a Teaching Company set of 48 lectures on Beethoven's symphonies. The only downside was that they were too short. It's on my "must watch again" list.
a very realistic depiction of being marooned on Mars.
a marvelous transformation of Jane Austen's novella, _Lady Susan_. It is the best adaptation of a work by Austen that I have ever seen. Why they changed the name, I don't know.
Ken Burns: The Dust Bowl
Ken Burns' usual production, which would be extraordinary for anyone else--a great and moving documentary on a sad period in our history.
George Lucas' first film, directed when he paid attention to character and plot and kept the action sequences at the appropriate level--but, as usual, he just had to get a car chase sequence in there.
a great film, simple plot and two main characters. The sights and scenes of Vienna are matched by the dialogue and paintings in the Kunsthistorisches Museum. This is a link to my post on this film. http://tinyurl.com/hjdjakl
Man from Earth
one of my favorite SF films--John Oldman tells his friends that he's over 10,000 years old. What follows is their attempt to determine if he is lying or deceiving them. They of course rule out the possibility that he's telling the truth. This is a link to my post on this film: http://tinyurl.com/z85ebjc
The Name of the Rose
a limited but excellent adaptation of Umberto Eco's great novel of the same name--a mystery set in an isolated monastery in Italy? moody and dark, an interesting mix of religion and politics, and religious politics.
The Qatsi Trilogy
all photography, with no dialogue or plot; the sound track of music composed by Philip Glass is an integral part of the overall effect. Must be seen and heard to be appreciated.
pure graphics, no computer cgi, time lapse photography is the only special effect: -a contrast between wilderness and urban settings--the viewer decides
--Life as War is a rough translation of the title. Released some 14 years after the first two--the technology wasn't available at the time. This is almost all digitized photography.
an excellent adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel. Seeing this on PBS Masterpiece Theatre got me to go and read the novel.
Wages of Fear
one of the most tense and nerve racking films I've ever watched.
Alec Guinness is in top form here
The Big Sleep (Bogart and Bacall)
It's Bogart and Bacall in a film adaptation of a novel by Raymond Chandler. What else need I say?.
If you're in the mood for a film and don't have anything particular in mind, try one of these, and let me know what you thought. They are all great films and well worth the time spent.