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Thursday, September 26th, 2014
 
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This week we review:
#1152. Skyfall (2012)


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#1152. Skyfall (2012)

#1152. Skyfall (2012)

Why It's In The Book: "Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson pulled out all the stops for the film that marked the fiftieth anniversary of 007. With an Oscar-winnnig director behind the camera, plus a few winners in front of it, Skyfall is a prestige picture passing itself off as a blockbuster. The spextacle remains, but the film boldly delves into previously uncharted emotional territory... Sam Mendes's skillful direction is matched by Roger Deakins's rich cinematography. A silhouetted fight sequence, unfolding against the backdrop of Shanghai's neon-soaked skyline, is one of many memorable moments. And with Daniel Craig firmly in control, this is one franchise that looks set to continue for many years to come." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Jay Cluitt - 9/10
"Exotic animals are back in Bond films! Yay!"
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Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"Skyfall is less a return to form for the James Bond franchise and more a well-designed and coherent redirection of a franchise that needed a shift to stay both relevant and interesting."
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Adolytsi - 8/10
"Simultaneously a love letter to the years of Bond gone by and an evolution of the Bond film into a new era of filmmaking, Skyfall succeeds in damn near every possible way."
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Sunny D - 8/10
"My wife and I were looking for some semi-mindless popcorn movie fun [...] and we got what we were looking for, with a little extra helping of 'huh, that's interesting' on top of the requisite exotic locales and dramatic explosions."
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Chip Lary - 7/10
"The best part of the film, for me, is that we got to learn quite a bit about Bond’s past."
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Kim Wilson - 7/10
"Overall, Skyfall was your usual action film. Boom, bang, and pow happened. Things exploded, people got shot and stabbed, and the good guy won."
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Overall Rating: 8/10

#830. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

#830. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

Why It's In The Book: "When Harry Met Sally provides indisputable proof, if it were needed, that all the right ingredients—a skilled comic director (Rob Reiner), great script (Nora Ephron), and brilliant casting (Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan) – do add up to a damn-near perfect piece of film entertainment…
A romantic comedy that tips its cap to Woody Allen movies like Annie Hall (1977), this is brought right up to date by Ephron's witty dialogue that accurately depicts the modern-day dating game…Against the backdrop of the most cinematic of cities, New York, scene upon scene is either a classic or features memorable dialogue: Sally fake orgasm in the deli, after which a woman at a neighboring table orders ‘I’ll have what she’s having’ (the lady played by Reiner’s own mother) and the store karaoke session when Harry bumps into his ex-wife are played expertly by the two leads, and support roles include Bruno Kirby as Harry’s pal and Carrie Fisher as Sally’s.
A triumph for all involved – Nora Ephron has yet to write a script that matches this one – the film turned Ryan into a highly sought-after leading lady and made Harry Connick Jr., who performs 1930s and ‘40s standards (including “It Had To Be You”) on the soundtrack, a bonafide star."
-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 10/10
"I can point to pretty much every excuse that might pop into your head as to why you wouldn’t want to see this, point to When Harry Met Sally, and say 'Well, this is the one exception'."
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Marie_Dressler - 10/10
"I consider it the most perfect film in its genre since It Happened One Night (1934)."
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Chip Lary - 9/10
"It is one of the very best romantic comedies ever made."
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Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"… if romantic comedies could be written this well, acted this believably, and directed this skillfully, it wouldn’t matter how much the same story was recycled over and over."
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nicolas krizan - 9/10
"Love or friendship?"
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Squish - 8/10
"Add to all this a relatively-young-in-her-middle-age Carrie Fisher and the unsung Bruno Kirby... whose delivery of the line '"BABY FISH MOUTH! BABY FISH MOUTH!' is the funniest line of the entire film, and you have yourself at the very least a safe date / safe to watch with mom if she can take the occasional swearing / guilty pleasure a guy can watch alone and really laugh film."
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Overall Rating: 9/10

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#820. Rain Man (1988)

#820. Rain Man (1988)

Why It's In The Book: “Numerous writers and directors had tinkered with the script of Rain Man before director Barry Levinson came on board. Many believed the story… just too difficult to bring to the screen. Even the film’s eventual stars, Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise, seemed worried about the movie’s outcome when they dubbed it ‘Two Schmucks in a Car’ during shooting.


