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HappyPappy
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posted 30 November 2004 09:03 PM      Profile for HappyPappy     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
What movie would you put on the top 10 of the best movies that influenced you ?
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Sharon
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posted 30 November 2004 09:26 PM      Profile for Sharon     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Betcha the moderators would say this should be under "culture" or "babble banter."
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posted 30 November 2004 09:51 PM      Profile for swirrlygrrl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
(In no particular order)

- The Thin Red Line
- Death and the Maiden
- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- Say Anything
- Magnolia
- Casablanca
- Citizen Kane
- Until the End of the World
- Annie Hall


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posted 30 November 2004 10:07 PM      Profile for BLAKE 3:16     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Velvet Goldmine, Vertigo, Rope, Orlando, Talented Mr. Ripley, The Celebration. Pinnochio, Bugs Bunny's Barber of Seville, Miss Edmonton Teenburger 1983 in It's Party Time, the video for Eminem's Stan

Because they scare the shit out of me


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Rope - good. Talented Mr. Ripley - very bad. Purple Noon was much better.
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posted 30 November 2004 11:24 PM      Profile for bittersweet     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am confused by the question, though it influences me strangely.
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posted 30 November 2004 11:39 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Patlabor 1
Anything from Studio Ghibli
Bubba Ho-Tep
Night, Dawn, Return of, Day, etc. You get it...Zombie movies.
Monty Python
Star Wars eps. IV/V
Star Trek 1-5 and Insurrection/Nemesis
Evil Dead 1
Evil Dead 2
Army of Darkness
Life is Beautiful
While You Were Sleeping
Full Time Killers
Shiri
Tokyo Godfathers
Godzilla
Jurassic Park I
Batman 1/2

And the all time best movie ever:
Benji, I mean, All Dogs Go to Heaven, as well as The Fox and The Hound.

[ 30 November 2004: Message edited by: Papal_Bull ]


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 30 November 2004 11:46 PM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'm going to move this to Culture.

Before I do...

Bob Roberts
20 Bucks
State and Main
Cry Freedom
Dead Man Walking
It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Roger and Me, etc.


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al-Qa'bong
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The National Dream
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Blazing Saddles.
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remind
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Slaughterhouse 5

The Commitments

Butterflies Are Free

Keir Duella Paperback Hero

Dances with Wolves


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Burnt by the Sun -- 1994
directed by Nikita Mikhalkov

quote:
A long summer day in 1936. Serguei Kotov (Nikita Mikhalkov), an aging military hero of the Bolshevik revolution, is enjoying the sweet life in his country house, together with his captivating (and much younger) wife Maroussia (Ingeborga Dapkounaite), their vivacious six-year-old daughter Nadia (Nadia Mikhalkov), numerous family members and friends.

Into this idyllic setting enters Dimitri (Oleg Menchikov), a young man who was Maroussia's lover a decade ago, before leaving under mysterious circumstances. Dimitri now works for Stalin's secret police, and it becomes clear that he has returned with an agenda. As he rekindles Maroussia's memories of their romance and charms little Nadia with games and music, the tension between him and Kotov builds, until the younger man finally reveals the nature of his sinister game.


Sony web site

Slow moving but thick with psychological and political intrigue. Unqiue in the telling of life in Stalanist Russia, it forefronts the personal as a key catalyst in the politcal conflicts of the period.

Apparently it opened in Russia to intense controversy for Nikita Mikhalkov's farther, Sergei, was a Soviet era 'Arts'aparatchik (who wrote the lyrics to the anthem of the USSR), and it was seen alternately as an 'apology' or an explanation for his fathers colaboration. No one comes of looking very good.

Negative critque here....

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The Third Man
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Jesse Hoffman
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In no particular order...

- Vertigo
- The 400 Blows
- The Thin Red Line
- Pulp Fiction
- The Passion of Joan of Arc
- Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
- A Clockwork Orange
- Persona
- The Lord of the Rings
- The Rules of the Game

Others: Cries and Whispers, Breathless, Jules et Jim, 8 1/2, Far From Heaven...


