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Absolutely ridiculous run
They're very good. Need to see the others.
It's an amazing film, such a brilliantly odd feel to the whole thing, very Lynchian.
Hudsucker seems to get a bit of criticism and it is basically minor-coens (yuk) but I love it, the dialogue is wonderful and I find it hilarious.
Miller's Crossing is just a straight up brilliant gangster film. Probably my favourite Turturro performance as well.
There's a Bruce Willis version too called 'Last Man Standing' but I've not seen it.
The original story is set in the 30s so I guess of those three it's the most accurate.
I've not managed to see Yojimbo yet but I want to. Watching Miller's Crossing and Fist Full of Dollars back to back is a very interesting experience.
Millers crossing just borrows a few elements (as does star wars).
You should watch Yojimbo though: it's wonderful.
I've not seen A Fist Full of Dollars, i'll whack it on the Lovefilm list for a proposed double header though.
should all go on that list.
Whilst Yojimbo used Red Harvest by the same author. I haven't read either so I wouldn't know.
The divide and conquer effect, the one man between the two forces.
The Big Lebowski is probably my favourite movie ever.
You could also make an argument for the Coens 00s, but I suppose that run was ruined by the Ladykillers, and Burn After Reading merely being good, not brilliant. A Serious Man and No Country For Old Man are stone cold master pieces in my book though...
God, I love the Coen brothers.
It's beyond brilliant. Must have seen it at least 15 times and new things make me laugh each time.
I thought Burn After Reading was really underrated. Once JK Simmons appeared and reacted to everything in such a brilliantly bewildered way I saw the whole thing in exactly the same way he did. I liked it on first viewing but loved it second time round.
"Well, what did we learn? Not to do this again I suppose. Though I'm not sure what the fuck we did." It sums up the absurdity of the movie in a nutshell.
Lebowski and Millers Cross are always duking it out around my No.1 spot. Both nigh on perfect.
It blew my mind. So, so good.
Does anyone understand the end? I mean, even the Coen Brothers?
Bela Tarr - 1994 to 2004 or something along those lines. I've only seen Werckmeister Harmoniak and Satantango (all seven hours of it, not in one go unfortunately), but calling them anything other than masterpeices would be a little unfair.
I don't care if there's only 2 films, they're worth a hundred.
Fassbinder-mid 70's-mid 80's
I was coming here to say that.
two films is more than enough when one of them is probably the best film ever made and the other is as good as Days of Heaven.
90's of course.
A Clockwork Orange
Paths of Glory
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
His earlier films and short documentaries aren't meant to be half bad either. Just a shame Eyes Wide Shut is so cack.
and Robert Altman's 70s/90s
Really excellent shout. Shame Bringing Up Baby was 30's.
60's is the one with Persona in it, right? That one.
and The Seventh Seal
really great, and often over-looked period
Cronenberg - 80s
Tarkovsky - 70s
Coppola - 70s
Scorsese - 70s
Altman - 70s
Argento - 70s
Antonnioni - 60s (though 70s was good for him too..)
also in regards to Godard - the 60s may have been his best decade, even though Breathless is his best film.
Simply because The Player and Short Cuts are unbeatable.
but his work with Elliot Gould is the best thing ever. Long Goodbye, MASH, California Split, Nashville (he is in this, right?). Gould in the 70s can't be bettered by anyone.
Godfather part II
People often forget about The Conversation. They shouldn't.
Aguirre, Stroszek, The Enigma of Caspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Heart of Glass, Nosferatu, Even Dwarfs Started Small . doesn't get much better than that
Decalogue beats anything ever, hands-down.
then you have Blind Chance and No End, both fantastic movies.
I find myself revisiting his bleak Polish period, more often than the French films, simply because while they're genius I find the money and stars involved give them a bit more sheen than his best work needs.
To an extent, it's probably just a question of which I feel more attached to, and I guess I feel more attached to the Decalogue, possibly because of when I first got into it and all that.
Hitchcock in the 50s:
50 - Stage Fright
51 - Strangers on a train
53 - i Confess
54 - Dial M for Murder
54 - Rear Window
55 - To catch a thief
55 - The trouble with Harry
56 - The man who knew too much (remake)
56 - The Wrong man
58 - Vertigo
59 - North by Northwest
Barring Harry which is a bit crap and I confess / The man who knew too much, all of those are stone cold classics. Even his 40s and 60s periods beat most of this list thus far.
very obvious one.
