Five Favorite Movies (in Off-topic)
February 17 2007 7:41 PM EST
Just figured I'd start a little list, figured I'd get some info on what other people thought were great movies. If you want, add a little description or note about your choices.
In no particular order...
The Princess Bride - Great movie, great comedy, great fights... And Andre the Giant! "Have fun stormin da castle!"
Pulp Fiction - Groundbreaking film making, dialogue second to none, uzis... and Uma Thurman! "Oh man, I shot Marvin in the face!"
Shawshank Redemption - Don't know what to say about this one... if you haven't seen it, shame on you. One of the best movies ever made... ask anyone who isn't a moron... And Morgan Freeman! "What say you, fuzzy britches?!"
Easy Rider - One of the most moving movies I've ever seen... Of course, the first time I saw it... and I saw it how it was supposed to be seen. If you know the era in which it was filmed, you'll know what I mean. Billy and Captain America are forever my friends... And Jack Nicholson! "Thank you for a place... to make... a stand..."
Sheesh... I know I'm forgetting a bunch of good ones... I'm having such a hard time with the last one that I'll just wait until one of you fine people pick it as your own and remind me... there's just so many... when I hear it, I'll know...
and what was your fifth?
(no particular order here, and I'm sure I'm forgetting lots)
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Street Trash (DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE)
Meet the Feebles (again, don't watch this)
Dead Alive (I'll SWALLOW YOUR SOUL!)
Dot the I (HOLY COW!)
1: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
2: Full Metal Jacket
3: The Nightmare Before Christmas
4: V for Vendetta
5: The Usual Suspects
February 17 2007 7:52 PM EST
I've never even heard of any of those... I'll avoid them... thanks...
About my 5th, I was saying I was having a hard time picking so was waiting a bit until I thought of one or was reminded of one... but I'll just pick a great movie... lemme see...
I'll go with "The Dark Side of Oz" as my fifth... Wizard of Oz with Pink Floyds "Dark Side of the Moon" playing on repeat (movie on mute)...
Dark Side of Oz - If it wasn't done on purpose, it is an amazing coincidence, Pink Floyd swears they didn't do it on purpose... If it was done on accident, it's even more amazing... There are so many parts that synch up, and some of the parts, the CD is on it's second or third time through... and Toto! "For long you live, and high you fly, but only if you ride the tide... balanced on the biggest wave, race towards an early grave..."
February 17 2007 7:53 PM EST
Oh man! Usual Suspects is uber-great... I should have picked that one!
February 17 2007 8:00 PM EST
Requiem for a Dream
A Clockwork Orange
A Scanner Darkly
February 17 2007 8:03 PM EST
Er. Whoops. Forgot HTML... I meant:
Requiem for a Dream
A Clockwork Orange
A Scanner Darkly
February 17 2007 8:05 PM EST
Grosse Pointe Blank - John Cusack as an assassin who goes to his high school reunion. Great soundtrack, brilliantly funny dialogue and Dan Ackroyd as a rival assassin.
Lost In Translation. Bill Murray is God.
The Royal Tennenbaums. Fantastic cast (Bill Murray is God) amazing to look at, and absolutely deadpan comedy.
Amelie. Beautiful, quirky, romantic and very funny.
A Boy And His Dog. Based on a short story by Harlan Ellison. Starring a young Don Johnson. Set in a world after a nuclear war, Don Johnson plays a young scavenger who travels with a dog that he can talk to via ESP. Very bleak and very funny science fiction adventure.
I could go on for hours about favourite films. There are hundreds...
Mine would have to be a top 4, though :)
4-The Last Samurai (Tom Cruise is awesome here, the scenery is sooo beautiful, and it has the most intense final battle ever, flawless production)
3-Tie between Shaolin Soccer and Kungfu Hustle for the sheer amount of exageration put into the battles/games. One of the very few movies that had me laughing out loud. Like a cartoon come alive!
2-Evil Dead II (when you successfully forget about the dated FX, that is XD) Set the tone for my fave movie of all time...
....The Army of Darkness (Best movie ever, perfect mix of action, comedy and ''horror''. Bruce Campbell could not better impersonate the anti-hero that is Ash. Also the movie I watched the most times, around 10-15 or so. I coudn't say exactly why this is number one, I just know it ROCKS very hard.)
Lately, I have been pretty impressed by the movie 'Crank' which I thought was damnably original too, could become the possible number 5, as soon as I get to watch it again...
Fear and Loathing is the best. Where else can you get quotes like this.
