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Sophisticated Films (A List, perhaps?) Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/12(Thu)10:31 No. 1254

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I watched "The Good Shepherd" tonight. Fantastic piece of fiction, that was. Absolutely brilliant espionage film directed by DeNiro. I might even go as far as to claim that it is the finest espionage film ever made. I suggest you utilize your eyes to view this piece in its full glory. It's truly spectacularly good.

I believe that modern filmographic devices displaying images at rapid speeds to create the illusion of movement would be a fine topic of discussion for fine gentlemen such as ourselves, would you not agree? Let us, perhaps, begin to list some of our most favored sophisticated films.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/07/15(Sun)13:07 No. 1262

The kings speech is a fine piece of art. Although don't expect to be totally blown away, in my belief the oscar should have gone to the social network

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/09(Sun)21:15 No. 1826

Surely your comment is in jest, and as such, a bellow did escape from by belly. A suggestion that my fellow beings watch 'A River Runs Through It', a particularly entertaining motion picture which focuses on the finer things in life, as well as reflecting their nature when experienced to excess.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/11(Tue)00:58 No. 1830

Requesting input- do you think that the following are gentlemanly?
Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf
Hello Dolly

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/13(Thu)05:33 No. 1838

If I may proffer yet another film, I would suggest Snow Falling on Cedars.

Sophisticated Gentleman 12/12/31(Mon)01:50 No. 1905

I personally found the aesthetics of 'A Dangerous Method' the most pleasing.

Sophisticated Gentleman 13/01/05(Sat)10:05 No. 1920

> I believe that modern filmographic devices displaying images at rapid speeds to create the illusion of movement

Be careful chaps, to not confuse verbosity with class. It's perfectly acceptable to use modern language on this board; a true gentleman adapts with the times.

Fine Plutonium Broker 13/01/05(Sat)15:24 No. 1922


Quite. The aim of gentlemanly speech is elegant precision, not superfluous decoration.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/16(Thu)04:17 No. 2675

Back to the Future is a cinematic masterpiece (its sequels less so). Its screenplay is of particular brilliance, wasting not words nor seconds in conveying its genius. Alas, Robert Zemeckis has not, in recent years, produced anything quite as smashing, and in a few cases has produced absolute rubbish instead.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/01/27(Mon)01:43 No. 2691

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In my opinion, John Sturge’s “The Magnificent Seven” is a much more entertaining motion picture than Kurosawa’s critically acclaimed “Seven Samurai”. Despite the former being a remake of the Japanese classic, I would say that “Seven Samurai” contains certain scenes that are far too long(and occasionally irelevent) for the casual cinema enthusiast. The film seems to be more concerned with portraying life in feudal Japan, rather than providing a rambunctious action flick to watch with your working class chums.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/08/30(Sat)02:10 No. 2858

I would suggest several films I watched recently: "Lust, Caution" and "The twilight samurai".

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/08/31(Sun)01:35 No. 2864

Film student here
How dare you

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/01(Mon)22:14 No. 2866

Could you please elaborate?

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/09/22(Mon)23:08 No. 2907

Any and all films by Tarkovsky.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/10/03(Fri)00:10 No. 2913

The Great Dictator might be Charlie Chaplin's most famous comedy. Its humor still stands strong to this day, and its message continues to be profound, despite being decades old.

Fellini's Satyricon is a fantastic rendition of what is quite possibly the first satire to ever exist. The pacing and mood is quite excellent, and his choice of scenes to add or remove offer some retrospective intrigue. The characters and acting are well portrayed, and the set pieces are truly immersive.

Stalker is a great film, depicting a setting within a post-Chernobyl environment. Its handling of the paranormal is unlike any I've ever seen. Where most films will throw such content into your face, Stalker treats it subtly. You are always left to wonder whether it is real, or if it is superstition. Combined with a constant sense of unease and bleakness, you're left questioning if any event in the film is justified. The cinematography, to boot, is actually as much a piece of the setting as the story.

The Man Who Laughs is a great drama from the silent film era. It is a film about a man who, as a child, was given plastic surgery to grant him a smile at all times. He is an outcast, finding only small gestures of kindness in strangers.

American Psycho is what you would get if Dexter were written by someone with tact (it's adapted from a novel, so there you go). It tells the story of a Wall Street businessman who puts on a shell of a personality, masking his inner urges, which he indulges in, but only in moderation. When he begins to lose control, he worries less about whether or not he will get caught, and more about what will happen when he can't come back. The ending sealed this as one of my favorite films.

The Bird People in China is the story of two Yakuza men who travel to a far away village. One has self doubts, and is led to question whether or not his life was worth living. I found its pacing to be very well done, and though I describe it bluntly, trust me when I say that I found the film to be quite unique.

