A Few Favorites

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Submitted by itheliving78 on Sat, 2006-09-16 15:19

Here are a few of my favorites..what are yours?

Men of Honor
Good Night, and Good Luck

You'll probably notice a theme in those i mentioned above. That's one type of movie i like, of course, those which have a theme of heroism and courage. Then...there's the other type Laughing out loud

Team America: World Police
Sean of the Dead
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the Depp one..although Wilder was great too)
28 days later
Punch-Drunk Love

I could probably go on, but i'm outta coffee.

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Has anyone seen "Dangerous Beauty" yet? I rather liked it... a lot!


"Shiny. Let's be bad guys."

these are my favorite movies

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Life is beautiful

As it is in heaven

Pursuit of happiness

Not to mention River Tam

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Not to mention River Tam coming in to her own, in a big, big way...


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Serenity is like taking an episode of Firefly and putting it on steroids. High adventure indeed. The horror of the Reever's are revealed, too.


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The series kicks ass! It's one of my prized dvd possessions. The cowboy spirit of rugged independence in outer space.

WN: I have a dedicated

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WN: I have a dedicated cinema room (come library), first generation Epson 1080p high definition front projector onto 102 inch screen, 7.1 surround sound (the subwoofer can knock the downlights out): should that do it Smiling

Although unfortunately I'm only watching upscaled SD DVD's at the moment on Denon 1930 DVD player until either a decent dual HD DVD/Blue Ray player comes on the market, or one of those two formats wins the format war ... and even before that, there is still hardly any Blue Ray or HD DVD movies available.

[Actually, I'm a little pissed off with the projector as it converts 24 frames per second to 3:2 pull down, which rather defeats the purpose of HD, so will be changing soon, possibly to the JVC HD1, or the new Mitsubishi HC6000. But another thread I suppose.] 


Lance: enjoyed some of the Firefly series, some of it annoyed me, which is also why I'm a bit ambivalent about Serenity, but will give that movie a go soon, based on this thread.



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Not only would I recommend Serenity whole-heartedly, I'd even suggest getting Firefly (TV series basis for the film) on DVD if you enjoy the film. Is it a strong, uncompromising Objectivist film? No. But it is entertaining and refreshing to see a character such as Captain Malcolm Reynolds:

Though Mal loses faith in God and religion (between the Battle of Serenity Valley and the bulk of the series), he retains a strong faith in humanity. Though wary in his personal dealings, he puts great stock in the fundamental goodness of people in general. This faith in an individual's abilities to do the right thing manifests strongly in his very negative view of governmental institutions. "Governments," he says in the pilot, are for "getting in a man's way." The Alliance, whose government seems particularly fond of interference and regulation, is thus his logical nemesis. His contempt for the Alliance never completely disappears (although he once said that he "wouldn't mind makin' a buck off 'em", implying that if the Alliance wanted to hire him for a job, he might consider it), and, although he was on the losing side of the Unification War, years later he tells an Alliance officer that he's "still not convinced it was the wrong one". Though he loathes the Alliance, he acknowledges he lost the fight against them and is now looking purely to keep out of their reach; this is best summed in his comment in Serenity, "I just wanna go my way." However, throughout the course of the film Serenity, Mal comes to learn more of the Alliance's dark secrets, which rekindles his fighting spirit and causes him to once again take up the fight against the oppressive regime. Mal expresses his newfound resolve during his speech - "They [the Alliance] will swing back to the belief that they can make people... better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin'. I aim to misbehave." His anti-government attitude is reflected in his choice to live on a spaceship, drifting from world to world, as far away from Alliance interference as possible.


Serenity should only be watched in HD. I have it on my Tivo from HBO HD. It is a very good movie and stand up all on it's own. I highly recommend it if you enjoy scifi/ westerns.



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I keep looking to rent Serenity (from Alice's Online - NZ - great site/service) but always pull back at the last minute. Many seem to view it as overly light, and a sell out.You're obviously not of that opinion.

There's so many movies I love I couldn't name them without reference to my logs, however, as for what's coming up, it's Frear's The Queen this weekend (yes, my wife's turn to pick the movie).

My favorites...

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Western---High Noon

Romantic Comedy---Bringing Up Baby

War---Where Eagles Dare

Action---James Bond 'Casino Royale'

Adventure---Indiana Jones Trilogy

Horror---Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932)


Fantasy---A Knights Tale



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I watch House when I can (my television is a bit...er...spastic about that channel) and Grey's Anatomy almost every week. In fact, if I were making a "TV Shows I try to catch often" list, it would include:

Boston Legal
Grey's Anatomy
and any random show I manage to catch under the category of "Mystery/Crime Shows" so long as no ghosts are involved! I tend to get confused over the plotlines of the many "CSI's" and other crime shows, but each episode pretty much stands on its own.


