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Favorite Movie?

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I realize I'm a bit of a newbie here and havn't played in FAC yet, but I figured I'd jump right in with a new post. So here it goes:
What is your favorite movie and why?

For the record:

Chasing Amy - It's the most emotionaly honest movie I've ever seen.
 

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There are a few:

--A Simple Plan (even though I HATE Billy Bob Thorton)

--Trainspotting

--Star Wars (episode IV)

--Goonies
 

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It's So hard to chose one.

Unforgiven - For the same reason; It's the most emotionaly honest movie I've ever seen.

Terminator 2 - Judgement Day was a damn close second.

Patton - was Number 3

How can we narrow it down to one? How about a top ten?

Quigly Down Under was my number 134th.
 

statler

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Sure! Let's make it a top ten, but you'll have give me some time for mine!
 

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Elaine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No doubt about it #1 - The Graduate. It came out at a time when I really related to Benjamin Braddock. I've been Looking for Mrs. Robinson ever since.

#2 2001 A Space Odyssey

#3 Any Marx Brothers movis.
 

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1. Shawshank Redemption
2. Beat Street
3. Good Fellas
4. Backdraft
5. Full Metal Jacket
6. The Outsiders
7. American History X
8. A Bronx Tale
9. The Star Wars's
10. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade


....In no particular order.
 

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My list would have to include many of the classics. In no particular order:

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Casablanca
Unforgiven
North by Northwest
True Grit
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Stagecoach (got a little John Wayne thing going here)
Airplane!
Monty Python's Life of Brian
 

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1) Fandango - One of Costners first movies.

2) Jekyll & Hyde Together Again - Off the wall drug movie. Very B... very funny.

3) Dogma - Kevin Smith is outstanding.

4) Rounders - "Let's play some cardsss.."

5) American Pie - I damn near wet myself in the theatre.

6) Pulp Fiction - Heh heh... Good stuff.

7) City of Angels - So it's a chick flick... so? so?

8) The Shawshank Redemption - Best King film out there.

9) Saving Private Ryan - Grown men do cry.

10) Silence of the Lambs - Claricccccccccccccccccce
 

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The Usual suspects
Drug Store Cowboy
12 Monkeys
Snatch (no, it is really good)
Fight Club
The Big Labowski
The Good The Bad and The Ugly
The Dirty Dozen
Cool Hand Luke
Papion
 

el Guapo

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Hurump!

For Entertainment Only - I'm not going to put movies on here just to keep up my reputation as a gifted intellectual and aficionado of the silver screen.

Blackhawk Down
Blazing Saddles
Ground Hog Day
It’s a Mad Mad Mad World
Life of Brian
Raising Arizona
Terminator 2 - Judgment Day
The Matrix
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Unforgiven.

Best furrener made film: Lagaan (Its got Cricket (the game), dance numbers and angry British imperalist) It really is good.


I love Stanley Kubric's work - yet none of his made my top 10.

Major Oversight: Shakes the Clown
 

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Clerks
Fletch
Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Star Wars - A New Hope
Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back
American Beauty
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Repo Man
Boyz in the Hood
The Godfather

Damn, I could probably list 20 more.
 

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What's missing from these lists?

I'm gonna git you Sucka! This movie still cracks me up. The thinking man's Dumb and Dumber.

 

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Ok... here are ten movies, in no particular order...

Memento
Jesus of Montreal
The Killing Fields
The Matrix
Star Wars (Eposido IV)
Metropolitan
Clerks
Requiem for a Dream
Trainspotting
Run Lola Run
 

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Re: What's missing from these lists?

El Guapo said:
I'm gonna git you Sucka! This movie still cracks me up. The thinking man's Dumb and Dumber.
Don't forget Pootie Tang!

This actually a really funny movie. I've had to pause the DVD to stop laughing on this one. But... maybe that was because I was on the tipsy side at the time.
 

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I haven't seen Pootie Tang, but Wanda Sykes is one of the funniest people out there.
 

