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11. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Forgot this one:

"Y Tu Mama Tambien" aka "And Your Mother Too" (2001)
An Alfonso Cuaron (Prisoner of Azkaban & Great Expectations director) film about 2 teenaged mexican boys and an older woman. Subtitled in English, but well worth it. It's a great "coming of age"/road trip movie with great scenery, great dialogue and great humor. There is a (bastardized) remake with "famous" actors (and in English), but this is the one to see.
Y Tu Mama Tambien

12. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

Is that good enough?

Eek... I just re-read that. Sorry if I sounded abrupt! I meant it as a ;), but my boss was rounding the corner so I "submit" in a nanosecond...

13. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Lars Von Trier's "Dogville"
This is THE ultimate lesson of humanity and all that darkness, which is hidden away in furthest corner in any soul...
Another spectacular thing about Dogville besides story and great acting is how it's filmed - on stage, with streets and everything else just drawn on the floor. Sounds odd, but works in the favour of film.

Richard Linklater's "Before Sunrise" and "Before Sunset" are fantastic films too. Theme is simple - 2 strangers meet and spend some time together. Brilliant directing and dialogue. For all the romantics out there. ;)

14. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Forgot this one:

"Y Tu Mama Tambien" aka "And Your Mother Too" (2001)
An Alfonso Cuaron (Prisoner of Azkaban & Great Expectations director) film about 2 teenaged mexican boys and an older woman. Subtitled in English, but well worth it. It's a great "coming of age"/road trip movie with great scenery, great dialogue and great humor. There is a (bastardized) remake with "famous" actors (and in English), but this is the one to see.
Y Tu Mama Tambien

I agree with Isa on this. It's a great film.

I would also recommend the following:

La Vita è Bella
- Roberto Benigni won an Oscar for this. It's about a father who was trying to keep his family safe during World War II, when his family were sent to the Nazi concentration camps, and he and his son were separated from his wife. Some scenes might seem unrealistic, but overall it was very beautiful and touching, and great acting from the little kid (can't remember his name) who acted as the son.

The Remains of the Day
- Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. Adapted from Kazuo Ishiguro's novel of the same name, tells the tale of an aging butler who, while taking an excursion through the countryside in England, revisits his past and tries to come to terms with all the changes he's experienced in his life. Excellent acting from both Hopkins and Thompson.

The Last of the Mohicans
- Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe. Amid the hostilities between the British and French in colonia America in the 18th century, a Mohawk falls in love with a British officer's daughter and must decide where his loyalties lie. (I'm such a DDL fan that I'd recommend all of his movies)

Battle Royale
- Controversial film by Japanese director Kinji Fukasaku, about 42 high school students forced to engage in a war for survival on a remote island. Great for the violence, it was a hell of a ride and does introduce you to Chiaki Kuriyama, but would also recommend that you read the novel by Koushun Takami.

Bayside Shakedown 2
- Yuji Oda, Eri Fukatsu. Aoshima is a reckless, passionate and good-hearted cop who is always on the lookout for big cases, but all he ends up with are small ones in his Bayside Precinct. A series of murders bring the Tokyo bigwigs down to the Bayside police station and at the expense of their own work, Aoshima and his colleagues are forced to focus on the murders and take orders from a very bitchy boss. It's quite funny and the chemistry between the leads is worth watching.

My Sassy Girl
- Korean hit comedy, stars Jeon Ji Hyun and Cha Tae Hyun. A university student meets a drunk girl at a train station and is forced to take care of her after she pukes in the train and calls him "honey". Great chemistry between the leads, and a pretty much laugh-a-minute film, although some parts at the end are a little slow.

Il Mare
- Jeon Ji Hyun, Lee Jung Jae. A girl, in the year 1999, leaves a letter for the next tenant of her seaside home, only to receive a letter back from a guy who, ironically, lives in the year 1997. Beautiful, touching film and very good chemistry between the leads.

Se7en
- Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman. Two cops go on a search for a murderer who's intent on finishing his killing spree of people he thinks manifest the seven deadly sins. Super acting by Freeman.

A Streetcar Named Desire
- Marlon Brando, 'nuff said!

I have more recommendations, but this post won't end if I continue.

15. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

I love movies and have seen lots. I'll post some other suggestions later on, but my #1 favorite ever is:

Casablanca: I've seen it many times and every time I see it I notice something else that I missed the times before. It has everything, excellent acting, excellent plot, classic movie lines "we'll always have Paris", etc., etc. etc..

Have you seen Casablanca yet???

16. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Thank all of you, that's really great... Just keep it coming. I always like to see new movies or kind of movies that I wouldn't have watched before.

I just got a couple of movies out yesterday and watched "Sunshine of the Spotless mind" and I really like it. I have to put down my comments a bit later on in detail (there's great stuff in it, I like the way the story is told), I might even start a review page on my website.

I promise to watch all the movies you recommend at some stage and will get back with what I think of them.

Thanks again.

17. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Hey Pardus,

Check out this website (IMDb Internet Movie DatsBase). I'm pretty sure it's the best website for movie information. This link takes you directly to the list of the TOP 250 Movies of All-Time based on the votes of members. You can also search for info. on ANY movie by using the box near the top left of the page.

http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

18. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Here's another "Must See" movie for you.

Leon: The Professional (this is the International (European) version and the one you want to rent). Leon: The professional is an amazing movie and one of my All-Time favorites. Also probably one of the most underratted films ever. It was Natalie Portman's first role as a 12 year old girl (she gives an amazing performance), she'd now know for being in the last 3 Star Wars movies as "Queen Padmé." This movie has everything (action, emotional plot, etc..). Check out the link about the movie and click on "more" next to user comments, then "check for other user comments" and read some members reviews.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0110413/#comment

NOTE: In the US, a version of the movie (24 minutes shorter) is on TV a lot (under the name "The Professional"). They cut some stuff out that they thought the "uptight American audience counldn't handle.

PS---Has anyone else seen either version "Leon" or "The Professional"?

19. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 11y

Leon is very good film. I was stunned when I saw it available on dvd at videostore near me, unfortunately I got US version. Looking forward to seeing international version of it, US version just gave a small taste of it. It's bit odd, but very emotional plot.:)

20. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Yup, seen Leon and it's very high up on my favourite movies list. Good mix of action and emotions, and good dose of humour in it as well... Great casting (Jean Reno, Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman).

I just saw "Freeze Frame" yesterday, really good movie. Very sombre atmosphere of paranoia and some good twists in it... Great British Cinema that relies on atmosphere much more than action.

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