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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 15 May 2003 01:26 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw a similar thread on the Guardian's boards and thought I'd find out what babblers think?

Some people are suprised that anyone would watch a movie more than once or twice no matter how good they thought it was. For me a movies rewatchability(TM) is a mark of its greatness. Some few movies in my experience have the ability to draw me into its web time and again and experience it like I was watching it for the first time.

In no particular order:

1. 2001 - Always succeeds in transporting me into the numinous universe of Arthur Clarke.

2. The Passenger - Antonioni and Nicholson's best work.

3. Spider-man - The most fun I've ever had at the movies. Perfect popcorn movie. I've watched it far too many times since I got the DVD.

4. Alien and Aliens - Movie sci-fi at its best. And no TommyP, they are not horror movies.

5. The Producers - Stars two comedians I'm not overly fond of, but it's still one side splitter after another. Dick Shawn and Kenneth Mars shine in small roles. Can't wait for the musical to come to Toronto.

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posted 15 May 2003 01:30 PM      Profile for 'lance     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Sunset Boulevard -- gets me every time.

The Big Sleep -- it takes at least three viewings to get all the plot points straight.

More to follow.


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Shrek - I own it and have watched it at least a 100 times. OK OK I know its evil. I like the music, and Eddie Murphy as the donkey ....... always makes me laugh even after a bad day.

Silence of the Lambs - THe lambs the lambs

To Kill A Mockingbird - a classic

My Big Fat Greek Wedding - watched it three times in one week-end --- it was raining!!

Amelie -- watched it twice in one day - subtitles are killers

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Jimmy Brogan
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posted 15 May 2003 01:35 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
ditto Shrek
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Some Like It Hot - my room mate got it for Christmas on DVD but we'd already probably seen it a dozen times before.

Strictly Ballroom, The Bird Cage, The Princess Bride, Willow...clearly, for me, a movie's "re-watchability (TM)" is not indication of greatness. Mostly of silly humour, really.


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posted 15 May 2003 01:40 PM      Profile for Jimmy Brogan   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Silly humour can be great.
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Oh the Bird Cage was wonderful. We own it too.

Anything with Robin Williams is great --- the one where he is the Nanny to his kids... I love that one too


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Withnail and I- Wittiest script, best soundtrack, fanatstic characters... Just can't get enough.

Shrek- It's great (that would explain the first 300 viewings). I have little critters in the house (explains viewings 300-???).

Apocalypse Now! One of my all-time favourites.

Evil Dead II Hallowe'en wouldn't be Hallowe'en without it!
(Seasonal Ritual, Part I)


A Christams Story and Christmas Vacation- (Seasonal Ritual, Part II). The first one is the best kid's-eye cute-as-a-button Christmas movie ever. Problem is, I identify with Darren McGavin now .

Iron Giant- See Shrek for reasons.

Pink Floyd: The Wall- If you've seen it, do you need to ask? If you haven't, why not???


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posted 15 May 2003 01:57 PM      Profile for Dr. Mr. Ben   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is Spinal Tap
Transformers: The Movie
The Usual Suspects
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
The Thin Man
Vertigo
Blues Brothers

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posted 15 May 2003 02:04 PM      Profile for Trisha     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is Spinal Tap
The Mummy
Merlin (the Sam Neil one)
Gene Kelly musicals (Brigadoon, Singin' in the Rain, etc.)
White Christmas
Without a Clue
a few more I can't recall right now
Rocky Horror Picture Show

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Shrek, Madeline, Lion King, Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast and now (mercifully) Spirited Away are basically all I get to see at home these days. My daughter's 3. I'm going to pick up Kiki's Delivery Service for her today. I've lost count of how many times we've seen Shrek, probably 20 or more, and that, as they say, 'll do.

I saw Star Wars over 30 times in the theatre. I saw it 3 times on opening day, my mom dropped me at the theatre (we were in Montreal, on a trip at the time) at noon and came and collected me at 7. I had already read the book, and, geek that I am, was slightly disappointed in the parts of the book that had been left out, particularly Biggs' character. I had seen the trailer for Star Wars at a theatrical re-release of 2001 space odyssey that summer, and it was already my favourite movie EVER just based on the trailer. I went back to see the trailer another 3 times, 2001 having previously been my favourite movie. I was a lonely child. Hell, I saw Silver Streak 7 times in the theatre. Rocky and Logans Run 10 times.

Aguirre Wrath of God. Seven Samurai. The Apu trilogy. Wings of Desire. The entire Buster Keaton catalog - particularly Sherlock Jr, Steamboat Bill jr and the General. The Godfather I & II. Repo Man. Bridge Over the River Kwai. Wizard of Oz. Casablanca. Clockwork Orange. Captain Blood. Spinal Tap.

Then there are those movies that you wouldn't necessarily rent or go see at the rep, but you end up watching all of when they're on TV late at night. More than once. French Connection II is one I can watch over and over, for some reason. Ditto The Devils Brigade with Cliff Robertson, Guns of Navarone. Princess Bride sucks me every time. Ghostbusters is another, must've seen it 10 times by now, Trading Places too. Edited to include - Excalibur, which I don't really even like...

