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JamesKunz wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
Unke wrote:
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois Couleurs: Blanc


This one could stand for a complete re-evaluation. White never gets the proper respect for all the (in my opinion, undue) respect Blue receives. It must be that the tone of the film isn't quite the same as the others, maybe more of a comedy with the hangdog Karol Karol not quite as radiant as the leads of the other two.


I may be the only person on God's green earth who thinks White is easily the best of the trilogy.


Not necessarily. I always bounce between Blue and White as the best. At the time of my post it was Blue, but I frequently think of White more positively. Red's the only that I don't consider near-perfect.

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A former poster named Tuco made the only good case I've read for the movie being the best.


Ah, Tuco. A smart man, if I'm remembering right. Now I'm going to have to go look about that post on Blue, for old time's sake.


Sun Jul 25, 2010 4:40 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
A former poster named Tuco made the only good case I've read for the movie being the best.


Ah, Tuco. A smart man, if I'm remembering right. Now I'm going to have to go look about that post on Blue, for old time's sake.


I miss the guy -- he was perceptive and really easy to interact with. The exchange, with his points being generally better than mine, starts here: viewtopic.php?p=24533#p24533


Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:06 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
Zeppelin wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:
A former poster named Tuco made the only good case I've read for the movie being the best.


Ah, Tuco. A smart man, if I'm remembering right. Now I'm going to have to go look about that post on Blue, for old time's sake.


I miss the guy -- he was perceptive and really easy to interact with. The exchange, with his points being generally better than mine, starts here: viewtopic.php?p=24533#p24533



Top posters I miss:

- Tuco
- Sheryl
- Vexer when he didn't have miraculously imrpvoed writing ability (I feel like, in the darkest part of my mind, that he is playing a fast one on us).
- Trevor
- adayinthelife1979
- Rishi85
- munroe (just kidding - you know how much he hated sarcasm...)


Sun Jul 25, 2010 7:26 pm
Post Re: What Is Your Favorite Film By... (Phil-Phil Edition)
Oh Tuco, I can never say this for certain but I think I may have driven him out, probably with that argument about Matrix and Blair Witch or something.


Sun Jul 25, 2010 8:09 pm
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Patrick wrote:
Oh Tuco, I can never say this for certain but I think I may have driven him out, probably with that argument about Matrix and Blair Witch or something.


I doubt it. Nobody here, at least nobody normal, has been driven out by an individual poster. That would be most lame. Tuco probably got bored and left because we weren't talking his kind of movie.

Trevor is at least still alive, that much is for certain. His contributions were pretty good so I can only guess he left for reasons other than general forum disgust.

Who knows. It's a small, merry band here. That's not so bad... right?


Sun Jul 25, 2010 11:01 pm
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Evenflow8112 wrote:
ed_metal_head wrote:
Neil Labute - In Good Company. By far.


Although, to be fair, that film is probably altogether better than anything Labute has put out since the late 90's.


Note to self: stop posting after midnight. Although it could really happen to anyone. Both movies have words like "Company" and... "In". So you see, it's really a common mistake.

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P.S. - Having never seen 'The White Ribbon' before, I would dearly like to know whether or not the film is 'to my taste' - 'to my taste' meaning whether it is "good" Haneke ('La Pianiste', 'Cache') or "bad" Haneke ('Funny Games', 'Funny Games Again') - before I put down a good chunk of change for it. Hell, if it's even three-fourths as good as 'Time Of The Wolf' I'll be semi-intrigued.


Someone more qualified should answer this, but it looks like I'll have to do. Have a look at the movie, Phil. Imho, The White Ribbon is closer to Cache than Funny Games. Of course, I like all of those movies.

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Patrick wrote:
Oh Tuco, I can never say this for certain but I think I may have driven him out, probably with that argument about Matrix and Blair Witch or something.


I doubt it. Nobody here, at least nobody normal, has been driven out by an individual poster. That would be most lame. Tuco probably got bored and left because we weren't talking his kind of movie.

