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Define your film taste in 10 films or less.... 
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Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Well I know I come late in the game, but here they are - and I mean movies which I really watch over and over again without any fast forwarding (not going against the grain, not going with the flow, not trying to impress anyone, just being myself - I gave it a LOT of thought):

No particular order - I find them all equally great:

The Deer Hunter
Vertigo
Aliens
Koyaanisqatsi
Jaws
Midnight Cowboy
Twelve Angry Men
The Wizard of Oz
Once Upon A Time In The West
Taxi Driver

There ya go.


Fri Jun 24, 2011 6:30 pm
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I've avoided joining in this thread (except to Serenity bash Serenity) because I couldn't bring myself to whittle down all the movies I find essential and love to just ten. So I decided fuck it when I was bored enough earlier I listed my favorite films in a order that works for me and feels right. The thing is many of my favorite films are films I consider the best I've seen, so I feel fine just leaving it in the list of twenty-seven I organized plus the others I left in alphabetical order but make up vital pieces in my film taste.


01 – “2001: A Space Odyssey” (Kubrick, 1968)
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02 – “Apocalypse Now” (Coppola, 1979)
03 – “Casablanca” (Curtiz, 1942)
04 – “Nashville” (Altman, 1975)
05 – “The Wages of Fear” (Clouzot, 1952)
06 – “It’s a Wonderful Life” (Capra, 1946)
07 – “Au Revoir, Les Enfants” (Malle, 1987)
08 – “Pinocchio” (Sharpsteen/Luske, 1940)
09 – “In the Mood for Love” (Wong, 2000)
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10 – “Magnolia” (Anderson, 1999)
11 – “Se7en” (Fincher, 1995)
12 – “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” (Spielberg, 2001)
13 – “The Godfather” (Coppola, 1972)
14 – “Come and See” (Klimov, 1985)
15 – “Raiders of the Lost Ark” (Spielberg, 1981)
16 – “Aliens” (Cameron, 1986)
17 – “Pulp Fiction” (Tarantino, 1994)
18 – “Chinatown” (Polanski, 1974)
19 – “Trainspotting” (Boyle, 1996)
20 – “Platoon” (Stone, 1986)
21 – “Blood Simple” (Coen, 1984)
22 – “Fight Club” (Fincher, 1999)
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23 – “Strange Circus” (Sono, 2005)
24 – “Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles” (Akerman, 1975)
25 – “Amadeus” (Forman, 1984)
26 – “Vertigo” (Hitchcock, 1958)
27 – “The General” (Bruckman/Keaton, 1927)

The Abyss” (Cameron, 1989)
Aguirre, the Wrath of God” (Herzog, 1972)
Alien” (Scott, 1979)
Battle Royale” (Fukasaku, 2000)
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The Big Lebowski” (Coen, 1998)
Brokeback Mountain” (Lee, 2005)
Cache” (Haneke, 2005)
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover” (Greenaway, 1989)
Dark City” (Proyas, 1998)
Dark Water” (Nakata, 2002)
Dazed and Confused” (Linklater, 1993)
Eyes Wide Shut” (Kubrick, 1999)
Fargo” (Coen, 1996)
Femme Fatale” (De Palma, 2002)
Fitzcarraldo” (Herzog, 1982)
Glengarry Glen Ross” (Foley, 1992)
Inglourious Basterds” (Tarantino, 2009)
Kill Bill, Volumes 1 & 2” (Tarantino, 2003/2004)
The Lord of the Rings – Trilogy” (Jackson, 2001 – 2003)
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Lost in Translation” (Coppola, 2003)
Make Way for Tomorrow” (McCarey, 1937)
Man on Wire” (Marsh, 2008)
"The Man Who Would Be King" (Huston, 1975)
Mulholland Dr.” (Lynch, 2001)
Mysterious Skin” (Araki, 2004)
Neon Genesis Evangelion – The End of Evangelion” (Anno, 1997)
"The Nightmare Before Christmas (Selick, 1994)
Poltergeist” (Hooper/Spielberg, 1982)
Reservoir Dogs” (Tarantino, 1992)
The Shining” (Kubrick, 1980)
Silence of the Lambs” (Demme, 1991)
The Social Network” (Fincher, 2010)
"South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut" (Parker, 1999)
Suicide Club” (Sono, 2002)
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Super Troopers” (Chandrasekhar, 2001)
Tetsuo: The Iron Man” (Tsukamoto, 1988)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (Hooper, 1974)
"They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (Pollack, 1969)
Titanic” (Cameron, 1997)
Tokyo Story” (Ozu, 1953)
True Romance” (Scott, 1993)
Twin Peaks – Fire Walk with Me” (Lynch, 1992)
Un Chien Andalou” (Bunuel, 1929)
The War Zone” (Roth, 1999)

Is that eclectic enough? I put in the obvious films (2001, Casablanca, The Godfather) and the obscure (Jeanne Dielman, Cook Thief Wife and Her Lover), the films from phases in cinematic taste I've gone through (Asian extreme with Battle Royale, the works of Sion Sono, Tetsuo, Dark Water which was an excellent Japanese ghost story before its remake butchered it. Horror with Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, Alien and Aliens). It goes over the underseen masterpieces (Au Revoir Les Enfants, Come and See) and misunderstood, some underrated gems (A.I., Femme Fatale. Fight Club is as misunderstood as they come). I have some crazy different films on here, but I love them all and they've all shaped my taste up until this point... yes, I do love Super Troopers, that movie is hilarious.

