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Best Movie Ever...

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Eric, Dec 6, 2004.

  1. shqiptar

    shqiptar Well-Known Member

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    There are a lot of movies that deserve to stay at my collection. Preferences and tastes have changed with the age and it'll change again. In an unorganized way here are some of them that come to mind right now: American movies Most of the movies dealing with mafia. Although highly idealized and stylized, they still provide the essence of the men's struggle: power Godfather Trilogy, Boss of the bosses, Bonano, Casino, Donnie Brasco, Gotti, and whatever... In an unorganized way: Gladiator (an epic that cann't be repeated)/ American Beauty (there was no dry eyes left at the theatre)/ The age of Innocense(a story of forbidden desires, female manipulation, the main male character: - dickhead)/ The untouchables (fantastic suits, great clothes, inspiring music, great Sean Connery, Robert DeNiro)/ Tomas Crown affair (the original with Steve Mcquinn: manly behaviour, great suits, pocket watch never looked more appropriate)/ The good, the bad, and the ugly (a classic, Clint Eastwood, the genius of Ennio Morricone)/ Gone with the wind ( great suits, the art of seduction and being a true man)/ Bogart movies (The big sleep, To have and have not, Casablanca, etc.)/ Cary Grant movies (Charade, To catch a thief- oh. Grace Kelly my ideal of a woman)/ Chuemada (with Marlon Brando- great moral lessons)/ The quite american ( the evil american exposed by a brit.)/ Wall Street ( an icon, enough said)/ Rounders ( guts, mental strenght, friendship, manipulation)/ The tailor of Panama ( Saville Raw in the banana republic, Geoffrey Rush)/ Elisabeth ( life at the english court of the 16-th century, macchiavellian manouvering)/City hall ( New York city power and its workings)/ The color of money (on character, game, love, experience, manipulation, exceptional Paul Newman)/ Glengerry glennross ( The most crushing sales peep talk in the history of cinema)/ Kate & Leopold (how to be a gentleman in our mannerless society)/ The man from elisian fields (human frailty, desperation, decadence, how to lose your soul)/ An ordinary decent criminal (being a criminal is fun and enjoyable in Ireland)/ The yards (a touching and emotional movie- not for the weak of heart)/ Silence of the lambs (you'll let me know when those lambs stop screaming)/ Hannibal (whoever lived in Florence and didn't get goosebumps in the initial scenes unfolding in the Palacio Vecchio.)/ The insider (moving and dramatic, fantastic acting)/ Breakdown Palace (emotional violence - show it to a girlfriend/wife and she'll thank you for it)/ True crime (the bickering scenes priceless)/ Runaway jury (intense, powerful, a lesson in mental games)/ A beautiful mind (a much needed appreciation for the intelligent people, in the times of the bum's glorification)/ The score (it takes time to achieve anything)/ Get Carter (the original with Michael Caine)/ Meet Joe Black (touching, great suits, great acting)/ Payback (Mel Gibson, what else)/ Miller's crossing (breathtaking suits, emotional, and mental violence)/ The truth about Charlie (a charming version of the Charade, arab hip-hop)/ Ocean's Eleven (great fun)/ Pretty woman (great suits, a decent show of the inner workings of power)/ Master spy (great drama, realistic and very cynical)/ The last samurai (breathtaking scenes, great costumes, wonderful japanese actors, imposing Kenn Wannatabe, shitty Tom Cruise)/ The spanish prisoner (exploring the dark side of people's hunger for power, exploitation, manipulation: nerve-stretching)/ The affair of the necklace (pussy power, manipulation, machiavellian rules at the french court)/ Midnight in the garden of good and evil (exploring the southern charm of the U.S.)/ Remains of the day (emotional, historical innacuracies, human drama, very touching, fantastic music)/ 15 minutes (a charichature of the east european people: a blunt exploration of corruption in the police force, media outlets, etc.)/ ........and many more. To be countinued...
     
  2. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim Senior member

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    shqiptar:

    I take it that english is NOT your first language.

    I got the message though, and agree with you that several of those movies were good, but I wouldn't put hardly ANY of those movies in the "Best Movie Ever" category. Pretty Woman? You really think it's even in the top 50 movies ever? Oh man... I think my eyes have started bleeding.
     
  3. Get Smart

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    good call on Ichi the Killer. i'm a big fan of Miike....just picked up Gozu on dvd so i cant wait to watch it

    my list of best films:

    -Snatch (Ritchie picked up the pace from Lock Stock and perfected his take on the heist flick with this)

    -Pulp Fiction (an obvious choice but it really is a great film on so many levels)

    -Sussho Iwai aka "the wolves" (the BEST yakuza film ever made starring Tatsuya Nakadai and directed by Hideo Gosha. stunning visuals and even tho it is from early 70s, it still seems fresh when i watch it)

    -Annie Hall (my favorite Allen film and one of the best comedies of all time)

    -Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders film is poetic, everything from the script to the plot to the cinematography. perfect)

    -Zoolander (the best silly comedy of all time)

    -Saving Private Ryan (the best war movie i have seen, just edges out Full Metal Jacket)

    -Quadrophenia (the best subculture film, edging out Suburbia...influenced an entire new generation of mod revivalists)
     
  4. Mike

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    I have to disagree with you on "Zoolander." I thought it was funny, but definately not the best silly comedy of all time. I have to go with "Caddyshack" or "Animal House." "Monty Python and The Holy Grail" is a major contender as well.
     
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    Nobody like Brazil?
     