"Shiny. Let's be bad guys."

Grrr..every time i read

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Grrr..every time i read another post..someone mentions another movie i forgot! Glad of it, though..i'm making a list, using the posts, of movies i want to see again, and of course, some i've never seen (but i'm gonna trust you on those, good people)

Okay..this is not a film, but a comic book that existed, oh...oh damn, ten years ago? Really ten years ago...i am getting so old (sobs uncontrollably).
Dark, twisted, insanely violent and crazy...and so terribly, awfully funny. Johnny the homicidal maniac. Written by Jhonen Vasquez (who now writes Invader Zim for the kiddies on Nickalodean) also a twisted little character with whom i had the pleasure of exchanging a few letters with. Look these comics up! They center around a little fellow named Johnny (of course)who lives in a little house, with, as company, a rabbit nailed to the wall, two huge, evil pillsbury doughboys, and some kind of unknown lovecraftian horror that lives..somewhere in the house, can't remember. Hilarious homicides abound.

Chris Cathcart: I say, thanky sai. You are a man of taste. Smiling

Oh, yeeeah, Secretary..i caught that late one night on cable, and just loved the hell out of it...very interesting..and dammit..sexy. James Spader..a well deserved comeback on Boston Legal.

A little out of the blue here, but..does anyone watch "House"? I love that show...I am a "House" and "Grey's Anatomy" fan.


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I always love hearing the man talk and that essay was no exception.
AS to "Holy Terror: Batman" it's a project he's been working on for a while but last I heard DC comics (Owned by AOLtime warner who owns the Batman character) hasn't given the go-ahead for publication. It's always sounded like a great idea though.


Inking is sexy.



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Great tip on the Frank Miller essay. Thanks!

Frank Miller

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Casey and Landon mentioned Frank Miller, (not Frank Miller the villain from High Noon but) the graphic-novel artist on Batman titles and on Sin City (co-director of the movie of the latter as well). Play the clip (Real/Windows) of his audio essay "That Old Piece of Cloth", an installment of the weekly feature "This I Believe", broadcast on Morning Edition on National Public Radio on September 11, 2006:

"For the first time in my life, I know how it feels to face an existential menace. They want us to die."



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And dont forget Miss Patricia Neal, aka Dominique Francon, in Breakfast at Tiffany's. My favorite role in the film.

"So. Now vee may perhaps to begin. Yes?"*

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*["THE PUNCH LINE" from Portnoy's Complaint by Philip Roth, as the title character's old-school Viennese shrink responds to the preceding booklong monologue chronicling a lifetime of uproarious psychosexual turmoil]

Barfly: Mickey Rourke's boozy-patrician hauteur: Snagglepuss in three dimensions; Alice Krige, his Henry Higgins with cash: thinking man's dreamgirl.

The Benny Hill Show: [imitating Frankie Laine] "Bend down girls and touch your toes/I'm gonna show you where the wild goose goes." English music-hall meets saucy seaside postcards (see George Orwell's "The Art of Donald McGill", at http://orwell.ru/library/revie...)

Breakfast at Tiffany's: The A-Team, as it were, of Peppard, Hepburn, and Capote prove you're never too much the jaded sophisticate to drop your guard in being human. Don't blink and miss "Uncle Jed" in parksit cameo.

Faust (1926): Murnau, master of light and shadow, takes the measure of blackest night - a year before Sunrise (see below), as it were, as his German years earn him Hollywood passage: Goethe west, young Mann.

Flambards (miniseries, UK, 1978): A vanished world of hidebound landowners meets the first aviators and the aftermath of the Great War in thirteen episodes of beautifully scored (David Fanshawe) heartbreak.

Freaks (1932): Who can ever forget Prince Randian, the "Human Torso" from this Tod Browning B/W shocker, rolling his limbless wool-sheathed body under the circus wagons during a crashing moonlit thunderstorm, dagger clenched for dear life in vengeful mouth, converging with his company of like-lethal "abnormal" confederates from every direction on the wagon of the treacherous "normal" trapeze-bitch who swindled their midget comrade Little Hans - when she wasn't cackling over him in ridicule behind his back? That was enough there and then to make a blade-runner of even the dullest among us...

Gentleman Jim: Who's Next: Meet the new boxer - (not quite the) same as the old boxer. Come all without, come all within - you'll not see nothing like the Mighty Flynn.

