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Old 08-23-2019, 02:24 AM
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What Is Your Absolute Single Favorite Movie?


My all time favorite movie is the Legends of the Fall. Genious actours, interesting plot and so beautiful landscapes! I can wacth this movie again and again! What's yours?
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Old 08-23-2019, 04:55 AM
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Probably The Shining.

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Old 08-23-2019, 06:11 AM
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:15 AM
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Blade Runner (version with Ford's narration, if it matters)
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:16 AM
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Treasure of the Sierra Madre
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:48 AM
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Welcome to the Straight Dope Message Board, pawkins.

We have a forum specifically for artistic works of all kinds, including movies. I will move this thread there for you.

Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.
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Old 08-23-2019, 06:54 AM
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Welcome to the Dope, pawkins!

The Godfather.


mmm


(kudos to all posters so far for answering with a single answer as requested and not a laundry list of favorite movies)

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Probably Spartacus.

At least this week.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:17 AM
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The Karate Kid

In many respects it's a very conventional kung-fu movie (weakling comes to town, gets beat up by local bullies, makes friends with a local master who trains him, he fights and eventually defeats all of his enemies who cheat and fight dishonorably; this is the exact plot of literally thousands of classic kung-fu movies), but it's also the story of a touching cross-cultural/generational friendship, and a fish-out-of-water, coming-of-age teen romance. It checks a lot of boxes. Plus, it's just awesome.
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A Clockwork Orange. It's funny, it's frightening, it's beautiful.
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I'm another one for The Godfather. Many listed so far are perfect 10s for me.
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I have to admit that my taste runs to older horror and I am a major fan of the "lost world" type films and stop-motion. This is all to explain that for me it's
DINOSAURUS!

At least right now. Last winter I would have probably said "Cannibal: The Musical"
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I could go with that, or maybe Beat The Devil. Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Gina Lollobrigida, Robert Morley and Peter Lorre get up to some serious madcap antics...
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Casablanca. Or maybe The Blues Brothers.
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Arthur - The title character is Arthur Bach - sort of like Author Balk.
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Arthur - The title character is Arthur Bach - sort of like Author Balk.
This begs the question: Original or remake?
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The Blues Brothers got me through the worst summer of my life, so I'll always be fond of it. If you ask me today, The Martian is probably the film I will not turn off and watch anytime it is on.
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I have to admit that my taste runs to older horror and I am a major fan of the "lost world" type films and stop-motion. This is all to explain that for me it's
DINOSAURUS!

At least right now. Last winter I would have probably said "Cannibal: The Musical"
I grew up on Dinosaurus, and love the film (I strongly believe that the fight between the T. Rex and the steam shovel inspired the fight between Ripley in the Loader vs. the Alien Queen in James Cameron's Aliens), but it's got too many flaws to be my favorite.



The Wah Chang stop motion is way below Harryhausen standards, and in a lot of scenes it's clearly not even animated at all -- they used a puppet to save time and money. For my money there are better dino flicks to choose as a favorite.

But, hey, I could see if Dinosaurus hits your Sweet Spot. I was just looking at the Dell comic adaptation of it a couple of days ago, and felt that warm rush of nostalgia.
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Ordinary People. Nary a false note. Plus, one of those rare instances where if you've read the book (it was that good), you don't need to see the movie, or vice versa.
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The original Arthur. I couldn't bring myself to watch the remake.
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The same as my favorite book: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
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If I'm flipping through the channels and some network is showing Twister I just have to watch it. I've seen it dozens of times. It's so campy and has some great lines ("God, Meg, you've got a lot of beef. Where did you get all this beef?" "Did you see my cows out front?" "No. Oh!")

(I teach a college-level class on Microsoft Office, and the final exam shows an image of a screen shot of Microsoft Word. The Word document is entitled "My favorite movie - Twister" and the students have to identify the parts of the Word screen, like lists, captions, and headings. Then at the end of the exam, the bonus question is "What is my favorite movie", just to see if they actually paid attention to what they just read.)
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I could name the movie that affected me more than any other. Or the movie that moves me emotionally more than any other. Or laugh the hardest. Or the one where I appreciate the finest film-making. Or the most rousing adventure.

But I'll go with my "desert island" movie. One that has enough layers and points of interest to keep me engaged no matter how many times I watch it.

So, today's answer is Mulholland Dr.

Tomorrow's answer would likely be different.
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The Empire Strikes Back. While Star Wars blew my then-twelve-year-old mind, and led to a lifelong fandom for me, the second film took everything that the first film had done, and made it even better.

Nearly 40 years later, if I'm in a down mood, I put ESB on, and it makes me feel much better.
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There are a lot of great movies, but if I have to pick one it's probably The Right Stuff.

I just saw it again on TV a week or two ago. All the action and adventure moments are great, but I'd forgotten how sweet the scenes with Ed Harris and Mary Jo Deschanel are.
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Casablanca - a movie where great parts add up to a great whole.
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The movie that I will watch any time and is absolutely the most quotable fun movie:

The Castle

This Australian "mockumentary" is 1. not long (80 minutes), 2. makes you happy, 3. doesn't go for the turn to the camera laughs like Christopher Guest movies, and 4. has more call-backs than Arrested Development. I promise you'll enjoy it the first time and it gets better every time after that. The U.S. cut/version is superior to the Australia release.
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It's just a good fun movie about underdogs who you don't need to feel sorry for.


But I do love "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" a lot too. Primarily about how it is an epic journey all in one place- using time and events to tell a crazy long story of a life.
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The one movie I've re-watched the most in the last 15 years is Sideways. But...I watch it with the commentary track. It's great fun to watch Jack the jerk and Miles the sad sack fumble their way through a bachelor party weekend while listening to Giamatti and Haden Church crack wise about the goings-on.

Runners-up for favorite movie would be Contact, Paul, and Moonlight Kingdom.

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