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 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 12:29 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

It would be HUGELY refreshing if someone here admitted they hadn't seen STAR WARS (1977) and they were telling the truth.

Well, that ain't me, that's for sure....

But I once met a guy who hadn't seen it. He seemed like a nice guy. I asked him why he hadn't. Was it deliberate, or had he just not gotten 'round to it? He said he was deeply religious and that he would be put off by the fictional religion ("The Force"), and that it went against his beliefs, etc. Fair enough. I guess it really wasn't any of my business; I just asked him out of curiosity because I'd seen it so many times myself by then...

Anyway, similarly, I guess another reason I've avoided seeing "Titanic" all these years is the subject matter seems off-putting and depressing to me; watching 1500 people die just doesn't seem fun. In fact, it sounds downright unpleasant.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 12:31 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

THE SEVENTH SEAL
i think it might be too late
it's been parodied for decades!brm



It's funny you mentioned that one. I just popped it in a couple of weeks ago after not seeing it for ages. (The Missus would NEVER sit through stuff like that with me, so I'm stuck doing it on my lonesome.)

The entire thing is a frame-by-frame work of art. I sit for an hour-and-a-half completely transfixed. Every time.

Seen just about everything else listed here. The days will come that I can gorge on the box-worth-or-so of the still-unsealed Criterions I have sitting downstairs. smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 12:49 PM   
 By:   Clark Wayne   (Member)

I've never seen;

Fatal Attraction
Platoon
Under Fire
Citizen Kane
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus
2001
Heaven's Gate
The Dollar Trilogy
The Colour Purple
In The Realm of the Senses
A Clockwork Orange

but then I haven't watched 'Sex Lives of the Potato Men' either!

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I've never seen;

Fatal Attraction
Platoon
Under Fire
Citizen Kane
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
Amadeus
2001
Heaven's Gate
The Dollar Trilogy
The Colour Purple
In The Realm of the Senses
A Clockwork Orange

but then I haven't watched 'Sex Lives of the Potato Men' either!


Many people feel "Heaven's Gate" isn't nearly as bad as its reputation would indicate. I actually sat through it a few years ago, and I seem to recall thinking I'd definitely seen films that were much, much worse. If you ever get around to watching it, let us know what you think...


Added: I think Criterion recently released this film on DVD and Blu-Ray. That would probably be the version to watch (other than in a theater, that is).

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Timmer   (Member)

I've seen the majority of films mentioned here but here's a few I haven't seen, and I mention these because they are films I would like to see sooner or later.

GONE WITH THE WIND
SUNSET BOULEVARD
RAN
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
LA DOLCE VITA

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 2:19 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Y'no who we'd MOST wanna hear from?

Given his own storied history training, being educated and influenced by many of
Hollywood's most honored artists - aside from being an ace cinematographer
during his own admirable career - would Sir M(anderley) have anything
at all to add that's been seriously subtracted from his own cinematic exposure
lo these many mo'om pitcher (unBonded) Eons wink?

 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 8:13 PM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

It would be HUGELY refreshing if someone here admitted they hadn't seen STAR WARS (1977) and they were telling the truth.

I, for one, would certainly love to have not seen it.

 
 
 Posted:   May 18, 2013 - 8:20 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Well, since it came up, we gotta admit we waited an entire 4 MONTHS after it opened before we begrudgingly saw SW ... and still was incredibly underwhelmed (then no less than now) at it.

But then, we ain't losin' any sleep over not having any hankerin' Ever to catch "Avatar", either.

They (may "Shoot Horses, Don't They?") but this doesn't make us a candidate for being burned at the stake, does it? eek

eek Gee, PJ, wot's Wrong wid us?????!!!! eek

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 12:44 AM   
 By:   Tall Guy   (Member)

Well, since it came up, we gotta admit we waited an entire 4 MONTHS after it opened before we begrudgingly saw SW ... and still was incredibly underwhelmed (then no less than now) at it.



Didn't see Star Wars until the second one came out, then saw them in a double bill. Mildly enjoyed them, but I don't think I saw the third one at the cinema at all. I only saw the last of the prequels at the cinema, and only then because I was at a loose end in London one evening.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 3:03 AM   
 By:   Grecchus   (Member)

I haven't seen Star Wars VII yet roll eyes

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 5:21 AM   
 By:   PhiladelphiaSon   (Member)

If you haven't seen IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE, you are doing yourself an incredible disservice. Simply the greatest performance by an actor on film. It's not even debatable. Every other person and thing about it, is pretty perfect, too. I watched the Blu-ray this past Christmas season, and hadn't seen the film in around 20 years. I was awestruck by how perfect a motion picture experience, it is.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 6:15 AM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

On this one we'll forgive yu your Cukor trespasses razz PallyPhil, 'cause we did happen to catch it a few Christmases ago and were pleasantly surprised how effective and moving it is.

As to that, contrary to Mr. Capra's overly-saccharine rep, the flick is QUITE dark and not a condescendingly sentimental 'feel good' insult to the audience's intelligence Or emotions. We admired how melancholy - not to be confused with chic cynicism - its undercurrent of authentic despair was (Mr. Stewart is most exemplary in this gutsy courageous depiction) so when the revelation appears later, it's honestly earned and therefore even more triumphantly transcendent.



