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The Best Movies... Ever!

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  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    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
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    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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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    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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  • 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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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    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
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,950
    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.
  • graphicguygraphicguy SW OhioPosts: 6,894
    Kirstie...I'm with you on High Fidelity....I don't care how many times I've seen it, I can watch it again.

    About Fight Club...it must be a male "thing". I can watch that over and over again. If you've got a good subwoofer in your home theater. it will shake your walls during that movie.

    Moo....Christopher Guest is an aquired taste...at least for me. Like you, I know people who adore movies he's involved in. Personally, it's hard for me to sit through them. I'm probably a party of one when I say I hated Spinal Tap.

    I'll have to put Festival Express in my Blockbuster que.
  • madmanmoomadmanmoo Posts: 2,039
    I'll have to put Festival Express in my Blockbuster que.

    Highly recommended.

    Spoiler Alert: Don't read any further if you don't like knowing anything about the movies you're watching.

    Apparently in 1970, shortly after a certain giant festival was held, a promoter had a great idea. He would rent a train and put a ton of different musicians on it and send them across Canada playing at different venues. This was release in 2003 and shows some real favorites of mine. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, and the Flying Burrito Brothers just to name a few. Really cool to watch and really cool to think about what you would be doing if you were on that train. :blush:

    -Moo
  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    High Fidelity... Too many asides to the audience.... I hate that.. a little goes a long way.

    Jack Black's character was tops, though!

    I love mockumentarys.. Best in Show is a favorite... Waiting for Guffman, also..

    The Grifters might be my favorite Cusack movie.

    I agree with the Coen movies, also.. I never get tired of Fargo.. and, Raising Arizona? Cage has never been better.. O Brother, Where art Thou? Who knew George Clooney could act?

    I love movies.. :)

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,808
    Life is Beautiful, the story about the guy and his small son in the concentration camp. I enjoyed both the subtitled and dubbed versions, but I think the subtitled one is the way to watch it so you get the wonderful staccato of the Italian and gutteral German languages that convey so much in the movie.

    Also, Das Boot, in German.

    And Passion of the Christ too. A very powerful film.

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  • Karen@EdmundsKaren@Edmunds Posts: 5,024
    Love 'em and never get tired of watching:

    Singing in the Rain
    Top Hat
    Daddy Long Legs
    Silk Stockings
    On the Town
    An American in Paris
    Brigadoon

    I guess I favor any film with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. Btw, the absolutely BEST female dancer EVER in films was Cyd Charisse. :shades:

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  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Actually with the right equipment and an unmarred vinyl record it is the best sounding medium.

    Your right about that. Back in the good old days of records I would get my hands on a lot of DMM's the sound quality of those equals anything that CD's can do today.

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  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    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?

    Here is my point, to appeal to more people you have to appeal to a lower common denominator. In other words to appeal to more people you have to compromise on what could make it great. Sure Wells could have made CK appeal more to the general population but to do that he would have removed much of what makes that movie great.

    Ask yourself this, who has greater music Mozart or Weird Al? Now ask who appeals to more people?

    Cool Hand Luke

    While a good movie I find that in to many places it tends to drag on.

    Shrek

    First one was very good, the second was even better, the third seemed like they just threw something together with little thought. It just didn't have the elements of the first two (although I did like Pinochio not telling a lie).

    Now you go!

    Movies I thought were cool?

    Any thing with McQueen (the king of cool).
    The Best Years of Our Lives
    Glory (look closely you might see me)
    Casablanca
    The Haunting (original version)
    Brazil
    DOA (original version)
    Laura
    Maltese Falcon
    Dead End
    The Big Sleep
    The Guardian
    Band of Brothers (Ok its a mini-series)

    Thats enough for now.

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  • kyfdx@Edmundskyfdx@Edmunds Posts: 25,881
    McQueen? The Thomas Crown Affair..

    The look on Faye Dunaway's face when she realizes that she betrayed him, and what she's lost.. Wow..

    Forget Dunaway in Bonnie and Clyde and Network... In The Thomas Crown Affair, she was HOT!! ;)

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  • fezofezo Posts: 9,195
    "Glory (look closely you might see me) "

    I beg your pardon?

    I missed being in the 4th of July parade in Jaws by a matter of days. Right place; wrong time.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Bladerunner is one of my favorite movies as well.

    While it was a good movie I was a little bit disappointed in it as I was hoping it was more like "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" which I read many years prior to "Bladerunner" being made.

    Was Rick Deckard an android?

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