The hands-down winner (besides Star Wars)... Alaistair Sim in A Christmas Carol. I have watched it every christmas without fail for probably 30 years. Know it by heart. LOVE that movie.

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thread drift...

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I saw Star Wars over 30 times in the theatre.

I went to the theatre four different times with my then boyfriend - he was a bit of a fan.... I fell asleep every single time within the first fifteen minutes. I bought it for my kids when the collcetion came out. They put it on, I doze off.

Don't know what it is, its like a high dose sleeping pill for me.


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posted 15 May 2003 02:19 PM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Godfather
The Godfather II
Apocalypse Now (I've seen "Redux" once)
The Maltese Falcon
Casablanca
Sunset Boulevard
The Public Enemy
Patton
The Battle of Britain
The Longest Day
Bridge on the River Kwai
Tora Tora Tora
Das Boot
Stalingrad
Dr. Zhivago
Reds (well, maybe four times)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Radio Days
Jean de Florette
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The Big Sleep -- it takes at least three viewings to get all the plot points straight.

No kidding. Did you hear how the makers of the film had to keep asking Raymond Chandler about plot details...and he didn't know himself?

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posted 15 May 2003 02:28 PM      Profile for glennB     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
TOMMY BOY!

Big ups to the late Chris Farley. Has there been a funnier individual ever?

G.


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Ooh I forgot MASH.

And speaking of the Big Sleep, ever seen The Long Goodbye, Altman's brilliant take on Chander?

Which reminds me... Big Lebowski.

Hell I could do this all day. So i'm going to stop, cuz that would be bad.


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posted 15 May 2003 02:35 PM      Profile for vickyinottawa   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Repo Man
Brazil (have also seen this in French!)
After Hours
This is Spinal Tap
The Apartment
Charade
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Philadelphia Story
Wings of Desire
The Princess Bride
Some Like it Hot
It's A Wonderful Life
A Christmas Story (and White Christmas and all those other Xmas flicks, really...should they count?)
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai (Thanks dr. mr ben for the reminder!)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Casablanca
Rear Window
Apocalypse Now
pretty much every Monty Python flick
Roger and Me
Bulworth (cracks me up, every time)


there are many, many more. I'm not counting all those movies that are on TBS every weekend (Trading Places, 16 Candles, etc) - I just watch 'em 'cause I need to veg...

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Oh yeah Repo Man. Brilliant script and Harry Dean Stanton was amazing.

Brazil. I love the scene where a secretary is taking dictation over an earpiece, and when she removes it you hear she's been transcribing a torture session, dutifully recording all the screams and moans.

And Alastair Sim is Scrooge. Loved the colourized version that came out a few years back.

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posted 15 May 2003 02:55 PM      Profile for Sisyphus     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Clockwork Orange

American werewolf in London

Aliens

Princess Bride

Man Facing Southeast

Bliss (Australian film based on Peter Carey's novel)

Once Were Warriors

Fantastic Planet

Road Warrior

Liquid Sky ("Delicious, delicious")

Mulan

Ice Age


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all of you are hurting hal hartley's feelings. hasn't anyone seen "trust" at least five times?

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posted 15 May 2003 04:16 PM      Profile for Michael Hardner   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ronb:

quote:
The Long Goodbye, Altman's brilliant take on Chander?

A great film. A lost classic.

The scene where Sterling Hayden walks into the ocean at night is haunting and unforgettable.


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The final scene is just amazing:

"You're a born loser Marlowe"

"I even lost my cat."


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Mystery Men, Seven, Silence of the Lambs, The Thing (John Carpenter version), Unforgiven, The Quick and the Dead, Fight Club (one of my faves)... and a whole lot more that don't come to mind immediately.
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Monty Pyhton and the Holy Grail
The life of Brian
The matrix
13th warrior

all I can think of right now


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I'm not sure about the number of times, but these are movies I've seen a few times, and will see again.

Lawrence of Arabia.

The Three Feathers (original)

Casablanca

2001

Clockwork Orange

Thparticuth.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Life of Brian

The Ten Commandments

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Unforgiven.

High Plains Drifter.

Moby Dick.

Repo Man.

Bridge on the river Kwai.

And oh yeah, the greatest monster movie of all time, Alien.

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*deep breath* Okay, here goes...

The Abyss-- hokey and predictable, but good first date memories from a past relationship movie rental. And major crush on Ed Harris at the time.

Any and every Humphrey Bogart movie made. See above reason.

On the Beach-- rare appearence of Fred Estaire in dramatic role

From Here to Eternity--- Montgomery Clift and Burt Lancaster all in the same movie!

The original Star Wars trilogy

Harry Potter (well, okay, both of those)

The Wizard of Oz

... and a lot of embarassingly stupid comedies. I love 'em. Nothing chases away the blues like those. Like Airplane, for example.


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This is a hard question for me. I spent several years in film school, and wrote lots and lots of essays on films which I watched over and over and over again. There's no way I could make a complete list now.

Some of my favourites, though...

