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Your greatest movie?

Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 4:02pm

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What would you say was your greatest movie of all time and why?
Mine definately has to be Lord of the rings- ROTK. Mainly because of the cinematography, the climatic dialogue, teh relationships built up, the exciting action sequences, locations, props + costumes, basically everything about it! biggrin I understand if this is a common topic, but i'm eager to find out. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 4:09pm

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Fight Club, for me. It ticks all the artistic/thematic boxes and I also find it hugely entertaining, no matter how many times I watch it.

My other favourite film (just minutely behind Fight Club) is The Incredibles, for the same reasons as above.
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Hard question, I liked Tenacious D: The Pick of destiny, very entertaining and great music. But I just can't choose between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 6:52pm

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Jurassic Park. I'm not sure why, exactly. It's just kinda stuck with me.
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 7:12pm

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. It's my favourite movie because of it's amazing story and characters.

It's good in all the other aspects, too: special effects (I mean, come on, how cool was Davy Jones?), screenplay, sets (beautiful islands), acting. Yeah, for what I think matters, P2 was the best movie ever made.

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Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 7:35pm

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I'm not going to count A New Hope or Empire Strikes back, or any of the Lord of the Rings, because frankly, that's sort of like asking "Who's your favorite character in the bible?" and you answer "God...or maybe Jesus". Though it's true, it's boring.

My favorite non-Star Wars/LOTR movie may be:


The Bird People in China- as gay as this may make me sound, this is the most touching movie I have ever seen. It's about jade hunters who stumble across a secluded Chinese village where people learn to fly. Have yet to watch it without crying (seen it about 15 times). Has possibly the greatest film score ever.


The Ring - This not only was the movie that got me into Asian cinema (something that will forever have a huge impact on how I watch/make movies), but it caters to a certain part of me. As goth as this may make me sound, I've decided there are two parts to my artistic tastes: a goofy and fun side, and a darker side. Something about just dreadful atmosphere done right in a movie (or video game: Silent Hill series) scratches me in just the right way. Everything about this movie is perfect.


Mulholland Drive - I honestly hate abstract film. One of the reasons I no longer major in film at my university is because of the avant garde films I had to watch and study, and was pressured into making. However, in my most honest opinion, I feel like David Lynch, for whatever reason, is the only person who can do abstract film right. Maybe it's because his films aren't actually abstracts, but carefully crafted films that I can (and have) spent hours studying, reading into hundreds of interpretations. Mulholland Drive was a movie I saw the first time, and didn't like it, because it made no sense to me. I felt like it was random. However, when I looked into it, piecing together all the fragments, I slowly realized that this was possibly the most thoughtful and carefully complex film I have ever seen. I could go on for hours about it.
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 7:46pm

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Its all about Saving Private Ryan! Ive seen it over 50 times and I almost know it completly eord for word. Go ahead and say it, I have no life. biggrin
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 8:01pm

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If you check my profile you can see a list of my favorite movies but the one that I'd say combines every element the best to form an amazing film has to be King Kong.

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Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 8:38pm

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I can't name one movie...

Vertigo
Haunting, gripping, to me this film is an amazing synthesis of story, acting and score. Hitchcock is one of the greats.

Pleasantville
I'm able to watch this over and over because of everything about it, like the music, the concept and the actors are just perfect. And beneath it's not just an enjoyable comedy, it's got subtext about a lot of things.

Magnolia
I love this and Amores Perros for similar reasons, for having storylines about characters whose lives overlap. This does it better though, and is more poignant and interesting thematically because it explores many issues. One that stands out for me is past mistakes that affect childhood.

Mulholland Drive
Mentioned before. A friend of mine called this pretentious because of the twist. He's not really getting it at all. This film is more than a twist. As Waser said, it's complex, has amazing music, is a very thoughtful deconstruction of the film industry and much more. It's an experience.
Posted: Tue, 27th Mar 2007, 8:56pm

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Film is special and different, so I have many favorites. I know for a fact that many will be and already have been mentioned in this thread, so I'll go for some of my more obscure picks.
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrells
Pure comic style with crackling dialogue and a dash of sardonic humor make this a top pick of mine.
It's a Wonderful Life
Call me a sentimental, but this film is nothing but masterpiece and is film story-telling at its finest.
The Maltese Falcon
I know I'm going old on you guys, but this movie is brilliant. It's noir gold.
The Lady Vanishes
Hitchcock's eye is a shrewd and cynical one in this taught 1938 thriller.

