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But the problem with Burton is that he's gotten complacent and lazy. It's like he's thinking "I've got Depp, I got my incredibly hot British wife and I'm Tim Burton. Let's make a movie. It won't matter how mediocre it is, I'm Tim Burton. People will still love it. Now to sleep with my incredibly hot British wife in my bed made of the money of laziness."[/quote]

I have a similar feeling about every movie David Lynch has come out with since Lost Highway.

I seem to be in a agreement with quite a few of you on our favorite movies, so instead I'm going to throw out some favorites of mine I don't think anyone has listed yet.

1. The Departed
2. Lost Highway
3. Donnie Darko
4. The Man with Two Brains
5. The Royal Tenenbaums
6. Burn After Reading
7. Funny Games
8. Bully
9. Casino
10. Vanilla Sky (I haven't seen Open Your Eyes yet, so I can't compare)


Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:12 am
Post Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Films Are..?
These are not my top ten favorites, because I don't have a top ten. I mean, how are you supposed to rank something like Psycho against Groundhog Day? Seriously. Anyway, ten movies I love:

Brotherhood of the Wolf -- Take an 18th century costume drama, a monster movie, a political thriller, and a kung fu flick, throw 'em in a blender for two hours, and enjoy your concentrated AWESOME.

It's not Versailles, but his wine is good.

Out of the Past (1947, with Mitchum) -- This movie gives me the worst cravings for a cigarette since I quit smoking almost fifteen years ago. If want to see the noirest noir ever noired, look no further.

"Oh Jeff, you ought to have killed me for what I did a moment ago." "There's time."

Being There -- If you've only seen Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or the Pink Panther movies, you haven't seen him at his best. This movie wouldn't even be half what it is with anyone else in the lead role. A satirical gem.

I like to watch.

Battlefield Earth -- OH YES, I WENT THERE. In the commentary for Austin Powers, Mike Myers explains his concept of comedy torture -- take something funny, keep pushing it until it's no longer funny, pushing it until you hate it, until finally it gets so bad it circles around becomes hilarious again (insert obvious Love Guru joke here). Battlefield Earth is a terrible, terrible movie. Everything about it is sooooo painfully bad, that it circles around and reaches a perverse realm of awesome. I made my friend Mike go see this with me opening weekend -- I don't ever dare bring it up, though, 'cause he's way bigger than me, and he's still pissed.

Note: for safety's sake, do not attempt to view this movie with out at least six beers on hand.

You... Hungry, little fella? Want some rat? It's good!

Once -- Best date movie ever. If you haven't seen this, go Netflix it, or torrent it, or something. Even if you're a manly man who gags at the thought of having to watch a romance.

I play these songs at night, or I wouldn't make any money.

Shadow of the Vampire -- Make sure you watch Nosferatu before you watch this, or you won't fully appreciate how fantastic Willem Dafoe is in this movie. The two of them together make for a great, great double-feature.

I don't think we need the writer any longer.

Sleeper -- the first Woody Allen movie I ever saw. The word "orgasmatron" made me hero of the week amongst my fourteen-year-old nerd friends. While Love and Death is probably my favorite of his movies, Sleeper is my favorite silly movie.

I'm not really the heroic type. I was beat up by Quakers.

The Sweet Hereafter -- Has a more powerful film about grief and loss ever been made? If so, I don't want to see it, as Atom Egoyan managed to turn me completely inside out with this one.

Enough rage and helplessness and your love turns to something else.

Best in Show -- Dog show + Christopher Guest & company == hilarity. Fred Willard almost made me pass out the first time I saw this -- I was laughing so hard, I went blind (only momentarily, but still).

He went for her like she's made outta ham.

Once Upon a Time in the West -- The film opens with ten riveting minutes of three guys silently sitting around waiting for a train. Best opening of any Western, ever. If you're not sold, here's three reasons to make sure you watch this at least once: Bronson, Fonda, and Morricone.

How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.


Last edited by Talisker on Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:23 am, edited 1 time in total.



Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:14 am
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Trevor wrote:
I thought Burton had a slow period of Mars Attacks through Planet of the Apes.

But everything Big Fish onward has been great in my opinion. I loved the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


I agree 100%
I thought CATCF was amazing - and yes, I'd seen the original
Rob


Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:47 am
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slmaldonado wrote:


But the problem with Burton is that he's gotten complacent and lazy. It's like he's thinking "I've got Depp, I got my incredibly hot British wife and I'm Tim Burton. Let's make a movie. It won't matter how mediocre it is, I'm Tim Burton. People will still love it. Now to sleep with my incredibly hot British wife in my bed made of the money of laziness."[/quote]

I have a similar feeling about every movie David Lynch has come out with since Lost Highway.

I seem to be in a agreement with quite a few of you on our favorite movies, so instead I'm going to throw out some favorites of mine I don't think anyone has listed yet.

1. The Departed
2. Lost Highway
3. Donnie Darko
4. The Man with Two Brains
5. The Royal Tenenbaums
6. Burn After Reading
7. Funny Games
8. Bully
9. Casino
10. Vanilla Sky (I haven't seen Open Your Eyes yet, so I can't compare)[/quote]


Hi Simaldonado

A very intersting and contentious list :-)

Who does not like man With two Brains?
I'm with you and share love for Casino, Bully, Donnie Darko,
I was bored to death and really disappointed by Tennenbaums
I was puzzled and disappointed by Burn After Reading
I scratched my head at Vanilla Sky
Funny Games - I know it's good, but I just don't like it - have you seen the original?
I loved the original and the Departed, preferred the original - but saw it first

Thanks for sharing
Rob


Sat Jan 31, 2009 2:56 am
Post Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Films Are..?
Talisker wrote:
These are not my top ten favorites, because I don't have a top ten. I mean, how are you supposed to rank something like Psycho against Groundhog Day? Seriously. Anyway, ten movies I love:

Brotherhood of the Wolf -- Take an 18th century costume drama, a monster movie, a political thriller, and a kung fu flick, throw 'em in a blender for two hours, and enjoy your concentrated AWESOME.

It's not Versailles, but his wine is good.

Out of the Past -- This movie gives me the worst cravings for a cigarette since I quit smoking almost fifteen years ago. If want to see the noirest noir ever noired, look no further.

"Oh Jeff, you ought to have killed me for what I did a moment ago." "There's time."

Being There -- If you've only seen Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or the Pink Panther movies, you haven't seen him at his best. This movie wouldn't even be half what it is with anyone else in the lead role. A satirical gem.

I like to watch.

Battlefield Earth -- OH YES, I WENT THERE. In the commentary for Austin Powers, Mike Myers explains his concept of comedy torture -- take something funny, keep pushing it until it's no longer funny, pushing it until you hate it, until finally it gets so bad it circles around becomes hilarious again (insert obvious Love Guru joke here). Battlefield Earth is a terrible, terrible movie. Everything about it is sooooo painfully bad, that it circles around and reaches a perverse realm of awesome. I made my friend Mike go see this with me opening weekend -- I don't ever dare bring it up, though, 'cause he's way bigger than me, and he's still pissed.

Note: for safety's sake, do not attempt to view this movie with out at least six beers on hand.

You... Hungry, little fella? Want some rat? It's good!

Once -- Best date movie ever. If you haven't seen this, go Netflix it, or torrent it, or something. Even if you're a manly man who gags at the thought of having to watch a romance.

I play these songs at night, or I wouldn't make any money.

Shadow of the Vampire -- Make sure you watch Nosferatu before you watch this, or you won't fully appreciate how fantastic Willem Dafoe is in this movie. The two of them together make for a great, great double-feature.

I don't think we need the writer any longer.

Sleeper -- the first Woody Allen movie I ever saw. The word "orgasmatron" made me hero of the week amongst my fourteen-year-old nerd friends. While Love and Death is probably my favorite of his movies, Sleeper is my favorite silly movie.

