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18 Sep 00 - 08:10 AM (#299810)
Subject: What's your favorite movie?
From: Naemanson

Sigh... I guess someone had to do it. I have been resisting but now I might as well. After all there have been questions about books, jobs, toothpaste, and breakfast cereals. I avoided posting to the annoying threads but noticed that we had a lot of fun with the books thread. So this is a natural outcropping of that one.

So here we go my friends. It would be convenient if we post to the following categories. That might allow us to avoid spin off threads on the same subject.

Absolute All Time Favorite: Most Influential: Funniest: Most Exciting: Saddest: Worst:

Any predictions on how many times __________ will show up here?

Have fun, gang.


18 Sep 00 - 09:11 AM (#299852)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,LR Mole, in slo-mo, no cookie

Fave:Cool Hand Luke;Most influential:The Last Waltz;Funniest:Blazing Saddles/A Night at the Opera/A Funny Thing Happened on the Way To the Forum; Most Exciting: The Usual Suspects; Saddest:Old Yeller (Runner Up:Gigot; Worst: Last Year At Marienbad


18 Sep 00 - 09:14 AM (#299856)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Catrin

Best:
Cabaret
Fried Green Tomatos at the Whistle stop cafe

Worst:
Four weddings and a funeral

Funniest:
Sleeper


18 Sep 00 - 09:27 AM (#299866)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Michael in Swansea

Best ever: Walt Disney's "Jungle Book"
Bored me to tears: "The Godfather", didn't even bother with the sequels.
One I'd like to see again: "The Purple Rose of Cairo"
M


18 Sep 00 - 09:43 AM (#299875)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: MikeofNorthumbria

"Best of" lists are apt to be unreliable, even as indicators of our own judgement. How do you compare a movie that totally blew you away when you were 16, with one that seemed deeply meaningful to the more mature (or cynical) you of today?

But for what it's worth, here's my list. All of them (except the winner of the "worst" category) are movies that I revisit regularly, and have never yet been disappointed by.

Absolute All Time Favorite: It's a Wonderful Life

Most Influential: Dr Strangelove

Funniest: A Day at the Races

Most Exciting: Bullitt

Saddest: Blade Runner

Worst: Yellowbeard

And how about one more category - best musical movie? Meaning 'best movie centred on music', but not necessarily best 'movie musical' (as in South Pacific, etc.)

For that one, my vote goes to Jazz on a Summer's Day.

Wassail!


18 Sep 00 - 10:52 AM (#299917)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Naemanson

What a dolt I am! Here, on a site devoted to music I left musicals out of the listing! Please add it to your lists when you make them up.

I suppose I shouldn't bother to call myself names. There are those here who are willing to do that for me. Fortunately no one has yet. (Are you listening Selma or Patty?)

For an explanation of the last line check out the What's Going On Here? thread.


18 Sep 00 - 12:18 PM (#299998)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Mbo

All Time Favorite: Star Trek: First Contact
Funniest: A Christmas Story
Most Influential: A Christmas Story
Most Exciting: Star Trek: First Contact
Saddest: Life Is Beautiful
Worst: The Piano


18 Sep 00 - 03:21 PM (#300079)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Russ

Personal Favorite: Dr. Strangelove.

I never get tired of watching it.


18 Sep 00 - 03:27 PM (#300088)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Kim C

All Time Favorite - tie between It's a Wonderful Life and Lonesome Dove

Most Inspirational - Iron Will or Ben Hur

Funniest - Holy Grail or Raising Arizona

Saddest - The Patriot (only because I thought about my own Rev War ancestors and couldn't stop crying)

Most Exciting - Silence of the Lambs. Great suspense!

Worst - I'm gonna go with Mbo here - I think The Piano is one of the worst I've seen lately. Great costuming, hateful story.

Movie Everyone Hated but I loved - Ishtar. There are too many people like that in Nashville!

I also want to say that I have a large collection of Disney movies. Lady & the Tramp is probably my favorite of those. :)


18 Sep 00 - 03:37 PM (#300103)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: mousethief

The Princess Bride!

Alex
O..O
=o=


18 Sep 00 - 03:41 PM (#300108)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Jolly

My favorite movie is "On Golden Pond" - it reminded me of my grandparents, for one reason.

I'm also glad to see I'm not the only one that hated "The Piano". Everyone else I know kept telling me how great it was...

Kim


18 Sep 00 - 03:44 PM (#300111)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Clinton Hammond2

Gladiator, and The Iron Giant have to be the most inspirational, moving movies I have seen in a long time...

