||Top 5 Films - Your Opinion?
Joined: Jul 06, 2004
From: North O.C.
|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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Joined: Oct 15, 2002
From: Las vegas
|Posted: 2004-08-06 09:03 am  Permalink|
Another cool topic, amigo!
Blade Runner (either version is pretty good, but I prefer the director's cut)
Little Big Man
The original Planet of the Apes/Omega Man double feature, gotta have a little cheese, eh?
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Joined: Aug 11, 2003
|Posted: 2004-08-06 09:20 am  Permalink|
the blues brothers
Joined: Jan 13, 2003
From: The Quiet EAST Village
|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)
Joined: Jun 13, 2004
From: Imperial Beach, CA
|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
Joined: Mar 25, 2002
From: Tiki Manor, Forest of Bowland,UK
|Posted: 2004-08-06 10:39 am  Permalink|
Very tough call, but
Withnail & I
The Usual Suspects
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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From: Bay Area
|Posted: 2004-08-06 10:42 am  Permalink|
Monty Python's Quest for Holy Grail
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From: The Hale Moana Lounge, Torrance, CA
|Posted: 2004-08-06 11:02 am  Permalink|
In no particular order:
--This Is Spinal Tap
--Monty Python & the Holy Grail
--The Princess Bride
--2001: A Space Odyssey
Doctor Z’s 'Not-Quite-Patented' Hangover Remedy
“Sworn BY, not sworn AT”
Ask for it by name!
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From: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
|Posted: 2004-08-06 11:15 am  Permalink|
Harold and Maude
Pee-wee's Big Adventure
Brazil (director's cut)
Joined: Mar 26, 2003
From: bay area
|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.
Joined: Sep 17, 2003
From: Andover, England
|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
Two Lane Blacktop
Pirates of the Caribbean
O Brother Where Art Thou
(ok I know it's 7 but there are so many fantastic films)
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Joined: Mar 31, 2002
|Posted: 2004-08-06 12:33 pm  Permalink|
In no particular order...
Rear Window (Hitchcock)
Citizen Kane (Welles)
Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock)
Joined: Sep 25, 2003
From: Cerritos, Ca.
|Posted: 2004-08-06 12:45 pm  Permalink|
2.) Star Wars
3.) The Princess Bride
4.) Raiders of the Lost Ark
5.) The Matrix
Joined: Aug 01, 2003
|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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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
|Posted: 2004-08-06 12:53 pm  Permalink|
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!".
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.