Alberich asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 10 years ago

RECOMMENDATIONS for "Netflix" DVD "Movies" to view?

Recently contracted with "Netflix" for DVD Movies.

So far, have viewed the following:

"Thelma and Louise", one of my all time favorites: gave it a 5 star rating.

Disc (1) and (4) of a 4 set BBC documentary movie about "Wagner"(the German opera composer, Richard Wagner) with Richard Burton in the title role. Skipped #-s (2) and (3) because I was so disappointed in (1); (4) turned out to be somewhat better than (1); but wouldn't recommend the set; gave them a 2.5 star rating.

"The Tales of Hoffman" by Jacques Offenbach - the 1951 movie; which I have now and thoroughly enjoyed: guess I will mail it back Monday, and plan to give it a 5 star rating.

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Next in my Queue is Laurence Olivier's(Hamlet).

I requested "The House of Rothschild" - 1934; but not available. And a German movie of Richard Strauss' opera "Salome"; but also not available.

The others that I'm thinking about Queuing, are: "Moulin Rouge"(old one, with Jose Ferrar)

"Nicholas and Alexander"(the last Russian Czar and his Czarina)

"The Last Emperor"(China's)

"The Grifters" with Angelica Houston(another all time favorite)

"The Professional"(a horrificlly grizzly, violent and bloody film; but one of the most unusual and beautiful love story's ever told).

Can you suggest any others that you think I might enjoy viewing?

Thanks,

Alberich

Update:

Thanks to you all. How can I choose a best answer?

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  • 10 years ago
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    One that might fit into your "likes" you might try Empire of the Sun.

    In the classical genre, you might try the Ballet Cinderella by Prokofiev. I am not into ballet so if you are like me just close your eyes and listen to the music.

  • 4 years ago

    I know it's confusing - but at the beginning of the film, the jet engine was "supposed" to have landed in Donnie's room and killed him - it didn't for some reason, so the rest of the film depicts this "tangent universe", with weird events, and hints that maybe something's not right with the world. The images that Donnie sees, are the result of ripples in space-time, and are caused by the corruption of the timeline. At the end of the film, there is a wormhole that the jet engine travels through, back in time to 28 days earlier, and crashes into the bedroom, killing Donnie and setting things right. Frank is an imaginary friend who guides Donnie and helps him navigate the weird timestream - he somehow prophesized his own (?) death - (or the death of a guy named Frank wearing a similar costume). This Frank died because Donnie survived the accident - at the end of the film we see that since Donnie died, he's alive, as he's supposed to be. It's a big confusing time-travel paradox. Did you ever wonder how things would turn out differently if you were running 5 minutes late - you could get hit by a car and be badly injured. Or if you took the wrong turn or made the wrong choice sometime in your life, how would it be different? It's something like that.

  • 10 years ago

    I confess (1953)

    Auntie Mame (1958)

    The Pallisers (1974...this might be too slow for you, but it's my favorite)

    Poldark (1975)

    Captains & the kings (1976)

    Les Miserables (1978)

    Centennial (1978)

    Brideshead Revisited (1981)

    Jane Eyre (1983)

    The jewel in the crown (1984)

    Pride & prejudice (1995)

    North & South (2004)

    Bleak House (2005)

    Dresden (2006)

    Cranford (2007)

    Little Dorrit (2008)

    Forever strong (2008)

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    Nicholas & Alexandra....I still enjoy re-watching this. Michael Jayston was magnificent during the scene when Czar Nicholas abdicates and then returns home: a humiliated, emotionally-crushed man. The scene (after his abdication) when he meets his wife in their bedroom usually puts a lump in my throat. A man wants to remain in control of his life and be a pillar of strength for his wife. So much was stripped from Nicholas' life, so his heartbreak was believable.

  • 10 years ago

    Being an opera fan, and the fact you already choose a Bernardo Bertolucci film you might try his '1900' (Novecento) from 1976. Its operatic in scope and begins on the day Verdi dies. An amazing film imho. You may also want to try Aria (1987) which uses opera music in scenes by several leading directors and 'Meeting Venus ' (1991) a backstage drama about a fictitious production of Tannhäuser. BTW I love that version of "The Tales of Hoffman".