"A drunken man can get used to the sight of his dead grandmother climbing up his leg with a knife clenched between his teeth. But this place is too much for anyone."
That and I'm a huge Hunter S. Thompson fan.
February 17 2007 8:10 PM EST
Alien-Set the standard for all Sci-Fi Movies ever since
Aliens-Alien on Steroids
Shawshank Redemption-Just a very well acted movie. incredible plot and ending.etc..
The Princess Bride-The standard for all Fantasy movies
The Last Boy Scout-So many funny lines. And I am a huge Bruce Willis fan.
February 17 2007 8:11 PM EST
In no particular order...
Scarface - Gotta love living the American Dream
Grandma's Boy - Hilarious
Half Baked - No comment
Harold and Kumar go to White Castle - see above
Office Space - Somebody's got a case of the Mondays
February 17 2007 8:11 PM EST
I totally agree with Shawshank and Usual Suspects
I'd also like to add:
Last of the Mohicans (c'mon, he eats a guys heart!)
Jaws (the original, still a classic)
Office Space (really, don't we all wish we could act that way)
I reserve the right to edit/append this list when my mind clears
Shawshank Redemption (the movie) is also a very good representation of it's written incarnation...Which is good since the short story was amazing.
Strangley enough, I had this conversation in the pub tonight.
I haven't got my top five yet.
A couple I' musing over.
The 13th Warrior.
Matrix (part 1, the others were tosh).
Princess Bride might be there, but it's a toss between that and Labyrinth for Fantasy Genre starter. Or maybe something like Ladyhawk, the Beast master, Hawk the Slayer, Red Sonya, Conan the Barbarian, or more I've forgotten will take that crown.
For physocligical thriller, I don't think "The Game" can be topped.
February 17 2007 8:28 PM EST
If anyone here like (or in other words; if anyone here can stand) subtitled movies, and/or you like Samurai films, I suggest Samurai I, II, and III, staring Toshiro Mifune, directed by Akira Kurosawa... It is a superb trilogy and is a biography of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest duelist in all of Japanese history.
February 17 2007 8:40 PM EST
no particular order. here are five that I thought of, on the spot, there are probably others, but I can't think at the moment.
Lock, Stock and two smoking Barrels.
Xiaz on Hiatus
February 17 2007 8:45 PM EST
La Vita è bella (finding laughter in bitter despair)
Cidade de Deus (elegant story telling)
Count of Monte Cristo (who said nice guys always come last?)
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (would you?)
Le Fabuleux Destin d'Amélie Poulain (quirky and sweet)
There are others, but I enjoy these alot. Monty Python is always worth mentioning :)
February 17 2007 8:49 PM EST
These are not in any particular order, other than the order they pop into my head...
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Shawshank Redemption
The Italian Job
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
The Princess Bride
Just the first five good movies that popped into my head.
Run Lola Run, Finding Nemo, The Princess Bride, Pirates of the Caribbean II, X-Men II.
Enemy at the Gates (easily the best war movie ever made)
Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (Snatch is good but you just can't beat the originals)
Shawshank Redemption (everyone else loves it too, very good movie)
Anchorman (There can be no explanation for this one except maybe just 'Will Ferrell')
Monty Python & The Holy Grail (speak a quote from this film and 99% of people will laugh and join in the madness :D)
The Usual Suspects
Die Hard 1
Die Hard 2 (3 was good too, but not top 5)
Glad to see a couple others mentioning The Usual Suspects, excellent movie. :)
Another one worth a mention is Jet Li's Hero, brilliant movie.
February 17 2007 9:14 PM EST
I agree that a majority of the movies people listed are really good. But come on, Hero? Hero is the worst movie I've ever seen, and I'm Asian, so I've watched a lot of those horribly done martial art movies that might as well have been made in the 1920s. Hero is such a bad movie. There wasn't much of a plot at all, just the same story repeated over and over and over. And the fighting wasn't even entertaining to begin with.
Oh come on, that was a great movie.
That guy who takes a sword in the stomach just to make a point?
The last scene where he decides against killing the emperor, then walks out and gets shot by thousands of arrows without flinching?
