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Title: best movies ever
Post by: TOR on November 28, 2006, 04:26:21 PM
I saw the "worst movie ever" thread, and thought it would be good to skewer the "best movies ever":

http://www.imdb.com/boxoffice/alltimegross

It turns out we've already done a bunch.

Ones that come to mind after seeing the list:

Forrest Gump
The Lion King
The Sixth Sense
The Incredibles

..heck, all of 'em....
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 28, 2006, 04:53:46 PM
Oh, God, is there really anyone out there who thinks Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever?
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: mrbasehart on November 28, 2006, 06:55:55 PM
Oh, God, is there really anyone out there who thinks Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever?

Ha! No.  I think I understand why it's in there, though. 

It's hard to pick favourite movies, so I'm just gonna throw a few out there that spring to mind immediately:

The Big Sleep (Humphrey Bogart version)
Field of Dreams
Apocalypse Now
The Awful Truth (Irene Dunne & Cary Grant)
The Band Wagon (Cyd Charisse... :o)
Rear Window
The Big Lebowski
The Life of Brian
Sullivan's Travels
Fargo
Nashville
A Matter of Life and Death

No foreign language movies in there, but there are lots of them that I do love. 
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: shortstack on November 28, 2006, 07:45:34 PM
Oh, God, is there really anyone out there who thinks Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever?

Holy crap, I would love to see Forrest Gump riffed...

But seriously, no, I don't really think Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever....sadly, I'm not much of a Tom Hanks fan.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: Pak-Man on November 28, 2006, 08:11:23 PM
Wha!? Positivity toward movies!? :^)

Let's see...

All the Star Wars flicks (Yes. ALL of them.)
All the Indiana Jones flicks.
Pixar Movies
The Spiderman Movies
The X-Men movies.
Mystery Science Theatre 3000: The Movie (Natch)
And, to appear liike I have some class, the LOTR movies. :^)
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 28, 2006, 08:53:04 PM
Oh, God, is there really anyone out there who thinks Forrest Gump is one of the best movies ever?

Ha! No.  I think I understand why it's in there, though. 

It's hard to pick favourite movies, so I'm just gonna throw a few out there that spring to mind immediately:

The Big Sleep (Humphrey Bogart version)
Field of Dreams
Apocalypse Now
The Awful Truth (Irene Dunne & Cary Grant)
The Band Wagon (Cyd Charisse... :o)
Rear Window
The Big Lebowski
The Life of Brian
Sullivan's Travels
Fargo
Nashville
A Matter of Life and Death

No foreign language movies in there, but there are lots of them that I do love. 
Good list, the only one I've seen and dislike is Field of Dreams, and that's just because I hate that actor. You know the one I mean.

There aren't many foreign movies I can think of I would put on a 'best ever' list that wouldn't make me sound pretentious, but screw it, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and Solaris (the commie one) are goddamn amazing. I guess I could put Hero on there and even myself out a bit.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: kodiakthejuggler on November 29, 2006, 05:02:23 AM
Some favorites spring to mind....

The Original Star Wars trilogy is still absolute tops for me.
All the Pixar Films
Just about any movie starring John Candy
The first two Home Alone movies
The Fugitive
The Crocodile Dundee films - so much good natured fun!
Coming to America
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
The Addams Family (the first one. 2 sucked big time)
All the Aardman claymation flicks (outstanding!)

and many more!
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: mrbasehart on November 29, 2006, 05:53:44 AM
Good list, the only one I've seen and dislike is Field of Dreams, and that's just because I hate that actor. You know the one I mean.

There aren't many foreign movies I can think of I would put on a 'best ever' list that wouldn't make me sound pretentious, but screw it, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and Solaris (the commie one) are goddamn amazing. I guess I could put Hero on there and even myself out a bit.

Kevin Costner is a polarising figure, but I love his earlier movies: Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Silverado.  He has a great voice too. 

I've only seen a couple of Tarkovsky films, but they've both left me feeling cold.  And not just because they were made in Russia.  Haven't seen the original Solaris though.  Good call on Mabuse.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: Famous Mortimer on November 29, 2006, 06:52:39 AM
I love a bit of positivity!

North by North West
Solaris
The Breakfast Club
Clerks
Stalker (they're turning it into a rubbish FPS computer game!)
Anchorman
All the old Ray Harryhausen films
Wild Strawberries
Vertigo
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 29, 2006, 08:57:36 AM
Good list, the only one I've seen and dislike is Field of Dreams, and that's just because I hate that actor. You know the one I mean.

