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Delivery Boy
« Reply #40 on: 07-30-2003 22:07 »
« Last Edit on: 07-30-2003 22:07 »

I'm pleased to see that most of my favorites are already listed. What a sensible bunch have contributed so far. Heres my top ten of what people have already listed

1. Brazil - Just goes to show that audiences don't need a happy ending to like a film - and Michael Palin nasty? That's quite an achievement.

2. Schindlers List - Moving, shocking and sometimes witty - especially when he's running the arms factory "but they won't work" - "If they do I'll be very unhappy" or words to that effect.

3. Doctor Strangelove - Chilling and funny, script by Terry Southern, direction by Kubrick and acting by Peter Sellers - can't lose.

4. The Truman Show - So Jim Carrey can act. So surreal and more than a little reminiscent of "The Prisoner". Who spotted the Penny Farthing?

5. The Original Planet Of The Apes - the trial scene is fabulous - it satirises racism, corruption in the scientific community and religious dogma in one fell swoop.

6. Being John Malkevich - My friends who haven't seen it have denounced it as pretentious, but this bizarre cross of Lewis Caroll, Woody Allen and Luis Bunuel has an accessible sense of humour that belies an intelligence that is far from pseudo.

7. Logans Run - as I'm not the first to include it, hell I'll admit it I love that film

8. Edward Scissorhands - Tim Burton doing what he is good at - i.e. identifying with freaks, and scorning the so-called normal. 

9. Mystery Men - Far too underrated. This spin off of the Flaming Carrot comics, takes all the conventions of the superhero genre and (as Tom Lehrer would say) kicks them while they're down.

10. Shrek - "Do you know the Muffin Man?", "The Muffin Man?" "The Muffin Man"

And now my top ten of what they haven't

1. Twelve Monkeys - Gilliam again - I love the fact that you can't tell whats real at some points.

2. The Graduate - A film that grew up with me. Every five years or so I've watched it and got something different from it. From sexual fantasy, to social comment, to romantic comedy, to tragedy - it's all there and Simon and Garfunkle too.

3. So I married an Axe Murderer - "Jane, get me off of this crazy thing ... called love".

4. Yellow Submarine - Okay so it has little to do with the Beatles but nevertheless it's there best movie, by the animators that later bought us "Roobarb" and "Noah and Nelly" would you believe. "To think Ringo is out there!" "He always was."

5. Love and Death - Woody Allen parodies Russian Literature. Still funny for me, even though I've never read any. Napoleon's invading and Boris finds himself an inadvertant war hero. "You should have such inadvertant heroism"

6. Young Frankenstein - "That's Fronkensteen". Listed if only for the musical number "Putting On The Ritz!"

7. Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - undoubtably Stoppards best play made an excellent movie - Waiting For Godot meets Hamlet but the jokes here are much better than in either of those.

8. The Exorcist - Probably my favourite horror film of all time, certainly the one that's scared me most.

9. Galaxy Quest - Tim Allen manages to be both likable, and an arogant pain in the butt, providing us with an excellent Shatneresque sci-fi actor while Alan Rickman's character combines Nimoy's fear of being typecast with Patrick Stewarts RSC background. A brilliant spoof on the insane and inane qualities that sometimes befall Star Trek and it's brethren. , As with all spoofs, you have to love the genre to appreciate it, and indeed to spoof it, and the writers of this film clearly do. Every scene is a joy.

10. Duck Soup - The Marx Brothers best film that incidently a clip of which was seen on screen in Hannah and her Sisters. A slight anti-war stance doesn't get in the way of quite a lot of stupidity. Sample quote:
Trentino: Then you didn't shadow Firefly.
Chico: Sure we shadow him all day.
Trentinio: What day was that?
Chico:  Shadderday! Thatsa some joke eh, boss?
M Jackson
« Reply #41 on: 07-31-2003 17:22 »

Although i've already listed more films than I should have, I need to mention...
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Lion King
Reserviour Dogs
Ed Wood
Battle Royal

« Reply #42 on: 07-31-2003 18:36 »

@ BrainDeadZombie i said Galaxy Quest and i think someone else did aswell.