Good movies are wasted on some people ;P
February 17 2007 9:23 PM EST
Not in any order:
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - anything monty python is great but this one is the best
Blazing Saddles - again like monty python, any of mel brook's works are amazing, i mean come on who else who make movies like Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs, Young Frankenstein, Silent Movie, Dracula Dead and Loving It, the man is a genius
Borat - this was a hilarious movie, and what made it funnier was every that was on it didn't know it was gonna be a major movie
Rocky IV - in my opinion i think this is the best rocky movie out of all 6 (including balboa)
V for Vendetta - this movie was almost the definition of perfection, it is such a fantastic movie and i have seen only a handful of movies that were better
Beer and Blood is what im into
February 17 2007 10:04 PM EST
My fab 5:
1) Star Wars: A New Hope - Best scifi film of all time
2) The Matrix - Simply awesome movie
3) Shawshank Redemption - Great film. If I wasn't such a scifi nerd this would probably be number one.
4) Bridge on River Kwai- the best war film ever made
5) Men In Black - Will smith rocks!
There's only movie that jumps into my mind "the road warrior ".That's the only one I've watched willingly more than once. Boy the princess bride ? Thats a little girls movie ain't it? Oh another one that really grabbed me was Angel Heart I think . He's a P.I. and the devil hires him to track down himself .Pulp eh,Shawshank great but big downer,easy ? never thought much of it.Yes my tastes aren't real main stream . If I could remember the names of the funny movies I liked maybe it would even out though !
In no particular order:
The Usual Suspects - Many have already said this but it is a great film.
The Great Escape - Lots of stars in this and a very good film.
Boondock Saints - I love this film.
Never Ending Story - I think this is one of the greatest fantasy films of all time.
The Godfather - Great actor, great acting, and a great film.
Ok, let's see if I can come up with five movies. How about...
2001:A Space Odyssey,
The Paper Chase.
Of course, I probably could also have chosen any movie with either Nicole Kidman or Elisabeth Shue in it, but don't tell my wife that I said that ;)
February 17 2007 10:52 PM EST
Kira Knightly + Battles = gold...
February 17 2007 11:00 PM EST
OK, to get down to five, I'll have to break it into categories:
Comedy: Tough one, but I am going to go with Monty Python's "Meaning of Life" tied with "Raising Arizona" (I feel that is the Coen's best work...). Dammit. Forgot one. I am going to go with a ssingle movie here, and that movie is "Waiting for Guffman". It's hard for me to choose on comedy.
Action: The Matrix.
Drama: My FAVE movie later on is probably considered a drama, but a drama that really gets to me also is "Ordinary People". I'm glad it beat "Raging Bull" that year. I think "Raging Bull" sucks.
Offbeat/Indie/Foreign: Run Lola Run. That's one's easy.
And simply the best file ever category: "Kicking & Screaming". No, not the Will Farrell vehicle. The other one.
Writers/Filmmakers are probably a better list for me:
The Coen Brothers
Pate bros. (did "Deceiver", not sure what else)
February 17 2007 11:58 PM EST
Uh, please please PUH-LEEZ tell me how that makes a movie. "Oh that movie was good because someone stabbed themselves and got hit with arrows without flinching." I don't know if you're aware, but it's a movie. I could make a movie with a 2 year old being attacked by a flaming Balrog and not have the 2 year old flinch. They replaced a decent plot for hours of mind-numbing action which wasn't impressive to begin with. When I saw Hero, that was the first time I heard anyone ever booing a movie in a threater, and the funny thing was, it was about half the people.
February 18 2007 12:13 AM EST
I loved Hero as well. The cinematography was awesome, the plot was very moving and the music was great.
Top 5 for me are:
Legend of Bagger Vance
Dead Poets Society
Murder By Death
February 18 2007 12:25 AM EST
"I could make a movie with a 2 year old being attacked by a flaming Balrog and not have the 2 year old flinch."
A) I'd like to see such a movie :P
B) How did you manage to keep a 2 year old still? :P
February 18 2007 12:31 AM EST
So Impulse, I assume you also hated Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon? (I didn't think it was "all that", but it didn't suck)? What about Kung Fu Hustle (highly enjoyable film, IMO).
I mean, your list seems respectable (except "Finding Nemo"...seriously, as far as the animated films go, finding Nemo is better than any Toy Story? I have a hard time sitting through it after 2 times...), but it also isn't going much out on a ledge... You could have just chosen the Top Five list of Best Movies in the Last 100 Years or something... *smile*
February 18 2007 12:55 AM EST
I've never seen Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon nor Kungfu Hustle. But I've also never heard of anyone booing those movies in the theaters so..
Also, the amount of detail in the animation of Finding Nemo trumps Toy Story by like 4000 times over. I've seen Finding Nemo at least 8 times, and the only other movie I've watched nearly as many times is Remember The Titans, which, now that I think about it, I like more than Finding Nemo.
