Is this really a sci fi film? Or is it a film noir with sci fi substance matter? I think this is way more noir-ish than people give it credit for. It's also a hell of a good movie no matter how you look at it.
Fukasaku's style in one word..."chaos"
It's amazing how this is so definitive of the times in which it's made yet any teenage boy can relate to this even today...
This film sparked my quest to see every Sam Fuller movie. That final scene with the rain is utterly electrifying.
Those who say film noir ended with Touch of Evil obviously haven't seen Underworld U.S.A...
Robert Wise has been impressing me more and more, first with The Set Up and now with this. Belafonte was fantastic, definitely gonna look for more from him.
An invaluable clinic on screenwriting, cinematography, and directing.
M is a masterpiece, and no doubt an influence on Film Noir itself...but I still prefer his American noir films to his European films... The Big Heat is criminaly underrated, and I just finished watching Women in the Window...Very impressive.
Good God! Albert Finney's permonance as Hercule Poirot was breathtaking. one of the greatest on screen performances I've ever seen. That alone earns the film four stars from me, and Lumet's excellent direction bumps it up to a five star...I still get goose bumps thinking about Finney's acting...especially in that final climactic scene...
Probably the perfect American...Has inspired in me not only a desire to make movies, but also to smoke cigars...
I can't deside whether this is one of the worst or one of the best films I've ever seen, but the more I think about it the more I lean towards the latter. It transcends 50's cinema in pretty much every way, that much is certain. The outdoor locations in a 50's noir were refreshing, yet just as much as atmospheric and stylish as anything the WB studios could offer. Loved the ending. "Hot white thrills!" indeed...
Wasn't as stylistically unique as Do the Right Thing...but I guess that's necessary. 25th shows us a different New York, and different people, so I guess it required a different style. I liked it, and I just love the mirror scene, which reminded me of that scene in Do the Right Thing with it's undiscriminatory contempt.
I loved it. This may give some people second thoughts on their dreams of making/being involved in movies...But it just made me wanna make them even more. Was hilarious in some parts, and seeing Truffaut do his thing was a rare treat. I especially loved his dream where he steals the Citizen Kane stills... I think Wes Anderson's American Express commercial was heavily inspired by this...
The description of this film always sounded so typically art house that I put off seeing it for awhile. If it wasn't going off Netflix instant play tomorrow I probably would have put it off for I don't know how many years. I absolutely loved it though. Other than being touching and blah blah blah....(which it was) just as a period film alone it worked. I had no clue what occupied France was like...now I do.
The scene where they shoot the three Japanese soldiers and send thousands of birds to scatter about through the jungle and the air is one of most cinematically powerful scenes I've seen in a long time. I'm beginning to like David Lean more and more.
The most experimental of all of Kurosawa's films I've seen thus far (almost all)... Not a perfect film by any means (which came as a shock to me because most Kurosawa's are completely perfect) But I respect Kurosawa all the more for making this film. It displays his characteristic desire to explore the nature of humanity and in this case, humanity in desperation. Could definitely see the Dostoyevsky influence here
Perhaps I missed something but...Why is this film called The Life and Death of Colonel BLIMP? Where was anyone named BLIMP in there?
Thank god for the Criterion Collections greatly designed dvd covers, without which I would have never thought to watch this film. I agree it reminded me of Tokyo Story, but I liked this alot more. While Tokyo Story seemed ancient in it's style, this film seemed ahead of it's time. How ironic for a film about an elderly couple to feel ahead of it's time... I loved how it was both humorous and touching at once.
The first and only british gangster film I actually liked. And unlike most, I liked the soundtrack...=] This film is criminally underrated in the gangster film genre.
This movie was tailor made for me! A truly original, unique, stylish film that's both highly entertaining and highly personal. This is one of those films I can relate to pretty much 100%...
This film is absolutely impeccable. The dialogue, acting, camera work, setting, pacing, etc, is all tight, effective, and flawless. At times humorous, violent, suspensful, sarcastic, but never boring or lagging in any way. I haven't seen the remake but I'm puzzled to find that anyone could believe for a second that they could upgrade this.
I wasn't expecting such a fun film... Two words..."Mechanical Vagina"...
One of my favorite Godard films... Probably the first example of a movie that I like 90% because of the score.
It's a vicious internal battle that I almost always lose to not in some way copy or rip off this film in some way when writing my own short films. It's just so iconic. I love those wonderful shots of the taxi driving at night with the rain drops gleaming against it's hood, and the score is probably my favorite of any film ever.
Was suprised at how much I really enjoyed this. Just goes to show the films you go into with the lowest expecations could potentially be favorites.
A simple little film with lots of complexities. On it's way to being one of my favorite Kubricks.
This is to the western genre what 2001 is the the sci fi genre. By far my favorite Leone film. I even liked it better than the dollars trilogy.
Left quite a strong impression. Impeccable cinematography and a thick, intelligent mystery. Great noir, definitely an essential.
Brilliant and wild film. Excellent direction and one of the best scripts I've ever heard.