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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 27 2005 - 02:28 AM

DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of PETER WEIR

Rank ‘em, rate ‘em, review ‘em or whatever.

PETER WEIR

The Way Back (2010)


Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
The Truman Show (1998)
Fearless (1993)
Green Card (1990)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Witness (1985)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Gallipoli (1981)
The Plumber (1979) (TV)
The Last Wave (1977)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
Homesdale (1971)
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael")



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#2 of 26 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 27 2005 - 02:29 AM

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PETER WEIR (1944 -     )


The Way Back (2010) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image 

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Truman Show (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Fearless (1993) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Green Card (1990) Posted Image Posted Image
Dead Poets Society (1989)
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The Mosquito Coast (1986) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Witness (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Gallipoli (1981) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Plumber (1979)
The Last Wave (1977) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) Posted Image Posted Image
Homesdale (1971)
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael")




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#3 of 26 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted May 27 2005 - 02:29 AM

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
The Truman Show (1998)
Fearless (1993)

Green Card (1990)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Witness (1985)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Gallipoli (1981)

The Plumber (1979) (TV)
The Last Wave (1977)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
Homesdale (1971)
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael")


Bolded films I've seen.

#4 of 26 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted May 27 2005 - 03:16 AM

1. Picnic At Hanging Rock - A
*2. Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World - A-
3. Fearless - B+
4. The Last Wave - B+
5. Dead Poets Society - B+
6. Gallipoli - B+
7. Witness - B
8. The Year of Living Dangerously - B


9. The Way Back - B-
10. The Truman Show - C+


Own: 1


2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

#5 of 26 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted May 27 2005 - 05:22 AM

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Truman Show (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Green Card (1990) Posted Image Posted Image
Dead Poets Society (1989) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Mosquito Coast (1986) Posted Image Posted Image
Witness (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
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I still have to see Fearless, thanks for reminding me Jim, Harrison Ford annoyed the hell out of me in Mosquito Coast, never watched it since. But I liked him in Witness. I think he was nominated for an Oscar for that.
Not a huge fan of Weir's but I loved Master and Commander.

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#6 of 26 OFFLINE   DavidBC

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Posted May 27 2005 - 08:01 AM

The Truman Show (1998) - A
The Year of Living Dangerously - B
I don't care for modern films. All crashing cars and close-ups of people's feet.
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#7 of 26 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 27 2005 - 08:56 AM


I still have to see Fearless, thanks for reminding me Jim, Harrison Ford annoyed the hell out of me in Mosquito Coast, never watched it since. But I liked him in Witness.

I'll probably pick up Witness & Year of Living Dangerously the next time Deep Discount has a sale.

I'd also pick up Fearless but the R1 DVD isn't OAR. Posted Image
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#8 of 26 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted May 27 2005 - 09:09 AM

PETER WEIR

Seen: 5
Like: 2
Own: 2

Rank order:

Witness (1985)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Truman Show (1998)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

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#9 of 26 OFFLINE   Arman

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Posted May 27 2005 - 10:27 AM

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#10 of 26 OFFLINE   Bill McA

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Posted May 27 2005 - 10:37 AM

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The Way Back (2010) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Truman Show (1998) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Director's Cut) (1998) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the Blu)
Fearless (1993) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Green Card (1990) Posted ImagePosted Image
Dead Poets Society (1989) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Mosquito Coast (1986) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Witness (1985) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Gallipoli (1981) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Plumber (1979) (TV)  Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
The Last Wave (1977) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image (Own the DVD)
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image Homesdale (1971)
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael")

Seen 15
Own 9

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Here’s a "great" Director that often gets overlooked.
Agreed!!

I just noticed while grading this list, that all of Weir's best films all contain some really evocative music scores (Witness, Dangerously, Picnic, Gallipoli, Fearless)...I'm assuming that Weir has some significant input in that dept.

Fearless in particular turned me onto what is now one of my most favorite CDs, Henryk Gorecki's Symphony No. 3 (aka The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs). Hauntingly beautiful music with Polish lyrics and inspired by the Holocaust, it can be partially heard in the film during the plane crash sequence and continuing through the end credits.

Fearless is one of the best American movies of the 90's...but Warner doesn't seem to have any interest in it, so I wouldn't expect an OAR DVD anytime soon.

I once owned the OAR LD and performed a direct comparison with the DVD. The DVD is an open-matte presentation of the original 1.85:1 AR and as far as MAR DVDs go, it wasn't bad as some and you could always matte the film yourself if it bothers you too much.

It's too good a film to pass up due to the DVD AR, and definitely worth a rental (at least) if you haven't seen it before.


