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The Best Movies... Ever!

Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Nonononono.

    That was sampled in GNR's song. It was originally from the greatest movie ever, "Cool Hand Luke". Go out and rent it..... TONIGHT!!! Without further delay.

    Why are you still reading this? Get out there and get it done. I'm ashamed you didn't know this! :blush:

    -Moo
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,753
    It was originally from the greatest movie ever, "Cool Hand Luke".

    When did they change the title from "Citizen Kane" to "Cool Hand Luke"?

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Woah! According to AFI, 400 years running, "Citizen Kane" is the greatest movie ever. However, I watched it and decided that it was shite. Neat camera angles and all, but is a movie noone really understands, a great movie?

    Take the Academy Awards, from 1970-2000, it seems that ever movie that wins an academy award is the most depressing film ever made.

    I digress. "Cool Hand Luke" is the greatest movie ever based on my esteemed opinion.

    -Moo
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,753
    Neat camera angles and all, but is a movie noone really understands

    Its actually very easy to understand once you realize what "rosebud" is and how it affects the whole movie. As far as cinimintography goes it is a masterpiece that will never be equaled.

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Snake, although this is horribly off topic, I shall continue.

    You're agreeing with AFI? "Citizen Kane" is the greatest movie of ALL time? That's like saying vinyl is the greatest recording tool of all time. Yes, it was innovative in its time, but does it apply now? Aren't there much better things out there now?

    C'mon, with all due respect, there are many much better movies out there that are MUCH more applicable to the masses. That's like saying T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland" is the greatest poetry ever produced. Maybe to like .0001% of the population that can understand it. To me, it's a garbled piece of nonsense. In order for something to be great, in my opinion, it must have at least some broad appeal. If you're only reaching .0001% of the population, the "opus" is just a self-masturbatory indulgence.

    And that folks, is my opinion on indecipherable pieces of film, writing and artwork.

    -Moo
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,753
    C'mon, with all due respect, there are many much better movies out there that are MUCH more applicable to the masses.

    If being applicable to the masses was the determination of greatness then McDonalds would have the best food.

    Yes, it was innovative in its time, but does it apply now?

    I defy you to produce any current movie that has the cinematic quality that "Citizen Kane" has. The story line is classic and does apply to today (maybe even more so today).

    The sign said "No shoes, no shirt, no service", it didn't say anything about no pants.

  • joel0622joel0622 Posts: 3,302
    I defy you to produce any current movie that has the cinematic quality that "Citizen Kane" has

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  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    That's like saying vinyl is the greatest recording tool of all time. Yes, it was innovative in its time, but does it apply now? Aren't there much better things out there now?

    Actually with the right equipment and an unmarred vinyl record it is the best sounding medium. A high quality vinyl on a very good turntable with the best speakers sounds better then a CD as long as you stay away from the seven channel surround sound stuff.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,259
    Best car movie?

    Two come to mind. The first, of course, Bullit. The 2nd, a little more obscure....Ronin (with DiNiro, no less).

    BR...I know someone who has about $20K invested in a two channel stereo system. With the right vinyl, and if you're sitting in the exact right position (sweet spot) for listening, it does indeed sound glorious. However, with vinyl, it will never sound better than the very first time you play the record. Because of dirt, needle wear, etc, the sound will deteriorate from that point forward.

    Before I get wrist slapped by tidester, one of my neighbors just bought his 16 year old a new Prius. He got it at a pretty hefty discount, according to him. I thought these hybrids were hotter than July 4th firecrackers?

    His 16 year old wanted a Mustang. First, I don't think any 16 year old should get a new car. Lots of very good reasons why not, but this is not the place to get into that.

    I thought the 16 year old's response was classic when I asked him what he thought of "his" Prius. He said, "it's crap". Clearly, he doesn't understand the performance nuances that the Prius brings to the table...... :) :P
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Could you move Snake's and my posts about movies to some special forum. I am by no means done with this conversation. Hopefully, we'll be able to get to the bottom of this mystery in another forum.

    Thanks,

    Moo
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    BR...I know someone who has about $20K invested in a two channel stereo system. With the right vinyl, and if you're sitting in the exact right position (sweet spot) for listening, it does indeed sound glorious. However, with vinyl, it will never sound better than the very first time you play the record. Because of dirt, needle wear, etc, the sound will deteriorate from that point forward.

