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  3. Hi Jeff, Thanks for being transparent about your concerns. Please know that you are welcome to participate in Round 2 or not as you feel most comfortable. That being said, I'd encourage you to, like Darren, rank the films you have seen to help the list better reflect the overall sentiments of the community. What follows, briefly, are myfour reasons behind recommending Round 2 participation. --Simply doing Round 1 voting advantages films that have been seen by fewer people. Because we often self-select against watching the films we are less interested in, those films often have higher averages than films that are rated highly by 90% of the community and have one or two naysayers. But having a higher cut-off/eligibility point advantages films seen by more people. So I'm looking for guidance from the results to think about how to handle, say hypothetically, a film that has a 4.3 average but was only voted on by 40% of the community and a film that had a 3.8 average but was seen by 80% of the voters. --The impact on a film a voter hasn't seen being on the list (or not) is already built into Round 1 voting, so nobody is hurting a film by ranking it lower (because he/she hasn't seen it) or ranking all the films one hasn't seen together at the bottom of the rankings (which is essentially what Round 1 voting does). --The more important function of Round 2, in my opinion, is to allow voters the opportunity to distinguish between films to which they gave the same score. I think this is true even for films one hasn't seen. I know I keep harping on this, but...there is, I believe, a meaningful difference between, say, the voter who has seen the first four 7 Up films, appreciated them, and is reasonably confident the film represents the series and ought to be on the list on the one hand, and the voter who hasn't seen Synecdoche, NY or Before Midnight because he/she hated every other Kaufman or Linklater film s/he ever saw and is reasonably confident they wouldn't value it too highly. --Worst case scenario of not voting in Round 2 is that a film one feels particularly passionate about doesn't make the final cut (last four out) because not enough other people saw it. So the impetus is probably a little higher if someone saw a title he/she was pleased but surprised made it to Round 2. But all that's just a roundabout way of saying that Round 2 is an opportunity for those who want it to give more nuanced feedback. Noone, however, should feel pressured.
  4. (Sigh.) Due to the number of classes I'm teaching this quarter, and the two conferences I'm attending in the next two weeks, I'm not going to have time to prioritize seeing more titles Ibefore the final vote deadline — and I've only seen 18 of these finalists. So I'm doing a lot of spitballing if I vote in Round 2. I almost wonder if it would be better for me to bow out of voting at this point.
  5. I'd be up for any of these, but I should probably write no more than three. 1. Faces Places (since Gleaners is already take, and I've already written so much about that one) 2. 35 Shots of Rum 3. Another Year I'd also be willing to write about 35 Up, if necessary.
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  7. If the previous format of a Top 100 page with linkable pages for each individual film-and-blurb isn't doable due to the time/energy it would take to create, a simple countdown of sorts in 4-5 clickable separate pages (20-25 films per page) could work too, similar to the way Image currently has the Top 100 on their site.
  8. 1) You can access via cPanel or FTP 2) https://www.siteground.com I recommended OVH to Tyler they have cheap price for VPS and also Ddos protection. The password you can change from the cPanel or WHM.
  9. Thank you for these responses. If I can ask a couple of follow ups: 1) I can't find the -/tylermmcable directory or any other directory. Do you access this via cPanel or by some interface through the webhost (OVH)? When I go to OVH all I see is the account history (when I paid for what orders) not the files themselves. 2) Do you have a recommendation for some other hosting company besides the two I mentioned? I'm not sure if you picked OVH or Tyler/Image did. Honestly, I'm quite happy with the work you have done but I am also concerned that were anything to happen to you there would be nobody who knew how to address technical issues or answer basic questions like how to upload a page similar to: https://artsandfaith.com/t100/2011/t100/ Also, I don't really know how many people from Image had (access to) the administrative password/log-in information and whether its still floating around. I was able to change that for the Invision (software) control panel, but I honestly don't know who else, if anyone, has access to the forum files via OVH or cPanel.
  10. <----Played Kafelinkov in high school production of YCTiwY many, many moons ago.
