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Top 5 Films - Your Opinion?
Tiki Matt
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Posted: 2004-08-06 08:18 am   Permalink

Being addicted to movies, I thought it would be interesting to post the top 5 films I think everyone should see. Of course this is my opinion and would love to hear others. The goal here, of course, is to keep this thread going and hopefully turn people on to some cool movies that maybe they haven't seen or heard of (including me!)
I'm going to put a brief description after each entry and hope you will do the same. I'm keeping the list to 5, but could probably list 500. Here goes.....

1. "Out of the Past" - Possibly the best example of Film Noir and one of my favorite films of all time. Robert Mitchum stars with Kirk Douglas as the 'bad guy'.

2. "Rashomon" - Akira Kurosawa's greatest movie. The story is of a crime that was committed and the multiple re-telling of the same event by different people. This movie has often been imitated ("Basic" being the most recent) but never duplicated.

3. "Touch of Evil" - Orson Welles' second best film. The opening sequence alone is worth the rental fee! Great score by Henry Mancini. Great Noir thriller that is masterfully shot.

4. "The Third Man" - Directed by Carol Reed with Joseph Cotten and Orson Welles in his best performance. The cuckoo clock speech could be the best monologue in film history.

5. "The Wild Bunch" - I love westerns and this is the best. Gritty, well acted, beautifully shot (directed by Sam Pekinpah). This film is the benchmark for violence in modern cinema.


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Geeky Tiki
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Posted: 2004-08-06 09:03 am   Permalink

Another cool topic, amigo!

First response:

Apocalypse Now

Blade Runner (either version is pretty good, but I prefer the director's cut)

The Graduate

Little Big Man

The original Planet of the Apes/Omega Man double feature, gotta have a little cheese, eh?

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tiki mick
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Posted: 2004-08-06 09:20 am   Permalink

The Party
the blues brothers
Boogie Nights
Biloxi Blues
Animal House


 
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donhonyc
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Posted: 2004-08-06 10:21 am   Permalink

Petulia (dir. Richard Lester)

Easy Rider (dir. Dennis Hopper)

You're a Big Boy Now(dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

Midnight Cowboy(dir. John Schlesinger)

Vertigo(dir. Alfred Hitchcock)


 
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Satan's Sin
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Posted: 2004-08-06 10:24 am   Permalink

Favorite "famous" movie is "Lawrence of Arabia."

Favorite "non-famous" movie -- and one well worth rooting out -- is "Tension" (1949), a very tight, hard film noir about love, murder, adultery and revenge. Really excellent. Rarely seen.



Warren Quimby (Richard Basehart), a quiet, mild-mannered druggist, upon learning that his wife Claire (Audrey Totter) intends to leave him, begins to create a second identity to serve as an alibi when he kills his wife and her lover. Using this new identity, he meets and falls in love with Mary (Cyd Charisse) who gives him reason for not going through with his plans. However, when he visits the beach house where his wife and her lover Barney (Lloyd Gough) were staying, he finds that Barney has been murdered. Warren is now the chief suspect in the case and must prove his innocence. Tension is a taut thriller developed with noir motifs and style. Audrey Totter playing Claire, is the classic femme-fatale, cynical and cold, leading men to their doom. Warren is the weak man trapped in a pointless world. Director John Berry has filled the film with low-key images and well-developed characters: Warren's desperation leaves him no room for salvation, and his obsession with his wife's infidelity pushes him over the edge of reason. -- Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide


 
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Trader Woody
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Posted: 2004-08-06 10:39 am   Permalink

Very tough call, but

Fight Club
Withnail & I
The Usual Suspects
Se7en
The Wicker Man

are all ones I keep on watching again and again. (But how can I miss out Goodfellas, Big Lebowski, Taxi Driver, Apocolypse Now, Amelie, or even Faster Pussycat, Kill Kill!)

There are many 'greater' films but might only stand a viewing or two. There are loads out there to see and this thread should point out the cream of 'em.

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dangergirl299
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Posted: 2004-08-06 10:42 am   Permalink

Clerks
Monty Python's Quest for Holy Grail
Caddyshack
Big Lebowski
Young Frankenstein


 
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Doctor Z
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Posted: 2004-08-06 11:02 am   Permalink

Tough one!

In no particular order:

--This Is Spinal Tap
--Monty Python & the Holy Grail
--The Princess Bride
--Braveheart
--2001: A Space Odyssey
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cynfulcynner
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Posted: 2004-08-06 11:15 am   Permalink


Koyaanisqatsi
Dr. Strangelove
Harold and Maude
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Brazil (director's cut)

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limptiki
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Posted: 2004-08-06 11:29 am   Permalink

I can't narrow it down that far but i'm very impressed to see "Withnail and I" and "Little Big Man" on folks lists. Fantastic films.