Trevor is at least still alive, that much is for certain. His contributions were pretty good so I can only guess he left for reasons other than general forum disgust.

Who knows. It's a small, merry band here. That's not so bad... right?


Actually, if Patrick has ever driven out one person from these forums it'd be Tuco. Really.

I don't want to turn this into a missing persons thread, but I miss ram1312. How much pipe can one man lay in a single summer? I'd say Ratel too, but he recently dropped in.


Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:22 am
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I wasn't aware that I was missed by anyone, and no i'm not pulling a fast one :lol:


Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:37 am
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ed_metal_head wrote:
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Actually, if Patrick has ever driven out one person from these forums it'd be Tuco. Really.

I don't want to turn this into a missing persons thread, but I miss ram1312. How much pipe can one man lay in a single summer? I'd say Ratel too, but he recently dropped in.


Thanks for that vote for confidence ed.

And I thought Ram was still around....right? right?


Mon Jul 26, 2010 8:02 am
Post Re: What Is Your Favorite Film By... (Phil-Phil Edition)
Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line. Not by much, though.
Zhang Yimou - I'm tempted to be a stickler and say To Live, or be funny and say the Olympic Opening Cerimonies, but really, it's Raise the Red Lantern and I don't think there's a good case to be made for anything else.
Terry Zwigoff - Crumb. Easily.
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker. Again, easily. A very mature film.
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois Couleurs: Blanc.
Sean Penn - The Indian Runner. Into the Wild's too long, The Pledge sucks, The Crossing Guard has aged horribly...again, a pretty easy choice for me.
Shohei Imamura - The Ballad of Narayama for me. But Vengeance is Mine is also quite fantastic, a little bit of a Japanese "No Country." Another wonderful, and woefully underseen filmmaker. Good choice, Philius.
Federico Fellini - la Dolce Vita. But it's hard to go wrong with any choice here.
Neil Jordan - The Butcher Boy. Easily, my friend.
Hal Ashby - Harold and Maude, but it's almost impossible to pick just one. As Bill Murray recently said..."Hal Ashby...this guy made half a dozen unbelievable movies."

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Takashi Miike - Audition, I suppose, but I don't have a ton of heart behind that vote.
Milos Forman - Amadeus.
Kon Ichikawa - Kagi. But I haven't seen enough of him.
Nagisa Oshima - I'm still too grossed out by In the Realm of the Senses, so I'll go for the splendidly weird Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence.
Philip Kaufman - The Right Stuff? Color me unimpressed.
Pier Paolo Pasolini - Arabian Nights. Salo is amateurish shit.
Stephen Frears - I do like High Fidelity quite a bit. And Dirty Pretty Things is wonderful too.
Louis Malle - My Dinner with Andre. Fantastic in every way that matters.
Neil Labute - Nurse Betty, but I'm not a big fan of any of it.
Atom Egoyan - Here's the thing: Exotica, Felicia's Journey and Ararat are fantastic films, but the Sweet Hereafter is still far and away his best film. A masterwork.
François Ozon - 5x2.
Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting.
Michael Haneke - Cache.
John Sayles - Lone Star. It's an absolute crime that more people don't know his work. He's independent to the bone, and he's everything right about American cinema.
Alain Resnais - Last Year at Marienbad
John Boorman - Hope and Glory or The Emerald Forest.
John Schlesinger - The Falcon and the Snowman.
Vittorio De Sica -Bicycle Thieves.

A good list of films. Easier for me than the last list, but some very good directors on there.


Mon Jul 26, 2010 11:35 am
Post Re: What Is Your Favorite Film By... (Phil-Phil Edition)
I sent ram1312 a PM not that long ago but it remains in my outbox. He's likely on vacation or trying to get out from under a semi. Someone should probably send for help.

Shade wrote:
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Sayles - Lone Star. It's an absolute crime that more people don't know
his work. He's independent to the bone, and he's everything right about
American cinema.


