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best movies ever
« 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....


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #1 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?


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #2 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. 


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #3 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.
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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #4 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. :^)


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #5 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #6 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!


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #7 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #8 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


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #9 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #10 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #11 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #12 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


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #13 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.


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Re: best movies ever
« Reply #14 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.