i have heard it’s definitely better. didn’t know when i’d have the time so i bought the criterion!! (it was half price) :0
Are we having a long movie brag-off?
I watched Berlin Alexanderplatz over a two day time-span.
It was epic.
LOL! someday ^
My only accomplishment is that I took in The Human Condition in one day.
The Human Condition has been collecting dust on my shelf since three B&N sales ago… Damn… I should really watch it.
It’s worth it, Drew. Well worth it.
Yeah, I still have Berlin Alexanderplatz, Satantango, and The Decalouge to get through. Human Condition, too.
And Season four of Breaking Bad.
I watched Satantango in one day. It was amazing. But it needs to be seen (in my mind, at least) twice, and so another seven hours, here I come! :D
Last December, I watched Shoah, The Decalogue and The Human Condition. (Over a period of 4-5 days each – marathon viewings of films that long don’t work for me.)
I’m actually about two hours into Satantango right now. Liking it quite a bit so far.
^It looks like someone is unemployed.
I hope you’re out there occupying Wall Street, Brad! lol
“The Human Condition has been collecting dust on my shelf since three B&N sales ago”
You need to get through The Human Centipede first.
Alas, though I am the 99%, these are all evening viewings and I’ve got to get up the next morning. I’m occupying my couch.
I’ve seen 14 of the current top 20. My thoughts for what they’re worth…
We Won’t Grow Old Together 24
Eros Plus Massacre 19
A unique film and worthy of being recognized. It’s important to watch the complete longer version available on a French DVD. While I believe that Kiju Yoshida has done better—I think Flame and Women and Bitter End of a Sweet Night are both better films—this film represents Yoshida’s wonderful sense of composition, b&w cinematography that verges on overexposure, and use of music well.
The Lady Eve18
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks18
One of the most significant cinematic achievements of the millennium to date in my opinion. An excellent embodiment of all the amazing things that are happening in the Chinese digital cinematic revolution.
Once upon a Time there was a Singing Blackbird 18
A very good film, but I have to admit I’m a little surprised to see this so high. I’m not sure what it is about this film that would set it apart from the many excellent films from this area of the world. I’d prefer to see something like Parajanov’s Shadows of Ancient Forgotten Ancestors or Yuri Ilyenko’s Spring for the Thirsty in its place.
Top 20? That’s kind of tough. But this is about as good as a psychological horror film gets, so I’m fine with it.
Black God, White Devil 17
Well-deserved. Personally though, I’d prefer to see Rocha’s The Age of the Earth replace it in the top 20. I think the latter film, while certainly lesser known and seen, is undoubtedly the definitive Glauber Rocha film.
Men on the Mountain 17
Donkey in a Brahmin Village 17
Again, while this is a good film, I don’t really see how it made it so high while something like The Name of a River and the films of Satyajit Ray and Ritwik Ghatak and Mrinal Sen and even Mani Kaul lag behind.
Manila in the Claws of Neon 17
I have the same reservations about how this film made it so high. It’s a very good film, but top 20 of all time is really really a generous placement.
The Mother and the Whore 16
This is some good cracklin’ revenge melodrama. But again, top 20 of all time? And two Lino Brocka films in the top 20? I like Brocka’s films and he deserves a wider audience and recognition, but this is a little ridiculous.
Edvard Munch 16
Stone Wedding 16
A masterpiece whose place in the top 20 is well-deserved. A testament to all of the amazing unknown Eastern Bloc films that never really made it to Western audiences during the Cold War.
City of Pirates 16
It’s hard for me to assess this one, as I don’t quite understand it. I’ve wanted to re-watch it, so that must mean something.
3 Women 16
A pleasant surprise. I’m not sure if it belongs in the top 20, but it’s arguably Altman’s best film. And I think it’s superior to Bergman’s Persona to which it is often compared.
The Only Son 15
The Man without a Past 15
A good film, but again, what is it about this particular Kaurismaki film that sets it apart from his other works for it to merit such a high rank?
Les Vampires 15
Woman in the Dunes 15
It’s seriously been like 10 years or maybe even more since I watched this. It made quite an impression on me back then, but all I can remember are the sensual b&w cinematography and the atmosphere of ennui and hopelessness. I’m thinking that this has a legit place among the best works of cinema even from the little I remember.
^ Agree about Yoshida—Flame and Women is my favorite.
Glad to see continued support for Tie Xi Qu, too.
and cheers for calling 3 women superior to persona. many consider it a lame ripoff but i also think it’s better
My marathon story is pretty cool. For my 15th birthday I had friends over and we watched all three Lord of the Rings movies that day and also played LOTR risk and monopoly. I won both ;) And my dad had set up an archery competition outside. So yea everything was somehow tied to LOTR hah. Then we stayed up in my grandparents pop-up camper and talked all night. One of my favorite memories as a kid.
Also, the first time I saw Andrei Rublev I watched it twice in one day. Immediately after I finished I watched it again. Didn’t leave my room for 6 straight hours,,,
The Life & Death of Colonel Blimp +2
3 Women -1
I Walked with a Zombie -1
>>and cheers for calling 3 women superior to persona<<
Laughs all around!
Blue, thanks for taking the time to write those mini reviews. It might get me to see a few…
Zachary: I watched Satantango in one day. It was amazing. But it needs to be seen (in my mind, at least) twice, and so another seven hours, here I come! :D
Indeed, I’ve seen it twice and it’s even better the second time. I saw it in a theater both times and think that it’d be vastly diminished on even a big screen tv and if not watched in one day (with intermissions allowed of course). There are lots of great super-long films. I also saw the long version of Out 1 in a theater over the course of 2 days. I watched 15 hours of Berlin Alexanderplatz on video over 3 days. Phantom India, La Belle noiseuse, L’Amour fou, A Brighter Summer Day – all great movies. I’ve seen Seven Samurai seven times. On the other hand, I couldn’t make it through Shoah, not because of stamina issues but I just didn’t like it enough to spend that much time on it and I wasted 6 hours on The Best of Youth.
+2 Stars in My Crown
The man without a past +2
The ogre from athens -1
Titticut Follies -1
+2 The Third Part of the Night
-1 Sherlock Jr.
-1 Chungking Express
Stranger than paradise +2
people on sunday -1
the ogre of athens -1
chunking express +2
people on sunday-1
the ogre from athens-1
Just so I can get this off my chest [takes mod badge off and places it on counter]:
At this point in the game (and at points previous) I find it ridiculous to vote down films you haven’t seen. Eventually it may become inevitable, but no way with 250 left.
And to do it for spite is even more ridiculous.
I’ll not name names nor will I question any one participant’s motives in this thread, but I am very disappointed in the way this came about. There was bile on both sides, all of it equally disgusting, if for different reasons.
The purpose of this site and hopefully of this thread, should be about discovering and celebrating film. To willfully go against that for spite or because one thinks it’s funny is inexcusable.
[Grabs mod badge once again.]
Thank you for letting me vent.
I can proudly say I haven’t voted for or against anything I haven’t seen and plan on stopping my participation once there are no longer any films left that I’ve seen. Cause I agree, it’s more honest/fun that way. Either way I’ll be curious to see how this ends.