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Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by elegant20, May 5, 2010.
Which do you recommend highly and why?
The Dark Knight (2008):
One of the best scripted movies I've ever seen. It compares with great crime movies, although it is a comic book movie. 8 Oscar Nominations (not including Best Picture or Director though), won 2, made over 1 billion dollars worldwide and will stand the test of time. The acting was top notch but really, the story telling and direction are what make this movie not only a blockbuster but a smart, well crafted piece of work. It appeals to the die hard fans, the popcorn movie watchers and the film critics and it's tougher than it sounds to appeal to just about everyone. This is why filmmakers make movies.
Although my user name will lead you to believe I'm biased but I think this movie is great regardless of Batman.
- Everyone needs to see this. Heartbreaking.
Lawrence of Arabia.
- Gorgeous, epic cinematography. Breathtaking desert scenery.
The English Patient.
- For the same reasons as above.
The Third Man.
- Brilliant piece of 40s film noir. Amazing plot with a great twist (unless you've already seen it, lol).
I am a old movie fan. Here are a few prime examples of films that showcase acting, direction, and cinematography at it's best.
Metropolis (1927) Directed By Fritz Lang( silent)
A stark vision of the future that still holds up today.
Cleopatra (1934) Directed by Cecil B. Demille. Starring Claudette Colbert.
Superb direction by Demille and a amazing performance by Colbert. She won the oscar that year for another movie. She starred in a total of 4 movies in 1934.
Dark Passages (1947) Starring Hunphrey Bogart, Laren Bacall, Agnes Moorehead. Bogart at his best. Nothing more to say.
Imitation Of Life( 1934) Starring Claudette Colbert, Louis Beavers.
Once again a great performance by Colbert. A film dealing with the race issues of a light skinned black woman. Very far ahead of its time. A must see.
Un Chein Andalou (1929) A film by Salvador Dali and Lussis Bunuel( silent)
A advent- guard classic dealing with dream sequences that is not for the faint of heart. However, Dali proved there is a place for art in film. It is beautiful and shocking at the same time.
Eternal sunshine of a spotless mind
Requiem of a Dream
All strange and intriguing movie
"We are fighting for men whose poetry has not yet been written. And it will be as admirable as any other ever written."
Some of my personal favorites:
Faust (1926) - directed by F.W. Murnau
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) - directed by Jean Epstein
M (1931) - directed by Fritz Lang
The Lower Depths (1936) directed by Jean Renoir
Ivan the Terrible (1944) directed by Sergei Eisenstein
A Man Escaped (1956) - directed by Robert Bresson
The Very Eye of Night (1958) - directed by Maya Deren
The Testament of Orpheus (1960) - directed by Jean Cocteau
The Virgin Spring (1960) - directed by Ingmar Bergman
Viridiana (1961) - directed by Luis Bunuel
La Jetée (1962) - directed by Chris Marker
8 1/2 (1963) - directed by Federico Fellini
Contempt (1963) - directed by Jean-Luc Godard
Red Beard (1965) - directed by Akira Kurosawa
Andrie Rublev (1966) directed by Andrei Tarkovsky
2001: a Space Odyssey (1968) - directed by Stanley Kubrick
El Topo (1970) - directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky
F for Fake (1973) - directed by Orson Welles
A Woman Under the Influence (1974) - directed by John Cassavetes
Eraserhead (1976) - directed by David Lynch
The Dante Quartet (1987) - directed by Stan Brakhage
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) - directed by Peter Greenaway
I love your choice!!!!
Comedy - Try watching "Over Her Dead Body"
Action - I can't get enough of "Terminator: Salvation"
Thriller - "Darkness Falls" is very very fine
Fantasy - "Pan's Labyrinth" is my all-time favourite.
Philosophical - Try watching this movie in another language, "Adam's Apple"
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i have sort of a strange taste in movies.
- the exorcist.
- the shining.
- the color purple.
- steel magnolias (the only movie that made me cry)
- serial mom.
- fried green tomatoes.
i could go on, but will stop there.
Have to go with the classics (my favorite from AFI's top 100 lists):
Casablanca: the perfect movie; drama, romance, war, action, comedy, music
The Godfather I and II
Bridge on the River Kwai
It's A Wonderful Life
Raiders of the Lost Ark
West Side Story
Dances With Wolves
The Deer Hunter
Saving Private Ryan
The Shawshank Redemption
it's off beat: Jonathan Livingston Seagull (music by Neil Diamond)
Well in no particular order and no explanation of why, I tend to relate to movies sometimes that are a dismissed by most.
Bringing Up Baby
The Young Girls Of Rochefort
Murder Most Foul
The Last Of Sheila
No Country For Old Men
The Last Metro
Day For Night
Imitation Of Life
All About Eve
What's Up Doc?
Murder On The Orient Express
One True Thing
Alice Doesnt Live Here Anymore
Kill Bill 1 & 2
Breakfast At Tiffany's
Ship Of Fools
Throughly Modern Millie
The April Fools
Lovers Like Us
Two For The Road
I could go on and on, but if I was stranded on an island I would wish for a copy of Enchanted April and the means to view it.
The Conversation by Francis Ford Coppala
Gigi By Vincente Minelli
Cinema Paradiso (sorry can't recall the directors name)
just three for now.
If I was putting together a collection of movies I think people simply must watch it would contain (but not be limited to) the following:
The Godfather Part I and II
2001: A Space Odyssey
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane
The Seven Year Itch
The Life of Brian
Star Wars Trilogy (Original 3)
Y Tu Mama También
King Kong (the original)
Silence of the Lambs
Raiders of the Lost Arc
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Lion King
V For Vendetta
The Princess Bride
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
ugh, I could go on.
The reason why I picked all of the above is for me they all make you feel something very strongly, be it wonderment, terror, heartbreak or laughter. I believe that my selection of films all show off strong feelings for the viewer. Some of them may not be the best of their bunch, but they are all accessible and thoroughly enjoyable movies.
I'd agree with these!
And possibly add:
Fellowship of the Ring
The Third Man
Saving Private Ryan
The Great Escape
Children of Paradise (1943)-- vivid recreation of 19th Paris theatre scene, incredibly detailed and tragic/romantic plot. Created under the Occupation in harrowing conditions
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)-- the ultimate political paranoid plot, with Angela Lansbury as one of the great villainnesses of screen history
Rear Window (1954)-- Hitchcock's best, with James Stewart and Grace Kelly becoming amateur murder detectives and Thelma Ritter as a memorable comic supporting actor
I also want to add
Dracula (the original with Bela Lugosi)
What happened to baby Jane?