Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Eric, Dec 6, 2004.
I like Godfather III the best. It strikes me as the most artful, dramatic of the three.
Kagemusha (Kurasawa's finest for me) La Strada Godfather I and II (III would have been great, except for a fatal casting flaw) Goodfellows Clockers Ghost Dog A Better Tomorrow Parts I and II Shawshank Redemption Cinema Paradiso Christ Stopped at Eboli Road to Perdition The Hustler Vertigo Casablanca Le Samourai Manhattan Dr. Strangeglove Chinatown Chungking Express The Wicker Man Arch of Triumph A Time to Live and a Time to Die I'm kind of a film buff koji
Oh yes, the Cinema Paradiso...
I would also add the original French movie based on the Highsmith novel, "Talented Mr. Ripley" (circa 1960) Its English title was "Purple Noon." It starred Alain Delon as Tom Ripley.
I never go out of my way to see it, but I'm always attracted to "The Bridge Over the River Kwai".
Well, I'm male and straight, but the second child. 1 is all about Brando and the power he brings to the role, the long wedding scene at the beginning where he is holding court in his study. Just a fabulous piece of acting.
I like II as well, not as much as No. 1 but like it a lot, primarily because of Pacino, but also because the historical setting, i.e. the fall of Cuba, the rise of Vegas, the Senate Mafia hearings.
And there is just something so fascinating about gangsters.
J and I are sitting around watching American Psycho, WHILE surfing the StyleForum. It may be one of my favorite movies ever, but of course this changes quite frequently.
Other movies to add that have not been mentioned already -
(is suprised that someone else enjoys Ichi The Killer)
Blade Runner (Directors Cut)
Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas
And I'm also going to echo the fact that Groundhog Day is an outstanding movie - and that Bill Murray may be one of the most versatile actors of our times.
I'm done now. Maybe.
Glad to see you added Akira, but of course Anime is a whole other category for me:
Anything by Miyazaki (Totoro, Kiki's delivery Service and Spirited away immediately come to mind)
Vampire Hunter D (and its sequel)
Demon City Shinjuku
Graveyard of the Fireflies (Probably the most depressing film I've ever seen, cartoon or otherwise)
Yes. I love Purple Noon. The ending is amazing (and I'm a huge Alain Delon fan, as you could tell from Le Samourai).
Shame on me for not including American Psycho...I adore that movie. And I also completely forgot about the director's cut of Blade Runner, which is far superior to the original release (someone finally did justice to probably my all time favorite writer, Philip K. Dick).
(clarinetplayer @ 11 Dec. 2004, 6:59) Oh yes, the Cinema Paradiso... I would also add the original French movie based on the Highsmith novel, "Talented Mr. Ripley" (circa 1960) Â Its English title was "Purple Noon." Â It starred Alain Delon as Tom Ripley. I never go out of my way to see it, but I'm always attracted to "The Bridge Over the River Kwai".
Yes. Â I love Purple Noon. Â The ending is amazing (and I'm a huge Alain Delon fan, as you could tell from Le Samourai). Â koji
Doesn't Alain Delon own a restaurant in France?
Hmmm, I guess Mr. Delon does not own a restaurant, but...he has his own fragrance line, clothing etc.... www.alaindelon.com/en
Groundhog Day does rank amoung one of my favourites as well. l also like the lord of the rings.
Groundhog Day and Rushmore, two instant Bill Murray classics. I'm eagerly awaiting seeing the extended version of ROTK, heh.
I am a straight male, oldest son of two brothers. And Godfather though I like it, just doesn't hit me in the gut. If were gonna talk about Gangsta movies I think Goodfellas and On the Waterfront were better.
I'm pleased to see Scarface absent from these listings. I used to love this movie when I was in High School. I must have watched it hundereds of times and now I just can't stand it. I don't know if I've changed as a person or if I just have seen it too many times. But I could live the rest of my life without seeing that movie and die a very happy man.
Some favorites not yet mentioned: The Big Lebowski (obviously) -- for many reasons--it's as quotable as Python, and Jeff Bridges is almost frighteningly natural in the lead role. He has an elusive diffidence in most other films I've seen him in, but he knows The Dude inside and out. How you gonna keep 'em down on the farm after they've seen Karl Hungus? Koyaanisqatsi -- There simply are no words. Actually the first of a recently-completed trilogy. Unfortunately Powaqqatsi and Naqoyqatsi didn't preserve the same sense of stark, desolate natural beauty (ironically mirrored in Koy's unorthodox presentation of the human condition) and the general sense of unease, foreboding, abstraction, and alienation I got out of the first one. Powaqqatsi in particular seemed much more "ordinary", like a National Geographic PBS special set to "world music". Mulholland Drive -- well, either you like David Lynch, or you don't. I've always found it hard to explain the appeal. This one actually has a more comprehensible plot than people allege, and it's worth figuring out--if nothing else, you won't feel nearly as cheated. Memento -- A lot of people accused Chris Nolan of relying too heavily on the central gimmick, but it was a damn good gimmick. As with Lynch, I like movies I can pick apart and mull over. I'd put Fight Club, Jacob's Ladder, and (dare I say it) The Matrix in this general category as well. Heat -- Hey, anything with both Pacino and DeNiro chewing the scenery has to be good. Rather than offering the usual context-devoid escapist portrayals and binary moral universe typical of "big heist" films, Michael Mann at least tried to address the human consequences of actually living one of these cop/criminal stereotypes. The Replacement Killers -- OK, pure escapism now. I just dig Chow Yun Fat. More Vietnam films: Born on the Fourth of July, Apocalypse Now Almost anything involving Monty Python: A Fish Called Wanda, Holy Grail, Life of Brian... Seconded: 12 Angry Men, Citizen Kane, Usual Suspects, Ghost Dog, Donnie Darko, Grave of the Fireflies (talk about depressing.) Not having seen Purple Noon, I can't really compare...but does no one stick up for Minghella's Ripley? I thought it was decently done.
I was mightily disappointed by Heat. Pacino was annoyingly overacting throughout (although DeNiro was terrific). Replacement Killers is a weak ripoff of the much better Hong Kong films Chow yun Fat has made (check out God of Gamblers, for example)
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