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chambanzi -> Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 11:28:12 AM)

Okay so I shall be listing my top 100 films, don't expect groundbreaking essays but hopefully the write ups are reasonable. I can't promise that I will be too quick with updates but I do promise that I will complete the list.
I have been a bit cheeky and added trilogies as just one entry. My reason for this is that the films are enough alike to warrant one place and if I gave three places for every trilogy then I wouldn't get to include other favourites. Mainly though I am lazy and just can't be bothered to order Part 1/Part 2 etc.
Oh and as for fancy banners that's not really my style but I will try to get some decent screen-grabs or at the very least get a still from google images [:D]

Hopefully you can all enjoy this!

51. The Party (1968, Blake Edwards)
52. The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir)
53. Chinatown (1974, Roman Polanski)
54. Pickpocket (1959, Robert Bresson)
55. Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
56. The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985, Woody Allen)
57. The Terminator (1984, James Cameron)
58. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969, George Roy Hill)
59. Naked (1993, Mike Leigh)
60. Memories of Murder (2003, Bong Joon-ho)

61. L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson)
62. Barry Lyndon (1975, Stanley Kubrick)
63. Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
64. Sunset Boulevard (1950, Billy Wilder)
65. Fargo (1996, Joel & Ethan Coen)
66. A Man Escaped (1956, Robert Bresson)
67. Yojimbo (1961, Akira Kurosawa)
68. 3:10 to Yuma (2007, James Mangold)
69. Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986, Hayao Miyazaki)
70. Rumble Fish (1983, Francis Ford Coppola)

71. Psycho (1960, Alfred Hitchcock)
72. For A Few Dollars More (1965, Sergio Leone)
73. Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
74. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992, Brian Henson)
75. Annie Hall (1977, Woody Allen)
76. Some Like it Hot (1959, Billy Wilder)
77. Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg)
78. Before the Rain (1994, Milcho Manchevski)
79. 12 Angry Men (1957, Sidney Lumet)
80. Paris, Texas (1984, Wim Wenders)

81. Toy Story (1995, John Lasseter)
82. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962, John Ford)
83. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930, Lewis Milestone)
84. Burn After Reading (2008, Joel & Ethan Coen)
85. Videodrome (1983, David Cronenberg)
86. Winchester '73 (1950, Anthony Mann)
87. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988, Robert Zemeckis)
88. The Grapes of Wrath (1940, John Ford)
89. Ace in the Hole (1951, Billy Wilder)
90. Ran (1985, Akira Kurosawa)

91. In Bruges (2008, Martin McDonagh)
92. Fist of Fury (1972, Lo Wei)
93. The African Queen (1951, John Huston)
94. Ratatouille (2007, Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava)
95. Being There (1979, Hal Ashby)
96. Nights Of Cabiria (1957, Federico Fellini)
97. Princess Mononoke (1997, Hayao Miyazaki)
98. The Browning Version (1951, Anthony Asquith)
99. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976, Clint Eastwood)
100. Infernal Affairs (2002, Wai- keung Lau, Alan Mak)




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 12:28:17 PM)

Cool. New list. [:)]




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:06:35 PM)

100. Infernal Affairs (2002)


Directors: Wai-keung Lau, Alan Mak

[Nirvana Sutra] Verse 19 "The worst of the Eight Hells is called Continuous Hell. It has the meaning of Continuous Suffering. Thus the name"

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Chen Win Yang is a cop placed undercover within a triad gang. He lives in constant fear of being found out and killed. Lau Kin- ming is a triad planted as a mole within the police force who is in constant fear of being named and shamed. Living a lie places both men in a continuous hell thus the opening quote and the play on words title 'Infernal Affairs'

After Inspector Wong is tipped off by Yang about a drug deal and triad boss Sam is notified of this by Lau (giving him time to dispose of the drugs) both men realise there is an informer in each of their ranks. So begins a race against time; who can reveal the others informer first. A suspenseful chase through the cinema sees both men almost come face to face.