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My all time favorite is Steel Magnolias. I think I know every line in it...the best: Wheezer's "I've just been in a very bad mood for the last 40 years."
Also:
The Color Purple
Shawshank Redemption

And anything that makes me laugh or cry!
 

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Ok here we go. This was very hard for me, much like picking your favorite children. With that said let me emphasize that this is not my list of "Best" movies ever made, just my favorites.

1. Chasing Amy - As above
2. Kicking & Screaming -Although neither my friendsnor I are anything like the people in this movie I really identified with some of themes and emotions running though this movie. Plus it has some of the best dialog I've heard outside a Kevin Smith movie ("Oh I've been to Prague! Well, I haven’t been to Prague, been to Prague, but I know that thing....)
3. Annie Hall - If you don't like Woody Allen, I can't blame you, but I just love his films and this is his best.
4. Diner- I didn't get what the big deal with this film was the first time I saw it. I mean, nothing happens. After a few more views I picked up on the key: nothing happens. Cool.
5.Clerks - A movie that more or less brought independent filmmaking into the mainstream. Also one of the funniest movies ever made. (37?!?!)
6. Pulp Fiction - Yeah, I know it cliché but damn that's a cool movie!
7. Manhattan- Before 9/11 this movie was the only thing in the world that ever evoked good will towards NYC from me. If you're a city geek, you simply have to love this movie. (if you're not a W.A. fan just mute the volume and take in how beautifully the city is shot)
8. Swingers - Guys. Talking to each other. About stuff. Girls, if you want insight into the male psyche, watch this movie. (Oh and read High Fidelity, but that's another topic)
9. The Breakfast Club - I have this thing for 80's teen movies. I love them. John Hughes is my God. This movie is the king of 80's teen flicks.
10 Life of Brian- Much funnier than Holy Grail (and that's hard to do!) The humor was so much more subversive.

Honorable mentions:
Blues Bros. - For the longest time my #1 movie.
The Jerk - Makes Dumb & Dumber seem kinda, well, dumb.
The Princess Bride: Really hard to keep this off my top ten.
80's teen movies:
Better off Dead -"I want my two dollars!!"
Say Anything - It was tough keeping this one out of my top 10. Probably still the most romantic movie I've ever seen.
Pump Up The Volume- "So be it!" A good shot of suburban hell.
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Memento - Just "wow".
Trainspotting
Run Lola Run- I think Europeans make some of the best films.
Amelie
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead- Stoppard is a genius. I have to see this as a play before I die.
Shakespeare in Love - see above
The Usual Suspects - I had no idea.....
Holy Grail -'nuff said
Almost Famous
The Nightmare Before Christmas -Almost a top ten pick
Toy Story I & II
Sweet & Lowdown- in my top five Woody films along with Bullets Over Broadway and Mighty Aphrodite.
The Hell with it -everybloodything by Woody Allen,
While we're at it:
Everything by:
Kevin Smith (Mallrats had its moments!)
Quentin Tarantino ( incl. Dusk till Dawn & Four Rooms)

And of course:
Manos: Hands of Fate

Whew---

Ok last two movies I promise:

Schindler's List
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Kids

The only two movies that had a profound emotional effect on me. I was completely speechless after both those movies. They (to me) are the two most powerful pieces of film ever made. I'll probably never watch either one again. I was physically ill after watching Kids. I've never had a movie do that to me before. It felt like someone kept repeatedly hitting me in the stomach throughout the whole film. Very powerful stuff.


Sorry this was so long.....
 
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My favorite movies in no particular order or genre:

Misery
Sixteen Candles
Star Wars Trilogy
The Terminator I & 2
The Color Purple
Overboard
National Lampoon's Vacation
The Godfather (Parts 1 & 2)
Casino
Like Water for Chocolate
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Seems Like Old Times
Unforgiven
The Shawshank Redemption

I suppose when you count the sequels, this list totals to about 20 and there are plenty more that I consider faves. :)
 

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Haven't seen my all time favorite listed yet:

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, Every Christmas I get out the tape we bought while stationed overseas years ago. And every year my wife has to put up with me crying like an old fool at the end...
 

