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    Best of the Decade

    Okay, let get some reccomendations and lists going; what do you think are the best five movies of any particular decade?

    Here's mine

    2000's
    1. Werkmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr
    2. City of God - Fernardo Meirelles
    3. Chop Shop - Ramin Bahrani
    4. Muholland Drive - David Lynch
    5. Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermoro del Toro

    1990's
    1. Pulp Fiction - Quinten Tarantino
    2. Satantango - Bela Tarr
    3. Fargo - Coen Brothers
    4. Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese
    5. Schindler's List - Stephen Speilberg

    1970's
    1. Apocolaypse Now - Francis Ford Coppla
    2. Stroszek - Werner Herzog
    3. The Godfather Part I and II - Francis Ford Coppla
    4. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese
    5. Killer of Sheep - Charles Burnett

    1960's
    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick
    2. 8 1/2 - Federico Fellini
    3. Bonnie and Clyde - Arthur Penn
    4. L'Avventura - Michelangelo Antoini
    5. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Stanley Kubrick
    Last edited by DanielBenoit; 11-15-2009 at 02:04 AM.
    The Moments of Dominion
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    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    I'm working on my list now and I found it curious that both Eyes Wide Shut and Magnolia were released in 1999. It being curious is nothing more than a particular interest in both of the directors and the casting of Tom Cruise (two great performances) and a heavy use of tracking. Magnolia seems as if it could have been made, or released, in 2001 and Eyes Wide Shut recalls 1996, at least for me. I could see Eyes Wide Shut being in theaters with a film like 12 Monkeys. Just a thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBenoit View Post
    Okay, let get some reccomendations and lists going; what do you think are the best five movies of any particular decade?

    Here's mine

    2000's
    1. Werkmeister Harmonies - Bela Tarr
    2. City of God - Fernardo Meirelles
    3. Chop Shop - Ramin Bahrani
    4. Muholland Drive - David Lynch
    5. Pan's Labyrinth - Guillermoro del Toro

    1990's
    1. Pulp Fiction - Quinten Tarantino
    2. Satantango - Bela Tarr
    3. Fargo - Coen Brothers
    4. Goodfellas - Martin Scorsese
    5. The Thin Red Line - Terrence Malick

    1970's
    1. Apocolaypse Now - Francis Ford Coppla
    2. The Godfather Part I and II - Francis Ford Coppla
    3. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese
    4. The Mirror - Anrev Tarkovsky
    5. Mean Streets - Martin Scorsese

    1960's
    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - Stanley Kubrick
    2. 8 1/2 - Federico Fellini
    3. Bonnie and Clyde - Arthur Penn
    4. L'Avventura - Michelangelo Antoini
    5. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb - Stanley Kubrick
    I'll have to check these out.

    2000's (in no particular order):

    Adaptation - Directed by Spike Jones Written by Charlie Kaufman
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    The Proposition - Directed by John Hillcoat and Written by Nick Cave
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Directed by Park Chan-wook

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAdams View Post
    2000's (in no particular order):

    Adaptation - Directed by Spike Jones Written by Charlie Kaufman
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    The Proposition - Directed by John Hillcoat and Written by Nick Cave
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Directed by Park Chan-wook
    I love Charlie Kauffman, and yet I still haven't seen Adaption

    Songs from the Second Floor looks quite interesting.

    I was considering adding Inland Empire, but it just didn't have the emotional intensity that Muholland Drive did for me. Still a brilliant movie though.

    Here's my 1950's one:

    1. La Dolce Vita - Federico Fellini
    2. Singing in the Rain - Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen
    3. Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
    4. Through a Glass Darkly - Ingmar Bergman
    5. Hiroshima Mon Amour - Alain Resnais

    1940's
    1. Citizen Kane - Orson Welles
    1. The Third Man - Carol Reed
    3. The Bicycle Theif - Vittorio De Sica
    4. Hamlet - Laurence Oliver
    5. Casablanca - Michael Curtiz

    1980's

    1. Raging Bull - Martin Scorsese
    2. My Dinner with Andre - Loius Malle
    3. Do the Right Thing - Spike Lee
    4. Drugstore Cowboy - Gus van Sant
    5. Fitzcarraldo - Werner Herzog
    Last edited by DanielBenoit; 09-23-2009 at 09:17 PM.
    The Moments of Dominion
    That happen on the Soul
    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    Ok, I'm starting with the 90s since I'm a 90s child
    so here goes (but I can't really choose just 5 of them, but I'll try to narrow it down)

    Pulp Fiction 1994
    Fight Club 1999
    Reservoir Dogs 1992
    Total Eclipse 1995
    Scent of a Woman 1992
    Casino 1995
    Shakespeare in Love 1998
    Desperado 1995
    Forrest Gump 1994
    The Matrix 1999
    The Devil's Advocate 1997
    Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991

    I may have missed some
    Touched by Genius. Cursed by Madness. Blinded by Love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAdams View Post
    2000's (in no particular order):

    Adaptation - Directed by Spike Jones Written by Charlie Kaufman
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    The Proposition - Directed by John Hillcoat and Written by Nick Cave
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Directed by Park Chan-wook
    I'm replacing The Proposition with Dogville and Adaptation with The Brown Bunny.

