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Exploring the List 2011

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Thanks, Darren. Jackets, coffee mugs, or license plate covers. I'm game!

Of the final five (Koyaanisqatsi, Paprika, After Life, Fiddler on the Roof, and Ratcatcher), probably the one surprise was Ratcatcher.

I often find myself feeling predisposed against certain heavy, dramatic films from this area (northern UK) and era--the colorless housing projects, the gray skies, the pale skin--everything is just so dreary. I'm thinking of Loach's My Name is Joe, or even Greengrass' Bloody Sunday. These films have their strengths, but the setting creates such a mood that the stories feel somewhat constrained by them. I thought Ratcatcher stretched beyond my predisposition in a good way. I was impressed by the way Ramsey was able to elicit compassion for and find beauty in the characters of this bleak world. Possibly that was due to the subject matter dealing primarily with children, and seeing that world from a child's perspective, but the compassion extended beyond the children to the mothers of the three main neighborhood boys.

I expected to enjoy After Life, and I was not disappointed. Such a gentle and unassuming film--glad I saw it.

Overall, I think the list is a solid one, even if I still wish The House is Black occupied a place there.

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Who else has finished the Top 100? Who else gets to join the A&F Leather Jacket club?

I got a bit distracted the last couple months.

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I still need to get a new DVD player. It's not as easy as it sounds.

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Well, I guess I didn't do too well in my Top 100 quest. Here's to the new year and another go! (clink)

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Well, I guess I didn't do too well in my Top 100 quest. Here's to the new year and another go! (clink)

Yes, I'm getting back on this now for 2012 as well. To a certain extent it's work, but it's also well worth it.

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Well, I guess I didn't do too well in my Top 100 quest. Here's to the new year and another go! (clink)

Yes, I'm getting back on this now for 2012 as well. To a certain extent it's work, but it's also well worth it.

I agree. It is well worth it but sometimes it feels overwhelming. I also keep trying to just explore Cassavetes. Somehow one list interferes with the progression of the other.

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Still a significant amount of film watching I have to do on here. I need to start consciously seeking these out again.

Anyone else making progress? I'd recommend trying. Instead of just bringing our own personal tastes to the forum, I've found that making an effort to stretch my tastes with this list has been very rewarding, challenging and worthwhile.

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I'm making very slow progress. At this writing, I've seen 28 of the 247 films that have been on an Arts & Faith top 100 or top 25 list. Long, long way to go.

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You're doing well, Rushmore. Don't beat yourself up.

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Uh, I'm not, don't worry. But thanks for the reassurance.

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Okay I'm gonna make a Word File and write in everything I need to see. I am sure I'm behind Rushmore.

seen 7 out of the 2011 list. a few of them i haven't seen are at the library.

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If you want to pursue all the lists, not just the 2011 top 100, you can use this spreadsheet. It was posted a while ago by M. Dale Prins, and I added some missing information and the top 25 lists to it.

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If you want to pursue all the lists, not just the 2011 top 100, you can use this spreadsheet. It was posted a while ago by M. Dale Prins, and I added some missing information and the top 25 lists to it.

THANK YOU. This is incredible, and I missed it the first time around. So far, I've only seen 79 out of the 246 on the list, so a little over 30%. I'll have to keep pecking away.

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Thanks Rushmore! I'm actually excited by how many are either at my library, or online legally free. Spent the whole afternoon going through the lists.

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I've seen 197 of the movies on that list.

I need to get out more.

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Yes, Rushmore, thanks for the list. It will definitely be helpful as I pluck away at the list.

I am currently at 152 so, a little less than 100 more. (SIgh) That is both exciting and overwhelming.

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I still can't get over how useful that spreadsheet is. I set to goal to make it to 100 films by the end of December. I've already knocked a few more off, so I think it's do-able.

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Interesting. I'd never seen that spreadsheet before. I've seen 220/242, and nearly all of the films I haven't seen were on the 2004 and 2005 lists. I'm trying to piece together why those lists are so different from the others. (Those were the years I took an on-and-off sabbatical from the forum.) I know Matt Page was a much more frequent participant then, and his personal interest in Biblical films may have influenced things a bit. Peter and SDG, I recall, were also more interested then in Biblical films.

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