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#25519 - 06/09/09 05:34 PM Top 5 movies
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Just recently graduated so my life is at a slow point I need some movies to watch so I will ask all of you. What are your favorite 5 movies ever?

Mine are:

XXX (All three of them)
Fight Club
Fast and Furious (All of them are good)
Red Vs. Blue
28 days/weeks later
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#25521 - 06/09/09 06:20 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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The Godfather (1-3)
Dr. Zhivago
The Bitter Tea of General Yen
The Ruling Class
Lawrence of Arabia
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#25522 - 06/09/09 08:14 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Purple Rain
Goodfellas
Casino
Godfather 1 & 2(3 blows, no offense Jake)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
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#25523 - 06/09/09 08:27 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: fakepropht]
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No offense taken... I just listed 3 because it's part of the "trillogy." The one that sucked.

But it's hard to lock down your favorites to just 5 films after almost 60 years of life.
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#25524 - 06/09/09 08:34 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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In no particular order:

interview with a vampire
fight club
star wars part 3, when darth vader becomes darth and the chick dies
conan
true romance

At least thats how I feel today.
ahh toss in eastern promises as well for extra.

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#25526 - 06/09/09 09:36 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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The Time Machine (2002 version, 1960 version also good but old)
The Matrix trilogy (especially Reloaded)
The Terminator trilogy (especially 2 and 3, yet to see Salvation)
The Butterfly Effect (first one)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (had to be in here somewhere!)

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#25527 - 06/09/09 09:53 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Meq]
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Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Evil Dead 2

Star Wars trilogy (originals)

The Matrix (as far as I am concerned those sequels don't even exist)

Enter the Dragon
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#25529 - 06/09/09 10:23 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Dan_Dread]
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What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
All About Eve
The Maltese Falcon
Streetcar Names Desire
The Fighting Sullivans
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#25531 - 06/09/09 10:49 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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In no particular order,

1. Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory (every Sunday at my shop) “We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.”
2. Fiddler on the roof (I like Topol what can I say)
3. King of the Gypsies (I am starting to see a pattern here)
4. Star Wars (any) Ok maybe not he first half of 2 the sound effects were off, the soundtrack seemed weak, and the roll in the grass? Puh-leeze
5. Blade Runner
6. Natural Born Killers (directors cut)(VHS)

These are all movies that see frequent spins in my DVD player.

Fight club made me see the cigarette burn in films. The Vader birthing scene was tarnished for me. As powerful as this scene is, having seen him whine in an interview about how hot and heavy the suit was just clouds my mind.

~T~
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#25534 - 06/10/09 01:36 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ta2zz]
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True Romance
The Matrix
American werewolf in London
Chicago
Casino
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#25547 - 06/10/09 07:34 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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The evil dead (1-3)
The time machine (1960 version)
Tenacious D and the pick of destiny
Phone Booth
Back to the future (all 3)
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#25548 - 06/10/09 08:31 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Dimitri]
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my top 5 is
1 my little pony
2 bambi
3 the bfg
4 toy story
5 spiderman

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#25549 - 06/10/09 08:45 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: jon38]
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 Originally Posted By: jon38
my little pony

Eh?
 Quote:
bambi

I thought you were 18?

You might find the Modern Church of Satan more to your liking.

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#25552 - 06/10/09 02:12 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Meq]
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Also in no particular order:

SLC Punk
Hard Candy
Tank Girl
Natural Born Killers (Directors Cut)
Starship Troopers (The first one, the rest sucked out loud)
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#25553 - 06/10/09 03:10 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: 6Satan6Archist6]
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1. Pan's Labyrinth

2. Donnie Darko

3. Shaun of the Dead (the dart scene still cracks me up)

4. The Crow (the original, I can't stand the sequels)

5. Silent Hill

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#25558 - 06/10/09 04:53 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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I do have more movies I can keep watching but these are five that popped up while thinking about it. Of course there have been newer movies I like but if they will stand the test of time, only time will tell. I wiki-ed some basic info to add.

Once Upon a Time in the West (Italian: C'era una volta il West) is a 1968 epic spaghetti Western film directed by Sergio Leone. The film stars Henry Fonda cast against type as the villain Frank, Charles Bronson as his nemesis "Harmonica", Jason Robards as the bandit Cheyenne and Claudia Cardinale as Jill, a newly-widowed homesteader with a past as a prostitute. The screenplay was written by Leone and Sergio Donati, from a story devised by Leone, Bernardo Bertolucci, and Dario Argento. The widescreen cinematography was by Tonino Delli Colli, and Ennio Morricone provided the film score.

In Europe, the film was a substantial box office success, playing for multiple years in some cities. However, it was greeted with a mostly negative critical response upon its 1969 theatrical release in the United States and was a financial flop. The film is now generally acknowledged as a masterpiece and one of the best western films ever made.

Seven Samurai (Shichinin no samurai?) is a 1954 Japanese film co-written, edited and directed by Akira Kurosawa. The film takes place in Warring States Period Japan (around 1587/1588). It follows the story of a village of farmers that hire seven masterless samurai (ronin) to combat bandits who will return after the harvest to steal their crops.

Seven Samurai is frequently described as one of the greatest and most influential films ever made, and is one of a select few Japanese films to become widely known in the West for an extended period of time. It is the subject of both popular and critical acclaim; it was voted onto Sight & Sound's list of the ten greatest films of all time in 1982 and 1992, and remains on the director's top ten films in the 2002 poll.

La Grande Bouffe (Italian: La grande abbuffata, English: The Grande Bouffe and Blow-Out) is a 1973 French–Italian film directed by Marco Ferreri.[1] It stars Marcello Mastroianni, Ugo Tognazzi, Michel Piccoli and Philippe Noiret. The film tells the story of four friends who gather in a villa for the weekend for the express purpose of eating themselves to death. Bouffer is French slang for "eating" but with the added nuance of stuffing oneself... (the Italian abbuffata means "great eating").

Marco Ferreri won the FIPRESCI Prize given by the International Federation of Film Critics at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival.

The film was somewhat controversial upon its original release with its scatological humour and comic depictions of sex and over-eating.

Apocalypse Now is a 1979 American epic war film set during the Vietnam War. The plot revolves around two US Army special operations officers, one of whom, Captain Benjamin L. Willard (Martin Sheen) of MACV-SOG, is sent into the jungle to assassinate the other, the rogue and presumably insane Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (Marlon Brando) of Special Forces. The film was produced and directed by Francis Ford Coppola from a script by Coppola and John Milius. The script is based on Joseph Conrad's novella Heart of Darkness, and also draws elements from Michael Herr's Dispatches, the film version of Conrad's Lord Jim (which shares the same character of Marlow with Heart of Darkness), and Werner Herzog's Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972).

Blade Runner is a 1982 American science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, and Sean Young. The screenplay, written by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples, is based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. The film depicts a dystopian Los Angeles in November 2019 in which genetically manufactured beings called replicants – visually indistinguishable from adult humans – are used for dangerous or menial work on Earth's "off-world colonies". Following a replicant uprising, replicants become illegal on Earth and specialist police called "blade runners" are trained to hunt down and "retire" escaped replicants on Earth. The plot focuses on a brutal and cunning group of recently-escaped replicants hiding in Los Angeles and the semi-retired blade runner, Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), who reluctantly agrees to take on one more assignment.


D.

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#25564 - 06/10/09 10:43 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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In no real order.

Videodrome

Tetsuo: The Iron Man

Reservoir Dogs

Pulp Fiction

Eraserhead

If there was another spot I'd put apocalypse now!.


Edited by TV is God (06/10/09 10:44 PM)

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#25572 - 06/11/09 04:03 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Diavolo]
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One of the 7 samari in that movie always reminded me of an old biker boyfriend I had many years ago. It really is a cracker of a movie, the fore runner to the magnificent seven also wasn't it?

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#25577 - 06/11/09 10:40 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ZephyrGirl]
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The magnificent seven is, besides a not too bad The Clash song, a Western translation of it. If I remember correctly Yul Brunner (sp?) had one of the lead roles. It wasn't a bad movie but it can't live up to the original.

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#25606 - 06/13/09 11:37 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Pulp Fiction
Star Wars (all of them)
Casino Royal
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Resident Evil
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#25615 - 06/13/09 06:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Mike]
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As long as we're not all trying to be deep and thoughtful on this one....

Half-Baked
Jaws
Jurassic Park
Star Trek II - The Wrath of Khan
Terminator 2
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#25616 - 06/13/09 07:47 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nemesis]
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 Originally Posted By: Nemesis
As long as we're not all trying to be deep and thoughtful on this one....


Well, ya know... it was TOP 5 movies, which barely cuts the surface, but if the question was movies I really liked, but I wouldn't rate as the best flicks, the list would include:

Harold and Maude
Beyond The Valley of the Dolls
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Phantom of the Paradise
Flash Gordon
Three In The Attic

And the list could go on for days.
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#25633 - 06/14/09 11:12 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Jake999]
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 Originally Posted By: Jake999
The Godfather (1-3)
Dr. Zhivago
The Bitter Tea of General Yen
The Ruling Class
Lawrence of Arabia


Nice to meet a fellow appreciator of David Lean. I'm a huge fan of his work, including his earlier films. Lawrence Of Arabia is a virtually flawless masterpiece, and The Bridge On The River Kwai is outstanding.

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#25648 - 06/14/09 08:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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It all depends what you want out of a film. If you're looking for films that make you think and explore emotions then that's very different from the all out fire, death and explosions blockbuster category.

For the first category, in no particular order.

Fight Club - It will already be listed by someone. It is a nice work of art really, the colours and atmosphere is exceptional and the story well told albeit a little predictable. I've never seen a better Brad Pitt performance though.

Hard Candy - I actually watched this again only about 3 hours ago. It is one of the most moving, disturbing and eerily realistic psychological horrors I've ever seen. If you're going to watch it though make sure it's without distractions, it's a very subtle film.

Pulp Fiction - I'm not entirely sure why this makes me think, but it does. The film is expertly made and it's one that takes the standard and twists it only slightly but enough. Unfortunately it led to Quentin Tarantino being treated like a God with future films that simply don't measure up (*cough* Kill Bill).

8MM - You get to watch a spiral of emotion in a single character as he simply takes too much. Nicolas Cage is a fantastic actor and he's given far to little exposure. One of the rare films where I was actually vying for blood on the characters behalf. Extremely immersive.

American Beauty - A look into suburban life which few people could deny having far too much truth to it. The film is honest and entertaining. It has some great characters and Kevin Spacey gives a decent performance throughout. Well worth watching.


For the more mindless entertainment

Con Air - A fantastic action film. Great acting. Great special effects. Great pacing. It even had great music in it. People rarely give it it's dues as it didn't break any boundaries but then it wasn't trying to.

Layer Cake - A film about drug crime without as much pretension as some of the others out there. Great acting again and a thrilling storyline. Well worth watching. A word of warning, it is a little more 'British' than people may be prepared for.

The Matrix - A guilty pleasure if ever there was one. An interesting concept and some fantastic special effects... just ignore the sequels though, they suck the hairy balls of Satan, and not in a good way.

The Dark Knight - This is a good contester for best film of all time. Some of the best special effects I've ever seen, the best acting I've seen in years from Heath Ledger, a storyline with very few faults and none that are not people specifically looking to tear the film apart. It's everything people have said it is, a damn masterpiece, and it even makes you think at times.

V for Vendetta - An exploration on a utilitarian state which is thrilling without being mindless or obvious. The emotional heights of the film where a welcomed surprise. Well worth watching.

I own all of the above films on DVD and I can fit my entire collection into a single cardboard box along with my Xbox 360 games, so as you can imagine, I only buy the best films I see.

I hope these summaries where useful, let me know what you think of the films should you get a chance to see them, I'm sure you've seen a few, I didn't exactly choose obscure stuff.
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#25689 - 06/16/09 12:09 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Jake999]
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If this is the movie that I think it is, my friend tried to get me to watch it with him once, but the fuckin' dimple in that guy's chin was such a distraction that I couldn't stop looking at it...it would be like meeting your future inlaws for the first time only to find that your MIL was a circus freak. Remember the mole scene in that particular Austin Powers flick? Exactly.

THE FUCKIN' DIMPLE!!!

He finally turned it off about halfway through and told me how much I sucked.



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Edit Reason: dimples and moles...

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#25728 - 06/17/09 01:14 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ceruleansteel]
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wow guys I'm up to my eyeballs in movies to watch. And yeah I know top 5 makes it really narrow but it also gives the best results... Quality not Quantity
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#26531 - 07/01/09 08:27 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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My top 5 in no particular order:

Rosemary's Baby
Fight Club
El Topo
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Oldboy

It's hard to list just five. I think a top ten list would have been better...so I will list 5 more \:\)

Irreversible
There Will Be Blood
2001
Vampyre (mainly for the visuals)
Metropolis
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#26558 - 07/01/09 11:06 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Jester]
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TV is God, great movies, Tetsuo: The Iron Man and Eraserhead.

