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 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 4:09 PM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I say, "Good for all of you/us!!"

Don't let other people dictate what you "should" see. If you have an interest is seeking them out to view them, then go ahead. Otherwise, life is short, and two hours - multiplied by all these films - really starts to accumulate, and you should be using your time doing (or viewing) what you really like and enjoy...


I agree. After close to thirty years now of watching movies, I think I've developed a pretty good idea of what I like and don't like, so I choose what to watch accordingly. If something just doesn't look like the kind of movie I think I'd enjoy, I won't watch it, regardless of whether or not it's deemed I "should" just because it's considered a classic. Granted, there are some some classic movies I truly do want to see -- The African Queen, Lawrence of Arabia, Rio Bravo, Patton, just to name a few -- but simply haven't gotten to them yet, still.

It goes without saying, there are just sooooo many films out there that at some point you kind of have to just say, "I'll watch what I feel like watching" in order to cut so much out that you could never possibly get around to.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 6:21 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

Careful now, PhiladelphiaSon! "Simply the greatest performance by an actor on film. It's not even debatable" is pretty debatable!

I mean it's not even debatable for me. For me, it IS the greatest performance by an actor on film. Just as Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER is the greatest performance by an actress on film. Not debatable. It just is.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 7:55 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

TO JENKWOMBAT- I Agree with you and it is also not weird if you did see the films of a certain series or director and didn't care for it as well. It would be an OPINION just a OPINION..

 
 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 1:32 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Ah, gotcha Philadephia! Funny you should mention THE MIRACLE WORKER because when I was running that scene from IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE through my head (the one I mentioned above, with Jimmy Stewart going off the rails), the other scene that came to mind which matched it in its dramatic and emotional intensity was the Bancroft/ Patty Duke "eat your food" sequence. Sheer brilliance in every way.

 
 Posted:   May 20, 2013 - 2:34 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

THE AFRICAN QUEEN is no classic in my ledger

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 8:51 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)

Wassamatter, Bruce-O, knot enuff buxom broads fer ya?!!! razz

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 9:03 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Classics I haven't seen:

"Birth of A Nation"
"The 10 Commandments" (the silent version)
"The Wild Bunch" (have it on Blu ray...and one day...)



Some thoughts:

"The African Queen" is a brilliant, tour-de-force for Bogart, Hepburn and director John Huston. An amazing voyage!

To the person who listed a long string of classic films, many of them with classic film scores, I can only say that your disregard for seeing those films rather puts you in an awkward position. Anyone who knows of the opinions you posted herein will likely consider you a film illiterate. Whether they interest you or not, you won't find much respect for your opinions about film music when you haven't seen many key films with classic scores.

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 10:17 AM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)

Given your Southern pedigree, SOGS, we'd be
particularly interested in your reactions to this - not least the incredibly tricky tight rope
juxtaposing its abhorrent racial politics

roll eyes roll eyes

with Mr. Griffith's pioneering technique (along with "Intolerance") of film vocabulary
that's pretty much the general cinematic Rosetta Stone as anything.



Kinda (now that we ruminate and reflect on't) like the inescapable polarization that
always accompanies - and forever besmirches -



Mind you, there's no definitive denying the flick makes for fascinating
viewing - tho the Cringe Factor is equally formidable (and almost makes
GWTW seem like "Roots"!) frown

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 10:32 AM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

I have both "Birth of a Nation" and "Intolerance" on DVD and will likely one day watch each.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 11:27 AM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Wassamatter, Bruce-O, knot enuff buxom broads fer ya?!!! razz

well , that too!

 
 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 2:45 PM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)


To the person who listed a long string of classic films, many of them with classic film scores, I can only say that your disregard for seeing those films rather puts you in an awkward position. Anyone who knows of the opinions you posted herein will likely consider you a film illiterate. Whether they interest you or not, you won't find much respect for your opinions about film music when you haven't seen many key films with classic scores.


My own thoughts as well Ron. To casually dismiss the films of John Ford, Michael Powell, Billy Wilder and others universally accepted as amongst the greatest directors, isn't clever. Opinions are all very well - but they have to be informed opinions.

 
 Posted:   May 21, 2013 - 4:15 PM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I mean it's not even debatable for me. For me, it IS the greatest performance by an actor on film. Just as Anne Bancroft in THE MIRACLE WORKER is the greatest performance by an actress on film. Not debatable. It just is.

You just might have something there Phil, old boy. I mean, to make a meal out of folding a napkin requires acting, n'est-ce-pas?

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 7:20 AM   
 By:   Thomas   (Member)

Looking through some of the answers on this thread, I’m surprised at the number of ‘classics’ I have seen compared to some on here. I’ve seen much fewer ‘new’ films in recent years though.

However, from the top of my head –

I haven’t seen a single Woody Allen film, I’ve only seen the first Star Wars film (which was enough!), haven’t seen any Star Trek films and the only Tarantino I’ve seen is Reservoir Dogs. I have never seen Citizen Kane either.

On a positive note, I have seen every Chaplin film (to my knowledge), seen most 'biblical epics', I’ve seen Birth Of A Nation and pretty much every classic western I can think of.

This list was useful…

http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/tim-dirks-top-100.php

 
 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 11:59 AM   
 By:   Doug Raynes   (Member)



This list was useful…

http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/tim-dirks-top-100.php



There are too many films on that list which I don't agree with being included.

The AFI list is far more sensible. http://www.afi.com/100years/movies.aspx

Have I seen them all? Yes. smile

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 12:14 PM   
 By:   kingtolkien   (Member)

Should I be happy that I have seen almost every film listed above?
Or should I be sad that it means that I am getting old?

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 12:28 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

Looking through some of the answers on this thread, I’m surprised at the number of ‘classics’ I have seen compared to some on here. I’ve seen much fewer ‘new’ films in recent years though.

On a positive note, I have seen every Chaplin film (to my knowledge), seen most 'biblical epics',

http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/tim-dirks-top-100.php


Yeah, the bible flics have never really intrsted me

never saw THE ROBE
!!!!!!

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Ron Pulliam   (Member)

Looking through some of the answers on this thread, I’m surprised at the number of ‘classics’ I have seen compared to some on here. I’ve seen much fewer ‘new’ films in recent years though.

On a positive note, I have seen every Chaplin film (to my knowledge), seen most 'biblical epics',

http://movies.amctv.com/movie-guide/tim-dirks-top-100.php


Yeah, the bible flics have never really intrsted me

never saw THE ROBE
!!!!!!


Are you bragging about it?

 
 Posted:   May 22, 2013 - 12:55 PM   
 By:   Mr. Marshall   (Member)

not at all!
just suprised
!!!!!!!!

 
 
 Posted:   May 23, 2013 - 4:02 PM   
 By:   neotrinity   (Member)



[ “Find out the movies a man saw between ten and fifteen -
which ones he liked, disliked - and you would have a pretty
good idea of what sort of mind and temperament he has.” ]




Konsidering some - most, all? - of the komments
assembled herein, wethinks The Vidalian has a
perennial point, oui? wink

 
 
 Posted:   May 24, 2013 - 6:05 AM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

As I've never been able to "get into" Westerns (I wish I could), there are several Western "classics" I haven't seen. Too many to name, I'm sorry to say...

 
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