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watch MY video? [Feb. 5th, 2006|06:53 am]
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trailer to a Buster Keaton short "One Week" 1920
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Suggestions... [Mar. 14th, 2005|04:28 pm]
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Hi :)

I'm offering a series of workshops on film study to my gifted students (grades 5 and up). I need some suggestions for some films. So far I'm thinking Psycho and Citizen Kane...but I need a few more. Rating isn't a big issue because I have them filling out a permission form to take part.

Also...any suggestions you have for content would be awesome!
Thanks in advance!
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THX-1138 [Jan. 22nd, 2005|09:01 pm]
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I absolutely love this film. I don't find it exactly...enjoyable, but I think of it as an amazing dystopian science fiction film, and a fascinating "What if?" exercise regarding the film career of George Lucas.

Anyone else agree?
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Quick Intro: [Jan. 17th, 2005|12:44 am]
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P.S. Whoever did this Community's Interests List should be severely punished for spelling Spielberg incorrectly! Grrrr ...
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(no subject) [Jan. 9th, 2005|12:25 am]
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Films you have to watch every single time they come on television.

Just wondering what films you've seen a million times that you most definitely have to sit through at least one half-hour of when they come on, regardless of what you're doing. These are not necessarily the greatest films you know of, but they amount to guilty pleasure films that you just couldn't do without.

I'll start with my list (in no particular order):

1. The Conversation--I don't know why, but I can't stop watching this film. I don't even find it all that enjoyable, but I HAVE to watch it.
2. Harold and Maude--I know...I left my feel-good phase behind in college...but...
3. A Clockwork Orange--It's like watching a beautiful train wreck. Gorgeous, but terrifying...and kind of funny if no one you know is involved.
4. THX-1138--Interesting from start to finish.
5. Brining Up Baby--It's like being awakened from a deep sleep to be handed $100 in cash and a bowl of chocolate ice cream by an apron-clad Jeremy Irons who then sits down and begins to read "The Song of Solomon" in hushed tones while massaging your feet. Just pure pleasure.
6. His Girl Friday--You could remake this film with the exact same script and just put everyone on cell phones and this would be a perfect film today. I can see it now: "You look like that fellow from the movies...uh...Jim Carrey!"
7. Some Like it Hot--The best ending line from any film, ever.
8. American Graffiti--Fun. Proto-Harrison Ford at his best. Pre-earring.
9. Dazed and Confused--American Graffiti in my backyard. I'm from Texas, and I know Wooderson, Pink and all those guys. I don't know them by name, but I've certainly met their archetypes. Enjoy this a bunch.
10. Raiders of the Lost Ark--It's "Raiders". 'Nuff said.

Anyone else want to weigh in?
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movies others aren't impressed by [Nov. 26th, 2004|06:11 pm]
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Is there a movie that you think deserves to be considered great, but that nobody else seems all that impressed by, and a lot of people haven’t even heard of?

For me one would be Lewis Milstone’s “Rain”, from 1932, starring Joan Crawford. A great pre-code Hollywood movie about a prostitute and a preacher.

Another would be Orson Welles’s “Mr Arkadin”.
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Robert Rossen's Lilith [Nov. 21st, 2004|10:07 pm]
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This one may not qualify as a great movie, but it’s an interesting one and one that seems to be all but forgotten. The movie is LILITH, made in 1964 and directed by Robert Rossen. I hadn't even heard if until it turned up on Fox Classics a few months ago. I've only just found the time to watch it. And it's really quite a good little movie! At first you think it's going to be nothing but cliches of the "idealistic young doctor starts work in a mental hospital and falls for pretty young blonde patient variety (although in this case it's an idealistic young occupational therapist), but things don't turn out at all the way you'd expect. Jean Seberg, always good at playing slightly odd characters, is very good as the pretty young blonde patient. Warren Beatty is quite effective as the occupational therapist, and Peter Fonda turns in a surprisingly impressive performance as a particularly disturbed and disturbing patient. An interesting movie, and well worth seeing.
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Kubrick's The Killing and Tarantino's Pulp Fiction [Nov. 20th, 2004|08:33 pm]
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Has anyone seen Stanley Kubrick's early film noir "The Killing"? Made in 1956, it makes a fascinating comparison with Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. It’s amazing how many of the ideas that seemed so original and revolutionary in “Pulp Fiction” are actually found in “The Killing”. I’m not knocking Tarantino, and I actually loved “Pulp Fiction”.
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Carol Reed’s Fallen Idol [Nov. 18th, 2004|12:39 pm]
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Carol Reed’s “Fallen Idol", made at about the same time (in fact 1948) as "The Third Man", has been completely overshadowed by that film. It’s a very different type of film, whereas "The Third
Man" deals with big themes "Fallen Idol" is what I call a "little
film" - a fairly low-key film that doesn't try to redefine the nature of cinema or explain the meaning of life, but simply deals with small-scale human dilemmas sensitively and intelligently. The visual style is less spectacular, but it's still clearly the work of a director with a great visual flair. And if you're not sure why Ralph Richardson was considered a great actor, you need to see this movie.

It could be described as a "coming-of-age" movie, but whereas in American cinema that almost invariably means a self-indulgent wallow in cheap sentimentality, there's no cheap sentimentality here.

Like “The Third Man” it boasts a screenplay by Graham Greene. Not a great movie perhaps, but a very good one and a very under-rated one.
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