carollogan asked:

I look at your film log, and then I see you blogging frames from a Wes Craven film, and I don't understand. Craven lied about the value and meaning of the kind of work he did. He lied thoroughly, reliably and inventively. Young people, especially young men, believe him all too often. Now his lying is over at last. Why help him smear shit on the world? Taking Craven seriously would require the destruction of most of what we both hold dear. I urge you to reconsider.

Well I guess I should take it as a compliment that you think me posting Wes Craven is some kind of decline in standards, but really, if you look back through my archive you’ll see all kinds of lowbrow dodgy stuff mixed in with the arthouse and cinephile posts.

anonymous asked:

I'm surprised nobody thought Mogambo was the inspiration for Wildest Dreams since she told a fan the wildest dreams mv had 'vibes from Ava Gardner'.I only saw people talking about Out of Africa...

Aha! I’m not enough of a cinephile to have picked up on that. Since Taylor was seen reading Ava Gardner’s candid autobiography, you have to wonder if there are more than a few parallels at play here.

CALLING ALL CINEPHILES! Looking for 2000-2009 Recs!!!

So several years ago I made a list of the 30 films from the decade (2000-2009) that I hadn’t yet seen but wanted to the most. Clearly some time has past and I am looking to make the list again. So I’m looking for recommendations from you for input as to what should go on. A couple of things: I’ve already made a brainstorm and it’s pretty extensive. I’ve seen quite a lot from the past decade as it is. The list will comprise of films I’m in the mood for at the moment.

But I would really appreciate any recs anyone can throw my way. I’m not primarily asking in the hopes of hearing of films I haven't before (I’m pretty confident about knowing my stuff although it would be a lovely surprise!), but am asking to get to know what my followers consider essentials of the decade that you think I might not have seen. Even if I only get a couple of responses I’ll be delighted to hear from anybody! For some context, a few films on my brainstorm are somewhat lesser known films like Under the Sand and Platform and well-known films I never got around to like The Fog of War and Inland Empire. So true to form I gave an overly long explanation to ask a very simple question:

(Any of the following criteria: Underseen, slightly obscure, held near and dear to your heart, films you consider essential)

What films from 2000-2009 would you recommend?


augmented reality cinema is THE film geek’s app. view scenes from your favourite films where they happened. just try not to run into the brick wall in kings cross please!

