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I rate feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, TV movies and mini-series. Recently I decided to allow in my ratings continuing TV series as well, even though they're not eligible for inclusion in my Top favorite films' list.
I still don't rate porn movies, individual episodes, talk shows, game shows and most of reality TV.
MY RATING SYSTEM
10 - ''Perfect'' - A mind-blowing, perfect film.
9 - ''Awesome'' - A masterpiece.
8 - ''Great'' - A great, timeless film.
7 - ''Good'' - A very good, solid film.
6 - ''Decent'' - A good, enjoyable film.
5 - ''Alright'' - A fair / OK film.
4 - ''Not That Hot'' - A mediocre film with some redeeming qualities.
3 - ''Not Good'' - A bad film or a film that I totally dislike.
2 - ''Bad'' - A film so bad it's irritating to watch.
1 - ''Terrible'' - A film laughably terrible, an absolute trash.
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To be honest, I have made this list mainly for myself and I enjoy grooming it, but thanks for stopping by; I can assure you that its main characteristic is its integrity. These are the films that are sincerely my favorites and not what I would like others to see; the ones that I regard as the best or the ones that entertained me the most, irrespective of their IMDb rating, their country of origin or their reputation status among cinephiles.
If you think that some movie is missing, it's not necessarily because I don't like it. Chances are that I've not seen it; even the most experienced audience are still infants compared to the vast field of world cinema. My film interests include all kinds of works, both mainstream and arthouse, so this list is a mixture of both. I would hope that you find the list in some way helpful whether you're a sophisticated or a more casual viewer.
Feature films, short films, documentaries, animation, TV movies and mini-series from any country, genre and year are eligible for inclusion; continuing TV series and individual episodes are not.
The list is in order - however, I highly recommend all of these films, regardless of position.
DIRECTORS' APPEARANCES ON THE LIST (2+) 12: Alfred Hitchcock, Roman Polanski, Woody Allen 11: Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese 10: Stanley Kubrick 9: Ingmar Bergman, Dario Argento 8: Luis Buñuel 7: Theo Angelopoulos 6: Andrei Tarkovsky, Sergio Leone, John Huston, Federico Fellini 5: Béla Tarr, Fritz Lang, Satyajit Ray, Éric Rohmer, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Altman, Ridley Scott, Peter Greenaway, David Lean, Jim Jarmusch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan 4: Michelangelo Antonioni, Lav Diaz, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Jonas Mekas, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Joel Coen, Wim Wenders, Robert Zemeckis, Rob Reiner, Brian De Palma, Aki Kaurismäki, Danny Boyle, Paul Greengrass, Zhang-Ke Jia, Steven Spielberg, Robert Rodriguez, James Mangold, Norman Jewison, Terence Young, Vittorio De Sica 3: Robert Bresson, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Jacques Rivette, Werner Herzog, Akira Kurosawa, Tran Anh Hung, Kenji Mizoguchi, Sidney Lumet, William Wyler, Guy Maddin, Milos Forman, James Cameron, Kenneth Lonergan, Luchino Visconti, Ermanno Olmi, Emir Kusturica, Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Jan Troell, Alfonso Cuarón, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Ming-Liang Tsai, Joachim Trier, Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Ken Loach, Franklin J. Schaffner, Peter Weir, Paul Thomas Anderson, Barry Levinson, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, John Carpenter, Peter Jackson, Paul Verhoeven, Blake Edwards, Pedro Costa, Giuseppe Tornatore, Jules Dassin, William Friedkin, Sean Baker, Richard Linklater, Curtis Hanson, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Derek Cianfrance, Ágnes Hranitzky, Sylvester Stallone, Roberto Benigni 2: Sergei M. Eisenstein, John Cassavetes, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Jean-Pierre Melville, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Yasujirô Ozu, Carol Reed, Asif Kapadia, Brett Morgen, Billy Wilder, Elia Kazan, Bille August, Tobias Lindholm, David Lynch, David Cronenberg, Xavier Dolan, Abbas Kiarostami, Lars von Trier, Frank Darabont, Jean-Luc Godard, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bernardo Bertolucci, Raúl Ruiz, István Szabó, Alan Parker, Frank Capra, Luc Besson, Don Siegel, Miklós Jancsó, John Ford, Fred Zinnemann, Costa-Gavras, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Olivier Assayas, Tim Burton, Victor Fleming, Michael Curtiz, John Boorman, James Gray, Claude Lelouch, Godfrey Reggio, Jim Sheridan, John G. Avildsen, Jan Svankmajer, Fernando Meirelles, Sebastian Schipper, Martin McDonagh, S. Craig Zahler, John Hughes, Gene Saks, Gavin O'Connor, Damien Chazelle, Chang-Dong Lee, Joon-Ho Bong, Hirokazu Koreeda, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Tony Scott, Peter Yates, Andrew Haigh, Guy Hamilton, Martin Campbell, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Leni