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Old 04-22-2016, 09:39 PM   #1
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Let's talk "new classics." Good writing doesn't age but there's also that zeitgeist thing I keep hearing about...

Off the top of my head:

A Happy Event (French - Louise Bourgoin's performance is to die for)
Black Swan
The Dark Knight (I'm not as big a fan as everyone else but I think it lives up to its ambition)
The Fall
Inception
Paprika
Spirited Away
The Master (my pick for best film of the century, so far - I have a serious talent-crush on PTA)
Mother (Bong Joon-Ho)
There Will Be Blood
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:25 PM   #2
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The Descendants
The Three Stooges
No Country For Old Men
Finding Forrester
Lawless
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:04 PM   #3
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Let's talk "new classics." Good writing doesn't age but there's also that zeitgeist thing I keep hearing about...

Off the top of my head:

A Happy Event (French - Louise Bourgoin's performance is to die for)
Black Swan
The Dark Knight (I'm not as big a fan as everyone else but I think it lives up to its ambition)
The Fall
Inception
Paprika
Spirited Away
The Master (my pick for best film of the century, so far - I have a serious talent-crush on PTA)
Mother (Bong Joon-Ho)
There Will Be Blood
While there have certainly been movies in the last fifteen years that I think are excellent, I really dislike tossing around the word "classic" in respect to recent films. I always find it interesting that a lot of these lists where people are asked to pick the "greatest movies" always seem to be top-heavy with movies that literally just came out in the last year -- because there just seem to be lots of people who, when they're asked this question, literally just respond with whatever movie they just saw and really liked.

And that's not to say that those feelings are real. I've seen movies that I was really enthusiastic about on first viewing, or even on the first few viewings, but when I went back to them many years later I came to realize that they hadn't stood the test of time.

Of course, it's not as if every movie or play or book has to be for the ages. Some works are incredibly successful because they appeal to something that is very specifically of their time and place. And, for better or worse, they are destined to fade away.

It's amazing how many really successful best-selling authors, for instance, are just never read by anyone any more.

How many people read John O'Hara these days? Yet he was hugely successful. Something like half a dozen of his novels were turned into big movies. Butterfield 8, Pal Joey, Ten North Frederick. And how many people have even seen those movies?

The long and the short of all this is that I never want to talk about "new classics." If a movie is really a classic I think that it has to pass the test of time. If people who haven't even been born yet can grow up, watch the movie and "they" think it's brilliant, then we may be talking about a movie that has some staying power. Go another generation and that generation agrees, then we're talking about something.

So go back twenty years what movies that you saw from the late nineties do you still think are classics?

Now how about movies from the seventies?

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Old 04-24-2016, 10:25 PM   #4
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i don't read John O'Hara these days, to answer your question.
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Old 04-24-2016, 11:06 PM   #5
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why i picked the movies i picked...as new 'classics.'

-3 stooges: i watched my 83 year-old dad and my 7 year-old son laugh so hard while sitting on the same couch they were both crying while watching this movie. me as well. no more explaining needed.

-descendants: not sure. loved the music. loved the...nobody involved in the whole thing is anywhere near perfect...don't know...one of those stories you don't click the channel changer. every character is like you but so different than you. love that music. love the tough scenes. they nailed the tough scenes. i wish i could write a movie like that.

-no country for old men: wicked. god is the sheriff, the devil's name sounds like sugar, man is the young feller caught in between and living in a trailer park who finds a suitcase full of money out in the desert. woody from cheers gets capped in a rundown hotel room in a rundown motel trying to talk a crazy killer out of killing him. what a great movie. god gets tired and retire, is scared, in the end, and the devil keeps roaming the streets...with a broken arm.

-finding forrester: like a lot of movies i love, love the music/score. always have been so curious how the music folks 'read' a script...musically. i don't know what to not like about this movie, especially if you like to try to get good words to stick on a page.

-lawless: in 30 years on some classic channel or whatever, they will introduce this movie with the players. what talent. good grief. really good story. plus, i'm a hillbilly from that area.
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Old 04-25-2016, 03:47 AM   #6
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I don't think anyone is claiming these films to be classics, and I don't see anything wrong in highlighting films you think is good and might become classics. Especially on a discussion forum. Usually classics has to be culturally relevant, which is a combination of the impact it had on it's field(orginality) and to the degree the film resonated in the general populace through discussion and
noticeability.
Anyway, these are just some good movies I can think of right now:

Talk To Her
Mullholland Drive
Inception
Spirited Away
Tree of Life
The Life Aquatic
Good Bye Lenin
Lost in Translation
Eagle vs Shark
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Old 04-25-2016, 05:24 PM   #7
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Jet Lag

Odette Toulemonde

The Valet

Sex and the City

Two Days in Paris/Two Days in New York
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:31 AM   #8
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Argo
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Donnie Darko
Finding Nemo
Little Miss Sunshine
Before Sunrise/Sunset/Midnight Trilogy
Sin City
Love Actually *(ducking head)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Kill Bill 2
Innocent Voices
Motorcycle Diaries
Shaun of the Dead (ducks to avoid Blue Monday)
Spiderman 2
The Dark Knight
Gran Torino
HP 6 and HP 7 and HP 7.1
Zombieland
Midnight in Paris
Source Code
Super 8 and 10 Cloverfield Lane
The Avengers
Gravity
Mad Max: Fury Road
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Old 05-01-2016, 03:54 PM   #9
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind easily

that's about it.
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Old 05-03-2016, 09:27 PM   #10
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The Lives of Others
Casino Royale
Interstellar
Kon-Tiki
Drive
Coriolanus
Dolls (the Kitano film)
The Departed
Russian Ark
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