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post #51 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.
post #52 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.
post #53 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.

/Mats
post #54 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.

/Mats
post #55 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.
post #56 of 2263
I watched Casablanca a while ago if it counts...Don't like it very much but it has some special atmosphere to it.
/Mats
post #57 of 2263
Touch of Evil is brilliant and grounbreaking. But the whole thing break apart when Chuck Heston gets released from jail, I feel.
post #58 of 2263
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Goes for the rest of the Trek films as well. I've now watched the first five films and hope to see the rest soon.
post #59 of 2263
I've never seen a Star Trek movie.
post #60 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Ravi
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Goes for the rest of the Trek films as well. I've now watched the first five films and hope to see the rest soon.
I've still yet to see the original one.
Mainly because I've yet to hear much to make me want to.
post #61 of 2263
Took me a while but ive finally managed to see M Peter Lorre`s performance was amazing
post #62 of 2263
I just watched Scarface for the first time the other day. A really great performance.
post #63 of 2263
Recently watched GRAND ILLUSION for the first time.

I was disillusioned.
post #64 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Sammy Jankis
I've never seen a Star Trek movie.
Skip I, skip V, skip all the next generation ones but First Contact.
post #65 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Keeper of the Grove
Although to some this may not be a classic, but to many other it will always remain a top 10 (so I am told by many) - I just saw Pump up the Volume. I liked it, but I do believe it is a rip-off of the last two acts of Harrison Bergeron (Vonnegut).
Interesting take, I never though of it that way; I wouldn't necessarily call it a "classic" but it's certainly a cut above the average teen-aimed stuff - both smarter and in making the scene with boobs non-gratuitous.
post #66 of 2263
Just watched Ghandi and The Man Who Would be King - I guess I was feeling like cinematically visiting the sub-continent.

Enjoyed both, though Ghandhi starts feeling a bit long by the end - not overly long, and I was watching it late at night which probably didn't help.
post #67 of 2263
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
post #68 of 2263
John Frankenheimer's Seconds. Have to say, in many aspects that film was way ahead of it's time.

Bob le flambeur. Just getting to know Melville and it was a great start. Nice little character crime film.
post #69 of 2263
Finally saw Empire of the Sun a few weeks back. Didn't like it as much as I thought I would, but Bale was amazing.
post #70 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Patrick Ripoll
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky
Bravo, my friend... Braaaaavooo!!!
post #71 of 2263
I've been doing the "witless imbecile" thing (finally seeing films I feel I should have seen years ago) for a while now, but the most recent was The Caine Mutiny with my favourite actor, Bogart. Fantastic performance in that. The other kinda recent one is Strangers on a Train... yeah, I know. It's actually possible that I've seen it before, but if so it was so long ago I have forgotten it.
post #72 of 2263
I saw Children of Paradise for the first time just last week. It's one of the best movies I've ever seen.
post #73 of 2263
Watched Fight Club for the first time. Awesome film.
post #74 of 2263
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Originally Posted by detonathor
Watched Fight Club for the first time. Awesome film.
i still think Fight Club is one of the most overrated movies of the last ten years. i find the philosophy of it to be really empty. i'll give fincher and the actors mad props for their contributions to it, but i don't think the film can transcend the shortcomings of the root story. i'm planning on going through at least one of the commentaries in the next couple days to see if i might have missed something.

to my shame, i just saw The Bicycle Thief for the first time a couple weeks ago. it's kind of awesome.
post #75 of 2263
Wednesday, October 18

8.00pm

TCM

a movie that hasnt reached dvd yet, but should be watched by all film lovers and im sure many here have not seen it, and truly the worst case of hollywood stupidity ever





The Magnificent Ambersons ('42)
post #76 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Sammy Jankis
I've never seen a Star Trek movie.


First of all, UNLESS you are a fan, don't bother. I say this as a fan since age 10. I never subscribed to that crap of casual viewing stuff like this. It won't mean a damn thing to the unfamilar viewer and won't make a whole lot of sense.
Unless you know the ins and outs of the universe and the characters, you won't care about them. Watch the television series first. For the original cast, the movies really are continuation stories.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture, the first film, is an odd one. It's a fantastic sci-fi film and only a so-so Star Trek film. Watch it for it's scope, it's wonderful visuals and that masterpiece of a score. Absolutely magic.

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.

Star Trek: Generations is flawed, but is Stewart's best performance. First Contact is the best overall NG cast flick, with the least amount of flaws visable. The problem with TNG cast was their best stories were told on the series. The movies just felt like padding, most of the time.