Four movies, four brilliant movies, including my favourite movie of all-time and a top-5 contender
although fuck me Hitch had fun in the 50's
the work of a man aged 77 who knows literally everything about a) the human condition and b) movies
he didn't need to follow it up, so he didn't
You'd also best see The Phantom Of Liberty (imagine Monty Python's Meaning Of Life except 742839749823749x better) and Tristana (Catherine Deneuve! With one leg!) as well, make it a full set
'Bunuel making Bunuel movies' he called it, but then he also thought Autumn Sonata was him making a Bergman movie, when I think it's brilliant and massively distinctive.
Bunuel in the 70's was Bunuel PERFECTING HIS ART - making the movies he'd waited all his life to make - refining his ideas until they found their most natural and sublimely surreal expression
Seriously, that's put me off my tea now.
"I have never been able to appreciate Buñuel. He discovered at an early stage that it is possible to fabricate ingenious tricks, which he elevated to a special kind of genius, particular to Buñuel, and then he repeated and varied his tricks. He always received applause. Buñuel nearly always made Buñuel films."
from Bergman on Bergman (so actually I think he said that just before Bunuel's 70s period)
That is the voice of envy speaking. Orson Welles' line on Bunuel is one I much prefer - now there are two men who understand the power of film.
Besides, if he said that before Bunuel's 70's period he presumably had to eat his words shortly afterwards? I mean, he probably saw Belle De Jour and dismissed it as a gimmick. BDJ is not even remotely my favourite Bunuel (his best 60's movie, fact fans, is obviously and gloriously The Exterminating Angel) but it's got more to it than its surface conceit.
n.b. this post may contain petulance from me
I recently saw Viridiana, and boy what a film it is! some might say the final supper scene was a bit obvious (or taking things too far), but jesus, it's just incredible. also, surprisingly tightly plotted, and not at all surreal.
It's very good, howlingly iconoclastic, utterly charming. Not my favourite but the start of his supreme period.
The Exterminating Angel is the greatest disaster movie ever made.
but, really I have never seen a bad movie made by him.
and then, er, convoy. BEST OF THE LOT
the kid, the gold rush, the circus, city lights, modern times.
alice in the cities, the wrong move, kings of the road, the american friend, the state of things, paris,texas.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More.
Haven't seen The Trilogy. Ought to. SO MANY FILMS
although I have no idea when it would be, 70's I guess with Sleeper, Annie Hall and Manhattan?
Sleeper is fucking awful though. really bad. the odd good moment (mainly his dialogue), but overall I wouldn't recommend it to anyone anywhere
from Zelig to Husbands and Wives.
I'm not sure I'd be in the majority there though.
Loads of really good films that always get ignored in favour of the Annie Hall/Manhattan/Hannah and Her Sisters popular successes. Purple Rose of Cairo and Broadway Danny Rose in particular.
Right up there with Annie Hall for me
amongst others: Robin Hood, Angels with Dirty Faces, Dodge City, The Sea Hawk, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Casablanca.
tarkovsky: 66 - 86
So much to see...
...and not enough time or money, eh?
this pains me.
isn't it. better than thinking you've done it all.
my local cinema is putting on a retrospective of Hong Sang-soo next month, and I've never ever heard of him, which is pretty cool - makes the world seem a bit bigger.
where nothing interesting like that ever happens with cinemas that are so awful it actually makes me want to cry and it costs me too much bucks to make the short trip to london to watch all the good shit.
which is why it pains me. it fucking pains me summit rotten.
Mulholland Dr. (1999)
Lost Highway (1997)
Twin Peaks (1990-1991)
Wild at Heart (1990)
But also '76-'86
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Elephant Man (1980)
maybe my favourite.
and dune can only be a black mark
but an awful film. very pretty. some of the opening scenes are lush.
atypical for Lynch, but really touching and hilarious. touching! a Lynch movie, who'd have ever thunk it.
And less like all his others...
badalementi at his best too. amazing casting and really sweet.
and it still feels like a lynch movie. that eye for texture that no one in the world has.
because i genuinely think kung fu hustle is a rather brilliant film, but he really can't be forgiven for dragonball evolution. AWFUL film.
A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Face in the Crowd, Panic in the Streets