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post #101 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Werewolf Girl
I saw Blazing Saddles for the first time two days ago and I'm pretty sure that my brain will never be the same.

"Candygram for Mr. Mongo...Candygram for Mr. Mongo!"

Blazing Saddles is not Mel Brooks' master peace, Young Frankenstein is. If you haven't yet seen it you should.
post #102 of 2252

I just watched nacho libre last night

Was a great movie. I am still convinced religion is a farce and an addiction. I recommend you guys watch a documentary called further down the rabbit hole. It is second part of three part series. However I have not seen the 1st installment nor the last.
post #103 of 2252
I watched The Last Temptation of Christ last night. It's now one of my favorite Martin Scorsese movies, behind Taxi Driver and Goodfellas (I haven't seen The Departed).
post #104 of 2252
I saw Raging Bull at the beginning of the summer, The Shining a little bit later and I only saw bits of Vertigo a few fridays ago.
post #105 of 2252
Watched Mad Love the other day on TMC. Peter Lorre is the greatest at playing mad men.
post #106 of 2252
Just watch bad day at black rock. Great movie, great cast, and death by Molotov cocktail, what more could anyone ask for in a movie.
post #107 of 2252
I have to agree with everyone on Once Upon A Time In America. The film doesn't get the praise it should.


After having adored Volver I'm seeing Bad Education this weekend along with CinemaParadiso
post #108 of 2252
I don't know if this is monumentally classic but LOST IN AMERICA is pretty damn funny (and I'm almost finished with the original FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX)
post #109 of 2252
In Which We Serve and Brief Encounter (BE was the second time)

In Which We Serve was a very good little Brit WW2 flick for a first time director, and Noel is really good at speaking, but the way he dresses and moves on cant help if his sexuality is getting in the way those around react to him, unlike Olivier Noel was pretty secure with it and it was known but not mentioned.

Brief Encounter on the other hand is even better than the first viewing, great tight script from Coward, his best film work in my opinion. And the whole Britishness yet truthfulness of the thing is atounding. The camera work is pitch perfect early Lean, the scence where the camera slowly tilts as she panicks is just pure brillance. Best use of one piece of music ever. The Rocmaninoff fits the whole picture like a glove. And last but no least the two leads, how Celia Johnson just slid into nowhere after this movie is a crime. Also amazing is it at 158 at IMDB.
post #110 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Chavez
The Man Who Would be King
Great, great fucking movie.

I finally saw Rio Bravo a few days ago. Not perfect, but still great. Angie Dickinson is dip-your-habaneros-in-magma hot, and I don't usually go for blondes.
post #111 of 2252
I hadn't seen Casablanca until a couple of months ago.
post #112 of 2252
I recently saw Brief Encounter by David Lean and I feel like a tool for not having seen it before. Not so much because everyone is talking about it (they're not), but because it's so completely fantastic, and I should have expected it because it's directed by David Lean.
post #113 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Sammy Jankis
I've never seen a Star Trek movie.
Wrath of Khan is just a really well-made sci-fi/action movie. Tight script, nice references, fun scenery chewing, I think it is on par with Donner's Superman or POTC.

Edit because that isn't quite on topic. I only recently saw both Blood Simple and Bottle Rocket for the first time. Loved the Western/Noir of the former, the latter wasn't what I was expecting but I enjoyed it and will probably give it another spin in a few months.
post #114 of 2252
Saw American History X for the first time yesterday. Awesome, awesome movie.
post #115 of 2252
Thread Starter 
Just watched Mulholland Drive. (increasingly becoming a cult classic at least)

Fuck me is my first impression to that viewing experience.

Whether thats directed to Naomi Watts and Laura Harring, or David Lynch and his camera, I cannot say. The use of sound is brilliant, I love the way he makes normal daytime public scenes claustrophobic and nightmarish. The scene where the rent-a-hitman ends up shooting three people and burning an apartment was hilarious.

Got confused in the latter half somewhat predictably, I assumed it explained why events led to the car crash, but not everything was tied up. Oh well, this made me a fan of Naomi at least, I'd only seen her in the Kong Kong remake and everything about that film was a disappointment.