 
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Kon-Hemsby
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Posted: 2004-08-06 12:12 pm   Permalink

wow..so many great choices. Have to agree on a few, Withnail and I, Apocalypse Now, Brazil. At this momment in time I would go for

American Grafitti
Big Wednesday
Two Lane Blacktop
Cry Baby
Pirates of the Caribbean
O Brother Where Art Thou
The Player

(ok I know it's 7 but there are so many fantastic films)


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johntiki
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Posted: 2004-08-06 12:33 pm   Permalink

In no particular order...

Rear Window (Hitchcock)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock)
Laura (Preminger)
Chinatown (Polanski)

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Tiki Bird
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Posted: 2004-08-06 12:45 pm   Permalink

1.) Aliens
2.) Star Wars
3.) The Princess Bride
4.) Raiders of the Lost Ark
5.) The Matrix


 
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AquaZombie
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Posted: 2004-08-06 12:49 pm   Permalink

I can only offer totally subjective choices. They're not to everyone's tastes, naturally, since they're strictly reflective of my own sensibilities, though a couple would most likely have relatively wide appeal, especially for people who visit this site:

1. I WAS A TEENAGE WEREWOLF (1957)
Michael Landon as the JD battling a lot more than a case of ance. It was my favorite as a kid and remains so for reasons not even I fully understand, though I do appreciate the moody photography and score by Paul Dunlap.

2. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (1957)
This film noir master piece starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster has one of the wittiest screenplays of all time. Favorite line: "The cat's in the bag, the bag's in the river." Highly recommended to just about anybody who likes movies.

3. ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES (1938)
Along with "White Heat," also starring James Cagney, one of the greatest gangster films in history. "Whaddya hear, whaddya say?" Quintessential viewing and again, will appease a wide variety of tastes due to superior high quality of filmmaking.


4. GUYS AND DOLLS (1955)
Brando sings! My favorite Sinatra flick too. So colorful and vibrant, it just puts me in a good mood whenever I see it. Damon Runyon remains one of my favorite writers, too.

5. BATMAN (1966)
The movie of my favorite TV show. Just showed it to a sold out crowd last night. Nothing comes closer to expressing my world view.

a few others (you said 5, but I have about a 1,000 favorites:)

GOLDFINGER (1963 - I know, I know, it's everyone else's favortie Bond, too)

FASTER PUSSYCAT KILL! KILL! (1966- three reasons: Tura! Tura! Tura! Also love Russ Meyer's UP!)

KING CREOLE (1958), BLUE HAWAII (1961) and VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964) - my three favorite Elvis flicks, the best of the Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful, respectively

OCEAN'S 11 (1960) - the Rat Pack cavorting in Classic Vegas, who cares if the plot sucks? The last scene is a beut, though.

FORBIDDEN PLANET (1956) - the most visually arresting sci fi flick ever

ABBOTT AND COSTELLO MEET FRANKENSTEIN (1948) - their funniest, and still the best horror spoof ever

THE WILD BUNCH (1969) - Peckinpah's masterpiece, the greatest Western ever, along with Leone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968)

7TH VOYAGE OF SINBAD (1958) and JASON AND THE ARGONAUTS (1964) - Harryhausen's best, though they're all great

THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), REVENGE OF THE CREATURE (1955) and THE CREATURE WALKS AMONG US (1956), all coming out Oct 5 on DVD....

then there's BLUE VELVET, Woo's THE KILLER, INVASION OF THE SAUCER MEN, MAD DOCTOR OF BLOOD ISLAND, THE INCREDIBLY STRANGE CREATURES WHO STOPPED LIVING AND BECAME MIXED UP ZOMBIES, RE-ANIMATOR, Romero's DEAD trilogy (the fourth one is on the way!), 40s seminal noirs CRISS CROSS and THE KILLERS, and...

aw man, forget it, there's just too damn many....








 
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thejab
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Posted: 2004-08-06 12:53 pm   Permalink

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On 2004-08-06 10:24, Satan's Sin wrote:Favorite "non-famous" movie -- and one well worth rooting out -- is "Tension" (1949), a very tight, hard film noir about love, murder, adultery and revenge. Really excellent. Rarely seen.



They just showed "Tension" on TCM (last month was "Crime Wave" month). I taped it - it's a keeper. Another great rare noir they showed: "Border Incident" starring Ricardo Montalban and directed by Anthony Mann. They ran several noir films directed by Mann last month, including "Desperate" and "Railroaded!".

http://www.filmmonthly.com/Noir/Articles/BorderIncident/BorderIncident.html

My top 5 is mainly based on movies that had the biggest impact on me on first viewing, and I can watch them over and over again:

American Graffitti (George Lucas) - it started my interest in the music, clothes, cars, etc. of the 50s when I saw it at the drive-in in 1973

2001 (Stanley Kubrick) - the most stylish movie in history

Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder) - the sexiest movie in history

Quadrophenia (Frank Roddam) - I was just a Who fan with long hair going to see this at the theatre in 1979. I came out totally obsessed with the mod movement and soon after I cut my hair, bought a Lambretta, and started wearing old suits.

The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford) - my favorite movie about a time in US history and about overcoming adversity.


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