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Tokyo Slim's top fives

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Tokyo Slim, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. Saucemaster

    Saucemaster Well-Known Member

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    What about The Man who wasn't there ?
    LOL... we both think of a modern noir that's not on the list, but pick different Coen brothers movies.
     
  2. Tokyo Slim

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    As far as the Coen bros - I thought Blood Simple was better (as noir) than either two of the other movies mentioned. So there's a third. Just goes to show you how good they are as filmmakers.

    BUT I wouldn't even place Blood Simple at number six... That spot goes to Blue Velvet.
     
  3. Sartorian

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    As far as the Coen bros - I thought Blood Simple was better (as noir) than either two of the other movies mentioned. So there's a third. Just goes to show you how good they are as filmmakers.

    BUT I wouldn't even place Blood Simple at number six... That spot goes to Blue Velvet.


    Dudes, I've got to interject. Just saw 'The French Connection' and it really has to bump something out of any of your revised lists. I'm starting with 'Basic Instinct', you guys can debate the remainders.

    BTW, can we stop veering back into the movie lane?
     
  4. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Well-Known Member

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    Dudes, I've got to interject. Just saw 'The French Connection' and it really has to bump something out of any of your revised lists. I'm starting with 'Basic Instinct', you guys can debate the remainders. BTW, can we stop veering back into the movie lane?
    Well this thread is about movies, music, and entertainment in general. And movies is about all I've got on tap. Oh, and RE: TFC I hate to disagree, bu at least in my opinion, The French Connection doesn't belong on my list of "modern noir". It is, however, and excellent movie.
     
  5. Rambo

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    Are you counting Miller's Crossing as noir? If so, I'd consider that a gaping hole in the list. Top 5 Coen Bros. movies: 1. Miller's Crossing 2. Hudsucker Proxy 3. Fargo 4. The Big Lebowski 5. The Man Who Wasn't There
    Nice to see Miller's Crossing at #1. An underrated classic: Sticking with the theme, top 5 The Big Lebowski quotes: 1) Maude Lebowski: What do you do for recreation? The Dude: Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback. 2) The Dude: Also, my rug was stolen. Younger Cop: The rug was in the car? The Dude: No. It was here. Younger Cop: [eager] Oh, separate incidents. Maude Lebowski: [on answering machine] Jeffrey, this is Maude Lebowski. I need to see you. I'm the one who took your rug. Younger Cop: Well. I guess we can close the books on that one. 3) The Dude: Nobody calls me Lebowski. You got the wrong guy. I'm the Dude, man. Blond Treehorn Thug: Your name's Lebowski, Lebowski. Your wife is Bunny. The Dude: My... my wi-, my wife, Bunny? Do you see a wedding ring on my finger? Does this place look like I'm fucking married? The toilet seat's up, man! 4) Walter Sobchak: Now so far, we have what appears to me to be a series of victimless crimes. The Dude: What about the toe? Walter Sobchak: Forget about the fucking toe! Coffee Shop Waitress: Excuse me, sir. Could you please keep your voices down? This is a family restaurant. Walter Sobchak: Oh please, dear? For your information, the Supreme Court has roundly rejected prior restraint. 5) Walter Sobchak: Am I wrong? The Dude: No you're not wrong. Walter Sobchak: Am I wrong? The Dude: You're not wrong Walter. You're just an asshole. Walter Sobchak: All right then. And two more for good measure: Maude Lebowski: My father's weakness is vanity, hence the slut. Jackie Treehorn: People forget the brain is the biggest erogenous zone. The Dude: On you maybe.
     
