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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 30/12/2009 9:53:43 PM   
Professor Moriarty

 

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No Sunset Blvd. and Bad Day at Black Rock so low down. For shame Siegfried.

Top list though, great films all round.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 31/12/2009 2:22:35 AM   
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Oh, the shame. I've seen only two films from this list, All About Eve and Rear Window, but I've come very close to watching Seven Samurai, Anatomy Of A Murder and Singin' In The Rain on a number of occasions.

All About Eve is glorious, the characterizations fascinating, and the plot satisfyingly complex, and with an interesting twist at the end. Anne Baxter annoys the living shit out of me; her performance was really, really shitty in my eyes, encompassing a lot of the negative aspects of the style of acting common in the day, such as whispering the last word in each sentence. Piss off. A dark spot on an otherwise very interesting film. Rear Window is very cool, and the way the tension is built throughout the film, along with the moral dilemmas posed, show a true master at work. I was dissatisfied with the ending, as I felt it didn't pay off well enough given all that had come before. The third act felt truncated.

How do you feel about Sunset Boulevard, Cinderella, A Streetcar Named Desire, Vertigo, The Killing, Paths Of Glory, Peter Pan, 12 Angry Men, Sleeping Beauty and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?

All About Eve
Rear Window

I can't wait until you get into the 90s and the 2000s. I hope to have seen at least a few more than two or three in those lists.


Only two? Shame on you. As I've said before, I hope you're prompted to watch a few more.
If I had to choose just one other from the list for you, it would be Ballad Of A Soldier. A simple, beautiful and ultimately heart rending story of a young Russian soldier during World War 2, who, as a reward for his bravery, is given two day's leave from the front to return to his village and visit his mother. It's also one of the most powerful and affecting anti-war films I've ever seen.
As for the other films you mentioned, most of them were in my initial list for the decade, but just missed the cut.
Maybe if I tackle this again in the future, I'll need to make it a top 40 or 50 list per decade.
Thanks for your interest and comments.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 31/12/2009 2:26:13 AM   
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13/20 for me. This is why I'm hot.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 31/12/2009 10:58:17 PM   
siegfried


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The 1960's


20. The Firemen's Ball - Dir: Milos Forman
(Jan Vostrcil, Josef Sebanek, Josef Valnoha)

19. Targets - Dir: Peter Bogdanovich
(Tim O'Kelly, Boris Karloff)

18. Zazie Dans Le Metro - Dir: Louis Malle
(Catherine Demongeot, Philippe Noiret, Hubert Deschamps, Carla Marlier)

17. Plein Soliel - Dir: Rene Clement
(Alain Delon, Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforet)

16. A Man For All Seasons - Fred Zinnemann
(Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Susannah York)

15. Repulsion - Dir: Roman Polanski
(Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux)

14. The Apartment - Dir: Billy Wilder
(Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Fred MacMurray, Ray Walston)

13. The Hustler - Dir: Robert Rossen
(Paul Newman, Piper Laurie, Jackie Gleason, George C. Scott)

12. Jules And Jim - Dir: Francois Truffaut
(Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre, Marie Dubois)

11. The Battle Of Algiers - Gillo Pontecorvo
(Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag, Samia Kerbash)

10. Rocco And His Brothers - Dir: Luchino Visconti
(Alain Delon, Renato Salvatori, Annie Girardot, Katina Paxinou)

9. Eyes Without A Face - Dir: Georges Franju
(Pierre Brasseur, Alida Valli, Edith Scob, Juliette Mayniel)

8. Andrei Rublev - Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
(Anatoli Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapkoo, Nikolai Grinko, Irma Raush)

7. Bonnie And Clyde - Dir: Arthur Penn
(Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Estelle Parsons)

6. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? - Dir: Mike Nichols
(Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis)

5. The Manchurian Candidate - Dir: John Frankenheimer
(Frank Sinatra, Laurence Harvey, Janet Leigh, Angela Lansbury, James Gregory)

4. Belle De Jour - Dir: Luis Bunuel
(Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli, Genevieve Page, Pierre Clementi)

3. The Leopard - Dir: Luchino Visconti
(Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Paolo Stoppa)

2. The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg - Dir: Jacques Demi
(Catherine Deneuve, Nino Castelnuovo, Anne Vernon, Marc Michel)

1. Le Samourai - Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville
(Alain Delon, Francois Perier, Nathalie Delon, Cathy Rosier)

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 31/12/2009 11:27:20 PM   
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FUCK! I haven't seen a single one of those. What the hell is wrong with me? The 1960s are my most neglected decade when it comes to film.