Man Facing Southeast (Sisyphus will agree, it's a hauting film)
Breakfast at Tiffany's (I always cry when she goes back after "cat" no matter how many times I've seen it)
Edward Scissorhands
Mephisto
Chicken Run
Spirited Away
Lilo and Stitch
Mulan (not the Disney version, the other one)
Casablanca
Lots of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin films
Antonia's Line
Ma Nuit Chez Maude
A Married Woman
My Beautiful Laundrette
London Kills Me
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Like Water for Chocolate
Raise the Red Lantern

There are lots more, but I'm starting to draw a blank on titles...


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I've seen the Civil War picture Keaton did a few times. It's quite excellent.

My favorite part is when the girl friend discards the log with a hole in it.


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When I was a kid I used to watch these movies more than once on Superchannel.. hell, almost every time they were on

Annie
Mighty Mouse and the Great Space Chase
Clue
Johnny Dangerously
Bugsy Malone
Back to the Future (remember, this was before II and III came out )
The Untouchables

Since then though I've found that I tend to not watch movies more than twice for some reason.


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Some of my most-watched movies have already been mentioned, so I will just add eXistenZ, Boondock Saints, Memento & Space Balls to the pile.
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Space Balls: "I'm a Mawg -- half man, half dog, I'm my own best friend". classic. i miss john candy.
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True Lies. Ocean's Eleven (the new one). Okay, y'all can start throwing things at me now.

Oh. And Greece. (ducking and running)

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{Throws random stuff @ Michelle}

Seen all three, once each, and threw (random) stuff those times as well.

"Raspberry... only one man would dare give me the raspberry!"


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I plum forgot two movies I recenty bought, have seen about six times each and am still not sick of:

Donnie Darko and Waking Life


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What this thread has taught me is that one person's crap is another's gold. I won't say which is which. But here's my multiply watched crap... I mean gold:


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - yeah, I realize now that it kinda sucks. But many eons ago, I watched it more than 15 times, I'm sure. Hey, I was young and inexplicably hot for Kate Capshaw.


The Man Who Would Be King - lost count of the number of times I've watched this. My all time favourite movie, featuring adventuresome performances by Sean Connery, Christopher Plummer and Michael Caine ---and his wife, my homegirl Shakira.

Aliens - the first one was great, but I was too young to see it in theatres. When I saw this one the first time, I wanted to run out of the theatre screaming, I found it *that* frightening.

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan - I defy any of you, even those who dislike all things Trek, to not find this to be a watchable classic.

The Bounty - love the supposed historical accuracy (sort of). And the Vangelis score gave it a mesmerizing hauntingness. Of course, the reason I've seen it so often is that the local Turner network airs it every other weekend.

Oh, there are too many more to list. Among them, Bladerunner, The Dirty Dozen, A Passage To India and the Indian classic, Lagaan. (Not to mention the film version of Peter Brook's stage adaptation of the Indian epic, The Mahabharata, which I strongly endorse.)


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Sheesh, where to begin:

Casablanca
Apocalypse Now
Goodfellas
Blues Brothers
Citizen Kane
Taxi Driver
Das Boot
Day of the Jackal
Slap Shot
Elephant Man
The Third Man
Blazing Saddles
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Seventh Seal
Kiss Me Deadly
Almost Famous
Raging Bull
Dazed and Confused
Blue Velvet
Heat
Key Largo


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quote:
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

"Neo!"
"Zion ... out of danger?"
"Yes"
"Don't grieve, Morpheus. It was logical. The needs of the many outweigh ..."
"... the needs of the few"
"... or The One"


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Star Wars (back in the day)
The Seventh Seal
The Seven Samurai (most Kurosawa seen around 5 times)
Andrei Rublev
Au Hasard Balthazar
Avventura
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This is Spinal Tap
The Life of Brian
Meghe Daekhe Tara
Pather Panchali
Goopi Gayn, Bagha Bayn
Jalshaghar
Gaav


I am sure I've seen others 5 times, just can't think of them.


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You watched l'Avventura five times, rasmus?

Are you sure you didn't just watch it once, but it felt like five times?


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There are movies I consider great but which I have no desire to see again, because of the emotional impact they have.

Señor Spielbergo's Schindler's List and Empire of the Sun fall into this catergory for me. If a movie elicits multiple crying jags, like these two did, I simply won't watch it again. I have friends who love a good weeper, but not for me.

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quote:
Originally posted by iworm:
the Indian classic, Lagaan.
I liked Lagaan because it was totally The Seven Samurai and The Mighty Ducks all rolled up into one insanely long movie with musical numbers.

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The Seventh Seal and Avventura I watched five times because I had to, for work or school... I would have watched the Seventh Seal five times. I probably wouldn't have watched Avventura five times. Come to think of it, I think I have seen 8 1/2 five times. I get a vaguely queasy feeling just thinking about it. Not that I don't think it's a good movie or anything... again, I wouldn't have watched it that many times. I definitely lean more to the "metaphysical" climes -- the north, or the heat of the desert or the Indo-gangetic plain. None of this namby-pamby mediterranean entente with the little pleasures in life.
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My mom and I used to sit and watch classic movies on KVOS TV (a budget broadcaster with no affiliations). I think we watched the Great Escape at least 5 times. Same with most of the Clint Eastwood spagetti westerns, and the Bridge over the River Kwai. Of course I have seen Alistar Sim's Christmas Carol almost every year I have been alive, but that is more a ritual than entertainment.
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Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!
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1>The Searchers --a John Ford-directed classic! A John Wayne movie for people who don't like John Wayne

