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Yeah, this is a pretty bad movie, but it's nowhere near the worst movie ever made... Off the top of my head I think of Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Skydivers, Manos: The Hands of Fate and Eegah!, all of which are way worse than this. It's also a lot more endurable than some Jess Franco films that I've sat through. At least this one kept the story moving along at a brisk pace. It did make me laugh whenever the lead actor was supposed to be piloting a airplane and was instead just staring off into space.
10 years ago
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I don't understand the IMDB rating for this film. One of my favorite movies, although I have only seen the new cut that is currently available on Blu-ray. Maybe the original cut was terrible, but the version I have seen is great.

No, nobody in this film can really sing but it doesn't matter. Fred Astaire couldn't really sing either but we all still love Top Hat and Swing Time. This will be one of those movies I watch over and over again throughout my life.
10 years ago
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I cannot fathom why so many people like this and most of the stuff Disney put out during the 1990's. It's probably something that is wrong with me though. I hate everything about it, especially the music. When I watch Snow White, Pinocchio, Bambi, Dumbo or Fantasia, I feel nothing but pure joy. When Disney made a comeback with Cinderella and the rest of the 50's animated features I am onboard with those as well. When I watch this, I feel embarrassed (especially during the Can You Feel the Love Tonight song, my god that is gross.)

I feel weird trashing this film as I know many here probably love it from their childhood. I just can't enjoy this though. It just probably wasn't made for me.

I just had to wait a year after this to find something to love about Disney again with Toy Story and then pretty much every Pixar film that followed.
10 years ago
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This is probably my favorite filmed Shakespeare adaptation and my fourth-favorite Welles film after Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and The Magnificent Ambersons. The battle sequence was amazing. The dvd available from Mr. Bongo Films was surprisingly good. Here's hoping for an even better restoration and Blu-ray release down the line.
10 years ago
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Looks like I'm the first one to check this... I confess that I watched an 8-part video on Youtube of this. I'm not sure if that was the entire series or not. Part 8 appeared to be a repeat of the same footage from part 7 and it just cuts off after that.

This wasn't very interesting and if I missed out on some of it, I don't really mind. It was just basically home movie footage of Orson Welles and his wife and daughter and their travels through Spain. Most of it consisted of bullfights and what appeared to be The Running of the Bulls, which is not one of my favorite subjects. Since I am trying to watch every Orson Welles directed film, I forced myself to watch this.
10 years ago
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I agree with gulliver. If you are really interested, check out the First season because it is great (and watch the episodes in original broadcast order.) The Second season was horrible. The film, The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, redeemed the series somewhat, but still cannot recommend anyone ever sit through the second season. I remember reading all the review of the second season on Amazon before I bought the DVD set and thought, "This is just some anime fanboys or fangirls freaking out over something I can't relate to so I'll ignore their reviews," and bought it anyway, which was a really bad decision. It's as bad as everyone says it is. I can't even believe I was able to watch the whole thing.
10 years 1 month ago
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Just wanted to say this list is great and keep up the good work! I feel like of all the horror lists on this site, this one has the chance at being the most definitive.
10 years 1 month ago
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I am sure this is an important film for sociological or educational purposes, but for someone that is looking for at least some form of entertainment in their film consummation this just couldn't hold my interest. I forced myself to finish it, but it was really tough, since At Berkeley is four hours long. I felt High School by Wiseman was more interesting to me personally, or at least more watchable. I have seen other films use a similar Cinéma vérité style, that I felt were much more successful, such as Salesman and Grey Gardens by the Maysles. Those tended to focus on a smaller group of persons, which ended up constructing a narrative and endearing those persons to the viewer. This film was far more disjointed because the institution is supposed to be the character, which I had trouble relating to.

Also, looking in on board meetings, while eliminating bias between faculty and students, made me feel like I was at work, which is unpleasant. I do not want to discourage anyone from seeing this film, I am just voicing my own personal reactions. I am sure others might get a lot more out of this than I did.
10 years 1 month ago
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I wasn't able to find the episode, "The Third Man in Vienna," but I checked this anyway. Five out of six is probably good enough.
10 years 1 month ago
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I really loved this fantastic film. What is funny, though, is I spent much of the film thinking about how much one of the characters reminded me of Catherine O'Hara and then I see the end credits and see that it is her sister.
10 years 1 month ago
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Nope! This list is terrible. For every Howard the Duck, there's a decent to great film listed.
10 years 1 month ago
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I wouldn't really call this an animated short. It's a commercial, and there are almost no gags. It's pretty clever for a commercial, I guess, as the whole thing serves as an homage to the great Goofy "How to..." cartoons of the 40's, but it isn't enough. The animation is a little rough, especially when compared to a lot of the recent Mickey Mouse shorts that have been airing on the Disney Channel, which are beautiful and often hilarious.
10 years 1 month ago
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I really applaud this list! It's a great alternative to the IMDB 500 Horrors. I noticed there are a few years that are unrepresented like 1952. It was a pretty bad year for horror but I was wondering if you had ever seen The White Reindeer (aka Valkoinen peura)? It's a bizarre Finnish film about a vampire reindeer that was released that year. It is on a lot of the greatest Finnish films lists and it even won a special prize at the 1953 Cannes film festival. I saw it recently and I would really recommend it to anyone interested in the history of horror films. It has really spooky atmosphere and because the culture focused on (Laplander) is so alien to me, it seemed even scarier for some reason. It is available as a region 2 DVD w/ English subtitles under the title, La renne blanc.

