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Your favorite Woody Allen's film? about 5 years ago
I definitely still watch his films on a regular basis. I haven’t truly loved any of his recent films. I would say his best period was from about 1977 (start at “Annie Hall”) up until 1987 (end at “Radio Days”). But my top three look like this:
- Annie Hall (Woody Allen shines through his screenplays)
- Manhattan (Some of the most beautiful black & white shots I’ve seen in film)
- Stardust Memories (because I love “8 1/2”)
New to The Auteurs? You Belong Here about 5 years ago
I’m from Vancouver BC. I’m proud of my city for taking film seriously. I’m not a film students, nor do I have any training as a filmmaker. I just like film, and I watch plenty of it. Also, I like to discuss. This is a wonderful website, and I’m glad I found it.
JOHN CASSAVETES about 5 years ago
A friend of mine let me borrow his criterion box set. I watched four of them in the span of a few weeks. I was happy to take it all in at once. I was blown away when I watched “A Woman Under the Influence”. Gena Rowlands gave what I think might be one of the greatest performances in film history.
Eclipse about 5 years ago
I’m getting ready to watch two of the films from Kaurismaki’s eclipse set. I’ve already seen “The Match Factory Girl”. Some other good Kaurismaki films (slightly more on the comedic side):
“The Man Without a Past”
“Lights in the Dusk”
“I Hired a Contract Killer”
When I say "A Perfect Film", What One Film Pops Into Your Head First? about 5 years ago
Fritz Lang’s “M”. No filmmaker has done what he did almost 80 years ago.
JOHN CASSAVETES about 5 years ago
Agreed. I did finish “Faces”, but it wasn’t easy. I find it easy to notice the errors in his work, whether they’re purposeful or not. Errors are usually okay, but I would agree with what you said about having difficulty sitting through them. Still, Cassavetes is (and always will be) a hero of sorts. There’s no denying that his work was important and influential.
Which film has changed your life forever? about 5 years ago
8 1/2. I’m okay with the fact that I’ll never fully understand the film. I think I responded to it so strongly because it was around the time that I began to love cinema as an artform. And since the very focus of this film is cinema itself, it helped me discover the creative possibilities that exist in film. Also, the last 15 minutes of the film are probably my favorite 15 minutes of any film anywhere. What a wonderful ending to a story.
Film Education about 5 years ago
I think the list should include a range of countries and time periods. Just a few that I would include: “In the Mood for Love”, “Annie Hall”, “La Dolce Vita”, “Seven Samurai”, “The Seventh Seal”, “Breathless” or “Contempt” (or both), “The Rules of the Game”, “Rear Window”, something from Chaplin/Keaton, something from Griffiths/Melies. And would I get laughed at if I included “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”?
Movies That Should Be In the Criterion Collection about 5 years ago
I would love to see some more Aki Kaurismaki.
Films you love but most people hate. about 5 years ago
The Life Aquatic. I won’t generalize by saying that everyone is against me, but I’ve heard it said on several occasions that it’s supposed to be Wes Anderson’s worst film. I can’t get enough of it.
What was the first Criterion movie you watched? about 5 years ago
I bought and watched Wes Anderson’s “The Life Aquatic” when it first came out on DVD, not knowing anything about the criterion collection. I think the first film I watched, after learning what the CC was all about, is “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” or “Jules and Jim”.
The longest movie you've ever sat through about 5 years ago
“Seven Samurai” was one of the longest ones that I’ve seen too, but I would agree that it doesn’t feel as long as it is. It entertained me, and that’s all that mattered. Every part of “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy was long because I watched the extended editions. Sometimes, they are less entertaining, especially the third one.
the hate corner about 5 years ago
I love Godard…but I hated “Tout va Bien”. That set was cool, but from start to finish I was bored out of my mind.
Your Favorite Godard Film? about 5 years ago
“Band of Outsiders”. I can’t get enough of that dance scene.
Although, if I was going to introduce someone to Godard’s work, I would probably begin with “Masculin, Feminin”.
TOP BERGMAN about 5 years ago
My strongest response to any Bergman film was when I saw “Through a Glass Darkly”. It was too intense and emotional to forget about.
Favorite score? about 5 years ago
I agree with whoever mentioned Nino Rota. Fellini’s films are just that much better when the music plays. Also, can we get some love for Woody Allen’s “Manhattan”? The Gershwin score is a significant part of that film. New York City in 1979, with “Rhapsody in Blue”…so good.
Favorite score? about 5 years ago
I also have huge respect for Jon Brion, and pretty much anything he does.
favorite films? about 5 years ago
I’ll go with ten, but I won’t be able to rank them:
“Lost in Translation” (Coppola)
“Nights of Cabiria” (Fellini)
“Children of Paradise” (Carne)
“Stardust Memories” (Allen)
“Paris, je t’aime” (various directors)
“Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels” (Ritchie)
“High and Low” (Kurosawa)
“The Life Aquatic” (Anderson)
“Band of Outsiders” (Godard)
now playing in a theatre near you about 5 years ago
I saw “Synecdoche, New York” on the weekend. It was okay. I certainly didn’t hate it, but Kaufman was trying to do too much if you ask me. I liked the set, and the cast was good. But I don’t know if I’d say it’s a necessary film to see.
Films for Canadians about 5 years ago
I’m from Vancouver BC. Consider this my signature on the petition.
And as for Canadian films, my favourite has to be “The Barbarian Invasions”.
FANTASY ARTHOUSE DOUBLE FEATURE about 5 years ago
I would use place as a theme, and I also like the idea of matching old/new films. So, I was thinking it might be cool to show Renoir’s “The River”, and then Wes Anderson’s “The Darjeeling Limited”. I figure it might be appropriate, since apparently “The River” was an inspiration for Anderson when he was still writing “The Darjeeling Limited”.
Whats your favourite actor,and what actor is so bad you cant look at him about 5 years ago
From previous decades, I like Marcello Mastroianni and Toshiro Mifune. They both know what it means to be cool.
Favorite Kurosawa flicks? about 5 years ago
“High and Low”, but I have to say that “The Hidden Fortress” has grown on me a lot.
Avant-Garde Your Favourite Film and Filmaker about 5 years ago
I’ll give props to Brakhage. But has anyone seen any John Smith? I like his stuff.
INGMAR BERGMAN: GENIUS...OR...OVERRATED BORE? about 5 years ago
I’ve only seen a fraction of Bergman’s filmography. There has not been a single minute an any of those films that I’ve questioned his genius. I love Bergman’s directing. But personally, I think the genius lies in his writing. And ask Woody Allen (one of the better writers in film). He agrees with me.
Your Favorite Michel Gondry Film? about 5 years ago
I love some of his music videos (Chemical Brother’s “Star Guitar” for example). Also, could we get some love for Dave Chappelle’s Block Party? I know it’s not Gondry in his usual style, but I thought it was very entertaining.