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Old 10-19-2018, 03:02 PM
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I think Shine is in my top 10, probably top three. Though I think the idea of ranking art absurd, even offensive. But, yeah, if I want to be offensive, Shine is for sure the top of the top. 
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:20 PM
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Yes indeed, David, in fact all of Roy Andersson's movies are brilliant.

The best American movie I have seen in a while is last year's A Ghost Story by David Lowery. Absolutely gorgeous.

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Old 10-19-2018, 03:27 PM
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I'm currently obsessed with Val Lewton's 40s horror movies ha!
Yes! The one that spooked me the most was probably The Seventh Victim.

Nemo, I don't think I've seen any other of Roy Andersson's films - I should, I'm sure - but for a while after watching You, The Living I became obsessed with the long sequence that began, and ended, in that bar, with the guitar-accompanied train ride / honeymoon in between. Oddly, it was the very downbeat ending in the bar that was the most haunting part of it.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:29 PM
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This will be manna for me... Thanks for starting James.
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Old 10-19-2018, 03:41 PM
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Thanks Jim. This is my turning 50 next week thread. Honestly, the influence of film is immeasurable to me. I see things that way as a poet. There's no separation. Thrilled to get the ideas/suggestions.
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Old 10-19-2018, 05:59 PM
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David, check out Andersson's Songs From The Second Floor if you can find it. It's older than We, The Living.
There is a newer one (2014) called A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, but I haven't been able to catch it anywhere.

And I agree about The Seventh Victim.

(I watch a movie almost every night!)

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Old 10-19-2018, 06:42 PM
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Mark, watch the remake. It's horrifying and heartbreaking. It is without a doubt the most surprising movie I've seen in years. It's right on- the opening of the movie, just watch that and tell me what you think. I'm pretty sure the director did something ridiculous like return of the planet of the apes. You just never know how things are gonna turn out I guess. It's a tough movie, better than the original I think.

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Old 10-19-2018, 09:52 PM
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Though he has retired from filmmaking since The Turin Horse in 2011, Béla Tarr is a contemporary director well worth exploring. My favorite is Werckmeister Harmonies, which has, in my opinion, the single greatest opening shot in film history (it's 10 minutes long and absolutely stunning), but The Turin Horse and the seven-hour Satantango are fantastic as well. (I recently read the novel Satantango is based on, by Laszlo Krasznahorkai, and it's phenomenal, too.)

Claire Denis is another contemporary director who deserves your time, though her best film, Beau Travail (a loose retelling of Melville's "Billy Budd, Sailor") is from the 1990s. Still, she has many good films.


Edit: some trailers

Werckmeister Harmonies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YGdkxI0rU4
The Turin Horse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNkN_xCXozw
Satantango: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H44r9WCqDXA (scene, not a trailer)
Beau Travail: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zUJCJNHXww (early scene)

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Old 10-19-2018, 10:14 PM
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Wong Kar-Wai is another contemporary director to be aware of, if you aren't already.

Chunking Express: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MH38QAN80vs (opening scene)
In the Mood for Love: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iixUc63lfGc (trailer)

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I signed up for the FilmStruck app recently and have mostly focused on to see as many Ozu films as possible. The images work as paintings as well as narrative. Have you ever stood before a painting and wondered about the people in them. (I think this is why Vermeer is so popular now.) Ozu lets the figures from his painting show you what they are like. Godard can't stop himself from intruding in his stories. Ozu doesn't come near his.
Ozu is, in my view, the greatest of all directors. Tokyo Story, Late Spring, Early Summer, An Autumn Afternoon—all absolute masterpieces, and many other great films besides. Godard isn't even in the ballpark.


(It should go without saying, but none of the youtube trailers/scenes I've linked do justice to the stunning beauty of these films)
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Old 10-20-2018, 07:23 AM
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Godard is, ahem, well inside the ball park.

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