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#81

Post by HVM » October 8th, 2015, 8:55 pm

Should really go for this theme myself. :thumbsup:

Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror,
Won't leave me alone.
The first time in my life,
I leave the lights on
To ease my soul.
Hammer Horror, Hammer Horror,
Won't leave it alone.
I don't know,
Is this the right thing to do?
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Post by 3eyes » October 9th, 2015, 12:18 am

LOL. As I wrote elsewhere on this forum, my son at middle/high school age was a Hammer completist. We didn't have TV, but he could get our analog computer monitor (pre-internet) to tune into a nearby UHF station so he could tape recherche Hammer films at 2AM.
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Post by Kowry » October 13th, 2015, 9:28 pm

Theme #2: Horror anthologies
1. Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis, 1972)
2. Trilogy of Terror (Dan Curtis, 1975)
3. Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982)
4. Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff, 1995)
5. Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)

I like the concept of anthologies, and somehow it seems to be especially fit format for horror. I realised though that I had seen very few horror anthologies, all of them (Kwaidan, Black Sabbath, Dead of Night) fairly old school stuff. Of the films, at least 1, 2 and 3 could be considered 'cult' films, I guess, and I've seen some of the stories parodied or otherwise referenced in popular culture, which maybe lessened some of the stories impact a bit. Anyway, the best of the bunch was Tales from the Hood (which isn't even an official check), which was a pretty good African-American take on the genre. The other films had moments, but lacked in certain areas (mostly it was the writing).
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Theme #1: Chase thrillers
1. The Warriors (1979)
2. The Hitcher (1968)
3. The Naked Prey (1965)
4. The Gauntlet (1977)
5. The French Connection (1971)

Theme #2: Horror anthologies
1. Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis, 1972)
2. Triloy of Terror (Dan Curtis, 1975)
3. Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982)
4. Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff, 1995)
5. Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)

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Post by 3eyes » October 15th, 2015, 6:07 pm

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

The first two involve mask-wearing singers in Chinese opera. The opera singer in Riding alone for thousands of miles is, well, a plot device, a major cause of the twists and turns in the Japanese protagonist's journey. Stage Sisters has many of the characteristics of a western theater drama, but is definitely a child of the Cultural Revolution.

The First Emperor shows the world premiere of an opera by the Chinese composer Tan Dun. The mix of Chinese and Western instruments in the scoring is stunning, and some of the characters evoke traditional Chinese opera. If there be any fans of modern opera on this site, I recommend this highly.

Touch of the light concerns a young blind man, a gifted pianist, adjusting to life at the University of Taipei.

Cape No. 7 is a comedy about putting together a local band to precede the performance of a Japanese rock star in a Taiwanese seaside town. The plot includes two Japanese/Taiwanese love stories as well. It is apparently in a variety of languages and dialects; some the reviews on IMDb are quite enlightening. (This is the second Asian movie I've seen recently in which Schubert/Goethe's "Heidenröslein" plays a role.)

I enjoyed all of these in their different ways, but I guess Riding alone for thousands of miles is my favorite. A very different kind of road movie.
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I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
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II. World war I (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
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III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
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IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)
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Post by brokenface » October 16th, 2015, 12:00 am

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi

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1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

There's undoubtedly a thesis or ten to be written on the Czech comedy-sci-fi stylings of Lipsky, Vorlicek and Milos Macourek, who is credited as writer on most of their films and perhaps the true driving force behind this particular cinematic niche. The one that drew me in was Zítra vstanu a oparím se cajem/Tomorrow I'll Wake Up and Scald Myself with Tea - written by Macourek of course, but yet another director in Jindrich Polak. In many ways they belong in the same bracket which shows the flaw of purely looking at director as auteur in cinema. Who Wants to Kill Jessie is about a dream comic-book character coming to life (I am certainly dreaming as hard as I can for Olga Schoberová to show up in my room, but no such luck); I Killed Einstein is time-travel absurdism; You are a Widow, Sir was possibly the weakest but still fun. Hearty Greetings lacked Macourek but had a certain ridiculous charm. I like Czech comedy, what can I say?

There is one exception here: Late August at the Hotel Ozone. No Macourek, no Vorlicek or Lipsky, completely different style. Bleak, post-apocalyptic goodness. For fans of Stalker, The Road, Ballard and so forth. Recommended. I'm waiting for Second Run to release this one.

Theme#21: Revisionist Western

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1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Much like every crime film released from the late 40s to the late 50s gets called noir, any American western made after 1965 tends to be labelled revisionist. How much meaning there is in the term is debatable but there was plenty to enjoy from this batch.

Only exception was Zandy's Bride - hard to find a dud Gene Hackman film from this kinda time but this is one.
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Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)
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#86

Post by Kowry » October 20th, 2015, 8:59 pm

Whoops, accidentally destroyed Haunted House post.
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Post by brokenface » October 21st, 2015, 7:50 pm

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink

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1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Bittersweet British films of the working class tend to get to me more than many types, probably because they strike close to home - I can recognise this era so well, though it is that of my parents really.

The Entertainer is all about Laurence Olivier and I suspect Daniel Day-Lewis studied this one, it does the fading-glory, bittersweet thing rather well. The L-Shaped Room was the strongest even if - perhaps because - it is the most decidedly stuck in its time in terms of the attitudes on display.

Bronco Bullfrog is all low budget and non-actors, which makes for a mixed bag as that combo often does. A Kind of Loving I guess I must have seen at least some of this before, as I was getting multiple stabs of deja vu. It's probably the most quintessentially kitchen sink of the films here.

Appropriate to end with Loach who was just starting out here but is the main director who has carried this kind of social realist film forward in the decades since.
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Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

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Post by 3eyes » October 23rd, 2015, 2:29 am

XI. World War I, pt 3: films from 60s & 70s
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

Sarajevski atentat dramatizes the progress of the plot to assassinate Archduke Ferdinand, and is dedicated to the plotters. Not a common vantage point for WW I films.

The Blue Max is a British movie told from a German viewpoint. Class is supposed to be a big issue, but George Peppard didn't come across as particularly nekuturnyi, beyond being obviously American and not exactly sporting, old boy.