Levinson luckily didn’t balk at the idea of making a film with little dramatic story, instead focusing on the human development that is at the picture’s heart. Hoffman captures his character’s autism without going overboard on the nervous tics, but most impressive here is Cruise, who holds his own alongside a more experienced actor and expertly depicts a shallow man who finally finds some depth in his life.” -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Lindsey - 9/10
"Both Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman did exceptional jobs portraying their characters.  That really made the difference in this film."
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Squish - 8.5/10
"One new thing I learned after this recent viewing is that the EPA is the antagonist of Rain Man."
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Adolytsi - 8/10
"...A delightful film with a fantastic portrayal of the mentally handicapped and their relationship with the outside world, and their family."
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Chip Lary - 8/10
"It’s not often that a film is both popular with movie audiences and critically acclaimed, but Rain Man was."
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Marie_Dressler - 8/10
"There are not enough uplifting movies out there. This is an excellent one."
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Movie Guy Steve - 8/10
"Rain Man might be a bit sappy at times, a bit too emotionally on the nose, but it still plays well, particularly with its downbeat/upbeat, realistic ending."
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Michaël Parent - 7/10
"Much like other Academy Awards winner for Best Actor, like Forrest Gump for instance, Rain Man is about an actor portraying mental illness and making us believe in it."
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Thomas Ostrowski - 7/10
"Look, it's a good movie, but I'm already living it in some aspects."
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Overall Rating: 8.1/10

#605. The Mirror [Zerkalo] (1974)

#605: The Mirror [Zerkalo] (1974)

Why It's In The Book: “The great American avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage once hailed Andrei Tarkovsky for cinematic achievements on three levels: telling the epic tales of the ‘tribes of the world’; keeping his work personal, and reaching his truth via that route; and ‘doing the dream-work to illuminate the borders of the unconscious.’ Mirror is a striking and haunting example of this threefold majesty.
It is a beguiling and remarkable film – hard to encapsulate, because it is so full of the pregnant mysteriousness of places, people, and gestures. This fugitive self-portrait by Tarkovsky is an intergenerational affair…
Mirror is constructed as a collage, in which recreated vignettes that deliberately blur past and present are freely mingled with archival footage from several countries and disquietingly disconnected quotations from classic music (Bach, Pergolesi, Purcell). The ambience is dreamlike, secretive, elliptical. Yet there is also a beautiful simplicity in Tarkovsky, aligning him with Terrence Malick: the movement of natural elements (wind, fire, rain), the bottomless landscapes of the human face, and a sense of time passing, all conspire to give a sense of the world itself ‘breathing’.
Tarkovsky, like Robert Bresson, is a master of the precisely chosen image and sound. The economy of his camera movements and the gradual revealing of the disparate parts of any scene create an aura and an effect that overflow the material reality of what we see and hear, opening a portal to another world. His is a cinema of texture, of aura, and the senses. Mirror is all at once an intimate confession, a summoning of history, and a cryptic poem.”
-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 10/10
"There is absolutely no denying that I have just seen a masterpiece; it is just what kind of masterpiece it is that I will have to spend some time on, and even perhaps another viewing or two, which I wouldn’t begrudge in the slightest."
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Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"I will watch it again one day, and maybe then I’ll have a better handle on exactly what it’s trying to do. Until then, it’s a pretty experiment that left me miles behind it right away."
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Squish - 6/10
"art-house cinema for the elite...for the patient cinephiles who like to dwell on the honest minutia of the real stories of real people – in short it’s for people who aren’t me"
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Overall Rating: 7.7/10

 

#255. Europa '51 (1952)

#255. Europa '51 (1952)

Why It's In The Book: "Roberto Rossellini’s Europa ’51 contains the most unpredictable mixture of ingredients one can think of, a stew you might not be so sure you want to taste… Each situation in Europa ’51 is composed of conventional stuff, and every scene comes as unexpected, filled with a disturbing sense of reality, of secret connections with real life, though it seems to deal only with the usual references, both on the Romanesque side and on the thematic side. And it all takes places without any overly dramatic effect, without any kind of boasting, but, on the contrary, with an incredible modesty (by a director and an actress who were anything but humble) in the way the story is told, the way it is shot, and the way it is acted.

