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One movie you've seen for each letter of the alphabet 
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I just want you all to know that I had to cheat with some of these, so this list should absolutely not be taken for anything significant.

Andrei Rublev; Andrei Tarkovsky
Black Book; Paul Verhoeven
City Lights; Charlie Chaplin
Dead Man; Jim Jarmusch
Escape from New York; John Carpenter
The 400 Blows; Francois Truffaut
Grand Illusion; Jean Renoir
Hour of the Wolf; Ingmar Bergman
The Ice Storm; Ang Lee
James and the Giant Peach; Henry Selick
The Killing; Stanley Kubrick
The Lives of Others; Some guy who is absolutely not any of these other guys
Mean Streets; Martin Scorsese
Nashville; Robert Altman
Oldboy; Chan Park-Wook
Paranormal Activity; Oren Peli (Which also happens to be the last movie I saw)
Quick Change; Bill Murray and someone else insignificant
Rashomon; Akira Kuroawa
La Strada; Federico Fellini
Tropic Thunder; Ben Stiller
Unforgiven; Clint Eastwood
Vertigo; Alfred Hitchcock
Wall-E; Andrew Stanton
X-Men; Bryan Singer
Yes Man; Peyton Reed
Zodiac; David Fincher

If this list taught me anything, it's that I seriously need to watch more movies that start with "Y". Yes Man was, very literally, the only movie I've ever seen which started with "Y". Now how sad is that?


Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:07 am
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Pardon me if any of the following seems contentious, because I have a feeling it will.

'Zodiac' was such a stylistic let-down for Fincher I literally had to watch 'Se7en' as an antidote immediately after. Ever since 'Fight Club', Fincher's aesthetic has gone from from perfunctory ('Panic Room') to simply boring, hitting the nadir with 'Zodiac'. He has turned from a radical maverick bordering on genius to a competent member of the directorial bourgeoisie (culminating in an obvious stab at Oscar-legitimacy with the misbegotten 'Benjamin Button').


On the contrary, I think Zodiac is a much better film that Seven. Brad Pitt was borderline terrible in Seven and the ending left something to be desired for me. Zodiac was an incredibly atmospheric movie and focused much more on the characters and the effects it had on them rather than focusing on the plot like Seven. Seven went from point A to B with little character development. Kevin Spacey almost saved Seven for me, but not quite. I'll watch Zodiac a dozen more times before I touch Seven. Same with Benjamin Button, which I thought was one of the best films from last year. But hey, we still have FFX...

Also, I forgot to mention how long I thought about Zodiac after I watched it the first time. It enthralled me so much that I felt compelled to dig deeper into the mystery...until I realized that I didn't have the time for it.


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Evenflow: I'm not insulted at all. I think people buy too many movies, actually, and I certainly don't endorse buying Zardoz. I just wanted to reel off some Qs and Zs.

I also was strongly disappointed by Zodiac. It had a strong first half, but there was just no urgency in the second. The Zodiac killer is no longer at large, so any sense of tension evaporated. What we had left was standard movie obsession ("Come back to your children and spend more time with me!" "Damnit woman a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do!") devoid of any exigence. And so it just kept going, for nearly three long hours. And, since the Zodiac killer was never even identified, there's no payoff. I would also take Se7en every single day.

And Benjamin Button was just mediocre. Unlike Forrest Gump (the film with which it is now inextricably linked) it doesn't take time to reflect on history, one of the things that made the former film so interesting. The tumultuous events which take place during the time the movie is set are used as background or merely ignored (notice how the Soviet Union in late 1941 is depicted as a wonderful place of expatriates to hang out, not a war-ravaged shell) in order to focus on a middling romance. Also a movie that could have stood to be shorter, especially since the pacing flags once the WWII scenes end. Hell I'll take Alien3 over TCCOBB

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Zeppelin: good list. I have to respect anyone who has Tropic Thunder next to La Strada :)