1. Thriller: A Cruel Picture
2. The Toxic Avenger
3. Class of Nuke 'em High
4. Ricki-Oh: Story of Ricky
5. The Last Man on Earth

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#30001 - 09/24/09 08:48 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Satans Scrotum]
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Not sure if you still have time to watch movies or not, but I have a few that haven't been listed but are just amazing pieces of art. These are all films that stayed in my mind for weeks after I had watched them.

I have only stated my thoughts/opinions on what these movies are all about, and you may well find a completely different meaning. That's why I tried to choose well-crafted films that could be enjoyed no matter what themes you found within them.


1) The Fall

Directed by Tarsem (The Cell), this film is focused on the relationship between a young actor and a little girl in a hospital. Shot from the point of view of the girl, the plot follows both real life events and those that occur within a fable the actor is telling the girl. The visuals and the storyline blend seamlessly and result in one of the finest movies I have ever seen. If you've seen The Cell, then you have some idea of what to expect.


2) Stay

Directed by Marc Forster, Stay is a complex movie with the finest details meticulously planned out to accentuate an already clever movie that deals with the subconscious. I'm afraid to say more for fear of spoiling parts of the movie for you, but this is most assuredly a film that will not tolerate mindless viewers and requires a sharp eye to catch all of the nuances in the story.


3) The Fountain

I am hesitant to recommend this one (directed by Darren Aronofsky (Pi, Requiem for a Dream)) due to its heavy references to Mayan religion and The Tree of Life. However, if you are willing to keep an open mind while watching, the references serve as a tool to deliver deep insight into loss and grief. The plot structure is also well developed and engaging.


4) The Chumscrubber

This is more of a juvenile movie than the last three I have listed. Directed by Arie Posin, it focuses on a suburban neighborhood filled with "perfect" people who have a slew of insecurities and problems. This is more of a satire, and you older people will most likely find a different way to connect with this than I did. Some people I have shown this to come away saying that it was depressing and upsetting. I personally find the brutal honesty in this film to be hilarious.


5) Pathology

Directed by Marc Scholermann, I enjoy this movie for the visuals more than anything. It does have an interesting story line following a group of pathologists that kill other people in unusual ways, then test each other to see if anyone can figure it out. But the violence and sex combined with the film crew's amazing cinematography makes the film incredibly beautiful. The two writers, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, have amazing skill at what they do and all of the films that they have been involved in (Crank, Gamer) have had just as fantastic visuals as this one does.


I hope that you find some entertainment in these movies! I love watching films and to say that these five are in my top ten really says something about their quality.

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#30185 - 09/30/09 04:59 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ThinkingCap]
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I realize I'm kind of late on this post, but it seems like fun.
In no way am I claiming that all of the movies I'm listing are good, only that I like them.

1. The Street Fighter (1974), and all the sequels
Asshole-hero Sonny Chiba battles the yakuza.

2. The Wicker Man (1973)
I think it's the 'Citizen Kane' of horror movies.

3. Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
Hammer Horror at it's finest.

4. Seven Samurai (1954)
A masterpiece. No description necessary.

5. Conan the Barbarian (1982)
CROM!

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#30186 - 09/30/09 05:04 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: mattie]
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I know I'm stepping outside of the 5 movie limit, but I just want to list Barbarella (1968) as well.

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#30188 - 09/30/09 05:45 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: mattie]
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After a bit of thinking, here are my top 5 films:


Green Street Hooligans- This film is directed by one of my favorite ladies, Lexi Alexander who is also responsible for the greatness known as Punisher: Warzone. It’s an awesome film about a Harvard drop-out who finds commradery through football (soccer) and brawling. There is some intense fighting in this movie which is why I love it.

Wizard of Oz- It’s been my favorite movie since I was five. I watched it two weeks ago, it still cheers me up when I’m sad. I cannot believe it’s been 70 years since its release.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington- This movie stars sexy man, James Stewart. It’s a story of a naïve Senator who takes on the big wigs in Washington. It’s an oldie, but goody for sure.

Downfall-This is a German film that was released in 2004 about the last days of Hitler and Reich. The movie is set mainly in Berlin and shows the downward spiral of Hitler into complete paranoia.

Wristcutters-A Love Story- It’s a story of a man who commits suicide only to find himself in an afterlife worse than the one before. I think I mainly love this movie because it exposed me to the band Gogol Bordello.

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#31420 - 11/08/09 05:51 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: SkaffenAmtiskaw]
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There are so many films that i would love to include, but if my hand were forced...
Suspiria (1977),
Twilight zone (movie),
Pan's labyrinth,
American Phyco (i have no idea what the fuck the second films was about...garbage),
Schindler's list

I’m not allowed a sixth, but if I could it would be 1984. Not as good as the book, but still a very decent rendition of the story.
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#31424 - 11/08/09 06:34 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Room 101]
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Enter the Dragon
Goldfinger
Pulp Fiction
My Movie

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#31447 - 11/09/09 09:58 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Ankhhape]
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Obviously I can't count . . .
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#31510 - 11/10/09 02:17 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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5 of my Favorite Movies not in any particular rank or order...

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (although any of them are great!)
The Dark Knight (Heath Ledger R.I.P.)
Underworld Evolution (sex scene is wicked hot)
X-Men Origins (Loved them all actually)
Clerks I & II (chasing amy, mall rats, dogma, jay & silent bob)

5 of my Favorite Actors not in any rank or order...
Denzel Washington
Kevin Smith
Nicolas Cage
Hugh Jackman
Brad Pitt

5 of my Favorite Actresses not in any rank or order...
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Aniston
Kate Beckinsale
Megan Fox
Jenna Jameson (tribute to the porn world)
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#32902 - 12/14/09 12:54 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Big fan of films..well horror films

I think that anyone who likes movies should watch these

1) The exocist
2) Texas chainsaw massacre (even the remakes arent bad)
3) The Shining
4) Friday the 13th (The second one is realy good)
5) Poltergiest 1
6) Silence of the lambs (my fav Hannibal film)

Sry for exceding the limit
And for not including greats like Halloween,The sentinel,Dawn of the dead,The omen etc

A film I realy reccomend to those who like Saddist stuff,as in sexually saddistic is ,120 days of sodom.
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#32903 - 12/14/09 01:24 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Deathcrush]
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I would have two separate lists. One that is regular movies. The second being the sadistic disturbing horror movies.

In no order.

1. Pulp Fiction
2. True Romance
3. Reservoir Dogs
4. Devil's Rejects/House of 1000 Corpses
5. The Godfather series

The second list of movies that should have never been made, lol

1. 120 Days of Sodom
2. Cannibal Holocaust
3. Flower of Flesh and Blood
4. Necromantix
5. Gummo
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#33036 - 12/18/09 07:50 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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I'm sure of my number 1. The others are as close to being 'in order' as I could get 'em.

1. Edward Scissorhands
2. The Matrix
3. Neon Genesis Evangelion: End Of Evangelion
4. This Is Spinal Tap
5. Suspiria
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#33045 - 12/18/09 01:05 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: PeteOfTheDead]
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There are some "side excursions" in movies that I like to go back to when I just want to escape that might not fit into the top 5 category, but just seem to latch onto me in a fetishistic kind of way, and I tend to watch them whenever they show up in the HBO or Showtime listings.

KISSED - Molly Parker in a sensitive movie about necrophilia.
SECRETARY - Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader in an entertaining movie about S&M.
SEX MONSTER - Mariel Hemmingway in a funny movie that reminds us to be carful about what we wish for.
BARBARELLA - Jane Fonda pre politics. Sexy, fun...
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#36667 - 03/17/10 09:13 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Bram Stoker's Dracula
Phantasm
Hellraiser
Prophecy 2 (Glenn Danzig as Samael)
Full Metal Jacket
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#36672 - 03/17/10 09:53 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: exadust]
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My number one, for ever, "Night of the Demon" (1957) director Jacques Tourneur. Shot in black and white in my opinion, the classic film of how magick "works" this is an interpretation of M.R. James' short story, "Casting The Runes". I know great chunks of the script off by heart and created a FaceBook page for it, sad creature that I am. ;\)

Number two has to be "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) director Roman Polanski. This is probably a favourite of many here for obvious reasons! I love the atmosphere of it, the way the plot develops and that totally unexpected ending. Wonderful stuff.

Numbers three, four and five are hard to choose. "The Exorcist" has to be one of them and, although it has dated I still find it disturbing to watch and the sheer amount of hard work that went into the special effects still never fails to impress me.

Bette Davis films are favourites, too though of very different genres to the three above. She was so talented and could imply more with a sigh or the lift an eyebrow than many modern actresses can with a raft of CGI, body doubles and overtly explicit scripts at their disposal. "Now, Voyager", "All About Eve" and "The Old Maid" are ideal for a winter afternoon in front of the telly with curtains drawn and tea and cake close by. \:\)
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#36699 - 03/18/10 05:57 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: felixgarnet]
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I feel like such a kid when it comes time to list movies.
Some have been mentioned before. I can't do 5

1. Passion of The Christ...no I'm kidding. Jesus would roll in his grave if he heard that (OHHHH)


1. Fight Club...I nearly cried in the end. Suicide, love, rebels
2. Harold and Maude...really touched me. Suicide, love, rebels
3. 8 Mile...my fave rapper, great movie-Perseverance and honesty
4. The Matrix...Truth, philosophy, action, bad assery
5. Ferris Bueller's Day Off...real people, family, friendship

6. American History X...Edward Norton, human potential, race
7. Revolutionary Road...incredible acting. real life, family
8. Along Came Polly...Stiller, overcoming personal issues, trust
9. Fun With Dick and Jane...oh corporate America
10.Donnie Darko...personal issues, philosophy, mental problems

Gotta mention Pursuit of Happyness, Something's Gotta Give, Brothers, and the part of X-Men: The Last Stand where Jean Gray says "I love you", and Wolverine must stab her with his claws before her uncontrollable powers destroy the world. It was beautiful. Dustin Hoffman is also a great actor, though I only remember him in Rain Man and maybe Death of a Salesman.
Now that I look at it, that's a pretty decent list if I do say so myself.
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#36707 - 03/18/10 12:52 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Disney 1954)
Apocalypse Now (Redux)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
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#36713 - 03/18/10 02:41 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Pulp Fiction
Breakfast Club
The Matrix
Star Wars episode 4-5-6
Mononoke-hime



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#36721 - 03/18/10 06:22 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: MorningStar93]
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A lot of my favorites (Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, V for Vendetta, Dark Knight) have already been mentioned, so I'll try and be a bit original. I also wanna mention Rocky Horror Picture Show is great, but not if you rent it and watch it by yourself. :P

Nosferatu
Let the Right One In
Old Boy
25th Hour
Monsoon Wedding
Killing Zoe
Vicky Cristina Barcelona
Repo! The Genetic Opera***

***Don't want Repo Men, it's a total rip-off.
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#36723 - 03/18/10 07:40 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Meq]
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 Originally Posted By: Meq
 Originally Posted By: jon38
bambi

I thought you were 18? You might find the Modern Church of Satan more to your liking.


Ouch. Who did you see on MCoS that gave you this impression? Granted, we're slightly less hard on trolls and spammers, and a little more gentle towards the beginner fool, but we're no hoard of angry teenagers screaming because our mothers canceled our WoW accounts.
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#36781 - 03/19/10 10:00 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: XiaoGui17]
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Conan the Barbarian -my favorite movie since I was 6.Arnolds' primitive English,James Earl Jones as Thulsa Doom,even pro surfer Gerry Lopez as Subotai.Some of the best ritual music in any movie.Period.

Night of the Living Dead(1968) -responsible for turning me into the paranoid child who was always trying to "zombie-proof" the house,regardless of where I lived.

American History X -forget the amazing cast or slick script;the cinematography is damn clever!

O Brother,Where Art Thou? - "But he said we would not find the tray-zure we seek on account of our ob-sta-cles!"
"She done R-U-N-N-O-F-T"
"Why,I'm the pater familias,goddamn it!"

John Carpenters' "They Live" -I don't think I even need to explain this one. Clip


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#36786 - 03/20/10 01:18 AM Madness takes its toll. [Re: XiaoGui17]
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 Originally Posted By: XiaoGui17
I also wanna mention Rocky Horror Picture Show is great, but not if you rent it and watch it by yourself. :P

I had to laugh; this brought back memories. I was a teenager at UCSB in the '60s when a friend invited me to a midnight showing of RH in Isla Vista. I knew nothing whatever about it. Suddenly I was in the middle of an audience gone crazy, throwing rolls of toilet paper, howling "Lips! Lips!", and doing the Time Warp in the aisles. I wasn't sure whether or not to bolt for the exit.
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#36787 - 03/20/10 01:25 AM Conan the Barbarian Soundtrack [Re: CanisMajor]
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 Originally Posted By: CanisMajor
Conan the Barbarian ... Some of the best ritual music in any movie. Period.

