Lists by Melvelet
"We classify 'highly recommended' films as being superb cinematic achievements. These films are either flawless or near-flawless entertainments and/or artistic triumphs that occupy a special place in our lives. This is our pantheon, it is our canon, call it what you like. These films shouldn't be missed."
Introduction can be read here: http://theyshootpictures.com/recommendedviewing.htm
- Olympia by Leni Riefenstahl is listed as 1 on the website but as 2 on IMdB
- Solaris is listed as Highly Recommended on the "Recommended Viewing" list but as Recommended on Tarkovsky's director's page
Every year starting from 1922 has a HR movie - except 2006
Updates through new Director's pages: Twin Peaks [TV Series], Skammen, Code Unknown, Amour, The Turin Horse, Four Nights of a Dreamer, Dodesukaden, The Bad Sleep Well
"This section consolidates all of TSPDT's film recommendations, most of which you can also view via our director pages, found here and here. These are - in essence - our favourite 2,500-plus films, and we encourage you to seek as many of them out as possible. Our recommended viewing section contains many acclaimed classics (that you'd expect to see on many all-time-best lists, and do), but it also contains plenty of neglected films (including Delmer Dave's public domain-crucified The Red House, George Archainbaud's The Lost Squadron, and Frank Perry's The Diary of a Mad Housewife). Films that we passionately believe deserve their 'day in the sun.'
All films listed in this section have either been seen by the makers of this website or chosen by contributors to TSPDT whose opinions we value and trust. We are not critics, just buffs, and it's fair to say that this list - due to the fact that there are still many remarkable films (by reputation) that we haven't seen - will continue to grow steadily. All up, between us, we have seen over 8,000 films to date."
"HR = Highly Recommended (Masterpiece/Near-Masterpiece); R = Recommended (Strong cinematic effort/Better than good)"
I have marked "Highly Recommended" films with "hr".
Update 22.04.2013: Added The Master (2012) according to P.T. Anderson's director page: http://theyshootpictures.com/andersonpaulthomas.htm
Update 25.04.2013: Twin Peaks [TV Series] added (HR)
Update 04.05.2013: Skammen changed to HR, Code Unknown and Amour added (both HR)
Update 07.05.2013: The Turin Horse added (HR)
Update 09.05.2013: Four Nights of a Dreamer changes to HR
"Just in time for Halloween and exclusively for The Daily Beast, Martin Scorsese—the man who brought you Taxi Driver and The Departed—shares his favorite horror movies of all time."
Includes Scorsese's comments.
Before his epic new HBO series Boardwalk Empire premieres, director Martin Scorsese revisits the gangster films most influential on his career.
"Here are 15 gangster pictures that had a profound effect on me and the way I thought about crime and how to portray it on film. They excited me, provoked me, and in one way or another, they had the ring of truth.
I stopped before the ‘70s because we’re talking about influence here, and I was looking at movies in a different way after I started making my own pictures. There are many gangster films I’ve admired in the last 40 years— Performance, the Godfather saga, Leone’s Once Upon a Time in America, The Long Good Friday, Sexy Beast, John Woo’s Hong Kong films.
The films below I saw when I was young, open, impressionable."
Scorsese's comments included.
- Asia Weekly Magazine's 100 Greatest Chinese Films of the 20th Century
- Hong Kong Film Award's Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
- Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
- Golden Horse's Greatest Chinese Language Films (4-9 votes)
- Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies
- dGenerate Films' Best Chinese-Language Films of the 2000s
- Best Films of Golden Horse Award
- Academy Award Submissions for Best Foreign Language Film
- Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
- They Shoot Pictures 21st Century Top 250 Films
- Doubling the Canon