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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2065 times:
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Been on a bit of a cinema binge recently. Got me thinking about what really makes for a good film and why.

I find it really difficult to define one single film as the best I ever watched, and in truth there are so many diverse genres as to render such superlatives nugatory.

Nonetheless, I can certainly see what kind of film I prefer. Human beings, gritty, real life stories. Things that teach you something about life that you might not otherwise have considered, perhaps.

Recent experiences include Hunger (2008), about IRA prisoners, A Prophet (2009), a French film about a young Arab man's experience in French prison, and The Thin Red Line (1998), which is a truly painful depiction of the reality of war. These are to name but a few, but are examples of films which I feel really touch the soul in some way.

Don't get me wrong, I am not averse to pure escapism either, or indeed absurd humour such as Monty Python films or Naked Gun. Love them. But, in general I have little time for films that rely solely on special effects and explosions to pass the time, for example.

So, what have you watched recently and why did it 'get' you?


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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2049 times:

Some of my favourite films...

Shawshank Redemption - what's not to love. Makes you feel good
Brassed Off - superb film, again makes you feel good. Great music, great drama. Shows that you don't need a massive budget to make a great film. Pete Postlethwaite was a fine actor.



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User currently offlineaeroperu89 From Peru, joined Mar 2012, 21 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

Recent movies I've watched and loved:

*Transamerica (2005): A transexual woman finds out she has a son.
*Ordinary People (1980): It's about how a family cope with the lost of one of the sons. The performances here are excellent!
*Central Station (1998): Brazilian drama about the friendship between a young boy and a very bitter woman.

The reason all of these movies got me is the story. They were engaging, touching and all of them were about self-discovery. When I finished watching these movies, I was really moved!

Just as you, I like films that revolves around human beings and don't rely on special effects. I do watch "action movies" but it's mostly because my friends want to, so I get along.

ps: I also loved the Naked Gun movies. Leslie Nielsen was a freaking genius!

[Edited 2012-05-06 07:38:46]

User currently offlinembmbos From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2012 times:

"Le Belle et La Bete" by Jean Cocteau

"Seven Beauties" by Lena Wertmuller

"Do The Right Thing" by Spike Lee

"Apocalypse Now" by Francis Ford Coppola (just saw this again recently and I think it has really aged well)

"The Godfather II" by Francis Ford Coppola

"Chinatown" by Roman Polanski

"The Third Man" by Orson Welles


User currently offlinethegreatRDU From United States of America, joined Mar 2006, 2310 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1983 times:

"Casino"
"Commando"
"Me, Myself, & Irene"
"The Departed"



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1972 times:
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Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 4):
"Casino"

Oooh, that's a fine choice. Saw that for the first time a few weeks ago, one of those films that made me wonder why the hell I never heard of it before. Can't beat a good mob film.



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User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2966 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

I have many favorite films, but three are at the top of my list: Casablanca, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Great Dictator.

Edited to add two more- I wrote the above in haste.

Der Untergang (Downfall) WWII movies are some of my favorites; and of the many that I have seen, this is the best. A more modern film compared to my list above and my favorite movies in general, but a great film.

The Party. Probably my favorite comedy... Just perfect.

[Edited 2012-05-06 09:29:02]


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1948 times:
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Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6):
Lawrence of Arabia

That's an odd one. It is a film that every fibre of my being tells me I should love, but yet I just can't quite get into it. What in particular to you love about it?



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User currently offlineManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3011 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1942 times:
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Quoting RussianJet (Reply 7):
Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 6):
Lawrence of Arabia

That's an odd one. It is a film that every fibre of my being tells me I should love, but yet I just can't quite get into it.

This is actually the only movie (yes, the only one) I've walked out from the theater before the movie had ended. I couldn't "get it", it's just not my kind of movie.

As far as my favorite one? I don't think there's one in particular. Generally I'm a fan of rather stupid Hollywood movies (you know, those to watch on a Sunday afternoon when bored), so anything goes there. Yes, I'm quite a disappointment to the real cinephiles  



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1940 times:
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Quoting ManuCH (Reply 8):
As far as my favorite one? I don't think there's one in particular. Generally I'm a fan of rather stupid Hollywood movies (you know, those to watch on a Sunday afternoon when bored), so anything goes there. Yes, I'm quite a disappointment to the real cinephiles

It's all good! Just interested to know why we like what we like really.   