2>The Party--- nearly makes me helpless with laughter every time I see it

3>The Producers-- see comments for 'The Party'

4>Renoir's "Grande Illusion" --great anti-war film

5>The Godfather--'nuff said

6>Tunes of Glory--an acting tour-de-force by John Mills and Alec Guinness


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These aren't necessarily the best films I've ever seen, but they are the ones I've seen most frequently (mostly as a kid):

1) Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was on at least once or twice a year when I was a kid and it was one of my favourites. I must have seen it around a dozen times. Couldn't figure out why Dick Van Dyke's father and kids all had English accents while he didn't (though after seeing Mary Poppins I understood the wisdom of his not trying an accent again).

2) Watership Down still makes me cry. Those bunnies are so cute, do they have to die?

3) The Third Man, one of the best films ever made, captures the ambiguous mood of post-war Europe and one of Orson Welles' best performance despite his only having a few minutes in the film. And who could forget the classic line: "In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love; they had 500 years of democracy and peace--and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

3) Touch of Evil. Ok, Charlton Heston is miscast as a Mexican cop. That aside, the film is a near classic with moments of absolute brilliance. The opening tracking shot, the longest in film history until Robert Altman's The Player, is gripping and brilliant.. This film about police corruption captures a mood of menace and malfeascance that's hard to match.

4) Wim Wendes' Wings of Desire is one of my favourite films making even a religious skeptic like me want to believe in angels (and what cool angels). Faraway, So Close, the sequel to Wings, isn't as good but still worth watching. Can't say the same for the American remake, City of Angels. LA is no Berlin.

5) 2001: A Space Odyssey. When I was younger the Ontario Place Cinesphere would show this film once a year. Wow! A audiovisual symphony, you can either spend your time taxing your brain trying to figure the film out or just lie back and let the images and music wash over your.

6) Once Upon A Time In America is Sergio Leone's flawed multigenerational mob masterpiece. Mutilated by the studio which released a truncated version to theatres it wasn't until the full 229 minute version was released on video that critics were able to assess what a great film this is.

7) The Fisher King. Terry Gilliam's brilliant amd moving little film has Robin Williams as a homeless man searching for the Holy Grail in modern New York has some wonderful moments, particularly a scene where a crowd bustling through Grand Central Station is transformed into dancing couples in a giant ballroom.

8) Potemkin. See the version with the Shostakovitch soundtrack. The famous scene of the baby carriage rolling down the Odessa Steps was most famously imitated in

9) The Untouchables. One of Kevin Costner's only good performances and possibly Sean Connery's best performance (though why an Irish cop has a Scottich accent is never explained). Robert DeNiro as Al Capone is incredible.

10) Failsafe. This early 1960s film which plausibly plots a series of accidents and misunderstandings putting the US and the USSR on the verge of nuclear war - despite having seen it several times I always find it gripping.


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Almost forgot Glory, a moving film about the first African American regiment allowed to fight in the Civil War brings to life the fight against slavery. Matthew Broderick is quite good though improbably cast as the CO. Denezel Washington is amazing in his first big role and Morgan Freeman should have won an Oscar for this film instead of Driving Miss Daisy. The battle scenes are incredible and the scene prior to the first battle where the soldiers stay up all night singing spirituals is incredibly moving and sent a chill down my spine.

Looking at other people's contributions I see I've forgotten to mention Doctor Zhivago, Casablanca, Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Repo Man.

And, though I hate to admit it, From Russia With Love, On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Goldfinger.

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A couple that I've seen numerous times...

Harold and Maude
The Party


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posted 16 May 2003 07:49 PM      Profile for Pogo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
And of course, who hasn't seen Dr. Strangelove 5 times.
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Just saw a movie tonight that I absolutely will have to see at least 5 times. It was called The Power of One. I had read the book a couple of times and picked the dvd up this evening just for the heck of it. The soundtrack was awesome, the story stayed close to the book's powerful themes (with a minimum of liberties taken) and I fell in love with the film. And it was even in a "discount bin" for about $10, too.
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All time favourite, watched at least annually forever, and I can't believe no one's mentioned it up 'til now: Bladerunner.

And add Grosse Point Blank to the list, while I'm at it.

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Blazing Saddles and The Party.
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I'm with you, Pogo. And Mycroft: The Third Man above and beyond all others. Oh, I need a new trenchcoat.

I am also addicted to Zulu (inspired and co-written by the great historian of the Scots clans as well, John Prebble) and much of Audrey Hepburn, above all Charade. (I have figured out how to find that hotel. One day I will stay there. )


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posted 17 May 2003 01:51 PM      Profile for DrConway     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by bookworm:
Just saw a movie tonight that I absolutely will have to see at least 5 times. It was called The Power of One. I had read the book a couple of times and picked the dvd up this evening just for the heck of it. The soundtrack was awesome, the story stayed close to the book's powerful themes (with a minimum of liberties taken) and I fell in love with the film. And it was even in a "discount bin" for about $10, too.

