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Despite not being particularly popular at the moment, foreign films have always held a special place in cinema. Freed from the constraints often found in Hollywood, foreign language films tend to take more risks, deal with more complex topics, and often pay more attention to the human element than English language productions. Despite many people being wary of foreign language films because of subtitles, good movies are good movies regardless of what language they’re in.
The influence of some of the best foreign film directors permeates throughout Hollywood. George Lucas drew on the films of Akira Kurosawa while creating Star Wars, Woody Allen was heavily influenced by the films of Ingmar Bergman, and the examples of other directors inspired by foreign cinema are endless.
The following directors not only made great films that have stood the test of time, but they are also incredibly influential on modern films in »
- Paul Sorrells
There’s a fun little series on NPR, titled “Watch This,” which occasionally takes a look at the favorite films from filmmakers such as William Friedkin, Paul Feig, and Kevin Smith. The latest edition features “The Sopranos” creator David Chase and it’s filled with a lot of interesting choices. It’s always fascinating to learn more about what influences certain filmmakers and Chase’s list definitely reflects that. His list includes Stanley Kubrick's “Barry Lyndon,” Vittorio De Sica's “Bicycle Thieves,” Laurel and Hardy’s “Saps at Sea,” Powell and Pressburger’s “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp” and “A Canterbury Tale” (check out our recent retrospective on the filmmakers), Lindsay Anderson’s “O Lucky Man!,” Luis Bunuel’s “Tristana” and “Viridana,” and Johnathan Demme’s “Something Wild” (the most contemporary picture of the bunch). David Chase cites “Barry Lyndon” as his favorite Kubrick movie, saying “What’s great about it, »
- Ken Guidry
The French film industry has always been among the worlds most important……at least to film studies professors. Most French movies are either funded by the French government or made with the support of government-linked media companies. Filmmakers face little market pressure in the creative process. That helps explain why they’re so boring!
Starbuck opens this weekend so we here at We Are Movie Geeks have decided to post this article about our favorite French films. Okay, so Starbuck is technically a Canadian film shot in Quebec, but its French language so, in our eyes that makes it French! The Hollywood remake is already in the can. It stars Vince Vaughn. The remake was originally tilted Dickie Donor but they’ve changed it to Delivery Man, so you just know they’ve screwed it up bad. This list may not line up with that of your typical French Cinema scholar. »
- Movie Geeks
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 363 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies, the Up docs and Decalogue) and of those 363, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
I've mentioned before how several years ago I created a list using Roger Ebert's Great Movies, Oscar Best Picture winners, IMDb's Top 250, etc. and began going through them doing my best to see as many of the films on these lists that I had not seen as I possibly could to up my film I.Q. Well, someone has gone through the exhaustive effort to take all of the films Roger Ebert wrote about in his three "Great Movies" books, all of which are compiled on his website and added them to a Letterbxd list and I've added that list below. I'm not positive every movie on his list is here, but by my count there are 362 different titles listed (more if you count the trilogies and Decalogue) and of those 362, I have personally seen 229 and have added an * next to those I've seen. Clearly I have some work to do, »
- Brad Brevet
A new retrospective puts the unconventional film-maker back in the spotlight. About time too says John Patterson
Pier Paolo Pasolini's gruesome murder nearly 40 years ago – his own Alfa Romeo was driven over his head after a rent-boy dispute/homophobic ambush/political assassination (the controversy endures) – was followed by the posthumous release of his most notorious succès de scandale, Salo, Or The 120 Days of Sodom, that poison feast of cruelty and excrement.
A murder you can't bear to think about, topped by a movie you can hardly bear to watch: it's unsurprising, perhaps, that people forgot about Pasolini very quickly indeed, relegating him merely to queer-bashing murder victim or the guy who made that rape, torture and shit-eating movie. It all left a very poor taste in the mouth.
There's another Pasolini, though. In fact there are several: the Marxist, the playwright, the documentarian, the poet who ranks high in the 20th-century Italian canon, »
- John Patterson
The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Polly Bergen,Coleen Gray, Theodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).
And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan »
- Melissa Thompson
Our daily January countdown continues with part 19 out of 30, in our list of the 300 Greatest Films Ever Made. These are numbers 120-111.
120) Schindler’S List (1993) Steven Spielberg USA
117) Stray Dog (1949) Akira Kurasawa Japan
116) Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Charles Barton USA
115) All The President’S Men (1976) Alan Pakula USA
114) Close Encounters of the 3Rd Kind (1977) Steven Spielberg USA
113) The Bicycle Thief (1947) Victorio Desica Italy
112) Ikiru (1952) Akira Kurasawa Japan
Numbers 110-101 coming next.
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