Cinephile Bucketlist
  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
  2. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
  3. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
  4. A Streetcar Named Desire (Elia Kazan, 1951)
  5. 3:10 to Yuma (James Mangold, 2007)
  6. The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)
  7. 500 Days of Summer (Marc Webb, 2009)
  8. 8 ½ (Federico Fellini, 1963)
  9. A Bout De Souffle (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)
  10. Absolute Power (Clint Eastwood, 1997)
  11. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
  12. Jarhead (Sam Mendes, 2005)
  13. Donnie Darko (Richard Kelly, 2001)
  14. The African Queen (John Huston, 1951)
  15. A. I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
  16. Aladdin (Ron Clements, John Musker, 1992)
  17. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
  18. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)
  19. Amadeus (Milos Forman, 1984)
  20. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1999)
  21. American Beauty (Sam Mendes, 1999)
  22. Amistad (Steven Spielberg, 1997)
  23. Amores Perros (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)
  24. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
  25. An Education (Lone Scherfig, 2009)
  26. Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)
  27. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)
  28. The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
  29. Atonement (Joe Wright, 2007)
  30. Babel (Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2006)
  31. Back To The Future (Robert Zemeckis, 1985)
  32. Batman Returns (Tim Burton, 1992)
  33. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)
  34. Beauty And The Beast (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, 1991)
  35. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Robert Stevenson, 1971)
  36. La Belle et la Bête (Jean Cocteau, 1946)
  37. Ben-Hur (William Wyler, 1959)
  38. Betty Blue (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1986)
  39. Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio De Sica, 1948)
  40. The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)
  41. Big Trouble In Little China (John Carpenter, 1986)
  42. Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982)
  43. Blades of Glory (Josh Gordon and Will Speck, 2007)
  44. Blue Velvet (David Lynch, 1986)
  45. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
  46. The Book of Eli (Albert Hughes and Allen Hughes, 2010)
  47. Bound (Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, 1996)
  48. Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)
  49. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Blake Edwards, 1961)
  50. The Breakfast Club (John Hughes, 1985)
  51. Brick (Rian Johnson, 2005)
  52. Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945)
  53. Bright Star (Jane Campion, 2009)
  54. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
  55. Bugsy Malone (Alan Parker, 1976)
  56. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (George Roy Hill, 1969)
  57. Cabaret (Bob Fosse, 1972)
  58. The Cabinet Of Dr Caligari (Robert Wiene, 1920)
  59. Calamity Jane (David Butler, 1953)
  60. Carrie (Brian de Palma, 1976)
  61. Carry On Camping (Gerald Thomas, 1969)
  62. Carry On Henry (Gerald Thomas, 1971)
  63. Carry On Matron (Gerald Thomas, 1972)
  64. Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942)
  65. Casino (Martin Scorsese, 1995)
  66. Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)
  67. Children Of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
  68. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974)
  69. Chungking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994)
  70. Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988)
  71. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, 1941)
  72. City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, 2002)
  73. Clerks (Kevin Smith, 1994)
  74. A Clockwork Orange (Stanley Kubrick, 1971)
  75. Closer (Mike Nichols, 2004)
  76. Coco Before Chanel (Anne Fontaine, 2009)
  77. Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998)
  78. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2007)
  79. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)
  80. Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, 1991)
  81. Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (Stanley Kubrick, 1964)
  82. Django Unchained (Quentin Tarantino, 2012)
  83. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
  84. Don’t Worry, I’m Fine (Philippe Lioret, 2006)
  85. Dr. No (Terence Young, 1962)
  86. E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Steven Spielberg, 1982)
  87. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
  88. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)
  89. El Cid (Anthony Mann, 1961)
  90. The End of the Affair (Neil Jordan, 1999)
  91. Eraserhead (David Lynch, 1977)
  92. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
  93. Evil Dead II (Sam Raimi, 1987)
  94. The Fall (Tarsem Singh, 2006)
  95. Fight Club (David Fincher, 1999)
  96. Four Weddings And A Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
  97. From Dusk Till Dawn (Robert Rodriguez, 1996)
  98. Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick, 1987)
  99. Funny Face (Stanley Donen, 1957)
  100. Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984)
  101. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Mamoru Hosoda, 2006)
  102. Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000)
  103. The Godfather (Francis Ford Coppola, 1972)
  104. The Godfather Part II (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974)
  105. The Godfather Part III (Francis Ford Coppola, 1990)
  106. The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin, 1925)
  107. Gone With The Wind (Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood, 1939)
  108. The Good The Bad And The Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1967)
  109. Good Will Hunting (Gus Van Sant, 1997)
  110. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)
  111. Great Expectations (Mike Newell, 2012)
  112. The Green Mile (Frank Darabont, 1999)
  113. Gremlins (Joe Dante, 1984)
  114. Groundhog Day (Harold Ramis, 1993)
  115. Halloween (John Carpenter, 1978)
  116. La Haine (Mathieu Kassovitz, 1995)
  117. Hairspray (John Waters, 1988)
  118. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (David Yates, 2010)
  119. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (David Yates, 2011)
  120. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mike Newell, 2005)
  121. Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Alfonso Cuarón, 2004)
  122. Harvey (Henry Koster, 1950)
  123. Hero (Yimou Zhang, 2002)
  124. High Noon (Fred Zinnemann, 1952)
  125. Holes (Andrew Davis, 2003)
  126. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
  127. Howl’s Moving Castle (Hayao Miyazaki, 2004)
  128. House of Flying Daggers (Yimou Zhang, 2004)
  129. If…. (Lindsay Anderson, 1968)
  130. Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
  131. In The Mood For Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000)
  132. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
  133. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
  134. Into The Wild (Sean Penn, 2007)
  135. It’s A Wonderful Life (Frank Capra, 1946)
  136. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
  137. Jaws (Steven Spielberg, 1975)
  138. Jean de Florette (Claude Berri, 1986)
  139. Jules Et Jim (François Truffaut, 1963)
  140. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  141. Kelly’s Heroes (Brian G. Hutton, 1970)
  142. Kes (Ken Loach, 1969)
  143. Key Largo (John Huston, 1948)
  144. To Kill A Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
  145. Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Quentin Tarantino, 2003)