It's amazing just how rich, varied, and downright voluptuous the music from this film is. There are some samples here, and probably longer selections on YouTube if you're curious.
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#36791 - 03/20/10 02:32 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Jake999]
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 Originally Posted By: Jake999
There are some "side excursions" in movies that I like to go back to when I just want to escape that might not fit into the top 5 category, but just seem to latch onto me in a fetishistic kind of way, and I tend to watch them whenever they show up in the HBO or Showtime listings.

O.K., my five "bad" movies:

Triumph of the Will. A jaw-dropper in every respect. How did they get all those people in and out of Nürnberg, and all in the right place at the right time without anyone out of formation/out of step? How did thousands of people know to the split-second when to Sieg Heil, when to right-shoulder-shovel, when to hit the floodlights? In the U.S. Army you're lucky if you can get a half-dozen soldiers to walk in the same general direction together. [And the best shot in the whole movie: During one of the megaparades through town, with all of the good citizens screaming themselves crazy with adoration, Leni's camera momentarily switches to a cat sitting in a window, completely bored with the whole thing.]

The Story of O. This is not a film about sadomasochism at all, but about the degrees of mutual surrender that love involves. O willingly endures the ordeals of Castle Roissy simply because her lover wishes her to, then emerges not as slave but as goddess for the three men - her lover, her taskmaster at the castle, and finally Sir Stephen - who are devoted to her. The atmosphere of her new divinity confuses, then obsesses a female friend of hers, who ultimately is drawn to Roissy for a similar initiation. Perhaps only the French, who are able to portray even the most outré and graphic forms of erotica without the slightest hint of obscenity, could have made a film such as this. It is a mirror to its audiences of what sexual and sensual maturity involves - and how remote from that maturity most persons of either sex actually are.

Fade to Black. In the flavor of Anger’s Hollywood Babylon books, this is a horror movie about a young, aliented film buff, Eric Binford, who, in a different application of lycanthropy, assumes various characters from classic films to give himself "their powers". Readers of my Church of Satan will recognize the parallels to the 1974+ obsessions and demons of Anton LaVey, to include the avatar of Marilyn Monroe as Eric’s ideal goddess and, ultimately, "death angel".

The Magus. This is an exquisitely-done film version of as much of the novel as could be stuffed into a single movie. You really need to read the novel first to get some idea of what's going on, because the plot twists & turns are confusing otherwise. Perfectly cast with Anthony Quinn as Conchis, Michael Caine as Nicholas, and Candice Bergen as Lily/Julie. Screenplay by the author, John Fowles, who has a cameo as a sailor talking with Nicholas at the very beginning.

Shadow of the Vampire. There have been lots of Dracula movies, from the scary to the romantic to the funny, but there was something about the original Nosferatu that give you chills. The 1979 Kinski remake was unintentionally burlesque, because KK is already so downright creepy, and when you add the N-makeup to him and Jonathan Harker says hello to him like any other client, you have to laugh. So sooner or later someone was bound to make a movie about the making of the original, and SOTV is a charmer, with Willem Dafoe playing a real vampire playing the actor Max Schreck who played the screen vampire. Dafoe was nominated for, and should have gotten the Oscar for this one.
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#36956 - 03/23/10 08:25 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Hi Dr. Aquino,

An interesting collection of films. I like Triumph of the Will. An incredible propaganda film and I would assume one of the first of its type.

My top five as of right now and in no particular order.

1. Godfather Parts One and Two
2. Metropolis
3. On The Waterfront
4. Citizen Kane
5. Taxi Driver

I am a big fan of Coppola and Scorcese. So many good movies out there. This thread should be our top 100 films.

Have a good day and keep up the interesting posts.

P.S I have enjoyed four weeks of blissful holidays.

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#36959 - 03/23/10 09:34 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ]
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Hmm I am going to go with the movies I find myself actually watching over and over a billion times. These aren't necessarily the best movies ever made. One of my jobs is in a video store.. I watch tons of movies.

Jesus Christ Superstar. I know every song. Have it on vhs and dvd..even own the soundtrack. I've gone to the musical to see Sebastian Bach (of Skid Row)playing Jesus..while wearing converse. It's just got groovy songs man!

Doom. I have no idea why I love this movie. other than it's sort of a dark movie. Perfect for late night watching. I've seen it over 20 times. Just because.

13th Warrior. It's awesome. Arab with Northmen. Fire demons. Anotino Banderas. It's just watchable. It's like reading a story book. Just a very simple go get the beast story. Plus it was the first word I learned of Arabic.

Ace Venture Pet Detective. Come on, it's retarded hilarious.

Titus with Anthony Hopkins. A beautiful movie. Visually stunning juxtapositioning both modern backdrops with old world themes.
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#37053 - 03/26/10 02:58 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
The Lord of the Rings (trilogy)
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Disney 1954)
Apocalypse Now (Redux)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?


Who Framed Roger Rabbit?? I do love this movie!

I would have never guessed in a million years that this film would be on your short list! \:o

Strangely,it sorta reminds me of the interview with John McCain where he hailed ABBA as his favorite musical group.

Who knew?

btw...I always believed Temple of Doom to be the more superior film of the series!


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#37080 - 03/27/10 02:46 AM Shave-and-a-haircut, TWO BITS! [Re: CanisMajor]
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 Originally Posted By: CanisMajor
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?? I do love this movie! I would have never guessed in a million years that this film would be on your short list! \:o

Well, you know, every time I look in the mirror at Lilith & myself, I see Jessica & Roger.

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btw...I always believed Temple of Doom to be the more superior film of the series!

To me Raiders, like the original Star Wars, was the "creative vision", with the sequels/prequels basically capitalization on same. I also thought that the overemphasized cuteness of Short Round and hysteria of Willie in TD got a bit tedious after awhile. And while I'm a Sean Connery fan, I thought that jamming him together with Harrison Ford in Last Crusade was awkward, as though each actor couldn't quite figure out who was the centerpiece of each scene [understandable when you have two megastars shoulder to shoulder].

I was thoroughly delighted with Crystal Skull, but then it was a nostalgia/fun flick for everyone who caught the Raiders bug in 1981. I said to Karen Allen that I would have been just as gruntled if they had gone right from #1 to #4: that I had married Indy & Marion in Secret of the Lost Ark over 20 years ago and it was high time for Lucas & Spielberg to catch up.
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#37121 - 03/29/10 07:42 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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I don't have a TV service or go to the movies, so I live off of DVDs. My top 5 in no particular order:

1)All the View Askewniverse movies, Harold and Kumar movies and various stoner movies.
2)Monty Python (Every movie and episode)
3)Saw movies (They're hilarious)
4)Star Wars (The one with Ewoks and Endor)
5)X-Files (The movies suck, but my local library has every season on DVD)

There are thousands of other movies and shows that I love, but I can't remember.
What the hell is wrong with me!? I forgot to list Indiana Jones (The first 3)


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#37181 - 03/31/10 11:03 AM Re: Madness takes its toll. [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
 Originally Posted By: XiaoGui17
I also wanna mention Rocky Horror Picture Show is great, but not if you rent it and watch it by yourself. :P

I had to laugh; this brought back memories. I was a teenager at UCSB in the '60s when a friend invited me to a midnight showing of RH in Isla Vista. I knew nothing whatever about it. Suddenly I was in the middle of an audience gone crazy, throwing rolls of toilet paper, howling "Lips! Lips!", and doing the Time Warp in the aisles. I wasn't sure whether or not to bolt for the exit.


LMAO. Every Friday Night in Chicago... they put on a great show and it's well worth the time to bring TP, Toast, and a Newspaper! I LOVE bringing RHPS virgins and watching their face!
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#37355 - 04/04/10 01:21 AM Re: Madness takes its toll. [Re: Wicked Satanist]
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I'm not sure that I could distill a fixed Sovereign Pentad™ of favorites, but for now, in no particular order:

The Silence of the Lambs
The Godfather I and II
The Fountain
The Lord of the Rings
Schindler's List

And of course I would be remiss to omit La Cage aux Folles—easily one of the funniest films I have ever seen—and Ed Wood's notorious miscarriage (abortion?) of cinema, Plan 9 from Outer Space.


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#37449 - 04/08/10 03:32 AM Re: Madness takes its toll. [Re: Zophos]
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I have to officially append my list to include Sympathy for Lady Vengeance(aka Kind Hearted Miss Guem-ja)
It's the third in the Park Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy (known mostly for Oldboy) and probably now my favorite movie.
It's got all of Park Chan-Wook's amazing cinematography and intriguing story with a nice little twist of disturbing black humor. Child murder and a dash of Dexter-esque morality play. I suggest anyone and everyone see this film if you get the chance to.

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#38136 - 04/27/10 11:47 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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Sea inside Pan Labyrinth Avatar Gladiator Hard Candy(not porn version)

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#38141 - 04/27/10 09:45 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Let's see, for me it would be:

V for Vendetta
Clerks (and it's sequal, Clerks 2)
Thank You for Smoking
The Brave one
Dark Knight
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#38143 - 04/27/10 10:40 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Shadow Dragon]
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doubled to ten, I can never get tired of these...
In no specific order:

(Rob Zombie's) The haunted world of El Superbeasto
(Quentin Tarantino) Hell Ride
(Rob Zombie's) Devil's Rejects (and it's prequel House of 1000 Corpses)
(Quentin Tarantino) Natural Born Killers
SLC Punk
Steel Toes
Jennifer's Body
Zombieland (with Woody Harrelson)
Valkyrie


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#38144 - 04/27/10 11:00 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Mardi Gras]
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Cant think of just my top 5 but here are 5 of my favorites:
Fight Club
Rambo (the newest one)
Swordfish
Hangover
Avatar
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#38184 - 04/29/10 01:09 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Severed Soul]
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I love horror, and in no in no specific order are 5 of my favorites.

Grotesque
Frontiers
The Host
Irreversible
From Within
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#38240 - 05/03/10 04:40 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Joshua Sprenkle]
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Rosemary's Baby
Fight Club
The Wizard of Oz
Pink Flamingos
American Psycho

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#38465 - 05/12/10 02:23 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Veles]
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the ebola syndrome
cannibal holocaust
from hell
the birds
the omen

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#38559 - 05/15/10 01:56 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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I can’t believe I never posted in this thread. It has been around for ages.

Hackers (1995)
Cult classic in my industry. Purely fictional in what they do, but it is still a movie I can watch any day of the week.

The Way of the Gun (2000)
Nothing beats the opening lines in this movie. Brings me back to so many nights when I was out with my friends causing trouble.

Running Scared (2006)
Once this movie gets rolling, it takes you on a ride. A valuable lesson is learned from this movie too; never let your kids see where you put your guns.

Seven Samurai (1954)
Absolutely brilliant movie. The anime series off-shoot of this film is pretty good too.

Half-Baked (1998)
Still my all time favorite comedy film. It really shouldn’t need any kind of introduction. If you haven’t seen this movie by now, jump off a very tall bridge.

There are a lot more I love, but those 5 are definitely my top choices.
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#39035 - 06/03/10 05:13 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Disabuse]
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Well I have a large film collection, so naming a top 5 is not something I can do easily - but off the top of my head:

Halloween (the original John Carpenter version).

Wonderful camera work makes you feel as if the events are happening to you personally. Excellent use of sound and silence. Donald Pleasance puts in a stellar performance. Jamie Lee Curtis screams her lungs out. And last but not least - THAT music. A faultless fright machine from start to finish. My DVD of this comes off the shelf towards the end of every October without fail.

The Matrix

A cracking action film packed with philosophical ideas. The ultimate comic book film – pause it at any time and the frame you stop on can be a comic illustration.

The Thing (Mr. Carpenter again)

This is in my opinion the best base under siege film ever made. Fantastic claustrophobic tension and some truly mortifying practical effects. Dum Dum. Dum Dum. Dum Dum…

The Shining

One of the creepiest films I have ever seen. Kubrick’s floating camera, Jack Nicholsons performance, the ominous music and the slow pace all combine to create a film that seeps into your subconscious and stays there. Fancy a nice bath anyone?

Paranormal Activity

A lot of people trashed this film when it came out, but I lapped it up.
This film gave me insomnia the evening after watching it, and for someone who has watched a lot of horror, that is quite some achievement.
This film scares you using methods that have almost been forgotten about – suggestion, suspense, and through very effective use of sound. The monster that makes the noise in the dark off screen is always much more frightening than the monster on screen.
Truly chilling - blows all the recent splatter gore horror films out of the water.

