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  1. Watched Billy Wilders Ace In the Hole(1951) for the first time yesterday. Simultaneously one of the most depressing and brilliant movies I’ve ever seen. Sad how relevant it still is given its depiction of the media circus. Kirk Douglas is scary good in it and I’m disappointed he didn’t work with Wilder more often. Apparently he was asked to play the lead in Stalag 17 but turned it down. Black and White cinematography by Charles Lang is gorgeous and the dialogue seems real and not normal “movie language” as I call it. Still relevant and powerful noir drama. Just brilliant.
  2. Very nice list. I’ve seen and love all of those except Red Dust. Just haven’t seen it before. I like how you see them as well. To me essential is different for everyone. Love it!
  3. With the Essentials coming back tomorrow with director Brad Bird, it’s fascinating to look at his selection and compare it with previous host Ava DuVernay. DuVernay took a more obscure approach. She looked at some timeless classics like Rashamon and West Side Story But also highlighted some lesser known films usually dealing with marginalized groups throughout film history like Sounder and Claudine. I thought it was an interesting and welcome approach. On the other side, Bird seems to be going with some great, but more traditional choices. Movies like Singin In the Rain. Lawrence of Arabia and The Searchers To Name a few. There is nothing wrong with either one of their choices obviously, but I think it’s quite interesting how different their choices are. I’m sure their very different life experiences helped in their decisions. It got me wondering, how would I make that choice? If I was a host on the Essentials, what would I choose? How would I choose? How do I narrow it down? And I'm curious with how you all would decide. So what would choose as essentials? How would you do it? Would you stick with the canon or look at some overlooked classics? Would you look at the film’s impact on cinema or it’s impact on you personally? There really is no wrong answer. So please post your essentials and how you pick them! This should be fun! Pick about 10 Id try to do a combination of what is important to and what I feel people should see. A Face In the Crowd(1957). In my opinion one of the best films of all time. It’s A powerful satire of celebrity worship and how to bit entertainers can become to influential for their own good. In my mind it’s Elia Kazan’s Best Film and should be brought up more when talking about the best ever. The Grapes Of Wrath(1940). The movie that got me into classic movies. I love everything about this movie from its acting, cinematography and it’s timeless messages and themes. It’s John Fords best movie, and continues to speak to me on a personal level. The Palm Beach Story(1942). An underrated comedy from Preston Sturges. This is a hilarious escapist film with Claudette Colbert and Joel McCrea. I would want to highlight some lesser know, but still great, movies. The Apartment(1960). One of the best romance films ever made. This Billy Wilder Film feels so real. It’s has to have one if the best screenplays of all time. Jack Lemmon, Fred McMurray and Shirley McClain are perfect here. Simply one of the best movies ever made. One-Eyed Jacks(1961). The only film directed by Marlon Brando and one of the most unique westerns ever made. It’s troubled production is ripe for conversation and it’s a great movie to boot. Lawrence of Arabia(1962). Quite possibly the best movie of all time(in my opinion), Lawrence has been shown many times, but it’s always worth it. It opened my eyes to what cinema could do, what it can convey. Needless to say it’s near perfect. The Circus(1928). I must show a Chaplin film. This is one of his most overlooked movies from the silent era but it’s to great to be underrated. I think it’s one of his best crafted and funniest movies. I never tire of it. It proves how much of a genius he truly was. High Noon(1952). The story behind the film is a fascinating as the film itself. Gary Cooper gives his best performance as the sheriff who wouldn’t back down, despite being scared out of his wits. 10x better then your regular John Wayne shlock, High Noon is nuanced, gripping and psychological. One of the best ever made. Throne of Blood(1957). Not quite as popular in the West as Akira Kurosawa’s other films, Throne Of Blood is no less Magnificent. An adaptation of Shakespeare’s McBeth set in feudal Japan, Kurosawa was at the height of his abilities here. Kurosawa’s movie have influenced so many filmmakers around the world and this list wouldn’t feel complete without at least one of his films. Do the Right Thing(1989). This one may be a little much to show on TCM due to its content and constant swearing, but it’s no less brilliant. Not only is it a well written look into contemporary race relations in an urban setting, but it’s also a beautifully made movie. I love the hypnotic cinematography and editing. And despite its serious subject matter, it’s quite funny. So that’s what I believe I would show if I was on the essentials. What would you show?