  146. Kill Bill Vol. 2 (Quentin Tarantino, 2004)
  147. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
  148. King Kong (Merian C. Cooper, 1933)
  149. Lawrence of Arabia (David Lean, 1962)
  150. Léon (Luc Besson, 1994)
  151. Les Misérables (Tom Hooper, 2012)
  152. Life Is Beautiful (Roberto Benigni, 1997)
  153. Lincoln (Steven Spielberg, 2012)
  154. The Lion King (Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff, 1994)
  155. Little White Lies (Guillaume Canet, 2010)
  156. The Lives Of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
  157. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001)
  158. The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King (Peter Jackson, 2003)
  159. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002)
  160. The Lost Boys (Joel Schumacher, 1987)
  161. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
  162. M (Fritz Lang, 1931)
  163. The Magdalene Sisters (Peter Mullan, 2002)
  164. The Maltese Falcon (John Huston, 1941)
  165. Manon des Sources (Claude Berri, 1986)
  166. Mary Poppins (Robert Stevenson, 1964)
  167. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
  168. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975)
  169. Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)
  170. Monsters, Inc. (Pete Docter, 2001)
  171. The Motorcycle Diaries (Walter Salles, 2004)
  172. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
  173. Never Let Me Go (Mark Romanek, 2010)
  174. Mr. Nobody (Jaco Van Dormael, 2009)
  175. Nowhere Boy (Sam Taylor-Johnson, 2009)
  176. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
  177. My Fair Lady (George Cukor, 1964)
  178. My Neighbour Totoro (Hayao Miyazaki, 1988)
  179. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)
  180. Natural Born Killers (Oliver Stone, 1994)
  181. Night on Earth (Jim Jarmusch, 1991)
  182. North by Northwest (Alfred Hitchcock, 1959)
  183. Notorious (Alfred Hitchcock, 1946)
  184. Now, Voyager (Irving Rapper, 1942)
  185. Of Mice and Men (Gary Sinise, 1992)
  186. Oldboy (Chan-wook Park, 2003)
  187. On The Town (Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly, 1949)
  188. Once Upon a Time in America (Sergio Leone, 1984)
  189. One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (Milos Forman, 1975)
  190. One Fine Day (Michael Hoffman, 1996)
  191. Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)
  192. Pandora’s Box (Georg Wilhelm Pabst, 1929)
  193. Papillon (Franklin J. Schaffner, 1973)
  194. Partie de Campagne (Jean Renoir, 1936)
  195. Perfect Blue (Satoshi Kon, 1997)
  196. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)
  197. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)
  198. Pierrot le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)
  199. Pillow Talk (Michael Gordon, 1959)
  200. Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (Gore Verbinsky, 2003)
  201. A Place In The Sun (George Stevens, 1951)
  202. Predator (John McTiernan, 1987)
  203. The Prestige (Christopher Nolan, 2006)
  204. Pretty Woman (Garry Marshall, 1990)
  205. Primal Fear (Gregory Hoblit, 1996)
  206. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
  207. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  208. Private life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda, 1933)
  209. The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1968)
  210. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960)
  211. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  212. Rain Man (Barry Levinson, 1988)
  213. Raising Arizona (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1987)
  214. Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)
  215. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
  216. Rebel Without A Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
  217. [REC] (Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza, 2007)
  218. The Red Shoes (Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, 1948)
  219. Remember Me (Allen Coulter, 2010)
  220. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
  221. Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino, 1992)
  222. Ring (Hideo Nakata, 1998)
  223. RoboCop (Paul Verhoeven, 1987)
  224. Rocky (John G. Avildsen, 1976)
  225. Roman Holiday (William Wyler, 1953)
  226. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, 1996)
  227. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
  228. Run Lola Run (Tom Tykwer, 1998)
  229. Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard, 2012)
  230. Saw (James Wan, 2004)
  231. Scarface (Brian De Palma, 1983)
  232. Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  233. School Of Rock (Richard Linklater, 2003)
  234. The Science of Sleep (Michel Gondry, 2006)
  235. Serenity (Joss Whedon, 2005)
  236. Se7en (David Fincher, 1995)
  237. Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Stanley Donen, 1954)
  238. Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)
  239. The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)
  240. Shaun Of The Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
  241. The Shawshank Redemption (Frank Darabont, 1994)
  242. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick, 1980)
  243. Shutter Island (Martin Scorsese, 2010)
  244. The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991)
  245. Sin City (Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller, 2005)
  246. Singing In The Rain (Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, 1952)
  247. Skyfall (Sam Mendes, 2012)
  248. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (David Hand, 1937)
  249. Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)
  250. Some Like It Hot (Billy Wilder, 1959)
  251. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
  252. The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)
  253. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
  254. St Trinians (Oliver Parker and Barnaby Thompson, 2007)
  255. Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)
  256. Stand By Me (Rob Reiner, 1986)
  257. Star Wars Episode V: Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner, 1980)
  258. Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (F. W. Murnau, 1927)
  259. Sunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)
  260. Sweeney Todd (Tim Burton, 2007)
  261. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, 1976)
  262. Terminator 2: Judgement Day (James Cameron, 1991)
  263. There Will be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
  264. The Thing (John Carpenter, 1982)
  265. The Tin Star (Anthony Mann, 1957)
  266. Titanic (James Cameron, 1997)
  267. Three Times (Hsiao-hsien Hou, 2005)
  268. To Kill a Mockingbird (Robert Mulligan, 1962)
  269. Tokyo Story (Yasujiro Ozu, 1953)
  270. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
  271. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)
  272. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
  273. The Truman Show (Peter Weir, 1998)
  274. Twelve Monkeys (Terry Gilliam, 1995)
  275. Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, 1929)
  276. Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood, 1992)
  277. The Untouchables (Brian De Palma, 1987)
  278. The Usual Suspects (Bryan Singer, 1995)
  279. V For Vendetta (James McTeigue, 2005)
  280. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)
  281. La Vie en Rose (Olivier Dahan, 2007)
  282. The Wages of Fear (Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953)
  283. Wayne’s World (Penelope Spheeris, 1992)
  284. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis, 1988)
  285. The Wizard Of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
  286. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
  287. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
Why We Love Silent Films