I read Johnny got his gun ca 1960 and had avoided watching the film until now - was not eager to revisit it and couldn't imagine how it could be made into a movie; well, Trumbo's adaptation was brilliant.

Uomini Contro (which apparently translates as "against humans") is another little-seen viewpoint, that of the Italians. Maybe it was the language, but it grabbed me as the blackest of black comedies, utterly deadpan, depicting the senselessness of [the] war.

King and Country is another courtmartial drama. Two things that stood out for me were the cuts to our protagonist's buddies holding a concurrent mock trial using a rat as defendant, and Larry Adler's magnificent harmonica score (though most of the film had no music).

I found them all well worth watching; Uomini Contro was the big surprise.

Both American directors (Trumbo and Losey) had been blacklisted.


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I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
__

II. World war I, pt. 1: 21st-century films
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
__

III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
__

IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)
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Post by Kowry » October 30th, 2015, 12:30 pm

Theme #4: Golden age slashers
1. Tourist Trap (David Schmoeller, 1979)
2. Maniac (William Lustig, 1980)
3. My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981)
4. The Burning (Tony Maylam, 1981)
5. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)

So at least Wikipedia defines "The golden age of slashers" as the period between 1978-1984, during which the slasher craze was at its most intense both in terms of new films and making money. The most genre-defining films aside, I had seen only relatively few (North-American) slasher films from this era.

Not a big fan of the genre, and this batch didn't really win me over, though My Bloody Valentine and The Burning were pretty decent. Many slasher fans seem to put the stylishness/gruesomeness of the killings above anything else, and both of those had pretty well done slashings, but also better cast/characters and production values. They still felt a bit held back by the genre conventions.

Tourist Trap, Maniac and Sleepaway Camp were not all bad, but not really good either.

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Post by 3eyes » November 1st, 2015, 3:19 am

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)

Recuperating from surgery, not up for anything demanding so decided to revisit my childhood. Viewing them too close together felt like a surfeit of candy, so I had to cool it a bit. Kidnapped included the book and bits of the sequel Catriona (which was over my head back then). Michael Caine was OK as Alec I guess. The Master of Ballantrae was the worst of the lot, with a very over-the-hill Erroll Flynn. Ebb Tide was the big surprise; I didn't know RLS & Osborne co-wrote anything but The Wrong Box. I'd never seen Frances Farmer - stunning! A young Ray Milland, Oskar Homolka in a role unlike any other I've seen him in. St. Ives - so-so. Marianne Richardson was great. #5, a late Soviet slapstick animated musical version of TI. I'm tempted to watch the English-dubbed version I found on youtube to look for cultural differences in the dialogue.

My themes so farShow
I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
__

II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
__

III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
__

IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)
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Post by 3eyes » November 11th, 2015, 3:39 am

XIII. Noirs: the Hollywood Ten
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

The Hollywood blacklist began in 1947 with 10 people being cited for contempt of congress and receiving fines or prison sentences for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee in its Communist witchhunt. I managed to watch noirs written, directed or produced by six of the ten. Not represented: Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Ring Lardner Jr., and Samuel Ornitz.
Previous themesShow
I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
__

II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
__

III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
__

IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)
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Post by Kowry » November 13th, 2015, 12:39 am

Cool theme, 3eyes! On a scale of 1-10, how un-American do you feel now?

Theme #5: Boxing Noir
2. Body and Soul (Robert Rossen, 1947)
3. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949)
4. Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)
5. The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson, 1956)
6. Fat City (John Huston, 1972)

I'm not a fan of boxing as a sports, but it makes for a very good noir theme (if I were feeling punny, I could say it... fits like a glove). I think Body and Soul is the ultimate boxing noir, so good. Fat City was also great in a different way, though I'd hesitate to call it a neo-noir that it's desribed as, even though the plot definitely has some noir-ish elements. The Set-Up was also pretty good. Killer's Kiss had some pretty big problems, but Kubrick's talents were still visible, and there were some pretty good moments. The boxing wasn't really a central theme despite the protagonist being a boxer though, and the only boxing match takes place in the beginning of the film. The Harder They Fall was disappointingly average, though at least Bogart was solid.
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Post by Kasparius » November 13th, 2015, 12:43 am

3eyes on Nov 10 2015, 08:39:23 PM wrote:XIII. Noirs: the Hollywood Ten
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

The Hollywood blacklist began in 1947 with 10 people being cited for contempt of congress and receiving fines or prison sentences for refusing to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee in its Communist witchhunt. I managed to watch noirs written, directed or produced by six of the ten. Not represented: Alvah Bessie, Herbert Biberman, Ring Lardner Jr., and Samuel Ornitz.
No Abraham Polonsky?

He's one of my favorites.

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Post by Kowry » November 13th, 2015, 12:45 am

To be strict, Polonsky wasn't one of the original "Hollywood ten", though of course he was blacklisted later.

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Post by Kasparius » November 13th, 2015, 12:50 am

Kowry on Nov 12 2015, 05:45:52 PM wrote:To be strict, Polonsky wasn't one of the original "Hollywood ten", though of course he was blacklisted later.
Well if you have to be strict, then, fine :hmph:

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Post by 3eyes » November 13th, 2015, 3:53 am

K&K: Yes, I was being strict. Might do more blacklist stuff later.

Kowry, since living abroad during most of the Vietnam War I've felt pretty darned schizzy about being an American. Big subject.
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Post by brokenface » November 13th, 2015, 11:08 pm

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi

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1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

I love sci-fi but for some reason never watched too many of the 50s classics so I took a little step towards rectifying that with some of the most famous examples. The last two were the best.

Theme#24: Boxing

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1. Requiem for a Heavyweight
2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Like Kowry I'm not a fan of boxing in general, but there's no doubt it makes for some great films, surely more so than any other sport. Here the highlight was Hard Times, while Requiem was good and Ali very impressive technically, if not quite a winner overall.
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Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

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Post by 3eyes » November 22nd, 2015, 4:10 am

XIV. Biopics of German composers
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)

My favorite of the lot was Gance on Beethoven. It's fanciful (speculating about the "Immortal beloved") and surrealistic; his depiction of Beethoven's oncoming deafness is brilliant, alternating silence with sound to indicate shifting points of view. Plenty of well-known Beethoven on the soundtrack, playing fast and loose with chronology, but no matter. More weirdness when B plays the piano and we hear strings, or strings produce the sound of woodwinds. Pity B was too poor to afford a piano tuner. No matter. This a different side of Gance, and I'm glad to have seen it.

