So people seemed to enjoy the Favourite Books thread, but I thought I wouldn't pigeonhole this one with the "Favourite" part. Talk about old films you've watched recently, films you saw at the cinema, your favourite film, films you hate and perhaps most importantly films no human being should ever be made to watch
. Even if your favourite film is one people normally consider stupid, post it up. Argue with people over their film choices - go crazy. For me I've a few in each category:
The Dark Knight
by Christopher Nolan. What can I say, this film has great villians, awesome action scenes and themes that run through the whole of it. It's also cinematographic - if someone has found a better metaphor for the shit has hit the fan than a burning firetruck I haven't heard of it. This film got me into the batman franchise; since then I've bought graphic novels like The Killing Joke, Arkham Asylum: A Strange House on Strange Earth and Hush - I've also played many of the video games. All in all a great film, Batman Begins is also good but not as good as The Dark Knight. Needless to say I'm waiting with baited breath for The Dark Knight Rises.
by Roman Polanski. By far better than films like Rosemary's Baby or The Ninth Gate (though I've not seen The Pianist yet), no film as I've seen of yet has documented a person's descent into madness so well. Sure it's a bit slow in places and the 1960's music can be a bit dodgy, but overall this film is very good and it's dated effects creaped me out even today. Also I defy you to find a more attractive woman than the young Catherine Deneuve
, certainly a lot better than the older Catherine Deneuve
. This film cemented Roman Polanski as my favourite paedophile of all time.
by Brad Anderson. If anything drips atmosphere, it's this film. Another film about a person's descent into madness, though considering the movie was filmed in a genuine mental asylum how could the characters not go a bit crazy? A true shame more people have not heard of this film, I consider it a disturbing classic.
Favourite films that I'm too lazy to talk about in detail are Suspiria
by Dario Argento - so stylish it'll make your eyeballs bleed, Pan's Labyrinth
by Guillermo del Toro - I watched this again only tonight and I've come to the conclusion creepy fairytales sound better in spanish, A Clocwork Orange
by Stanley Kubrick - another stylish film and even though I prefer the book this will always have a place in my heart. Anything by Quentin Tarintino is also great by me, the only one of his I've yet to see is Jackie Brown
though I've heard it's bad so no great loss.
Films I've watched recently
I'll go for just the one seeing as I watch films regularly, Hansel and Gretel
by Pil-Sung Yim. A Korean film, it's not unlike Pan's Labyrinth in tone and theme - though at times it becomes a bit dull particularly in a dragging scene towards the end where there's lots of sentimentality and crying. I'd watch it again, but maybe not 3 times.
Actually I'll go for another, Confessions
by Tetsuya Nakashima. Give it a watch if you're into world cinenema, it's good but nothing edifying.
Films I Saw at the Cinema
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
by Tomas Alfredson. An all star cast of actors I like (Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and John Hurt) but I found it boring - it is a film about spies in the Cold
War after all. Not a lot happens and it's quite long. In hindsight I'd give it a miss. I'm going to watch Jurassic Park on Wednesday seeing as it's been re-released, for sure it'll be much better.
Films I Hate
and The Blind Side
. You know why I hate these films - there's no catharsis, things go from better to better and who wants to hear about that? Sure The Blind Side is based on a true story but who gives a shit. I'd rather blow my brains out than commit to a repeat viewing.
Films No Human Being Should be Made to Watch
A Serbian Film
by Srdjan Spasojevic. Seriously just don't watch it. I have a stomach for a lot of films and this was just way too much; and I know that might sound enticing to some of you sick freaks but even so just give this one a miss. I related some of the worst scenes to a friend and he watched it! Bottom line the message here is don't ever watch it. The director Srdjan Spasojevic may claim that the film had to be so shocking to serve as a metaphor for the peoples' suffering at the hands of Serbian government; but does any film need to be so shocking as to include paedophilia, necrophilia, rape and incest - as graphically as is legally possible? Also more than a few of those are combined
. If the phrase "Newborn Porn" which is used in the film doesn't convince you not to watch it, I don't know what will.
by Tinto Brass. Some reviews on Amazon described it to me as "the most shocking film you'll ever see" which I inferred to be violent. But no! It's porn, just porn. And I like the odd bit of porn as much as the next person but I don't want to sit through a 3 hour long film with the odd scene of graphic porn just to experience that. I watched some of the commentary featuring Malcom McDowell who plays Caligua, hoping for some commentary on the involved oral sex scenes but alas his comments were only on the cut version, and my favourite thing he said (in reference to a guy he fisted using lard as lube to "sanctifiy the couples' marriage") was "The poor actor begged me not to stick a flower in his arse and I didn't... Oh wait I did!" Watch it if you want an overly long historic porno, overwise it's a film No Human Being Should be Made to Watch