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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:53:07 AM PDT
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Q: Patrick? That's quite a leap from Don Juan...but I like it, good Irish name.

Trainspotting, easily one of my favorite movies ever, Sick Boy's Sean Connery obsession alone is worth it, but the cast is amazing, the dialogue excellent, and...well, it's made me never want to do heroin, so there's that. And, of course, the best toilet diving scene in cinematic history. Oh, and this line, "One thousand years from now there will be no guys and no girls, just wankers. Sounds great to me."

Edit -- Friday, another movie with so many lines worthy of repeating. That was actually intended to be my first sentence in this post, not sure what happened there.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 12:01:36 PM PDT
C. J. Vasta says:
And so to vote, after William:

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - 24
Bad Taste - 16
Battle Royale - 4
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls - 12
The Big Lebowski - 36

Clue - 11
Curse of the Demon (1957) - 15
Deep Red (1975) - 11
D.O.A. (1949) - 3
Donnie Darko - 26

Ed Wood - 13
Eyes Without A Face - 29
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 27
Forbidden Zone - 26
Freeway - 11
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby - 14
Friday - 9

The Gods Must Be Crazy - 28
The Girl Can't Help It - 49
Heathers - 34
Kill, Baby... Kill! (aka, 'Curse of the Living Dead') - 14

The Legend of Lylah Clare - 10
Mad Max - 6
Miller's Crossing - 34
Modern Romance - 5
Mudhoney - 9

Orca - 10
Office Space - 36
Performance - 55
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) - 22
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - 11
Possession (1981) - 6

Raising Arizona - 32
Re-Animator - 17
Repo Man - 22
Return to Oz 9
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 48

They Came from Within (aka 'Shivers') - 9
Sleepaway Camp - 22
Somewhere in Time - 21
Streets Of Fire - 28
Sweetie - 8

The Tenant - 11
They Live - 18
Trainspotting - 10
The Trip - 8
La Vie est un Roman - 25
The Warriors - 10
Withnail & I - 18

Yesterday was Thurs-Day ..Thurs-Day -3
She was born to please +

BTW, is Boris & Natasha cult or just obscure?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 12:49:55 PM PDT
Quexos says:
I didn't grasp what all the fuss was about when Trainspotting first came out, but it has certainly grown on me with each successive viewing, and now its dialogue (esp. Begbie's) is quoted around the house at every opportune moment. Danny Boyle and co. managed to astutely capture something of the ennui as well as exhilaration (a bit odd for a film whose main characters are heroin addicts) of aimless urban life against the backdrop of a very gloomy Edinburgh.
It no longer even seems a film about drugs to me, but rather a poignant 90-minute snapshot of disenfranchised youth hurling themselves towards an unknown (and possibly undesired) future with reckless abandon...heroin just happens to be their fuel. The black humor gushes through as a result of everyone's being blissfully unaware of any ramifications of their actions (well, till the end anyway). Oh, and it boasts an absolutely killer soundtrack!

{On a related note, the just-as-brilliant source novel's sequel, Porno (which focuses more on Sick Boy's exploits in said industry), has long been rumored to be helmed by Boyle at some point; however the purported falling out between Ewan McGregor and the production team (something about being passed over for DiCaprio in The Beach) has put the casting of Renton in doubt- though most of the other principal cast have expressed enthusiasm with the project.
The author Irvine Welsh has stated he intends to revisit these characters every decade or so, to see how they've been getting on with their lives (such as they are).
"Sounds great to me" is right!}

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 3:58:39 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
Awh, I see Quexos's addition of 'Clue' will have a good run with you helping it out, EMMA!

Sometimes I think half the 'Clue' cult has wandered through this forum in the past few years -- I've heard so many say it's their favorite movie here. Before I came to Amazon, I had only a vague memory of 'Clue', now I have an idea how strong the cult is, and my need to see it again soon.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 4:08:01 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
Wm. Smith, I have nothing against re-adding 'Valley', since Q has remarked how many times she feels bad about accidentally deleting it, and it's one of the many early casualties (like 'What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?') that I thought left the game prematurely.

Is 'Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!' really ''inescapable''? We do have 'Mudhoney' and 'Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls' already on the list. We're busting out with Russ Meyer now!
It's a bona fide cult movie and it's up to you, so I'll be adding it by the next day it you haven't.