    Yup it is kind of like very high quality wine. The best taste is the first one you have right after the bottle is opened. After that the flavors diminish.

    One of my clients has been featured in one of the big audiophile magazines a couple of times. I am not sure how much money he has invested in his sound room but I know one of his turntables cost 30,000 dollars when he imported it from Germany.

    He is a big collector though so it is just another hobby for him. He collects cars of course but also collects old steam engines/turbines and old telescopes. I think his oldest telescopes are from the 18th century.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
    Here's where you want to go for off topic chatter: OTC - Discussion Suggestions

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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Ok, Snake. I've created a forum for "Best Movies Ever" discussion. Let's continue our diatribe over there. I'm not sure how to link it, but check my recent posts or search for "Best Movies Ever".

    See you there! Gird yourself for battle!

    -Moo

    Edit: Whoops, delete my other forum then. You guys beat me to the punch. Thanks!!!
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    I think my last post about suckers got deleted. But if you have seen the movie then you know it is definatley a movie from the Front lines. It seems like everytime i watch it i always sell two cars the next day.

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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    If being applicable to the masses was the determination of greatness then McDonalds would have the best food.

    I think you're missing my point, but you tell me. I'm not saying that majority rules. But if there are only a handful of people that can appreciate a movie, then what is the point? To me, that is self indulgent and cannot possibly apply as the "BEST MOVIE EVER". I would like you to ask around and see what some film buffs think is the best movie ever. Will "CK" really come up that much?

    I brought up the Academy Awards because I think this is another situation where some folks who aren't connected with the real world vote on a best movie. They always come up with the most depressing movie available. Why is that?

    The T.S. Eliot comment, doesn't that make sense? Why produce something if you can't help or edify or impress other folks with it? Why even bother publishing it if the only people who will appreciate it are the .0001% of the population that either THINK they get it or do.

    I defy you to produce any current movie that has the cinematic quality that "Citizen Kane" has. The story line is classic and does apply to today (maybe even more so today).

    I'm sure there are numerous movies out there that have taken his innovation and run with it. Was it a great movie for its time? I'm sure it was. But I don't see anything that screams "Best Ever".

    The movies that impressed me? There a number of them that pop out in my mind. And these aren't best ever, but just movies that I thought were cool.

    Reservoir Dogs
    Pulp Fiction
    Cool Hand Luke
    Being John Malkovich
    Magnolia
    Heat
    Minority Report
    Shrek (pretty much anything animated by Pixar is awesome)
    Stand By Me
    Dead Poet's Society
    Full Metal Jacket
    Gallipoli

    That's a small sampling.

    Now you go!

    -Moo
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Thanks, Kirstie.

    Sometimes you just gotta talk something other than cars. And if you want a discussion? Snake is the one to talk with you. Hopefully, he'll have fun with me and we'll get to the bottom of this age old question.

    -Moo
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Shawshank Redemption
    Godfather (but not III)
    Goodfellas
    The Untouchables
    Scarface

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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Ok, there were parts that were funny in that movie. All the guys at work think it's awesome, but except for notable parts like the taking his desk outside.... that movie kinda blew.

    I'm assuming you like it because of the funny stuff and not the ridiculous plot?

    -Moo
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Agreed. I loved everyone of those movies. The only one that didn't hold the test of time for me was "The Untouchables". I recently watched that movie and it just wasn't as good as it was when I first watched it.

    Every other one is awesome then and now.

    -Moo
  • greanpea68greanpea68 Posts: 1,996
    Yeah I thought the plot gave the business a bad name. I do think the plot was possible though.

    But I treid watching it with people who didn't work in the business nad they didn't think it was as funny as I did. I just liked car business side of it. The blonde stealing the car in the beginning, the Saturday morning meetings, The car stuff.

    Raiders of the lost ark... all of them
    Star wars... the first three
    the outsiders... Do it for johnny
    National Lampoons vacations
    Boon Doc saints
    Heat
    Casino
    Scarface
    the Game.... Might have the wrong name starring Michael Douglass and Sean Penn

    Fast times at Ridgemont high
    Independance Day
    Mystic River

    and many more
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 7,259
    moo...I like the offbeat movies, but I just couldn't get into Being John Malkovich or Dead Poets Society. I know both are highly regarded by the critics, though.