Any of these make the shortlist?

2001: A Space Odyssey
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Lolita
Spartacus
Lawrence Of Arabia
Psycho
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!
One Hundred And One Dalmatians
The Jungle Book


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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 31/12/2009 11:36:27 PM   
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The 1950's
18. Bad Day At Black Rock - Brilliant film. Tense and filled with fantastic performances. Great to see it here.

15. Singin' In The Rain - Probably my second favourite musical after The Lion King. Hilarious, too. "I'm smarter than Calvin Coolidge...put together!"

9. The Searchers - Very very good, but Wayne's performance feels very telegraphed and kind of wooden, and his character arc isn't sold as well as it should be to me.

8. The 400 Blows - It's good, but my problems with it are well-known.

6. Touch Of Evil - Not even close to Welles' best work - I prefer Kane (WHICH WASN'T IN YOUR 1940s LIST ), F For Fake and The Trial - but still a very good noir. Still, though - Charlton Heston...as a Mexican...

5. Rear Window - Superlative entertainment. Hitchcock's best.

The 1960's
7. Bonnie And Clyde - ONLY ONE! Bonnie and Clyde is exceptional, though - magnificent film that captures the headiness of the pair's whirlwind life perfectly. Pity it was on at 1AM ON CHANNEL TWO WHEN I FIRST SAW IT STUPID NEW ZEALAND PROGRAMMERS


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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 1/1/2010 5:15:48 AM   
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Only 3 from the 60s list.
The Apartment - too low, in my top 10 still after only 1 viewing (that's how blown away I was, yes).
Bonnie and Clyde - disappointing, given that it has some of my favourite actors in it. It just feels disconnected (the Wilder segment for instant feels so out of place), and the themes are pretty flat. A real story where you know the ending must be made thrilling, this just isn't. Dunaway rocks as always though, and saves the film for me.
Le Samourai - really? Not a bad film, but distinctly average to me. Slow and yet style over substance. Delon is excellent and so is the cinematography, but zzzzzzzzzzzzz....
From the rest, I only own The Leopard (for ages for that matter) but never get around to it due to the length. I'll try to watch it in January (it's still 2009 here which is why I didn't say 'this month' ). The others look interesting to varying degrees, hope I can get around to them soon.
Gonna come back to the 50s list after I watch a film from it that I own.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 1/1/2010 6:58:47 PM   
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quote:

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6. Touch Of Evil - Not even close to Welles' best work - I prefer Kane (WHICH WASN'T IN YOUR 1940s LIST ), F For Fake and The Trial - but still a very good noir. Still, though - Charlton Heston...as a Mexican...



The notoriously hard to please Pauline Kael wrote of Touch Of Evil "What it really has to do with is love of the film medium, and if Welles can't resist the candy of shadows and angles and baroque decor, he turns it into stronger fare than most other directors' solemn meat and potatoes. It's a terrific entertainment."
From the breathtaking opening crane shot to the finale with Hank Quinlan's bloated corpse lying in a pool of water, I find it totally gripping. I agree that Heston is miscast - not Welles' fault, it was imposed on him by the studio - but I don't see it as a fatal flaw.
My problems with Citizen Kane I've detailed in other threads. While I appreciate its technical brilliance, on the three occasions that I've watched it it's left me feeling cold and uninvolved. It's like eating a sumptuous meal in which all of the seasoning has been left out.
The finale of Touch Of Evil to me packs more of an emotional punch than the whole of Citizen Kane.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 1/1/2010 7:44:24 PM   
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The 1970's


20. Assault On Precinct 13 - Dir: John Carpenter
(Austin Stoker, Darwin Joston, Charles Cyphers, Laurie Zimmer)

19. The Last Picture Show - Dir: Peter Bogdanovich
(Timothy Bottoms, Jeff Bridges, Cybill Shepherd, Ben Johnson, Cloris Leachman)