The Glittering Prizes (miniseries, UK, 1976): Tom Conti at his most charming as veteran scriptwriter Frederic Raphael's alter ego Adam Morris, from 1950s lad at stained-glass Cambridge to 1960s Oscar-winner and novelist to 1970s midlife amid the post-coital *tristesse* of taxed success and England's post-60s rot.

Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923): When the Encyclopædia Britannica enlisted Lon Chaney to write on Makeup, their aim was true. Sanctuary!

The Kids are Alright: Who 'arted? I don't mind - I know them all pretty well...from ruffle-shirted Mod insurgency to teenage wasteland, a time capsule of prime-cut British Invasion in all its soaring glory.

The Magnificent Ambersons: Booth Tarkington meets Orson Welles in a turn-of-the-century Sunset Boulevard amid the small-town gentry - a time-lapse diorama of Gilded Age social decay.

Monty Python's Flying Circus: Because, as with the Spanish Inquisition, nobody (new to me, that is) expects it, and, like champion boxer Ken Clean-Air System [John Cleese], I, too, am to be explained whole and entire by a small particle of brain in my skull.

The Mortal Storm: Stewart, Young and Sullavan among friends ripped from each other body and soul by murderous politics, German-style. A more rousing anti-totalitarian drama has yet to be filmed: two-thirds a century on, and still you shout "Bastards."

The Norman Conquests (UK 3-parter TV, 1980): Tom Conti again at his most charming (tie, see The Glittering Prizes, above) as the titular librarian who, not content to seduce everyone (female) within eyeshot over an adult-family three-couple weekend, takes aim at the viewer on the irresistible-rogue plane, in three ingeniously stand-alone episodes contemporary in time and set in separate rooms and garden.

Once Upon a Time in America: Sergio Leone meets Irving Howe as vice Jewish boys and goys mob up their spills with quicker fixer-uppers and visit their sins on their sons.

Once Upon a Time in the West: Bronson, Fonda revenge, proves pain in the neck after seeing land baron the (s)train of being railroaded. Leone, Dude, all Tinseltown, riding on sounds tony, found a feather at ASCAP and called him Morricone. La Cardinale makes it a spaghetti chestern.

The Passion of Joan of Arc (1929, Dreyer). I'm a believer, I couldn't leave her if I tried. Remade by Mel Gibson as Grand Guignol/slapstick hybrid vehicle for Christian environmentalists with Oedipal Hissues. This one, though, is certified Kosher.

Queen Christina (1933): Garbo Rules, C17-style. Nobody can step in *her* blue Swede shoes. And no closing shot before or since surpasses in majestic stoic fortitude this one - as my PC wallpaper will tell you:


Roman Holiday: The old Student Prince round again, as Hepburn picks Peck and pickled pauper (Eddie Albert).

Rude Boy: Joe Strummer, the George Orwell of rock in his family-of-man decency, fronts the greatest English band since the 1960s with revolutionary bravura in docudrama with killer concert and studio footage. All the young punks haven't lived till they've seen Strummer in hushed studio, with Road-Runner legs aspin, shout-sputtering the vocals to, er, "All the Young Punks" to backing only he, headphoned, can hear.

The Shop Around the Corner: Margaret Sullavan, James Stewart, Frank Morgan. Budapest department-store duo bickers on shopfloor, pens lonelyhearts letters each to other through veil of mutual ignorance pierced first by sly Stewart. Ernst Lubitsch directed - 'Nuff said. ["Remade" for the digital age as You've Got Mail with Hanks and Ryan: "'Nuff said - The Remix."]

The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg (1927): "The Lubitsch Touch" as Love tempts royal youth from Duty. Ramon Novarro and Norma Shearer, never more winsome.

Sunrise (Murnau, 1927): The greatest silent of them all: Sin, temptation, redemption, heartbreaking beauty in every stunning shot and plot turn - all to a minimum of title cards. "You took away the breath I was saving for Sunrise" (apologies to The Who). Less than a dozen films and the director's automotive death four years later found film fans in Murnauing ever since. And sweet Janet Gaynor is unsurpassed in earning the America's Sweetheart title beyond defeat - you see her let her hair down in bedsit recovery, and you swear you'll find her reincarnate offscreen if you, too, have to nearly drown in a storm: "I go the whole wide world, just to find her" (apologies to Wreckless Eric).

Two for the Road (1967): Albert Finney and Audrey Hepburn bicker, flash back to their better selves and days, toward redeemed harmony. Frederic Raphael script, Mancini score.


