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Recommendation thread
Topic by: StealthJay
Posted: July 23, 2013 - 9:42 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 12, 2013 - 8:57 PM PDT

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author topic: Recommendation thread
StealthJay
post #1  on July 23, 2013 - 9:42 AM PDT  
To avoid another Greencine problems thread, thought it would be fun to have a recommendation thread.

Don't really know if this would be better off as a recommend what you watch or request recommendation thread.Just something to get a positive discussion going on here.
kaream
post #2  on July 24, 2013 - 2:02 PM PDT  
Judging from similar recommendations threads posted here in the past, it seems that you're unlikely to get much of a response.

A good place to start might be thinking about what you like - for instance if you click on my name it takes you to my GC profile, where I've listed a few of my favorite movies and favorite movie talents.

One question you need to ask yourself is how important plot is to you. I read lots of reviews, but the problem with reviews is plot spoilers that you may not want to see before watching a movie.

There's any number of lists online of "best" movies. Check out American Film Institute's lists at AFI.com; or try RogerEbert.com's "Great Movies". CafeDVD.com has a list called "1001 movies you must see before you die".

After I've watched a particularly interesting movie I frequently go back to IMDb to look through reviews posted there; and also the message boards at the bottom of the page may have a few interesting threads. Our friend FGaipa posts very perceptive reviews at http://imdb.com/user/ur1776912/comments. SensesOfCinema.com has a lot of interesting discussion, including essays on "Great Directors". Personally, I tend to find RottenTomatoes relatively useless, but sometimes worth looking at.

To get a discussion going here, you may want to start off by talking about your own likes and dislikes, and maybe list some of each.
StealthJay
post #3  on July 24, 2013 - 5:46 PM PDT  
Wasn't talking specific to my own tastes.Was just looking to get a discussion going about movies in general.
kaream
post #4  on July 24, 2013 - 6:43 PM PDT  
Okay, who here has seen Frownland? It won the 2007 Gotham "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" award, and a Special Jury Award at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival; also nominated for the "Someone to Watch" award in the 2008 Independent Spirit awards.

Some people loved it, although most of the audience had long since got up and walked out. A lot of "worst movie I've ever tried to sit through" comments at various websites. FWIW I posted my own response at IMDb, at the "loved the movie" thread down in the message boards. But be sure to first read GC's very useful description here.


StealthJay
post #5  on July 24, 2013 - 7:03 PM PDT  
> On July 24, 2013 - 6:43 PM PDT kaream wrote:
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> Okay, who here has seen Frownland? It won the 2007 Gotham "Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You" award, and a Special Jury Award at the 2007 SXSW Film Festival; also nominated for the "Someone to Watch" award in the 2008 Independent Spirit awards.
>
> Some people loved it, although most of the audience had long since got up and walked out. A lot of "worst movie I've ever tried to sit through" comments at various websites. FWIW I posted my own response at IMDb, at the "loved the movie" thread down in the message boards. But be sure to first read GC's very useful description here.
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Heard about it (as i am into Mumblecore type movies like The Pleasure of Being Robbed,Medicine for Melancholy,The Puffy Chair,LOL).Haven't gotten around to seeing it though.

Watched/Watching this week -

Edmond(don't let the cast or trailer fool you into thinking this is a passable thriller version of After Hours.Awful).

Charlie Chaplin's The Kid (First Chaplin movie for me, didn't hate it and can appreciate people who like it.The dream sequence, the predictability, and the dragging in some parts lowered the likability for me.Also, I'm not the biggest slapstick/physical humor guy).

Nanook of the North (Like Charlie Chaplin was more of a historical significance than personal taste watch.Though I do dig on social and cultural documentaries.Found it enjoyable, and interesting.However, like Chaplin it is a bit dated.Not to mention an 80+ minute silent documentary about Eskimo life can drag.Again,like Chaplin not bad.However, not one i would necessarily recommend to just anyone.Or would i watch it again soon)

The 4th movie (not done with Nanook as of this) is a rewatch of A Nightmare on Elm original.More of a rewatch before i eventually dive into sequels.Remember liking Poltergeist and Halloween more than Friday 13th and A Nightmare on Elm at 1st watch.Though been a while since I've seen any.
Cinenaut
post #6  on July 25, 2013 - 9:03 AM PDT  
I'm queuing up Frownland!

I just returned The Son, which I enjoyed, but which gets a lot of the same kind of grumpy comments from reviewers. The Dardenne brothers are not everyone's cup of tea.

I'm a big fan of Mike Leigh movies.

Have you guys seen Dogtooth?

StealthJay, have you watched any Buster Keaton movies? Like The General? Good stuff.
Cinenaut
post #7  on July 25, 2013 - 9:16 AM PDT  
Oh, geez. I should know to preview my posts by now. Here are some fixed links.

I'm queuing up Frownland!

