1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - As seen in January 2014
1) No Fear, No Die (1990 - Claire Denis) 5.5/10 - Nothing memorable here and honestly, they should've ousted it with the "Life of Pi" edition.
2) Jacob's Ladder (1990 - Adrian Lyne) 6/10 - One they did oust in the "Life of Pi" edition and I can't say I'm sad to see it go.
3) The Asthenic Syndrome (1989 - Kira Muratova) 1/10 - Garbage, plain & simple.
4) Archangel (1990 - Guy Maddin) 5/10 - Unique enough to be included here, but it's magical qualities were lost on me. I appreciated it, but didn't enjoy it.
5) Drowning by Numbers (1988 - Peter Greenaway) 7.5/10 - On one hand, I'd REALLY like to get it a "Ten Worth Mentioning" spot. But, on the other hand, "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and her Lover" was the superior Greenaway and it didn't get a "Ten Worth Mentioning" spot...I'm torn.
6) Dirty Harry (1971 - Don Siegel) 7.5/10 - Another one that deserves SOMETHING on the TOP 20 list.
7) The Great Escape (1963 - John Sturges) 8/10 - Would love to see this one nab a TOP 20 spot. Hopefully I can fit it in.
8) Amadeus (1984 - Milos Forman) 5/10 - Not for me...that's that.
9) Ride Lonesome (1959 - Budd Boetticher) 3.5/10 - Forgettable
10) Prizzi's Honor (1985 - John Huston) 7/10 - It COULD get a "Ten Worth Mentioning" spot, but it will be close.
11) A Tale of Wind (1988 - Joris Ivens) 2.5/10
12) Bad Day at Black Rock (1955 - John Sturges) 6.5/10 - This was a great western/noir, but I'm not sure it has enough 'oomph' to even get a "Ten Worth Mentioning" spot.
13) Sherman's March (1986 - Ross McElwee) 8/10 - Still surprised at how much I liked this. Really great doc.
NON-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - As seen in January 2014
1) Before Sunrise (1995 - Richard Linklater) 7.5/10 - I've been wanting to watch "Before Midnight", but didn't want to watch it without rewatching it's two predecessors: "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset", both starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, released about ten years apart. The first movie tells of Jesse (Hawke), an American traveling in Europe and Celine (Delpy), a French woman returning home from visiting her grandmother, meeting on a train and striking up a conversation, on their way to Vienna. Jesse will be getting off the train, Celine will not. However, with a little convincing and a lot of charm, Jesse manages to coax Celine into accompanying him into Vienna, where he has to wait until the next morning to catch a train back to the United States. From there they spend the rest of the afternoon and night walking around the beautiful city and talking.
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