There aren't many foreign movies I can think of I would put on a 'best ever' list that wouldn't make me sound pretentious, but screw it, The Testament of Dr. Mabuse and Solaris (the commie one) are goddamn amazing. I guess I could put Hero on there and even myself out a bit.

Kevin Costner is a polarising figure, but I love his earlier movies: Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Silverado.  He has a great voice too. 

I've only seen a couple of Tarkovsky films, but they've both left me feeling cold.  And not just because they were made in Russia.  Haven't seen the original Solaris though.  Good call on Mabuse.
That's funny, Solaris was in a sense Tarkovsky's response to 2001, as he felt it was too cold. It's much more emotionally grounded.

It's also one of those movies that work a lot better if you don't have a problem with dream logic in a movie.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: BathTub on November 29, 2006, 11:45:32 AM
Yes that 40 minute driving scene is quite emotionally grinding,..... oh grounding? Hmm dunno about that, I think I liked the ending a bit better though.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 29, 2006, 05:04:59 PM
Yes that 40 minute driving scene is quite emotionally grinding,..... oh grounding? Hmm dunno about that, I think I liked the ending a bit better though.
Well, having a high capacity for boredom helps me enjoy a lot of the classics. God help you with Godard if you don't.

Seriously, I think a long period of stillness, however boring it may be at the time, is not necessarily a bad thing in a movie. I'll take 40 minutes of mesmeric driving over 5 minutes of Micheal Bay vomit cuts any day.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: mrbasehart on November 29, 2006, 06:21:14 PM
I love Godard's early works: A Bout de Souffle and A Bande Apart are both great, as is Contempt. 

It's also one of those movies that work a lot better if you don't have a problem with dream logic in a movie.

I normally like movies that incorporate surrealistic or non-diegetic imagery, but for some reason, I couldn't get on with Tarkovsky.  Perhaps it was the mood I was in.

Another couple of brilliant foreign language movies:

The Battle for Algiers
Wages of Fear.

God, I love the Criterion Collection!  ;D
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 29, 2006, 06:25:03 PM
I love Godard's early works: A Bout de Souffle and A Bande Apart are both great, as is Contempt. 

It's also one of those movies that work a lot better if you don't have a problem with dream logic in a movie.

I normally like movies that incorporate surrealistic or non-diegetic imagery, but for some reason, I couldn't get on with Tarkovsky.  Perhaps it was the mood I was in.

Another couple of brilliant foreign language movies:

The Battle for Algiers
Wages of Fear.

God, I love the Criterion Collection!  ;D
I've had Wages of Fear for months now and haven't watched it; the flip side of my willingness to accept slow movies is that I always have to be in a very willing mood before I watch a new Criterion, so they sit there for a really, really long time. I have still to watch the Long Good Friday, Carnival of Souls, Ratcatcher, Naked, and the Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.

I own a lot of Criterions.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: mrbasehart on November 29, 2006, 06:58:52 PM
I own a lot of Criterions.

Same here! The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a great film.  I've seen most of Powell and Pressburger's output and while perhaps it's not in the same company as their best films (Matter of Life & Death, Red Shoes, Black Narcissus) it's still great with a fantastic performance from Roger Livesy. 
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on November 29, 2006, 07:04:41 PM
I own a lot of Criterions.

Same here! The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp is a great film.  I've seen most of Powell and Pressburger's output and while perhaps it's not in the same company as their best films (Matter of Life & Death, Red Shoes, Black Narcissus) it's still great with a fantastic performance from Roger Livesy. 
Thanks for reminding me, I wanted to put the Red Shoes on my Christmas list. Although I should probably watch Naked, which I got last Christmas, first. I hate that feeling of being obligated to watch something, though. It's why I never rent anything.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: The Tick on November 29, 2006, 07:28:29 PM
the only 3 movies i can think of are
minority report
iron monkey
and
gattaca

their crap but i love em
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: davo on December 01, 2006, 09:07:34 AM
excalibur
blade runner
aliens
terminator 1,2
orig star wars trilogy
matrix
hoosiers
rosencrantz & guildenstern are dead
princess bride
dark city
the passion of the christ
jesus of nazareth
fletch

uhh..a ton more.


my 'pretentious/indie movies i actually like' list:
it's a wonderful life (or any jimmy stewart..mr smith goes to washington,et al)
citizen kane
casablanca
memento
touch of evil
pulp fiction
brick
usual suspects
la confidential
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: Famous Mortimer on December 01, 2006, 09:25:25 AM
Good call on Blade Runner. I made the correct call of not reading the book first, and the film is just magnificent. I went on a car journey with a few friends to a gig once in South Wales, and they pointed out to me Port Talbot, and the industrial vista that apparently gave Ridley Scott some of his ideas for how the world of Blade Runner should look.

