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In 1975, I saw "Jaws" at a drive-in. Recently, I watched it for only the second time. I expected the clunky special effects would render it hopelessly dated. I was surprised. Although it could be done today with much better special effects, it would be a CGI gore-fest and look totally unrealistic. But what really puts "Jaws" over the top is the acting. Scheider, Shaw and Dreyfuss could never be improved upon, and that's really what makes it still work after all this time.
It's not just the acting, it's the editing, almost as much.

Jaws doesn't really belong in this thread. It holds up because it's a solidly good movie. No "God knows why" about it.
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Old 07-05-2019, 06:24 PM
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The Ninth Configuration. Stacy Keach, Ed Flanders and Hershcel from The Walking Dead were great in it.

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Old 07-05-2019, 07:16 PM
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Point Break. The original of course.

Patrick Swayze
Keanu Reeves
Gary Busey
Lori Petty

Music in there by Concrete Blonde. Some great filming and action shots. And some perfect one liners.

Oh, well that's why it stands up. But it's a pretty cheesy guy flick. An eye-roller for my Wife, but it works.
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Old 07-05-2019, 07:22 PM
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It's not just the acting, it's the editing, almost as much.

Jaws doesn't really belong in this thread. It holds up because it's a solidly good movie. No "God knows why" about it.
I agree. It is still a movie that scares me, even when I know what is coming. That is the measure of a good horror flick.

Anyone ever read the book? It was an ordinary summer potboiler, nothing special. Spielberg changed just about everything except the names of the characters, and it is a great movie. I remember I saw it in 1975, and thought I had learned where all the spoilers were. Then came the bigger boat scene, and I saw a whole theater full of people screaming(including myself) and making involuntary pushing moves with their hands.
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I like action movies and I like bitches that kick ass. So liking The Long Kiss Goodnight when I first saw it was a gimme. It's full of great lines, incredible think-on-your-feet action sequences and very large explosions. Plus Samuel L. Jackson being all Sam Jackson-y.

But I'll watch it again and again for Gena Davis. Sweet Sam and Badass Charlie. We watch them fight for this woman's soul and I find it facination. And also for the punch lines.
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Old 07-06-2019, 12:24 AM
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Anyone ever read the book? It was an ordinary summer potboiler, nothing special. Spielberg changed just about everything except the names of the characters, and it is a great movie. I remember I saw it in 1975, and thought I had learned where all the spoilers were. Then came the bigger boat scene, and I saw a whole theater full of people screaming(including myself) and making involuntary pushing moves with their hands.
Like The Godfather, definitely an example of the movie being way better than the book.
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I like action movies and I like bitches that kick ass. So liking The Long Kiss Goodnight when I first saw it was a gimme. It's full of great lines, incredible think-on-your-feet action sequences and very large explosions. Plus Samuel L. Jackson being all Sam Jackson-y.

But I'll watch it again and again for Gena Davis. Sweet Sam and Badass Charlie. We watch them fight for this woman's soul and I find it facination. And also for the punch lines.
In the same vein....I think Im the only one who likes The Quick and the Dead.

Its a GD cartoon with several famous cast members. Who is this movie hurting? I love it.
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Old 07-06-2019, 01:20 AM
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Flash Gordon from 1980. The effects are either badly dated or just bad, the acting ranges from nonexistent to completely over the top, with no middle ground, and it's just generally silly. Oh, yeah, and the soundtrack is...unique.

I love it! I don't know if it holds up for others, but it certainly does for me.

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Shit, it was never good. But by the time it played in my home town we were already able to use it as a sing-along movie

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Point Break. The original of course.

Patrick Swayze
Keanu Reeves
Gary Busey
Lori Petty

Music in there by Concrete Blonde. Some great filming and action shots. And some perfect one liners.

Oh, well that's why it stands up. But it's a pretty cheesy guy flick. An eye-roller for my Wife, but it works.
Also a favorite of lots of women. It doesn't even have to be women who'd be happy to watch Swayze or Reeves spell out a phone book, it's one of those movies that have always been called "bad" by people who think They Know Better but which keeps coming up in personal lists of favorites.

Which actually seems to apply to a lot of Swayze
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I've got to agree with The Fifth Element - love it.

Another my husband and I have watched a lot is Demolition Man. I can't stand Stallone, but I can't not watch this one when it comes on. What's really weird is that I'm not a big sci-fi-futuristic society fan, but I still like both of these flicks.
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D.O.A. (the original movie from 1949).

In spite of a ridiculous, murky plot and horrendous overacting from Edmund O'Brien, the campy noir atmosphere makes it fun. Best scenes include jazz hipsters urging on musicians in a nightclub and the nonexistent bedside manner of doctors trying to diagnose O'Brien's "luminous" poisoning.
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I would also like to third (or fourth) Fifth Element. All the things I like: Dumb action, funny lines, kick ass women-- I even think Chris Tucker is good in it. Shows you how delusional I can be.
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Another movie that I watch anytime I can is The In-Laws. Perfect casting, great directing, an astounding script, fantastic cinematography and just funny, funny, funny. "Serpentine, Shel! Serpentine!"
Hell, yeah. Make sure you never watch the execrable re-make.