Woot! I loved that book!

The movie is good, too; and yes, thematically it's quite similar to the book although it deviates substantially from the book's plot in places. I suppose considerable artistic licence had to be taken in order to translate a first-person viewpoint written in a nuanced fashion to the TV screen. Still and all...

Go read the sequel, Tandia. Guarantee it'll knock your socks off, too. Go Peekay!

"Dance, klein baas, dance, so they don't know you got hurt." - Geel Piet.

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quote:
I'm with you, Pogo. And Mycroft: The Third Man above and beyond all others. Oh, I need a new trenchcoat.

Word, skdadl (as the young people say here'bouts). And I should re-watch Zulu one of these weeks too. Michael Caine playing a fop, and very well too. Who knew?

But my favourite movie to watch and re-watch is probably The Scarlet Pimpernel, ca. 1936 -- Leslie Howard, Raymond Massey, and The Divine Miss M -- Merle Oberon, that is. (Sigh!)

A-hem...

quote:
They seek him here,
They seek him there.
Those Frenchies seek him everywhere!
Is he in heav'n?
Is he in hell?
That demmed
elusive
Pimpernel!

It's very important to pronounce "heav'n" and "demmed" in exactly the same way as the gormless -- but stylish, don't you know -- Sir Percy Blakeney, Bart.


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I've seen these at least 3 times, and you'll notice that I am a Hitchcock fanatic among other things.

- Glengarry Glen Ross (killer dialogue and performances, esp. Pacino and Lemmon, I'm amazed nobody else has mentioned this one).
- Vertigo
- Notorious
- It's a Wonderful Life
- The Apartment
- Jaws
- This is Spinal Tap (I have the soundtrack )
- Dial M for Murder
- North by Northwest
- Spellbound
- Wayne's World (they show it on TV a lot)


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The Usual Suspects (the only movie where I've gotten to the end, rewound the tape, and then immediately re-watched the whole movie over again!)

Plus the other "usual suspects":

Apocalypse Now (original probably a dozen times, Redux twice)
Godfather I & II (never seen III)
Citizen Kane
Deliverance
Taxi Driver
Deer Hunter
Cuckoo's Nest
Alien
Life of Brian
Spinal Tap (I have the soundtrack too! )
Chinatown (seen it a million times, but I always forget the convoluted plot)
Brazil
River Kwai
Star Wars (when I was a young'un)

More recent movies I haven't seen as much (who has the time?) (Except Lord of the Rings -- I hesitate to admit how many times I've seen the first two volumes, lest my Tolkien-geekitude be revealed for all the world to see. Let's just say I know what I'll be doing next December 17th!)


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quote:
Originally posted by skdadl:
I am also addicted to Zulu

How did I forget Zulu? I've got it on both VHS and DVD (gotta love Ebay). My second favourite movie of all time (after The Man Who Would Be King). Good to see I'm not alone in that assessment.

Something always bothered me about the film, though. It's supposed to be about the "heroes" of Natal, the battle at which the most Victoria Cross medals were handed out at a given time.

But the most heroic character in the film --the "Colour Sergeant"-- wasn't one of the men who received a medal! Very unfair.


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posted 19 May 2003 05:17 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by iworm:


Something always bothered me about the film, though. It's supposed to be about the "heroes" of Natal, the battle at which the most Victoria Cross medals were handed out at a given time.

But the most heroic character in the film --the "Colour Sergeant"-- wasn't one of the men who received a medal! Very unfair.


iworm, you are an iworm and a wonk after my own heart.

I have wondered the very same thing. I mean, Colour Sergeant is the most wonderful character in the whole movie -- well, after the Zulu choirs and the cattle, who also impressed the hell out of me.

The young trumpeter turns to him and says exactly what I would be saying just before the first charge: "Why us, Sir?" And Colour Sergeant replies, "Because we're 'ere, lad; because we're 'ere." Priceless.

The Bible recitations. The workmanlike bayoneting. Strong, sensitive ... too good to be true, eh?

Which, I think, is the explanation.

Colour Sergeant is so superb that he must be a fictionalization. That he doesn't get a VC was my tipoff -- I mean, Baker and Caine finally proved themselves, but Colour Sergeant is my hero. On my deathbed, I'd like him for a nurse.

A lot of the Zulus deserved VCs too, of course.


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Has anyone else mentioned Day of the Jackal?

Sexy sexy sexy. Utterly sixties. It makes me weep for my misspent youth.


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quote:
Originally posted by skdadle:

The Bible recitations. The workmanlike bayoneting. Strong, sensitive ... too good to be true, eh?

True. Which brings up another point. I'm so desensitized by modern film violence (with the blood and exploding flesh) that when faced with 1960s style filmmaking, I find it somewhat humorous.

I mean, ever notice that when someone is bayonetted in Zulu there's no blood? Or when a bare-chested Zulu warrior gets shot point-black in the heart, there's no wound?

Ahhh, I sort of miss the days of gore-free film violence.


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Och, no, iworm: the battle-scenes in that film still scare me more than any more recent high-tech manipulation I've seen.

