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WriterAndrew

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  1. I'd like to write about The Work and Magnolia if those are available.
  2. Cloud Atlas is one of those films that has improved for me on repeat viewings, as have both the Matrix sequels (I'm now firmly of the opinion that the Wachowskis have never made a truly bad film, only good or great ones). I'm prepared to lobby for both Cloud Atlas and The Matrix Revolutions as "spiritually significant" should the time ever come to hold a qualitative vote.
  3. Can you set it so it's not required for us to vote in every tie?
  4. Assuming we're not just looking for films directed by cis women, I would add The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions, and Cloud Atlas.
  5. Are you telling me you wouldn't watch 2 hours of this?
  6. I couldn't find a thread on this masterpiece, so I figured I'd start one. I recently went through all of Miller's filmography, and I found myself blown away by this movie, which I had almost entirely forgotten ever since 11-year-old me had dismissed it as being "worse than the original." From my musings on Letterboxd: Am I crazy for thinking this is even better than Fury Road? Not only does it boast that film's degree of editing and camera craft, it does it all with animal actors, which strikes me as perhaps even more impressive. And while it lacks the original's warmth, it feels like a far more morally mature film to me. (I suppose the fact that it's a darker and more "adult" film could be a point of contention for some, but I'd rather have a "children's film" in which the lead character suffers a brief existential crisis about the meaning of life in the face of mortality than one that argues someone's worth is dependent on their abilities.) The scene in which Babe saves the life of a creature that literally was about to murder him as everyone else silently turns away strikes me as an act of individual courage and principle on par with that of Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons or Franz Jaggerstater in A Hidden Life. Guess what I'm giving a "6" on the next Top 100 vote...
  7. I enjoyed this show, mainly because it's nice to see a big-budget franchise component that isn't afraid of going for long periods of time without dialogue. Also, I found myself really liking the episodic, "adventure-of-the-week" structure. While I like the more serialized, "prestige tv" style of storytelling, there's just so much content out there nowadays that it's nice to have something fun I can watch for 40 minutes without thinking about "how it all connects together" or "how it builds on previous storylines and lore." My main misgiving is that, like most of what Disney has done with Star Wars, it strikes me at times as a bit too "studio-driven" rather than "artist-driven," if that makes sense, particularly given that they're drawing from the Marvel well of filmmakers like Favreau and Waititi. As much as I think it's cool that "Baby Yoda" functions as homage to Lone Wolf and Cub, there's something about the way that character is shot and depicted that feels entirely marketing-driven. I come away feeling like Baby Yoda's primary purpose is to generate memes and garner publicity for the show. Am I really supposed to believe that reactions like this one are not by design? Or have I just grown too cynical?
  8. I watched it today, mainly because I had seen a few people (such as yourself) who were excited by the trailers and I wanted something "unstressful" to watch on a Saturday. Aside from a few jokes I thought were pretty clever, and some sequences that I thought were well-crafted from an animation perspective, I found it rather grating. That's mainly because I wanted more of a traditional Scooby-Doo romp, and the film is more of a broader Hanna-Barbera adventure, which I guess I would have realized if I had paid closer attention to the trailers. If you don't mind that, and you're in the mood for some emotional beats about the power of friendship, then... you might like it? That said, if your nostalgia is primarily for Scooby-Doo ghost mysteries specifically, your best bet is probably to stay away... or just watch the first 20 minutes.
  9. My +1 is Cloud Atlas (2012)
  10. My nominations, in alphabetical order, plus some comments on a few that I think are worth more serious consideration than I anticipate they will likely be given otherwise: The Act of Killing (2012) A Hidden Life (2019) A Man For All Seasons (1966) Apocalypse Now (1979) Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012) -- I think this film is a quite a beautiful allegory for how the new generation should respond to climate change, with a lot of emphasis on cross-generational forgiveness and understanding. It's one of the best modern examples of magical realism out there. Bicycle Thieves (1948) Calvary (2014) The Dark Crystal (1982) Do The Right Thing (1989) First Reformed (2017) The Fountain (2006) - This is my favorite film about death; specifically, about learning to accept mortality as a necessary and outright beautiful part of the cycle of life. Funny Games (1997) - This film, to me, is "spiritual" in that it directly confronts the viewer and asks them to reflect on themselves, their own desires, their own morality, and their own passive complicity in violence. It is unpleasant at every turn, and then, when it's not unpleasant, asks why we take pleasure in "righteous" violence before denying us catharsis. It is, along with Peeping Tom below, and The Act of Killing Above, one of the most provocative explorations of voyeurism and the relationship between fiction and real life that I've ever seen. (It was either this or Salo, honestly.) In The Mood For Love (2000) It’s A Wonderful Life (1946) It’s Such A Beautiful Day (2012) -- This movie makes me want to live more fully in the present; after each viewing, I feel grateful for every breath, every flower, and every mundane part of my mostly mundane life. M (1931) Magnolia (1999) Make Way For Tomorrow (1937) The Matrix (1999) Noah (2014) Paddington 2 (2017) -- Paddington sees people the way I want to see them more often: as flawed, spiteful, worthy of love regardless, and always capable of positive transformation. Paris, Texas (1984) Peeping Tom (1960) The Truman Show (1998) The Work (2017) -- This movie is about the hard work of making such a positive transformation. It reveals rehabilitation to be not only possible, but probable, given the right conditions.
  11. I'm 90% in... and I'll be 100% in once I have a better feel for your expected timeline, the final list of 100 films, etc. I'm open to writing about Aronofsky or potentially other films on the list.
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    I liked it overall, but I didn't find the ending as compelling as the first half. It felt to me like it was building towards something transcendent that it didn't quite reach.
  13. List submitted. There's definitely some recency bias, simply because I might be younger than a lot of people on this forum, and because I was hesitant to nominate films that I don't have a particularly strong memory of, even if I vaguely recall them being "spiritually significant" to me at the time. My breakdown by decade: 1930s – 2 1940s – 2 1960s – 2 1970s – 1 1980s - 3 1990s – 4 2000s – 2 2010s - 9
  14. I finally got around to watching this the other night after hearing about it for years from @Gareth Higgins. Wow. What a stunning and beautiful film. When it ended, my girlfriend was in tears of sorrow and anger at how Bark and Lucy's children treated them and the fact that they would likely never see each other again. I was in tears because of the fullness of their love and the desire that I, too, might live a full life. I'm not sure I've ever seen a film that feels both ice cold and incredibly warm at the same time, at least not to this extent.
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