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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:19 pm 
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My wife and I aredoing our own top 50 films of all time (in no particular order + unfiltered) just for fun and nostalgia. Great mental exercise and tougher than I thought.

We figured a top 20 would be too narrow but more than 50 too diluted. Also tough to be honest with yourself, by not putting in movies just because they were popular, endorsed by Hollywood, Academy or considered underground cool by the industry. Also hard to remember all the damn films i've seen.

Any genre will do, in fact the more diversity the better. And remember, be honest and have fun!


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 4:23 pm 
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a Clockwork Orange
Godfather
Godfather II
Thin Red Line
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Truly Madly Deeply
Star Wars
Blade Runner
Totoro
Spirited Away

Schindlers List
Lord of the Rings trilogy
The Hurricane
Dr. Strangeglove
Full Metal Jacket
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
LA Confidential
Mullholland Falls

Nobody Knows
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Chinatown
Howl's Moving Castle
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
the Bourne Ultimatum
Lawrence of Arabia

first edit:

E.T
Infernal Affairs...........the movie The Departed is based on
Hard Boiled

Slap Shot......good call Chris, not sure how I forgot this one on the first pass
Blues Brothers
Usual Suspects
Get Shorty
The Dark Knight
Shawshank Redemption
Silence of the Lambs
Trainspotting
Cool Hand Luke
The Hustler

Army of Darkness
American History X
Elf
Leon: The Professional
Terminator
Alien
Vertigo
Good Will Hunting
This is Spinal Tap
Blazing Saddles

confession, I've never seen 12 Angry Men which is one of the most highly Critically rated of all time, or To Kill a Mockingbird or Its a Wonderful Life, or Das Boot, or Mr. Smith Goes to Washington............suspect all might make my top 50 if seen.

only have 2 spots left, still thinking about Gran Torino, The Thing, V is for Vendetta, No country for Old Men, Platoon, 12 years a slave, Nausica - Valley of the Wind, Million Dollar Baby, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Apocolypse Now, Forrest Gump


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 11, 2018 6:18 pm 
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Nice Foggy. Here's a first draft......


Spanish Prisoner
Brazil
Etre et Avoir
Glengarry Glen Ross
Usual Suspects
Clockwork Orange
Annie Hall
Match Point
Midnight in Paris
The Big Short
Orlando
Ghandi
Possible Worlds
American Psycho
The Dark Knight
Brokeback Mountain
Shawshank redemption
Manchurian Candidate
Collateral
Moneyball
Hangover
Apocalypse Now
Lost in La Mancha
Hearts of Darkness
Scarface
Birdman
Almost Famous
Wolf of Wallstreet
Empire Strikes Back
One Flew Over the Cookoo's Nest
Deadpool
Moon
Blue Jasmine
Vicki Christina Barcelona
Casino Royale

Edit add ons:

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
No Country For Old Men
The Departed
Fight Club


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:10 pm 
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:39 pm 
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Fave or best? Gotta be fave, no idea how to rank what I would think best.

Some, in no particular order, as they come into my head.

Tron
Who Framed Roger Rabbit(those two might actually be the first two DVDs I owned)
Hunt for the Red October
Shawshank Redemption
LOTR trilogy
The Dark Knight
Godfather 1 and 2 I think?
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Snatch
District 9
Usual Suspects
Children of Men
No Country for Old Men
Skyfall
Terminator 2
Matrix
Silence of the Lambs
Dazed and Confused
Friday
Enemy at the Gates
Slap Shot
Jurassic Park
Trainspotting
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Interstellar
Saving Private Ryan

There are a fair number of classics that I haven't watched that I've been meaning to get around to but unfortunately Anam doesn't really like watching old movies so who knows when I will get around to it...

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 5:12 pm 
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Can't say I'm a big movie buff.

The Big Lebowski
Zodiac
The Departed
Ghostbusters
Star Trek: First Contact
T2: Judgement Day
Jurassic Park
Trainspotting
LA Confidential
Happy Gilmore
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Jackie Brown

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:46 am 
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Forgot about Fear and Loathing, The Departed and No Country For Old Men! Add those to my list!


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:12 am 
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E.L. wrote:
Can't say I'm a big movie buff.

The Big Lebowski
Zodiac
The Departed
Ghostbusters
Star Trek: First Contact
T2: Judgement Day
Jurassic Park
Trainspotting
LA Confidential
Happy Gilmore
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Jackie Brown


I thought about Jurrassic Park and forgot. Didn't even think of Fear and Loathing.

Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore popped into my head too but I didn't add.

Trainspotting...good call.

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Collateral

Vicki Christina Barcelona


I should go back and watch Collateral. That movie was fantastic.

All I can remember from Vicki Christina Barcelona is "I'm engaged.......to be married!". I thought she or someone said it a few times during the movie. I still say some variation on it when something related comes up.


Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Interstellar. Loved Interstellar.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:38 pm 
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I don't think anyone other than me has a Hayao Miyazaki film, how is that possible??? IMDB has 5 of them in their top 250.

