The Double Life of Veronique (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1991)
" A remarkable parable on the essential unknowability of human experience. How, outside of our homogenised worlds, the ephemera of images that we call "life" could be but a dream " PJ Nabarro - Patrick Nabarro
urbanpatrician says: Need a rewatch, but Kieslowski always has an interesting cinematic language.
"No one should go to Reservoir Dogs without prior thought. But what they will see is a riveting treatise on the theme of betrayal set in an urban wasteland that murders hope and makes redemption virtually impossible. " Derek Malcolm - Guardian
urbanpatrician says: Fun movie, but is and feels like a debut. Tarantino would go on to make far better films.
"It's perhaps the closest Disney has come to creating a consciously mythical entertainment in the style of Star Wars. Yet like that film it keeps its sense of humor and fun. " John Hartl - Seattle Times
urbanpatrician says: My favorite film at 8 or 9. Used to watch it everyday 3 times. Do I still love it as much? Obviously not, but I can see how it's still a brutal and powerful tragedy.
"This fiction-documentary hybrid uses a sensational real-life event—the arrest of a young man on charges that he fraudulently impersonated the well-known filmmaker Mohsen Makhmalbaf—as the basis for a stunning, multilayered investigation into movies, identity, artistic creation, and existence, in which the real people from the case play themselves. With its universal themes and fascinating narrative knots, Close-up has resonated with viewers around the world." - The Criterion Collection
urbanpatrician says: Never seen. One of the only 2 I haven't seen a minute of in the Top 75. I guess I didn't see La Haine and La Ceremonie all the way through though.
"Watching the film, I felt I was in at the dawn of a new era of movie animation, which draws on the best of cartoons and reality, creating a world somewhere in between, where space not only bends but snaps, crackles and pops." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
urbanpatrician says: I love the Pixar renaissance from 2007-2010, but tracing this all back to 1995 you can see what Pixar did with a story that's much more simple using probably less resources to make. Yet it still feels like a classic today.
"Gnomic, claustrophobic, hallucinatory, just plain weird, it is the kind of movie critics can soak up thousands of words analyzing and cinephiles can soak up at least three espressos arguing their way through. " Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
urbanpatrician says: Not really my type of thing, but I'm open to rewatching it. If I ever get around to it.
"The visual masterwork finds Spielberg atop his craft, weaving heart-pounding action and gut-wrenching emotion that will leave viewers silently shaken... If words occasionally fail the picture, the images speak indelible volumes. " Michael Rechtshaffen - Hollywood Reporter
urbanpatrician says: Like Titanic, there's this sense of an epic backdrop that's hard to deny. Emotions run a bit too rampant here, but I can totally get sucked in.
" It's a tank of a movie, big, powerful and hard to resist. But it's a tank with lightning treads and jaguar agility. The stunning special effects show something that's rare these days -- technical stunts that evoke a true sense of wonder; it's real jaw-to-the-floor stuff… No one in the movies today can match Cameron's talent for this kind of hyperbolic, big-screen action." - Hal Hinson, The Washington Post
urbanpatrician says: In some ways, it feels like the granddaddy of them all. But then those liquid metal nightmares I get occasionally had to have come from somewhere. I'll give myself one guess where it came from.
"What I didn't expect was an intelligently absorbing entertainment that ran for two hours and 40 minutes, during which I didn't once look at my watch -- just about the highest praise I can bestow upon a film these days. " Andrew Sarris - Observer
urbanpatrician says: A movie I loved from the instant. Those movies in the late 90s that submit your brain to a missile of info like Fincher/Mann/L.A. Confidential are the type of movies I greatly miss.
So far not a bad list, I like the diversity here even if there is a ton I haven't seen yet (just encourages me to watch them even more once I get to the '90s).
I'm just happy Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me made the cut, which is probably top 5 of the '90s for me and my favorite Lynch. Just kind of sucks that it was immediately followed up by a film that had no business being in top 100 lol.
Excited for the next 20 though, although I'm not really expecting a ton of surprises I'm at least hoping Se7en and Before Sunrise perform well.
"Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion, with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life dramatically intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant. Meanwhile, just down the street, a seemingly unrelated story of jealousy and betrayal unfolds. Red is an intimate look at forged connections and a splendid final statement from a remarkable filmmaker at the height of his powers." - The Criterion Collection
urbanpatrician says: Hidden, stirring drama brew underneath a veil of fashion shows and a seemingly ideal world outside. Good stuff.
"One of the most frenetically edited studio movies ever made, JFK is a paradox, a movie of unstoppable velocity that seems to drag on forever. " Adam Nayman - The Ringer
urbanpatrician says: Used to think highly of it, but last rewatch took it down. Sure... it's a barrage of info, and that's the type of movie I like, but eh... I don't know. I guess it's nice research by Stone, but I guess that's my problem. The Insider went totally behind the doors and unraveled some hideous truths, I guess I didn't see JFK that way.
"In every aspect of technique — from the smoky colors and the bustling, off-center compositions to the architecture of the story and the emotional precision of the performances — this film is a work of absolute mastery. Its imaginative authority and the scale of its achieved ambition make it not just a wonderful movie but also an essential piece of modern cinema. It is also — fair warning — four hours long. But they are not difficult hours, given Mr. Yang’s novelistic interest in character and his skill as a choreographer of dramatic incidents." - A.O. Scott, The New York Times”
urbanpatrician says: Havent seen it. The final one I haven't seen. Don't remember a lot of people talking about it 15/20 years ago, but I guess I'm behind.
Waaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy too low.........this a top 7 at least imo........a great achievement and works in waves in how it pulls you in. It's a great crime movie but it's so much more than that at the same time.
"What a film like Before Sunrise champions is that some of the most meaningful moments in our lives can be sensual and ephemeral: a look, a touch, a feeling, a few short hours." PJ Nabarro - Patrick Nabarro
urbanpatrician says: Not really a fan of this one. Kinda overly cutesy and teeny romantic, though generally I really like teen stuff, but I guess I prefer a different tone.
"Fight Club is one movie that exactly caught the pre-millennial tension. Great performances, stunning visuals and a plot like nothing you've ever seen - one of the films of the year." Adam Smith - Empire
urbanpatrician says: Don't like it as much as I did at 16, but it's still a kind of fetishly entertaining and surreal film.