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Old 09-07-2008, 08:21 PM   #1
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Your Favorite Movies

Post them here and let's discuss each other's lists. I know this has been done before, but I don't want to do another contest type of thing, just provoke some good discussion about film. I'm going 50 deep, but you guys are more than welcome to go longer or shorter, as long as it's divisible by 5 or something like that.

Mine usually shifts around a bit, but here's how it stands now:

1. Back to the Future (1985)
2. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
4. Pulp Fiction (1994)
5. Star Wars (1977)
6. Ghostbusters (1984)
7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)
8. The Big Lebowski (1998)
9. There Will Be Blood (2007)
10. The Godfather (1972)
11. The Godfather Part II (1974)
12. Young Frankenstein (1974)
13. GoodFellas (1990)
14. Heat (1995)
15. Blade Runner (1982)
16. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
17. Raging Bull (1980)
18. Jaws (1975)
19. Annie Hall (1977)
20. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
21. Big Trouble in Little China (1986)
22. The Prestige (2006)
23. Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
24. Magnolia (1999)
25. Die Hard (1988)
26. Fight Club (1999)
27. Boogie Nights (1997)
28. The Graduate (1967)
29. Modern Times (1936)
30. Vertigo (1958)
31. The Thing (1982)
32. Rear Window (1954)
33. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
34. Rushmore (1998)
35. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
36. Apocalypse Now (1979)
37. Citizen Kane (1941)
38. Children of Men (2006)
39. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
40. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
41. Caddyshack (1980)
42. The Dark Knight (2008)
43. Gangs of New York (2002)
44. L.A. Confidential (1997)
45. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)
46. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
47. Jackie Brown (1997)
48. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
49. One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
50. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

What do you think of mine and more importantly, what are your favorites?
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I will be posting mine after this Bears game. Good shit, LMP.
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The originality of this thread is overwhelming all my senses and emotions.
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Post them here and let's discuss each other's lists. I know this has been done before, but I don't want to do another contest type of thing, just provoke some good discussion about film. I'm going 50 deep, but you guys are more than welcome to go longer or shorter, as long as it's divisible by 5 or something like that.

Mine usually shifts around a bit, but here's how it stands now:
Keep shifting.

In all seriousness, for a person who's just started scratching the surface of old/foreign cinema, not bad. But the more you watch, that number of 4 films before 1960 is going to rise, I imagine.

I don't keep any kind of permanent list around, but here's what I can do on short notice.

1. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, '79)
2. Vertigo (Hitchcock, '58)
3. Reds (Beatty, '81)
4. The English Patient (Minghella, '96)
5. Barton Fink (Coens, '91)
6. Three Colors: Red (Kieslowski, '94)
7. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, '84)
8. Touch of Evil (Welles, '58)
9. Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, '69)
10. Stardust Memories (Allen, '80)
11. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell & Pressburger, '43)
12. Days of Heaven (Malick, '78)
13. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, '01)
14. Rear Window (Hitchcock, '54)
15. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Rivette, '74)
16. Last Tango in Paris (Bertolucci, '72)
17. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, '84)
18. Gangs of New York (Scorsese, '02)
19. Citizen Kane (Welles, '41)
20. Annie Hall (Allen, '77)
21. Some Came Running (Minnelli, '58)
22. Days of Being Wild (Wong, '90)
23. Jules and Jim (Truffaut, '62)
24. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, '38)
25. The Naked Kiss (Fuller, '64)
26. The Manchurian Candidate (Frankenheimer, '62)
27. The Big Sleep (Hawks, '46)
28. The Third Man (Reed, '49)
29. Chinatown (Polanski, '74)
30. North By Northwest (Hitchcock, '59)
31. 2046 (Wong, '04)
32. The Empire Strikes Back (Kirschner, '80)
33. Fight Club (Fincher, '99)
34. City Lights (Chaplin, '31)
35. The Conformist (Bertolucci, '70)
36. Raging Bull (Scorsese, '80)
37. Nostalghia (Tarkovsky, '83)
38. Singin' in the Rain (Kelly/Donen, '52)
39. Duck Soup (McCarey, '33)
40. Notorious (Hitchcock, '46)
41. Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick, '99)
42. Magnolia (Anderson, '99)
43. Guys & Dolls (Mankiewicz, '55)
44. Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick, '63)
45. Malcolm X (Lee, '93)
46. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, '76)
47. The Searchers (Ford, '56)
48. An American in Paris (Minnelli, '51)
49. The Sting (Hill, '73)
50. The Exorcist (Bogdanovich, '73)
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Keep shifting.

In all seriousness, for a person who's just started scratching the surface of old/foreign cinema, not bad. But the more you watch, that number of 4 films before 1960 is going to rise, I imagine.

