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Define your film taste in 10 films or less.... 
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Post Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
For many of us here, I imagine that friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. come to you for advice or recommendations on movies. If you were asked to define your taste to someone by giving them a list of films to watch, what would the TEN films that you would offer up......here's the catch, of the TEN(and please, list TEN, we could all make a much longer list here), FIVE are films that you feel everyone should see, and FIVE are films that may not be classics(or in some cases they may be) but are films that you love and want to pass that love for the film on to someone else..I'll start

FIVE everyone must see--
1. The Godfather Parts One and Two
2. Vertigo
3. Citizen Kane
4. Casablanca
5. Raging Bull

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Before Sunrise
2. Shaun of the Dead
3. Out of Sight
4. Lost in Translation
5. The Sting


Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:39 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Great question, how similar we are!

Must see:
Vertigo
Citizen Kane
2001
Tokyo Story
Taxi Driver

See and Love:
The Big Blue
Mary & Max (the recent one)
True Romance
Before Sunrise
Wall E

Rob


Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:54 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Robert Holloway wrote:
Great question, how similar we are!

Must see:
Vertigo
Citizen Kane
2001
Tokyo Story
Taxi Driver

See and Love:
The Big Blue
Mary & Max (the recent one)
True Romance
Before Sunrise
Wall E

Rob



Rob,
Great choices! Good to hear from you. I am completely with you on Mary and Max, True Romance, and Wall E, along with our similar choices. I will have to check out The Big Blue, and Tokyo Story is up soon too, along with my first viewing of 2001 since I was maybe 13.

Joe


Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:58 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
bob harris wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
Great question, how similar we are!

Must see:
Vertigo
Citizen Kane
2001
Tokyo Story
Taxi Driver

See and Love:
The Big Blue
Mary & Max (the recent one)
True Romance
Before Sunrise
Wall E

Rob



Rob,
Great choices! Good to hear from you. I am completely with you on Mary and Max, True Romance, and Wall E, along with our similar choices. I will have to check out The Big Blue, and Tokyo Story is up soon too, along with my first viewing of 2001 since I was maybe 13.

Joe



Hey!

To give you an idea about my love of the BIG BLUE.

I named my son after the director - Luc
The poster is a tattoo on my back
I was a diving instructor
I have seen it over 20 times
I own the soundtrack CD's , the laserdisc, VHS and DVD.

It's an ethereal drug like experience for some of us.

Scary eh?
Rob


Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:10 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Robert Holloway wrote:
bob harris wrote:
Robert Holloway wrote:
Great question, how similar we are!

Must see:
Vertigo
Citizen Kane
2001
Tokyo Story
Taxi Driver

See and Love:
The Big Blue
Mary & Max (the recent one)
True Romance
Before Sunrise
Wall E

Rob



Rob,
Great choices! Good to hear from you. I am completely with you on Mary and Max, True Romance, and Wall E, along with our similar choices. I will have to check out The Big Blue, and Tokyo Story is up soon too, along with my first viewing of 2001 since I was maybe 13.

Joe



Hey!

To give you an idea about my love of the BIG BLUE.

I named my son after the director - Luc
The poster is a tattoo on my back
I was a diving instructor
I have seen it over 20 times
I own the soundtrack CD's , the laserdisc, VHS and DVD.

It's an ethereal drug like experience for some of us.

Scary eh?
Rob


Rob,

I would say that is some love for a film! I just checked and it is not available on Netflix, you now have me very intrigued and I will seek it out. Thanks for the recommendation, knowing our tastes, I'm sure I won't be letdown.

Joe


Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:19 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
For the time being I'm going to ignore the previous posts and copy the original template... I'd hate to find myself unduly influenced by any other poster. As such, my list may go down in sad infamy.

FIVE everyone must see--
1. Taxi Driver
2. The Seven Samurai
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
4. Notorious (Hitchcock)
5. Battleship Potemkin

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Mon Oncle
2. My Winnipeg
3. Boogie Nights
4. Three Colors: Red
5. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

As it goes with the territory, the second five are the ones I feel far more strongly about.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 1:54 am
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majoraphasia wrote:
For the time being I'm going to ignore the previous posts and copy the original template... I'd hate to find myself unduly influenced by any other poster. As such, my list may go down in sad infamy.