Also from that year was the Bugs Bunny cartoon, Water, Water Every Hare with a mad scientist and the hairy monster, Gossamer, and a Donald Duck cartoon, Trick or Treat, which featured Halloween night with a witch named Hazel and even a Halloween song that was a staple of my childhood during that time of the year. Both of these shorts have pretty minor contributions to the history of horror films but are pretty fun anyway.
10 years 2 months ago
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This film is brilliant, and the Muppets are magical. The Rainbow Connection always hits me right in my heart. Jim Henson was a genius of Walt Disney proportions and the creations thought up by him and the people of his company will live on forever.

The thing about the film is that it isn't necessarily hilarious, but sweet and touching. The main muppets and especially Kermit are so fully realized that you forget they aren't autonomous beings. Their performers seem to disappear and you believe in them. Kermit is such a sweet, gentle soul and he's a bit of an underdog whose belief in himself is always slightly shaky, but he always finds the strength to come through in the end.
10 years 2 months ago
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In the middle of marathoning this show, and while I really like it, I hate the ridiculous theme song that plays over the end credits in every episode. So annoying and loud! I have to remember to push the mute button as soon as the credits come up every time.

edit: I have since finished this show and the finale is one of the strongest series finales I have ever seen. I don't understand how this series wasn't as popular as something like Breaking Bad. I still hate the theme music though.
10 years 2 months ago
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I cannot believe someone downvoted ThomasFTB.
10 years 2 months ago
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It looks like this list has the wrong film listed for Black Lizard. You have the Kinji Fukasaku version from 1968 listed and it should be the Umetsugu Inoue version from 1962.

edit - You have fixed the error so I withdraw my complaint.
10 years 3 months ago
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Wow... this movie was so tense! I felt on the edge of my seat for the last 20 or 30 minutes!

Also, I had no idea this was written by Akira Kurosawa! Really cool!
10 years 3 months ago
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Eyes Wide Shut and Kill Bill, Vol.2? I can understand pretty much everything else on this list but these two?
10 years 3 months ago
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I just want to voice an alternative opinion to the other comment on this page and say that this film is worth-while, especially to families with small children. 80 minutes is not too short at all and I thought the footage captured was very beautiful. My all-time favorite nature program was Planet Earth, also by Fothergill, and this is not in the same class, but I am not the target audience for this film. The Discovery Channel is great but this story is meant to appeal to a younger audience than that channel attracts. It is meant to spur interest in the natural world among a new audience and it is very effective in that regard. Would I have payed theater prices to see it on the big screen? Probably not. But at home, on blu-ray, it was a relaxing watch.

Disneynature is also a conservation effort and helps raise awareness on the subject. To suggest that Disney stick to animation, especially when Disney itself very rarely puts out animated product (usually one film a year), is strange.
10 years 4 months ago
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My first Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis film... I really disliked it. I cannot believe anyone found Lewis antics funny. I thought they were cloyingly irritating. I haven't given up on the duo quite yet though. Maybe this was a low point of their output.

edit: I recently saw Artists and Models and I found it a lot more enjoyable but it might have been due to director Frank Tashlin and his background in animation and making a lot of the gags very cartoon-like.


Another edit: now, I kinda love them. Maybe I need to revisit this.
10 years 4 months ago
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The storyline to this film is so odd but the beautiful photography and the emotion captured in it is so affecting. I loved it.
10 years 4 months ago
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I have a lot of nostalgia for this film for some reason and watched it repeatedly while I was growing up. It is goofy as hell and the storyline is some of the most insane nonsense I have ever seen outside of Teen Wolf. And on top of all that, Blackbeard is played by Peter Ustinov!? How did this film ever get made? Some stars must have been aligned the day this was given the green light. I am glad it did though. As an adult, this is comfort food for me and brings me back to a simpler time.

Also, this film and another Disney film, The Ugly Dachshund, is what started my lifelong obsession with Suzanne Pleshette. She was so beautiful in these films that I would watch them just for her.
10 years 4 months ago
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For everyone saying there is no meaning to this film... What are you, crazy? Of course there is meaning to the film. Why would someone spend years making a film with no meaning? Just for laughs? I could possibly see someone doing something for a day or two that had no real meaning but to work on a three hour feature for months or years? No. That would get old pretty quickly.
10 years 4 months ago
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I think it is totally hilarious that there are so many people complaining in the comments section about one of Hitchcock's masterpieces. For one thing, I see one of the lists that the film is in is Akira Kurosawa's top 100 films. Do you people honestly think you know more about film than Kurosawa? I promise you, you don't.
10 years 4 months ago

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