SPOILER ALERT

This Hong Kong crime thriller is not a film where good guys and bad guys exist. To be cliched there is no black or white, just shades of grey. Who is worse the good guy having to do bad things or the bad guy living the life of an ordinary man?
Infernal Affairs is very impressive in showcasing a relatively complex narrative with ease intertwining flashback without ever confusing or losing the audience. We grow to love characters on both sides of the law, the triad thugs who believe everybody looking at them is a cop or even Inspector Wong; the only man to know of Yang's real identity whose flight and ultimate demise from the roof of the car park is perhaps the most emotional scene (forget Martin Sheen from The Departed.)

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As Infernal Affairs draws to a close it packs a neat little twist, firstly with the revelation that there was another uncover triad within the force and secondly with said triad shooting Yang in the head just as the audience begins to expect a 'happy ending.'
However our sympathies ultimately lie with Lau who is the real victim for it is he who must live retaining the state of continuous hell.







elab49 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:14:15 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: chambanzi

I have been a bit cheeky and added trilogies as just one entry.


Most times it's entirely reasonable though - ignore those who cry 'cheat'. [:)] And a list from a person with your av must have a good share of loveliness in it.

Infernal Affairs - great film, please don't have Departed above it!






chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:20:19 PM)

Thanks people! And yes there will be some loveliness in this list sprinkled with some not so loveliness but certainly no place for The Departed. I don't think it is a bad film but felt it was overdone and that rat scene with Nicholson was [:'(]




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:31:15 PM)

The Departed > IA.

You know it's true.




Rhubarb -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:34:41 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

The Departed > IA.

You know it's true.



nope.




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:36:00 PM)

And there was me telling PA I was trying to be cool by being more like you. WHYDIDYOUMAKEMELIE??????




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:38:02 PM)

I think the stupid love story threw me off The Departed, I can believe they live practically identical/opposite lives but being with the same woman? [&:] Step too far imo.




elab49 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:44:12 PM)

It was the obviousness of it that annoyed me - it wasn't a bad watch for the most part but shoving stuff in your face and screaming was annoying. And I still have issues with the end. Monahan is a generally terrible screenwriter IMO (and an equally poor director as it turns out).

Has anyone seen Confession of Pain the other Lau/Mak collaboration? I was thinking of picking it up.




garvielloken -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:44:35 PM)

Great start with IA. I don't think The Departed is better, but they're both quality films.




impqueen -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 1:49:04 PM)

IA is brilliant, The Departed is mostly wank. [:)]




MovieAddict247 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 2:09:26 PM)

I still haven't seen Internal Affairs. I thought The Departed was alright - well-directed, but nothing special (performance wise it was all decent, but the fact Wahlberg was nominated for an Oscar is something I can't understand).

Looking forward to the rest of the list.




MonsterCat -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 2:12:33 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

The Departed > IA.

You know it's true.


I agree, but the Infernal Affairs films are still pretty cool.




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 3:18:11 PM)

99. The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)

Director: Clint Eastwood

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After the death of his wife and son at the hands of Union marauders farmer Josey Wales joins a group of Confederates. When the Civil War ends Josey refuses to surrender to the Union preceding an action packed sequence in which Clint takes control of the Gatling gun.

With a bounty on his head and revenge on his mind Wales encounters a variety of companions on his travels; an old Cherokee who has been stripped of his land, a Cheyenne woman exiled from her tribe who is about to be raped and an old lady and her granddaughter about to be sold and raped. Interestingly enough they are all victims in some form.

Despite the weaknesses and varying backgrounds of Wales' comrades they help Josey as much as he helps them and the characters form somewhat of a trusting family unit. For this reason Josey Wales is a kind Western. Critics draw comparison between Wales and The Man With No Name but I feel Wales is much more humanised. He is strong and is of independent will yet through all the tobacco spitting, masculine bravado he too needs companions as he too is a victim.




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:05:06 PM)

Josey Wales is great, one of Clint's best.




Harry Tuttle -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:11:27 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

quote:

ORIGINAL: rawlinson

The Departed > IA.

You know it's true.


I agree, but the Infernal Affairs films are still pretty cool.


You guys be crazy. The Departed's alright but it would be much better without Nicholson chewing the scenery nearly every time he's on screen.




paul_ie86 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:14:50 PM)

Would it be better if he was Acting...Naturaaal?




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:14:57 PM)

Still better than IA though.




rawlinson -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:15:08 PM)


quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

Would it be better if he was Acting...Naturaaal?


[:D]




elab49 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:38:44 PM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: paul_ie86

Would it be better if he was Acting...Naturaaal?


