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  2. Jessica and I loved this episode as well - a satisfying focus on characters before the grand battle sequence to come.
  3. Some might say that episode 8.2 was overdone with fan-service, but I, and many others, loved it. Goodness knows, there will be more than enough darkness and death ahead. Alan Sepinwall's review is excellent, as far as I'm concerned. Full of spoilers, though, if you're not watching. And at least one event may have further repercussions...who knows?
  4. Joel Mayward

    Us

    Finally saw this last evening on Easter Sunday, and perhaps this is an Easter film: there are bunnies and the Bible and people coming out of underground tomb-like locations, not to mention Cartesian mind/body dualism and the explicit reference to God's will for salvation, so.... I'm still formulating my thoughts on this, but the film it reminded me of most, of all things, is Ridley Scott's Prometheus: an ambitious, go-for-broke cinematic mess of an original idea that I found really great when thinking about its individual parts--performances, the final underground confrontation, score/soundtrack, humor--but feel it really doesn't hold together as a narrative or conceptual whole. Its symbolism and philosophy is pretty incoherent once you start thinking about it, and the final "twist" was so obvious from the start as to feel like a bit of a cheat. It's the kind of film I'd rate 5/10, but still click the "Like" button on Letterboxd and the "Fresh" rating for Rotten Tomatoes.
  5. Quick update on blurbs -- the html template I am thinking about using has an "About Us" link that I thought would be nice for anyone who contributes a blurb to be able to write a few sentences about yourself and promote any personal or professional projects or affiliations. So be thinking about 2-3 sentences about you (optional) to include with any blurbs.
  6. Last week
  7. I guess this fortune writer was a fan of A Serious Man...
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  9. 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.
  10. (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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. <----Played Kafelinkov in high school production of YCTiwY many, many moons ago.
  16. 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!
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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.)
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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