1963: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Great
  • Contempt
  • Fellini’s 8 ½
  • The Great Escape
  • The Haunting
  • High And Low
  • **A rich shoe executive is extorted for a massive amount of money in Kurosawa’s effective Chandler based thriller. Toshiro Mifune plays the manliest shoe salesman I’ve seen (kinda like a heel & soul samurai) who is planning a takeover of his company when the inopportune kidnapping of his chauffeurs son puts a crimp in his manly endeavours. Plumbing new depths of his character and unleashing a torrent of manly Mifune utterances. The cops are soon alerted introducing an element of composure to the shoe-based bravado. The film is split into two equal parts; one being a single-set examination of the emotional upheavals brought on by the kidnapping and the other being an excellent cop procedural detailing the ensuing deductive work. Akira has the knack for interesting visuals and here has incredible fun with the Hitchcock-esque angles of the apartment. Pristine static shots of the entire living room (the main place of the action) with its magnificent bay windows from several inter cut angles that pop off the screen with cubist glee. Later dissolving into noirish exteriors, shot in gorgeous black and white, that enhance the oppressive qualities of the subject matter culminating in the bustling climax that’s constantly amazing from a technical standpoint. High And Low could be Kurosawa’s most stunning film, the modern sets inspiring a powerful cinematic vigour not only to the director but an entire crew who seem intent not to waste any second of a rare modern storyline. There are few flaws to be found, the length and tenacious attention to detail do drain some of the tension yet these also tend to be the greatest strengths as well. My feelings are complicated in regards to this film, it’s not one of his best films although surely a strong effort yet I found it completely absorbing and would list it among my favorites. Everything seems strangely askew from Mifune’s wonderfully played gruff executive who adores shoes to the clinical nature of the police whose case is handled in a very modern way for the date of the picture. The ending even defies convention and is surely stands alongside Anthony Perkins closing soliloquy in Psycho as one of the most disconcerting scenes in cinema. The enigmatic masterpiece of a great director’s impressive oeuvre.
  • Jason & The Argonauts
  • **Excellent fluff is a rare treat and Jason is fluffier than almost anything else filling a place somewhere between a Disney film and The Ten Commandments. An all-consuming lust of spectacle is the films grand achievement and makes the entire endeavour very entertaining. The story is the same one you’ll read in any Greek mythology textbook but lightened up for the kids and brightened up for the adults. Gone are the moral intrigues replaced by a strident hero, an evil king and some first rate cheese-ball effects of the stop-motion variety, the end battle sequence being particularly rousing. Jason is escorted from his fallen kingdom to come of age and kick some bad king ass, he returns 20 years on with one sandal and a lust for golden sheep fur. He gets a heck of a crew and a silly paper-mache masthead to boot and goes on his grand journey. Badass king sends his son and there’s many an adventure involving a gigantic iron man, clashing rocks, 1 hottie named Media, Poseidon, A hydra and some skeletons. Plus a gorge of stunning visuals awash with vibrant colors, frames full of men in short skirts, bad sword fights, grimacing stares and silly grins and some pretty descent dialogue considering the subject. There’s even some romantic canoodling involving developed pectorals thrown in for the ladies. I can’t imagine anyone not being entirely transfixed by this film even with some hilariously wooden performances, and they just add more flavour. This is a-grade entertainment whose enveloping good nature makes a refreshing change of pace.
  • Tom Jones
  • Very Good
  • America, America
  • Charade
  • From Russia With Love
  • Hud
  • The Incredible Journey
  • It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
  • Murder At The Gallop
  • The Silence
  • **An odd film with preeminent Bergman glumness. What sets this film apart is the incredible energy of the visuals. Akin to a noir film or a brooding psychological horror the mood is intense. Certainly one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen, the visuals are immaculate in so many ways. Each shot looks drown in black and white silk and the camera moves with incredible assurance. It's magnificent to look at, and envelopes the excellent acting with aplomb. Very good movie...really depressing.
  • Good
  • Billy Liar
  • Lilies Of The Field
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • The Nutty Professor
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • The Day Of The Triffids
  • Irma La Douce
  • X: The Man With The X-Ray Eyes
  • Average
  • Bluebeard
  • The Brain That Wouldn’t Die
  • Flipper
  • How The West Was Won
  • McLintock!
  • The Mouse On The Moon
  • Sinbad The Sailor (Short)
  • The Sword In The Stone
  • Dreck
  • Beach Party
  • Cleopatra
  • Dementia 13
  • The Big Stink
  • Maniac
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen
  • An Actor’s Revenge
  • Bitter Harvest
  • The Fire Within
  • High And Low
  • The L-Shaped Room
  • The Leopard
  • My Name Is Ivan
  • The Servant
  • Shock Corridor
  • This Sporting Life
  • The Trial

You should feel very guilty for liking Day of the Triffids; it's a travesty. The BBC TV mini-series version was very much better, but I'm still waiting for the definitive version.

I've heard this before...I had the chance to watch the mini-series one time and turned down the offer (slap me if you ever meet me in person). But I just enjoy the silly-chiller moments and the lighthouse ending with the attacking killer plants.

I did say I was guilty (much more now).


:%D <---Blushing stook

Thanks for bringing 'The Silence' to my atttention - definitely looks like something I'll have to check out.