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  • 10 years ago

    Hey! You're also a Netflixer! :D I've recently been enjoying a few DVDs from there. Considering the examples of the films you've liked, I'd recommend

    - 'Paradise Road' (about a group of European ladies imprisoned by Japanese soldiers on Sumatra during WW II who formed a humming orchestra among themselves to cope with the brutality)

    - 'Inside Man' (a really well done bank-robbery suspense. Brainy flick without using the usual movie cheap tricks to lure you in)

    - 'The Lives of Others' (a superb German film about life in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall).

    It's a major disappointment to me that 'Interrupted Melody', a film about Marjorie Lawrence, the great soprano who was crippled by polio in the middle of her career (and whose singing voice in this filmed was supplied by the great Eileen Farrell http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Etw5sdLa0Qg

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    ), isn't available on Netflix. :(

  • 10 years ago

    Hi Alberich,

    Best film I've rented out recently was a two part French movie about Jacques Mesrine portrayed by the excellent Vincent Casel, which I highly recommend.

    "L'instinct de mort" (The Killer Instinct) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1259014/

    "L'ennemi public n°1" (Public Enemy No.1) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0411272/

    Oh and I really enjoyed Quentin Tarintino's "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)

    There Will Be Blood (2007) is magnificent!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0469494/

    El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth) (2006) Spanish language fantasy - little short of a masterpiece directed by Guillermo del Toro.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0457430/

    Have you viddied any of these?

    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0338013

    Memento (2000)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0209144/

    American Beauty (1999)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0169547/

    The Thin Red Line (1998)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120863/

    Heat (1995)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113277/

    I would recommend the recently released Swedish language vampire movie "Let The Right One In"

    which is just a beautiful work of art but over there in the States they have oddly released a dubbed subtitled version which be different to those that appeared in the theatrical version.

    <rather good documentary>

    The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0317910/

    I second the recommendation by 'OpernKatz' for "The Lives of Others".

    I believe I've mentioned my love for "Kind Hearts and Coronets" classic Ealing Studios black comedy set in Edwardian England with Alec Guinness (1949) directed by Robert Hamer.

    fare-thee-well

  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Hi Alberich. I'm just going to reccommend three favourites of mine that I rewatched recently. Hopefully you haven't seen them before.

    The Crimson Kimono: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052713/

    I'm fast becoming a film noir nut, and I just love this one. Perhaps it's because I find James Shigeta devastatingly handsome, or maybe it's down to the fact that you can see the shadow of a camera during one scene. Either way, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

    Twelve Monkeys: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0114746/

    Please don't let the fact that it stars Bruce Willis put you off. Terry Gilliam (the director) specifically told him not to act like a typical 'Bruce character', and it really paid off because he's honestly wonderful in this film. It's fantastically strange and the imagery is beautiful, in a Terry Gilliam way.

    Barton Fink http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0101410/

    A damn good film. Damn good. John Goodman and John Turturro are stellar.

  • 10 years ago

    i have been going through and adding older black and white horror movies to my Q, vincent price, betty Davis, hush hush sweet charlot , what never happened to baby jane, one move i found on netflix that i have not seen in forever is the red violin, i highly recommend that movie

    http://www.netflix.com/WiMovie/The_Red_Violin/5670...

  • 10 years ago

    Based on your list, these are my suggestions for you:

    "Bonnie & Clyde" (Warren Beatty version)

    "Spartacus"

    "Ben-Hur"

    "Braveheart"

    "Moulin Rouge!" (Baz Lurhman version)

    "William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet" (Lurhman version)

    "Henry V"

    "Empire Of The Sun"

    "Kingdom Of Heaven"

    "La Femme Nikita"

    "Point Of No Return"

    Hope these help. Keep me posted.

    Source(s): me & my love of movies!!!
  • Anonymous
    10 years ago

    Russian Ark, and Disraeli.

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