Which is showing (free) on hulu at present: http://www.hulu.com/watch/245895/reservoir-dogs
So is The Long Green Line: http://www.hulu.com/watch/125305/the-long-green-line
Not objectively the best of all time due to a corny love interest, but I really was taken in and thrilled with the original Manchurian Candidate.
Objectively speaking, On the Waterfront is a masterpiece. Even the score by Leonard Bernstein stands on its own as a great piece of classical music. Even though it was a propaganda piece by a director (Kazan) who named names during the red scare, the dynamic between the union thugs and the hero (Brando) represents a universal struggle that could be applied to any situation.
Of the prior posts, I would have to say that I really hated Pulp Fiction. While I realize the reason for the critical acclaim, for me it was a sadistic and self indulgent film by a director with a short attention span who could not stay with a single story line but also was so self indulgent that he could not edit out the many irrelevant gratuitously violent scenes. Scorcese presents violence as reality and character development. Tarrentino uses violence when he runs into a dead end with his characters and just shocks the audience instead of trying to go beyond the simple caricatures he paints for each character in his film. It is no coincidence that he has faded from the scene.
+1 for this. And Chinatown.
I'm assuming that most of you guys are in college because most of the movies listed here aren't that great.
I haven't read much of this thread, and not a huge movie guy, but aha....I have found a kindred spirit (99% at least) as far as movies go!
I don't watch a lot of "old", or "classic" movies, but I pulled that one out of the racks many moons ago from the ol' video store, and absolutely loved it. ONe of my all time favs for sure.
. Of course, but again, for older movies, this one particularly stands out for me too. .
Okay, we agree about 90% here, but not completely. I really liked Reservoir Dogs, but when I went to see Pulp Fiction, I almost walked out after the first scene. I thought it was over the top and dumb, and certainly not clever. However, upon some later viewings, I can see the good points of the film. I don't hate it, but don't really like it.
I agree that Scorcese uses violence in a more artistic or useful way than Tarrantino does most of the time ( Raging Bull is also an all time fav), however, sometimes Tarrantino does it just right , and Scorcese can also make it seem cliched and grotesque too. I am really not a huge fan of Goodfellas or Casino. They are decent, but the violence in the movies started getting boring. Oh wow, Joe Pesci is getting angry and killing someone and not batting an eyelash. Oh wow, shocking. (not). He really started repeating himself with the mob violence stuff. (That's why by the time
Lastly Tarratino has not quite "faded from the scene". Um, ever heard of "inglorious basterds" ? I wasn't reluctant to see it (don't like Brad Pitt much, haven't liked many recent Tarrantino films), but a friend put it on and invited me over. I was pleasantly surprised. There is still some over-the-top, gratuitous, useless (in my opinion) violence, and Brad Pitt's character and performance I don't love, but the serious parts of the film, the dialogue at times (always a HUGE strongpoint for Tarrantino), the cinematography, the acting (Christoph Walts....wow), all outstanding. And yes, even the really strange quirky plot stuff he works into it adds some entertainment. But I feel that if he had made a straight ahead story about Nazi occupation of France, and focused on the girl who escaped, her theater, and the plot to kill Hitler (without much of the Nazi hunter, Jew revenge fantasy silliness that Pitt led), it would been a brilliant film. Not as original, but originality does not always = good. Anyway in the end, it Tarrantino deserves kudos for the film. It was memorable.
I enjoyed Magnolia, but ultimately I struggle to enjoy a movie that ends with something that pulls you out of the very real world you were investigating during the movie.