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Short list of films I'd like to write the blurbs for if it works:

Spirited Away (I already wrote the old one, so I'd be happy to update)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

After Life

Blade Runner

Still Life


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1 hour ago, WriterAndrew said:

I'd like to write about The Work and Magnolia if those are available.

Andrew, I'd love to see you do a blurb for The Work. I've set up your account to make the app accessible. I need to think about Magnolia because of its...unique...history on this board. 

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20 minutes ago, Anders said:

Short list of films I'd like to write the blurbs for if it works:

Spirited Away (I already wrote the old one, so I'd be happy to update)

Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

After Life

Blade Runner

Still Life

Happy to green light Uncle Boonmee (I was hoping you'd be willing to do that one!) and Spirited Away (since you are updating your own work let me copy over the previous entry and you can edit. I would see no problem with the others, but let me know when the others are done so I can green light. (I'll move over After Life and Still Life so that it is just blurb...and can replace picture if you want a different one.)

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Andrew, that's a beautiful write up of the Peck film. 

I'd invite people to check on the list as blurbs get added and if you like them to tweet them out to let other reader's know.

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If no one else has claimed them, I’ll do Witness, Spirited Away, and The Song of Bernadette. 


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19 minutes ago, kenmorefield said:

Andrew, that's a beautiful write up of the Peck film. 

Wow, thanks Ken.  It helped that I had reviews of both I Am Not Your Negro and Embrace of the Serpent on my website, that only needed minor tweaking.  And on that note, what next, boss?


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2 minutes ago, Andrew said:

Wow, thanks Ken.  It helped that I had reviews of both I Am Not Your Negro and Embrace of the Serpent on my website, that only needed minor tweaking.  And on that note, what next, boss?

Cave of Forgotten Dreams?

 

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7 minutes ago, SDG said:

If no one else has claimed them, I’ll do Witness, Spirited Away, and The Song of Bernadette. 

Steven, I gave Spirited Away to Anders since he is updating his previous writing, but I'd be happy for you to do Witness and Song of Bernadette. I've updated your account so that you can use the app, but we have a previous entry for The Song of Bernadette. As such you can click on it (once I copy it to 2020 list and just edit the blurb) You may also change the picture if you like. The other info will stay the same.

 

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Anything you'd like me to start working on, Ken? I've been planning to review Amadeus for awhile, so I'd happily start on that. Grave of the Fireflies is the other of my nominees not in the top 25, so I could start writing that too, if you want.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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2 minutes ago, Evan C said:

Anything you'd like me to start working on, Ken? I've been planning to review Amadeus for awhile, so I'd happily start on that. Grave of the Fireflies is the other of my nominees not in the top 25, so I could start writing that too, if you want.

Amadeus, definitely. and Grave would be good. Both have previous app entries from other lists so giving me five minutes to copy them over. That way you can just edit the blurb rather than having to re-enter all the data. Do you have any interest in Amazing Grace or Stop Making Sense? I don't want to pigeon hole you as the "music" writer, but it feels a shame not using your expertise if you have interest in either of those.

 

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13 minutes ago, Andrew said:

I've gotten an error code EX1406 twice now when I've tried to save my Embrace of the Serpent blurb.  Do you know what this signifies?

Not specifically. Most error messages I've received have been when one of the mandatory fields (with the red asterisk are not filled in). But it could be if more than one person was using the app at once that this created an issue? If you want to send me (via PM or e-mail) a copy of the photo you are using, I'll see if I can create the entry and you can edit the blurb.

 

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12 minutes ago, Darren H said:

So jealous of everyone who can write quickly. After doing this for 25 years, I now average about 100 words/hour.

Yeah, I'm not going to be moving that quickly either. But I'm hoping to get one or two done this week.


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27 minutes ago, Darren H said:

So jealous of everyone who can write quickly. After doing this for 25 years, I now average about 100 words/hour.

When I was writing my dissertation, I remember reading that Graham Greene's regimen was to write one publishable page a day and then stop so that he would never take more than one year to write a new novel.

This report was so alien to the Peter-Elbow-freewriting-Annie-Lamott-shitty-first-draft conventional wisdom about writing process that has dominated academia in my lifetime that I quite frankly had a hard time believing it. (Greene by his own admission was not above being casual with the truth when it came to personal matters.) As I've grown older, I've come to see his process was, while possibly a minority one, by no means a singular one. And I've been reluctant to embrace curriculum that focused on the "writing process" ever since. 