We should have more room soon with the inevitable deletions of 'D.O.A.', 'Battle Royale', 'Sweetie', probably 'Mad Max' too.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:17:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 4:18:45 PM PDT
7 & 7 IS says:
after cj

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - 24
Bad Taste - 16
Battle Royale - 4
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls - 11
The Big Lebowski - 36

Clue - 11
Curse of the Demon (1957) - 15
Deep Red (1975) - 11
D.O.A. (1949) - 3
Donnie Darko - 26

Ed Wood - 14
Eyes Without A Face - 29
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 27
Forbidden Zone - 26
Freeway - 11
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby - 14
Friday - 9

The Gods Must Be Crazy - 28
The Girl Can't Help It - 49
Heathers - 34
Kill, Baby... Kill! (aka, 'Curse of the Living Dead') - 14

The Legend of Lylah Clare - 10
Mad Max - 6
Miller's Crossing - 34
Modern Romance - 5
Mudhoney - 9

Orca - 9
Office Space - 36
Performance - 55
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) - 22
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - 11
Possession (1981) - 6

Raising Arizona - 32
Re-Animator - 17
Repo Man - 22
Return to Oz 9
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 48

They Came from Within (aka 'Shivers') - 9
Sleepaway Camp - 22
Somewhere in Time - 21
Streets Of Fire - 28
Sweetie - 8

The Tenant - 12
They Live - 18
Trainspotting - 10
The Trip - 7
La Vie est un Roman - 25
The Warriors - 11
Withnail & I - 18

the warriors + the premise was a stroke. He was right about wanting them to be black-it matters because it would have made a big difference-for the overall betterment of his film
the trip - aside from the fact that it presented an adept representation of a trip and the historical footnote's of location and the live band, the film itself is wan enough for me to down it 1
the tenant + that rare commodity, a Horror film that actually delivers moments of uber creepiness
ed wood + a burton film that's good enough to make it almost seem like I'm watching a good cohen bros. film (in salute to the player who's voted up 'Plan 9' in the true spirit of all that is best of cult, no matter what)
orca -
beyond valley dolls -

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 4:21:10 PM PDT
Quexos, I first became aware of Danny Boyle when I rented Shallow Grave, prior to Trainspotting's release. After Trainspotting, I made a point to rent or see everything he touches. Then, he had to go and do the magnificent zombie flick 28 Days Later. Although everyone was ga-ga over Slumdog Millionaire, it was not my favorite, it was good to see once or twice, but I liked 127 Hours more than Slumdog (granted, two entirely different subjects, so not really a fair comparison -- perhaps Trainspotting would be a better comparison to Slumdog). And I completely agree, Trainspotting has never really been about heroin, it could have been about drinking or any other addiction thrown in its place, although heroin withdrawal seemed far more painful and humorous, but yes, actually a film about urban decay.

Ah, yes, Begbie, the wild Irishman of 'spotting, what a colorful character...too bad most of his lines would have me deleted from Ammy.

I hope Boyle does helm a sequel. Seriously, MacGregor should get over the grudge, the Beach would hardly top my list of great films or even memorable, but perhaps I need to revisit it for that very reason, it's not very memorable to me. Here's to hoping he does, because I could not see anyone else playing Renton. "For a vegetarian, Rents, you're an evil shot."

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:44:24 PM PDT
Q says:
>"Patrick!!!"<

>"....I'm honored? But I sense it's more of a Bateman thing than a Baker thing."<

- I didn't even think of that! Perfect!

This kitty is clearly not Hispanic. With his red hair and his funny little attitude, he is most definitely Irish. My friend and I were looking at Irish baby names, and when we got to Patrick it was like bells ringing in the sky! Now I know who put the *P* in the JPB.

Funny thing, Sloan was in the Irish names as well. I was like, "Sloan!" And my friend was like, "Um...what?" Almost forgot I was the only nerd playing Amazon games over here. Haha!!!

>"May I respectfully suggest the re-addition of two inescapable cult classics--Valley of the Dolls, and Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!"<

-May I respectfully "second that emotion".

>" Friday, another movie with so many lines worthy of repeating. That was actually intended to be my first sentence in this post, not sure what happened there."<

- And you know this....MAAAAAN!

Thank God *someone* else likes it!!!

I also like Clue.