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#39360 - 06/16/10 07:45 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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In no particular order:

The Quiet Man
The Wizard Of Oz
2001: A Space Odyssey
The Empire Strikes Back
The Big Lebowski

I have a helluva lot more than five. But these will do.
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#39818 - 07/02/10 04:38 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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1. Apocalypto and/or T2

2. The Fifth Element

3. Leaving Las Vegas

4. Braveheart

5. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
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#40129 - 07/11/10 08:06 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: NeoZombie]
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1. Halloween
2. Get Carter
3. Night In Manchester Morgue
4. Witchfinder General
5. The Wicker Man

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#40135 - 07/11/10 08:10 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Mardi Gras]
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 Originally Posted By: Mardi Gras

(Quentin Tarantino) Hell Ride

(Quentin Tarantino) Natural Born Killers




Not to nitpick but neither of those films were by Quentin Tarantino. Hell Ride was sold under the "presented by Quentin Tarantino" banner just like Hostel but it was pretty much just paid for by Tarantino. Hell ride was written and directed by Larry Bishop.

And Oliver Stone directed Natural Born Killers. Tarantino did write the original script but Stone rewrote it and Tarantino states very little of what he wrote was perserved.

Again not to nitpick, I'm just a big Tarantino fan.

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#40139 - 07/12/10 05:33 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: TV is God]
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SF - Blade Runner, 2001
Horror - Alien, The Exorcist, Poltergeist
Drama - Rashomon
Comedy - Dr. Strangelove, Animal House
Suspense - Jaws, Carnival of Souls (original)
Action - Conan 1
Foreign - Amelie
Love Story - Somewhere in Time
Shitty - Plan 9 from Outer Space, Piranha 2: The Spawning
Animated - Heavy Metal
Book Adaptation - The Right Stuff
Anime - Ninja Scrolls
Disney - Fantasia
As of late - The Road
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#41947 - 08/14/10 05:23 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: GillesdeRais]
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In no particular order.

The Empire Strikes Back
Dances with Wolves
Apocalypse Now
Saving Private Ryan
Interview with the Vampire
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#41956 - 08/15/10 04:30 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Duende]
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- The Loved One (1965)
- The Wicker Man (1973, original, not the remake)
- A Little Princess (1995 w/Liesel Matthews)
- Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
- Bagdad Cafe (1987)

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#42641 - 08/30/10 01:47 PM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Syn_Holliday]
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I already did top five, so here are my top 15 in no particular order.

1. The Empire Strikes Back
2. Saving Private Ryan
3. Apocalypse Now
4. Superman: The Movie (first hour only)
5. The Godfather
6. Downfall
7. Omen: The Final Conflict
8. Interview with the Vampire
9. Goodfellas
10. Dances with Wolves
11. Excalibur
12. Scarface (1982)
13. The Terminator
14. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
15. The Keep
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#42684 - 08/31/10 11:27 AM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Duende]
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Picking just five movies is like picking just five books - too many to choose from, and it depends heavily on my mood.

Here's one of my faves that I didn't see mentioned: The Usual Suspects.
Warning, Spoiler:
The bad guy wins! That's just so awesome - I wish there were more movies like that. It takes a lot out of a good setup if you "know" how it's gonna end. (Send me others!)


And Lake Placid - it's corny, but the movie is chock-full of good one-liners. You gotta see Betty White say, "If I had a dick, this is where I'd tell you to suck it."
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#42750 - 09/03/10 11:48 PM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Autodidact]
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Hello everybody! My movies are:

01 - The Omen 1 and 2;
02 - Conan The Barbarian;
03 - Face/Off
04 - Giant;
05 - The Devil's Rejects;
06 - The Dark Knight;
07 - The Godfather (all);
08 - Clock Orange;
09 - 300;
10 - The Terminator;
11 - The Unforgiven;
12 - Day of The Dead;
13 - Evil Dead;
14 - Friday The 13th (all);
15 - The Wild Bunch;



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#42772 - 09/04/10 03:39 PM Five Movie Quotes [Re: Nilson3vil]
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If this thread is now starting to branch out, these five favorite film quotes:

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"

"I am not what is called a civilized man. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore, I do not obey its laws."

"[What is best in life?] "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women."

"The blut of zees whores is killing me!"
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#42777 - 09/04/10 06:06 PM Re: Five Movie Quotes [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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I love this portion of the documentary on Keith Richards where he has been drinking vodka & orange juice all day during the filming, and they (cast and crew) are out back of Keith's home in Jamaica in reference to the amount of times this hom has been ripped off; Keith - "over here is a large hole in our fence, that's where they get in . . . . . . (camera pans to a small graveyard) and over there is where we bury them" spoken in a slurred cockney dialect!
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#42812 - 09/05/10 09:26 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Diavolo]
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Once Upon a Time in the West

Great movie! The soundtrack has always been one of my favorites. Ennio Morricone's guitar sound on "As a Judgment" is just classic.

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#42814 - 09/05/10 10:08 PM Re: Five Movie Quotes [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Some of my favorites:

"It's a trick. Get an axe." Army of Darkness

"Apology accepted, Captain Needa." Darth Vader

"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather

"You're gonna need a bigger boat." Jaws

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." WKRP (OK, not a movie \:\) )
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#42832 - 09/06/10 02:10 PM Re: Five Movie Quotes [Re: Autodidact]
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A few more ...

"I never joke about my work, 007." - Q, in Goldfinger

"I don't know - I'm making this up as I go." - Indiana Jones

"Pink." - Superman to Lois Lane

"One is so limited when one travels by ship." - Cleopatra

"I need your clothes and your bike." - the Terminator

"What a piece of junk!" - Luke, on seeing the Millennium Falcon for the first time

"I'm not bad; I'm just drawn that way." - Jessica Rabbit, inspiring endless spin-offs

"The world's only fair when you force it to be." - Batman

"Never get outta the boat!" - Chef

"She is so coy." - the Mask

"I'm having a bad day!" - Harley Quinn
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#42835 - 09/06/10 03:02 PM Re: Five Movie Quotes [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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"In the old days, the executioner kept the common herd in order. When he stood on his gallows, you knew God was in his heaven and all was right with the world." - Lord Gurney (Peter O'Toole) in THE RULING CLASS.

"Mein Führer! I can walk!" Peter Sellers in Dr. STRANGELOVE

"DAMN YOUR EYES!" "Too late." Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and Igor (Marty Feldman) in YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN.

"My wife and little Dee Dee are upstairs tearing into each other and get this... I'm part of the package. I'm just taking a little break. No. No, I don't want to order a pizza. I just had to tell someone!" Marty (Mike Binder) THE SEX MONSTER.

"Alright, I'll jump first."
"Nope."
"Then You jump first."
"No, I said!"
"What's the matter with you?"
"I can't swim."
"What're you? Crazy? The fall will probably kill you!" Paul Newman and Robert Redford in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.


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#42837 - 09/06/10 03:13 PM Re: Five Movie Quotes [Re: Jake999]
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"Good, bad - I'm the guy with the gun." Army of Darkness

"Do I look like someone who cares what God thinks?" Hellraiser 4: Bloodline

"Why does he get to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, it'll be Anarchy!" Breakfast Club

"This chick's pussy smelled like the Great Depression" Grandma's Boy

"What are you, an expert, a cock expert, some sort of...cockspert?" Sex Drive
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#42840 - 09/06/10 05:18 PM Re:More Than Five Movie Quotes [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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"Come to me, son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!" - Superman II

"Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force." - Star Wars


"Free your mind, your ass will follow. " - Platoon


"You hear that Mr. Anderson?... That is the sound of inevitability... It is the sound of your death... Goodbye, Mr. Anderson... " - The Matrix


"Nazarene, you have won... nothing..." - The Final Conflict

"I bet you can squeal like a pig. Weeeeeeee! " - Deliverance


Paul Kersey:" Do you believe in Jesus?"
Stomper: "Yes I do."
Paul Kersey:" Well, you're gonna meet him." - Death Wish II



Chancellor Palpatine:" Get help. You're no match for him, he's a Sith Lord."
Obi-Wan Kenobi: [turns and smiles] "Chancellor Palpatine, Sith Lords are our speciality." - Revenge of the Sith
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#43303 - 09/29/10 02:47 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Syn_Holliday]
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Pi,
Bridge over the river quai,
Batman(Tim burtons)
Resevior dogs,
Cronos.

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#43357 - 09/30/10 11:04 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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1. Natural Born Killers Director's Cut -"Once upon a time, a woman was picking up firewood. She came upon a poisonous snake frozen in the snow. She took the snake home and nursed it back to health. One day the snake bit her on the cheek. As she lay dying, she asked the snake, "Why have you done this to me?" And the snake answered, "Look, bitch, you knew I was a snake."

2. Lord of War -"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That's one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other 11?"

3. Miami Vice -"They are vertically integrated, they're...
You mean they walk around with constant erections?"

4. Men Who Stare at Goats -"Don't eat the eggs. We put LSD in the eggs."

5. Billy Jack -"I'm gonna take this right foot, and I'm gonna whop you on that side of your face...
...and you wanna know something? There's not a damn thing you're gonna be able to do about it."

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#43943 - 10/31/10 11:51 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Tuesday]
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1. The Godfather 1-2
2. Enemy at the Gates
3. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
4. I Am Legend
5. Kill Bill vol 1-2
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#43990 - 11/04/10 12:17 PM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Duende]
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1. Basic Instinct
2. Batman Returns
3. Rope
4. Eyes Wide Shut
5. Interview with the Vampire
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#44001 - 11/05/10 12:31 AM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: PrinceOfBabalon]
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 Originally Posted By: PrinceOfBabalon
4. Eyes Wide Shut

Frisky flick. Check out this and this.
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#44009 - 11/05/10 08:53 AM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
 Originally Posted By: PrinceOfBabalon
4. Eyes Wide Shut

Frisky flick. Check out this and this.



WRT the Eyes Wide Shut link ... well, he's certainly imaginative. The density of conspiracy theory rivals The Illuminatus! Trilogy.

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... I have family in the Illuminati, with my cousin's husband controlling a corporation that is located here in the Buffalo, NY USA area, which had seen sales of $1.5 BILLION in the last fiscal year,...


Come, come, good Doctor, this stretches the boundaries of believability even for you. You don't seriously expect us to believe there's an actual corporation in Buffalo, do you?

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This is a very unusual holiday design element, and it does not match my own experience at any of the parties I had personally attended over the years,
...
This Masked Ball segment of this film depicts an Illuminati sex-magick ritual orgy, which actually occurs behind closed doors in some of the most exclusive housing in the entire world.


Ah, I begin to see the author's real motivation here - he's just mad that he doesn't get invited to those sorts of parties.
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#44014 - 11/05/10 03:13 PM Re: Top 15 movies [Re: Autodidact]
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You can have beaucoup more conspiracy-theory fun with EWS, such as here and the related youTubisms. ;\)

In the Illuminati we throw parties like this once a week at least. They're certainly more fun, and just as calorie-burning, as going to 24-Hour Fitness. Just go here and get yourself a mask.
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#44045 - 11/08/10 09:07 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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1. The Wall (Pink Floyd)
2. The Hannibal films (exept the last one, that one sucked)
3. The Shining (classic!)
4. Inception (Hope they make a sequal)
5. The Jackass movies (no thinking, just laughing)

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#44149 - 11/17/10 09:57 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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my top 5 \:\)
1) SLeepy Hollow
2) Silent Hill
3) Sweeney Todd
4) The Wolfman
5) A Nightmare on Elm street

but this list changes a lot from time to time.
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#44162 - 11/17/10 05:01 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: 66616]
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Well, being a horror film geek:

1. Jacob's Ladder
This has to be one of the best horror/thriller movies ever, was the first to use the "Shaking head" effect so known now.

2. The Blair Witch Project.
I was 13 when I watched this in the movie theater and it shocked me for the "what if" posibility, I almost stand up to applaud when it ended but to my surprise people started to harshly criticize it all around me. I felt bad for them.

3. Spirited Away.

4. Labyrinth.

I love movies that take you away in a fantasy world to an adventure with strange beings and strange plots.

5. Watchmen.

Just for the sake of it. I loved the comic book and I loved the movie.

Best
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#44165 - 11/17/10 07:04 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: HeimiricIX]
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 Originally Posted By: HeimiricIX
Well, being a horror film geek:

2. The Blair Witch Project.

Lilith & I went to see this with Zeena & Nikolas Schreck when it first hit the theaters ... After two hours of the jerky camera action, all four of us were ready to barf.

