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Old 06-23-2007, 12:12 AM   #61
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LMP I'm giving you the heads up now that I am def. changing my list...I can't believe some of the things I forgot

And I gotta thank the people who had a Clockwork Orange on their list for finally making me pick it up and watch it...really interesting so far...
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Old 06-23-2007, 12:39 AM   #62
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I am utterly disappointed in the lack of American History X in this thread.

Just an incredible film.

The story is incredible, the acting is SUPERB(Edward Norton was straight robbed of an Oscar that year, 1998), the filming is phenomenal(flashbacks in b&w and present in color), the direction is phenomenal, everything is brilliant.

I think the word 'powerful' is a word that is tossed around too often when describing films, but in this case, it's completely accurate. This film is absolutely one of the most powerful I've seen, in the truest sense of the word.

I know this is all subjective, so I'm not going to sit here and say you're all wrong for not including it - that would be silly.

But I am surprised that no one has included it yet.

I still haven't seen it, so

Edward Norton's one of my favorite actors and I'll definitely try and pick this one up after True Romance, Jackie Brown, and A Clockwork Orange.
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I saw it. I liked it. It was good. It's not a top 25 or top 50 film for me, however. I like Edward Norton a lot, too.

As for Jedi vs. Sith, it's almost a dead heat for me. The Ewoks still bug me to this day, but, I still love the film...the Emperor taunting Luke at the battle rages on and above Endor, love it..."you....want....this.." "oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive". Kills me. That being said, Sith had the weight of 2 disappointments on its shoulders, and did not disappoint. Some cheesey moments/dialogue for sure, but, it was pretty damned good. If forced to choose, I choose Jedi but just slightly.
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1.Forrest Gump
2.American History X
3.Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
4.Back To The Future II
5.Back To The Future
6.Star Wars Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi
7.Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
8.Home Alone
9.What About Bob?
10.Die Hard With A Vengenace
11.Home Alone 2
12.Armageddon
13.Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
14.Face/Off
15.Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
16.Titanic
17.National Lampoon's Vacation
18.National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
19.Jurassic Park
20.Back To The Future III
21.Rocky
22.Rush Hour
23.High Fidelity
24.Almost Famous
25.Karate Kid
26.Liar Liar
27.Vanilla Sky
28.Mystic River
29.Little Miss Sunshine
30.Office Space
31.Life As A House
32.Donnie Darko
33.Meet The Parents
34.Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
35.Forget Paris
36.Notting Hill
37.Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory
38.Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind
39.Something's Gotta Give
40.Neverending Story
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I saw it. I liked it. It was good. It's not a top 25 or top 50 film for me, however. I like Edward Norton a lot, too.

As for Jedi vs. Sith, it's almost a dead heat for me. The Ewoks still bug me to this day, but, I still love the film...the Emperor taunting Luke at the battle rages on and above Endor, love it..."you....want....this.." "oh, I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your friends arrive". Kills me. That being said, Sith had the weight of 2 disappointments on its shoulders, and did not disappoint. Some cheesey moments/dialogue for sure, but, it was pretty damned good. If forced to choose, I choose Jedi but just slightly.


Best Palpy line though:

"I've been waiting a long time for this... my little... green... friend."

He dominated Sith.
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I am utterly disappointed in the lack of American History X in this thread.

Just an incredible film.
Edward Norton's performance in that film is one of the most memorable and electrifying pieces of acting I've ever seen. I feel though that the film itself is not quite as great as its leading man. Its biggest weakness for me was that I didn't quite buy Norton's character's moral turnaround - to me it felt too rushed and sudden and the movie suffered somewhat as a result.
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The Palp also comes through in Sith when he and Annakin are watching Cirque D Soleil or whatever the fuck is going on in that crazy bubble. The story about Darth Plagueis the wise, the way he tells it, creepy stuff.
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Edward Norton's performance in that film is one of the most memorable and electrifying pieces of acting I've ever seen. I feel though that the film itself is not quite as great as its leading man. Its biggest weakness for me was that I didn't quite buy Norton's character's moral turnaround - to me it felt too rushed and sudden and the movie suffered somewhat as a result.
Not to mention the basketball scenes with Norton. Strains credibility. Is anyone going to mention the scene that takes place on the curb??? Ughhhh.
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The Palp also comes through in Sith when he and Annakin are watching Cirque D Soleil or whatever the fuck is going on in that crazy bubble. The story about Darth Plagueis the wise, the way he tells it, creepy stuff.
That's probably the best scene in all of the prequels that required acting. I love how he's stringing Anakin along the entire time, while the audience has probably figured out he was the one who killed Plagueis.

