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BS: What's your favorite movie?

Ely 19 Sep 00 - 03:29 PM
Ely 19 Sep 00 - 03:33 PM
Rana who SHOULD be working 19 Sep 00 - 03:53 PM
GUEST,Luther 19 Sep 00 - 04:39 PM
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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 03:29 PM

Best (and Saddest): Matewan (Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones), the Field (Richard Harris, Brenda Fricker, Sean Bean)

Worst: the Piano, the Red Violin (I walked out of Violin--it was so bad that all the "dramatic" lines literally sounded like joke punchlines). I don't know that I think it deserves "worst" but I hated American Beauty.

Funniest: Alice's Restaurant Massacree (playing guitar and kazoo at the same time!!). I also have a soft spot for Bean--we think my dad is the missing link between Rowan Atkinson and Jim Varney.

Another movie that I really like even though it isn't particularly good is Falling Down (Michael Douglas? One of the Douglases, at least). Sad and funny at the same time.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 03:33 PM

I was terribly disappointed by Disney's "Little Mermaid". In the Brothers Grimm version, she jumps off the castle and dies--by that time I was really looking forward to it.

Actually, we declared a family-wide boycott on Disney for historical butchery when they tried to make Gettysburg a theme park. My kid brother and his fellow Civil War reenactors were almost literally up in arms over that one. I think it's the one issue where the North and South might have united . . .


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Rana who SHOULD be working
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 03:53 PM

Mbo,

as Steve and Lepus noted Lenigrad Cowboys had the "mohawks" and elongated winklepicker shoes. They also did a concert in Moscow with the Red Army choir or something which came out as a film - haven't seen it.

Mtechosin,

You're right it has to be the Alistair Sims B&W version of Christmas Carol (which is why I put it down as Sims - Christmas Carol - might have been missed) - I'll admit it, even now I can't get past the crutches and will Tiny Tim survive part without tears - who said grown men shouldn't cry!!

Speaking of sad I totally forgot to put down Dersu Ursala which is absolutely gorgeous.

Rana


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Luther
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 04:39 PM

whoa, Lepus, no! Disney, you hate Disney??!!! Even, like say, Sammy the Sycophantic Sea Slug ????

Narrator: But how was Sammy to know mom's douche bag was more than just a brightly colored plaything?

Mom: Bobby, either that slug goes, or I do!!!

Bobby: But mom!!!! DAD????!!!!!!

Dad: Your mother is right, son. Sammy is a wild thing, and like all wild things, we must abandon him in the median on I95.

Sammy: (oozes a little slime and mugs adorably)

Lepus, baby, I can't even believe you said that. How else would generations of American children have come to such a special understanding of nature?

well, ok, you're right. Disney is Satan incarnate.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Thomas the Rhymer
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 04:41 PM

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Although 'Zentropa' is my fave recently...


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: M.Ted
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 05:05 PM

Another vote for "Children of Paradise"--I am just sickened when list of allegedly great films are made and this one isn't on it--though "Stolen Kisses" et al should be mentioned here somewhere, as well.

Funniest movies--it would have to be one of the Sturges movies, "Palm Beach Story", "The Miracle at Morgan's Creek" or "Sullivan's Travels"

Favorite trash movie"Valley of the Dolls"

Favorite musical has to be "Singing in the Rain"

Favorite film noire--"Out of the Past"or "Double Indemnity"

How about some favorite war movies? I'll open with "The Grand Illusion", "The Cruel Sea", but I am fond of the John Wayne variety, as well--


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: gillymor
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM

The Third Man , Michael Collins, The Crying Game, Breaker Morant, Annie Hall, Scarecrow, Sex, Lies and Videotapes, The 39 Steps, Fargo, Lolita....


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Dave "Mr. Dressup"
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 07:41 PM

My absolutely favourite movie of all time.

"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" I've memorized almost every line of that movie, and it still makes me smile to think of some of the stuff in that movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: bflat
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 08:17 PM

I like almost everything Cary Grant was in. An Afair To Remember is my sentimental favorite. But, for great serious film is has to be Schindler's List.

bflat


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: thosp
Date: 19 Sep 00 - 08:27 PM

my favorite is more than just a movie to me --- it is a love affair -- an ideal for my life -- a mandala -- when i walked into a theatre in yellow springs ohio in 1967 --just to kill a little time - i didn't know a thing about the movie than would mean so much to me for the next 33 years and counting -- that helps me center myself through lifes storms,hurricanes and earthquakes -- and love affaires -- for me "King of Hearts"

peace (Y) thosp


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Grab
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 08:58 AM

Absolute Favourite: Baghdad Cafe - beautiful film. First saw it in a French cinema whilst on holiday, then eventually got it in English back home, and without the dubbing it was even better. Shame they tried to TV-ify with Whoopie Goldberg, but that died after a series, so that's OK.