I love Sayles and have wondered, here and there, why he's not mentioned more frequently on a forum that generally embraces his kind of character-driven dramas. His stuff hasn't been quite as remarkable since Limbo came out in '99 but he's definitely the amongst a few number of writer/directors that goes his own way every time.

A quick shout out to Men With Guns, a little-seen movie that got somehow lost amongst other 1998 releases. 1998? Worst movie year of the 1990s.


Mon Jul 26, 2010 5:44 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
I sent ram1312 a PM not that long ago but it remains in my outbox. He's likely on vacation or trying to get out from under a semi. Someone should probably send for help.


Not to tread too far offtopic, but apparently school teacher Ram is mostly on Reelviews while he should be working. Now that school is closed he's on 3% (or did he say 2%?) of his regular internet time. I can only think of one thing he's doing with all that free time, hence my pipe laying comment.


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Evenflow8112 wrote:
To be more fair to the thread originator, I've decided to covet only the more obscure, 'artsy' filmmakers for my list, with a few more accessible exceptions thrown into the mix. Links to each director's respective filmography are provided down below the list.


Terrence Malick - did not see any yet
Zhang Yimou - Only saw and liked Red Sorghum
Terry Zwigoff - Only saw and liked Bad Santa
Kathryn Bigelow - The Hurt Locker (2008), saw two more mediocre movies
Krzysztof Kieslowski - A deity. Blind Chance is my choice, but I liked almost everything.
Sean Penn - did not see any
Shohei Imamura - Narayama, but The Eel is close.
Federico Fellini - Amarcord, followed by La dolce vita
Neil Jordan - Interview with the Vampire (1994), although Company of Wolves, The (1984) and Crying Game, The (1992)
were great too.
Hal Ashby - Harold and Maude (1971)
Takashi Miike - only saw Audition, quite good.
Milos Forman - Cuckoo's Nest
Kon Ichikawa - did not see any
Nagisa Oshima - Empire of Senses
Philip Kaufman - Unbearable Lightness of Being, The (1988)
Pier Paolo Pasolini - 1001 nights, but I did not like his films much (saw 7).
Stephen Frears - Dangerous Liaisons (1988) was great, everything else by him was significantly worse.
Louis Malle - Lift to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'échafaud (1958)
) and Atlantic City (1980)
Neil Labute - In the Company of Men (1997) is the only one I saw and liked
Atom Egoyan - Exotica (1994) and Sweet Hereafter, The (1997)
François Ozon - Regarde la mer (1997) (See the Sea) - Very Hitchcockian.
Gus Van Sant - did not see any
Michael Haneke - Cache (2005) so far, have not seen many yet, because of the torture factor (watching his films used to feel like torture).
John Sayles - did not see any
Alain Resnais - Année dernière à Marienbad, L' (1961) pretty snobbish
John Boorman - Liked Excalibur, but did not see Deliverance yet.
John Schlesinger - Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Vittorio De Sica - Marriage Italian Style, I guess


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Post Re: What Is Your Favorite Film By... (Phil-Phil Edition)
After adding a few John Sayles movies to my Netflix que (ones of his I have yet to see) I went looking for im on these forums and came across this thread. So:

Terrence Malick - Badlands
Zhang Yimou - Raise The Red Lantern
Terry Zwigoff - Bad Santa
Kathryn Bigelow - Strange Days
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Trois couleurs: Rouge
Sean Penn - Into The WIld
Shohei Imamura - (Making a note to add some of his to the Netflix Que)
Federico Fellini - I Vitelloni
Neil Jordan - Mona Lisa
Hal Ashby - The Last Detail
Takashi Miike - Dead Or Alive
Milos Forman - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Kon Ichikawa - Only seen 47 Ronin
Nagisa Oshima - In The Realm of The Senses
Philip Kaufman - The Right Stuff
Pier Paolo Pasolini - Only seen The Gospel According To Matthew (loved it)
Stephen Frears - Tods up between High Fidelity and Dangerous Liasions
Louis Malle - Atlantic CIty
Neil Labute - In The Company Of Men
Atom Egoyan - Exotica
François Ozon - Only seen 8 Femmes
Gus Van Sant - Toss up between Drugstore Cowboy or My Own Private Idaho
Michael Haneke - Funny Games (The Original)
John Sayles - Toss up between Lone Star or City Of Hope
Alain Resnais - Hiroshima Mon Amour
John Boorman - Deliverance
John Schlesinger - Marathpn Man
Vittorio De Sica - Bicycle Thieves

