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difficulty == no Spartacus

a.b. (alanbanana), Thursday, 15 June 2006 02:31 (sixteen years ago) link

The Sword of Doom
Fishing With John -- he can't direct but this is so so funny. commentary track is a must
Terminal Station
General Idi Amin Dada
Day of Wrath
The River

À Nous la Liberté -- rhyming singsong in French -> tortured English subtitles
Eyes Without a Face -- total b-movie, director is a poseur in the featurette
The Killers 1946 -- ROSEBUD
The Ruling Class -- peter o'toole on speed, surrounded by bad tv actors, with a DO YOU SEE script
Bed and Board -- where the doinel series runs out of steam

a.b. (alanbanana), Thursday, 15 June 2006 02:56 (sixteen years ago) link

The Killers 1946
You crazy.

Sons Of The Redd Desert (Ken L), Thursday, 15 June 2006 02:58 (sixteen years ago) link

The River
I've been thinking of getting this. Any nice extras?

Sons Of The Redd Desert (Ken L), Thursday, 15 June 2006 03:34 (sixteen years ago) link

The Samurai trilogy
all Cocteau
High and Low
The Long Good Friday
all Clouzot
Branded to Kill
Fishing with John
Autumn Sonata
Le Million
The Bank Dick
The Element of Crime
Good Morning
Beastie Boys Video Anthology
Coup de torchon
The Scarlet Empress
How to Get Ahead in Advertising
The Ruling Class
Children of Paradise
Ballad of a Soldier
The Importance of Being Earnest
Man Bites Dog
Pepe le Moko
I Am Curious Blue
Straw Dogs
By Brakhage
all Olmi
Ali: Fear Eats the Soul
Ingmar Bergman Makes a Movie
Richard III
Naked Lunch
General Idi Amin Dada
3 Women
The Golden Coach
French Cancan
Fat Girl
F for Fake
An Angel at My Table
Kind Hearts and Coronets

Toyko Drifter
Taste of Cherry
The Night Porter
Carnival of Souls
Fiend Without a Face
Diary of a Chambermaid
Hearts and Minds
The Firemen's Ball
Band of Outsiders
I Am Curious Yellow
Les Dames de Bois du Bologne
Mamma Roma
Elena and Her Men
Boudu Saved from Drowning

Mongol Bally, Thursday, 15 June 2006 10:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Boudu Saved From Drowning"


Richard Baez (Johnny Logic), Thursday, 15 June 2006 17:19 (sixteen years ago) link


Taste of Cherry
Diary of a Chambermaid


Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Friday, 16 June 2006 12:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Contempt is the best Godard, without a doubt. Unfortunately it's still Godard.

Boudu is alright...but having seen it alongside many other Renoir films, it just seems crap. Sorry.

Taste of Cherry is complete bollocks, and I don't care what you say. Far from the best Kiarostami.

Diary of a Chambermaid - substitute Renoir for Bunuel

Mongol Bally, Friday, 16 June 2006 13:34 (sixteen years ago) link


Jimmy Mod: NOIZE BOARD GRIL COMPARISON ANALYST (The Famous Jimmy Mod), Friday, 16 June 2006 15:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Billy Liar
Cleo 5-7
Secret Honor
The Phantom of Liberty (sadly overshadowed by the Bunuel titles that came before and after)

Chairman Doinel (Charles McCain), Friday, 16 June 2006 15:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Search: For All Mankind

LOL Thomas (Chris Barrus), Friday, 16 June 2006 19:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Honeymoon Killers
Il Posto
Late Spring
Thieves' Highway

The Adventures of Antoine Doniel - Sorry, this series just bores me. Also, I can't stand Jean-Pierre Leaud in the lead role. He manages to come across as both solipsistic and overly sensitive. Ugh.

cosmo vitelli (cosmo vitelli), Thursday, 22 June 2006 17:05 (sixteen years ago) link

er - "Doinel"

cosmo vitelli (cosmo vitelli), Thursday, 22 June 2006 17:25 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...

j fail (cenotaph), Tuesday, 25 July 2006 09:17 (fifteen years ago) link

destroy again: Diary of a Chambermaid

a.b. (alanbanana), Tuesday, 25 July 2006 22:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Destroy Les Dames de Bois du Bologne???

timmy tannin (pompous), Thursday, 27 July 2006 03:26 (fifteen years ago) link

S: A Story of Floating Weeds
D: Floating Weeds

(OK, "D" is much too strong there.)