18. Tristana - Dir: Luis Bunuel
(Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero)

17. M*A*S*H - Dir: Robert Altman
(Donald Sutherland, Elliott Gould, Tom Skerritt, Sally Kellerman)

16. Cabaret - Dir: Bob Fosse
(Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Joel Grey, Helmut Griem)

15. Badlands - Dir: Terrence Malick
(Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates)

14. Young Frankenstein - Dir: Mel Brooks
(Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Marty Feldman, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman)

13. The Conversation - Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
(Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Alan Garfield, Cindy Williams)

12. The Godfather - Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
(Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall)

11. The Parallax View - Dir: Alan J. Pakula
(Warren Beatty, Hume Cronyn, William Daniels, Paula Prentiss)

10. Life Of Brian - Dir: Terry Jones
(Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam)

9. Annie Hall - Dir: Woody Allen
(Diane Keaton, Woody Allen, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane)

8. Nashville - Dir: Robert Altman
(David Arkin, Barbara Baxley, Keith Carradine, Geraldine Chaplin, Barbara Harris)

7. Klute - Dir: Alan J. Pakula
(Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider)

6. The Tin Drum - Dir: Volker Schlondorff
(Mario Adorf, Angela Winkler, David Bennent)

5. Chinatown - Dir: Roman Polanski
(Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston)

4. The Garden Of The Finzi-Continis' - Dir: Vittorio DeSica
(Lino Capolliccio, Dominique Sanda, Fabio Testi, Helmut Berger)

3. Le Souffle Au Coeur - Dir: Louis Malle
(Lea Massari, Benoit Ferreux, Daniel Gelin, Marc Wincourt)

2. Le Cercle Rouge - Dir: Jean-Pierre Melville
(Alain Delon, Yves Montand, Alain Bourville, Gian Maria Volonte)

1. Illustrious Corpses - Dir: Francesco Rossi
(Lino Ventura, Tino Carrara, Marcel Bozzuffi, Alain Cuny)

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 2/1/2010 1:51:54 AM   
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Yay. I fare slightly better on this decade, having seen four of the films from the list: Cabaret, The Godfather, Life Of Brian and Le Souffle Au Coeur.

Cabaret I watched at school, and while the entire class besides me unanimously despised it, I found it quite interesting, a musical film set in a difficult time and place in history, the joyful cabaret numbers mirroring the action in the film while also contrasting with it in tone. It all added up to a very fascinating film experience. I didn't tell anyone, though. Liza Minnelli is a bit annoying.

What more can be said about The Godfather? The most striking aspect of the film is just how huge the crime organisations are, and as a result just how comfortable the heads may sit, knowing that there are many others going about their business as ordered who are the ones in danger. The "Five Families" thing appealed greatly to me. A group of organisations that counter mainstream America, that even have names and a collective name. I think you know what I mean. Anyway, acting, sets, cinematography are all amazing, a true American classic.

Life Of Brian just proves that the Python boys are absolute comic geniuses. I won't give examples, but pretty much any individual scene can grab a person's attention with whatever Pythonesque quirk they've decided to show, and the whole thing comes together brilliantly, even as just a series of sketches, but also as a film with a coherent storyline. The parody of Christianity is so intelligent that it is satirical, and a clever satire on anything, but particularly a religion, is always fine in my eyes.

Le Souffle Au Coeur I watched only because I searched for À Bout De Souffle on the Ezydvd website and it came up with that instead. It was at a time when I was looking for a foreign film, any would do, that I could potentially use to say I've seen one, and one I wouldn't normally have seen. This became it. The film is very unusual. At times I couldn't tell if it was light-hearted or deathly serious, but in the end I decided it has a tone all of its own. The storyline itself is understandably controversial, but poses interesting and confronting questions about parenting. I find it hard to comment on other aspects of the film, as they appear very different to what I'm used to, but work for the film, so that's fine.

How did A Clockwork Orange, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Duel, Eraserhead, Equus, Allegro Non Troppo, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Watership Down fare?

Cabaret
The Godfather
Life Of Brian
Le Souffle Au Coeur (sorry, I had to go back to the four-star rating I initially gave it. )

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 1:10:33 AM   
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quote:

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Yay. I fare slightly better on this decade, having seen four of the films from the list: Cabaret, The Godfather, Life Of Brian and Le Souffle Au Coeur.


How did A Clockwork Orange, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Duel, Eraserhead, Equus, Allegro Non Troppo, Picnic At Hanging Rock and Watership Down fare?