As true cinephiles, we’re glad to see silent films making a small, but significant comeback with the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Artist, a French-American production that has already won a number of accolades and looks poised to pick up a few Academy Awards as well. What makes The Artist unusual is that it is shot in black and white and has no spoken dialogue. That’s right, a silent film (which has a musical accompaniment, but let’s not quibble), released in the age of reality TV, talking animals on YouTube, and, frankly, a lot of noise.

If you think that silent movies — most of which were made before you were born — can’t be any good, think again. Practically every popular movie today contains a joke, a stunt or an entire scene that originated in the days of silent cinema. A pie in the face, hanging off the minute hand of a clock tower, and smashing a vehicle into a fruit cart have all been standard-issue since the first film reels made their way out of the Edison Studios in New Jersey. New York City residents take note: Our home, especially Coney Island, also had a starring role in many silent films alongside Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, and Fatty Arbuckle. Just seeing scenes of NYC in the early part of the 1900s is worth the trip to your local Queens Library and asking what DVDs of silent films they have on the shelf.  Just about every branch of the Queens Library has some to offer. 

Still not convinced about giving silent films a try? I used to DJ at a small club in Philadelphia, and I’d always show a silent film on the TV behind the bar. People who didn’t want to dance always became engrossed with the movie because they didn’t need the sound to understand what was happening. Quite often, the music I played would work so well with the onscreen action that many watchers thought I had synced the whole thing. Try it yourself. Borrow a silent movie from the Queens Library, turn down the sound on the TV and turn up the sound on your music system. You’ll be amazed at how both the movie and the music complement each other in ways you didn’t expect.

You may think you’ve seen all the good DVDs at your local Queens Library, but try something older than you for a new perspective. Even movies can get better with age.

Get a taste for the best in silent films with this YouTube clip:

—Bob S. works for Queens Library at Central and DVRs “Silent Sundays” on Turner Classic Movies every week.

“Cinema Rage of the Day: According to a report published in the Latvian media, a movie-goer in Riga allegedly shot a fellow Forum cinema patron during a screening of Black Swan following a verbal altercation concerning the man’s popcorn-chewing volume.

The 27-year-old — who is a police academy graduate with a doctorate in law — fired at the 43-year-old seated next to him as the credits rolled, after which he waited patiently for the police to arrest him.”

[guardian / image: epicponyz.]

#Cinema Rage
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