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Everything posted by Casey06

  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??
  16. Here’s a few more movies I’ve watched recently. The Circus(1928). Brilliant movie. Chaplin was the man! I honestly liked it more then The Gold Rush. It had all of the hallmarks of a great Chaplin film: humor, depth, and true emotion. Easily his most underrated film. 10/10. Slap Shot(1977). What an odd movie. Funny for sure though. Paul Newman’s great of course. Story was all over the place but had some interesting themes at play. 8/10. Do the Right Thing(1989). Powerful, entertaining, funny, thought provoking. That’s Do the Right Thing and it’s excellent. 9/10. Bride of Fr
  17. I remember watching this during my big western phase a few years ago. I remember liking it. I agree that the ending is kinda disappointing but I still liked it. I like Lancaster but his westerns (with the exception of The Professionals) have rarely impressed me to much, but this is one of his better ones.
  18. More films I’ve seen recently. There was After the Thin Man(1936). I thought it was a pretty good follow up to the first film. Powell and Loy are magic together, and seeing Jimmy Stewart before he became a big star was quite a treat. Not quite as good as the first though. 8/10. I also recently saw Laura(1944). I personally thought this movie was brilliant. Loved the cast, suspense and cinematography. One of the best 1940s noirs I’ve seen. 9/10 Then there was Humoresque(1946). This was a good film. Very melodramatic but easy to digest. Loved John Garfield and Joan Crawford was go
  19. I’ve got a lot to catch up on here. Recently I watched The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad(1973). I’m a big fan of Ray Harryhausen’s work and I wasn’t disappointed. It’s a fun fantasy adventure with some amazing effects. The acting and dialogue is hokey but that’s not why I watch these kind of movies. If your a fan of Harryhausen’s work I recommend it. 7/10. I also recently saw the original Invasion of the Body Snatchers(1956). I loved every minute of it. The concept is brilliant, timely and still relevant today. It’s more thematically scary then visually scary, but I find that more terrifying pe
  20. It is subjective of course, but considering the legacy and reputation of the film, I feel it safe to say that most people see it as an all time classic.
  21. Thanks! I thought it was funny since I’ve seen so many movie with arguably bigger reputations then this like Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia, The Godfather etc. but I think all of those films are some of my all time favorites and I feel live up to the reputation. But who knows? Maybe it’s just that one all time classic that I can’t get super behind.
  22. I recently rewatched Casablanca (1942). I had seen it before and the result was mostly the same... I have no idea what to truly think of it. I really loved the acting and writing of the film. I think these are it’s strongest aspects. I remember finishing it and remarking, “that was pretty darn good” but then not much else. I can’t put my finger on why I feel this way. It’s a great film nonetheless and I respect its place in history. Maybe its my age? Im 23, but then again I love and adore movies even older then this one so I have no clue. I may never know why. But for now, I recognize it as a
  23. I recently watched The Mark Of Zorro(1940). I thought it was a good swashbuckler. Tyrone Power and Basil Rathbone’s final sword fight is pretty amazing. Light on substance, but heavy on entertainment value. I’d recommend it. 7/10. Then I watched Arabian Nights(1942). The beautiful sets and costumes, exciting action scenes and humor keep this from being a sticker. The acting’s okay and the story is pretty standard. It’s no Thief of Bagdad, original or remake, buts it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon. 6.5/10. Next I watched a film that I’ve been wanting to see for a long time, City Li
  24. Here’s some of the films I’ve watched in the past few days. Se7en(1995). This was a very smart police thriller. Morgan Freeman is brilliant as usual and Brad Pitt was at his best here before he became a headline stealer. Gotta give it to Spacey to. He may be a creep but he is a dang good actor. I find myself becoming a big fan of David Fitchner recently. This is a great introduction to his work if you can stomach some pretty intense crime scene investigation. It’s not quite Silence of the Lambs, but Se7en is still a great time. 9/10. I finally watched The Night of the Hunter(1955). W
  25. Absolutely. I find fewer things more enjoyable then a comfy couch and a good movie.
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