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What is a great film - for me.

Michelle Johnston

Jan 13 2013, 9:25am

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What is a great film - for me. [In reply to] Can't Post

I sense some relief that all though we do not care if it does well or not (because we actually do) and yet when I think of movies that fall into the categories you have described I think of :-

Shawshank Redemption - A quiet film to begin with, now a cult classic.

Ryans Daughter - roundly castigated on release.

or those that were immediately successful

Amadeus/Spartacus and Lion In Winter

at the heart of these movies are personal journeys that take place in a backdrop we believe in which we need to see the outcome of.

Right now I am gazing down on the Carrock and I really want to see what happens to Thorin and Bilbo next. Like those other films I really wanted to see it all the way through and right now I am only a third of a way through.

There is another connection and its with Ryans Daughter. When I saw that film I knew I had to go there it is so much of place and the same applies to these films. South West Ireland is utterly beautiful you can go to Slea Head visit the abandoned school house and climb up Mount Brandon where the village was built and the weather in that movie is all there. Indeed for a bonus you can go to South Africa and visit their sand dunes but Ireland is the real deal.

Although I live in Tolkiens England I have always wanted to visit New Zealand but the movies made it a given. Tomorrow I start with my third viewing at the Embassy here in Wellington and then on to Edoras, Isengard and the Earnslaw Burn which features as ..... So yes on that basis these films are great because they draw us in to their art and spur us on to see the world yield even more of its riches.

I tried to save the shire , and it has been but not for me.

(This post was edited by Michelle Johnston on Jan 13 2013, 9:26am)

Subject User Time
The Hobbit - AUJ on the 'great film scale' Rostron2 Send a private message to Rostron2 Jan 12 2013, 12:40am
    Most excellent post! Bombadil Send a private message to Bombadil Jan 12 2013, 3:00am
    Great list. And I agree entirely. AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 12 2013, 3:35am
    Maybe not QUITE as "great" as LOTR, but still pretty great! morgul lord Send a private message to morgul lord Jan 12 2013, 4:27am
    Great poster...... MasterOrc Send a private message to MasterOrc Jan 12 2013, 5:29am
    Interesting Retro315 Send a private message to Retro315 Jan 12 2013, 7:11am
    The Great Film Scale herzogian Send a private message to herzogian Jan 12 2013, 9:27am
    Yes to all .... and another one ... DanielLB Send a private message to DanielLB Jan 12 2013, 10:22am
        Agree with all Pimmiko Send a private message to Pimmiko Jan 12 2013, 7:24pm
    for me Elenorflower Send a private message to Elenorflower Jan 12 2013, 4:25pm
    Interestingly after my first viewing Azog Send a private message to Azog Jan 12 2013, 5:29pm
    Well. . . Eleven or twelve AinurOlorin Send a private message to AinurOlorin Jan 12 2013, 9:16pm
    What is a great film - for me. Michelle Johnston Jan 13 2013, 9:25am
        RYAN'S DAUGHTER is still castigated. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 13 2013, 6:12pm
            An update Michelle Johnston Jan 13 2013, 8:58pm
                Interesting. N.E. Brigand Send a private message to N.E. Brigand Jan 13 2013, 9:46pm


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