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I love The Long Kiss Good-bye too, Biggirl. I even came into it late the first time I saw it and still liked it.

I can't watch Point Break because I find Patrick Swayze repulsive. I can't stand to look at him. Has anyone read the book it was based on? Really weird.
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There was a book? I didn't know that Point Break was based on a book.
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Tapping the Source. Different than the movie, and, as I said, the ending was waaay weird.
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Old 07-06-2019, 05:18 PM
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I like action movies and I like bitches that kick ass. So liking The Long Kiss Goodnight when I first saw it was a gimme. It's full of great lines, incredible think-on-your-feet action sequences and very large explosions. Plus Samuel L. Jackson being all Sam Jackson-y.

But I'll watch it again and again for Gena Davis. Sweet Sam and Badass Charlie. We watch them fight for this woman's soul and I find it facination. And also for the punch lines.
Oh yeah!

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... The Rocketeer...still great movies...
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Flash Gordon from 1980. The effects are either badly dated or just bad, the acting ranges from nonexistent to completely over the top, with no middle ground, and it's just generally silly. Oh, yeah, and the soundtrack is...unique.

I love it! I don't know if it holds up for others, but it certainly does for me.

(dundundundun FLASH! AH-AH!)
Flash Gordon completely embraced the aesthetic of the old serials, and that is its crime and its glory.
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Multiplicity (1996) holds up and never gets any love.
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'Crazy Larry, Dirty Mary'. It's campy, silly and fun. Possibly the best line in any movie at one point. Anyone know it?
“I just hit it with a bigger hammer” is my favourite, but there’s something to be said about the scene where the one guy reads off the sign regarding “spitting, swearing and loose women”, and makes a crack about it pretty much covering Mary.
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I can still watch the original Fright Night over and over again.

The main attraction is seeing Roddy McDowall's character transform from a cowardly snob into a fearless vampire killer.
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I haven't seen Fright Night in decades. I barely remember Roddy McDowall. But there is one image from that movie that has stayed with me all these years. It'll pop up in my head for no reason when I'm alone in the house at night and the house has a conversation with itself in the basement. It is that girl opening her mouth. And opening it. AND OPENING IT AND OMG SO MANY TEETH!!!!!!!!!
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Tremors!

Everything about that movie is perfect, brilliant casting, wonderful location. But it's the way it's played and the tone of the film that makes it truly great - it's not played for laughs, but doesn't take itself seriously. Wonderful. Should have got an Oscar.
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No, but I own Dirty Mary Crazy Larry.

Talk about a surprise ending.
The flower children of the Sixties didn't expect to grow old. They would have their brief bright day in the sun and then either be shot by the Man or incinerated in the coming thermonuclear war.

ETA: has any movie ever had the chutzpah to conclude, with no presaging whatever, by having nuclear war break out?

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The flower children of the Sixties didn't expect to grow old. They would have their brief bright day in the sun and then either be shot by the Man or incinerated in the coming thermonuclear war.

ETA: has any movie ever had the chutzpah to conclude, with no presaging whatever, by having nuclear war break out?
Not that I know of....but that would be amazing. Just going along. a rom-com or sports movie, suddenly missiles are flying and roll credits.
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Flash Gordon from 1980. The effects are either badly dated or just bad, the acting ranges from nonexistent to completely over the top, with no middle ground, and it's just generally silly. Oh, yeah, and the soundtrack is...unique.

I love it! I don't know if it holds up for others, but it certainly does for me.

(dundundundun FLASH! AH-AH!)
Ah, my favorite guilty pleasure movie. And the soundtrack is wonderful. It's exactly as cheesy as it needs to be.
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My vote for this is The Last Starfighter, the 1984 early CGI science fiction film. It took an urban legend floating around (that video games were being used to "prospect" for warriors), re-used the character of Harold Hill from The Music Man (including having him portrayed by Robert Preston, who played him on Broadway and in the movie), used some not-completely-ready-for-prime-time CGI effects*, and surprisingly good writing to create something that isn't Star Wars clone, but captures a lot of its vibe. The film didn't take itself entirely seriously, which helped. It had aliens designed by Ron Cobb (who designed aliens for the first Star Wars film, did unused design work for the original Alien, and lots of other science fiction films), although the execution wasn't impressive - they still look like foam rubber. But the whole thing works. I'll always watch it if it's on. I wouldn't mind if they updated the CGI on the original film, but I think the original has charm.



