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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.
An intelligent and deliciously stylized science fiction drama starring Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
David Lynch meets Vanilla Sky with a dash of Edward Scissorhands. Bizarre, dark, yet nonetheless very entertaining for those that enjoy a mind twister.
Sundance award winning comedy with mystical overtones about life on (and off) the reservation. First major film written, and directed by a Native American.
WILDLY psychedelic animated film that explores the philosophical edge of Life, The Universe, and Everything.
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
As Good As It Gets
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
Brother Sun Sister Moon
Brotherhood of the Wolf
Man in the Moon
Dream With The Fishes
The Big Lebowski
Henry and June
Grosse Point Blank
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Stanley Kubrick: Paths of Glory, Dr Strangelove, Barry Lyndon, 2001, Clockwork Orange
Roman Polanski: Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown
Chris Marker: La Jetee
Robert Altman: McCabe and Mrs Miller, Thieves Like Us, Vincent and Theo, Three Women
Luchino Visconti: The Leopard, Death in Venice, Ossessione
Bernardo Bertolucci: Before the Revolution, Last Tango in Paris, The Conformist, The Last Emperor
Nikita Mikhalkov: Unfinished Piece for Mechanical Piano
Ridley Scott: Bladerunner, Alien
Milos Forman: Amadeus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Ivan Passer: Intimate Lighting
Francis Ford Coppola: Godfather 1 & 2; The Conversation; Apocalypse Now; Bram Stoker's Dracula
Zhang Yimou: Ju Dou, Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad
Ang Lee: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Eric Valli: Himalaya
Oh, heck I could sit here all day.
12 Angry Men - Black and white courtroom drama, very clever, great script, great acting.
Godfather 1 + 2 - I'll just hop on the bandwagon.
The Professional - Directors Cut
Fargo - great satire
Being John Malkovich - most origial film in years
Dark City - great sci-fi
I used to watch that all the time when I was younger. Great film even to this day.
Who can disregard ET. Probably a film that will go down in history as the beginning of the movie revolution.
The first one was good.. the other 2 where just playing catch up and did not to the first version justice.
Excellent story line and filmed in my home Scotland :)
An old movie now but at the time the effects where cutting edge. I can still remember the atmosphere in the cinema.
.Saving private Ryan
Really well made movie that made you almost feel as if you where fighting with them. Great effects. One that will be remembered for a long time.
.I know what you did last summer
Very creepy but made in the way a horror/suspense should be.
Very well made movie that had a great script. Also great acting and some of the timing made a lot of peopel jump in the cinema.
My list is a lot longer... Just thought I would share the highlights :)
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Lord of the Rings
The Mummy (but not the second one)
All the Indiana Jones films (although the last one wasnt as good)
Clerks, Dogma, Jay and Silent Bob
Arlington Road (Tim Robbins one, havent seen the original)
The Green Mile
Austin Powers (1 and 2 havent seen 3 yet)
Empire strikes back
most of the films mentioned by others (including those mentioned on the worst films thread!).
Mark Candiotti wrote
"Jean de Florette/Manon des Sources - watch both, alone, to the end, they (you?) could change your life "
He is right.
Heh. Just rented both... will report later. :)
Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory
Other celluloid tributes to expanded states of consciousness:
Wizard Of OZ - Watch it with the sound turned off and playing Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Start the CD as soon as the MGM lion roars for the third time.
Alice In Wonderland - any version will do.
Metropolis - The recent anime remake. Gorgeous visuals.
Fritz The Cat
Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Dr. Strangelove - my all time favourite.
Spinal Tap - "Hello Cleveland"
Jaws - saw it in the theatre when I was a kid but have learned to love it more as time went on. "we need a bigger boat"
Saving Private Ryan - first 20 minutes is the best action in the history of film.
Citizen Kane - some think it is over-rated but not me. Groundbreaking when it was filmed.
So happy not to see Titanic here. Sci-fi fans, nobody liked 12 Monkeys?
Off topic but...... favourite TV shows , Simpsons, Sienfeld, WKRP, Fawlty Towers.
Sci-fi fans, nobody liked 12 Monkeys?
from msg #25:
Everything by Terry Gilliam
That would include:
The Fisher King
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (bit too much angst for me, but brilliantly directed)
And of course, all of the Monty Python madness.
handle with care! Carry on films are low budget british sixties comedies starring (among others) Sid James and Barbara Windsor.
They mostly revolve around childish double entendres and daft visual jokes which never fail to get me chuckling - but they're more in the 'so bad they're good' mould.
Highly nostalgic for those of us htat grew up in the UK in the 60s and 70s but of questionable value to anyone else!
Yes, I loved wings of desire. I just didn't want you thinking carry on films are anything like that beautiful film. Lets just say I have eclectic tastes :)
Yes, I loved wings of desire. I just didn't want you thinking carry on films are anything like that beautiful film. Lets just say I have eclectic tastes
Alright, I'll consider myself warned. ;)
While I have an insatiable appetite for beautiful and poignant films, I must admit that when it comes to humor all bets are off.
Sure, I wish there were more films like Rosencranz and Gildensturn are Dead, but high brow intelligent comedies are hard to come by.
I must admit that I have enjoyed my share of belly laughs watching movies like Tomcats, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Zoolander. <hides face in shame>
Jean Renoir: The Grand Illusion, Rules of the Game, The Golden Coach
Francois Truffaut: Shoot the Piano Player, Jules & Jim, The Wild Child, The 400 Blows
Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali, Aparajito, The World of Apu, Devi, The Music Room, Charulata, Distant Thunder
Buster Keaton: Sherlock Jr, The General, The Navigator
Akira Kurosawa: Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Ikiru, Rashomon
Federico Fellini: La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2, The White Sheik, Roma
Orson Welles: Citizen Kane, Chimes at Midnight, Touch of Evil, Othello
Michael Curtiz: Casablanca
Preston Sturges: Sullivan's Travels, Palm Beach Story, The Lady Eve
Alfred Hitchcock: Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, Rear Window
Carol Reed: The Third Man
John Ford: My Darling Clementine, Cheyenne Autumn, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Howard Hawks: Red River, The Big Sleep, Bringing up Baby
Henry King: The Gunfighter
Fred Zinnemann: High Noon
John Huston: Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The Dead, The Man Who Would Be King, Beat the Devil
Stanley Donen: Singin' in the Rain
Shawshank Redemption: Also better than Forrest Gump.
Forrest Gump: Good movie, but not the best of 1994.
Reservoir Dogs: Tarantino likes to script swear words much in the same way that Samuel Clements used punctuation...
Glen Garry Glen Ross: See above, and substitute "Mamet" for Tarantino.
Falling Down: Midlife Crisis gone horribly wrong. Guilty Pleasure, if you will.
The Conversation: Saw it on AMC a while back for the first time. Now that is story-telling!
The Killer: Back in the 1980s, John Woo made good action movies in Hong Kong (he went downhill after "Broken Arrow"). John Woo and Chow Yun Fat are like a Chinese Scorsese and DeNiro.
Speaking of which: Taxi Driver. Insanity well-described.