Delivery Boy
« Reply #43 on: 07-31-2003 23:19 »
« Last Edit on: 08-04-2003 00:00 »

So you did. And someone said Young Frankenstien too.

There's no such thing as an original idea.

That's just a little proverb I came up with.    laff

So here's two more not listed -

The Wicker Man - Christianity versus Paganism in the modern world Edward Woodward representing Christianity as the virgin copper and Christopher Lee as the pagan lord of the manor. Great folk tunes, credibility and a cool twist in the tale makes this an unusual work of art - this sort of thing gives horror a good name.

Monty Python's Life of Brian - Denounced by the moral so-called majority who as always missed the point, Life of Brian is not only very funny but also parodies the sectarianism within politics and religion, and the dangers of blind faith.
Zoidberg Fan

« Reply #44 on: 08-08-2003 00:52 »

In no order:
Ghostbusters 1 & 2
Happy Gilmore
Billy Madison
Mr. Deeds
Big Daddy
Liar Liar
Dumb & Dumber
All 3 Austin Powers movies
Super Mario Bros.
The two Ace Ventura movies
Bruce Almighty
The Mask
Days of Thunder

Starship Captain
« Reply #45 on: 08-08-2003 14:44 »

I would like to put PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN in my list as number two ot three. it came out today in the UK and its excellant! its mix of action, comedy (thanks to Depp), special effects and romance is perfect and makes it a film well worth seeing!

« Reply #46 on: 08-08-2003 20:30 »

mine are:

Carrie 2
The Ring
The Craft
13 Ghosts
Urban Legend

Garbage Picker

Bending Unit
« Reply #47 on: 08-09-2003 01:09 »

Ok here we go (in no order):
Jurassic Park
JP: The Lost World
We Were Soldiers
Broken Arrow
Black Hawk Down
Star Trek: First Contact
Rocket Man
Billy Madison
Office Space
Matrix Reloaded (hated the ending. cliffhangers suck)
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
LOTR: The Two Towers
The Sum of All Fears

Oh crap. Thats all I can think of now.

M Jackson - Youve got some nice movies on your list. Holy shit! Battle Royale is nuts! BR2 is coming out soon I heard........
M Jackson
« Reply #48 on: 08-09-2003 05:46 »

You've got a nice list too Garbage Picker, I'm a HUUUGE JP fan. But why no Star Wars!?
canned eggs

Space Pope
« Reply #49 on: 08-09-2003 22:53 »

Originally posted by BrainDeadZombie:
The Wicker Man - Christianity versus Paganism in the modern world Edward Woodward representing Christianity as the virgin copper and Christopher Lee as the pagan lord of the manor. Great folk tunes, credibility and a cool twist in the tale makes this an unusual work of art - this sort of thing gives horror a good name.

I can't believe I forgot about this one (it's a rockin' Iron Maiden song, too). Another awesome movie involving Christianity versus Paganism in the modern world is Peter Weir's "The Last Wave."  Both of those still give me chills.


« Reply #50 on: 08-13-2003 04:02 »

Pirates of the Carribean
Shawshank Redemption
Bruce Allmighty
Finding Nemo
Two Towers
Fellowship of the ring
We Were Soilders
Drop dead gorgeous
Count of Monte Crisco
Green Mile
Thats alll i can think of now

Delivery Boy
« Reply #51 on: 08-16-2003 16:47 »

Lord of the Rings
X-men 2
The Shinnig
The stand
Superman 2
Batman 2
Happy Gilmore
Nightmare on Elm street 1
Star Wars

« Reply #52 on: 08-22-2003 11:10 »
« Last Edit on: 08-22-2003 11:10 »


01 - The Shining (Kubrick, 1980)

02 - The Sacrifice (Tarkovsky, 1986)

03 - Blade Runner (Scott, 1982)

04 - Tonari no Totoro (Miyazaki, 1988)

05 - Ran (Kurosawa, 1985)

