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M. Dale Prins

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  1. I have another list request for our listmeisters.

    Dale has compiled a list of the 25 films unique to this year's list. Can we also see the films unique to previous years?

    2010:

    22. Serious Man, A

    39. Through a Glass Darkly

    40. House is Black,The

    48. Killer of Sheep

    50. Cyclist, The

    60. Fanny and Alexander

    64. Beau Travail

    66. By Brakhage: An Anthology

    67. Lorna's Silence

    79. Meshes in the Afternoon

    89. Ushpizin

    90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher

    91. Au Revoir, Les Enfants

    92. Son of Man

    94. In Praise of Love

    97. M. Hulot's Holiday

    2006:

    70. Stromboli

    74. Black Robe

    89. Argent, L'

    92. Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

    2005:

    34. Europa '51

    76. Believer, The

    89. Trip to Bountiful, The

    94. Silence, The

    99. In America

    2004:

    American Beauty

    Bad Lieutenant

    Blade Runner

    Changing Lanes

    Dogma

    Dolce Vita, La

    Fight Club

    Grand Canyon

    Groundhog Day

    Henry V

    Last Days of Disco, The

    Life Of Brian, The

    Man Without A Past, The

    Matrix, The

    On The Waterfront

    Prince Of Egypt, The

    Signs

    Sixth Sense, The

    Songs From the Second Floor

    Star Wars original trilogy

    Truman Show, The

    Vanya on 42nd Street

    Witness

    Dale

  2. Here's the promised spreadsheet in Google Docs, which is currently view-only. If you'd like more than just viewing access, PM me your Google account name and I'll give you full access — you can make whatever updates you see fit (filling in years and directors, adding genres, etc.).

    The only thing that might be slightly confusing: Years that the film didn't make the list are notated with a "999" rather than a blank space or a "no." Trust me, it's a lot easier that way when writing queries.

    Dale

  3. Hey Dale, since you asked ....

    I'm guessing this ranking is by the 2011 list? Can we see these 34 films as ranked by the sum of their placements? :)

    Your wish, etc.:

    1. Ordet (11 points)

    2. Passion of Joan of Arc, The (13 points)

    3. Decalogue, The (16 points)

    4. Son, The (24 points)

    5. Au Hasard Balthazar (27 points)

    6. Gospel According to Matthew, The (28 points)

    7. Babette’s Feast (29 points)

    8. Andrei Rublev (38 points)

    9. Diary of a Country Priest, The (43 points)

    10. Ikiru (46 points)

    11. Seventh Seal, The (52 points)

    12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (64 points)

    13. Three Colors Trilogy (74 points)

    14. Stalker (79 points)

    15. Apostle, The (81 points)

    16. Man for All Seasons, A (102 points)

    17. Promesse, La (120 points)

    18. Man Escaped, A (122 points)

    19. Magnolia (124 points)

    20. Mirror, The (133 points)

    21. Wild Strawberries (137 points)

    21. Wings of Desire (137 points)

    23. Day of Wrath (140 points)

    24. Tender Mercies (156 points)

    25. Tokyo Story (161 points)

    26. Chariots of Fire (164 points)

    27. Jesus of Montreal (179 points)

    28. It's A Wonderful Life (190 points)

    29. My Night at Maud's (191 points)

    30. Straight Story, The (194 points)

    31. Ponette (197 points)

    32. Yi Yi (219 points)

    33. Bicycle Thief, The (220 points)

    34. Close-Up (238 points)

    Dale, I sure hope you post your spreadsheet so that I can integrate it into mine.

    I'll post it on Google Docs in the next day or so, and anyone can do whatever they like with it.

