Lists by mifunesamurai
I'd rather be a Wallflower, amazing use of 3D on PI, the rediscovery of a music legend, and that silly fellow does it again with Moonrise Kingdom.
Emilio directs Father Sheen, Aronofsky takes Portman to the dark side; Wahlberg and Bale are tops, and Australia has a dark past.
The films in the top 10 were the least expected to dazzle me...
Bresson and the mule; Bergman and his ladies, and Leone and Eastwood make the Western an art form.
Malick's masterpiece that some may consider trash, the wicked violent humour of The Guard, another Scorsese masterpiece on music and the evil doings of corporations.
Penn can now be classified as a bona-fide director; Day-Lewis is despicable but fascinating to watch, and Affleck does a stellar job as director.
For me a taunt Drama beats a hard-hitting prison drama and a political fantasy, heartfelt animation for the adults, and is Day-Lewis playing Fellini?
Buster Keaton's genius, The Crowd's visual splendour, and Chaplin joins The Circus.
Eastwood makes it on the list twice; Penn is amazing, and a documentary makes me weep.
Frankenheimer and Lancaster fight the dirty war; Sellers joins the Kubrick madness, and Leone finds the perfect stranger in Eastwood.
Ever watched a movie that has enticed you to go to the location it was shot at?
David Lean's epic; French film noir, and Polanski's first.
Keaton's masterpiece comedy, Chaplin right behind him, and early Lubiitsch not too far from the masters.
The ultimate musical masterpiece; the dangerous world in a child's mind, and the long train ride home in this pulp fiction.
Spielberg does it again; The year of Mel Gibson, and horror has a new master.
My Top crazy Vampire films (no films with the title Dracula allowed).
Fellini, Bergman and Bunuel... what more can I say?
Capra's Christmas magic, Lean does Dickens, and De Sica's neo-realism.
Cheeky Bunuel, Akira and Mifune's Oriental western, and the gangs are singing in the streets.
Shooting in Black & White is a dying art, but there are still some movies out there not afraid to use it and make it look brilliant, or give that Indie film that artistic grunge look. So here is a list of some great movies that in the last 47 years, (from my birth date), have benefitted from being shot in B&W.
Kurosawa masterpiece; Hitchcock classic, and Brando on the dock.
James Dean steals my heart; nifty little thieves, and a fine melodrama by Sirk.
The cinematic mind of Bresson; Ford and Wayne do it again, and Dean hangs out with Taylor and Hudson.
Kubrick becomes a maverick; Bergman hangs out with Death, and Fellini scores with a hooker.
Kramer takes Poitier and Curtis on the run; Tati the comic genius, and Kurasawa teams up with Mifune for another samurai classic.
Two comic geniuses star in the horror of war; Harvey and Signoret get naughty at the end of the conservative decade, and Marilyn drives them all crazy.
Bergman's dark fable; Fellini's other masterpiece, and seven ride into town.
Movies with minimal dialogue to tell a story (no silent movies, well maybe one or two for very good reasons.) I'm sure there are more movies out there but I can't think of them at the moment. (Listed alphabetically.)
Fellini's masterpiece; Godard's take on the movie industry, and Sturges creates the perfect boys own story.
Cimino peaks and then no more; It could have been Malick's final movie, and I have a soft spot for that musical.
Polanski's madness; foreign movies take over, and Orson Welles still knows how to make them.
Almodovar does it again; will Gilliam ever complete a movie?; and the brutality of Irreversible.
Here are some films that deal with sex sensibly without making it porn! I've been attempting to add Catherine Breillat's Romance (1999) & Anatomy of Hell (2004), and L'histoire de Richard O. (2007), but for some reason it won't allow me :(
A list of Movies that take you on a journey through the eyes of children and teenagers. I'm sure there are hundreds more out there but these are the films that I have seen and do recommend.
Gibson beats Eastwood; all about the future of our children, and Mirren makes the Queen very interesting.
Hoffman makes it 2; the kid has an attitude under Loach's direction, and a road trip with crazy Hopper & stoner Fonda.
Capote's fascination with the cold blooded killers; Hepburn and Finney are gorgeous, and the other side of Bob Dylan.
Another Leone Western classic; Polanski plays with the devil, and while Bergman shows us the tortured soul, Kubrick plays with the future.
