What's the most powerful movie you've ever seen?

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  1. Fuuma

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    "Mugabe and the White African" was incredibly moving; hidden camera documentary about a Zimbabwean farming family trying to protect their farmland from seizure by the Mugabe government.
     


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    I forgot about KIDS. I remember watching it in High School and it had a "scared straight" effect on me. Pretty powerful movie.

    I honestly think that movie had a very negative effect on some of my high school friends. Kind of sad, but a few guys I knew glorified Casper and ended up doing some pretty stupid (potentially life-ruining) things in their attempt to emulate his character.

    The thought of that skateboard beatdown scene still gives me the chills.
     


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    As for Friday Night Lights, I spent my high school years in Childress, Texas, which was a small town out in Western Texas and the town's pride hung on the success (actually it was the past success) of it's football team. I did not play football, but I remember one black kid that was an excellent athlete but then when he got hurt and could not play anymore, he faded into oblivion. To everyone, he was pretty much useless.

    I have heard this aspect of the film is true. So sad to know that it really is, in fact, a reality. The fleeting hope is what makes the movie so moving. They are changed when they leave the field. What was, to them, the most important thing in the world is suddenly gone.
     


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    Most of the movies I am seeing here are dramas or contain something shocking. While those typically have a huge impact, I agree, there are some nice heartfelt comedies that can leave a lasting impression.


    I remember watching American Pie and getting a little choked up at the part where the four friends have that conversation where they realize that they are all going off to college and that their friendships will never be the same again. Pretty heavy stuff for a movie famous for having a guy boning an apple pie.
     


  6. furo

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    I forgot about KIDS. I remember watching it in High School and it had a "scared straight" effect on me. Pretty powerful movie.

    I honestly think that movie had a very negative effect on some of my high school friends. Kind of sad, but a few guys I knew glorified Casper and ended up doing some pretty stupid (potentially life-ruining) things in their attempt to emulate his character.

    The thought of that skateboard beatdown scene still gives me the chills.


    I remember KIDS. I look back now and think: how did they get away with even filming some of the things they did? Weren't the actors under 18?
     


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    I remember KIDS. I look back now and think: how did they get away with even filming some of the things they did? Weren't the actors under 18?

    Like what? I never saw it. I thought they just beat people up.
     


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    Like what? I never saw it. I thought they just beat people up.

    sex between minors was a recurring theme including a rape to cap it off at the end
     


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    In the category of scenes I wish I could "unsee," there are a couple in the movie Irreversible.

    "Mugabe and the White African" was incredibly moving; hidden camera documentary about a Zimbabwean farming family trying to protect their farmland from seizure by the Mugabe government.

    +1. People definitely need to add this to their netflix queue.
     


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    I agree with most of the films mentioned here.

    Sunshine gave me goosebumps. Kaneda's death and Capa's flight through space are unforgettable.
     


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    In the category of scenes I wish I could "unsee," there are a couple in the movie Irreversible.

    The scene with the fire extinguisher. [​IMG]
     


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    In the category of scenes I wish I could "unsee," there are a couple in the movie Irreversible.

    There's a difference between powerful/moving and shocking, though. All those shock-horror movies are disturbing at the time but don't really affect the way one lives life.

    Thought of a few more:

    Ikiru - slow-paced Japanese film from the 50s, about living a meaningful life. "It's a Wonderful Life" without the kitsch.

    Harrison Bergeron - obscure TV movie adaptation of a Vonnegut short story
     


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    Ikiru - slow-paced Japanese film from the 50s, about living a meaningful life. "It's a Wonderful Life" without the kitsch.

    I own this and just watched it two or three weeks ago. Wonderful, wonderful movie.
     


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    The scene with the fire extinguisher. [​IMG]


    ***SPOILER?***

    Yes, brutal...it didn't phase me much until the guy continued to move/be alive after his face was completely destroyed. And how the camera never moves once during the entire scene.
     


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