The Last Ten Movies I Saw

1. Sherlock Jr. (Keaton)
2. Young Frankenstein (Brooks)
3. Another Year (Leigh)
4. The Jerk (Reiner)
5. Flesh (Ford)
6. Naked (Leigh)
7. Love in the Afternoon (Rohmer)
8. Carnage (Polanski)
9. Claire’s Knee (Rohmer)
10. Gran Torino (Eastwood)

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14 responses to “The Last Ten Movies I Saw

  • Zach

    In your hobby of making films, who are some directors you would say had significant influence on you?

  • michaelgloversmith

    Excellent question, Zach. Coincidentally, I’ve actually been planning on posting a list of my 50 favorite directors this coming Wednesday. I will provide a commentary for each director in the top 10 that will basically answer your question so check back on Wednesday.

  • Zach

    Look forward to it.

  • Zach

    If I ever decide to go into filmmaking, there’d be too many for me to list. But some of the most prominent ones who influenced me are:

    David Fincher
    John Carpenter
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    Duncan Jones
    Patty Jenkins
    Kelly Reichardt
    Jason Reitman
    Neil Marshall

  • David

    Young Frankenstein is hilarious!!Did you watch the blu-ray Brooks boxset version?

  • michaelgloversmith

    David, unfortunately I was screening Y.F. in a class at a college that doesn’t have a blu-ray player so it was the standard def DVD. It was still a great experience though; the students had an in-class writing assignment where they had to identify as many conventions of the horror and comedy genres in the film as they could. I think they all enjoyed it.

    Zach, good list. I’ve always been a fan of Carpenter but my love for his movies has really been renewed in the past 6 months. I’ve rewatched a lot of them for the first time since I was a kid. My wife and I just watched Starman last night and I had completely forgotten how beautiful it is.

  • Zach

    Yeah. I think that, The Thing, Dark Star, and Halloween are his best works. What I really like about Carpenter is his ability to make films that have all the qualities of mainstream movies while still being truly independent at heart. Like David Fincher, he’s easily one of Hollywood’s most underrated directors.

    I also take it that you’ve seen the works of Jones, Jenkins, and Marshall. I really like how great a storyteller Patty is and am very upset she dropped out of directing thor 2. Duncan, in my opinion, has opened up many new doors for future science fiction and Neil is an expert at mashing up several genres while also delivering on traditional scares and thrills.

  • Patrick A

    watching buster keaton in class on friday was hilarious, I now am a big fan of buster keaton, thanks for showing and introducing us to buster keaton! what’s also great is I work at a nursing home and on saturday I was able to talk to some of the residents on the film we saw on buster and they were shocked to find out I watched an old film around there time, so it made it easy for me to relate to with them.

  • Omar Pineda

    Last Ten Movies I Saw
    1. Odd Man Out (Reed)
    2. The Red Shoes (Powell & Pressburger)
    3. Night Moves (Penn)
    4. Slacker (Linklater)
    5. Melvin Goes to Dinner (Odenkirk)
    6. Dirty Harry (Siegel)
    7. Storm Warning (Blanks)
    8. The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard (Brennan)
    9. Dracula (Browning)
    10. The Grapes of Wrath (Ford)

  • michaelgloversmith

    The Red Shoes and Odd Man Out are incredible. I’ll be doing a “classic British cinema primer” post soon. I’m also very fond of Night Moves, Slacker, Dirty Harry and The Grapes of Wrath. Dracula is overrated (especially in comparison to Murnau’s Nosferatu). Browning made many better films.

  • Omar Pineda

    I agree with pretty much everything you said. I didn’t like Dracula either. Had good moments, but had a lot of problems, and yeah its overrated. Next Browning film i will see is Freaks

  • Omar Pineda

    Yeah, i’ll definitely try to look for that one.

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