Riefenstahl, Ildikó Enyedi, Edward Zwick, Lasse Hallström, Joe Wright, Stanley Kramer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Calin Peter Netzer, Jaume Collet-Serra, Noah Baumbach, Robert Wise, Dan Gilroy, George Clooney, Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Nikos Panayotopoulos, John Dahl, Friz Freleng, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski, John Landis, Taylor Hackford, Gregory Hoblit, Harold Becker, John Lee Hancock, Darren Aronofsky, Pedro Almodóvar, Adrian Lyne, Kevin Smith, Sam Mendes, Martin Brest, Mike Nichols, Michael Haneke, Pawel Pawlikowski, René Clément, Géla Babluani, Stephan Komandarev, Lewis Gilbert, Christopher McQuarrie, Ryan Coogler, Zack Snyder, Eli Roth, Ang Lee, Vasilis Georgiadis, Julio Medem, Gabriele Muccino, James Algar, Nikos Foskolos, Pupi Avati, Sergio Martino
BREAKDOWN BY COUNTRY* USA: 439 UK: 97 France: 64 Italy: 57 Greece: 30 Germany: 29 Spain: 23 Sweden: 17 Japan: 15 Canada: 14 South Korea: 12 Hungary: 12 Russia: 11 China: 10 India: 10 Mexico: 9 Poland: 8 Denmark: 8 Norway: 8 Australia: 6 New Zealand: 6 Iran: 6 Argentina: 6 Romania: 6 Belgium: 6 Austria: 6 Turkey: 5 Taiwan: 5 Brazil: 4 Thailand: 4 Philippines: 4 Portugal: 4 Finland: 4 Bulgaria: 4 Vietnam: 3 Colombia: 3 Chile: 3 Ireland: 3 Georgia: 3 Cuba: 2 Uruguay: 2 Israel: 2 Netherlands: 2 Czech Republic: 2 Serbia: 2 Croatia: 2 Bosnia and Herzegovina: 2 Estonia: 2 Egypt: 1 Pakistan: 1 Saudi Arabia: 1 South Africa: 1 Peru: 1 Ukraine: 1 Switzerland: 1 Slovakia: 1 Belarus: 1 Albania: 1 Venezuela: 1 Bolivia: 1 Guatemala: 1 Singapore: 1 Libya: 1 Mali: 1 Burkina Faso: 1 Malawi: 1
*Current countries only; Germany includes West Germany, Russia includes Russian-language films of the Soviet Union, China includes Hong Kong, Yugoslavian films were split according to their primary current country of origin and same applies for Czechoslovak films and the remaining non-Russian films of the Soviet Union.
WINS BY COUNTRY USA: 35 UK: 13 Germany: 9 France: 8 Italy: 7 Russia: 4 Japan: 4 Turkey: 2 Sweden: 2 Denmark: 2 Philippines: 2 Spain: 1 India: 1 Canada: 1 Iran: 1 Israel: 1 Thailand: 1 Vietnam: 1 Poland: 1 Hungary: 1 Ireland: 1 Bulgaria: 1 Bolivia: 1
If you think that some movie is missing, it's not necessarily because I don't like it. Chances are that I've not seen it; I have an experience of more than 500 films with Greece as country of origin, but there's still more to explore. The list is constantly changing and expanding.
I would hope that you find this list of The Best Greek Films helpful whether you're a compatriot or a viewer of the international audience.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Disturbing for the wrong reasons
This is a film I'll remember. Disturbing and brutal - essential piece of work on a serious subject; the human addictions.
I wish the actors and music were kept, but this was made in a different way. With less superficial advice and characters I'd connect with. Characters compatible with the real world. With no exaggerations and taking into account that various drugs, are used by various people, at various times in their lives, for a variety of reasons. It's really a complicated subject, people who do drugs end up in jail, people who do drugs become murderers, people who do drugs die from depression, people who do drugs become artists or prime ministers and sometimes they live happily until they die.
''Requiem for a Dream'' is a film that will stay in your mind for a long time after you first see it, it's solid and well-executed, but it is going to be shallow on the very topic that it's trying to be instructive; the topic of addictions.
People-failures controlling the viewer's depression is the main idea. There's much more about the dangers of drugs; the diversity of people guarantees that our life is not monotonous - and drug users are much more than a couch potato with an eye that glows.
My vote is 5.
More like a fairytale, than a film
Suspiria's reviews are usually similar on its positive and negative parts alike. This is a ''visually stunning'' horror film with great atmosphere and amazing colors, widely considered as Dario Argento's best achievement. At the same time, the performances are ''wooden'' and its plot is ''weak''.
I like to think of this film more as an experience than as a standard movie with normal actors and a typical script, mainly because it is one of my favorite films. Had I judged it with my usual criteria, I'd have found flaws almost everywhere in the plot and the actors' lines; instead I chose to be let into the fairytale, drifted away by the blue, the red and the yellow paints and eventually lost in its beautiful maze. It's not important that initially there seems to be no princess, no mirrors and no evil stepmothers, only brutal murders and cheesy dialog; it's still a fairytale and they're all there, you'll discover them if you liked fairy tales as a child and if you let yourself into the atmosphere.
A masterpiece of film history, independent of genre, an eerie feeling in your hearts and a stylish wonder within an utterly bizarre movie that resembles no other.
My vote is 10.