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1. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 20 May '05 07:24

Hey Fellow TPers,

I am looking for recommendations of movies I have to see. I developed a new addiction - Movies!!

So what movies do I have to see - and most important, why? Please give me some insight into why you liked that movie and why I should see it.

I am into nearly everything, so don't hesitate to recommend anything that you think is a Must See.

To give you an idea, here are some movies I like and can think of right on the spot:

- Bad Taste/Braindead and other good old Splatter movies
- Downfall
- Yojimbo and other Japanese Period Dramas
- City of God
- Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey

etc. etc.

So please keep your suggestions coming - I don't have a TV and need ot rent DVDs to see good movies or go to the Cinema.

2. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 20 May '05 07:30

Off the top of my head:

  • Shawn of the Dead (very silly stuff)
  • The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (strange and funny)
  • Oh! Brother Where Art Thou? (my all-time fave!)
  • The Hitchiker's Guide... (if you haven't seen it yet-great dialogue)
  • The Motorcycle Diaries (it'll make you want to travel to SA)

hmmm.... If I think of any more, I'll get back to you.

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru, 8468 posts) 20 May '05 07:35

Dogma was a great one that I picked up in the cheapy pile at Blockbuster (I am such a cheapskate;))
The Last Samuri
Excalibur
The Deer Hunter
Goodfellas
All of Tarentino's movies
(this could be a mighty long list Sunshine!)

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 20 May '05 07:36

Quoting CupCake

(this could be a mighty long list Sunshine!)

oooh! Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru, 5322 posts) 20 May '05 07:38

1.The Deer Hunter
2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo;s Nest
3. Platoon
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. The Killing Fields
6. Any of the the Godfather Trilogy
7. Citizen Kane
8. Apocalypse Now
9. The Pink Panther
10. Withnail & 1
11. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
12. The Royal Tennenbaums (sister movie of The Life Aquatic. Both very zany!)

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru, 8468 posts) 20 May '05 07:39

Quoting CupCake

All of Tarentino's movies

Ohhhh which reminds me...did anyone catch the season finale of CSI last night? It was a two hour one directed by Quentin himself;)
FREAKEN AWESOME!!!! :)

7. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 20 May '05 08:10

"Dogma" followed by "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back".
"Dogma" is a great parody on organized religion - particularly Catholicism. (No offense meant toward practicing Catholics!) Some viewers found it quite gory but it is good "splatter". The cast is terrific. If you like Bill and Ted, you will probably like this one.

"Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" takes place after "Dogma" and is silly but thoroughly enjoyable. Again, another interesting cast. This one is a guilty pleasure movie - it's silly and you feel guilty for liking it - but you can't help yourself.

"HAROLD AND MAUDE" (1971)
You must find this one!!! Harold (Bud Cort) performs fake suicides to get back at an overbearing mother. He meets Maude (Ruth Gordon) at a number of funerals - no one they know - just like going to them. He's 21, she's 79 but the relationship that develops between them is wonderful and it has a huge cult following. It is a classic!!
Harold and Maude

"The Loved One" (1965)
Another classic with a cult following. And, another one about funerals. Great cast and it all revolves around the funeral parlor business - a parody of the large cemetery operations in LA.
The Loved One

"Where's Poppa" (1970)
Ruth Gordon shines again in this one - another cult classic... She lives with her son (Geaorge Segal) who, because of her, has no life. His brother is no help. Great court scene with a young Rob Reiner and Barnard Hughes.
Where's Poppa

"The Haunting" (1963 Original)
First horror to actually scare me - and that's hard to do. Great ghost story with a good cast. This is a good one for ingenious use of lighting and offering up suspense without the use of modern special effects. (Guess what? Cult classic...)
The Haunting

Sorry to suggest the oldies, but they are goodies and considering our recent discussions about film projects, here are prime examples of real creativity without the use of special effects.

8. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member, 2356 posts) 20 May '05 08:31

Thanks for all the suggestions, keep them coming.

But the question remains - why should I go and see those movies (except for Isa, who's been a good girl and supplied info..)

I picked out one movie from each of the posts:

Tway - Life Aquatic
Cupcake - Excalibur
Ev - Citizen Kane

So, tell me why should I spend money on going and renting those movies? What is it that makes them interesting?
If you want to comment on your other suggestions, please do so, it would be very much appreciated.

And I need more suggestions - they do a good deal at the DVD rental place, 6 movies for 7 nights for 21 Euro. That keeps me going over the weekend.

9. Posted by Isadora (Moderator, 13924 posts) 20 May '05 08:59

Tway - I thought know one else like The Life Aquatic but me!!!

"Silverado" (1985)
One of the best "modern day" westerns made. It has everything a western should - horses, guns, dancehalls, love, revenge, hate, racism, great locations and great cast.
Silverado

"Kill Bill 1&2'
Tarantino - enough said!

"Destiny Turns on the Radio" (1995)
Good cast and centers around Las Vegas with a mystical twist involving a swimming pool. A Tarantino production. Just as you think it's getting a bit predictable - poof!
Destiny Turns on the Radio

"The Evil Dead Trilogy"
The Evil Dead, Evil Dead 2 & Army of Darkness. Oh, chainsaws are so useful! The first is cheap, trashy but done on a small budget with few special affects. The second had more money and the third was even bigger. Sam Raimi's proving ground as a director.
Evil Dead Trilogy

"Joe Hill" Also called "The Legend of Joe Hill" (1971)
Joe Hill emigrates from Sweden to America in the early 1900s. He becomes a union organiser during a time when strikes and such were illegal. He is charged with murder - but I'll leave it at that.
Joe Hill

10. Posted by tway (Travel Guru, 7274 posts) 20 May '05 09:10

Quoting Pardus

But the question remains - why should I go and see those movies...

Tway - Life Aquatic

What, "strange and funny" isn't detailed enough? OK, OK...

The whole movie is like a Jacques Cousteau adventure on magic mushrooms. It rumbles along and then **poof** here comes something wacky right out of the blue. It's funny and kind of surreal, and the dialogue (my personal bugaboo when it's anything short of original) is genius. The music is fantastic (although they didn't put Sigur Ros on the soundtrack!!), the characters are even better, the story is genius....

Is that good enough?

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