IMDB tells me Naomi Watts used to be in Aussie TV series Home & Away, I had no idea! I knew Melissa George was, she pops up in the most random films, a shame she's not headlining them.
post #116 of 2252
The Last Detail

I was surprised just how quiet the movie is most of the time not to mention to see an extremly young Michael Moriarty playing the Marine officer at the end.
post #117 of 2252
Goodfellas. Great movie.
post #118 of 2252
The Red Shoes. I'd heard that it actually makes ballet seem interesting. Incredibly, this turned out to be true.
post #119 of 2252
Double post.
post #120 of 2252
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Originally Posted by EdHocken
The Last Detail

I was surprised just how quiet the movie is most of the time not to mention to see an extremly young Michael Moriarty playing the Marine officer at the end.
Kudos. Nicholson in his prime period and a decent film to boot, too few have seen it. Apparently the book is much more nihilistic and downbeat.
post #121 of 2252
Citizen Kane, Goddamn I suck.
post #122 of 2252
The French Connection

Great film, but even more interesting is how they filmed it without receiving permission to film most of the scenes.
post #123 of 2252
Pan's Labyrinth

If this isn't a classic yet, it will be.
post #124 of 2252
I just watched Easy Rider, Mash, The Last Picture Show and The French Connection for the first time.

I loved MASH. Wonderful film.
I did not like Easy Rider at all. There were some decent moments, but mostly I was disapointed.
The Last Picture Show was a beautiful film. Great stuff.
The French Connection was pretty good. Gene Hackman was great in it.
post #125 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Detonathor
Pan's Labyrinth

If this isn't a classic yet, it will be.
Oh wait, I forgot this thread was for first-timers. I saw this film for the SECOND time.

doh doh doh
post #126 of 2252
Okay people, this is bad. I only just watched Apocalypse Now. Goddamn if it aint one of the most amazing looking movies ever made. Sheen is quality in it and so is Duvall and Hopper. Even though Brando is being a twonk in this, making up his lines as he goes, and rambling a lot of bollocks, he's still just amazing in it. So intense.

Also recently saw Les Diaboliques for the first time, which was superb. Hitchcock couldn't have done it better himself. And also Seventh Seal- Another classic.

Furthermore- Annie Hall. Classic stuff again.

I'm at some point going to have a World Cinema rampage, focusing on Bergman, Fellini, Godard and Kurosawa.
post #127 of 2252
Rio Bravo. In Cannes. Late night, small screen of about 30 people. Introduced by Quentin Tarantino.

As Beak's has said, short of digging up Hawks for a Q&A, it's undoubtedly the best way to ever pop my cherry on this one.
post #128 of 2252
The Killing. Kubrick's classic noir from '56. Not being a huge Kubrick aficionado, I didn't know about it... yeah, I'm a witless imbecile. Film was great, though.
post #129 of 2252
F me Iam watching Bravo as I type, and the thought of QT hosting a q&a especially after he said its a litmus test he likes to spring on any girl he wants to get serious about.

I just watched Mike Liegh's Naked and am still too in shock to write about it, prob tommorow.
post #130 of 2252
found it

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"When I'm getting serious about a girl, I show her Rio Bravo and she better fucking like it."

-Quentin Tarantino
post #131 of 2252
He told the same story before the screening before plonking himself in the row right behind us. I was watching it with my finacee who passed the test with flying colours. She loved it.

Just a great picture.
post #132 of 2252
6 months ago when i was flat on my back after a car accident, I finally watched The Godfather. All three of them. Don't bite me.

I still have never seen a Star Wars though. Probably never will.
post #133 of 2252
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Star Trek V is over-hated. It has some strange moments, some bad moments, but also some of the franchises best moments. I love the reveal of McCoy and his Dad and the Spock birth stuff. Kirk's reaction to the "purging of his pain" is classic Kirk. Again, another great score by Goldsmith.
Agreed. Plus Kirk's line..."why does God need a starship" is one of my favorites of the entire series.
post #134 of 2252
I've been going through a bunch of classics in my (new) Netflix account. Last week I finally saw Annie Hall (loved it!) and Notorious (loved it!), and today I just watched Network (really loved it!).

Last week the only classic I watched was Raging Bull, and I wasn't so hot on it. Great performances, but definitely not what I was expecting from the guys that gave me Last Temptation (my favorite film). I wasn't expecting him to get back in shape and back in the ring or anything, I just thought that his relationships could have used a bit more face time so that we felt really bad when they fell apart at the end. If anything, it should have been longer. However, the film does have some of the best shots of Scorsese's career. It's a wonderful looking film, and De Niro and Pesci rock.

The Searchers and Chinatown should be in the mailbox tomorrow.