Europa ’51 slips beyond all the frames it would appear to belong to, reaching a level of essential humanism rarely achieved in the cinema—and never by using heavy means." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Tsorensen - 8/10
"I am not ashamed to admit that I was crying helplessly at the end. So, yeah, this is a good one."
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Adolytsi - 7/10
"It is only Bergman’s character’s unflinching resolve to weather the storm that makes this remotely worth watching, rather than just fall into sheer pointlessness of beating up a fictional character."
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Movie Guy Steve - 6/10
"Ultimately, I can’t help but wonder what makes this film so important."
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Overall Rating: 7/10

 

#471. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

#471. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Why It's In The Book: "By the mid 1960s, Hollywood had grown largely tired of the Western, which was increasingly viewed as a stodgy and hokey relic of another era…Sergio Leone thought differently…the third part of his ‘man with no name’ trilogy, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly… confirmed Leone’s reputation in cinematic legend.

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly embraces purely cinematic elements of filmmaking. He carefully composes each widescreen image like he’s painting a great landscape, frequently indulging himself in extreme close-ups – often little more than a character’s eyes. Leone propels the story forward with radical editing techniques, often cut to the rhythms of Ennio Morricone’s famous score, pairing odd instrumentation and electric guitars to more traditional orchestration. Style drips from each frame like the sweat pouring down his stars’ faces. The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly literally comes down to the faces of Eastwood, Wallach, and Van Cleef… Camp and kitsch and utterly entrancing, the work is of a master rewriting the rules of the Western to suit Leone’s own unique vision."-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 10/10
"Reinventing the concept of what a western could be, Leone breathes new life into the at-the-time fading genre, and cements his status as a legend of the cinema."
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Movie Guy Steve - 10/10
"Is it the greatest spaghetti Western ever made?"
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Squish - 10/10
"The up close suspense effects where they zoom in on just the eyes, just the guns, just the quavering little hand... Classic"
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Sunny D - 9/10
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly lives up to its own hype."
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Nicolas Krizan - 8.5/10
"different levels of self-serving cruelty"
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Overall Rating: 9.75/10

 

#32. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

#32. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Why It's In The Book: "Lotte Reiniger's enchanting The Adventures of Prince Achmed is often cited as the first feature-length animation... Reiniger's characters move gracefully in and out of the shadows, amgically disappearing and morphing shape through the skilled stop-time animation. The detail of the cutouts is beautifully complimented by the Islamic patterns on the inter-title cards, designed by Edmund Dulac, and the shimmering backgrounds by Walter Ruttmann. Its dizzying action sequences and romantic sensibility give the film a colorful rhythmic style, influenced by Reiniger's circle of avant-garde friends.
Reiniger's use of silhouettes is as magical as her world of sorcerers, genies, and fairies. Produced over an arduous three years, the film resulted in the invention of many new techniques, including a multi-plane animation stand, which gives the illusion of depth to images. It is a method whose creation is often mistakenly attributed to Walt Disney.
A popular film that imaginativelhy retells a classic fairytale, The Adventures of Prince Achmed is nevertheless firmly entrenched in the avant-garde. It is, in every way, a pioneering work whose timelessness lies in its skill and achievement."
-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"The effect of the shadows and the painstaking animation is nothing short of magical."
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TSorensen - 9/10
"The Adventures of Prince Achmed should first of all be seen for the technical and artistic achievement it is and that is really reason enough. I believe it deserves its newly acquired spot on The List."
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Adolytsi - 8/10
"There’s a bit of a deus ex machina for the ending, but I’ll forgive this early film its slight misstep, if only because the rest was so engaging."
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Chip Lary - 8/10
"It’s far more than just a historical curiosity; it actually manages to convey emotions and to generate a feeling of adventure, peril, and wonder in the viewer."
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Kim Wilson - 7.5/10
"While I would not suggest that The Adventures of Prince Achmed be shown to a roomful of six-year-olds on a Saturday afternoon, it is still a stunning piece of work.  Like Disney’s Fantasia (1940), it is an artistic triumph that is probably best enjoyed by adults."
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Overall Rating: 8.3/10

 

#1050. Irreversible (2002)

#1050. Irreversible (2002)

