Tower Of Movies

This is for all non-EC or peripheral-EC topics. We all know how much we love talking about 'The Man' but sometimes we have other interests.
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bobster
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Postby bobster » Sat Jan 08, 2005 8:09 pm

Out -- The Usual Suspects -- a cool little movie, tons of dark fun and all, but a bit superficial and tricky, not quite worthy of the tower, IMHO ("H" is for "humble" btw...). It does, however, deserve a nice spot in the Cinema Chauteau, perhaps.

In -- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- This list needs Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger back on it. I have become a huge fan of their work over just the past few years. Though I only caught up with it last year, this particular movie has become an all time favorte, it holds an extremely special place in my heart and provides much grist for thought, argument, and historical cogitation. Also, if you are a loss at figuring out M. Scorsese's more recent films, particularly "Gangs of New York" and "The Age of Innocense" (and, probably, "The Aviator" which I'll probably see tonight), seeing these films will shed some light,

The Last Waltz - Martin Scorsese
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
A Streetcar Named Desire - Elia Kazan
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Only Angels Have Wings - Howard Hawks
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
http://www.forwardtoyesterday.com -- Where "hopelessly dated" is a compliment!

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Postby alexv » Sun Jan 09, 2005 12:02 am

Out: The Last Waltz (documentary?)
In: Rules of the Game

This has now become the "Tower of Old Movies"

Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
A Streetcar Named Desire - Elia Kazan
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Only Angels Have Wings - Howard Hawks
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Jan 09, 2005 5:14 am

It's a standard pattern, isn't it? When a magazine runs a readers' poll on all-time best LPs, there's a preponderance of LPs from recent years (or when Q runs an article on best songwriters of all time, Mike Skinner is the most prominent face on the front cover). But hand it over to the real cognoscenti, and it's all from 30-40 years ago. Do they not make 'em like they used to?

Haven't seen Simon of the Desert, or not that I can recall. But will leave in in honour of the mighty LB. Deciding who to oust is now like choosing which of the wonders of the world to desecrate, so out with Kazan, and in with something from the stunningly recent late 80s with Wenders (titled in German here, in preference to the utterly crappy non-translation of 'The Wings Of Desire' - they copped out because English can't convey 'sky/heaven' in one word as 'Himmel' does). This is a flawed film, but in terms of cinematic magic and jawdropping imagination, it's a must. Stunning cinematography and brilliant music too. And a film that might, as it did me, have a profound effect on you.

Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Only Angels Have Wings - Howard Hawks
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more

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Postby BlueChair » Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:58 am

Out: Only Angels Have Wings - Howard Hawks
In: Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze

Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Being John Malkovich - Spike Jonze
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Sun Jan 09, 2005 11:06 am

Yo, almost bang up to speed!
There's more to life than books, you know, but not much more

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Postby alexv » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:09 pm

Out: Being JM--cute idea; well executed; does not belong with this group
In: Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray (would have put in the whole trilogy but that's 3)-- The Tower needs the non-Simpsons Apu.

Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger

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Postby BlueChair » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:15 pm

So we're back to the tower of oldies then...
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

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Postby invisible Pole » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:18 pm

OUT : John Ford
IN : House Of Games - David Mamet (his first and, imo, best ; btw - is Spartan worth checking out ?)

Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Seven Samurai - Akira Kurosawa
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
If you don't know what is wrong with me
Then you don't know what you've missed

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Postby wehitandrun » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:20 pm

Our - Akira's Seven Samurai
In: - Evil Dead II

Evil Dead II - Sam Raimi
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
The Searchers- John Ford
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
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Postby invisible Pole » Sun Jan 09, 2005 1:22 pm

We posted almost at the same time, so now the list is :

Evil Dead II - Sam Raimi
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger
If you don't know what is wrong with me
Then you don't know what you've missed

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Postby alexv » Sun Jan 09, 2005 6:07 pm

Out: Evil Dead II
In: Raging Bull

Raging Bill--Scorcese
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp -- Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger

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Postby pophead2k » Sun Jan 09, 2005 6:53 pm

Out: Blimp
In: Lemmon

Raging Bill--Scorcese
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards

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Postby Jackson Monk » Sun Jan 09, 2005 7:14 pm

Out: Raging Bull (yeah,yeah,,,greatest movie of the 80s....I've slept through it twice!)
In: Kitsch star-laden war movie that makes me laugh from start to finish (esp Ryan O'Neal :lol: ).