I agree with you that horror films that just mess with your head slightly away from "normalcy" are creepier than outlandishly fantasy stuff. For instance Deathdream and Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. And, with a nod to the impending holiday season, Black Christmas. If you aren't thoroughly creepedout by these ...
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#44166 - 11/17/10 07:14 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino

Lilith & I went to see this with Zeena & Nikolas Schreck when it first hit the theaters ... After two hours of the jerky camera action, all four of us were ready to barf.


I remember when this was showing in the theaters that there were several people complaining that they had experienced disorientation and physical sickness watching The Blair Witch. I went to see it. Having flown on "low level insertions" on C-141 and C5 aircraft (flying below the radar at about 50-75 feet at about Mach .5) it wasn't all that bad.

The thing that made ME most nauseated was the fact that I had paid $8 to see a really, really BAD "horror" flick.
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#44167 - 11/17/10 08:17 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
After two hours of the jerky camera action, all four of us were ready to barf.


Funny becase I never had thas problem with that movie yet I can't read on moving vehicles or I risk to feel awful for hours or I never was able to play videogames like Doom (and I bet I still can't) due motion sickness, yet the movie didn't really do that to me.

As for the bad reviews the movie received I always felt they were pretty much like the bad reviews Lovecraft's stories get from time to time. Not sure exactly why though, probably because both are subtle, though in their own particular way, both are treated in a "could be truth" fashion and neither are precisely poetic nor beautiful, having fear as the real hero and the places like the main characters is not for everyone.

Well, just my opinion.

 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
For instance Deathdream and Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things. And, with a nod to the impending holiday season, Black Christmas. If you aren't thoroughly creepedout by these ...


And I haven't seen some of those but will look for them this next weekend \:\) So thank you.

Best.
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#44168 - 11/17/10 08:52 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: HeimiricIX]
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Another creepycrawlie is the 1983 Frightmare, which gave me all sorts of neat ideas about what to do with my physical body's tomb ...
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#44177 - 11/18/10 01:56 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Oh that's a nice one, remember seeing it with my brother long long ago, I will need to find it again.

Now that I see my list I see I neglected there, I would probably change one or two and get Hellraiser and The Midnight Meat train there.

Also on a almost unrelated quick note as I was checking the news on horror films to come and I stumbled upon this one The Gathering which sounds strangely promising. Well, hopefully.

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#45744 - 12/29/10 09:59 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: HeimiricIX]
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My list changes constantly, but here is now:

1. Dazed and Confused
2. The Matrix (I)
3. Friday
4. Seven
5. Jackie Brown

no potsmoker jokes, please . . .

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#46512 - 01/11/11 07:49 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Jason King]
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1.Eraserhead
2.Scarface
3.Blue Velvet
4.Chopper
5.Cocaine Cowboys

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#46730 - 01/13/11 04:02 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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A number of my favourites have already been listed.

Since the OP was asking for movies to watch, here are my five favourites which nobody seems to have mentioned:

1. Double Indemnity--the archetypal film noir
2. LA Confidential--brilliant neo-noir
3. Network--vicious satire of network television
4. Unforgiven--both a deconstruction of the myth of the Old West, and a meditation on bad faith
5. The Killing. Or maybe Paths of Glory. Or Barry Lyndon. Something by Kubrick, anyway.
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#46731 - 01/13/11 04:52 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Goliath]
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 Originally Posted By: Goliath
2. LA Confidential--brilliant neo-noir

Two other James Ellroy novels have been filmed: Brown's Requiem and The Black Dahlia. Both are easily worth their DVD price.

JE is a hoot. I met him once in San Francisco, and he speaks just like he writes:

 Originally Posted By: James Ellroy, Fallen Angels
Inside of seventy years ago some writers hatched a revisionist notion that, contrary to commonly-held gospel, America was the wrong place at the wrong time, led by the wrong leaders, feeding a wronged population a line of jive that sounded good but had to go wrong because the entire American venture was a freak curve ball arcing the wrong way; gathering power and veering out of control, held temporarily aloft by a pervasive corruption intrinsic to its momentum, but bound to hit the gutter anyway.
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#46764 - 01/14/11 09:51 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
Two other James Ellroy novels have been filmed: Brown's Requiem and The Black Dahlia.


I have seen both of those, and enjoyed them, along with Dark Blue and Street Kings, which were Ellroy's stories--though I thought none of them were in the same league as LA Confidential.

I was really looking forward to Joe Carnahan's adaptation of White Jazz, which was to star George Clooney and Christopher Pine. But we got Star Trek and The A-Team instead. Typical.

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JE is a hoot. I met him once in San Francisco, and he speaks just like he writes:


I'm envious. I've read all of Ellroy's novels, up to Blood's a Rover. And while I've never met him, I've heard the commentary track he recorded for the recent DVD of The Lineup: that was very entertaining.
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#46771 - 01/14/11 01:30 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Goliath]
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 Originally Posted By: Goliath
I'm envious. I've read all of Ellroy's novels, up to Blood's a Rover. And while I've never met him, I've heard the commentary track he recorded for the recent DVD of The Lineup: that was very entertaining.

This will give you a pretty good idea.

I've read all his stuff since discovering The Black Dahlia in a St. Louis crime bookstore in the '80s. He later inscribed it "To Michael - Doom drives!"

I'm not as gruntled with his later stuff as with his "L.A. quartet", in which I think he was really in his element, though his romp with the Kennedys in American Tabloid is fun.

The car repo caper at the beginning of BR is typical:

 Originally Posted By: James Ellroy, Brown's Requiem
I dropped down into the garage. I expected it to be dark, but the morning sunshine reflecting off the window of the adjacent apartments provided plenty of light. When I spotted CTL 412, the third car from the end, I started to laugh. Cal Myers was going to shit. Leotis McCarver was undoubtedly black, but his car was a full-dress taco wagon: chopped, channeled, lowered, with a candy apple, lime green paint job with orange and yellow flames covering the hood and sweeping halfway back over the sides of the vehicle. Black enamel script over the rear wheel wells announced that this was the "Dragon Wagon". I got out my master key and opened it. The interior was just as esoteric: fuzzy black and white zebra-striped upholstery, pink velveteen dice hanging from the rearview mirror, and a furry orange accelerator pedal in the shape of a naked foot. The customizing must have cost old Leotis a fortune ...
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#46862 - 01/15/11 08:16 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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I really dig Ellroy as well and have read all of his stuff.

Have you seen and/or read "My Dark Places" (Feast of Death on DVD)?

That one goes into a lot of depth about he psychologically linked his mother's murder to the Dahlia murder via Jack Webb's "The Badge".

He's got a new series coming out next week called James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons. I haven't been excited for a series in many moons... this one looks to have a lot of promise.

So Doc, I have to ask, was he familiar with your work? \:\)
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#46871 - 01/16/11 12:22 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Fnord]
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 Originally Posted By: Fnord
Have you seen and/or read "My Dark Places" (Feast of Death on DVD)?

Read MDP and saw FOD when it first aired on television. A bit pricey for a DVD right now. It reminds me that we both share a fondness for the Pacific Dining Car.

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He's got a new series coming out next week called James Ellroy's LA: City of Demons. I haven't been excited for a series in many moons... this one looks to have a lot of promise.

"Season pass."

 Quote:
So Doc, I have to ask, was he familiar with your work? \:\)

Not that I know, but then we chase different daemons. ;\)
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#48146 - 02/05/11 06:56 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Wolf Larsen]
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Let me break-up the monotony of this thread:

Taking it all in all, enjoying movies are a matter of personal experience. No amount of reading, no amount of teaching, no amount of contemplation will ever make one enjoy a movie. Movies must be grasped in the midst of its flow, and to stop it for examination and analysis is to kill it leaving it as a 'cold corpse.'

Everything in the movie is so arranged as to bring about ideas to most efficient prominence. The unique position maintained by actors and actresses among others associated with the film is no doubt due to the institution known as the 'guild.'

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#48186 - 02/06/11 06:59 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: paolo sette]
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Maybe it would be a start if everyone who posts here, not only tells what their top 5 is, but also WHY it's their top 5. So that way it has more chance of becoming a real conversation.
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#48392 - 02/08/11 02:49 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Daafje666]
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My favorite movies...

in no particular order, as they come to mind....

Zatoichi (any of the original series, great martial arts, great storytelling, great acting)
Delicatessen (fantastic black humor, lots of fun)
Resident Evil (I consider the first movie a work of art, perhaps because I never played the game and so had no differences to distract me [the only movie to keep me pinned to the edge of my seat and keep me there])
The Ninth Gate (Roman Polanski's action movie about book dealing and Satanism - perhaps the only movie of such a genre to appeal to me)
Office Space (Deserves its cult classic status, very funny and insightful)
Desperate Living (my fave of early John Waters, terrible acting, low budget, but so raw, funny and transgressive it's great fun)
Night of the Living Dead (a GREAT movie, the first one, every time I see it again, I'm struck by how good the acting, directing and storytelling is).


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#48542 - 02/10/11 05:07 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Toxic Avenger, Childs play, night of the living dead, oliver stone's the doors, devils rejects
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#52151 - 04/03/11 10:55 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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See no evil hear no evil

28 weeks later

Dawn of the Dead (1962)

Arthur (1978)

Pan's Labyrinth

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#52153 - 04/03/11 10:59 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: hallowgrave]
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See no evil hear no evil! yes! and Stir Crazy! Richard Pryor!

Richard Pryor Is the G.o.a.t! (Greatest Of All Time) I put him parallel with Bill Hicks aka Goatboy.

Favourite Movies off the top of my head including the above two.

The Shining
Old Boy
Leon
Angela's Ashes
Dead Man's Shoes
Braveheart
Silence of the Lambs
Evil Dead 2
Planes Trains and Automobiles
Freddy Got Fingered
Valhalla Rising

Oh that's too many, oh well I like comedies because they make me laugh and I like movies that have a small cast / few characters with focus on character development rather than special effects.
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#52156 - 04/03/11 11:40 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Hegesias]
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My top five are:

1.) Fight Club => Fincher boldly changed Palahniuk's ending, and improved upon one of the most powerfully written modern works of popular fiction.

2.) Event Horizon => The morally ambiguous ending, as well as the disturbing atmosphere made this film particularly compelling.

3.) Hellraiser => "Angels to some; demons to others," indeed. I watched this when I was a wee child, and began to question the very nature of Good and Evil as a result.

4.) Escape from New York => Carpenter and Russell were both in top form for this film, and it's equal schlock and badass-ery made this a classic for me.

5.) Cube => A film that catches the best of misanthropy, while describing the fragile nature of the social contract. Great stuff.

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#52157 - 04/03/11 11:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Shea]
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"Cube" I saw on that shitty horror channel years ago at around 3am in the morning and I loved it.

Event Horizon I was going to list but I prefer comedies these days. I like Event Horizon so much for the brief Chaos dimension scene that stuck with me through the movie and set the tone, I wished there were more in the movie that showed the Chaos dimension, I guess it was a subliminal thing really that was meant to be left to the imagination.
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#52159 - 04/04/11 12:17 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Hegesias]
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Seems like a perfect topic for me to weigh in on; here we go:

I. Hellraiser-Clive Barker is one of the great minds of horror in our time. He channels the extra-dimensional quality of Lovecraft in this film.
II. Pulp Fiction-Tarrantino fucking hit the mark with this flick. About the only time I found Travolta to be bearable.
III. Death Note-Technically, this is a television series, but I'm a rebel and I own the entire series on DVD; making it in essence, a movie. Smart writing, with a great story.
IV. Cast Away-Showing Zemeckis excells at more than special effects; Hanks is haunting as a man divorced physically, and in the end, psychologically from humanity.
V. Fight Club-I'm Jack's Great Appreciation of Norton's acting. Brad Pitt is over the top and perfect, but Norton steals the show regardless.

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#52162 - 04/04/11 01:19 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Vasiya]
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Castaway, I love that scene where he throws the spear into the far away fish from a far away rock, he is just standing there like an ultimate caveman who has mastered nature, I laughed so hard and nobody else in the room was laughing. You can tell that time has passed in such a way and that he's no longer a pussy. I forget what movies I like because I haven't had a TV for so many years.

Pulp fiction is still in my top favourites and I can watch scenes repeatedly and do impressions with my bro. I'm quite mad you know, it's true, I like to be silly contrary to popular belief.

I can't have a top 5 because somebody will remind me of other great ones and I'll want to add them too.

