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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #20 on: July 03, 2014, 04:14:56 PM »
1957 is crushing it! ;D

Barbara Stanwyck is crushing it.

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2014, 06:01:47 PM »
1. Who is your favorite movie director working today?
Tie between Coen bros. and Alfonso Cuaron.
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen?
Gonna say Steven Spielberg and E.T.
3. Who is the greatest living movie Actor and Actress?
Christoph Waltz and Robin Wright
4. Who is the greatest movie Actor and Actress of all time?
Charlie Chaplin and idk.
5. What is your favorite Overlooked Film?
Joe Versus the Volcano, with American Blue Note at close second.
6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm?
The Goddess, Crimes and Misdeamors at #2, Drive at #3, Unbreakble, etc.
7. What is your favorite TV Show of All Time?
The first three seasons of Spongebob Squarepants. Who needs your Westwing?
8. Would you rather own the Complete Box Set for Mad Men, Lost, Breaking Bad or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Seen zero, but I want to see Breaking Bad, so that.
9. Which year of cinema was better, 1957 or 1974?
1974
10. Which is better Goodfellas or Magnolia?
N/A, only seen the former.
11. Die Hard or Back to the Future?
Back to the Future
12. Name one film you're ashamed to admit you still haven't watched.
Apocalype Now, Jurassic Park, Seven Samuari, Fanny and Alexander. I don't think this list could end.
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush.
Ryan Gosling and Olivia Wilde.

14. For each category, list 1 Favorite and 1 you wish more of us would watch:
Musical - N/A
Horror Movie - Dawn of the Dead (1978) / N/A
Film Noir - N/A
Documentary - The Imposter / Father of Lights
Animated Film - The Incredibles / N/A
Western - Django Unchained / Navajo Joe
James Bond Film - Skyfall / N/A
Performance by an Actor - Hmmm Clive Owen in Children of Men / Slim Pickens in 1941
Performance by an Actress - N/A / Olivia de Haviland in The Snake Pit

15. Give the following films a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
The Dark Knight - B+
Eraserhead - N/A
Inception - A
Inglourious Basterds - A+-
A Serious Man - N/A
Skyfall - A-
Tree of Life - A+
Watchmen - N/A
Note: Most of these are temporary before a proper rewatch, since most were seen before I gave ratings...or liked movies.

16. Give the following directors a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
Note: Some ratings are based on as few as 2 films.
Woody Allen - A-
Wes Anderson - A
John Ford – B
Werner Herzog - N/A
Yasujirō Ozu - N/A
Steven Soderbergh - B+-
Steven Spielberg - A
Quentin Tarantino - A-
Johnnie To - N/A
Lars von Trier - N/A
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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2014, 06:39:40 PM »
1. Who is your favorite movie director working today? Abbas Kiarostami
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen? Terrence Malick The Tree of Life
3. Who is the greatest living movie Actor and Actress? Joaquin Phoenix and Juliette Binoche
4. Who is the greatest movie Actor and Actress of all time? Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman
5. What is your favorite Overlooked Film? Out of the Blue
6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm? Wise Blood
7. What is your favorite TV Show of All Time? The Decalogue (Miniseries)/The Wire (Show)
8. Would you rather own the Complete Box Set for Mad Men, Lost, Breaking Bad or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
9. Which year of cinema was better, 1957 or 1974? I'll probably never rewatch any of these.
10. Which is better Goodfellas or Magnolia? Magnolia
11. Die Hard or Back to the Future? Die Hard
12. Name one film you're ashamed to admit you still haven't watched. Independence Day
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. Cary Grant/Juliette Binoche

14. For each category, list 1 Favorite and 1 you wish more of us would watch:
Musical - Phantom of the Paradise
Horror Movie - A Nightmare on Elm Street
Film Noir - The Third Man
Documentary - Night and Fog
Animated Film - Spirited Away
Western - Once Upon a Time in the West
James Bond Film - Casino Royale (2006)
Performance by an Actor - Cary Grant (Notorious)
Performance by an Actress - Juliette Binoche (Three Colors: Blue)

15. Give the following films a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
The Dark Knight - It's good until Two-Face shows up.
Eraserhead - Makes me want to cry for begin born a man. Effective
Inception - Let me explain to you why I don't like this movie.
Inglourious Basterds - Tarantino's worst, and that's quite an achievement.
A Serious Man - Seriously great.
Skyfall - Interesting, stupid, interesting and stupid in that order.
Tree of Life - Malick's worst, which means than it's greater that most director's finest works.
Watchmen - I like it, think it's a smart adaptation except for that one scene.

