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Old 02-24-2002, 07:22 PM   #1
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My List of Favorite Films

I'm posting this mostly for myself. I've been wanting to compile a list for a while.

In order:

1) Three Colours: Red
2) Three Colours: Blue
3) Three Colours: White
4) Amélie
5) La Ville Est Tranquille
6) The Double Life of Veronica
7) Last Resort
8) Run Lola Run
9) My Life As a Dog
10) La Jetée
11) Taurus
12) Chungking Express
13) Citizen Kane
14) Annie Hall
15) American Beauty
16) Battleship Potemkin
17) 2001: A Space Odyssey
18) Dr. Strangelove
19) Lolita
20) A Clockwork Orange

More to come, possibly. Any comments?

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Old 02-24-2002, 07:32 PM   #2
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melon, I know Citizen Kane has been deemed by "film scholars" as possibly the greatest film ever made. I've tried to appreciate CK, but I have a hard time sitting down and watching the whole thing. Where does your appreciation for the film come from?
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Good idea. Let's see, in no particular order:

Apollo 13
Saving Private Ryan
Life Is Beautiful
The Talented Mr Ripley
Ronin
La Vita e Bella (Life Is Beautiful)
American Beauty
Pi
The Seven Samurai
Rudy
The Day Of The Jackal




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Melon, I am shocked and appalled that Pee Wee's Big Adventure did not make it into your top 20. I thought I knew you but I was obviously mistaken. I demand to know which number above 20 that this classic movie will be ranked in your list.

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I've only seen 6 of those, Citizen Kane, Clockwork, Lolita, Strangelove, 2001 and American Beauty.

And as for the greatness of Citizen Kane, it's not that it's the greatest story, best plot, or the most engaging characters (but those are all great parts of it in my opinion).

The amazing thing about the film is that absolutly everthing is deliberate. Every shot, every angle, every background, each little detail adds to the whole. The way that people move in and out of shadows comes to mind, as well as how the things around Kane become metaphors of Kane himself. For example, the very first shot, what do you see? A close up of a 'Keep out' sign. This represents Kane in a way, he really never let anyone in to his heart.

And the whole Hearst/Wells battle is soooo interesting to me. I just got the DVD for my birthday yesterday and I love it, it has the film on one disc and the 2 hour documentary on another. My only gripe with it is why in the world have they not released a widescreen version of this???? It's only the most influential film of all time.

Citizen Kane I obviously love.

Clockwork was very interesting from a critical standpoint but it's not the kind of movie I can sit down and just enjoy.

Lolita, I saw it but just didn't really like it all that much. I'm not really sure what to think about it. Any insight to it would be helpful in understanding it.

2001 is well, 2001.

Strangelove is one of my all time favorites. Amazing movie.

I haven't seen AB in a while but it's a sweet movie.

What are those 3 colors movies about? Arty film I'm guessing?


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too many to name since im a film student majoring in film....but

#1 Braveheart

..................hands down no contest...well maybe star wars is a close second or tied.... but anyway


Amelie was damn good it should win best picture of the year at the oscars

i saw it 5 times at the movie theater... the only other movie i seen that many times was Gladiator 4 times

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i believe i already replied to a similar thread here asking your top five favourite films. no worries, i'll repost.

spice world
crossroads
glitter
a walk to remember
cool as ice

still remain my top five. aww yeah!

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I do think 'Lolita' is a beautiful story, but I much preferred Adrian Lyne's version. I too, cannot stress enough the greatness of the french film 'Amelie', its absolutely amazing.

Of course, I don't much appreciate '2001: A Space Odyssey', and I've always thought of it as one of the most overrated films ever made, the same with Citizen Kane.

My personal favourites are (in no particular order);

1.Howard's End
2.Lolita
3.Amelie
4.Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources
5.The Madness of King George
6.Silence of the Lambs
7.Schindler's List
8.Sleuth
9.Dead Again
10.The Fifth Element
11.The Remains of the Day
12.Quills
13.Philadelphia
14.Midnight Express
15.Apocalypse Now
16.Shadowlands
17.Edward Scissorhands
18.The Age of Innocence
19.Like Water for Chocolate
20.Amadeus

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In no particular order, and nowhere near complete!

Trainspotting
Breaking the Waves
Bridget Jones's Diary
Fight Club
Buffalo 66
Quills
Amadeus
Lolita (Adrian Lyne)
Secret of N.I.M.H.
Reality Bites
Wedding Singer


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I'll be showing my age here, but that's OK.
I more go on gut reaction than, screen play, cinematography etc.
Earliest reaction often still referred to by my mum, "Lassie Come Home" apparently I was inconsolable when I thought Lassie had died.
"Cool Hand Luke" "Flaming Star" "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" "Once Were Warriors" "My Name is Joe". Must be others, I can't recall just now. I think it is when injustice is portrayed for all the world to see, that I am so moved.

My friends were sharing around the videos of the first 3 movies you listed melon. I never did make time to see them. I'll bump them up the "to see" list.
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Melon, what'd you think of The Shining?

Personally, it is high on my list.
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This is a really hard thing to do Melon, because it breaks down into so many categories of picture (comedy, drama, action, horror, etc) and then I want to lean towards things like favorite actors/actresses and the sequel aspect.

I can't place these in any order from 1-20 or whatever, but I will list my favorites and hope I don't leave any out.

Jacob's Ladder
Apocylapse Now
The Empire Strikes Back
The Dead Zone
The Shining
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Private Eyes
Silence of the Lambs
For Your Eyes Only
Saving Private Ryan
JFK
Shawshank Redemption (sp?)
Stripes
National Lampoons Vacation (original)

I don't know if anyone would even remember 'the Private Eyes', it is about 20 years old with Don Knotts and Tim Conway.

I know I forgot a bunch of movies
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American Beauty is my favorite film of all time. God, I can practically recite along with it. I have a still from it signed by Kevin Spacey, who is one of my favorite actors anyway.

Others that I'll throw in:

Babette's Feast
ANY Kevin Smith movie
The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride
Mystery, Alaska
Stranger than Paradise

and

The Princess Bride



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Old 02-25-2002, 07:50 AM   #14
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The Princess Bride

Inconceivable!

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Old 02-25-2002, 11:07 AM   #15
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More:

21) Pi
22) Storytelling
23) Chasing Amy
24) Dogma
25) Mallrats
26) Clerks
27) The Fifth Element
28) 12 Monkeys
29) Edward Scissorhands
30) Pee-Wee's Big Adventure
31) Sense and Sensibility
32) Little Women
33) Casablanca
34) Go
35) Trainspotting
36) Pulp Fiction
37) Four Rooms
38) My Brother Tom
39) Ghost World
40) The Man Who Wasn't There

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