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You guys are killing me!!! I love Airplane! and can never turn it off if I come across it....
Surely you can think of a better movie than that.
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I'm a Cinematographer. The word doesn't get used that way !!!
Then you should know the correct verb is cinematogratize. Past tense: cinematogratoze. Future tense: fleen (in honor of Arthur Fleen, the man who invented Cinematography).
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:54 PM
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:56 PM
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For the record, I am also absolutely in love with Life of Brian
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For the record, I am also absolutely in love with Life of Brian
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Old 08-26-2019, 11:09 PM
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Old 08-27-2019, 12:20 AM
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Field of Dreams. I grew up in the sixties and like the protagonist, had a sometimes contentious relationship with my Dad. And yes I would love the opportunity to play catch with him once again.

Shawshank Redemption and To Kill a Mockingbird are also favorites, as are the comedies Young Frankenstein and Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:32 AM
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Oh man... that is difficult.

There is a devastating number of bad or at best mediocre movies out there but some are different, they stand out and shine. After reading the entire thread I recognized many that are among my favorites, plus some that I didn't have on the radar yet but according to the respective comment might be worth watching.

When thinking about these favorites of mine I noticed that I, like many other commenters on this thread, have a hard time putting one on top, thereby degrading others that don't deserve it, so it despite OP's request will become a list depending on age, mood, degree of intoxication and other reasons.

Okay, here goes:
- 2001 - A Space Odyssey
- Blade Runner (yes, with voice-over, what else?)
- Pulp Fiction
- Life of Brian
- Up In Smoke (you know who you are)
- Casablanca
- The Maltese Falcon
- Heat (just for watching Robert and Al)
- Baraka
- 12 Monkeys
- The Big Lebowski
- Spirited Away
- Zoomania

Have your pick. I couldn't decide.
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Old 08-27-2019, 07:35 AM
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That is a really great movie and features one of my favorite ever scripts. It is very clever that the standard dirty cop drama unfolds while the detective on their trail is elsewhere, involved in an Amish love triangle.
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The original "The Thing From Another World" (not the John Carpenter Thing, though I did enjoy that), or Blade Runner. Depends on what day of the week it is.
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Lots of films tied for #2, but #1 is absolutely Local Hero.

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The Lion In Winter. Katharine Hepburn is absofeckinlutely BRILLIANT. The rest of the cast ain't half-bad either.

First Runner-up - The Adventures Of Robin Hood. Yes, the Flynn version. Is there any other?
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The Lion In Winter. Katharine Hepburn is absofeckinlutely BRILLIANT. The rest of the cast ain't half-bad either....
"Why are we all rushing off to Rome?"
"That's where they keep the Pope, isn't it?"
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First Runner-up - The Adventures Of Robin Hood. Yes, the Flynn version. Is there any other?
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The 1972 film Play It Again, Sam
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A lot of good choices here, but True Romance is still the best for me.

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My second favorite film is "Shaun of the Dead." It's got humor, pathos, drama, romance and action. It is tightly scripted and brilliantly edited. It rewards rewatching to find the foreshadows and call backs. It's much like my favorite movie in that way:

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Why hasn’t anybody said “The Princess Bride”?

It’s got “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...”
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Trainspotting...never gets old. 2nd place is a tie between The Godfather and In Bruges.
There must be a Men in Black flashy thing at the end of In Bruges. I've seen it four times and I remember really liking it but each time I watch it, I forget every part of the plot and dialog by the next day. I should rewatch it.

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I use this line from time to time but if I ever knew it was from Arthur, I'd long since forgotten.
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Old 08-28-2019, 11:11 AM
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Oh good, haven't seen Raiders of the Lost Ark yet, so I'm taking that one.
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:24 PM
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"Why are we all rushing off to Rome?"
"That's where they keep the Pope, isn't it?"
That was one of the historical inaccuracies of the movie. Pope Lucius III wasn't in Rome in 1183, which was the year the film was set in. The Pope and the Emperor were having an ongoing dispute and the Romans were siding with the Emperor. So riots have driven the Pope out of the city.
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Photographed.

I'm a Cinematographer. The word doesn't get used that way !!!

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Thanks! I know I'd never heard it, but I was unsure if photographed was the proper word.

Oh, and I agree about Real Genius. It's really held up.
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My second favorite film is "Shaun of the Dead." It's got humor, pathos, drama, romance and action. It is tightly scripted and brilliantly edited. It rewards rewatching to find the foreshadows and call backs. It's much like my favorite movie in that way:



Agreed.



There must be a Men in Black flashy thing at the end of In Bruges. I've seen it four times and I remember really liking it but each time I watch it, I forget every part of the plot and dialog by the next day. I should rewatch it.
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I originally thought Shaun of the Dead was an almost perfect movie, but I hated how irritating his pudgy friend was throughout the movie. Until I realized that he had to be that annoying so you wouldn't mind so much how he ended up.

In Bruges was on our On Demand menu forever a number of years of ago. I avoided it because the synopsis didn't grab me. But I broke down and watched it and really liked it.
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Since people are giving more than one. My top 10:
Arthur (1981)
Airplane!
Harvey
Born Yesterday (1950)
The Nun's Story
To Kill A Mockingbird
On the Waterfront
Murder By Death
Little Shop of Horrors (1988)
The Philadelphia Story
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Old 08-28-2019, 09:36 PM
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Easily Groundhog Day

Second favorite is a tougher choice...
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Easily Groundhog Day
You've mentioned that before.
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You've mentioned that before.
We've got him, babe.

