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  1. This thread will serve as the public announcement of the 2020 list until the list can be populated here. Films 1-25 will be announced on Wednesday, May 27. Ordet (1955) Andrei Rublev (1966) The Tree of Life (2011) Babette's Feast (1987) Of Gods and Men (2010) Silence (2016) The Kid With a Bike (2011) Do the Right Thing (1989) Ikiru (1952) Diary of a Country Priest (1951) First Reformed (2017) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The Miracle Maker (2000) The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Into Great Sile
  2. Thom

    The House is Black

    I finally had the chance to watch The House is Black, however, this is the first chance I have had to comment on it since my wife and I sat down to watch it several weeks ago. It wasn
  3. One of my concerns over this iteration is that with the smaller number of participants there may not be enough people to write blurbs. So don't be bashful if you genuinely want to write something. Films with (*) indicate that we have a pre-existing blurb in some other list if needed, though you are welcome to claim a film if you want to update that blurb....I may have missed a couple of those, but they are the ones I am sure I know where there are blurbs from. Remember that based on new app, there is a little more space, so you can go as long or as short as you want. I don't have any upd
  4. Ordet (1955) Andrei Rublev (1966) The Tree of Life (2011) Babette's Feast (1987) Of Gods and Men (2010) Silence (2016) The Kid With a Bike (2011) Do the Right Thing (1989) Ikiru (1952) Diary of a Country Priest (1951) First Reformed (2017) 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) The Miracle Maker (2000) The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964) Into Great Silence (2005) The Flowers of St. Francis (1950) The Seventh Seal (1957) Three Colors: Blue (1993) The Night of the Hunter (1955) Night an
  5. Some discussion in the 2020 A & F Top 100 has centered around diversity. A corporate desire emerged to create a resource -- an alt list, an appendix -- that promoted 'spiritually significant films directed by women. This would be a way to begin to draw attention to the gender disparity in our list and broaden the film knowledge of forum participants in readers so that we might be better prepared to nominate and vote for more films from female directors in the future. To that end, I asked voters to each send me a list of 10 films that they deemed spiritually significant that were directed b
  6. I was hoping for entirely new blurbs for Top 25. For other films, I was hoping to do those that had no blurb before those that had old blurbs. For those that had old blurbs, my general feeling is: 1) If the person who wrote the previous blurb is still around, he/she has option to revise *or* keep their old blurb. 2) If the person is around but doesn't want to revise blurb and someone else wants to write that blurb, the newer one will replace the older one. 3) If the person who wrote the old blurb is no longer present, anyone can request to write a new blurb and is okay to
  7. Thanks, Joel. I could have misplaced a message or two, but as of now, here is my blurb priorities. (Asterisk means there is a previous blurb that can stand if nobody cares to revise/update; bold means no current blurbs and not assigned, though a few might have had people express interest before being assigned other blurbs.): Diary of a Country Priest (1951)* The Gospel According to St. Matthew (1964)* Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005)* Monsieur Vincent (1947)* To Sleep With Anger (1990) The Tree of Wooden Clogs (1978) The Man Who Planted Trees (1987)* Amazing Grace (2
  8. All the shells are populated now. Here are the films that I don't have new blurbs for. Asterisks means there is an old blurb, which I'd be willing to replace if there is a new volunteer. A couple of these are ones people have volunteered for but I haven't yet assigned because I got a lot of "I'd be willing to do some but not all....so I was assigning as things were competed. Now that the first rush is over and the Top 25 is mostly parceled please feel free to claim dibs for more than one but please only put dibs on one (or more) that you are confident you'll actually do. I don't want to be
  9. I debated putting this in the About You forum (assuming each person might have his/her own) or asking for it to be in film specific threads. I would appreciate *discussion* of particular films to be in film specific threads. But given the number of nominees on the list and the (yet undetermined) time before voting, I wanted a thread specifically devoted to prioritizing nominations. Below is my list of films from nominations that I either haven't seen (*) or saw so long ago that I would need to revisit. If anyone wants to put in a word to help me prioritize what I should see....
  10. Films I am happy made the list: Do the Right Thing, Monsieur Vincent, Rome Open City, Secrets and Lies, My Neighbor Totoro, Grand Illusion & both Varda films Films I am disappointed did not make the list: Wild Strawberries, The Big City, Summer, On the Waterfront, The Phantom Carriage, Stevie, The Island, Fitzcarraldo Films I am pleasantly surprised made the list: Through a Glass Darkly, The House Is Black,The Best Years of Our Lives, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Dead Man Walking Films I am most surprised about: Ditto to Ken's omissions + the addition of The Wrong Man (
  11. The House is Black is #30, directed by Forough Farrokhzad.
  12. Here is the list of nominations following the submission of Top 25 lists from 23 people. I'll also attach it as a spreadsheet for anyone who wants to sort through the list, make notes, etc. I've gone through it a few times to eliminate duplicates, but leave a comment here if you spot one. I'll start separate threads to discuss +1 nominations and the voting process. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) 2046 (2004) 35 Shots of Rum (2008) 7th Heaven (1927) A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) A Brighter Summer Day (1991) A Charlie Brown Christmas (19
  13. We ended up with an even 350 nominations. Because it's so many, I'm going to break the poll into 14 pages of 25 films each, with "save" buttons along the way. I've also attached the final list as a spreadsheet with some built-in calculations for anyone who wants to pre-score films before submitting official votes. On the second tab, you can see a count of the number of films you've assigned each score. As I mentioned in another thread, I'm shooting for something like 25 6s, 35 5s, and 40 4s, which means I'll end up with 100+ 3s, a couple dozen 2s, and a few 1s. There was no exact consensu
