1958: Movies Sorted By Tier

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  • Great
  • Auntie Mame
  • Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
  • The Cranes Are Flying
  • **A film with excellent crane and hand-held camerawork that rushes and swoops with arching lines around its characters. Catching obscure angles of the cast's marvelous faces and making visual divinity out of destruction (A door is opened to the viewer revealling an apartment that isn’t there).The visuals had an unnerving effect eshewing away thoughts from an ordinary perspective. I had to adjust to the playfully perverse world both real and incredibly expressionistic at the same time. The director is interlocked with the camera, everything filtered through the stylistic conceit, including emotions, in this startling piece of grand guignol. Scenes rushing and slowing in pace with the camera, skillfully producing the story of a young couple seperated from each other by bad choices (or just dumb choices). It masks the linear storylines inherent inconsistancies under layers of bravura film-making. The statement of the film becomes muddled by a stridently artificial ending. Yet the scene is important to the film. The climax has come and gone leaving an eddy of sharding characters in a sharding film. It must come together in a hopeful anti-climax, and this scene is a fullfillment of the humanist theme. Who knows, maybe it’s not about love and betrayal, war and peace. Maybe it’s about forgiveness and understanding. I just don’t care, it swept me up and enthralled, without any dramatically tepid regurgitations latent in such genres. It’s enough to make me love a film.
  • Gigi
  • Horror Of Dracula
  • The Horse’s Mouth
  • Mon Oncle/ My Uncle
  • **The kind of film that refreshes the viewer on every level. Gently comedic in a strangely elegant way My Uncle retains as much entertainment value as the day it was made. Jacques Tati encases his character Mr. Hulot amongst a large group of people and carefully drifts away to tell side-stories and comedic happenings that have nothing to do with the Hulot himself. Rambling with story-line in a way I'd always hoped a film (or films) had. An endlessly enjoyable and fascinating little bon mot from the (apparent) master of frech slapstick.
  • A Night To Remember
  • Separate Tables
  • Touch Of Evil
  • Vertigo
  • Witness For The Prosecution
  • Very Good
  • The 7th Voyage Of Sinbad
  • The Chaplin Revue
  • The Defiant Ones
  • House On Haunted Hill
  • The Inn of Sixth Happiness
  • Man Of The West
  • The World Of Apu
  • **The third and final film of the Apu Trilogy is obsessively dramatic and at times quite silly, a disappointment after the first two installments. Yet the first hour is a feast of dramatics and brilliant cinematography, so full of life and vibrancy. Apu has become a young man and finds it impossible to finish his studies with an income. He searches half-heartedly for a job eventually loafing about in ecstacy, rejoicing his freedom until he’s eventually invited to a wedding where things become quite unexpected. It’s brilliant use of purely dramatic film-making (the opposite of the other films) is refreshing as is the happy tone of these scenes. Gone is the psuedo documentary replaced by a lyrical style that suits the material, although why Ray has chosen to change the basic style of his trilogy is beyond me. Then as if the director had hit a storytelling brick wall everything turns silly and depressing and the second half becomes a complete letdown. Everything seems forced and drags on for interminable lengths detailing a quite stupefying reaction from the character we’ve known since childhood. These scenes are bad, they are unwelcome shifts in tone that don't ruin the movie itself, but seem inadequate in conjunction with the other two films. It was too much of a mistep for me to encourage anyone to run out and rent it even though it's of high quality, and at no point should World Of Apu be seen in conjunction with the other two.
  • Good
  • The Fly
  • I Want To Live!
  • Indiscreet
  • No Time For Sergeants
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • Houseboat
  • It! The Terror From Beyond Space
  • Average
  • The Barbarian And The Geisha
  • The Long, Hot Summer
  • The Vikings
  • The Young Lions
  • Dreck
  • The Blob
  • Corridors Of Blood
  • King Creole
  • The Tarnished Angels
  • The Big Stink
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen
  • The Ballad Of Narayama
  • Big Deal On Madonna Street
  • Damn Yankees
  • The Golden Age Of Comedy
  • I Was Monty’s Double
  • The Last Hurrah
  • Look Back In Anger
  • The Lovers
  • The Naked And The Dead
  • Party Girl
  • Thunder Road

Mon Oncle is a must see, as are most of Jacques Tati's films. My faves are M.Hulot's Holiday and Playtime.

Sadly I have never seen a Tati film, I've only been privy to a few 5 minute splices in comedy anthologies. I hope to rectify this problem as VHQ has finally got in Playtime.

Thanks for the reccomendations, I have duly noted them.

Tallyho

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Aw c'mon! A movie makes your "great" tier and you only give me six words, two of them hyphenated? Far, far too stingy!

I'm suffering under an attack of serious Bronchitis (I think that's how ya spell it), I'm heaving up phlegm the size of boulders. Excuse the grossness. I'm getting around to it...promise.

T'ho

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Man, good luck with the boulders. May all your Kleenex be extra-extra-large. Feel better soon!

Ahh, there we go... Thanks! Great review. Are you feeling better?

I am thankyou, ready to...sit down and watch a bunch of movies while eating Miss Vickie's potatoe chips and slurpin' on a Diet Coke.

It's a hard life.

T'ho

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That's why I endorsed you, Stooky. You appreciate movies like Separate Tables and Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

Thanks for the compliment Rosie, I just calls em as I sees em. :?)

T'ho

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