It's one of those rare films whose rich rep isn't over-inflated, hasn't been devalued and continues to be (sorry, PJ), Evergreen wink in its joyously HUMAN honoring of what the { Gift of Life and Love } most magnificently means.

smile

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 11:46 AM   
 By:   Graham S. Watt   (Member)

Careful now, PhiladelphiaSon! "Simply the greatest performance by an actor on film. It's not even debatable" is pretty debatable! But I do share your admiration for Jimmy Stewart in this. He's amazing. What I don't share is the almost universal love for IAWL. I've seen it maybe six times, and yes, much of it is extraordinary in its emotional impact, but I always felt that it was a good twenty minutes too long - and all the Clarence whimsy strikes me as being misjudged for some reason. Anyway, that's the way I see it after six viewings. But, so as not to leave it on a downer, there's hardly a more acutely poignant sequence in cinema (debatably) than the beautifully, almost frighteningly well-performed, written and directed sequence when Jimmy Stewart is going off the rails back home and the little girl's playing the piano, and the son asks him for help with something he's doing, and... well, it gets me every time.

Hey, I can chalk another off my list. I've just seen THE SEVENTH SEAL. Brilliant. That's five Ingmar Bergman's I've seen now, and they've all been great. Why are people put off by this stuff? I don't think it's haughty and boring at all, in fact everything I've seen of his has been totally riveting, often highly amusing in places, and fascinating to watch. I don't even have to TRY to like them - they work their magic on their own.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 12:09 PM   
 By:   ToneRow   (Member)

Hey, I can chalk another off my list. I've just seen THE SEVENTH SEAL. Brilliant. That's five Ingmar Bergman's I've seen now, and they've all been great. Why are people put off by this stuff? I don't think it's haughty and boring at all, in fact everything I've seen of his has been totally riveting, often highly amusing in places, and fascinating to watch. I don't even have to TRY to like them - they work their magic on their own.

You tell'em Graham!

I began watching Bergman films in 1989 when I was age 22. I think there is only one or two Bergman films that I haven't seen.

I'm at a loss, too, as to why there's a stigma of some sort regarding classic international cinema from non-English speaking countries.

I.B. is the director who has the most films on my favorites list.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 12:51 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)

Ab-so -freakin'-mundo!

There's nuthin' else like it and we've always thot it's such an easy lazy target to lampoon precisely BECAUSE it's so utterly original.

(Unlike Hollywood's sentimental spell-everything-out-for-you-so-you-leave-'uplifted', Bergman won't spoon-feed and do your work for you, which is Always in All Ways the mark of maturity rather than infantile 'won't you please like me' insulting-in-the-extremis presentations - no matter how technologically dazzling their directors may be).

Far from being the depressing academic intellectual downer it's nit-picking naysayers would advance, like most truly authoritative works of artful Entertainment and entertaining Art, you'll get from it precisely what you bring To it.

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 2:23 PM   
 By:   Jehannum   (Member)

Glad I saw WONDERFUL LIFE as a kid, when I was more receptive to things, so it became an all-time favourite. Classics I've seen only in later life such as ALL ABOUT EVE haven't really affected me the same way.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 3:20 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

I've never seen "Butterfield 8", a film I'm not sure counts as a "classic", but I think Liz Taylor won an Oscar for it or something, so it must have some significance to movie buffs. I've always wanted to see it.

I've also never seen "Cleopatra" (again, with Liz Taylor). I've heard it's supposed to be bad, though; perhaps one of those "so bad, you just have to see it to believe it" films. Is it worth sitting through, in a "Rocky Horror Picture Show" or "Plan 9 From Outer Space" kind of way?

 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 3:38 PM   
 By:   SBD   (Member)

It would be HUGELY refreshing if someone here admitted they hadn't seen STAR WARS (1977) and they were telling the truth.

While I'm certainly aware of the films and the characters and basic storyline, I have honestly never seen a single STAR WARS movie in its entirety. It's weird, I know.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 3:45 PM   
 By:   Gordon Reeves   (Member)



Y'no, Jenk, considerin' the fact its CATERING tally alone for probably a single day was more than both those films' budgets you mentioned Combined ... we leave that conclusion to yu!!! eek

For us, there's only two reasons to even contemplate (tho not actually intending to do so) such an asp-fatiguing ordeal: - Alex North generally and Rex Harrison, specifically.

 
 
 Posted:   May 19, 2013 - 3:52 PM   
 By:   jenkwombat   (Member)

It would be HUGELY refreshing if someone here admitted they hadn't seen STAR WARS (1977) and they were telling the truth.

While I'm certainly aware of the films and the characters and basic storyline, I have honestly never seen a single STAR WARS movie in its entirety. It's weird, I know.


It's not weird. If it doesn't interest you, there's nothing wrong with that. If you've gone this far in life without seeing one, I'm sure you'll survive the rest of your life without "Star Wars"...

 
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