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Good Movies You've Seen - A Digression

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Initial post: Mar 24, 2011 2:15:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2014 10:35:19 AM PST
Edgar Self says:
We had an old thread on this that I can't find.

After six straight flicks about genteel Englishwomen who rent villas in Bella Tuscany, I shifted Hanna slightly to "Il Postino", a 1993 classic about Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet, in exile on the tiny volcanic Isla de Salina off the northeast coast of Sicily (he was really on Capri, but did you ever try making a film on Capri?).

"Il Postino" is unimprovable, everything just right. Have you seen it?

Next up, "The Shipping News" with Judy Dench, after Annie Proulx's story, set on Nova Scotia I think.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 2:32:22 PM PDT
I'm racing out to see 'suckerpunch' tomorrow.
I'm a sick pup.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 3:31:52 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 30, 2012 4:04:16 PM PDT
Larkenfield says:
Piso, I loved Il Postino and bought the wonderful soundtrack as well... The Shipping News is darker, but I like stories of people who are making an effort to find themselves and rebuild their lives... For those who like foreign films, I'd suggest Cinema Paradiso (Academy Award winner for 1992, and I'd watch both the theater length and editor's length version)... Bread and Tulips (classic Italian comedy from 2000 with a fitting score)... and Waiting for God, not a movie but a Brit sit-com about aging that is both intelligent and hilarious... I also enjoyed the independently produced The Man Who Cried, set in Paris after the Nazis had overrun the city, with a soundtrack worth hearing by Katia and Marielle Labeque and others... Deja Vu by Henry Jaglom is a memorable love story about fate and destiny, how it can bring people into a relationship regardless of the prevailing circumstances... Vanessa Redgrave is one of the stars.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 9:13:14 AM PDT
Oskar2525 says:
On the Sucker Punch soundtrack:

Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 10:28:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 10:29:49 AM PDT
Hello, Yes, many films have wonderful sound tracks. Some of my favourites are :

The Hours
Chariots of Fire
Room with a View

Thanks for this thread.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 10:36:34 AM PDT
ErikR says:
The "Lives of Others" is one of the best I've seen in a while

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 10:54:11 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 1:51:15 PM PDT
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
i'll just have to verbially show off my little bit of knowledge in movie house this afternoon.

The 'slovak philharmonic' means it is a very good chance that it a naxos recording.
actually their royalty fee is much cheaper than the 'traditional big' labels.
and so Naxos is always a good first guess when one hears a classical work as part of a movie or TV show.

It got terrible reviews, which makes me want to see it even more.
I'm going with my sisten and nephew to an early evening show.
at 'the rave' which used to be 'the bridge' and it is one of the largest Imax screens in town. and when that town is LA, local big movie screens seem to effect property values more than a good school district.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 11:17:59 AM PDT
Lez Lee says:
Are we talking specifically about films with good music, or just good films?

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 11:52:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 12:54:14 PM PDT
bejart7092 says:
I rarely go to see films in public. I have difficulty with the lack of civility in the modern audience, too much of the influence of watching television in one's underwear, I suspect.

However, I did venture out to see "The King's Speech". It is marvelous, particularly the use of CM to encourage a stuttering king to break free of the inhibitions that underlie his malady. I won't reveal any more of the plot for those who haven't seen it. But it was quite interesting to see it with my mother-in-law, who was a British subject living in London immediately before and during WW2. She remembers his radio addresses.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 12:26:05 PM PDT
Auntie Lynn says:
Against everybody's better judgment, I watched the ABC TV thing on the Best Movies Ever the other night and while I disagree with a lot of it, GWTW, Godfather and Casablanca have held up well over time. While Red Shoes is not exactly a fave, it contains inescapable artistic truths. Eckshully, I have NEVER seen a good composer or dance movie - they have trashed Beethoven, Chopin (endlessly), Liszt, Mahler, Tchai-baby, etc. etc. ad nauseum. If they could get Ben Whishaw to play Chopin, there might be some hope...

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 12:30:06 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 25, 2011 12:52:13 PM PDT
G. Morton says:
"Angels In America" is my choice for best film ever made - in a class by itself. Second is Night Of The Iguana with Richard Burton. Both films are from great plays.

Isabelle Faust has made a great performance of Bach partitas & sonatas.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 1:58:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 2:05:17 PM PDT
he best film ever from a play is fassbinder's 'the bitter tears of petra von Kant'
mean lesbians taunting each other for 90 minute is really all I ever need to think a movie is great.

of course an honerable mention for george pabst's silent 'pandora's box' a film version of the second 'lulu' play. but if I go there I probably need to throw in herzog''s 'woyzeck' which also has two of the actresses in 'petra'

The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant
Pandora's Box - Criterion Collection

I say check 'em out.