The two Schumann films complement each other - #2 takes us up to their marriage and #3 takes it from there, including Schumann constantly hearing the A in his head (which fascinated me as a kid). #2 and #4 ring changes on fathers' abuse of daughters. #1 suffers from nearly incomprehensible English subs (had I not known some German I'd have been lost).
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Post by sushantv10 » November 23rd, 2015, 10:24 am

i will be able to group some of my recent watches in this challenge i suppose

Retro Samurai : Late 60s and 70s : Mostly Exploitational and border line exploitational

01. Hanzo Razor 2 : Snare
02. Hanzo Razor 3: Who's got the Gold?
03. Wicked Priest 5
04. Quick Draw Okatsu
05. Samurai reincarnation

Harold Lloyd Silent Comedies

01. Haunted Spooks
Never Weaken
02. Why worry ?
03. Grandma's Boy
04. Hot water
05. For heaven's sake

Film Noirs

01. Yield to the night
02. shack out in 101
03. Across the bridge
04.
05.

Rudolph Valentino: Silent Star

01. Eagle
02. Cobra
03. Delicious Little Devil
04. Blood and Sand
05. Eyes of Youth

Silent Russian
01. Zvenigora
02. Dva Dnya
03. A small town idol
04. One sixth of the world
05. The Eleventh Year

Silent German

01. Der Student von Prag (1926)
02. Der Student von Prag (1919)
03. The Blue Light
04. The Burning Soil
05. Carmen
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Post by brokenface » December 1st, 2015, 1:54 am

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité

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1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Category is again arguable (I know Wiseman for example rejects these labels for his films) but these type of documentaries do share a style - 'Fly on the wall', as became common in TV since the 90s is perhaps the most apt description. Can make for a dry experience at times, but also sometimes fascinating insight. I mean, I couldn't sit and watch Welfare for its whole 3 hour runtime, but it's a unique document of people and place. And yes, sometimes the intimacy/overshare of this view of life is rather more than I care to see (hello, the guy given the emetic in Hospital :/ ) but overall very much worthwhile viewing.
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* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)
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Post by 3eyes » December 9th, 2015, 4:47 am

XV. World War I, Part 4 - films from 1920s & 1930s

1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. J'accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)


Kämpfende Gewalten and Gance's second J'accuse! have in common a man whose attempt to invent the ultimate deterrent leads instead to an arms race. I found the first one ridiculously clumsy. Gance's update of and elaboration on his 1919 film leaves me wishing for a better restoration. Significantly, the "enemy" is never identified.

Four sons is a John Ford film which focuses mostly on a sympathetic (nay, sentimental) view of the domestic front from the German side. Mata Hari is a spy story a la Garbo.

I'd say Niemansland was the pick of the bunch - 5 soldiers of 5 different ethnicities wind up in some sort of dugout and help each other.
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I. Fiction films about famous writers (double set)
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
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4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
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II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
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III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
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IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)

XIII. Noirs by the Hollywood 10
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

XIV. Biopics of German composers:
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)


XV. World War I, Part 4 - 20s & 30s:

1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. I accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)
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Post by Lilarcor » December 9th, 2015, 5:27 am

brokenface on Nov 30 2015, 06:54:18 PM wrote:Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
Hate to be THAT guy but I'd say all of those five films are direct cinema films. While Direct Cinema is more "passive" (like a fly on the wall) in that the filmmaker doesn't "interrupt" or participate (of course he/she does but it's not shown), Cinéma vérité is kind of the "fly in the soup": the filmmaker actively participates and it is shown, i.e Chronicle of a Summer where the filmmakers discuss the film inside the film. So I think they are two very different approaches to documentary filmmaking.

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Post by brokenface » December 19th, 2015, 3:45 pm

Theme#26: Haunted House

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1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)
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Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

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Post by 3eyes » December 20th, 2015, 5:20 am

XVI. Films based on Pushkin's works
1. Ruslan Lyudmila (USSR 72)
2. Metel’ / The blizzard (USSR 65)
3. The Queen of Spades (UK 49)
4. Russkiy bunt / The captain’s daughter (Russia 00)
5. Onegin (UK 99)
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I. Fiction films about famous writers (double set)
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
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II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
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III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
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IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)

XIII. Noirs by the Hollywood 10
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

XIV. Biopics of German composers:
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)

XV. World War I, Part 4 - 20s & 30s:
1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. I accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)

XVI. Films based on the works of Pushkin
1. Ruslan Lyudmila (USSR 72)
2. Metel’ / The blizzard (USSR 65)
3. The Queen of Spades (UK 49)
4. Russkiy bunt / The captain’s daughter (Russia 00)
5. Onegin (UK 99)
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Post by Carmel1379 » December 20th, 2015, 7:34 pm

theme 1: WWII, Third Reich, Nazi and Hitler

(#1 was HITLER, Ein Film aus Deutschland (1977, Hans-Jürgen Syberberg))
#2 Triumph Des Willens (1935, Leni Riefenstahl) 6/10

#3 Katyń (2007, Andrzej Wajda) (1st+ viewing) 6/10

#4 Der Fall Gleiwitz (1961, Gerhard Klein) 7+/10
Quite a cold and experimental excellently filmed depiction of Nazi Germany's staged attack on a Gleiwitz radio station in order to justify their invasion of Poland, starting WWII. It's got good aesthetic taste and the cold atmosphere works well, I also think this might be the sort of film which will suddenly pop up and transpose its feeling on me for a short while, in the near future.

