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“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” ― Ingmar Bergman
“I could always live in my art, but not in my life.” ― Ingmar Bergman
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IMDb member for 3 years, 11 months.
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Seen 108 films from IMDb Top 250. (43%)
Written over 700 reviews.
98 review likes and 91 review dislikes.
Rated over 10,000 titles.
Participated in over 1000 polls.
Created over 100 lists.
55,000+ list views in total.
“My favourite movie list” aka A Lifetime Viewing has 11,000 views alone.
Runs the weekly “What horror movies do you have lined up to watch this weekend?” thread on the horror board.
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His lists suggests that he is in a certain state of being. - IMDb member
Also that's crazy impressive that you've got a list of all the movies you've ever seen. Well done, my friend. - IMDb member
Those recommendations can be helpful for other IMDb members. - IMDb member
I can't tell you how refreshing it was to read a list which didn't have The Dark Knight in its top five. - IMDb member
One of the best lists I've ever seen. Lots of wonderful movies on there. - IMDb member
What a great list list. - IMDb member
Thanks for the great list. Lots of new ones for me, and not the standard fare. - IMDb member
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I haven't seen a lot on your list, but I like it because it's versatile. You've got a good combination of classics, guilty pleasures, recent and older films, as well as genre based films you clearly like. It's good to see a list that isn't just mish/mash of IMDB's top 250 or chock full of Superhero movies from the 2000s. - IMDb member
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Your list is very interesting and you have definitely seen some very thoughtful films. - IMDb member
MY RATING SYSTEM
10 = Perfect
9 = Brilliant
8 = Very Good
7 = Good
6 = Enjoyable
5 = Average
4 = Disappointing
3 = Bad
2/1 = Awful
In an attempt to arrive at a fair and balanced rating system, I created the guidelines above. Please note that I haven't given a 10 rating because in my opinion there is no perfect movie but many have come pretty close to it, that is the reason that I haven't rated anything a 10 nor I haven't given a 2 or 1 rating either yet because I can appreciate the art of film.
"Nothing lives less in me than my life."
Herzog's film is based upon the true and mysterious story of Kaspar Hauser, a young man who suddenly appeared in Nuremberg in 1828, barely able to speak or walk, and bearing a strange note; he later explained that he had been held captive in a dungeon of some sort for his entire life that he could remember, and only recently was he released, for reasons unknown. His benefactor attempts to integrate him into society, with intriguing results. Roger Ebert wrote ""The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser" is a lyrical film about the least lyrical of men. Bruno S. has the solidity of the horses and cows he is often among, and as he confronts the world I was reminded of W. G. Sebold's remark that men and animals regard each other across a gulf of mutual incomprehension. The film's landscapes, its details from nature, its music, all embody the dream world Kaspar entered when he escaped the unchanging reality of his cellar. He never dreamed in the cellar, he explains. I think it was because he knew of nothing else than the cellar to dream about. The film's German title translates as, "Every Man for Himself and God Against All." That seems to summarize Kaspar's thinking. The mystery of the captive's origins has occupied investigators ever since he first appeared. Was he the secret heir to a throne? A rich man's love child? We have glimpses of the man who held him prisoner and then set him free, standing behind him and kicking his boots to force him to walk. Who is this man? He is never explained. He may be the embodiment of Kaspar's fate. We may all have somebody behind us, kicking our boots. We are poor mortals, but it dreams to us that we can fly." The film reminds me of "The Elephant Man", not just in its depiction of circus "freaks", but in its illustrations of cruelty, madness, kindness and alienation. What I most like about the film is that even thou Kaspar Hauser says little in the film you can tell a lot about his emotions by his facial expressions. You see Kaspar grow socially and intellectually through the film. All in all it is a great lyrical and poetic film that is deeply sad at the same time.
The poetry of war.
