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Poll: Top100 Nominating Process: Please vote by November 28 (28 member(s) have cast votes)

Should we allow short films to be nominated?

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Should we require a nomination to be seconded before appearing on the ballot?

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Should we make [some past date] the cutoff release date for nominations?

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Should we limit the number of times a director can appear on the Top 100?

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Should we nominate trilogies or series as one film?

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Shall TV miniseries be disqualified? (i.e. is Decalogue bending the rules, or does it get a pass because parts of it appeared in theaters? Shall it be nominated only on the basis of the parts that appeared in theaters?)

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Should we use a scale of 1-10 instead of 1 to 5?

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#1 Anna J

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:10 PM

Hello friends!

We are trying to get nominations for the 2011 Top 100 opened. Before we can do that, we'd like to enlist your help making a couple decisions about the nomination process. I've gathered the most common suggestions about nomination methodology in this poll.

Please vote by the end of the day on Sunday, November 28. If you choose "It's complicated," or if you have another nomination concern that wasn't included in this poll, comment in this thread and we'll talk about it. We hope to officially open nominations on December 1.

Thanks!

Yours,

Anna

P.S. I have added a parenthetical to the penultimate question: "i.e. Is Decalogue bending the rules, or does it get a pass because parts of it appeared in theaters? Shall it be nominated only on the basis of the parts that appeared in theaters?"

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:23 PM

I voted "It's Complicated" on the miniseries question because I wasn't sure if it was asking me to answer the negative question (should miniseries be disqualified) or the parenthetical positive question (should The Decalogue get a pass), and Yes on one would mean No on the other. I'd vote for miniseries to be included and voted on the same way movies are. Since I watch almost all my movies on DVD, the "appeared in theaters" distinction isn't very relevant for me.

Edited by Tyler, 22 November 2010 - 09:24 PM.


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Posted 22 November 2010 - 09:45 PM

"It's Complicated" regarding shorts and mini-series (in other words, The Decalogue.) The reason it is complicated is because it's complicated, and a steadfast rule would make it uncomplicated, which by definition, it isn't. Some works need to be argued about and wrestled into submission. A rule like this calls for black and white, when clearly it is more complicated than that.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 10:31 PM

"It's Complicated" regarding shorts and mini-series (in other words, The Decalogue.)


Well, that and Best of Youth.

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 10:48 PM


"It's Complicated" regarding shorts and mini-series (in other words, The Decalogue.)


Well, that and Best of Youth.

Exactly.

#6 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:33 PM

Re: miniseries, I have no trouble at all saying that shows with a definite beginning, middle and end (usually produced under the supervision of a single director) should be included while open-ended series (which can last for years and usually have different directors every week even when they don't) should not.

And FWIW, I wouldn't make theatrical exhibition part of the criteria, because I have seen entire mini-series -- such as the full-length versions of Ingmar Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage, Lars von Trier's The Kingdom, Olivier Assayas's Carlos, etc. -- on the big screen at festivals and cinematheques in single sittings, and it wouldn't surprise me if just about every mini-series with a good reputation among cinephiles had been screened in a theatre somewhere at some point. (The entire Dekalog has been shown on the big screen here in Vancouver a few times, too, albeit spread out over a few nights.)

Re: release dates, are we referring to the films' American releases? North American releases? festival screenings? etc.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 08:47 AM

I voted "It's Complicated" on trilogies, because it HAS to be on a case-by-case basis, there just isn't any other way, because there's so much gray area between clear cases.

#8 Anna J

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 11:55 AM

Oops, sorry about the conflicting negative/positive question.

Just to clarify: it's absolutely fine if we take miniseries, etc on a case-by-case basis. We'd just like to know in advance what we're going to do. I like PTC's suggestion for a general guideline, though.

This poll was mostly meant to gauge interest and feeling about the nomination issues. It doesn't mean that whatever option "wins" the poll is law.

Thanks for your comments everyone. Keep it up.

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 08:34 PM

Film trilogies & series--it's complicated because I understand "made by the same director" but not "filmed at the same time." The Lord of the Rings, for example--released 2001-2003. Do three consecutive years count as "the same time"?

TV miniseries--Let's just say The Decalogue can be grandfathered in--it's made it onto all the past lists--and other former TV miniseries are just going to have to live with being TV. Some day, TV will get its own Top 100 ;-)

Edited by BethR, 25 November 2010 - 08:35 PM.


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Posted 25 November 2010 - 10:25 PM

BethR wrote:
: The Lord of the Rings, for example--released 2001-2003. Do three consecutive years count as "the same time"?

Actually, the production on all three films took place simultaneously between roughly 1999 and 2001, and then the post-production (visual effects, music, etc.) was completed one film at a time. So the fact that each installment was released on a different day -- or, come to that, in a different year -- is kind of a non-issue.

A more complicated test case might be something like the first two Superman movies, which were conceived as a two-part story, and indeed Richard Donner had already directed about half of Superman II when the producers decided to put the production on hold and focus on finishing the post-production on the first film. After the first film came out, Donner was replaced with Richard Lester, who filmed all the bits that Donner had never gotten around to, kept most of the bits that Donner had shot (including every scene that featured Gene Hackman) and re-shot some other bits, resulting in a film that was partly "made at the same time" and partly not.

: TV miniseries--Let's just say The Decalogue can be grandfathered in--it's made it onto all the past lists . . .

Pfeh. New management, new rules!

: . . . and other former TV miniseries are just going to have to live with being TV.

