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Sunday, January 8, 2012

JDB Records Favorite Films seen 1st in 2011

Today's high-quality list of older films is provided by Jeffery over at JDBRECORDS!
(here's his 2010 list too!)


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1. BALL OF FIRE
This might be one of my favorite comedies of Howard Hawks. Barbara Stanwyck is a knockout and keeps the romantic shenanigans from getting too sappy. Billy Wilder's consistently clever dialogue really shines. (Netflix Instant Link)


2. THE PUBLIC ENEMY & WHITE HEAT
Cagney classics from two different eras. Great ensemble in WHITE HEAT; the ending of THE PUBLIC ENEMY is memorably hardcore.


3. PATHS OF GLORY
Kubrick keeps things on a small scale to distressing and claustrophobic effect. One of the all-time great anti-war pictures.


4. DIARY OF A COUNTRY PRIEST
Saw this at Film Forum in New York and found it to be a haunting experience. The story is sad and profound; the photography is sublime.


5. LA DOLCE VITA
Such a vibrant Fellini film. Had no idea it's where the term 'paparazzi' originated. Great Nino Rota score and Anita Ekberg is a vision.


6. THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY
Bergman's chamber film on mental illness is beautifully filmed and sensitively portrayed.


7. WOMEN IN LOVE
Ken Russell was a sad loss this year. His visionary work on this adaptation of D.H. Lawrence is a treasure. Few scenes are as bizarre and lovely as Glenda Jackson dancing by a lake to "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles."


8. THE BIG HEAT
A fun, brassy film noir. I will never look at a coffee pot the same way again.


9. ACE IN THE HOLE
Another film displaying Billy Wilder's genius. A cynical, still-relevant look at our country's obsessions and our blood thirsty media.


10. PERFORMANCE
So odd and flamboyant. I couldn't take my eyes off of Mick Jagger in this druggy time capsule of '70.

2 comments:

Aaron said...

I watched both PERFORMANCE and PATHS OF GLORY for the first time in 2011 as well. The trench scenes in PATHS OF GLORY have an ironic beauty to them. PERFORMANCE was a huge surprised and just amazing on many levels.

Ned Merrill said...

Lots of favorites on this list, particularly ACE IN THE HOLE, BALL OF FIRE, PATHS OF GLORY, BIG HEAT, and PUBLIC ENEMY.