Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brandon's Nominee's

Here's what I got for the next round (May?):

I changed a few from earlier, because turns out a couple aren't available anywheres. They were that good.

But these are all available, even though some are in B&W (sorry, Tuttle).

Le Circle Rouge by Jean Pierre Melville. I love all Melville's films and this one is his best. Starring the superb Alain Delon at his mustachiest.

Le Corbeau   I've been wanting to see this one for a while, and everything else I've seen by Clouzot is fantastic. Le Corbeau was made in France in 1943, during the German occupation. It pushed so many buttons it was banned by both the Nazis AND the successor French government. Says IMDB: "Alfred Hitchcock considered Clouzot a very serious rival for the title of Master of Suspense, and Psycho (1960) was put into production because Hitchcock specifically intended to outdo 'Les Diaboliques'."

Night of the Hunter You know that song "Leaning on the everlasting Lord" that the Coens used to such great effect in True Grit? This is where they first heard it. Robert Mitchum stars as the creepy preacher/murderer in one of the most eerily/beautifully shot films this side of Citizen Kane.

Memories of Murder I don't know anything about this one except the director also did the Korean monster movie "The Host". And Tuttle likes it.

Odd Man Out Directed by Carol Reed, who went on to win acclaim for The Fallen Idol, and The Third Man. I haven't seen this one, but the description uses words like "Clandestine Irish organization", "Things go sour", "Back-Alleys of Belfast", and "Constabulary." So, yeah, can't go wrong with that.

The Silence This one came out in the last 10 years and is in color.

Happy Voting. Same voting rules as Tuttle laid out earlier.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Inauguration of the FMHH

Okay, Gentlefellows, who likes Asian flicks? Cause you're gonna see one.

Here's how we'll roll: rank the movies in order of preference (giving 5 points to your highest pick and 1 to the lowest). We'll add it all up and watch whatever gets the highest total.

I mentioned the last Thursday of the month as a regular time for gathering, but that would put us only a couple days away (or a full month). I'm happy to watch sooner or later.

The nominees (links to trailers):

Journey to the West (Taiwan 2014)
The Grandmaster (China 2013)
Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Thailand 2010)
Poetry, (South Korea, 2010)
Ikiru (Japan, 1952)

Let's get it started up in here . . .

Let's face it: the best movie of all time is Babette's Feast.  The second best is probably a tie between The Sound of Music and The Wizard of Oz.  The third best, or fourth (because of said tie) is obviously The House of Yes.  After that it gets fuzzy . . .