And even more than the battle-scenes: the face-off beforehand. Every time I watch that first face-off, I have the strongest desire to start digging straight down. I know that's what I would have done if I'd been there. No other movie has ever put me in the shoes of the guys who were there quite like that one does.

And the last, long shot of the Zulus after the volley-firing: one of the greatest anti-war statements I've ever seen on film. There are anti-war lines that follow, but nothing competes with that shot, however stylized it was.


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1) American Beauty
2) Fight Club
3) El Mariachi
4) Trainspotting
5) Handmaid's tale
6) Wizard of Oz
7) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
8) The Grinch who stole Chrismas (animated)

I can only say for sure that I've seen the American Beauty and Fight Club more than 5 times. Great cast, great stories, great soundtracks and clever scripts. El Mariachi is amazing simply because of what was accomplished without any kind of budget. Trainspotting is perhaps the only movie I've seen twice in the Theatre during the first run and Handmaid's tale is a great work of specualtive fiction. The last three are the ones that I'm pretty sure I've seen a whole bunch of times as a kid and willing to admit to it. Perhaps Christmas movies shouldn't count, but I had to mention that Dr. Suess classic.


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posted 19 May 2003 05:59 PM      Profile for iworm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Skdadl:

And the last, long shot of the Zulus after the volley-firing: one of the greatest anti-war statements I've ever seen on film. There are anti-war lines that follow, but nothing competes with that shot, however stylized it was.


I see what you mean.

I'm rather conflicted on the anti-war message, though.

On the one hand, the Zulus' departure signifies an end to hostilities after the futility of battle has been realized.

On the other hand, the British men received their nation's highest honour.... but they chose to fight. Remember, they had the option of running, but chose to do the "honourable thing" and stand their ground as imperial protectors of stolen land.

On the third hand.... I read once that the "Zulu salute" was written in; it never happened. In truth, the Zulus marched off in anger and frustration after their numbers were slaughtered by superior British gun power.


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Here's a few more:

The Birds - love Tippi Hedren's outfit

Tremors - it's great trash

Killer Klowns From Outer Space - I've never looked at a circus tent quite the same way since


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Yes, some commentary stirred some memories. "The Man Who Would be King" is watchable more than once, as is, of course, "Dr. Strangelove" and "Failsafe."

I've seen "Glory" a few times. Gets ya right behind the adam's apple, doesn't it? Do you know the South meant to taunt the Captain's parents, by telling them they burried their boy with the black soldiers?

They sent a letter back, saying thanks, they knew of no prouder burial arrangements.

And yes, I've seen "The Dirty Dozen" at least five times.

One movie I've seen about three times, and probably will again is "Bound". I'm a sucker for ganster films-- particularly unconventinal ones.

GlenGarry GlenRoss is a fantastic film, but it's rather bleak. I think everyone should see it once. I think I could see it again. But five times....?

Okay. Raiders of the Lost Ark. There, I said it.


I thought "Tremors" great fun the first time I saw it, but I'm not sure it survives multiple viewings with me.


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Yeah, Raiders... musta seen that 10 times when I was a kid. I forgot about that one.

I also forgot Do the Right Thing, my favourite movie of the 80's. Spike Lee's best by far. Plus GoodFellas.

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no one above has mentioned (I think) two of my huge favourites:

- Jules and Jim
- Enfants du Paradis (Children of Paradise)

also:
- The Conformist
- Last Tango in Paris
- Breathless
- 400 Blows
- Psycho, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window
- Days and Nights in the Forest (Ray)
- Tampopo
- Amélie
- Sex Lies and Videotape
- Tokyo Story
- 2001
- used to like Wenders but damned if I can remember exactly what, other than False Movement (Falsche Bewegung)

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-Dragonslayer
-The Full Monty
-The Thin Man (all but the last one)
-The Name of the Rose

and although I'm really embarassed to admit it...
-Dirty Dancing


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quote:
Seven Samurai... Wings of Desire... Wizard of Oz. Casablanca. Clockwork Orange... Spinal Tap.

The hands-down winner (besides Star Wars)... Alaistair Sim in A Christmas Carol. I have watched it every christmas without fail for probably 30 years. Know it by heart. LOVE that movie.


I knew there was a reason I liked you. Add to that list most of the Python movies, The Magic Christian, Harold & Maude, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Blade Runner, Total Recall, Alien 1 & 2, La Femme Nikita, Deliverance (which I've watched in bits and pieces at least half a dozen times).

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For no particular reason, and in no particular order, I'll present a truncated list going back about 40 years (good to see all the Hitchcock and Wilder films listed, btw):

Glengarry Glen Ross (I'm with you WCL)
Hannah and Her Sisters
Seven Days in May
A Man for All Seasons
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
My Dinner With Andre
Mephisto
Seven Beauties
Chinatown
Three Days of the Condor
All the President's Men
The Verdict
The Last Picture Show

What do they have in common? Heavy on the dialogue and/or political. And nothing after 1992!


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Anything with Rutger Hauer is good for a repeat viewing, if only because the man makes his characters into incredible smartasses.
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Am I the only one who's watched Dazed and Confused a hundred times?

Hmm... wonder what that says about me....

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quote:
Originally posted by kuba walda:
thread drift...