I don't have an all time favorite move... I have lots movies I enjoy for different reasons...

"Saddest moivie: Blade Runner eh??" Very interesting... care to PM me Mike of N and share your opinion on that one in more detail? I'm curious to hear yer take on it...

One of my favorite movie quotes...
"I may be blind, but I have accute 'earing"
"We're not interested in your jewlery, cloth-eyes!"

{~`


18 Sep 00 - 04:26 PM (#300132)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: DougR

Impossible for me to answer. I like so many movies. I'm a movie nut.

DougR


18 Sep 00 - 05:46 PM (#300199)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Chanteyranger

All-time favorite: West Side Story. 2nd place: The Children Of Paradise. Several others very high on the list - Movie nut here, like DougR. Funniest: Blazing Saddles, Steamboat Bill Jr., The Paleface (the Buster Keaton Paleface, not Bob Hope or whoever made that 40's one). 2nd: It's A Gift, Dumb And Dumber. Worst: Ludwig: Mad King Of Bavaria. I thought it was so bad, it didn't even have any camp or cult value.


18 Sep 00 - 06:16 PM (#300224)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Carlin

Favorite....toss up between Lawrence of Arabia and Fort Apache

Most inspirational....Ben Hur or Spartacus (I like BIG movies)

Funniest....Life of Brian

Saddest....Old Yeller

Most exciting.....that's a tough one....hmmmmm...every year they come out with even more action flics trying to top what came before.....I have to admit though, no movie has ever blown me away the way Star Wars did when I was ten...it was incredible.

Favorite musical.....The Music Man


18 Sep 00 - 06:31 PM (#300234)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Indigo

Best ever, 'The Colour Purple", and 'Tomorrow'

Saddest, 'Bambi'

Worst, 'Cannibal' (a true story???? Yeah.)

Funniest, 'War of the Roses'

Great suspense, 'Psycho', & 'The Shinning'

Most inspirational, 'Brother Sun, Sister Moon'


18 Sep 00 - 06:32 PM (#300235)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall

Best Dr. Zhivago
Funniest Monte Python and the holy grail
Saddest Old Yeller, or, the last few scenes of Robin & Marian with Sean Connery and Audrey Hepburn.
Most Impressive Braveheart

I'm not fond of musicals, but, Carosel was pretty good.


18 Sep 00 - 07:11 PM (#300259)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Bill D

I seem to like the cultish odd ones...and haven't seen many movies lately..

remember "The Wrong Box"..with Peter Sellers"?
and "Brewster McCloud"...and "Batteries Not Included"...and various Woody Allen things...and "Being There"!


18 Sep 00 - 07:28 PM (#300266)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: guinnesschik

Gee, I'm almost embarrassed to answer, but feel compelled to do so anyway. *G*

All time favorite movie: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, It's A Wonderful Life Most Influential: Michael Collins, Braveheart Funniest: Monty Python And The Holy Grail, Cheech And Chong's Next Movie Most Exciting: (Ugh, I'm sorry) Natural Born Killers, Pulp Fiction Saddest: Old Yeller, How Green Was My Valley, Imitation Of Life Worst: Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, Battlefield Earth


18 Sep 00 - 07:48 PM (#300275)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: The Beanster

This is tough to narrow it down, and I can't pick an all-time favorite but:

Funniest - This Is Spinal Tap, Life Of Brian, Sleeper, After Hours

Saddest - Edward Scissorhands, Testament

Most Influential - Silence of the Lambs

Scariest - The Exorcist (when I was 14, it was!)>br>
Worst - The Whoopee Boys (don't ask), The Accidental Tourist


18 Sep 00 - 07:59 PM (#300284)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: catspaw49

Not a good thread for me....I'm a junkie like Doug. I have all the dialogue memorized to most of the Marx brothers movies, love Mel Brooks and Woody, have seen every Cary Grant, Spencer Tracy, Katherine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Marilyn Monroe, movie extant. All of the Neil Simon stuff, Strangelove, everything mentioned above, Spielberg anything, and on and on.

No way I can pick.

