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« Reply #30 on: January 20, 2016, 12:14:30 PM »
19. It Happened One Night
18. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
16. A Few Good Men
11. The Bridge on the River Kwai
8. A Matter of Life and Death
6. The Best Years of Our Lives
5. Do the Right Thing
3. An American in Paris
2. West Side Story
1. On the Waterfront

These are all among my Essentials, so Well Done You!
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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #31 on: January 20, 2016, 01:14:34 PM »
Thank you, and also to yourself.
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Re: 2015 Discoveries
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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #33 on: January 20, 2016, 05:08:21 PM »
Sadly, I only watched a handful of older films for the first time in 2015.

Persona - great

Murder by Death - super silly, super fun
Haunted Honeymoon - see above

The Exorcist III - strong start, George C Scott is great, but I lost interest by the end

Midnight Run - didn't find it funny

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« Reply #34 on: January 20, 2016, 05:10:38 PM »
Midnight Run - didn't find it funny

Sure you didn't watch Midnight Express by mistake?
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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2016, 06:48:37 PM »
Midnight Run - didn't find it funny

Sure you didn't watch Midnight Express by mistake?

Sadly, I'm sure.

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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #36 on: January 24, 2016, 11:52:55 PM »
3. Deep Water

Detachment (2011)

I'm so glad your positivity for these movies endured to the end of the year! :)

Boogie Nights (1997)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
A Few Good Men (1992)
The Naked Gun (1988)
Snatch (2000)

Epic year!

I had a pretty good year.

16. A Few Good Men

Awesome. Another mention for A Few Good Men. Love that movie!



For me, it was probably the fewest films I've seen in a year since I joined the forums. Life got busy. There's a handful of films from 2014 I saw that I enjoyed enough to put at the top of a list, but they aren't really discoveries, but rather just me catching up with filmspot nominations and winners and such.

One film stands out though, and has endured in my memory as a terrific experience. I even went back and watched it a second time at some point.

Shaolin Soccer

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« Reply #37 on: January 25, 2016, 02:13:21 AM »
One film stands out though, and has endured in my memory as a terrific experience. I even went back and watched it a second time at some point.

Shaolin Soccer


I can give myself the giggles just thinking about certain scenes in this film.  I'm pretty sure I watch it around dozen times back around 2001/2002 when it first came out... I had to make everybody I know watch it.
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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #38 on: February 03, 2016, 11:38:37 AM »
My super late list of 2015 discoveries.



About Elly

America finally gets a release of one of the most talked about Iranian films. The less said about this film the better. Itís a slow burn to a great final act and youíre absolutely want to see this film blind. Asghar Farhadi is establishing himself as one of the best international filmmakers and going back to this work only solidifies his status in the world of cinema.



Ashes and Diamonds

This one is a bit of a cheat because Iíve seen it before, but watching it again, I finally came to appreciate it. The film oozes with romantic fatalism and the black and white photography is gorgeous. Itís a film filled with tons of tiny, beautiful moments.



Black Moon

What an absurd little film. Part of the joy of this film is just watching the madness unfold, but it always feels like thereís some bizarre logic to that madness. As the world falls apart, so does the sanity of the film as it falls into more and more absurdity.



A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Possibly the best looking film I saw all year, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a visual powerhouse. The film casually oozes sex and violence all whilst using the horror genre as a means to express feminism in a part of the world where women are often denied a voice.



The Human Condition

This epic six part film is one of the most ambitious examinations of war committed to film. Starting with a POW labor camp and then moving to the battlefield, itís a series that feels like it takes on a holistic look at the cost of war. Itís a true epic.



Meshes of the Afternoon

This short, experimental film plays a lot with identity and image. Itís images are some of the most surreal and chilling Iíve seen in a film. Wordlessly told, the story here is about as abstract and incomprehensible as they come, but the image and mood lingers long after the film has ended.



Mind Game

Unbridled and absurd, Mind Game wanders into dense philosophical ideas with an air of irreverence. The film does take those ideas seriously, but explores them in the silliest way possible. Life, death, God, the nature of man and more are pondered by the film, but with a wink and a smile at the audience. Life is one grand big game for this film and what an entertaining game it is.



Monsters

A great mid-budget flick that focuses more or tone and setting than special effects and spectacle. A lot of what sells the film are the tiny moments of human perseverance in a world falling apart. Most similar movies would want to focus on big, important heroes. Here we see the world through the eyes of two ordinary characters and that makes all the difference.



Onibaba

The creepiest film I saw all year. The amount of claustrophobia produced by setting it amongst reeds makes even the mundane moments unnerving and tense. Itís a bit of a slow burn, the final act is where things get explosive and itís worth waiting it out to get to those scenes.



