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My advice for anyone looking to watch any of these is 2 fold - find a scrubbed up remastered blu-ray version if you can and second, watch it on as big a screen as possible. I have a 100 inch screen and an Epson projector in a dedicate basement. Some of these old films look AMAZING on a proper big screen after a recent bluray remaster.
Now seen 203 of the top 250 on the British Film Institute list. American Film Institute - I'm now up to 86 seen of the top 100. Man, getting rid of cable sure accelerated my movie watching rate.
Wait ... Grand Hotel isn’t on the list? Whaaat? Whaaaaaat? Half of my top ten would be Japanese but Grand Hotel would definitely be there. Wages of Fear? Ruling Class?My wife would insist on Powell, Red Shoes and Stairway to Heaven. Definitely.
+5 on this! For sure, I recommend this to people all the time and they think I'm either crazy or a total snob. Not true. One can put together a decent projector setup for around $2k including a screen. Even cheaper probably and still get a great picture. Movies were framed to be viewed large on a BIG screen. Do yourself a favor and enjoy it the way the director/cinematographer intended!
I must admit that I haven't seen many of these "classics". But unlike classic novels of the last century, often times the older movies are a bit too plodding as they haven't seemingly refined the storytelling up to modern standards of audience's attention span. I've watched Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia, but I don't think I'd ever want to watch them again, despite being "good".There are still a number of films on my list that I haven't watched all the way through as I fell asleep or got too bored. Most of these I own:Apocalypse Now (I've read Heart of Darkness from which it borrows heavily)2001 Space Odyssey (fell asleep twice watching)The Shining (watched it probably 3 times and always only get halfway through)
btw Tyson, have you seen Visions of Light?
Cool! Yeah, cable can be a true mind sucker. So any gems appearing? First-time mind-blowers? What do you think of their lists, i.e., do you agree with either more? Enquiring minds want to know.
The Great Dictator - mocking Hitler on the eve of WW2, yeah Chaplin has some serious cajones.
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