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To kill a mockingbird
Au revoir les enfants
Romero
The war room
Godfather 1 and 2 but never 3
Wag the dog
Shrek
Austin power movies
Topgun
Canadian bacon

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Hard to pick out ten as 'best' with no particular criteria, but here's ten highly-recommended favorites of mine:
Woody Allen's Love & Death
Re-animator
Bladerunner
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Grifters
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Bowling For Columbine
The Fast Runner
The Long Good Friday
Max

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Inherit the Wind
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The Hegemo
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posted 01 December 2004 10:19 AM      Profile for The Hegemo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Shop on Main Street
Roger & Me
Election
Bread & Roses
Slap Shot
Hoop Dreams
The Wizard of Oz

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rasmus
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Andrei Rublev
Au Hasard Balthazar
The Seventh Seal
Uncle Buck

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Willowdale Wizard
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posted 01 December 2004 10:28 AM      Profile for Willowdale Wizard   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Uncle Buck

well, i like spaceballs, so i can't say anything.

maybe that can be a rule for the rest of the thread, your favourite films, plus your favourite john candy film.

pi
benjamin smoke
ordinary people
my beautiful laundrette


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Scott Piatkowski
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posted 01 December 2004 11:31 AM      Profile for Scott Piatkowski   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Willowdale Wizard:
maybe that can be a rule for the rest of the thread, your favourite films, plus your favourite john candy film.

OK, then add Planes, Trains and Automobiles to my list.

Those aren't pillows!!!


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posted 01 December 2004 11:35 AM      Profile for Mr. Magoo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Blade Runner
Raiders of the Lost Ark

and to satisfy the new criterion:

Heavy Metal


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Triplets of Belleville. And I bought the sound-track, first time I've ever bought one.
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Dog Day Afternoon
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Aguirre Wrath of God
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Salt of the Earth
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The Wiazrd of Oz
Its a Wonderful Life

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A few Russian moves. Some Italian with Chelentano and some French comedies with Jean-Paul Belmondo, Louis de Funès and Pierre Richard.

Plus
- Sound of Music
- Robin Hood (classic)
- Merry Poppins
- Amadeus
- The Vikings
- and some others.


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Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
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BATTLE OF ALGIERS Criterion Collection Edition
i just rented it a couple of nights ago and sweet jesus it's good. although it's about the algerian revolution its a great film to watch today, given it gives a lot of insight into the conflicts in palestine and iraq

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Mulan and the Green Mile
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2001: A Space Odyssey
Dune (Space Network)
Dune (David Lynch)

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Cinema Paradiso is my favorite.

http://movie-reviews.colossus.net/movies/c/cinema.html


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In no order:

Magnificent Seven, It's a Wonderful Life, The 400 Blows, Man Bites Dog, On the Waterfront, The King of Comedy, City of God, The Big Liebowski, Matewan


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Contact
Central Station
Magnolia
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Traffic
American Beauty
The Colour of Paradise
Dark City
American History X
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Amores Perros
This is What Democracy Looks Like


I list a lot of Hollywood movies, only because I can't remember all the great foreign films I've seen. I watch a lot of documentaries as well, and I often forget them.


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Slaves of New York, L.A. Story, Thelma & Louise, Bladerunner, The Princess Bride, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Lord of the Rings, But I'm A Cheerleader! - and I'll second others' mentions of Velvet Goldmine (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers is the most beautiful man in the world, despite Orlando Bloom and Rodrigo Santoro), Orlando and Grosse Pointe Blank. I don't know, I like a lot of movies. It's hard to narrow it down ...
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posted 04 December 2004 02:58 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Godfather
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Army of Darkness. Whenever things don't look good at work, several of us get together and watch this masterpiece of a classic. It cheers us up somewhat. That, and we hit the pub afterwards. A round of beer every 20 minutes until we pass out. Then we cut back to every 15 or so.
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- Vertigo
- Notorious
- The Apartment
- Glengarry Glen Ross
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers
- Being John Malkovich
- King of Comedy
- High Fidelity
- Manhattan

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quote:
Slaves of New York

Excellent movie!

Bitter Moon
Resevoir Dogs
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Dazed and Confused
Legally Blonde
Clueless
Slaves of New York
Love and Death
Take the Money and Run
Vagabond
Santa Sangre
Ju On
A Clockwork Orange
Clerks

I could go on forever! I love movies.

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I'm really bad at these.

Now i don't wanna start a fight, but it's amazing how a list of other people's favorite movies though will inevitably include some of any other person's Most loved but also Most hated movies.

For example, kudos to the people who nominated The Third Man, Citizen Kane, Manhattan, Aguirre, Godfather, Glengarry, Roger & Me, etc., though off the top of my head I'd add Down By Law, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Repulsion, Mulholland Drive(not as good as Twin Peaks though), Land & Freedom, and The Battleship Potemkin.

But i absolutely couldn't stand The Celebration (i have a bit of a hate-on for Von Trier), Monty Python (i've just seen WAY too many unfunny people reciting entire scenes on their own, out of the blue - i never know what to do while they're doing it, i usually just kinda twiddle my thumbs, look around, smile politely, and wait for them to finish ., Canadian Bacon (even freakin worse than Uncle Buck AFAIK!), 2001 (now, i said i didn't t wanna start a fight...), American Beauty, etc.