[sm=indifferent08.gif]




Harry Tuttle -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 4:43:51 PM)

[:D]




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 8:15:52 PM)

98- The Browning Version (1951)

Director: Anthony Asquith

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Andrew Crocker Harris (Michael Redgrave) teaches at an English public school. He is strict, seems devoid of human emotion and is very unpopular amongst his students who call him the “Himmler of the Lower Fifth.”
Uncharacteristically his wife Millie is a young, fashionable and good-looking woman. Millie is also having an affair with Frank Hunter, a fellow teacher who is young and popular with the children.

In addition to being disliked by his colleagues and pupil’s Crocker Harris is also denied a pension by the Headmaster (Wilfrid Hyde-White.) The Headmaster is a two- faced and deceitful character; one who pretends to have a person’s best interests at heart putting on a friendly front yet highly self-orientated. Hyde-White plays this (at times humorous) character to perfection as an individual who lives vicariously through younger men such as Frank Hunter; men who plays sports and seduce women. He is too superficial to have any interest in a man as pathetically resigned as Crocker Harris, yet ironically the emotionless, defeated and weary nature of Harris is a coping mechanism conceived from being too withdrawn, weak and defeated to stand up for himself against those of a selfish nature.
In this respect it is understandable to see why his wife shows such a lack of respect towards him despite her troubling lack of empathy.

Something stirs in Crocker Harris when he receives a parting gift from Taplow, a pupil of his and finally the façade slips and he is reduced to tears. The aforementioned gift is Robert Browning’s translation of Agamemnon inscribed with a Greek phrase that reads

“God from afar looks graciously upon a gentle master”

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Spoilers

Upon his departure from the school Crocker Harris delivers a self- aware and self- reflective farewell speech receiving a warm ovation from the students. I believe this signifies human’s desire to understand and connect with what is around them.
Following this speech Crocker Harris tells Frank Hunter of his relationship with his wife explaining that there are “two different types of love.”
Many argue that this is a hint to closeted homosexuality, others argue that Millie wanted a physical relationship whereas Harris wanted something more spiritual. Both are possible interpretations, personally I regard the two types of love to be material love and shared love. Material love is the desire to seek status, beauty and power in order to fulfil an idea of self- improvement. Shared love is faith in people, principles, intellect and a genuine interest in the world with the desire to share this love with someone.




elab49 -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 8:20:25 PM)

Have you seen the Finney version? I rewatched both a couple of years ago as they came up on a course and I'd still prefer the Asquith, for all its repression, although Finney and Scacchi were wonderful. 




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 8:24:06 PM)

I haven't actually but I should check it out. I'm not opposed to remakes despite the fact it seems that way from the thread so far [:D]




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 8:27:29 PM)

Just learned from a fatal mistake there as well. I like to write spontaneously and did an entire write up of the film then it timed out and I had to re-write it [>:]




Gimli The Dwarf -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (4/3/2012 11:59:54 PM)

Josey Wales is ace.




Rhubarb -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (5/3/2012 12:15:15 AM)

They need to do a sequel to Josey Wales for the period where he invented Wikipedia.




chambanzi -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (5/3/2012 12:28:53 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Josey Wales is ace.


Glad you agree.
Out of interest if anyone has played a game called Red Dead Redemption there is a travelling salesman in it called Nigel West Dickens who must be based off Carpetbagger (the annoying travelling salesman in Josey Wales.) If you have played the game and want to watch the film look out for this!




scarface666brooksy!! -> RE: Chambanzi's Favourite 100 Films (5/3/2012 1:34:47 AM)

quote:

ORIGINAL: chambanzi

quote:

ORIGINAL: Gimli The Dwarf

Josey Wales is ace.


Glad you agree.
Out of interest if anyone has played a game called Red Dead Redemption there is a travelling salesman in it called Nigel West Dickens who must be based off Carpetbagger (the annoying travelling salesman in Josey Wales.) If you have played the game and want to watch the film look out for this!


I love Red Dead but hated that bastard with a passion [:D] I still haven't seen Josey Wales but have been meaning to for awhile. And as for the IA, Departed debate, I haven't seen IA yet [:(] but I liked The Departed a lot. I will agree with the general consensus about Nicholson in it though [:)]




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