06 - Fitzcarraldo (Herzog, 1982)

07 - Pixote (Babenco, 1981)

08 - Brazil (Gilliam, 1985)

09 - Raging Bull (Scorsese, 1980)

10 - The Empire Strikes Back (Kershner,


« Reply #53 on: 08-22-2003 11:17 »


1-Pulp Fiction (Tarantino, 1994)

2-American Beauty (Mendes, 1999)

3-Magnolia (Anderson, 1999)

4-Todo Sobre Mi Madre (Almodóvar, 1999)

5-The Wedding Banquet (Lee, 1993)

6-Goodfellas (Scorsese, 1990)

7-The Silence of the Lambs (Demme, 1991)

8-The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994)

9-The Sweet Hereafter (Egoyan,

10-The Insider (Mann, 1999)

« Reply #54 on: 08-23-2003 13:11 »
« Last Edit on: 08-23-2003 13:11 »

Not In Order:
Citizen Kane (1941) Welles
Braveheart (1995) Gibson
FOTR (2001) Jackson
TTT (2002) Jackson
Pulp Fiction (1994) Tarantino
Memento (2001) Nolan
Silence of the Lambs (1991) Demme
Star Wars (1977) Lucas
The Godfather (1972) Coppola
Action Jacktion

« Reply #55 on: 08-23-2003 13:21 »

Casablanca was directed by Michael Curtiz.

« Reply #56 on: 08-23-2003 13:26 »

I knew it was Curtiz.

Urban Legend
« Reply #57 on: 06-19-2004 02:06 »

In no particular order:

It's A Wonderful Life
The Terminator
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Breakfast Club
Back to the Future
The Shawkshank Redemption
The Godfather
Boyz In the Hood
John Pannozzi

Starship Captain
« Reply #58 on: 06-19-2004 15:14 »

"Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Klumsy Kitty

Bending Unit
« Reply #59 on: 06-19-2004 20:03 »

Let me just be clear here, I'm only going to list the first 20 that come ti mind, I like WAAAY too many movies! A lot of great titles already listed here of course, but I will still probably hit some again. Not going to go into the Whys of them either...

12 Angry Men
It's a Wonderful Life
Toy Story 1+2 (but Finding Nemo was prettier...)
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Grave of the Fireflies
Big Trouble in Little China (truly "just fun" )
Year of the Dragon
Hudson Hawk
Groundhog Day
Blade Runner
Jurassic Park
The 5th Element
The Professional (leon?)
Dog Soldiers
South Park movie (no way can I leave this out)
An American Werewolf in London

These are just some of my favorites, not what I would consider the 'best' movies ever. Lots more where these came from, but you at least get an idea of what I like. Cheesy splatter, weak dialogue, gratuitous vulgarity...the whole shebang.  smile
Mr. Potter

« Reply #60 on: 06-19-2004 20:51 »

LOTR Movies: Epic filmmaking at its finest. Probably the best fantasy story ever put on screen. I wonder how Peter Jackson could do this. Three movies shot at the same time with only one year separating their release, and they all turned out to be masterpieces.

Ed Wood: Tim Burton's best work (tied with Edward Scissorhands). Martin Landau is hilarious and touching as Bela Lugosi. The same can be said about Johnny Depp in the title role.

Taxi Driver: Scorsese proves to be a master with one of his early works. Excellent performances by everybody and a look at how is life in the unprivileged areas of one of the biggest cities in the world.

Amelie: This is just a wonderful movie. It's one of those movies that puts a smile on my face even in the most depressing moments.

Bottle Rocket: Wes Anderson's first work, not as accomplished as his subsequent efforts but still very good. Probably Owen Wilson's best performance and a very funny film.

Rushmore: Anderson's best work. The use of music is impressive and Bill Murray s hilariously de´ressive. Excellent screenplay also.

The Royal Tenenbaums: Gene Hackman and Owen Wilson are hilarious. The cinematography, costume desing and art direction are very quirky. Another excellnt movie by Anderson.