  6. Sartorian

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    Well this thread is about movies, music, and entertainment in general. And movies is about all I've got on tap. Oh, and RE: TFC I hate to disagree, bu at least in my opinion, The French Connection doesn't belong on my list of "modern noir". It is, however, and excellent movie.
    I only thought if it because it wrapped up 'NYC Noir week' at FilmForum: http://www.filmforum.org/films/french.html I definitely thought it fit the bill: though it was totally lacking in a femme fatale, the plot was about as twisted and ultimately meaningless as most of the classics, and the dialogue, it really doesn't get much snappier, does it? Anyone seen Boorman's 'Point Blank'? That'd be another one for the list. Nice thread, BTW, quite entertaining.
     
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    Are you counting Miller's Crossing as noir? If so, I'd consider that a gaping hole in the list.

    Top 5 Coen Bros. movies:

    1. Miller's Crossing
    2. Hudsucker Proxy
    3. Fargo
    4. The Big Lebowski
    5. The Man Who Wasn't There


    Hard to pick but Raising Arizona would be up there too imo.

    Top 5 movies set in Vegas:

    5. Bugsy
    4. Fear and Loathing in LV
    3. Ocean's Eleven (1960)
    2. Leaving Las Vegas
    1. Casino

    Honorable mention to Very Bad Things, Ocean's 11 and The Cooler.
     
  8. JBZ

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    Best Modern Noir.

    1: Blade Runner
    2: Chinatown
    3: Basic Instinct
    4: L.A. Confidential
    5: Mulholland Falls


    I think mine would go like this:

    1. Chinatown
    2. Blade Runner
    3. L.A. Confidential
    4. One False Move
    5. Blood Simple
     
  9. Ambulance Chaser

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    Best Modern Noir.

    1: Blade Runner
    2: Chinatown
    3: Basic Instinct
    4: L.A. Confidential
    5: Mulholland Falls

    My list:

    1. Memento
    2. L.A. Confidential
    3. The Last Seduction
    4. Blood Simple
    5. A Simple Plan

    Chinatown is overrated. [​IMG]
     
  10. Saucemaster

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    5. A Simple Plan

    I absolutely love that movie...

    ...but I must kill you anyway. [​IMG]
     
  11. Baron

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    ...but I must kill you anyway. [​IMG]




    I'll hold his arms while you poke him in the eye with a sharp stick.

    Any of these lists - modern noir, Nicholson movies, LA movies (haven't done that one yet) - on which Chinatown is not number one are deeply flawed.
     
  12. JBZ

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    My list:

    1. Memento
    2. L.A. Confidential
    3. The Last Seduction
    4. Blood Simple
    5. A Simple Plan

    Chinatown is overrated. [​IMG]


    Good calls on Memento and The Last Seduction. I wouldn't put A Simple Plan in my top five, but it was a solid movie. Also, if you've never read the book, I recommend it. Just when you think it can't get any more depressing, it does.

    I shall ignore your comment regarding Chinatown.
     
  13. Saucemaster

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    I'll hold his arms while you poke him in the eye with a sharp stick.

    As you should have gathered from my choice of smiley, it's not a STICK, it's an Ã[​IMG][​IMG]e. You are obviously poorly bred. Even if you do have good taste in film.

    Do the LA movies! I'm too lazy to do it myself.
     
  14. Baron

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    Best L.A. movies. Just five is pretty much impossible, and I'm bound to forget something, but here goes: 1. Chinatown - creation myth 2. Blade Runner - the dystopic vision 3. Sunset Boulevard - the classic Hollywood movie 4. The Long Goodbye - the classic noir novel transposed onto the 1970's Hollywood Hills 5. Valley Girl - going way off the charts with this one, but it's one of the best teen movies ever, a brilliant Romeo and Juliet story that holds up incredibly well, and it's SO L.A.! The conflict between the hip punk rock city kids and the suburban Vals is such a huge part of growing up in Southern California in the 70's and 80's. I know there are a million other candidates for this list: Mullholland Drive, Short Cuts, The Player, Rebel Without a Cause, Menace 2 Society, Big Wednesday, Double Indemnity, Shampoo, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, etc, etc, etc. It's a painful list to make.
     