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User currently offlinephotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2718 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1937 times:

I've always enjoyed films that I'd call "epics". Long yes, but they give enough time to develop plot and character.

Ones I've always loved.

- Gone With the Wind.
- El Cid
- Dances With Wolves (Director's Cut)


others.....

- Broken Trail
- Schindler's List
- Gandhi
- Das Boot
- Gettysburg


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1927 times:
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Quoting photopilot (Reply 10):
- Das Boot

Truly excellent, and again, for me a fairly recent discovery. Another sign of a good film is when it is very long but keeps you living it throughout, which Das Boot achieves in spades.



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User currently offlinespeedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1921 times:

Top Gun!
Taught me never to fly into jetwash...

No but seriously, a lot of great films have already been mentioned here. I think that older films usually have more effort put into story and message. Today there's so much eye-candy and effects that often directors don't feel the need to give the movie a deeper meaning.
I guess some newer films that I liked in regards to a "message" were Up in the Air and Garden State. The Blind Side and Gran Torino were also great.

Older ones? The Third Man, Godfather, Breakfast Club, St. Elmo's Fire just to name a few...so many more.


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1912 times:
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Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 12):
Top Gun!

Certainly worth watching, despite all the cheese.

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 12):
Gran Torino

Lovely film. Clint at his best.



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User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8791 posts, RR: 24
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1878 times:

The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

The Unforgiven

Saving Private Ryan (The only movie that ever got me to choke up - the final scene at the cemetery.)



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1865 times:
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Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 14):
Saving Private Ryan (The only movie that ever got me to choke up - the final scene at the cemetery.)

Crikey guv'nor, it sure is powerful stuff. That is a good example of a film which taught me that mainstream is far from automatically bunk. Other such examples might include Gladiator, or Forrest Gump.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1832 times:

Leaving Las Vegas - This one had me on the verge of tears.
Turtles Can Fly - Kudrish, one that I happened to see in college and it stayed with me.
The Taste of Cherry - I cannot recommend Iranian cinema highly enough, there are some true gems out there.
Amores Perros - loved the non linear storytelling, it's a shame his later movies didn't quite match up.
Eastern Promises - bloody gripping! Have seen it about 8 times now.



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User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1827 times:

If they're were movies that touched me for entertainment or education it would be the following:

"Lord of War" starring Nicolas Cage.This film was explicit in it's content of arms dealers and the brutal sadistic world of tyrants which provided a sobering education of reality.

"Raiders Of The Lost Ark" My second favorite movie of all time("Godfather,"first).Like "Stars Wars" the iconic John Williams score of this film was awesome.It was classic film in the good guy vs. the bad guys.

Most war films like "Das Boot",Tora,Tora,Tora","Valkyrie" and "Thirteen Days." were very good based on fact.

Timeless is "Wizard Of Oz","Spartacus"(little long.bad score) and "Goldfinger"



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User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2321 posts, RR: 13
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

- The Sergio Leone western movies. Because the tension is always kept up. It absolutely never gets boring.
- Cinema Paradiso (at least the extended version). One of the more honest "feel good" movies, and above all, it is a tribute to cinema, and it awakens memories to the Italy of the past which hat a frenzy for films. 10'000 screens in one country - which country of the same size can top that?
- The Shawshank Redemption. The parable of Jesus Christ without ever calling his name.
- The Green Mile. Don't know why, but I vividly remember this one...
- All of Stanley Kubrick's films. Because he invented his meticulous craftmanship anew for each one of his works.
- Into The Wild. What more can you say about a tormented young man seeking people he can trust, and people which trust him?
- Prisoner of the Caucasus. This movie led Boris Yeltsin to take up peace talks for Chechnya.
- Kelly's Heroes. "We are long gone when they find out we were 70ies soldiers in a 40ies war."

David

Well, I have to add:

- Patton. The portrayal by George C. Scott is magnificient.
- Apocalypse Now.
- Requiem for a Dream.

[Edited 2012-05-06 12:19:27]


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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1788 times:
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Quoting sturmovik (Reply 16):
Leaving Las Vegas - This one had me on the verge of tears.

Amen, that is a fine piece of cinema.



