Month: April 2011

The movie you love – that hardly anyone has seen.

An ongoing project in association with Twitter movie lovers – to document their favourite movie that hardly anyone has seen.
You can submit your ‘little seen gem’  through Twitter @dialmformovies  or via email: rhettrospective@gmail.com
Hopefully this will prompt film lovers , like myself, to go out and search for these gems.

 

Twitter: @dialmformovies  (Rhett Bartlett)
Film:  The Last of Sheila (1973)
Directed by:  Herbert Ross
Written by: Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame) and Stephen Sondheim
Cast: James Mason, James Coburn, Raquel Welch, Dyan Canon,
Plot:  A cast of actors meet on a ship to solve puzzles.

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Twitter:  @randomfurlong
Film:  The Way to the Stars (1945)
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Cast: Michael Redgrave, John Mills, Trevor Howard
Plot: Life on a British bomber base, and the surrounding towns, from the opening days of the Battle of Britain

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Twitter: @souzav
Film: Johnny Get His Gun (1971)
Directed by: Dalton Trumbo
Cast: Timothy Bottams, Kathy Field, Marsha Hunt
Plot:  Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I.

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Twitter: @larrys66diner
Film: Suddenly (1954)
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Cast: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden
Plot: In the city of Suddenly, three gangsters trap the Benson family in their own house, hoping to assassinate the President of the United States.

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Twitter: @afrankenfurter
Film: Simon (1980)
Directed by:  Marshall Brickman
Cast: Alan Arkin, Madeline Kahn
Plot: A group of scientist take Simon, a psychology professor, as a test person for a brainwash experiment.

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Twitter: @leezacariah
Film: Primer (2004)
Directed by: Shane Carruth
Cast: Shane Carruth, David Sullivan
Plot: Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs design a new invention

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Twitter: @purplecow17
Film: The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra (2001)
Directed by: Larry Blamire
Cast: Fay Masterson, Andrew Parks
Plot:  A dedicated scientist, aided by his clueless wife, rolls up his shirt sleeves and tries to save the world

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Twitter: @mrpaulnelson
Film: Zero Effect (1998)
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Cast: Bill Pullman, Ben Stiller, Ryan O’Neal
Plot: The world’s greatest detective Daryl Zero aided by his associate Steve Arlo investigates a complex and mysterious case of blackmail

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Twitter: @LiteraryMinded (Angela Meyer)
Film: Stingray Sam (2009)
Directed by Cory McAbee
Cast: Ron Crawford, David Hyde Pierce
Plot:  A dangerous mission reunites STINGRAY SAM with his long lost accomplice, The Quasar Kid.

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Twitter: @waltandmartha (Glenn Greening)
Film: Heaven (2002)
Directed by: Tom Tykwer
Cast: Cast Blanchett, Giovanni Ribisi
Plot: A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband’s death

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Twitter: @darcyfilm (Darcy S McCallum)
Film: 8 1/2 women (1999)
Directed by:  Paul Greenway
Cast: John Standing, Matthew Delamare
Plot:  Following the death of the mother, a father and son open up a brothel

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Twitter: @tpjost (Trevor Jost)
Film: The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (1937)
Directed by:  Karl Hartl
Cast: Hans Albers, Heinz Ruhmann
Plot:  Hans Albers and Heinz Rühmann play two confidence tricksters.

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Twitter: @GetMyTweetOn (Alexander Strang)
Film: Clue (1985)
Directed by: Johnathan Lynn
Cast: Eileen Brennan, Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn
Plot:  Six guests are invited to a strange house and must cooperate with the staff to solve a murder mystery

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Your Five Films You Can’t Live Without.

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A project to allow Twitter film lovers, to document their ‘Five Films they can’t live without’
You can submit your list directly to me on twitter @dialmformovies  or email me at rhettrospective@gmail.com

@dialmformovies (Rhett Bartlett)

1. Schindlers List
Almost the perfection of cinema.  Beautifully shot, brilliantly acted. Introduced me to a depressing subject matter in a way that film has never touched me before.

2. Jaws
A raw director, overcoming unforseen obstacles (loss of the mechanical shark), to create a horror film that began a whole never type of film making.

3. Sunset Boulevard
The single greatest female acting performance of all time.  A rare moment where an actress, and their role converged to leave a mark on cinema that will never be erased.

4. Duel
Simple, effective road movie, that still is as relevant today as in the 1970’s.  Maintains heartstopping action and interest despite barren landscape and cast.

5. The Last of Sheila
The greatest film no one has ever seen. Written by Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and Stephen Sondheim. The cast of James Mason, James Coburn, Richard Benjamin, Racquel Welsh, Dyan Cannon is unstoppable.