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in no particular order and off the top of my head...

The Great Escape--Best ensemble cast ever
Bridge over the River Qwai-sir alec
Field of Dreams--baseball and fathers, pure sappy americana
The Usual Suspects--so perfectly unexpected
Clerks--i don't know...roller hockey on the roof
Shane--jack palence as the bad guy
Stripes--knew every line in high school


....
 

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Oh Brother Where Art Thou
Strange Brew
The Natural
White Christmas
Bells of Saint Mary's
Shag
The Full Monty
Gigi
Unforgiven
some that I've seen with my daughter...
A Little Princess
The Princess Diaries
A Walk to Remember

My taste in movies is like my taste in music.. all over the place. I usually won't see a movie that is advertised a lot on television.
A Walk to Remember
 
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Runner said:
Haven't seen my all time favorite listed yet:

Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, Every Christmas I get out the tape we bought while stationed overseas years ago. And every year my wife has to put up with me crying like an old fool at the end...

That reminds me!! How in the world did I forget the best Christmas movie of all times!!!????? - "A Christmas Story" (You'll shoot your eye out!!)
:D:D:D:D
 

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-Singles
-Mother, Jugs, & Speed
-Lord of the Rings
-Star Trek: First Contact
-Indiana Jones 3
-Beetlejuice
-Princess Bride
-Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back...SNOOGANS!
-It's A Wonderful Life
-The King and I
 

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statler said:

8. Swingers - Guys. Talking to each other. About stuff. Girls, if you want insight into the male psyche, watch this movie. (Oh and read High Fidelity, but that's another topic)
Nice reference! Swingers has to be my favorite movie.
 

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In no particular order:
The Blues Brithers - 'nuff said.
The Highlander - which happens to have the (unintentional) worst line and funniest line in history, IMO. The first is Lambert asking for a Glenmorangie (sp?) on the rocks, the latter is Connery (in fine scottish accent) asking what a haggis is.
The Philadelphia Story - Jimmy Stewart, Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant? Wow.
The Princess Bride - very funny. I have the book, too.
Ferris Beuller's Day Off (I think that's the proper title) - I love the float scene.

Incidentally, I'm told that half the actors in Black Hawk down are British. I haven't seen it, so I don't know for a fact. However, I do know that both Euan MacGregor and Ioan Gruffudd are in it.
 

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Not sure if I can come up with 10 but.....

Local Hero
Princess Bride
Men with Brooms (maybe because i expected way less but I liked it)
Chocolat
Nicholas and Alexandria

We have had such a good summer here we haven't turned on the TV since June and haven't been to the movies.

I want to hear some of the non-US picks....they usually don't get much exposure at Blockbuster.... and if I can't travel to foreign land at least I can live vicariously through movies....
 
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Princess Bride - I could not even begin to count how many time I've seen this movie.
Muppet Movie - Ditto above, with the added bonus of "Movin' right along"
Quick Change - check my location and quote
Splash - This movie inspired countless hours of playing mermaid in my parents pool as a child
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert - best drag queen road movie
Moulin Rouge - just got the DVD. woo hoo.
Chasing Amy - now THAT was a moment
The Lost Boys - when we were kids, up at 3 am with horribly painful earaches, my brother and i would watch this movie over. and over. and over. It's the Blood Sucking Brady Bunch! And it has the two Coreys!
16 Candles - Jake Ryan is so dreamy
Swingers - too many favorite parts of the movie to name one, but made me a huge vince vaughn fan.

This is really hard!
 

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KMateja said:
This is really hard!
I totally agree - I can't seem to just pick 10 movies, but here's what I've got so far - in no particular order:

A Christmas Carol - the 1954 Allistair Sim version (the orginal Monty Burns!) Watched without fail every Christmas Eve.

Ameliee - I just watched this for the first time last week, and no movie has ever made me want to pack up and move to another city like this one.

Patton/The Longest Day/A Bridge Too Far/The Eagle Has Landed/Bridge on the River Kwai/Battle of the Bulge - I couldn't pick just ONE WWII movie - nothing better than a Sunday afternoon and the History Channel!