16. Give the following directors a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
Woody Allen - It's complicated.
Wes Anderson - *raises a paw in solidarity*
John Ford - Made some of the greats, but not sure if I'm excited to see more of his.
Werner Herzog - Enjoy him despite his bleak view of nature.
Yasujirō Ozu - Brings me a much-needed peace.
Steven Soderbergh - I liked The Girlfriend Experience, I guess...
Steven Spielberg - Audaciously genuine. Love him for that.
Quentin Tarantino - The older I get, the more childish his films seem to me.
Johnnie To - A badass. Need to see more.
Lars von Trier - Well, I hated three of his films and still want to see more.

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2014, 06:56:50 PM »
Team Binoche!

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2014, 09:30:45 PM »
1. Who is your favorite movie director working today? Michael Haneke
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen? Orson Welles/“Mr. Arkadin”
3. Who is the greatest living movie Actor and Actress? Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche
4. Who is the greatest movie Actor and Actress of all time? William Powell, Barbara Stanwyck
5. What is your favorite Overlooked Film?
6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm? I don't have a top 100, but "Freddy Got Fingered" is in my DVD collection. That should count for something. Perhaps not charm, though.
7. What is your favorite TV Show of All Time? "The Wire" or "Mad Men"
8. Would you rather own the Complete Box Set for Mad Men, Lost, Breaking Bad or Buffy the Vampire Slayer? I own all of these. The one I've rewatched the most is "Mad Men."
9. Which year of cinema was better, 1957 or 1974? 1974
10. Which is better Goodfellas or Magnolia? Goodfellas
11. Die Hard or Back to the Future? Die Hard
12. Name one film you're ashamed to admit you still haven't watched. Because they’re in my collection, the shame is that I have no excuse: "Kagemusha" or "La Notte" or "Scenes from a Marriage"
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. Chiwetel Ejiofor, Juliette Binoche

14. For each category, list 1 Favorite and 1 you wish more of us would watch:
Musical - The Band Wagon/A Little Night Music
Horror Movie - The Haunting (1963)/Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
Film Noir - Touch of Evil/Ministry of Fear
Documentary - The Times of Harvey Milk/Inequality for All
Animated Film - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs/Fantastic Planet
Western - (tie) High Noon, El Topo/The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean

James Bond Film - You Only Live Twice/same
Performance by an Actor -
Performance by an Actress -

15. Give the following films a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
The Dark Knight - 7/10
Eraserhead - 10/10
Inception - 8/10
Inglourious Basterds - pass
A Serious Man - 9/10
Skyfall - 8/10
Tree of Life - 6/10
Watchmen - 4/10

16. Give the following directors a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
Woody Allen - 9/10
Wes Anderson - 6/10
John Ford – 9/10
Werner Herzog - 8/10
Yasujirō Ozu - 10/10
Steven Soderbergh - 9/10
Steven Spielberg - 3/10
Quentin Tarantino - 5/10
Johnnie To - 8/10 (HUGE CAVEAT: based on only one film)
Lars von Trier - 7/10
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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2014, 10:31:29 PM »
1974 has 8 Films in my Top 500 and The Godfather Part II in my Top 100.
1957 only has 7 Films in my Top 500 and 3 in my Top 150. So it's close.

14. For each category, list 1 Favorite and 1 you wish more of us would watch:
Musical - 1776, Leave It On The Floor
Two great picks for this category.
Yasujirō Ozu - D+
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1. Who is your favorite movie director working today? Paul Thomas Anderson
I assume del Toro and Aronofsky are right behind if not right alongside.
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen? Stanley Kubrick - A Clockwork Orange
Did you post a ranked list because I don't know how you can put Kubrick at the top and like Clockwork the least. It's like loving Hitchcock in spite of Psycho or loving Akira Kurosawa but not Seven Samurai.
7. What is your favorite TV Show of All Time? The West Wing
The only TV box set I own and well worth the purchase. I dip into it all the time, including the post-Sorkin episodes. Rewatching Season 2 at this moment.
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. Michael Fassbender and Cate Blanchett
Cate is a great choice because she's not naturally sexy or what you would consider sexy by most measuring tools, but there's an undeniable sexiness to her.


More should see This is Not a Film
I should see This is Not a Film. It's on my Watchlist. Been there forever.


