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Best Films You've Ever Seen.
To counter cinema depression after chiming in on the "worst films" thread.
Dante_Maure




msg:319609
 11:18 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Best Movies You May Not Have Seen:

Wings Of Desire
The original, and infinitely more powerful German film that Hollywood's "City Of Angels" was based on.

Until The End Of The World
As unique and quirky as all of Wim Wender's films... but with William Hurt adding to this inspirational and truly original film's appeal.

Gattaca
An intelligent and deliciously stylized science fiction drama starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.

Baraka
Baraka is a Sufi word that means "the breath of life". This stunning audio and visual montage lives up to it's name with scenes that will make you laugh, cry, and take your breath away.

The Tango Lesson
Incredibly well directed, passionate, and autobiographical account of filmmaker Sally Potter's love affair with one of the greatest tango dancers in the world. Stunning choreography.

Latcho Drom
Exquisite musical documentary revealing the height, flight and plight of today's real gypsy culture.

The Buena Vista Social Club
Another musical documentary showing how Ry Cooder reunited the greatest musicians cuba's ever known resulting in a Grammy Award winning album.

MicroCosmos
You'll never see a bug the same way again.

Rosencranz and Gildensturn Are Dead
Absolutely hilarious film adaptation of a Shakespeare farce written for the stage by Tom Stoppard. (most renowned for having penned the script for Shakespeare in Love) Featuring Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfus, and Gary Oldman.

La Femme Nikita
The foreign film that made Luc Besson famous. (Fifth Element, The Professional, The Big Blue) Original film that hollywood's "The Long Kiss Goodnight" was based upon.

The Professional
Redefined what an action film could be with a quirky un-politically correct lolita romance thrown into the mix.

Life Is Beautiful
Hilarious, touching, and poignant film. Do not get the dubbed version, only with the subtitled version can fully appreciate why Roberto Benigni won an Oscar for his comedic performance in this outstanding Italian film.

Donnie Darko
David Lynch meets Vanilla Sky with a dash of Edward Scissorhands. Bizarre, dark, yet nonetheless very entertaining for those that enjoy a mind twister.

Smoke Signals
Sundance award winning comedy with mystical overtones about life on (and off) the reservation. First major film written, and directed by a Native American.

Waking Life
WILDLY psychedelic animated film that explores the philosophical edge of Life, The Universe, and Everything.

Manhunter
Forget Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, and Red Dragon... this is the Michael Mann film that started it all. Red Dragon is just the new hollywood remake of this original film adaptation of Thomas Harris' book.

The Critically Acclaimed Films Which, In My Opinion, More Than Deserved The Awards And Accolades Received:

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Moulin Rouge
Dangerous Liasions
Casablanca
American Beauty
As Good As It Gets
Chocolat
The Graduate
Fantasia
Raising Arizona
The Lord Of The Rings

Other miscelaneous favorites that I just don't have the time to write about at the moment:

The Milagro Beanfield War
Like Water For Chocolate
Kundun
Dangerous Beauty
Babe
Brother Sun Sister Moon
Snatch
Fight Club
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Man in the Moon
Fantasia 2000
Dream With The Fishes
The Big Lebowski
About Adam
Henry and June
Grosse Point Blank
L.A. Story

[edited by: mivox at 11:33 pm (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]
[edit reason] repaired Wim Wenders' name [/edit]

 

Nick_W




msg:319610
 11:37 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The little mermaid

Been my favorite for years....

Nick

quiet_man




msg:319611
 11:52 am on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Quiet Man

(1952 Dir. John Ford)

"Now, I'll begin at the beginnin' ..."

nutsandbolts




msg:319612
 12:08 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Hobson's Choice

Classic Charles Laughton movie (Please release on DVD!)

Duckula




msg:319613
 2:29 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Kieslowsky's last trilogy, specially Red.

And I should simply second Wenders's choices by Dante_Maure.

P.S.: This quirky software takes W.i.m W.e.n.d.e.r.s and changes it into... well you know.

lawman




msg:319614
 2:37 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

When it comes to movies, I am more visceral than cerebral. With that in mind, the top two are:

The Matrix
The Outlaw Josey Wales

ppg




msg:319615
 3:47 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Then you might like these lawman,

the 'lone wolf and cub' series, 6 films directed by Misumi Kenji and starring Wakayama Torisaburo

They're actually beautifully and very darkly shot, but they're rep is for the extremely gory nature of the samurai fighting scenes. Shame. Definitely visceral though.

My fave of the six is number 2, 'babycart at the river styx'. Not to be confused with the badly overdubbed 'shogun assasin' which is an amalgam of the first two, and was banned as a video nasty in the seventies.

Nice to see 'wings of desire' up there Dante_Maure, thats one of my all time faves too.

Oh yeah, and every carry on film ever made. Especially carry on screaming.