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No one mentioned them because, despite "holding up", it's perfectly clear why they are -- Great SF, great concepts, great writing, and superb special effects -- not only for the time, but still today. A lot of Forbidden PLanet's effects -- especially the Star Cruiser C47D moving over the planet Altair 4, are still gorgeous. And the way Gort's visor slowly lifts, revealing the awesome power of his laser (or whatever it is) still works, all these years later. Hell, Gort, despite being played by Lock Martin in a painted leather or foam rubber suit (depending on who you believe), STILL looks better than the CGI Gort from the awful remake (a film that I predict will NOT hold up in years to come.)
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I'll 2nd Demolition Man, and add a lot of the Arnold repertoire from the 80s and 90s. Especially Conan the Barbarian, Predator, Commando, The Running Man, and True Lies.
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Not that I know of....but that would be amazing. Just going along. a rom-com or sports movie, suddenly missiles are flying and roll credits.
Well...

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Not that I know of....but that would be amazing. Just going along. a rom-com or sports movie, suddenly missiles are flying and roll credits.
How would that be amazing? It would seem to be a cop-out for a screenwriter with no idea of how to end the story.
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In the same vein....I think Im the only one who likes The Quick and the Dead.

Its a GD cartoon with several famous cast members. Who is this movie hurting? I love it.
I was beginning to think that I was the only one who appreciates (or remembers) this film. Like most Raimi films, it just keeps on delivering.
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THX-1138

This was a student project of George Lucas, later made into a full-fledged hollywood sci fi movie. The story and style were considered really strange when it was released, but it holds up well today.
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How would that be amazing? It would seem to be a cop-out for a screenwriter with no idea of how to end the story.
Because we DO live in a nuclear shadow. And that's exactly how things probably will end. One day we're all in the middle of the movie called 'our life' and out of nowhere all the electricity goes off and our cars won't start.
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The Day After Tomorrow. Cliched plot and characters, terrible science, yet it's very entertaining.
I never liked that film at all.

Not only bad science but bad geography.

I nominate Big Trouble in Little China.
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Yes! Great until the end. Mel just didnt know how to end a movie.
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Flash Gordon from 1980. The effects are either badly dated or just bad, the acting ranges from nonexistent to completely over the top, with no middle ground, and it's just generally silly. Oh, yeah, and the soundtrack is...unique.

I love it! I don't know if it holds up for others, but it certainly does for me.

(dundundundun FLASH! AH-AH!)
Costumes are great and it's camp at it's best. Great soundtrack.
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I'll vote for "Goldfinger". A bizarre plot, a deadly hat/frisbee, a villain who lets Bond escape several times, and a main character with an amazingly crass name. But I still like it better than any Daniel Craig folderol.
What you might call the classic Bond movies, the ones actually based on the books, even if tangentially, are way better than the newer retreads. Sure, they are pure camp. However, Sean Connery was the only real Bond, Roger Moore was a bit of a wimp but just about OK, but Brosnan and Craig are just wrong. The later ones just look like any one of a number of secret agent action movies, the whole lot cooked up in a random plot generator.
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I suggest you seek out his The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec, It's delightfully bizarre, with pterodactyls flying through 1912 Paris, mummy's curses, and a woman with a hatpin in the brain.
It has moments.
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In the same vein....I think Im the only one who likes The Quick and the Dead.

Its a GD cartoon with several famous cast members. Who is this movie hurting? I love it.
The swedish guy wth his Lemat is hilarious.
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Lawrence of Arabia is just so weird in view of the events in the Middle East since it was made. Someone said that it is a film that could not be made nowadays. And that's true. But Peter O'Toole just steals the film.

Old films can be disappointing. Look for cheesy backdrops in Ben Hur. But you will ignore them because the film has panache and good actors.

Remakes often fall flat compared to the original. Some of the big Roman epics such as Spartacus and Cleopatra have been remade for TV. The backdrops are better, but the acting isn't. The oldies have a charm of their own. And strong performances.
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THX-1138

This was a student project of George Lucas, later made into a full-fledged hollywood sci fi movie. The story and style were considered really strange when it was released, but it holds up well today.
Even better is Dark Star. John Carpenter , Dan O'Bannon. Made at USC, budget around $50,000.00
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"Fight Club" the movie was better than the book. And speaking of Brad Pitt, I have to watch 'Snatch' every time I come across it on cable.
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"Fight Club" the movie was better than the book.
I really didnt care for Fight Club. But I did like Escape from New York*, Snake.

* except the stupid ending.
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Tremors!

Everything about that movie is perfect, brilliant casting, wonderful location. But it's the way it's played and the tone of the film that makes it truly great - it's not played for laughs, but doesn't take itself seriously. Wonderful. Should have got an Oscar.
Yep.

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Back in the 80s my mother was excited to watching Blazing Saddles with me and was quite upset that they edited all the rude sounds from the campfire scene. The cowpokes would rise up while eating, sometimes grunt, and sit down but without the rude sounds the scene was much less effective.
WSBK in Boston did this. Used to drive me nuts, although I love telling the story now haha.
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