>"Yesterday was Thurs-Day ..Thurs-Day"<

CJ, what is this from? Any why do you hate Friday?!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 5:09:29 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
CJ is apparently still obsessed with that Rebecca Black song. Remember? That's why he's always typing the lyrics when he downvotes "Friday".

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 5:25:15 PM PDT
Q says:
Sloany,

I don't think I can make it through Bad Taste. This is my third attempt at trying to watch it, and I'm barely a half hour in. Please tell me, what is the appeal?! Because it's New Zealand?

Anyone?

I'm sorry. I know it's one of your faves. :/

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 6:40:13 PM PDT
Q says:
Movies I have seen because of this game (some directly from the game, some indirectly via discussion):

Fahrenheit 451 -- [Love it!]
The Warriors!!! -- [Love it!]
They Live -- [Love it!]
Withnail & I -- [Love it!]
Repo Man -- [Love it]
The Valley of the Dolls -- [Love it]
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? -- [Love it]
Miller's Crossing -- [Really like it]
Somewhere in Time -- [Like it a lot]
The Gods Must Be Crazy -- [Like it a lot]
Lolita -- [Like it a lot]
Westworld -- [Like it a lot]
Eyes Wide Shut [Like it]
Beyond the Valley of the Dolls -- [Like it]
The Girl Can't Help It -- [Like it]
After Hours -- [Like it]
The Blob (1958) -- [Like it]
Freaks -- [Like it]
Crumb -- [Like it]
Alphaville -- [Like it]
Last House on The Left (1972) -- [Like it]
The Fearless Vampire HUnters, Or Pardon Me But Your Teeth Are In My Neck -- [Like it]
Battle Royale -- [Like it quite a bit...until the end]
The President's Analyst -- [Kinda like it]
Carnival of Souls -- [kinda like it]
Soylent Green -- [Hate to love it]

Guard Dog -- [It's okay, but not cult]
The Groove Tube -- [meh...]
Being John Malkovich -- [undecided]

Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia -- [Don't like it]
Secretary -- [Don't like it]
Mulholland Drive -- [Don't like it]
The Man Who Fell To Earth -- [Don't like it]
Barbarella -- [Don't like it]
Duck Amuck -- [Don't like it]
Buckaroo Banzai -- [HATE it]
Eraserhead -- [HATE it]

And from the end-of-the world game:

Fail Safe -- [Like it a lot]
Dr. Strangelove -- [Like it a lot]
On The Beach -- [Like it a lot]
Children of Men -- [Like it]
The Last Man on Earth -- [Like it]
The Omega Man -- [Don't like it as much]
The Day After -- [Scared of it, but like it!]
Embarrassingly, I had to watch the original Night..., Dawn..., Day... ( I was in the generation of the remakes).

I may have even forgot one or two. Not to mention the several films that I re-watched because it had been so long

**Trying to watch Bad Taste now. Assault on Precinct 13 just arrived, and Forbidden Zone is next on Netflix. Been trying to finish Performance for a month now...**

I most definitely win the "Tried The hardest" sash.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 6:45:16 PM PDT
Quexos says:
Alice ~
I also watched Shallow Grave and then devoured everything Boyle's name was attached with; the amazing thing about his work is that he's rarely, if ever, repeated a genre. Every new film covers an entirely different subject than what has gone before. (Of course, this may change if/when Porno gets made.)

As far as The Beach is concerned, another snag that irked McGregor was that his would-be character in Alex Garland's novel was British, so Boyle/Macdonald/Hodge went against the story's core by casting DiCaprio (perhaps influenced by the potential more-attractive box office intake). Leo turned in a game performance as usual, but some of the book's spirit was altered as a result of changing the primary character's nationality.

And just fyi, Welsh has written a "prequel", to be out later this year: Skagboys

"That lassie go' glassed...no ____ leaves til we find oot what ____ did it!" - one of Francis Begbie's finer moments.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 6:50:21 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
Netflix should give out prizes to members who utilize their accounts most eclectically! I'd vote for you on that! And first prize should be a brand new air conditioner, damnit!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 7:01:04 PM PDT
Q says:
Several I actually bought!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 7:23:41 PM PDT
Jonathan says:
Q,
That's right, because Netflix isn't all that, they don't have everything we want when we want it. And they don't even give out air conditioners...

That's what movie theaters should start doing, to get bigger audiences. During the Great Depression they used to have raffles at the movie nights, where they gave away dishes and cutlery and other practical things people needed.
They should do that again.
But so few have any practical priorities anymore. It would probably be funded by a corporate radio station and they'd give out iPods and iPads or some s--- like that. Crazy people anymore!

