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a few of my favourite films

James Winter "jamesswinter"
 
Aguirre, Wrath Of God [DVD] [1972]
Aguirre, Wrath Of God [DVD] [1972]
"A powerful, memorable film - a fine example of Herzog and Kinski at their mad, inspired best"
Fitzcarraldo [1982] [DVD]
Fitzcarraldo [1982] [DVD]
"delightful film about passion, the Jungle and the touching frailties of man"
American Movie [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
American Movie [DVD] [2000] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Not to be missed - a classic slice of anti Hollywood and a glimpse into the psyche of middle America"
Duel at Ganryu Island [DVD]
Duel at Ganryu Island [DVD]
"the conclusion to the Musashi trilogy is poignant, composed, and the finale is as zen a showdown as you could wish for."
Rashomon [1950] [DVD]
Rashomon [1950] [DVD]
"Less accessible than Seven Samurai, but subtly wonderful and epitomizes the productivity of the Kurosawa/Mifune collaboration"
Cobra Verde [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Cobra Verde [DVD] [1987] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
"Herzog and Kinski conjur their unique vision of West Africa and slavery - the result is predictably memorable"
Ran [DVD]
Ran [DVD]
"Kurosawa does Shakespeare. Yes its grandiose, but its breathtaking. The fortress burns"
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Series 1 [DVD] [2000] [2004]
Curb Your Enthusiasm: The Complete Series 1 [DVD] [2000] [2004]
"OK, its a TV series, and its American. Nevertheless its clever, funny and breaks the mold of endless contrived US comedy products"
French Connection 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD] [1975]
French Connection 1 & 2 Box Set [DVD] [1975]
"A masterpiece with true 70s flavour from a director who famously has never got close since. Hackman is also wonderful. Can't vouch for Connection 2 - like most people haven't seen it"
Five Easy Pieces [DVD]
Five Easy Pieces [DVD]
"Just love this era from American cinema. Nicholson is tremendous, and the existential atmosphere is great"
The Conversation [DVD]
The Conversation [DVD]
"Highly enjoyable early Coppola, without the flab of Apoc redux. Mr. Hackman kicks it again."
Chinatown [DVD]
Chinatown [DVD]
"When not breaking the law with minors, Polanski was cranking out great movies - Nicholson is the perfect pick for this sparkling piece."
Dogville [DVD] [2004]
Dogville [DVD] [2004]
"Von Trier turns in a raw, stripped down hybrid of theatre and cinema with this tale of revenge and his debunking of the myth of the warm heart of small town USA"
Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
Dancer In The Dark [DVD] [2000]
"More VT, this time with Bjork doing most of the hard work. Moving stuff, and another counterpoint to Hollywood's glib product"
8 Mile [DVD] [2003]
8 Mile [DVD] [2003]
"You have to admire M - he coined it again with this excellent PR vehicle. A reminder of his winning way with the spoken word"
Werckmeister Harmonies/Damnation [DVD] [2001]
Werckmeister Harmonies/Damnation [DVD] [2001]
"why watch a depressing b and w film about gloomy Hungarians? because its powerful and unlike much else you will see."
Picnic at Hanging Rock [DVD] [1975]
Picnic at Hanging Rock [DVD] [1975]
"strange, sad piece set against the unforgiving backdrop of the Australian outback"
Nowhere In Africa [DVD] [2001] [2003]
Nowhere In Africa [DVD] [2001] [2003]
"a completely new perspective and setting for a II WW film. Credible, moving and distinctive."
Julien Donkey Boy [1999] [DVD]
Julien Donkey Boy [1999] [DVD]
"Its arguable whether this is sheer brilliance or crap. I'll vote for brilliant - unsettling, real"
The Exorcist - Director's Cut [DVD] [1974]
The Exorcist - Director's Cut [DVD] [1974]
"Friedkin's other great contribution. Yes, the spinning head and green vomit are ludicrous, but the movie transcends through its soundtrack and the priest character"
Stroszek [DVD]
Stroszek [DVD]
"sad, sad, sad. and wonderful. there's so much life in this twisted dark little piece, where suicide mingles with the American dream unfulfilled. stay in the prison, I wanted to shout."