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I'll have to check that out. I hear Frank Miller is doing a new Batman in which he takes on Al Queda. He said during WWII American media was a big weapon against the enemy and he wants to sick an American hero with mass appeal on the enemy today since no one else is doing it.


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I know those guys... those guys are nihilists.


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Yet another reason I love that movie, hadn't caught that before but its an interesting new level. Did you ever read any of the comics on which much of the film was based... Specifically Batman Year one by Frank Miller, the Gordon/Wayne/Batman relationship mirrors the Francisco/Reardon one from Atlas Shrugged (I didn't spot this until I read Atlas Shrugged but now I can't ignore it).

Also I know you've been back for a while but I'm glad to see you no longer have to post by proxy.


Inking is sexy.


Sometimes there's a man...

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...I won't say a hero, 'cause what's a hero? But sometimes there's a man . . . well, he's the man, for his time and place.


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"Batman Begins" is a huge metaphor for the war on terror. Batman is trained by the "League of Shadows," a very Al Queda-like organization that uses a drug that induces terror to tear apart civilizations that are decadent and in need of "purifying." Gotham is their next target. There is even a scene where the future Batman is asked to behead a helpless prisoner, with members of the League of Shadows standing around just like an Islamic snuff film -- and he refuses and blows up their entire headquarters, instead.

I might have to check it out

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I have two reasons to check the movie out now (I just checked imdb for Kelly boyd from cheers and got a Mr. Skin reference to that movie just minutes ago)

But there is one notable exception to "hero movies without dialogue like that" I still get chills when Bruce says "Gotham is still worth saving"


Inking is sexy.


Good lines, Landon. A

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Good lines, Landon.

A similar scene I just saw watching LETHAL WEAPON was the one wear the thug says to Danny Glover "there are no more heroes" right before Mel Gibson busts through the door. Perfect statement, one that's missing from the new "hero" movies like Spiderman and Superman Returns.

He's got a point.

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Another great film which I spaced on is Dirty Harry. This film blows me away everytime I see it. Especially the scene where he has Scorpio cornered on the football field... Calahan's shot Scorpio in the leg which he's now stomping upon while asking "Where's the girl?!" while Scorpio comes back with "I have rights!" and the final scene when Calahan throws his badge into the ocean after the frustration of the whole experience.

but there's one other great interaction

Harry Callahan: Well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard. That's my policy.
The Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher's knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross!
[walks out of the room]
The Mayor: He's got a point.


Inking is sexy.


Chris, you're out of your

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Chris, you're out of your element. Smiling


John Wayne's portrayal of

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John Wayne's portrayal of Rooster Cogburn is the closest anyone will ever get to accurately portraying my Grandpa Thayer. Smiling May they both rest in peace.


Karl Hungus

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Yes, you can imagine where the story goes from there.

(He fixes the cable.)

Ahem, and I'm not...

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...the only one, Deargirl.

Everything sounds salacious

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Everything sounds salacious to you, Ross.

I have no idea what that means...

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I have no idea what that means but it sounds pretty salacious to me...


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My dispatcher says you're having trouble with your cable? I am expert.

Almost every line is

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Almost every line is quotable.

Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

And a good day to you, too, sir!

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Almost every line is quotable.

You're welcome

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BTW, I'm glad to see that you're an Achiever -- and proud we are of all of you.

(Shit yeah, the Achievers.)

Thanks, Chris...

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That's a rejuvenating sight!

Around here,

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it's a birthday hazing. On the touchy-feely websites, it's hugs, kisses and candies -- you know, all that wuss stuff.

[Me, I have a favored kind of hazing.]


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So go easy on me. Eye


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Hey! Casey's back! Word is

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Hey! Casey's back! Word is that you were hiding out avoiding your birthday punches...happy birthday, how many punches do we owe you? Eye


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You should watch "The Searchers." As John Ford said after making the film, "I didn't know he could act!" Legendary performance by Wayne in that film.

Marion Morrison

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My father is a huge John Wayne fan but I cannot take Marion Morrision (his real name) seriously. He avoided military service in WW and, to me, is the Hollywood equivalent of "A Boy Named Sue".

I'm pleased to see that Casey has solved his login problems.

And as Rooster replies:

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"Fill your hands you son-of-a-bitch!"

True Grit

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Oh, yeah.

To John Wayne as Rooster:

"I call that big talk comin' from a one-eyed fat man."

Welcome back, Casey!

These are all movies I

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These are all movies I practically can't switch past if they're on television. Some, like the first silents, are rarely on at all.