Se7en: Very dark and intelligent movie. I don't know what else to say.

In the Name of the Father: Very powerful film based on real events with some great performances. Very emotional and frustrating.

Other favorites:

Le Cercle Rouge
The Shawshank Redemption
The Pianist
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Edward Scissorhands
Pulp Fiction
Reservoir Dogs
Good Will Hunting
About a Boy
The Man Who Wasn't There
Black Hawk Down


Space Pope
« Reply #61 on: 06-24-2004 00:46 »

1. South Park Movie
2. BASEketball
3. Shrek
4. Star Wars: A New Hope
5. Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi
6. Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
7. Austin Powers
8. Austin Powers: The Spy who Shagged Me
9. Austin Powers: Goldmember

Starship Captain
« Reply #62 on: 06-24-2004 01:03 »

In no particular order.

The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
Fight Club
Mony Python and The Holy Grail
Back To The Future
Raiders Of The Lost Ark
Star Wars: Episode IV
Star Wars: Episode II
Star Wars: Episode V
The Hulk(Flame repelent on)
Mars Attacks!
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Lord Of The Rings: Return Of The King
Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers

That's about it.

Bending Unit
« Reply #63 on: 06-24-2004 10:31 »

Fight Club
Groundhog Day
American Beauty
Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Taxi Driver
Pulp Fiction
Apocalypse Now
The Shawshank Redemption
Toy Story 1 and 2
Silence of the Lambs
The Shining

Urban Legend
« Reply #64 on: 06-24-2004 11:24 »
« Last Edit on: 06-24-2004 11:24 »

Movies that, as far as I'm concerned, kick ass. (Note the conspicous absence of really modern films. This is not because I pine for the grand old days of cinema or anything, it just usually takes several years before I know that I love a film.

In no particular order:

Aliens: "Game over, man, game over!" Hudson made the film.
The Empire Strikes back: I love the rest of the OT, too, but this one... unbeatable.
Heat: The last scene... beautiful. Tears. No joke.
Pulp Fiction: Everything about it was utterly awesome.
Amelie: Yes, this is a recent film. The fact that I've put it here should tell you how much it rules. The only film that made me want to be nicer to people afterwards. For about half an hour. (Which is half an hour longer then most).
Stalingrad: What do you do in a no-win situation? You die. Most depressing war film ever.
Apocalypse Now: Bizzare. Gut wrenching. Creepy. Fantastic.
A Clockwork Orange: Yes, I'm a pretencious mother fucker too, but it just doesn't get much better then smacking people around to classical music.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day: Fantastic Sci-Fi/Action movie. Only total feebs haven't seen it by now.
Jurassic Park: I loved dinosaurs as a kid, and this film was a dream come true for me. "Clever girl..."
The Matrix: I have to pull this out now and again to remind myself how much the first one rocked. After repeated viewings, it seems that it rocks a lot.
The Usual Suspects: What the...? Where'd the limp go? Also, Keizer Soze was a totally scary bad-ass... if he even existed.    wink
Monty Python and The Holy Grail: So call me  predictable. *Has a sudden heart attack.*
Army of Darkness: Any movie where the hero's breaking evil skeletons over his knee is okay by me.
Star Trek: First Contact: By far the best of the Trek movies I've seen. No, I haven't seen Wrath of Khan.    tongue
Back to the Future trilogy: I can't think of a real good reason why I love these movies, but I do regardless.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Killin' Nazi's made fun!   ...more fun!
Orgazmo: "One last shot... for Jesus!" The film that made me love Mormans.
Chasing Amy: The only good romantic comedy. And a great film, to boot!
The Profesional: What's this? An action film where I'm getting emotionally attached to the protgonists? What kind of bizzaro world is this?!?

Honourable Mentions: Alien, Star Wars, Return of the Jedi, Temple of Doom, Lady Ninja: Reflections of Darkness (What the...    confused ), Ronin, The Last Crusade, Mystery Men, Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life,The Terminator, The Rock, and about a zillion others that haven't come to mind for some reason.
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