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    My main interests are music, literature and film. I like classics because they have well constructed stories with strong character development, they have suspense, humor and good actors. My favorite directors are Alfred Hitchock, Woody Allen, Billy Wilder and Charlie Chaplin. Favorite actors before 1970 are James Stewart, Humphrey Bogart, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Audrey Hepburn.
  1. For me it's the same as with Lawrence. I've seen most of these foreign language films on DVD, occasionally on Belgian or French TV, or YouTube as a last resort if it's impossible to find elsewhere. 1. Metropolis (1927) Fritz Lang, Germany 2. Pandora's Box (1929) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany 3. Battleship Potemkin (1925) Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union 4. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Robert Wiene, Germany 5. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Germany 6. The Last Laugh (1924) Emil Jannings, Germany 7. The Hands of Orlac (1924) Robert Wiene, Austria 8. Nosferatu (1922) F. W. Murnau, Germany 9. Strike (1925) Sergei Eisenstein, Soviet Union 10. Cirano di Bergerac (1923) Augusto Genina, France 11. The Golem: How He Came into the World (1920) Carl Boese & Paul Wegener, Germany 12. The Phantom Carriage (1921) Victor Sjöström, Sweden 13. Dr. Mabuse the Gambler (1922) Fritz Lang, Germany 14. Häxan (1922) Benjamin Christensen, Sweden/Denmark 15. Man with a Movie Camera (1929) Dziga Vertov, Soviet Union
  2. France is making the first heist films, while Italy is focusing on historical epics. 1. Les Vampires (1915) Louis Feuillade, France 2. Fantômas - À l'ombre de la guillotine (In the shadow of the guillotine) (1913) Louis Feuillade, France 3. J'Accuse (1919) Abel Gance, France 4. Cabiria (1914) Giovanni Pastrone, Italy 5. Quo Vadis? (1913) Enrico Guazzoni, Italy 6. Fantômas contre Fantômas (1914) Louis Feuillade, France I have seen lots of films from Western European countries, especially from France and after 1960. The period 1930 - 1945 was relatively weak for foreign language movies in terms of quantity, but I think I know at least one good one for each year. Some of these very early films are better known as the remake, but that can arouse your interest to see the early versions too.
  3. It's a small step from playing Dracula to playing a British prime minister.
  4. Thanks for those calculations, Bogie. There aren't many performances after 1990 on top, which means there is less consensus about the more recent era.
  5. update sucks

    That sounds like a great idea for a horror movie: Invasion of the Giant Emoticons.
  6. Best animation: The Jungle Book, partly for the songs. Best live action: Pollyanna, for the uplifting story and good character acting.
  7. This is an exercise that will never leave you entirely satisfied, but here's a version I can live with: MALE LEADING: 1. James Stewart - Vertigo (1958) 2. Humphrey Bogart - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)3. Charlie Chaplin - Modern Times (1936)4. Al Pacino - The Godfather (1972) 5. Robert De Niro - Taxi Driver (1976) 6. Cary Grant - North by Northwest (1959) 7. Gérard Depardieu - Jean de Florette (1986) 8. Anthony Hopkins - The Remains of the Day (1993)9. Marlon Brando - On the Waterfront (1954) 10. Max von Sydow - The Seventh Seal (1957) 11. Dustin Hoffman - The Graduate (1967)12. Colin Firth - The King's Speech (2010) FEMALE LEADING: 1. Ingrid Bergman - Gaslight (1944) 2. Vivien Leigh - Gone with the Wind (1939) 3. Scarlett Johansson - Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) 4. Kim Novak - Vertigo (1958) 5. Audrey Hepburn - Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)6. Hanna Schygulla - The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979)7. Nicole Kidman - The Portrait of a Lady (1996)8. Shirley MacLaine - Terms of Endearment (1983)9. Natalie Portman - Black Swan (2010) 10. Diane Keaton - Annie Hall (1977)11. Lana Turner - The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946) 12. Giulietta Masina - Juliet of the Spirits (1965) MALE SUPPORTING: 1. Claude Rains - Casablanca (1942) 2. James Mason - North by Northwest (1959) 3. Edward G. Robinson - Double Indemnity (1944) 4. Orson Welles - The Third Man (1949)5. Michael Caine - The Prestige (2006) 6. Peter Ustinov - Quo Vadis (1951)7. Walter Matthau - Charade (1963) 8. Anthony Quinn - The Guns of Navarone (1961) 9. Nikolaj Lie Kaas - Open Hearts (2002) 10. James Finlayson - Our Relations (1936) 11. Laurence Olivier - Marathon Man (1976)12. Erich von Stroheim - Sunset Blvd. (1950) FEMALE