JonB




msg:319616
 4:14 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

the profesional directors cut (portman and reno), alien,blair witch (well, at the time iwatched it i thought it was for real and it scared the **** out of me, now i laught at this movie!),i msut add the latest donnie darko,odissey 2001,termintaor 1..men a lot aof good movies i like.cant choose the one. yes, the abyss directors cut is totaly diferent movie and i cant even undertand how could they release it without additional scenes.

Key_Master




msg:319617
 4:22 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'll add Shawshank Redemption, Water World, Forrest Gump, and all of the Mad Max movies.

volatilegx




msg:319618
 5:08 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Beavis and Butthead Do America

Oh wait... wrong thread... um...

Shane, Dragonslayer, Ladyhawke, Taxi Driver, Being John Malkovitch, American Beauty, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Trainspotting, Man Bites Dog (a Frenchy could-happen horror flick), High Plains Drifter, Raising Arizona, Natural Born Killers, Stand By Me, Fight Club, Alien, Empire Strikes Back, The Entity, The Deerhunter, Apocalypse Now, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club

Go60Guy




msg:319619
 5:12 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Lawrence of Arabia
Shawshank Redemption

JonB




msg:319620
 5:25 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

i forgot to add: the scent of green papaya. the most beautiful movie of them all (means can be boring for some since there is no action- like in odissey 2001)

Xoc




msg:319621
 5:28 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

The Tango Lesson
Incredibly well directed, passionate, and autobiographical account of filmmaker Sally Potter's love affair with one of the greatest tango dancers in the world. Stunning choreography.

Well, he may be a great dancer, but he's a complete jerk. He gave the worst (and most expensive) private lesson of any I've ever taken. Of course, in the movie, he's portrayed as a complete jerk, so that was true to form.

Hawkgirl




msg:319622
 5:34 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Sorry to disagree - 'Gattaca' is on my worst list, not on my best list. ;)

One of my favorite classic comedies of all time:

9 to 5 with Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda and Dolly Parton.

"[His name is] Franklin Hart. But to me he'll always be 'F<folder covering rest of the letters> Hart.'"

WebRookie




msg:319623
 6:16 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Partial list of the best films I've seen (in no particular order):

Awakenings
Dog Day Afternoon
The Deerhunter
Apocalypse Now
Cyrano de Bergerac (Gerard Depardieu)
Being John Malkovitch
American Beauty
ET
Little Big Man
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Forrest Gump
The Big Lebowski
It's a Wonderful Life
The Elephant Man
White Heat
Schindler's List
Sophie's Choice

Mark Candiotti




msg:319624
 6:52 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources - watch both, alone, to the end, they (you?) could change your life
Unbearable Lightness of Being - an even better novel (by Milan Kundera)
Body Heat - grabs you into a mood and keeps you there
Rebecca - another one that takes you where it wants
Deer Hunter - absolutely devastating
Network - great screenplay
The Graduate - plastics & anomie
Godfather I & II - of course
Life is Beautiful - pure originality
Dr. Strangelove - "No fighting in the war room!"

jatar_k




msg:319625
 6:54 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

I'll have to slip in Session 9. I had never heard anything about it and it was a pleasant surprise. I loved this movie.

pmac




msg:319626
 6:58 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Loved Brave Heart.

ScottM




msg:319627
 9:53 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Enemy Mine
Shining Through
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Spinal Tap
Any Monty Python Movie

Chris_R




msg:319628
 10:13 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

I thought "The Professional" sucked.

I remember going into blockbuster (returning a movie) and someone was accosting people oustide hoping they had a movie he wanted.

I showed him mine and asked him out of curiousity which one he wanted to see.

He wanted to see "The Professional". When I told him my opinion, he said "That's my favorite Movie!"

I just kind of thought it was funny.

"This one is for Matilda"

<ADDED>

Oh and my favorites - no making fun:

Elizabeth
English Patient
Princess Bride

When I was younger - I loved:

The Man with One Red Shoe
War Games
Star Wars

Others I like, but not my favorites - but what I can think of off hand:
Gattaca
A blast from the past
Bedazzled
The Rapture
The Mummy
Traffic
Office Space
Chasing Amy
The Mask
Bound

[edited by: Chris_R at 10:20 pm (utc) on Nov. 3, 2002]

ukgimp




msg:319629
 10:15 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Heat
Goodfellas
Godfather Trilogy
Manhunter (another Michael Mann film)

I like lawmans idea about Josie Whales. Hang Em High is on right now, so I am off to view.

tedster




msg:319630
 10:15 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

A few I love that haven't been mentioned so far:

True Romance
Memento
Lone Star
Fargo
Truly, Madly, Deeply
Much Ado About Nothing
How To Get Ahead In Advertising
All About My Mother
Parents

Plus, Aaron Sorkin's incredible writing in:
A Few Good Men
The American President

copongcopong




msg:319631
 10:32 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

Goodwill hunting. Robin Williams

Romeo




msg:319632
 10:55 pm on Nov 3, 2002 (gmt 0)

... hmm, I didn't find my favourites mentioned so far:
-- Dark Star (by John Carpenter)
-- Billy the Kid (by Sam Peckinpah, Music by Bob Dylan)
-- Apocalypse Now (by Francis Coppola, Music by The Doors)

Regards,
Romeo

Dante_Maure




msg:319633
 3:33 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

P.S.: This quirky software takes W.i.m W.e.n.d.e.r.s and changes it into... well you know.

