- Munich: Secrets of a City (2000) is far and away my favourite first time viewing. It's a shame it has merely 150 ratings inbetween IMDB and Letterboxd combined. There aren't even english subtitles but it's a fantastic film. The other 2 Dominik Graf films are fantastic as well.
- Anne of the Indies (1951) really surprised me. Thought it would just be a cool old genre film but it's one of Tourneur's absolute best.
- Opening Night (1977) is the 2nd Cassavetes film after Shadows I understand all the praise for.
- This Bela Tarr guy is a good director, did you know?
- One From the Heart (1981) is easily one of Coppola's best films. People in 1981 had no taste.
- Iracema (1975) is such a good road-trip film. Why don't more people watch it?
- La Flor (2018) was good fun. Llinás is better at doing Tarrantino than Tarrantino.
I'm not good at ranking films, so I'll list twenty I enjoyed watching for the first time in 2021 in alphabetical order:
Bellissima Charulata Dead of Night Don't Look Now Drowning by Numbers The Egyptian Force Majeure The Girls The Happiest Days of Your Life The Keys of the Kingdom The Lady in Black Love on Delivery The Nanny Night Tide Picnic at Hanging Rock Scarlet Street Shaolin Temple The Stalls of Barchester We're No Angels Wings of Desire
The Swimmer (1968) Suddenly Last Summer (1959) Nightmare Alley (1947) The Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Peeping Tom (1960) Akira (1988) The Servant (1963) Tea and Sympathy (1956) Lust for Life (1956) Paths of Glory (1957) Brief Encounter (1945)
The Father (2020) Promising Young Woman (2020) Minari (2020) Judas and the Black Messiah (2020) Quo vadis, Aida? (2020) Corpus Christi (2019) Nomadland (2020) Pig (2021)
Maybe his most lightest touch directorial film - and he wasn't heavy handed ever typically either........if you try to describe what happens in this movie vs. what the movie actually plays like while you watch it ........it's almost impossible to pull this off ......
Post by avnermoriarti on Jan 10, 2022 18:51:56 GMT
Saw a lot of Georges Méliès at the beginning of the year, the whole time-travel, dreams within dreams and how he experimented with form made me think he was the Chris Nolan of his time.
Anther standout was a mini-marathon on John Waters (Polyester, Female Trouble, Multiple Maniacs) although I would admit, these are not films I could watch on a given day, but the high concept in them made for a wonderful payoff - the combination of melodrama, horror and porno - blended with body comedy, the good and bad taste, the whole thing is unforgettable, he kind of put taboo subjects right at the front and treats them in a cruel/hilarious way but always attached in a intimate way to his loyal crew of actors, who always deliver campy performances but sympathetic and rounded at the same time. Can't wait for Pink Flamingos, Desperate Living, etc...
I wish more Bigas Luna films were available but Jamón Jamón / Golden Balls are kind of insane, beautiful, ugly and very sexy. Typical social satires/provocations but deconstructed through a style that I don't think many followed.
The Andrzej Wajda glorious 50's war trilogy (A Generation/Kanal/Ashes and Diamonds)
The also glorious Apu Trilogy
'There's a terror in knowing what the world is about'
1) Fanny and Alexander 2) Nights of Cabiria 3) Wars and Peace, Война и мир, Voyná i mir, 4) Burnt by the Sun 5) Jeux inderdits 6) Indagine su cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto 7) Closely Watched Trains Ostře sledované vlaky 8) Ladri di Biciclette Byclicle Thieves 9) Dune 2021 10) Sundays and Cybele/ Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray 11) La Nuit Americaine Day for Night 12) Kolya 13) Promising Young Woman 14 The lives of the Others 15) In a Better World 16) 地獄門 Jigokumon/ Gate of Hell Japan 17) Derzu Ursala 18) A Separation 19) Nowhere in Africa 20) Orfeu Negro/ Black Orpheus
Lots of 1980s and Romance movies in the beginning of 2021 and watched/rewatched the entirety of Bond and a few I loved a few are terrible, but most are ok to good
1. Tampopo (Juzo Itami, 1985) 2. The Earrings of Madame de... (Max Ophuls, 1953) 3. Un Coeur en Hiver (Claude Sautet, 1992) 4. Das Boot (Wolfgang Petersen, 1981) 5. The Twilight Samurai (Yoji Yamada, 2002) 6. Tea and Sympathy (Vincente Minnelli, 1956) 7. Green Snake (Tsui Hark, 1993) 8. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949) 9. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969) 10. Targets (Peter Bogdanovich, 1968) 11. Spoorloos (George Sluizer, 1988) 12. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983) 13. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) 14. Joint Security Area (Park Chan-wook, 2000) 15. Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, 1947) 16. Koyaanisqatsi (Godfrey Roggio, 1983) 17. The Living Daylights (John Glen, 1987) 18. Matewan (John Sayles, 1987) 19. The Hit (Stephen Frears, 1984) 20. All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979) 21. Klute (Alan J. Pakula, 1971) 22. Pickup on South Street (Samuel Fuller, 1953) 23. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997) 24. Full Moon in Paris (Eric Rohmer, 1984) 25. His Motorbike, Her Island (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1986)
1. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) 2. Hud (1963) 3. Fanny and Alexander (1982) 4. Tower (2016) 5. Farewell, My Concubine (1993) 6. The Last Picture Show (1971) 7. L'Avventura (1960) 8. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) 9. Raise the Red Lantern (1991) 10. Le retour de Martin Guerre (1982) 11. Rififi (1959) 12. Compliance (2012) 13. The Conversation (1974) 14. Ace in the Hole (1951) 15. They Shoot Horses, Don't They (1969) 16. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) 17. Jagten (2012) 18. Back to the Future (1985) 19. I, Daniel Blake (2016) 20. Wait Until Dark (1967)