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Films - all-time faves, new releases, recently seen
« on: February 19, 2012, 00:44 »
I just posted in the movie topic over there, then realized that we don't have one here yet. So, shall we start off with our most favorite personal films, some of which might also be important films in the history of the cinema?  ;)

I find it impossible to have an absolute #1 now...I have had three during the course of my life, the first was Citizen Kane, then Godfather 2, then Shawshank. So, my top movies for all kiinds of reasons and in no particular order of merit are...

Citizen Kane
Godfather 2
Godfather
Shawshank
Apocalypse
Alien
LOR 3 - The return of the King
The Battle of Algiers
It's a Wonderful Life
Silence of the Lambs
Blues Brothers
Diva
Once upon a time in America
Once upon a time in the West
Deliverance

Phew, kept it to 15.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #1 on: February 19, 2012, 01:48 »
    Disneys Fantasia
    Disneys Aladin
    Cuidade de Deus. 
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    From Hollywood even though I don't like hollywood, true romance and carlitos way.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 02:22 »
    Raising Arizona
    Apocalypse Now
    Requiem for a dream
    Leaving Las Vegas
    To live and die in LA
    Saving Private Ryan
    The Thing (1982)
    Paranormal Activity
    American Beauty
    The Usual Suspects
    Glengarry Glen Ross
    Margin Call
    Three Kings (just for this scene: What is the problem with Michael Jackson? (Three Kings, 1999) )
    Dirty Pretty Things
    Trainspotting
    Pulp Fiction
    Heavy
    Blue Velvet

    Okay, more later.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #3 on: February 19, 2012, 02:29 »
    Bit of a Denzel fan..

    1st Hurricane
    2nd Remember the Titans
    3rd Star Wars (Episode 3 IV but do i really need to say that)

    After that it all gets a bit messy, so many things I could name, the entire godfather series, Raging Bull or pretty much anything with De niro in it, or anything with Denzel Washington in it (apart from that last pile of crap with the speeding train), anything with Drew Barrymore in, who im not so secretly in love with, and high fidelity.

    Tv is easy. The wire is by far the greatest peice of tv every made. The sheilds not bad, deadwood was brilliant but sadly cut short, carnivale is superb, and im just finished off season 1 of Treme.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #4 on: February 19, 2012, 02:35 »
    I like alot of them. I want to go the tv way...the sopranos, band of brothers, game of thrones (like the book more), seinfeld, the shield etc I have not seen the big bang theory.
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    « Reply #5 on: February 19, 2012, 02:51 »

    3rd Star Wars (Episode 3 but do i really need to say that)


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    « Reply #6 on: February 19, 2012, 02:56 »
    I meant 1st star wars and episode 4.. i seem to have forgotten about one of the first 3, last 3 or whatever
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #7 on: February 19, 2012, 03:06 »
    A likely tale. :D

    I guess I should list some of my favourite films. Some that haven't been mentioned:

    RHPS - great b-movie imo. Its a tribute to so many things: science fiction, horrors, musicals etc etc and it even send through a message about current times whilst never taking itself seriously. Not everyone's cup of tea but a movie I can watch (and sing along to) every year.

    Forrest Gump - Silly sentimental movie but I've liked it ever since I was a kid. :D

    Life of Brian - best movie the Monty Python crew ever did. I thought Holy Grail was the best for a long time but then I watched LoB after I hadn't seen it in awhile and I was in stitches nearly the whole way through. Such a superb movie and the social commentary and scenes are second to none.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #8 on: February 19, 2012, 03:17 »
    I like alot of them. I want to go the tv way...the sopranos, band of brothers, game of thrones (like the book more), seinfeld, the shield etc I have not seen the big bang theory.

    The Shield was awesomme.

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    « Reply #9 on: February 19, 2012, 03:18 »
    The Shield was awesomme.

    Spoiler (hover to show)


    Oh c'mon, spoiler tags please if you're going to post something like that?
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #10 on: February 19, 2012, 09:48 »
    On the TV front, Mock the Week during the Frankie Boyle era was another level of brilliant.

    The day today's Brian O'Hanrahahanrahan.

    Movies-
    Troll2
    Birdemic Shock and Terror- legendary movie this
    The Room

    The actual good movies-
    The Holy Grail, The Life of Brian

    Welease Wodewick.
    Can't wemembew any othews but that's due to my widiculous memowy.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #11 on: February 19, 2012, 20:46 »
    And Heat, please do not tell me that is not good movie? :(
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #12 on: February 19, 2012, 21:27 »
    Speaking again of tv seriel..i really like "Midsomer Murders", its a show on itv (i think)...set in a fictional village district of midsomer, the locations are just amazing..real pub in english village, manor etc. Right now it's in 15th season.
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    « Reply #13 on: February 19, 2012, 21:46 »
    Speaking again of tv seriel..i really like "Midsomer Murders", its a show on itv (i think)...set in a fictional village district of midsomer, the locations are just amazing..real pub in english village, manor etc. Right now it's in 15th season.

    friend of ours played a policeman in that.
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    « Reply #14 on: February 19, 2012, 21:55 »
    As far as tv series goes, its The Wire >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> *

    Some one-season shows that I like:
    Kings
    Jack and Bobby
    Firefly
    Caprica

    Others:
    TRI BSG
    Fringe
    Community
    Flying Circus
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    « Reply #15 on: February 19, 2012, 22:00 »
    I played in one movie, well at least until I was shot to death by partisans.
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    « Reply #16 on: February 19, 2012, 22:11 »
    friend of ours played a policeman in that.

    wow nice..do you by any chance know what season and episode?
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    « Reply #17 on: February 19, 2012, 22:13 »
    We went out to see "safe place" in the evening..it's good, right now i am trying to watch this.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #18 on: February 19, 2012, 23:26 »
    Oy, leave it out with all the tv series! ::)

    The title say "Films". Sheesh.