The Race for the Double Helix (with Jeff Goldblum, very rare)
Inherit the Wind
Judgment at Nuremberg
Captains Courageous
Captain Blood
The Black Pirate (Douglas Fairbanks)
The General (Buster Keaton)
The Great Race
The Naked Prey
The Naked Jungle
The Omega Man
Cast Away
Batman Begins
Notting Hill
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Night of the Iguana
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Empire of the Sun
The Incredibles
A Bug's Life
Finding Nemo
The Name of the Rose
Quiz Show
True Grit
Rooster Cogburn
The Fugitive
Double Indemnity
Sunset Boulevard
The Big Lebowski
To Kill a Mockingbird
Legend (the European cut - much different)
Being There
Dark City
The Score (with Brando, Deniro, and Edward Norton)
Howl's Moving Castle (amazing to look at for the pure pleasure of it)
True Romance
The Freshman (with Brando and Matthew Broderick)
Dark City
Supercop (Jackie Chan)
Groundhog Day
Longitude (miniseries)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Any Peter Sellers Pink Panther film

I tried not to repeat any, since most of you covered so many of my favorites already.

I agree with any Ridley Scott movie suggested. I actually wrote a cover story about Ridley for DVD Advance magazine, a magazine which used to exist!

Some notes

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Re: Ridley Scott - I continue to be amazed that his fans don't bring up The Duellists. There's more to it than just the amazing cinematography.

Re: Salton Sea - Gotta throw my recommendation in for that one. Truly twisted stuff but in a comical way, epitomized by the Piggy character.

Re: James Spader - His signature film role must be that of the boss in Secretary. I know it's the best film I can remember seeing him in as a lead. By the way, you do know that he is specifically typecast as a smarmy slimeball, don't you? Much the same way with Eric Stoltz, typecast for the "Nathaniel" role in the PAR movie.

Re: A Life Less Ordinary - Gotta throw in my support for that one. Ridiculous plot but that's turned into part of its charm by some skillful filmmakers. Hard (ahem) to go wrong with Cameron Diaz, either.

Re: Ewan MacGregor - Those who think they'd like to see his, um, uh, uh, thingie, there's Peter Greenaway's Pillow Book. Ah, I see Marnee did happen to mention it. Peter Greenaway's a total fag whose movies are the very definition of artsy fartsy, but hey, it's got Ewan MacGregor's thingie, so it's gotta be a good movie.

Re: Peter Greenaway - Okay, so I did like his A Zed and Two Naughts.

Re: itheliving78/Amy - That's one lucky fiancee she has there.

Re: Kidco - Best. Film. Ever. And I haven't even seen it.

Sinatra. Spader. Secretaries being spanked.

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Sinatra. Spader. Secretaries being spanked.

My, my, my... you've got potential Eye

Sizzle my schnizzle Cool


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Have I seen it? Silly Ross, it's the first one I bought!


"Shiny. Let's be bad guys."

Whatdya mean, not good looking?

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Whatdya mean, not good looking? He's just fine. And I'm straight.

And, he's good. Wicked intelligence and unapologetic.

Melissa, have you seen Secretary with Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal?

Watch it and you'll see where Alan Shore came from Eye

"I'd like you to take something down, Miss Holloway"

Sizzle my schnizzle Cool

Duh! I forgot to mention which film I was bleating about...

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Kingdom of Heaven of course, Director's Cut. Sorry everybody for such an unclear post Sad

Ross! Oh yes - how could I forget LA Confidential! Slick, clever and gripping. Russel Crowe is wonderfully temperamental.

And Lantana is one of the most gently, moody, beautifully acted little pieces to come out of Aussie. I love this film, love Paul Kelly's guitar weaves all through it - and the story is just plum!

Craig - definitely! Appollo 13 is brilliant. Talk about the genius of the mind. Tom Hanks carries the whole thing beautifully... and Ed Harris. Great film.

Melissa. It's just you darling! I find him repulsive, smarmy, weak and yes... deviant. Enjoy the show though - especially Denny Crane Smiling


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Apollo 13 -- come on: how cool is it that the technicians and engineers get to save the mission and the lives?

The Flight of the Phoenix (original and remake)-- you want ingenuity? How about making a plane out of a wing?

Dr. No -- Best Bond. Best Bond babe. Best Bond movie. There isn't even a second place.

My Favorite Year -- Peter O'Toole: "I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star!" And Joseph Bologna is priceless.

My own guilty pleasure movies....

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I love anything with James Spader in it. I own almost all the movies he starred in. I adore him!

He isn't that handsome, and he almost never plays the good guy, but there is something irresistible about him. The minute he appears on-screen, you start thinking about sex. And not good, healthy, happy sex...naughty deviant sex. He's just such a good bad guy!

