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What Films Do You Consider Four-Star Perfect? 
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Post What Films Do You Consider Four-Star Perfect?
Simple as the title says, just list the films and then we can discuss them as we disagree :D (Cause lord knows non of us here are opinionated, James ;))

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, Stanley Kubrick)
28 Days Later (2002, Danny Boyle)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972, Werner Herzog)
Akira (1988, Katsuhiro Otomo)
Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
Aliens (1986, James Cameron)
Amadeus (1984, Milos Forman)
American Beauty (1999, Sam Mendes)
Apocalypse Now (1979, Francis Ford Coppola)
Babel (2006, Alejandro González Iñárritu)
Battle Royale (2000, Kinji Fukasaku)
Beauty and the Beast (1991, Gary Trousdale/Kirk Wise)
The Blair Witch Project (1994, Daniel Myrick/Eduardo Sanchez)
Blood Simple (1984, Joel Coen)
Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch)
Brokeback Mountain (2005, Ang Lee)
Casablanca (1942, Michael Curtiz)
Castle in the Sky (1986, Hayao Miyazaki)
The Dark Knight (2008, Christopher Nolan)
Dark Water (2002, Hideo Nakata)
Dazed and Confused (1993, Richard Linklater)
Deliverance (1972, John Boorman)
The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese)
The Descent (2005, Neil Marshall)
Die Hard (1988, John McTiernan)
Dr. Strangelove (1964, Stanley Kubrick)
Eastern Promises (2007, David Cronenberg)
Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)
Fargo (1996, Joel Coen)
Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)
Fitzcarraldo (1982, Werner Herzog)
The General (1929, Buster Keaton/Clyde Bruckman)
Glengarry Glen Ross (1992, James Foley)
The Godfather (1972, Francis Ford Coppola)
Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Isao Takahata)
Heat (1995, Michael Mann)
A History of Violence (2005, David Cronenberg)
Inglourious Basterds (2009, Quentin Tarantino)
It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, Frank Capra)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989, Hayao Miyazaki)
Kill Bill (2003/2004, Quentin Tarantino)
Let the Right One In (2008, Tomas Alfredson)
The Little Mermaid (1989, Ron Clements/John Musker)
The Lord of the Rings (2001 – 2003, Peter Jackson)
Lost in Translation (2003, Sofia Coppola)
Love Exposure (2009, Sion Sono)
Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee)
Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson)
Make Way for Tomorrow (1937, Leo McCarey)
Man On Wire (2008, James Marsh)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975, John Huston)
Marie Antoinette (2006, Sofia Coppola)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975, Terry Gilliam)
Mulholland Dr. (2001, David Lynch)
Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984, Hayao Miyazaki)
Neon Genesis Evangelion – The End of Evangelion (1997, Hideaki Anno)
No Country for Old Men (2007, Joel & Ethan Coen)
Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, Guillermo del Toro)
Pinocchio (1940, Ben Sharpsteen/Hamilton Luske)
Platoon (1986, Oliver Stone)
The Princess Bride (1987, Rob Reiner)
Princess Mononoke (1997, Hayao Miyazaki)
Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981, Steven Spielberg)
Requiem for a Dream (2000, Darren Aronofsky)
Schindler’s List (1993, Steven Spielberg)
Se7en (1995, David Fincher)
The Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)
The Shining (1980, Stanley Kubrick)
Silence of the Lambs (1991, Jonathan Demme)
Sleeping Beauty (1959, Clyde Geronimi)
Snow White (1937, David D. Hand/Perce Pearce/Larry Morey/William Cottrell/Wilfred Jackson/Ben Sharpsteen)
Spirited Away (2001, Hayao Miyazaki)
Strange Circus (2005, Sion Sono)
Suicide Club (2002, Sion Sono)
Taxi Driver (1976, Martin Scorsese)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man (1988, Shinya Tsukamoto)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? (1969, Sydney Pollack)
The Third Man (1949, Carol Reed)
Titanic (1997, James Cameron)
Tokyo Story (1953, Yasujiro Ozu)
Trainspotting (1995, Danny Boyle)
Un Chien Andalou (1929, Luis Buñuel)
Vertigo (1958, Alfred Hitchcock)
The Wages of Fear (1952, Henri-Georges Clouzot)
The War Zone (1999, Tim Roth)
Where the Wild Things Are (2009, Spike Jonze)
The Wizard of Oz (1939, Victor Fleming/King Vidor)