I'll stop now, but I could go on for hours with films that have impressed me in one way or another. And yes, I like Return of the King, Fight Club, King Kong, and all the other usual suspects. (Which I guess also credits Casablanca and the Usual Suspects all at once wink )
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The Siege wrote:

Hard question, I liked Tenacious D: The Pick of destiny, very entertaining and great music. But I just can't choose between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Being that you're from the Netherlands I can hazard a guess at why you enjoyed that particular movie so much:

I would like to apologise in advance for any whining that occurs as a result of my insensitive cultural stereotyping.

As I find it hard to pick favourites for anything I'll have to make do with two films that I can watch over and over without getting bored; 'This is Spinal Tap' and 'Starship Troopers'
Everyone loves the Tap.
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Still untouched: Sleepy Hollow

Absolutey brilliantly intelligent screenplay that works both as an entertaining crime/mystery story and a highly philosophical dissertation. Perfectly crafted with brilliant cinematography, fantastic artdesign, costumework, visual effects, acting and an amazing score.

If a film ever camer close to perfection, this is the one for me.
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Hmm..tough question (really good though). Well, I've always been a big fan of "Snatch", "Se7en", "City of God", "Taxi Driver" and "Fargo". I think they're all fantastic movies, so I guess they all are my favorite movies ever.
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I can't pick one either, so here are my top

Wild America (inspired interest in film, photography, wildlife, and adventure)
Shaun of the Dead - Great, funny, epic, and I am able to watch it several times without getting bored.
Star Wars: RotJ
Casino Royale
Indiana Jones
Jurassic Park
Eternal Sunshine
Pirates of Silicon Valley
Serenity
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
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When ask what my favorite movie is I always say Ed Wood.
Ed Wood had great crisp black and white cinematography a great cast filled with quirky characters and some of the best acting I've ever seen. While Jonny Depp is fantastic as Ed Wood Martin Landau's performance as Bela Lugosi is AMAZING! This is truly Tim Burton's greatest film.

Although I would have to say that no one movie is really my favorite. Others I like are:

Requiem for a Dream: This film is amazing.

The Wrong Trousers: Best Wallace and Gromit movie

More: It's only 6 minuets long but it happens to be some of the greatest 6 minuets in cinema.

The Secret of NIMH: One of the greatest animated films ever.

The Incredibles: finally a super hero movie that does not have legions of comic book fan boys.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Wonderful acting, dead sexy cinematography, and weird ass movie, what more could you ask for?
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Lawrence of Arabia, methinks.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 12:56am

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Sollthar wrote:

Still untouched: Sleepy Hollow

Absolutey brilliantly intelligent screenplay that works both as an entertaining crime/mystery story and a highly philosophical dissertation. Perfectly crafted with brilliant cinematography, fantastic artdesign, costumework, visual effects, acting and an amazing score.

If a film ever camer close to perfection, this is the one for me.
Ha! I think all of this is just a clever so that nobody finds out your true favourite.

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Like Tarn, I also have to choose Fight Club as tops for me. It is the film that after I watched it I said, "I need to make movies."

Close on that list is:

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest (The moment Jack finds out he is the only non-voluntary patient is pricess.)

3. The Big Lebowski (I think a Coen film has to be on anyones top 10 list. This just happens to be more comedic than the others and has spurred throngs of catchphrases.)

4. Heat (MM...Pacino and DeNiro in the same room, same table, same shot. Priceless.)

5. American Beauty (Top notch everything in this one. Writing, directing, acting...Not much else to say.)
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-Ferris Bueller's Day Off: Pure classicness. Funny, witty, an exhibition of highschool spirit and teenage/80s movie freedom. Coupled with a perfect "chase" scene and an outstanding soundtrack and you've got your number one movie ever.

-Enemy of the State: Great ending, hits the style points I love. Will Smith. (in a totally hetero way wink)

-Big Fish: Terrific movie, nay, a masterpiece. A perfect: story of one's life movie that is very humorous and yet incredibly contemplative and gripping. The only movie I've ever found myself coming to tears at the end of. And I'm not a "tears-y" kinda guy.

-The Usual Suspects: A great mystery that feels more like a book told in staves than a movie. Singer at his best with a great cast.