SUPPORTING: 1. Janet Leigh - Psycho (1960) 2. Michelle Pfeiffer - Scarface (1983) 3. Léa Seydoux - Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) 4. Uma Thurman - Pulp Fiction (1994) 5. Hattie McDaniel - Gone with the Wind (1939) 6. May Whitty - The Lady Vanishes (1938) 7. Mary Astor - The Maltese Falcon (1941) 8. Joan Greenwood - The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)9. Winona Ryder - The Age of Innocence (1993)10. Judith Anderson - Rebecca (1940) 11. Mia Farrow - Death on the Nile (1978)12. Jean Simmons - Great Expectations (1946) JUVENILE: 1. Jodie Foster - Taxi Driver (1976)2. Linda Blair - The Exorcist (1973)3. Enzo Staiola - Bicycle Thieves (1948) 4. David Bradley - Kes (1969)5. Natalie Wood - Miracle on 34th Street (1946)6. Sue Lyon - Lolita (1962)7. Matias Quer - Machuca (2004)8. Anne Shirley - Anne of Green Gables (1934) 9. Saoirse Ronan - Atonement (2007)10. Seth Green - Radio Days (1987)11. Shirley Temple - Stowaway (1936) 12. Bobby Driscoll - Treasure Island (1950)
  8. Thanks again, Bogie and the other participants. I seem to have a preference for 2010, which is logical, because on this website we tend to prefer older movies. ACTOR: Colin Firth - The King's Speech (2010) ACTRESS: Natalie Portman - Black Swan (2010) SUPP. ACTOR: J. K. Simmons - Whiplash (2014) SUPP. ACTRESS: Léa Seydoux - Blue Is the Warmest Colour (2013) JUVENILE: Elle Fanning - Somewhere (2010)
  9. I haven't seen anything worth mentioning with release year 2017 yet. I'm looking forward to Crooked House, one of the few Agatha Christie novels that hadn't been adapted for the screen yet.
  10. Let alone watching all of them.
  11. There are a lot of films that I haven't seen yet. From what I've seen these are my nominations: ACTOR 1. Omar Sy - Chocolat 2. Ulrich Thomsen - The Commune3. Dave Johns - I, Daniel Blake4. Jesse Eisenberg - Café Society 5. James Thiérrée - Chocolat ACTRESS 1. Elle Fanning - The Neon Demon 2. Isabelle Huppert - Elle 3. Rachel Weisz - Denial 4. Adèle Haenel - The Unknown Girl5. Hannah Hoekstra - De Helleveeg SUPPORTING ACTOR 1. Timothy Spall - Denial 2. Jérémie Renier - The Unknown Girl 3. Steve Carell - Café Society4. Laurent Lafitte - Elle 5. Wayne Knight - Hail, Caesar! SUPPORTING ACTRESS1. Abbey Lee - The Neon Demon 2. Helene Reingaard Neumann - The Commune 3. Blake Lively - Café Society4. Noémy Lvovsky - Chocolat 5. Christina Hendricks - The Neon Demon BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE: Martha Sofie Wallstrøm - The Commune BEST EXTRA: Liv Corfixen - The Neon Demon BEST ANIMAL PERFORMANCE: Cougar - The Neon Demon BEST ENSEMBLE CAST: Hail, Caesar! BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Cliff Martinez - The Neon Demon BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Waving Goodbye (Sia in The Neon Demon) BEST QUOTE: "Live every day like it's your last, and someday you'll be right." (Café Society)
  12. This week I found myself nominating Robert De Niro and Robert Redford. What is this, 1976? The Intern is a workplace comedy with Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. She initially doesn't want to work with someone who was recruited by a program for senior citizens. You can already guess that the appreciation will grow. The contrast between the two main characters and the generational conflict with his co-workers is shown in the dialogues and in the style of their clothes. At times it becomes genuinely funny, with the actors inserting improvisation. Truth is a political drama based on true events during the 2004 presidential elections. Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett play two people from "60 Minutes Wednesday": newsreader Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes. They claim that George W. Bush got a preferential treatment during the Vietnam War. They are accused of lying and have to appear before an investigative commission. The two have the earnest and ardency of their real-life examples. A War (Krigen) is a Danish drama about an army officer. A decision he took in Afghanistan has cost the life of local civilians. He's accused of a war crime and has to appear before a Danish court. You see the same person as an officer and as a family man, facing more than one ethical dilemma. Pilou Asbæk is better known as the spin doctor in "Borgen". Virgin Mountain (Fúsi) is an Icelandic drama about a fat 40-year old who still lives with his mother. Social interaction is a problem for him. His hobby is recreating battlefields in miniature, which attracts the attention of the neighbours' daughter. Gunnar Jónsson manages to gain sympathy for this unattractive and socially awkward character.
