3 July 2008

Poll Alert! I can't decide what to watch (again)

Once again I find myself in a quandary, so many great looking films, so little impetuous to choose.

I have five films here, all ready for me to sit down and look upon but I find it so difficult to make a choice and that's where you lot come in as you'll do the choosing for me. I've concocted a poll, please see the top right hand side of this blog, listing the five films, simply click the box of the film you like and vote. Only the final result of this poll will decide the winner, so if you comment below on your preferred choice please back it up in the poll.

Last month you picked Wim Wenders Paris, Texas, for which I'm extremely grateful and enjoyed immensely, you can see the review here, so let's see what little treasure you pick out for me this time. Here are the five choices: click film titles for teasers, all brief synopsis' are taken from either IMDB and Allmovie, note that I haven't seen any of these films before.

In his only full-length feature, released shortly before he died at age 29, Jean Vigo led the way for the French poetic realist style, deriving poignant beauty from drab reality. The power of L'Atalante is the way the camera captures the world in rich, dreamy images, steeping the audience in a viewpoint both innocent and stark. Often acclaimed as a masterpiece, L'Atalante often features on critics top 10's of all time.

Night Moves (Arthur Penn, 1975)

Night Moves rethinks the conventions of 1940's film noir with a 1970's sensibility. Vastly underrated, Night Moves ranks as one of the era's nastiest and most fascinating pieces of business, a detective story that shuttles back and forth between Hollywood and the Florida Keys, with a plot nearly as complex as Chinatown.

The Elephant Man (David Lynch, 1980)

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous fa├žade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. Touching and sensitive, Lynch's The Elephant Man remains one of his most accessible, commercial and critically acclaimed films.

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1969)

Andrei Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history. Widely recognised as a masterpiece, Tarkovsky's medevial epic, with a running time of 205 minutes, was not seen how the director intended until it's re-release some 20 years after it was completed.

The Bridge On the River Kwai - (David Lean, 1957)

Arguably one of David Lean's greatest films, The Bride On the River Kwai revels in its moral ambiguity: no significant character is either purely a hero or purely a villain. Depicting the prisoners of war who were ordered to build the infamous bridge to accommodate the Burma-Siam railway, The Bridge Over the River Kwai transcends its restrictive genre and delivers a film rich in character, themes and narrative.

So there you have it, please choose wisely, I shall leave the poll for a couple of weeks and the review will be finished a few days after the results are in. Thanks in advance.


Michael J. Mendez said...

Dude, Bridge on the River Kwai and you still have to ask? Of course you watch this movie!!!

Madness, madness.

Jeremy Richey said...

Since I recently confessed that NIGHT MOVES is my favorite American film of the seventies, I would love to read your take on that one.

James Hansen said...

Gosh, any of these would be a good choice, although THE ELEPHANT MAN is "minor" Lynch in my book so I'd go with one of the others.

I voted for L'ATALANTE b/c if I had to pick a favorite in this great bunch that would be it, and I feel like it gets so much less coverage and discussion than it deserves. It is deceptively simple, so some thorough posts on it are well deserved. So too with the others, but I'd go with L'ATALANTE with RUBLEV, BRIDGE, and NIGHT MOVES following that.


Never seen NIGHT MOVES. If you in the mood for a little french romance go for L'ATALANTE.

If you feel like watching a film with some of the most lush and beautiful photography watch THE ELEPHANT MAN.

If you want a movie with equally striking photography, watch ANDREI RUBLEV (unless you don't like to see live animals tortured, which happens more than a few times in that one).

But I must say, out of all those splendid wonderful 4 star movies.... THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI.
It's one of the greatest war films ever made and I much prefer it to LAWRENCE OF ARABIA...another four star movie!

Daniel G. said...

Indeed, Kwai still holds up as a classic war movie.

Robert A Vollrath said...

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI is the reason I fell in love with movies.
It was the first great movie I saw as a child. I saw it at a drive in with my parents when it was show in the 1960's after it's original run.
It made me see acting as an art.

FDr said...

I would choose The Elephant Man because it is more surreal and freaky than the more traditionally absurdist The Bridge on the River Kwai.

Anil Usumezbas said...

I have chosen Bridge Over River Kwai even though Elephant Man and Andrei Rublev are probably superior films. When it comes to following lists like yours, my primary motivation is seeing films that everybody else seems to know about and therefore have a better grasp of the art of cinema. Bridge is a classic, known by nearly everyone and therefore is a culture icon. Go for it. At least you'll have your own couple of words to utter when the film's name is mentioned.

Ibetolis said...

Thanks to everyone who voted on this poll, it's been the biggest success yet.

The majority have spoken and The Bridge on the River Kwai will indeed be the next film I watch.

Look out for the forthcoming review later this week and again thanks for taking part.

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