    The Brown Bunny - Directed by Vincent Gallo
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    Dogville - Lars von Trier
    Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - Directed by Park Chan-wook
    Last edited by NickAdams; 12-04-2009 at 05:42 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAdams View Post
    The Brown Bunny - Directed by Vincent Gallo
    Whenever I think of The Brown Bunny I can't help but think of the war that Ebert and Gallo got into Still a good film though.
    The Moments of Dominion
    That happen on the Soul
    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBenoit View Post
    Whenever I think of The Brown Bunny I can't help but think of the war that Ebert and Gallo got into Still a good film though.
    The Brown Bunny is an extraordinary film in that it has two different point of views, one of which can be experienced only once. The first viewing is a first-person (though it seems third-person limited) narrative that, to me, rivals Scorses's Taxi Driver. The scenes seem "indulgent" at times, but the not knowing duplicates the protagonist's denial in the audience. That Brown Bunny can only be viewed once.

    The second is a third-person narrative that makes those "indulgent" scenes haunting. Whether it's the race track, highway, or salt plains, those blank moments produce a melancholy.

    Ebert said his opinion changed when he saw it a second time, because of the edit, but I wonder if it was because of the emotional context.

    I think of the Sixth Sense and other M. Night films and the second viewing is only to confirm that the twist has been hinted at along the way, but Gallo uses context (intentionally or unintentionally) for emotional resonance in a very interesting way.

    Goodbye Mr. Vengeance and hello Werckmeister.

    2000's:

    Werkmeister Harmonies - Directed by Bela Tarr
    The Brown Bunny - Directed by Vincent Gallo
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    Dogville - Directed by Lars von Trier

    1990's:
    Three Colours: Blue - Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
    Eyes Wide Shut - Directed by Stanley Kubrick
    Julien Donkey-Boy - Directed by Harmony Korine
    Being John Malkovich - Directed by Spike Jonze
    Pulp Fiction - Quinten Tarantino

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAdams View Post
    Goodbye Mr. Vengeance and hello Werckmeister.

    2000's:

    Werkmeister Harmonies - Directed by Bela Tarr
    The Brown Bunny - Directed by Vincent Gallo
    Songs from the Second Floor - Directed by Roy Andersson
    Inland Empire - Directed by David Lynch
    Dogville - Directed by Lars von Trier


    Alas, one down six billion to go. Let's hope the rest of the world is keen of ten minute tracking shots

    1990's:
    Three Colours: Blue - Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski
    Only Blue?
    The Moments of Dominion
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    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBenoit View Post


    Alas, one down six billion to go. Let's hope the rest of the world is keen of ten minute tracking shots
    This film is not going to win everybody over. I watched it over a three day period. There is a plot, but it's introduced way into the second act, which I don't mind, but it allows one to take breaks. The last hour I watched strait through, it's impossible to look away. It's funny, because if it was made at a major studio the film would have been turned into a thriller.

    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBenoit View Post
    Only Blue?
    I bought the trilogy three years ago and I've only seen Blue.
    If I know a film is going to be emotionally arresting, than I wait for the right mood to watch it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickAdams View Post
    It's funny, because if it was made at a major studio the film would have been turned into a thriller.
    Exactly! And yet the approach is the exact opposite. Near the end, I felt more lingering dread than what any thriller could provide me. It truly proves the effect of minimalism.

    In my opinion, the 70's was the greatest time for film (for American films that is). There were just too many greats. So I'm slightly revising my list to fifteen of the best.

    1970's
    1.Apocolaypse Now - Francis Ford Coppola
    2. Stroszeck - Werner Herzog
    3. Killer of Sheep - Charles Burrnett
    4. The Mirror - Andrev Tarkovsky
    5. Taxi Driver - Martin Scorsese
    6. Barry Lyndon - Stanley Kubrick
    7. Aguiree, The Wrath of God - Werner Herzog
    8. The Godfather Part I and II - Francis Ford Coppola
    9. A Women Under the Influence - John Cassavetes
    10. Mean Streets - Martin Scorsese
    11. F for Fake - Orson Welles
    12. Cries and Whispers - Ingmar Bergman
    13. Eraserhead - David Lynch
    14. The Conversation - Francis Ford Coppola
    15. A Clockwork Orange - Stanley Kubrick

    1930's

    1. M. - Fritz Lang
    2. It Happened One Night - Frank Capra
    3. The Grand Illusion - Jean Renoir
    4. L'Atlante - Jean Vigo
    5. The 39 Steps - Alfred Hitchcock


