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Master Lists (Films):
Favorite Movie Of Every Year 1900-Present: http://www.imdb.com/list/coi2SOsZMPI/
My Top 250: http://www.imdb.com/list/TeiwHtmpEdw/
My Favorite Films With Less Than 600 Votes: http://www.imdb.com/list/4aI4EWVNYMQ/
Most Wanted Films That Are Unavailable on DVD: http://www.imdb.com/list/TeiwHtmpEdw/
(WORK IN PROGRESS)
My Bottom 75: http://www.imdb.com/list/mrf12BOf9UY/
Top 20 'Must Own' Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/-JROypWFA_M/
Master Lists (People):
Top 15 Favorite Directors And Their Best Works: http://www.imdb.com/list/XINss2Xi4Go/
Most Promising Young Directors: http://www.imdb.com/list/32qMKhhJVEA/
Best Actors & Their Best Performances: http://www.imdb.com/list/QL6Ugph2QrY/
Best Actresses & Their Best Performances: http://www.imdb.com/list/9BDf3osU7Xg/
My Favorite Composers: http://www.imdb.com/list/eUHDilhDFkA/
Actors & Actresses Whose Films I Will Avoid Due To Their Involvement: http://www.imdb.com/list/NKPx_dsPoKc/
Top 10 Psychological Horror Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/Y-Ey4MPClaA/
Top 10 Supernatural Horror Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/RZHI40RwsuE/
Top 10 Creature Horror Films (monsters, zombies, & demons oh my!): http://www.imdb.com/list/edit?list_id=F2AAmooAzBE
Top 10 Exploitation/Torture/Gore Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/CNYCyOPow88/
The Only War Movies I Like: http://www.imdb.com/list/alq1kcAAQpU/
Top 25 Favorite Comedies: http://www.imdb.com/list/KZT5fXgKZMA/
Top Black/Dark Comedies/Satire: http://www.imdb.com/list/XDIAeFBXyAM/
Top 10 Fantasy Films (for grown-ups): http://www.imdb.com/list/CkzD_IsgBg8/
Master Lists (Year) :
Films From 2010 That I Still Need To See: http://www.imdb.com/list/fHpn_zhMUjk/
Coming Soon! (or not) To A Theatre (probably not) Near Me: 2011 Edition: http://www.imdb.com/list/BFuOjggMabo/
Hitlist: 1950s: [url][/url]
Hitlist: 1940s: http://www.imdb.com/list/mnUgiTXaRt8/
Hitlist: 1930s: http://www.imdb.com/list/28Qfhg2nSOU/
Hitlist: 1920s and Earlier: http://www.imdb.com/list/BIbDglbmg-g/
Top 10 Luis Bu�uel Films: http://www.imdb.com/list/adElTZLlra8/
Themes: Creepy/Evil Kids: http://www.imdb.com/list/ZhbD3Nr2UWg/
Themes: Romantic Films With SF/Fantasy Element(s): http://www.imdb.com/list/Mfy29gbq2UQ/
Hellraiser Francise Ranked: http://www.imdb.com/list/-JROypWFA_M/
10 Movies I Love With The Lowest IMDb Votes: http://www.imdb.com/list/UrvteEWN4E4/
The Adapted Works of Philip K. Dick: http://www.imdb.com/list/0oyRoGnp9LY/
You may not agree with everything on this list as far as "qualifying" as the list's title, and thats fine, I welcome comments, but please dont be a dick about it
Update: 03/12/11: I just received Thursday on DVD and it was only $10! So, for now there are only 19 films until I add another.
NOTE: There are plenty on here that are available on PAL, but Im in the US so that wont work -- need NTSC.
**WORK IN PROGRESS-STAY TUNED**
La chute de la maison Usher (1928)
Magically mesmerizing! 10/10!
Wow! Words cannot describe how absolutely magical this film is, but I will try. Its not often that a film will truly captivate me from moment one as this one has, especially in the world of silent film. Its been a long time since I've been glued to the screen in complete rapture. Granted, I like the silent medium and of course I respect it, but usually I watch them as a piece of film history; I see them for what they are and judge them only amongst their peers: other silent films. But this silent film is like no other! There were many times when I felt as though if Guy Maddin were to make a actual serious film this would be it. Anyone who has seen 'Cowards Bend The Knee' or 'Saddest Music In The World' will know what I'm referring to. Throughout the film I kept thinking that it looked "new" and was made to look old. Some of the special effects such as the swirling fog were just mesmerizing so much so that I found myself wondering why in our modern day we haven't done something so simple yet effective (at least as compared to the films I've experienced).
Even the score that they created for it was incredible. There were some scenes in the beginning of the film, especially ones where Allan was approaching the house, that I didn't think quite fit, but for the rest of the 95% of the film it went along with the action of the film perfectly.
While everything in the film is as close to perfect as film gets, I must point out the acting was so well done as to almost bring me to tears. I cant quite explain how that is possible, but it is. Each tiny emotion shows through so remarkably well. I really would love to commend the actor who played Roderick Usher for his wonderful display. I even feel right in comparing his acting to the likes of the female lead in 'The Passion Of Joan Of Arc' -- and thats hard to beat!
Oh, and the cinematography! Its absolutely impeccable! And I'm not just saying that due to the fact that "its the best they could do back then". It really could rival any modern day film in that regard. It makes me miss shots of a large looming building from down below instead of the aerial helicopter shots most films use now; so macabre and eerily inviting. This film was definitely ahead of its time thats for sure.
I'm not sure how much a screenplay translates to a silent film, but whatever/however Bunuel contributed, it definitely worked. Even though there weren't any overtly surrealistic things going on, you could definitely smell the Bunuel in it. The film is like a dream that you don't want to wake up from even though at its heart it is a nightmare.
