Posted on 08/05/12 09:42 PM | Last edited on 08/05/12 09:42 PM
1. Throne of Blood (1957) - 5/5
2. A Man For All Seasons (1966) - 4.5/5
3. Paths of Glory (1957) - 5/5 (2nd viewing)
4. Angel Heart (1987) - 4.5/5
5. Fear and Desire (1953) - 3.5/5
6. The Mirror (1975) - 4.5/5
7. Sid and Nancy (1986) - 4.5/5
8. Reds (1981) - 3.5/5
9. Once Upon a Time in America (1968) - 5/5
10. Ronin (1998) - 3.5/5
11. Metropolis (1927) - 5/5
Nothing but highlights this week, I'm not even going to cover anything but the masterpieces. The 1st masterpiece of the week was Throne of Blood which is Top 3 Kurosawa, and that is saying a great deal. This is a supernatural-samurai-Shakespeare-drama. Seriously. Required viewing for any film fanatic.
2nd masterpiece Paths of Glory. On my 2nd viewing I was able to see Paths in all it's Glory. Now that it has had time to settle in, I'm considering it for my 3rd favorite Kubrick film, which is also saying a great deal.
3rd masterpiece comes in the form of a western. West is hands-down one of the absolute finest westerns I've seen. Fonda goes against the grain as a villain and seems right at home. Don't like westerns? Try watching a some, and put this high in the list along with The Wild Bunch and High Noon.
Yes, there is a 4th film I'm calling a masterpiece and it is an oldie. Metropolis covers an incredible amount of ground. Social classes clashing, dependency on technology, and a good old fashioned love story. Hailed as one of the most influential films ever made, I'm in complete unity with that school of thought.
This might very well have been the best over all week of films I've had yet in this project I've undertaken. 4 masterpieces in 7 days say so.