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rawlinson -> My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 12:59:16 PM)

Finally getting round to doing the expansion on my top 300 list I kept mentioning. I was originally going to double the number to 600, to make sure there were plenty of new reviews, but I've decided to add the 350, because that way if I ever want to be bold and push it to the 1000 then I only need to add another 350. Because my old top 300 means there'll be little in the way of surprises near the top of the list, I'm going to do this list alphabetically. Some films have fallen along the way from the old list, but if I ever do make a top 1000 I'm sure they'll be back in again.

1. Abhijan (1962; Satyajit Ray)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=1&key=&NID=0#3134526
2. A bout de souffle (1960; Jean-luc Godard)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=1&key=&NID=0#3134556
3. After Life (1998; Hirokazu Kore-eda)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=2&key=&NID=0#3134982
4. Aguirre: The Wrath of God (1972; Werner Herzog)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=2&key=&NID=0#3136022
5. Alice in the Cities (1974; Wim Wenders)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=3&key=&NID=0#3136302
6. Allegro non troppo (1976; Bruno Bozzetto)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=3&key=&NID=0#3136444
7. Almost Human (1974; Umberto Lenzi)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=3&key=&NID=0#3137074
8. Alphaville (1965; Jean-luc Godard)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=4&key=&NID=0#3138881
9. Amarcord (1973; Federico Fellini)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=4&key=&NID=0#3138894
10. Amer (2009; Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=4&key=&NID=0#3139825
11. Andrei Rublev (1966; Andrei Tarkovsky)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=5&key=&NID=0#3141272
12. Anger Magick Cycle (1947 - 1980; Kenneth Anger)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=5&key=&NID=0#3141326
13. The Apartment (1960; Billy Wilder)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=6&key=&NID=0#3142525
14. Apocalypse Now (1979; Francis Ford Coppola)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=6&key=&NID=0#3143607
15. The Apu Trilogy (1955 - 1959; Satyajit Ray)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=6&key=&NID=0#3146755
16. The Arcane Enchanter (1996; Pupi Avati)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=6&key=&NID=0#3147337
17. Archangel (1990; Guy Maddin)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3153155
18. L'armee des ombres (1969; Jean-Pierre Melville)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3153196
19. Arsenic and Old Lace (1944; Frank Capra)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3155848
20. Ashes of Time (1994; Wong Kar-wai)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3161971
21. As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty (2000; Jonas Mekas)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3161972
22. Assault on Precinct 13 (1976; John Carpenter)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=7&key=&NID=0#3164487
23. L'atalante (1934; Jean Vigo)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=8&key=&NID=0#3165092
24. Au Hasard Balthazar (1966; Robert Bresson)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=8&key=&NID=0#3165740
25. The Awful Truth (1937; Leo McCarey)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=8&key=&NID=0#3168768
26. Badlands (1973; Terrence Malick)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=8&key=&NID=0#3180453
27. Bad Luck Blackie (1949; Tex Avery)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3180483
28. Baron Prasil (1961; Karel Zeman)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3180543
29. Barry Lyndon (1975; Stanley Kubrick)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3181138
30. Barton Fink (1991; Joel Coen, Ethan Coen)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3183016
31. Bedazzled (1967; Stanley Donen)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3183028
32. The Bed Sitting Room (1969; Richard Lester)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3183126
33. The Beguiled (1971; Don Siegel)
http://www.empireonline.com/forum/tm.asp?m=3134524&mpage=9&key=&NID=0#3184553




matty_b -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 1:03:03 PM)

Looking forward to it - but will it get finished? [:D]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 1:05:23 PM)

1.
Abhijan

(1962; Satyajit Ray)


[image]http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l620/empirecomedylist/abhijan.jpg[/image]

Cast: Soumitra Chatterjee, Waheeda Rehman, Ruma Guha Thakurta, Gyanesh Mukherjee, Charuprakash Ghosh, Robi Ghosh
Country: India

Spoilers ahead.