Why It's In The Book: "Gaspar Noé pushes the cinematic envelope with Irréversible, his universal tale of the highest and lowest forms of humanity. marshalling the most sophisticated cinematic and narrative techniques to tell a simple story of pervrse intensity and violence, Noé... creates a film which has been hailed as a masterpiece and reviled as the lowest form of cinematic garbage.
Told in reverse chronological order...the film's remarkable sophistication was lost on many who refused to see past the squalor, violence, and degradation presented. For Noé, though, this was much to the point. He went out of his way to present these painful acts as disturbingly as possible...
Centering on a justifiably infamous single take...the film became a cause celebre with critics and audiences worldwide. Many felt that enjoying or even appreciating Noé's achievement was tantamount to endorsing such brutality, while others see Irréversible as the finest movie of 2002. Obviously not for the faint of heart, the film is a shocker and clearly the work of a visionary cinematic master. Whether what he presents is to one's liking, his achievement and commitment to his ideas and ideals are unmistakable." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 9/10
"This is a film designed in every conceivable way to disorient you, to make you feel uncomfortable, and it couldn’t have succeeded any better."
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Michaël Parent - 9/10
"It looks so true that at some point, we believe it is happening in front of our eyes."
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Movie Guy Steve - 8/10
"Is it torture porn? Does it exist simply for the sake of existing, to give the audience a perverted thrill ride,  the sort of shock to the cortex of a snuff film without it being real? I’m not so sure. From what I gather,  that’s the whole point of the torture porn genre, and there seems to be something more here than just  sadistic voyeurism."
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Nicolas Krizan - 8/10
"harsh love poem of misguided masculinity"
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Squish - 8/10
"The story, I warn you, has burned itself in my mind to such a degree that I will never recommend this to anyone mildly sensitive."
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Jay Cluitt - 7/10
"Whether this would still be as effective on a second viewing remains to be seen, because to be honest it’s not a film I particularly want to endure again."
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Overall Rating: 8.5/10

 

#162. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

#162. The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Why It's In The Book: "The unprecendented deal with RKO pictures that Orson Welles signed in 1940 for two films allowed total creative freedom, but within strict budgets. The Magnificent Ambersons is the second movie made under that contract, undertaken after the completion of Citizen Kane (1941) but  before the wrath of William Randolph Hearst and Welles's own unreliable genius 'wrecked' his career as a Hollywood filmmaker. Welles's desire to bring Booth Tarkington's novel The Ambersons to the big sctreen was a more personal project for him than Kane: He had already completed an adaption of the novel with the Mercury Theater, which was broadcast on radio...
The first seventy minutes are a revelation of creative genius, more than equaling Kane... Working with cinematographer Stanley Cortez rather than Gregg Toland, Welles crafts a film that is as visually striking as Kane, but that also manages a warmer, melancholy nostalgia...
While Citizen Kane is all set pieces, The Magnificent Ambersons is seamless... It's a tragedy that Welles's original cut was taken away (admittedly, while he was enjoying himself in Brazil and not returning calls) and cut down... Alfonso Arau's 2002 remake, which sticks to Welles's original scripted ending, found little favor: The magic was obviously unrepeatable." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Michaël Parent - 10/10
"This Orson Welles film should have been the director's masterpiece and become even greater than his own Citizen Kane made only one year earlier."
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Adolytsi - 9/10
"Orson Welles’ follow-up to Citizen Kane, The Magnificent Ambersons is widely regarded as just as fabulous a film as its predecessor."
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Marie_Dressler - 9/10
"Even in its studio-edited state, The Magnificent Ambersons is a worthy follow-up to Citizen Kane."
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Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"As truncated as this film is, it’s still one of the best of its decade."
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nicolas krizan - 8/10
"The remains are still magnificent enough"
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Sunny D - 8/10
"Never let it be said that Welles was not a gifted filmmaker."
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Kim Wilson - 7.5/10
"Overall, The Magnificent Ambersons is a study in conflicting styles. Its would-be greatness is dramatically diminished by haphazard editing—you just can’t cut 131 minutes down to 88 minutes and expect it to work. Still, there are glimmers of cinematic brilliance in the production design, and these alone save the film from complete infamy."
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TSorensen - 7/10
"Giving a director free hands is chancy at best, especially when the director has an ego to match his skills. You may get a master piece or you may get a disaster and The Magnificent Ambersons is a bit of both."
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Thomas Ostrowski - 4/10
"'The following film has been modified from its original version.' HA!"
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Overall Rating: 8/10

#696. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) 

#696. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

 

