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Posted on Jun 19, 2014 6:08:09 AM PDT
Rykre says:
Movies I never tire of watching:

The City of Lost Children
Altered States
The Joy Luck Club
Escape From New York

Magnum Force
Porky's II: The Next Day
Monster's Inc.
Dazed and Confused

Cloud 9
Bitch Slap
DOA: Dead or Alive
Man of the House
Sucker Punch

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
Gate of Flesh
Chasing Papi

Crocodile Dundee I & II
Gloomy Sunday
The Gods Must Be Crazy
Darren Aronofsky's "Pi"

Foxy Brown
Black Mama, White Mama
A Soldier's Story
Freedom Writers

The Road Warrior
The Next Karate Kid
Trading Places
First Blood
Machete (only the first one)

Mississippi Burning
La Bamba
Great Balls of Fire
Mr. Mom
D. C. Cab

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 5:26:24 AM PDT
20 favorite movies others have mentioned

Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Day the Earth Stood Still (original)
Ed Wood
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
To Kill a Mockingbird
Young Frankenstein
Conan the Barbarian
Groundhog Day
Yellow Submarine
A Beautiful Mind
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Cloud Atlas
Pan's Labyrinth
The Hunger Games
Minority Report

20 favorite movies no one's mentioned yet

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
Harold and Maude
The Ruling Class
The Magic Christian
Flash Gordon (1980)
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Monty Python's Meaning of Life
The Quiet Earth
Blade Runner
Pink Floyd The Wall
Jesus Christ Superstar
Repo Man
Donnie Darko
Glen or Glenda
Little Shop of Horrors (musical)
This is Spinal Tap
The Rocketeer
Buckaroo Banzai
Pee Wee's Big Adventure
Napoleon Dynamite
Being John Malkovitch
Withnail & I
The World According to Garp

(These are excluding my previous 20 categories. I cheated on "Holy Grail" since Gilliam didn't direct all of it.)

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 11:12:57 AM PDT
In no particular order:

The Great Escape
On the Waterfront
Citizen Kane
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II (I'm going to cheat a little and count these as one)
Annie Hall
The Best Years of Our Lives
North by Northwest
Lawrence of Arabia
Once Upon a Time in the West
Singin' in the Rain
City Lights
The Big Sleep
Le Grande Illusion
National Lampoon's Animal House
A Hard Day's Night
The Grapes of Wrath
The Deer Hunter
From Here to Eternity
2001: A Space Odyssey

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 5:33:26 AM PDT
Favorite Terry Gilliam - Brazil
Favorite Star Wars - Return of the Jedi*
Favorite Star Trek - Star Trek IV the Voyage Home
Favorite Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite X-Men - X-Men : Days of Future Past**
Favorite non-X-Men Marvel - The Avengers (or maybe Captain America: the Winter Soldier)
Favorite Spider-Man movie - Hm, I'll have to think about it. Either Spider-Man II or Amazing Spider-Man I
Favorite Superman movie - Superman II
Favorite Batman - one of Nolan's (I'll have to rewatch them to pick one)
Favorite non-traditional DC movie - Watchmen
Favorite Disney movie - insufficient data. I guess "Aladdin"
Favorite anime movie - End of Evangelion***
Favorite Humphrey Bogart movie - Casablanca
Favorite Alfred Hitchcock movie - Psycho
Favorite James Bond movie - something with Connery in it other than Dr. No or Thunderball or Never say Never Again
Favorite Coen Brother's - Oh Brother, Where art Thou?
Favorite Martin Scorsese - After Hours
Favorite Stephen King - The Shining
Favorite Tarantino - Pulp Fiction
Favorite Horror/SciFi**** - John Carpenter's the Thing

*I don't hate the Ewoks as much as some do
**This may be colored by the fact that it's the freshest one, and I've only seen it once.
***But requires having seen the original series
****Meaning a film that's both Sci Fi and Horror

Next, for a challenge, I'll have to come up with 20 movies that don't fit into any of the above categories.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2014 6:24:29 AM PDT
Tony says:
Some good Picks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 12:07:24 PM PDT
BR: Any deluxe treatment of Cronenberg is good news.

However, have you forgotten his two student films, which are short features (albeit not commercial)--Stereo and Crimes Of The Future? They are available on the dvd of Fast Company. Stereo, in particular, is in many ways as good a film as he ever made, and contains many of the themes that would continue to dominate his work.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 7:42:32 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 19, 2014 7:13:14 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
1-Godfather II
2-The French Connection
The Last Detail
City of God
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Godfather I
Midnight Cowboy
Boogie Nights
Dog Day Afternoon
The Parallax View
The Conversation
Straw Dogs
Prime Cut
A Clockwork Orange
Full Metal Jacket
Three Days of the Condor

1-Blazing Saddles
3-Lost in America
My Favorite Year
Everything About Sex
Love and Death
Take the Money and Run
A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy
Play It Again Sam
Broadway Danny Rose
Small Time Crooks
Up in Smoke
The Groove Tube
The Kentucky Fried Movie
Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World
Defending Your Life
Fire Sale