I just returned The Son, which I enjoyed, but which gets a lot of the same kind of grumpy comments from online reviewers. The Dardenne brothers are not everyone's cup of tea.

I'm a big fan of Mike Leigh movies.

Have you guys seen Dogtooth?

StealthJay, have you watched any Buster Keaton movies? Like The General? Good stuff.
StealthJay
post #8  on July 25, 2013 - 11:15 AM PDT  
Dogtooth - Good Stuff, only disagree with the ending because i don't think any of the kids would have been developed enough to understand the concept of leaving home.

Haven't really seen any Keaton either.Though the main reason I watched Nanook and the Chaplin movie were more to be able to say I've seen them.As opposed to them being my type of movie.Though I'm more of a social and cultural documentary guy than a slapstick/physical comedy guy.
kaream
post #9  on July 25, 2013 - 1:00 PM PDT  
> On July 25, 2013 - 9:03 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm queuing up Frownland!
>
> I just returned The Son, which I enjoyed, but which gets a lot of the same kind of grumpy comments from reviewers. The Dardenne brothers are not everyone's cup of tea.
>
> I'm a big fan of Mike Leigh movies.
>
> Have you guys seen Dogtooth?
>
> StealthJay, have you watched any Buster Keaton movies? Like The General? Good stuff.
>
> ---------------------------------

"The General" is Keaton's most famous film, but I've enjoyed "Our Hospitality" (1923), "Sherlock Jr" (1924), and "Steamboat Bill Jr" (1928) more. "Seven Chances" (1925) and "College" (1927) didn't do that much for me.

Contrary to StealthJay's reaction, I thought a lot of "Dogtooth" was straining the bounds of credibility throughout, but the ending was both credible and devastating.

I love Mike Leigh and have seen everything I could get hold of - but I sure wish all those damned made-for-TV movies had subtitles. I have a real problem with the accents; and UK films almost always leave viewers on their own. I'm especially annoyed with BFI, because they ought to know better.

Agree about the Dardennes, and again have watched everything I could find. Which reminds me, have you ever tried Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman"?

Oh, and what about Lodge Kerrigan: "Clean, Shaven" (1993); "Claire Dolan" (1998), "Keane" (2004)?

More recently I've been making a project of going through Theo Angelopoulos, including some I had to buy in R2 format. Some of this is difficult stuff.

In general I find it much more useful to try to track directors' work in series and look at it as a whole, rather than taking individual films out of context.
kaream
post #10  on July 25, 2013 - 4:39 PM PDT  
I'm presently very much enjoying Fantomas, a 3-disc set of five 1913 silent films - it's wonderful. (And again, Greencine has given me same-day warehouse turnaround from my quick return of disc 2 earlier today, to shipping out disc 3 this afternoon. Good job, and thanks!)
StealthJay
post #11  on July 25, 2013 - 5:32 PM PDT  
Quick returned myself today nothing been sent out or moved to send out yet.Having a how deep will i have to go on my to watch list to get a decent amount of greens in my queue day.

Find it sad that

Forrest Gump
Late Spring
Dumb and Dumber
Good Will Hunting
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

are all yellow or less available.

As far as what "should" be coming next week the top 4 greens in my queue are

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)
Blood Tea and Red String (2006)
The Bishop's Wife (1947)
Election (1999)
kaream
post #12  on July 27, 2013 - 1:25 AM PDT  
For those of you who would enjoy a kick-ass thriller, very tense, with explosions and uncountable bullets fired, not to mention the requisite sadistic violence, and fully naked women having sex with our hero, I'm just now coming down from watching Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct and Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1. You definitely need both parts, and you need to watch them in order.

You'll probably be surprised, because each of the two parts starts with a major spoiler, showing you how it ends. But it works - beautifully. Everything about this movie is well thought out, and executed. The reason it's done this way is that Jacques Mesrine was a real person, and the movie's intended audience, in France, will already be familiar with his story. But the way it's done loses none of its tension and suspense, even for viewers who have never heard of him.

This is real, and realistic. No hokey balletic kung fu, or tossing swords around, if that's what you're into. And absolutely no Inglourious-Basterds-like rewriting of history, which in my book has got to be one of the most flagrantly stupid movies ever made.

One suggestion: it isn't at all necessary, but if you don't know anything about the final years of Algeria as a French colony (see The Battle of Algiers - itself one of the best and important movies of all time), or much less consequentially, about either the Baader-Meinhof Gang or the murder of Aldo Moro, you might want to look these up before watching the movie so you won't miss the references in the movie.
kaream
post #13  on July 29, 2013 - 6:49 PM PDT  
Is anyone still looking for a copy of either The Ipcress File, or Funeral in Berlin?