No wonder Thomas Stith only watches movies by himself at 4AM now!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:16:52 PM PDT
Alice,
Yeah, 'Highlander' is cool. I've always had trouble accepting Lambert's Frenchafied accent as he plays the Scot, and Connery's Scot accent as he plays the Spaniard, but really, that just adds to its charm.

'Tremors' as cult - I just don't know. The only thing holding it back from bona fide cult status is its popularity today. And it's bloody popular. It always comes up in "best cheese" discussions, plus you never really hear a bad word about it. The ponderin' shall continue.

@Those aren't pillows
Steve Martin NAILS that bit. One of the best physical comedy moments in cinema.

Another Steve Martin bit that I LOVE, is in 'Three Amigos!', when he is standing on the wall above Chase and Short, trying to get their attention by making bird calls. Cracks me up!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qXM0nZq0RA

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:25:25 PM PDT
I've almost gone the other way with 'Trainspotting'. I LOVED it when it came out - as a fan of the book too - but over the years its appeal is less and less for me. I should watch it again soon. Begbie is an all-time great character (and they don't explain in the film that the title actually comes from Begbies dad). Spud too...."I take pleasure..in other peoples leisure."

I read 'Porno' ages ago, and have been waiting for the touted flic too. I noticed that Irvine Welsh's 'Ecstasy' has been made into a film. It was released world-wide last year I think, but has only just now made it to our cinemas (AUS). I'll be keen to check that one out. The book is about 10 times more depraved that 'Trainspotting' and 'Porno'.

Something I like about his books - he writes a lot of the dialogue phonetically, so when you are reading them, you read them in the Scot accent. At first it takes a while to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's actually pretty cool. Ya ken it?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:32:58 PM PDT
HA! I know. Tons of 'Clue' enthusiasts around here. I might hire it next time I'm in the store.

By the way, I watched 'The Promotion' again....and I'm still not overly fond of it. Reasons why - every character is a doosh. Sean William Scott is so unnaturally bland, for me a completely unbelievable character. There is almost no character there. I just find it hard to get into the film because of this.
Now, I know you like Lili Taylor, but her Scot accent is terrible. It's more Irish than Scot. This irks me too.
I just find it too bland.
So that's two viewings. I tried.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:40:00 PM PDT
Yep, Sloan is an Irish name. We musta been kicked across the isle....I dunno, probably potato hoarders.

My old man once told me about a scam he read about during the potato famine. Some guy put an ad in the paper (or whatever it was they used back then) for a "Biggest Potato Contest". You send in the biggest potato you have, and the person with the biggest, gets the lot. Supposedly hundreds of potato's were sent in. But nothing happened. Months past, still nothing. Authorities were called, they investigated, but found nothing as the address used for the competition was a disused dump. The potatoes were never found, and no-one ever won the comp.
Somewhere in Ireland was a guy with a stash of the biggest spuds that country had! How crafty.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:50:17 PM PDT
Q: "Bad Taste. Please tell me, what is the appeal?!"

Oh man, not easy to explain. We'll start with first viewing. My brother invited his friends over for a vid night. They watched pretty much strictly cult films. Anyway, my brothers mate puts on 'Bad Taste' saying "This film is the most cult NZ film out. And its ridiculous." We all huddled in....thinking "Coooooool".
Then it comes on. Cheese drips off the tv set. Then blood. Bad acting, crazy plot, wicked gore, and it was funny as all hell. We just laughed our heads off (especially at the Derek character). It pretty much entered the canon of favorite cult films instantly.

I still get that feeling every time I watch it. That overwhelming "this is so terrible, but so brilliant" feeling. It's that low-budget, mates having a lark type of film-making that I love. Stretching every dollar, inspirational stuff. Grab a camera, get your mates to help, and do it! Make it happen. The bad taste of the whole film appeals to me, but it's the underlying spirit behind it that gives me goose-bumps.

I. Really. Effing. Love It!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 10:51:56 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2012 10:52:15 PM PDT
Q,
That's unbelievable. Talk about getting into the spirit of the game. Talk about showing WHY getting into the spirit of the game is beneficial. You've seen some awesome films there. How good is that?!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 12:33:53 AM PDT
Jonathan says:
After 7 & 7, who prefers ham (old man Dracula!) to fish (Orca)...