Outer Space (1999)

Another short film makes the list. I love how the film builds itself as a visual assault on the viewer. The rapid editing and the obscured images make for a film that deliberately alienates the viewer. The result is a film that uses the very basics of making movies to generate something horrific and unnerving on an almost primal level.



Popeye

One of the more unusual adaptations Iíve ever seen. Part musical, part Marxist drama, part real-life cartoon, Popeye is a fascinating film. Iím not sure all of it is good and the final act feels a bit like it jumps the shark, but it remains one of the most memorable and distinct movie experiences I had all year.
 


Sisters

Brian De Palma does it again. His pulpy sense of filmmaking brews up another unnerving thriller/horror flick about a woman having a nervous breakdown after she believe sheís witnessed a murder. Like a good De Palma film, the pulpy narrative blended with artistic flourishes takes b-movie grade plot and turns it into an arthouse outing.



Stranger than Paradise

I canít think of a cast of characters I enjoyed more this year. Thereís nothing particularly special about these characters, theyíre all sort of bums just eeking out the bare minimum in life, but theyíre portrayed with such a warmth and affection that I adored them by the end of the film. The strong performances by John Lurie, Eszter Balint and Richard Edson make the trio of characters come to life.



Summertime

An aged Katherine Hepburn spends a summer in Venice and looks for love. Cultural barriers and time conspire against her in this quest. Thereís a lot of warmth to this film. Itís not just in the story, but etched into every image of the film with the rich colors and vibrant architecture of the beautiful city of Venice. Itís a film just as much in love with a place as it is with its characters.



Tess

The anti-period drama. Thereís a lot more griminess and messiness to Tess than most films made of this era. Instead of ballroom dances, thereís a lot of time spent going on about just how difficult life could be in this era. Itís an idea story for Roman Polanski to tell, and yet somehow even that darkness won't be overwhelmed by the end of the film.



Tucker and Dale vs Evil

Stupid, hilarious fun. Two bumbling hillbillies accidentally get caught up in a series of accidents that make it look like they are murdering a group of teens who are camping in the area. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are the main attraction here, two magnificent comedic performances that totally sell a setup that might otherwise fallen flat. Itís another in a long line of comedies subverting horror and it might be the funniest one this side of Evil Dead 2.



Two Days, One Night

Marion Cotillardís performance as a woman suffering from depression and forced to fight for her job combined with the Dardenne brothersí cinematic realism results in the most gut-wrenching movie I saw in 2015. Itís a simple work, but one that speaks so profoundly into the difficulties facing those suffering from mental illness.



Two or Three Things I Know About Her

Godard continues to delight and stimulate me with his provocative, beautiful films. This one deals heavily in identity, reality, language and the fabric of the universe itself. Godard is one of cinemaís great philosophers and Two or Three Things I Know About Her is one of his finest films.



World on a Wire

A progenitor of The Matrix, World on a Wire is a fantastic, mind-bending sci-fi drama. The completely artificial computer world monitored by the protagonist soon becomes the means to ask a lot of the same philosophical questions that The Matrix poses, although with a lot less gunplay and a lot more philosophizing.

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The Films of Satyajit Ray (Charulata, The Music Room, The Big City)

Three of the most warm, the most human, and the most delightful films I saw this year came from Satyajit Rayís body of work. Itís the characters that truly make these films. Theyíre people that are endearing and often tragically flawed. Simply spending time with them in even the most mundane moments is a delight.

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Re: 2015 Discoveries
« Reply #39 on: February 03, 2016, 02:34:01 PM »
About Elly sits high on my Watchlist, yet I just haven't been able to sit down and just watch it yet.

I usually don't care about films that have a digital look, but in black and white it sticks out more. So it's interesting you called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night "Possibly the best looking film I saw all year". It needed the shadows of film for me to look atmospheric instead of an artsy low-budget production.

Always thrilled when somebody tackles The Human Condition. Possibly the most-liked film that runs over 4 hours. I also liked seeing Meshes of the Afternoon. I'm usually not a fan of "abstract and incomprehensible", but that one works for me. I have to think the short running time helps. I recently watched 160m Marketa Lazarova, which has some stunning imagery and sound but being that impenetrable for that long wears me down.

I discovered Onibaba a few years ago and have been shouting at people to watch it ever since. Great selection. You make it sound like it's all about the final scenes, but I think the hothouse atmosphere and unique mother-daughter dynamic hold attention from beginning to end.

Summertime was an honorable mention for me. I loved the way Lean made Venice into such an enticing place. The story kind of gets soapy towards the end but it's a wonderful journey.

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