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Since the app can be skittish, I may start populating entries with the data from imdb/YouTube/Wikipedia. If you've been assigned a blurb and see that the film is already listed, use the "manage film" option in the upper right corner (under moderation options) and if you account is marked as Top 100 Writer you should be able to open it and edit the blurb. 

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By the way, for those using the app, the last box (Netflix link) is one I normally leave blank. I think this may have been a remnant from formatting of earlier lists where Netflix was one of the only streaming/rental options or part of the long-ago attempts to monetize the Top 100 by making associate programs...? Not sure, but I don't use it and leaving it blank will not hurt the entry.

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49 minutes ago, kenmorefield said:

When I was writing my dissertation, I remember reading that Graham Greene's regimen was to write one publishable page a day and then stop so that he would never take more than one year to write a new novel.

From Philip Roth's The Ghost Writer: "I turn sentences around. That’s my life. I write a sentence and then I turn it around. Then I look at it and I turn it around again. Then I have lunch. Then I come back in and write another sentence. Then I read the two sentences over and turn them both around."

I've taught the shitty-first-draft approach to writing because in theory it makes sense, but I also tell my students I've never been able to use that technique myself. I write a sentencen and then read it out loud nand then rewrite itn and then reread it out loud along with the preceding paragraph, and then eventually, when I don't absolutely hate it, I move on to the next sentence.

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6 minutes ago, Darren H said:

I've taught the shitty-first-draft approach to writing because in theory it makes sense...

Most writing curricula are about giving clueless writers something to hang onto in their attempts to become passing writers or good writers something to emulate in the hopes that they will develop into great writers. I hate them all. Well, I hate all of them that I've encountered. 

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By the way, these are the entries with the fewest number of voters, so I'd be particularly appreciative of anyone who would volunteer for them. Asterisks mean there is a previous entry I can use if necessary.

  • Monsieur Vincent*
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Secret Sunshine (I might see if Russ is willing to do this one)
  • In Praise of Love
  • Ponette*
  • The Phantom Carriage*
  • Ushpizin*

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3 hours ago, kenmorefield said:

Amadeus, definitely. and Grave would be good. Both have previous app entries from other lists so giving me five minutes to copy them over. That way you can just edit the blurb rather than having to re-enter all the data. Do you have any interest in Amazing Grace or Stop Making Sense? I don't want to pigeon hole you as the "music" writer, but it feels a shame not using your expertise if you have interest in either of those.

 

 

3 minutes ago, kenmorefield said:

By the way, these are the entries with the fewest number of voters, so I'd be particularly appreciative of anyone who would volunteer for them. Asterisks mean there is a previous entry I can use if necessary.

  • Monsieur Vincent*
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Secret Sunshine (I might see if Russ is willing to do this one)
  • In Praise of Love
  • Ponette*
  • The Phantom Carriage*
  • Ushpizin*

I could update and expand my old blurb for Phantom Carriage, if you'd like. (At least, I'm 99% sure it's mine.)

I'd rather hold out for Three Colors: Blue and talk about the importance of music in that film, but if no one else wants to do Amazing Grace and Stop Making Sense, I could do them.


"Anyway, in general I love tragic artists, especially classical ones."

"Even the forms for expressing truth can be multiform, and this is indeed necessary for the transmission of the Gospel in its timeless meaning."

- Pope Francis, August 2013 interview with Antonio Spadaro

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4 minutes ago, Evan C said:

 

I could update and expand my old blurb for Phantom Carriage, if you'd like. (At least, I'm 99% sure it's mine.)

I'd rather hold out for Three Colors: Blue and talk about the importance of music in that film, but if no one else wants to do Amazing Grace and Stop Making Sense, I could do them.

Yeah, I think once the Top 25 is settled on Wednesday, some of these choices will be easier. 

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10 minutes ago, Evan C said:

 

I could update and expand my old blurb for Phantom Carriage, if you'd like. (At least, I'm 99% sure it's mine.)

I'd rather hold out for Three Colors: Blue and talk about the importance of music in that film, but if no one else wants to do Amazing Grace and Stop Making Sense, I could do them.

Interesting...so it appears that the "Mercy" list (2016) never got an A&F specific page. The list itself is still at Image Good letters and they have given me permssion to reprint any A&F lists at A&F, so technically I do have blurbs for some films which I can use that I was unaware of. Looks like SDG's intro was at crux. That may be awhile before I can get the list populate at A&F since I've thus far managed only "Marriage," "Road," and 1/2 of "horror"

 

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