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Tobe Romero
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1) non-horror
2) no more than 5 can be Japanese
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1. Amelie (****)
The performance by Audrey Tatou, mixed with the Gondrey-esque imagery is excellent.

2. Run Lola Run (***1/2)
Wonderful piece of filmmaking based around fate.

3. Kairo (****)
I love this horror film that's 50 percent intelligence, 50 percent frights.

4. Rashomon (****)
Wonderful story about morality, and humanity.

5. My Neighbor Totoro (****)

Fantastic tale about Life, death, love, and friendship.

6. He Loves Me He Loves Me Not (***)
Audrey Tatou turns into one horrifying woman in this turn around from "Amelie."

7. City of God (****)
Need I say more?

8. La Dolce Vita (****)
Fantastic examination of Hollywood.

9. The Bicycle Thief (****)
Interesting take on the blue collared worker's dependence on the smaller things in life.

10. Princess Mononoke (****)
Fantastic fantasy only Miyazaki is capable of.

Runner Ups: Life is Beautiful, Swimming Pool, The Mother, Ju-On, Oldboy, Battle Royale, Laputa

How's that?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:04 pm  Reply with quote
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Yojimbo
Sanjuro
Enter the Dragon
The Seventh Seal
The Magician (also Bergman)
Threepenny Opera (that old B&W one from the 30s)
Run Lola Run
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
For a Few Dollars More
El Mariachi

Kind of grasping for straws there towards the end of the list... let me get back to you.
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Tobe Romero
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Terminal wrote:
5. My Neighbor Totoro (****)
Fantastic tale about Life, death, love, and friendship.

6. He Loves Me He Loves Me Not (***)
Audrey Tatou turns into one horrifying woman in this turn around from "Amelie."

8. La Dolce Vita (****)
Fantastic examination of Hollywood.

9. The Bicycle Thief (****)
Interesting take on the blue collared worker's dependence on the smaller things in life.

Thanks.

I haven't seen these 4. Plus, I have Bicycle Thief and La Dolce Vita on my netflix queue.
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Tobe Romero wrote:
Terminal wrote:
5. My Neighbor Totoro (****)
Fantastic tale about Life, death, love, and friendship.

6. He Loves Me He Loves Me Not (***)
Audrey Tatou turns into one horrifying woman in this turn around from "Amelie."

8. La Dolce Vita (****)
Fantastic examination of Hollywood.

9. The Bicycle Thief (****)
Interesting take on the blue collared worker's dependence on the smaller things in life.

Thanks.

I haven't seen these 4. Plus, I have Bicycle Thief and La Dolce Vita on my netflix queue.


Be sure to watch "Totoro" in the original form instead of the Disney form. Disney changes some of the dialogue in the American Versions. In either version though it's a very sad and very sweet movie. I was near tears with it, and you'll be looking for a Totoro doll by the time the movie is over.

He Love Me is a very good twist on perspectives, and obsessions. That's all I'll say. It's very very good.

La Dolce Vita's subtitles are so rapid fire you'll really have to pay attention. The narratives are scattered, and the plot complex, but the direction and acting was excellent.
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Tobe Romero
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I guess mine, off the top of me head, would be:

Character

Rashomon

El Topo

Amelie

City of God

Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

Downfall

Beauty and the Beast (1946)

Les Diaboliques

Master of the Flying Guillotine

* plus 2 dubbed ones : Grave of the Fireflies, Spirited Away
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I could have made a list of 50, but these are my top 10 as of today, at this moment...


Onibaba


The Bicycle Thief


Brotherhood of Wolf



Spirited Away


City of God


Seven Samurai


Amélie


Run Lola Run


Maria Full of Grace


La Femme Nikita

Onibaba and Brotherhood of the Wolf could be constituted as horror, but IMO, Onibaba is more a thriller\drama and Brotherhood is more action with horror elements.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:27 pm  Reply with quote



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Morbid wrote:

La Femme Nikita


Damn! I knew I'd forget something.
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Tobe Romero
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Morbid wrote:
I could have made a list of 50, but these are my top 10 as of today, at this moment...


Onibaba


The Bicycle Thief


Seven Samurai


La Femme Nikita


I am ashamed to have not seen these. Seven Samurai is coming on TCM soon (already in my DVR to record).
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Terminal wrote:
Morbid wrote:

La Femme Nikita


Damn! I knew I'd forget something.


I was surprised at how close our lists were. Same tastes, I guess. I had forgotten Life is Beautiful, but like you rlist, I am not sure it would have replaced any currently in my top 10.
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Tobe, knowing our tastes in films, I think you will really enjoy Onibaba.
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Tobe Romero wrote:
Morbid wrote:
I could have made a list of 50, but these are my top 10 as of today, at this moment...


Onibaba


The Bicycle Thief


Seven Samurai


La Femme Nikita


I am ashamed to have not seen these. Seven Samurai is coming on TCM soon (already in my DVR to record).


While I love Seven Samurai, I still prefer Rashomon. I've never seen a film so repeated and referenced before.
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Seven Samurai is the undisputed champ.

Also:

Save the Green Planet
Oldboy
The City of Lost Children
Amelie
Battle Royale
Dangan Runner (the film Run Lola Run ripped off)
Drive
City of God

It's hard to list Italian films, cause they're technically not ANY language films. Laughing
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Tobe Romero
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Morbid wrote:
Tobe, knowing our tastes in films, I think you will really enjoy Onibaba.


true, true. okay ... just added to netflix
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Sam Hell
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Wow, I've seen so many great foreign films that I can't pick just 10. THE BICYCLE THIEF would definately be one of them...and EYES WITHOUT A FACE (written by the same screenwriters who wrote LES DIABOLIQUES)...

Cocteau's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (1946) is perhaps the best screen adaptation of that story. His other films are a trip, but this one I loved the most.

LA DOLCE VITA is a damn fine movie. But my favorite Fellini film has to be JULIET OF THE SPIRITS. His first color film, and he handles it like a master.

I can't decide which Kurosawa film to add: RASHOMON, SEVEN SAMURAI or IKIRU.

Goddard's BREATHLESS or BAND OF OUTSIDERS?

1953's THE WAGES OF FEAR, 1966's THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, Antonioni's IL GRIDO, Polanski's REPULSION, KAIRO, UGETSU, ONIBABA...

And this is just for the "art house" films, I haven't even touched on the Spaghetti Westerns, Gialli, Euro-Horror, Korean, Hong Kong...my God Toby you've opened up a can! Laughing
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