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Old 02-17-2008, 07:05 PM   #121
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Oh god yes. I mean, the 90's were great, and you could certainly make a case for the 50's being the best as you had people like Welles, Ford, Hitchcock, Minnelli and Wilder all operating at the height of their powers, but the 70's really marked a shift where you were seeing studios taking these huge chances and letting young auteurs do pretty much anything they wanted to. We're not likely to ever see that again.

I appreciate where you're coming from with respect to Allen. I think if you see some of his earlier films, like Sleeper or Bananas, you'll see what a huge heap forward Annie Hall was.

What's next, Manhattan?

As much as I'd like you to see Stardust Memories, you'll really want to see Fellini's 8 1/2 first because it was a huge, obvious influence on it.
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I'm thinking Manhattan, Sleeper, What's Up Tiger Lily?, then move into Crimes and Misdemeanors, and Stardust.

Okay, I'll check that one out first then.
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Manhattan



My favorite of his.

YLB, I think that it's great that you're watching these films now, but, yeah, it'll be good to revisit them in a few years when you're maybe better able to appreciate them. I think your intelligence, tastes and maturity make us sometimes forget your age. Not to dismiss someone your age (I had definitely seen Sleeper, Annie Hall and Manhattan by your age), but, sometimes films and books and such take on new meaning when you've got some life experience behind you. Laz will take this post and do all sorts of shit to it.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:13 PM   #124
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I'm still laughing at my last one. Sorry.

LMP, I'd suggest catching Manhattan Murder Mystery in the near future. It's a nice complement to Annie Hall, and was actually a subplot removed from the later drafts of the script. It's really funny, and features a great homage to Orson Welles' The Lady From Shanghai.

That reminds me. What Welles have you seen?

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Old 02-17-2008, 07:15 PM   #125
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Thanks, and there's about a 95% chance he's working on fixing that post right now.

I'd read that about the Annie Hall/Manhattan Murder Mystery thing, and that makes it worth checking out - after the ones I've mentioned though. Speaking of weird, funny seeing Walken as Annie's brother, Duane.

Yeah, yeah, you sense right. Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil are high on my list, Top 10 actually, on movies I want to see ASAP.
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Citizen Kane is "high" on your list? How about A.S.A.M.F.P.?

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Here's the Top 10, buster:

1. Citizen Kane
2. Goodfellas
3. Dog Day Afternoon
4. Raging Bull
5. The French Connection
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. Taxi Driver
8. Heat
9. Metropolis
10. Touch of Evil

The list runs about 120 deep. The higher on the list, the more interested I am, but if any of them are on are recorded, I'll try and see them.
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At least he has an amazing list of films to watch for the first time.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:30 PM   #129
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Here's the Top 10, buster:

1. Citizen Kane
2. Touch of Evil
3. Taxi Driver
4. Raging Bull
5. GoodFellas
6. The French Connection
7. Dog Day Afternoon
8. Metropolis
9. Heat
10. Full Metal Jacket
Fixed. You may as well watch the Scorseses in order. I'm telling you right now, after recently watching Apocalypse Now, you are NOT going to be impressed by Full Metal Jacket. Next to Lolita, Kubrick's weakest film.

You definitely want to get a hold of The Lady From Shanghai. And don't let the title fool you. It's Welles' most flat-out entertaining film.
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Old 02-17-2008, 07:32 PM   #130
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You're the first person to tell me FMJ is one of his weakest, but I'll take that into consideration.

What's the difference between watching the Scorseses in order or the way I had them?

And I'll check out Lady.
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The first hour of FMJ is, to me, not weak at all....just starts to tail off once they leave Basic Training.
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Well yeah, the basic training segment is fantastic. Unfortunately it only takes up like 40% of the film.

Kubrick waited way too long to weigh in on Vietnam, and basically said nothing that hadn't already been said better by Coppola, and Oliver Stone, who was actually there.

By comparison, Kubrick's Paths of Glory is a far superior film about the insanity of war.

And LMP, I would just say you can't go wrong watching the films in chronological order. It will be nice for you to see how both De Niro and Scorsese evolved over the course of their careers. Besides, Taxi Driver is the most hardcore of the 3 and I would suggest seeing it first just on that alone.
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And LMP, I would just say you can't go wrong watching the films in chronological order. It will be nice for you to see how both De Niro and Scorsese evolved over the course of their careers. Besides, Taxi Driver is the most hardcore of the 3 and I would suggest seeing it first just on that alone.
Okay, that makes sense.
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I prefer FMJ to Platoon by a great margin, if only because of how beautifully filmed the second section is. That and I'm just not a fan of Stone's style too much, though I do enjoy some of his work quite a bit.
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Lance, which Stone films do you enjoy?
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