If miniseries themselves can be counted(it originally got a theatrical release here in america) I say fassbinder's 'berlin alexanderplatz''Berlin Alexanderplatz - (The Criterion Collection) is the greatest movie ever made. but that is sort of saying wagner's 'ring' is the greatest opera ever written, both are about the same length-

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 2:55:33 PM PDT
Larkenfield - Cinema Paradiso has the most perfect ending I've ever seen in a movie.

I love movies and wouldn't even know where to start!
Defending Your Life
War of the Worlds (original George Pal production)
Forbidden Planet (Walter Pidgeon AND Leslie Nielsen - how rare is that?!)
Deadwood (series)
Dial M for Murder
My Favorite Year
Dr. Strangelove
Amadeus (historical inaccuracies excused)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Best Years of our Lives
African Queen
It's a Wonderful Life
6 Feet Under (series)

There are dozens more...

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 3:02:17 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
I'll see you on "Forbidden Planet", David, and raise you one "Northern Exposure" if series are allowed. Other series: "War and Peace" (PBS, not Hollywood's), "Civilisation" with Kenneth Clarke, and "The Ascent of Man" with Jacob Bronowski.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 3:23:56 PM PDT
scarecrow says:
I generally like any film that has tension and knows what to do with it, and a high visual sense, almost painterly, So;
Pedro Costa is incredible, Vanya's Room, in the slums of Lisbon----the common represented in the sense of Antonio Negri;
Also most Jean-Luc Godard I like, Notre Musique, and In Praise of Love;both latter works;

Luis Bunuel,"The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie"
Federico Fellini, "Satyricon" ,wonderfully fluid
Bertolucci, The Conformist;

The Coen Brothers have a gift=---- but they are in proximity to Hollywood, so they have to have a formulaic paradigm at work, a shame;
With all Hollywood you are not watching a work of Art but a formula,of the tried and tested;
Well American films you all know dominate the market---- over 70%;everyone else is percentages of the 30%;So Europe 7-8%, etc.
But Fargo of Coen Brothers is a classic, and No Country For Old Men, after Cormac McCarthy;is even better, Tommy Lee Jones;
They are loosing their touch--- True Grit is not as good;

Andrei Tarkovski is also quite remarkable;the long takes,no editing a shot--- The Sacrifice, and Stalker, The Mirror; All worth seeing and thinking about;

I generally like Iranian films and Hong Kong shorts, Korean shorts, 20 minute films;

There are great other older films that no ones ever sees; like Dying Room Only, with Cloris Leachman, Ross Martin, Ned Beatty;

and Duel by Steven Spielberg, prior to Jaws;is a classic one-dimensional concept;

Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, is a classic;

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 3:44:47 PM PDT
A Serious Man was a recent Coen brother's film I enjoyed enough to want to see again. Not an all time classic but different and definitely pulls you in.

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 3:48:45 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
Also seen and enjoyed recently, with just a few reservations and unworthy doubts, "Out of Africa' with Meryl Streep, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen, Robert Redford. No dry eyes at the end.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 4:54:41 PM PDT
Ahmad says:
I was just watching my copy of the movie Russian Ark, and in one of the scenes, conductor Gerviev appears conducting an orchestra. The movie 95-minute movie was filmed in one shot, no editing! one continous shot by one camera! recommended.Russian Ark: The Masterworks Edition

Posted on Mar 25, 2011 7:49:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 7:50:00 PM PDT
Edgar Self says:
Tonight on a new DVD player, "The Shipping News" with Judi Dench, book by Annie Proulx. A lot of heavy family history, wind, sea, Newfoundland, and a great going-away party..

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 8:42:54 PM PDT
K. Beazley says:

"Gone With the Wind---harrumph. Big nostalgic soap opera about how great the Old South was. Spare me." What you should've said was, "Well fiddle dee dee!!"


In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 8:47:41 PM PDT
KenOC says:
Uh...Porky's Revenge? No, didn't think so...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2011 9:10:44 PM PDT
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Posted on Mar 25, 2011 9:23:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 25, 2011 11:19:04 PM PDT
<<Uh...Porky's Revenge? No, didn't think so...
but porky's revenge was made by the great canadian director, bob clark.
he is responsible for my two favorite christmas movies 'a christmas story' and 'black christmas'

He was killed by a drunk while working on a remake of his early 'children should not play with dead things' a couple of years back. one of the earliest 'night of the living dead' clones and still one of the 'most enjoyable'.

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things
any other film from the seventies talk about a 'coming out' party on their poster?

speaking of zombies, there were german soldier zombies in 'sucker punch'!!! (world war 1 era, soI can't use the 'n'-word)
It was one of the most preposterous, absolutely side splitting, funny film I've seen in recent memory. Horrible on every level. I loved it.

Posted on Mar 26, 2011 2:07:14 AM PDT
MacDoom says:
Two delights from the past decade (and a bit): Jeunet-directed 'Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain', and Hallström's 'Chocolat' - both set in France, which might well be a coincidence.
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