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Movies that blew me away, Part 2

S. Moment "the hooded claw"
 
3 Women [DVD]
3 Women [DVD]
"Extraordinary, dream-like character piece by Robert Altman. Who knows what it all means - if anything - but the three women exchange identities through the course of the film."
The Offence [DVD] [1972]
The Offence [DVD] [1972]
"Perhaps the best of several good movies Connery made with Sidney Lumet. Here, he plays a disturbed cop determined to nail a suspected paedophile (Ian Bannen). Excellent gritty drama."
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - 2 Disc Special Edition [1966] [DVD]
"I first saw this on"Moviedrome" in the late '80s/early '90s. It was panned-and-scanned and cut to pieces but still magnificent. Now restored to its full glory."
Out Of The Past [DVD]
Out Of The Past [DVD]
"Brilliant film noir featuring Robert Mitchum and a very young Kirk Douglas. Directed by Jacques Tourneur, who made a number of classic horror B-movies for producer Val Lewton in the 1940s."
Sunrise - Murnau - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]
Sunrise - Murnau - Masters of Cinema series [DVD]
"Beautiful silent movie by F.W. Murnau, who made the original "Nosferatu". A married man begins an affair with a cty girl who encourages him to murder his wife..."
The Man From Laramie [DVD]
The Man From Laramie [DVD]
"One of the best in a series of westerns Jimmy Stewart made with Anthony Mann. He plays a mysterious stanger seeking those who sold a tribe of renegade Indians the rifles used to kill his brother."
Paris, Texas [1984] [DVD]
Paris, Texas [1984] [DVD]
"Ever the supporting character actor, Harry Dean Stanton steps into the limelight and gives a magnificent performance as a disturbed refugee from an unhealthy marriage, piecing his life back together."
The Elephant Man [DVD] [1980]
The Elephant Man [DVD] [1980]
"Lynch's weirder, more typical work is great on its own terms but this film serves as a reminder that he's capable of so much more. Sad, funny, moving, horrifying and uplifting."
Sleuth [DVD] [1972]
Sleuth [DVD] [1972]
"A social climber (Michael Caine) is bedding a snobbish thriller-writer's (Laurence Olivier) wife. The two men begin a duellistic 'game' whose stakes become dangerous."
The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1980]
The Big Red One - The Reconstruction (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [1980]
"A film of stunning power marred at times by corn & cliché. A rare movie appearance sans light-saber by Mark Hamill and a late masterpiece for Lee Marvin."
Jaws (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
Jaws (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
"Along with "E.T." still Spielberg's best work, for all his striving towards more 'worthy' material of late. If only the lilo-victim's mother was a better actress..."Smile, you sonofabitch!""
An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD]
An American Werewolf In London (Special Edition) [DVD]
"Because of the inevitable shifts in tone a comedy-horror is the most difficult of genre movies to get right - witness "The Lost Boys", which is neither funny nor scary; this succeeds better than most."
Badlands [DVD] [1973]
Badlands [DVD] [1973]
""Natural Born Killers" for adults. Terrence Malick's stunning debut. Sissy Spacek's narration adds immeasurably, the matter-of-fact violence chills and the use of music is masterly."
The Fearless Vampire Killers [DVD] [1967]
The Fearless Vampire Killers [DVD] [1967]
"An affectionate horror spoof by Polanski, scrappy but with much to recommend it, not least Alfie Bass' performance and Krzysztof Komeda's score, one of the greatest of all time in my opinion."
Sweet Smell Of Success [DVD]
Sweet Smell Of Success [DVD]
"Career-best work from Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster and Ealing Studios veteran Alexander Mackendrick. A powerful newspaper columnist uses a slimy press agent to destroy his sister's love affair."
Kiss Me Deadly [DVD]
Kiss Me Deadly [DVD]
"Exceptionally brutal for its time. WARNING: The UK DVD promises both endings (upbeat & downbeat) but includes only the upbeat one, which is a shame since one imagines it was forced on the director."
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD]
"A staggering achievement when one condsiders Man hadn't stepped on the Moon when it was made. Despite its coldness, flashes of humour exist, for example the computer has the strongest personality."
The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [DVD]
The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes [DVD]
"Delightfully funny and surprisingly moving Holmes spoof by Billy Wilder. The film was famously edited down to 2 hours and cinephiles have been trying to track the missing components for years now."
Black Narcissus [1946] [DVD] [1998]
Black Narcissus [1946] [DVD] [1998]
"Visually stunning Powell & Pressburger melodrama, set in the Himalayas but filmed almost exclusively at Pinewood Studios. Katheen Byron is terrifying and unforgettable as the unhinged Sister Ruth."
The Third Man: Special Edition [DVD] [1949]
The Third Man: Special Edition [DVD] [1949]
"Peerless British Film noir. Much has been written about how Orson Welles' Harry Lime steals the film with precious little time on-screen. Music, photography, performaces all marvellous."