With Lockdown 2.0 looming, I find myself panicked, not at the scarcity of toilet paper once again (really...WTF America?
), but at the slim pickings in the TV/movie world.
Anyone got any recs for great classic movies from the past? I was thinking about Lawrence of Arabia or Ben Hur or some of the great epics in movie history.
For instance, if you have never watched Casablanca...best movie in the world ever, right there.
One of my favourite wartime (well, slightly later) ones is The Best Years of Our Lives, a bit like Casablanca in that it's very much about the war but without much in the way of fighting, in this case it's returning soldiers coming home to a world that's moved on without them. Shout out to my compatriots as well - The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a UK classic of the genre.
Once Upon a Time in the West is, to my mind, the best American epic. And not just because the leading lady is Claudia Cardinale
Just a masterpiece of sight and sound.
Generally, very hard to go wrong with anything from Billy Wilder. Some of the greatest films ever in multiple genres - Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd. (noir); Ace in the Hole, Witness for the Prosecution (thriller); The Apartment, Some Like it Hot (comedy).
And if you want to branch out even further - nearly everything by Kurosawa is a masterwork. 50s and 60s Japanese cinema in general is my happy place. Harakiri is another one, spellbinding and gut-wrenching in equal loads.
I could go on but I should really stop there