I've been trying to watch some flicks that are widely regarded as classics that I've never seen lately, as of last week when I saw The Good, The Bad and the Ugly for the first time. What's in your back log?
Coming soon for me, I've never seen Aliens. Apocalypse Now and On the Waterfront are also in the pile and this holiday season I am determined to get through It's A Wonderful Life.
If you are seeing appocalypse now for the first time, I'd go for the original, not the Redux. There is a lot of wierd stuff to take in, and the Redux is a bit long and slow in parts, but is a must see.
Finally saw 12 Angry Men a couple of months ago - also a true classic.
Myself, I have never seen Top Gun. Does that count? Probably not. On my must see one day list are...
Amiele (spelled wrong - cute french chic movie)
Death at a Funeral
On the Waterfront
Gone with the Wind
Treasure of Sierra Madre
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
It's a wonderful Life
I just watched 12 Angry Men... it's something everyone should see. I'm kinda glad I waited a while to watch it I don't think I would have appreciated it as much if I had watched it as a teen. This movie is great, one of the best, if not the best, movie I've ever watched... up until the last couple minutes. The subtlety, gravity and simplicity of the movie are all done so well it's hard to put into words. It is a microcosm of men from the 1950s and the different views they held. Unfortunately you'd never get that diversified a jury in reality (not racially but in opinionally???? (not a word)). I'd have to say that the construction worker or the "working man" was the lynch pin of the whole movie, his threat of brute force while maintaining an open mind kept the louder jurors in check while lending credence to what ever side he was on. My only gripe with the movie was the culminating end, you know it had to climax in some sort of emotional eruption due to the era in which it was created, but for me, it took away so much. It cheapened it in a way, making it more a personal obstacle for an individual then a logical intricate break down of a very serious matter. I know that's what juror #3's roll was, he let his personal experience with his son color his POV, but to have that kind of break down in front of strangers in that setting didn't make much sense. All in all this is a must watch and should be played in the waiting room of every jury selection group.
4.98 cookays out of 5 (not a review just an OT rating... something we can all understand)
This message has been edited by thatturkishguy on Feb 6, 2011 2:06 AM
Glad you liked it. In the couple of months since my last post I have found myself thinking back to that film and just how well done it was. Can anyone think of a similar "constrained" film that works that well.
There's Alfred Hitchcock's "Lifeboat" of course, but I saw it so long ago that I can't remember how good it was. (Pretty good, I think)
Finally saw Aliens. If I was a kid when I saw this, I'm sure I would have loved it. I bet it looked absolutely incredible in 1986. But for a first viewing in 2011, it looked cheap and I was bored most of the time.
Not at all. It was another one of these movies that fell victim from trying so hard to be hip that it was distracting. It was like they constantly needed to remind me how hip they were. Juno sort of had the same problem, that's the best comparison I can make. Like, I already bought you as a indie hipster with decent taste in music, I don't need you to say SONIC YOUTH SONIC YOUTH SONIC YOUTH a hundred times. I believe you, I swear.
And, I'm a massive, massive fan of Beck. And I love Shaun of the Dead / Hot Fuzz. Dunno what happened.