Well, maybe it's just me!

He's playing in Boston Legal now...gotta love Tuesday nights!


"I aim to misbehave."

I give in. Here's a few.

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The Godfather Trilogy
Broadcast News
Red River
My Darling Clementine
The Searchers
Grosse Pointe Blank
Open Range
Dr Strangelove
LA Confidential
Forbidden Planet
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (original *and* remake)
Basic Instinct
Body Heat
The French Connection
The French Connection II
As Good As It Gets
The Tailor of Panama
The Hustler
The Verdict
No Way Out
The Day of The Jackal (the original with Edward Fox)
The Eagle has Landed
Lawrence of Arabia
The Dead Poets Society
Midnight Run
The Hunt for Red October
The Shawshank Redemption
The Bridges of Madison County
Raging Bull
Love Actually
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Barefoot in the Park
Gold and Blue, and Gray

Just a few to be going on with...

Oh, and Kidco (it must be great coz I've heard soooo much about it...)

Sizzle my schnizzle Cool

Amy: Oh man Dazed and

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Amy: Oh man Dazed and Confused! Sweet.

Craig: oh my yes.

Jen: Dangerous Liason. Im obsessed with that movie. Or I was obsessed. I will return to being obsessed. It is beyond my control....

Malkovich Malkovich Malkovich

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Thank you for the reminder, Claudia! I absolutely love John Malkovich. He was brilliant in Dangerous Liaisons (and most everything else, really).


-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Drug Movies

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Drugstore Cowboy, with a cameo by William Burroughs

Gotta give an honorable mention to Reefer Madness as well.

Hail Ridley Scott!

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Like James Valliant, I love anything made by Ridley. We just got the almost four hour special director's cut. What a treat. My god, that film is so beautiful. One of my favourite lines is: Liam Neeson's character saying "I once fought for two days with an arrow through my testicle". See now, there's a real man! All of the story around the Jerusalem King, his leprosy, the love of his beautiful sister, the unshakeable love and loyalty of the hero and his driving goal - to seek forgiveness for the sins of himself and that of his dead wife (though impossible, still noble). I cannot rave enough about this incredible work of art by Ridley. The visually arresting camera sweeps across the ancient city of Jerusalem and the music, oh the music! What is so discouraging is the lack of attention and acclaim given to it by Hollywood and the rest of America, still, no surprises there I suppose. I admit that it could've done with a stronger lead actor instead of Orlando Bloom - he's a bit of a girly man, but even so, Ridley Scott brings out the best of his acting ability and the hero's character in this script is just so strong. He holds his convictions so dearly that not even the temptation of the woman he loves can make him sway.... and she's rather beautiful and persuasive!

My list:
Kingdom of Heaven
Black Hawk Down
Thelma and Louise
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence after Arabia
(I thought this was an excellent sequel to the original story)
The English Patient
Mountains of the Moon
(Sir Francis Richard Burton's robust explorations for the source of the Nile... those REAL MEN again. Interesting betrayal of friendship here too)
Platoon (one of the best Vietnam films to date)
Sunshine (Ralph Feinnes plays three parts in an Austro/Hungarian family saga - from Empire to Communism - very good film... also stars William Hurt)
As Good as it Gets
Something's Gotta Give
The Red Violin
(absolute hidden gem of a film - truly intriguing especially for those who love violin music)
A History of Violence (Vigo Mortenson's best film yet... fuck Lord of the Rings!)
The Man Who Would Be King (another Sean Connery classic as funny as it is heart warming)
Eleni (This is an unbelievably powerful story of motherhood. A biographical account of a woman who courageously tries to save her children from the communist regime in Greece. It stars John Malkovich and Kate Nelligan).

For me, a film has to give me something to sink my teeth into, something fleshy and substantial... or else just make me hoot with laughter (as in Jack Nicholson's naughtiness).

Did anyone else ever see Eleni? I also read the book her son wrote about her once he grew up in America. Brings tears of rage to my eyes just thinking about what some mother's have to go through just to TRY to keep their children safe from evil.

Shallow Grave!