If I can mention some others on my all-time favorite lists:

Breaker Morant
Limitless
Pride & Prejudice
Notting Hill
Star Wars: A New Hope
True Lies
Memento
Notorious
Trading Places
Ghostbusters
Saving Private Ryan
Dark City
2001: A Space Odyssey
Raiders of the Lost Ark
In the Line of Fire
Groundhog Day


All very different, but each, in its own way, an outstanding film IMHO.
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>> Real Genius

You know, it has held up. I showed it to my teenaged son within the last year, and we enjoyed it. Its messages still resonate.

But let me add a very special one to my list:

Boyhood

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Rear Window. Compelling theme, fine acting, guiltless secondhand voyeurism. I can even overlook minor plot illogic.*

There are a number of other classic movies I happily watch repeatedly. My appreciation for Anatomy Of A Murder grows with every viewing. Beautiful execution and enjoyable performances by everyone in the cast, even people I never liked much in other productions.**

*Why wouldn't you make sure your apartment door was locked??
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Rear Window. Compelling theme, fine acting, guiltless secondhand voyeurism. I can even overlook minor plot illogic.*

There are a number of other classic movies I happily watch repeatedly. My appreciation for Anatomy Of A Murder grows with every viewing. Beautiful execution and enjoyable performances by everyone in the cast, even people I never liked much in other productions.**

*Why wouldn't you make sure your apartment door was locked??
**IOW, Eve Arden.
Both of these are definitely in my Top 10 as well.
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Did I miss it?

Why hasn’t anybody said “The Princess Bride”?

It’s got “fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles...”


I have to add here: my family and I have been discussing another of our favorites, “Stardust”. This story also has all of the above, plus deNiro in a dress. It has a similar sensibility, but while I love it very much, my family and I always place it a notch or two below “The Princess Bride”. I often wonder if that is because it came second.
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2001 A Space Odyssey. I've seen it 50 times at least, perhaps 100.


As a friend of mine said (50 times at least, perhaps 100) as we watched it, “Oh my God, what a boring movie!”

I’ve also heard this-
A: “Stanley Kubrick perfectly captured the utter loneliness of outer space.”
B: “No, Stanley Kubrick perfectly captured the utter boringness of outer space!”
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BRAZIL

The real version, not the one with the happy sanitized ending.

The baby-masked torturer working in "Information Retrieval", De Niro the renegade HVAC repairman, the deterioration of technology rather than its advancement, the end...

I've heard it called "a flawed masterpiece". Nope. Just a masterpiece.


I love this movie, too. I recently shared it with my son. I don’t know which version we saw. What’s the sanitized ending?
The one we saw ended with
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a fantasy escape to a fake happy ending, followed by a reveal that he’d lost his mind under torture.
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Real genius

I haven't watched it for a long time so I may not enjoy it as much as I used to. But at the time I first watched it was exactly the pro science nerd message I needed. It is the only movie I ever watched and then immediately rewound the tape and watched it again.


I loved this movie when it came out. I was young at the time. I recently shared it with my teenaged son, and although there were moments, I felt that it hadn’t held up so well.
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I just spent some time preparing my Thirty Favorite Movies list. I've already mentioned my #1 so will just show some of my Top Thirty films that might be relatively unpopular choices:
Whale Rider
Crash (2004)
Third Miracle
To Live and Die in L.A.


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As a friend of mine said (50 times at least, perhaps 100) as we watched it, “Oh my God, what a boring movie!”

I’ve also heard this-
A: “Stanley Kubrick perfectly captured the utter loneliness of outer space.”
B: “No, Stanley Kubrick perfectly captured the utter boringness of outer space!”
Previous threads:
"2001: A Space Odyssey ..... is the most boring movie ever. "
"2001 Space Odyssey is the 2nd-most boring movie ever made "
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That is a really great movie and features one of my favorite ever scripts. It is very clever that the standard dirty cop drama unfolds while the detective on their trail is elsewhere, involved in an Amish love triangle.
And, directed by an Australian like yourself (Peter Weir). He’s always been good at these “cross-cultural encounters with a strong sense of geographic specificity,” from Picnic at Hanging Rock to Mosquito Coast to The Last Wave — even Master and Commander.
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I have to add here: my family and I have been discussing another of our favorites, “Stardust”. This story also has all of the above, plus deNiro in a dress. It has a similar sensibility, but while I love it very much, my family and I always place it a notch or two below “The Princess Bride”. I often wonder if that is because it came second.
Stardust for the win. I like The Princess Bride; it's enjoyable to me. It has everything I like/d in a movie. I just don't love it. It's not even a top 10 for me. I'm always afraid to admit that, because it's beloved by so, so many people, and I can't help but think that I'd flip right through it if flipping through channels were still a thing.
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The sanitized ending does not have the reveal - it's merely the fake happy ending as the real ending.

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The sanitized ending does not have the reveal - it's merely the fake happy ending as the real ending.
There are more changes than that. In a nutshell, the head of Universal Studios, Sid Sheinberg, really didn't like Brazil; I can't remember for sure, but the project may have been approved by his predecessor at the studio. The film was a few minutes longer than the contract specified, and Sheinberg used that to try and force Terry Gilliam (the director) to make changes. In the end, there were three versions of the film:

1. Gilliam's original cut; released in Europe.
2. A version slightly edited by Gilliam, with 10 minutes taken out; released in the U.S. after a rather public battle between Gilliam and Sheinberg.
3. A version done by editors at Universal with instructions to play up the love story and give it a happy ending. This is sometimes called the "Love Conquers All" version and was shown at least once on television in the U.S.
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I love this movie, too. I recently shared it with my son. I don’t know which version we saw. What’s the sanitized ending?
The one we saw ended with
SPOILER:
a fantasy escape to a fake happy ending, followed by a reveal that he’d lost his mind under torture.
In the sanitized version, he actually escapes. That ending flips the entire premise of the movie. The darker ending is the right one.

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