Spaw


18 Sep 00 - 08:10 PM (#300290)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: richlmo

Not really my favorites, but I'll watch both of them everytime I catch them on , The Outlaw Josie Wales and Jeremiah Johnson


18 Sep 00 - 08:25 PM (#300308)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Midchuck

All-time favorites: 6-way tie: The Great Race/The Outlaw Josey Wales/Blazing Saddles/Young Frankenstein/The Princess Bride/The Road Warrior/

Funniest: 4-way tie: The Great Race/Blazing Saddles/Young Frankenstein/Showgirls

Saddest: donno. I avoid sad movies if I can. If I see one by accident, I mentally block it out. I get all the sadness I need by singing bluegrass songs.

Worst: Don't remember. I've seen so many awful ones that they come together in a blur. I watch sci-fi movies and martial arts movies voluntarily. My wife says, a good movie has to have helicopters, tentacles, and lava. I agree, but I want it to have t***s and van explosions as well.

Most exciting: Showgirls. (What? That wasn't what you meant by "exciting?" Well, you should have been more careful in your choice of words.)

Peter.


18 Sep 00 - 08:43 PM (#300315)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Hutzul

Best of Show: "Gone with the Wind"

Musical: "Guys & Dolls"

Saddest (Heart-tugging): "Beaches" Saddest (Horrifying): "Saving Pvt Ryan"

Funniest: "Where's Poppa?", "The In-Laws", "The Awful Truth",

Inspirational: Ghandi

Worst: Anything by Woody Allen, except Broadway Danny Rose


18 Sep 00 - 09:10 PM (#300332)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Jim Dixon

All time favorite: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Runner-up: Walkabout

Most inspirational: Gandhi. City of Joy. Grand Canyon. American Beauty. Schindler's List. Koyaanisqatsi.

Funniest: Anything by Charlie Chaplin or Laurel & Hardy. Also Dr. Strangelove, The General (Buster Keaton). Nation Lampoon's "Vacation" series (Chevy Chase), Raising Arizona, The Commitments.

Most exciting: Contact. Blood Simple. Sling Blade. Deliverance. Rob Roy. Pulp Fiction. Alien.

Best sad movie: Schindler's List. (Sad movies, like The Way We Were, usually turn me off.)

Worst: Wayne's World. (The only video I ever rented, watched half of, and didn't bother to finish.)

Most overrated: Anything by Woody Allen.


19 Sep 00 - 01:21 AM (#300449)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: BlueJay

Favorite: Les Miserable with Frederick March

Most Influential: Dr. Strangelove

Funniest: The Mouse That Roared, or Being There

Runner up: Raising Arizona

Actual Musical: The Music Man

Musical Theme: The Commitments


19 Sep 00 - 01:45 AM (#300456)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

Most Poignant - Il Postino

Funniest - Three way tie - Johnny Stickino or the priest vignette from Night on Earth or Clockwise

Saddest - Sophie's Choice

Best Musical - The Commitments or Cabaret

Best Films General - so hard....Zorba the Greek, Ship of Fools, The Cook, The Thief His Wife and Her Lover (difficult), Citizen Kane, Dr. Zhivago (I've seen it three times at different ages of my life and had a different take on it each time)

And tomorrow, depending on my mood the list could be completely different.


19 Sep 00 - 02:16 AM (#300466)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Lepus Rex

My favourites: A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, 12 Monkeys, and Magnolia.

Worst: Every video my ex-girlfriend's friend Tracy owns (mostly teen crap, with the exception of 12 Monkeys, which I love...), anything with Adam Sandler, and Encino Man.

Saddest: Shanghai Triad (I think I'm the only person, anywhere, who loves this movie...), Encino Man.

Funniest: A Fish Called Wanda, The Big Lebowski, Life of Brian.

Musical: Phallus in Wonderland (GWAR movie, heh)

---Lepus Rex


19 Sep 00 - 02:40 AM (#300478)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: CarolC

I have only one category. Movies that I like the best. There are several in this category, and I will probably be forgetting some.

The Milagro Beanfield War, Field of Dreams, Benny and Joon, The Butcher's Wife, L.A. Story, The Man Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain, Drop Dead Fred, all of the Wallace and Gromits, Fargo, The Grand Canyon, Harvey.

That's all I can think of right now.

Carol


19 Sep 00 - 02:46 AM (#300481)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

I'd like to add "Z" and Babette's Feast to my list and my husband would like to add Juliet of the Spirits. And I'd better stop here or another "Oh yeah!" will pop into my mind ad infinitum.