[and adding 'Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill!' and 'Valley of the Dolls' by request]

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - 24
Bad Taste - 16
Battle Royale - 4
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls - 11
The Big Lebowski - 36

Clue - 11
Curse of the Demon (1957) - 16
Deep Red (1975) - 11
D.O.A. (1949) - 3
Donnie Darko - 26

Ed Wood - 14
Eyes without A Face - 29
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 27
Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill! - 8
Forbidden Zone - 26
Freeway - 11
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby - 14
Friday - 9

The Gods Must Be Crazy - 28
The Girl Can't Help It - 49
Heathers - 33
Kill, Baby... Kill! (aka, 'Curse of the Living Dead') - 14

The Legend of Lylah Clare - 10
Mad Max - 6
Miller's Crossing - 34
Modern Romance - 6
Mudhoney - 9

Orca - 9
Office Space - 36
Performance - 55
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) - 21
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - 11
Possession (1981) - 6

Raising Arizona - 32
Re-Animator - 17
Repo Man - 22
Return to Oz 9
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 48

They Came from Within (aka 'Shivers') - 9
Sleepaway Camp - 22
Somewhere in Time - 21
Streets Of Fire - 28
Sweetie - 8

The Tenant - 12
They Live - 18
Trainspotting - 10
The Trip - 7
Valley of the Dolls - 9
La Vie est un Roman - 25
The Warriors - 12
Withnail & I - 18

-- Plan Heathers from Pussycat Space! -
++ Modern Curse of the Warriors +

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 12:39:18 AM PDT
After Albert Jacques Hill,

Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) - 24
Bad Taste - 17
Battle Royale - 3
Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls - 10
The Big Lebowski - 36

Clue - 11
Curse of the Demon (1957) - 16
Deep Red (1975) - 11
D.O.A. (1949) - 3
Donnie Darko - 26

Ed Wood - 14
Eyes without A Face - 29
Fahrenheit 451 (1966) - 27
Faster, Pussycat, Kill! Kill! - 8
Forbidden Zone - 26
Freeway - 11
Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby - 14
Friday - 9

The Gods Must Be Crazy - 29
The Girl Can't Help It - 48
Heathers - 33
Kill, Baby... Kill! (aka, 'Curse of the Living Dead') - 14

The Legend of Lylah Clare - 10
Mad Max - 6
Miller's Crossing - 34
Modern Romance - 6
Mudhoney - 9

Orca - 9
Office Space - 36
Performance - 55
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) - 21
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - 11
Possession (1981) - 6

Raising Arizona - 32
Re-Animator - 17
Repo Man - 22
Return to Oz 9
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - 48

They Came from Within (aka 'Shivers') - 9
Sleepaway Camp - 22
Somewhere in Time - 21
Streets Of Fire - 28
Sweetie - 8

The Tenant - 12
They Live - 18
Trainspotting - 10
The Trip - 7
Valley of the Dolls - 9
La Vie est un Roman - 25
The Warriors - 13
Withnail & I - 18

Plus Bad Warriors Must be Crazy
Minus Beyond the Battle of the Girl who Can't Help it

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 12:43:33 AM PDT
Quexos: Ha ha ha ha, cannot read the line and NOT relive that bar scene. Bloody brilliant. Begbie is one crazy ________. Between him and Sick Boy's "Have you got the beasht in your shights?" Connery, and Rents several clever monologues, just make the film for me. "For all the good they did me, I might as well 'ave shoved them up my arse."

Now you all will get a laugh, especially since I own this film and watch it several times a year, I never knew it was based on a book and now I have to read the series! I somehow missed that one in the credits or something, or never paid attention, which is odd because it is something I usually look for on movies.

On The Beach, the casting of DiCaprio didn't do the film any favors...maybe in rentals. According to imdb, it cost $50 Mil, only made $40 Mil domestically and much less in the UK, so it did little more than break even. I only remember I was not into it at all when we rented it, but I might one day check it out again. Sometimes, I've found if I'm just not in the right mood for a particular type of movie, I tune out of it rather than give it a chance.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2012 12:51:28 AM PDT
Sloany: I never did understand that casting for Highlander, I think that is why it is more cult-y than mainstream. Thank you for that terrific Three Amigos clip. I am surprised I don't own that movie.
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