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Old 01-13-2007, 11:47 PM   #1
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Every now and then I start up a favorite movies thread since the cast of characters here changes over time, and my own list of favorites constantly changes. So what are everyone's favorite movies? Now when I say favorite movies I mean your personal favorites, not what you believe the best movies ever are. Which basically means, don't feel obligated to throw Citizen Kane up there, or leave Dumb and Dumber off your list.

And for a new twist, if you see a coherent, recognizable theme to anyone's list, recommend some similar movies, maybe lesser-known, that they might enjoy. Or, if there is no theme to a list, maybe pick one movie on a person's list, and recommend a similar movie they might enjoy. (I'm looking right at you on these, toby )

Oh, and I guess another fun game to try would be to add one or two movies you find very overrated.

Anyway, here's some of my favorites:

The Shawshank Redemption
Braveheart
Finding Neverland
Shane
Network
Animal House
Rio Bravo
Big Fish
The Truman Show
On the Waterfront
Gladiator
The Matrix
American Beauty
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Office Space
The Jerk
It Could Happen to You (don't laugh...too hard)
The Weather Man
The Life Aquatic
Better Off Dead

Overrated: Donnie Darko
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Old 01-14-2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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Damn, Ricky...

Too many to list....Probably change when I remember a ton others...

Hunt For Red October
Boondock Saints
The Matrix
Braveheart
Die Hard
Das Boot
Magnificent Seven
The Rock
Saving Private Ryan
Pulp Fiction
The Transporter
Lord Of The Rings
Once Upon A Time In The West
The Outlaw Josie Wales
Mad Max
Terminator
Godfather
Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid
The Wild Bunch
Seven
Reservoir Dogs
Replacement Killers
Scarface
From Dusk Till Dawn
Exorcist
Twister
Last Samurai
Great Escape
Apocalypse Now
Jeremiah Johnson
The Unforgiven
Lonesome Dove
Alien
Casablanca
Blade Runner
Rain Man
Sawshank Redemption
Taxi
Silence Of The Lambs
Titanic
Ahh, hell...there's too many...



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Ugh... It's too much work to list all the favorites... here's a few though:

Big Lebowski
Ghostbusters
The Right Stuff
Saving Private Ryan
Castaway
Alien and Aliens
Monty Pythons Holy Grail
...and there are many, many others... that's a good sampling though

AS far as overrated I have two: Napolean Dynamite and Talledega Nights. Both weren't funny, with stilted, lame dialog and nonexistant plots... especially Talledega Nights. I like Will Farrell, but he needs to stop with all the damn improv (and stop putting it in the final cut...). Get an actual script and follow it.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:34 PM   #5
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It would take me forever to try and figure out what my favorite movies of all-time are, but here is a quick-list of my ten favorite movies from the last decade (1997-present) that I would recommend:

Adaptation. - Truly a unique and clever premise with a fantastic script from Charlie Kaufman and brilliant acting by Nicolas Cage.

Almost Famous - Cameron Crowe's best film to date filled with wonderful performances and an endearing story that is relatable to all of us.

American Beauty - An amazing film with remarkable direction from Sam Mendes, beautiful cinematography from Conrad Hall and two of the greatest acting performances in recent memory by Annette Bening and Kevin Spacey.

Boy's Don't Cry - An honest, disturbing and unforgettable film with a courageous performance by Hilary Swank and a powerful screenplay by Kimberly Pierce.

Chasing Amy - A clever, unique and engaging romantic comedy from writer/director Kevin Smith that includes the best performances to date for young actors Ben Affleck and Jason Lee.

Good Will Hunting - A touching film about love and friendship with an incredible performance by Robin Williams, and underrated work from Matt Damon and Stellan Skarsgard.

Life as a House - A well written screenplay by Marc Andrus and a beautifully shot film by Vilmos Zsigmond, combined with my favorite acting performance of the last decade by Kevin Kline, earn this heartwarming and emotional tale (that, at times, hit too close to home) a spot on my list.

Memento - A well-crafted, complex and gripping film from writer/director Christopher Nolan that will stay with you days after you watch the flick.

The Road to Perdition - The second appearance from Sam Mendes and Conrad Hall on my list, who are once again extraordinary in their direction and cinematography in this story about a father trying to protect his son. Tremendous performances from Tom Hanks, Jude Law and Paul Newman, as well.

Waiting for Guffman - The funniest movie of the last decade with genius work from Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy, Larry Miller, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey and Fred Willard.
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Old 01-15-2007, 12:52 PM   #6
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Other quick thoughts:

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Major props for this selection. Probably my favorite Steve Martin film (I have yet to see Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid), and ranks up there with Fletch as one of the most quotable comedies ever.

If you are a Steve Martin fan, you can never go wrong with Parenthood (a childhood favorite of mine), but you should also check out 2005's Shopgirl which he wrote and starred in.

Reviews of Shopgirl go from one extreme to another, but I rated it ***/****.

A couple of other recommendations, based off of your selections of The Weather Man and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, are About Schmidt and Rushmore.

Also, if you are a Nic Cage fan, you have to see Adaptation.



Tarkus is much more of a fan of action-flicks than I am, but I would definitely recommend the latest James Bond film Casino Royale and the new western The Proposition.

