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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    The graininess of certain '70s movies results from using fast film stocks in low lighting conditions. The movies are supposed to look that way to give an impression of documentary realism.
    Black Christmas and Wanda are two grainy 70s movies I recently watched and liked. Black Christmas has a lot of directorial and lighting flourishes, while Wanda is a bit more austere and fits with the documentary realism angle you mentioned. The films operate on totally different wavelengths, but I prefer the look of Black Christmas.

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    The graininess of certain '70s movies results from using fast film stocks in low lighting conditions. The movies are supposed to look that way to give an impression of documentary realism.
    Well then that stinks.

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Well then that stinks.
    That's a very Millennial bias on your part. In the '70s, graininess meant realism because that's how documentaries from the period tended to look (e.g., Harlan County USA); today, when most everything is shot digitally, realism means sharp resolution. Neither one is inherently more realistic; it's simply a matter of technological fashion--although personally, I find the softness of '70s films more aesthetically pleasing.

    Incidentally, although Oshima's Ceremonies isn't especially grainy for the period, 35mm prints of the film have a softness that is nowhere apparent in the torrent I downloaded from KG, which makes the film look like it was shot yesterday.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    Incidentally, although Oshima's Ceremonies isn't especially grainy for the period, 35mm prints of the film have a softness that is nowhere apparent in the torrent I downloaded from KG, which makes the film look like it was shot yesterday.
    I've noticed this too, with different movies, but somehow hearing someone else say it really bums me the fuck out.

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    I've noticed this too, with different movies, but somehow hearing someone else say it really bums me the fuck out.
    There's no substitute for celluloid.
    Just because...
    The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (Mark Donskoy, 1938) cold
    Invasión (Hugo Santiago, 1969) cold
    The Affair (Yoshida Kiju, 1967) mild

    The last book I read was...
    The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature by William James


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    Man I love the 1970s when it comes to film. That's my kind of decade.
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    And as he lay there
    Playing games with his pain
    He felt his choice of jobs
    Was such a mistake
    He could have been a doctor
    In a soft easy chair
    Instead he chose three stars
    A territorial affair

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    Inception (Nolan, 2010)




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    From my Top 50:

    1950s - 1
    1960s - 5
    1970s - 11
    1980s - 6
    1990s - 19
    2000s - 8
    2010s - 0

    I have seen exactly 39 films from 1939 or earlier, and 14 of those are from 1938 and 1939. It's one hell of a blind spot for me. The best of those 39 are Fury (1936) and The Thin Man (1934).

    Much like the opera and ballet, I have no patience for silent film. Sorry, film fans.
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    El
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    The Day After
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    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

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    (1999) 85

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    Quote Quoting DFA1979 (view post)
    Man I love the 1970s when it comes to film. That's my kind of decade.
    I'm not sure I'd wanna choose between 70's, 80's or 90's or whatever but I ain't gonna disagree with ya. It's a great decade.
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    • Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960) ✦✦✦✦ -- rewatch
    • The Crown (S4) ✦✦✦ [+]
    • Star Trek: Discovery (S3) ✦✦✦ [+]
    • War of the Worlds (Spielberg, 2005) ✦✦✦ [+] -- rewatch
    • The Crown (S3) ✦✦✦✦
    • Die Hard (McTiernan, 1988) ✦✦✦✦ -- rewatch
    • Carlos (Assayas, 2010/France) ✦✦✦½ [+]
    • Da 5 Bloods (Lee, 2020) ✦✦✦ [+]
    • Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Wolfe, 2020) ✦✦✦½ [-]
    • Hard Boiled (Woo, 1992) ✦✦✦½ [-] -- rewatch
    • Dumbo (Various, 1941) ✦✦✦ [-] -- rewatch
    • The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) ✦✦✦ [+]
    • Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore, 1988/Italy) ✦✦✦✦ -- rewatch
    • The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (Howard, 2016) ✦✦✦½ [+]


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    Trying trans' exercise, from my top 50:

    20s - 2
    30s - 1
    40s - 4
    50s - 8
    60s - 5
    70s - 3
    80s - 7
    90s - 3
    00s - 7
    10s - 10

    Tracks that I've always thought 50s may be my favorite decade, where as high number in both 00's and 10's is more a recency matter in high volume of films seen.
    Midnight Run (1988) - 9
    The Smiling Lieutenant (1931) - 8.5
    The Adventures of Robinhood (1938) - 8
    Sisters (1973) - 6.5
    Shin Godzilla (2016) - 7.5

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    From my Top 50:

    1950s - 1
    1960s - 5
    1970s - 11
    1980s - 6
    1990s - 19
    2000s - 8
    2010s - 0

    I have seen exactly 39 films from 1939 or earlier, and 14 of those are from 1938 and 1939. It's one hell of a blind spot for me. The best of those 39 are Fury (1936) and The Thin Man (1934).

    Much like the opera and ballet, I have no patience for silent film. Sorry, film fans.
    You pull that data from lb?

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    From my Top 50:

    1950s - 1
    1960s - 5
    1970s - 11
    1980s - 6
    1990s - 19
    2000s - 8
    2010s - 0
    19 is a big number! Could it be that your Gen X is showing?

