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Great Movies [not Sci-Fi]

  1. Aug 6, 2009 #1

    Ivan Seeking

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    Movies that are great or noteworthy. Please provide a little information about the movie - a name alone has little meaning to someone who has never seen the movie.


    God's Little Acre
    (1958) UR
    This rollicking look inside the rural Deep South brings to life the primitive, ribald rustics of Erskine Caldwell's steamy bestselling novel. Both humorous and heartrending, this critically-acclaimed film reveals the hidden passions and violent impulses heating up beneath the hot Southern sun, as well as the warmth and humor of everyday life.
    - netflix
     
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  3. Aug 6, 2009 #2

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    Charly is kind of a sci-fi film (speculative medical/biological plot device), but it is also a touching personal story, love story, and tragedy. It's about a mentally retarded man who is given a treatment that enhances his intelligence. It is based on the short story "Flowers for Algernon". Cliff Robertson was perfect for the lead role.
     
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    Bikur Ha-Tizmoret (The Band's Visit)
    (2007 Israel/France/USA, golden tomato for best foreign film of 2008)

    The Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra, consisting of eight men, arrives in Israel from Egypt. They have been booked by an Arab cultural center in Petah Tiqva, but through a miscommunication, the band takes a bus to Bet Hatikva, a fictional town in the middle of the Negev Desert. There is no transportation out of the city that day, and there are no hotels for them to spend the night in. The band members dine at a small restaurant where the owner, Dina invites them to stay the night at her apartment, at her friends' apartment, and in the restaurant. That night challenges all of the characters.
     
  5. Aug 6, 2009 #4
    Pan's Labyrinth is a great spanish film. It is set after the spanish civil war and follows a little girl who attempts to find herself a fantasy world to escape the madness surrounding her. It may seem somewhat like a children's movie at first glance but it is not. It is also a very pretty movie.

    Mirrormask is a childrens/young adults film written by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean. It follows a young girl into a dark surreal Oz like world where she attempts to escape the pain of losing her mother.

    I'll see if I can think of more....
     
  6. Aug 7, 2009 #5

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    I've been reviewing the old classics available at netflix. Probably one of my top picks for drama would be Fail-Safe.

    - netflix
     
  7. Aug 7, 2009 #6

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    Believe it or not, I'm actually very fond of a couple of musicals. 'Paint Your Wagon' deals with a polygamous family (Lee Marvin, Clint Eastwood, and Jean Seberg) in prospecting days. It's a lot more complicated than that, but funny as hell and the music is really good.
    I also love 'Singing in the Rain'. It's basically about some very talented, and one totally untalented, actors/singers/dancers during the transition period from silent films to talkies.
     
  8. Aug 8, 2009 #7

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    Not much of one for musicals, but I loved the stage play of Phantom of the Opera [saw the opening in Los Angeles], which is a movie now, and I also thought Moulin Rouge! (2001) was excellent!

    -wiki

    The Sound of Music was huge when I was a kid [being that I was a German Catholic], so that movie will always be a bit special to me. I'm not sure what I would think of it were I to see it for the first time now.

    Based on a true story, a nun who may not be cut out for convent life, Maria, is assigned as a governess for the now motherless children of the von Trapp family, in Austria, as Nazi Germany comes to power.

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  9. Aug 8, 2009 #8

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    Btw, Nicole Kidman was incredible in Moulin Rouge!... or at least infinitely watchable. Yowza!

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  10. Aug 8, 2009 #9
    The Hoax with Richard Gere is a pretty good one. It is the story of how the infamous Clifford Irving tricked his publisher into believing that he had gotten an exclusive deal to do Howard Hughes' biography. Definitely good if you are interested inn that sort of thing. I'm not sure but I think it is a bit over dramatized and perhaps a bit slanted since it is based on the book written by Irving himself I believe.

    And with that F for Fake is a good documentary (after a fashion) by Orsen Welles on the infamous forger Elmyr de Hory. Clifford Irving was a friend and biographer for de Hory by the way. De Hory has to be one of the most infamous conmen of the last century.
     
  11. Aug 8, 2009 #10
    Dead Poets Society: In my view one of the best and most inspiring films ever made. Its about an English teacher (played by John Williams) who gets hired at a very tight school. He tried to free the kids imaginations instead of just teaching them poetry. He tried to make them feel poetry rather than just memorise.