Narsingh (Soumitra Chatterjee) is a high-caste Bengali, descended from warriors. His current social situation doesn't fit his noble heritage, however. He's a taxi driver, a source of employment that shames the headstrong and proud man. As the film opens, Narsingh is already at a low ebb. After having been abandoned by his wife, he's become a cynic and a misogynist, lashing out against the world and desperate to prove his worth. He's become so angry at women that he refuses to even allow women into his taxi. A petulant act, where he overtakes another taxi on the road at high speed, costs him his job when he discovers the inspector was riding in the other car.

During a lengthy night drive following his dismissal, he comes across a stranded local businessman, the wealthy Sukhanram (Charuprakash Ghosh), who is travelling with a young woman, Gulabi (Waheeda Rehman), who he claims is his new maid. Narsingh drives him to a border town where Sukhanram makes a proposition; the town has no taxi service, if Narsingh will set up a service there, Sukhanram will help him get his permit. All he asks in return is that Narsingh occasionally delivers some goods for him. While in the town, Narsingh meets Joseph (Gyanesh Mukherjee). Joseph's grandfather was a close friend of Narsingh's grandfather. He also meets Joseph's beautiful sister, Neeli (Ruma Guha Thakurta), and soon decides to stay in the town, along with his mechanic/Sancho Panza, Rama (Robi Ghosh). Soon Narsingh hears rumours about Sukhanram, that he's a pimp and a drug dealer and he realises that Gulabi is going to be forced into prostitution, and the goods he would be delivering would be opium. Narsingh is forced to choose between his desire to better his social standing, and being true to his proud heritage.

Narsingh isn't a pleasant character. He's not easily sympathetic either. It's obvious that Neeli only views him as a friend, yet he's blinded by his attraction to her. While he constantly mistreats and ignores Gulabi, the woman who actually cares for him. He's a man to whom nobility is everything, but he has no idea of how to achieve nobility. Even for his taxi job, he insists on driving a vintage Chrysler, to show he's better than where his life has taken him. So he struggles to reconcile his lineage with his current situation and allows his frustration over his life to cost him quite dearly at times. Ray spends much of the film arguing against the importance of castes. Not just through the devastation the desire for social status creates in Narsingh, but through the words and actions of the other characters. Joseph gets a great scene where he argues the futility of social divisions and Neeli gets one of the film's most important lines - that it's behaviour that actually dictates standing.

Abhijan is a great character study of a tormented man, making especially effective use of the parallels drawn between a local landmark, the uncle and nephew rocks, and the nature of sin and corruption and their effect on Narsingh. But it also finds time to create well-drawn supporting characters, not just in Joseph and Neeli but also in Rama, Narsingh's faithful companion, and Gulabi, the film's most sympathetic character, she also gets the most emotionally affecting sequence.  There are also some striking sequences in the film, from the desperate race across the landscape against a speeding train, to some beautiful cinematography, although one of the least thrilling fight scenes ever caught on film makes you realise why Ray never became an action director. It's been claimed by some that Chatterjee was miscast. Nonsense. It's a powerhouse performance, leading a perfect cast where everyone gets chance to shine (although Rehman is a real stand-out)

It's one of my favourite films from the great director, and it was his biggest commercial success, yet oddly it was neglected for a long time. That commercial success seems to have been held against the film by many, as if it was evidence that the film wasn't a true Ray. It's fair to say that it wasn't an idea he was desperate to film. He originally just adapted a popular novel that was to be directed by a friend, only stepping into the director role at the last minute, but that doesn't make the film lesser in any way. It's a brilliant piece of cinema, just waiting to be rediscovered and to take its rightful place and be recognised as one of the finest films of Ray's career.