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Airplane! - Zucker, Abrahams, Zucker
Better Off Dead - Holland
Casablanca - Curtiz
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels - Oz
Excalibur - Boorman
Fargo - Coen
Glory - Zwick
Heavy Metal - Potterton
It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Kramer
Jaws - Spielberg
Knocked Up -Apatow
L.A. Confidential - Hanson
Much Ado About Nothing - Branagh
Night Shift - Howard
Office Space - Judge
Patton - Schaffner
Quigley Down Under - Wincer and Carr
Repo Man - Cox
Strange Brew - Moranis and Thomas
Tombstone - Cosmatos
UHF - Levey
V For Vendetta - McTiegue
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Stuart
xXx - Cohen
Young Frankenstein - Brooks
Zulu - Endfield


Thu Nov 12, 2009 12:05 pm
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JamesKunz wrote:
Hell I'll take Alien3 over TCCOBB


NOOOO! :lol:


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Second Zulu sighting!

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Interesting thread idea. I like.

No real method to this list. Randomly scrolled to a letter and picked the first interesting film that I liked (though not necessarily loved).

Abre los ojos - Alejandro Amenábar
Badlands - Terrence Malick
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof - Richard Brooks
Death to Smoochy - Danny DeVito
Exotica - Atom Egoyan
Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill! - Russ Meyer
Gambit - Ronald Neame
Hellboy - Guillermo del Toro
Ikiru - Akira Kurosawa
Jezebel - William Wyler
Kramer vs. Kramer - Robert Benton
Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India - Ashutosh Gowariker
Marie Antoinette - Sofia Coppola
Nosferatu - FW Murnau
Ong-bak - Prachya Pinkaew
Pleasantville - Gary Ross
Quills - Philip Kaufman
Ratatouille - Brad Bird
Serpico - Sidney Lumet
THX 1138 - George Lucas
United 93 - Paul Greengrass
Videodrome - David Cronenberg
Wendy and Lucy - Kelly Reichardt
X-Men - Bryan Singer
Youth Without Youth - Francis Ford Coppola
Z - Costa-Gavras


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Excellent list Ed, and I'm glad you like the idea. I used to use it when in boring college classes away from a computer. It was something I could get into ("If I use Eastwood for L than I can't use him for Unforgiven so I better use Lost in Translation for L...) and I like seeing other people's lists.

Is Lagaan worth the 4 hour investment? I caught some of it on TV a couple years ago and was intrigued, but balked at the running length

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A - The Apartment - Wilder
B - The Battle of Algiers - Pontecorvo
C - The Conformist - Bertolucci
D - Diabolique - Clouzot
E - An Evening With Kevin Smith - Kenny
F - 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days - Mungiu
G - Glengarry Glen Ross - Foley
H - The Hustler - Rossen
I - In the Mood For Love - Wai
J - Jaws - Spielberg
K - Kids - Clark
L - L'Avventura - Antonioni
M - Man With the Movie Camera - Vertov
N - Naked - Leigh
O - Once Upon a Time in America - Leone
P - Pan's Labyrinth - del Toro
Q - The Quiet Man - Ford
R - The Rules of the Game - Renoir
S - Scenes From a Marriage - Bergman
T - The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada - Jones
U - Umberto D. - de Sica
V - The Visitor - McCarthy
W - The World of Apu - Ray
X - XXX - Cohen
Y - You, The Living - Andersson
Z - Zelig - Allen

For the record, I don't like XXX one bit.


Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:49 am
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My angle? Get this: movies I own. This should be pretty sad. I'm including one 'surprise'. See if you can find it. And, before I'm questioned about it: yes, I own that movie.

Annie Hall (Woody Allen)
Battle of Algiers, The (Gillo Pontecorvo)
Caché (Michael Haneke)
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater)
Edward II (Derek Jarman)
Fight Club (David Fincher)
Great Moment, The (Preston Sturges)
Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright)
Insatiable (Stu Segall)
Jaws (Señor Spielbergo)
Killing of a Chinese Bookie, The (John Cassavetes)
Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The (Powell & Pressburger)
Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz)
Nashville (Robert Altman)
Open Water (Chris Kentis)
Phantasm (Don Coscarelli)
Q. (Larry Cohen)
Robocop (Paul Verhoeven)
Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa)
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood)
Volver (Pedro Almodóvar)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Robert Zemeckis and Richard Williams)
X -- I came up empty-handed on this one. I've seen X-Men.
Y tu mamá también (Alfonso Cuarón)
Zoolander (Ben Stiller)

For those who thought the surprise entry was Insatiable, a porno: WRONG! The surprise was that I'd seen the X-Men movie.


