Friday, January 14, 2011

My 20 Favorite Films Since 1962

In chronological order....

1. La Notte(Dare e avere)

1962, Michelangelo Antonioni

2. L'Eclisse
1962, Michelangelo Antonioni

3. The Masque of the Red Death
1962, Roger Corman

4. Matango: Attack of the Mushroom People

1963, Ishirô Honda

5. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
1964, Sergei Parajanov

6. Walkabout
1971, Nicolas Roeg

7. The Omega Man
1971, Boris Sagal

8. The Wicker Man
1973, Robin Hardy

9. Zardoz
1973, John Boorman

10. Holy Mountain(La Montaña Sagrada)
1973, Alejandro Jodorowsky

11. Phase IV
1974, Saul Bass

12. Logan's Run
1976, Michael Anderson

13. That Obscure Object of Desire(Cet obscur objet du désir)
1977, Luis Buñuel

14. The Lathe of Heaven
1980, Fred Barzyk, David R. Loxton

15. Altered States
1980, Ken Russell

16. Sadomania (el infierno de la pasión/hellhole women/Hölle der Lust)
1981, Jess Franco

17. Burden of Dreams
1982, Les Blank

18. Fitzcarraldo
1982, Werner Herzog

19. They Live
1988, John Carpenter

20. Cobra Verde(Slave Coast)
1988, Werner Herzog


Lawrence Phillip Pearce said...

Fuck yeah! I agree with you on just about all of these. I've never seen Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Will look into that one.

But yes, Altered States (obviously), all the Herzog films (it's hard for me to choose between Fitzcarraldo, Aguirre, Heart of Glass, Stroyzek, Nosferatu, Cobra Verde...all of his stuff is extraordinary), Omega man (YES!!!), Logan's Run (of course!), and Phase IV (70s eco-paranoia at its best!) Matango is friggin' insanely great!

Bunuel is wonderfully and consistently brilliant so it's hard for me too choose exactly what my favorites are of his(Los Olvidados, Belle De Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoise are all pretty awesome too.)

As far as Antonioni, I honestly have to say that I admire him a lot more than I really like him; my admiration for him is mostly on an academic level.

And could I have left that off my list??? Franco's a visionary right up there with Cocteau, Fellini, and Jodorowsky as far as I'm concerned. I love him!!!

The one film on your list that I'm surprised to see is Lathe of Heaven, which was a made for TV movie. I read the book and never really wanted to see the movie. Your tastes are fairly impeccable so I'll definitely check it out now.

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