    Dale

  4. Actually, one more, since I just thought of it (and it's easy to implement).

    The top 20 films in A&F history, ranked by the sum of their placements in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2011:

    1. Ordet (11 points)

    2. Passion of Joan of Arc, The (13 points)

    3. Decalogue, The (16 points)

    4. Son, The (24 points)

    5. Au Hasard Balthazar (27 points)

    6. Gospel According to Matthew, The (28 points)

    7. Babette’s Feast (29 points)

    8. Andrei Rublev (38 points)

    9. Diary of a Country Priest, The (43 points)

    10. Ikiru (46 points)

    11. Seventh Seal, The (52 points)

    12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (64 points)

    13. Three Colors Trilogy (74 points)

    14. Stalker (79 points)

    15. Apostle, The (81 points)

    16. Winter Light (91 points)

    17. Man for All Seasons, A (102 points)

    18. Promesse, La (120 points)

    19. Man Escaped, A (122 points)

    20. Magnolia (124 points)

    Dale

  5. Ah crud. That's why I'm getting one more than everyone else: I have L'Enfant and The Child as two separate films. Okay. Everything is right now.

    Anyway...

    Films on every A&F list (34):

    1. Passion of Joan of Arc, The

    2. Andrei Rublev

    3. Ordet

    4. Decalogue, The

    5. Au Hasard Balthazar

    7. Gospel According to Matthew, The

    8. Son, The

    9. Ikiru

    10. Babette’s Feast

    11. Mirror, The

    12. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

    13. Seventh Seal, The

    14. Three Colors Trilogy

    15. Stalker

    16. Magnolia

    19. Tokyo Story

    20. Promesse, La

    21. Tender Mercies

    22. Apostle, The

    23. Diary of a Country Priest, The

    24. Bicycle Thief, The

    25. Man for All Seasons, A

    29. Wild Strawberries

    37. Chariots of Fire

    38. Straight Story, The

    40. It's A Wonderful Life

    45. Day of Wrath

    47. Close-Up

    48. Yi Yi

    49. Ponette

    55. Jesus of Montreal

    64. My Night at Maud's

    67. Wings of Desire

    68. Man Escaped, A

    Dale

  6. Films on the 2011 list not on any previous list (24, SUPER-CORRECTED):

    6. Make Way for Tomorrow

    18. Searchers , The

    27. Paths of Glory

    28. Grave of the Fireflies

    34. Nights of Cabiria

    39. Touch of Evil

    42. Apocalypse Now

    56. Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The

    61. Ran

    63. Double Life of Veronique , The

    70. Lawrence of Arabia

    74. How Green Was My Valley

    80. Paprika

    82. Born Into Brothels

    83. Vertigo

    86. Spirited Away

    87. Trial, The

    88. Rules of the Game , The

    89. Sullivan's Travels

    92. There Will Be Blood

    97. Sophie Scholl: the Final Days

    98. Ratcatcher

    99. Iron Giant, The

    100. The Story of the Weeping Camel

  7. Films on the 2010 list but not the 2011 (34, SUPER-CORRECTED):

    22. Serious Man, A

    25. Nostalghia

    39. Through a Glass Darkly

    40. House is Black,The

    41. Green Ray, The (Summer)

    47. Late Spring

    48. Killer of Sheep

    49. Solaris

    50. Cyclist, The

    52. Cries and Whispers

    57. Wind Will Carry Us, The

    60. Fanny and Alexander

    62. Moment of Innocence, A

    63. Trial of Joan of Arc, The

    64. Beau Travail

    66. By Brakhage: An Anthology

    67. Lorna's Silence

    70. Derzu Uzala

    71. Autumn Afternoon, An

    79. Meshes in the Afternoon

    80. Open City

    82. Rosetta

    84. Pickpocket

    85. Punch-Drunk Love

    86. Sacrifice, The

    89. Ushpizin

    90. Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher

    91. Au Revoir, Les Enfants

    92. Son of Man

    93. Virgin Spring, The

    94. In Praise of Love

    97. M. Hulot's Holiday

    99. Breaking the Waves

    100. Song of Bernadette

    Dale

  8. Films in 2011 but not in 2010 (34, SUPER-CORRECTED):

    6. Make Way for Tomorrow

    18. Searchers , The

    26. Miracle Maker, The

    27. Paths of Glory

    28. Grave of the Fireflies

    34. Nights of Cabiria

    35. Night of the Hunter, The

    36. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    39. Touch of Evil

    42. Apocalypse Now

    43. Code Unknown

    52. Places in the Heart

    56. Death of Mr. Lazarescu, The

    61. Ran

    63. Double Life of Veronique , The