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    I just read this thread and I am truly surprised no one mentioned "In the Mood for Love". Trying to get everything watching it once is almost impossible. I have now watched it three times and still see things that I missed.
     
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    In the Mood for Love was an excellent film.

    koji
     
  8. clarinetplayer

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    Not sure if this movie has been mentioned.....Harold and Maude
     
  9. Steve B.

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    Ordinary People...

    Citizen Kane...
     
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    Dog Soldiers.
     
  11. shqiptar

    shqiptar Well-Known Member

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    You're right about that. I read the topic, but started to put down whatever movie came to mind in a frenzy without thinking to much. There are many great movies that I haven't mentioned, but deserve to be praised as such.

    Being tired and about to go to bed didn't help either in putting some structure to the information, using the right tone and style, or even correcting the spelling and punctuation. It's just a big tedious paragraph. But you must be a curious type, and you seem to  love movies. And, patient too.

    No, it is not. I would be interested if you could comment on that.
     
  12. Tokyo Slim

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    (Tokyo Slim @ 20 Dec. 2004, 12:38) Pretty Woman? You really think it's even in the top 50 movies ever? Oh man... I think my eyes have started bleeding.
    You're right about that. I read the topic, but started to put down whatever movie came to mind in a frenzy without thinking to much. There are many great movies that I haven't mentioned, but deserve to be praised as such. Being tired and about to go to bed didn't help either in putting some structure to the information, using the right tone and style, or even correcting the spelling and punctuation. It's just a big tedious paragraph. But you must be a curious type, and you seem to  love movies. And, patient too.
    No, it is not. I would be interested if you could comment on that.
    Uh... wow. That quote from me sounds a bit condescending doesn't it? I don't believe I meant it to be, and I apologize if you took it that way. I read your paragraph over a few times, and it for some reason, it really struck me as if you were typing it with an accent. (if that's even possible.) I thought it was a particularly odd thing to notice. I'd blame it on the booze, but I hardly drink. So I'll just blame it on the crack pipe instead... It takes a very secure man to admit that he liked Pretty Woman. [​IMG]
     
  13. Eric

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    Add Gattaca to my list, I forgot about this one. Its a gem.

    Eric
     
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    Eric Senior member

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    Two more:

    Forrest Gump,
    Garden State

    Eric
     
  15. clarinetplayer

    clarinetplayer Senior member

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    Brassed Off (Just saw it again on TV the other day. Fantastic brass band music&#33[​IMG] Billy Elliott (Truly, in spite of its rough language, one the greatest "family" values movies ever made--how a father makes the ultimate sacrifice for his son.) For years, I've been a fan of the British TV show, "Coronation Street", and I always am attracted to movies like the above.
     
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    Before Sunset,
    Before Sunrise

    I heard about these movies from someone on this forum, checked them out and was amazed. Wow, great movies, same vein as Lost in Translation and Eternal Sunshine, but done much better.

    Eric
     
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    All time greatest is To Catch a Thief. A sartorially resplendent Cary Grant on the riviera with Grace Kelly. How can you get any better?
     
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    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I agree on Donnie Darko; it really grew on me. The use of the Echo & the Bunnymen song "The Killing Moon" was a great touch. Plus, hey, Maggie Gyllenhaal.

    Also agree on La Dolce Vita, though I can't sit down to watch it now.

    Not many Bonds mentioned, hm. I definitely wouldn't call any of them the "best" movie ever, but a) neither would I call almost any other film listed here and b) people seem to be listing their favorite films rather than a single contender for some sort of absolute best. On Her Majesty's Secret Service is a fun watch for me -- the only Bond that allows a hint of Swinging London in (forget Casino Royale). Lazenby was awful but no serious Bond actor could have pulled it off anyway. Diana Rigg as one of the very few good actresses as a Bond girl (and, of course, very hot) is a plus. And Telly Savalas -- whenever I see him as Blofeld I keep thinking he's going to start calling everyone "Baby" and offering them Player's Club cards. Yeah yeah, Goldfinger is the usual "best Bond" choice...

    CQ -- very, very cool.

    Tom Jones, with Albert Finney.

    Topkapi.

    About a Boy (Okay, I had to search for a good Hugh Grant movie after I found out he liked Richard James.)

    Army of Darkness (because Bruce Campbell rocks. So let's add Bubba Ho-Tep too.)

    Croupier.

    Darling. Julie Christie at her peak, the seamy side of glamour in 1960s Paris and London. Dirk Bogarde and Lawrence Harvey in form.

    Kind Hearts and Coronets. Like a British version of Purple Noon, done for laughs.

    My Beautiful Laundrette.

    Office Space. Dude, did I miss it or has it really NOT been mentioned here yet?

    The Ruling Class (anyone tell I'm a 60s British film fan yet?). Surprisingly resonant class satire.

    Killing Zoe (best watched with a buzz)...

    Y Tu Mama Tambien

    Stupid fun French movie: Les Comperes...
    Stupid fun movie: Spaceballs. And, heck, Three Amigos, if only for the scene where they shoot the invisible man.
    Really stupid fun movie: Zorro the Gay Blade. Proof that George Hamilton is a great yet underrated actor, not just an orange prune in Anderson & Sheppard.
    Really bad movie I found fun: Buffalo Soldiers.
    Decade-defining comedy: Swingers
     
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    Being There with Peter Sellers. "I like to watch, Eve"
    North By Northwest. Cary Grant is great. Martin Landau is really creepy.
     
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    In Patricia Highsmith's books Ripley was not gay.
     

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