Cabaret
The Godfather
Life Of Brian
Le Souffle Au Coeur (sorry, I had to go back to the four-star rating I initially gave it. )


Things are improving. Hopefully, the next lot will see you doing even better.
Of The films you mentioned, the only ones which made the short list wereAllegro Non Troppo (which missed out by a hair's breadth) and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. My dislike for Kubrick is well documented in this forum, as are my feelings about David Lynch (although you may be in for a shock there).

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 5:33:15 AM   
siegfried


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The 1980's


20. Atlantic City - Dir: Louis Malle
(Burt Lancaster, Susan Sarandon, Kate Reid, Michel Piccoli)

19. The Big Chill - Dir: Lawrence Kasdan
(Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, Tom Berenger, William Hurt, Meg Tilly)

18. The Purple Rose Of Cairo - Dir: Woody Allen
(Mia Farrow, Jeff Daniels, Danny Aiello)

17. The Dead - Dir: John Huston
(Angelica Huston, Donal McCann, Dan O'Herlihy)

16. The King Of Comedy - Dir: Martin Scorcese
(Robert DeNiro, Jerry Lewis, Diahnne Abbott, Shelley Hack)

15. Body Heat - Dir: Lawrence Kasdan
(William Hurt, Kathleen Turner, Richard Crenna)

14. Babette's Feast - Dir: Gabriel Axel
(Stephane Audran, Birgitte Federspiel, Jarl Kulle, Bibi Andersson)

13. My Left Foot - Dir: Jim Sheridan
(Daniel Day Lewis, Brenda Fricker)

12. Cinema Paradiso - Giuseppe Tornatore
(Antonello Attilli, Enzo Cannavale, Philippe Noiret, Jacques Perrin)

11. The Elephant Man - Dir: David Lynch
(Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, Wendy Hiller)

10. Gandhi - Dir: Richard Attenborough
(Ben Kingsley, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud)

9. Hannah And Her Sisters - Dir: Woody Allen
(Mia Farrow, Woody Allen, Michael Caine, Dianne Wiest, Barbara Hershey)

8. The Untouchables - Dir: Brian DePalma
(Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro, Andy Garcia)

7. Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown - Dir: Pedro Almodovar
(Carmen Maura, Antonio Banderas, Julietta Serrano)

6. Once Upon A Time In America - Dir: Sergio Leone
(Robert DeNiro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Tuesday Weld)

5. A Passage To India - Dir: David Lean
(Judy Davis, Victor Bannerjee, Peggy Ashcroft, James Fox, Alec Guinness)

4. Ran - Dir: Akira Kurosawa
(Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu)

3. Au Revoir Les Enfants - Dir: Louis Malle
(Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejto, Francine Racette, Francois Berleand)

2. Fanny And Alexander - Dir: Ingmar Bergman
(Erland Josephson, Jarl Kulle, Pernilla Allwen, Allan Edwall)

1. Amadeus - Dir: Milos Forman
(F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Simon Callow)

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 7:48:21 AM   
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A Passage To India doesn't seem to get that much recognition so it's good to see it here.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 8:30:09 AM   
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I've seen three of those: The Elephant Man, Gandhi and Amadeus.

I see what you mean about giving me a shock, but it's not that shocking to see The Elephant Man in your list, as it's far less weird and more to-the-point than his other films. I don't know if this comes as a surprise to you but it's one Lynch film that appealed to me markedly less than his others. Mystery is what Lynch does best, to the extent that some of his films are so unsettling that they can be considered horror. This film is more of a drama, and so while the style is present, it doesn't live up to the dizzying highs of his more abstract films to which the style is better-suited... in my opinion.

Gandhi is magnificent. Fantastic chronicle of the film of an extraordinary person. As a film it didn't leave me wanting, and it inspired me to learn more about Gandhi himself.

Amadeus is almost my favourite film of the decade, too. It's a joy seeing a classic figure brought to life, and with a film that matches his character. I don't mind the film not adhering to historical fact, as it might possibly be something Mozart himself would have done, in an attempt to make something entertaining and dramatic out of something that perhaps might not have been so otherwise. I love the fact that it's as playful as it is, as others watching with limited knowledge of classical music and of the period may watch and realise that they're not all boring and stuffy, but they're just normal people, albeit with extraordinary talents. The film is also quite thought-provoking, raising questions about the nature of religious faith, and how an obsession can lead to unspeakable acts.