    Gotta concur with the Godfather Movies. I didn't even mind III, although it didn't hold a candle to I or II. Goodfellas....no brainer...probably one of my all time favoirtes.

    More offbeat favorites...

    The Straight Story
    The Station Agent
    From Dusk till Dawn
    Interview with the Vampire
    Underworld
    Chocolate
    Blade Runner
    Forrest Gump

    More filmed concerts/documentaries than movies....

    The Last Waltz
    Stop Making Sense

    Guilty pleasure....

    Dancing at the Blue Iguana (admitedly a weak script, but where else can you see Sandrah Oh and Darryl Hannah naked?).
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Bladerunner is one of my favorite movies as well. Just fantastic. Gump was good as well.

    You know I like "The Last Waltz" if you've seen my profile picture. I'll throw in another pretty interesting musical documentary. It's called "The Festival Express". Check it out. Great film with some great footage of some folks who have moved onto the next world.

    -Moo
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Here's another thing. If you're looking for a classic? Don't you want something that stands the test of time? Something you can rewatch? My favorite books are the ones that I can reread countless times, because the message or story is one that I can never get enough of.

    Citizen Kane simply doesn't pass that test. Would you rewatch that movie? I passed out from boredom. What's a movie that's fresh? How about "Fight Club". Now that's a movie that will rock your face off. And it STILL does today.

    Star Wars? You know why people don't mention that one all the time? Because it's an understood. Anyways.....

    -Moo
  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 29,161
    Minority Report?!

    You guys have to lay off the Tom Cruise movies... please!!

    Anyway... ever notice that you remember John Cusack movies as being better than they seem the next time you see them?

    High Fidelity.. Being John Malkovich.. I thought those were fantastic the first time... not so much after that.

    Almost anything with Harrison Ford is great... and, I'm not sure exactly why..

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,893
    I think we're in Too Close To Call land with a lot of these great flicks.

    The advent of the DVD has let me do something that I had to wait to do until we got past the bulky VHS tape era... collect Oscar winning films. I think I'm up to about 50 of the Best Picture winners, with assorted other films and even performances that I thought deserved to be added to the pile :shades:

    So Citizen Kane is in my pile, as well as the Godfather series, and Indiana Jones, and Star Wars, yada yada yada.

    Don't forget those movies that might or might not be cinematic masterpieces, but when you come across them channel surfing you always stop and watch!

    Goodfellas has been mentioned (lots of mob stuff...LOL), Casino is another one I enjoy.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,890
    Fight Club - good movie, stupid ending. Like, really stupid.

    kyfdx - High Fidelity - how can you NOT still love that movie?

    In the re-watchables category, I've got to add Princess Bride. As a smooth segue, this reminds me that most Christopher Guest movies fit for me (Spinal Tap, Best in Show).

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,893
    Princess Bride is always good.

    Somehow I'm able to watch some movies like it's the first time and enjoy them all over again.

    Hmmm... I might feel another viewing of The Caine Mutiny coming on!

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  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    You know why I like movies like that? The imagination! I can see stuff like that happening. Some of it is a stretch, but what a great idea with great effects. I'm no fan of Tom "Scientology Rules" Cruise's beliefs, but I'm looking for entertainment from my movies. Incidentally, why lay off of his movies? He's been in some awesome ones. Top Gun, Risky Business, The Color of Money, Rain Man..... tons of great movies.

    Ok, speaking of John Cusack movies..... there are a few I can rewatch of his.

    How about "Better Off Dead"? That one is hilarious. Stand by Me. Grosse Pointe Blank. Say Anything" definitely wasn't as good on second watch, however.

    Oh man, I forgot some of my all time favorites. How about ANYTHING by the Coen brothers.

    Blood Simple
    The Big Lebowski
    Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
    Raising Arizona (!!!!!!!)
    Miller's Crossing
    Fargo

    Man, these guys are awesome!

    -Moo
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    Huge fan of Christopher Guest. He always seems to have an all star comedic cast and absolutely hits the nail on the head with his timing. Best in Show was hysterical.

    Agreed on High Fidelity.

    -Moo
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 40,826
    Like Water for Chocolate
    Babette's Feast (one of the few I was able to watch again)
    My Dinner with Andre

    Definite trend here. :shades:

    Now, give me four fried chickens and a Coke.

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