  11. I don’t know if it’s too late to talk up films for Round 2, but I would make these shameless plugs for 2 of my favorites (totally biased since these are my 2 write-ups): Poetry : -Amazing film that is so essential for THIS particular category. -A lesser reason but quite noteworthy : There are a few other films in the final 29 from Asia and a few others centered on women, but this film has both of those. The female focus and Korean aspects of this film are actually very essential to the film itself, and I think that’s compelling for us to consider on a list of films that has less of these perspectives. You Can’t Take It With You : Which others among our final 29 are actually comedies? Maybe Limelight, but Chaplin’s in this instance is 30% comedy, 70% drama. Here it is, guys...your chance to get a comedy on this list!
  12. Just noticed this. I gave this film one of my few 5's because (A) I love the film and (B) I began to understand how several adults related to the Growing Older theme. I'm now enjoying showing my kids Akeelah and the Bee, but really that's just a preface to showing them Bobby Fischer, which is the finest film I can think to show kids on the subject of competition. The Growing Older theme can be seen in Bobby Fischer too for sure, but maybe it wasn't quite direct enough to get this film in this top 25.
  13. I wasn't expecting either of these! My trip to Toronto will probably be short this year, so I'm already hoping the scheduling gods will allow me to see them both.
  14. Last week
  15. Just to help and answer a few of your questions. This is where things get a litlte murky. Here are things I don't understand or don't know: 1) How, if at all to log into OVH to make changes to files or upload files directly using FTP or some other means. (Some of the Top 100 and Top 25 pages are clearly housed in the same domain Web Hosting, but I don't know where.) - /tylermccabe is the forum directory and is where the update files should be updated. 3) OVH has something called VPS (virtual private server) and something called Cloud hosting. I don't know the difference or which I/we have. - This website was hosted I think at godaddy before and had all kind of issues & this is why Tyler hired me to setup a vps and add good security. 4) As a result of these issues, any time the board software (Invision) has to be updated, the board crashes because some adjustments have to be made manually (I presume) in the web hosted location. - I think this is when there is a update and you click on the ACP for auto upgrade but not sure. None of these are preventing the site from working right now, but running machinery that you don't understand makes it seem inevitable that you will eventually push the wrong button or alter the wrong file and end up messing things up. Here's what I'd like to see happen: 1) Eventually I'd like the hosting to be someplace that I'm more familiar with, like GoDaddy or BluHost. That would be more $$, probably, but experience tells me with GoDaddy, there is at least a 24-hour tech support that speaks English (most of OVH control panel is in French or translated though inelegant web translator), similarly when I called them, language barriers make it hard for us to understand one another. - These are terrible hosting companies if you ever decide to move host and opt for a shared hosting choose Site Ground, just keep in mind you will be on a shared server with thousands of other sites.
  16. Fascinating list. I can write blurbs on the following (in order of preference, and depending on if they're in the Top 25): 1. Before Midnight 2. Faces Places 3. Another Year 4. Synecdoche, New York
  17. I was genuinely concerned about that too; they just announced that it'd be released in Belgium on May 22, which is *during* the festival (and is the day before I fly out of Cannes), so I'm hoping the film is scheduled at a time I can see it. Here's the official selection: Competition The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch (opening film) Pain & Glory, Pedro Almódovar The Traitor, Marco Bellocchio The Wild Goose Lake, Diao Yinan Parasite, Bong Joon-ho The Young Ahmed, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne Oh Mercy!, Arnaud Desplechin Atlantique, Mati Diop Matthias & Maxime, Xavier Dolan Little Joe, Jessica Hausner Sorry We Missed You, Ken Loach Les Misérables, Ladj Ly A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick Bacurau, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles The Whistlers, Corneliu Porumboiu Frankie, Ira Sachs Portrait Of A Lady On Fire, Céline Sciamma It Must Be Heaven, Elia Suleiman Sibyl, Justine Triet Out Of Competition Les Plus Belles Années d’Une Vie, Claude Lelouch Rocketman, Dexter Fletcher Too Old To Die Young (TV series), Nicolas Winding Refn Maradona, Asif Kapadia La Belle