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News and Theory / Criterion Releases You Adore So Much You Can Totally Even
« Last post by jenkins on August 13, 2017, 01:23:03 PM »
[intro]

this is both a topic i sometimes search for across the internet and one i've thought of making now and then especially recently. i believe it's hard to pick one's favorites but absolutely fun to try. in the near future criterion will release spine 900, that's a lot of movies, and plus there are all those laserdiscs. i'm not going to select a laserdisc release because i never owned one, but anyone can select whichever release they want to. cherish your own memories and maybe inspire others. basically that last part means that i'll probably end up buying whatever movies you mention, or perhaps register at filmstruck, or simply rewatch from my personal collection.

anyone can list however many titles they want to, for any reason or for no reason, with whatever explanation comes to their mind at the time or just mention the title it's no big deal.

[example]

Chungking Express

it's the cinematic embodiment of daydreaming is that true. sometimes when all my thoughts are pointed in the wrong direction i watch this movie and then my thoughts enter a cloud that's composed of daydreams, exactly. what happens after daydreams? oh, one wonders, yes. but as long as the daydream is happening there is nothing to fear.

Shadows in Paradise

in terms of always feeling fucked, one still keeps going, and this movie feels me on that.

The Apu Trilogy

i didn't see this trilogy early enough in my life to call it developmental toward my sense of life. when i did see it i did feel a strong sense of affirmation, and i would go as far as to say the strongest sense of affirmation i could possibly feel in relation to this topic discussed in this manner. these are the best movies about the life of a writer which i am aware of.

The Docks of New York

the immediate results of me seeing this movie were i called it my favorite movie ever. and this was within a time period during which pre-code films were overwhelming my sense of life—try and tell me that life isn’t a short story full of dramatic surprises—and this just felt like the grandest display of all the cinematic elements used to illustrate the dimensional complexities of city life, i thought. they called these city operas, then. this movie has it all. although one day of course i should return to this movie, which is now becoming a fond memory to me. i don't at all fear going back to it, it's not some childhood favorite, but when i go back i will see it differently. and the same is true for Vampyr. an example of what might happen is i might prefer Vampyr over The Docks of New York now. i'm not quite sure. but i’m sure i’d rewatch those two movies and Pandora's Box, and Underworld, with maybe a preference for People on Sunday actually, now that i mention it.

Jules and Jim

who is going to list Godard if i don't list Godard? i hope someone lists Godard, there are at least five titles that could easily be listed. but really Jules and Jim and Shoot the Piano Player expressed how i longed for life to feel.

Grey Gardens



that's a clip from Beales, btw. but you know what i mean. s/o to San Soleil and Harlan County U.S.A.

Nashville



after this song is one of my favorite scenes in the movie, when she overshares and her manager kindly removes her from the stage, explaining the situation to the audience. i actually far and away prefer Nashville to McCabe & Mrs. Miller, for example, although Short Cuts is right there, kicking the shit out of The Player. and 3 Women is watching the whole thing.

Naked

oh i get it, i think life is always difficult, but there’s beauty too, so the difficult can be beautiful. a younger me would have mentioned Kes over this movie, but the older me thinks there really is a lot that's wrong with this world, you know, and here in the city i can see it, describe it, a lot, to my friends and other random people who also think the world is obviously a problem which deserves considerable conversation.

[closing]

how did i not mention Kieslowski? i know how i didn't mention Bergman. but what about Antonioni? was i pretending to act like The 400 Blows doesn't exist? like i've never seen Tokyo Story? even if i really think that Kubrick is seriously the most exaggerated person ever it's hilarious, i still think Seven Samurai is fire so why didn't i mention it--because 900 fucking releases. a way shorter list than the Criteiron releases i like would be the Criterion releases i don't like. in conclusion, really i should have mentioned a movie with provincial characters, like I Fidanzati or The Fireman's Ball or The Executioner, since i love movies which love provincial characters. and i cherish the bizarre so i’m saying Carnival of Souls and The Honeymoon Killers. also, i could've expressed my familiarity with modern cinema by mentioning Edward Yang, you know. it's like Chungking Express is there to represent all of modernity, so where is Slacker and Code Unknown and George Washington omg what. oh you know. i look forward to your list, put them all on your list, tastes are a Two-Lane Blacktop and all of life is just a Threepenny Opera, my friend.

[p.s.]

Luis Buñuel is the director most represented within my personal collection and i didn't even mention John Cassavetes i mean seriously. my guess is it'll be a joy to read everyone's list.
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News and Theory / Re: Your Favorite Thrillers?
« Last post by Hibborandum on August 13, 2017, 09:52:50 AM »
Some good new thrillers on this IMDb list, good for inspiration: www.imdb.com/list/ls063529722
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News and Theory / Re: Your Favorite Thrillers?
« Last post by Hibborandum on August 13, 2017, 09:50:00 AM »
Looking forward to Darren Aronofsky's next film Mother!, looks like an old school thriller from the 70's.





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This Year In Film / Re: Good Time
« Last post by samsong on August 13, 2017, 02:40:08 AM »
blown away by this one.  see it asap.
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The Director's Chair / Re: Neil Blomkamp
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 12, 2017, 07:16:55 PM »
Ahhh I had tried a variant without the equal sign, but now I see.

Thanks, both!
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The Director's Chair / Re: Neil Blomkamp
« Last post by Jeremy Blackman on August 12, 2017, 06:17:44 PM »
You can copy and paste this:

Code: [Select]
[url=THEURL]hyperlinkedtext[/url]

For a bit of a shortcut, you can click the button and it will insert a version that you can modify.

Should maybe look into changing what that button inserts...
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The Director's Chair / Re: Neil Blomkamp
« Last post by wilder on August 12, 2017, 06:04:23 PM »
Do it like this without the spaces:

[ u r l = h t t p : / / w h a t e v e r ] U R L    d i s p l a y    n a m e [ / u r l ]
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The Director's Chair / Re: Neil Blomkamp
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 12, 2017, 05:54:44 PM »
I love that there are no replies to this thread, and am going to have to be the oxymoron this time  :doh:

None of his films really connected with me, but Firebase https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tm0V24IEHao is an interesting approach to free content. The $5 "DLC" comes with 5.1 HQ, 3D Models, and Concept Art, sold on Valve's digi-marketplace Steam. The short itself is either MGS-lite or Lovecraft's Apocalypse Now. What is it with Neil? He keeps choosing the wrong tone for each of his own properties.


PS... (can someone teach me how to hyperlink properly?)
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DVD Talk / Re: I Just Bought...
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 12, 2017, 05:24:36 PM »
I just got:
Bob Rafelson and Jack Nicholson's HEAD,
PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE on Arrow Video BR,
CAT IN THE BRAIN two-disc dvd,
Todd Haynes' POISON 20th Anniversary dvd...

All Hail Cinefile Video!
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The Grapevine / Re: mother!
« Last post by WorldForgot on August 12, 2017, 05:19:55 PM »
Watching this trailer is one of the top ten mistakes I've made in my life. The movie looks so damn good, but the trailer goes through almost every beat of the film.

Interesting. Watching the trailer, other than it's a Rosemary's Baby cult ambush scenario (maybe??) I'm not convinced I know much about the third act
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