  14. Thanks to those who have shared their rationales already—all so succinct and so compelling! Some of the themes I noticed in my list were wrestling with the implications of faith/spirituality (whether in what to believe or in other aspects of life), the meaning of vocation (often as related to art), the spirituality and importance of the environment/creation, and compelling examples of faith in action (whether by clergy, laypeople, or communities), also four animated films. I’ll post some more about some of these in their threads later. Rome, Open City (1945) the quintessentia
  15. I nominated The House Is Black, a landmark in Persian cinema. It's short--only a little over 20 minutes, and it's on YouTube, so everyone should be able to watch this one. The subtitles aren't great, but the translated text is written out in its entirety in the comments. I have been wanting to rewatch Sophie Scholl myself since seeing A Hidden Life a few months ago.
  16. After checking off the last of the Top 100 films, I thought it might be interesting to reshuffle them according to my personal preference. It's the kind of exercise that should probably be done quickly, without too much second-guessing, or with great deliberation. I chose the former. I maybe spent 10 minutes putting together my list, and, frankly, I doubt I'd be able to justify some of the exact ordering. A couple thoughts on the Top 100, generally: - There's a fun discussion about lists going on right now at my friend Girish's site. I thought about mentioning the A&F Top 100 there b
  17. AFAIK, there have not been restrictions on documentaries. Rob mentioned a few already; the 2010 list also had The House is Black and Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher. Regarding the limitations on filmmakers, I notice that the 2010 list includes *five* of the Dardennes films (which was all of their major films at the time) and *six* Tarkovsky films. Regarding the grandfathering of nominees and Ken's idea of a "Veteran's" group who decide those, this post from Anna in the 2010 list-making process suggests that a similar idea was done in the past:
  18. If we were going to do a second ballot for ranking, I think something like this would be doable (or even a Top 25), rather than ranking 100 films. I will say that the second ranking ballots have made a significant difference for many of the final Ecumenical Jury lists; whether that's a benefit or not is debatable (i.e. if film moves from #3 or #4 to #1). I strongly favor a second ballot based on the experience in the past Top 25 lists. I do think it will make a difference in the order actually reflecting the groups thoughts. I think 25 would be the right number for the second ba
  19. Night and Fog should be higher. Also, Nanook of the North is interesting as a document, but a terrible piece of filmmaking. You can tell it's made by some amateur. Others down the list that are great: Nostalgia for the Light, F For Fake, Hoop Dreams, The House is Black, Close-Up, A Propos de Nice. Triumph of the Will should probably be higher. Also, Olympia should be on this list, especially since it basically defined how we shoot the Olympics. Also, I would have put Pina on this list.
  20. This is going to be playing Mondays on Turner Classic Movies, beginning Sept. 2nd through to Dec. 9th, as part of a 15 week film festival. Full story here. The following is a complete schedule for TCM's presentation of The Story of Film and 15-week celebration of the world's greatest and most influential films. (Titles in bold indicate TCM premieres. All times Eastern.) Monday, Sept. 2 8 p.m. – An Edison Album (U.S.A.) 9:30 p.m. – Lumière's First Picture Shows (France) 10 p.m. – The Story of Film: An Odyssey (2011) – Episode One: "The World Discovers A New Art Form (1895 - 1
  21. Jonathan Rosenbaum: A Separation also throws into relief a major theme of Iranian cinema that is rarely acknowledged as such, at least outside of Iran — namely, class difference. I can’t speak with any authority about Farhadi’s work because I haven’t seen any of his four previous features, but it does seem evident to me that even though the Persian title of his latest film translates as “[the] separation of Nader [the husband] from Simi [his wife],” which is the major focus of all the reviews of the film I’ve read, the true separation and conflict that produces and sustains most of the
  22. Thanks, Darren. Jackets, coffee mugs, or license plate covers. I'm game! Of the final five (Koyaanisqatsi, Paprika, After Life, Fiddler on the Roof, and Ratcatcher), probably the one surprise was Ratcatcher. I often find myself feeling predisposed against certain heavy, dramatic films from this area (northern UK) and era--the colorless housing projects, the gray skies, the pale skin--everything is just so dreary. I'm thinking of Loach's My Name is Joe, or even Greengrass' Bloody Sunday. These films have their strengths, but the setting creates such a mood that the stories feel somewhat
  23. I really need to finish my Top 100 viewing. Thanks for the encouragement. The thoughtfulness to film watching on these boards is amazing. I was really glad to see this following comment. I know Blue is the A&F favorite from the Three Colors collection but I have always experienced Red as my top choice of the three. So, if it wasn't a trilogy-as-one-film rule I think Blue would make the Top 100 and Red would sadly be missing. I also think that the Top 100 suffers from the loss of Brakhage and The House is Black. Although I understand the "short rule" (not in complete agreement w
  24. M. Leary

    The Cyclist

    Mike Hertenstein wrote a great intro to the INW for a Flickerings showcase years ago. General intro here, and an auteur overview here. These are some favorites of mine: Mehrjui: The Cow Farrokhzad: The House is Black Makhmalbaf: The Cyclist, A Moment of Innocence, The Silence Panahi: The White Balloon, The Circle, Crimson Gold Kiarostami: Earthquake Trilogy (Where is the Friend's Home?, Life and Nothing More, Through the Olive Trees), Close-Up (this one was a big game changer for me), Taste of Cherry, The Wind Will Carry Us Additional notes: Never, ever watch Gabbeh. Hold off
  25. 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. I
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