1-The Last Waltz
2-Gimmie Shelter

31 of 43 from the 70's
9 Woody Allen movies
6-Al Pacino movies

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 5:21:42 AM PDT
Budas Root says:
David Cronenberg fans, the UK is finally rereleasing his first feature, They Came From Within a.k.a Shivers, in a dual format deluxe box set!!!! Truly an event!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 16, 2014 4:08:45 AM PDT
Tony says:
A lot of your choices aren't really that old. "Becket"'and "Lion In Winter" are unique picks.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 4:04:41 AM PDT
The Wizard says:
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. Barry Lyndon
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Citizen Kane
5. Lawrence Of Arabia
6. Patton
7. Schindler's List
8. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
9. A Lion In Winter
10. Becket
11. Richard III (Olivier)
12. Ghandi
13. Braveheart
14. Raging Bull
15. The Godfather
16. Malcolm X
17. True Romance
18. The Outlaw Josey Wales
19. Life Is Beautiful
20. Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid

I am a 67 year old avid film buff, so my selections are somewhat older films...

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 8:34:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 16, 2014 5:56:49 AM PDT
Meatwad says:
I know what my top 10, but the other 10 is going to be made up of randomized movies I love.

Hot Fuzz.
Pan's Labyrinth.
Jurassic Park.
The Good The Bad and The Ugly.
Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut).
There Will Be Blood.
Cloud Atlas.
Naked Lunch.

Other 10 (just winging it and no order):
The Pianist.
A Town Called Panic.
28 Days Later.
Hard Candy.
District 9.
Children of Men.
Kill Bill (Vol. 2 especially).

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 8:04:14 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
Justin, who started singing Don't Cry for Me Argentina when I showed him this thread (very badly), says these are his:

1. Un Chien Andalou
2. Scorpio Rising
3. Berlin Alexanderplatz
4. Only God Forgives
5. Crystal Fairy & the Magical Cactus
6. Mr. Arkadin
7. Blonde Venus
8. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
9. Bugcrush
10. Germany Year Zero
11. Jubilee
12. My Own Private Idaho
13. Two Small Bodies
14. Broken Blossoms
15. Enter the Void
16. Nymphomaniac Volume II
17. Track 29
18. The Chelsea Girls
19. Les Carabiniers
20. Greed

... and here's my list:

1. Blue Velvet
2. Rome, Open City
3. Malcolm X
4. From Here to Eternity
5. The Big Red One
6. Brick
7. Los Olvidados
8. Hour of the Wolf
9. Alice in the Cities
10. The Big Sleep
11. Twelve Years a Slave
12. Essential Killing
13. 2001: A Space Odyssey
14. Into the Abyss
15. Faster Pussycat, Kill! Kill!
16. Pusher
17. Nights of Cabiria
18. Steamboat Bill, Jr.
19. Road to Nowhere
20. Higher Learning

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 15, 2014 7:07:33 PM PDT
Budas Root says:
Nazarin is available on a great DVD with a beautiful transfer and perfect aspect ratio, in the Vive Mexico Alter's Collection,

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 5:00:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2014 5:40:50 PM PDT
Mike B. says:
1. Boogie Nights
2. Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai
3. The Apostle
4. A Slight Case Of Murder
5. One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
6. I'm No Angel
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey
9. Minority Report
10. Life Of Pi
11. A Foreign Affair
12. American Hustle
13. The Last Seduction
14. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
15. Rushmore
16. American Graffiti
17. The Man Who Fell To Earth
18. Pulp Fiction
19. Nashville
20. Velvet Goldmine

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 10:22:31 AM PDT
NotAPoet says:
With the exception of No. 1, in no particular order:

1. The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
2. Raggedy Man
3. Tender Mercies
4. Thelma & Louise
5. The Godfather
6. Die Hard
7. Dirty Harry
8. Blood Simple
9. The Departed
10. What's Eating Gilbert Grape?
11. Glory
12. Double Indemnity
13. Unforgiven
14. Rear Window
15. A Streetcar Named Desire
16. West Side Story
17. The Usual Suspects
18. Once Upon a Time In America
19. Lord of the Rings Trilogy
20. Pulp Fiction

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 9:42:46 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2014 11:26:04 AM PDT
Rykre says:
Best comedies:

Trading Places
Office Space
The Money Pit
The Blues Brothers
Porky's & Porky's II: The Next Day
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Revenge of the Nerds
Johnny Dangerously
One Night At McCool's
Bachelor Party
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
The Man With One Red Shoe
The Gods Must Be Crazy
D. C. Cab
Mr. Mom

Beautiful girls:

Seijun Suzuki's Gate of Flesh
Man of The House
Chasing Papi
Cloud 9
The Joy Luck Club
So Close
DOA: Dead or Alive
Dazed and Confused
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Sucker Punch

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 5:07:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 22, 2014 1:37:23 PM PDT
Tony says:
In no particular order (Keep in mind this is my favorites list,not a best of all time list) :