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Shallow Grave...Yes, that an excellent movie, and the first movie that i ever saw Ewan Mcgregor in (i end sentences with prepositional phrases..whee!).
Trainspotting....how, how, how, how did i forget Trainspotting! Wickedly funny..made me want to run out and buy some heroin..just kidding! Johnny Lee Miller was brilliant in that as well.
But you know..that brings me to another genre..the drug movie. I admit to having had more than a passing familiarity with all types of drugs before, and though i've put those days behind me (mostly..as i like to think cannabis doesn't count), i still find myself getting a little kick out of those types of movies..a certain little "oh yeah, i remember those days" kind of feeling. So, in honor of that, my A-list for "Feel-Good" movies

The Salton Sea
Dazed and Confused
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (which i've mentioned before)
Saving Grace

A note on Wonderland: though i listed it, and i did enjoy watching it...it was the most uncomfortable movie i have seen in a long time. It gave me chills. The sick, black ease in which a situation can spin so horribly out of control..it struck a chord in me, and i have not forgotten the anxious, almost sick feeling i had watching it.


A Life Less Ordinary,

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A Life Less Ordinary, really? I mean my god I have a huge insane crush on Ewan MacGregor (see The Pillow Book and know why), but man, even his adorableness could not save that plodding, confused.... thing. Well, okay, maybe it was his adorableness that made it watcheable at all.

But sometimes I like bad movies, for example, Eye of the Beholder. Why? I dunno really, but maybe cuz it has Ewan MacGregor and the too lovely for words Ashley Judd... oh and funky, reasonless sci-fi stuff.

Speaking of Ewan MacGregor, Shallow Grave is excellent and I think Trainspotting was nuts but awesome.

Right on Kenny

I have to agree that it was poorly acted. Though I for one never took it as historically accurate but I guess that is how it was sold. I guess it as about as 'historically accurate' as 'Passion of the Christ'. Great music by James Horner though.


to be expected

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I knew that most if not all of you would share my taste in the "good" movies..it is to be expected that you would, but i'm pleased to see that you are also a bunch of twisted little freaks like me. That you too bellow "you are worfwess, awec bawdwin" while driving, in the shower, etc. (although that might be an assumption on my part..that might be just me)

A few more gems:

The Quiet Man. John Wayne in Ireland..an oldie, but goodie.

The Machinist. Memento-like psychological thriller. Christian Bale looks like a concentration camp survivor, so you may find yourself focusing more on his about-to-break-through-the-skin pelvic bones than the plot(which is fairly predictable, but still makes for an interesting hour and a half).

Gross Pointe Blank. John Cusack as an assassin goes to his high school reunion. Killer soundtrack, as well.

A Life Less Ordinary. Angels, kidnapping, bank robbery, love. Ewan Mcgregor and Cameron Diaz..i love this movie.

Kill Bill! Come on..who doesn't love Kill Bill.

Not Braveheart, Kelly

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It was factually incorrect, poorly acted and FILMED IN IRELAND. Mel Gibson is just an anti-English and religious bigot.

Yup. They send me burlap

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Yup. They send me burlap sacks with giant dollar signs on them, full of money.

Fo schizzle!

Kidco again!

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Are you getting residuals?

Sizzle my schnizzle Cool

Almodovar films, espcially

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Almodovar films, espcially Live Flesh & Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown.

Amenabar films, especially Abre Los Ojos, The Sea Inside, and Tesis.

Anything starring the ever so sexy Javier Bardem, especially The Sea Inside, Live Flesh, The Dancer Upstairs, and Before Night Falls.

I have a thing for Spanish, err, films. Eye

I also have a mad crazy obsession with, umm, yea, Kidco, and the wonderful dance movie about freedom: Swing Kids!

"No one who likes swing can become a Nazi."

Ohhhh, and Peter Greenaway films, especially The Pillow Book.

Charade (Cary Grant and

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Charade (Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn)
Waking Ned Devine (Use the subtitles unless you're Irish)
Shawshank Redemption
Les Miserables (Liam Neeson)

Oh my.

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It's so hard to make a list of favorites. I've been on a movie kick lately, so I've been catching up on everything I missed while hiding in my office like a troll. Smiling

Off the top of my head, here are some favorites:

The Princess Bride
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (Gene Wilder version)
Gone with the Wind
The Thomas Crown Affair (new version)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Most any Mel Brooks movie, esp. Young Frankenstein!!
Pride and Prejudice (new version, but am planning to review the A&E version again for a final verdict)
The Last Samurai
Memoirs of a Geisha (per above, totally dig Ken Watanabe)
Big Night
Ever After (How do you live each day with such passion?!)
A Fish Called Wanda, or anything with John Cleese

Erm...that's all I can think of for now, but I know there are other classics in my mental file.


[Ed: Casablanca!!]

-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Damn right it is!

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Team America is probably one of the funniest things ever put on screen. The speech at the end was a work of pure genius.