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User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39701 posts, RR: 75
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 1761 times:

I have a weakness for low-budget b-movies that make every effort to be taken seriously. Intentionally low-budget movies are lame.
Some of my favorites;

Black Shampoo
Superchick
Satan's Cheerleaders
Avenging Disco Godfather
Ebony, Ivory & Jade
Women In Cages
Coffy
Foxy Brown
Savage!




Serious large budget films I like;

Towering Inferno
Airport 1975
Airport 1977
Earthquake
Saturday Night Fever
The Brady Bunch - the movie
Alive
Turbulence
All 3 Austin Powers films
All James Bond films up till 'A View To A Kill'
Halloween 1
Amittyville Horror 2
Hell Up In Harlem



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1744 times:
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Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Saturday Night Fever

I feel ashamed for neglecting that - a superb choice. Going to have to watch it now...



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User currently offlineSuperCaravelle From Netherlands, joined Jan 2012, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1736 times:

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 16):
Amores Perros - loved the non linear storytelling, it's a shame his later movies didn't quite match up.

Amores Perros is one of the biggest film surprises I've seen. The middle part was a tad lengthy, but a very interesting story overall. Still worried about the dogs though.

Apocalypse Now was over the top for me, an issue I have with more FF Coppola movies, although I like the Godfather movies. I do still like the "I love the smell of napalm in the morning" line though, the horror (no pun  ) and idiocy of war captured in one sentence.

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 14):
Saving Private Ryan (The only movie that ever got me to choke up - the final scene at the cemetery.)

That's the part that annoyed me about that movie actually, tastes differ   As it was not a real story, it felt too acted for me. That's why I was much more impressed by Band of Brothers, not strictly a movie, but my favorite WW2 depiction by far.

I'm still looking for a Eastern front equivalent. Enemy at the Gates is kind of ok, but the romance story spoils it for me.


Finally, my own contribution for best films:

Hotel Rwanda. Completely unmissable for anyone even the slightest interested in Africa, political issues or humanity in general.


User currently offlineKingairTA From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1735 times:

In addition to those all ready mentioned another good one that really hit hard with me was Taking Chance.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1734 times:
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I'd be interested to hear the views of some Russian-speaking anetters on Russian and Soviet films.

Some of them are among my favourites, from Soviet Classics such as Beliy Bim, Chernoe Ukho (if your only wish is to cry then you can do no better than to watch that) to modern Russian films such as Ostrov, (The Island) and Vozvraschenie (The Return).

Some really good stuff.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 25, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1711 times:

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Avenging Disco Godfather

Quite the list you've got there. This one's been on my to-watch list for a while now.

Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 22):
Hotel Rwanda. Completely unmissable for anyone even the slightest interested in Africa, political issues or humanity in general.

Indeed. Very powerful movie, we need more of those.

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 24):
Russian and Soviet films

I've been in love with this Russian movie called Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Vera Alentova might've had something to do with that, I admit.  



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User currently offlineplaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1702 times:

Metropolis - silent film that will draw you into the plot, deeply. An excellent exploration of man's challenge with the future.


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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10654 posts, RR: 9
Reply 27, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1746 times:

Master and Commander
Das Boot
Dances with Wolves
Im Westen Nichts Neues
Koyaanisqatsi

These five films belong to my "Best Ten" list. Ask me another time, and my choice of the best of the best will likely be a bit different as for me there is no such thing as the one "best film".

Quoting speedbird217 (Reply 12):
Gran Torino

Great film, must rank somewhere between 20 and 30 on my best ever list!


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 28, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1743 times:

I'm going to write here what the previous 27 posts did not include but that everyone was probably thinking.

Airplane!

Ok, seriously though best movie I've seen.

Probably:

City of Gods - that was a powerful movie for me. They left out very little and the violence felt very real and very eye opening.

Cool Runnings - yeah I know it was meant to be a comedy, and probably not seen this way. But its a movie that makes you feel very strong and proud at the end. A good way of showing the power of being yourself in the face of adversity.


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 29, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1738 times:

Quoting thegreatRDU (Reply 4):
"Commando"

Excellent choice! 

And also 'True Lies'

Terminator 2

Because it's Arnold..


User currently offlinespeedbird217 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 334 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1737 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 28):

Airplane!

"We have clearance, Clarence" ..."Roger, Roger"...What's the vector, Victor?"
Hilarious movie.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 29):
'True Lies'

Good one! The Harrier scene in the Florida Keys is one of my favorite movie scenes of all times.