    Tv series topic coming up.....
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #19 on: February 20, 2012, 07:54 »
    Godfather (1,2)
    English Patient
    Amores Perros
    Il Postino
    Sideways
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #20 on: February 20, 2012, 08:47 »
    Godfather (1,2)
    English Patient
    Amores Perros
    Il Postino
    Sideways

    Love sideways. in fact love loads of films and then come on here and draw a blank

    Being John Malkovich i love for an completely original storyline

    My wife has just finished a film studies degree. as part of that i started out editing her essays before she handed them in. Then because i love studying and was bored i started to put more effort into the editing. studying the films and topics so i could understand what was being written rather than just check the language. Found the process of studying a film and reading up on it really interesting, really increased my enjoyment of certain films.

    Ones i looked at recently include
    The proposition - Australian western. similar to unforgiven maybe, which is another fantastic film
    Cache - like all Haneke films is so dripping with hidden meaning you have to watch it over and over again
    Ali, fear eats the soul. - a fassbinder film. if you do not know his work it has a strange feel. he made films extremely quickly and in high volumes. they have a theatrical feel, with some scenes feeling like a play. the acting can feel wooden but the stories, the meaning, the emotion is amazing. and the cinematography can be stunning.

    outside of that, Tell no one i loved, particularly for the interrogation techniques of the woman on the bad guys
    A Prophet is another great french film.

    Hollywood films: was very surprised by Horrible Bosses. and enjoyed tinker Tailor soldier spy as well





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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #21 on: February 20, 2012, 09:14 »
    Godfather (1,2)
    English Patient :'(
    Amores Perros
    Il Postino
    Sideways

    Brother Quixote, you are second guy already ::) who loves that picture, I am first.
    Do you cry at the end when he late in that cave and found her dead, I mean here is Niagara Falls.
    Quixote I am going to watch it soon again ;)
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #22 on: February 20, 2012, 09:27 »
    I am a huge fan of Korean cinema, so some of my favourite films are Korean.

    Koreans retain certain childlike character aspects even in adulthood, which means that Korean films can be very gritty yet unconstrained by the Western need for vérité, so they are often highly melodramatic. The talent versus cost of production ratio is also very skewed in favour of talent, which means they make super high quality films for very little money.

    Here are some of my favourites:

    Park Chan Wook's awesome vengeance trilogy -

    Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002)
    Oldboy (2003)
    Lady Vengeance (2005)

    Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder (2003) is still my favourite Korean film, which tells the true story of a provincial detective's hopeless attempts to capture Korea's first known serial killer. This is a grim, dark sort of tale yet the film - which somehow manages to make something hilarious out of violence used against a mentally handicapped witness on whom the local cops want to pin the murders - retains something very naive, pure and beautiful all the same. The moral of the story is so un-Hollywood: sometimes it's best just to walk away.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #23 on: February 20, 2012, 14:30 »
    I am a huge fan of Korean cinema, so some of my favourite films are Korean.

    Koreans retain certain childlike character aspects even in adulthood, which means that Korean films can be very gritty yet unconstrained by the Western need for vérité, so they are often highly melodramatic. The talent versus cost of production ratio is also very skewed in favour of talent, which means they make super high quality films for very little money.

    Here are some of my favourites:

    Park Chan Wook's awesome vengeance trilogy -

    Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (2002)
    Oldboy (2003)
    Lady Vengeance (2005)

    Bong Joon Ho's Memories of Murder (2003) is still my favourite Korean film, which tells the true story of a provincial detective's hopeless attempts to capture Korea's first known serial killer. This is a grim, dark sort of tale yet the film - which somehow manages to make something hilarious out of violence used against a mentally handicapped witness on whom the local cops want to pin the murders - retains something very naive, pure and beautiful all the same. The moral of the story is so un-Hollywood: sometimes it's best just to walk away.

    ...kinda close in the basic plot-line to one of my faves called Citizen X...highly recommended btw...really smart film-making done on the cheap ( it was an HBO production if memory serves me right )...

    ...and...oh yeah...the most adroit examination of Real Politick in this brave new world done to date...Wag The Dog...

    Cheers

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    « Reply #24 on: February 20, 2012, 20:55 »
    Bogarts maltese falcon. Boogie was one cool mofo.
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    Re: Films - your all time favs/new releases
    « Reply #25 on: February 21, 2012, 08:10 »
    Brother Quixote, you are second guy already ::) who loves that picture, I am first.
    Do you cry at the end when he late in that cave and found her dead, I mean here is Niagara Falls.
    Quixote I am going to watch it soon again ;)
    I guess I forgot about that scene, Newborn...I just liked it for the nudity!
    Hey, No country for old men is also on my list.
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    « Reply #26 on: February 22, 2012, 05:37 »
    Any Woody Allan fans here?
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    « Reply #27 on: February 22, 2012, 20:36 »
    saving private ryan
    bad boys 1+2
    the longest yard (with adam sandler)

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    « Reply #28 on: February 23, 2012, 21:35 »
    Some of my favourites already mentioned - Shawshank in particular.  I once thought that all Stephen King adaptations were great (Misery, The Shining, Carrie).  But then I saw Pet Semetary and It...

    There will always be a special place in my heart for the Evil Dead films  :-[
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    Good movie..turn the subtitle on.
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