1. Who is your favorite movie director working today? Fincher PTA Nolan
You posted this right after I posted Tarantino, creating consecutive eye rolls in some people. I almost went with Fincher too. Also James Cameron. Strangely, I thought Tarantino was a less controversial pick than Cameron.
6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Just watched it again today. It truly is the best adventure film since Raiders of the Lost Ark. There's someone around here you wouldn't expect who posted a highly favorable review of Black Pearl on their blog.
Western - The Wild Bunch / Il grande silenzio
Did you write anything about Il grande silenzio. Would love to read it. Deeply flawed, but some great stuff and years later it has stuck with me in the way you want great movies to.
Woody Allen - 10/10
Care to elaborate? Even his die hard fans admit his output makes for occasionally underwhelming films.
Did you like Cassandra's Dream? Looking for someone else who liked that one. I think it's better than Match Point.


13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. Clint Eastwood and Jean Arthur
Considered Jean Arthur. 1940s Jean Arthur to be specific, but I knew you'd comment on it. Also, if it were the 1940s and Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck were fighting over me, sorry Jean. Also 1940s Olivia de Havilland. And who am I kidding, I'd cheat on all of them with Gene Tierney. Yowza!


3. Tilda Swinton (or Meryl Streep, another cliche).
A great pick. Planning to marathon Tilda Swinton. Seems like she'd be a pain to work with and I don't connect with her personal choices at all, but except for Michael Clayton every performance is incredible.

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2014, 10:50:40 PM »
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen? - Howard Hawks, A Song is Born
Hawks is one who I'm hoping to watch the entire filmography. (22 down.) 1930's The Dawn Patrol is next.
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. - Shahid Kapoor and Deepika Padukone.
No insult to Deepika Padukone, but every time I see her in a film I think it's Rosario Dawson.
Western - Canyon Passage
Still, the best recommendation you've given me.


3. Who is the greatest living movie Actor and Actress? Guy Pearce, Juliette Binoche
Guy Pearce IS great. His filmography would make for a great marathon. From the highbrow stuff to Lockdown. Surprising at every turn. (What's his worst? Time Machine?)
6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm? Charade
That's not personal charm, that's the most charming film ever made.
Documentary - Seven Up!, Sherman's March
Western - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Silverado
Sherman's March is slowly getting discovered around here. I finally saw it last December.
I couldn't decide where to put Silverado since it's the one great 80s Western. I debated putting it in both slots and ultimately went for other choices, so I'm glad to see it represented.


1. Who is your favorite movie director working today?

Johnnie To
Debated putting Johnny To in the Director's List, but I believed he has a fan base here outside of any cabal. Hong Sang-soo fell to the other side of that invisible line. (And probably remains largely unwatched.) I assume he's your 2nd favorite?
2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen?

Alfred Hitchcock, Champagne
Didn't even know about this movie. When it comes to complete director filmographies, a lot of film fans attempt Hitchcock but I think there are enough bumps in the road in his massive filmography that few finish it. Do you have any titles left?
And I'm surprised that you didn't say John Ford.

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2014, 12:49:53 AM »
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1. Who is your favorite movie director working today? Fincher PTA Nolan
You posted this right after I posted Tarantino, creating consecutive eye rolls in some people. I almost went with Fincher too. Also James Cameron. Strangely, I thought Tarantino was a less controversial pick than Cameron.
I feel like Fincher has gone in a different direction than I'd like lately Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was disappointing even if its technical level was top notch, but he's still a favourite. Choosing between PTA and Nolan is hard, they aren't similar at all and I like them for very different reasons, on a different day I might choose PTA instead.

As for Tarantino vs Cameron, I would certainly agree Tarantino is a less controversial pick, but that may be my own dislike for Cameron's films and his directorial style.

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6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Just watched it again today. It truly is the best adventure film since Raiders of the Lost Ark. There's someone around here you wouldn't expect who posted a highly favorable review of Black Pearl on their blog.
It really is, I should watch it again, maybe it'll get me back into films. I probably could have gone with one of the handful more obscure films on my list, but decided to interpret personal charm as a film that stands out amongst the rest of my list as different, though now that I look there might be other more apt choices.
 
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Western - The Wild Bunch / Il grande silenzio
Did you write anything about Il grande silenzio. Would love to read it. Deeply flawed, but some great stuff and years later it has stuck with me in the way you want great movies to.
Apperently all I wrote is what I have on criticker "This may well be the best Spaghetti Western. The two leads could not be better, Kinski as the ruthless bounty hunter and Trintignant as the mute avenger go all out to create larger than life characters. The cinematography is stunning, with the snow providing a unique setting for a Western. What brings it all together is the fantastic writing, from start to finish it both abides by and defies conventions leading to a fantastic ending."