Why It's In The Book: "A homage to rather than a spoof of the Saturday matinee serials of the 1930s, Raiders of the Lost Ark brought producer George Lucas (hot from Star Wars) together with director Steven Spielberg, for a movie combining excitement, special effects, and adventure, all played with a wry sense of humor. Harrison Ford, in the role that suited him best in all his career, stars…  impressive set pieces... Raiders works on many levels, not only thanks to Ford’s superb performance and Spielberg’s skill at piling on the action and excitement, but also because Lawrence Kasdan (working from an outline by Lucas) delivers a script that is more than just an old-fashioned adventure… Raiders is a perfect package of adventure, humor, effects, escapism, and terrific performances that has been imitated (but never equaled) in films like The Mummy (1999). It was followed by two sequels in the 80’s, and, after a lengthy development period, a third in 2008." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Jay Cluitt - 10/10
"This is a film that doesn’t necessarily stand up to an abundance of criticism when it comes to the realism of its plot, but it makes up for that with its sense of adventure and fun."
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Movie Guy Steve - 10/10
"I was 13 when I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark (I refuse to call it by its reissued name) in the theater. This is  still one of the greatest theater experiences I have ever had, and likely ever will have."
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Adolytsi - 9/10
"Raiders is the modern day swashbuckler adventure film, one that reinvents its genre as much as it defines it."
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Michaël Parent - 9/10
"I cannot say enough how I like this film and overly praising it would not be fair to anyone who hasn't seen it yet."
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nicolas krizan - 8/10
"what a nostalgic ride!"
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Overall Rating: 9.3/10

#638. 1900 (1976)

#638. 1900 (1976)

Why It's In The Book: "One of the first, and certainly one of the longest, political metaphor movies released in the 1970s, what was Bernardo Bertolucci’s labor of love was made possible only after the astonishing success of his Last Tango In Paris. Spanning forty-five years of social history, this two part, five-hour film is not meant to be entertaining. . A visually rewarding if heavy-handed polemic… It is the exceptional international cast of Italian, French, and American actors which now makes this politically tub-thumping experience a sensational cinematic experience. Bertolucci’s may have liked this film to be listed among the great political films, but its belabored message forces the viewer to seek pleasure elsewhere, particularly in the performance of De Niro and Depardieu." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 9/10
"This is what a labor of love should end up being; passionate, engrossing, and epic in scope, while still being entertaining."
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nicolas krizan - 8/10
"Too much of everything, but still in my book"
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Kim Wilson - 7/10
"The production values of 1900 are top-notch. As usual Ennio Morricone creates a memorable score and soundtrack, and cinematographer Vittorio Storaro exquisitely captures the Italian countryside."
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Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"Bertolucci could have saved us all a little time and cut this down to a manageable size."
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Overall Rating: 7.7/10

 

#972. Run Lola Run (1998)

#972. Run Lola Run [Lola Rennt] (1998)

Why It's In The Book: "A visually inventive, kinetically exciting movie, Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run is an exercise in surprises, beginning right from the opening credits… it’s the way young German director Tykwer shows us Lola’s mission that is different and inventive… Tykwer uses animation, camera tricks, color and black-and-white film, music video effects, and instant replays to tell each adventure as lola runs, Manni runs, and the film becomes a human obstacle course…
Potente
… provides a striking cinematic image… but she also delivers a warm, more in-depth performance….

An interesting, unusual filmmaking experiment that has humor, breathless excitement, and a tremendous energy, all thightly packaged into an MTV-generation movie by the fresh talent of its writer-director."
-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die 

Member Ratings

Lindsey - 10/10
"part fantasy, part video game, all with a fast paced soundtrack."
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Adolytsi - 9/10
"There is pretty much no reason to not be entertained by this film, even if you’re a subtitle snob; it’s just so eclectic and hyperdriven that you can’t help but have your blood start pumping."
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Movie Guy Steve - 9/10
"Any more would be unnecessary and completely overwhelming."
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nicolas krizan - 9/10
"Three chances – and then?"
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Jay Cluitt - 8/10
"The film moves at such a breakneck speed yet remains easy to follow and only occasionally exasperating."
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Thomas Ostrowski - 7/10
"It’s a roller coaster that does take time to breathe inbetween runs."
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Marie_Dressler - 6/10
"I really don’t  like this feature-length music video."
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Overall Rating: 8.6/10

