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Please vote on the movie you might like to see when you RSVP for Jan 17th.
Listed here are three movies that are considered to be some of the best of their respective genre.
Battle Royale (Japan)
It was this movie that Quentin Tarantino discovered Chaki Yurikama who played"Gogo Yubari" for his movie "Kill Bill" It is considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever created.
Based on the novel by Takami Koshun, Battle Royale is a thought-provoking tale of 'what if…?'. The film is set in a near-future Japan where the government's concerns about juvenile delinquency and the youth's disregard for discipline and order have paved the way for extreme measures: the methodical extermination of teenage children. The method: groups of high school children are systematically kidnapped and brought to a deserted island. They are given weapons and food and an order: to go out and kill each other. The last one standing is allowed back into society.
It's a brutal premise and what follows is inevitably a brutal film. Fukasaku never has pulled any punches when it comes to showing violence on screen, and this time around it comes bloodier than ever.
Aguirre: The Wrath Of God (German)
Thought to be one of the greatest adventure movies ever made. The film crew actually had real headhunters and cannibals working with them. The crew was oftentimes outnumbered by the tribesmen and on their own, deep in the Peruvian jungle as they shot this movie.
In fact a war erupted between the tribe, the crew had enlisted, and another headhunter tribe leaving the crew in fear for their lives.
The tribe's Chieftain thought highly of the director Werner Herzog, even offering to kill the director's lead star, Klus Kinski (who was consider by some to be a raving madman, and had insulted Herzog in front of the Chieftain), at one point.
In another incident (one of many) Kinski (the lead star and always "raving" to put it mildly ) drew a gun and began ranting and shooting at "things in the jungle and managing to blow the finger off an nearby extra.
The seasonal flooding carried away equiptment and gear. The rafts seen in the movie were used by the crew too to get around after the flooding had destroyed their own boats.
It was filmed on location in the Peruvian rainforest on the Amazon River tributaries of the Ucayali region
It has appeared on Time Magazine's list of "All Time 100 Best Films". Aguirre’s visual style and narrative elements would have a strong influence on Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film Apocalypse Now.
A stunning, terrifying exploration of human obsession descending into madness. Herzog's most powerful fiction film chronicles the Peruvian expedition led by Gonzalez Pizarro (half-brother of the brutal conqueror of the Incas) in search of the legendary city of gold, El Dorado. The film opens in 1560 when Pizarro (Repulles), his men exhausted from their excruciating journey through the dense jungles, decides to send a small party ahead to determine if exploration should continue. Though Don Pedro de Ursua (Guerra) is put in charge, he is challenged by the maniacally ambitious Aguirre (Kinski), who insists against increasingly overwhelming odds that the journey continue, with devastating consequences. The film is based on a journal written by Gaspar de Carvajal, who was one of an army of Spaniards who accompanied the real Gonzalez Pizarro.
The Devil's Backbone (Spanish)
2001's The Devil's Backbone (a.k.a El espinazo del diablo) tells the story of an orphanage haunted by the living as much as it is by the dead.
In the last days of the Spanish Civil War, the young son of a dead Republican soldier is delivered to a remote orphanage. Carlos (Fernando Tielve) is taken in by the Republican sympathisizers – Head administrator Carmen and Dr. Casares (Marisa Paredes and Federico Luppi) - who run the orphanage.
They are joined by the antagonistic caretaker and ex-orphan, Jacinto (Eduardo Noriega) who is sleeping with Carmen in a bid to steal several bars of Republican gold being stored on the premises. Dr. Casares resents Jacinto and more so the impotence which has kept him from his own relationship with Carmen.
Meanwhile, one of the eldest orphans, Jaime (Íñigo Garcés), takes issue with the new boy, but that is the least of Carlos’ worries, when he discovers that the corridors are sometimes walked by Santi (Junio Valverde) – a murdered orphan whose spirit promises that many will die.
Edited by Lancelot Mallia on Jan 3, 2011 1:52 PM