Taxi Driver is a movie about a man, who having enough of crime, sets out to become a vigilante. It is the sort of film where moral ambiguity rules, and though it's heavy on action at certain points, it's usually over quickly and every scene serves a purpose beyond mindless entertainment.

Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas) is the depiction of a true event during World War 1, in which enemies on the battlefield called a Christmas truce. During the truce, however, they got to know each other so well that fighting became impossible.

Primer is a shorter film, maxing in at about one hour long. However, it is very intellectually based. Its depiction of time travel is the best handled I've ever seen in any medium.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/10/26(Sun)02:22 No. 2941

I'd suggest trying Delikatessen or Jeux d'Enfants for a change.

They call me Stickman 14/11/06(Thu)06:07 No. 2954

I personally support a colossal hatred for the kings speech.

By the way i have a fine taste for indie movies. Wristcutters is the very finest of cinema.

I will see that "the good sheperd" tonight.

Sophisticated Gentleman 14/11/20(Thu)05:25 No. 2963

I appreciate all of your gracious efforts, but I feel I may have the most to offer here.

Truffaut's "The 400 Blows" is a fine starting point for exploring French New Wave cinema (besides of course Breathless, which is a given.)

Stan Brakhage is the maker of a number of fine avant garde shorts, but his definitive piece would have to be his feature length film "Dog Star Man," a film in four parts that expresses a number of ambitious ideas using film that is scratched, drawn on, and manipulated in a number of interesting ways. The film has no sound.

"The Passion of Joan of Arc" is a significant and masterful silent film by Carl Theoder Dreyer.

"Landscape Suicide" is an early film by avant garde filmmaker James Benning that is a great introduction and thesis to his general thematics and a decent hindsight look into American New Cinema.

Other notable and reccomended movies would be Satantango, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Close-Up, and Black Orpheus.

Sophisticated Gentleman 15/10/15(Thu)08:06 No. 3097

La grande bellezza (The great beauty)
Grand budapest hotel
Life aquatiq
The imitation game
Leviathan (2014)
The city of lost children
The guard
NO (2012)
Oldboy (2003)
Lost in translation
The zero theorem
City of God (2002)
Jean de Florette
Umbrellas of Cherbourg
American history X

oh, and pretty much every single one of the Zatoichi movies.

I can't remember any more right now, but I'm sure there are tons.

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/01/17(Sun)06:01 No. 3123

Amelie and City of God are fantastic

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/01/17(Sun)06:03 No. 3124

Birdman was horrible

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/07/02(Sat)11:03 No. 3182

Can War movies be added to this? If so...
> Zulu and Zulu Dawn
> A Bridge Too Far
> The Longest Day
> Sahara
> From Here to Eternity
> Dr. Strangelove
> Stalin

And for None war movies:
> Goodfellas'
> Casino
> The Godfather
> Gladiator
> Pulp Fiction
> The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
> Rocky
> Scarface
> Citizen Kane

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/08/13(Sat)01:54 No. 3188

I would like to suggest The Dark Knight Rises and The Pest.

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/09/16(Fri)08:14 No. 3202

I've always been partial to 1998's Ronin, since there is no uncanny alley CGI to distract the eye from the film on display or the mind from the plot being presented.

All stunts were recorded at actual speeds down narrow Paris streets, with gentlemen regularly driving actual vehicles at frighteningly high speeds.

It stars the fine gentlemen DeNiro, Reno, and Skarsgård. While Natascha McElhone's accent grates on the ear, she is merely a supporting actor with less screen time than the stars. Though she is quite bad, overall it is but a small blemish on an otherwise excellent film.

It is, quite simply, the last good film John Frankenheimer created for theaters before his death. If you've never witnessed its spectacle, you should, and you should devote yourself to actually viewing it as a proper gentleman, instead of multitasking which will distract you at inopportune moments.

Sophisticated Gentleman 16/12/29(Thu)10:05 No. 3235

In terms of romantic films, I have a huge weakness for Brief Encounter. It's probably just my sentimental side and my fondness for the music but it's nonetheless one of my favourite films

Strange Rick Astly 17/03/03(Fri)05:35 No. 3245

Hey what does a gay terrorist sound like? Anonymous. Lol

Sophisticated Gentleman 17/04/08(Sat)20:05 No. 3256

I recommend checking out The Duellists

Sophisticated Gentleman 17/04/22(Sat)15:19 No. 3257

Enemy of the State

Sophisticated Gentleman 17/04/30(Sun)23:57 No. 3259

I like to watch movies that motivate me. "Margin Call" "Too Big To Fail" "The Founder"

Sophisticated Gentleman 17/08/09(Wed)11:01 No. 3273

I would recommend "The Man From Earth", the final screenplay written by the legend himself Jerome Bixby.

Michael Cruise 21/02/03(Wed)07:50 No. 3602

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