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My Favorite Movies

  1. rojastortu
  2. Luis Diego

A bunch of my favorite movies...

  rojastortu's Rating My Rating
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups) 1959,  Unrated)
The 400 Blows (Les Quatre cents coups)
Amazing! Beautiful, in its decadence context. One of the best examples of the Nouvelle Vague. Jean-Pierre LÚaud is great as Antoine, maybe Truffaut's greatest achievement in directing. This movie practically left me speechless, great movie!
Jules and Jim 1962,  Unrated)
Jules and Jim
Three things I can say about this film: the wicked dialogue, stunning cinematography and editing, and JEANNE MOREAU! Every time she was on screen, the whole movie smiled at me. Her beautiful laugh, I'm in love with it. Her character is one of the best female characters ever on screen, with countless dimensions. Her singing for "Le tourbillon" gained my heart even more. Jeanne Moreau makes a fresh and stunning performance as Catherine in every way. Anyone could fall in love with her, and that was the idea of the movie. Overall, Truffaut made and OK job, not a very special directing achievement, but a good way to start. He had some original ideas, like stopping just over Jeanne's contagious laugh and the screen-cutting squares all over the film, an excellent job on editing. Despite there were some out-of-term camera shots and some confusing story lines, Jules et Jim has "THAT" little special that makes you love it! I repeat, maybe Jeanne Moreau has something to do with that.
Bande Ó part (Band of Outsiders) 1964,  Unrated)
Bande Ó part (Band of Outsiders)
I loved this film, it really inspired me in such a weird way.
Persona 1966,  Unrated)
It's been a while since the last time I saw this one, and after rewatching it, I can only say 1) It's Bergman's most perfect film. 2) Has 2 of the strongest performances on film. 3) Has one of the most intriguing but minimal stories. 4) Might have a thousand different interpretations. 5) Is the most amazing and highest point cinema has ever reached, if I have to choose one movie to represent everything cinema is all about, undoubtfully I would choose Persona.
Flesh 1968,  R)
A movie about everything the 60's brought to us, a summary of a Warhol experience: full of sexuality, drugs, lust, and art.
A milestone for future underground filmmakers, originally shot and edited is a minimalistic way. And the cast can't get any better, full of Warhol superstars. Joe Dallesandro, Patti D'Arbanville, Candy Darling. This movie is an essential piece of art for anyone who loves the 60's.
Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights) 1974,  NC-17)
Il fiore delle mille e una notte (Flower of the Arabian Nights) (Arabian Nights)
Such a fascinating film that depicts a world without any sexual prejudices, away from what the consuming habits that reign over the capitalist countries have formed in our minds, as well as many other social tendencies. Pasolini really was against any conventional ideas and was never afraid to tell what he think is wrong with the world. Slowly, Pasolini is becoming one of my favorite directors of all time.
Le Samoura´ (The Godson) 1967,  PG)
Le Samoura´ (The Godson)
Delon's Jeff Costello is the depiction of "coolness" on film. So simple yet such a satisfying film that you might want to watch it over and over again!
Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether) 1961,  Unrated)
Breathless (└ bout de souffle) (By a Tether)
Fantastic movie! Biggest expression of the French Nouvelle Vague! The jump-cuts, the amazingly entertaining dialogue, the realistic characters, the whole concept are just some of the things that makes this movie one of the most influential of the decade. I can even see that Arthur Penn was inspired by this to make his masterpiece Bonnie and Clyde. Jean Seberg is just gorgeous and very likeable. Jean-Paul Belmondo is also very good. A must-see.
A Hard Day's Night 1964,  G)
A Hard Day's Night
After rewatching it, I came to the conclusion this is a musical masterpiece. I don't care what people think, this is one of the most enjoyable movies ever made, will make you sing along the whole film. I know The Beatles' performances doesn't show the best acting skill ever, but come on... it's The Beatles on screen!!! What else could you ask for? It is highly influential and raised their fame ever higher. We should all be thankful to this movie.
I would've been one of those crazy guys
Casablanca 1943,  PG)