I went to the theatre four different times with my then boyfriend - he was a bit of a fan.... I fell asleep every single time within the first fifteen minutes. I bought it for my kids when the collcetion came out. They put it on, I doze off.

Don't know what it is, its like a high dose sleeping pill for me.


This is EXACTLY what happens to me!!! Crazy, huh? I went to see the 'remastered' re-release of the original movies when they came out (before Episode I and II came out) and I missed all the "new and enhanced scenes" because I was konked out in my seat. Same thing happens to me watching hockey games and televised golf.

It's actually a blessing, I'd say.


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quote:
Originally posted by DrConway:
Anything with Rutger Hauer is good for a repeat viewing, if only because the man makes his characters into incredible smartasses.

So you'd include "Ladyhawke" in this list Dr.C? Not the greatest of films, but I have seen it a number of times, and still really like Matthew Broderick.

RebeccaW: The Magic Christian? Ringo Starr, Peter Sellers and lots of Beatles music? That Magic Christian? Man, I haven't thought about that in a long time.

Some of my faves:
Tron (I'm sorry, but I love this movie)
Crossing Delancy
Trust
Pi

Loved "Man Facing Southeast", saw it at the Toronto Film Festival, but it did make me cry, and I'm not sure I'm ready for that again. Other movies on the "Powerful but hard to watch again" list:
Breaking the Waves
The Reflecting Skin

Cheers,


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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the original movie, not the tv version which has a different cast).
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The ones y'all missed:

Gandhi
Nightmare Before Christmas
Murder by Death
Caveman
The Lion in Winter
Happily Ever After
Wag the Dog
Brief Encounter
Fiddler on the Roof
Jesus Christ Superstar
and the only film i ever watched twice in the same day:
Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

How could i forget!?
Shirley Valentine?

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-Brazil

-Roger and Me

-The African Queen

-A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy

-American Beauty

-Dr. Zhivago

-Trainspotting


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Hmm, and Janew mentions another I've seen a few times, "The Name of the Rose".

I think I once said I never watched many movies more than once. Until this, I never knew how completely wrong I was.

About watching movies multiple times.

I'm right about everything else, though.


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al-Qa'bong
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Oh yeah, "The Name of the Rose." Sometimes the movies are better than the books, as with "The Godfather."

I just watched "The Longest Day" again 15 minutes ago. Cheapo DVD sale...

"Radio Days," "Crimes and Misdemeanors" and "Hannah and her Sisters." I've seen most Woody Allen movies more than once, but these are my most frequently viewed.

One I've seen but once, but one that should appeal to "Zulu" fans, is "Breaker Morant."

Other art films - "Planet of the Apes" (It's a madhouse!!!), "The Longest Yard," "The Natural" (Redford as a supernatural being in the best baseball movie ever), "The Sting", "The Big Country", "The Magnificent Seven" (seen "7 Samurai" once).


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-Aliens
-Platoon
-Once Were Warriors
-Twin Warriors (Tai Chi Master)
-Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
-The Unforgiven
-Excalibur
-The Dirty Dozen
-Easy Rider
-The Graduate

I remember seeing Zulu when I was young. I must take another look.

[ 21 May 2003: Message edited by: xrcrguy ]


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I guess it is only fair:

- Good Will Hunting


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Reading other posts has reminded me of a few more multiple-viewing movies I forgot the first time(I don't think I've actually seen any movie 5 times -the most is probably Vertigo at 4).

- Annie Hall
- Manhattan
- The Kids are Alright (I'm listening to "Who are You" as I'm writing this message )
- The Sting
- 2001
- Smokey and the Bandit (I was 10! )
- Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind


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al-Qa'bong
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posted 25 May 2003 05:01 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Another one. Brilliant. Heartbreaking.

"Ay Carmela."


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Don't worry, Lima, I've seen Dazed and Confused at least 5 times, more likely 10 or so. Whatever it says, we're in it together.

Other's I'll admit to having seen more than 5 times:

- Cat on a hot tin roof (Worth it in spite of the censorship. And speaking of hot - Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman. Did I mention Paul Newman? Probably the most attractive man in the history of the world IMHO.)

- The Breakfast Club

- Until the end of the world (deeply flawed, but facinating. Like others, I am also a Wender's fan, though must see Alice and the Cities; hated Paris, Texas - damn Sam Shephard! And damn whoever thought that Meg Ryan could replace Solvieg Dommartin - we won't even mention the casting of Nicholas Cage, for fear my head will explode.)

- Monty Python and the Holy Grail

- Wayne's World

- Rocky Horror Picture Show

- Star Wars, the original 3

- Annie Hall

- The Thin Red Line (brilliant)

I know there's more, but either they aren't springing to mind, or I'm ashamed, or so ashamed.


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Waking life- a philisophical animated-over flim flick by the makers of "Dazed and Confused" about a guy having a lucid dream
I found it at Jumbo for $4 which thrilled me

Tommy-The pinball Wizard (musical by The Who)
Tommy boy...'cause it left a mark
Tank Girl
Bonnie and Clyde
Ferngully
Titan A.E.
Barefoot Gen
The princess Bride
Bigger Longer Uncut.. I can't help myself..that movie warped my fragile little mind
mucho Tarentino..and numerous others because I watch too damn much TV

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quote:
Originally posted by Weltschmerz:
So you'd include "Ladyhawke" in this list Dr.C? Not the greatest of films, but I have seen it a number of times, and still really like Matthew Broderick.

