Black and White Flick List
I wanna talk about modern movies that might be better in B+W.
I recently read an old article discussing 10 modern flicks that would work great in B+W. The list is tight – watch the RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK clip and tell me it’s not better in B+W. They also list THE LAST SEDUCTION which will always win my heart.
Now, if I ever have the chance, I want to watch some other flicks in black and white. I wish I could make some clips up now, but I’m a fool when it comes to this sort of rad stuff, so instead I’ll purely list some titles with some chatter – and I’ve done a few pics because I love you all so much. I hope you dig.
SOME MODERN FLICKS THAT I THINK MIGHT BE COOL IN B+W
THE PROPOSITION – this Aussie western noir is possibly the best flick this country has ever produced. It is damn good. It’s shot with some amazing colours – all drab and moody – but I’d love to take a stab at it in B+W.
SE7EN – this seems like a no brainer. The flick is already so rainy and nasty, but as a B+W, man, that mood would just drop.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER – This is more an experiment than any sort of guarantee, but I think it’d change the impact of the violence and the tone of the piece and the whole would come out even further grounded and dark. I mean, look below, that’s pretty tight, right?
INCEPTION – maybe this would work. I’d certainly be down to see it try.
ENTER THE DRAGON – I actually don’t think this would work, but I am all down for trying. Who knows, right?
BODY HEAT – I had to pause and reflect on whether this already is B+W but it’s not, and it totally should be.
PONTYPOOL – the visuals run second fiddle to the sound on this one anyway, so why not mute them? Make this underground radio station really feel claustrophobic.
PAN’S LABYRINTH – del Toro shoots with such certainty and passion that’s it’s difficult to suggest altering his vision but look at the photo below, tell me this wouldn’t work?
THE EVIL DEAD – another I had to wonder if it wasn’t already B+W. Low budget, one location, spooky jumps – this would work for B+W so well.
MILLER’S CROSSING – this film feels like it would work, so I’ll give it a go, but there is uncertainty in my heart.
VIDEODROME – there has to be a Cronenberg in this bunch. I think this would take on a more weary bleak tone in B+W and that would be just fine.
BRICK – bit of a gimme really. An obvious choice but one that would be so cool to see.
THE LOOKOUT – an oft forgotten gem from Scott Frank, The Lookout is a twisted weird heist flick, and it would only bury deeper into itself with this lack of colour.
THE ROCKFORD FILES – I would watch all of this.
I’d be interested to know your suggestions for some B+W flicks (or TV). I know, for me, thinking of B+W TV reminds me of watching old midday movies with my mother, old Hitchcock flicks, old moody pieces that shaped my pre-teen years. Just looking at the B+W pics above stirs a response in me. I love B+W flicks. I wish I had more time for them.
Pan’s Labyrinth would be truly terrifying in black and white. Have you seen “Nebraska” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1821549/?ref_=nv_sr_1)? It’s the best black and white film I’ve seen in years, with gorgeous tones and a dynamite soundtrack.
I have not seen NEBRASKA. Sounds like I should.
I think the majority of the (decent) films based on Le Carre novels would look fantastic in black and white. A Most Wanted Man, Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy, etc…making bleak movies even more bleak.
Yep, perfect tone for it.