February 18 2007 1:12 AM EST
Crouching Tiger was a good flick (opinion)... Hero was not (fact)((just kidding))... even the fight scenes were sub-par... too artsy...
February 18 2007 1:21 AM EST
"Remember the Titans"? Oh dear.
Maybe we should stick to debating superheroes? *grin*
Just five off the top of my head.
Throne of Blood
Of course, we could go with the five great fictional movies that haven't been made.
"Carnageblender vs Battlefaeries" - The story of a young coder named Jonathan and his race to lure players away from a less fascinating click click click game. The dvd extras include a documentary on the evolution of the carnageblender server and an blooper reel featuring Ellis tripping over the server's power cord.
"Pole Dancing In the Rain" The Wizard of Was never met a lamp post that he could resist. Now in an unrated director's cut that has been banned in most Arabic countries.
"Enter the sutekh" A young farm boy and his adventures with hogs that know martial arts. Based on a true story. Rated m for messy.
"DAWG Day Afternoon" The touching story of how one little click bot brought down a powerhouse, spread wealth across the carnageblender nation, and improved the carnageblender server. Animated.
"Spellbound" A dozen of carnageblender's worst spellers find themselves transported into a torture dimension ... a spell check designed by Bast and Nightstrike. The only way out is to survive by going an entire day without missing a word during the spelling bee from hell.
i agree with moosh on his last comment on hero
as far as choices go...scarface, nightmare before xmas, troy, super troopers, and lock stock
February 18 2007 1:28 AM EST
You don't like Remember The Titans? :(
February 18 2007 3:00 AM EST
I thought remember the titans was bloody awesome. Funny too, but that's just a 14 year old opinion, so don't argue with me on it, lol.
Black Hawk Down
Final Fantasy Advent Children
Monty Python and the quest for the Holy Grail
Enemy at the Gates
Good Will Hunting
Others i would like to add,
I'm going to swap one of my films now I've thought a little more about it.
Anchorman is out and Labrynth is in.
Labrynth is my favourite fantasy film, Neverending Story was good but Labrynth definitely trumped it for me.
Oldboy! :D I have a thing about teeth. >_< That ropes up there with Dog Soldiers for setting my "squemish teeth" setting off! ;)
More thoughts on this, more movies later. ;)
February 18 2007 11:01 AM EST
No, I didn't care for Remember the Titans -- at least not to go along with this thread (top five all time movies, in case anyone forgot. *smile*)
February 18 2007 11:06 AM EST
'"Pole Dancing In the Rain" The Wizard of Was never met a lamp post that he could resist. Now in an unrated director's cut that has been banned in most Arabic countries. '
I want to know who plays me in that one!
February 18 2007 11:45 AM EST
Why didn't you like Remember The Titans? It was a grrrrrrreat movie. So good.
February 18 2007 1:47 PM EST
Pirates (all 3)
V for Vendetta
February 18 2007 1:54 PM EST
All I know is that if I don't actually "remember the Titans" (the movie or the team), it can't have been that good.
If it isn't in my collection it means I haven't watched it much. Re-watchability is a very large indicator for me that I like a movie. The only movie I can think of that I really like but have only seen once is Pieces of April. but for whatever reason I never got around to buying it yet.
February 18 2007 2:02 PM EST
One Flew Over the Cookoos nest
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
X-Men 3 was pretty good too...
March 2 2007 11:37 PM EST
Replace Remember the Titans with Donnie Darko. Hell, Donnie Darko might even be my second favorite movie. Second to Requiem for a Dream. :D
The Butterfly effect is a pretty cool movie. Gladiator is an awesome movie. Bad Boys I and II are awesomely funny. Hmmm...I have a weakness for football movies too, like Remember the Titans and Friday Night Lights.
March 3 2007 8:34 AM EST
I can't seem to think of all my faves, but...
Rocky III and IV are two of the greatest movies of all time.
Kung Fu Hustle is absolutely hilarious.
Master and Commander was a decent movie
Still gotta go see V for Vendetta, I've heard so much about it...
Should I go with "Mean Girls" for my last pick? *chortles*
March 3 2007 5:05 PM EST
Eh. I just saw Secretary today too. Pretty interesting. Especially how well the music fits into the movie.
March 3 2007 8:54 PM EST
Severance anyone? Yes its only dvd in R2...but its out there. Shaun of the Dead? C'mon now...
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