#5 Šwiadectwo urodzenia (1961, Stanisław Różewicz) 6/10

and in the near future I'll see 'Der Untergang' and 'Hangmen Also Die!'.

so it took me half a year to finish this. i forgot about it, but i'll be slowly continuing with other little themes i might happen to think of.
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Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
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Post by Kowry » December 30th, 2015, 11:15 pm

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Theme #6: Afican-American cinema
1. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Melvin van Peebles, 1971)
2. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1979)
3. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
4. Juice (Ernest R. Dickerson, 1992)
5. Menace II Society (Hughes bros., 1993)

This probably at least doubled the amount of films I've seen by African-American directors. Good bunch of films overall, Killer of Sheep and Do the Right Thing being the expected standouts, Badass had rawness I don't think any of blaxploitation films that came after it had. Juice and Menace II Society were decent, though somewhat conventional hood films.
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Theme #1: Chase thrillers
1. The Warriors (1979)
2. The Hitcher (1968)
3. The Naked Prey (1965)
4. The Gauntlet (1977)
5. The French Connection (1971)

Theme #2: Horror anthologies
1. Tales from the Crypt (Freddie Francis, 1972)
2. Triloy of Terror (Dan Curtis, 1975)
3. Creepshow (George A. Romero, 1982)
4. Tales from the Hood (Rusty Cundieff, 1995)
5. Trick 'r Treat (Michael Dougherty, 2007)

Theme #3: Haunted house horror
1. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper, 1982)
2.. House (Steve Miner, 1986)
3. 13 Ghosts (William Castle, 1960)
4. The Legend of Hell House (John Hough, 1973)
5. The Changeling (Peter Medak, 1980)

Theme #4: Golden age slashers
1. Tourist Trap (David Schmoeller, 1979)
2. Maniac (William Lustig, 1980)
3. My Bloody Valentine (George Mihalka, 1981)
4. The Burning (Tony Maylam, 1981)
5. Sleepaway Camp (Robert Hiltzik, 1983)

Theme #5: Boxing Noir
2. Body and Soul (Robert Rossen, 1947)
3. The Set-Up (Robert Wise, 1949)
4. Killer's Kiss (Stanley Kubrick, 1955)
5. The Harder They Fall (Mark Robson, 1956)
6. Fat City (John Huston, 1972)
Theme #6: Afican-American cinema
1. Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (Melvin van Peebles, 1971)
2. Killer of Sheep (Charles Burnett, 1979)
3. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
4. Juice (Ernest R. Dickerson, 1992)
5. Menace II Society (Hughes bros., 1993)

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Post by brokenface » January 5th, 2016, 11:45 pm

Theme#27: Brit Noir

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1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

As ever with noir, we can quibble definitions, but you can a pretty strong case for most of these as being British equivalents of noir. Losey, an American director, made several British noirs and his two here are the strongest, particularly the gritty The Criminal.

I'll be watching some of his others as he's my pick for the director filmography challenge this month and I think he's a director who deserves a lot more attention than he gets.
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* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)
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Post by 3eyes » January 6th, 2016, 1:08 am

brokenface on Jan 5 2016, 04:45:23 PM wrote:Theme#27: Brit Noir

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1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

As ever with noir, we can quibble definitions, but you can a pretty strong case for most of these as being British equivalents of noir. Losey, an American director, made several British noirs and his two here are the strongest, particularly the gritty The Criminal.

I'll be watching some of his others as he's my pick for the director filmography challenge this month and I think he's a director who deserves a lot more attention than he gets.
WatchedShow
* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)
I like Losey. I appear to have seen 8 of his - hope to see more when I do another set about the Hollywood blacklist.
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Post by 3eyes » January 11th, 2016, 5:02 am

XVII. Jules Verne and H G Wells
1. The time machine (60)
2. First men in the moon (UK 64)
3. Journey to the center of the earth (59)
4. The mysterious island (UK 61)
5. Island of lost souls (32)

2 Verne (#3 and 4), 3 Wells. All enjoyable. I attempted to watch Karel Zeman's version of Verne's The stolen airship / /Ukradená vzducholod (Cz 67), but couldn't get the subs to cooperate. Liked what I saw, though.
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I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
__

II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
__

III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
__

IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II
__

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)
__

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name
__

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)
__

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)
__

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)
__

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)
__

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)
__

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)
__

XIII. Noirs by the Hollywood 10
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]
__

XIV. Biopics of German composers:
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)
__

XV. World War I, Part 4 - 20s & 30s:
1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. I accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)
__

XVI. Pushkin
1. Ruslan Lyudmila (USSR 72)
2. Metel’ / The blizzard (USSR 65)
3. The Queen of Spades (UK 49)
4. Russkiy bunt / The captain’s daughter (Russia 00)
5. Onegin (UK 99)
__

XVII. Jules Verne and H G Wells
1. The time machine (60)
2. First men in the moon (UK 64)
3. Journey to the center of the earth (59)
4. The mysterious island (UK 61)
5. Island of lost souls (32)
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Post by 3eyes » January 19th, 2016, 4:27 am

XVIII. Doomsday scenarios (1930s to 1960s)
1. Flash Gordon (36)
2. When worlds collide (51)
3. War of the worlds (53)
4. Voyage to the bottom of the sea (61)
5. La fin du monde (Fr 31)

I think I liked these more or less in chronological order. None of them make a lot of sense science-wise. #2-4 make such hokey use of religion that Gance's use of it in a deeper and more integrated way was welcome. Flash Gordon (the serial) was the most fun, though the doomsday theme swiftly fell by the wayside.

my themesShow
I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
__

II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
__

III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
__

IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)

XIII. Noirs by the Hollywood 10
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

XIV. Biopics of German composers:
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)

XV. World War I, Part 4 - 20s & 30s:

1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. I accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)

XVI. Pushkin
1. Ruslan Lyudmila (USSR 72)
2. Metel’ / The blizzard (USSR 65)
3. The Queen of Spades (UK 49)
4. Russkiy bunt / The captain’s daughter (Russia 00)
5. Onegin (UK 99)


XVII. Jules Verne and H G Wells
1. The time machine (60)
2. First men in the moon (UK 64)
3. Journey to the center of the earth (59)
4. The mysterious island (UK 61)
5. Island of lost souls (32)