We all seem agreed on Team

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We all seem agreed on Team America. It's a masterpiece.

have yet to see something on here I disagree with

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I would however add the works of Trey Parker (South park, Orgazmo, Team America et al) Rocky and the works of Fritz Lang ( I love Metropolis and M)


Inking is sexy.



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Likewise about raiding movie shelves! I haven't seen any of the others you mentioned but with your tastes I'm noting them on the to-see list. For books I've heard recommendations for Terry Pratchett before, I think from pagans; I might check him out after finishing my first foray into reading fiction in years (Heinlein).

The Life of Brian!!!

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Brian Cohen?

Thwo him to the floor!

Wealease them!

Woger the wapist. Owr was he a wobber?

Incontinetia Buttocks. Do you find that wisable? Centuwion, why do the titter so?

No! We are the People's Front of Judea. They are the Judean People's Front. Splitters!

And that alien spaceship! Surreal Smiling

The best movies ever

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Spencer's Mountain
Big Country
Rio Bravo
Spy Game
Ocean's 11
The Matrix
What Women Want
The Princess Bride
All Jane Austen movies except the new Pride and Prejudice with Kira Knightly
Pirates of the Carribbean
North and South
Gone with the Wind
Last of the Mohicans
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
The Fugitive
X-Men (all of those rockin movies)
Miss Congeniality
Room with a View
Ten Things I Hate About You

Even listing them makes me happy!

The best movies ever

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Sorry, double post.

My "Top 50"

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About 2,650 movies viewed, all boiled down to roughly a top two percent:

(Note: my movie-watching has been nearly non-existent the past month or so, as I've been embroiled in music and places like SOLO. Consider me "burned out" on movies for the time being. Once you reach that magical 2,650 mark, already very-well-researched to narrow down viewing choices, it's hard to come up with a lot of new exciting movies to enjoy to repay the effort. At least for me.)

The Last of the Mohicans

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The Searchers
African Queen
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Meet Me in St Louis
The Unforgiven
American Graffitti

The Great Scott

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Any of the movies of Ridley Scott -- some of my favorites: Blade Runner, 1492, Gladiator, Kingdom of Heaven, and, of course, his stylish remake of The Fountainhead (oops, just dreaming.)

Another beauty is The Name of the Rose with 007 as a 14th Century Thomist detective.

(And The Life of Brian is a work of genius.)

My favorites

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Good Night and Good Luck
Blazing Saddles
Lord of the Rings (watched the Extended trilogy in one sitting!)
The Princess Bride

Also on the list would be (like Aaron and Amy) anything by the amazing Monty Python crew. The Life of Brian is the greatest skewering of religion ever captured on film. I also love almost everything by Hiyao Miyazaki; the man has such a gift for animation and characterization.

mel brooks!

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Oh man, Aaron, would i love to raid your movie shelf. Boy, but do we have the same taste. I too, love Mel Brooks, Monty Python (and if you like Python, i urge you again: Read Terry Pratchett). I agree that Shawshank Redemption was a wonderful movie..(would have listed it had i not been without coffee and in my right mind).
Fight Club! Memento! Sin City! Usual Suspects! Right up my alley..loved every one of them. Also, in no particular order or theme: I Robot, Donnie Darko, Tombstone(that might be just a Val Kilmer thing). Oh and I love John Waters movies, just can't help myself: Cry-baby, Serial Mom, Cecil B. Demented.

And i know this sounds weird ,but: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Rampant, insane amount of drug use. Uncomfortable at times, but damned funny.



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My three top movies right now:

Boondock Saints
Phantom of the Opera

(I know, I know, I have a strange combination there.)

And then there are my feel-good-be-happy movies:

On The Town
American in Paris
Singin' in the Rain
My Fair Lady
Some Like it Hot
Three Little Words

(pretty much anything with Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe in it)


"I aim to misbehave."


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It's definitely worth a viewing.

Well, ya know, it is the

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Well, ya know, it is the best movie ever and all....

I just *knew* you'd shout

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I just *knew* you'd shout Kidco Smiling

KIDCO (!!!)

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KIDCO (!!!)

It really happened!

Gattaca and Good Night, and

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Gattaca and Good Night, and Good Luck are excellent positive movies, I've not seen the others but have to check them out. Others I'd recommend offhand in the category of heroism and an uplifting sense of life:

Raiders of the Lost Ark
Shawshank Redemption
Spy Game

Many of my favorites though fall in a different category of 'dark, twisted shit I love anyway', e.g.:

Usual Suspects
Fight Club
Dr. Strangelove
Sin City

I like some of your 'tiddlywink' movies too, and have a weakness for Monty Python, Mel Brooks, or Zucker brothers movies there.

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