Ah, but what about cases where a mini-series has been condensed for the big screen and has earned acclaim there, as with Das Boot (a 6-hour mini-series that was condensed to 2 hours in the '80s and 3 hours in the '90s) or some of Ingmar Bergman's films (such as Fanny and Alexander, which is on the current A&F Top 100)?

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 08:04 PM

BethR wrote:
: The Lord of the Rings, for example--released 2001-2003. Do three consecutive years count as "the same time"?

Actually, the production on all three films took place simultaneously between roughly 1999 and 2001, and then the post-production (visual effects, music, etc.) was completed one film at a time. So the fact that each installment was released on a different day -- or, come to that, in a different year -- is kind of a non-issue.

A more complicated test case might be something like the first two Superman movies, which were conceived as a two-part story, and indeed Richard Donner had already directed about half of Superman II when the producers decided to put the production on hold and focus on finishing the post-production on the first film. After the first film came out, Donner was replaced with Richard Lester, who filmed all the bits that Donner had never gotten around to, kept most of the bits that Donner had shot (including every scene that featured Gene Hackman) and re-shot some other bits, resulting in a film that was partly "made at the same time" and partly not.

Thank you for further illustrating the difficulty of defining this category?

Beth: TV miniseries--Let's just say The Decalogue can be grandfathered in--it's made it onto all the past lists . . .

Pfeh. New management, new rules!

: . . . and other former TV miniseries are just going to have to live with being TV.

Ah, but what about cases where a mini-series has been condensed for the big screen and has earned acclaim there, as with Das Boot (a 6-hour mini-series that was condensed to 2 hours in the '80s and 3 hours in the '90s) or some of Ingmar Bergman's films (such as Fanny and Alexander, which is on the current A&F Top 100)?

All right, if we're going to have new rules--anything that began on TV is now "TV" and may now serve to raise the level of television for the soon to be announced A&F top 100 television shows/series/episodes. I don't care if it once appeared on the big screen in some form or another. So has Buffy 6.7 "Once More, with Feeling, but I'm not going to suggest that it should be considered a "film."

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:09 PM

Trilogies are complicated and I agree with a case-by-case basis, especially since there are trilogies that were designed to be a whole film together. Polanski's community trilogy (The Tenant, Repulsion, Rosemary's Baby) is a good example of a trilogy that I would say SHOULD NOT be included as a trilogy.

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Posted 29 November 2010 - 09:10 PM

All right, if we're going to have new rules--anything that began on TV is now "TV" and may now serve to raise the level of television for the soon to be announced A&F top 100 television shows/series/episodes. I don't care if it once appeared on the big screen in some form or another. So has Buffy 6.7 "Once More, with Feeling, but I'm not going to suggest that it should be considered a "film."


To which I'd rather see the exact opposite. If it's been on the big screen, even once, then it can qualify, but that certainly doesn't make it qualify.

Not to be difficult or anything... :) But that's just how I see it. Nobody is going to nominate Buffy for this list. But if people begin arguing about the origins of The Decalogue, and why it shouldn't qualify for the list, then we begin losing the very things we should be preserving.

Not to mention the fact that the entire forum is "Film." The qualifying factor should be whether it was seen in a theater, not whether it was made for or played on TV.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 09:28 AM

Persona wrote:
: To which I'd rather see the exact opposite. If it's been on the big screen, even once, then it can qualify, but that certainly doesn't make it qualify.

So if, say, the musical episode of Buffy has been shown on the big screen as part of some sing-along event, it would qualify as "Film" rather than "TV", then? I dunno...

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 09:41 AM

I think we're overthinking this. I'd argue for case-by-case basis.

If someone wants to nominate a TV episode, let them--but they'd have to make a strong case to get it to make it in the list. I think there's a sense that the structure of a self-contained work (even a long one, like the Dekalog which I still need to see--10 hours! In Polish?!--) lends it to greater consideration in a list such as this than does an episode in a multi-year series (say, "The Constant" on Lost--one of the best TV episodes I've ever seen, but still somehow less than something such as (attempting to ID a commericial cinematic alternative) The Matrix.)

My point being that if a tv ep is going to make this list, it's going to be extraordinarily unique television.

Edited by Buckeye Jones, 30 November 2010 - 09:41 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:13 AM

Echoing Buckeye, I say let anyone nominate whatever they please, in whatever form they please, and likewise let the community strike down whatever it pleases. Let the nominator bear whatever onus of persuasion they believe their nomination requires. No doubt this approach will have its downsides, but I think it is sane. Saner, at least, than chasing down the rabbithole after unimpeachable definitions of "film" versus "TV."

Edited by du Garbandier, 30 November 2010 - 10:15 AM.


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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:31 AM

"Unimpeachable"? I don't think anyone's looking for philosophical purity here. Just methodological consistency.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:55 AM

Surely the most consistent method is to trust the community to reveal its understanding through its choices. Otherwise we will become mired in mind-numbing divagations on hypothetical complexities. The distinction between television and film really is an interesting topic, but there is no need to plow that particular field here when a much less complicated option exists.

Edited by du Garbandier, 30 November 2010 - 10:58 AM.


#19 Peter T Chattaway

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 10:57 AM

du Garbandier wrote:
: Surely the most consistent method is to trust the community to reveal its understanding through its choices.

Not if the community's understanding is inconsistent, no.

: Otherwise we will become mired in mind-numbing divagations on hypothetical complexities.

I'm not sure if you're saying that we should make up the rules as we go or that we should have no rules at all.

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 11:05 AM

I'm saying that we should have no rules automatically disqualifying TV from consideration. Nominate at will.

Edited by Buckeye Jones, 30 November 2010 - 11:05 AM.