#195. Paisan (1946)

#195. Paisan [Paisà] (1946)

Why It's In The Book: "Anyone approaching Paisan without foreknowledge of its status as a Neorealist masterpiece could be forgiven for giving up early on...It is only by the end of the first of six self-contained episodes that Roberto Rossellini's off-hand style has begun to weave its stark magic... Rossellini develops a structure to match this succession of events... Paisan located the telling traces of prersonal life within the nightmare of war's history." -1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die

Member Ratings

Marie_Dressler - 8/10
"At the time the film was made, it was important to reintegrate Italy, an Axis enemy for much of the war, into the international community.  I can’t think of a more masterful way of doing so."
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Adolytsi - 7/10
"Some people will be a little miffed at the fluctuating storyline, having to drop one story when the next one comes along, but me being the antithesis of a fan of neorealism, it was a useful narrative device to keep me involved in the film."
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Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"That it’s depressing is a function of the subject matter, not Rossellini’s deft work behind the camera."
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nicolas krizan - 7/10
"somehow infuses everything with a clumsy, heartwarming authenticity"
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TSorensen - 6/10
"I do not know if I liked Paisa. It was hard to follow for me and strangely disjointed."
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Overall Rating: 7/10

#36. The Unknown (1927)

#36. The Unknown (1927)

Why It's In The Book: "Best known for directing Bela Lugosi in the 1931 Universal horror classic Dracula (1931), and most notorious for his 1932 oddity Freaks, circus performer-turned-filmmaker Tod Browning’s all-around greatest film is The Unknown. The film is an under-appreciated silent-era gem starring the writer-director’s favorite (and most famous) actor, the so-called “Man of a Thousand Faces,” Lon Chaney.
Well known and greatly admired for the physical pain he would regularly endure playing physically disabled antagonists or antiheroes, Chaney here outdoes himself as Alonzo…

Drawing a remarkable and haunting performance from Chaney and filling the plot with striking twists and unforgettable characters, Browning here creates a chilling masterpiece of psychological (and psychosexual) drama. As Michael Koller writes, ‘The Unknown is a truly horrifying film that takes us into the darkest recesses of the human psyche.’ "
- 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die 

Member Ratings

Adolytsi - 8/10
"This was an enjoyable tale, made stronger thanks to Lon Chaney’s impressive performance. And at under an hour, you’ve got nothing to lose watching this one."
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Marie_Dressler - 8/10
"Tod Browning gets in some practice for Freaks and directs another touching performance by Lon Chaney."
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Michaël Parent - 8/10
"One of the earliest master of Horror, Tod Browning and his Cinema have put the pattern of American studios Horror flicks."
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Squish - 8/10
"It's a film that, although forces the plot into a singular theme sharpened to a nigh-fanatical point, is strange enough and beautiful enough to really leave a lasting impression. I would dare say after copious hours of film consumption, it's still the most bizarre love story I've ever seen on film."
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Sunny D - 8/10
"It’s as if Tod Browning took very seriously the challenge to start with a creep who throws knives with his feet, and then top that. And he succeeded."
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TSorensen - 8/10
"The story in The Unknown is bizarre, sort of "Twilight Zone" like, except there is neither occult themes nor any aliens here. No need for that with Lon Chaney and Tod Browning around."
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nicloas krizan - 7.5/10
"almost made plausible by the on-screen power and presence"
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Kim Wilson - 7/10
"If you’re a fan of Tod Browning or Lon Chaney and you like pseudo-sexual-psychological dramas, you will enjoy this film. If you’re a creepy stalker, take heed."
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Movie Guy Steve - 7/10
"Put simply, Lon Chaney is the reason to see this film and the reason this film exists."
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Overall Rating: 7.8/10

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Recent Posts You May Have Missed - June

 
Adolytsi muses on The Thing and tells The Official Story.

TSorensen comes Out of the Past to spend Spring in a Small Town.
 
Lindsey visits Metropolis.
 
Kim Wilson wanders through The Asphalt Jungle.
 



 
Don't forget to check them out.


Remember kiddies, Archive posts are welcome. Whether you were a club member since its inception in 2009 or just joining us now, if you have a review you are proud of, I will gladly add it to the archives list.
 
Just submit it as you would an assigned review, including your score out of 10 and the quote from your post.

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