How did Koyaanisqatsi, The Shining, Ordinary People, The Terminator, Full Metal Jacket, Back To The Future, Dead Poets Society and The Little Mermaid rank?

The Elephant Man
Gandhi
Amadeus

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - Th... - 3/1/2010 12:52:20 PM   
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Havent been in here for a few days. 40s list:
The killers - I thought it was pretty good when I watched it (about 8/10) but it seems to have been one I have been thinking about for the whole of 2009. Something must have worked a lot better than I gave it credit for initially. Nice choice.
The philadelphia story - I watched High society first, and now consider them about the same. Its good, but considering the cast involved, I was expecting something really special.
Kind hearts and coronets - I find it pretty hard to choose between this, Passport to Pimlico/The man in the white suit/the lavender hill mob and the ladykillers. All great films.
Bicycle thieves - Needs a rewatch so would be outside of my list for that reason more than anything else. The last scene is heartbreaking though.
Notorious - I didnt really see what all the fuss was about for this one. Just seemed like an average film for Hitch from his 40s output.
The maltese falcon - Still one of my favourite noirs. Astor is a bit weak though.
The lady Eve - I prefer Sullivans travels by quite a bit. Still, nice pick.
The life and death of colonel blimp - Just excellent.
Laura - Would comfortably make my list as well.
Black narcissus - I dont know how you managed to split this and colonel blimp. Both equally excellent.
The third man - Seems to be a little overpraised around these parts, but Welles is fantastic. Just a shame about some of the mystery before that.
Casablanca - Perfect. Too low
Double indemnity - Possibly the best film noir for me as well.

Just 13/20 for me

50s:
The lavender hill mob - Yay!
Singin in the rain - I still seem to have a bit of problem with musicals, but this one is excellent.
All about Eve - Fully deserves all of the awards it won. Nice to see it included here.
Strangers on a train - I dont really get the love for this. In a great decade for Hitch, I am always surprised to see this rated so highly.
The searchers - PA is wrong, Wayne is brilliant here.
The 400 blows - I prefer the 3rd part of the series, but this is still brilliant.
Anatomy of a murder - Stewart is brilliant (as always) and it really is just gripping the whole way through.
Touch of evil - Its ok, but far from Welles best. I will agree about the opening though.
Rear window - Possibly Hitchcocks best. Possibly.
Les diaboliques - Glad to see another fan on here
Seven samurai - It might be his greatest film, but its far from my favourite. Rashomon/Ikiru/Sanjuro/Ran would all be ahead for me.

Just 10/20 there.

60s:
Repulsion - I was a little underwhelmed by this.
The apartment - Would be top of my list (or at least tied with Psycho, which seems to be missing )
The hustler - Would make my list too.
Jules and Jim - Needs a rewatch, but I enjoyed it.
Rocco and his brothers - Still the only Visconti I have seen, but this is superb. Note perfect.
Eyes without a face - Its good, but I was expecting something a little more.
Bonnie and Clyde - Im not a fan
The manchurian candidate - And not a fan of this either.

so just 8/20.

The 70s:

Assault on precinct 13, MASH, Badlands, The Godfather, Life of Brian, Annie Hall, Chinatown.

Annie Hall, The godfather and Assault on precinct 13 (My favourite Carpenter) are brilliant. Im  not too fussed about the others though.

The 80s:
The king of comedy - De Niro is on top form here, but it is quite a way from Scorsese's best.
Cinema paradiso - Just brilliant. I didnt expect to see it though.
The untouchables - I dont really see why this gets the love it does. Just seems quite average to me.
Once upon a time in America - I can see why some people have a problem with this, but I do think its great. It does go downhill though when we move away from the scenes with the children.
Ran - Glad to see this so high.
Au revoir les enfants - Fantastic film!
Amadeus - Just reminds me that I need to see more of Formans films. Just so damned entertaining.

Some very nice choices


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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 1:43:16 PM   
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Le Souffle Au Coeur I watched only because I searched for À Bout De Souffle on the Ezydvd website and it came up with that instead. It was at a time when I was looking for a foreign film, any would do, that I could potentially use to say I've seen one, and one I wouldn't normally have seen.


