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my personal favorites

by DUDElaundrey

Created 08/04/12

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it is quite impossible for me to explain what i may see or feel in a film that really latches onto me and makes it one of my personal favorites. one thing i notice when i stare at my massive film collection against my bedroom wall is variety. i enjoy masterful art films of Bergman, Kurosawa, Tarkovsky. and in a much different way i enjoy a film by H.G. Lewis, or Dario Argento. well, i can go on.. ill spare u.. im sure u may find a film in my list that has impacted u too..

  • i first discovered this incredible film in my early 20s... i dont think i have ever connected as much to both main characters more than i did with Withnail and I... anxious, shy, confident, angry, lost, alienated, dazed, validated. i have watched it upwards of 50 times

  • robert mitchum! and how gorgeous is this movie?! Beautiful..

  • Finally! One of my favorite films. it is amazing to me how misunderstood Lars von Trier is. It boggles my mind that anyone could label this a misogynist film. It is possibly the most feminist film ive seen. A woman who is kind and purely good at heart. Does anything for her sick husband. When she is beaten and really needs help and a kind hand from a neighbor, the town people are bible-bangers basically spit on her and condem her to hell. She is a martyr. Well, that shows how intelligent people are, huh?

  • im deep in the cult of depalma.. this one, and Body Double have always stood out to me.. from the fake horror movie beginning, to the restless moving camera.. no one besides hitchcock can tell a story better with just the camera following the action

  • i could watch werner herzog do anything, and be fascinated.. he is my favorite film maker. i own all of his movies, aside from 2 or 3, and am always fascinated. the only thing that bothers me is the lack of Herzog films released by Criterion. we get ben button and bay (although i do enjoy The Rock), but no Herzog?

  • i love all of kurosawa's films.. a true master. these 2 are at the top of my list of his wonderful films

  • fav chaplin.. ive never laughed so hard as when he goes nuts in the factory

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  • albert finney..... i could argue this is one of the greatest performances of all time

  • One of the first "art house" films i saw. It changed the way i looked at film

  • yes! although i am cheating with this pick, sense i own a regular release copy and not the out of print one which i would love! (seldom, i will purchase a film in the collection if it isnt essential for me to own the better version; rushmore, spinal tap etc.. films that are otherwise found frequently and cheaply, but i NEED the criterion version of this) otherwise i ALWAYS spend the xtra cash and indulge with the better, more expansive and informative criterions.. damn, Repulsion is another inferior copy i own. i shall do something about that.

  • i discovered this film early in my cinematic adventures.. and the impact has stayed with me.. what a great performance by ben. so charming and spontaniously violent. never sentimental, never tells u too much about motives or reasons. just a pure cinematic experience, and the documentary style impacts it greatly (especially considering i saw this when i was younger... ) leading us to feel as if we are trapped merclessly as views, even enablers sense the camera seems to fuel bens outbursts

  • i grew up on punk music (real punk music, like black flag and the misfits and germs.. when punk was a way of thinking and living, before it had to have the generic sound of fast chord progression and whiny teen-angst ridden vocals).. and i have an addiction to odd cinema like jarman, russel, jodorowsky.. speaking of which, how about a juicy early russel releases? jodorowskys gems are much easier attainable

  • peter o'toole is quite possibly the greatest actor of all time...... "oh my god!"....."yes?" this might b one of the most hysterical films in history. The electricity shooting "god!"... the unparralled physical movements and line deliverys of O'toole!

  • Took a while to absorb this one. It wasn't an instant favorite like some of von Triers films (Breaking the Waves, Dogville)... I honestly had no idea what to make of it.

  • recently added to collection. absolute favorite Bergman

  • my fav of this trilogy... i love most all bergman films. he fascinates me

  • i LOVE Polanski!!!!!!!!!!! glad to see Cul de sac, Repulsion and finaly Rosmarys baby.. hopefuly the under appreciated The Tenant come to the collection.

  • peckinpah is an animal. incredible look, great performances, and such a menacing tension.... please release Bring me the Head of Alfredo Garcia, my absolute fav peckinpah film!

  • What an incredible film. Neil Jordan is one of my favorite directors. Many of his films should get the treatment

  • wow.. tarkovsky is a trip. a long, maddening trip. would also list Andrei Rublev

  • my fav godard... when she sings.. i feel.... great

  • mesmorizing. found this early into my cinematic adventures and it rocked my world.

  • i love soderbergh.. my favorite film of his is The limey!!!!!!

  • One of my all time favorites. Huge fan of Lancaster but Tony Curtis steals the show in my opinion

  • the films from wilder, huston, ford and welles from the 40s and 50s are the greatest films in cinema.. this is one of my favorite wilder films

  • my favorite Ray film. and i LOVE james mason. and the incredible use of color and camera angles with the Bigger than Life performance!

  • great addition! whats better than early Frankenheimer films?(7 days in May, Seconds)... very little

  • oh that fuller. im partial to this, but i equally enjoy pickup on south street and The Steel Helmet

  • i love all Roeg films. this was the first ive seen, and possibly my favorite. it doesnt hurt david bowie is in it, who by the way is my favorite musician ever!!!! (well, tied with lou reed and marc bolan),,, but..love em all, glad to see the underrated insignificance make it on the list... eureka would b a good release.

  • veronika voss is so mysterious. like a 50's noir, much more unique. the first i saw was maria braun. it had me hooked from the terrrific explosive begining to the perfect ending

  • Wow, what a film!

  • Finally! Early Cronenberg, a bit campy but absolutly awesome

  • cronenberg is one of a kind. and one of my favorite kind.

  • One of the most beautiful film ive seen

  • I have the most fun when i watch this great samurai action/comedy

  • chilling. a perfect thriller. and an incredible character study. opposites. yet so similaur

  • it was a toss up to add this, or brazil. love gilliam. i chose this simply for john cleese's "hood"

  • grew up on punk music, exstravagant visuals and an incredible performance by gary oldman

  • just heart warming and beautiful... what happened to Hallstrom?(dear john!?)

  • absolutley hilarious. my favorite is the 2 part with dennis hopper

4 comments

  • By DUDElaundrey
    August 22, 2012
    07:22 PM

    oh, and plus about 100 others
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  • By Sleestak
    November 25, 2012
    12:23 AM

    Solaris and Videodrome? Caligula-Bob spares you his wrath! Nice list!
    Reply
  • By Eric Levy
    June 16, 2014
    09:00 AM

    Hi DUDElaundrey! Sorry to break into your list with an unrelated post--though I have seen and love 24 of your top 33--but, since you list Peter Greenaway as one of your favorite directors, I wanted to let you know that I just created two lists inspired by him. Please click on my name to check them out. Thanks, Eric
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    • By DUDElaundrey
      July 06, 2014
      07:13 PM

      sorry for being so late to respond. i have been having computer problems but i am back on the "net!".. i just checked out those lists! they were fantastic. peter greenaway is absolutely one of my favorites. there is something so fascinating about him. kind of the same way i feel about Werner Herzog. I love their films but i equally love listening to anything they have to say. It would be great to get some Greenaway into the collection. not that he isn't worthy, he is the single most important contemporary director. i assume its due to crazy rights and legalities. I would vote for The Cook, Baby of Macon or Draughtman's Contract. Drowning by Numbers too. Zoo. Belly of, well ANY GREENAWAY

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