I guess that I should mention that I'm 22.
post #135 of 2252
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Originally Posted by greysfang
I still have never seen a Star Wars though. Probably never will.
we dont care if you`ve never seen any of them and never will
but thanks for sharing .............not
post #136 of 2252
I grew up watching martial arts films on Fox 5's Kung Fu Theater every saturday morning. I was and still am a huge fan of Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris films. I have played Street Fighter II as well as King of Fighters. In the last few years I have really enjoyed Tarantino's Kill Bill and Ryuhei Kitamura's Azumi.

I have never seen a Japanese martial arts classic til now. Last Month I bought Kazuhiko Yamaguchi's Sister Street Fighter Collection starring Etsuko Shihomi. Wow, what a great series of films. Etsuko could have influenced people at Capcom when they created Chun Li for their Street Fighter series. Etsuko was the protoge of Sonny Chiba Japan's original Street Fighter. I highly recommend the collection.
post #137 of 2252
I just watched Hard Boiled.

Is indeed a pretty impressively entertaining film.
post #138 of 2252
I just saw Blazing Saddles. I have to say--I was pretty under-impressed. I'd heard how great it was all this time and I just was not bowled over. Don't get me wrong, there were some laughs, but I especially felt the pacing was slow and most of the jokes just kind of hammy--some in a good way, but many not.

One thing I was surprised/impressed by: Richard Pryor's writing credit! I had no idea!
post #139 of 2252
I only saw Do the Right Thing and Badlands a few months ago. I thought they were both pretty great.
post #140 of 2252
I just watched Akira Kurosawa's HIGH AND LOW (1963) and right now I'm watching THE PAPER CHASE (1973)... looks good so far.
post #141 of 2252
I think that Blazing Saddles probably isn't funny now in the way that the original Halloween isn't scary now...too many people see the flashier imitators first, and it's hard to historically contextualize entertainment.
post #142 of 2252
I was agreeing.

Even though I hate that people are like this, I can sort of understand why so many people shy away from older stuff. Once you're used to a certain modern style, it's tough to appreciate something with a little more subtlety. Plus, a lot of times people simply think differently now than when stuff originally came out, so they have a hard time wrapping their brain around it. Case in point, has anybody watched The Searchers in a film class full of people who've never seen it before? It's really divisive because it's slow and people are programmed to think it's racist.
post #143 of 2252
I just popped my Peckinpah cherry and watched "The Wild Bunch."

Great movie.
post #144 of 2252
WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT... I'm not kidding... okay, I am kidding.
post #145 of 2252
You're probably right--about the age of the movie and the echoes of its imitators watering the impact down. Similarly, I "didn't get" Muddy Waters the first time I heard one of his records partly because my ears had been conditioned by all the stuff that came later. After a few more exposures, it clicked a little more. (though I still like Howlin' Wolf better)

But maybe there's a difference with humor. Music grows in its power after repeated listens, where maybe comedy loses some of its strength with repetition.

Then again, why do I re-watch seinfeld episodes when the come on? Hmm. Not sure on that.


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Originally Posted by JWFokker
Could that be that it's 33 years old and a third of a century ago movies weren't as fast paced and that style of humor had yet to be stolen and run into the ground by a bunch of imitators? Chris Rock owes his entire career to Richard Pryor and shit like Blazing Saddles.
post #146 of 2252
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Originally Posted by FutekiNa, Irate Pirate
I just popped my Peckinpah cherry and watched "The Wild Bunch."

Great movie.
Me, too. I liked it, but I didn't really like the ending.
post #147 of 2252
Last night I saw American History X for the first time.

What an incredible movie.
post #148 of 2252
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Originally Posted by EdHocken
The Last Detail
Great fucking movie. One of Jack's best, and underheralded.

I just finished watching Vanishing Point, also a pretty great fucking movie.
post #149 of 2252
Maniac Cop
post #150 of 2252
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Originally Posted by Sammy Jankis
Me, too. I liked it, but I didn't really like the ending.
The ending actually sat okay with me, with the exception of the final shots of the members of the bunch laughing as T.C. and the old guy with bad teeth rode off. Should've just ended with them.

O also feel like there's a lot of stuff laying around developing T.C.'s character a little bit more, as his arc feels extremely truncated. He's set up as this force equal to Pike in the beginning, and then just kind of disappears, after which we see a series of failures due to the ineptness of his crew (and his constant nagging for "better men"). And to be fair, that's kind of the point, T.C. isn't really anything without his friends, there just seems to be more character there than what we get.

In other news: "Bridge on the River Kwai" and "L.A. Confidential" should be in the mail on Thursday. Can't wait for those.
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