Greatest Hollywood production EVER. Timeless, more than 60 years later and it's still freash to watch. Ahead of its time. Every genre posible addressed perfectly by the cast and director. The movie with most memorable quotes ever, transformed a whole culture! Humphrey Bogart practically made smoking and boozing in films to be "cool". A classic, most important movie ever, there's not enough space to finish talking about Casablanca. A must have in every film collection.
Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves) 1949,  Unrated)
Ladri di Biciclette (The Bicycle Thief) (Bicycle Thieves)
I don't really know how I waited that long until finally watching this movie. This got to be one of the most perfect, beautiful, depressing, and important movies I've seen in a long time. The very first part was so joyous I couldn't help but smiling every minute of it, even when I already knew what was about to happen. Then the movie began to depict a battle of classes and a post-war Rome full of unemployed and hopeless people. And the ending, perfectly merges
Memories of Underdevelopment 1973,  Unrated)
Memories of Underdevelopment
Great Latin American film that through the life of an intellectual writer and some documentary-like stories shows the post-revolution Cuban culture.
The Holy Mountain 1973,  R)
The Holy Mountain
Fantastic, weird, with no strings attached, Jodorowsky made a surreal masterpiece that combines blasphemous images with sexual liberations, violence, and many other aspects that really makes an impact on the audience. Loved the macabre sounds with the music that made the mood even more bizarre, there's so many things this film has that you might think for hours only about this film. Umm, and ignore the horrble Jodorowsky's accent.
Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street) 1966,  Unrated)
Obchod na Korze (The Shop On Main Street) (A Shop on the High Street)
This is one of the most simple stories involving the Holocaust, still one of the most powerful I've seen, because the characters have to prove loyalty and other values throughout the whole movie and have different textures. Ida Kaminska delievers an amazing performance that awakens from sympathy to confusion to the audience, and I think it's impossible not to fall in love with her. I wanted to hug her the whole movie. The ending is tremendously surprising and painful to watch, because I suffered with everything that was happening in the movie. Surely this is the best recommendation I've got by a flixster friend in months and I think I couldn't express my gratitude for suggesting this marvelous film.
Pulp Fiction 1994,  R)
Pulp Fiction
So I decided to rewatch this film, which I have a special fondness for it because it introduced me to fully appreciate cinema a couple of years ago. And yep, it is still a masterpiece for me. Not even a second or character spare for the whole 2 hours 45 minutes. Witty and funny dialogues, this movie takes everything underground cinema brought us and so earns its title as one of the most influential movies of the 90's. It has some famous scenes like the return of dancing John Travolta and some amazing quotes. Entertaining and original, Tarantino poured all his brains and soul into this piece of work.
8 1/2 1963,  Unrated)
8 1/2
It's just fascinating. The whole story is great. Directing ai its best, the melding between surrealistic and realistic cinema is wonderful. There are many scenes to love, you could even chose your favorite ones. (Mines are the Harem scene, the illutionist at the party, and the first dream scene), brilliant! Fellini practically invented his whole new aesthetic rules and fights against film conventional views. Marcello Mastroianni is great as Guido, he delievers some "real" emotions in every scene he makes appearance, so as the rest of the cast. A must see for every cinema lover.

Directing: 5.5!
Acting: 5
Story: 5
Originality: 5
Visual elements: 5
Impact: 5
Enjoyment: 5
Music: 4.5
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai) 1954,  Unrated)
Seven Samurai (Shichinin no Samurai)
WOW! THE real Japanese epic! More than perfect, this film is one of the most beautiful, best told, most moving and effective film EVER. Not only by its amazing cinematography, but its colorful characters, they're actually alive! A battle movie that doesn't need graphic violence to be great! There's no words to describe its perfection, Akira Kurosawa is a genius.

Directing: 5
Acting: 5
Story: 5
Originality: 5
Visual elements: 5
Impact: 5
Enjoyment: 4.5 Oops!


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