[image]http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l620/empirecomedylist/Abhijan2.jpg[/image]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 1:06:19 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: matty_b

Looking forward to it - but will it get finished? [:D]


[:D]

I think so. I managed the 300 before, and that's essentially what I'm doing now, because I have reviews for over half the films already written. So I'm just basically equalling an earlier task I set myself. [:)]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 2:43:33 PM)

2.
A bout de souffle
(1960; Jean-luc Godard)


[image]http://i90.photobucket.com/albums/k241/worldsgreatestsinner/A_souffle.jpg[/image]

Cast: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Jean Seberg, Daniel Boulanger
Country: France

Spoilers ahead

The first feature of former critic Godard, A bout de souffle is one of the most exhilarating debuts you could ever hope to see. Michael is a selfish young thug, so infatuated with American gangster films and Humphrey Bogart that he bases his life on Bogie's screen image. He steals a car and kills a cop in Marseilles before fleeing to Paris and asking for help from Patricia, a young American student who sells the NY Herald Tribune on the Champs-Elysees. In Patricia's apartment, Michael tries to seduce her and convince her to leave the country with him, but when the police close in, Michael finds he has nobody to trust.

At its heart, Breathless is a chase film, but it's one that's willing to linger on the small moments. Another film wouldn't have dared to take such a lengthy interlude as Godard takes here in Patricia's apartment, it would have been too desperate to keep the action moving. But Godard seems to realise here that life isn't a whirlwind of action and it's the impulsive moments (Belmondo stealing a car, shooting the cop, Seberg betraying him) that acts as catalysts for everything and that most of life is just sitting around waiting for something to happen.

As in other Godard films, "high" and "low" culture collide once again. Here Belmondo worships Bogart and American gangster cinema while Seberg quotes from literature and longs to be a journalist. And as in his other work, Godard once again shows that the two are of equal value, with both having their beauty and their failings. Some argue that Godard doesn't seem as interested in characters here as he does in his stylistic innovations, but I don't agree, even if the characters don't have a great deal of depth they're interesting, provocative and vividly rendered, in no small part thanks to the electric chemistry between Seberg and Belmondo. In fact, it's those characters that help to keep the film interesting. As radical as A bout de souffle must have seemed 50 years ago, a wave of imitators means that it's not as startling any more. If the narrative didn't capture the imagination then this could simply be a museum piece, influential, seminal even, but not watchable for any reason other than its innovations. It's also a dazzlingly romantic film, but the romance isn't between Michael and Patricia, it's between Godard and cinema. You can sense Godard's love for the potential of the medium flow through this film and it keeps it not only a vital and important piece of cinema history, but a pure joy to watch.

[image]http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l620/empirecomedylist/Aboutdesouffle.jpg[/image]




impqueen -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:08:27 PM)

I've not seen Abhijan.
 
A bout de souffle I haven't watch in an age, I know I like Jean Seberg and Belmondo is class though.  




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:11:35 PM)

You should see Abhijan, for it is cool. Someone who knows a lot about this kind of thing has claimed it to be one of the 650 greatest films of all time. [:D]

If I go see The Tree of Life tonight, third one will be up tomorrow, otherwise, third one will be up tonight.

And I should probably mention I cheat by combining trilogies from time to time. So If.... might be under M for The Mick Travis Trilogy, for example.




HughesRoss -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:14:11 PM)

{ Hughes peeks in, see's 2 films already he has never heard of thinks -Typical from the Wikiman-and runs back to his horror thread}[:D]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:22:00 PM)

They're good films. Abhijan was an influence on Taxi Driver. [:D]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:24:37 PM)

Oh and your inbox be full. As the Bishop said to the Bedlinog girl.




jackassfan -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:33:29 PM)

Havent seen Abhijan, but i have now added it to my lovefilm rental queue

I dislike most of Jean Luc Godard's films that i have seen, but A bout de souffle is one of a few of his that i liked




HughesRoss -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 3:41:30 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

Oh and your inbox be full. As the Bishop said to the Bedlinog girl.


[:D][:D]

Full again!!!!!!!!!  I am sorting it as I type......Will this list grace the delights of Con Air, Face Off, Goodfellas, and  loads of horrors.........if so I stick around[:D]

I should do a My Top 701 list, but with my taste, I'll probably piss everyone off.




MonsterCat -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 4:09:49 PM)

650 films? You're just showing off now, Rawlinson.