I don't keep any kind of permanent list around, but here's what I can do on short notice.

1. Apocalypse Now (Coppola, '79)
2. Vertigo (Hitchcock, '58)
3. Reds (Beatty, '81)
4. The English Patient (Minghella, '96)
5. Barton Fink (Coens, '91)
6. Three Colors: Red (Kieslowski, '94)
7. Once Upon a Time in America (Leone, '84)
8. Touch of Evil (Welles, '58)
9. Once Upon a Time in the West (Leone, '69)
10. Stardust Memories (Allen, '80)
11. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Powell & Pressburger, '43)
12. Days of Heaven (Malick, '78)
13. Spirited Away (Miyazaki, '01)
14. Rear Window (Hitchcock, '54)
15. Céline and Julie Go Boating (Rivette, '74)
16. Last Tango in Paris (Bertolucci, '72)
17. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (Miyazaki, '84)
18. Gangs of New York (Scorsese, '02)
19. Citizen Kane (Welles, '41)
20. Annie Hall (Allen, '77)
21. Some Came Running (Minnelli, '58)
22. Days of Being Wild (Wong, '90)
23. Jules and Jim (Truffaut, '62)
24. Bringing Up Baby (Hawks, '38)
25. The Naked Kiss (Fuller, '64)
26. The Manchurian Candidate (Frankenheimer, '62)
27. The Big Sleep (Hawks, '46)
28. The Third Man (Reed, '49)
29. Chinatown (Polanski, '74)
30. North By Northwest (Hitchcock, '59)
31. 2046 (Wong, '04)
32. The Empire Strikes Back (Kirschner, '80)
33. Fight Club (Fincher, '99)
34. City Lights (Chaplin, '31)
35. The Conformist (Bertolucci, '70)
36. Raging Bull (Scorsese, '80)
37. Nostalghia (Tarkovsky, '83)
38. Singin' in the Rain (Kelly/Donen, '52)
39. Duck Soup (McCarey, '33)
40. Notorious (Hitchcock, '46)
41. Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick, '99)
42. Magnolia (Anderson, '99)
43. Guys & Dolls (Mankiewicz, '55)
44. Dr. Strangelove (Kubrick, '63)
45. Malcolm X (Lee, '93)
46. Taxi Driver (Scorsese, '76)
47. The Searchers (Ford, '56)
48. An American in Paris (Minnelli, '51)
49. The Sting (Hill, '73)
50. The Exorcist (Bogdanovich, '73)
Thanks, I definitely agree. The '50s and '60s comprise at least half of the movies I have on my "Want to See" list.

Recognized a lot more on your list than I thought. Where would you suggest I start with on Truffaut or Godard? I've got Jules and Jim on DVR and may dive into that after my Chaplin kick.

Also, The Exorcist was directed by Friedkin, not Bogdanovich.
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1. Gangs of New York
2. Rattle and Hum
3. The Million Dollar Hotel
4. Into the Wild
5. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
6. Spinal Tap
7. There will be Blood
8. the 40 yr old Virgin
9. Star Wars in general
10. The Whole Nine Yards


...and i will continue my list later
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But in all seriousness:

1. Once Upon A Time In The West
2. 2046
3. The New World
4. Once Upon A Time In America
5. Eyes Wide Shut
6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
7. Blade Runner
8. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
9. Lawrence of Arabia
10. Apocalypse Now
11. Alphaville
12. Alien
13. Days of Being Wild
14. Mulholland Drive
15. Punch-Drunk Love
16. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
17. The Age of Innocence
18. 2001: A Space Odyssey
19. Vertigo
20. Singin' In The Rain
21. Days of Heaven
22. American Graffiti
23. Young Frankenstein
24. Persona
25. Jaws
26. Wings of Desire
27. 8 1/2
28. Le Samurai
29. Gangs of New York
30. Ghost in the Shell


There. More or less. At least that how I feel about it today, though the order quickly becomes fuzzy and uncertain around 13 or 14.
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1. Gangs of New York
2. Rattle and Hum
3. The Million Dollar Hotel
4. Into the Wild
5. Indiana Jones & the Temple of Doom
6. Spinal Tap
7. There will be Blood
8. the 40 yr old Virgin
9. Star Wars in general
10. The Whole Nine Yards


...and i will continue my list later
Hooray for Gangs of New York. But the Million Dollar Hotel? Rly? Cool soundtrack of course, but I could barely sit through the whole thing. Definitely a misstep for Wenders.
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But in all seriousness:

1. Once Upon A Time In The West
2. 2046
3. The New World
4. Once Upon A Time In America
5. Eyes Wide Shut
6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
7. Blade Runner
8. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
9. Lawrence of Arabia
10. Apocalypse Now
11. Alphaville
12. Alien
13. Days of Being Wild
14. Mulholland Drive
15. Punch-Drunk Love
16. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
17. The Age of Innocence
18. 2001: A Space Odyssey
19. Vertigo
20. Singin' In The Rain
21. Days of Heaven
22. American Graffiti
23. Young Frankenstein
24. Persona
25. Jaws
26. Wings of Desire
27. 8 1/2
28. Le Samurai
29. Gangs of New York
30. Ghost in the Shell


There. More or less. At least that how I feel about it today, though the order quickly becomes fuzzy and uncertain around 13 or 14.
It bothers me how your list has many I'd have on mine.
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But in all seriousness:

1. Once Upon A Time In The West
Dude, I started watching this last night, got about an hour in. It's friggin awesome. This is your favorite of all time? Nice.


In no order off the top of my head, and I'm sure I will add to it later:

Star Wars & Empire
Sin City
Pulp Fiction
Godfather I and II
Shawshank
Lord of the Rings III then II then I
Fight Club
Apocalypse Now
Matrix
Holy Grail
American Beauty
Pan's Labyrinth
Dr. Strangelove
Princess Bride
Scarface
Wall Street
Eurotrip
40 Year Old Virgin
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Thanks, I definitely agree. The '50s and '60s comprise at least half of the movies I have on my "Want to See" list.

Recognized a lot more on your list than I thought. Where would you suggest I start with on Truffaut or Godard? I've got Jules and Jim on DVR and may dive into that after my Chaplin kick.

Also, The Exorcist was directed by Friedkin, not Bogdanovich.
I think I may have to commit suicide for making that error, and even worse, getting corrected by you.

I've no excuse, though the two do look similar, and were friends back in the day.

Anyway, the best entry point for Truffaut may be his first two films. The 400 Blows is a bit depressing, so you might want to check out Shoot the Piano Player first. It's a lot of fun. But you're going to like J&J regardless. After that, you're on your own.

With Godard, you want to go right to Breathless. Then I'd say Band of Outsiders, which is my favorite. Contempt is a big one as well. Some of his other stuff isn't as accessible, and is considered something only those versed in Godard will enjoy.
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But in all seriousness:

1. Once Upon A Time In The West
2. 2046
3. The New World
4. Once Upon A Time In America
5. Eyes Wide Shut
6. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
7. Blade Runner
8. The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
9. Lawrence of Arabia
10. Apocalypse Now
11. Alphaville
12. Alien
13. Days of Being Wild
14. Mulholland Drive
15. Punch-Drunk Love
16. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
17. The Age of Innocence
18. 2001: A Space Odyssey
19. Vertigo
20. Singin' In The Rain
21. Days of Heaven
22. American Graffiti
23. Young Frankenstein
24. Persona
25. Jaws
26. Wings of Desire
27. 8 1/2
28. Le Samurai
29. Gangs of New York
30. Ghost in the Shell


There. More or less. At least that how I feel about it today, though the order quickly becomes fuzzy and uncertain around 13 or 14.
Nice list, and of course I only say that because we share so many titles.

Have you seen Duck, You Sucker yet? Since you're so clearly a Leone fanatic.

And since YLB corrected my post, I'll pass it along. It's "Le Samourai", if you're going to write it en Français.
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Favorite ten, off the top of my head:

Before Sunrise
Before Sunset
Into the Wild
Gone With the Wind
Boogie Nights
Sid & Nancy
Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run)
Xanadu
Romeo + Juliet
Say Anything


I'm not sure I could come up with 50 favorites
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I think I may have to commit suicide for making that error, and even worse, getting corrected by you.

I've no excuse, though the two do look similar, and were friends back in the day.

Anyway, the best entry point for Truffaut may be his first two films. The 400 Blows is a bit depressing, so you might want to check out Shoot the Piano Player first. It's a lot of fun. But you're going to like J&J regardless. After that, you're on your own.

With Godard, you want to go right to Breathless. Then I'd say Band of Outsiders, which is my favorite. Contempt is a big one as well. Some of his other stuff isn't as accessible, and is considered something only those versed in Godard will enjoy.
I may not have seen very much yet, but I can remember a lot of factual information n' shit. IMDb helps, too.

Awesome.

Double awesome, Breathless is set to DVR soon as well.

As for Powell/Pressburger, I've got Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes lined up, should I add Colonel Blimp on there as well?
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Have you seen Duck, You Sucker yet? Since you're so clearly a Leone fanatic.
I have. It's been over a year since I've seen it, but I recall being enormously pleased with it.
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