Or if that was all my mates making it up, it looked awfully similar. Amazing film anyway.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on December 01, 2006, 03:03:45 PM
excalibur
blade runner
aliens
terminator 1,2
orig star wars trilogy
matrix
hoosiers
rosencrantz & guildenstern are dead
princess bride
dark city
the passion of the christ
jesus of nazareth
fletch

uhh..a ton more.


my 'pretentious/indie movies i actually like' list:
it's a wonderful life (or any jimmy stewart..mr smith goes to washington,et al)
citizen kane
casablanca
memento
touch of evil
pulp fiction
brick
usual suspects
la confidential

I think I'm the only person I know who wasn't particularly a fan of Memento. It was decent and all, but it felt liked it relied too much on its gimmick to me.
Doubly so for the Usual Suspects. As Ebert pointed out,
Spoiler (click to show/hide)
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: Jinto on December 01, 2006, 04:42:01 PM
I think "best" is a fairly subjective term, however I'll agree some of those listed already are among my favorites as well: Lord of the Rings and original Star Wars trilogies, Indiana Jones 1 and 3, etc.

( Oh, and not to ruin anyone's fun, but shouldn't this thread, and the Worst Movies thread, really be under Movie Talk, and not Suggest-a-Trax. ??? )
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: fallnhorse on December 03, 2006, 01:28:05 PM
Best movie ever has to be "Bruce Campbell Vs. The Army Of Darkness". All the rifting has been done already. You just need to watch. lol. I really like that movie still.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: JonnyFrag on December 04, 2006, 12:58:57 PM
I will go the favorite route, not best  since favorite implies opinion and best implies fact
Movies I can always satnd to watch again and entertain me everytime

Star Wars
Empire
Indy 1 and 3 
Jaws
Dawn of the Dead (original, of course)
The Grail
Meaning of Life
Twister (great popcorn movie and if you live in the middle of tornado alley, it means so much more. Everytime there is a good thunderstorm rolling through or a tornado watch, I have to break this one out..which is quite often actually. We had a big storm that killed our power for over 24 hours this summer, broken trees all over etc... once we got power back BAM I was playing Twister!)
Armageddon (same idea, but I like to watch it everytime there is a killer meteor alert...)
Psychos in Love (you owe it to yourself to see this at least once!)
Evil Dead (any but 2 is my favorite)
Lost Skeleton of Cadavra
Friday the 13th part 6
Superman and Superman II


Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: davo on December 04, 2006, 01:13:33 PM
I think I'm the only person I know who wasn't particularly a fan of Memento. It was decent and all, but it felt liked it relied too much on its gimmick to me.
Doubly so for the Usual Suspects. As Ebert pointed out,
Spoiler (click to show/hide)

i can understand that. that's why it's in my "pretentious" category. so many of those arty movies are liked by people because critics tell them to like them.  i'm as happy watching escape from new york or final sacrifice as i am watching memento :)



I will go the favorite route, not best  since favorite implies opinion and best implies fact


what do you mean? citizen kane is the best movie ever hands down no argument.

...either that or seven samurai. hands down. no argument. 

teehee!  ;)
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on December 04, 2006, 02:52:29 PM

I will go the favorite route, not best  since favorite implies opinion and best implies fact


what do you mean? citizen kane is the best movie ever hands down no argument.

...either that or seven samurai. hands down. no argument. 

teehee!  ;)
Want to hear real movie nerd pretentiousness?

Citizen Kane isn't even the best movie Welles ever did. It's notably primarily for the visual and sound design tricks both Welles and Tolland added to the film maker's vocabulary, but as Welles and virtually every other major director has since built upon and improved upon nearly every aspect of it, it's now more notable as a cinematic landmark along the lines of Birth of a Nation than as an actual film. Certainly it's still watchable, and it's still good, but I'd run Touch of Evil over it as Welles best mainstream effort, and Othello or F for Fake (ok, that one might just be a personal favorite) over that for best overall.

And the greatest movie of all time is Lawrence of Arabia. Screw everyone who says otherwise.
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: mrbasehart on December 04, 2006, 04:37:53 PM
The Lady from Shanghai is a pretty cool movie, too. 
Title: Re: best movies ever
Post by: 6079SmithW on December 04, 2006, 04:40:27 PM
The Lady from Shanghai is a pretty cool movie, too. 
The shootout in the mirrorhouse scene is fantastic, but the 'movie star' shots of the female lead get on my nerves a little. It's still a great movie, though.