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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies

Shoah  Claude Lanzmann, France #69

Come and See  Elem Klimov, Soviet Union #141

Ran  Akira Kurosawa, Japan #202

The Time to Live and the Time to Die  Hou Hsiao-hsien, China (Taiwan)  #308

My Friend Ivan Lapshin  Alexei German, Soviet Union, #670

Vagabond  Agnes Varda, France #672

My Life as a Dog  Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden  #692

Taipei Story  Edward Yang, China (Taiwan)  #824

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies:

The Horse Thief  Tian Zhuangzhuang, China
*Manuel on the Island of Wonders  Raoul Ruiz, France/Portugal
*Mix-Up  Francoise Romand, France
Shoah  Claude Lanzmann, France
Taipei Story  Edward Yang, China (Taiwan)
The Time to Live and the Time to Die  Hou Hsaio-hsien, China (Taiwan)
Vagabond  Agnes Varda, France

An asterisk (*) means the movie is one of Rosenbaum's 100 favorite movies.  Note that dates are not exact.

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48 minutes ago, skimpole said:

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies:


*Mix-Up  Francoise Romand, France

This is a French documentary (on youtube) that is completely in English.  But thanks for the heads up.

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The 1985 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award ….

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Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan ****

The 1986 New York Film Critics Foreign Film Award included these nominees…

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Men … (1985) Doris Dorrie, Germany

 

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Vagabond (1985) Agnes Varda, France

 

The 1987 New York Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award included  ….

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My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden ****

 

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Tampopo (1985) Juzo Itami, Japan

 
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Demons is a gruesome Italian horror film from director Lamberto (son of Mario) Bava, and writer-producer Dario Argento. A group of people accept a random invitation to attend a special movie screening at a Berlin theater. The audience (and the movie's viewers) watch what seems like a standard horror film, only for some members of the audience to turn into murderous monsters. The unaffected audience members soon discover that they're trapped in the theater, and they struggle to survive the demonic onslaught. The cast is largely unknowns in the US, although future horror director Michele Soavi has a small role.

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This effective fright yarn was a real surprise to me back in 1986 when it ran at my local theater. The movehouse wasn't part of a chain, but rather a privately owned and operated outfit. The owner/manager chose what movies to rent, and he'd occasionally bring some real fringe horror flicks, this being a prime example. I can still recall watching this in a mostly empty showing, which added to the film's atmosphere, with me being a guy watching a horror movie in a sort-of-creepy theater watching people in a creepy theater watching a horror movie. This film, and its 1986 ('87 in the US) follow-up have built a steady cult following over the years, and are available on multiple formats.

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Pulgasari - This kaiju film was created by Shin Sang-Ok after he was kidnapped by Kim Jong-Il. It is based on the success of Godzilla1985. The standards of its costumes, sets, and effects are on par with other East Asian and even western films of the time. After the Feudal lord imprisons an elderly man he builds a small figure of a "Pulgasari" and curses the lord. The daughter spills blood on the figure bringing it to life. The Pulgasari feeds on iron and metals and it helps the local militia to fight the lord's soldiers in carefully choreographed battle scenes. The film is actually a metaphor for "historical materialism" as Jonathan Ross notes. The Pulgasari helps to destroy the old feudal order but its taste for iron and mineral resources will lead it to "invade other countries and start wars all over the entire world" as the daughter notes so the villagers become its enemies. Some critics have noted the unintentional similarities between the Pulgasari and the brutal Kim dictatorship as the Kims fought off the Japanese but ended up becoming the enemies of their own people. The Kim family actually got Kenpachirô Satsuma and the Japanese crew of Godzilla to help make the film, though they originally thought they were going to make a film in China. This film is a real bizarre one but stands up to other kaiju films of the time. If you're interested in the genre, I would recommend it. The entire film is available on YouTube with English subtitles.

 

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The 1985 winner of the The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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The Official Story (1985) Luis Puenzo, Argentina

 

Nominated for the 1987 The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden

 

The 1986 winner of the The Los Angeles Film Critics Best Foreign Film …

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Vagabond (1985) Agnes Varda, France

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The 1985 winner of the Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …

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Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

The 1987 winner of the Boston Society of Film Critics Best Foreign Film Award …

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My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden

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Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1985 foreign film was …

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Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

Michael Gebert’s Golden Armchair Award for the 1987 foreign film was …

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Tampopo (1985) Juzo Itami, Japan

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The 1985 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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The Official Story (1985) Luis Puenzo, Argentina

 

The 1986 Argentinian Film Critics Association Best Picture Award went to …

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Tangos: The Exile of Gardel (1985) Fernando Solonas, Argentina

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The 1985 Danish Bodil Award for Best Picture went to …

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Ran (1985) Akira Kurosawa, Japan

 

The 1986 Danish Bodil Award for Best European Picture went to …

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My Life as a Dog (1985) Lasse Hallstrom, Sweden

 
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theyshootpictures.com updated their list of the 1000 greatest movies.  I'm not going back and re-edit all my posts about this as a result.  But here are the new entries up to 1984.

1921

The Phantom Carriage  Victor Sjostrom, Sweden #952

1937

Humanity and Paper Balloons  Sadao Yamanaka, Soviet Union #976

1958

Elevator to the Gallows  Louis Malle, France #957

1959

Good Morning  Yasujiro Ozu, Japan #883

1966

Second Breath  Jean-Pierre Melville, France #955

1967

Oedipus Rex  Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy #996

1971

Fata Morgana  Werner Herzog, West Germany #825

1975

Deep Red  Dario Argento, Italy  #966

1976

Cria cuervos  Carlos Saura, Spain #900

1977

Stroszek  Werner Herzog, West Germany #906

1983

Diary  David Perlov, Israel  #983

 

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