19 Sep 00 - 04:59 AM (#300500)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Kryptonium

My favourites: Stripes/Hunt For Red October / Blade / Action / Preview Channel(hehe) / The Matrix

Im only 18 :-)


19 Sep 00 - 05:00 AM (#300501)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Kryptonium

My favourites: Stripes/Hunt For Red October / Blade/Preview Channel(hehe) / The Matrix

Im only 18 :-)


19 Sep 00 - 05:37 AM (#300508)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Gervase

What is it with "It's a Wonderful Life"? In the USA it seems to have become as much a staple of Crhistmas as the Queen's Speech is in the UK - maybe more so.
I remember spending one Christmas just outside Chicago, and I swear you could have watched the film 24 hours a day by hopping rom channel to channel. It is a wonderful tearjerker though.
But, good grief, only one "Citizen Kane" and no "Casablanca" so far?
Shame on you all! For a film that I can (and do) watch a couple of times a year, "Casablanca" has to be the one. It's simple, corny and always moves me to tears - but that's maybe because Ingrid Bergman has to be the most beautiful woman to have graced the screen (until maybe Juliette Binoche and Beatrice Dalle...), and thus Rick's selflessness is so much the more poignant. Particularly as I always thought Victor Laszlo was a bit of a drip. Pah, women!!
In terms of cult films that you tend to remember vast chunks of dialogue, there's the Python epics from my schooldays, the wonderful "Withnail and I" and - beloved of every English schoolboy in the Seventies - If.
But, for sheer take-your-breath away impact, the best film I ever saw was years ago when they re-edited the Abel Gance "Napoleon". That is some film!


19 Sep 00 - 06:26 AM (#300521)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Patrish(inactive)

Favourites, Austin Powers 1 and 2
Saddest, City of Angels
Funniest, Young Frankinstien
Worst, Shampoo and The Godfather Scariest, Salems Lot
I love all the old black and white stuff, Olivia de haveland, Bette Davis, Cary Grant etc...
Patrish


19 Sep 00 - 08:24 AM (#300556)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Rana

No one has mentioned "Harvey" yet!

Another one from a few years ago I enjoyed was "The Man who came to dinner" - could never find it on video, fortunately either TVO or PBS showed it.

3 with musical themes are the 2 mentioned above "Commitments" and "Spinal Tap" but I'll also add "Lenigrad Cowboys do America"

Funniest for me include "Afterhours" and "No Surrender" and lots of the Ealing Comedies.

Movies I can watch over and over again are Casablance, Sims - "Christmas Carol", "Dr. Strangelove"

Movies I have spent ages trying to get the video include: "Picnic at Hanging Rock" - probably the most 'lyrical' for me if that makes sense and you know what I mean, "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" - worth it for the first 10 minutes alone, and also by Herzog - "Nosferatu"

Add films like "Usual Suspects" and "Resevoir Dogs" and the list goes on!

I'm sure I've missed a lot and people above have mentioned many I enjoy. 2001 is the film I've seen the most but I haven't seen it for years.

Rana


19 Sep 00 - 08:31 AM (#300559)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall

I forgot The African Queen and Lonesome Dove.


19 Sep 00 - 08:37 AM (#300565)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Bagpuss

I will probably have a totally different list tomorrow but these are my choices just now:

Best ever, Can't decide - too many to choose from

Saddest, Cyrano de Bergerac or Carla's Song

Worst, Event Horizon or The English Patient

Funniest, Delicatessen

Great suspense, Rear Window

Most inspirational, Kes

Bagpuss


19 Sep 00 - 10:23 AM (#300633)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Mbo_at_ECU

Rana, is the Leningrad Cowboys Do America the one where they have those cool mohawks? BTW my Mom & Dad ADORE Stripes.


19 Sep 00 - 10:51 AM (#300653)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Steve Latimer

Favourite Drama: Apocalypse Now

Favourite Comedy: Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

Musical theme: (Tie) The Commitments and This is Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap made it very difficult to listen to a lot of the sixties and seventies guitar gods that were my main staple up until then. When Nigel was playing his solo and then pulled out the violin and ran it across the guitar strings, then tuned the violin while strumming acrross his other guitar with his foot I knew I would never be able to listen to Jimmy Page again.

Western: (tie) High Noon and Unforgiven


19 Sep 00 - 10:58 AM (#300661)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

Rana, I am a Christmas Carol fan as well, but it has to be the black and white version with Alistair Sim. He owns Scrooge.


