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¶ Your Top First Viewings of 2018

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Re: ¶ Your Top First Viewings of 2018

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Post by outdoorcats » January 5th, 2019, 5:04 pm

Wooden Crosses was released on Criterion (through their Eclipse label). They also released the director's almost 5-hour Les Misérables adaptation, have you seen that? It's maybe my second-favorite book so I'm curious about seeing what a longer adaptation does with it.

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Post by matthewscott8 » January 5th, 2019, 5:35 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 9:44 am
blocho wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 1:20 am
Les Croix de Bois has been on my to-see list for years, ever since I did a Great War movies research project in grad school. Not easy to find. I saw the Howard Hawks remake ("The Road to Glory") which was OK.
Bernard's tapestry of the sounds and experiences of war is unforgettably haunting. It really is one of the great war/anti-war films. I watched the Masters of Cinema release from the UK (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wooden-Crosses ... B00SHJLX4I). I can't readily identify whether there has been a North American release. A really great film and an important one and it certainly deserves as much.

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Yes it was released on Criterion's sub-label Eclipse some time back https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/494-e ... nd-bernard Very easy to get hold off if money is not the snag.

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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » January 5th, 2019, 6:07 pm

outdoorcats wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 5:04 pm
Wooden Crosses was released on Criterion (through their Eclipse label). They also released the director's almost 5-hour Les Misérables adaptation, have you seen that? It's maybe my second-favorite book so I'm curious about seeing what a longer adaptation does with it.
No, I haven't. I hung on every word of what Tavernier said about it in the episode that dealt with Bernard and am, of course, hugely looking forward to it. I prize the 1935 W.P. Lipscomb adaptation for 20th Century, directed by Richard Boleslawski. Stirringly epic and poignantly moving, I feel that it is the essential adaptation out of those I have seen so far. Hope to watch Bernard's film some time soon!
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Post by RogerTheMovieManiac88 » January 5th, 2019, 6:10 pm

matthewscott8 wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 5:35 pm
Yes it was released on Criterion's sub-label Eclipse some time back https://www.criterion.com/boxsets/494-e ... nd-bernard Very easy to get hold off if money is not the snag.
Fantastic to hear, outdoorcats and Matthew. As you can probably guess I don't keep as up to date with Criterion releases as I should.
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Post by burneyfan » January 5th, 2019, 7:02 pm

RogerTheMovieManiac88 wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 9:44 am
blocho wrote:
January 5th, 2019, 1:20 am
Les Croix de Bois has been on my to-see list for years, ever since I did a Great War movies research project in grad school. Not easy to find. I saw the Howard Hawks remake ("The Road to Glory") which was OK.
... I can't readily identify whether there has been a North American release.
Criterion did an Eclipse release of the film in the US several years ago -- pretty sure it's still in print. Great film.

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Post by Good_Will_Harding » January 8th, 2019, 11:34 pm

One week late, as per my usual. Sticking with first time viewings only up top, and non-new releases. And while things started out pretty strong as per my film viewing habits, as the year went on, the amount of time and energy I had for watches grew less and less, due largely to continuing to rake up hours at my job, and also adopting a brand new dog into the family. While I'm pleased overall with the amount of new-to-me films I was able to watch, the degree to which I was able to reflect upon them and really consider the impact they left upon me was almost non-existent during the second half of the year. I sort of just watched them, wrote my blurbs in the weekly thread, and moved on with my life. That's one thing I hope to improve upon for 2019, but only time will tell whether or not I stay true to that. One can only hope!

Top ten, roughly ranked (again, excluding 2018/2018 releases)

1. Marty (1955)
2. Kanal (1957)
3. A Touch of Zen (1971)
4. I Saw What You Did (1964)
5. Carnival Night (1956)
6. Boyfriends & Girlfriends (1987)
7. The Fog (1980)
8. The Wise Kids (2011)
9. In this Our Life (1942)
10. Songs My Brothers Taught Me (2015)

Honorable mentions:

Dragnet Girl (1933)
The Thin Man (1934)
Dark Passage (1947)
They Live By Night (1948)
Adam's Rib (1949)
Little Women (1949)
Olivia (1951)
Children of Hiroshima (1952)
Le Trou (1960)
Advise & Consent (1962)
Le deuxieme souffle (1966)
Spider-Baby or: the Maddest Story Ever Told (1967)
Warrendale (1967)
Twins of Evil (1971)
Je, tu, il, elle (1974)
Kings of the Road (1976)
News from Home (1977)
Shadows in Paradise (1986)
She's Gotta Have It (1986)
Europa (1991)
Howard's End (1992)
Climates (2006)
Le Havre (2011)
Passion (2012)
The Age of Shadows (2016)

Any of these I could easily see improving even further upon repeat viewings. But as I said before, I really hadn't the time nor energy to really dwell upon a lot of what I managed to get around to.

Most notable re-watches

Double Indemnity (1944)
Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Scarlet Street (1945)
Sunset BLVD (1950)
Tokyo Story (1953)
A Face in the Crowd (1957)
The Haunting (1963)
Wait Until Dark (1967)
The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (1972)
All the President's Men (1976)
Network (1976)
El Norte (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983)
JFK (1991)
Doubt (2008)

More or less just a bunch of already beloved, previously established "classics" that I already liked which just got bumped up to "all-time favorite" status.

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