Classic Films on Youtube

IdleRich

IdleRich
I'm rubbish at finding and downloading films so help me out here - inspired by Nochexxx linking to the entirety of Duel and The Last Broadcast in the films thread I'd like people to put up simple links that work for good films. I'll start off with this one - cheers

 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Perfect. I see this building into a resource where you can go and grab a film that comes recommended by people of taste whenever you feel slightly bored.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
Dunno what that is but I'm gonna watch it. Also, never seen this but I've always thought it looked cool and I've got the lp so I feel I should watch it.

 

baboon2004

Darned cockwombles.
@Rich, it's the 'lost' Australian film, with standout creepiness from Donald Pleasance. Also known as Outback.

Rollerball seems to be very iconic. I watched the last bit, and it's certainly dramatic....
 

gumdrops

Well-known member
ive yet to get used to watching films on youtube... though im sure ill be tempted soon enough. always amazed at how many full films there are on there. not sure i like that. unless i cant find it anywhere else that is.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
We just watched Wake In Fright - a very good film indeed. It reminded me of Under The Volcano in a way and it turns out there is a film adaptation of that, might make a good companion piece.
 

Bangpuss

Well-known member
The Documentarian

If it's documentaries you're after, check out this site, run by a guy I know:

http://thedocumentarian.tumblr.com/

In particular, I'd highly recommend Marjoe, an expose of a former child preacher in the US, and the film about Michael Alig, whatever that's called. But most of the stuff on here is first-rate.

He also does a site called the Essayist, which is similarly engrossing:

essayist.tumblr.com
 

Bangpuss

Well-known member
The Last Broadcast

I thought The Last Broadcast was brilliant until the final five minutes, when it becomes totally implausible and schlocky. As with many horror / supernatural films, the makers clearly felt the need to provide an ending that solved the mystery. It would have been better leaving it open than having that silly ending.

It did remind me, though, of Errol Morris's landmark documentary The Thin Blue Line, about a guy from Texas who seems to have been wrongly convicted of murder. There are not only similarities in style, such as the use of elaborate reconstructions, but even similarities between the smaller plot elements. So while The Thin Blue Line has a (worryingly non-fictional) doctor nicknamed Dr Death, whose job was to psychoanalyse patients before sending them to the chair (which he almost always did), The Last Broadcast has a character whose job is to edit videotape for the prosecution, nicknamed The Killer Cutter.
 

IdleRich

IdleRich
"I thought The Last Broadcast was brilliant until the final five minutes, when it becomes totally implausible and schlocky. As with many horror / supernatural films, the makers clearly felt the need to provide an ending that solved the mystery. It would have been better leaving it open than having that silly ending."
Well, from reading the reviews on IMDB, the ending pisses a lot of people off - and I can see why. However, while it's not perhaps the ending I would have chosen, I think it does have a certain something, it SPOILER definitely explains why that narrator is so fucking creepy the whole time for one thing and once it occurs it seems to have a kind of pleasing inevitability to it. As a whole the film is obviously flawed but I found it very creepy indeed - it's clear to see why the Blair Witch guys thought "that's a great idea, let's remove the arty stuff and just go for the jugular" and I'm glad that that film exists too cos while very similar and much more simple it has enough ideas to justify its existence and it's restrained enough to keep the air of menace such a film requires.
 
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