No kidding... what's that about? Same thing happened to me until I added in the apostrophe.

For those that are wondering, the forum software changes "W.i.m.W.e.n.d.e.r.s" into WebmasterWorld!

Oh yeah, and every carry on film ever made. Especially carry on screaming.

Never heard of any of them... but coming from someone who loved Wings Of Desire (My favorite of all time) I'd be interested in hearing more.

the profesional directors cut (portman and reno)

Called "Leon" yes? I've not been able to find this one locally yet. Can you share how it differs from the regular release?

I'll add Shawshank Redemption

I don't know how I forgot that one. Tim Robbins absolutely rocks. Just recently watched "The Cradle Will Rock" which he stars in, wrote, and directed. Awesome... especially for those that appreciate or have worked in the theater biz.

Ladyhawke

Funny, I just watched this one again for the first time in 12 years. I rembered loving it, but egads... the 80's rock and roll soundtrack by the Alan Parsons Project? <shiver>

Well, he may be a great dancer, but he's a complete jerk. He gave the worst (and most expensive) private lesson of any I've ever taken. Of course, in the movie, he's portrayed as a complete jerk, so that was true to form.

Okay, I've got to ask... where and how did you wind up taking a private Tango lesson with this guy?

Which reminds me of another... Tango (foreign film) good movie, stunning choreography. Yum.

True Romance

Just watched this again as well. How can you possibly go wrong with a Tarantino film starring Christian Slater, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman, Samuel Jackson, Dennis Hopper, and Christopher Walken. Talk about a great cast!

Alright, few more that reading this list reminded me of...

Illuminata

Traffic (incredibly well directed and scored)

Legend - Director's Cut (Tim Curry is the man)

The Keep

The Hitcher

The Last Supper

Being There (Puts Forest Gump to shame)

Memento

Best in Show

A Fish Called Wanda

Angel Heart

Three Seasons (sundance winner from Vietnam with Harvey Keitel)

Blade Runner - Director's Cut. Ridley Scott just blows my mind. Has anyone seen White Squall? It's the only Scott film I haven't seen yet.

Everything by Terry Gilliam (Amelie), Kevin Smith (Clerks), and Tim Burton (Beetlejuice).

Thanks all for your contributions, I've definitely added to my list of things to see.

Any others?

In particualar I'm always interested in hearing the answer to the following questions...

What are your favorite films that most people have never seen?

What's are the most inspirational movies you've ever watched?

What intelligent or scathingly witty films made you laugh out loud?

<edit> Mis-spelled Smith ;) </edit>

[edited by: Dante_Maure at 3:49 am (utc) on Nov. 4, 2002]

Macguru




msg:319634
 3:40 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

>>What are your favorite films that most people have never seen?
In heaven everything is fine [snurrfilm.no]...

Mardi_Gras




msg:319635
 3:45 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Kevin Anderson (Clerks),

I suspect you mean Kevin Smith. If so, I agree on Clerks, Dogma, and Chasing Amy - but Mall Rats was the pits.

Dante_Maure




msg:319636
 3:52 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

I suspect you mean Kevin Smith.

<cheeky grin>Um... Yeah. That's what I said. ;) </cheeky grin>

mivox




msg:319637
 4:37 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

For those that are wondering, the forum software changes "W.i.m.W.e.n.d.e.r.s" into WebmasterWorld!

Heheh... It's a shortcut that turns "w m w" into WebmasterWorld to save typing time for us "hard core" users. In this case though, it also seems to take the "W i m W" and ignore the "i" in the middle (The original post ended up saying WebmasterWorldenders" instead of Wim Wenders.)

You can apparently work around it by putting two spaces between his first and last name... then the forum's "eliminate repetitive empty spaces" filter seems to take precedence over the w m w filter... at least until Brett tightens up the sensitivity level on the w m w one.

shelleycat




msg:319638
 5:02 am on Nov 4, 2002 (gmt 0)

Life Is Beautiful
... Do not get the dubbed version ... {\

Totally agree on this one, wonderful movie and worth the time spent reading subtitles. Definitely on my list of favourites.

Another movie worth reading subtitles for: Run Lola Run (Or Lola rennt). Heart pumping, adrenaline rushing and thought provoking too.

I also really liked Gattaca although I'm not sure it quite makes my list of all time fav's.

Worth mentioning: L.A. Confidential. Still not sure why I like this so much, maybe because the plot was actually reasonably intelligent. I like not being able to guess what's going to happen.

And Dr. Strangelove rocked.

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