Also all about finding who you really are, too.
Probably the best film I've ever seen about loneliness and loss. Something about the characters in this movie generates a great deal of natural, unforced empathy. And my god, the cinematography - Wenders is catering to my obsession with neon lights and that first scene in the whorehouse gets my vote for most visually stunning sequence in cinematic history.
One of the most fascinating and poignant studies of love, relationships, and emotional game-playing I've ever come across. Faith vs reason, attraction vs principles, love vs lust, etc. I need to see more Rohmer.
Clearly had a huge impact on 60s European cinema, especially Contempt and Antonioni in general. It's certainly a worthy predecessor; like many of those films it's a very astute study of relationships. I have mixed feelings on the ending, it was nice but seemed rather abrupt.
Some of it is a stretch, sure, but it's still an immensely entertaining look at one of the most fascinating films of all time. I could buy the stuff about the Holocaust and the Indians.
Seeing this on the big screen last night may have been the greatest cinematic experience I've ever had.
Watching it for the first time in two years, I'm not quite sure why I didn't love it more on my initial viewing. It's possibly Hitchcock's most entertaining film. Also, I love the way this movie looks; not just the cinematography, but there's something about the texture of the art decoration that I find enormously appealing. Was everything really this polished in 50s America??
Quickly becoming my favorite actress.
It's pretty slow-paced for a crime thriller, but as a personal allegory and a representation of New York's sleaziest nooks and crannies it's pretty great. Gazzara's performance is impressive as well.
Man oh man. I've got a new favorite Cassavetes.
You can try to change your identity, but you'll only end up losing your grip on reality and your sense of who you are. A bizarre, thought-provoking masterpiece.
This is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen. Absolutely glorious.
I want to live in this film.
This may be the best debut feature ever. It's also the only Malick film I've really loved; if only he had continued down the path started with this movie, which has a sense of focus that his later work lacks. Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek are both great, creating two incredibly complex characters.
After my lukewarm reaction to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, I have to say Bunuel really won me over with this one. A fascinating study of upper class sexual perversity and boredom, it's also endlessly entertaining and completely irresistible. Catherine Deneuve's performance suggests boundless layers of hidden complexities- this is absolutely brilliant. Bring on more Bunuel!
I couldn't imagine a better introduction to Cassavetes. A Woman Under the Influence is easily one of the most powerful dramas I have ever seen and a crown jewel of 70s cinema. Often painful but never less than captivating, I see now why Gena Rowlands' performance in this is hailed as one of the all-time greats. I especially loved how the film's most harrowing scenes were heightened even more by Cassavetes' realistic approach to filmmaking. An incredibly rich and textured examination of the modern nuclear family, social dysfunction, and psychological miscommunication.
Even better than the theatrical version. All of life can be seen in this, an extraordinarily rich masterpiece unlike any other. My second favorite film.
At this point, I'm starting to think he might just be the greatest American director.
This may be the strangest film I've ever seen, but it's also one of the most fascinating explorations of identity I've come across. Creating new personalities and hiding our true selves is a draining experience; a masterpiece and one of the best movies of the year.
Honestly, I had no doubt that I'd love it. One of Altman's very best; we'd all be a lot happier if we tried to understand each other.
Cool, I finally have a favorite western! Another Altman masterpiece, and one of the most beautiful films ever made.
I guess I'm kind of biased in favor of this, but I really enjoyed it a lot. I was glad to see a focus on Hitchcock's obsession with his leading ladies (that search for romantic idealism is a large part of what his films are about, to me), and I thought that, for the most part, Hitch's inner problems were dealt with in an insightful and comprehensive manner.
Perhaps Bergman's bleakest film, and his most in-depth look at the nature of God. It's a portrait of misery and silence, but damn if it isn't one of the icy Swede's most well-made and brilliantly acted works.
It's a good thing this wasn't my first Bergman, because the bar would have been set immeasurably high. A beautiful, epic fairy tale, and I don't think I can name another film which has made me feel a wider variety of emotions. Bergman's best, no doubt about it.
Wow. How has it taken me so long to see this? As perfect as any film I've seen. Some of the best cinematography ever, too.
I got chills watching the trailer for this. It's a good year for Hitchcock fans!
Seeing this on the big screen tonight has erased any doubts I've ever had about it's place at the top of my favorites list; indeed, the film that got me obsessed with film remains the best movie I've ever seen. Watching Psycho in a theater emphasizes what an absolute roller-coaster ride it truly is; the audience jumped, laughed, clapped, and was fully mesmerized by what has been rightfully described as pure cinema.
Just watched this for the third time. I'm eating my words; for me, this has gone from most overrated movie ever, to really good, to mind-blowing masterpiece. One of, if not the, best Bergman films I've seen.
The ultimate 80s movie. De Palma strives for epic, and gets a marvelously excessive version of The Godfather.
The greatest love story, ever.
I need time to gather my thoughts on this, so for now I'll just say that PTA has outdone himself in his most ambitious and enigmatic film yet. The erratic narrative structure seems to be modeled after Freddie's eccentric brain patterns. Other than that, I can't figure out just yet what is being said- but whatever it is, I know on a subconscious level that it's really hit me hard.