  13. ACTOR 1. Pilou Asbæk - A War2. Robert De Niro - The Intern 3. Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl4. Robert Redford - Truth5. Gunnar Jónsson - Virgin Mountain6. Albert Dupontel - En Équilibre 7. Joaquin Phoenix - Irrational Man 8. Benicio del Toro - Sicario ACTRESS 1. Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn 2. Laia Costa - Victoria 3. Cate Blanchett - Carol 4. Rooney Mara - Carol 5. Mia Wasikowska - Crimson Peak6. Brie Larson - Room7. Jennifer Lawrence - Joy8. Anya Taylor-Joy - The VVitch SUPPORTING ACTOR 1. Jim Broadbent - Brooklyn 2. Søren Malling - A War 3. Kyle Chandler - Carol 4. Bradley Cooper - Joy 5. Domhnall Gleeson - Brooklyn 6. Joel Edgerton - The Gift SUPPORTING ACTRESS 1. Jessica Chastain - Crimson Peak 2. Natalie Press - Suffragette3. Cara Delevingne - Paper Towns 4. Kristen Wiig - The Diary of a Teenage Girl5. Isabella Rossellini - Joy 6. Rene Russo - The Intern BEST JUVENILE PERFORMANCE: Jacob Tremblay - Room BEST EXTRA: Divine Prince Ty Emmecca - Hot Pursuit BEST ANIMAL PERFORMANCE: Goat - The VVitch BEST ORIGINAL SCORE: Jóhann Jóhansson - Sicario BEST ORIGINAL SONG: Flashlight (Jessie J in Pitch Perfect 2) BEST NON-ORIGINAL SONG: Lavender's Blue (Hayley Atwell in Cinderella) BEST QUOTES: 1. "You want me to respect the law? Then make the law respectable." (Suffragette) 2. "I've only liked a handful of people in my life, and you've been two of them." (The Danish Girl)
  14. Jimmy's Hall is a drama by the 78-year old director Ken Loach. It's based on true facts in Ireland in the 1930s. Barry Ward plays Jimmy Gralton, an Irishman who returned from the USA to his birth village. He starts a community center with Irish folk dance and American dances like the lindy hop. This leads to a conflict with the local priest Father Sheridan (Jim Norton), who sees it as decadence and communist propaganda. Jim Norton radiates rigid moral authority, while Barry Ward uses subtle rebellion. Difret is an Ethiopian about a girl who's abducted for an arranged marriage and the female lawyer who defends her. Tizita Hagere won my juvenile award for her portrayal of this abuse victim. Meron Getnet plays the idealist lawyer. It gives an insight in the problems of a different culture, and it never gets boring or preachy. Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg) is a very static movie based on the fourteen stations of the via dolorosa. There is no camera movement, except at the fourteenth station. It's a complaint against a radical religious order. Léa van Acken plays an indoctrinated girl who fancies herself a holy martyr. The One I Love is an absurd independent film about a couple that goes into relation therapy in an isolated house where they meet their doubles. These two people look exactly the same, but in an improved version, 20% better than the original. This leaves the lovers with a dilemma: stay with the original or take the improved version instead? Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss switch between the confused originals and their arrogant doubles. If I Stay is an adaptation of a young adult novel. Chloë Grace Moretz is a young cello player who wants to go to the Julliard School. She feels different than other people her age. It's a bit sentimental and meant for a young audience, but it's interesting to see Moretz in a completely different, more serious role. When she plays the cello we see her head upon the body of a professional cello player, so the fingerings are right. Pride is a social drama based on true events. In the 1980s there was an unlikely coalition between Welsh mine workers and the LGBT community. Their common enemy was Margaret Thatcher. I picked the supporting role of Imelda Staunton. She played Hefina Headon, an activist who played a crucial role in uniting these two very different groups. Boychoir is a film about the stressful life of pre-teen boys who sing with soprano voices. Garrett Wareing plays a talented but troubles boy. Kathy Bates plays the authoritarian head mistress. Dustin Hoffman prepared his role by studying the movements of real conductors.
  15. Lead or Supporting Role?

    Ex Machina is 2014 according to imdb, but 2015 according to Wikipedia. I already voted for it, and so did Kilgore. I'm not sure if I should change it. I agree that Alicia Vikander is leading.

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