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Edward Norton's performance in that film is one of the most memorable and electrifying pieces of acting I've ever seen. I feel though that the film itself is not quite as great as its leading man. Its biggest weakness for me was that I didn't quite buy Norton's character's moral turnaround - to me it felt too rushed and sudden and the movie suffered somewhat as a result.
Rushed and sudden? But the moral turnaround was supposed to have taken place over the THREE YEARS that Derek Vinyard spent in prison. The 'present' of the film is the day that he gets released from prison after three years. I don't think three years is 'rushed' at all in this context.
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He says unnatural nice and slow. Scary.

You're right, that scene actually required some acting...thankfully, there was a good actor in the scene.

Still thinking about Jedi v Sith. Sith has the slaughtering of the Jedi, and Annakin killing little kids. That's dark stuff. Poor little Jedis.

I love threads like this that remind me, though I need no reminder, of how big of a dork I am.
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It's not like we're already on a message board or anything, I think it's alright

My biggest gripe about Sith was Anakin's quick turnaround and Mace's death.

The best thing would've been Mace getting his ass kicked and retreating, then later when Yoda and Palpy fight and Yoda's in a jam, Mace comes out of fucking nowhere and sacrifices himself to save Yoda.

That would've been badass, plus I'm a sucker for the "Unlikely guy showing up and saving everyone's asses" plot quirk, which Han does in A New Hope.
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On the subject of Revenge Of The Sith...I have to say that, for me, the scenes in which Palps/Sideous and Yoda are fighting their dual in the middle of the senate chamber is possibly the best cinematic moment of the prequel trilogy...by cinematic, I just mean visual, eye candy, being able to enhance the impact of the scene just by the way it looks and sounds. The part where the platform in the middle of the chamber rises with Palps and Yoda dualing on it WHILE it rises is just cinematic bliss.

However, even more than that, I really think that the scenes in the last ten minutes of the film, where all the Jedi are systematically executed, and Yoda goes into exile, and so and so forth, is the most moving part of the prequel trilogy. For two decades, we had all seen the OT present to us how the Jedi would rise again, but we never got to see how they fell in the first place, until this film.

I think it was really important for this film to get a few things right - the fabled Obi-Wan/Anakin dual, the fall of the Jedi, Anakin's transformation into Vader, Palpatine/Sideous taking control of the Republic and making it into his Galactic Empire....really, the first two prequels served as a setup for this film. It's the most important film of the prequel trilogy.
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Agreed on the quick turnaround of Annakin's:

I'm a Jedi.

I'm pissed.

I'm confused.

I will murder children.

Not as abrupt as Ed Norton's rehab whilst in prison, but still.

I like that sort of scene, too, but, lack thereof does not bother me. Mace showing up in Clones with the Jedi was enough Mace badassness for me.
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To me, the prequels are like making PB+J sandwiches with half a jar of peanut butter.

You're afraid you'll run out of peanut butter so the first 2 sandwiches don't use very much, and then you realize you have tons of peanut butter left and use it all with the 3rd sandwich. In the end, the 3rd sandwich tastes better.

and namkcuR, you're 100% right about Sith.

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I like that sort of scene, too, but, lack thereof does not bother me. Mace showing up in Clones with the Jedi was enough Mace badassness for me.
"THIS PARTY'S OVER!"

I wanted to see him go down in a blaze of glory though, not force-pushed out of a window.
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