(Worth viewing:  Sweet Hereafter, M , The Station Agent , Opening Night , The Birds , Sweet and Lowdown , 2001 A Space Odyssey, Clue, The Lodger , Seance on a Wet Afternoon , Lawrence of Arabia , Before Night Falls, Four Lions, Fail Safe, Rope, Citizen Kane, The Pledge, Bladerunner, Field of Dreams)

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@dangolding – PhD at Melbourne Uni writing on video games. Occassional lecturer and tutor.

1. Vertigo
2. Empire Strikes Back
3. Jaws
4. The Adventure of Robin Hood
5. The Taking of Pelham 1,2,3 (original)

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@tpjost –  Lover of silent films.

1. Metropolis (1927)
2. Baby Face (1933)
3. Gone with the Wind (1939)
4. The 39 Steps (1935)
5. Intolerance (1916)

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@polkasan

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Artificial Intelligence
3. The New World
4. Lost Highway
5. Suspiria

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@love_cinema (Lesya)

1. Gone With the Wind (1939)
2. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
3. Inception
4. The Dark Knight
5. Some Like It Hot

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@girlactor   –  ‘I’m a simple girl when it comes to movies’

1. State and Main
2. Sliding Doors
3.  Pride and Prejudice
4. Undercover Blues
5. Goonies

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@PondsInstitute

1. The Omen
2. Flying High / Airplane
3. Naked Gun 1
4. UHF
5. Reanimator

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@snobbyfilmguy

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Kicking and Screaing (1995)
4. Dazed and Confused
5. There Will Be Blood

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@mrpaulnelson

1. The Godfather
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Seven
4. Annie Hall
5. Die Hard 1

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@thecinemascene

1. Star Wars
2. Empire Strikes Back
3, Return of the Jedi
4. Mad Max 1
5. Mad Max 2

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@swardplay

1. Chinatown
2. Taxi Driver
3. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
4. 28 Days Later
5. Rear Window

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@allflicker

1. Blade Runner
2. The Dark Knight
3. Ed Wood
4. The Last Temptation of Christ
5. The Thin Red Line

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@filmsyncs

1. Chinatown
2. Rear Window
3. Blade Runner
4. The Bourne Identity
5. North by Northwest
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@stalepopcornau

1. All That Jazz
2. Scream
3. Mulholland Drive
4. Moulin Rouge
5. T2: Judgement Day

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@DVDBits

1.  The Godfather
2.  Annie Hall
3. Once Upon a Time in the West
4. Back to the Future
5. Yojimbo

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@the_exploder   (‘In context of films I have re-watched the most times)

1. Back to the Future
2. Die Hard 1
3. Star Wars
4. Top Gun
5. Basic Instinct

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@PezCummings

1. Lost Highway
2. Magnolia
3. The Idiots
4. Pride and Prejudice (1935)
5. The Company (Robert Altman)

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@claybo76 (Clayton Bolger)

1. The Godfather
2. Fight Club
3. MIllers Crossing
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Trainspotting

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@waynesayonara (Maksim S.)

1. A bout de souffle
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Det sjunde inseglet
4. The Silence of the Lambs
5. The Stalker

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@leezachariah (from The Bazura Project. Hell is for Hyphenates. Aint It Cool News)

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Lost Highway
3. The Limey
4. Singin’ In The Rain
2001: A Space Odyssey

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@ggmg1977 (Glenn Giblett)

1. Ghostbusters
2. Die Hard
3 Aladdin
4. Monty Python’s Holy Grail
5. Stand By Me

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@MeetMeInTheLobby (Norm Schrager)

1. The Godfather Part II
2. Diner
3.Boogie Nights
4. You Can’t Take it With You
5. Shattered Glass

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@wacko_smacko (Minh Ai Nguyen)

1. Babel
2. Tony Takitani
3. In The Mood For Love
4. Happiness
5. Rushmore

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@filmystic (Ryan Adams) 
(In no particular order)

 The Conformist
Chinatown
The Third Man
The Godfather II
 La Dolce Vita

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@LiteraryMinded (Angela Meyer)

1. Ghostbusters
2. Midnight Cowboy
3. Some Like It Hot
4. The Hours
5. Full Metal Jacket

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@darcyfilm (Darcy S McCallum)

1. A Clockwork Orange
2. The Holy Mountain
3. The Children of Paradise
4. Citizen Kane
5. Fight Club
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@happyrhodesfan

1. Brazil
2. Fellowship of the Ring
3. Local Hero
4. Moulin Rouge
5. There Will Be Blood

Honorable Mentions:   The Fall,  Bliss.

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Twitter movie lovers: Favourite scene in a film

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An ongoing project to document Twitter film lovers favourite scene/shot in cinema.
Each person is entitled to choose one scene/shot that they love above all other, and post accompanying image or video , as well as explain the reason behind the choice.
Please keep in mind, some of these scenes/shots may reveal spoilers to key film moments.   Submit your entry to me on Twitter @dialmformovies  or email: rhettrospective@hotmail.com

Twitter user:  @dialmformovies
Film:  ‘Rear Window’
Scene:   Getting caught out. 