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Post Re: What Films Do You Consider Four-Star Perfect?
Here are some that comes from the top of my head:
L.A. Confidental
The Searchers
North By NorthWest
From Russia With Love
Ratatoullie
Toy Story 2
Where The Wild Things Are
Being John Malkovich
Dead Man Walking
Up In The Air
Fort Apache
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Shane
Lawrence Of Arabia
Spellbound
Precious
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
The French Connection
The Hurt Locker
No Country For Old Men
Pulp Fiction
Forrest Gump
Beauty And The Beast
The Lion King
The Hunchback Of Norte Dame
High And Low


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Post Re: What Films Do You Consider Four-Star Perfect?
Oh good Lord Josh. I just pen this nice little response about how I understand you because you're grading everything within its genre and then you put up a post about 'perfect' 4-star films that includes The Dark Knight, Dazed and Confused, Elephant, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Man on Wire, Titanic, and When Harry Met Sally? I mean, I even like Titanic, but I can't imagine anyone thinking it's a "perfect" film. Remember how you were saying that you're going to have higher standards? Go back to that list you put up and select half of them. DO IT NOW!

PS: Despite everything, I would still have your babies because you put They Shoot Horses, Don't They? on the list

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Basically 80 films out of my Top 100 I find to be four-star perfect. So I just did a copy and paste job from that

#80. (1987) Rain Man

#79. (1959) Some Like It Hot

#78. (2006) United 93

#77. (1982) Gandhi

#76. (1971) The French Connection


#75. (1980) Raging Bull

#74. (1957) Twelve Angry Men

#73. (2004) The Passion of the Christ

#72. (2006) The Lives of Others

#71. (1957) The Bridge on the River Kwai

#70. (1989) Field of Dreams

#69. (1942) Casablanca

#68. (2000) Requiem for a Dream

#67. (1976) All the President's Men

#66. (1979) Apocalypse Now

#65. (2000) Cast Away

#64. (1975) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

#63. (1999) The Sixth Sense


#62. (1999) Magnolia

#61. (1974) Chinatown

#60. (2004) Downfall

#59. (1973) The Exorcist

#58. (1949) The Third Man

#57. (2006) Children of Men

#56. (2006) Apocalypto


#55. (1983) A Christmas Story

#54. (1984) The Terminator

#53. (2008) Slumdog Millionaire

#52. (1939) The Wizard of Oz

#51. (1994) Forrest Gump

#50. (1986) Platoon


#49. (1946) It's a Wonderful Life

#48. (1995) Dead Man Walking

#47. (1995) Leaving Las Vegas


#46. (1954) Rear Window

#45. (1992) Unforgiven


#44. (1988) Die Hard

#43. (2006) The Departed

#42. (1990) Dances With Wolves

#41. (1999) The Matrix

#40. (1975) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

#39. (2008) The Dark Knight

#38. (2003) City of God

#37. (1998) Saving Private Ryan

#36. (2000) Gladiator

#35. (1993) In the Name of the Father


#34. (2001) Mulholland Dr.

#33. (1996) Fargo

#32. (1995) Seven

#31. (1975) Jaws

#30. (1981) Raiders of the Lost Ark

#29. (2002) The 25th Hour


#28. (1998) The Truman Show

#27. (1995) Braveheart

#26. (2003) Big Fish

#25. (1989) Glory

#24. (1954) The Seven Samurai

#23. (2009) District 9

#22. (1979) Alien

#21. (2002) Mystic River


#20. (1991) The Silence of the Lambs

#19. (1987) The Princess Bride

#18. (1994) Pulp Fiction

#17. (1995) The Usual Suspects


#16. (1992) Last of the Mohicans

#15. (1995) Heat

#14. (2001) Black Hawk Down

#13. (1986) Aliens

#12. (1980) The Shining


#11. (1990) Goodfellas

#10. (1999) Fight Club

#9. (2007) Superbad

#8. (2001-2003) The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

#7. (1977, 1980, 1983) The Star Wars Trilogy

#6. (1992) Reservoir Dogs

#5. (1998) American History X


#4. (1972, 1974) The Godfather (I and II)