A Bridge Too Far - Dickie Attenborough
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
Pather Panchali- Satyajit Ray
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards
corruptio optimi pessima

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Postby oily slick » Sun Jan 09, 2005 10:25 pm

out: Satyajit Ray
in: Ray Milland

A Bridge Too Far - Dickie Attenborough
Rules of the Game- Jean Renoir
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Lost Weekend--Billy Wilder
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards
I'm not concerned about the very poor.

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Postby bobster » Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:49 am

I cannot begin to tell you how the Tower of Film we have now has degenerated in just a few posts. It's enough to make this classicist weep bitter tears...Right now I'm looking like the world greatest fake-American Indian actor, Iron Eyes Cody, in that old environmental. PSA.

At least "Rules of the Game" still stands...but it's only a matter of time before one of you philistines replaces it with "Office Space" or, heaven forfend, "Fight Club."

:cry: :cry: :cry:
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Postby Mike Boom » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:38 am

Out - Rules of the Game - (Renoir should have stuck to painting)
In - City Slickers II : The Legend of Curlys Gold (oft overlooked classic)

A Bridge Too Far - Dickie Attenborough
City Slickers II : The Legend of Curlys Gold - Paul Weiland
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Lost Weekend--Billy Wilder
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards

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Postby bambooneedle » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:44 am

Heaven forfend!


Bobster, I'd like to post:

IN: EDGAR ALLEN POE's

classic tale of THE UNGODLY.. THE EVIL


HOUSE OF USHER (1960),
director: Roger Corman

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But I wouldn't know what to take out! One of those bad movies would allow me to put it in.

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Postby BlueChair » Mon Jan 10, 2005 8:40 am

Out: City Slickers II : The Legend of Curlys Gold - Paul Weiland
In: Brazil - Terry Gilliam

A Bridge Too Far - Dickie Attenborough
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Lost Weekend--Billy Wilder
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

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Postby alexv » Mon Jan 10, 2005 11:57 am

Out: A Bridge...
In: The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski- Coen Brothers
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Lost Weekend--Billy Wilder
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards

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Postby girl out of time » Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:29 pm

out:The Lost Weekend--Billy Wilder
in: The Third Man- Carol Reed


The Big Lebowski- Coen Brothers
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Third Man- Carol Reed
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards
...the promise of indulgence in my confidential voice approached inmortal danger but you´ll never know how close....

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Postby BlueChair » Mon Jan 10, 2005 12:36 pm

I like this list :D
This morning you've got time for a hot, home-cooked breakfast! Delicious and piping hot in only 3 microwave minutes.

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Postby Otis Westinghouse » Mon Jan 10, 2005 2:59 pm

bobster wrote:one of you philistines

Charming! These films are all people's favourites. Why slag their taste in public?
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Postby so lacklustre » Mon Jan 10, 2005 3:22 pm

Out - The Days of Wine and Roses - Blake Edwards
In - Pedro

The Big Lebowski- Coen Brothers
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Third Man- Carol Reed
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
High Heels - Pedro Almodovar
signed with love and vicious kisses

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Postby invisible Pole » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:11 pm

girl out of time wrote:
in: The Third Man- Carol Reed


Great choice !!

Sorry to stand by the rules so strictly but alexv has exceeded the limit of 5 entries.
Let's do it this way:
Out : The Big Lebowski (as much as I like the Coen Brothers)
In : The Shining - Stanley Kubrick

The Shining - Stanley Kubrick
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Dr. Strangelove - Stanley Kubrick
House Of Games - David Mamet
Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Der Himmel Über Berlin - Wim Wenders
The 400 Blows - François Truffaut
The Third Man- Carol Reed
Simon of The Desert - Luis Bunuel
High Heels - Pedro Almodovar
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Then you don't know what you've missed

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Postby alexv » Mon Jan 10, 2005 4:39 pm

Sorry, IP, Tower Madness.


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