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DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of BARRY LEVINSON


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#1 of 31 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 09 2005 - 12:10 AM

DIRECTOR FILMOGRAPHY - The Films of BARRY LEVINSON

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

BARRY LEVINSON

The Bay (2011)


You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV)

PoliWood (2009)

Just What Happened? (2008)

Man of the Year (2006)
Hindsight Is 20/20... (2004)
Envy (2004)
A Uniform Used to Mean Something... (2004)
Bandits (2001)
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Liberty Heights (1999)
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999) (TV)
Original Diner Guys (1999)
Sphere (1998)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Sleepers (1996)
Disclosure (1994)
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Toys (1992)
Bugsy (1991)
Avalon (1990)
Rain Man (1988)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Tin Men (1987)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
The Natural (1984)
Diner (1982)



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#2 of 31 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted July 09 2005 - 12:11 AM

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BARRY LEVINSON (1942 -     )


The Bay (2011)
You Don't Know Jack (2010)

PoliWood (2009)
Just What Happened? (2008) Posted Image Posted Image
Man of the Year (2006) Posted Image Posted Image
Hindsight Is 20/20... (2004)
Envy (2004)
A Uniform Used to Mean Something... (2004)
Bandits (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Liberty Heights (1999) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999)
Original Diner Guys (1999)
Sphere (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Wag the Dog (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sleepers (1996)
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Disclosure (1994) Posted Image Posted Image
Jimmy Hollywood (1994) Posted Image Posted Image

Toys (1992) Posted Image Posted Image
Bugsy (1991) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Avalon (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Rain Man (1988) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Tin Men (1987) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
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The Natural (1984) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Diner (1982) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image





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#3 of 31 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted July 09 2005 - 12:23 AM

My Italian Story (2005)
Hindsight Is 20/20... (2004)
Envy (2004)
A Uniform Used to Mean Something... (2004)
Bandits (2001)
An Everlasting Piece (2000)
Liberty Heights (1999)
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999) (TV)
Original Diner Guys (1999)
Sphere (1998)
Wag the Dog (1997)
Sleepers (1996)
Disclosure (1994)
Jimmy Hollywood (1994)
Toys (1992)
Bugsy (1991)
Avalon (1990)
Rain Man (1988)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Tin Men (1987)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)
The Natural (1984)

Diner (1982)


Bolded films I've seen.

#4 of 31 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 09 2005 - 12:34 AM

BARRY LEVINSON

Seen: 6
Like: 4
Own: 4

Rank order:

Diner (1982)
Rain Man (1988)
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)
Sphere (1998)
The Natural (1984)
Wag the Dog (1997)

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#5 of 31 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted July 09 2005 - 02:13 AM

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Bandits (2001) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sphere (1998) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Wag the Dog (1997) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Sleepers (1996) Posted Image Posted Image
Disclosure (1994) Posted Image Posted Image
Toys (1992) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Bugsy (1991) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Rain Man (1988) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Natural (1984)
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My number one Barry Levinson film might raise a few eyebrows, some of you haven't even seen it. Young Sherlock Holmes, a great little film which I saw at the cinema 20 years ago and always had a soft spot for, a personal favorite than, but if I had to pick Barry Levinson's "greatest" film, probably Bugsy or Rain Man, I've yet to see Diner.

Rankings (top 5)

1)Young Sherlock Holmes
2)Good Morning Vietnam
3)Bugsy
4)Rain Man
5)Sphere


Average Rating 3 out of 5

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#6 of 31 OFFLINE   Marc Fedderman

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Posted July 09 2005 - 03:18 AM

Out of 4 stars:

Rain Man: Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image 1/2
Liberty Heights: Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Diner: Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Natural: Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Young Sherlock Holmes: Posted Image Posted Image 1/2

I've also seen Bugsy and Good Morning Vietnam. Liked 'em both, but my memories are hazy.

Steve,
As a kid I had a thing for Young Sherlock Holmes as well. I recently re-watched it, however, and couldn't help thinking that it was excessively silly, if still fun. Some of the effects have held up pretty well, but they don't have the same "holy shit" impact that they did 20 years ago. 20 years? Wow, that makes me feel old.

#7 of 31 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 09 2005 - 04:05 AM

*1. The Natural - A- (My favorite baseball film, though one of the most problematic films that I love. The love story is awful and the film's treatment of women offensive, but the baseball scenes are great and Randy Newman's score is iconic.)
2. Good Morning, Vietnam - A- (Another problematic, but loved film. It's attempts at seriousness are often hamfisted, but it shines whenever it sits back and just lets Robin Williams be funny)
3. Liberty Heights - A- (Hardly anyone saw this, I might have been all by myself in the theater, but by far my favorite of his "Baltimore" films. Tries too hard, but the love stories strike an emotional chord.)
4. The Band That Wouldn't Die - A-
5. Young Sherlock Holmes - B
(guessing, haven't seen it 15+ years, but used to be a favorite.)
6. What Just Happened? - B
7. Avalon - B
8. Wag the Dog - B
9. Disclosure - B-
10. Diner - C+
(The "Baltimore Colts test" is comedy gold, but I barely laughed at anything else. Plus it tries to be angsty and serious, yet pokes fun at The Seventh Seal (which is actually a lot funnier than Diner is))
11. Tin Men - C (A film I thought I would like a lot, and didn't.)

