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What good movies that are streaming right now and were shot using film not digital would you recommend?

Asked by mazingerz88 (26675points) August 7th, 2020

I prefer movies shot in actual film and would love to check out any good recommendations, streaming for free in sites like Amazon Prime where I have an account and YouTube.

Recently I saw The Dresser and The Lover both in Amazon Prime. Thank you.

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Zaku's avatar

On Amazon Prime now:

The Terminator (1984)
Clue (1985)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Escape from New York (1981) (some people love this film – I couldn’t make myself watch it)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)

mazingerz88's avatar

@Zaku Thank you. All very good pieces of film if not great and a masterpiece with Silence of the Lambs imo.

stanleybmanly's avatar

I have yet to decide whether I care enough about the format to distinguish between the 2. This is true to the extent that I have yet to acquire the skill to tell them apart.

mazingerz88's avatar

^^I’m cursed with having aging eyes that were conditioned to take pleasure from seeing film projected vibrant and raw. My eyes can quickly tell the difference I guess borne out of watching hundreds if not a few thousand movies since the 70s.

stanleybmanly's avatar

But it confuses me that you would regard the paper or binding of a book more important than its content. Does the formatting interfere with your absorption of the plot?

mazingerz88's avatar

^^Yes. Most digital movies look bland/ stale and flat to my eyes. A visual art piece that does not appeal to me.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Come to think of it, that Brad Pitt movie “Fury” was indeed so clearly a digitized concoction that I was very much distracted from actually becoming engrossed in the plot. But that I attribute to my habit of nitpicking technical details in combat movies.

Darth_Algar's avatar

“I’m cursed with having aging eyes that were conditioned to take pleasure from seeing film projected vibrant and raw.”

But if you’re watching via streaming, on a computer or television screen, you’re not seeing film being projected.

mazingerz88's avatar

^^I can still see it the difference. Only in smaller screen.

mazingerz88's avatar

@stanleybmanly One great advantage of digital tech over film is the capacity to deliver the kind of special effects that practical effects just wouldn’t be able to do or so I assume.

Disney and Marvel made billions because of that great leap in special effects using digital tech.

Yes, I may not have been aware of where Fury got the tech details wrong exactly but the digital effects on those tanks dueling, firing and maneuvering looked bad imo. If maybe they used actual tanks then enhanced the effects digitally it might have looked much better.

Several digital films I found decent, non-distracting to my eye….films of David Fincher like Zodiac. But still, digital films with much smaller budgets tend to look all the same using this dark and bleary tinting in post-prod in their efforts to make it look like actual film.

Tarantino and Chris Nolan insist on shooting in film which I admire.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Digital effects aren’t exclusive to filming on digital. They’ve been a thing long before anyone started shooting with digital rather than film. Hell, Jurassic Park, for example, was 26 years ago.

stanleybmanly's avatar

Now that was a movie that holds your interest regardless of digitization. But, I recall the bomber formation clips in “Red Tails” or those shots of P-51s landing and rolling to a stop on half a block of runway. Those are the glitches that distract me from the plots of movies, even the great movies. But they aren’t necessarily the result of digitalization as failure to adhere to accuracy in detail. Even the great films like “Patton” are ruined for me with fields of Walker Bulldog tanks passed off as Tiger tanks through the simple application of swastikas on their turrets.

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