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Rob,

I'll answer your inquiry in a new thread as perhaps others may wish to learn of my progress/challenges as well. I have a LOT of movies left to go. -There is a particular challenge with silent and subtitled films that I'd only partly anticipated.- I'm still attempting to be a functioning member of my household while watching 4-5 movies per week. The wife has little interest in this project and will watch perhaps one movie per week or every other week with me. As a result, I typically watch these movies while she works and, even then, combine my viewing with folding laundry or other sit-a-spell tasks. Glancing away from the screen for a few seconds a minute may be okay with "The Searchers", but doesn't work well at all with "City Lights" or "Chungking Express". I'm working very hard to push through "8 1/2" right now, but, I'll admit, this one is challenging.

Occasionally, I'll need to send a "postcard" (movie brief) and I'm not sure what to write on the back. Did I like it?? Was it a good movie?? Does leaving me disturbed count as entertainment?? WTF?? I watched "Blue Velvet" last week. I'm glad I watched it alone. Now I have to write something...

An unusual side-effect that I definitely did not expect is that I now have started to prefer Black and White movies. Colors just seem garish and superfluous. -Although I did enjoy both B/W and colorized versions of "Plan 9 From Outer Space", as this movie was not harmed by the addition of purple(!) uniforms on the invaders, it makes my ownership of a colorized "It's a Wonderful Life" that much more insulting. It was the only version available when I bought it, and I haven't been adequately 'driven' to buy the unaltered version. I just look at mine every now and then and curse at it like I would a poorly hung painting.

While there is some redundancy on the lists below, (ex. "8 1/2" appears on all three) there are still MANY left. I've added the TSPDT list to my original course-lists from Yahoo and Time Magazine as that is one which would seem to have clout -probably more so that either of the first two, but I'm going to dance with who I brought.

The lists below are what I have remaining:

Yahoo:

8 1/2 (1963)
Blow Up (1966)
Breathless (1960)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
Grand Illusion (1938)
In the Mood For Love (2001)
M (1931) 2
Network (1976)
Nosferatu (1922)
Paths of Glory (1958)
Princess Mononoke (1999)
Raise the Red Lantern (1992)
Rashomon (1951)
Seven Samurai (1954)
The Third Man (1949)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
Wings of Desire (1988)
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988)
The World of Apu (1959)


Time Magazine:

8 1/2 (1963)
The Apu Trilogy (1955, 1956, 1959)
Baby Face (1933)
Bande à part (1964)
Berlin Alexanderplatz (1980)
Brazil (1985)
Camille (1936)
Children of Paradise (1945) 2
Closely Watched Trains (1966)
The Crime of Monsieur Lange (1936)
The Crowd (1928)
The Decalogue (1989)
Detour (1945)
The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
Dodsworth (1936)
Drunken Master II (1994)
His Girl Friday (1940)
Ikiru (1952)
It's A Gift (1934)
Kandahar (2001)
Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)
The Last Command (1928)
Léolo (1992)
The Man With a Camera (1929)
Mon oncle d'Amérique (1980)
Mouchette (1967)
Nayakan (1987)
Ninotchka (1939)
Notorious (1946)
Olympia, Parts 1 and 2 (1938)
Out of the Past (1947)
Persona (1966)
The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)
Pyaasa (1957)
The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
The Singing Detective (1986)
Smiles of a Summer Night (1955)
Sunrise (1927)
Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Swing Time (1936)
Talk to Her (2002)
Tokyo Story (1953)
A Touch of Zen (1971)
Ugetsu (1953)
Ulysses' Gaze (1995)
Umberto D (1952)
White Heat (1949)
Wings of Desire (1987)
Yojimbo (1961)


They Shoot Pictures...:

8 1/2 - Criterion Collection
Amarcord - Criterion Collection
Andrei Rublev - Criterion Collection
Au Hasard Balthazar (Criterion Collection)
Battleship Potemkin
Breathless
Children of Paradise - Criterion Collection
Contempt - Criterion Collection
The Earrings of Madame de...
Fanny and Alexander (Special Edition Five-Disc Set) - Criterion Collection
The General
The Gold Rush (2 Disc Special Edition)
Grand Illusion - Criterion Collection
Greed
Ikiru - Criterion Collection
Il Conformista (The Conformist)
Intolerance (1916) (Silent) (B&W)
Jules and Jim - Criterion Collection
L' Atalante
La Dolce Vita (2-Disc Collector's Edition)
La Strada - Criterion Collection
Last Year at Marienbad
L'Avventura - Criterion Collection
The Leopard - Criterion Collection
Letter from an Unknown Woman
M - Criterion Collection (Special Edition)
The Magnificent Ambersons
The Mirror
My Darling Clementine
Nashville
The Night of the Hunter
Notorious - Criterion Collection
Ordet - Criterion Collection
The Passion of Joan of Arc - Criterion Collection
Persona
Pickpocket - Criterion Collection
Pierrot Le Fou
Playtime - Criterion Collection
Rashomon - Criterion Collection
Roma, Città Aperta (Open City) in Original Italian
Rules of the Game
Seven Samurai - Criterion Collection
The Seventh Seal - Criterion Collection
Stagecoach
Sunrise
The Third Man (50th Anniversary Edition) - Criterion Collection
To Be or Not to Be
Tokyo Story - Criterion Collection
Ugetsu - Criterion Collection
Viridiana - Criterion Collection
Voyage To Italy (Viaggio in Italia) NON-USA FORMAT, PAL, Reg.2 Import - France Sansho the Bailiff - Criterion Collection
The Wild Bunch - The Original Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Wild Strawberries - Criterion Collection


Mon Nov 22, 2010 2:07 pm
Post Re: Having fun, wish you were here...
That you're planning on watching the terrible Ulysses' Gaze is sign that these arbitrary movie-watching projects can exact a huge, painful toll from the viewer. I suggest you set up a tape recorder, paint a wall, and play an audio recording of paint drying to fill in for Ulysses' Gaze.


Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:38 pm
Post Re: Having fun, wish you were here...
majoraphasia wrote:
That you're planning on watching the terrible Ulysses' Gaze is sign that these arbitrary movie-watching projects can exact a huge, painful toll from the viewer. I suggest you set up a tape recorder, paint a wall, and play an audio recording of paint drying to fill in for Ulysses' Gaze.


ooohhh...that doesn't sound good.

Any thoughts why it would be on a list?


Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:17 pm
Post Re: Having fun, wish you were here...
Awf Hand wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
That you're planning on watching the terrible Ulysses' Gaze is sign that these arbitrary movie-watching projects can exact a huge, painful toll from the viewer. I suggest you set up a tape recorder, paint a wall, and play an audio recording of paint drying to fill in for Ulysses' Gaze.


ooohhh...that doesn't sound good.

Any thoughts why it would be on a list?


My guess? It's a return-to-form of what Antonioni and Co. did back in the 60s. It's 3 hours long, ultra-serious and stars Harvey Keitel -- it seems like it must be important. Scorsese is an admirer of the director (Theodoros Angelopoulos), the movie is High Art... how could it be anything but impressive? It's BORING. And so calculatedly pretentious that it has to be seen to be believed. The director is responsible for Landscape in the Mist, a great film. Perhaps because it's watchable and involving, not chilly and painfully dull, it didn't deserve to make the list.


Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:58 pm
Post Re: Having fun, wish you were here...
Awf Hand

I'm happy you're enjoying your travels. Do keep writing in.

the top 100 is a huge and rewarding challenge though I have no idea about Ulysses Gaze. never heard of it. Sounds like one I'll skip. It's not even in the top 1000 at They Shoot Pictures....

Rob


Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:44 pm
Post Re: Having fun, wish you were here...
In the spirit of my journey, I'm in the UK with my mom and watching the odd great movie

Tonight is An Affair to Remember with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr. I'm surprising myself to find that I have not previously seen it .

On this trip will be others.

I'm now only 14 away from completing the top 200. And maybe 15 years from the top 1000 at the current rate.

Have fun
Rob


Tue May 10, 2011 10:56 am
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