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39701 posts, RR: 75
Reply 31, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 1693 times:

Here is a German film I'd like to get my hands on...
'Karate, Küsse, blonde Katzen' - German Trailer
There is a trailer available on YouTube but I won't post the link due to nudity.

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 25):
Quite the list you've got there. This one's been on my to-watch list for a while now.

Bring over your best buddies, get them drunk and then watch this movie. There are so many 'WTF did I just see' moments.  



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1643 times:

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 28):
Airplane!

No one mentioned this movie yet? Surely you can't be serious..

Hey, someone had to do it..  



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User currently offlineAirport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 33, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

The Lord of the Rings (thinking of them all as one film) is probably my all-time favorite film. The whole thing is like a magnificent painting of massive scale, fleshed out so you experience a wide variety of emotions. Everything carries a tremendous weightiness that any minor flaws are blown away by the sheer spectacle.

While I haven't yet seen them, I also have a feeling films like Gone with the Wing, Ben-Hur and Lawrence of Arabia would be up there among my favorites as well.

I also love musicals (like West Side Story) and animated films (like Finding Nemo) that can be enjoyed by audiences young and old.


User currently onlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39701 posts, RR: 75
Reply 34, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1614 times:

Quoting Airport (Reply 33):

Airport, I thought you'd pick Airport.  



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User currently offlinetommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 35, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 1609 times:

Most Coen Brothers, Kubrick, Altman, Michael Mann.


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User currently offlineAviRaider From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 180 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

The Right Stuff
O Brother, Were Art Thou?
Green Mile
Das Boot
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
True Lies
Clear and Present Danger
Saving Private Ryan
Rain Man
Apollo 13
The Big Lebowski
Amelie


User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 37, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 1584 times:
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Quoting sturmovik (Reply 25):
I've been in love with this Russian movie called Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears. Vera Alentova might've had something to do with that, I admit.

Moskva Sezam ne Verit is indeed a lovely film. You may well also like Sluzhebniy Roman, or Ironija Sud'by.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 38, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 1546 times:

Quoting RussianJet (Reply 37):
You may well also like Sluzhebniy Roman, or Ironija Sud'by.

Will check them out. On a related note, I did love Emir Kusturica's 'Crna mačka, beli mačor' and 'Podzemlje'. The former was just amazing fun to watch, and the latter was an incredibly brilliant portrayal of Yugoslavian history. I admit the latter has been criticized along political lines, but I just enjoyed it for what it is : a brilliant concept.

edited for typo.

[Edited 2012-05-07 13:41:34]


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User currently online4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 2997 posts, RR: 9
Reply 39, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1503 times:

About one minute of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

"Hi Brad. You know how cute I always thought you were."



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User currently offlineCompensateMe From United States of America, joined Jan 2009, 1053 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

The Silence of the Lambs - the greatest movie of all-time.

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User currently offlineER757 From Cayman Islands, joined May 2005, 2496 posts, RR: 7
Reply 41, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1381 times:

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - everyone in the cast was outstanding
Taxi Driver - Deniro's performance as Travis Bickle was the most convincing I've ever seen - he WAS the character
Unforgiven - best western ever done IMO. I liked that the lines between the good guys and bad guys were blurred
Close Encounters of the Third Kind - just a personal favorite of mine
Casablanca - on a lot of "best of all time" lists for a reason
Star Wars - simply light years ahead of it's time when it came out.


User currently offlineaircellist From Canada, joined Oct 2004, 1711 posts, RR: 8
Reply 42, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 1367 times:

La vita e bella, wonderful fable about resilience, and imagination, and love
La grande illusion, wonderful fable about what is the truth depending of which side of the fence you are
Casablanca, for the intensity of the actors
Le roi et l'oiseau, superb story by Jacques Prévert
High noon, so much tension
The Lord of the rings trilogy, for what could only be done at the cinema...

... but my preferred... well, maybe Fanfan la tulipe, the original 1952 one, with Gérard Philipe and Gina Lollobrigida; superb play, super text by René Fallet, and one of the best actors all-out


User currently offlineOYRJA From Denmark, joined Feb 2007, 78 posts, RR: 15
Reply 43, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Coming to America
3. Das Boot
4. A Space Oddesey 2001
5. The Heroes of Telemark

Thats my list.


User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 44, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

Casablanca - the best movie ever filmed.