    1920's and 10's
    1. City Lights - Charlie Chaplin
    2. The General - Buster Keaton
    3. Sunrise - F.W. Muranu
    4. Broken Blossoms - D.W. Griffith
    5. October - Sergi Eisenstein
    The Moments of Dominion
    That happen on the Soul
    And leave it with a Discontent
    Too exquisite — to tell —
    -Emily Dickinson
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVW8GCnr9-I
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    1920s and 10s:
    1. Birth Of A Nation
    2. Intolerance
    3. Sunrise
    4. City Lights
    5. Metropolis

    1930s:
    1. It Happened One Night
    2. Grand Illusion
    3. Gone With The Wind
    4. The Wizard Of Oz
    5. Stagecoach

    1940s:
    1. Casablanca
    2. Citizen Kane
    3. How Green Was My Valley
    4. The Best Years Of Our Lives
    5. The Treasure Of The Sierra Madras

    1950s:
    1. La Strada
    2. Bridge On The River Kwai
    3. The African Queen
    4. Sunset Boulevard
    5. Stalag 17

    1960s:
    1. Midnight Cowboy
    2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
    3. Dr. Strangelove
    4. In The Heat Of The Night
    5. The Graduate

    1970s:
    1. The Godfather
    2. The Godfather II
    3. The Deer Hunter
    4. Apocalypse Now
    5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest

    1980s:
    1. Raging Bull
    2. Rain Man
    3. The Color Purple
    4. A Passage To India
    5. Platoon

    1990s:
    1. Schindler's List
    2. Saving Private Ryan
    3. Forrest Gump
    4. The Crying Game
    5. Pulp Fiction

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    Hey, how about best peformances in cinema? This is my thread so I'll cheat and add that too.

    Kay, my list is totally biased, but still my honest opinion:

    1. Buster Keaton - The General
    2. Charlie Chaplin - City Lights
    3. Takashi Shimura - Ikiru
    4. Orson Welles - Chimes at Midnight
    5. Orson Welles - Citizen Kane
    6. Emil Jannings - The Last Laugh
    7. Marcello Mastroianni - 8 1/2
    8. James Stewart - Vertigo
    9. Robert DeNero - Raging Bull
    10. James Mason - Lolita
    11. Gloria Swanson - Sunset Boulevard
    12. Robert Mitchum - The Night of the Hunter
    13. Humphrey Bogart - Casablanca
    14. James Stewart - Harvey
    15. Giulietta Masina - Nights of Cabiria
    16. Gena Rowlands - A Women Under the Influence
    17. Erich von Stroheim - The Grand Illusion
    18. Orson Welles - The Third Man
    19. Klaus Kinski - Aguirre, The Wrath of God
    20. Joseph Cotton - Shadow of a Doubt
    21. Ingrid Bergman - Casablanca
    22. Dustin Hoffman - Midnight Cowboy
    23. Robert DeNero - Taxi Driver
    24. Lillian Gish - Broken Blossoms
    25. Peter Falk - A Women Under the Influence
    26. Gunnar Bjornstrand - Winter Light
    27. Kathrine Hepburn - Bringing Up Baby
    28. Anthony Perkins - Psycho
    29. Cary Grant - North by Northwest
    30. Liv Ullman - Persona

    Note: Non-professional peformances don't count since they are pretty much a different medium than star acting.
    Last edited by DanielBenoit; 12-21-2009 at 03:14 AM.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckGIvr6WVw4

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    My film watching is not anywhere close to as extensive as yours, but my list would definitely include

    Anne Baxter in All about Eve

    besides a number that are on your list
    I'm weary with right-angles, abbreviated daylight,
    Waiting for a winter to be done.
    Why do I still see you in every mirrored window,
    In all that I could never overcome?

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    Best Performances In Cinema:

    1. Lillian Gish in Broken Blossoms
    2. Orson Welles in Citizen Kane
    3. Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull
    4. Charlie Chaplin in City Lights
    5. Buster Keaton in The General
    6. Gary Cooper in Sergeant York
    7. Greer Garson in Mrs. Miniver
    8. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
    9. Gregory Peck in To Kill A Mockingbird
    10. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Classic*Charm* View Post
    My film watching is not anywhere close to as extensive as yours, but my list would definitely include

    Anne Baxter in All about Eve

    besides a number that are on your list
    Don't forget Bette Davis in All About Eve!

    . At least as far as the 50s are concerned, I find All About Eve to be my favorite film of the 50's (so I don't need to make a list), and all the actors in it. Also, this year Quentin Tarantino praised Mankiewicz (director of All About Eve) as the greatest film director of this CENTURY. Haha. Nuff said.

    Best of 2000's (this is really hard for me to do so don't judge my decisions TOO harshly)
    1. Adaptation
    2. The Departed
    3. Lost In Translation
    3. Wall-E
    4. City Of God
    5. Children Of Men
    6. Pride & Prejudice
    7. 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days
    8. The Class
    9. The Life Aquatic
    10. Amelie
    11. The Hurt Locker
    12. Rachel Getting Married

    I probably left a lot out, but these are the ones that come to mind.
    I'm losing all those stupid games
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