Trek II and the rest never get old.
post #77 of 2263
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!"
post #78 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Ravi
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.

Goes for the rest of the Trek films as well. I've now watched the first five films and hope to see the rest soon.

Don't listen the haters. It's an interesting film. Not a good Trek film, but a great sci-fi film. It's the only Trek film to use HARD science-fiction in it's plot. Watch it for it's spectaculer visuals and the masterpiece of a score.
post #79 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Crow
Double Indemnity, two weeks ago for a film class. Fuckin' hell that movie's awesome.
Weird, I just saw it for the first time about a week ago for a film class. I agree, it is incredibly fucking awesome. There's so much wit and intelligence behind it, you've gotta love Billy Wilder.
post #80 of 2263
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Originally Posted by General Zod
Don't listen the haters. It's an interesting film. Not a good Trek film, but a great sci-fi film. It's the only Trek film to use HARD science-fiction in it's plot. Watch it for it's spectaculer visuals and the masterpiece of a score.
Yeah it was an interesting film.

I agree with your comment earlier about Star Trek V. While it has some cringeworthy moments ("The Row Row Your Boat" stuff), it's certainly not the crapfest it's often advertised to be. I also really liked Star Trek III and feel it's an underrated Trek adventure.
post #81 of 2263
Glad to hear, Ravi. Part V is another one of the instances of studio budget slashing and content interference. Shatner's original screenplay was considerably darker. Movie Memories goes into great detail of this. They wanted another movie in the tone of Part 4, Shatner didn't want that, compromises were made. An ambitious adventure to say the least.

Trek III is underated and kinda ignored, not sure why. Some excellent character moments throughout.
post #82 of 2263
Checked Grave of the Fireflies a couple of nights back. Wowee-Wow-wow! Think it might be the best anime I've ever seen.
post #83 of 2263
Saw The FIsher King a couple of weeks back and it was totally not what I thought it would be. It was good and all, but I think maybe time has been unkind to it. It all seemed a bit too pat for me. Still, the really Gilliam bits (I'm sure he hates when people say things like that) were beautiful, most obviously the flaming horse and rider.
post #84 of 2263
Is The Quite Earth considered a classic? Because I just saw it and it was pure sci-fi greatness. One of those movies that I didn't even know existed until last month when I bought it blindly and totally don't regret it now.
post #85 of 2263
Several months ago I watched Taxi Driver. It seems so wrong that I thought I loved Scorsese's work before this movie. Now I know that I do. This movie is like a hammer to your face.
post #86 of 2263
I just saw The Shinning for the first time. OMG Jack Nicholson is CRAZY, but amazing in that role.
post #87 of 2263
AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and TOP HAT (and GANDHI)
post #88 of 2263
Another one I thought about is Once Upon a Time in America. I didn't know much about that film other than Deniro was in it, it had a title similar to Once Upon a Time in The West and it was about criminals and prohibition. When I learned that it was the same guy that directed Once...West I was pretty intrigued. I sougth it out around the time it had been restored about 5 years or more ago, before DVDs were in video clubs. Well let me say I was fucking speachless after seeing it. I could not believe how such a great film had passed below everyone's radar and how so little people talked about it. It's only recently that I learned all the hooplas surrounding the release and how it was butchered for theatre showings and so forth. It's such a shame that movie is not more recognised.
post #89 of 2263
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Originally Posted by JWD
Recently watched GRAND ILLUSION for the first time.

I was disillusioned.
With life or the picture ?
post #90 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Purple Archer
Another one I thought about is Once Upon a Time in America. I didn't know much about that film other than Deniro was in it, it had a title similar to Once Upon a Time in The West and it was about criminals and prohibition. When I learned that it was the same guy that directed Once...West I was pretty intrigued. I sougth it out around the time it had been restored about 5 years or more ago, before DVDs were in video clubs. Well let me say I was fucking speachless after seeing it. I could not believe how such a great film had passed below everyone's radar and how so little people talked about it. It's only recently that I learned all the hooplas surrounding the release and how it was butchered for theatre showings and so forth. It's such a shame that movie is not more recognised.
It is/was everywhere else in the world, though. I remember being a floored 15 year old Brit who was still wary of pictures over 2 1/2 hours long until Leone got his figurative hands on my eyes and ears with his 220 minute masterpiece.

