn't for this Blu-ray presentation.