IF you have a Region 2 or multi-region player, I just now found The Ipcress File at Amazon.co.uk for $4.94 US, including shipping, and Funeral in Berlin at Amazon.com (but also Region 2) for $6.48, again including shipping. For the latter there's a bunch of 1-star reviews from numbskulls who either couldn't read, or didn't believe, that these Region 2 DVDs wouldn't play in their players. But if you have the equipment or software to handle them, both of these are well worth it.
kaream
post #14  on July 29, 2013 - 9:59 PM PDT  
How come GreenCine doesn't have the new Criterion Safety Last! yet? We need this.

(And preferably more than a single copy, please, so it won't go red immediately before anyone has had a chance at it. It was me who requested Criterion's "The Organizer" last year; it went yellow immediately, and hasn't budged or changed color since then, and I'd still like to see it.)
Cinenaut
post #15  on July 30, 2013 - 10:13 AM PDT  
I have seen Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman." I was waiting for someone to show up late that evening, so it was a perfect way to pass the time.

I haven't seen any Lodge Kerrigan movies; I'll check those out.

> On July 25, 2013 - 1:00 PM PDT kaream wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "The General" is Keaton's most famous film, but I've enjoyed "Our Hospitality" (1923), "Sherlock Jr" (1924), and "Steamboat Bill Jr" (1928) more. "Seven Chances" (1925) and "College" (1927) didn't do that much for me.
>
> Contrary to StealthJay's reaction, I thought a lot of "Dogtooth" was straining the bounds of credibility throughout, but the ending was both credible and devastating.
>
> I love Mike Leigh and have seen everything I could get hold of - but I sure wish all those damned made-for-TV movies had subtitles. I have a real problem with the accents; and UK films almost always leave viewers on their own. I'm especially annoyed with BFI, because they ought to know better.
>
> Agree about the Dardennes, and again have watched everything I could find. Which reminds me, have you ever tried Chantal Akerman's "Jeanne Dielman"?
>
> Oh, and what about Lodge Kerrigan: "Clean, Shaven" (1993); "Claire Dolan" (1998), "Keane" (2004)?
>
> More recently I've been making a project of going through Theo Angelopoulos, including some I had to buy in R2 format. Some of this is difficult stuff.
>
> In general I find it much more useful to try to track directors' work in series and look at it as a whole, rather than taking individual films out of context.
> ---------------------------------
Cinenaut
post #16  on July 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM PDT  
I just add movies that I'm interested in to my queue, looking for green bar ones. I arrange it so that there are a bunch of non-green ones at the top of the queue, then I have green bar movies from around position 90 to 100. That way, I get some non-green ones from time to time, but if not, a green one will ship.

Make sure that you do have green bar movies in the first 100 slots.

> On July 25, 2013 - 5:32 PM PDT StealthJay wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Quick returned myself today nothing been sent out or moved to send out yet.Having a how deep will i have to go on my to watch list to get a decent amount of greens in my queue day.
> ---------------------------------

StealthJay
post #17  on July 30, 2013 - 6:19 PM PDT  
> On July 30, 2013 - 10:30 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I just add movies that I'm interested in to my queue, looking for green bar ones. I arrange it so that there are a bunch of non-green ones at the top of the queue, then I have green bar movies from around position 90 to 100. That way, I get some non-green ones from time to time, but if not, a green one will ship.
>
> Make sure that you do have green bar movies in the first 100 slots.
>
> > On July 25, 2013 - 5:32 PM PDT StealthJay wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > Quick returned myself today nothing been sent out or moved to send out yet.Having a how deep will i have to go on my to watch list to get a decent amount of greens in my queue day.
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I know, was struggling to find even a single green.Still awaiting something to arrive from my QR on the 25th.
Cinenaut
post #18  on July 31, 2013 - 9:13 AM PDT  
I've actually been getting some non-greens shipped lately by swapping out some of the stale blue, yellow, orange and red ones between slots 1 - 90 that have been there for months/years.

Of course, if you can't find any green ones that you want to see, this may not be the service for you. I keep finding new veins of green to explore, like the Zatoichi movies from the 70s and various 30s movies.
StealthJay
post #19  on July 31, 2013 - 9:25 AM PDT  
> On July 31, 2013 - 9:13 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I've actually been getting some non-greens shipped lately by swapping out some of the stale blue, yellow, orange and red ones between slots 1 - 90 that have been there for months/years.
>
> Of course, if you can't find any green ones that you want to see, this may not be the service for you. I keep finding new veins of green to explore, like the Zatoichi movies from the 70s and various 30s movies.
> ---------------------------------

Well, to be fair right now 76% of this bill cycle is the low end of how long I have been without a movie.So the effort on my end to get a decent sized queue built isn't really worth it if I'm not staying long term.
StealthJay
post #20  on July 31, 2013 - 1:26 PM PDT  
I did the math

Month of service = $21.99 which comes out to 0.73 cents a day
At 14 days of service that is $10.22 total spent
Of the 11 days I have had nothing to watch i've spent $8.03
The 3 days I have had something to watch, I spent $2.19
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