FIVE everyone must see--
1. Taxi Driver
2. The Seven Samurai
3. 2001: A Space Odyssey
4. Notorious (Hitchcock)
5. Battleship Potemkin

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Mon Oncle
2. My Winnipeg
3. Boogie Nights
4. Three Colors: Red
5. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore

As it goes with the territory, the second five are the ones I feel far more strongly about.



Hi Major

Very cool list
No arguments on the 1st 5 obviously - awesome group - particularly the shoutout for Battleship

Now...
My Winnipeg - simply loved it - I wish everyone would check it out
Trois Couleurs - yup
Alice - not for me - but i can't argue this one
Boogie Nights - the greatest first 30 mins of any film in the last 25 years?
Mon Oncle - I'm sad to report that I saw it but have j'oublie

Rob


Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:13 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Narrowing down the second category down to just five films was really really damn hard. Position number 5 on that list easily could've gone to 10 different films. How I ended up picking what I did was completely arbitrary. ANYWAY:

FIVE everyone must see--
1. Citizen Kane
2. Battleship Potemkin
3. M
4. Breathless
5. Apocalypse Now

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Andrei Rublev
2. 8 1/2
3. The King of Marvin Gardens
4. Killing Zoe
5. Pulse (the Kiyoshi Kurosawa one)


Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:22 am
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FIVE everyone must see--
1. Citizen Kane
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Do the Right Thing
4. Jaws
5. Seven Samurai

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Memento
2. Eraserhead
3. Magnolia
4. Cache
5. In the Mood For Love


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Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
FIVE everyone must see--
1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
3. Citizen Kane
4. The Maltese Falcon
5. Russian Ark

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Dark City
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
3. City of God
4. Rope
5. Galaxy Quest

I get a kick out of long takes and admire what Rope couldn't do technology-wise, but made to look like one long take and what Russian Ark did do. I'm a big nerd and GQ hits home as a fan of Star Trek.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 3:53 am
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Pedro wrote:
FIVE everyone must see--
1. Citizen Kane
2. 2001: A Space Odyssey
3. Do the Right Thing
4. Jaws
5. Seven Samurai

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Memento
2. Eraserhead
3. Magnolia
4. Cache
5. In the Mood For Love


Pedro,
Glad to see In the Mood for Love, I almost put that in my 5

Joe


Sun Mar 14, 2010 6:05 am
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Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Five movies that you must see before you're death(I mean this in a very nice way):
The Searchers
From Russia With Love(the real Bond film to see)
North By Northwest
L.A. Confidential
The French Connection

Five other movies that are verry good in their own right:
The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (1940)
True Grit(a great, pure Western
The Maltese Falcon
Ratatouille
In The Heat Of The Night


Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:44 am
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FIVE everyone must see--
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
2. The Great Escape
3. Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
4. Saving Private Ryan
5. The Shawshank Redemption

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Forest Gump
2. Road to Perdition
3. The Princess Bride
4. The Big Lebowski
5. Brick


Sun Mar 14, 2010 12:34 pm
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Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Great question. My answers, with annotation.

Five Films Everyone Must See:

1. Citizen Kane (1940) Sometimes cineastes seem to roll their eyes when this one is mentioned, because it's the consensus best film pick and it's so passe to like it, but it really is an incredible film and one that I said "Wow, that's a great film" the instant it ended.
2. Sunset Blvd. (1950) For one, it's a great film beyond a shadow of a doubt. Additionally, it's the cruelest and best film ever made about the movie business itself, and thus should be mandatory viewing for anyone interested in film.
3. Requiem for a Dream (2000) This may sound stupid, but to me truly great films should be "cinematic." They shouldn't be staid adaptations of books or plays, but should take full advantage of the film medium. Requiem for a Dream is indeed based on a book, but it exists as a pure testament to the power of raw filmmaking in a way that makes the source material irrelevant. Plus it's the best treatise on the American dream: people who say this is an "anti-drug" movie are missing a great deal of this incredible film.
4. Casablanca (1942) I've seen better films (though I still esteem this one very highly) but in terms of movies that everyone must see, Casablanca has got to be on the list. It's unabashedly romantic, well-acted, shot in gorgeous black and white...pretty much everything that "old films" are supposed to be.
5. Au Revoir Les Enfants (1987) I want a non-American film on the list and Malle's film gets the nod. It's such an incredibly moving and completely unmanipulative story, directed with understated flair and with an ending of brutal power. The only movie in the last six years (since I started my film education) to not only get me to cry but to reduce me to sobs, it's exactly the time of film everyone should see.