I'm not really the heroic type. I was beat up by Quakers.

The Sweet Hereafter -- Has a more powerful film about grief and loss ever been made? If so, I don't want to see it, as Atom Egoyan managed to turn me completely inside out with this one.

Enough rage and helplessness and your love turns to something else.

Best in Show -- Dog show + Christopher Guest & company == hilarity. Fred Willard almost made me pass out the first time I saw this -- I was laughing so hard, I went blind (only momentarily, but still).

He went for her like she's made outta ham.

Once Upon a Time in the West -- The film opens with ten riveting minutes of three guys silently sitting around waiting for a train. Best opening of any Western, ever. If you're not sold, here's three reasons to make sure you watch this at least once: Bronson, Fonda, and Morricone.

How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants.


Hi Talisker

Brotherhood - I scratch my head on this one as I just did not appreciate it. However, so many people who i respect, really like it. It must be me.

Out of the Past - I assume you mean Robert Mitchum here. I have it on DVD and love it.

Being There - A problem film for me. My best friend and I took our girlfriends to see this and for reasons beyond the forum we ended up screaming at each other. the girls walked out of the cinema and we could not find her. My girlfriend dumped me and his dumped him and i ended up marrying her. You had to be there to understand that moment.

Battlefield Earth - Huh? I've seen movies with far worse than six beers in me and this would still never make it.

Once - 100% agree - the soundtrack is heavenly

Vampire - Another great choice - very freaky.

Sleeper - I saw this at college 30 years ago and have not revisted. I should.

Sweet Hereafter - I have kids and this was hard to watch. My film of the year that year.

Best in Show - We used to breed and show dogs and this film is perfect because it's true.

OUATITW - I love this movie and the stillness is what does it. one of the best opening 20 minutes ever.

Great list - thanks for bringing back so many memories
Rob


Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:09 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
Brotherhood - I scratch my head on this one as I just did not appreciate it. However, so many people who i respect, really like it. It must be me.

It's not for everyone; but, everyone I know that likes it, REALLY likes it.

Quote:
Out of the Past - I assume you mean Robert Mitchum here. I have it on DVD and love it.

Yep -- edited my post to clarify, thanks :)

Quote:
Being There - A problem film for me. [snip] You had to be there to understand that moment.

Hehe, everyone's got at least one of those :)

Quote:
Battlefield Earth - Huh? I've seen movies with far worse than six beers in me and this would still never make it.

Hey, I never said I was actually recommending it! It has been a source of more fun than almost any other movie I've watched over the years, though (note: most of said fun has not involved actually watching it). If you're doing a bad movie night, this is a great choice.

Quote:
Sleeper - I saw this at college 30 years ago and have not revisted. I should.

Note that Woody is credited for the score, and plays lead clarinet with the dixieland jazz band on the soundtrack. Woody: starts writing for Sid Caesar, writes, directs, and acts in 40+ films, is an accomplished jazz musician. Me: accomplished forum poster. *sigh*

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OUATITW - I love this movie and the stillness is what does it. one of the best opening 20 minutes ever.

One of the things I love most about it is how tightly linked the characters are to the score. It's my favorite Morricone score (which is no mean feat).


Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:35 am
Post Re: Your Top 10 Favorite Films Are..?
Talisker wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
Brotherhood - I scratch my head on this one as I just did not appreciate it. However, so many people who i respect, really like it. It must be me.

It's not for everyone; but, everyone I know that likes it, REALLY likes it.

Quote:
Out of the Past - I assume you mean Robert Mitchum here. I have it on DVD and love it.

Yep -- edited my post to clarify, thanks :)

Quote:
Being There - A problem film for me. [snip] You had to be there to understand that moment.

Hehe, everyone's got at least one of those :)

Quote:
Battlefield Earth - Huh? I've seen movies with far worse than six beers in me and this would still never make it.