The list of canon material I haven't seen is pretty extensive. But then, I've seen myriad compensatory pictures throughout their respective genres that I don't feel too bad about not having seen, say, any of the Three Colours pictures, more than half of Bela Lugosi in Dracula or The Good The Bad & The Ugly.
post #91 of 2263
I've been enjoying the Val Lewton box set on Netflix. A horror fan for most of my life, I'm ashamed to admit that I had never seen CAT PEOPLE, I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE and THE BODY SNATCHER up until a week ago.

Also filling in the gaps on Karloff and Lugosi titles -- acknowledged classics I've never seen (THE BLACK CAT, THE RAVEN, TOWER OF LONDON, WHITE ZOMBIE), or saw too long ago (THE MASK OF FU MANCHU, MARK OF THE VAMPIRE).
post #92 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Straxboy
But then, I've seen myriad compensatory pictures throughout their respective genres that I don't feel too bad about not having seen, say, any of the Three Colours pictures, more than half of Bela Lugosi in Dracula or The Good The Bad & The Ugly.
The thing about TGtBatU is that it's such a joy to sit through. I don't have to tell you about the pacing of Leone's films, but especially in this, 2½ hours just fly by. I'm not saying you should feel bad for not having seen it (witless imbecile ), I'm saying you will feel good after seeing the whole thing.
post #93 of 2263
Absolutely. Like practically all of Leone's far too few features. I've had it sitting on my to watch pile since the trilogy of Sp Eds came out a couple years back. Too many times my attention wanders to Massacre Time or A Man Called Blade or something.

But then it took me an age and the wait for a big enough TV to watch Lawrence Of Arabia as well. Go figure. But like I say for every one enormous hole in my film viewing, there are hundreds of others to fill that whole hole.

That Lewton Box is some kind of manna, for sure.
post #94 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Straxboy - An Anthony Hickox Film
A Man Called Blade
Funny you should mention this title -- I've been focusing on Sergio Martino's work recently (again, mostly through Netflix) after catching several of his nifty gialli from "The Sergio Martino Collection" on the NoShame DVD label. I was disappointed by BLADE. Maurizio Merli may have resembled Franco Nero, but to me he just didn't have the same strength or charisma, the story is a rather uninspired retread of western revenge motifs, save for a few interesting character moments and John Steiner's eccentric, Doberman-friendly villain, and the score, hilarious though it may be, is stolen from KEOMA (by the same composers, I seem to remember: the DeAngelis Brothers). Unique for being probably the last in an unbroken chain of Italian westerns from the mid-60s to the late-70s, which makes it doubly disappointing.

However, on the same path I've hunted down Martino's slapstick anthology SEX WITH A SMILE and (on VHS) an action/sci-fi thriller that probably inspired the execrable UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (I haven't seen Moltisanti around this thread, so I think I'm safe), the one and only Daniel Greene of Falcon Crest vehicle HANDS OF STEEL. Both films are undemanding genre delights, and to me worthy of a place alongside, say, MRS. WARDH and TORSO.
post #95 of 2263
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Originally Posted by S.P. Collier
and (on VHS) an action/sci-fi thriller that probably inspired the execrable UNIVERSAL SOLDIER (I haven't seen Moltisanti around this thread, so I think I'm safe), the one and only Daniel Greene of Falcon Crest vehicle HANDS OF STEEL.
No such luck, see you in hell.
post #96 of 2263
Eek! Busted again!
post #97 of 2263
Just watched STREETS OF FIRE for the first time tonight.

Not a monumentally classic film, but one that I've been meaning to see for a while. I understand why people find Diane Lane so hot now.

I loved it, although now I have stupid Jim Steinman songs stuck in my head.
post #98 of 2263
I just saw Wells' "F For Fake" the other day. What a fantastic, inventive movie. Now to buy the disc.

I'm going to watch Melville's "Le Samourai" tonight. I've rented it before, then had some major emergency interrupt--taking a friend to the hospital, a buddy stuck at the airport, etc. In fact, I started to think that I might be destined never to see it. So, tonight's the night. Hopefully, I'll be able to catch the next in-state showing of "Army of Shadows" too.
post #99 of 2263
You'll want to knock out Cercle Rouge atraight after as well. Just great, infinitely rewarding cinema.
post #100 of 2263
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Originally Posted by Straxboy - An Anthony Hickox Film
You'll want to knock out Cercle Rouge atraight after as well. Just great, infinitely rewarding cinema.
I'll do that right away. I have to wait for almost a month for "Army of Shadows" to get to a theater nearby, and then it's going to be a two hour drive. "Cercle Rouge" should sustain my enthusiasm.
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