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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by SeanSKA, Oct 1, 2018.
For me, 1939 and 1942. If I had to choose!
Jose, I'm really just a pushover and a softie! In addition to Junebug, I love raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
Ah! Now we've moved from "Great" movies to "Favorite Things"...
Then I'll have to go with 1958 being my Favorite Movie Year
But that would be a different thread, I know.
I've never seen any of these films. They don't sound interesting. I think they started phasing out "great" films when I was a kid.
I wouldn't say that as some of those films are really good. Matter of fact, I'm going to watch "Breaking Away" again on Twilight Time's Blu-ray that I haven't watched yet. It's a really good coming of age film set in Blommington, Indiana where I once lived for many years. A great college town.
Well, if you are under the age of 40, you could be more right than you know. To be sure, there were some very good movies made in the past 30-40 years. Many very well made. High concept. High quality production values. Lots of visceral stimulation, eye-candy, loud soundtracks and all that. Passionate performances by the actors. But precious few truly "Great" movies have been made since, oh, the late 1970s or so.
Luckily, virtually all of the "Great" movies ever made are available on some form of fairly high quality home video. I suppose we will never again achieve the impact of seeing them in a more formal setting; in a darkened theater among 100s of strangers, most of whom have never seen the movie before. That was a critical element for their impact because of the way they were made to begin with. But in terms of sight and sound, many affordable home theater set ups can compete with and beat the way audiences experienced most of them originally.
You kids, get offa my lawn! This is absurd. Older movies have the weight of history and canonization (and for many, nostalgia) behind them. But there are just as many exciting, thoughtful, innovative filmmakers around the world as there ever were.
Using my own standard of "great" (let's face it, we're never going to agree on what movies are great), I counted films that I'd rated 90 or higher. And 2003 came out on top, with 11:
Linda Linda Linda
The Wayward Cloud
The New World
Who's Camus Anyway?
Kong que (Peacock)
The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Noriko's Dinner Table
However, only the first three make my personal top 100 list. 1963, although it only has 10 "great films" (one fewer than 2003) rates a whopping SIX on my top 100:
Mahanagar (The Big City)
High and Low
Revenge of a Kabuki Actor
Crisis: Behind a Presidential Commitment
I Compagni (The Organizer)
So in my book, 1963 is the winner. But the idea that few great movies have been made in the past 40 years is utter nonsense.
Me too in term of 'greatness'. From an enjoyment perspective, 1956 was a good year for me.
Good list for 1963, Martin.
I'd propose 1932. Great year because that's when the talkies really learned how to talk and film was on its way to becoming a new and independent art form, separate from its great, silent sibling.
I cry when Snow White lies in state and when Bambi's mother dies. Also when Dumbo's mother sings Baby Mine to him.
And when Ingrid cries when she realizes Roberto will die in For Whom the Bell Tolls...who can resist those glorious close-ups of Bergman in tears? But I wish Ernest Lehman had kept the acerbic songs that were excised from Sound of Music so that all had not been whiskers on kittens. And Ally McGraw dying of Hollywood disease and looking wonderful till the bitter end was just too much for my 20-year-old soul. My future wife and I howled with laughter (insensitive souls).
Going back to June, for years I've asked people of my cultural background about her, and nobody seems to like her. To each his own...
Great suggestions so far. Mine would be 1968:
2001: A Space Odyssey
Planet of the Apes
Night of the Living Dead
Romeo and Juliet
Hang 'Em High
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Carry On Up the Khyber
The Devil Rides Out
The Girl on a Motorcycle
Spirits of the Dead
Up the Junction
Where Eagles Dare
True, but we can get hints about which movies had so much going for them they inspired generations of discussion, volumes of books written about them, scene by scene breakdowns, sometimes shot by shot, serious analysis of them by international critics on their cinematic merits.
Long before some of us were yelling at kids to get off our lawn, we could sit with people much older than us and discuss a viewing of, say, PSYCHO, LAWRENCE OF ARABIA, 2001: ASO or BONNIE AND CLYDE for hours and still not cover all of the elements that made them "Great". Sometime by the end of the 1970s, a post-screening discussion of almost every movie we saw lasted about 10 minutes and it was time to move on. We didn't hate them. There just wasn't much there to discuss. Not sure there were more than 5 since then that warranted more consideration. From a cinematic point of view, I mean. Yes, even with young people we hadn't shouted off our lawns.
AFI stopped producing their "100 Greatest..." tv specials because, as far as I know, they could not come up with any more extraneous categories that might include more than 5-6 movies made in the past 40 years that would pull a younger audience with titles they might be familiar with.
1959 ! I have many Bluray movies from this year in my collection !
I suppose I'll further establish my shouting at the kids on my lawn creds by submitting that, as far as "Great Movie Years" go (not really this thread's subject, but a good one too), almost any year in the 1950s and 1960s was amazing and could qualify as a Great Movie Year, imo. Those were years when many filmmakers, directors, writers, producers and so on who had become movie fans if not actually cut their professional teeth in their youth on silent films were still highly active and often producing some of their best work; Hitchcock, Wilder, Ford, Wyler, Hawks, Cukor, LeRoy, Fellini, Kurasawa, Wise, Lean, Minnelli, to a lesser extent Chaplin, Welles and Capra, to name a few.
And in those same years you had "upstarts" coming in who learned from and stood on the shoulders of those giants (therefore, did not totally abandon their powerful, effective and painstakingly incrementally developed cinematic grammar going all the way back to those silent movie years, but instead took on the challenge to improve and expand it) like Kubrick, Penn, Sturges, Frankenheimer, Lewis (yes, Jerry), Kramer, Nichols, Leone and so many more.
Give them a shot. "Manhattan" may be Woody Allen's best film (though perhaps problematic in many ways in this day and age). Some here have called "Apocalypse Now" "messy"- it's messiness is part of it's brilliance
I haven't skipped these because they're "bad" movies, but because I don't believe I would enjoy watching them. It's OK.
You never know if you don't try as I think you'll enjoy "Breaking Away".
Listen to your instincts. Personally I think Being There, All That Jazz, Manhattan and China Syndrome are all fine films. The others are dispensable. But just because I liked something (or disliked) I would never push it on someone who didn't want to see it. I have my own movie radar which works just fine and when I've gone against it and seen something that my movie radar screamed AVOID I regretted it. When friends recommend films that I know I don't want to see, instead of saying "I'd rather clean out the litter box with my tongue", I politely say, "Thanks, I'll keep an eye out for it" that way it avoids lectures on how I really would like it if I gave it a chance . Life is too short, you can't see everything. See what you want. One man's masterpiece is another man's trash (and vice versa).
How do you know its trash or a masterpiece if you don’t see it? I don’t know what you mean by pushing it on someone as we’re all adults here and talking movies.
KRAMER V. KRAMER was an awful film and one of the worst best pictures. The performances were great; the story mediocre and the ending... atrocious! But the other films listed were very good.