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Top 100 Blurbs -- WE'RE NEARLY THERE!

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I've edited this post to indicate, quite simply, that you've taken on all the films originally listed here.

Thanks so much to everyone who has contributed to the writing of the Top 100 Films website.

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Completion of project

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I could take the following:

Eureka

Monsieur Hulot

Spirit of the Beehive

Syndromes & a Century

Of course, if anyone is desperate to do a write up for any of the above, I'm happy to let them.

If no-one else volunteers for the following, could also do them in another month or so, just let me know:

The Bicycle Thief

Black Narcissus

Fanny & Alexander (just advise which version)

Paris, Texas

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Hi Greg,

Not had a chance to reply to your PM, and I'm still weighing whether I really have the time (though I would really love to).

However, what I was also going to say was that you might like to trawl the blurbs for the 2005 list.

For example, here are the blurbs I wrote for Rome Open City, Jesus of Montreal, It's a Wonderful Life Francis God's Jester and Trial of Joan of Arc. I'd be very happy to see them used as part of this year's list.

Matt

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Matt:

Thanks for this. We're telling people -- and I hope this is OK -- that they can use whatever elements of the old blurbs they'd like in drafting new blurbs.

It's just that we want something more a bit more substantial this time around.

Listen, if you can even just take on one for now, that would be great. It's a huge task!

But if that's not possible, no worries.

Hi Greg,

Not had a chance to reply to your PM, and I'm still weighing whether I really have the time (though I would really love to).

However, what I was also going to say was that you might like to trawl the blurbs for the 2005 list.

For example, here are the blurbs I wrote for Rome Open City, Jesus of Montreal, It's a Wonderful Life Francis God's Jester and Trial of Joan of Arc. I'd be very happy to see them used as part of this year's list.

Matt

Gigi:

Let's start with those first four! Many thanks.

If any of those others ones are still free after you've done the first four, they'll be yours, too.

Thanks!

Greg

I could take the following:

Eureka

Monsieur Hulot

Spirit of the Beehive

Syndromes & a Century

Of course, if anyone is desperate to do a write up for any of the above, I'm happy to let them.

If no-one else volunteers for the following, could also do them in another month or so, just let me know:

The Bicycle Thief

Black Narcissus

Fanny & Alexander (just advise which version)

Paris, Texas

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34 films remain unclaimed.

My friends, any help you can offer in writing blurbs for these films would be most profoundly appreciated.

We can do this!

Have you seen the new pages showing up? Think of how amazing this site will be when all 100 films are complete!

Please help.

Gratefully,

Greg

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33 to go.

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Maybe we should make it, make a blurb, next year's vote gets weighted heavier. The more blurbs, the heavier you get. And you can do this year after year and get heavier and heavier, until you actually consume the entire Top 100 and the all the films on the list are only the middle portion of Wall-E.

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32.

33 to go.

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31.

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33 to go.

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Maybe we should make it, make a blurb, next year's vote gets weighted heavier. The more blurbs, the heavier you get. And you can do this year after year and get heavier and heavier, until you actually consume the entire Top 100 and the all the films on the list are only the middle portion of Wall-E.

Persona/Stef, take Faust already for crying out loud.

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Maybe we should make it, make a blurb, next year's vote gets weighted heavier. The more blurbs, the heavier you get. And you can do this year after year and get heavier and heavier, until you actually consume the entire Top 100 and the all the films on the list are only the middle portion of Wall-E.

Persona/Stef, take Faust already for crying out loud.

EDIT: two days later and I just realized this is a reference to my avatar. (Duh!)

I don't see my avatar as anything other than me anymore. I am Persona. Long live Persona.

PS That Ponette director's new film is playing on Weds the 24th at 7:45pm, I think you should 1.) Go with for that one, and 2.) Blurb Ponette, or is it already taken.

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I could do blurbs about Ponette and Jesus of Montréal if that would help. As I am new to this site, I would need more information about the procedure for doing so. Please let me know if you can use my help.

espritouvert

Hey, A&Fers!

So now we have this super-fantastic Top 100 Films website we need help with the individual web pages.

What we need are volunteers willing to write short 2-3 paragraph blurbs about a number of the films.

We've already had a number of people volunteering so what I'd like to do is post the films that have not been taken and ask you to sign up for one or more blurbs.

We've been pointing people to SDG's great blurb for #2 Decalogue as a terrific example: we're looking for something about plot, cinematography, and, ultimately, the meaning of the thing.

We need to reserve the right to edit your work, but we're pretty good and sensitive at the editing biz.

Here are the films that remain. As they are taken, I will edit this post to indicate that they are no longer available. Thanks again for your help. This list/website is a great credit to this community -- please pitch in as a community to help us complete all 100 pages!

PM me with your selections!