XVIII. Doomsday scenarios (30s to 60s)
1. Flash Gordon (36)
2. When worlds collide (51)
3. War of the worlds (53)
4. Voyage to the bottom of the sea (61)
5. La fin du monde (Fr 31)
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Post by brokenface » January 24th, 2016, 10:37 pm

Theme#28: Baseball

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1. The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)
2. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
3. Bang the Drum Slowly (Hancock, 1973)
4. I Will Buy You (Kobayashi, 1956)
5. Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

Baseball is no boxing when it comes to film but most of these were ok. Eight Man Out's soundtrack really got on my nerves for some reason.
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* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

Theme#28: Baseball
1. The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)
*2. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
3. Bang the Drum Slowly (Hancock, 1973)
4. I Will Buy You (Kobayashi, 1956)
5. Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

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Post by 3eyes » January 24th, 2016, 11:09 pm

Although I've never understood what people see in baseball (give me basketball any day), I've seen all of these but #4. I have also seen Setouchi shonen yakyu dan / MacArthur's children (1984), in which baseball plays a role.
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Post by brokenface » January 24th, 2016, 11:36 pm

I did get into a little bit when I was travelling in the states. Never actually went to any games, but it was always on in bars & I sorta absorbed the rules which I'd never understood before. Prefer it to cricket (which might be enough to get me deported from England so hopefully the government ain't reading this :ph43r: ). Maybe I'll even watch the Ken Burns film one day if I have a spare 1140 minutes..

The best baseball film I've seen is Sugar.

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Post by brokenface » February 6th, 2016, 8:32 pm

Theme#29: Late Japanese New Wave/Art Theatre Guild

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1. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (Hani, 1968)
2. Silence Has No Wings (Kuroki, 1966)
3. Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar (Oshima, 1969)
4. This Transient Life (Jissoji, 1970)
5. Eros + Massacre (Yoshida, 1971)

Not the easiest watches, by any means, but some stunning cinematography & interesting experiments in this era of Japanese film.
WatchedShow
* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

Theme#28: Baseball
1. The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)
*2. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
3. Bang the Drum Slowly (Hancock, 1973)
4. I Will Buy You (Kobayashi, 1956)
5. Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

Theme#29: Late Japanese New Wave/Art Theatre Guild
1. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (Hani, 1968)
*2. Silence Has No Wings (Kuroki, 1966)
3. Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar (Oshima, 1969)
4. This Transient Life (Jissoji, 1970)
5. Eros + Massacre (Yoshida, 1971)
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Post by 3eyes » February 13th, 2016, 4:41 am

XIX. Silent Sci-Fi
1. A message from Mars (UK 1913)
2. Verdens Undergang / End of the world (Den 1916)
3. High treason (UK 1929)
4. Wunder der Schöpfung / Our Heavenly Bodies (Ger 1925)
5. Himmelskibet / A trip to Mars (Den 1918)

The shadow of World War I looms large among these, with pacifistic and apocalyptic themes.
##1 and 5 present Martians as being more advanced in the ways of virtue than Earthlings.
I take #2 to be the prototype of Abel Gance's Le fin du monde (1931), which I saw shortly before this one: Comets, religious symbolism, stock market shennanigans, final orgies....
#3 is a strange futuristic pacifist/feminist film in which men try to start a world war and women try to stop them.
#4 is a documentary about astronomy, with some sci-fi mixed in.

I had a great deal of trouble finishing this set - I had to keep digging as one movie I found turned out to be a 1964 remake, one was a 1929 talkie, and one had totally illegible German intertitles.



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I. Fiction films about famous writers
1. Wilde (UK 97) - REWATCH
2. Christopher and his kind (UK 11) - Christopher Isherwood
3. The great McGonagall (UK 74) - William Topaz McGonagall
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/
4. Flores raras / Reaching for the moon (Brazil 13) - Elizabeth Bishop
5. Byron (UK 03)
6. The Barretts of Wimpole Street (34) - Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning
7. Violette (Fr 13) - Violette Leduc, Simone de Beauvoir
8. Mein Herz - Niemandem! / My heart is mine alone (Ger 97) - Else Lasker-Schüler and Gottfried Benn
9. The invisible woman (UK 13) - Dickens
10. Les soeurs Brontë / The Brontë Sisters (Fr 79)
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II. World war I, pt. 1: (21st-century films)
1. Testament of youth (UK 2015)
2. Great War Diaries (Internat’l, 2014, 411m)
3. La France (Fr 2007)
4. The Wipers Times (UK 2013)
5. Ararat (Canada 02)
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III. Pre-revolutionary Iran
1. Shab-neshini dar jahannam/A party in hell (Iran 58)
2. Mossafer/The traveler (Iran 74)
3. Tangsir/Tight spot (Iran 74)
4. Saz Dahani / Harmonica (Iran 74)
5. Mogholha / The Mongols (Iran 73) [Rewatch]
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IV. Conscientious objectors
1. Age of Innocence / Ragtime Summer (Canada 77) - WW I
2. Tu ne tueras point/Thou shalt not kill (Fr / It /Yugo 61) - Algerian War
3. The Conscientious Objector (04) - WW II
4. Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight (13) - Vietnam War
5. Jehovah's Witnesses Stand Firm Against Nazi Assault (96) - WW II

V. Hollywood musicals from WWII
1. Up in arms (44)
2. Cairo (42)
3. Road to Morocco (42)
4. Stage door canteen (43) - rewatch
5. Yankee Doodle Dandy (42)

VI. George Sand
1. Red Wing (2013) - based on Sand’s novel François le champi
2. A song to remember (45) - rewatch
3. George qui? (Fr 73)
4. La note bleu (Fr 91)
5. Mauprat (Fr 26) - based on Sand’s novel of the same name

VII. World War I, pt 2: – Contemporaneous (1910s):
1. The life story of David Lloyd George (UK 1918)
2. Hearts of the world (1918)
3. J’Accuse! (Fr 1919) - rewatch
4. Ikarus, der fliegende Mensch (Ger 1918)
5. Shorts (a&b are comedies, c is documentary):
a. La paura degli aeromobili nemici /The Fear of Zeppelins (It 1915, 17m)
b. Paris pendant la guerre (Fr 1916, 31m)
c. Fighting the War (1916, 23m)