Hey, I never said I was actually recommending it! It has been a source of more fun than almost any other movie I've watched over the years, though (note: most of said fun has not involved actually watching it). If you're doing a bad movie night, this is a great choice.

Quote:
Sleeper - I saw this at college 30 years ago and have not revisted. I should.

Note that Woody is credited for the score, and plays lead clarinet with the dixieland jazz band on the soundtrack. Woody: starts writing for Sid Caesar, writes, directs, and acts in 40+ films, is an accomplished jazz musician. Me: accomplished forum poster. *sigh*

Quote:
OUATITW - I love this movie and the stillness is what does it. one of the best opening 20 minutes ever.

One of the things I love most about it is how tightly linked the characters are to the score. It's my favorite Morricone score (which is no mean feat).


Talisker,

It really is a great list. I have made up my mind after this to rewatch Sleeper. it's hard to believe that I have not seen it for 30 years.

I watch OUATITW every 5 years or so - everyone on this forum including James should make it mandatory viewing :-)

Rob


Sat Jan 31, 2009 3:42 am
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sheryl wrote:
Does BBC or A&E's "Pride & Prejudice" count as a "movie?" If yes, it's definitely in my top 10. One of the best screen adaptations of a book. I read this book at least once a year. Clearly, I enjoy romantic-comedies.


Yeah it is fantastic. Hope they don't confiscate my man-card now.


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:01 am
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Vic wrote:
sheryl wrote:
Does BBC or A&E's "Pride & Prejudice" count as a "movie?" If yes, it's definitely in my top 10. One of the best screen adaptations of a book. I read this book at least once a year. Clearly, I enjoy romantic-comedies.


Yeah it is fantastic. Hope they don't confiscate my man-card now.


Confiscated

Go to the corner and say 100 times

I'm a man and I don't like rom coms

I like action movies, science fiction movies and anything with Daniel Craig with his shirt off

whoops

that last bit slipped out - I didn't mean to say that

:-)
Rob


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:12 am
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Robert Holloway wrote:
anything with Daniel Craig with his shirt off

If they're showing his pecs, it's usually not long before he's punching someone in the face, so it's all good!


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:33 am
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Joseph wrote:
KRATZ,

what did you think of the cinecast of Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway? I thought it was mucho better than the movie version. (keeping this short so as to no go too far off topic)

as for my list... haha!! that'll take some time. cant do it now. no way.


Haven't actually seen that yet. I'll have to check it out. I did see a production of Rent performed by the touring company, and was greatly impressed. One interesting thing about the stage show (at least the production I saw) was how much faster it moved. At first I was kind of put off by it, but by the end I realized that I wasn't given any time to relax and catch my breath. I was actually exhausted after watching it. The movie moved much slower, but is still I think a good adaptation.


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:41 am
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Patrick wrote:
[Now to sleep with my incredibly hot British wife in my bed made of the money of laziness."


a hot british wife who never combs her hair...


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:54 pm
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Talisker wrote:
Shadow of the Vampire -- Make sure you watch Nosferatu before you watch this, or you won't fully appreciate how fantastic Willem Dafoe is in this movie. The two of them together make for a great, great double-feature.


that was a good movie!


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:56 pm
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Talisker wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
anything with Daniel Craig with his shirt off

If they're showing his pecs, it's usually not long before he's punching someone in the face, so it's all good!


maybe that's why I haven't seen Defiance yet... he wore thick heavy coats the entire time. no speedo scenes... yawn yawn


Sat Jan 31, 2009 4:58 pm
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sheryl wrote:
Patrick wrote:
Now to sleep with my incredibly hot British wife in my bed made of the money of laziness."


a hot british wife who never combs her hair...


That's what makes her eyes pop in a incredibly hot way


Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:11 pm
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Talisker wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
anything with Daniel Craig with his shirt off

If they're showing his pecs, it's usually not long before he's punching someone in the face, so it's all good!


If I didn't have a blog to pimp out I would be so sigging this.


