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Movies to See and Why to See Them

 
 
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 07:44 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
You didn't like Francis Ford Coppola's modern day take on Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness?
I only remember, going back about 30 years,
that I was underwhelmed by that movie.

Truth be told, my memory is not all that terrific.
I have only vague memory of it and of how I felt about it.

Lemme put it this way:
I did not hate it, tho I have not watched since then,
when it appeared on TV. If I had the prescience
of how much I 'd enjoy it b4 I went: I 'd have stayed home, or seen a different movie.

From the posts on this board,
I 'm beginning to see Avatar in my future
in the big Sony Imax, if thay still have it.
There 's a good pastry shop nearby
(Edgar 's Cafe [not Ed Blythe] Edgar A. Poe, who lived close by.)
It has great profiteroles. A young lady suggested it to me
on New Year 's Eve; I declined it. Reconsidering
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 07:54 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
Sorry, overblown indulgent extravaganza, my memory of it at the time. Not that war isn't all those things, but this was a zillion dollar construct. Oh, wait, so is war, but with real destruction.
Still, no where near the top war movie except for, perhaps, special effects.
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 08:04 pm
@ossobuco,
Another great movie that didnt make big splashes because the helicopter count was on the low side, was FINDING FORRESTER
Its a heart warmer , a promise kept and honor between friends. Also the movie sound track was mostly Miles Davis.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 10:25 pm
84.Best in Show (2000): Christopher Guest's blisteringly funny critique of the professional dog show family, culture, and their twisted obsession. Guest's second best film behind A Mighty Wind.

I worked in a dog kennel here in NYC for 7 and a half years. You would think that the characters in this satire were strictly exaggerated caricatures of real life people. I can honestly tell you I've met these people before! They scared me then and they still scare me now!
http://i50.tinypic.com/6s5gfa.jpg

You have to see this incredibly funny mockumentary! I'll disown anybody if I find out they haven't seen it! This isn't a threat! Mad
oolongteasup
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 11:16 pm
@Seed,
if you loved jurassic park

then you'll hate the winslow boy

because i said
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 11:17 pm
@tsarstepan,
What 's your favorite breed ?
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 11:21 pm

I DO like special effects; maybe I will see Avatar.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 9 Jan, 2010 11:25 pm
@OmSigDAVID,
I have too many favorite breeds.
Corgis, Bichon Frises, Siberian Huskies, ...

German Shorthaired Pointers make the best lapdogs! They don't realize they're a tad too big for people's laps but they try really hard to cuddle in such a manner. Etc... etc... etc....
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eoe
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 10:56 am
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/452/malcolmx.png

An absolutely brilliant tour de force by Denzel Washington and an honest, clear and concise look at one of the most grossly misunderstood historical figures in American history.
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Seed
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:25 pm
Are there any films that you guys would suggest to watch on say only a blu ray player? I understand that a blu ray gives you the most out of any film but is there a film that you would feel was almost a sacrilege if you didn't see it in all its intended glory?
Rockhead
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:28 pm
@Seed,
I would imagine matrix to be better on one.


(ain't never seen one to say, though)
Seed
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:31 pm
@Rockhead,
I am watching my first one right now and it's Day After Tomorrow. Good flick, interesting to see the difference between the non blu ray verses the blu ray
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:34 pm
@Seed,
I don't have a Blu Ray but I would gather that movies with great cinematography and/or special effects would best be suited for that medium of replay.

The following list of films contains what I believe to be some of the most stunning movies visually to be made (films that would greatly be enhanced on Blu Ray and a HD television):
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1. Amélie
2. In The Mood For Love
3. Trois couleurs: Bleu
4. Tokyo Godfathers
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
6. Spirited Away
7. Coraline
8. Sideways
9. Les Scaphandre et le papillon
10.Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
11. 8 Femmes
12. Chungking Express
13. House of Flying Daggers
14. The Last Emperor
15. 5 Centimeters Per Second
16. Big Fish
17. Pan's Labyrinth
18. Babe: Pig in the City
19. What Dreams May Come
20. 2046
21. Paprika
22. Russian Ark
23. The Thin Red Line
24. Hamlet (1996)
25. Eat Drink, Man Woman
26. In Bruges
27. The Secret of Roan Inish
28. Goodbye Dragon Inn
29. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
30. The Fountain
31. The Darjeeling Limited
32. The Royal Tenenbaums
33. The Place Promised in Our Early Days
34. James and the Giant Peach
35. Princess Mononoke
36. The Fifth Element
37. Ghandi
38. Great Expectations (1998)
39. The Science of Sleep
40. My Architect
41. Ratatouille
42. Finding Nemo
43. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
44. Doctor Zhivago
45. Fiddler On The Roof
46. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
47. Koyaanisqatsi
48. The Saddest Music in the World
49. Oldjoy
50. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:46 pm
@tsarstepan,
I never noticed how top heavy foreign language films are in this list:
Quote:
1. Amélie
2. In The Mood For Love
3. Trois couleurs: Bleu
4. Tokyo Godfathers
5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
6. Spirited Away
9. Les Scaphandre et le papillon
Seven out of the top ten = foreign language films.
10.Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
11. 8 Femmes
12. Chungking Express
13. House of Flying Daggers
15. 5 Centimeters Per Second
17. Pan's Labyrinth
20. 2046
21. Paprika
22. Russian Ark
25. Eat Drink, Man Woman
28. Goodbye Dragon Inn
29. Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
33. The Place Promised in Our Early Days
35. Princess Mononoke
46. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles
50. Warm Water Under a Red Bridge

Six are eye stunning animated films.
Eight are surreal fairy-tale like films.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:50 pm
before blu ray beat out HD, i had an HD player for my xbox 360

i had the first 5 Harry potters in, the Matrix boxset, Pans Labyrinth, Transformers and a few others

but those 10 movies were the best of what i had for sure, better image, clean action, the standard dvd of transformers always looked a little muddy in the heavy action scenes, not so in HD
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Seed
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 01:55 pm
If you are into foreign films and even if you aren't, Amélie is by far one of the best foreign films I have seen to date. It was also the first one of it's kind that saw. very good film, and I suggest that you watch it with the sub titles one to get the most out of it.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 02:54 pm
68. Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)
Documentaries often get the proverbial shaft from general audiences.

This documentary/horror film is difficult to watch if you already know the history of the infamous alleged messiah/megalomaniac and his sheepish cult. Still, it's a fascinating and compelling story. Definitely a tear jerker.

Seed
 
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Reply Sun 10 Jan, 2010 02:58 pm
@tsarstepan,
awe you cried! you big manly man
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Irishk
 
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Reply Tue 12 Jan, 2010 12:52 pm
@tsarstepan,
Great list!! I've seen many of them, happy to say!

One of my all time fravorites, though....Cinema Paradiso! A truly must see.

Seed...a lot of the movies with heavy CGI are probably better on blu-ray, but my new player also upscales standard DVD. Star Trek was awesome!
aidan
 
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Reply Fri 15 Jan, 2010 10:58 am
@Irishk,
A movie that I really love is Slingblade a great cast of characters- Billy Bob Thornton's finest moment (it was all downhill from here for him).
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