VIII. Don Quixote
1. El Quijote de Miguel de Cervantes (Spain 1991, 310m)
2. Don Quichotte (Fr 1933)
3. Don Kikhot (USSR 1957)
4. Monsignor Quixote (UK 1987)
5. Donkey Xote (Spain 2007)

IX. Antarctica
1. The last place on earth (UK 85, mini) [Amundsen & Scott]
2. Nankyoku monogatari / Antarctica (Jap 83)
3. South aka Endurance (UK 1920)
4. The forbidden quest (Neth 93)
5. Shackleton (UK 02, mini)

X. Music-themed Chinese movies
1. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles / Qian li zou dan qi (China 05)
2. Stage sisters / Wutai jiemei (China 64)
3. The First Emperor (Tan Dun, Metropolitan Opera Live, 07)
4. Touch of the light / Ni guang fei xiang (Taiwan 12)
5. Cape No 7 / Hái-kak chhit-ho (Taiwan 08)

XI. World War I, pt 3: (films from 60s & 70s)
1. Sarajevski atentat /The Day That Shook the World (Yugo 1975)
2. The blue Max (UK 66)
3. Johnny got his gun (71)
4. Uomini Contro / Many wars ago (It 70)
5. King & Country (UK 64)

XII. Films based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s adventure novels
1. Kidnapped (UK 71)
2. The Master of Ballantrae (53)
3. Ebb tide (37) [RLS & Lloyd Osborne]
4. St. Ives (UK 98)
5. Ostrov sokrovishch / Treasure Island (USSR 88)

XIII. Noirs by the Hollywood 10
1. This gun for hire (42, 81m) - [Albert Maltz, screenplay]
2. Smash-up: The story of a woman (47) - [John Howard Lawson, screenplay]
3. Gun crazy /Deadly is the female (49) - [Dalton Trumbo, screenplay]
4. High wall (47, 99m) - [Lester Cole, screenplay]
5. Murder, my sweet (44) - [Edward Dmytryk director, Adrian Scott producer]

XIV. Biopics of German composers:
1. Mein Name ist Bach / My name is Bach (Fr/Ger/Sw 03)
2. Frühlingssinfoni / Spring symphony (W Ger 83) - [Robert & Clara Schumann, also Mendelssohn]
3. Song of love (47) - [Robert and Clara Schumann, Brahms]
4. Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart / Mozart’s sister (Fr 10)
5. Un grand amour de Beethoven (Fr 36, Gance)

XV. World War I, Part 4 - 20s & 30s:

1. Mata Hari (31)
2. Kämpfende Gewalten oder Welt ohne Krieg (Ger 20)
3. Niemansland (Ger 31)
4. Four sons (28)
5. I accuse! (Fr 38, Gance)

XVI. Pushkin
1. Ruslan Lyudmila (USSR 72)
2. Metel’ / The blizzard (USSR 65)
3. The Queen of Spades (UK 49)
4. Russkiy bunt / The captain’s daughter (Russia 00)
5. Onegin (UK 99)

XVII. Jules Verne and H G Wells
1. The time machine (60)
2. First men in the moon (UK 64)
3. Journey to the center of the earth (59)
4. The mysterious island (UK 61)
5. Island of lost souls (32)

XVIII. Doomsday scenarios (30s to 60s)
1. Flash Gordon (36)
2. When worlds collide (51)
3. War of the worlds (53)
4. Voyage to the bottom of the sea (61)
5. La fin du monde (Fr 31)

XI. Silent Sci-Fi]
1. A message from Mars (UK 1913)
2. Verdens Undergang / End of the world (Den 1916)
3. High treason (UK 1929)
4. Wunder der Schöpfung / Our Heavenly Bodies (Ger 25)
5. Himmelskibet / A trip to Mars (Den 1918)
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Post by brokenface » February 13th, 2016, 11:27 am

Funnily enough, silent sci-fi is a theme I have in my plans also. My planned 5 includes 3 of yours: A Trip to Mars, The End of the World & Our Heavenly Bodies. Along with Aelita and The Mechanical Man. though having done research now on the latter, it seems only a partial version exists - might go for A Message from Mars instead.

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Post by brokenface » February 21st, 2016, 1:40 pm

Theme#30: 80s Teen Movies

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1. Valley Girl (Coolidge, 1983)
2. Weird Science (Hughes, 1985)
3. The Sure Thing (Reiner, 1985)
4. Risky Business (Brickman, 1983)
5. Hairspray (Waters, 1988)

Filling in some gaps, mostly 2nd tier, still an enjoyable batch even without nostalgia.

Theme#31: Classic Martial Arts

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1. One-Armed Swordsman (Cheh Chang, 1967)
2. Fist of Fury (Wei Lo, 1972)
3. The Shaolin Temple (Hsin-Yen Chang, 1982)
4. The Prodigal Son (Sammo Hung, 1981)
5. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978)

Yet another genre I've scarcely explored, hence the big name classics on this list. Tried to take a range of the big names of the golden age (Bruce Lee, Gordon Liu, Jet Li, Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Jimmy Wang Yu). The two Shaw Brothers flicks (One-Armed Swordsman & 36th Chamber) were comfortably my favourites here.
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* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

Theme#28: Baseball
1. The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)
*2. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
3. Bang the Drum Slowly (Hancock, 1973)
4. I Will Buy You (Kobayashi, 1956)
5. Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

Theme#29: Late Japanese New Wave/Art Theatre Guild
1. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (Hani, 1968)
*2. Silence Has No Wings (Kuroki, 1966)
3. Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar (Oshima, 1969)
4. This Transient Life (Jissoji, 1970)
5. Eros + Massacre (Yoshida, 1971)

Theme#30: 80s Teen Movies
1. Valley Girl (Coolidge, 1983)
2. Weird Science (Hughes, 1985)
*3. The Sure Thing (Reiner, 1985)
4. Risky Business (Brickman, 1983)
5. Hairspray (Waters, 1988)

Theme#31: Classic Martial Arts
1. One-Armed Swordsman (Cheh Chang, 1967)
2. Fist of Fury (Wei Lo, 1972)
3. The Shaolin Temple (Hsin-Yen Chang, 1982)
4. The Prodigal Son (Sammo Hung, 1981)
*5. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978)