An African American mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. In Jersey City, an African American hit man follows "Hagakure: The Way of the Samurai." He lives alone, in simplicity with homing pigeons for company, calling himself Ghost Dog. His master, who saved his life eight years ago, is part of the local mob. When the boss' daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog's hits, he becomes expendable. The first victims are his birds, and in response, Ghost Dog goes right at his attackers but does not want to harm his master or the young woman. On occasion, he talks with his best friend, a French- speaking Haitian who sells ice cream in the park, and with a child with whom he discusses books. Can he stay true to his code? And if he does, what is his fate? Roger Ebert wrote "Jarmusch is mixing styles here almost recklessly and I like the chances he takes. The gangsters (played by colorful character actors like Henry Silva, Richard Portnow, Cliff Gorman and Victor Argo) sit in their clubhouse doing sub-Scorsese while the Louie character tries to explain to them how he uses an invisible hit man. Ghost Dog, meanwhile, mopes sadly around the neighborhood, solemnly recommending Rashomon to a little girl ("you may want to wait and read it when you're a little older") and miscommunicating with the ice cream man. By the end, Whitaker's character has generated true poignance. If the mobsters are on one level of reality and Ghost Dog on another, then how do we interpret some of the Dog's killings, particularly the one where he shoots a man by sneaking under his house and firing up through the lavatory pipe while the guy is shaving? This is a murder that demands Inspector Clouseau as its investigator. Jarmusch seems to have directed with his tongue in his cheek, his hand over his heart, and his head in the clouds. The result is weirdly intriguing." Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai for me is the perfect film, it mixes comedy, drama and philosophy to great effect. Therefore, "Ghost Dog" works on several levels: gangster drama, mafia parody, philosophic essay. Whether you are into fine images, lonely heroes, cool atmosphere, intertextual/film historical references, coolly styled action, Eastern philosophy or narrative structure - you'll find your bit.
Kôkaku Kidôtai (1995)
Ghost in the Shell is a complex animation masterpiece.
A female cyborg cop and her partner hunt a mysterious and powerful hacker called the Puppet Master. The year is 2029. The world has become intensively information oriented and humans are well- connected to the network. Crime has developed into a sophisticated stage by hacking into the interactive network. To prevent this, Section 9 is formed. These are cyborgs with incredible strengths and abilities that can access any network on Earth. Roger Ebert wrote ""Ghost in the Shell'' is intended as a breakthrough film, aimed at theatrical release instead of a life on tape, disc and campus film societies. The ghost of anime can be seen here trying to dive into the shell of the movie mainstream. But this particular film is too complex and murky to reach a large audience, I suspect; it's not until the second hour that the story begins to reveal its meaning. But I enjoyed its visuals, its evocative soundtrack (including a suite for percussion and heavy breathing), and its ideas." While I liked Ghost in the Shell I can't pretend to fully understand all the undertones and complex dialogue but that been said it does have a lot to say about commentary on issues in a society.
Hotaru no haka (1988)
Grave of the Fireflies is just a heart-breaking film that will stir a lot of emotions in the viewer.
A tragic film covering a young boy and his little sister's struggle to survive in Japan during World War II. Setsuko and Seita are brother and sister living in wartime Japan. After their mother is killed in an air raid they find a temporary home with relatives. Having quarreled with their aunt they leave the city and make their home in an abandoned shelter. While their soldier father's destiny is unknown, the two must depend on each other to somehow keep a roof over their heads and food in their stomachs. When everything is in short supply, they gradually succumb to hunger and their only entertainment is the light of the fireflies. Roger Ebert wrote ""Grave of the Fireflies" is an emotional experience so powerful that it forces a rethinking of animation. Since the earliest days, most animated films have been "cartoons" for children and families. Recent animated features such as "The Lion King," "Princess Mononoke" and "The Iron Giant" have touched on more serious themes, and the "Toy Story" movies and classics like "Bambi" have had moments that moved some audience members to tears. But these films exist within safe confines; they inspire tears, but not grief. "Grave of the Fireflies" is a powerful dramatic film that happens to be animated, and I know what the critic Ernest Rister means when he compares it to "Schindler's List" and says, "It is the most profoundly human animated film I've ever seen."" Grave of the Fireflies is just a heart-breaking film that will stir a lot of emotions in the viewer. A genuine masterpiece of cinema, one of the greatest animations ever made in my opinion. It's an unforgettable and emotionally "haunting" film; it is beautiful and painful at the same time.
All in all it has its moments of profound thoughts that examine human psychology but it ultimately falls short.
In the elegant world of artists and musicians, Gertrud ends her marriage to Gustav and takes a lover, the composer Erland Jansson. When he also fails to live up to her idealistic standards, she leaves him and imposes on herself a kind of exile of the heart. In flashbacks and in conversations laced with memories, we also learn of her affair with Gabriel, who still wishes she would go off with him, and we learn of her adolescence, with its early expression of her isolating ideal of absolute love. All in all it has its moments of profound thoughts that examine human psychology but it ultimately falls short in executing its ideas. You have to respect Carl Theodor Dreyer's work as a whole but this film disappointed me.
