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  1. If I were playing, this is how I'd be doing so...

    If I were playing, this is how I'd be doing so far:

    Week 2 - Directed by Kurosawa Akira: I Live in Fear (1955) mild
    Week 5 - Criterion laser disc - Boyz N the Hood (John Singleton, 1991) warm...
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    Of course, we can't know what Chabrol was...

    Of course, we can't know what Chabrol was thinking when he made these films; we can only judge the results. And in both these films, the choice to make Huppert unlikeable and the rich family somewhat...
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    I do love The Naked Spur, although I would argue...

    I do love The Naked Spur, although I would argue that, even if we learn relatively little about the characters in that film, they all register as fully developed characters whose actions mesh...
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    It's hard for me to respond here since I haven't...

    It's hard for me to respond here since I haven't seen any of the films you refer to, although I agree that good acting can enhance clichéd material, and Bong's films in particular benefit enormously...
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    I agree that Bong and Park are more interested in...

    I agree that Bong and Park are more interested in plot than character, and that this approach can not only work but has some positive artistic consequences: e.g., generic types have an instant...
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    As I said earlier, I don't think it's possible to...

    As I said earlier, I don't think it's possible to make a film without conventions--for example, in narrative films, a pool of stock characters and situations that different filmmakers can draw from....
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    I probably could've made this clearer in my...

    I probably could've made this clearer in my original post but my argument isn't that genre conventions in themselves preclude fresh observations. In fact, I don't think any kind of artistic...
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    Going back to Bong for a minute, the reason I've...

    Going back to Bong for a minute, the reason I've never regarded him as a great filmmaker--despite my admiration for Memories of Murder, The Host, and above all Parasite--is his abject reliance on...
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    I can barely remember anything about Mother....

    I can barely remember anything about Mother. Parasite is easily my favourite of Bong's movies, although I still haven't seen Barking Dog Never Bites or Okja.
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    I assume you're referring to Marker being the...

    I assume you're referring to Marker being the only documentarian on the list.
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    Do the Right Thing vs. Goodfellas The Shining...

    Do the Right Thing vs. Goodfellas
    The Shining vs. Pulp Fiction
    Aliens vs. Fargo
    Amadeus vs. Boogie Nights
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    I must've seen a different movie than you did....

    I must've seen a different movie than you did. Are you sure you're not thinking of Casino?
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    This may say more about my expectations than the...

    This may say more about my expectations than the film per se, but I never saw Memories of Murder as especially realistic, at least no more so than most Hollywood films purporting to be based on true...
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    Cinematographer Willy Kurant...

    Cinematographer Willy Kurant, who shot films for Garrel, Godard, Marker, Pialat, Skolimowski, Varda, Welles, and Louis CK's Pootie Tang, 87.
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    Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936) Une...

    Mr. Thank You (Shimizu Hiroshi, 1936)
    Une simple histoire (Marcel Hanoun, 1959)
    The Insect Woman (Imamura Shohei, 1963)
    Mandabi (Sembène Ousmane, 1968)
    Sayat-Nova (Sergei Parajanov, 1969)
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    I can't say that I especially love either film,...

    I can't say that I especially love either film, but of the two, Memories of Murder is both tighter as storytelling and better directed.
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    I have seen Duelle and it's great.

    I have seen Duelle and it's great.
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    I haven't seen it but I've been meaning to for...

    I haven't seen it but I've been meaning to for years; when I was in my 20s, it was unavailable in a watchable version, and now that it is, I'm too busy to watch it. As for being "the fourth longest...
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    I'm actually not totally sure what you mean by...

    I'm actually not totally sure what you mean by "heightened aesthetics," since anything aesthetic is by definition heightened compared with ordinary perception or else one wouldn't perceive it as...
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    For me it's less a matter of "heighted" vs....

    For me it's less a matter of "heighted" vs. "subdued" than a question of how purposeful a given film's style is. Whether one prefers Notorious or Vertigo (or Rear Window or Marnie for that matter),...
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    The problem with that is it biases the list...

    The problem with that is it biases the list against longer movies (I've seen only Shoah twice but that doesn't necessarily mean I think it's a better film than Nuit et brouillard, which I've seen...
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    Yeah, it was kind of a no-brainer for me as well....

    Yeah, it was kind of a no-brainer for me as well. I find the pleasures of Scorsese's film (which are primarily behavioural, sociological, and stylistic) a lot more durable than the pleasures of...
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    I've never been able to make a top one hundred,...

    I've never been able to make a top one hundred, but even if I did, I'm not sure what purpose it would serve to rank the films numerically. Putting aside the problem of comparing apples with oranges,...
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    Championship Pulp Fiction vs. Goodfellas ...

    Championship
    Pulp Fiction vs. Goodfellas

    Losers Bracket
    Boogie Nights vs. Fargo
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    Unlikely. Match Cut has a well-known bias against...

    Unlikely. Match Cut has a well-known bias against crime movies and macho dramas about ethnic New Yorkers.
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