Subida al cielo (1952)
For serious Bunuel fans only
I love Bunuel, and as such I had to see this film even though his Mexican period is my least favorite. I found it at the library (the only Bunuel film they had in fact). What we get is a very sloppy, poorly edited, and VERY poorly subtitled film.
In this little Mexican town, there aren't any legal ways to get married so as long as the groom has the to-be mother-in-law's blessing, then the couple is considered married. Well, before our new couple even get a mile out of town, they are informed that his mother is on her death bed and needs him to go to town to get the man who always takes care of the family's affairs. From there, we get on the bus.
On the bus, we have the silly driver, the town femme fatale, a politician, a couple who become new parents while on the ride, and a few other odd characters. You can see some of Bunuel's surreal effects shine through, if only slightly, in the mishaps along the way. For example, the bus driver tries to make the bus go across a lake at one point which of course it cant and it ends up being a 5 year old girl leading two oxen that saves the day. We also have a scene where the bus comes face to face with another vehicle (that cant go in reverse) on a steep mountain trail. After a few moments, everything is fine again, but we don't know why. Thats Bunuel for you.
Overall, I wouldn't say the film is bad. Its great to see all the stages that a director goes through, especially someone like Bunuel who is one of the finest directors to have ever lived. The biggest flaw with this film, which will hopefully be fixed once this gets a DVD release (Criterion are you listening?), is that the subtitles are quite possibly the worst I've ever seen. the first problem is that they're white and in some cases you cant see the far left or the far right of the words because they stretch off the screen, and the worst part is that you can tell that half of whats being said isn't even translated at all. Thankfully I know a tiny bit of Spanish and the gesticulations of the actors were good enough to allow me to get at least the gist of what was going on. For the most part, you might as well be watching a silent film.
This definitely ends up being an interesting glimpse into the life of 1950s Mexico. Its such a crude life but everyone seems to be happy. Its worth seeing, but only if you're a hardcore Bunuel fan or you are studying Mexican life of the 1950s.
Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977)
Death Bed: The film from another universe
I'm not sure what I can add that hasn't already been said in some of these other fine, and quite hilarious, comments, but Ill try.
So you know the plot: there is a bed possessed by a demon that "absorbs" and selectively disintegrates the bodies of whoever (or whatever) lays on it with its orange soda-filled body. We have the man, in some scenes looking uncannily like Robert Smith of The Cure, hanging out inside the wall commenting on the goings-on, and we have our various victims that just cant resist the comfort of this mystical bed.
This is no ordinary bed. No sirree Bob! Not only does it eat people, but it cleans up after itself, draws the covers back, and it even makes itself. Who wouldn't want a bed like that? It can even use its sheets as a rudimentary "lasso" to wrangle escaped victims back in (especially if they're taking up half the length of the film to try and escape).
Our "main" story (if you can call it that), is about these three girls who go out to this remote area to house-sit(??). I don't recall exactly, but it doesn't really matter though as there are plenty of things that defy convention that you just have to give in and accept. The dialogue in the film is like no other; the characters talk to each other seemingly by telepathy as their mouths never seem to move and there is a constant echo. One of our girls believes she isn't liked by the rest of "the gang" and makes sure to tell us all her feelings on this matter through an echoey voice-over, but we don't care; character development was thrown out the window a LONG time before in this film so why start now? There are scenes when the bed laughs, snores, crunches, and makes various other noises that we assume judging by our cast's non-reaction to said noises, cant be heard. This and the telepathy makes the issue of diegesis very difficult to ascertain...but thats OK....this is Death Bed: The Bed That Eats and it defies all logic so its OK. It makes for a lush dreamy quality to this most bizarre film If you buy (hehe buy...did I say "buy"?) this DVD, make sure to check out the introduction by the director. He explains that the filming of this "flick" started in 1972, didn't wrap up until 1977, he shopped it for a few years with no luck, and then fast forward 26 years to 2003 it gets released on DVD. Supposedly someone somewhere had a print of this in some other country and made bootleg after bootleg of it and it was quite by chance, on a message board no less, that our director found evidence that people knew, and gasp! cared, about his little-known film. Its from there that he decided to give it a shot and release it. I'm glad he did. Once you've even so much as heard the title to this film, you MUST see it. I for one am going to buy this and I'm going to preach its gospel around the world...starting with this comment
Alberto Express (1990)
Original, witty, and almost surrealistic
I cant believe there are no other comments of this film thus far. I originally rented this about four years ago solely based on the fact that Dominique Pinon is in it. Now, to my disappointment, he has maybe a total of five minutes screen time, but the film is still excellent. Basically our main character is about to become a father and what he doesn't realize is the deal that his father made with him to pay back EVERY single debt he ever incurred throughout childhood and beyond, was sincere. The beginning scene with dad and his adding machine is hilarious! Realizing this, he goes on a quest that involves leaving his about-to-pop-any-minute wife behind to see what he can do to either satisfy the debt, or come up with a sly way of getting out of it. He spends most of the film on a train (The Alberto Express, presumably) where he encounters many different personalities, eavesdropping, and ultimately, thieving his way through all the passengers in order to come up with the aforementioned funds. A hilarious romp that includes his dead ancestors coming to him to shed light on the "family tradition" and a wonderful small role as the engineer by the always excellent Pinon. The only thing that makes me give it a 9 instead of a 10 is the fact that it is never really made believable what the leverage is the father has over the son and his new family should he not repay the debt. Other than that, I highly recommend this to anyone that has a dry, dark sense of humor and to those who like strangeness bordering on surrealism. This could almost be a Raoul Ruiz production or even a light version of Bunuel.