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Post by 3eyes » February 21st, 2016, 4:41 pm

brokenface on Feb 13 2016, 04:27:45 AM wrote:Funnily enough, silent sci-fi is a theme I have in my plans also. My planned 5 includes 3 of yours: A Trip to Mars, The End of the World & Our Heavenly Bodies. Along with Aelita and The Mechanical Man. though having done research now on the latter, it seems only a partial version exists - might go for A Message from Mars instead. (But oh, the 80s was when my kids were young and home video was new and I don't remember the movies of that decade with fondness.)
This continues to be my favorite challenge. If I run out of ideas, I can always piggyback on some of yours.
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Post by brokenface » February 27th, 2016, 2:58 pm

Theme#32: Roman Epics

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1. Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
2. Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)
3. King of Kings (Ray, 1961)
4. The Robe (Koster, 1953)
5. Quo Vadis (LeRoy, 1951)

Not really my genre and none of these match up to Spartacus & Ben-Hur. Julius Caesar is obviously a cut above in the writing, the others are mostly plot serving spectacle. Sometimes the spectacle is pretty spectacular, but they tend to wear you down with just too much. Conincidentally, should be a good warm up for Hail Caesar.

Trivia: King of Kings the only one of these not nominated for Best Picture.
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* = my favourite

Theme#1: Giallo beyond Argento
*1. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro / Short Night of Glass Dolls (Aldo Lado, 1971) 8/10
2. La vittima designata / The Designated Victim (Maurizio Lucidi, 1971) 6/10
3. Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh / The Strange Vice of Mrs Wardh / Blade of the Ripper (Sergio Martino, 1972) 7/10
4. Le orme / Footprints (Luigi Bazzoni & Mario Fanelli, 1975) 7/10
5. La casa dalle finestre che ridono / The House with the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati, 1976) 8/10

Theme#2: Nuclear warning
1. On the Beach (Kramer, 1959)
2. When the Wind Blows (Murakami, 1986)
*3. Miracle Mile (De Jarnatt, 1988)
4. The Day After (Meyer, 1983)
5. Testament (Littman, 1983)

Theme#3: 80s Fantasy
1. The Dark Crystal (Henson, 1982)
2. Conan the Barbarian (Milius, 1982)
3. The NeverEnding Story (Petersen, 1984)
4. Legend (Scott, 1985)
*5. Labyrinth (Henson, 1986)

Theme#4: Blaxploitation
1. Super Fly (Parks Jr, 1972)
*2. Across 110th Street (Shear, 1972)
3. The Mack (Campus, 1973)
4. Black Caesar (Cohen, 1973)
5. Foxy Brown (Hill, 1974)

Theme#5: American New Wave & 70s Women
*1. Girlfriends (Weill, 1978)
2. Norma Rae (Ritt, 1979)
3. An Unmarried Woman (Mazursky, 1978)
4. Diary of a Mad Housewife (Perry, 1970)
5. Looking for Mr Goodbar (Brooks, 1978)

Theme#6: Circus
1. The Greatest Show on Earth (DeMille, 1952)
2. Man on a Tightrope (Kazan, 1953)
3. Laugh Clown Laugh (Brenon, 1928)
*4. Trapeze (Reed, 1956)
5. Invincible (Herzog, 2001)

Theme#7: Spaghetti Beyond Leone
*1. The Big Gundown (Sollima, 1966)
2. Day of Anger (Valerii, 1967)
3. Il mercenario (Corbucci, 1968)
4. Une corde, un Colt.../Cemetery Without Crosses (Hossein, 1968)
5. Face to Face (Sollima, 1967)

Theme#8: Pre-code
1. Safe in Hell (Wellman, 1931)
2. Three on a Match (LeRoy, 1932)
*3. The Story of Temple Drake (Roberts, 1933)
4. I'm No Angel (Ruggles, 1933)
5. Lady Killer (Del Ruth, 1933)

Theme#9: Beyond
*1. From Beyond (Gordon, 1986)
2. Beyond the Forest (Vidor, 1949)
3. The Beyond (Fulci, 1980)
4. Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (Miller & Ogilvie, 1985)
5. Beyond the Black Rainbow (Cosmatos, 2010)

Theme#10: Early/Proto Giallo
1. The Evil Eye/The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Bava, 1963)
*2. A Quiet Place in the Country (Petri, 1968)
3. Blood and Black Lace (Bava, 1964)
4. La donna del lago/The Possessed (Bazzoni & Rossellini, 1965)
5. Death Laid an Egg (Questi, 1968)

Theme#11: 1930s Oscar Bait
1. Cimarron (Ruggles, 1931)
*2. The Story of Louis Pasteur (Dieterle, 1936)
3. In Old Chicago (King, 1937)
4. The Good Earth (Franklin, 1937)
5. Cavalcade (Lloyd, 1933)

Theme#12: 6th Generation Chinese Directors
1. Shiqi sui de dan che / Beijing Bicycle (Xiaoshuai Wang, 2001)
*2. Mang jing / Blind Shaft (Yang Li, 2003)
3. Fu cheng mi shi / Mystery (Ye Lou, 2012)
4. Dou niu / Cow (Hu Guan, 2009)
5. Guo nian hui jia / Seventeen Years (Yuan Zhang, 1999)

Theme#13: 70s Disaster Films
1. Airport (Seaton, 1970)
2. The Cassandra Crossing (Cosmatos, 1976)
3. Two-Minute Warning (Peerce, 1976)
*4. The Hindenburg (Wise, 1975)
5. Rollercoaster (Goldstone, 1977)

Theme#14: Australian New Wave
1. Newsfront (Noyce, 1978)
2. The Plumber (Weir, 1979)
3. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Schepisi, 1978)
4. The Year My Voice Broke (Duigan, 1987)
*5. Long Weekend (Eggleston, 1978)

Theme#15: 80s Slashers
1. Sleepaway Camp (Hiltzik, 1983)
*2. The Stepfather (Ruben, 1987)
3. The Prowler (Zito, 1981)
4. Child's Play (Holland, 1988)
5. Intruder (Spiegel, 1989)

