Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Films That Shaped My Life

This was done in response to Iain Stott's (One Line Film Review) list, who limited his to 15. I increased this a little, why limit yourself when it comes to great films? In no particular order, though I attempted a chronological order of when I viewed them, starting around age 10.. films in gold were best picture Oscar winners


TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
LAWRENCE OF ARABIA [photo rt]
DR. STRANGELOVE
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY [photo top]

WALKABOUT (Australia) [photo bottom]
WOODSTOCK
DUCK SOUP
THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES

ALL ABOUT EVE
TAXI DRIVER
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
APOCALYPSE NOW
GANDHI

THE ROAD WARRIOR (Australia)
CINEMA PARADISO (Italy)
BABE (Australia)
CHUNGKING EXPRESS (Hong Kong) [photo rt]

CITY OF GOD (Brazil)
HERO (Zhang Yimou, China)
GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
REQUIEM FOR A DREAM
SALAAM BOMBAY (India)

UMBERTO D. (Italy) [bw photo rt, a friend catches Umberto using his little Jack Russell dog Flike to beg for money]

AFTER THE WEDDING (Denmark)
TURTLES CAN FLY (Iraq-Iran)

5 comments:

Jose Sinclair said...

Even though a miniseries for tv, BAND OF BROTHERS would also be on this list.. it is the finest film on war yet produced

moviesandsongs365 said...

I agree with 2001: ASO , After the wedding, chungking express and others.
If you loved to "kill a mockingbird", I recommend a patch of blue (1965), similar atmosphere, I think, I've reviewed it on my blog.

Growing up in the 80s, that decade shaped my love of film. Recently, I look for originality, dialogue, and warm-hearted characters. Also, "The Color Of Paradise"(from Iran) & "Spring summer fall winter...and spring" (South Korean ) got me into beautiful cinematography, both films highly recommended.

Could you give me a brief "pep talk" of why I should watch The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)?, It's on my "to see list"

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returntovoid said...

What film is that screenshot of the subway from???

Jose Sinclair said...

The subway shot is from Wong Kar-Wai's CHUNGKING EXPRESS.. the actress shown is a Japanese pop singer, who was magnetic in her first film role, a brilliant casting decision.. his films are totally visual, they are hypnotic and will suck you in without much plot..

definitely watch Chungking and the sequel, Fallen Angels. They were meant to be one film but were so long together he split them into two films. They were the inspiration for Tarentino's PULP FICTION, but much better, imo..