Sat Jan 31, 2009 5:13 pm
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Talisker wrote:
Quote:
Sleeper - I saw this at college 30 years ago and have not revisted. I should.

Note that Woody is credited for the score, and plays lead clarinet with the dixieland jazz band on the soundtrack. Woody: starts writing for Sid Caesar, writes, directs, and acts in 40+ films, is an accomplished jazz musician. Me: accomplished forum poster. *sigh*


Allen was also so heavily under the influence of Bergman that it's kind of ridiculous. Woody owes his entire early career to the Swedish master. I'm not saying he's not a good filmmaker; at the very least, you have to admire the man's work ethic. I just wish his style was less Bergman-revisited, though I admit I never even realized it until I did a research paper comparing the two.

I give Woody credit for his accomplishments in the world of jazz, though. Bergman never touched a clarinet. XD


Sun Feb 01, 2009 11:26 pm
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Pedro wrote:
Talisker wrote:
Quote:
Sleeper - I saw this at college 30 years ago and have not revisted. I should.

Note that Woody is credited for the score, and plays lead clarinet with the dixieland jazz band on the soundtrack. Woody: starts writing for Sid Caesar, writes, directs, and acts in 40+ films, is an accomplished jazz musician. Me: accomplished forum poster. *sigh*


Allen was also so heavily under the influence of Bergman that it's kind of ridiculous. Woody owes his entire early career to the Swedish master. I'm not saying he's not a good filmmaker; at the very least, you have to admire the man's work ethic. I just wish his style was less Bergman-revisited, though I admit I never even realized it until I did a research paper comparing the two.

I give Woody credit for his accomplishments in the world of jazz, though. Bergman never touched a clarinet. XD


Pedro

I think you are opening yourself up to some heat from the Woody fans. I love both directors and Woody Allen has been quite open about his admiration and influence.

It's another thread completely to discuss favorite Woody Allen. I've been jaded by his recent 10 years though every so often he gives us something worthwhile. Match Point was probably the most recent film really worth seeing. I liked parts of Vicki Christina but it was no better than good Woody.

I wish that I did not have to say this, but I find Bergman one of the hardest directors to embrace. Whilst I love and respect his work I find that I need to be in absolutely the right mood to take a film on. The last one I watched was Wild Strawberries (which i thought was sensational). It took me months to get the right evening to watch it. next up is Virgin Spring and Seventh Seal. he makes Ozu seem easy :-)

Rob


Mon Feb 02, 2009 2:16 am
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Don't get me wrong: I love Woody Allen. I have a soft spot for Sleeper, Annie Hall is one of my all-time favorites, The Purple Rose of Cairo is hands down is his most underappreciated movie, Hannah and Her Sisters is really good, and Match Point is totally worth watching. He's has some duds, but who wasn't? Allen's a great director and a better writer. However, the parallels that Allen draws in his films are really obvious once you start getting into Bergman. HERE is a link to a great blog that discusses said parallels.

You're right about Bergman being hard to embrace, though. His stuff is generally very slow, not standardly cinematic, and very serious. That's another reason why I like Allen: his stuff is way easier to watch and way easier to appreciate on an immediate level. With Bergman, sometimes you have to trust that he knows what he's doing. You never get that feeling with Allen, at least with his better films. Ultimately, I respect both of them a lot; I'm just not sure where Woody Allen would be if he had never peeped a Swedish masterpiece.


Mon Feb 02, 2009 4:49 pm
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I generally do Top Tens within a genre and my numbers don't mean anything but here goes:


10. Stranger than Fiction
9. The Big Lebowski
8. Slingblade
7. Rope
6. Casino
5. Bullitt
4. Opera
3. The Omen
2. Star Wars
1. Once Upon a Time in the West

Others include:

The Proposition
Memento
Throne of Blood
District B13
Hard Times
Death Hunt
Tora! Tora! Tora!
Breaking the Waves
No Country for Old Men
Wait Until Dark


If I had time I might be able to compile a 100 list but it would change over time I think.


Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:30 pm
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