So, in an effort to condense the forum into less threads, I figured we could use this.
Simply, you post what kind of movie you are looking for and the person below gives you a recommendation. Then he posts what he is looking for, and so on.
Please give examples of films that might fit what you are looking for.
A great, easygoing film with cool characters. EXAMPLE: Breathless, A Little Stiff, Stranger than Paradise.
Can you give an exmple of a film you already know of?
Do you mean easygoing as in nothing too trying or traumatic happens to the characters? or that you as a viewer aren’t put through too much vicarious grief?
Also cool is very subjective.
I was thinking about saying Blake Edwards’ The Party.
Then maybe a documentary might be good too. What about Winged Migration? Birds are cool, and pretty easy going right?
Hold on, thank you so much for reminding me. I’m editing the first post.
It’s your turn, or you can pass it on to the next poster.
Harry and Tonto
Someone already suggested Bob le Flambeur. There are so many lesser films that want so bad to be Bob.
Movies as love letters to a city: Mystery Train, Manhattan, 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her. Three very different movies in three very different cities. These make an interesting back-to-back-to-back watch as far as comparative analysis goes.
to the city theme I would add Venice/Venice, Vicki Christina Barcelona and John Water’s Pecker
I don’t really have a description of something I’m looking for right now. I’ll let other people speak up as they please.
I know this isn’t what the thread is specifically about, but another great double-feature for comparison’s sake is Dr. Strangelove followed by Fail-Safe. Both utilize the same basic premise, but take this story in drastically diverging directions (pardon the ridiculous alliteration). The contrast between black comedy and thriller is very interesting. I always like to watch movies in pairs for some reason.
I’ve read over many lists members have about films of the Balkan region, and I’m wondering if someone could recommend two or three movies to cut my teeth on. Not something too recognizable or too obscure – simply movies that someone feels best represent the tone of films from that region.
I’m looking for anything with a happy ending. It doesn’t have to be a romance or comedy, I just want a happy ending.
@Sarah: Based on some of the classic American movies you have on your favorites list, I would recommend To Have and Have Not. It’s so underrated in my opinion. Plus it’s classic Bogart and Bacall, which makes it hard not to have a happy ending.
Im trying to find something very depressing that i can stomach.
Ahh, I have seen To Have and Have Not! And I do love it so that’s definitely a nice recommendation.
Sarah H: The Devil and Daniel Webster
Beneezy: please, in the future provide a recommendation for someone. Come and See.
The last shot of The Devil and Daniel Webster is one of the greatest in cinema, but I wouldn’t say it’s exactly happy. Kind of sinister!
But overall, the ending is an “up” ending.
Prescribe me a film from each of these directors:
For Godard I’d say A Woman Is a Woman, Band of Outsiders, or La Chinoise. But definitely the first two.
The Devil and Daniel Webster is on Criterion! I approve!
The Devil and Daniel Webster is absolutely essential. Portrait of Jennie is amazing and so is The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
That’s another recommendation- Portrait of Jennie.
I just want to recommend three films by each of those three directors that Brady recently put down. I’ve got a lot of movies of my own right now, that I have not seen before, and other places such as the library, so, for the moment, I will not ask for recommendations.
For Bergman, I’ll go with my favorite one of his and that’s The Shame.
Godard, I’d go with Weekend.
Bunuel, I’d go with Belle De Jour.
There are more great films that those three directors have made, but those are my favorites of theirs.
Ah, The Shame. I’ve been meaning to see that. Weekend sounds great but it seems to heavy for me at the moment… and Belle De Jour is one that’s been of my list for a long time.
I’ve recently watched Hao Hsaio-hsien’s “Three Times” and got very interested in the first segment (Time for love). Any recommendations for other films of that style/nature? Films done in the same specific era would be preferable. I believe it was 1966.
My bad Brady! I have yet to see Come and See. I have the DVD unopened. :p
As for me, I would recommend Fellini’s “La Strada.” Guilleta Masina’s performance is a gem to see.
Symi—Hou Hsaio-hsien is impeccable and I hope you find more of his work. Let me know if you need help finding some of it.
@Brady: For Godard, Vivre sa Vie. For the other two, I’ve only seen The Seventh Seal and The Milky Way, but both were fantastic.
@House yeah im currently (but very slowly) discovering hou’s masterpieces — thanks for the offer. when i need that help (and im sure i will) i’ll be sure to find you.. :)
Symi: as far as a recommendation for films similar to “Three Times” – you’ve probably seen “In The Mood For Love” already ?
Have you seen Aronofsky’s “The Fountain” ? It’s not really the same style but it does have the ‘love across several time periods’ element.
thanks @kaiser and yes, i’ve seen “in the mood for love” but not “the fountain” (yet). i’ve tried watching it before, but never finished it. i blame it on hugh jackman ;p
bump! Syimi, maybe Syndromes and a Century by Apichatpong Weerasethakul?
I’m looking for a really great long film— i.e. more than 2 and a half hours.