       

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Posted June 03 2005 - 05:43 AM

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
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Fearless (1993) - Posted ImagePosted Image
Green Card (1990) - saw this ages and ages ago
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Dead Poets Society
Master and Commander
Truman Show
Fearless
 

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Posted July 26 2005 - 10:59 AM

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#13 of 26 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted July 26 2005 - 11:48 AM

Fearless (1993)
The Truman Show (1998)
Witness (1985)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Green Card (1990)
The Mosquito Coast (1986)

Seen the above, in rough order of preference.

#14 of 26 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted June 25 2006 - 04:13 PM

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Fearless - B+
2002 Sight & Sound Challenge: 321  Last Watched: L'enfance Nue
Last 8 Films Watched: In the Loop - A- / It Might Get Loud - B+ / What Just Happened? - B / Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - C- / Drums Along the Mohawk - A- / Punisher War Zone - B+ / Moon - C+ / A Man For All Seasons - B+

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Posted July 18 2006 - 08:02 PM

Ranked:
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Gallipoli
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
The Truman Show
The Last Wave
The Year of Living Dangerously
Witness
The Mosquito Coast
Dead Poets Society


Peter Weir is one of my gods... the man has never made a completely worthless film, and several movies that I would call "great". Two of his films do I consider on the magnitude of a "masterpiece", and those are Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli.

Picnic is an obvious choice if you are looking for something that has "great art" written all over it, but it absolutely deserves this consideration. It's a major, major event in the development of film, especially expressionistic filmmaking. Up until the late '60s-early '70s, nobody had figured out a way to make expressionism work in a narrative film - unless you were German and had a hard-on for elaborate set design. 2001 the most important film of this kind, but Picnic at Hanging Rock is a worthly alternative for viewers who like a bit more emotional involvement in stories.

On the other hand, Gallipoli gets a lot of general acclaim for it's sensationalistic climax, but is considered too simplistic to warrant in-depth critical discussion. In reality, I consider the construction of the story and the screenplay absolutely exquisite. It is simplistic, but the simplicity took a great deal of intelligent design to create. It's a model of narrative perfection. Also, it serves as a very direct criticism of a later film - Saving Private Ryan. If you regard the two stories careful, you will find that both film base their premises war is wrong because it destroys individuals. Where Ryan's logic was fundamentally flawed, Gallipoli flawlessly builds to it's infamous climax.

Highest marks for a great story, well-told.

Master and Commander and The Truman Show are both awesome films, both rather perfect in their respective ways. Weir is a master of choosing a subject and hitting a bull's-eye with his responsible directing.

The Last Wave is a creepy little thriller, more obviously a horror film than his masterpiece, Hanging Rock. The punchline is terrific and the dream sequences are tops.

His eighties films -- The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, The Mosquito Coast and Dead Poets Society -- is a less ambitious phase that yielded very satisfying genre efforts. I'm less enamored of Society than most, but these are all fine films. The Mosquito Coast is underrated, I find. Harrison Ford nailed the role; I know a person like this in real life, and believe me, Ford did not go over the top. The current trend of PC "philanthropist thrillers" (such as The Constant Gardener) owes more than a bit to the mixed-genre stylings of The Year of Living Dangerously.

I haven't seen Fearless or The Plummer.

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Posted August 24 2006 - 11:47 AM

Ranks and ratings on a scale of * to *****:

1: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) *****
2: The Last Wave (1977) *****
3: The Truman Show (1998) ****½
4: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) ****
5: Witness (1985) ***½
6: Dead Poets Society (1989) **

Seen 6
Own 4

From what I've seen, I'm definitely a fan. PAHR and The Last Wave are especially brilliant.

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#18 of 26 OFFLINE   Martin Teller

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Posted November 30 2006 - 09:33 AM

Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) - 7/10
The Truman Show (1998) - 7/10
Fearless (1993) - 6/10
Dead Poets Society (1989) - 5/10
Witness (1985) - 7/10
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) - 7/10
Gallipoli (1981) - 7/10
The Last Wave (1977) - 8/10
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) - 10/10


Picnic is far and away my favorite by him, and one of my favorite films of all time.

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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Truman Show (1998)
Fearless (1993) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Green Card (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Dead Poets Society (1989) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Mosquito Coast (1986) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Witness (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Year of Living Dangerously (1982) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Gallipoli (1981) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Plumber (1979) (TV)
The Last Wave (1977) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)
Homesdale (1971)
Three to Go (1971) (segment "Michael")

Seen: 10
Own : 3

Picnic at Hanging Rock and Gallipoli are my favourites by far. I just wish I owned Picnic.

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Posted April 20 2008 - 01:04 PM

added Gallipoli (1981) - 7/10