  15. whodini

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    Best L.A. movies. Just five is pretty much impossible, and I'm bound to forget something, but here goes: 1. Chinatown - creation myth 2. Blade Runner - the dystopic vision 3. Sunset Boulevard - the classic Hollywood movie 4. The Long Goodbye - the classic noir novel transposed onto the 1970's Hollywood Hills 5. Valley Girl - going way off the charts with this one, but it's one of the best teen movies ever, a brilliant Romeo and Juliet story that holds up incredibly well, and it's SO L.A.! The conflict between the hip punk rock city kids and the suburban Vals is such a huge part of growing up in Southern California in the 70's and 80's. I know there are a million other candidates for this list: Mullholland Drive, Short Cuts, The Player, Rebel Without a Cause, Menace 2 Society, Big Wednesday, Double Indemnity, Shampoo, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, etc, etc, etc. It's a painful list to make.
    LA Story, Mullholland Falls, Nick of Time, LA Confidential, Rocketeer...
     
  16. itsstillmatt

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    LA Story, Mullholland Falls, Nick of Time, LA Confidential, Rocketeer...
    Less Than Zero. I, thankfully, cannot say that it mirrored my LA experience, but it wasn't that far off.
     
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    Good list of L.A. movies. Definitely agree on Blade Runner and Chinatown, the others are at least debatable.

    Chinatown is also one of the 5 greatest movie posters of all time:
    [​IMG]

    The rest of the list:
    2. Breakfast at Tiffany's
    [​IMG]
    3. Sullivan's Travels
    [​IMG]
    4. Vertigo
    [​IMG]
    5. Straw Dogs (the black and white one, with Hoffman's face in closeup)
     
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    Less Than Zero. I, thankfully, cannot say that it mirrored my LA experience, but it wasn't that far off.
    At least you didn't say "Day of the Locust." Top 5 musicians/bands out of the LA area: 1) Beach Boys 2) NWA (and the solo careers spawned) 3) The Doors 4) Bad Religion 5) Beck Mentionables: Santana, RHCP, Love, Sly & the Family Stone, Stone Temple Pilots, Flogging Molly, X, The Cramps, NOFX
     
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    At least you didn't say "Day of the Locust." Top 5 musicians/bands out of the LA area: 1) Beach Boys 2) NWA (and the solo careers spawned) 3) The Doors 4) Bad Religion 5) Beck Mentionables: Santana, RHCP, Love, Sly & the Family Stone, Stone Temple Pilots, Flogging Molly, X, The Cramps, NOFX
    Jane's Addiction? Red Hot Chili Peppers? Arthur Lee, RIP. Whodini, in honor of your handle, and Tokyo Slim, #5's for you, best early 80s hip-hop/breakdancing music groups: 5. Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick 4. Whodini 3. Afrikaa Bambataa and the Soul Sonic Force 2. Run-DMC 1. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five Honorables: Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin' Crew (NWA before NWA), Ice-T, the Boogie Boys, The Fat Boys, UTFO, Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J
     
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    Jane's Addiction? Red Hot Chili Peppers?

    Arthur Lee, RIP.

    Whodini, in honor of your handle, and Tokyo Slim, #5's for you, best early 80s hip-hop/breakdancing music groups:

    5. Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick
    4. Whodini
    3. Afrikaa Bambataa and the Soul Sonic Force
    2. Run-DMC
    1. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

    Honorables: Dr. Dre and the World Class Wreckin' Crew (NWA before NWA), Ice-T, the Boogie Boys, The Fat Boys, UTFO, Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J



    The Five Slickest Ricks
    1. Rick James
    2. Slick Rick
    3. Ric(k) Flair
    4. Rick Ross
    5. Rick Springfield (although his lamentations about Jessie's girl were somewhat pre-emo. You're a soap opera star and you can't take a girl from a guy named "jessie"? Needs to sharpen up his cockblocking skills)
     

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