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Terrence Malick - The New World
Zhang Yimou - Hero
Terry Zwigoff - Crumb
Kathryn Bigelow - Strange Days
Krzysztof Kieslowski - The Decalogue (Favorite episode: Thou Shalt Not Steal)
Sean Penn - (none seen)
Shohei Imamura - (none seen)
Federico Fellini - 8 1/2
Neil Jordan - The Crying Game, of course
Hal Ashby - Being There
Takashi Miike - (none seen)
Milos Forman - Amadeus
Kon Ichikawa - (none seen)
Nagisa Oshima - (none seen)
Philip Kaufman - The Right Stuff
Pier Paolo Pasolini - (none seen, to my surprise)
Stephen Frears - High Fidelity
Louis Malle - Atlantic City
Neil Labute - well, Nurse Betty is a hell of a lot better than The Wicker Man
Atom Egoyan - The only one of his films I've seen is "The Sweet Hereafter" which is one of my favorite films.
François Ozon - (none seen)
Gus Van Sant - Milk
Michael Haneke - (none seen)
John Sayles - The only film by him I've seen is "The Return of the Secaucus Seven" which I like.
Alain Resnais - (none seen)
John Boorman - Hope and Glory
John Schlesinger - All I've seen is "Marathon Man"
Vittorio De Sica - (none seen)

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Terrence Malick - Days Of Heaven
Zhang Yimou - To Live
Terry Zwigoff - Crumb
Kathryn Bigelow - Strange Days
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Three Colors: Red
Sean Penn - The Indian Runner
Shohei Imamura - Vengeance Is Mine
Federico Fellini - La Dolce Vita
Neil Jordan - Mona Lisa
Hal Ashby - Being There
Takashi Miike - Audition
Milos Forman - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Kon Ichikawa - Tokyo Olympiad
Nagisa Oshima - Empire Of Passion
Philip Kaufman - Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
Pier Paolo Pasolini - Teorema
Stephen Frears - High Fidelity or The Hit
Louis Malle - Elevator To The Gallows
Neil Labute - In The Company Of Men
Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hereafter
François Ozon - 8 Women
Gus Van Sant - To Die For
Michael Haneke - Cache
John Sayles - Lone Star
Alain Resnais - Night And Fog or Hiroshima Mon Amour
John Boorman - Point Blank
John Schlesinger - Marathon Man
Vittorio De Sica - Umberto D.

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I know I will suck, but here goes nothing...

Terrence Malick - I've only seen The Thin Red Line, and didn't like it.
Zhang Yimou - I got nothin' man :(
Terry Zwigoff - Ghost World, but the only other one I've seen is Bad Santa.
Kathryn Bigelow - Maybe Zero Dark Thirty, but I'm not that crazy about her films.
Krzysztof Kieslowski - I got nothin' man :(
Sean Penn - The Pledge
Shohei Imamura - I got nothin' man :(
Federico Fellini - I've only seen 8 1/2 which was... interesting :D
Neil Jordan - Interview with the Vampire
Hal Ashby - I got nothin' man :(
Takashi Miike - I've only seen Audition, which was solid.
Milos Forman - I've only seen Amadeus and People vs. Larry Flynt. I pick the former.
Kon Ichikawa - I got nothin' man :(
Nagisa Oshima - I got nothin' man :(
Philip Kaufman - I've only seen Quills and Rising Sun. I pick the former.
Pier Paolo Pasolini - I got nothin' man :(
Stephen Frears - The Grifters
Louis Malle - I've only seen Au Revoir les Enfants, but I loved it.
Neil Labute - In the Company of Men
Atom Egoyan - I got nothin' man :(
François Ozon - I got nothin' man :(
Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting. I haven't seen his recent films.
Michael Haneke - I got nothin' man :(
John Sayles - I've only seen Eight Men Out.
Alain Resnais - I got nothin' man :(
John Boorman - Deliverance
John Schlesinger - I got nothin' man :(
Vittorio De Sica - I got nothin' man :(