    V for Vendetta: The movie takes place in England where a religious dictator has taken power after an some terrorist attacks. It is a bit like 1984 by Orwell. A guy wearing a Guy Fawkes mask is trying to liberate people. Its a very inspiring film about ideologies and freedom.

    Jungle Book: I guess I will never grow up. I just love this animation. Brilliant music and humour.
     
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    I'll stop there, but that's an extremely short list of some movies you should see before you die. :P
     
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  13. Aug 9, 2009 #12

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    That one surprised me. I didn't expect to like it, but I did.
     
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  14. Aug 9, 2009 #13

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    Beware the Wiki spoilers [if you follow the link] if you might want to watch.

    The Ninth Configuration

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ninth_Configuration

    Jacobs Ladder

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob's_Ladder_(film [Broken])
     
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  15. Aug 9, 2009 #14
    A Japanese movie: Kisaragi
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1158278/



    All the movie is about 5 men talking about the dead girl in a dark rented room in a time span of less than one day. It was quite unique and interesting.
     
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  16. Aug 9, 2009 #15
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    That was by far the best movie I watched in 2008, and definitely on my top 10 list. It's about a 12 year old boy named Oskar who finds a girl he likes (she's the same age or younger, as I remember). She drinks blood, though. It's amazing. Watch it.
     
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  17. Aug 9, 2009 #16
    I'm not going to give descriptions even though you wanted them but just to add:

    -Se7en
    -Devil's Advocate
    -10 Things I Hate About You
    -Pump Up the Volume (maybe a guilty pleasure)
    -All of the Jersey Chronicles (Kevin Smith)
    -Garden State
    -Casablanca
    -American History X
    -Clear and Present Danger
    -The Insider
    -Saving Private Ryan
    -Adaptation
    -The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (arguably sci-fi)
     
  18. Aug 9, 2009 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    Thanks, but there is nothing interesting about reading a list. Why don't you pick your favorite and post a bit about it?
     
  19. Aug 9, 2009 #18

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    'Charly', as Turbo pointed out, is an incredible movie. I've mentioned it before a couple of times in different threads. There are two things that make it unique. One is that translations from one form to another usually result in disappointment. I first read the short story 'Flowers for Algernon' (written by Daniel Keyes) back in the mid-late 60's and absolutely loved it. The publishers asked him to expand it into a full novel, and it was just as good (although he removed a couple of scenes from the original). It was something that I considered unfilmable, but be damned if they didn't manage it and the movie was just as good as the written forms. It was also the only SF movie in history to win a Best Actor award. Cliff Robertson was awesome in it.
    Although 'Charly' is just about tied with it, my absolute favourite movie is 'Birds of Prey'. It was a CBS made-for-TV film in '72. It stars David Jensen (the Fugitive) as a helicopter traffic reporter, and former Korean War fighter pilot, who encounters a bank robbery in which the baddies make their escape in a Westland Gazelle chopper. The ensuing cat-and-mouse sequences, especially the aerial ones, are stunning.
    I suspect that not many PF'rs other than Fred, Turbo, Cyrus, and other aviation nuts will love it as much as I do. I'm sure that Hypatia has probably seen it, since it used to play on channel 2 in Detroit at least a couple of times a year back in the 70's.
    I finally found a copy on line and bought it. The only thing that's wrong with it is that they ruined one of my favourite aspects. The hero kept singing 'Three Little Fishies' along to the radio, and the DJ played it especially for him during his adventure. In the DVD that I received, they changed it to some form of classical music. It totally changed the show for me. I can only assume that there was some copyright issue with using the original music.
    Whoa! 'Muppets from Space' just started, and I've never seen it before. Don't anybody bother me for the next couple of hours.
     
  20. Aug 9, 2009 #19
    The Ninth Gate - Mystery / psychological thriller starring Johnny Dep for anyone who enjoys the allure of old books.

    Straw Dogs - Showcases a very interesting interplay between newly wed couple (Dustin Hoffman, a mathematical physicist) and his hot wife, which steadily builds up to a gripping climax

    the Weather Man - An interesting look inside the midlife crisis of a weather man who has nothing left to lose. Very well played by Nicolas Cage - not just an action star.

    Quest for Fire - A movie from the perspective of Cave Men that does a surprisingly good job of not seeming too fake or ridiculous. It shows the human side of things in a whole new light.
     
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  21. Aug 9, 2009 #20
    +1 Great list, especially the first, sixth, eighth, eleventh, and last movie.
     
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