Casuistry (Chris P), Thursday, 27 July 2006 13:26 (fifteen years ago) link

DESTROY: anyone who destroys Carnival of Souls

Fetchboy (Felcher), Friday, 28 July 2006 20:43 (fifteen years ago) link

carnival of souls is cool, but it's the kind of movie in which the criterion treatment seems totally unnecessary. do we really need a director's cut of this thing? an illustrated history of the saltair resort? a featurette on the 1989 cast reunion? it's close to parody.

i'm having trouble deciding what's "obscurish", but...

closely watched trains
il posto
the cranes are flying
eyes without a face
the vanishing

idi amin
tanner '88

a spectator bird (a spectator bird), Friday, 28 July 2006 20:57 (fifteen years ago) link

Battle For Algiers (still relevant)
Anything Kurosawa (Ran and Ikiru are tops)

The Ruling Class (despite O'Toole's WAY over the top performance)
Armageddon (Michael Bay's style makes me dizzy)

Sean Robison (yaratnam), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 05:22 (fifteen years ago) link

D'oh - guess Armageddon isn't really obscure, is it? Should be...

Sean Robison (yaratnam), Wednesday, 9 August 2006 05:23 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
I like the Ruling Class...sure it's over-the-top, but its best moments (among them, the Peter O'Toole versus Nigel Green scene) are priceless. Also, three of the actors would show up in Theatre of Blood with Vincent Price (Harry Andrews, Coral Brown, and Arthur Lowe).

Joe (Joe), Saturday, 13 January 2007 04:46 (fifteen years ago) link

it's been a long time -- there's an audio clip of it in Venus!

I don't understand 'over-the-top' as a complaint, it's a bloody satire.

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 13 January 2007 16:39 (fifteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
The Ruling Class -- peter o'toole on speed, surrounded by bad tv actors, with a DO YOU SEE script

(TV actors?)

Yes, it's too obvious and had many bad jokes, but besides PO'T, Alastair Sim is pretty great as the doddering bishop. Also, the Medak home-movie footage in the extras of the decomposing-zombie House of Lords scene!

Dr Morbius (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 February 2007 17:49 (fifteen years ago) link

Some of the destroys on here baffle me!?!?

idi amin?
Hearts and Minds?
The Firemen's Ball?
The Killers 1946?


Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 1 February 2007 22:06 (fifteen years ago) link

one year passes...

destroy: young torless -- if the torless character is meant as an author stand in, which i think he is (see monologue at the end), then this movie is fascist.

abanana, Thursday, 6 March 2008 04:29 (fourteen years ago) link

sounds unlikely. schlondorff was pretty leftish.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Saturday, 8 March 2008 11:43 (fourteen years ago) link

You'd think a German filmmaker after the war would put some effort into making his morals clear, especially in a film that's obviously about nazism. What are we to make of the scene where the victim admits that he feels nothing when he steals or when he's raped, and Torless blames him for his own victimization?

abanana, Sunday, 9 March 2008 06:59 (fourteen years ago) link

Toyko Drifter


BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Sunday, 9 March 2008 07:04 (fourteen years ago) link

damn, that dude was all over the place with the RONGitude

Gukbe, Sunday, 9 March 2008 16:53 (fourteen years ago) link

Search: Salesman. trying to hide the fact that it's all being filmed was a stupid idea, but it has moments of brilliance e.g. while the salesman gets the wife to fill out forms for the expensive and gaudy bible, the husband walks over to a huge wooden stereo set and turns on a beatles song ... or rather, a warbly, muzak version of a beatles song.

Destroy: Koko, the gorilla who talks. not much of a film. if you've seen a talking gorilla segment on pbs you've seen them all. the philosophical stuff is rather basic.

abanana, Thursday, 13 March 2008 06:16 (fourteen years ago) link

HOORAY! they're going to release malle's Le Feu Follet/The Fire Within. (also: feu follet = will o' the wisps.. wtf?)

poortheatre, Sunday, 16 March 2008 18:13 (fourteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

no thread for Kalatozov but The Cranes Are Flying and Letter Never Sent are great, looking forward to seeing I Am Cuba next week.

flappy bird, Friday, 24 May 2019 17:15 (three years ago) link

I've only seen Letter Never Sent, but I was blown away by it

rob, Friday, 24 May 2019 19:42 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

wow, i have a different idea of what is obscure now.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter on the criterion channel has under 400 imdb votes. I don't do drugs, but it was a treat to watch it when I was drowsy.

adam the (abanana), Tuesday, 2 July 2019 13:32 (three years ago) link

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