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#52221 - 04/05/11 03:57 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Hegesias]
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1) Braveheart
2) Gladiator
3) Saving Private Ryan
4) The Anarchist Cookbook
5) SLC Punk

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#55063 - 05/25/11 01:53 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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1. The protector - featuring Tony Jaa the masterful art of bone breaking \:\)

2. Rush Hour 1, 2 and 3 gotta love some good old comedy

3. Frozen

4. Undisputed Redemption 1, 2 and 3

5. Mortal Kombat annihilation
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#55069 - 05/25/11 06:36 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Dirty Harry]
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Oh man, this is a tough one. In no particular order (well, except maybe for #1) here are the 5 movies I
a) will always watch if it's on TV
2) always check to see if a potential mate enjoys
iii) am sick in bed and need entertainment else I go stir crazy

1. The Big Lebowski (The Dude Abides. That is all.)
2. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (strange things are afoot at the Circle K)
3. Alien (it STILL gives me the heeby jeebies, 20 years after 1st seeing it)
4. The Shawshank Redemption/Stand By Me (I hate the drivel that is usually a Stephen King novel/story made in to a movie, but Shawshank and 'stand by me' are exceptions)
5. Blade Runner (Director's Cut)


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#55185 - 05/29/11 05:42 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: GregNotCraig]
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1. Wayne`s World

2. The Big Lebowski

3. 2001: A Space Odyssey

4. Pan`s Labyrinth

5. The Ninth Gate

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#55188 - 05/29/11 05:55 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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5. Dracula (1931)

4. Sunset Boulevard

3. Brazil

2. Gummo

1. Mulholland Drive
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#55275 - 05/31/11 04:19 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: MattVanSickle84]
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5) Dancer in the Dark BY Lars Von Trier
4) P by Darren Aronofky
3) Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino
2) Clockwork Orange by Stanley Kubrick
1) The Antichrist by Lars Von Trier
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#56737 - 07/12/11 06:17 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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My top 5 movies in no particular order are:

Apocalypto

The Dark Knight

Seven

Shawshank Redemption

The Devil's Advocate

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#57407 - 07/23/11 12:45 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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I have a lot of favorites, but if I had to pick five right now they'd be...

1) Freaks
2) 2001: A Space Odyssey
3) Pulp Fiction
4) Stray Dog
5) North by Northwest

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#57932 - 08/03/11 06:31 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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1. Jeremiah Johnson
2. Shawshank redemption
3. American history x
4. requiem of a dream
5. ravenous

All truly epic movies that explore many of mans emotions and eventual evolution to one extent or another. except requiem of a dream that was just a slow downfall into a unlimited amount of self delusion and decay of everything you hold dear a superb movie.

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#64888 - 02/25/12 03:23 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Repo! the Genetic Opera
The Boondock Saints
Donnie Darko
Fight Club
Secretary

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#64890 - 02/25/12 03:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: namingthestars]
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My top five movies in no particular order

Boondock saints
Fight club
Full Metal Jacket
Powder
Edward Scissor Hands
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#64919 - 02/26/12 01:12 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Zach_Black]
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Wow man, there are so many great movies......any many shitty ones too.
Top 5
Lord of the Flies ( the original)
Abigail's Party
Damien The Omen ( the original)
Rosemary's Baby
The Anniversary
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#64936 - 02/27/12 01:33 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Zach_Black]
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Full Metal Jacket

I previously mentioned the charming Star Wars takeoff on this. The other day I discovered that Mickey, Goofy, and Pluto had also joined the USMC only to encounter Gunnery Sergeant Donald ...
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#64970 - 02/27/12 11:02 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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1. Indiana Jones (trilogy): The clutzy intellegent personality of Jones was a great mixture for his charator and it worked perfectly in each Jones movie. My favorite seen in the Jones movies, was in the 2nd film, with the Japs and the Berlesqes dancer in the beginning of the movie. When all hell was breaking loose, all the berlesqe dancer was concerned about, was the huge diamond on the floor. Shorty was really entertaining and the story of ancient Kali worshipers was fasinating.

2. Full metal Jacket : Favorite charactor Animal Mother. Animal mother carries my favorite light machine gun(M60) and was the best warrior.He had a true Right is might manly attitude.

3. The Final Countdown : Just another 5 minutes would of made a better ending.I was bumbed out when they had to turn the Tom cats around instead of firing a missle up the nips ass!!The story was great over all.

4. Seven : Greatest ending of all time. The superb performance that Brad Pitt performed during that ending was the greatest diplay of acting that I had ever seen. When he became wrath and shot thru the killer with his 45 caliber, it looked real in his eyes.

5. Scarface : The scene when he's in the resturant and is ranting about how unsatified he was; despite having everything in the world, because it made the terrible ending to his life more meaningfull to me. Tony lost his goal, he had nothing left to live for. This was a clear message of what happens to a man when he has nothing left to live for and how badass you can perform in combat when you dont care.

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#66866 - 05/21/12 12:26 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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Donnie Darko
The Man From Earth
V For Vendetta
Army of Darkness
The Crow
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#66939 - 05/23/12 11:16 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Hell's Bells]
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I am watching a lot of films at the moment, so this list is my top five favourites at the moment.

Ugestu – this is a black and white Japanese film from 1953 which the Criterion Collection guys have worked on and polished up. It is a touching, beautiful and very human film. I am glad to have seen this.

The Night of the Hunter - this is a black and white American film from 1955. I particularly like this one for the dark scenery and the sinister saturated aesthetics which form the back drop for the children’s flight down river from the utterly strange Robert Mitchum.

Barry Lyndon – an American film from 1975. This is still an unexpected, but painstakingly composed film from Kubrick. It is another beautiful work of art with an edge of realism and historical authenticity to it.

Enter the Void – a film from 2009. This film depicts a nightmare, but it is done with genius and clothed in a dark and fluorescent claustrophobic beauty. Not a lot of laughs, but still thought provoking.

Annie Hall – an American film from 1977. I am not really into romantic comedy because most of them seem to come off a production line and seem weak and pale. This movie by Woody Allen, I think, is an exception. It looks dated, which I like. I also like the neurotic Freudian thing and the jokes are still funny as well.

An honourable mention – American Graffiti. I love this film for its big cars and the music and I am a fan of Wolfman Jack. I was tossing up between Annie Hall and this one, but included Annie Hall in the above top five because I like Keaton and that inimitable dress sense. Anyway a film with Lucas and Coppola together has to be good and A.G. is.




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#67631 - 06/22/12 08:35 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Saligia]
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It would be impossible for me to list my top five without second guessing myself, I have watched so many and loved a number of them. I will submit five that I consider to be elite and hopefully some of them you have not seen:

Hard Boiled
Seven
Life of Brian
The Postman Always Rings Twice (Lana Turner version)
High Plains Drifter

I'm going to cheat and add two more just because they are too good to leave out: Alien & Psycho.
See I cannot do five and I am already wanting to add more, I must leave this thread to protect my sanity.


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#67636 - 06/22/12 11:54 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: MatthewJ1
Barry Lyndon – an American film from 1975. This is still an unexpected, but painstakingly composed film from Kubrick. It is another beautiful work of art with an edge of realism and historical authenticity to it.

If there is a real J/C Hell and I am condemned to the most excruciating punishment therein, I expect I will be tied to a chair with my eyes locked open like Alex in A Clockwork Orange and forced to watch this bloated, droning shaggy dog of a movie over and over and over again.

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An honourable mention – American Graffiti. I love this film for its big cars and the music and I am a fan of Wolfman Jack ... Anyway a film with Lucas and Coppola together has to be good and A.G. is.

If you like gleaming classic cars, check out the television series Crime Story, a Chicago/Vegas two-seasoner by Michael Mann, echoing his also car-intensive Miami Vice. Available on DVD, and the ultimate in hard-boiled cop satire, as in "[twin shotgun blasts], then "Stop or I'll shoot!".
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#67810 - 06/25/12 10:19 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Dr does this mean you are not so keen on Barry Lyndon?

No worries, I am watching quite a few Ingmar Bergman films from the 1950's and 1960's which are very thought provoking and beautiful. They come across as very human with almost no Hollywood type gloss.

I have recently splurged again and have ordered a set of Hammer Horror films, which includes 'The Devil Rides Out.' I am pretty keen to see this film as I don't think it is available to buy on its own.

I am still waiting to buy 'The Sea Wolf' with Edward G Robinson on DVD, but there is only the Spanish version at the moment.

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#67872 - 06/26/12 07:02 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ]
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Dr does this mean you are not so keen on Barry Lyndon?

As I recall, he got himself stupidly shot partway through the flick about 5 minutes before I was ready to stand up and fire at the screen myself.

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I have recently splurged again and have ordered a set of Hammer Horror films, which includes 'The Devil Rides Out.' I am pretty keen to see this film as I don't think it is available to buy on its own.

I was a 2Lt. in the 82nd Airborne Division when the division theater showed this film in 1968. I think the moment that Charles Gray smiled politely at Mrs Eaton and said "I won't be back ... but something will", I decided to join the Church of Satan.
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#67873 - 06/26/12 08:03 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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All right, fine, I'll try to go with 5:


  • Alien (1979)
  • Exorcist III (1990)
  • The Good, the Bad & The Ugly (1966)
  • Rosemary's Baby (1968)
  • The Wolfman (1941)


Bear in mind, my DVD collection is currently about 1,500 titles strong so the above is subject to change on a whim.
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#67881 - 06/26/12 09:49 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Fnord]
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 Originally Posted By: Fnord
[*]Exorcist III (1990)

Pick up Blatty's original novel Legion, which has some interesting discourse on Satanic philosophy.

The movie excludes this, but is fun for all of the outofthecornerofyoureyeisms throughout it. Not catchable in a straightforward theater or TV broadcast viewing, but with freeze-frame in the DVD.

While assigned to DIA over across the river, I lived in Georgetown, which is a charming warren of bookstores and other fascinating shops. Went up and down the Exorcist-steps daily going over the bridge to the Metro. Munched White Castle burgers at the old take-out near the base of Wisconsin, etc.

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[*]The Good, the Bad & The Ugly (1966)

I listened to an interview with Eli Wallach in which he said that the panic-stricken look on his face in the opening scene where Eastwood shot the noose off his neck was real. The noose was break-away, of course, but his hands were really tied behind him and the gunfire scared the horse, it bolted, and he had no way to stop it.

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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Pick up a copy of this for behind-the-scenes fun.

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[*]The Wolfman (1941)

Like Frankenstein, a very sympathetic monster. When I was a kid, the lycanthropic movie that scared me was this one.
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#67882 - 06/26/12 10:20 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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That idea of you standing up and shooting the screen is a funny image Dr. It kind of sounds like something an outraged Hunter Thompson would do with a 44 magnum.

Yes, Lyndon is a bit of a horse's ass - he is involved in a duel with the man who plans to marry Lyndon's cousin, because he (Lyndon) is infatuated with his own cousin and wants her for himself.

Lyndon's family, however, decides that the man who is to marry the cousin is a real good catch because he is wealthy and will raise the family fortunes. They, therefore, fill Lyndon's gun with blanks, so Lyndon thinks that he has killed the man during the ensuing duel.

He is only told later that the man was, in fact, not dead at all, but by that stage Lyndon's wandering and other foolishness has begun.

LOL! That makes me think: they could have changed the movie and had you or Hunter Thompson in it with a 44 magnum.

Then during the duel, over the cousin, when Lyndon shot the guy, you or Thompson could shout out "no, that's not how you do it!" and then you or Thompson could race in there and shoot Lyndon and then the film would be done and people would feel satisfied.

Sorry, I have had too much coffee today.

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#67941 - 06/28/12 11:34 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Thanks Doc, all good stuff. I'm surprised the Castle book is available on Kindle. Ordered it, looks great. I have read Legion, I'm always in support of book before film if I can at all help it. I saw that Legion is also available now on Kindle so I do think a re-read is in order now as I might see things I missed in the past.

I've always said that the soundtrack of III (Legion) is one of the most important characters in the film. If you watch it with headphones in the dark you'll see what I mean. There is a constant stream of whispers, clicks, sounds etc that really set the ambiance for the rest of the film.

Today's Favorites:

  • Vertigo (1958)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • Repulsion (1965)
  • The Other (1972)
  • Kill Baby, Kill (1966)


I haven't touched on Mario Bava yet but I'm sure next time I post here one will be on the list. IMO he was a master at setting mood with lighting and I'm currently fascinated with Black Sabbath (1963) and Planet of the Vampires (1965) for this very reason.
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#67970 - 06/28/12 06:30 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Fnord]
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 Originally Posted By: Fnord
I've always said that the soundtrack of III (Legion) is one of the most important characters in the film. If you watch it with headphones in the dark you'll see what I mean. There is a constant stream of whispers, clicks, sounds etc that really set the ambiance for the rest of the film.

Hadn't noticed that; will indeed try it. I have a special place in my heart for films that jerk the viewer's chain, like Exorcist III and The List of Adrian Messenger.