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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1322 times:

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 40):
The Silence of the Lambs - the greatest movie of all-time.

Great film for sure, the only thing that detracts from it were the sub-par sequels.

Quoting OYRJA (Reply 43):
2. Coming to America

Yeah I like that as well...but looks really dated now.



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User currently offlinen229nw From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 1937 posts, RR: 32
Reply 46, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1284 times:

Quoting aircellist (Reply 42):
La vita e bella, wonderful fable about resilience, and imagination, and love

Definitely.

Quoting aircellist (Reply 42):
Casablanca, for the intensity of the actors

Good taste, sir.
I like the Maltese Falcon too. Love the tension created without violence there. Just people who have to sit in the same room and wait...

Quoting SuperCaravelle (Reply 22):
Hotel Rwanda.

  

Others, classic and modern:

Airplane (of course!)
Rebecca (maybe Hitchcock's best? I'm also partial to Strangers on a Train and The Lady Vanishes, and North by Northwest)
Ratatouille (having kids, I've seen a lot of kids' movies now. I guess this is my favorite pixar film, and they are all good...actually haven't seen Wall-E yet...)
Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh's best, fantastic character study)
The Up Series (best documentary project ever made--and 56 Up is about to come out, this month!)
Dr. Strangelove (The only Kubrick film I really love)
Charade--another true classic, blend of comedy, romance and thriller
Cinema Paradiso (thought I haven't seen it for so long, I wonder if it would live up to my memories of it)
Three Colors: Red (definitely far and away the best of the trilogy. Strangely haunting)
This is Spinal Tap (Christopher Guest and company are both comedy and musical gods)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (uneven, but the best of their movies, and in its best parts as good as their best, which is the best)

I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch.

Some runners up, perhaps a little more quirky:
Orson Welles's version of Macbeth (1948)(Sure Citizen Kane and the Third Man are great, but I'm especially partial to this idiosyncratic and gripping Shakespeare version.)
The old Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, especially the first
Borat was pretty awesome...

[Edited 2012-05-08 19:36:20]


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User currently offlinemoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2301 posts, RR: 10
Reply 47, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 1256 times:

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 40):
The Silence of the Lambs - the greatest movie of all-time.

That's certainly on my Top 5 list - and to this day, I still have a hard time watching it if I'm alone in the house.



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User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 48, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1223 times:

Hi!

It's not a recent one but one movie I remember was really good when I was younger was "The Killing Fields". Had a great soundtrack by Mike Oldfield too.

Pierre


User currently offlineSmittyOne From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 49, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

Not necessarily the best movie of all time, but I always come back to "A Few Good Men" for the courtroom scene.

Otherwise my personal favorites would have to be Casablanca, the Caine Mutiny, Master and Commander and of course Star Wars.

As far as animated films go, I thought "The Incredibles" was great.

K-19 The Widowmaker was fantastic if generally unknown. Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.

[Edited 2012-05-09 03:16:37]

User currently offlinePs76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 50, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1211 times:

Quoting SmittyOne (Reply 49):
K-19 The Widowmaker was fantastic if generally unknown. Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson.

Yeah I liked that movie too. Thanks for reminding me of it!

Pierre


User currently offlineimiakhtar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 51, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1193 times:

Arrietty. Japanese anime adaptation of The Borrowers.

To Kill a Mockingbird. The book is one of my favourites. The movie is almost as good.

LOTR - The Fellowship of the Ring. Similar reason to the above. I'm a huge fan of Tolkien and his fantasy world. I'm a bit of a purist and I think the other two movies detract too much away from the books.

All Quiet on the Western Front. As someone of Pakistani heritage, I've had family members in the armed forces all the way back to the first days of the British Raj. My great grandfather served in the British Indian Army in the trenches on the Western Front. I think this film best portrays the horrors of that war.

One Day in the life of Ivan Denisovich. A very depressing film but very well made.

There are probably a lot more and I agree with many that others have listed, but that's all that comes to mind at the moment.


User currently offlinetommy767 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 6584 posts, RR: 11
Reply 52, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1161 times:

Quoting CompensateMe (Reply 40):

Silence of the Lambs is an excellent movie. I'd also like to give a shout out to Manhunter (1986) the prequel to it, directed by Michael Mann. Both are very well done.

