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PaperThinWalls

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  1. I second some of the titles M3J and Lyriqz have brought up (Caligari, Tokyo Story, Godfather I & II, etc.) Gone With the Wind the Twilight saga of its time, though? Okey dokey... That's a bit misleading. It's not a favorite of my mine by a long shot, but it's worth checking out for its technical mastery. Also don't let their lukewarm response to Citizen Kane and Vertigo deter you too much. They deserve every bit of praise they get; they're truly extraordinary. 12 Angry Men is a courtroom drama that deals with social injustice, so in that respect it's similar to To Kill a Mockingbird. Where they differ is that 12AM is about jury deliberation whereas Mockingbird focuses on a trial. 12AM is indeed the better film. Hannibal I've only seen once and I didn't think it was anything special. It's certainly not something you think of when looking for the best films. The Sting is good fun. I prefer it over Butch Cassidy. I'll also add: -Intolerance -The Phantom Carriage -Silent comedies by Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, and Harold Lloyd -German silents (e.g. Nosferatu, The Last Laugh, Metropolis) -Sunrise -Universal Horror Cycle in the '30s (particularly the ones by James Whale) -42nd Street -Beauty and the Beast (1946) -The Red Shoes -Bicycle Thieves -Sunset Blvd. -Sansho the Bailiff -Wild Strawberries -The 400 Blows -Viridiana -8 1/2 -2001 -Rosemary's Baby -Playtime -Dressed to Kill -Paris, Texas -Ran -Blue Velvet -Boogie Nights I think that's a decent mixture of world and domestic cinema that I can personally recommend. However, the truly best resource that I can offer you (and whoever is interested) is this list right here: http://theyshootpictures.com/gf1000_all1000films.htm This list (and the site as a whole) is by far the greatest guide to the very best of what cinema has to offer. What it is is a tabulation of various of lists done by filmmakers, critics, film scholars, and other film types. So basically it's a best of list of best ofs.
  2. ^ Looks like a decent group of films you got there. Not much of a fan of The Usual Suspects and I think Easy Rider is okay, but the rest, particularly Alien (speaking of visually stunning... WOW!) and Silence of the Lambs, are stellar. The only thing I suggest is that if you're going to continue looking for classic films, seek out a more diverse selection. There's a lot of great films outside the U.S begging for you to watch.
  3. Yeah, the depiction of the Sicilian countryside is gorgeous in those films. Shame that such a place of euphoric beauty can erupt in horrific violence. Indeed. The Tree of Life has an adundance of lovely imagery. But out of Malick's work, Days of Heaven is my personal favorite, probably because most of it takes place during harvest, which in my opinion is the most gorgeous period of the year. Wes Anderson's aesthetic seems to be getting some backlash lately in some corners of the film community, but personally I have no problem with it. He has a good eye for composition and color. The cinematography in 12 Angry Men works perfectly for the film no doubt... The way their sweaty faces are photographed and how the camera dollies around them adds greatly to the film's intimacy. But admittedly it's not first film that comes to mind when I think of stunning visuals and camerawork. Paths of Glory, for instance, came out the same year and IMO it's a much bolder and visually enthralling movie. Nonetheless, 12 Angry Men is certainly deserves mentioning because it takes something that doesn't sound that cinematic and turns it into something that surprisingly is. So bravo to Sidney Lumet and Boris Kaufman. Speaking of Kaufman, his early work with Jean Vigo is worth checking out... very spectacular and imaginative stuff.
  4. You mean The Force Awakens. Haven't seen Avatar but the The Godfather films are good lookers for sure---absolutely beautiful use of light and shadow in those pictures. The DP, Gordon Willis, did beautiful work in a few of Woody Allen's movies in the '70s and '80s as well. Here's a video of Willis talking about his Godfather work:
  5. ^ Gee, what a glowing recommendation! ;p I'll look it up, though. ------ So to spark some conversation here, what's some of the most visually stunning movies you guys have seen?
  6. Here's a video explaining how the stunt was done; it's pretty dang creative how they did it: Yeah, Modern Times is the one. I've mentioned it being a favorite film of mine a few times on here before.
  7. Uhhh... Tough call, that's why I did three. But I suppose I'll go with Modern Times, Sherlock Jr, and The Freshman as my picks. It's been a while since I've seen The General so not many of the gags are fresh in my memory, but I do remember a real bridge with a train on it being blown up.
  8. Of course, Chaplin is Chaplin. You can't get any bigger than him. Full disclosure, I haven't seen all their shorts (especially Lloyd's): Chaplin: -The Gold Rush -Modern Times -Monsieur Verdoux Keaton: -One Week -Sherlock Jr. -The Cameraman Lloyd: -Safety Last! -Why Worry? -The Freshman
  9. Exciting stuff, huh? Quite a thrill that last part is. Yeah, the guy was really successful back in his day. His movies grossed a lot and were well liked. Trouble came later once his acting career was over. Nowadays though, his stature has risen and he is seen as the third silent-genius.
  10. Good, it should be shot on film if they want to continue the aesthetics of The Force Awakens.
  11. Same. I would've liked more insight into the political climate. I was a bit perplexed by the amount of power the First Order has under the New Republic. For example, how were they able to assemble such an army and create all these ships and weaponry under their eye? Or more importantly,
  12. Hmm. Reading all this over, I'm beginning to think the zombie assault will continue onto the next episode...
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