    70. Lawrence of Arabia

    71. Koyaanisqatsi

    74. How Green Was My Valley

    80. Paprika

    82. Born Into Brothels

    83. Vertigo

    86. Spirited Away

    87. Trial, The

    88. Rules of the Game , The

    89. Sullivan's Travels

    90. Schindler's List

    91. Dogville

    92. There Will Be Blood

    95. Amadeus

    96. Fiddler on The Roof

    97. Sophie Scholl: the Final Days

    98. Ratcatcher

    99. Iron Giant, The

    100. The Story of the Weeping Camel

  9. SDG wrote:

    : Is there a final, absolutely correct list of all titles that were added in 2011 and all titles that were lost from 2010?

    I don't think I have ever felt mdprins' absence from this board as keenly as I do now.

    All right, all right. Since PTC and SDG (on Facebook) are prodding me, assuming I find my old spreadsheet, I'll do the statistics for the 2011 list as well.

    But then I'm leaving A&F. Forever. Or until I come back.

    M. Dale

  10. M. Dale Prins is a 72-year-old woman.

    That's pretty tough to dispute.

    ;)

    And apparently deceased.

    M. Dale Prins is dead.

    Dead tired of you thinking he's not alive.

    Dale, who's a 78-year-old woman, dang it

  11. Unless something else comes out in the next few months, the first officially published piece of Sufjan Stevens sheet music will be...

    ...a handbell arrangement of "The World's Columbian Exposition," i.e. the first half of "Come On! Feel the Illinoise!" Arranged and published by moi. Yay.

    Much thanks to Sufjan and Brother Danielson's dad.

    Dale

  12. Writing in cursive makes you a girl? 8O

    Yes. All people who have ever written in cursive are girls.

    No, but it's not the type of thing you would usually mention at the top of a song unless you were ensure your audience knew that your protagonist was either (a) a girl or (B) a writer. And which one Sufjan was aiming for is completely clear in my eyes ears.

    John Wayne Gacy Jr, Casimir Pulaski Day, The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts, The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades, To Be Alone With You, and Size Too Small all give me gay vibes.

    Uh. Other than the one I've already discussed, two of those songs are obviously about Jesus, one involves a hetrosexual protag almost getting to second base, and one can only be used to establish Stevens as gay only if it can also be used to establish him as a serial murderer. And then there's "Size Too Small," in which I really have no idea what Stevens was trying to say and thus don't really have a rejoinder.

    Again, I'm not saying he's not gay, especially since my (ugh) "gaydar" is nonexistent save for gays outer than Jack on "Will & Grace." But man, I really, really don't see anything lyrically to make anyone think he is.

    Dale

  13. People just picture a guy in leg warmers writing in cursive.

    And in "To Be Alone With You" they see Sufjan being in love with guy who likes climb trees.

    Dale, who isn't completely sure he's making this up

  14. Next up: Sufjan Stevens.

    People say he's got to be gay, and it's usually based on a completely wack intepretation of "The Predatory Wasp of the Palisades Is Out to Get Us!" I mean, c'mon: He gives us two clues in the first three lines that the narrator is a girl ("I write in cursive"; "wearing...leg warmers").

    Not that I know he's not gay, but people's reason for thinking so is stupid.

    Dale

  15. Did the tagline "God is still speaking," end with a comma in the old ad, or with a period?

    It's always had a comma, I believe. And, not coincidentally, "Never place a period where God has placed a comma" has been one the mainstays in both UCC churches I've worked at during the past three years. (Actually, they were both Congregational churches, but both were part of the UCC.)

    Also, that ad is stupid.

    Dale

  16. Barton Fink

    Yep.

    That's not The Great Muppet Caper is it?

    I do vaguely remember that joke (or a similar one) being used in one of the Muppet films, but it was more important to the film I'm thinking of.

    Barton.

    Taste of Cherry.

    Annie Hall.

    Three for three.

    I can't imagine why no one's gotten the first; I thought it was the easiest of the lot.

    Dale

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