19 Sep 00 - 11:06 AM (#300669)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler

"Desert island film":The Producers OR Some like it hot (also funniest).
"Talk along with the dialogue":Casablanca
"Worst": Wicker Man (that'll stir 'em up!)
"Special mention": High Society(at the time I never thought I'd see Louis perform live-but I did, twice!)
"Scariest":Don't look now (I passed out on the pavement on the way out.)I've got it on video but we haven't watched it yet- SHE says I'm too heavy to resuscitate these days!
RtS


19 Sep 00 - 11:18 AM (#300675)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,laika

some favourites: Little Voice/My Left Foot/Smoke/ funniest: Big Lebowski/Noises Off/Bullets over Broadway/Blues Brothers/American Beauty saddest: The Color Purple worst: anything with Terence Hill and Bud Spencer


19 Sep 00 - 11:38 AM (#300701)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Peg

My personal faves in no particular order (except the first five):

Picnic at Hanging Rock
La Dolce Vita
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Excalibur
The Wicker Man
Don't Look Now
Gallipoli
Le Dernier Combat
Gummo
Edward Scissorhands
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
Dead Man
The Seventh Continent
High Hopes
Ganga and Hess
Night of the Living Dead
Baraka
The Hunger
Braveheart
Hair
It's a Wonderful Life
Down by Law
Delicatessen
Interiors
Say Anything
The Exorcist
Exorcist 3: Legion
Mifune
Cold Water
Portrait of a Lady
The Glassblower's Children
Insomnia

also, in general, I love films by Mike Leigh, Nicholas Roeg, Michael Haneke, Jane Campion, Peter Greenaway, Olivier Assayas, and Australian and Scandinavian cinema...


19 Sep 00 - 11:41 AM (#300704)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Mbo

I like Thomas Campion better.


19 Sep 00 - 11:47 AM (#300713)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Steve Latimer

Rana,

I forgot about the Leningrad Cowboys, what a hoot. And yes Mbo, that's the one with outlandish Mohawks.


19 Sep 00 - 11:50 AM (#300716)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Mbo

I think I'm gonna get me one of those!


19 Sep 00 - 12:18 PM (#300747)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,dan evergreen

"Schindler's List," "The Horse Whisperer" and "Unforgiven."


19 Sep 00 - 12:27 PM (#300754)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,dan evergreen

"Schindler's List," "The Horse Whisperer" and "Unforgiven."


19 Sep 00 - 01:38 PM (#300815)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Lepus Rex

If ya get the haircut, don't forget the shoes...

---Lepus Rex


19 Sep 00 - 01:56 PM (#300825)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Lepus Rex

Oh, let me add to my 'worst' list: Anything by Disney. They extract what little life remained in old childrens' stories, and use ugly, generic animation to do so.

---Lepus Rex


19 Sep 00 - 03:29 PM (#300868)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely

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.


19 Sep 00 - 03:33 PM (#300870)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely

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 . . .


19 Sep 00 - 03:53 PM (#300878)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Rana who SHOULD be working

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


19 Sep 00 - 04:39 PM (#300913)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Luther

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.


19 Sep 00 - 04:41 PM (#300914)
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From: Thomas the Rhymer

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Although 'Zentropa' is my fave recently...


19 Sep 00 - 05:05 PM (#300935)
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From: M.Ted

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--


19 Sep 00 - 07:17 PM (#301042)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: gillymor

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


19 Sep 00 - 07:41 PM (#301051)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: GUEST,Dave "Mr. Dressup"

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.


19 Sep 00 - 08:17 PM (#301074)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: bflat

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


19 Sep 00 - 08:27 PM (#301078)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: thosp

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


20 Sep 00 - 08:58 AM (#301289)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Grab

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.


20 Sep 00 - 03:07 PM (#301546)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Ely

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.


21 Sep 00 - 02:05 PM (#302403)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: MichaelAnthony

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


21 Sep 00 - 11:24 PM (#302788)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Margaret V

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


22 Sep 00 - 01:52 AM (#302861)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

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.


22 Sep 00 - 02:38 AM (#302866)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

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


22 Sep 00 - 07:58 AM (#302913)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall

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.


22 Sep 00 - 08:04 AM (#302915)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall

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


22 Sep 00 - 08:06 PM (#303508)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Lucius

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

Local Hero


22 Sep 00 - 08:23 PM (#303513)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: kendall

the scenery was great in Local Hero


22 Sep 00 - 08:29 PM (#303518)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: Metchosin

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


22 Sep 00 - 09:41 PM (#303552)
Subject: RE: BS: What's your favorite movie?
From: thosp

well there wwas also "thief of bagdad"

peace (Y) thosp