Theme#16: Space Exploration
1. Robinson Crusoe on Mars (Haskin, 1964) 6/10
2. Countdown (Altman, 1967) 5/10
3. The Black Hole (Nelson, 1979) 4/10
*4. 2010: The Year We Make Contact (Hyams, 1984) 7/10
5. Mission to Mars (De Palma, 2000) 6/10

Theme#17: 80s Hong Kong Action
1. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
*2. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
3. God of Gamblers (Jing Wong, 1989)
4. Dragons Forever (Sammo Hung and Cory Yuen, 1988)
5. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)

Theme#18: New Orleans/Louisiana
1. The Cincinnati Kid (Jewison, 1965)
*2. Tightrope (Tuggle, 1984)
3. When the Levees Broke (Spike Lee, 2006)
4. The Big Easy (McBride, 1986)
5. In the Electric Mist (Tavernier, 2009)

Theme#19: Hammer Horror
1. The Curse of Frankenstein (Fisher, 1957)
*2. Scream of Fear (Holt, 1961)
3. The Devil Rides Out (Fisher, 1968)
4. The Abominable Snowman (Guest, 1957)
5. Paranoiac (Francis, 1963)

Theme#20: Czech Sci-Fi
1. Who Wants to Kill Jessie? (Vorlicek, 1966)
2. I Killed Einstein, Gentlemen (Lipsky, 1970)
*3. Late August at the Hotel Ozone (Schmidt, 1967)
4. You Are a Widow, Sir! (Vorlicek, 1971)
5. Hearty Greetings From the Globe (Lipsky, 1983)

Theme#21: Revisionist Western
*1. Bad Company (Benton, 1972)
2. Zandy's Bride (Troell, 1974)
3. Hombre (Ritt, 1967)
4. Valdez is Coming (Sherin, 1971)
5. The Long Riders (Hill, 1980)

Theme#22: Kitchen Sink
1. The Entertainer (Richardson, 1960) 7/10
*2. The L-Shaped Room (Forbes, 1962) 8/10
3. Bronco Bullfrog (Platts-Mills, 1969) 6/10
4. A Kind of Loving (Schlesinger, 1962) 7/10
5. Poor Cow (Loach, 1967) 6/10

Theme#23: Vintage Sci-Fi
1. When Worlds Collide (Maté, 1951)
2. 20000 Leagues Under the Sea (Fleischer, 1954)
3. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Juran, 1957)
*4. The Time Machine (Pal, 1960)
5. Invaders From Mars (Menzies, 1953)

Theme#24: Boxing
1. Requiem for a Heavyweight (Nelson, 1962)
*2. Hard Times (Hill, 1975)
3. Rocky II (Stallone, 1979)
4. Ali (Mann, 2001)
5. Southpaw (Fuqua, 2015)

Theme#25: Direct Cinema/Cinéma vérité
1. Primary (Drew, 1960)
*2. Welfare (Wiseman, 1975)
3. Warrendale (King, 1967)
4. Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment (Drew, 1963)
5. Hospital (Wiseman, 1970)

Theme#26: Haunted House
1. The Legend of Hell House (Hough, 1973)
2. Insidious (Wan, 2010)
3. Burnt Offerings (Curtis, 1974)
*4. The People Under the Stairs (Craven, 1991)
5. The Amityville Horror (Rosenberg, 1979)

Theme#27: Brit Noir
1. Time Without Pity (Losey, 1957)
2. Obsession (Dmytryk (1949)
*3. The Criminal/Concrete Jungle (Losey, 1960)
4. Cast a Dark Shadow (Gilbert, 1955)
5. The Blue Lamp (Dearden, 1950)

Theme#28: Baseball
1. The Bad News Bears (Ritchie, 1976)
*2. A League of Their Own (Marshall, 1992)
3. Bang the Drum Slowly (Hancock, 1973)
4. I Will Buy You (Kobayashi, 1956)
5. Eight Men Out (Sayles, 1988)

Theme#29: Late Japanese New Wave/Art Theatre Guild
1. Nanami: The Inferno of First Love (Hani, 1968)
*2. Silence Has No Wings (Kuroki, 1966)
3. Diary of a Shinjuku Burglar (Oshima, 1969)
4. This Transient Life (Jissoji, 1970)
5. Eros + Massacre (Yoshida, 1971)

Theme#30: 80s Teen Movies
1. Valley Girl (Coolidge, 1983)
2. Weird Science (Hughes, 1985)
*3. The Sure Thing (Reiner, 1985)
4. Risky Business (Brickman, 1983)
5. Hairspray (Waters, 1988)

Theme#31: Classic Martial Arts
1. One-Armed Swordsman (Cheh Chang, 1967)
2. Fist of Fury (Wei Lo, 1972)
3. The Shaolin Temple (Hsin-Yen Chang, 1982)
4. The Prodigal Son (Sammo Hung, 1981)
*5. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Chia-Liang Liu, 1978)

Theme#32: Roman Epics
1. Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
2. Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)
3. King of Kings (Ray, 1961)
4. The Robe (Koster, 1953)
*5. Quo Vadis (LeRoy, 1951)
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Post by 3eyes » February 27th, 2016, 3:39 pm

brokenface on Feb 27 2016, 07:58:28 AM wrote:Theme#32: Roman Epics

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1. Julius Caesar (Mankiewicz, 1953)
2. Cleopatra (Mankiewicz, 1963)
3. King of Kings (Ray, 1961)
4. The Robe (Koster, 1953)
5. Quo Vadis (LeRoy, 1951)

Not really my genre and none of these match up to Spartacus & Ben-Hur. Julius Caesar is obviously a cut above in the writing, the others are mostly plot serving spectacle. Sometimes the spectacle is pretty spectacular, but they tend to wear you down with just too much. Conincidentally, should be a good warm up for Hail Caesar.

Trivia: King of Kings the only one of these not nominated for Best Picture.
I'm happy to say that I didn't see a single one of these when they first came out, though I could have. By now I've seen all but the last; I considered watching it this month but arrgh. I've seen the 2001 Polish version, though. Have you?
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