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Patrick wrote:
1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
20. Death Race 2000 - Bartel, 1975
59. Near Dark - Bigelow, 1987
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
92. Twice Upon a Time - 1983
98. Withnail & I - 1987
99. Zardoz - Boorman, 1974

I've seen all of these.

Let's see Death Race 2000 and Near Dark are awesome.
Point Blank is decent but not great
Zardoz is...well, Zardoz
The remake of Assault on Precinct 13 is much better and anyone who likes the original is a Cheese Eating Surrendering Monkey.
I ABHOR AND HATE Withnail & I
I saw Twice Upon a Time as a kid and I liked it mainly cause the voice of Garfield was in it but I need to rewatch it.



I am a cheese-eating surrender monkey, because the original Assault kicks ass. :D


Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:25 am
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3. The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Peckinpah, 1970
7. Black Narcissus - Powell, 1947
10. Burn! - Pontecorvo, 1970
45. In a Lonely Place - Ray, 1950
48. The Killing - Kubrick, 1956
58. The Naked Spur - Mann, 1953
67. Peeping Tom - Powell, 1960
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
84. The Stepfather - Ruben, 1987

That's 9 for me, which I guess makes me the winner out of the people who tallied them up. Hooray?

The list is pretty humbling, although I'm not sure the "never heard of" holds true for a lot of those. For example, even if it is rarely seen, Peeping Tom has is farely well heard of from what I've gathered, even if only as Powell's career killer. It's also a fantastic film, so I'm not sure why I'm picking at a list that exposes its virtues. Time to shut the hell up, me.

Also, everyone go see Burn! (from that fella who brought you The Battle of Algiers) right now. That's one for the history books.


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I've seen (AND own) all of the following:
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1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
3. The Ballad of Cable Hogue - Peckinpah, 1970
7. Black Narcissus - Powell/Pressburger, 1947
9. The Brood - Cronenberg, 1979
19. Dark Star - Carpenter, 1974
26. A Fine Madness - Kershner, 1966
29. 49th Parallel - Powell/Pressburger, 1941
37. Hell in the Pacific - Boorman, 1968
41. Hi, Mom! - De Palma, 1970
42. The Hit - Frears, 1984
48. The Killing - Kubrick, 1956
57. The Naked Kiss - Fuller, 1964
61. The Ninth Configuration - Blatty, 1980
64. Over the Edge - Kaplan, 1979
67. Peeping Tom - Powell, 1960
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
73. Ride the High Country - Peckinpah, 1962
78. Secret Honor - Altman, 1984
82. Smile - Ritchie, 1975
83. Songwriter - Rudolph, 1984
85. Straight Time - Grosbard, 1978
86. Streamers - Altman, 1983
88. The Tenant - Polanski, 1976
97. Who'll Stop the Rain - Reisz, 1978
98. Withnail & I - Robinson, 1987

I've seen (but don't own) the following:
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68. Personal Best - Towne, 1982
99. Zardoz - Boorman, 1974

I'd LIKE to see (AND own) the following:
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4. Barbarossa - Schepisi, 1982
15. Comfort and Joy - Forsyth, 1984
44. Housekeeping - Forsyth, 1987
76. Saint Jack - Bogdanovich, 1979

Unfortunately, the Forsyth films have not yet been released on DVD; the other 2 are now OOP I believe, but were only available in pan-n-scan form anyway. :(


Wed Oct 21, 2009 7:14 am
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BUMP as I think this topic can never be exhausted and always gets sidelined too hastily.

The BUMP is really because my lovely wife is a lover of Lifetime Movie Network (please withhold all comments; they'd surely be redundant at this point) and she's currently watching a movie called 'Crime of Passion' starring Powers Boothe, an actor that stars in my [real real reason for the BUMP: The Ninth Configuration.

It's a great movie, The Ninth Configuration. About a psychiatrist working in an insane-persons holding tank that greatly betters 'Shock Corridor' (not that comparisons are begged) and is a masterful William Peter Blatty attempt to put his unwavering faith in God in order. And I'm an atheist so you can just imagine.


Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:28 pm
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Blace wrote:
The only one I've seen that I can think of is The Cake Eaters. I thought it was great and recommend it.


Anyone else out there admire this Blace fellow? He's just too sharp too ignore even a little bit. 'The Cake Eaters' will be watched tonight as it's available via On Demand. Here's to hope....


Sat Mar 27, 2010 6:40 pm
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Wow, I've barely seen the films on that list...

1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
7. Black Narcissus - Powell, 1947
19. Dark Star - Carpenter, 1974
29. 49th Parallel - 1941
45. In a Lonely Place - Ray, 1950
59. Near Dark - Bigelow, 1987
67. Peeping Tom - Powell, 1960
94. Used Cars - Zemeckis, 1980

Michael Powell was a really good director... Peeping Tom was said to have ruined his career, since it was very controversial. It was way ahead of its time... a thriller about a psychopath who murders women with a blade attached to his camera tripod... while he films them. The guy is creepy as hell and barely sympathetic. Good film.

49th Parallel is a propaganda film showing a group of stranded Nazis making their way across Canada while running into setpieces with other well-known actors of the time. Laurence Olivier shows up as a French-Canadian stereotype with a ridiculous accent; it's hilarious.

Black Narcissus is set in a convent in the Himalayas. It was filmed entirely in a studio, but you'd never know from watching the film: the production design is gorgeous.

In a Lonely Place is basically a very early version of Sleeping With the Enemy.


Sat Apr 10, 2010 10:17 pm
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Is Kung Fu Hustle overlooked, or just underrated?


Sun Apr 11, 2010 2:22 am
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I think its pretty much just forgotten.


Sun Apr 11, 2010 3:56 am
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Ken wrote:
Is Kung Fu Hustle overlooked, or just underrated?


I prefer Shaolin Soccer myself


Sun Apr 11, 2010 11:37 am
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There's a pretty cool, little-seen movie called Last Night that follows several characters on the last night that this planet will ever have. Cool sci-fi with a lot of good humor, some touching moments and nice performances. PLUS: it features Sarah Polley. And there's this rule, unofficial and with a few exceptions: Sarah Polley can not be in a movie that isn't very good. She's so great!


Tue Apr 13, 2010 1:21 am
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The Indian Runner - I think this is Penn's best film and Viggo's finest performance. The soundtrack blends in beautifully.

The Devil and Daniel Johnston - I'm thinking alot of people here may have seen this unforgettable Documentary but if you haven't I can't recommend it highly enough.

The Interview - My favorite Australian film.

Chances Are - Delightful little film that has aged nicely.

Ai no mukidashi - Challlenging and rewarding film if you've got four hours to spare.


Tue Apr 13, 2010 11:50 am
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Well, I guess I've not done too bad. I've seen all of these--

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1. Assault on Precinct 13 - Carpenter, 1976
2. Bad Day at Black Rock - Sturges, 1955
7. Black Narcissus - Powell, 1947
8. Brain Damage - Henenlotter, 1988
9. The Brood - Cronenberg, 1979
16. The Company of Wolves - 1984
19. Dark Star - Carpenter, 1974
20. Death Race 2000 - Bartel, 1975
21. Deception - 1946
27. The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T - 1953
28. Forbidden Zone - 1980
30. Foxes - Lyne, 1980
32. Glen or Glenda? - Wood, 1953
35. Gun Crazy - Lewis, 1949
36. Heartland - 1979
38. The Hidden - 1987
42. The Hit - Frears, 1984
44. Housekeeping - Forsyth, 1987
48. The Killing - Kubrick, 1956
49. Kiss Me Deadly - Aldrich, 1955
56. Monkey Business - Hawks, 1952
59. Near Dark - Bigelow, 1987
61. The Ninth Configuration - Blatty, 1980
63. One-Eyed Jacks - Brando, 1960
65. Paris Blues - 1961
66. Payday - 1973
67. Peeping Tom - Powell, 1960
68. Personal Best - Towne, 1982
69. The Plague Dogs - 1982
70. Point Blank - Boorman, 1967
73. Ride the High Country - Peckinpah, 1962
77. Say Amen, Somebody - 1983
83. Songwriter - Rudolph, 1984
84. The Stepfather - Ruben, 1987
85. Straight Time - 1978
86. Streamers - Altman, 1983
87. Streetwise - 1985
88. The Tenant - Polanski, 1976
91. Track 29 - Roeg, 1988
93. Under Fire - 1983
94. Used Cars - Zemeckis, 1980
95. Vampire's Kiss - 1989
98. Withnail & I - 1987
100. A Zed & Two Noughts - Greenaway, 1985