Beautiful, profound and haunting..are just a few words to describe Kurosawa's Dreams.
A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa. This is essentially eight separate short films, though with some overlaps in terms of characters and thematic material - chiefly that of man's relationship with his environment. 'Sunshine Through The Rain': a young boy is told not to go out on the day when both weather conditions occur, because that's when the foxes hold their wedding procession, which could have fatal consequences for those who witness it. 'The Peach Orchard': the same young boy encounters the spirits of the peach trees that have been cut down by heartless humans. 'The Blizzard': a team of mountaineers are saved from a blizzard by spiritual intervention. 'The Tunnel': a man encounters the ghosts of an army platoon, whose deaths he was responsible for. 'Crows': an art student encounters 'Vincent Van Gogh' and enters the world of his paintings. 'Mount Fuji in Red': nuclear meltdown threatens the devastation of Japan. 'The Weeping Demon': a portrait of a post- nuclear world populated by human mutations. Kurosawa's Dreams goes beyond been just a film it is an experience that must be felt to be truly appreciated to its fullest.
The Driller Killer (1979)
It certainly is better than Ms .45 but it is by no means a classic.
An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill. Reno is an artist struggling to survive in NYC. He draws inspiration from scenes of daily street life and occasional random violence. Under pressure to finish his oft-delayed grand masterpiece, his psychotic alter-ego takes over and he begins killing random vagrants to boost his creativity, not quite realizing that it is happening in reality. When an art dealer grimly rejects Reno's finished masterpiece, Reno's mental condition quickly deteriorates. I was just indifferent to it I mean I certainly haven't the desire to see it again. I mean I understand that it has a cult following and I pretty much like all of Abel Ferrara's work but this one disappointed me. I don't know how to describe it; I was just expecting something with more intelligence or depth, like some of his previous films such as The Addiction, The Funeral and Bad Lieutenant. It certainly is better than Ms .45 but it is by no means a classic.
China Girl (1987)
China Girl is another terrific underrated and under appreciated film by Abel Ferrara.
A modern day Romeo & Juliet story is told in New York when an Italian boy and a Chinese girl become lovers, causing a tragic conflict between ethnic gangs. William Shakespeare's eternal tale of young love gets yet another version in China Girl. Despite the racial tensions between the Chinese of Chinatown and the shrinking Italian population of Little Italy, Sari Chang and Richard Panebianco find each other and find love. Now if only those who might become their prospective in-laws will stop the hate. China Girl is another terrific underrated and under appreciated film by Abel Ferrara. When I first read the reviews I wasn't expecting much but what I got was a very powerful film on a lot of social issues and the performances are just great too. I would put China Girl alongside The Addiction, The Funeral and Bad Lieutenant as Ferrara's best films.
Habit is not only a highly original and unconventional vampire film but it is also a sad and haunting film too.
It's autumn in New York. Sam has broken up with his girlfriend and his father has recently died. World-weary and sloppy drunk, he finds temporary solace in the arms of Anna, a mysterious vampire who draws him away from his friends and into a web of addiction and madness. Roger Ebert wrote ""Habit,'' a sad and haunting film by Larry Fessenden, is a modern vampire story, or maybe it's not. Maybe in a way the hero is drinking his own blood. Fessenden, who wrote, directed, acted, and edited this film, is a talent to watch. That he is able to see himself with such objectivity is almost frightening; there is not a shred of ego in his performance. Wandering about the streets, coat flapping open, aimless, sad, drinking without even remembering why, his Sam is an ideal vampire's victim, because he takes so long to catch on. But then of course perhaps that's because there is no such thing as a vampire." Habit is not only a highly original and unconventional vampire film but it is also a sad and haunting film too.
Ms .45 (1981)
I thought it lacked depth to it; a theme that is constant in many of Ferrara's movies.
A shy and mute seamstress goes insane after being attacked and raped twice in one day, in which she takes to the streets of New York after dark and randomly kills men with a .45 caliber gun. A timid and mute woman gets raped twice coming home from work and decides to take matters into her own hands. She dresses suggestively and roams the streets alone, wreaking vengeance upon anyone who tries to take advantage of her. Eventually, her secret life spills over into her regular life in the fashion industry. I really did not like Ms .45 and expected more from Abel Ferrara. In my opinion it is just exploitation trash. I thought it lacked depth to it; a theme that is constant in many of Ferrara's movies.