Fri Nov 13, 2009 6:47 am
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Hour of the Wolf; Ingmar Bergman


And that's why you, Zeppelin, are in my will. When I die you'll be getting all of my unpaid school loans. Take care of it like a newly found puppy. And if you're allergic to dogs: a newly found birthmark.

So... Hour of the Wolf. What'd you think?


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Albino Alligator – Kevin Spacey
Best In Show – Christopher Guest
Chicago 10 – Brett Morgen
Dark City – Alex Proyas
Everything Is Illuminated – Live Schrieber
Four Months, Three Weeks, & Two Days – Cristian Mungiu
Goldfinger – Guy Hamilton
Heima – Dean DeBlois
Ikiru – Akira Kurosawa
Just Cause – Arne Glimcher
King Arthur – Antoine Fuqua
Love Actually – Richard Curtis
Magnolia – Paul Thomas Anderson
Napoleon Dynamite – Jared Hess
Once – John Carney
Pretty Woman – Garry Marshall
Quigley Down Under – Simon Wincer
Red – Trygve Allister Diesen
Singh Is Kinng – Anees Bazmee
Taken – Pierre Morel
Ultraviolet – Kurt Wimmer
Vicky Christina Barcelona – Woody Allen
Waterworld – Kevin Reynolds
X-Men - Bryan Singer
You Only Live Twice – Lewis Gilbert
Zoolander – Ben Stiller


Fri Nov 13, 2009 8:39 am
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You'd think that it would be hard to find good movies starting with Q and Z, but no, movie titles aren't like Scrabble. X and Y seem to be causing the most problems so far.


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Y is no problem for me, but X and Q are. I've literally only seen 6 movies in my life that begin with it:

Xala, the three X-men movies, the Xmen prequel, and XX/XY. That's it.

And I have even fewer Qs (though there are a bunch I haven't seen, e.g. Quills, Quigley Down Under)

Quiz Show, The Queen, The Quick and the Dead, Quantum of Solace,

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Fun stuff.

Absolute Zero (Ha! Got A and Z in one title! Sweet!)
Batman vs. Dracula
City of God
Dumb and Dumber
Evil Dead
Fast and the Furious
Godzilla
Hudsucker Proxy
Indiscreet
Jackie Brown
King Kong
Limey
Memento
Nosferatu
Office Space
Postino
Quick and the Dead
Red Rock West
Shaolin Soccer
Tremors
Untouchables
Vertigo
When Harry Met Sally
X-Men
Young Frankenstein
Zodiac


Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:20 pm
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I'm going to try to compile a list of movies I hated (or maybe just general dislike) that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

A - American Psycho 2 (Morgan J. Freeman)
B - Batman and Robin (Joel Schumacher)
C - Children of Men (Alfonso Cuaron)
D - Death Proof (Quentin Tarantino)
E - Eastern Promises (David Cronenberg)
F - Fantastic Four (Tim Story)
G - Good Shepherd, The (Robert Deniro)
H - Hannibal (Ridley Scott)
I - Inside Man (Spike Lee)
J - Juno (Jason Reitman)
K - Knowing (Alex Proyas)
L - Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The (Wes Anderson)
M - Major Payne (1995) (Nick Castle) (Because he'll inflict pain, and is a pain to deal with - just not spelled the same!!!)
N - National Treasure (Jon Turteltaub)
O - Order, The (Brian Helgeland)
P - Pearl Harbor (Michael Bay)
Q - Quantum of Solace (Marc Forster)
R - The Ruins (Carter Smith)
S - Save the Last Dance (they certainly should have) (Thomas Carter)
T - Tin Cup (Ron Shelton)
U - U Turn (Oliver Stone)
V - Van Helsing (Stephen Sommers)
W - War (Phillip Atwell)
X - X-Files: I Want to Believe, The (Chris Carter)
Y - Young Guns (Christopher Cain)
Z - Zoolander (Ben Stiller)

I've done it!