Five that I want others to see and love like I do

1. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) Until Inglourious Basterds and A Serious Man this year, Del Toro's film was the last film that I came out of theaters thinking "Wow...that was a great, **** film." It's everything a movie can be, nearly flawless, and despite being released a mere three years would probably have cracked my list above had I expanded it to 10. Quickly shot up into my Top 10 of all time, where it will reside for a while.
2. They Shoot Horses, Don't They (1969) I love powerfully bleak films about the human condition, and oh boy is this one of those. For some reason history has largely forgotten this film, but it's unbelievably good. Go see it! Love it like I do!
3. Z (1969) A drama about an assassination which builds slowly but inexorably into a riveting thriller before concluding in one of cinema's greatest endings, which is all the more powerful for being based on truth, Z is sometimes unfairly construed as a "film of its time" when in fact it's a timelessly great film and one of the best cinematic takes on the nature of democracy.
4. 'Breaker' Morant (1980) The best courtroom drama ever made, a probing analysis on the nature of war crimes, and a fascinating, fast-moving piece of cinema. The best movie not named City of God to come out of the southern hemisphere, and it actually manages to make Kubrick's Paths of Glory--in and of itself a nearly great film--seem childish by comparison.
5. Army of Shadows (1969) An incredible piece of cinema, I watched it during a period in which I hadn't seen many great films and was blown away by the direction, the acting, the cinematography, etc. etc. Saying "it's the best film ever made about the resistance" doesn't seem like a big enough compliment, so let's just say it's better than any spy film ever made too. It's that good.

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Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:35 pm
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Must See:
1. The Godfather 1 and 2
2. Goodfellas
3. Saving Private Ryan
4. Pulp Fiction
5. Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Personal:
1. Die Hard
2. The Usual Suspects
3. LA Confidential
4. Fight Club
5. Home Alone


Sun Mar 14, 2010 4:52 pm
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Psycho
Pulp Fiction
The Godfather
2001: A Space Odyssey
Taxi Driver

Crumb
Fight Club
Superman
Woodstock: The Director’s Cut
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

Which one is which? I report, you decide.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:10 pm
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Love like I love:
Pale Rider
The Deer Hunter
Blade Runner
The Princess Bride
Cool Hand Luke


Must See:
The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy
Jaws
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Die Hard
Raging Bull



This can be (and is) a very telling and poignant thread...considering what great movies are out there, but were not chosen for top five must see and top five closest to the heart.


Sun Mar 14, 2010 11:08 pm
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FIVE everyone must see--
1. Fight Club
2. Dark City
3. Wall-E
4. Once Upon a Time in the West
5. Goodfellas

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
1. Terminator 2
2. The Last Boy Scout
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Sin City
5. Aliens


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Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Patrick wrote:
FIVE everyone must see--
1. Fight Club


...ahead of Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and every other film ever? I mean I know you're a dude between the ages of 13-27 and thus you think that the film's message of "RAWRG MEN MUST SMASH THINGS" is really deep, but come on Patrick

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Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:59 am
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JamesKunz wrote:
...ahead of Citizen Kane, The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and every other film ever? I mean I know you're a dude between the ages of 13-27 and thus you think that the film's message of "RAWRG MEN MUST SMASH THINGS" is really deep, but come on Patrick
If you think the message of Fight Club is "RAWRG MEN MUST SMASH THINGS," perhaps you're missing something.


Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:41 am
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