Monday, November 28, 2011

Top 100 Films: #81-#90

Let the countdown of my Top 100 Films continue, and better yet, keep the conversation going in response to the films, the write-ups, and the reading recommendations! I'm partial to my entry on film #90, Abbas Kiarostami's Close-Up, because my favorite essay out there was written by a friend and co-worker. Gratifying to spread the word!

#89: Mary Poppins (after, you know, a three-year delay)
#90: Close-Up

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Anonymous Evanderholy said...

I am way overdue to give "Close-Up" a second viewing. The first time around it made a big impact on me as a brand new film buff, but I don't think I was quite ready for it.

At the end of high school I started to dip my toe a little into classic films, but it wasn't until college that I fully dived in. As a freshman at Virginia Tech in the fall of 2001, I discovered that our library had a large video and an inchoate DVD collection. The DVD collection consisted of maybe 100 DVDs at this time and I started to watch all the worthy ones.

So this meant that while I was just starting to watch movies like "The Maltese Falcon" and "Shane" and "Rebel Without A Cause", I was also watching Cocteau's "Orphic Trilogy" and Kiarostami's "Taste of Cherry", "The Wind Will Carry Us" and "Close-Up".

Needless to say the Cocteau and Kiarostami movies were unlike anything I had ever seen up to that point, but I was intrigued. "The Wind Will Carry Us" was my favorite of the three, but "Close-Up" probably made me think the most about this medium of film that had so recently captured my interest. I'm curious to see how "Close-Up" will affect me now.

Also, I ended up seeing "Wild Man Blues" over the weekend based on your recommendation. I really enjoyed the movie and your review. That "lunch from hell", as Woody puts it, with his parents at the end is really something!

6:18 PM, November 29, 2011  

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