30 years of Sony Pictures Classics

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On the occasion of Criterion Channel's forthcoming retrospective.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Another Year (2010) 4
Volver (2006) 3
Orlando (1992) 2
Paprika (2006) 2
A Prophet (2009) 2
American Movie (1999) 2
A Separation (2011) 2
The City of Lost Children (1995) 2
The White Ribbon (2009) 1
Waltz with Bashir (2008) 1
Persepolis (2007) 1
The Lives of Others (2006) 1
The Fog of War (2003) 1
Run Lola Run (1998) 1
House of Flying Daggers (2004) 1
Winged Migration (2001) 1
Grateful Dawg (2000) 0
Incendies (2010) 0
Junebug (2005) 0
The Illusionist (2010) 0
Footnote (2011) 0
Animal Kingdom (2010) 0
Nine Queens (2000) 0
Pollock (2000) 0
An Education (2009) 0
Last Orders (2001) 0
L’enfant (2005) 0
Offside (2006) 0
Thumbsucker (2005) 0
Searching for Sugar Man (2012) 0


Eric H., Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:17 (three months ago) link

Volver
L’enfant
Another Year
A Separation

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:19 (three months ago) link

A couple of these are among the most hypnotically gorgeous movies I've ever seen. "Winged Migration," "House of Flying Daggers," "The City of Lost Children" ...

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:22 (three months ago) link

Think I've only seen eight...The Fog of War.

clemenza, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:33 (three months ago) link

first thought is Orlando tbh

wearing wraparounds (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:35 (three months ago) link

winged migration is a stunner

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:39 (three months ago) link

seen 12 and it might be Paprika, though I suspect I've missed the best ones (e.g., none on Alfred's list)

rob, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:49 (three months ago) link

It's kinda tough to get a bean on their flavor profile from this selection

Eric H., Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:53 (three months ago) link

Probably one or the other of the two movies listed here that they distributed in '99 -- Run Lola Run or American Movie.

Eric H., Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:54 (three months ago) link

I could see revisiting Lola being fun now

Pollock was a big milestone in my realizing I hate biopics

rob, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 18:59 (three months ago) link

lol i've only seen the first four and the last one, how did that happen

rewatched RLR in the past year, it's not great though the intense ninetiesness of it was fun

na (NA), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:00 (three months ago) link

most of these could be fairly described as 'oscar bait' yes?

ꙮ (map), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:03 (three months ago) link

I rewatched RLR last year, too, and it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered it, but it was still fun and funnier than I remembered it. Plus I had forgotten a lot of it.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:03 (three months ago) link

Dunno if I'd consider most of these Oscar bait in the cynical sense, but most of these at least boast an imprimatur of quality.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:05 (three months ago) link

Volver, con la frente marchita

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:07 (three months ago) link

lol i've only seen the first four and the last one, how did that happen

― na (NA), Tuesday, November 1, 2022 2:00 PM (fifteen minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

correction, i have seen junebug as well

na (NA), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:17 (three months ago) link

Another Year. I do remember quite liking Junebug at the time, so I'll give that one a rewatch this month.

Les hommes de bonbons (cryptosicko), Tuesday, 1 November 2022 19:43 (three months ago) link

The White Ribbon, not because I loved it but because the other four I watched just left vague impressions. Pollock was about as pointless a movie as I've ever seen.

Halfway there but for you, Wednesday, 2 November 2022 17:16 (three months ago) link

Animal Kingdom or Un Prophete for me

stank viola (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 2 November 2022 17:32 (three months ago) link

Seen about half of these, and there's probably 10 movies here that I'd be happy to rewatch anytime. Will likely be voting Another Year, with A Separation close 2nd

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Wednesday, 2 November 2022 17:37 (three months ago) link

I've seen 16. Probably going to vote for Persepolis (just recently re-watched it as Ms. T. hadn't seen it) but could just as easily vote for Orlando, City Of Lost Children, Nine Queens, The Illusionist, or A Separation

Elvis Telecom, Wednesday, 2 November 2022 17:52 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

This series is now live on Criterion Channel.

ex-McKinsey wonk who looks like a human version of a rat (Eric H.), Friday, 18 November 2022 14:55 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:01 (two months ago) link

A Prophet or L'enfant

groovemaaan, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 00:31 (two months ago) link

When I saw A Prophet, an old guy sitting two seats from me got up and angrily stormed in and out of the theater like 3 times during especially violent parts.

Chris L, Tuesday, 29 November 2022 01:06 (two months ago) link

was he wearing steel-toed boots so it would make a loud stamping sound when he stormed out

Fash Gordon (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 29 November 2022 01:07 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 30 November 2022 00:01 (two months ago) link

I really would not have predicted that winner

عباس کیارستمی (Eric H.), Wednesday, 30 November 2022 02:09 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

winged migration is a stunner

― ꙮ (map), Tuesday, November 1, 2022 6:39 PM (one month ago) bookmarkflaglink

rewatched and it's actually really bad. awful soundtrack, very distracting. robert wyatt appears at the beginning and the end, not his best work unfortunately. some cool footage here and there but really cheesy "story episodes" some of which are obviously staged. we were spoiled by planet earth a few years later. generally really dislike this type of nature documentary now. straight-up unedited flight footage of birds for 90 minutes would be so much better than this random-ass hodgepodge of highlight reels tied together by the most basic interpretation of what a migration "means." herzog got it right in his penguin documentary by focusing on the mystery.

ꙮ (map), Monday, 26 December 2022 02:22 (one month ago) link

hours of raw nature footage completely ruined by anthropomorphic storyboarding and the most misguided, chintzy music cues you can imagine courtesy of one bruno coulais

ꙮ (map), Monday, 26 December 2022 02:28 (one month ago) link


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