Funniest: Muppets in Space and Demolition Man, both hugely funny films ("President Schwartzenegger?!"). And Waking Ned for the nude motorcyling.

Most Influential: What, no-one mentioned Star Wars? Or Terminator? Come on...

Most Exciting: Die Hard, no questions.

Most Scary: Without a doubt, it's got to be Event Horizon. I can't imagine seeing it at the cinema again, but equally I can't imagine not having seen it - it's got that hypnotic kind of fear like a king cobra.

Worst: Too many to count.

Grab.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely
Date: 20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM

Ooh, i love Fargo, too. And My Left Foot was pretty amazing (at least, Daniel Day-Lewis was pretty amazing).

My dad votes for Babe. We've been giving him pink pigs every birthday and Christmas ever since. HE even has a talking Babe piggy-bank.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: MichaelAnthony
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 02:05 PM

Recently Magnolia and American Beauty. Overall Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Margaret V
Date: 21 Sep 00 - 11:24 PM

Marcel Camus' "Orfeo Negro" ("Black Orpheus"). You kind of stagger out, totally overwrought from the continuous drumming throughout the movie, drugged by the vastness of love, convinced of continuity, won over by beauty. But "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Holy Grail" are right up there too; and I'll confess to loving Agnieszka Holland's "Secret Garden." I'll also confess to walking out of The Cook, The Thief, the Bottlewasher, etc; call me a plebe, I just couldn't deal with it. Margaret


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 01:52 AM

Grab, thanks for reminding me of Baghdad Cafe! Which got me into another series of "Oh Yeahs!" in the foreign film category: Zucker Baby, Soren and Fitz Carraldo are superb.

Margaret V., I can understand your reaction. I found The Cook, The Thief, The Wife and Her Lover an extremely important film because it took violence out of the realm of entertainment and put it into its proper scale. It was exactly the right size, no larger and no smaller than real life and hence unavoidably disturbing.

Actually the number of occurences and the severity of those events was actually modest compared to many other films, which do not affect us as profoundly. What made this film ring true, was the fact that the psychological impact and terror of these acts of violence, strike us as intensely as if we had been sitting in our favorite resturant and were to have such an event happen, two tables away from us.

This film does not glorify violence, but clearly expresses how violence and those who embrace and relish its credo, seek to violate and horrify and degrade those who reject it. The sexuality in the film has offended one or two critics who thought it would be more appropriate for Helen Mirren's part to be played by a post-pubescent Hollywood nymph (Siskel and Ebert and I believe one critic in the New York Times).

The fact that two middle aged human beings could find spiritual succor, mutual refuge and a passionate form of expression of their need for one another, may be lost in the intensity of the imagery (some of it beautiful, some of it savage). In many ways, this film was classical tragedy and grand opera presented in a format that would seldom serve either. As much as I admire and respect this film and its maker, I can certainly appreciate that it for many, would be difficult if not impossible to watch to its end.

I think we all bring different perceptions and sensitivities to our experience of Film, Art, Music etc. and the important thing is for us to trust our own instincts and sensibilities and be O.K. with that.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 02:38 AM

I also got up and walked out of the theatre in Easy Rider, because I couldn't handle it.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 07:58 AM

I cant believe I forgot to mention Mr. Roberts.
you are right about Allistair Sim owning Scrooge. I always thought Tiny Tim was kinda "sappy" but its still a great story.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 08:04 AM

and, finally, MATEWAN represents one of the reasons I'm a "yellow dog democrat" Another is The Grapes of Wrath.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Lucius
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 08:06 PM

I hate these BS threads--but movies, just one:

Local Hero


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 08:23 PM

the scenery was great in Local Hero


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 08:29 PM

scenery? Hell! the music didn't suck either.


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Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: thosp
Date: 22 Sep 00 - 09:41 PM

well there wwas also "thief of bagdad"

peace (Y) thosp


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