Own: 1 (I've considered buying Liberty Heights several times since it's shown up in bargain bins for years)

Would like to see Bugsy, maybe watch all of Rain Man some day (another one of those I've seen parts of a jillion times, including the ending, but never the whole thing).
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#8 of 31 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted July 09 2005 - 05:36 AM

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Some of the effects have held up pretty well, but they don't have the same "holy shit" impact that they did 20 years ago.


Well there were only 2 or 3 minutes of special effects in the entire film Marc, though they were good for that time. I just liked the atmosphere of the film, the actors played their parts well, plus a great score by Bruce Broughton. Like I said it's a personal favorite, Bugsy is a greater film I know but sometimes nostalgia rules when it comes to ranking films.Posted Image

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Posted July 09 2005 - 06:35 AM

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What Just Happened (2008) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Man of the Year (2006) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Hindsight Is 20/20... (2004)
Envy (2004) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (I may be the only person who thought this was funny)
A Uniform Used to Mean Something... (2004)
Bandits (2001) Posted Image Posted Image
An Everlasting Piece (2000) Posted Image
Liberty Heights (1999) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
The 20th Century: Yesterday's Tomorrows (1999) (TV)
Original Diner Guys (1999)
Sphere (1998) Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Wag the Dog (1997) Posted Image Posted Image
Sleepers (1996) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Disclosure (1994) Posted Image
Jimmy Hollywood (1994) Posted Image Posted Image
Toys (1992) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Own the DVD)
Bugsy (1991) Posted Image Posted Image
Avalon (1990) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image (Used to own the LD)
Rain Man (1988) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
Tin Men (1987) Posted Image Posted Image
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) Posted Image Posted Image Posted Image
The Natural (1984) Posted Image
Diner (1982) Posted Image Posted Image

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Own 3
       

#10 of 31 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 09 2005 - 06:48 AM

yet pokes fun at The Seventh Seal
I see a pattern here Brook. You seem to be offended by films that 'make fun' of films you hold dear, such as The Seventh Seal and Frankenstein. This seems to be another thing that really distinguishes us. Amongst my very favorite films are many, many comedies that parody other films I love.
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#11 of 31 OFFLINE   Brook K

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Posted July 09 2005 - 10:28 AM

Well in Diner it's relatively inocuous and short. I wouldn't even care if I thought it was a better movie. I just find it funny that it tries to be funny by poking fun, in the most cliche way possible, at a film that is funnier than it is. Anyone that's actually seen and understood The Seventh Seal would know that it is not a dour, somber film. And making fun of it and by implication, "art film" fans is incredibly indulgent. I imagine 'ol Ingmar emerging Marshall McLuhan-style from behind a standee to say "You know nothing of my work".
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#12 of 31 OFFLINE   Marc Fedderman

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Posted July 09 2005 - 02:39 PM

Re: Steve and his afinity for Young Sherlock Holmes:

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Like I said it's a personal favorite, Bugsy is a greater film I know but sometimes nostalgia rules when it comes to ranking films


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#13 of 31 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted July 09 2005 - 04:58 PM

To tell you the truth Brook, I barely remember the bit in Diner about Seventh Seal (I assume that's NOT the movie they're watching during the popcorn scene), although I do remember seeing many a pretentious art film in that theater when I was in grad school in Baltimore, although of course I don't put The Seventh Seal in that category. But while I enjoy the hell out of The Seventh Seal, and agree that it's not dour nor somber, I also have never thought of it as a comedy. It's a great movie, but it is a drama, and while there may have been some, I can't recall any laughs in it.

If I'm recalling correctly, you do like, at least some Monty Python, which strikes me as a bit odd, as they really make fun of The Seventh Seal (both in a whole skit in Meaning of Life, as well as in the trailer for Holy Grail, and in many other places). I figured that would be more upsetting than a short scene in Diner.
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Posted July 09 2005 - 07:47 PM

Ratings on a scale of * to *****:

1: Sphere (1998) ****½
2: Toys (1992) ***½
3: Sleepers (1996) ***
4: Disclosure (1994) ***
5: Wag the Dog (1997) **
6: Bandits (2001) **
7: Rain Man (1988) *½
8: Envy (2004) *½

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Posted July 15 2005 - 08:28 AM

1. Good Morning Vietnam

2. Bugsy

3. Young Sherlock Holmes

4. Sleepers

5. Toys-fascinating and underrated film

6. Jimmy Hollywood-"Hi, I'm Joe Pesci. I just won an Oscar. Let's cash in with something pretty bad."

7. Tin Men-lame

8. The Natural-Oooo he hit the ball! Oooo it flew into the lights! Oooo look at the pretty sparks!

9. Rain Man-sanctimonious ***CRAP***
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Posted August 20 2005 - 11:04 AM

BARRY LEVINSON

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Wag the Dog (1997) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Bugsy (1991) Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image
Good Morning, Vietnam (1987) Posted ImagePosted Image / 3
Liberty Heights (1999) Posted ImagePosted Image / 3
Rain Man (1988) Posted ImagePosted Image / 3
Sleepers (1996) Posted ImagePosted Image / 3
Disclosure (1994) Posted ImagePosted Image / 3

#17 of 31 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted November 05 2005 - 12:15 AM

Updated Master list...............................
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#18 of 31 OFFLINE   Steve Christou

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Posted November 05 2005 - 01:09 AM

I remember these threads, seem so long ago now... [sniff]

It's Rathe Jim, Rathe! Good film Young Sherlock eh? Now I suppose it's my turn to seek out Diner.Posted Image

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Posted February 20 2006 - 10:39 AM

Rain Man (1988) ****
Diner (1982) **

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Posted October 30 2006 - 01:37 PM

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