Bertolucci's political art masterpiece; two anti-war films about the madness that is, and a surreal Western that becomes the first midnight cinema screening sensation.
Ken Loach view of depressing life; European sensibilities on Carnal Knowledge, and Kubrick goes wild.
I'm going to be hated for picking Cabaret over Godfather; Bergman once again digs deep, and Bertolucci gets down and dirty with Brando.
Scorsese finds a muse in De Niro; Bergman the tormented soul, and Lucas takes us on a cruise with Howard and Dreyfuss.
Scorsese is crucified; the delightful madness of Kusturica, and Kieslowski begins his final journey.
Fosse on Lenny with Dustin; Coppola does it again, and again, plus Mel Brooks hits the list twice.
Pacino & Lumet get ugly; Kubrick's wicked sense of humour used on the 18th Century, and Spielberg creates a Box Office monster.
The Eighties ends with a different kind of Jesus; the real faces behind the tragic AIDS epidemic, and the sizzling political heat under Spike's bonnet.
The madness of Betty Blue, Woody's dysfunctional sisters, and Almodovar's major breakthrough.
John Sayles' masterpiece; Wenders & Ganz on Angels, and we laugh at the decadent lives of Withnail and Marwood.
Kieslowski's brilliance, Scorsese goes soft and makes a near classic, and will we ever see Depp and DiCaprio together in another movie?
The ugly side of the American Beauty; Cruise in two gems, and Kubrick's farewells us with a cheeky sinister tone.
Hollywood discovers Hicks who in turn discovers Rush; Danny Boyle's fascination with trains - NOT - and the mastermind of Mahammad Ali.
Schrader joins the team of Scrosese, De Niro & Kietel; the coming of age in the Australian film industry, and Stallone gives birth to Rocky.
Woody comes of age; Altman makes art, and Lucas rules the box office with Spielberg.
The most amazing year in movies with Fosse doing Fosse; Coppola goes nuts in the jungle, and Woody makes love to Manhattan.
The start of an interesting decade with my all time favourite directors in the top 5.
The performance of a lifetime from Depardieu, Coppola makes a teen art movie, and Jerry Lewis hangs out with De Niro and Scorsese.
Bergman's last big feature; Ridley creates a futuristic masterpiece and Spielberg makes another box office hit.
The last film of Sergio Leone and the start of the Coen Brothers.
Woody's best, Hallstrom's ticket to America, and Hughes makes the perfect teenage angst flic.
A list of humane films that deal with the plight of the refugee. What other films can we add to the list?
The new decade starts with the weirdness of David Lynch, the birth of Iranian cinema, and the ugliness of Scorsese's gangster world.
The journey of a Buddhist; Oliver Stone's brilliant world of paranoia, and Coppola's own Heart Of Darkness.
Terence Davies' nostalgic journey, Tarantino injects new life into American cinema, and Keitel is very bad under the influence of Ferrara's direction.
Chaplin and that cute kid, welcome to the wonderful weird world of Caligari, and Griffith's takes Gish on a long melodrama.
Tarantino's ultimate masterpiece; Kieslowski's final farewell, and Russell Crowe comes out.
Hitchcock on top, Carol Reed takes it to the battlefield, and fun with Capra and Grant.
The year of Boys Own Movies with the heavy-weights in a Michael Mann classic; Scorsese re-teams with De Niro and Pesci, and Mel Gibson takes up direction with his bloody epic.
Ang Lee's perceptive view of 1970's Western culture; the madness of the Sarajevo war, and the enlightenment of Martin Scorsese.
The rediscovery of Malick; Spielberg goes to war, and Guy Ritchie comes to town.
A year of top performances, starting with Guy Pearce under Nolan's clever direction; the menacing Don Logan as played by Ben Kingsley up against Ray Winston, and the find of the year with Eric Bana.
Donnie Darko is pure darkness of the amazing kind; Howard and Crowe make a good tag team, and Penn directs Nicholson in another hard hitting social drama.
Eastwood directs Penn, Robbins & Bacon; Arcand on the art of dying, and Penn in another masterwork.
Carrey can do acting; Ganz as Hitler is breathtaking, and Michael Moore stirs the political burning pot.
Clooney tops the 10, followed by 2 family dysfunctional movies, and Woody finds a muse in Scarlett.