I've had A Bout De Souffle sitting on my computer desk for two years and I still haven't watched the thing yet.




FritzlFan -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 5:41:06 PM)

Intredasting choices so far.

Never heard of Abhijan (though it sounds interesting), but A bout de Souffle is pretty good.

I don't think I've seen a single Satyajit Ray film, actually.




swordsandsandals -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 8:24:17 PM)

I don't think I've seen 650 films.




Rebenectomy -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 8:33:37 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: swordsandsandals

I don't think I've seen 650 films.


That's because you're only 12




chris_scott01 -> RE: My Top 650 Films (9/7/2011 11:35:13 PM)

Awesome start.  Abhijaan was (I think) the first Ray film I saw.  I think an awful lot of Ray's films as a whole, but this is up there with the best.




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:06:49 AM)

Huzzah!


One I've not seen and one I hate. About average for me with a Rawlinson list [:D]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:36:08 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: jackassfan

Havent seen Abhijan, but i have now added it to my lovefilm rental queue



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rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:37:16 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: HughesRoss

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

Oh and your inbox be full. As the Bishop said to the Bedlinog girl.


[:D][:D]

Full again!!!!!!!!!  I am sorting it as I type......Will this list grace the delights of Con Air, Face Off, Goodfellas, and  loads of horrors.........if so I stick around[:D]

I should do a My Top 701 list, but with my taste, I'll probably piss everyone off.


Con Air is fun, but not on the list. Face Off isn't fun and isn't on the list. [:D] Goodfellas is Scorsese. Therefore it is amazing. It might be on the list, not giving too much away though. Lots of horrors. Lots and lots. And you should do your top 701. [:)]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:38:12 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

650 films? You're just showing off now, Rawlinson.



[:D] I love displaying my geekery.




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:39:34 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: FritzlFan

Intredasting choices so far.

Never heard of Abhijan (though it sounds interesting), but A bout de Souffle is pretty good.

I don't think I've seen a single Satyajit Ray film, actually.



I know I mentioned this earlier, but Abhijan honestly is seen as an influence on Taxi Driver. Scorsese loves Ray's work in general. You should check it out. [:)]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:40:15 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Rebenectomy


quote:

ORIGINAL: swordsandsandals

I don't think I've seen 650 films.


That's because you're only 12


And because he gets obsessed with films and watches them endlessly. How many times have you seen How to Train Your Dragon now? [:D]




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:42:04 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: chris_scott01

Awesome start.  Abhijaan was (I think) the first Ray film I saw.  I think an awful lot of Ray's films as a whole, but this is up there with the best.


Did you come to Ray after the Masters of Cinema release? Because it was one I was fairly unfamiliar with before that, and I'd already seen quite a number of his films. I spent ages tracking down The Music Room.




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 12:42:27 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Huzzah!


One I've not seen and one I hate. About average for me with a Rawlinson list [:D]



[:D] Why do you hate Godard, G'?




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 1:57:25 AM)

Not just Godard. New Wave in general.




Pigeon Army -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 5:06:33 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

650 films? You're just showing off now, Rawlinson.



[:D] I love masturbating about how awesome I think I am on the internet.



Fixed for accuracy.

A bout de souffle is good, tho (I must say I don't understand your numbering, though).




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 10:57:20 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Not just Godard. New Wave in general.


But whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhy?




rawlinson -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 11:00:06 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Pigeon Army
I love masturbating about how awesome I think I am on the internet.



Pot. Kettle. [:D]

Numbering? Just alphabetical. It's pointless doing a ranked list because my top 10 haven't changed so it would all be very anticlimactic.




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: My Top 650 Films (10/7/2011 11:11:45 AM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Not just Godard. New Wave in general.


But whhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhy?




Because they suck. That's about as in depth as I care to be on the subject [:D]




quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson
Numbering? Just alphabetical. It's pointless doing a ranked list because my top 10 haven't changed so it would all be very anticlimactic.




Is number 12 still the same? Because it needed defending recently and nobody seemed to care [:(]




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