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[*]Vertigo (1958)

As with all Hitchcock-and-bull films, there are endless fun backstories, among them:

• After Hitch had Jimmy Stewart rescue Kim Novak from the Bay off Fort Point [there aren't actually any convenient stairs there, and she'd have brained herself on the rocks], he had him take her back to his apartment at the corner of Lombard & Jones, put her in his bed, and hang her wet clothes up in his kitchen to dry. Paramount censors got their noses out of joint about her unmentionables being shown on camera. Hitch said OK and instead had the camera pan out of the apartment's east window to Coit Tower, an intentional giant phallic symbol.

• As in Bullitt, the car chase routes are completely disconnected. One moment Novak and Stewart are downtown, the next in the Castro, and then suddenly at the Legion of Honor way out in Seacliff. I know, picky, picky. Benjamin also drove from San Francisco to Berkeley on the top level of the Bay Bridge in The Graduate, another nice trick.

• Carlotta's fake headstone in the Mission Dolores cemetery stayed up for a considerable time after filming, and was quite the tourist attraction.

• Hitch originally wanted Vera Miles as the female lead; Paramount wanted Novak. When Novak got the role, she mentioned that she looked good in anything except grey. Three guesses how Madeleine was constantly dressed.

• Novak's hotel room as "Judy" is real, and you can stay in it to this day. Indeed the entire hotel has been revamped around the film, including a square-shaft "vertigo" staircase echoing the woop-woop one in the film.
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#67990 - 06/29/12 12:36 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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2001: A Space Odyssey

Grand Philosophical themes, long meditative takes, man against his own creations, mind-blowing ending sequence.

Fight Club

Struggle against the self and society, great twists, commentary on psychiatry and group therapy. Motivating, funny, and deep.

The Last Seduction (1994)

This film was great, Bridget is more Satanic than any other woman I've seen in film, and all without a hint of black robes. Linda Fiorentino who plays Bridget was denied an Academy Award nomination because the movie was released on cable for a week before it was re-released in theaters. A modern take on Noir, filled with sex, lies, and murder.


Natural Born Killers

Life ain't like T.V. folks. This becomes apparent quickly. True Love, innocent murder, consequences of child abuse, and the hollowness of modern culture, all wrapped into one.


Dr. Strangelove

Just sit back and laugh at the doom of the world. Crazy characters, cold war hysteria, and catharsis.


I'll just stop now.

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#68007 - 06/29/12 06:15 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: DreamMystery]
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Day Watch/Night Watch (it is an sequel)
Dune (directed by David Lynch)
THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR (1975 Yul Brynner)
Salute of the Jugger (Rutger Hauer)
Zatoichi (The blind Swordsman)

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#68153 - 07/01/12 07:51 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Vertigo was a great film and that hotel looks interesting.

My partner and I visited the Fairmont and we were glad we did.

I recall first seeing the Fairmont in an old TV series called 'Hotel', which was based on a Hailey book.

We talked our way into a room at the very top of the Fairmont, which gave us some extraordinary views of S.F. I enjoyed these views even more than the views from Coit Tower and Twin Peaks.

I think they made a movie about the Presidio with Connery. I walked from Pier 39 to Sausalito one day and walked along the outskirts of the Presidio, so I didn't get a strong sense of the scenery in that movie.

I did visit Alcatraz, which has been the scene of some good movies, which was great.

I was on a cable car going from Nob Hill down to Fisherman's Wharf one night and somebody mentioned that part of the car chase for Bullitt had been filmed on one hell of a steep hilly street. The guy had pointed the street out.

Apparently the street had been chosen so the stunt car drivers could race down this hill and allow the car to fly over these hills on the way down? I can't recall exactly what the guy said now, but at the time it sounded impressive.

They have made some good films in San Francisco.


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#68172 - 07/01/12 04:32 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: ]
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Oh man, top 5 movies, how can I choose just five? I have to go with:
1. This Is Spinal Tap (I watch it every year on my birthday.)
2. Full Metal Jacket (my favorite movie to watch on Christmas)
3. Fight Club (I recommend watching this on a jet with your single-serving friends.)
4. No Country for Old Men
5. Borat

Lately I've been forcing myself to sit through some rotten movies just for the experience. They include The Wicker Man (2006), Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978), and Eraserhead (1978).
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#68173 - 07/01/12 05:01 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Halloween (Carpenter, 1978)
In my own untrained opinion, this is the scariest movie ever made. I’m not a huge horror movie fan, because at its worst it is an awful genre, but this ticks all the boxes for me. I love John Carpenter, and when he was on top form, his films have a wonderful bleakness that I adore. Halloween is much greater than the sum of its megre parts. Cheaply made, and yet starkly and atmospherically shot. The soundtrack is wonderful in its own right. And the story is simplicity itself. It still gets an airing in my house every Halloween night.

The Tree of Life (Malick, 2011)
It doesn’t seem right to add such a modern movie to my favourites, but I was so blown away by it. I think Terrence Malick is a genius, and one of the finest film makers of all time. Badlands and Days of Heaven are masterpieces. But this, which is his most personal movie, left me in awe. Deeply philosophical, and rather religious (which I understand can put most cinemagoers off), I think it is one of the most beautifully shot movies I have ever seen. The fact this did not win any academy awards is nothing short of a disgrace.

The Straight Story (Lynch, 1999)
I love David Lynch, and on any other day I would have Mulholland Drive here. But as I am in a slightly strange mood, I’ll go with this. I love it because it’s so unlike Lynch to make this sweet, beautiful, touching (and disturbingly, distributed by Disney) movie. And yet is has his fingerprints in various hidden places. Richard Fansworth brings a wonderful pathos to the role of an elderly man travelling on a lawnmower to visit his sick brother. His journey (based roughly on a real event), and the characters he meets, is shot beautifully by Freddie Francis. An absolute gem of a movie.
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Der Himmel über Berlin (Wenders, 1987)
It’s quite bizarre that this movie was remade by Hollywood as the insipid City of Angels. Apart from the similar backstory (Angels watch humanity, one falls in love with a human and wishes to be with her), Wenders movie is a beautiful poem dedicated to the wonderful city of Berlin. The scarred city is watched over by men in trenchcoats, standing upon the spires and rooftops, listening to the conversations in the heads of the Berliners below, sitting with them as they work, study, die. And the wonderful Peter Falk plays himself. Oh, and Nick Cave turns up at the end. Phenomenal.

Werckmeister harmóniák (Tarr, 2000)
I find it difficult to describe this film. Set in a small town in Hungary, it tells the story of a young man, who seems to be a cross between a hermit and a sage, and his experience when a bizarre circus arrives in the town, bringing with it it’s centrepiece: the carcass of a huge whale. This causes much consternation and fascination in the town, and eventually leads to the collapse of society. Filmed in incredible long takes, in stark black and white, it is hypnotic, haunting, and beautiful.
The opening scene, where the young man explains a solar eclipse to the patrons of a bar, is a work of art.

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#68900 - 07/14/12 10:24 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Robert Paulson]
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 Originally Posted By: Robert Paulson

Lately I've been forcing myself to sit through some rotten movies just for the experience. They include The Wicker Man (2006)


If you haven't seen the original Wicker Man I'd definitely suggest it over the remake.

To me, the way the film builds up and the sheer creepiness of parts of it put it in the winning category. The shocker ending, which is blown if you've watched the remake, is the stuff of nightmares.
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#69473 - 07/26/12 11:52 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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In no particular order...

The last samurai.

The number 23.

Shawshank redemption.

Pitch black.

The 9th gate.

But these can change according to my mood, .

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#69481 - 07/26/12 04:14 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Andy]
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 Originally Posted By: Andy
...Shawshank redemption...
1. Shawshank redemption (1994) is my absolute favorite!
2. Idiocracy (2006)
3. Barfuss (2005)
4. Tukšā ķivere (1971) (Latvian cartoon - extremely short, but really great!)
5. Ceplis (1972) - classic of Latvian filmography...

Of course I like many other movies, this is my spontaneous selection!
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#69608 - 07/29/12 01:23 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Latvian]
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Oh, Latvian, I just loved Idiocracy! I substitute teach as a side job and have had so many students who were proud of their ignorance, just like the folks in this movie. Idiocracy is not just entertainment, it serves as either a warning or a prophecy, depending on whether or not enough of the population chooses to think or be stupid.

That movie had some great lines between the protagonist, named Not Sure, and his lawyer, Frito Pendejo, like, "You went to law school at Costco?" The reply was, "Yeah, my dad was alumni so he was able to pull some strings." I laugh every time I think of the trial when Not Sure, says to his lawyer, "You gotta tell them I'm innocent!" His attorney replies, "That's not what the other lawyer said!" The prosecuting lawyer's argument for the defendant's guilt was, "Your honor, just look at him, man." Dialogue like that is pure gold.
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#69611 - 07/29/12 02:27 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Robert Paulson]
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You, Robert Paulson are right – Idiocracy is very great movie… I've watched many times. My wife cannot understand why I like it! \:\) But I and my son enjoy it very much... I even got in Latvian, prior I watched in English and German, but for me the best is Russian version. Russian language is famous for many strong and primitive slang words - it's the best!

Maybe, who haven’t seen this move I can put small intro: Joe Bauers, who was "average American", is selected by the Pentagon to be the guinea pig for a top-secret hibernation program. Forgotten, he awakes 500 years in the future. He discovers a society so incredibly dumbed-down that he's easily the most intelligent person alive…

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#69631 - 07/29/12 10:05 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Latvian]
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1) Akira

2) Repo Man (the 1984 cult classic with Emelio Estevez)

3) GoodFellas

4) Tron

5) Underworld

They are in no particular order, I just numbered them as I thought of them.


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#69721 - 07/31/12 12:58 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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Schindler's List

Full Metal Jacket

Lost Highway

Rampage

I Saw The Devil (2010) - Korean. I enjoy a good foreign film; and this is definitely one I'd recommend to any, who also do. Rather than turning in the killer to authorities; one seeks out his revenge himself. When you think it's over, he's no where near done giving the killer a taste of his own medicine. Definitely a worthwhile watch.

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#69723 - 07/31/12 03:32 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Hallow]
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I'm into a lot of movie genres..
But some of my favorite are

- Girl, Interrupted (1999)
- The Hurricane (1999)
- I Melt With You (2011)
- Max (2002)
- When Nietzsche Wept (2007)
- The Matrix (1999)

Then again, I love all fantasy movies like Harry Potter, Underworld and Van Helsing. What kind of kid would I be if I didn't? ahahah
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#69725 - 07/31/12 05:01 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Chemical]
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To name just 5 movies is very difficult.
My 5 for today are (in no particular order):

- The good, the bad and the ugly (1966)
- Young Frankenstein (1974)
- The others (2001)
- Star Wars (old trilogy)
- eXistenZ (1999)
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#69744 - 08/01/12 09:12 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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5 Favourites For Today (In No Particular Order)

1. Psycho
2. Silence Of The Lambs
3. Punk's No Dead
4. The Mindscape Of Alan Moore
5. Seven
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#69822 - 08/04/12 03:37 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Deep Time]
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Oh, Deep Time, Silence of the Lambs and Seven, those two are such quotable movies! "Having a library card doesn't make him Yoda!" from Brad Pitt was memorable. Anthony Hopkins surprises with, "Don't test me! A census taker tried to test me once. I ate his liver with some Fava beans and a nice Chianti! <hisses in delight>" Andy wrote about The Last Samurai. I was so delighted with that film in the theater. It was tragic watching the samurais get mowed down by the machine gun and how it foreshadowed Imperial Japan's change in foreign policy.
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#69830 - 08/04/12 11:41 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Strychnine]
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I have to say in passing that I like "Strychnine"'s icon, which reminds me of the famous One-Eyed Cat of Mr. Lucky.
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#69875 - 08/05/12 07:22 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Thank you, Doctor. I've never had the occasion to watch Mr Lucky, I think it has never been translated in my language, but I like that winking cat! \:\)

I'd like too to add a movie to my list, although it is complete yet: the Monty Python's Meaning of Life (1983). I always loved the galaxy song .


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#69879 - 08/05/12 08:38 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Chemical]
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 Originally Posted By: Chemical
- When Nietzsche Wept (2007)
- The Matrix (1999)
I added already the list of my five favorites, but these two, Chemical I enjoyed too... The Matrix has got many awards and nominations and seems good and really successful commercial project. I like very much 'When Nietzsche Wept' because the movie is based on the novel When Nietzsche Wept and I read the book before I watched the movie! It was great! Sometimes I read book which inspired film makers after the watching, this was great exception - I did it before. I enjoy this and other works of Irvin David Yalom. I'm going to read, when I'll get free time, his newest work - 'The Spinoza Problem'.
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#70211 - 08/13/12 09:43 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Latvian]
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ANGEL HEART
Usual Suspects
White Heat
American Beauty
Streetcar Named Desire
Mulholland Drive
Carlitos Way
Taxi Driver


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#70226 - 08/14/12 02:45 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Naama]
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ANGEL HEART

Robert de Niro's meditation on the human soul while shelling an egg with his taloned fingernails has to bee one of cinema's all-time classic scenes. On the other hand, I kept wanting to throw Mickey Rourke in a bathtub and get him fresh clothes.
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#70289 - 08/16/12 07:19 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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Random Order. Changes with mood.

