All time greatest movies

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  1. nasty

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    Just curious what some of the all time favorite movies are. Mine is Lord of the Rings. I love the characters and the story. The development of the characters and the growth. I also identify with a few of the characters. This has changed from time to time in my life, but I can always relate to at least one of the characters.
     
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    One of my favourites is Apocalypse Now, and I was lucky to see it in a full-sized theatre and was entranced by the opening sequence. The journey up the river gradually becomes more and more insane, and it is an excellent telling of 'hearts of darkness'. The most heartbreaking film I have ever seen is Lilya 4 Ever, a Swedish / Russian film, and it has to be seen to be believed. The most erotic is The Lover from the early 90's, with some exquisite sex scenes. Tess is memorable, the languid pacing takes you to the 19th Century and holds your attention for two and a half hours. Some amazing scenes: holding the traction engine in frame for an eternity, the blood dripping from the ceiling, Roman Polanski's genius. Another beautifully-paced romance is The English Patient. Notice how many of these films are very long.

    None of the Lord of The Rings did much to me, the computer generated scenes were all too obvious, and there was too much computer-generated violence. I dislike violence.
     
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    You dislike violence, but Apocalypse Now is one of your favorite movies? Sorry, just found that humourous. :)

    I have many favorites. There are over 400 DVDs in my personal collection, so it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. However, there are some that stand out. :)

    Contact
    Pulp Fiction
    Crash
    Fargo
    Shawshank Redemption
    Office Space
    Monty Python's Holy Grail
    Saving Private Ryan

    Some of them serious, some of them hilarious. I know there's an assortment there, but I love each and every one of them.
     
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    Blazing Saddles
    Apollo 13
    Porky's
    Ghost
     
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    Casablanca
    The Wizard of Oz
    Aliens
    Halloween (The John Carpenter one)
    The Science of Sleep
    Forrest Gump
    Tommy Boy
    Airplane
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
    National Lampoons Christmas Vacation
     
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    Never heard of that one, so I had to look it up on IMDB. Sounds interesting!
     
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    Labyrinth. <3 David Bowie is a dream in this movie, and Jennifer Connelly is gorgeous. But, my other favorites are as follows: Natural Born Killers and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
     
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    Fear and Loathing is one of my favs too, Dreama.

    Here are some others that I have watched again and again..

    Blazing Saddles
    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
    American Beauty
    Spinal Tap
    The Black Stallion
    Airplane
    Troy
    The Mission

     
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    I have to agree with Blazing Saddles and Airplane.
    My all-time favorite "horse opera" is "The Magnificent Seven".
    I love the Dirty Harry, Lethal Weapon, and James Bond films.
    I love WW2 films. Two of my favs are Kelly's Heros, and "The Train" (since I am also a steam train buff).
    And I can't forget "Dr. Strangelove"
     
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    It's a gritty movie but there's not much violence in it. Some violence is fine as long as it is context and realistic, just as explicit sex in mainstream films is fine as long as it's in context and realistic.

    For example, the sequel of my published novel (which we are holding back on because of the global economic crisis) has some very dark scenes, and it is quite violent in parts. But it suited the tone of the work: the Russian mafia kidnaps a woman to hold her as bait, dealing with the FSB agent would-be rescuer. Eventually the woman's friend meets a tragic end, prompting the woman to realise that even though the mafia boss is in jail, the only safety she will have for her husband and her unborn child is to deal with this boss. However these scenes are done with care and reverence, as they should be. I even set the work in Siberia, for the dark tone I wanted.

    By comparison, Lord of the Rings goes over the top and out of control and most of the mass slaughter doesn't need to be there at all.
     
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    That's probably because it's french :p You can probably find it with subtitles at any Blockbuster.
     
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    CL, I heart both Airplane! and American Beauty. We share some of the same tastes! :)
     
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    My absolute favourite movie is "Amelie". It's French and stars the ever so lovely and exquisite Audrey Tautou. But the others, in no particular order, follow:
    Ice Age
    2001: Space Odyssey
    Madagascar
    Contact
    Lord of the Rings
    My neighbour Totoro (by the Japanese animation genius Hayao Miyazaki)
    Alien 1 and 3
    and Ghost Dog with Forest Whitaker by Jim Jarmusch (a really cool movie, you don't get those much these days)
     
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    I read Fear and Loathing, but never saw the movie. Wasn't Where the Buffalo Roam about Hunter Thompson too?

    Pulp Fiction has to be near the top of my list. So is Kill Bill, but you have to watch parts 1 and 2 together or it makes no sense.

    Before I'd seen it in the TV cut mode 27 times, Caddy Shack was one of my favorite comedies.
     
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    Ahh...A psychedelic character huh?
     
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    Yes, I also read the book, but you should look into seeing the movie it's good. Where the Buffalo Roam was about Thompson, but it wasn't as good. It wasn't bad though.

    Yep. :)
     
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    THE HOLIDAY

    The story has a lot of quotes where you can really stare at one corner and think.
     
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    Fatal Attraction

    Steel Magnolias

    Something About Mary

    The Wedding Singer

    Peyton Place

    My Cousin Vinny

    V for Vendetta

    Memento

    All Star Wars

    Narnia

    Silence of the Lambs

    The Burning Bed

    Pride and Predujice

    All Batman, esp, The Dark Knight
     
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    Here's my list, in no particular order:

    The Princess Bride
    Young Frankenstein
    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
    Wayne's World and Wayne's World 2
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Khan
    Forrest Gump
    Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy
    Airplane!
    Fargo
    Oh, brother, where art thou?
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Green Mile
    Big
    Sleepless in Seattle
     
  20. heelfetish

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    I find it comforting and amusing to see how many of your favorites match my own, and how even more still grave my DVD collection.

    I adore movies, a good movie while curled up on the couch is my favorite down-time activity. :)