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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 Arab
  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
  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 rea
  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 I
  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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