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This is my Top 10 Criterion List, in no particular order. Subject to change as I see more films in the collection.
It is so hard for me to pick a favorite movie, I can usually only attempt an answer if I break it down and say favorite comedy, favorite action, etc. But if I was forced to come up with a favorite movie, factoring in everything, this one would definitely be in the mix. I also used the supplements of this release as training wheels to get me ready for director commentaries and supplements of more serious art house type films like The Seventh Seal. This was the first director commentary I ever watched.
Another film that excited me as soon as Criterion announced its release. Just a brilliant film by Roeg. I could probably analyze and discuss this film more than any other and can not wait to buy it and watch all of the supplements. Without doubt one of my favorite films in the collection.
After one watch I fell in love with this movie. It is one that I watch over and over. I rank it along with The Big Lebowski as the funniest movie of all time. So many quotable lines. I repeat these lines to death every time I watch it. Richard Grant is fantastic! I tell everyone to watch this movie and show it to as many people as I can.
I first saw this film in my 9th grade Civics class. This was long before I really got into films and even then I loved this film. I am also a Social Studies teacher and would show it to my students as well. I like to think that I could do the same thing that Henry Fonda did. Just a fantastic movie, one of my favorites in the collection!
Bill Murray is one of my favorite actors, has been since I was a kid. This is my favorite Wes Anderson and I enjoy it more each time I watch it. It is so quirky and I love the animated sea life thrown in.
I love this movie. Many big epics like this totally let you down or just get so boring at different points. Like Cleopatra, which is a good movie, its just too long, with too much dialogue. Spartacus breaks everything up with action scenes, feel good moments or great performances by its stars. Kubrick laid it out very well. He kept my interest the entire time. Big deal for a 3 hour movie.
Undoubtedly one of the best movies I have ever seen. It was my first samurai and first Kurosawa film and am very excited to see more. This movie kept me enthralled throughout the entire 3 hours even though I had seen both The Magnificent Seven and the anime version before seeing this. That is how good I think Kurosawa is. I also fully expect to love Mifune in anything else that I see him in.
I had wanted to see this movie for so long and finally did when I bought a used OOP copy online. So often when you want to see what is considered a great movie for so long you are left disappointed when you finally see it. That was not the case here. It was everything I hoped it would be. Anthony Hopkins is definitely one of my favorite actors today. I enjoyed the entire series, though this one was clearly the best. I love psychological stuff.
A brilliant film. Bergman did a great job at making this film stick in your mind with all the characters and the imagery. He managed to make it sort of scary and disturbing, not in the traditional way of a horror movie but in a very real way that makes you think about how people actually used to do this shit. How easy would it have been to get yourself into trouble by offending the wrong person or having the wrong beliefs? The transfer I thought was also fantastic. A black and white film you actually should watch on blu-ray.
This is a film about very little, but also a film about everything. I am writing this entry during the films end credits while it is still fresh in my mind and am beginning to understand pieces more as I am typing these words. It is a very Italian movie that could have easily been made by Fellini. Sorrentino deserves all the praise he has gotten and will get. I can picture this film becoming a sort of biography or cultural necessity for Italy in say 40 years or so. Much like Citizen Kane and Gone With the Wind have in the US. There are so many great things about this film worth discussing that I am not sure where to begin. The title was certainly appropriate as the film was a site to see, beautiful, as was the music. I both love and despise Rome now and those feelings ping-ponged back and forth throughout the film in the same way the tone did. Happy, wild, regretful, lonely, bitter, serine, depressed, sorrowful, awe inspiring. The film's tone seemed to change along with Jep's emotions. I also seemed to relate to the aging Jep a bit too, especially about feeling slightly misanthropic at times. I think a truly GREAT BEAUTY of a film. One I look forward to seeing again. Everyone is trying to find their own "great beauty" in life. That's what it is about.