Film studies is kind of a hobby of mine. It would take too long to list all of my favorites, and if you asked me tomorrow, my list would look very different. Here are a few of my favorites in no particular order:
NASHVILLE (Robert Altman-1975) Arguably Altman's masterpiece (Macabe & Mrs. Miller and Short Cuts being the other "great" Altman films), and one of the great movies about America in the '70's It also speaks presciently about the world today as well. "It don't worry me", indeed.
RAN (Akira Kurosawa-1985) Kurosawa is my favorite director, and all of his films are favorites of mine, but this is simply one of the greatest films of all time. Kurosawa re-imagines Shakespeare's King Lear in 16th century Japan. The hubris of man. Shot entirely in deep focus with drenching color, this film is beautiful to look at as well. The first major battle scene was Spielberg's inspiration for the opening of Saving Private Ryan. Of course Kurosawa's films have always inspired western directors: Lucas used Hidden Fortress as the basis for Star Wars, Yojimbo was remade into A Fist Full of Dollars, The Seven Samarui was remade into The Magnificent Seven.
THE THIRD MAN (Carol Reed-1947) Post War Berlin. Intrigue! Surprises! Mystery! Weird camera angles! Orson Welles, a ferris wheel, and the coo coo clock speech! Also a killer zither musical score (that's right, I said a killer zither score!)
MODERN TIMES (Charlie Chaplin-1936) My favorite Chaplin film. This is one of the funniest movies you'll ever see. The mix-up in the prison when The Tramp accidentally get high on cocaine is hilarious. The first time I saw it I almost peed my pants.
AMARCORD (Frederico Fellini-1973) I am not that big a fan of Fellini, but this film knocked my socks off. A sentimental, funny, and hallucinatory remembrance of growing up in early Mussolini Italy (The title means "I Remember").
DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (Luis Bunuel-1972) Bunuel was the king of film surrealism, and social criticism. Also recommended by Bunuel: The Exterminating Angel, Un Chien Andelu and L'Age D'Or (The last two were made with Salvador Dali in 1928 and were banned for like 60 years. Andelu has the famous shot of a woman's eye getting sliced.)
THE WILD BUNCH (Sam Peckinpah-1969) If you like shootouts in your westerns, it doesn't get any better than this.
BRAZIL (Terry Gilliam-1985) Gilliam's wacky and epic masterpiece. A funny and surreal fable about the emptiness of"modern" life. Make sure you see the director's cut.
RAGING BULL (Martin Scorsese-1980) The most visceral character study I've ever seen. It is a damn perfect film.
THE NATURAL (Barry Levinson-1984) Adapted from the brilliant Bernard Malamud novel, this film mixes motifs from classical mythology with American and baseball mythology. It works better than you might think.
Yo Soy Boricua!
Tommy Boy is an awesome movie! One of my all time favorites.
'Cmon ya'll this was a good thread on the old boards. Anyone seen the new "Pirates" movie? How 'bout the new "Die Hard" that comes out today?
"What we seem to have here, is a failure to communicate!"
"Before you step on board Sir, your name I'd like to know"
"Already know what I need to know
Name, address and phone number, Lord
And just how far to go
Looking for a chateau"
I'm the Dude so that's what you call me...or his Dudeness or el Dudarino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing.....
I"M BACK!!!! YEAH!!!! Looks like they got the situation worked out with comcast email addresses so I'm back to being GRTUD and it feels gooooood.
The Dude Abides!
Obscured By Clouds was the sountrack. I am looking for this DVD.
Is this for real? I am going to try it as soon as blockbuster gets Wizard of Ozz back in..
Roger Waters was a trip last week at the Hollywood Bowl..
I feel how you feel, GRTUD.
yeah, I didn't really feel like repeating myself again either...
where is the archive with all of our old posts??
but this shit:
I will put in again.
very cool folks, and funny as shit.
by the by, it has NOTHING to do with that other rabbit.
CCJoe, I can't see your attachments (here at work, right now) so I'll have to wait 'till I get home to see what you posted but NOTHING is bigger than The Big Lebowski, the greatest movie ever made! I learned in mechanical drawing class (many years ago) to avoid being redundant and I've probably over applied that concept in other areas of life that may require more direct communication. So indeed TBL would be, by default, # 1 on my list.
I've also been avoiding putting some of the other movie titles we had on the previous board, to allow our missing commrades time to post up themselves. That had been one of my favorite threads before we moved.
"This aggression will not stand, man....."