I know this probably didn't happen recently, but how can you make comments such as "Fargo is the most realistic film ever made" and "Donnie Darko is the best film ever made" if you've seen so few films which aren't in English?

It's not as bad as your comment about television shows not being as good as films without having seen The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood etc.


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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 8:20:29 PM   
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I know this probably didn't happen recently, but how can you make comments such as "Fargo is the most realistic film ever made" and "Donnie Darko is the best film ever made" if you've seen so few films which aren't in English?

It's not as bad as your comment about television shows not being as good as films without having seen The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood etc.



"Very realistic" and "very good" don't get my point across well.

The television show format sucks. Twin Peaks is automatically weaker than Lynch's best film because of it.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 8:33:51 PM   
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The television show format sucks.



Someone's clearly never seen anything by Dennis Potter.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 8:47:08 PM   
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The television show format sucks. Twin Peaks is automatically weaker than Lynch's best film because of it.






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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 10:18:18 PM   
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The television show format sucks.



Someone's clearly never seen anything by Dennis Potter.


Clearly.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 10:28:40 PM   
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The television show format sucks.



Someone's clearly never seen anything by Dennis Potter.


Clearly.



Go and watch them now. I'll wait.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 10:39:46 PM   
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The television show format sucks. Twin Peaks is automatically weaker than Lynch's best film because of it.


We've agreed on so many things during the course of this thread, but that is just silly.
There really is some quality stuff on Television, including the Dennis Potter plays and series, it's just that sometimes you have to look a little harder to find it.
You shouldn't generalise so much.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 10:50:18 PM   
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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 3/1/2010 11:03:40 PM   
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The television show format sucks. Twin Peaks is automatically weaker than Lynch's best film because of it.



Explain please. Or least provide a link to where it was discussed before


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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 4/1/2010 2:00:39 AM   
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How did Koyaanisqatsi, The Shining, Ordinary People, The Terminator, Full Metal Jacket, Back To The Future, Dead Poets Society and The Little Mermaid rank?



I'm afraid none of them came within a bull's roar.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 5/1/2010 2:34:33 AM   
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20. The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert - Dir: Stephen Elliott
(Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving, Guy Pearce)

19. The Grifters - Dir: Stephen Frears
(John Cusack, Angelica Huston, Annette Bening, Pat Hingle)

18. Secrets And Lies - Dir: Mike Leigh
(Brenda Blethyn, Timothy Spall, Phyllis Logan)

17. Edward Scissorhands - Dir: Tim Burton
(Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, Vincent Price)

16. The Player - Dir: Robert Altman
(Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Fred Ward, Whoopi Goldberg)

15. Silence Of The Lambs - Dir: Jonathan Demme
(Jody Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine)

14. Seven - Dir: David Fincher
(Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Spacey)

13. The Big Lebowski - Dir: Joel Coen
(Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore)

12. Indochine - Dir: Regis Wargnier
(Catherine Deneuve, Vincent Perez)

11. The Castle - Dir: Rob Sitch
(Michael Caton, Anne Tenney, Charles Tingwell, Eric Bana, Sophie Lee)

10. Trainspotting - Dir: Danny Boyle
(Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle)

9. Heat - Dir: Michael Mann
(Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Dianne Venora, Amy Brenneman)

8. Heavenly Creatures - Dir: Peter Jackson
(Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Clive Merrison)

7. Unforgiven - Dir: Clint Eastwood
(Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman, Jaimz Woolvett, Richard Harris)

6. Europa Europa - Dir: Agnieszka Holland
(Marco Hofschneider, Julie Delpy, Piotr Kozlowski, Rene Hofschneider)

5. L. A. Confidential - Dir: Curtis Hanson
(Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell)

4. Fargo - Dir: Joel Coen
(Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare)

3. The Thin Red Line - Dir: Terrence Malick
(Jim Caviezel, Sean Penn, Woody Harrelson, Adrien Brody)

2. Run Lola Run - Dir: Tom Tykwer
(Franka Potente, Moritz Bleibtreu, Herbert Knaup, Nina Petri)

1. All About My Mother - Dir: Pedro Almodovar
(Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Pena, Penelope Cruz)

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 5/1/2010 3:39:15 AM   
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I'm afraid none of them came within a bull's roar.


