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Post by PirateJenny » August 24th, 2020, 7:45 pm

Hi all

Sorry for the thread maybe being a bit anti-discussion, and a bit selfish, but I'm a bit lost for films to watch.

I made a list of 20 films I like and would be very grateful if people could recommend some others I might like. I don't know where else to ask other than this wonderful forum.

Being There
The Long Goodbye
Images
Suspiria
Light Sleeper
Sorcerer
White Dog
Harold and Maude
Detour
Scarlet Street
The Friends of Eddie Coyle
The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
Someone to Watch Over Me
Farewell, My Lovely
The Silent Partner
Wild at Heart
Love Streams
Shy People
Perfect Blue
Vertigo

Hopefully that gives a faint idea of what kind of films I like and I'll happily discuss any recommendations and what I think.

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » August 24th, 2020, 8:15 pm

Have you seen Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975)? Going by several of your favorites that you mentioned, it seems that one might be up your alley. I watched it a few a months ago and really liked it, myself.
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Post by PirateJenny » August 24th, 2020, 8:20 pm

Hi! No I've not seen it and it sounds like a great recommendation for me. I've been really into film noir and neo noir recently and I like a few Gene Hackman films like The Conversation, The French Connection, and Eureka. I've also never seen an Arthur Penn film so that's a great start. I'll watch it and leave my comments here!

But please keep them coming... neo noir are very welcome but I'm open to most things.

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » August 24th, 2020, 8:27 pm

Great! Hope you like the film. The only other Arthur Penn film I've seen is Bonnie and Clyde, which was fine but I don't quite get all the hubbub for it...I certainly preferred Night Moves, not that they have much in common.
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Post by PirateJenny » August 24th, 2020, 8:30 pm

I've not seen Bonnie and Clyde but could have easily included Heaven Can Wait, even Shampoo, Reds, or Bulworth on my list. Films like that made me realise why Warren Beatty is always there at the Oscars lol. Maybe I should watch Bonnie and Clyde...

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Post by PirateJenny » August 24th, 2020, 9:18 pm

OK, when it comes to Neo-Noir I can't think of that many I really liked.

To Live and Die In LA, LA Confidential, Primal Fear, and Internal Affairs if it counts as a noir.

I hope Night Moves will add to list.

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Post by Kublai Khan » August 24th, 2020, 11:56 pm

A Simple Plan (1998)?
Brick (2005)?
Paprika (2006) or Millennium Actress (2001)?
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Post by sebby » August 25th, 2020, 3:32 am

mikey and nicky
out of the blue
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Post by PirateJenny » August 25th, 2020, 6:56 am

Kublai Khan wrote:
August 24th, 2020, 11:56 pm
A Simple Plan (1998)?
Brick (2005)?
Paprika (2006) or Millennium Actress (2001)?
I've not seen any of those so thank you!

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August 25th, 2020, 3:32 am
mikey and nicky
out of the blue
3 women
Mikey and Nicky I've seen and that's a good recommendation for me as a big Cassavetes fan I enjoyed it! 3 Women I will have to revisit as I remember not liking it quite as much as other Altman films I've seen. Out of the Blue looks good on paper so thank you. I saw another Dennis Hopper directorial effort called Colors which could have easily been on the list of 20 too. "There's always going to be gangs man, there's always going to be fighting" to quote it.

I'm also not averse to weird fantasy films if they have good effects like Zardoz or Conquest (1983) just to widen my list a little.

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Post by sebby » August 25th, 2020, 9:13 am

Based on a lot of the things in your first post I think you'd dig this list: https://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/grit ... 80s/bal3x/

Gritty urban films are a favorite of mine as well. Thief, Ms 45, stuff like that.

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Post by PirateJenny » August 25th, 2020, 9:21 am

Thanks! I do like gritty and urban and film noir.

Only ones I’ve seen from that list

Le trou
Blast of Silence
Underworld USA
Cape Fear
Bande a part
The Killers
The Naked Kiss

And think they’re all great films

Really like the sound of In Cold Blood with Robert Blake and Murder Inc with Peter Falk.

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Post by PirateJenny » August 25th, 2020, 9:27 am

Thief is a favourite, big fan of all films with a Tangerine Dream soundtrack and Micheal Mann too. Ms 45 I need to watch more Abel Ferrara films, always found him to be hit and miss from what I've seen. The Blackout was the last I remember watching and found it so so though good that it has Dennis Hopper. One of my favourite films is Freeway 1988 by Francis Delia who I believe is related to Joe Delia who scored Ms 45. In fact, he scored Freeway too!

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Post by PirateJenny » August 26th, 2020, 11:36 am

Night Moves

Watched it last night. A couple of quotes “Rohmer is like watching paint dry” and “Why don’t you take a swing for me like Sam Spade would have done”. Great film so thanks for the rec. It’s a kind of cross between Castaway (Roeg) and say… The Big Sleep (Either version).

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Post by GruesomeTwosome » August 26th, 2020, 12:29 pm

PirateJenny wrote:
August 26th, 2020, 11:36 am
Night Moves

Watched it last night. A couple of quotes “Rohmer is like watching paint dry” and “Why don’t you take a swing for me like Sam Spade would have done”. Great film so thanks for the rec. It’s a kind of cross between Castaway (Roeg) and say… The Big Sleep (Either version).
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Great, glad you enjoyed it! I also liked the unexpected Rohmer references. :lol:
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Post by PirateJenny » August 27th, 2020, 9:43 am

Yeah it was good thanks!

I thought of 10 more films I like.

Black Rain
Manhunter
At Close Range
The Falcon and the Snowman
Birdy
Bad Timing
Red Rock West
Freeway
The Shout
Dark Passage

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Post by blocho » August 27th, 2020, 8:47 pm

If you like neo-noirs, you might enjoy The Last Seduction.

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Post by PirateJenny » September 1st, 2020, 7:02 pm

Thanks I'm going to watch that tonight.

I noticed John Dahl also directed Red Rock West which I thought was an underrated Nic Cage film. So I'm going to try to check out some of his other films too.

I'm not averse to foreign noirs/crime/thrillers either even though I didn't list many, I really liked Serie Noire with Patrick Dewaere as a crime film, but I guess that was mainly down to the acting. Sometimes I think foreign noirs can be style over substance if I am being harsh though, see Pale Flower or Elevator to the Gallows. Willing to be proven wrong though, and maybe some would say that about my choices of films, I prefer to think of them as American Grit. :D

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Post by blocho » September 1st, 2020, 9:01 pm

I also disliked Pale Flower, but I love plenty of French and Brit noirs:

Classe Tous Risques
Police Python 357
Plein Soleil
Touchez Pas au Grisbi
Coup de Torchon
Le Samourai
Hell Is a City
Obsession (1949)
Tiger Bay
So Long at the Fair
The October Man
The Long Memory

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