And didn't notice any Western's in anyone's list either, my word how does the Good, the Bad and the Ugly not get more love.


updated my list, sitting at 48 now. Need to save a couple spots for Av to remind me of what I am missing.


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Fogghorn wrote:
I don't think anyone other than me has a Hayao Miyazaki film, how is that possible??? IMDB has 5 of them in their top 250.

And didn't notice any Western's in anyone's list either, my word how does the Good, the Bad and the Ugly not get more love.


updated my list, sitting at 48 now. Need to save a couple spots for Av to remind me of what I am missing.


Honestly don't remember seeing The Good the Bad and the Ugly. Another one I've been meaning to see.

I put Unforgiven!

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oops, missed Unforgiven, very good movie indeed


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Saving Private Ryan added. Forrest Gump?

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Bosc wrote:
Saving Private Ryan added. Forrest Gump?


I keep debating about adding Forrest Gump, good movie and the special effects when it opened were incredible. Plus I need a Tom Hanks movie. I like Saving Private Ryan but when it was released the same year as Thin Red Line it got 99% of the attention and Thin Red Line was the better war movie by quite a lot imo so SPR won't be making my list.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:49 am 
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Requiem for a Dream? Chilling.


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Top 50 complete, went with This is Spinal Tap and Blazing Saddles. Just can't pass on a movie with lines like

We'll give some land to the niggers and the chinks...

...but we don't want the Irish!


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 2:06 am 
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Wow. Tough task. Here's some of mine:

Memento
Braveheart
The Life Aquatic
Captain Fantastic
The Empire Strikes Back
The Shawshank Redemption
No Country for Old Men
3:10 to Yuma
Up
Nobody's Fool
Citizen Kane
Iron Man (yes, Iron Man, eff off)
La-La Land
Robocop (yep)
Inside Out
Heat
The Skeleton Twins
Velvet Goldmine

Man...thinking of 50 is hard.


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I purposely left any Spielberg films off my list. There's a reason why--for years I always wondered why, despite his obvious talent, and the fact that I enjoy almost all his work, that something always feels...off. I finally figured out after hearing a rant from Ridley Scott about Schindler's List. Dude simply CANNOT stand for a sad ending. Everything has to end on an uplifting note, not matter how bleak things turn out in the story.

Saving Private Ryan has quite possibly the most brilliantly filmed war scene ever made to open the movie. It was brutal, unflinching, and drove home just how grotesque and terrifying war must be (obviously I can only imagine). The rest of the film for the most part does a good job of continuing that theme. Most of the cast dies, and in extraordinarily tragic ways. But in the end, Spielberg's gotta pull out sentiment like a big club and beat us over the fucking head with it. Sweeping shots of the cemetery with the sun shining overhead, present-day Private Ryan asking his wife if he's a good man. Sorry, but I just cringed, like Spielberg was setting it up so that I wouldn't dare criticize this film for fear of disrespecting the troops. Still a good film, yes, but not great IMO. And I agree, Fogg, Thin Red Line was better.

Even Lincoln, which arguably featured the best performance in any Spielberg flick by Daniel Day-Lewis, ends with a shot of Honest Abe (moments after his death) speaking before the people, the whole image literally set within a glowing lantern. Yes, Steve, thanks for the metaphor.

The most egregious use of this trope was in the rather forgettable War of the Worlds. Tom Cruise's son walks off, somewhat inexplicably, to almost certain doom. At the very end, his character breaks down when he confronts his ex-wife, which was very poignant at the time since the underlying theme was that he was a failure as a father and provider, and when his kids needed him the most he couldn't save them both. But THEN...out pops the fucking kid, not a scratch on him. Seriously...

FTR I have not seen Munich yet, no idea how he handles that one. Pretty much the bleakest subject matter he's ever handled so I'm still curious to watch and see if he can avoid tying it all up with a neat little bow.

I think he is at his best when he's not trying so hard. I actually LOVED The Post, which probably had a lot to do with Meryl Streep, but at least there the "uplifting" ending was already kinda built in. Same goes for flicks like The Terminal and Catch Me if You Can. There, he was really just making a dang movie, instead of a blockbuster.


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Actually...one Spielberg joint I actually would add to my list: Minority Report. It really felt like he was trying new things in that one, stylistically it was unlike any film he had made before. By FAR Tom Cruise's best work in my opinion.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2018 11:56 am 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Actually...one Spielberg joint I actually would add to my list: Minority Report. It really felt like he was trying new things in that one, stylistically it was unlike any film he had made before. By FAR Tom Cruise's best work in my opinion.
Loved Minority Report. As far as Spielberg goes, meh for the most part for reasons cited above. Dude is obviously a generational talent but something always just seems a bit off - a bit too Hollywood or big business, too perfect. Have never been over the top blown away by his body of work.

Oh and loved Iron Man. So good.

How could I forget The Departed and Fight Club? Those are added my list.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:52 am 
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The two movies I probably quote the most:
Withnail & I
Planes,Trains and Automobiles


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