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The Recommend Me Something, or If You Liked This, Try These, thread
Topic by: underdog
Posted: June 27, 2008 - 12:50 PM PDT
Last Reply: July 2, 2008 - 3:33 PM PDT

author topic: The Recommend Me Something, or If You Liked This, Try These, thread
underdog
post #1  on June 27, 2008 - 12:50 PM PDT  
Give us a few films you've liked and are looking for new recommendations. No robots involved. Human-powered recommendations!

For example, "I really liked this Italian film _________ and here are a few other films I dig, what else should I rent?"

Staffers and members alike can chime in here!
Nenufar
post #2  on June 27, 2008 - 1:24 PM PDT  
How about these...

I saw and enjoyed some Westerns lately, of all stripes: 3:10 to Yuma remake, Bite the Bullet, Cat Ballou, and (well this one was pretty dated) Duel in the Sun. I guess those are all very different but they're eclectic Westerns. What else ya got?
doozer
post #3  on June 27, 2008 - 2:45 PM PDT  
> On June 27, 2008 - 1:24 PM PDT Nenufar wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How about these...
>
> I saw and enjoyed some Westerns lately, of all stripes: 3:10 to Yuma remake, Bite the Bullet, Cat Ballou, and (well this one was pretty dated) Duel in the Sun. I guess those are all very different but they're eclectic Westerns. What else ya got?
> ---------------------------------



OOOH Gregory Peck!

If you don't mind the age, The Searchers is considered one of the best westerns ever.
underdog
post #4  on June 27, 2008 - 2:51 PM PDT  
> On June 27, 2008 - 1:24 PM PDT Nenufar wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How about these...
>
> I saw and enjoyed some Westerns lately, of all stripes: 3:10 to Yuma remake, Bite the Bullet, Cat Ballou, and (well this one was pretty dated) Duel in the Sun. I guess those are all very different but they're eclectic Westerns. What else ya got?
> ---------------------------------

Well, I think I have a few ideas for you. Since you like eclectic Westerns...

The Furies just came out from Criterion - it's not totally a Western, though set in that sort of world/time, but it fits pretty well. ALSO, I would recommend any of Anthony Mann's other Westerns (click on the director's link). Bend of the River, Man from Laramie, The Naked Spur... try those.

Also, for a more comic Western, I love Support Your Local Sheriff, with James Garner. Spoofs a lot of Western conventions, often hilariously, but lovingly.
MHeise
post #5  on June 27, 2008 - 3:11 PM PDT  
How can you mention westerns and not mention "Shane"
This one set the level at which westerns should be made.

Anything Italian and western is also highly recommended.
One spaghetti western that does not have Clint in it thats really cool is Django. Theres also Sam Peckinpah's Wild Bunch which is bloody wicked!




underdog
post #6  on June 27, 2008 - 3:46 PM PDT  
I wonder if I should add a rule here, that if you respond to help someone else you also get to ask for a few suggestions yourself? Well, no, because it's open to anyone doing that anyway.

Keep 'em coming people, ask away. The all knowing, all seeing GreenCine wizard knows all. Or some stuff, anyway.
Vanamonde
post #7  on June 28, 2008 - 7:00 AM PDT  
> On June 27, 2008 - 1:24 PM PDT Nenufar wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> How about these...
>
> I saw and enjoyed some Westerns lately, of all stripes: 3:10 to Yuma remake, Bite the Bullet, Cat Ballou, and (well this one was pretty dated) Duel in the Sun. I guess those are all very different but they're eclectic Westerns. What else ya got?
> ---------------------------------

Maybe because it was the first Western that that had been made in modern times (1985) or maybe it was because it was the first film I ever saw in Surround Sound (gawd, I love Surround Sound), but probably it was the great, great cast (John Cleese, Kevin Costner, Brian Dennehy, Scott Glenn, Danny Glover, and Jeff Goldblum among others), but "Silverado" will always be a very special movie for me.

I would also add, "Tombstone" because I will not just stand here and bleed to death, "I am your Huckleberry". Besides these great lines, it is the best retelling of that great Western myth, the gunfight at the O.K. Corral.
Cinenaut
post #8  on June 28, 2008 - 11:59 AM PDT  
There's always The Proposition, if you want to see an ultra-violent Australian western with a script written by Nick Cave.
kaream
post #9  on June 30, 2008 - 12:34 AM PDT  
Some of these are different from 'classic' Westerns, but all are worth checking out:

High Noon
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
True Grit ("Fill your hands, you son of a bitch.")
The Ox-Bow Incident
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Bad Day at Black Rock
Little Big Man
Unforgiven
Dead Man
McCabe & Mrs Miller

Make sure you pick up the already-suggested Shane, The Wild Bunch, and Gunfight at the OK Corral, too.
kaream
post #10  on June 30, 2008 - 1:11 AM PDT  
Lonesome Dove gets very good reviews, but I was thoroughly spoiled by knowing it from the audiobook version read by Lee Horsley. Horsley brings every individual character to life so vividly that for me the movie just fell flat. The tape version appears to be out of print now, but it's very much worthwhile scrounging around for at tape rental shops.