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Reason
To me it is the ultimate shot ever achieved in cinema.  For almost all of the film – James Stewart’s character, along with the audience, have been voyeuristically scanning an apartment block, happily intruding on other’s peoples lives, issues and failures.
But near the end, with a dramatic attack taking place, director Alfred Hitchcock suddenly turns the tables on us.  Shot as though we are looking through a telescope, Hitchcock suddenly and without warning
destroys our privacy invasion with this single moment – Raymond Burr turns around and stares directly back at us. 
To me it speaks about cinema as a whole.  We are never invited into a film, but rather we are voyeurs, who consciously choose to view life on a screen, depsite it being an invasion of privacy.

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Twitter user:  @ScottFeinberg
Film:  Sideways
Scene: Maya (Virginia Madsen) telling Miles (Paul Giamatti) why she loves wine

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Maya:  No, I- I like to think about the life of wine.
MIles Raymond:  Yeah.
Maya: How it’s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it’s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I’d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it’s constantly evolving and gaining complexity. That is, until it peaks, like your ’61. And then it begins its steady, inevitable decline.
MIles Raymond:  Hmm.
Maya:And it tastes so fucking good.

Reason:

”[director] Payne at his most poetic.”
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Twitter user:  @the_exploder
Film:  Irma Vep
Scene:  Slinking.

Reason:

‘I don’t know why’  is the reason why I love this scene
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Twitter user: @claybo76
Film:  Children of Men
Scene: Car Ambush

Reason:

After much brain-wracking, I’ve decided on this scene because I can still remember watching it for the first time. While technically brilliant, and marvelously executed, it was the feeling of dread I felt when the flaming car came down the hill that sticks with me. Then we were stuck inside the car during the retreat and the following attack.  I remember my heart racing, and thinking that we have to get out of here. It was then I realised that scene up to that point had been all one shot, which floored me…and it kept going. I love this movie, but that scene and the feelings I associate with it, resonate with me to this day.
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Twitter user:  @Myfilmsviews
Film: Pulp Fiction
Scene:  Eziekel 25:17

Reason:
Because it’s one of best written, greatly acted and funny scenes ever recorded on film”

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Twitter user: @thecinemascene
Film:  Return of the Jedi
Scene: The Space Battle of Endor


This was a hard one to pick as there are many film scenes that could have qualified for this but in the end there was really no question as to what scene I wanted to pick, and that scene is the Space Battle of Endor in Return of the Jedi.

 

There are a few reasons why I love this sequence more than most, first it’s because it was the first big battle scene I can remember seeing as a Kid that really blew me away and gave me the sense that these two fleets were giving it all they’ve got in one last battle to the end while the Rebels also sought to go into the Death Star to destroy it, that scene as well really captured my imagination.

But as an adult, I appreciate the sequence just as much for its filmmaking aspects, the special effects work is outstanding, the editing is superb and we genuinely care about the characters involved in the action in the sequence, something that by contrast, today’s action lack in a big way.

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Twitter user: @wacko_smacko (Minh Ai)
Film: Martha
Scene: The 720 degree shot

I love this scene purely from an aesthetics point of view. It is truly stunning and breath-takingly beautiful. 
The scene revoles around the initial meeting of the two main characters, Martha and Helmut.
I find the intricacy of the sequence, in which the camera moves around the two characters for a 720 degree shot, nicely contrasts with the nature of their relationship as the film develops, with him in the role of the controlling transgressor, and her as the submissive and repressed housewife.
The beauty of the shot does not foreshadow the tumultous relationship that will ensue, and that is what I like about it.

For a brief moment, we bear witnesses to the ill-fated allignment of two souls, captured in a seamless sequence that is utterly breath-taking in its sheer beauty. 

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Twitter user:  @leezacariah  (The Bazura Project, Hell Is For Hyphenates, Ain’t It Cool News. )
Film: Singin’ In The Rain
Scene:  The Boardwalk Melody Sequence

Specifically, the bit where Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse dance together. Specifically, the moment where, after she teases/seduces him, he gets fed up, grabs her arm, pulls her towards him, and they engage in the most perfectly-choreographed moment in cinema history.

Musicals are the perfect type of movie in my mind: although I obviously love non-musicals, there is a disparity between highly-stylised sets, cinematography, production values etc, and human actors trying to act as naturalistic as possible. In musicals, artifice is given to every elements, actors included, so that naturalism is done away with, and every movement, every sound uttered is in service of invoking the same feeling that the other, deliberately unreal elements do. And this is the greatest example of it in cinema history.

And that’s not even taking into account that the dance is not a diversion from what came before, but is a key moment of character development.

Rare is the joy that compares to the moment when, just after they’ve begun their dance proper, the horn kicks in, high and mighty, and Charisse’s arm is flung back in pure ecstasy. Magic.
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