1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - As seen in February 2014
1) The Ascent (1976 - Larisa Shepitko) 3/10 - It seems like it's been two months since I've watched this, not one. I guess that means it's forgettable? Yeah, that sounds about right.
2) My Own Private Idaho (1991 - Gus Van Sant) 6/10 - I've officially seen this one enough times to officially announce I don't care for it. It's okay, but I really don't understand the hype..at all.
3) A Chinese Ghost Story (1987 - Siu-Tung Ching) 4/10 - Surprisingly not awful. But still, not good either.
4) The Barefoot Contessa (1954 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz) 4/10 - See this for Gardner, but mute it and just gaze at her beauty. Seriously, this wasn't good at all and paired with "Guys and Dolls", I think I can add Mankiewicz to my "director's to approach with caution" list.
5) Harold and Maude (1971 - Hal Ashby) 7/10 - Solid '7' and deserves a rewatch someday. Good stuff that fell just shy of making a "Ten Worth Mentioning" spot in this recent TOP 20 list.
6) Europa Europa (1990 - Agnieszka Holland) 4/10 - I gave this a '6' last month. Man, I must've been feeling extra generous. Just not THAT good and quite forgettable really.
7) Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988 - Pedro Almodovar) 8/10 - #18 on the most recent TOP 20 list. Need I say more?
8) Red Sorghum (1987 - Zhang Yimou) 2.5/10 - Zhang Yimou gave me one of the best films I saw last season ("Raise the Red Lantern") and one of the worst (this).
9) Flaming Creatures (1963 - Jack Smith) 1/10 - Blech.
10) Housekeeping (1987 - Bill Forsyth) 6.5/10 - Just a tough nut to crack, that's all there is to it. Probably deserves a rewatch someday.
11) Mad Max (1979 - George Miller) 6.5/10 - Probably went just a tad overboard on this one, but it's still pretty kick ass and worth a look if you haven't seen it.
12) The French Connection (1971 - William Friedkin) 10/10 - Who am I freakin' kidding? This is a '10' through and through and any nitpicking I did in that review wasn't enough to lower it at all. LOVED this movie!
13) The Conversation (1974 - Francis Ford Coppola) 10/10 - See "The French Connection". This and "The French Conenction" are currently fighting over the top spot of the next TOP 20 and it's gonna' be hard to beat them out.
14) The Cool World (1963 - Shirley Clarke) 3/10
15) Cairo Station (1958 - Youssef Chahine) 4.5/10 - I think I was a little too hard on this one and perhaps, I wasn't all the way in the mood for a movie the night I watched this. A rewatch someday would be fair.
16) Woodstock (1970 - Michael Wadleigh) 6/10 - The watching of this one prompted me to take a look at the "1001 Albums..." list, so there's that. Like Ray said though, I'd rather just fire up the albums than be forced to sit through three hours of this. It was fun, but not particularly quality filmmaking.
17) The Night of the Hunter (1955 - Charles Laughton) 9/10 - Another one that's currently sitting atop the current season, alongside "The French Connection", "The Conversation" and "Fat City". All great films and good to get a favorite from the 50s in there.
18) A Question of Silence (1982 - Marleen Gorris) 6/10 - Another tough one to get a good read on. Just an odd film all around, if you ask me and a hard one to really rate. Something to behold, for sure.
19) Ikiru (1952 - Akira Kurosawa) 5/10 - I think all of the gripes from my review are valid and so far, Kurosawa has been a disappointment.
20) Guys and Dolls (1955 - Joseph L. Mankiewicz) 5.5/10
An even 20 for the month and my current goal is to get this set of 100 finished off by my 30th birthday (July 12). I think I can do it!
NON-1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die - As seen in February 2014
1) All Is Lost (2013 - J.C. Chandor) 8/10 - Watched "All Is Lost" last night, via OnDemand. This is one that I think I have to weigh in on using two hands.