List of movies that have taken me to the nasty dark side of life, a place I never ventured into until seeing these movies. I decided not to include too many horror movies. In alphabetical order.
Chaplin's masterstroke, Rene Clair's brilliance, Man's ego creates a monster for the classics, and the myth of Dracula makes it to Hollywood.
Lubitsch touch of comedy on a very touchy subject, Bette Davis & Monty Wolley bring on the laughs, and Bogart in that classic.
Renoir's controversial masterpiece, Carpa takes Stewart to Washington, Ford and Wayne start a glorious relationship.
The French masterpiece, where it all began for the Italian Neo-realism, and Hitchcock spellbinds us.
Bunuel pushes it that little bit too far, the horror of wars & Dietrich is born.
Reed directs Welles and Cotton in this classic noir, Ozu brings life into the Japanese movies, and Danny Kaye brings us joy.
Murnau's silent masterpiece, Flaherty's amazing look at real life, and Buster Keaton has four films in the top!
Can't get to sleep? Well, watch these classic art films late at night and it will definitely take you to La La Land. These are not boring films. In actual fact, these are amazing films. It's just that in this day and age they are considered to be too slow for the silly fast moving times we live in.
Fonda in a movie that is very relevant in today's political climate, Powell & Pressburger make the perfect team, and my favourite dog comes to the rescue.
That Orson Welles masterpiece, Capra introduces us to John Doe, and Bogart teams up with Huston.
Rene's classic French comedy, Capra takes Clark & Colbert on the road, and Vigo's final farewell.
Marx Brothers take up arms, the big hairy ape is on the rampage, and it's all singing and dancing.
The camera captures art, discovering Hitchcock, and the rise of cheeky Bunuel.
Some classic car chases from the Sixties and Seventies. I threw some in from the 80's & 90's. I could easily put in every James Bond film but decided to leave them out.
Cinema at its weirdest and best.
Marx Brothers go to the Opera, Hitchcock takes those thrilling steps, and James Whale makes a classic of the monster.
Grant and Russell excel under Hawks, another touch of Lubitsch magic, and Chaplin's still got it.
More of the Cult Classics from Danny Peary's 1982 book - CULT MOVIES.
Carol Reed has Mason on the run, Chaplin plays a pleasant nasty character, and Bogart has a good run.
Ozu's brilliance begins here, Muni is on the chain gang, and that Lubitsch touch.
Chaplin the modern master in Silent Movies, Renoir's anti-war statement, The Marx Brothers keep the laughs coming, and Leisen directs a funny Sturges script.
The magic of Capra, Hitchcock becomes the master, and the Marx Brothers still making us laugh.
De Sica contributes to the Italian neo-realism era, Hitchcock creates tension with technic, and David Lean gets Dickens right.
Discovering Kurosawa, Bunuel takes to the slums, and Wilder on the madness of movies.
De Sica magic, Wilder at it again, and Brando cries out for Stella.
Taken from the book, MOVIES OF THE SIXTIES, published in 1983. Couldn't understand why 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY didn't make their list. Even NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD! And I would have chosen LAWRENCE OF ARABIA over DOCTOR ZHIVAGO.
A list of movies that defined the Seventies, a decade where risks were taken, independent cinema came alive and box office giants were created. This list of movies is taken from the book, MOVIES OF THE SEVENTIES. There are articles on countries (not just Hollywood), directors, actors and even genres that were popular in that decade. In between there are in-depth reviews of these films. Believe it or not, there were no reviews on Jaws or Star Wars! And what about NASHVILLE, TAXI DRIVER and most importantly, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE?!
There was a shift in Sylvester Stallone's career after he had a tea party with the Reagan's in the early eighties. Before that, he was the voice for the common person, the street people & the strugglers. But that all changed after Rocky III and beyond.
From Danny Peary's 1988 classic film buff book. (Couldn't find Cafe Flesh - maybe too pornographic!)
The final instalment from Danny Peary's 1983 classic film buff book - CULT MOVIES.
"100 cult films as chosen by Danny Peary from his 1982 book - CULT MOVIES. (Missing from list is Marilyn Chambers in BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR. Maybe too pornographic!)
Danny Peary's Cult Movies 2 - published in 1983.