Ikiru (Kurosawa)
The Hustler (Rossen)
Five Easy Pieces (Rafelson)
Vertigo( Hitchcock)
Lost In Translation( Coppola)
Apocalypse Now (Coppola)
Fish Tank (Arnold)
Taxi Driver(Scorcese)
The Weather Man (Verbinski)
Days of Heaven (Malick)
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Forman)
Up In The Air (Reitman)
Secretary (Shainberg)
There Will Be Blood (Anderson)
Risky Business (Brickman)
Jerry Maguire (Crowe)
American Beauty (Mendes)

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 3:48:26 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 15, 2014 3:48:39 AM PDT
Joe Anthony says:
1-3. The Original Star Wars Trilogy
4. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
5. True Grit (the original with John Wayne)
6. Big Jake
7. The Cowboys
8. The Alamo (the original with John Wayne)
9. The Quiet Man
10. The Magnificent Seven
11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
12. The Dirt Dozen
13. Kelley's Heroes
14. Smokey and the Bandit
15. The Cannonball Run
16-17. The Godfather and The Godfather Part 2
18. Gandhi
19. The Poseidon Adventure
20. Driving Miss Daisy

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 1:33:43 AM PDT
Tony says:

Posted on Feb 13, 2013 6:42:16 PM PST
jack says:
American Pie
American Reunion
the hobbit An Unexpected Journey
the lord of the rings 1,2&3
red dawn 2012.
Men in Black 3
The Hunger Games

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 12:22:17 PM PST
So hard to narrow this down - and know I'm missing a ton of movies that I've really enjoyed. That said:
Shawshank Redemption
Pulp Fiction
Atlas Shrugged (esp. Pt II)
American Pie
LA Confidential
13 Conversations About One Thing
The Changeling
The Secret in Their Eyes
The Lives of Others
The Usual Suspects
The Life of Brian
We The Living
3:10 to Yuma

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 11:55:58 AM PST
Melisann says:
It's a Wonderful Life
Legends of the Fall
The Sound of Music
The Notebook
A Beautiful Mind
Rear Window
Forrest Gump
Dumb & Dumber
Planes, Trains & Automobiles
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
Gone with the Wind
Rain Man
Pale Rider
Dances With Wolves
Its a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Murder By Death
The Villain

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 10:04:58 PM PST
Oz le Fou says:
"....they would have the victim being put in a position of having to choose one Kurosawa film to save or dying a horrible death."

If the clock was ticking, and it was a Wilder film that I needed to choose, I just may end up dead.

"Ummm....Ace in the Hole....nooo, wait....ummm....Stalag, hang on....ummm....One, Two, Three....oh, darn it, wait....ummmm.....Avanti!!!....."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 9:59:12 PM PST
Balok says:

> 'Nazarin' (Luis Buñuel)

Interesting that you should pick that one. IMHO, it's a very underrated film. The only DVD that I know about is the one from Yume (aka "Yume the Destroyer"). Not only did they make no effort to restore the print from which they made the DVD; they solved the problem of reducing the original film's 1.37:1 ratio to 4:3 by cutting off the left edge of the frame. Thanks, guys.

> 'Alphaville' (Jean-Luc Godard)

At least it wasn't _Weekend_. (I admit that of the small number of Godard films that I've seen, I found _Alphaville_ to be the most tolerable.)

> 'High and Low' (Akira Kurosawa)

I put _Seven Samurai_ on my list because I had to have at least one Kurosawa film on it. If they wanted to make a "Saw" film that was scary rather than gross, they would have the victim being put in a position of having to choose one Kurosawa film to save or dying a horrible death.

Posted on Nov 14, 2012 1:44:41 PM PST
J. Baker says:
Inspired by Balok's method, I'm going to try again limiting myself only to 1 favorite movie each by 20 of my favorite directors (alphabetical by surname). . .

1. 'Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (Robert Aldrich)
2. 'Une si Jolie Petite Plage (Such a Pretty Little Beach)' (Yves Allégret)
3. 'Le Trou' (Jacques Becker)
4. 'Nazarin' (Luis Buñuel)
5. 'Fargo' (Ethan & Joel Coen)
6. 'Portrait of Jennie' (William Dieterle)
7. 'Day of Wrath' (Carl Theodor Dreyer)
8. 'Six et Demi Onze (6½ x 11)' (Jean Epstein)
9. 'Alphaville' (Jean-Luc Godard)
10. 'Way Down East' (D. W. Griffith)
11. 'From Hell to Texas' (Henry Hathaway)
12. 'A City of Sadness' (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
13. 'An Actor's Revenge' (Kon Ichikawa)
14. 'High and Low' (Akira Kurosawa)
15. 'The Merry Widow' (Ernst Lubitsch)
16. 'Murial, or The Time of Return' (Alain Resnais)
17. 'Death in Venice' (Luchino Visconti)
18. 'Kings of the Road' (Wim Wenders)
19. 'Odds Against Tomorrow' (Robert Wise)
20. 'Cronaca familiare (Family Portrait)' (Valerio Zurlini)
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