Films worth watching

les24preludes

Forum GOD!
I looked on Youtube for any of the film critics' 100 best films and found these...

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDTwc8n07OA
The Conformist

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr2RtrtcRCk
La Dolce Vita

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILQc12Zy-qI
De Sica, Bicycle thieves

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=il1drFBRl2M
La Strada

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNxpGYIx3aE
Mediterraneo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGYZ5847FiIMan with a Movie Camera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhiC9bcoriU Tarkovsky Offret

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er3kGojjH5sTarkovsky Andrei Rublev

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvEMtHgNApIBergman Persona

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEFKXTAkVB0Bergman Fanny and Alexander

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_u5XaVBOzjIDreyer, Day of Wrath

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmWZLtDsOOsDreyer Joan of Arc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NayFytQeBEMurnau Sunrise

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_N2wyq7fCEThe Battle of Algiers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjLVCiAtvlsKiarostami, Close Up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBR8PCu4RmQTati, Playtime

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pduQ4l6JkjoGodard, Le Mepris

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yw_pKz9MZfEWilder, The Apartment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ptjYvCVq3wAguirre Wrath of God

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RINU1ngwtQcA Woman under the Influence

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WzfkItl97VEThe Good the Bad and the Ugly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om5QFihuhmABlue Velvet

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEGapfnS_JgThe Last Tycoon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ9e0ReGwy8Journey to Italy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lVwwbn3Xri0Godard Vivre Sa Vie

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbgiWPJLSsMThe Seventh Seal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2986SLGCgeEBattleship Potemkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJ6Z8jn-BQQ M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9CxUe_EVnEThere Will Be Blood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWm587wKKVwThe General

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFHn4xPeW14Maman et la Putain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ5Umr_NsjAOpening Night

Enjoyed Opening Night, Maman et la Putain, The Last Tycoon, A Woman under the Influence, Aguirre Wrath of God, Wilder, The Apartment...

A few of the others, like LA Dolce Vita, I'd seen before

Jaques Tati, Playtime, is a work of genius but not a film as we know it. More an exploration of shape and movement. It's unique, very rewarding and very hard work.
 

Dr Watson

"The Fixer"
Watched Drive (2011) last night... It was, interesting.

Despite the fact I couldn't really identify with the main characters or sympathise with the situation they found themselves in I enjoyed the aesthetics and soundtrack. Ryan Gosling seemed to be doing his best Steve Mcqueen strong silent type impression which sometimes worked and sometimes not, I did like the open ended nature of the story, leaves a bit to the imagination... Something which isn't done so much these days.

It's by no means a great film but worth watching if you can.

 

Cristobal

Forum GOD!
Watched Drive (2011) last night... It was, interesting.

Despite the fact I couldn't really identify with the main characters or sympathise with the situation they found themselves in I enjoyed the aesthetics and soundtrack. Ryan Gosling seemed to be doing his best Steve Mcqueen strong silent type impression which sometimes worked and sometimes not, I did like the open ended nature of the story, leaves a bit to the imagination... Something which isn't done so much these days.

It's by no means a great film but worth watching if you can.

I really can't make my mind about Windin Refn's films. Hard to decide whether they're masterpieces or mediocre.
 

Dr Watson

"The Fixer"
Watched "First Man" last night, I highly recommend it.

 

chris.hale

Forum DOG!
Staff member
I watched Land of Mine last night, really enjoyed it.

 

chris.hale

Forum DOG!
Staff member
Loved this one.

 

Missoni

Fellow Traveller
Watched 1917 last weekend. I enjoyed the "one shot" style of filming, quite immersive but other than that the whole thing was very underwhelming, bordering on annoying... Especially after the media fanfare it's received.

My issues with it were:

One of the main protagonists is overweight with chubby hamster cheeks... In the trenches, in WW1? That was my hopes of a realistic film dashed within the first 30 seconds.

The whole "saving the brother" aspect of the plot seems completely irrelevant to me, what about the other 1600 men, are they chopped liver? Feels like unnecessary melodrama.

The idea they would send a team of 2 to save 1600 men is ridiculous, they would send many different parties to increase the chance one would make it through, more Hollywood nonsense.

The second protagonist (who actually puts in a pretty impressive performance) is introduced to us as battle hardened, world weary and street wise compared to the apparent fresh faced other lad but this narrative is smashed when he faces a German sniper in combat and handles his Enfield like an old granny, only clearing the chamber a good 5 seconds after firing - Cringe.

The downed German pilot who after being saved from the burning wreck decided to knife one of our plucky heroes stuck out to me as odd, I suppose it's entirely possible but does fly in the face of everything I've ever been taught... Weren't the German WW1 pilots mostly wealthy aristocrats? Gentleman who fought with honour? The idea of one knifing the man who just saved his life seems a trite continuation of old "barbaric Hun" anti-German propaganda.

Next up is the 4 lorry convoy which happened to just be driving through no-man's land, how did they get there (the Ypres bypass?! :p:) What are they doing there? We've just followed our boys through the deadliest journey of their lives traversing hellish swamps of dead bodies and booby trapped German trenches and there's a convoy who apparently got there without any issue whatsoever? Why didn't they just hitch a lift in the first place.

When our remaining protagonist takes a prolonged dip in the river his very special letter is amazingly unscathed, not a single run in the ink.

There's probably more nonsense I missed, the ending is a bit of a blur as the cinema was very hot and I'd switched off by then.
Just got round to watching this one...I read your spoilers first! and agree with you vis-a-vis the German pilot, which seems to come straight of the playbook for previous British war films where German soldiers always seemed to be death, blind and stupid as well. I found the "one shot" filming though absolutely superb and it drew me in even though I was endeavouring to multi-task by reading also. Recent films appear to go for very short, sharp edits which I sometimes find distracting and unrealistic. I hope this style of filming is picked up more. Worth a watch I think for those that have not seen it.
 

Paper Plane

Forum GOD!
The Driver starring Ryan O'Neil if you enjoy 1970s thrillers. One of my favourites.

For a good laugh Airplane & Airplane 2 and the three Naked Gun films get me every time. When I saw the first Naked Gun in the cinema I hurt myself laughing.

steve
 
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