Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
It opened up a world of film to me that I didn’t even know existed. And my life is so much richer for it. I saw this 11 times in the theater. I remember the first time, during the first fight scene, my chest hurt. It was because I had forgotten to breathe, I was so captivated by the action.
Wait a second, I have it on good authority that there was no crying in baseball.
A Man For All Seasons
I’d never seen it (and would not have, based on its description). But I watched it on your recommendation. I cried too. Even though TINCIB.
You’re welcome. And please work on hitting the cut-off man for next season.
If there was a thread for most quotable movies, I would nominate A League of Their Own.
My list, in order:
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Star trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Animal House
- Strange Brew
- Hunt for Red October
from 6 to 10, films jockey for position depending on what I’m feeling, and how much the producers bribe me.
Producers: feel free to keep those kickbacks coming–you might make the list!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
- Jurassic Park
- The Birdcage
For me, it’s Casino. Scorsese’s flawless masterpiece.
Honorable mentions for Life of Brian, Hot Fuzz, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Topping the list would be “The Wizard of Oz,” immediately followed by “Casablanca” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” It may seem an odd combination, but these are three films I’ve seen countless times and can sit down and enjoy again at any time and find something new every time I watch them.
Yes to ALMOST all of the above. Top3 for me;some nights it’s this =>
Other nights, it’s this bad m’f’er →
And then, 4something completely different–>
I have maybe a top ten list of films but I can’t possibly name just one. There are a lot of movies though that if I run across them while channel surfing I stop and watch.
The African Queen has the best line ever. “I now pronounce you man and wife, proceed with the execution.”
For me to love it, a movie has to have great writing, which means great dialog and at least good plotting. It also has to have at least one character whose actions and motivations I can admire, whether that character ends up winning or losing. And there has to be a point to it all (example of an otherwise great movie that fails in this last criterion: The Lion in Winter – full of wonderful stuff that seems important in the moment but that in the end doesn’t matter).
I come up with three nominees under the above criteria:
Cyrano de Bergerac (1950, Jose Ferrer in the title role)
A Man For All Seasons (1966, Paul Scofield in the title role)
Yojimbo (1961, Toshiro Mifune in the title role) (For this one, cinematic excellence at the absolute highest level gives it an edge)
And the winner is: Cyrano de Bergerac. It is not only great in every particular, it speaks to me on a personal level, and it makes me cry.
I kinda like:
“Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”
“You song-singin’ skinny old maid!”
Upon reflection, I believe my favorite movie is:
“Treasure of the Sierra Madre”
A good story, well told, without gratuitous sex or violence.
My first thought is Raiders of the Lost Ark, for the exact same reasons.
I have a special fondness for O Brother, because it ran for a long time on (I think) CMT (Country Music Television), which made me appreciate its wide appeal. For me, the concert sequence is a beautiful exploration of the strengths of
- Actual Political Power (Pappy)
- Potential Political Power and Cultural Power (Homer Stokes)
- Cultural Power and a Great Tune (Soggy Bottom Boys)