Époque, Nicolas Bedos Midnight Screenings The Gangster, The Cop, The Devil, Lee Won-Tae Special Screenings Share, Pippa Bianco For Sama, Waad Al Kateab, Edward Watts Family Romance, LLC., Werner Herzog Tommaso, Abel Ferrara Être Vivant Et Le Savoir, Alain Cavalier Que Sea Ley, Juan Solanas Un Certain Regard Joan Of Arc, Bruno Dumont The Climb, Michael Covino A Brother’s Love, Monia Chokri The Swallows Of Kabul, Zabou Breitman & Eléa Gobé Mévellec Beanpole, Kantemir Balagov Invisible Life, Karim Aïnouz A Sun That Never Sets, Olivier Laxe Room 212, Christophe Honoré Port Authority, Danielle Lessovitz Papicha, Mounia Meddour Summer Of Changsha, Zu Feng Adam, Maryam Touzani Nina Wu, Midi Z Liberté, Albert Serra Bull, Annie Silverstein Evge, Nariman Aliev
  18. One of my goals for the summer is to get a handle on the web organization of Arts & Faith so that I can make informed decisions going forward. Unfortunately, my knowledge of Internet issues is fairly limited to end-user stuff. Here's what I know: 1) Artsandfaith.com is a registered domain main that I have through GoDaddy. That domain is directed to the web-hosting service of my choice. 2) The board has a software license with Invision that allows us to you the forum software. That software has an administrative control panel that allows me to log into the parts of the forum that are Invision (forum) and make changes there. This is similar to Wordpress in my experience where the control panel for the sofware is different form the control panel for the whole site. 3) The board is currently hosted by a company called OVH that is in Canada/Montreal. This is where things get a litlte murky. Here are things I don't understand or don't know: 1) How, if at all to log into OVH to make changes to files or upload files directly using FTP or some other means. (Some of the Top 100 and Top 25 pages are clearly housed in the same domain Web Hosting, but I don't know where.) 2) I have log in account for something called cPanel. It appears to be a personal account for a former administrator or assistant. It is unclear to me whether cPanel actually houses anything or is simply a tool used work on sites/files hosted elsewhere. I presume it is not good security to leave the same account name and passwords to cPanel that Image was using , but I also don't know if it is possible to sever connections between Arts & Faith and that cPanel account or whether that will crash the site. 3) OVH has something called VPS (virtual private server) and something called Cloud hosting. I don't know the difference or which I/we have. 4) As a result of these issues, any time the board software (Invision) has to be updated, the board crashes because some adjustments have to be made manually (I presume) in the web hosted location. None of these are preventing the site from working right now, but running machinery that you don't understand makes it seem inevitable that you will eventually push the wrong button or alter the wrong file and end up messing things up. Here's what I'd like to see happen: 1) Eventually I'd like the hosting to be someplace that I'm more familiar with, like GoDaddy or BluHost. That would be more $$, probably, but experience tells me with GoDaddy, there is at least a 24-hour tech support that speaks English (most of OVH control panel is in French or translated though inelegant web translator), similarly when I called them, language barriers make it hard for us to understand one another. 2) I'd like to have the Arts & Faith stuff separated from the previous admin assistant's cPanel account, if possible. (Don't know if that mean I need to make a cPanel account or if there is some other way of making site updates.) Can anyone help me with any of this? (By help I mean talking me through it, explain to me what I need to do. I don't mean pay for it...because right now I'm still within budget. But it's harder to budget when you don't really understand what it is you are buying/paying for.)
  19. I also appreciate the two weeks following initial voting. I hadn't seen 7 of the top 29, but have found ways to see each of them and should have time for them all before final voting.
  20. I went ahead and assigned some blurbs (see message #2 above). Please keep in mind that only 25 of the 29 films will make the final list, so if you don't want to do the actual writing until after Round 2 is completed, that's okay. Do be thinking about what you want to say, though, so that we can have a reasonably quick turn around time to get the list up. I was able to give everyone so far his first or second choice, so if you anyone wants to take on additional blurbs as volunteers slow down, I am okay with that. As I said, we have a little lull right now while voters who care to do so are catching up with one or two films before doing round 2 ranking.