Not much of a review, but I do think it captures what I liked so much about it. The style mixes great cinematography with a really gritty and dirty feel and it works really well for a western

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Woody Allen - 10/10
Care to elaborate? Even his die hard fans admit his output makes for occasionally underwhelming films.
Did you like Cassandra's Dream? Looking for someone else who liked that one. I think it's better than Match Point.
This is why I said the director ratings don't correspond directly to film ratings. I have many qualms with Allen and some of his films and I feel he's been inconsistent for the last two decades, but he's made a lot that I love, I can enjoy even his worst and I have him in the top 10 of my directors list so that earns him a top score. As for Cassandra's Dream yes I liked it a lot, though it hasn't really stuck much with and I wouldn't place it above Match Point.

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2014, 01:36:21 AM »
13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush. Clint Eastwood and Jean Arthur
Considered Jean Arthur. 1940s Jean Arthur to be specific, but I knew you'd comment on it. Also, if it were the 1940s and Jean Arthur and Barbara Stanwyck were fighting over me, sorry Jean. Also 1940s Olivia de Havilland. And who am I kidding, I'd cheat on all of them with Gene Tierney. Yowza!

My love for Jean Arthur is based on only 4 films. Specifically Mr. Smith and You Can't Take It With You though. I first noticed her in Mr. Smith and I've loved her since. I even read her bio "The Actress Nobody Knew" which is good for me since i never read.

I've only seen Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity and a small clip of a film where she plays herself. Hollywood Canteen i believe it is. I get the feeling though that when i get around to watching more of her films i will start to love her.

I was considering picking out of a couple modern day actresses but i decided on Arthur. Gotta show love for the classics!

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Re: Highlights of the Board: Questions For Members New and Old
« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2014, 05:17:49 AM »
1. Who is your favorite movie director working today?
Going back 20 years, Claire Denis. Going back 10 years, tie between her and Hiro Dawg (Hirokazu Koreeda).

2. Who is the greatest movie director of All Time and what is the worst movie by them you've seen?
Hmm, maybe Frederick Wiseman or Nagisa Oshima.  Least faves would be Zoo by Lil' Fred and Max mon amour by N-Osh.

3. Who is the greatest living movie Actor and Actress?
Max von Sydow. Vanessa Redgrave or Jeanne Moreau.  Fave is Judy F*ckin’ Davis, though.

4. Who is the greatest movie Actor and Actress of all time?
Paul Newman. Babs.

5. What is your favorite Overlooked Film?
From my 2012 edition, if Comrades by Bill Douglas doesn’t fit the definition, then Lovers and Lollipops.

6. What film in your Top 100 gives your list personal charm?
I really don’t know.

7. What is your favorite TV Show of All Time?
The Wire

8. Would you rather own the Complete Box Set for Mad Men, Lost, Breaking Bad or Buffy the Vampire Slayer?
Have only seen season 1 of Buffy. Mad Men.

9. Which year of cinema was better, 1957 or 1974?
1974

10. Which is better Goodfellas or Magnolia?
Goodfellas

11. Die Hard or Back to the Future?
Die Hard

12. Name one film you're ashamed to admit you still haven't watched.
The Bells of St. Mary’s.

13. Name both your Man Crush and your Woman Crush.
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland). Judy Greer.

14. For each category, list 1 Favorite and 1 you wish more of us would watch:
Musical – 42nd Street. Opera Jawa.
Horror Movie – Trouble Every Day. Daughters of Darkness (Delphine F*ckin’ Seyrig).
Film Noir – Pickup on South Street. Act of Violence or They Made Me a Fugitive.
Documentary – Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go.  Hold Me Tight, Let Me Go or Warrendale.
Animated Film – Only Yesterday. Only Yesterday.
Western – Man of the West.  Man of the West.
James Bond Film – Casino Royale (2006).  Dunno.
Performance by an Actor – Peter Mullan in My Name is Joe.  Matthew McConaughey is AMAZING in True Detective.  Yeah, tv, but that’s still my answer.  He's on a roll.
Performance by an Actress – Simone Signoret in Room at the Top.  Simone Signoret in Room at the Top.

15. Give the following films a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
The Dark Knight – C
Eraserhead – C
Inception – C
Inglourious Basterds – C
A Serious Man – C
Skyfall – D
Tree of Life - A
Watchmen – Don’t remember it enough to grade it.

16. Give the following directors a grade/rating (whatever scale you prefer):
Woody Allen - B
Wes Anderson - C
John Ford – A
Werner Herzog - C
Yasujirō Ozu – A+
Steven Soderbergh – C
Steven Spielberg - B
Quentin Tarantino - C
Johnnie To - C
Lars von Trier - C
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