Fri Nov 13, 2009 3:18 pm
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O.K. here is my humble list. Probably nothing really original here (then again I am not here to compete, but to learn). I really saw and enjoyed (well, almost) all of the following movies - and I didn't peek into other posts ;-)
And yes: I had to look up some of the directors.

A - Aliens (James Cameron)
B - Butterfly Effect, The (Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber);
Boot, Das (Wolfgang Petersen)
C - Charade (Stanley Donen)
D - Deer Hunter, The (Michael Cimino)
E - E. T. (Steven Spielberg)
F - Full Metal Jacket (Stanley Kubrick)
G - Gorky Park (Michael Apted)
Grand Canyon (Lawrence Kasdan)
H - Hours, The (Stephen Daldry)
I - Island, The (Michael Bay - I know, I know!)
J - Johnny Handsome (Walter Hill)
K - Kiss Me, Stupid (Billy Wilder)
L - Limelight (Charles Chaplin)
M - Matrix, The (Wachowski Brothers)
N - No Country For Old Men (Coen Brothers)
O - Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone)
P - Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
Q - Quick And The Dead, The (Sam Riami)
R - Ronin (John Frankenheimer)
S - Star Wars (George Lucas)
T - Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese)
U - Unbreakable (M. Night Shyamalan)
V - Vanishing, The (George Sluizer - unfortunately I only saw the 1993 version)
W - Westworld (Michael Crichton)
X - Xanadu (Robert Greenwald)
Y - Young Guns (Christopher Cain)
Z - Zardoz (John Boorman)


Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:56 pm
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So... Hour of the Wolf. What'd you think?


I liked it, although it's probably my least favorite of the 8 Bergman's I've seen. For one thing, it's, to my mind, the second most frigid of all his films, with only The Silence besting it, and no other film I can think of has gotten more out of chilliness than that one. I also think it suffers a little from being known as "INGMAR BERGMAN'S ONLY HORROR MOVIE!!1!!!1!!", since if we're calling this a horror movie we might as well go ahead and call his entire Through a Glass Darkly through Cries and Whispers output horror too (Although I haven't yet seen Shame, The Passion of Anna or any of his TV work from that period). Sure, there's a heck of a lot more surrealism in Hour of the Wolf, but excluding
[Reveal] Spoiler:
the scene where he kills the little kid on the rocks
nothing immediately smacks of the horrific and occult more than anything in Persona, Cries and Whispers or even the more emotional horror of Through a Glass Darkly does. I think even the scenes that did feel frightening seem more so imagining them now (the scene at the mansion near the end comes to mind) than they actually felt experiencing. I imagine that's because the whole picture has an overwhelming feeling of being in a world that is just a little off, and nothing in it really sticks out than that subtle feeling. That's not a bad thing, but as I said all his work from that period seems to have that feeling, but most of those films take that feeling and run with it in a completely unexpected direction, while Hour of the Wold felt like the only one to be going specifically for it. Maybe it was just a victim of inappropriate expectations, but I still came out feeling distant from the film, instead of amazed like I did the others. I'd give it a 7 on the 10 scale, which makes it my first Bergman not to get at least a 9. It's probably more of an 8, but I hold that man to a higher standard goddammit.

Also, you should know now that although I won't reject your loans outright, that's the kind of puppy I'd rather leave on the side of the road to starve than deal with.


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HomerJ: nice list--I like seeing some love for The Limey (though for all I know you hated it)

PeachyPete: I'm very intrigued by some of these titles you hate/dislike. I also found Inside Man (overlong and style over substance) and Children of Men (gorgeous but ultimately too small in scale) overrated and The Good Shepherd is not only fuckign interminable but also features Damon's worst performance.

Threeperf: There's really no shame in having to look up the director of the Butterfly Effect. But there IS shame in only seeing the American version of the Vanishing.

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