Or it's still available as a download:

Lonesome Dove from audible.com -- over 36 hours long, and you want it to never end.
Nenufar
post #11  on June 30, 2008 - 8:43 AM PDT  
Thanks everyone! These are great suggestions. :-) I'll mosey on over to my queue.

Someone else should go ask now!
kaream
post #12  on June 30, 2008 - 12:25 PM PDT  
> On June 27, 2008 - 3:11 PM PDT MHeise wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Anything Italian and western is also highly recommended.
> One spaghetti western that does not have Clint in it ...
> ---------------------------------

The titles in this Leone/Eastwood/'Dollars' trilogy are
--A Fistful of Dollars (a remake of Kurosawa's Yojimbo)
--For A Few Dollars More, and
--The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
FGaipa
post #13  on June 30, 2008 - 9:16 PM PDT  
Raoul Ruiz's Comedy of Innocence startled and pleased me, all the more so because I'd missed hearing about it but had seen the rather lame Joshua. So has the documentary-like, politically savvy anime Flag pleased me, so far, though episode 4 is proving near impossible to come by. Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective, though imperfect, alerted me to his previous Haze I've yet to track down. Another imperfection, Kurosawa's Retribution drove me to post an IMDB plaint that netted a pointer to a Japanese audio English subtitled Malay edition of the unavailable Loft. But Lionsgate may be the one holding up our own Loft, so I may simply wait.

I watched 602 last year. Might be rough getting from the above to recommends I haven't seen, especially on disc.

fg
kaream
post #14  on June 30, 2008 - 9:48 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2008 - 9:16 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I watched 602 last year.
> ---------------------------------

Frank, did you really watch 602 movies all the way through the end credits, without skipping or fastforwarding just a little bit? I thought I was doing well with about 450, but I definitely cheated with several that weren't worth the time spent.
weezy
post #15  on July 1, 2008 - 1:05 PM PDT  
My friends just went to a concert in the desert and borrowed El Topo.
underdog
post #16  on July 1, 2008 - 2:06 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2008 - 9:16 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Raoul Ruiz's Comedy of Innocence startled and pleased me, all the more so because I'd missed hearing about it but had seen the rather lame Joshua. So has the documentary-like, politically savvy anime Flag pleased me, so far, though episode 4 is proving near impossible to come by. Tsukamoto's Nightmare Detective, though imperfect, alerted me to his previous Haze I've yet to track down. Another imperfection, Kurosawa's Retribution drove me to post an IMDB plaint that netted a pointer to a Japanese audio English subtitled Malay edition of the unavailable Loft. But Lionsgate may be the one holding up our own Loft, so I may simply wait.
>
> I watched 602 last year. Might be rough getting from the above to recommends I haven't seen, especially on disc.
>
> fg
> ---------------------------------

Hmm, I'm assuming you've then seen Raoul Ruiz's other available works? I was going to suggest That Day or Time Regained but you've probably seen them.

Along the thematic lines, there's always Birth, which some people hate but it's interesting... and I was reminded of it from thinking of the other films you mentioned.

What about Leolo?
underdog
post #17  on July 1, 2008 - 2:13 PM PDT  
FG, more recommendations:

Argento's Tenebre

The Most Terrible Time in My Life and Stairway to the Distant Past

Marebito

Toward the Terra (anime)
weezy
post #18  on July 1, 2008 - 3:30 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2008 - 9:16 PM PDT FGaipa wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Raoul Ruiz's Comedy of Innocence startled and pleased me, all the more so because I'd missed hearing about it but had seen the rather lame Joshua. So has the documentary-like, politically savvy anime Flag pleased me, so far, though episode 4 is proving near impossible to come by.
> ---------------------------------

Flag Vol. 4 was recalled by Bandai for playback issues and is currently backordered, sorry about the wait!
troublemaker
post #19  on July 2, 2008 - 3:33 PM PDT  
If I like Paranoia Agent, I would like ________________.

I finally got around to seeing the first season ('lil Slugger) and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The way the storytelling unfolds somewhat reminds me of the way Lost handles its characters, their backstories, and larger story arcs.

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