I guess some movies inspire strong opinions... love 'em or hate 'em...


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The Kubricks:

Stragelove
2001
Clockwork

The Spielbergs:

Empire of the Sun
Schindler's List

The Raimis

Army of Darkness
The Spider-men

The Tarantinos

Pulp Fiction
Kill Bills

The Zhang Yimous

Hero
House of Flying Daggers

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"I don't deserve to die like this."

"Deserve's got nuthin' to do with it."


The Unforgiven. Best Western ever.


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"O! Lucky Man"
"Shaun of the Dead"
and for a good, cathartic cry...
"Return to Me" and "Imitation of Life"

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I'm going to add "The Player" to my list (reminded because of the Rope listing above).

Can someone explain the appeal of the 400 blows? It just didn't speak to me. *sigh*


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Many already listed plus;

Sophie's Choice
Raising Arizona
Blue Velvet
The Fisher King


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quote:
Originally posted by HappyPappy:
What movie would you put on the top 10 of the best movies that influenced you ?

Influenced me? Had an impact on me on first viewing?

Diva
The Killing Fields
The Deer Hunter
37/2 Le Matin
Quest for Fire

and "Canadian" Black Robe


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At play in the Fields of the Lord.
The Mission
Logan's Run

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The most commercial list here. In no order:

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Goodbye Lenin
Amelie
Wayne's World
Office Space
Election
Empire Records
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The Mighty Ducks
The Care Bears' Adventure in Wonderland


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Reds
Mourrir d'aimer
The Land before time
Good Will hunting

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1. Groundhog Day
2. Raiders Of The Lost Ark
3. Some Like It Hot
4. When Father Was Away On Business
5. Naked
6. Joshua Then And Now
7. Blade Runner
8. Brazil
9. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
10. The Incredibles

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1. Perfectly Normal
2. Apocalyse Now
3. Blade Runner

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In no order whatsoever, and certainly not an exhaustive list:

The Remains of the Day
The Quiet Man
Life is Beautiful
M
City Lights
The Best Years of our Lives
The Bridge on the River Kwai
12 Angry Men
Chungking Express
Trois couleurs: Bleu
Rashomon

Hmm... that's 11, but it could be 100. There are just so many.


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Raising Arizona made me laugh all the way through, koan brothers.

And I'm glad you've mentioned Bridge on the River Kwai, Von Mises.

Zulu.

Mon Oncle Antoine

Argent de poche (in English, Small Change), by Francois Truffaut

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quote:
Originally posted by Tommy_Paine:
"I don't deserve to die like this."

"Deserve's got nuthin' to do with it."


The Unforgiven. Best Western ever.


Ya, but does it really compare with,

[Mordecai] "I never did know your name."
[The Stranger] "Yes you do." ... disappears into the desert mirage

I should know the movie line for line by now. What the heck does that say about moi ? Forget it, I dun wanna know...


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patrokles
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posted 08 December 2004 02:52 PM      Profile for patrokles     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
waking life
groundhogs day
the princess bride
rosemary's baby
akira

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posted 08 December 2004 04:47 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I'd have to put the BBC mini-series (although I find 13 hours hardly mini ) I, Claudius absolutely wicked. If you haven't seen it, watch it...Now.
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posted 08 December 2004 05:44 PM      Profile for periyar   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Some of my favourites:
O Brother Where Art Thou
The Secret of Roan Innish
Matrix
Memento
Bahji on the Beach
Fire
Ice Storm
The Royal Tannenbaums
Romeo Must Die

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I thought that "The Beach", 2000? movie was kinda good. Must be losing some testosterone as I mature. Anyway, Badalamenti's theme music and enhanced? by London ffrr was haunting and yet soothing music. It's paradise on a CD.
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posted 08 December 2004 09:30 PM      Profile for rasmus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
You South Indians! That's Bhaji on the Beach!

For the sake of the young ones who may be reading this and swayed by waywardness, I feel I should clarify that Uncle Buck was a joke. It's an awful movie.


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This is much better than any top ten list at blockbuster. Thanks you-gas.
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Rasmus,
Just what you'd expect from a diasporic South Indian huh?

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quote:
Originally posted by swirrlygrrl:
I'm going to add "The Player" to my list (reminded because of the Rope listing above).

Can someone explain the appeal of the 400 blows? It just didn't speak to me. *sigh*



Really? I think I can say without too much reservation that it's the most touching movie I have ever seen. It's Truffaut's finest film, and to me, such an impressive and personal directorial effort. He put so much of himself into The 400 Blows, and then Jean-Pierre Léaud gave such a deep, sympathetic performance as Antoine Doinel.

The film just really connected with me. I think it's a masterpiece.


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