With more thought since my original posting, I'll list a few of my all timers:
--Fargo
--Blue Velvet
--Raging Bull
--Good Fellas
--The Big Lebowski
--Apocalypse Now
--Le Samurai
--North by Northwest
--2001 A Space Odyssey
--Short Cuts
--Heat
--Dog Day Afternoon

Quoting Superfly (Reply 20):
Saturday Night Fever

Oh this movie is a CLASSIC. I saw this probably when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I didn't get it, but saw it for the first time in years last year and it's so, sooooo good.



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User currently offlineTepidHalibut From Iceland, joined Dec 2004, 209 posts, RR: 6
Reply 53, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1003 times:

Looking at the starting post, amongst my favourites that might interest the ThreadStarter :

"The Wages of Fear" (Le Salaire de la peur) - 1983 When a South American oil well owned by an American company catches fire, the company hires four European men, down on their luck, to drive two trucks over mountain dirt roads, carrying the nitroglycerine needed to extinguish the fire. Spends the first third of the movie showing what a bunch of worthless losers the main characters are. The rest of the movie...oh boy.... you're nerves may not cope, but you'll be willing them to succeed.

The Beguiled - 1971. One of the most uncharacteristic Clint Eastwood movies that Clint starred in. If fact, one of the very few where....no. I'll say too much. Don Siegel directed the story where close to the end of the American Civil War, injured Yankee soldier John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death by a twelve year old girl from an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana

Four Lions - 2010. A black comedy about would be suicide bombers. Yes, you read that right. Like "Dr Strangelove..." it's a comedy I utterly love, but I rarely laugh at. And remember, You can't win an argument just by being right!

and for a trashy indulgence :
Gone in 60 Seconds - 1974 (NOT the remake). It centers on a group of car thieves and the 48 cars they must steal in a matter of days. The film is famous for having wrecked and destroyed 93 cars in a 34-minute car chase scene, with much of the filming being done in true guerrilla style.

Hope this provides some food for thought.


User currently offlineflyingturtle From Switzerland, joined Oct 2011, 2321 posts, RR: 13
Reply 54, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 993 times:

Another of my very favourite movies:

Les 400 coups, by François Truffaut. IMHO there isn't a film that more poignantly shows how a child can be estranged from his parents and also from his school.

The Day of the Jackal, the 1973 film by Fred Zinneman about the plot to kill President de Gaulle. It's really nerve-wrecking – a smart, remorseless killer that will do anything if the price is right. And then the police detectives that, in the 1960ies, didn't have the luxury of computers and modern communication and must stop him at any cost. (The 1997 version named "The Jackal" has to be watched with utmost contempt.)

David



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User currently offlinebristolflyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2290 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 958 times:

Quoting flyingturtle (Reply 54):
The Day of the Jackal,

Fantastic film, I love it.



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User currently offlineHAWK21M From India, joined Jan 2001, 31667 posts, RR: 56
Reply 56, posted (2 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 742 times:

Lakshya......Motivational & depicts the kargil war in the background.
3 Idiots.....Good message.
Tintin The Secrets of the Unicorn......Fantastic visuals.
Back to the future.....Time travel.....



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User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3174 posts, RR: 12
Reply 57, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 631 times:

I don't think this movie have got a mention just yet.

The Gods Must Be Crazy. Youtube link. my favourite.

Another more recent one is "Up In The Air" I know a lot of my friends who are always flying.



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User currently offlinesturmovik From India, joined May 2007, 509 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 580 times:

Quoting BNE (Reply 57):
The Gods Must Be Crazy

  

Loved these as a kid!



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User currently offlinelh526 From Germany, joined Aug 2000, 2351 posts, RR: 14
Reply 59, posted (2 years 2 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 572 times:
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User currently offlinebjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 3387 posts, RR: 2
Reply 60, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 539 times:

Midnight Express
The Hunt for Red October
A Little Romance
Max Manus
The King's Speech

I loved how they tied Coming to America to Trading Places. Hilarious!



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User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7693 posts, RR: 21
Reply 61, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 535 times:
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Quoting bjorn14 (Reply 60):
The Hunt for Red October

Oh man. That film certainly has some merits, but the 'Russian' is just excruciating to hear!



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User currently offlineTheRedBaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2191 posts, RR: 8
Reply 62, posted (2 years 2 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 529 times:

groundhog day....the best ever.... no I am not kidding..


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