Snatch - funny as hell

Life of Brian - My first name is Brian...or rather, Bwyian..

Mad Max/The Road Warrior - but NOT Beyond Thunderdome!!!

Dogma - really funny as hell

Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back/Return of the Jedi - My childhood, in three easy installments. Like they say though, you can never go back - I hate the new ones, though at least the next one has been set up quite well.

There are a lot more out there too...
 

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Tranplanner said:
A Christmas Carol - the 1954 Allistair Sim version (the orginal Monty Burns!) Watched without fail every Christmas Eve.
The Albert Finney/musical version is pretty good, too.
*wanders off sining "thankyou very much"*
 

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Much like my musical tastes...I'm all over the place...

In no particular order:

Star Wars (w/ exception of Phantom Menace)
The Graduate
Matrix
CADDYSHACK! (can't believe tran didn't mention this one)
Strange Brew
Usual Suspects
Shindler's List
Mercury Rising
Kicking and Screaming (saw it once during college on Cinemax...been a fav ever since)
Clerks
Dogma
Princess Bride
Raiders of the Lost Arc
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Beyond the Mat (good documentary on the life of pro wrestlers...strangely worthwile movie)
Blues Brothers
Better off Dead
Grosse Pointe Blank
Shawshank Redemption
Life of Brian
Holy Grail
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Weird Science
Saving Private Ryan

ok...I know I'm missing a bunch...but I do need to start getting work done! :)
 

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Oops...

I hate to do this but there are a few I forgot that just HAD to be mentioned:

What's Eating Gilbert Grape - Thanks Planderella for the reminder.

All The Muppet Movies - As you can probably tell, I'm a fan

Das Boot - Towards the end of the movie I remember thinking, "Oh, God, I hope they make it! -Wait a minute, what am I saying? They're f*cking Nazis!"

Anyway, I'm glad to see so many Kevin Smith fans and another Kicking & Screaming fan. Woo hoo!
 

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KMateja said:


Oh man! I can't believe I forgot that one!

"What they doin', throwing out a perfectly good white boy, like that?!?"
My favorite line:

"I've been going to this high school for seven and a half years....I'm no dummy!"
 

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"This is real snow! Do you know what the street value of this mountain is? "
 
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I should be shot for forgetting to include the movie that I know just about the entire script - Trading Places!!! That movie is a CLASSIC!!!!
 
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What about the single greatest Movie?

It appears that everyone has forgotten The Natural.

---- Best sports movie ever made, or any movie for that matter.

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Re: What about the single greatest Movie?

elandon said:
It appears that everyone has forgotten The Natural.

---- Best sports movie ever made, or any movie for that matter.

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How could I forget my favorite college movies....

Boyz N Tha Hood
Menace to Society
New Jack City
Dazed and Confused
Don't be a menace to society while drinking your juice in the hood (a classic)
Friday
 

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Kelly...well done with the Princess Bride Stuff. I may know more lines from this movie than any other...

"Why you wearing a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something."

Andre the Giant is CLASSIC.

"That word you are using; I do not think it means what you think it means."


I may be a fool but I am LOL by myself at home with sick kids (sleeping) writing this.

My daughter is almost 5 can I intriduce Princess Bride to her?



Oh, and one other movie I forgot in the idiocy/college movie department:

PCU with Jeremy Piven(sp?) and David Spade.
 

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Oh man, Dazed and Confused. How could I forget!

"Okay guys, one more thing, this summer when you're being inundated with all this American bicentennial Fourth Of July brouhaha, don't forget what you're celebrating, and that's the fact that a bunch of slave-owning, aristocratic, white males didn't want to pay their taxes."
 

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My list in no particular order

Amazon Women on the Moon - The Bad Day Sketch is one of the funniest things ever, as is miss nude play thing. Smiling thinking of it.

Dead Ringers - A truly weird Cronenburg Film about twins/ mental decay/ and unhealthy relationships.