Also, I noticed The Transporter on your list, and suggest you rent Jason Statham's latest flick Crank. It's an adrenaline-filled action flick that never takes itself too seriously and is pure fun to watch.

By the way: I didn't see any love for Fight Club?



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Monty Pythons Holy Grail
It's nice to see someone who can appreciate these two great comedies and also finds Napoleon Dynamite to be overrated.

I would recommend you check out, if you haven't already, Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I.

It is hysterical.
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Also, I noticed The Transporter on your list, and suggest you rent Jason Statham's latest flick Crank. It's an adrenaline-filled action flick that never takes itself too seriously and is pure fun to watch.
I second that suggestion. Plus, if you're anything of a directing/production junkie, you'll appreciate the originality in this one-- not just a straight ahead blow-em-up action flick (but it's still got lots of action)
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A couple of other recommendations, based off of your selections of The Weather Man and The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, are About Schmidt and Rushmore.

Also, if you are a Nic Cage fan, you have to see Adaptation.


I am a Cage fan, and Adaptation was great. Kind of forgot about it. Not sure if its in my favorites, but it is really really close.

Didn't really like About Schmidt that much suprisingly, but I've never seen Rushmore so I'll definitly check that out. I'll have to see Waiting for Gufman as well. I've heard a lot of good things.
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No one has The Crow on their list? For shame
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Have you seen The Professional, Tark?
If you mean Leon-The Professional with Jean Reno & Gary Oldman, yea...That'd be on my list also, great flick...

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No one has The Crow on their list? For shame


Just an oversight, M...Big fan here...

The list for everyone would probably go for miles...

Like:

Leon -The Professional
The Crow
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
The Green Mile
Mash
Schindler's List
Easy Rider
Rear Window
Psycho
Wizard Of Oz
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Dr. Strangelove
Fail Safe
French Connection
It's a Wonderful Life
ET
The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Birds
Gladiator
Fight Club
3 Days Of The Condor
The Bourne Identity

The list is endless....


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Tarkus is much more of a fan of action-flicks than I am, but I would definitely recommend the latest James Bond film Casino Royale and the new western The Proposition.
I'd lost interest in Bond a long time ago when Sean Connery left tho I still watched Roger Moore for awhile. I read your review of the new Bond & it seems more like gettin' back to the roots. Be givin' it a try....(Sorry, Sean... )

Is Proposition in theaters or on DVD? It's too expensive to take the whole family too often & also too hard to just go by ourselves to the more adult movies & leave the kids at home cuz they want to go also. We wait for movies to come out on DVDs as a rule...


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Also, I noticed The Transporter on your list, and suggest you rent Jason Statham's latest flick Crank. It's an adrenaline-filled action flick that never takes itself too seriously and is pure fun to watch.
Didn't hesitate when it went on sale. Bought & loved it. It's a gas...

You mentioned a while back of a Statham movie where he's a secondary actor & if I recall, you said it was great dialogue. Any chance you remember??


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By the way: I didn't see any love for Fight Club?
I read this & cheated, put it on this list...
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Man, most of mine have already been listed. Just throw a few more out there.

Jaws
The Thomas Crown Affair (the Steve McQueen ORIGINAL)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (again, original)
Se7en
The Shining
The LOTR trilogy
The Bourne Identity
Dogma
Chasing Amy
Stripes
Glory (M. Broderick/Denzel)
Caddyshack


Most of the rest of mine have already been listed. The Crow, Gladiator, Fight Club, Memento.
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I've never seen Rushmore so I'll definitly check that out. I'll have to see Waiting for Gufman as well. I've heard a lot of good things.
I think Waiting for Guffman is an acquired taste, much like the rest of Christopher Guest's movies (Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, This is Spinal Tap). If you don't like it the first time, I would suggest watching it again. If you liked it the first time, I would suggest watching it again. You'll love it.

Rushmore is my favorite Wes Anderson film. Very quirky, yet very endearing at the same time.


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Is Proposition in theaters or on DVD? It's too expensive to take the whole family too often & also too hard to just go by ourselves to the more adult movies & leave the kids at home cuz they want to go also. We wait for movies to come out on DVDs as a rule...
It's on DVD, and it is probably my favorite western to have come out since Unforgiven (saw that on your list and that is what sparked my interest to recommend the film).


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You mentioned a while back of a Statham movie where he's a secondary actor & if I recall, you said it was great dialogue. Any chance you remember??
It's called London. I would hate to recommend it because it is an average film at best, but Jason Statham plays against-type and has one of the best monologues I have seen in a movie this year.

If you rent it (it's on DVD, as well) and dislike it, I warned you. But Statham is really good in it, and it was nice to see that he can still deliver in a non-action flick role.
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I am feeling like my mind is getting read here!

I think about 90% of these line up with movies I like.

Memento brought back memories for me (no pun intended)
Waiting for Guffman
The Rock
Mad Max
Thomas Crown (either)
Big Lebowski
Fight Club

on and on and on....

what about usual suspects? one of my top ten easy....
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here are two randoms for you:

did anyone like either:

The Cell (yes it has J-Lo, but the visual stuff in that movie blows me away)
Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind
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Good ones, Grizz...

There's just a ton more out there too...

Just heard Guns & Roses Civil War & was reminded:

"What we have here is failure to communicate"...

Reminded me I forgot Cool Hand Luke...

& thanks for the tips, Toby...
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