A Raging Bull reference, is it?

I did heaps well on this list. I've seen eight of those: The Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert, The Silence Of The Lambs, Se7en, The Big Lebowski, Trainspotting, Heavenly Creatures, Unforgiven and Fargo.

Pleased to see a couple of Australian films in the list. I haven't seen The Castle, but I've been meaning to for as long as I can remember.

The Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert is one of the funniest movies I've ever seen, and causes me to laugh out loud even on repeated viewings. Terence Stamp is brilliant. It gets quite poignant too, which only enhances the film and contrasts the humorous aspects of the plot, making them funnier.

The Silence Of The Lambs is just a classic psychological thriller film, Hannibal Lecter is a character sure to be remembered in a hundred years' time, and the film too for being an intense, and chilling, experience.

Se7en I didn't enjoy that much. I felt that it opened and progressed well, but then it seemed to end quite abruptly. It feels as though there was a third act omitted, and instead we get the climax at the end of the second act. It really fell flat for me towards the end.

The Big Lebowski is so ridiculous and hilarious that it's hard to fault, as it doesn't really do much else. It's just a big hilarious wank, and it's brilliant for it.

Trainspotting was mesmerizing for me, and by the end of it I was left stunned. I've never taken heroin, but the film definitely makes you feel like you've got the same stuff running through you as the characters. Not adhering to "reality" in the film makes it far more dizzying and memorable. I was hooked from the first scene.

Heavenly Creatures is brilliant. It is my favourite Peter Jackson film by a mile. It manages to tell a story that isn't normally told, and by so doing forges its own genre. It is a psychologically thrilling and horrifying headfuck. Watching these two crazy girls sink deeper and deeper into their delusions is both riveting and terrifying, and as the film progresses, your desire to stop watching matches your desire to keep watching. By the time the film reaches the point where you'd have had to stop the film anyway, it's at the end point. Excellent direction from Jackson make this compulsive, uncomfortable, mesmerizing, disturbing and completely immersive.

Unforgiven tells a story very rich in character and thought, though quite a simple story in and of itself. The various moral dilemmas presented are allowed to fester solely within the mind of the viewer, so that while the film never really strays from the conventions of drama/western, internally a war is raging, and by the end, different members of the audiences will have reached different conclusions. A disarmingly intelligent film.

Fargo is also brilliant, and is present at number 9 in my top 10 favourite films ever. A much-underestimated film, it derives its humour solely from its characters, which are so immaculately designed and executed that they could be copies of real people. The main draw, aside from its plot, is the desire to see just how it will all unravel, because with characters so like us ourselves, it has no other way to go but to unravel. Every aspect of the film feels real and natural, and the claim of it being based on a true story is wholly believable, even though it is untrue. The "epiphany” at the end is very poignant and affecting, as it is a natural progression for the character and the plot, and when the film ends there is only the feeling of "How could you be so stupid?” but at the same time the realization that any of us, when pushed to extremes, might also possibly commit such stupid acts and crimes.

How did Wild At Heart, Lost Highway, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, Before Sunrise, Dazed And Confused, Three Colours: Blue, Batman Returns, Breaking The Waves, The Idiots, Reservoir Dogs, Clerks., Magnolia, Babe, The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty And The Beast, Tarzan and South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut and go? (I listed more because the 90s are more my forte than the previous decades. )

The Adventures Of Priscilla: Queen Of The Desert
The Silence Of The Lambs
Se7en
The Big Lebowski
Trainspotting
Heavenly Creatures
Unforgiven
Fargo

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 5/1/2010 3:54:39 AM   
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The television show format sucks.



Someone's clearly never seen anything by Dennis Potter.


Clearly.



Go and watch them now. I'll wait.




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The television show format sucks. Twin Peaks is automatically weaker than Lynch's best film because of it.



Explain please. Or least provide a link to where it was discussed before


Do you really want to put yourself through it?

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 5/1/2010 4:04:11 AM   
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Do you really want to put yourself through it?


My sentiments exactly.

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RE: Siegfried's Top 20 Favourite Films Per Decade - 5/1/2010 4:26:57 AM   
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Did you watch Dennis Potter yet?  You really should. They're mostly mini-series or standalone plays, so you could watch something like The Singing Detective in one sitting if you wanted to.

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