How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

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How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby trevor826 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 11:47 am

The Radio Times is published by the BBC and is the longest running and most respected TV/Radio guide in the UK. Obviously this list is not meant to be taken too seriously but according to the article, these are the 25 movies (plus alternatives) you need to see to be a film buff.

Original list by Radio Times film editor Andrew Collins.

1. Casablanca (1942)
or Citizen Kane (1941)

2. The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1919)
or Nosferatu, a Symphony of Horrors (1922)

3. Blade Runner (1982)
or 2001: A Space Odyssey (196

4. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
or The Red Shoes (194

5. Build My Gallows High (1947)
or The Big Sleep (1946)

6. La Dolce Vita (1960)
or Bicycle Thieves (194

7. High Noon (1952)
or The Searchers (1956)

8. Rear Window (1954)
or Psycho (1960)

9. The Hidden Fortress (195
or Rashomon (1950)

10. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
or Easy Rider (1969)

11. Bringing up Baby (193
or His Girl Friday (1939)

12 The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

13. Un Chien Andalou (192
or LAge dOr (1930)

14. Armageddon (199
or Con Air (1997)

15. Heavens Gate (1980)
or Dances With Wolves (1990)

16. Annie Hall (1977)
or Manhattan (1979)

17. Singin in the Rain (1952)
or An American in Paris (1951)

18. Paths of Glory (1957)
or A Few Good Men (1992)

19. Performance (1970)
or Blowup (1966)

20. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
or Dracula (1931)

21. Blackboards (2000)
or The Apple (199

22. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
or Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

23. Pulp Fiction (1994)
or Reservoir Dogs (1991)

24. Shoah (1985)
or Nuit et Brouillard (1955)

25. Winter Light (1962)
or The Silence (1963)

Quite interesting though Im sure most of us would create quite different listings.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 


Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby wpqx » Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:43 pm

Jesus Con Air and Armageddon? Well there's no accounting for taste.

In case anyone else has a similar confusion Build My Gallows High was released in the US as Out of the Past.
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Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby trevor826 » Tue Jul 18, 2006 2:52 pm

There are a few I'd instantly dispose of on the list but I guess it's aimed at the masses, even so Star Wars 1V would have made a better impression than Armageddon. I also think too many of the alternatives were very obvious.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby wpqx » Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:27 pm

Perhaps their justification was that being a film buff means you can't be a film snob, so you have to sit through many pieces of @#%$ (which would also explain The Hills Have Eyes and A Few Good Men)
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Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby A » Fri Jul 21, 2006 4:23 pm

By film buff, they probably mean somebody who has seen a lot of films from a lot of "areas".
If somebody told me he knows all of these 50 films, I would probably think him very knowledgable at first. In this way it works.
A
 

Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby wpqx » Fri Jul 21, 2006 7:53 pm

Only 46 for me, but its not like any of these films are remotely difficult to find.
wpqx
 

Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby trevor826 » Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:13 pm

May I be the first to say I've seen all the films listed, certainly not proud of the fact (considering there's a couple of clunkers in the list that I would never watch again).

I'm surprised you haven't watched them all wpqx, which haven't you seen? As you say though, they're not exactly difficult to get hold of.

Cheers Trev.
trevor826
 

Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby wpqx » Sat Jul 22, 2006 12:59 am

The Apple
Heaven's Gate
Armageddon
The Hills Have Eyes

Now Heaven's Gate and The Apple I certainly plan on viewing, I was waiting for the director's cut of Heaven's Gate, and I'm not sure if the Apple is out on DVD yet, which was why I didn't see it previously. The Hills Have Eyes and Armageddon I have no real burning desire to see, but I can see myself sitting through Wes Craven's film.
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Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby A » Sat Jul 22, 2006 7:42 pm

Congrats Trevor.
I haven't seen quite a few of these films, but then I'm probably not a typical movie fan (as probably no one on this site is ):

A Matter of Life and Death (1946)
The Red Shoes (1949)
Build My Gallows High (1947)
The Hidden Fortress (1956)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Heavens Gate (1980)
A Few Good Men (1992)
Performance (1970)
Blackboards (2000)
The Apple (199
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Shoah (1985)
Nuit et Brouillard (1955)
Winter Light (1962)

Apropos Armageddon: I saw it quite recently a couple of months ago, and liked it a lot. Actually, I don't want to start any discussions right now, and I wasn't sure if I should mention it. But it would have come out anyway, when I will finally update my viewing logs for the past months.
Maybe I will become a Michael bay fan?
A
 

Re: How to be a film buff (according to the Radio Times)

Postby jcdavies » Mon Aug 07, 2006 5:20 am

Well, i've not seen The Hills have Eyes, and only bits of Armageddon (not my thing). Andrew Collins is a nice unpretentious guy but i hardly think his 25 (50) will make sudden experts of the RT readers- unless perhaps they study the films as carefully as Welles did Stagecoach before making Kane. A pity that while the usual world cinema suspects Kurosawa, Bergman and Fellini are (quite rightly) present and correct, the very greatest directors- Mizoguchi, Tarkovsky, Renoir, Ozu- are absent. AC's list is still too Anglocentric for my liking, but as an intro i suppose it's passable, especially given that the Beeb has pretty well given up on world cinema.
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