Good Movies ?

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Watched any good movies lately, that you would definitely recommend ?

I haven't watched any movies in a while now, mostly because I haven't heard of there being that many good ones. I did watch one movie (dvd) this weekend - L'auberge Espagnole (2002) - I quite enjoyed it. :approve:

Time to catch up on all the good movies that I've been missing...suggestions, anyone ?
 

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I just watched 12 Monkeys which came out in 1995. It's a story about the vicious cycle of time. I am sure that you, Gokul, as sci-fi-trivia-master, should have seen the movie already. If not, I highly recommend it.
 
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This is probably stating the obvious as well but I watched the remastered version of 2001- A Space Odyssey a while ago and enjoyed it immensely, totally fascinating and mind-boggling for me.
 
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I loved 'Kill Bill' 1 and 2... but you need to be a bit of a Tarantino fan........

"The Last Samurai" was a fantastic film too - nothing like I expected, very informative, and well worth watching.
 
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I'm planning to see "House of the Flying Daggers" soon..
That's the new film from the director of the amazing "Hero".
 
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Did anyone here ever see Carpenter's Cult Classic "Dark Star"? I love that film - I laugh so much every time I see it!

The lift scene cracks me up..... and as for the Alien! A big plastic blow up ball!!!!
 
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I just saw Kill Bill 2 (finally), and loved it. I also saw Man on Fire recently, and I enjoyed it a lot.
 
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I recently saw a SciFi on TV called The Cube that surprised me a bit. Not only was it better than I expected, it actually had a plot, not just special effects, which is unusual these days for SciFi.
 
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Pulp Fiction.

Clockwork Orange.

Reservoir Dogs.

Team America: World.....


All incredible movies. Practically perfect in every aspect.
 
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It depends on your approach to films. I tend to avoid industry films and entertainment films. I'm not interested in cinema as a business or as a rollercoaster ride; I'm interested in cinema as an art form (even though I have serious reservations about the worth of art (an old PF thread)). I prefer films made by a single artist or a tightly knit group of artists. I would use the term "independent film", but that term has been abused in recent years.

I tend to agree a lot with the film critic, Ray Carney. I wouldn't say I agree with him about everything -- no way -- but I agree with him more than any other film critic. Read about some of his opinions on cinema here:

http://people.bu.edu/rcarney/independentfilm/

I think before you see the latest films, you need to catch up with what you have surely missed -- and that would include some very old films. If you're really keen, I would suggest working through the Criterion Collection:

http://www.criterionco.com/asp/browse.asp

Well-known directors I recommend include:

Andrei Tarkovsky
Ingmar Bergman
Robert Bresson
Yasujiro Ozu
Akira Kurosawa
John Cassavetes
Carl Dreyer
Mike Leigh

A couple of lists of mostly fine directors:

http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/index.html [Broken]
http://www.filmref.com/directors/directors.html

Then there's various genres like silent films (chaplin, griffith, murnau), documentaries, and stop-frame animation (svankmajer, brothers quay).

Maybe I being cynical, but I think I may have just wasted my time with this post. The mainstream view on films is so incredibly entrenched. It's a far different story for music. Go figure.
 
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Kafka with Jeremy Irons
 
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I watched the remastered version of 2001- A Space Odyssey
I've seen the english version recently. It was a contrast for me to hear the soft tone of voice of HAL in this version, I was used to the raucous tone that has in the spanish version. I certainly missed that the protagonist didn't say "It's full of stars!" when he felt right into the monolite
 
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Casablanca is probabally the best movie ever. Every single scene means something, no filler, just a great movie.

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I just watched 12 Monkeys which came out in 1995. It's a story about the vicious cycle of time. I am sure that you, Gokul, as sci-fi-trivia-master, should have seen the movie already. If not, I highly recommend it.
I second the sentiment that you sh\ould see 12 monkeys, great movie in general. My avatar is actually a shot of Brad Pitt from that movie.

Fight Club is another really great Brad Pitt movie.
 
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I also saw Man on Fire recently, and I enjoyed it a lot.
That was great.

I just saw A Few Good Men again yesterday. Man, that is a good movie. Got to love Tom Cruise.

It's been quite a while since I last went to Movie Gallery. Plan on taking a little trip there next week, however.
 
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Did anyone here ever see Carpenter's Cult Classic "Dark Star"? I love that film - I laugh so much every time I see it!

The lift scene cracks me up..... and as for the Alien! A big plastic blow up ball!!!!
"Dark Star" is one of my favorite movies, funny like hell! :rofl: I have that movie on tape and once in a while watch it. I also like Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" amazing movie.
 
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I also like Akira Kurosawa's "Seven Samurai" amazing movie.
Great movie. Have you seen the "Musashi" trilogy?
 
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I've seen Akira Kurosawa's "Rashomon". I also have Kurosawa's "Ran", "Seven Samurai" and "Yojimbo" - all of them highly recommended by movie critics - but I have not had the time to watch them.

Gokul, even if you don't like Anime, I highly recommend "Grave of the Fireflies". It's a touching story set in WWII about a little girl and her brother who lose their parents to the war. I don't usually like anime, but this movie definitely struck a chord with me.

I didn't know there was a "Musashi" trilogy but I have heard of and played a Playstation game of a similar title. It was a great RPG game.
 
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recon said:
I didn't know there was a "Musashi" trilogy but I have heard of and played a Playstation game of a similar title. It was a great RPG game.
A Playstation game with the same title? I've never heard of it. Anyway, it's just a movie based on the book of the same title by Eiji Yoshikawa, which is a great novel, by the way. However, it's quite expensive, $30 for each DVD on Amazon. Ouch!! :surprised
 
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It's the first time since in a long time I'm going through Woody Allen movies, and I'm really enjoying them! First Take the Money and Run, which was really funny :biggrin: And then there was especially one scene in Everything you wanted to know about Sex but where afraid to ask, where that guy comes and says he's a love in a sheep, and there's this awkward silence. Then I just cracked up :rofl:
Hannah and her Sisters were cute too.
 
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I enjoy Kurosawa.

I am not really into anime...but I'll give it a shot. I'm not sure though, that I'll find 'Grave of the Fireflies' at Blockbuster.
 
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You guys seem to be getting on the right track .... any work of Takeshi Kitano is worthwhile.
 
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I saw Man on Fire the other day. It was awesome.
 
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Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander is fantastic, as is Andrei Tarkovskij's Andrei Rublyov—IMHO two of the finest films ever.

For a more recent (and shorter and less depressing :wink: ) film, I recommend The Triplets of Belleville.

Since people are recommending Japanese directors, I'll mention Juzo Itami (Tampopo, A Taxing Woman, Minbo).

An obscure but fun movie is the Australian comedy Malcolm about a geeky inventor and some bank robbers who carry out a heist using (among other things) a wandering pack of remote controlled ashtrays. The movie also features a Volkswagen beetle that splits in half down the center and drives off as two separate vehicles...
 
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Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander is fantastic
Hear you ... a masterpiece !
 
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Ivan Seeking said:
I recently saw a SciFi on TV called The Cube that surprised me a bit. Not only was it better than I expected, it actually had a plot, not just special effects, which is unusual these days for SciFi.
I saw that recently too!!! pretty crazy stuff wasnt it?

My two cents... The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy

Or how about 13th Warrior?
 

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