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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #350 on: September 25, 2011, 08:41:02 PM »
I added I Fidanzati and Il Posto by Ermanno Olmi to my Director's of Shame Marathon. As luck would have it, he's alphabetically next on the list.
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #351 on: September 25, 2011, 09:36:27 PM »
Unseen from the top 500, Ones I'm keen to see in bold:

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Long Day Closes

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Given your propensity to check out LGBT films, a small part of this film deals with the autobiographical detail of the director's growing awareness of his homosexuality in his childhood as a Catholic in a Catholic school.  (He now considers himself an atheist.)  Though Terence Davies' earlier trilogy of short films - Children, Madonna and Child, and Death and Transfiguration - spends more time "dramatizing" his homosexuality and spends more time on his struggle with it.  All his films aren't conventionally narrative, though; they are structured on vignettes.  So consider this a very weak recommendation based on the style of his films and that it's not a huge part (screentime-wise) of Long Day Closes compared to his trilogy.  While I consider Davies to be among the premier stylists in the history of film, it's his openness and the autobiographical slant of his work that also leads me to hold his films in high esteem.  The DVD commentaries are extremely informative of how personal his films are.
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #352 on: September 25, 2011, 09:49:04 PM »
I added I Fidanzati and Il Posto by Ermanno Olmi to my Director's of Shame Marathon.

I recommend the latter film first for you.  While it's not similar to The 400 Blows and the lead is much older than Antoine Doinel, both can be considered youth films.  Again they're very different, but the Truffaut is the only film from your Top 100 that I can compare Il Posto to the slightest degree.  I don't see any film from there for which I can do the same for I Fidanzati.

Harakiri is the only one on your unseen list that I'd strongly recommend to you.  But that's more about me than you.
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #353 on: September 25, 2011, 10:00:43 PM »
Ver, that's one of many that aren't highlighted mostly because I haven't heard anything about them rather than a specific judgement. Thanks for bringing its themes a bit more to my attention, though isn't Davies the director of that Liverpool "doc" I hated a couple years ago?

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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #354 on: September 25, 2011, 10:11:39 PM »
Ver, that's one of many that aren't highlighted mostly because I haven't heard anything about them rather than a specific judgement. Thanks for bringing its themes a bit more to my attention, though isn't Davies the director of that Liverpool "doc" I hated a couple years ago?

Of Time and the City?  If that's what you're referring to, yes he is.  Though disliking that docu-essay isn't a bellwether of finding something of interest in his other films in my opinion.  At the same time, I think familiarity with his past films and Davies' autobiographical details helps one appreciate Of Time and the City more if only to understand Davies slightly more through that docu-essay (i.e. why he feels how feels; why he said what he said).
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #355 on: September 25, 2011, 10:40:41 PM »
42 from my own Top 100

Top 100 I haven't seen:
42. Three Colors: Blue
56. Three Colors: Red
78. Le Samourai
81. Fitzcarraldo
82. High and Low
90. Aguirre: The Wrath of God
92. Scenes from a Marriage
96. The Night of the Hunter
97. Ikiru
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #356 on: September 26, 2011, 09:55:44 AM »
100. The Wizard of Oz*
96. Ikiru
95. The Night of the Hunter
92. Brazil
91. Scenes from a Marriage
90. Touch of Evil
89. Aguirre, Wrath of God
88. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
87. The Red Shoes
85. Do The Right Thing
84. M
82. Raging Bull
81. High and Low
80. Fitzcarraldo
77. Le Samourai
75. The Passion of Joan of Arc
74. Aliens
67. Mulholland Dr.
66. Oldboy
55. Three Colours: Red
50. North by Northwest
45. Amadeus
35. The Empire Strikes Back*
34. The Apartment
33. Alien
28. 8 1/2
27. Double Indemnity
24. Annie Hall
21. The Godfather: Part II

A lot of movies I'm excited to see.
I actually consider a lot of movies to be life-changing! I take them to my heart and they melt into my personality.

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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #357 on: September 26, 2011, 10:34:38 AM »
'Noke, I can't wait for you to see The Night of the Hunter. There's a lot on that list, though, that I think you're gonna love!

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Here are the 20 I haven't seen from this year's top 150. A couple of them (Brazil, Fitzcarraldo) I'm including because my original viewings were clipped or less than acceptable.

Blade Runner
Oldboy
Touch of Evil (on deck for List of Shame)
Fitzcarraldo
Scenes from a Marriage
Brazil
Miller's Crossing
Assassination of Jesse James
All About My Mother
Wings of Desire
Paris, Texas
Elephant
The Thing
A Brighter Summer Day
Metropolis
Army of Shadows
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Werckmeister Harmonies
Heat
City Lights
Children of Paradise
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #358 on: September 26, 2011, 10:47:54 AM »
OK, I think this is a list over the movies on the top 100 I have yet to see. I'm a bit uncertain about a few, putting a question mark for them. I may have watched them a long time ago or only read about them so I think I've watched them. My memory is blurred.

Also a reservation: I haven't doublechecked all those titles. There might be a few I've actually watched but just don't recongize the English title.
However: there's no doubt about the fact that I have quite a few good movies unseen.


100. The Wizard of Oz (?)
97. Miller’s Crossing
96. Ikiru
95. The Night of the Hunter
94. L.A. Confidential
93. This is Spinal Tap
90. Touch of Evil
89. Aguirre, Wrath of God
88. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
87. The Red Shoes
86. Before Sunrise
84. M
82. Raging Bull
81. High and Low
79. My Neighbour Totoro
78. Hoop Dreams
77. Le Samourai
76. Reservoir Dogs
75. The Passion of Joan of Arc
68. Inglourious Basterds
67. Mulholland Dr.
66. Oldboy
62. The 400 Blows
60. Adaptation.
59. Rashomon
57. Network
56. City of God
55. Three Colours: Red
53. The Shawshank Redemption (?)
52. In The Mood For Love
50. North by Northwest
49. Before Sunset
48. Goodfellas
44. Chungking Express
42. Princess Mononoke
41. Three Colours: Blue
38. Fight Club
34. The Apartment
29. The Third Man
28. 8 1/2
27. Double Indemnity
26. Sunset Boulevard
25. Days of Heaven
20. There Will Be Blood
16. The Big Lebowski
14. Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (?)
13. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (?)
12. Fargo
10. Seven Samurai
6. Citizen Kane
5. Rear Window (?)
4. Once Upon a Time in the West
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Re: 4th Annual Filmspotters Top 100 - Comments
« Reply #359 on: September 26, 2011, 11:02:59 AM »
Ahhh!!! Lobby! You have so much great stuff ahead of you! Also, looking over your list, the vast majority of those films I had not seen until I joined this forum.