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Terrence Malick - "Days of Heaven"
Zhang Yimou - n/a
Terry Zwigoff - "Ghost World" (by default)
Kathryn Bigelow - I've only seen "Point Break," and wasn't crazy about it
Krzysztof Kieslowski - n/a
Sean Penn - n/a
Shohei Imamura - n/a
Federico Fellini - "La Dolce Vita" and "Amarcord" (can't pick between the two)
Neil Jordan - "Mona Lisa"
Hal Ashby - "Harold and Maude"
Takashi Miike - n/a
Milos Forman - "Amadeus"
Kon Ichikawa - n/a
Nagisa Oshima - "Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence" (by default)
Philip Kaufman - "The Right Stuff" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (again, can't pick between the two)
Pier Paolo Pasolini - n/a
Stephen Frears - "High Fidelity"
Louis Malle - "Atlantic City"
Neil Labute - "Your Friends and Neighbors"
Atom Egoyan - "Exotica"
François Ozon - "Swimming Pool" (by default)
Gus Van Sant - "Drugstore Cowboy"
Michael Haneke - n/a
John Sayles - "The Brother from Another Planet"
Alain Resnais - n/a
John Boorman - "Excalibur"
John Schlesinger - "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"
Vittorio De Sica - I've only seen "After the Fox," and that doesn't seem like an appropriate selection :|


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Terrence Malick - The Thin Red Line
Terry Zwigoff - Art School Confidential (only one I have seen)
Kathryn Bigelow - Strange Days
Sean Penn - Into the Wild (as a director)
Neil Jordan - Michael Collins
Milos Forman - The People Vs Larry Flynt
Philip Kaufman - The Right Stuff
Stephen Frears - Mary Reilly (love Hero as well)
Neil Labute - Nurse Betty
Atom Egoyan - Exotica
Gus Van Sant - Good Will Hunting
Michael Haneke - Funny Games US (only one of his I've seen)
John Boorman - Tailor of Panama is the only movie of his I've seen
John Schlesinger - The Next Best Thing (only other movie of his I'v seen is Eye for an Eye)


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Terrence Malick - The Tree of Life (need to see Badlands and The New World though)
Zhang Yimou - Having seen only his recent works, Hero.
Terry Zwigoff - Bad Santa, the only one I've seen.
Kathryn Bigelow - Near Dark
Krzysztof Kieslowski - Three Colors: Red
Sean Penn - Into the Wild
Shohei Imamura - None
Federico Fellini - Only seen La Dolce Vita but I will be impressed if anything else surpassed it (8 1/2 might be likely).
Neil Jordan - The Brave One
Hal Ashby - None, although I will probably watch Being There within the next month.
Takashi Miike - 13 Assassins
Milos Forman - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Yet to watch Amadeus though.
Kon Ichikawa - None
Nagisa Oshima - None
Philip Kaufman - Invasion Of The Body Snatchers. Seen only this.
Pier Paolo Pasolini - None
Stephen Frears - Seen too few, but Dirty Pretty Things.
Louis Malle - None
Neil Labute - None
Atom Egoyan - The Sweet Hereafter (Exotica unwatched).
François Ozon - Swimming Pool
Gus Van Sant - Only seen Paranoid Park and don't like it much.
Michael Haneke - Amour
John Sayles - None
Alain Resnais - Hiroshima Mon Amour
John Boorman - None
John Schlesinger - None
Vittorio De Sica - The Bicycle Thief


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