#3. (1993) Schindler's List

#2. (1968) 2001: A Space Oddysey

#1. (2007) Into the Wild

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Sun Jun 20, 2010 12:52 pm
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Post Re: What Films Do You Consider Four-Star Perfect?
Jesus man, everytime someone comes up with the idea of compiling these sorts of lists, it makes me realize just how many movies I haven't seen; nonetheless, I also do have my own list of such films, which will be forthcoming once I get a chance to catch my breath (I have a bunch of work that is being called due this week).


Sun Jun 20, 2010 7:03 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:

PS: Despite everything, I would still have your babies because you put They Shoot Horses, Don't They? on the list


What can I say? They Shoot Horses, Don't They? is just an excellent film.


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Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:53 pm
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:arrow: That's a great list. Lots of variety there...


Sun Jun 20, 2010 9:59 pm
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The Dark Knight, Dazed and Confused, Elephant, The Blair Witch Project, Paranormal Activity, Man on Wire, Titanic, and When Harry Met Sally?


I'll fight for Man On Wire till the end, I'll admit to needing to rewatch Elephant since I only saw it once and its been a while, I've tried and failed to find a flaw with Titanic, the only "flaw" I've found with The Dark Knight is that it feels like it has a double ending that may have been tighter but I don't feel that removes from the film, The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity are prime examples of films surpassing their genre and becoming great movie going experiences, and whats wrong with Dazed and Confused and When Harry Met Sally?


Sun Jun 20, 2010 10:52 pm
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Alright here are just the ones I can think of right now, no particular order here:

1. Pulp Fiction
2. Reservoir Dogs
3. Inglourious Basterds
4. L.A. Confidential
5. City of God
6. Three Kings - not quite as certain on this one anymore tho
7. Fight Club
8. GoodFellas
9. The Departed
10. Taxi Driver
11. Raging Bull
12. Die Hard
13. Leon - The Extended Verison
14. Amelie
15. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless - this one may also require another view to determine if I still feel as strongly about it as before (see #6)
16. Requiem for a Dream
17. Traffic
18. Saving Private Ryan
19. Schindler's List
20. Munich
21. Aliens
22. Grand Canyon
23. The Dark Knight
24. No Country for Old Men
25. Blood Simple - another question mark since I've only seen it once and it's been a while
26. Braveheart
27. Sunset Blvd.
28. Passion of The Christ - only movie on this list to illicit a tear from me so that's gotta count for somethin'
29. Godfather's I and II -of course
30. The Untouchables - in spite of Costner's occasional bouts of stiffness
31. Dances With Wolves - see above, although he was much improved here!
32. The Sweet Hereafter
33. Sophie's Choice
34. American Beauty
35. Memento
36. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
37. Yojimbo -God do I need to see more Kurosawa now!!!

That's all for now. I'm sure I could think of more if I had the time but there are more pressing concerns at hand for me right now. Toodles!!!


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Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:13 pm
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1. Memento (2000)
2. The Decalogue (1988)
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
5. Jaws (1975)
6. Do the Right Thing (1989)
7. Pulp Fiction (1994)
8. No Country For Old Men (2007)
9. Cache (2005)
10. In the Mood For Love (2000)

11. Eraserhead (1977)
12. Scenes From a Marriage (1973)
13. Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
14. Day For Night (1973)
15. A Short Film About Love (1988)
16. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
17. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
18. The Seventh Seal (1957)
19. Solaris (1972)
20. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)

21. Spirited Away (2001)
22. Dogville (2003)
23. Umberto D. (1952)
24. The Rules of the Game (1939)
25. Naked (1993)
26. City Lights (1931)
27. Yi Yi (2000)
28. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
29. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
30. The Dark Knight (2008)