  21. I was happy to see the new film announced today! I was worried that, after working so hard to get your accreditation, you'd find yourself at a Dardenne-less Cannes.
  22. I think we got this exactly right. The former films seem more on theme to me and the latter ones all more "spiritually significant" which I take to be defining feature, albeit one that can be interpreted in many ways, of the Top 100. Likewise, each of these films seems more Top 100 appropriate, except probably Mr. Lazerescu. I definitely feel good about the prospects for a new Top 100 based on the community's activity with this list. I look forward to participating.
  23. When you mentioned this, I remembered that someone had posted a spreadsheet a while back (after the Top 25 on Mercy) that had all films that had ever been on an A&F list. Glancing through that, and including this list and Waking Up, it looks like Tokyo Story and Wild Strawberries are the only ones with 7 instances. Both have been on all five Top 100 lists and two Top 25s.
  24. In principle, I don't object to any of this, but being okay with it and having the technical know-how to do it (or the coin to pay someone else) are two different things. The blog roll / external links is a dicey issue for historical reasons (once upon a time there was a home page feature of select links but it was limited to only certain members and the criteria for whose site/work could be linked and whose could not was somewhat capricious.) So if we had something similar I might be inclined to have that be an ad space or a place reserved for people who donate some $$ to defray website costs. EDIT: I also wonder if there were a different landing page whether that would mess up any existing links either externally or internally...
  25. kenmorefield

    Persepolis

    Is Marjane raped in Vienna? I was showing this film to my World Literature class, and I noticed that in the montage after she is homeless (dumpster diving, picking up cigarette butts) she is shown sleeping in an alley and cowering against a wall as two shadows walk towards her. It is immediately after that montage that she calls home and (in a detail that makes more sense today than it did 12 years ago) insists that nobody asks her about Vienna when she goes home. She does say later to a friend in Teheran that in the West they don't care if you die in the street, so this could mean she is traumatized by the whole experience and not particularly so by one part of it. But the parts where she returns to Iran, deals with depression, gets married, and struggles to balance protecting herself with being free, parts which I had previously thought were the weaker elements of a very strong film, took on a new resonance when I thought of them as being part of Marjane having to process an incredibly painful trauma in absolute isolation and silence. It looks like in reading over this thread that I'm actually in the A&F minority in thinking the film a stone cold masterpiece. It's one of the few films I make a point to revisit every few years at least. As some people here know, my father was one of the American diplomats at the embassy in Iran from 79-81. Because of our proximity in ages (I'm four years older than Satrapi), I can't help but thinking about our parallel histories while watching the film and what I was doing at various points in the Persepolis narrative. My brother once surprised a reporter by saying what most people had the hardest time grasping about the Iran Hostage Crisis is that it was neither the high point nor the low point of his life. I always think about that when Marjane gives the line about how she survived a revolution and a war but was nearly killed by a banal love story. I was talking to a student today about cultural anthropology and great art and suggested the key question I'm wrestling with this semester is whether or not culture is the skeleton around which our identities are built or whether it merely contributes to surface, skin-deep differences that sometimes mask how essentially similar we all are. I tend to think the latter, and joy and genius of Persepolis is how effectively it allows me to not only understand but identify with someone who is a different gender from me, from a different culture than me, has had different traumas than me and yet is so very, very, much like me in so many ways. EDIT: In editing this comment I see I started with a question about whether Marjane was raped and ended with a testimonial about how deeply I identified with Marjane. I certainly don't mean that train of thought and transition to imply that I share that experience with her, since I don't.
  26. Everyone should go read Joel Mayward's most recent essay on SILENCE, which is on Bright Wall/Dark Room, but is also the featured piece from that online magazine on RogerEbert.com at the moment! https://www.rogerebert.com/balder-and-dash/bright-walldark-room-april-2019-religious-cinema-for-non-believers-scorseses-silence or https://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/2019/04/10/martin-scorsese-silence-2016/ Congrats on a wonderful piece on this important film, Joel.
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