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Sight & Sound The Critics’ Top 50 Greatest Films of All Time

 

1. Vertigo (Hitchcock, 1958)

2. Citizen Kane (Welles, 1941)

3. Tokyo Story (Ozu, 1953)

4. La Règle du jeu (Renoir, 1939)

5. Sunrise: a Song for Two Humans (Murnau, 1927)

6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, 1968)

7. The Searchers (Ford, 1956)

8. Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

9. The Passion of Joan of Arc (Dreyer, 1927)

10. 8 ½ (Fellini, 1963)

11. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)

12. L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)

13. Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)

14. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979)

15. Late Spring (Ozu Yasujiro, 1949)

16. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)

17. Seven Samurai (Kurosawa Akira, 1954)

17. Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)

19. Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)

19. Singin’ in the Rain (Stanley Donen & Gene Kelly, 1951)

21. L’avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960) (more…)

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by Jaime Grijalba.

a.k.a. P.O.V. – A Cursed Film

(Japan, 92 min)

First of all, let me redirect you to my blog once again, because it is of interest for this post. In the recent days I’ve started a new mad-man project, since July 24th until October 31st, there are a 100 days, so I decided to post a review, or whatever I thought was possible, daily starting that day until Halloween comes out, just of horror films, and I’ve been having fun reviewing films that I’ve been wanting to for a long time, and also completing some old ‘in the works’ reviews that I had worked on until actual important stuff appeared in my life, or some other urgent matters seemed more adecuate for posting in the blog. Here is the link to all the pieces I’ve written so far, and if I may, I will use this awesome space that has been given to me every other wednesday to actually add one review to the list, one of a 2012 asian film, the ones that I’m featuring this year for my examination (don’t worry, I don’t know yet, but I’ll be writing on other themes or things next year, if I ever get some time to do it, I start working… I hope). So, this japanese horror film is one of the many that have appeared in a recent surge of the ‘horror found footage’ genre, that since ‘The Blair Witch Project’ has maintained some kind of fame on being the scariest examples of the genre to some, and to others of just being a bunch of gimmicks that don’t actually pay off to anything. The recent popularity of these movies is all fault of the 2007 (not released widely until 2009) US film ‘Paranormal Activity’ and its sequels, that have got even bigger budgets and have been equally succesful in attracting viewers from all over the world, and the rest of the world has answered to the craze, going out and making their own films that swear to God that they are real extracts from real recordings of real happenings that are just too horrific to believe. It is quite impressive how this wave was in some way announced in other earlier films from all over the world, like in the spanish ‘[REC]’ series, released in 2007 and with its latest installment released this year (a review of ‘[REC]3: Genesis’ can be read at my blog, it is quite good), or the japanese masterpiece that is ‘Noroi’, released there in 2005 (you can also read a review/tribute to this film in my blog, clicking the link up there), that follows the fake documentary approach to show us the horrific circumstances that followed a paranormal investigator. Now, when you compare these international films, done before and after the ‘Paranormal Activity’ craze, with the american films either inspired by the succesful series of films whose fourth installment will be released this october, we can easily see that the international filmmakers (I say international, even though I hate myself for doing this, but it is true that most of these movies don’t make it to the US unless it’s on video) have the upper hand in terms of scares and plots for these films, you can see them and really think that they are real, not as in their american counterparts. (more…)

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