Repo Man - "You find one in every car" Tins of food labelled food, drink etc. And the sound track, Circle Jerks and others.

Muppet Movies - love adventure, even a bit of violence and comedy.

Highway 61 - Seeing Jello Biafra as a US customs guard asking questions about lewd behavior and wanting those type of people in your home cracks me up. And Satan telling the church he is lucky, lucky to meet a town of losers as he beats the old ladies in Bingo are both priceless moments.

Dance Me Outside - based on the book. Reservation life in northern ontario. pretty funny especially the campfire scene.

Reservoir Dogs - the psychotic dancing, the silly monologues. Before quentin went hollywood.

Quadrophenia. The telling tale of a mod who faces his future. Based on the who album of the same title. Guest appearance by sting.

10 Seconds ( I think) a weird french movie about a bicycle courier and her relationships. (Subtitled)

Others that need little or no comment

Blues Brothers
Original Star Wars movies
Good fellas
Taxi driver
Shaft - the original
Strange Brew
Blazing Saddles
History ofteh World Part 1 (What ever happened to parts 2 and 3?)

Question for all, why can't they make a good movie based on any of the work of Heinlein? Most have stunk pretty bad or not reflected teh true story very well.
 
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gkmo62u said:
Kelly...well done with the Princess Bride Stuff. I may know more lines from this movie than any other...

"Why you wearing a mask? Were you burned by acid, or something."

Andre the Giant is CLASSIC.

"That word you are using; I do not think it means what you think it means."


I may be a fool but I am LOL by myself at home with sick kids (sleeping) writing this.

My daughter is almost 5 can I intriduce Princess Bride to her?
"...there's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world....it'd be a pity to damage yours."

:)
 

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Every hour a favorite would change. Citizen Kane and Casablanca will never be equaled. I liked South Pacific and Giant from the 50s for several reasons...the link is that in the repressive 50s they addressed racism...and one didn't realize it until being sucked in.
 

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KMateja said:


Oh man! I can't believe I forgot that one!

"What they doin', throwing out a perfectly good white boy, like that?!?"
And that's Pee Wee Herman's girlfriend from Pee Wee's Big Adventure who's singing at the prom.... Liz Dailey.

Favorite Scene? The hamburgers jammin' to Van Halen.
 
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gkmo62u said:
Kelly...well done with the Princess Bride Stuff. I may know more lines from this movie than any other...
My daughter is almost 5 can I intriduce Princess Bride to her?
George - I think 5 is old enough for Princess Bride - you just have to explain that the Oreowesses (sp?) in the fire swamp aren't real.

Here's a good site for Princess Bride Chicken jokes. I thought they were hysterical.

http://66.66.192.162/pbride/jokes.htm
 

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Mastiff said:


And that's Pee Wee Herman's girlfriend from Pee Wee's Big Adventure who's singing at the prom.... Liz Dailey.
THANK YOU!!! That has been driving me crazy for YEARS!!!
 

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statler said:
Chasing Amy - It's the most emotionaly honest movie I've ever seen.
Not to be overly contentious here, but I have a lesbian friend who says the plot of Chasing Amy (straight guy falls in love with a lesbian and converts her to the team of heteros) is bogus. Certainly she isn't speaking for all lesbians, but she dislikes the movie because it minimizes and almost illegitimizes lesbianism as our female protagonist (antagonist?) navigates through a hetero world that apparently admonishes, yet lavisciously drools at alternative female sexual orientations.

Emotionally honest? I don't know. Though I can probably think of a couple of recent movies that are pretty damn good and a whole lot more serious, emotionally speaking... English Patient, Monster's Ball, In the Bedroom, and Iris. Certainly not funny movies by any means, but if you are looking for emotional satisfaction, then go see those. In my opinion, Iris is the most gut-wrenching, especially if you ever seen a parent or older loved-one go through the degeneration that the Judi Dench lead character went through.

Chasing Amy as a great frat boy movie? Sure - young hottie talks trash and gets it on with both girls and boys! WOW! Hand me another brewskie!
 
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