Without a doubt.


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Here's most of mine:

The Most Dangerous Game
The Thin Man
The Maltese Falcon
Casablanca
Key Largo
White Heat
Sayonara
The Manchurian Candidate
Seconds
Easy Rider
2001
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
THX-1138
The Omega Man ("Build coffins, that's all you'll need!")
The Andromeda Strain
Chinatown
The Shining
Apocalypse Now (Redux twice)
Blade Runner
Full Metal Jacket
Glory
Saving Private Ryan

Fortunately I had time to watch a few hundred others once or twice!


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posted 05 June 2003 09:31 AM      Profile for iworm   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
THX-1138


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Casablanca - my absolute fave
Toy Story II - my 4 year old son's fave

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I forgot Quadrophenia. How the hell did I forget Quadrophenia? Changed my entire life. I must've seen it 20 times by now.

If
O Lucky Man
That'll Be the Day and Stardust

Somehow I ended up seeing Enemy Mine a whole ton of times.

...and speaking of Woody Allen - I've seen Sleeper many many times and will doubtless watch it many many more. Bullets Over Broadway is my favourite.


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OK - only the biggies:

- first two Star Wars movies (Excuse me, I mean episode four and five; one more way the new trilogy ruins my life is I have to explain that). Basically I was fully conscious of that world before I was fully conscious of this one. And I grew up to be an anarchist anyway!!! Ha ha ha.

- Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead and Martin. Watched one of these about every other day from 1987-89, I think it improved my outlook. (For sure it improved my politics. Any Rabbler who is not intimate with the works of George A. Romero should get right on it!)

- Night of the Shooting Stars (no relation). There was a time when I would fixate on any art work that could give me the most violent emotional upheavals, then watch or listen obsessively. This one's still in my top three of all time, and is the most-watched 'serious' movie, though these days I don't need it more than once a year.


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Jurrasic Park - I can almost read the dialogue word for word... (my son you see)
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The Big Lebowski
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Donnie Darko
A Clockwork Orange
The Royal Tenenbaums
Broadway Dannie Rose
Sexy Beast
Battle Royale
Kikujiro
The Godfather
The Enigma of Kasper Hauser
Living in Oblivion
Reservoir Dogs
Freebie and the Bean
The Nightmare Before Christmas
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
A Christmas Story
Clerks
Mallrats

.......That's all I can think of at the moment. I know there is much more. MUCH more.


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sixties car movies;and the russ meyer girls, god it wuz great to be young and totally unconcerned.
two-lane black-top
vanishing point
star wars on a hot summer night at a prairie drive-in lying on the hood. you could see the x-fighters coming right off the screen.

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Off the top of my head, I've watched these at least 3 times

Ghost World

Crimes of Passion (Ken Russel, Anthony Bates, Kathleen Turner-what a combo)

Shawshank Redemption (on so many levels a classic-the sound, acting, storytelling)

Aliens

Brazil

After Hours

Wings of Desire

Unforgiven

Zulu (partner is a fanatic)

Rear Window

Clerks


The Sacrifice

Andrei Rubelev (Tarkovsky, an almost genius)

The Shining (hated the first viewing)

Being John Malkovich

The Ice Storm (Ang Lee)


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I'm doing a copy and paste of this thread. I think I've seen pretty much everything on the various lists.

Who ranks as the greatest living actor in your collective opinion. I dunno. You're gonna slam me for this, but I think Ed Norton and Carmen Diaz are pretty good.


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OK, wait... I change my vote. Adrian Brody was simply amazing in The Pianist. Technically I suppose he's close to the top. There's an argument to be made that Jim Carrey is among the best actors alive today...

Has anyone re-watched Vanilla Sky recently? It bears a second viewing. I think it's a good--maybe even great--film.


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grrril:

"Clerks", definitely. But have you seen the abominable follow-on featuring Jay and Silent Bob? God that stunk. It's making the rounds on Showtime now.


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There ain't many that I've been able to stomach more than once or twice, but here's my list:

-Airplane!
-Wayne's World
-The Naked Gun
-Silver Streak
-Close Encounters Of The Third Kind
-Star Wars
-Best In Show
-The Kids Are Alright (can't wait for the DVD!)
-Slap Shot


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Movies I've seen more than 5 times:

Wizard of OZ (probably around 20x)

Wings of Desire (always makes me weep)

Rocky Horror Picture Show (I've even done the midnight showings dressed as a transylvanian)

Saturday Night Fever (the movie changed my LIFE when I saw it in the theatre - after the film I looked around the small town I lived in and thought 'there is a whole WORLD out there! And - my son asked me to take him to see it at the Fox theatre in the beach when he was 12 - aaah.. bonding )

Dinner at Eight (jean Harlow in a LOW cut silk dress)

All About Eve (fasten your seat belts...it's going to be a bumpy night)

Life of Brian (I'm NOT the messiah!!)

Yes.... I can talk along with the films.. how annoying!


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