-Rush Hour 1 & 2: Inspired me to make movies. Loved the amount of action and intrigue. The first movie where I didn't feel like the comedy was carrying the writing for the action, and the action wasn't carrying the writing for the comedy. Works perfectly in a "blackass hong kong ninjitsu!" way. Also, Ratner's corner-cutting is almost unnoticeable and he's an eccstatic guy on the director's commentary.

-Office Space: Another movie that got me into making movies. They shot it all near and around Dallas (my home/current town), and it's just downright muthaeffin re-duck-ulously fuzzenukky.

I love those epic, academy award-winners to death (especially the completely underrated 'Seabiscuit'), but my top ones are that for a reason.
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Well I would have to say my favorite is Star Wars ROTS.

1. Star Wars ROTS

2. Saving Private Ryan

3. Patriot

4. Napoleon Dynamite

5. Amazing Grace
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It's all about the Godfather!!!


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/
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The Crow

kalifornia

The Way of the Gun

It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
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Wow! I didn't expect this kind of reply! yay! Some really fantastic movies out there! Saving private ryan, Sleepy hollow, Gladiator! Excellent!
Does anyone watch any independant movies? (Especially in the UK) They're not as 'rich' in cinematography as some bigger funded movies but they're very thought provoking! Shane meadows springs to mind biggrin
The dude that said King kong (Sorry i can't remember who it was) Do you mean the Peter Jackson one or the original?Both were good!
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Scribble07 wrote:

The dude that said King kong (Sorry i can't remember who it was) Do you mean the Peter Jackson one or the original?Both were good!
Peter Jackson's.
Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 4:36pm

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Ahh! excellent, was amazing!
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As for foreign films, "Jeux Interdits" is a great one.
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I have a few independent films, of my small collection I like Elukka (Animal) the best. It's a Finnish stop motion film, the cinematography is very nice. It's also very fun to show people and weird them out. You can see some clips of it here
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INDIANA JONES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



Come on, Everybody knows that face cool

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Posted: Wed, 28th Mar 2007, 11:38pm

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Man for all Seasons

District B13-Gotta love Frenchies with English accents. Nothing new about this film, but I still liked it.
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SlothPaladin wrote:




The Secret of NIMH: One of the greatest animated films ever.

Good call my friend
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For me it's a tie between:

The Pianist
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
Chariots of Fire
The Godfather
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Personally, Oldboy is the best film I have EVER seen.
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Hmm... this is really tough

As far as movies that have touched me and been genuinely great works of art:

Life is Beautiful - This movie is just a whirlwind of emotions. The humor in it really makes the ending more raw and real. One of the few movies ever to make me cry.

Pan's Labyrinth - Just read FXHome's review razz It's utterly brilliant. I love Doug Jones.

Possibly Donnie Darko (I say possibly because as much as I love this movie, it's not quite at the level of the other 2) - Really cool and thought provoking. I wish I had seen the original cut before the directors' though so it would have been spelled out for me less.

Now on to FUN movies that just rock my socks off:

Pirates of the Caribbean - I am referring to #1, of course. This movie is just amazing. Johnny Depp is a genius, as is Geoffrey Rush. Incredibly witty, action packed, and filled with Pirates! Awesome.

Labyrinth - I saw this for the first time last year (I was 15), so this isn't just nostalgia getting to me. I miss this kind of filmmaking, before the days of CGI. This movie really does have a unique feel to it, and it's a ton of fun. You remind me of the babe.


Other favorites of mine are... Catch me if You Can, Beauty and the Beast, The Incredibles, Mirrormask, Little Shop of Horrors, and SUPER MARIO BROTHERS! (that movie is just in a class of its own)

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Posted: Thu, 29th Mar 2007, 3:44pm

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Ha ha excellent choices! Donnie darko is a fine piece of film! We watched it in Film studies and it was so intense!
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Rawree wrote:

The Siege wrote:

Hard question, I liked Tenacious D: The Pick of destiny, very entertaining and great music. But I just can't choose between Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.
Being that you're from the Netherlands I can hazard a guess at why you enjoyed that particular movie so much:

I would like to apologise in advance for any whining that occurs as a result of my insensitive cultural stereotyping.
Very original... wink
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Jabooza Clog Booza wrote:

Scribble07 wrote:

The dude that said King kong (Sorry i can't remember who it was) Do you mean the Peter Jackson one or the original?Both were good!
Peter Jackson's.
I watched Peter Jackson's King Kong like 3 times, and I feel like I watched it 10, because it's soooooo long! I'm not saying it's bad that it's long, I'm just saying that it's long.