Edit: How could I leave off They Shoot Horses and Man Who Would Be King? I'm sorry Kunzie :(


Last edited by JJoshay on Mon Jun 27, 2011 1:31 am, edited 1 time in total.



Sun Jun 26, 2011 8:30 am
Post Re: Define your film taste in 10 films or less....
Regarding the Serenity debate: I'm sure it's a greater movie in context of the show. I'm sure it's emotional and storytelling heft are greater if you've invested that much time in it. It's not a great movie, though, because the film alone doesn't carry that power.

I love the show The Wire. I think it's the best show ever and I don't think it's close. Some episodes are phenomenal, and a couple would be in my top 10 of motion pictures of their year. But they need to be in context. They can be very good on their own, but context, as always, is key.

9 films, for me, that everyone should see, even though they're not the the 10 best:

Killer of Sheep
Lilja 4-Ever
Magnolia
Fargo
Sansho the Bailiff
25th Hour
Leaving Las Vegas
Chop Shop
Hoop Dreams

And 1 I just inexplicably adore:

Boiler Room


Sun Jun 26, 2011 7:12 pm
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Shade wrote:
I love the show The Wire. I think it's the best show ever and I don't think it's close. Some episodes are phenomenal, and a couple would be in my top 10 of motion pictures of their year. But they need to be in context. They can be very good on their own, but context, as always, is key.


Have you seen Cedar Rapids? One of the few 2011 releases I'd recommend (so far). There's a nice little gag about The Wire that I loved without ever having seen the show. I think a Wire fan would like it so much more.


Mon Jun 27, 2011 3:20 pm
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Pulp Fiction - the importance of diologue and character driven plots

Saving Private Ryan - Films can send an important message about the past

Cool Hand Luke - Films can just be great without complexity

Road to Perdition - Any kind of film can be beautiful

Hero - Style can, sometimes, beat substance.

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Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:33 am
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JJoshay wrote:
I've avoided joining in this thread...


I don't know that I've ever seen such a blatant disregard for the rules of a thread. The thread title is "Define your film taste in 10 films or less..." and you name somewhere around 70 films! You didn't even begin to attempt what this thread asks. I find all of this hilarious, by the way.

Shade wrote:
Regarding the Serenity debate: I'm sure it's a greater movie in context of the show. I'm sure it's emotional and storytelling heft are greater if you've invested that much time in it. It's not a great movie, though, because the film alone doesn't carry that power.


I've seen every episode of the show and the movie. I didn't watch the show when it aired, so I didn't see the episodes out of order (since that's how they were aired - no wonder the show failed). The show was good, the movie was a little better. As the show started to find it's footing, it was unfortunately cancelled. It's tough to judge the movie without having seen the show, I think. The movie had to introduce and familiarize an audience with a cast of characters that fans of the show had 13 episodes of familiarity with. That's a really tough thing to do. Whedon is at least somewhat successful in doing so, but it's impossible to create the kind of bond over the course of two hours that took 13 hours to forge originally. Simply put, and I don't care what

As for the Serenity bashing in this thread, I think JJ and Kunz are a little harsh. I wouldn't call it the best sci-fi movie ever, but it is a very good movie, and one with quite a bit of depth. I think it's an ambitious work that doesn't necessarily comment on humanity as much as it attempts to define what humanity is. I think Whedon's point is that all the moral choices a person makes is what makes them human. It's certainly a film more concerned with people than it is with bureaucratic corruption. I think Whedon gets his message across very well in the film. He's a great, great writer. My issue is he covered the exact same theme(!!!) with Buffy much better. The writing on that particular show is some of the best you'll ever come across (especially season 5) in terms of combining depth, character, and humor. He revisits the same sort of theme in Serenity, he just doesn't have the same amount of character depth or emotion.


Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:05 pm
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PeachyPete wrote:
JJoshay wrote:
I've avoided joining in this thread...


I don't know that I've ever seen such a blatant disregard for the rules of a thread. The thread title is "Define your film taste in 10 films or less..."


What a shame! ;)


Wed Jun 29, 2011 5:56 pm
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These are the films that I own in blu rays and I have seen many times over (most in my collection)

Goldfinger
Blade Runner
Avatar 3D
Batman (1989)
Matrix, The
True Lies
Bourne Ultimatum, The
Godfather, The (I & II)
Dredd 3D

The only one that I have seen many times but only own in DVD is
Adventures of Robin Hood, The

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FIVE everyone must see--
Rear Window
The Godfather
Citizen Kane
The Passion of Joan of Arc
2001

FIVE that I want others to see and love like I do--
Before Sunset
Toy Story 3
Cloud Atlas
The Emperor's New Groove
Close Encounters of the Third Kind


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