  4. Just watched Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion(1941). I liked it. Joan Fontaine and Cary Grant are great and there’s some nice cinematography and gets pretty tense by the end. However, the endings a little lame. After watching a documentary on it I wish it had kept Hitchcock’s original ending. But it was still good nonetheless. Then I saw Jean-Luc Goddard’s Alphaville(1965). This is one of the most fascinating and weirdest movies I’ve ever seen. Not that I didn’t like it. It has a great premise(sci-fi noir) and the camera work is great. It’s just so darn weird and I can’t quite figure out how I feel about it. I recommend it if for anything because it has a particularly unique and cool premise. And now for something completely different, Star Wars The Last Jedi(2017). Been watching the Star Wars films before the final film releases next week. Personally, I love it. It’s not perfect, but it’s unique and tries something different, and I really appreciate that. Can’t wait for the finale!
  5. One of my first classic movie loves! Was a sophomore in college (literally just two years ago) when I realized my love of Ray Harryhausen’s work. While I personally prefer The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad, I still find myself going back to this one! Great movie.
  6. Just finished rewatching Akira Kurosawa’s Rashamon(1950). I still hold firm that this is one of the greatest films of all time. In a way it’s Japan’s Citizen Kane. It introduced the world to Japanese cinema and the mastery of Kurosawa. I can’t describe the brilliance of it. If you’ve never seen it please do!!
  7. Very good film! I appreciate how it shows that you don’t have to look like Cary Grant or Audrey Hepburn to be considered attractive. It’s a great message. And Ernest Borgnine is fantastic!
  8. I get what your saying. It is unfortunate that it’s not getting a proper release and I’m sure it’s fantastic. But coming from a somewhat different perspective, I know a lot of people who just don’t like going to the theaters. And that’s people that range from my peers to my grandmother. It’s very expensive and a lot of people don’t care for the environment of a theater. Honestly, I’ve only been four this year, to see a new film at least. I guess I’ve been eight, but the other four were Big Screen Classics. I feel different about those for some reason.
  9. I know it’s not technically a classic film yet, but I rewatched one of my favorite movies, The Avengers(2012). I remember when this came out I was a freshman in high school and was so excited since I had seen all the other Marvel films before it. I saw it three times in theaters. Even after all these years and so many Marvel films later this one is still my favorite and I feel it is the best. Everything about it is solid to great. I smile every single time I see it and damn it, it’s all cinema to me (looking at you Marty). Maybe it’s nostalgia talking, and maybe it’s not “high art” but who really cares? I would easily say it’s one of my top ten favorites ever, right up there with Lawrence of Arabia, Citizen Kane an Goodfellas.
  10. Hey, I recently saw Suddenly, Last Summer(1959). This movie was a trip. I thought it was overall pretty darn good. Loved the actors. Katherine Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift is a cast to die for. They didn’t disappoint. Since this was based on a Tennessee Williams play, and came out during the Hayes Code era, lots of the more intense subject matter was censored or toned down, mostly. But they still did pretty well with what they had. 8/10.
  11. So I watched Becket(1964). This movie took me nearly 5 days to watch because of constant interruptions and prior commitments on my part. Was it worth it?! Not really no. I had a hard time staying with this movie. You can really tell it’s based on a play considering everything is just talking and talking. There have been many great movies based on plays other like A Streetcar Named Desire and Inherit the Wind, which have great writing, interesting characters and perfect staging, this film has none of those. Peter O’Toole saves this from being a complete disaster. He’s very believable as Henry II and you can’t take your eyes of of him. As usual, he was brilliant. Richard Burton was good, but I’ve seen him in Way batter roles like Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, another film based on a play. I guess the sets were nice and the costumes were pretty as well. But sadly I can’t say I enjoyed this one to much. Maybe I need to rewatch it in one sitting next time.
  12. This may not The be proper forum to post this, but I really wanted to share it with a lot of people. In the past few weeks I’ve bought all of these films. Let’s just say a combination of birthday with used media stores and gift cards makes for sweet cinematic bliss! Also I forgot to picture but I also got Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope and Suspicion.
  13. Wonderful movie! Robert Walker steals the show.
  14. So I’ve gotten all of these in the past few weeks. Let’s just say a birthday in combination with used movie stores and gift cards makes some great results!
  15. Criterion sale.?!?! Where is the sale happening??
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