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EDIT: Forgot a «'s». smile
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I think it's cool that it's so long. I think more epic movies should be that length.

btw, I saw it four times. smile
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I'm a big Spielberg fan but I'm gonna have to step away and go with "Lawrence of Arabia"... never get tired of watching that one...

"The Bird People in China" that Waser mentioned sounded interesting so I just ordered it off of Amazon... and I'm still anxiously awaiting the arrival of my "NIGHTCAST" DVD!
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Can't believe it, my taste is most similar to Atom's!
I love Office Space, and grew up watching Ferris Bueller...

Other movies are:
Garden State
Clerks
Almost Famous
American Graffiti

also:
Star Wars
E.T.
Indiana Jones

depends on the mood really!
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As a young kid I watched Jurassic Park like 1000 times a day. And when I watch it now I remember all of the ideas and great feelings I had then. It's a nostalgic thing.
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my top few in no particular order have to be:

gladiator
star wars (rots)
oceans 11
snatch
lock stock and two smokin barrles
pulp fiction
kill bill vol 1 + 2
lord of the rings - rotk + fellowship + two towers
the matrix (the first one)
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Hey,

I don't think anyone has mentioned this film yet; and personally I think it is one of the best films made. One of the greatest Stephen King short story to be produced in the cinema.

The Shawshank Redemption


I dont think there are many films out there that can beat this one; it has a great storyline and is extremely well thought through.

In my opinion this has to be my favourite film.



regards,
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That's a tough one. My favorites must be:

Fight Club
Boondock Saints
The Godfather Trilogy
Original Star Wars Trilogy
Pulp Fiction
Sin City

That's most of my favorite movies.
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Hero - a visually stunning masterpeice, superb use of colour to indicate emotions and the different phases of the film. Images that will haunt you and stay with you forever. The director had such a clear vision and delivered a true piece of art. For the scene where the two warriors fight over the lake he wanted there to be no ripples on the water. For weeks the crew turned up, set up for the shoot and a breeze would spring up gently rippling the water so away they'd go and come back the next day. No comprimise, it had to be perfect, had to match the director's vision. Amazing. Watch and learn.

Alien - whenever it comes on tv, no matter at what point I discover it when flicking through channels, I always end up watching it through the the end (not to mention the number of times I have watched the dvd). The slow pacing, building menace and atmosphere do it for me.

Gallipoli - similar to Alien I often find this on tv and end up watching it to the end. Brutally tragic, always makes me cry. Another well worn dvd of mine.

Witness - Peter Weir again, another film with some moments of true cinema (the scene where the boy IDs the policeman in the police station and Harrison Ford realises the danger of the situation he is in, the scene where the bad cops turn up at the Amish village)

The Thing - superb brooding, claustraphobic atmosphere created by John Carpenter's tight direction and innovative techniques such as lingering pauses or fade outs during dialogue scenes.

They Live - JC again, my favourite popcorn movie.

Dawn of The Dead - George Romero's epic masterpiece (make sure you see the full nearly three hour director's cut) far more intelligent than many would ever consider giving credit for.

Zombie Flesh Eaters - italian zombie horror at its best. Lucio Fulci rocks. You want gore? Watch this, it had never been bettered.

Uh -oh, that's eight already....best stop there.

EDIT: Oh my goodness I forgot Apocalypse Now - please insert it at the top of this list. Epic movie, each shot a picture you could extract and hang on your wall. A lesson in movie making in itself.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - the greatest western ever and one of the most poignant and powerful anti-war movies ever made. Seriously, watch it again and see the three main protaganists struggle against the backdrop of the civil war. Tuco oblivious, Angel Eyes taking what he can and Clint performing random acts of compassion and kindness.

Ok that's a top ten, time to stop.
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As with all forms of art, whether it's music, dance,painting etc. it's all subjective. Each individual views the subject in a different light, so for instance someone may choose the latest Van Damme / Segal action movie as ".. the best ever...", but totally ignore Citizen Kane.

Having said that, as this topic could go on and on,my own choice of film is " It's A Wonderful Life"

Cheers everyone