    Mine looks more like Peng's:

    10 - 11
    00 - 8
    90 - 4
    80 - 6
    70 - 7
    60 - 4
    50 - 3
    40 - 1
    30 - 2
    20 - 2

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    Top 50 - I guess I tolerated the grainyness of Dog Day. I have a feeling it will be coming off my list after a rewatch. The rest of the 70s movies don't have grainy.

    20s - 0
    30s - 1
    40s - 2
    50s - 10
    60s - 3
    70s - 5 - Jaws, Alien, Close Encounters, Dog Day, Eraserhead
    80s - 8
    90s - 10
    00s - 6
    10s - 5
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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    19 is a big number! Could it be that your Gen X is showing?
    I can probably guess 4 of those off the bat.

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    I love 70s, 80s, 90s. All three have some shitty tropes, but whatcha gonna do?

    Related to a different conversation about age and growing up through the tech boom, (covid aside) this is the best time to be a film fan. Unprecedented access and they're pumping movies out more than ever.

    As a kid, every movie I got to see was an event. It was usually on tv and edited in half.
    Once a blue moon my parents would make the half hour drive to the lowest rent theater because it was closest.
    Then one day, the local convenience store got a vcr to rent out along with a small wall of tapes.
    Then one day, WE got our very OWN vcr. Now I could tape movies off of tv!! (couldn't do vcr to vcr because who lives in enough opulence to own two vcrs, duh)
    Then one day, vhs tapes started to become affordable and on the shelf in stores.
    Then one day, I could drive, and I went to the fucking theater every damn chance I could.
    And then one day, the internet.

    I don't care what decades people love or hate. I feel blessed that I can watch movies from all decades whenever I want, and that most movies aren't lost to time. When I was a kid and watched a movie on tv, there was a chance I would never ever get the chance to see it again. That was the mentality. That was the reality. So I say love whatever decades or genres you love, and fuck anyone that tells you youre wrong.

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    You pull that data from lb?
    No, I have an Excel viewing log that Ive been using since 2004.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    19 is a big number! Could it be that your Gen X is showing?

    Mine looks more like Peng's:

    10 - 11
    00 - 8
    90 - 4
    80 - 6
    70 - 7
    60 - 4
    50 - 3
    40 - 1
    30 - 2
    20 - 2
    Absolutely!

    I’m surprised to see the 2010s so high in these lists. Weakest decade ever.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
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    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
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    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I can probably guess 4 of those off the bat.

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    Two of them, sure!
    Last 10 Movies Seen
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    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    Absolutely!

    I’m surprised to see the 2010s so high in these lists. Weakest decade ever.
    You know what. You're right. Inception should be in the 00s not the 2010s. My mistake.

    Also, what are you 60s entries?

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    Also, what are you 60s entries?
    DON'T ANSWER THAT!

    The sanctity of the top 50 thread must be preserved.

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    Never understood the argument that the first year of a decade is 1.

    00-09 is the decade, to me.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    Top 50 by decade:

    1890s: 0
    1900s: 0
    1910s: 2 (4%)
    1920s: 4 (8%)
    1930s: 6 (12%)
    1940s: 7.5 (15%)
    1950s: 6.5 (13%)
    1960s: 5 (10%)
    1970s: 4 (8%)
    1980s: 7.5 (15%)
    1990s: 3.5 (7%)
    2000s: 3 (6%)
    2010s: 1 (2%)

    The 0.5s are Ivan the Terrible (1944/58) and The Decalogue (1989-90).
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    Invasión (Hugo Santiago, 1969) cold
    The Affair (Yoshida Kiju, 1967) mild

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    Quote Quoting Idioteque Stalker (view post)
    DON'T ANSWER THAT!

    The sanctity of the top 50 thread must be preserved.
    I wasn't gonna
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Quote Quoting megladon8 (view post)
    Never understood the argument that the first year of a decade is 1.

    00-09 is the decade, to me.
    The technicality of the argument cannot really be disputed (there was no year 0, so the literal first decade is 1-10), but I don't care and still use 0-9 for convenience and the aesthetics of it all.
    Last 10 Movies Seen
    (90+ = canonical, 80-89 = brilliant, 70-79 = strongly recommended, 60-69 = good, 50-59 = mixed, 40-49 = below average with some good points, 30-39 = poor, 20-29 = bad, 10-19 = terrible, 0-9 = soul-crushingly inept in every way)

    El
    (1973) 70
    The Day After
    (1983
    ) 63
    Duck, You Sucker (1971) 68
    Young Mr. Lincoln (1939) 71
    Noriko’s Dinner Party
    (2005) 61
    The Third Murder (2017) 56

    /Audition
    (1999) 85

    /Toy Story
    (1995) 65
    Vice (2018) 57
    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962) 62

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    Quote Quoting transmogrifier (view post)
    The technicality of the argument cannot really be disputed (there was no year 0, so the literal first decade is 1-10), but I don't care and still use 0-9 for convenience and the aesthetics of it all.
    Yes exactly.

    I understand it, but for the purpose of categorizing film decades (clearly the most important use of decade categorization known to humans), 0-9 just makes more sense.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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