The Master and The Margarita (2005)
Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
Dr. Zhivago (1965)
Citizen Kane (1941)
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#70304 - 08/16/12 01:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Le Deluge]
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Dr. Zhivago (1965)

Interesting; I think the first time it's been mentioned here.

Brings back memories. Back in the 1950s my mom had a book review show on KPFA in Berkeley, and reviewed Dr. Z before its big splash at the Frankfurt Book Festival [in 57 or 58, I think] made it a sensation. Mom was pleased at her scoop; I couldn't figure it because I read the book and thought it excruciatingly ponderous and dull. Of course I thought the same thing of Dostoevsky's chain-draggers and Yevtushenko, the poet who was the other darling of Soviet counterculture back then. Then again, I was only 11 years old at the time, and was just getting up enough nerve to buy my first Playboy at the local drugstore.

The David Lean film made the story coherent, and gave the West a first Hollywood interpretation of what the October Revolution and its aftermath were like for the ordinary Russian. It also gave us an Egyptian in the title role, which is pretty funny, and the ever-martyred (Petulia, Far from the Madding Crowd, etc.) Julie Christie, and the muzaked-to-death "Lara's Theme".

The film was a "scenery and political background" tour-de-force, but i didn't take away much from the love story itself, except that in the middle of all the Angst he found time to write her a poem and knock her up, I forget in which order. It would be interesting to hear what impressed you "top 5" about this movie.
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#70323 - 08/17/12 09:38 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
 Originally Posted By: Le Deluge
Dr. Zhivago (1965)

Interesting; I think the first time it's been mentioned here.

Brings back memories. Back in the 1950s my mom had a book review show on KPFA in Berkeley, and reviewed Dr. Z before its big splash at the Frankfurt Book Festival [in 57 or 58, I think] made it a sensation. Mom was pleased at her scoop; I couldn't figure it because I read the book and thought it excruciatingly ponderous and dull.


That would definitely be the timeframe. Pasternak was rejected for publication in the USSR for ... well, telling the truth!

Zhivago was first published in '57. In a bit of a slap to the Soviets, it was submitted for the '58 Nobel Prize for literature. It had been disseminated in english in '57 and '58. Pasternak refused the prize at the request of the Soviets. In reality, he had achieved his goal. He would be dead in 3 years, but the reputation of the USSR declined in earnest. Your mother was most likely one of the first to review it here. I can't say I've ever been extensively into Pasternak's literature per se. The film just blew my mind at an early age. It continues to each time I watch it.

The love story, Lara: I see her as a necessary character. She is something of a catalyst allowing the story to unfold. A telling scene is when she discovers the Lara poems "This isn't me, this is you" (to Zhivago)

We first have Pasha as her fiance. He goes from being an idealist to brutal enforcer of the regime. "People will be different after the revolution". He becomes derisive of the "personal". The loss of Lara kind of symbolizes this change.

Zhivago is an odd sort of romantic. He exalts the personal. He remains a stoical observer of the regime. Clearly, this costs him in the end. To me, Lara was just an ideal (To answer your question: He knocks her up at about the same time he writes the Lara poems).

The movie had a nice flow to it (unlike the book). I just found it an extremely apt view of the revolution through Zhivago's eyes. He never succumbs to the collective ideal, but he does hold tight to his own principles (expressed via medicine in his case) He doesn't oppose the revolution in any formal sense. He does expose it.

The power of subtlety. As such, Zhivago has been on "my list" for a lifetime now.
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#70332 - 08/17/12 03:45 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Le Deluge]
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At the present time.

The Matrix
Fight Club
Revolver
A Dirty Shame, NR version, forget the nueter version its horrible
Serial Mom

I do love most of John Waters flicks except for Pink Flamingos and his early stuff.

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#70374 - 08/19/12 12:59 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Le Deluge]
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 Originally Posted By: Le Deluge
... The power of subtlety. As such, Zhivago has been on "my list" for a lifetime now.

If you like Dr. Z, may I also recommend Reilly, Ace of Spies and, for a somewhat wider [and more gilded] net covering the same early 20th-C upheavals, Fall of Eagles. You couldn't make this stuff up ...
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#70375 - 08/19/12 02:42 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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 Originally Posted By: Michael A.Aquino
 Originally Posted By: Le Deluge
... The power of subtlety. As such, Zhivago has been on "my list" for a lifetime now.

If you like Dr. Z, may I also recommend Reilly, Ace of Spies and, for a somewhat wider [and more gilded] net covering the same early 20th-C upheavals, Fall of Eagles. You couldn't make this stuff up ...


Thanks. The Fall of Eagles looks especially enticing. That was a powerful period of history. The "confluence" of events that led to WWI and subsequent events, amazing.
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#70724 - 09/10/12 10:37 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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1. Citizen Kane
2. Some like it hot
3. It
4. Total Recall (2012)
5. Batman: The Dark Knight Rises

My favorite is the first one
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#70781 - 09/11/12 02:13 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Ignotum]
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New entries into the top five:

The Horde (French)
13 Assassins (Japanese)
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#71427 - 09/30/12 04:08 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Autodidact]
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1. Fight Club
2. Bringing Out the Dead
3. Trainspotting
4. The Matrix
5. Man Bites Dog

Subject to variation.

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#71513 - 10/04/12 03:49 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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1984
ALTERED STATES
APOCALYPSE NOW
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY
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#71524 - 10/04/12 12:22 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: tonyB]
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THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

An endless source of profound philosophical observations.
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#72030 - 10/17/12 08:56 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Michael A.Aquino]
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1. Blade Runner. Ridley Scott.

2. Videodrome. David Cronenberg.

3. Casino. Martin Scorsese.

4. Taxi Driver. Martin Scorsese.

5. A Clockwork Orange. Stanley Kubrick.

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#80086 - 08/31/13 06:53 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Antonio]
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1. The Godfather, Part I. Brilliantly constructed and impeccably acted, from start to finish. It's also very quotable. "Who's being naive, Kay?"

2. The Godfather, Part II. The second part is just as good as the first, functioning as both prequel and sequel. I particularly love the scenes where Vito Corleone is rising from some random grocer who barely speaks English to one of the most powerful men in New York, he makes for a great protagonist and that whole early-1900s Italian ghetto is a setting I find entertaining. Michael's continuing rise to power and loss of his original vision for the family is also a captivating narrative.

3. Pulp Fiction. What can I say? It may not be as innovative as many claim, but it's completely hilarious. That's enough for me. Again, quotable too, if overused.

4. Gangs of New York. Possibly DiCaprio's best performance, and one of many great ones for Daniel Day-Lewis. It's like Hamlet in a Civil War-era Irish ghetto. The setting and story capture my interest perfectly.

5. Nixon. About Richard, not Mojo. Far from the best-constructed movie listed, it actually has some serious pacing issues. Hopkins' portrayal of the man is brilliant though, and Nixon's life is presented in an almost Shakespearean way. I found myself sympathizing from beginning to end.

Honorary mentions for Fight Club, There Will Be Blood, American Psycho, Wall Street, and The Dark Knight. They don't stick out to me quite enough for inclusion in the main list, but they're some of the best-written films I've seen.

I also had a weird teenage period where I obsessed over The Crow and watched it 8 times. While I do love the movie as a very fun revenge romp, and I'd also say it manages to be a sweet love story while giving the protagonist's dead lover no lines whatsoever (she's drop-dead gorgeous which does help), I wouldn't count it in my top 5.

 Originally Posted By: Fnord
If you haven't seen the original Wicker Man I'd definitely suggest it over the remake.

The bees! NOT THE BEES! THEY'RE IN MY EYES!!!

Yeah, good advice here. Best to avoid that. The remake is only suitable as a torture method, played on loop with no way to avoid watching Nick Cage make a complete ass of himself.


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#81403 - 10/21/13 11:09 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Baelish]
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In no particular order:
1. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
2. Pulp Fiction
3. Gladiator
4. Gangs of New York (Bill the Butcher is my favorite villain)
5. Fight Club

Honorable mention:
No Country for Old Men
The Devils Rejects


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#81434 - 10/22/13 10:46 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Galerius]
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1. Halloween
2. Eraserhead
3. Dr Strangelove
4. Clockwork Orange
5. Blade Runner

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#81435 - 10/22/13 11:01 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: BaronVonShankly]
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1. Cheech and Chong Go Up in Smoke
2. High School
3. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle
4. Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay
5. A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas 3D

My childhood, along with some Lord of the Rings.

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#81436 - 10/23/13 02:07 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: OrderOfNine]
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1. Star wars the empire strikes back ( if you know me, that's obvious lol)

2. The Dark Knight

3. Lord of The Rings

4. Watchmen

5. The Princess bride
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#85272 - 02/23/14 06:18 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
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There’s only one show business, here’s my public top five:

1. Barton Fink (1991)
2. The Trial (1962)
3. Lost Highway (1997)
4. Barry Lyndon (1975)
5. Macbeth (1948)

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#85273 - 02/23/14 09:13 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Ferox]
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Hey, a topic that requires little to no thought, why not...

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Natural Born Killers (Director's Cut)
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Trainspotting
5. Blade Runner

Honorable mention: Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, Donnie Darko (DC), American Psycho, Idiocracy, and 12 Monkeys.
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#85279 - 02/23/14 10:48 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
CalvertBrown7 Offline
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Registered: 12/28/13
Posts: 120
Loc: United States
1. Now you see me, now you don't

2. The Sherlock holmes series (yes, I am aware this is multiple movies)

3. Chronicle

4. the red series

5. Not sure, maybe "the other guys"
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#85282 - 02/23/14 11:12 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: CalvertBrown7]
JTF Offline
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Registered: 06/02/13
Posts: 110
Loc: United Kingdom of Great Britai...
1. Scarface
2. Football Factory
3. King of new york
4. Dead man's shoes
5. Godfather (all of them ha ha )
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#85295 - 02/24/14 10:24 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: JTF]
Gunpowder Offline
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Registered: 08/27/13
Posts: 15
Loc: United States
Pit and the Pendulum
Orgasmo
Citizen X
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
The Hannibal Lecter Series (With Anthony Hopkins)

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#85312 - 02/24/14 03:01 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Gunpowder]
Cassandra Offline
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Registered: 12/07/11
Posts: 83
Loc: Temple, Texas
I am a movie freak and am surprised I haven't posted on here yet. It's difficult for me to pick out five, but here are mine:

Murmur of the Heart--French movie from the 70's, way beyond its time. Some comedy and drama, coming of age-type movie with overtones of incestuous relationship between mother and son.

Read My Lips--another Frenchie, about a hard of hearing lady, Carla (which I relate to), goodie two shoes girl that meets bad boy Paul--played by the wonderful Vincent Cassel.

Gloomy Sunday--about the notorious suicide song--another foreign film.

Sabrina--the one with Audrey Hepburn, not the newer version.

Silence of the Lambs/Red Dragon/Hannibal series with Anthony Hopkins. All of them are fairly decent, but with different directors, each have a different feel. I love the actors in Red Dragon but the acting is no superb. Silence of the Lamb beats the other two when comparing acting and the way it was directed/filmed.

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#85365 - 02/25/14 11:18 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Cassandra]
Wilhelm R Offline
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Registered: 08/03/13
Posts: 64
Loc: Traverse City, MI
1. Dark City
2. Hellraiser
3. The Thing
4. Big Trouble in Little China
5. Fight Club
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Was a tough list to compile, I'm a movie buff and a half... And that list is in NO particular order.

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#85393 - 02/26/14 04:14 PM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Wilhelm R]
Isaak Offline
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Registered: 02/04/14
Posts: 6
1. Big Fish
2. Whats Eating Gilbert Grape
3. Ridley Scott's Legend
4. Dead Poets Society
5. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

6. Pan's Labyrinth
7. The Village
8. Sling Blade
9. The Passion of the Christ
10. The Tree of Life

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#88613 - 06/04/14 01:07 AM Re: Top 5 movies [Re: Nightmare]
LoneWolf78 Offline
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Registered: 05/21/14
Posts: 416
1) The People vs Larry Flynt

2) Hardcore

3) 8mm

4) Tattoo

5) Interview With A Vampire

*sorry I just have to throw in a few runner ups: The American Heart, Streets, Caligula and Scrooge.

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