31. Rear Window (1954)
32. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
33. M (1931)
34. Diabolique (1955)
35. Delicatessen (1991)
36. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
37. The 400 Blows (1959)
38. Seven Samurai (1954)
39. The World of Apu (1959)
40. Hunger (2008)

41. Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring (1986)
42. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
43. Star Wars (1977)
44. La Strada (1954)
45. Rashomon (1950)
46. Man With the Movie Camera (1929)
47. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
48. 2046 (2004)
49. Taxi Driver (1976)
50. The Bicycle Thief (1948)

51. The Apartment (1960)
52. The Godfather (1972)
53. The Conformist (1970)
54. 8½ (1963)
55. Goodfellas (1990)
56. Casablanca (1942)
57. Blazing Saddles (1974)
58. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
59. City of God (2002)
60. An Evening With Kevin Smith (2002)

61. Steven Wright: When the Leaves Blow Away (2007)
62. Bill Cosby: Himself (1983)
63. Lost in Translation (2003)
64. 35 Shots of Rum (2009)
65. Three Colors: Red (1994)
66. The Battle of Algiers (1966)
67. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
68. Run Lola Run (1998)
69. L'avventura (1960)
70. Raging Bull (1980)

71. Double Indemnity (1944)
72. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
73. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
74. Spider-Man 2 (2004)
75. The Hustler (1961)
76. The Battleship Potemkin (1925)
77. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
78. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
79. Cinema Paradiso (1988)
80. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

81. High Fidelity (2000)
82. All the President's Men (1976)
83. Rififi (1955)
84. Paranormal Activity (2009)
85. Modern Times (1936)
86. Nosferatu (1922)
87. Sullivan's Travels (1941)
88. The Breakfast Club (1985)
89. U2 3D (2008)

JJoshay's list is long and full of films I disagree on regarding their merits. At the same time, I love it. What is wrong with Dazed and Confused?


Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:10 am
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That's some troublesome wording. The idea of a "perfect" film is preposterous. I don't think it exists.

2001 comes close, though.


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There's nothing really "wrong" with Dazed and Confused as a movie (aside from the scene where they spank Wiley Wiggins and it's shot, somewhat inappropriately I think, like a gang rape) but the idea that it's "perfect" is ludicrous. I mean, it's a fun, watchable movie about high schoolers moping around. I think I gave it 3. But to be a 4-star perfect film, I think you have to have some depth, no?

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But to be a 4-star perfect film, I think you have to have some depth, no?

I gather that's what you think, yeah.


Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:50 am
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Chronologically, because if I tried to rank these my head would explode:

Nosferatu (1922)
Metropolis (1927)
City Lights (1931)
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Casablanca (1942)
The Third Man (1949)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Wild Strawberries (1957)
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Breathless (1960)
Psycho (1960)
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
The Graduate (1967)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Clockwork Orange (1971)
The Godfather (1972)
Chinatown (1974)
The Godfather: Part II (1974)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Annie Hall (1977)
Alien (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
The Elephant Man (1980)
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Schindler's List (1993)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Fight Club (1999)
Memento (2000)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)

It would seem that my taste borders on the commercial.


Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:27 pm
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It would seem that my taste borders on the commercial.

But at the same time, you've seen a lot of obscure movies. You just give them 9s. XD


Mon Jun 21, 2010 2:33 pm
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Pedro wrote:
ed_metal_head wrote:
It would seem that my taste borders on the commercial.

But at the same time, you've seen a lot of obscure movies. You just give them 9s. XD


:D You know Pedro, you're a good guy. You might think Eraserhead is the 11th best movie of all time, but hey, everyone has their faults.


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You might think Eraserhead is the 11th best movie of all time, but hey, everyone has their faults.


Amen, brother.

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Meh, everything on my list below Citizen Kane sucks balls. I hate movies.


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I gotta say Pedro, you've seemed a little glum lately. Everything okay?

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One or two from each of the the last few decades:

Ghost World
Adaptation.


Three Colors: Red

Fanny and Alexander

The Exorcist

L'Avventura

Seven Samurai

Notorious
Detour


The Good Earth


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