After Life (“Wandafuru raifu”), 1999, Hirokazu Koreeda

Apu Trilogy (Pather Panchali, Aparajito, Apu Sansar), 1955/56/59, Satyajit Ray

Autumn Afternoon, An (“Sanma no aji”), 1962, Yasujiro Ozu

Beau travail, 1999, Claire Denis

Becket, 1964, Peter Glenville

Bicycle Thief, The (“Ladri di biciclette”), 1948, Vittorio De Sica

Black Narcissus, 1947, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Derzu Uzala, 1975, Akira Kurosawa

Eureka, 2000, Shinji Aoyama

Fanny and Alexander ("Fanny och Alexander"), 1982, Ingmar Bergman

Faust, 1926, F.W. Murnau

Floating Weeds ("Ukigusa"), 1959, Yasujiro Ozu

Heartbeat Detector ("La question humaine"), 2007, Nicolas Klotz

In Praise of Love ("Éloge de l'amour"), 2001, Jean-Luc Godard

Jesus of Montreal ("Jesus De Montreal"), 1989, Denys Arcand

Killer of Sheep, 1977, Charles Burnett

Late Spring ("Banshun"), 1972, Yasujiro Osu

M. Hulot's Holiday("Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot"), 1953, Jacques Tati

Man Escaped, A ("Un condamne a mort s'est eschappe ou Le vent soufflé ou il veut"), 1956, Robert Bresson

Meshes in the Afternoon, 1943, Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid

Mirror, The ("Zerkalo"), 1975, Andrei Tarkovsky

My Life to Live ("Vivre sa vie: Film en douze tableaux"), 1962, Jean-Luc Godard

My Night at Maud's ("Ma nuit chez Maud"), 1969, Eric Rohmer

Nostalghia, 1983, Andrei Tarkovsky

Open City ("Roma, citta apera"), 1945, Roberto Rossellini

Paris, Texas, 1984, Wim Wenders

Pickpocket, 1959, Robert Bresson

Playtime, 1967, Jacques Tati

Ponette, 1996, Jacques Doillon

Sacrifice, The ("Offret-Sacrificatio"), 1986, Andrei Tarkovsky

Serious Man, A, 2009, Ethan and Joel Coen

Silent Light ("Stella Licht"), 2007, Carlos Reygadas

Son of Man, 2006, Mark Dornford-May

Spirit of the Beehive, The ("El espíritu de la colmena"), 1973, Víctor Erice

Stalker, 1979, Andrei Tarkovsky

Still Life ("Sanxia haoren"), 2006, Zhang Ke Jia

Stroszek, 1977, Werner Herzog

Syndromes and a Century ("Sang sattawat"), 2006, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

Tender Mercies, 1983, Bruce Beresford

Tokyo Story ("Tokyo monogatari"), 1953, Yasujiro Ozu

Trial of Joan of Arc, The ("Proces de Jeanne d'Arc"), 1962, Robert Bresson

Ushpizin ("The Guests"), 2004, Giddi Dar

Virgin Spring, The ("Jungfrukallan"), 1960, Ingmar Bergman

Wild Strawberries ("Smultronstallet"), 1957, Ingmar Bergman

Wind Will Carry Us, The ("Bad ma ra khaha bord"), 1999, Abbas Kiarostami

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Thanks, I will send you a PM.

I could do blurbs about Ponette and Jesus of Montréal if that would help. As I am new to this site, I would need more information about the procedure for doing so. Please let me know if you can use my help.

espritouvert

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29 to go. Please help.

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29 to go. Please help.

Yes, please, or I'll really wonder whether people have actually seen some of these. I'd offer, but frankly, I've only seen about three of those that are still available. Cinephiles, your bona fides are on the line! :)

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Wait -- BethR -- you've seen 3 that are on the list but you haven't volunteered to write those blurbs?

How come?

Those 3 films have you name all over them.

Watcha say???

Purty please???

::bow::

29 to go. Please help.

Yes, please, or I'll really wonder whether people have actually seen some of these. I'd offer, but frankly, I've only seen about three of those that are still available. Cinephiles, your bona fides are on the line! :)

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29 blurbs still unaccounted for.

I KNOW there are people on this board who could divvy up those 29 lickety split.

My friends, 44 people voted but so far less than a dozen have volunteered to write blurbs.

It's YOUR Top 100 list -- please help us complete the site.

Thanks!

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Only 28 left!

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Can you PM me the brief?

Matt

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I deleted the films that have been taken to make it easier to see what's left. I'll do that from now on.

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I just sent you an email, Greg. I may be able to throw together a few more this weekend. We'll see.

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Only 24 left!!!

You can do it, people!

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I'll try getting my head around Nostalghia again this weekend and write a blurb for it. I have Mirror coming next week, so I'll claim that one, too.

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Thanks, Tyler. You're on.

22 left.

I'll try getting my head around Nostalghia again this weekend and write a blurb for it. I have Mirror coming next week, so I'll claim that one, too.

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21 to go.

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