What would I put on my list? Here's a start--

Paperhouse.
Bubba Ho-tep
The Castle
Once Were Warriors
Touching the Void
Forgotten Silver
The Rutles
Dancer in the Dark
Bound
Little Voice
Big Night
Tampopo
Babette's Feast
Kind Hearts and Coronets
The Mighty
Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang
Freaks

Just a few off the top of my head.


Sun Apr 18, 2010 7:24 pm
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Paperhouse has turned up a few times for a good reason: it's clever, scary and very original. In it, an ill little girl sees her drawings transported into her dreams - the set design is great as her messy drawings translate into crumbling, hastily built staircases and the like.

I also liked the director's 1992 film, 'Candyman'. Another good horror movie with some real depth.


Mon Apr 19, 2010 12:48 am
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majoraphasia wrote:

I also liked the director's 1992 film, 'Candyman'. Another good horror movie with some real depth.


Were you scared to say 'Candyman' into a mirror after watching it?


Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:39 pm
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wisey wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:

I also liked the director's 1992 film, 'Candyman'. Another good horror movie with some real depth.


Were you scared to say 'Candyman' into a mirror after watching it?


No. And it proved to be a fatal mistake.

Stepping in front of the mirror, wiping the sweat from my pasty brow, I chanted "CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN" and found that I'd summoned the benign spirit of Sammy Davis Jr. Now he cracks jokes at all hours, constantly tells me stories about Dean Martin, and sings that infernal song. That song! That infernal song!


Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:54 pm
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majoraphasia wrote:
wisey wrote:
majoraphasia wrote:

I also liked the director's 1992 film, 'Candyman'. Another good horror movie with some real depth.


Were you scared to say 'Candyman' into a mirror after watching it?


No. And it proved to be a fatal mistake.

Stepping in front of the mirror, wiping the sweat from my pasty brow, I chanted "CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN CANDYMAN" and found that I'd summoned the benign spirit of Sammy Davis Jr. Now he cracks jokes at all hours, constantly tells me stories about Dean Martin, and sings that infernal song. That song! That infernal song!


Who can make the sunrise? Sprinkle it with dew? Something something The Candyman can!


Mon Apr 19, 2010 11:58 pm
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AHHHHHHHHHH! Just! Let! Me! Sleep! Samju*! Get out of my head!!


*That's right, I refer to Sammy Davis Jr. as "Samju". Alternative spelling? "Samjew".


Tue Apr 20, 2010 12:11 am
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This also works for "Biggie Smalls"


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7. Black Narcissus - Powell, 1947
16. The Company of Wolves - 1984 Only saw part of this. The copy I had was so washed out it was unwatchable
19. Dark Star - Carpenter, 1974
28. Forbidden Zone - 1980 A serious candidate for the worst film I've ever seen
39. High and Low - Kurosawa, 1963 My favorite film by one of my favorite directors.
44. Housekeeping - Forsyth, 1987 Christine Lahti is an aunt trying to raise two teenagers despite her madness. Great film.
57. The Naked Kiss - Fuller, 1964 My idea of a film noir.

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Syd Henderson wrote:
44. Housekeeping - Forsyth, 1987 Christine Lahti is an aunt trying to raise two teenagers despite her madness. Great film.


Very hard to find a copy. I love the novel and had been looking for a DVD copy for Region 1 for a long time -- I eventually gave up.


Thu Apr 22, 2010 5:46 pm
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