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We love watching films and we're always looking for interesting things to watch - so tell us the best movie you've seen and why you enjoyed it.

(, Thu 17 Jul 2008, 14:30)
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Carl Theodor Dreyer's 1955 film Ordet (aka, The Word). What a powerful, humbling masterpiece: makes you want to surrender the vanities of unbelief, and become a strict Lutheran, immediately! The slow measured pace, the intensity of emotion, the surprise ending - wow! Johannes, the apparent madman, sweeps all before him with his childlike faith.
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 1:40, Reply)
My favorite film is...
Back to the future, couldn't tell you what it is I love about it so much, there's something about it.

As far as the BEST film I've ever seen I'm going to have to go with Ghost Dog.
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 1:39, Reply)
Couple I forgot from my previous post
Raging Bull - Best De Niro film around, IMO. His descent into domestic abuse and directionless anger is like watching a car crash in slow motion.

Evil Dead 3 - Bruce Campbell is my hero after watching this film, slapstick genius. The ending in the S-Mart is possibly the best finish to any film I've ever seen!

EDIT: The Dark Knight - Watched a *ahem* legally grey copy of it the other day, fucking great film IMO.
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 0:57, 1 reply)
and more recently Clerks 2 are a couple of my favorite films.
As well as:
Donnie Darko
Rain Man
Forest Gump (which you have to admit has a damn good Vietnam bit despite not actually being a war film)
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
Pulp Fiction (obviously)
Shoot 'Em Up (highly reccomended)
Office Space
Jackass The Movie and Jackass 2 (immature i know)
Battle Royale (sick humour and excessive violence FTW!)
The Thing
Judge Dredd
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Nicholson at his best.)
The Usual Suspects
The Butterfly Effect (even though i hate to admit it)
The Warriors
Demolition Man
Blade (only remembered because Snipes was in Demolition Man)
The Business (despite having Danny Dyer in a starring role, this film was highly enjoyable)

Please comment, maybe we'll even start a discussion about my taste in films, or the lack of it. ^^
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 0:23, 3 replies)
A Bittersweet Life
I love Korean films. If they're not weepy meoldramas, they're half baked SF. If they're not SF, they're revenge dramas. And they're always totally hardcore, with at least one graphic moment of horror. There are many great Korean films. Shiri is an excellent action movie. Old Boy is incredibly extreme revenge to the max sort of film. Natural City is the Korean Blade Runner. But the best Korean film I've seen is A Bittersweet Life.

A Bittersweet Life tells the story of a hotel enforcer who falls in love with the bosses girl. It's not too much of a spoiler to say that eventually fucks him pretty badly.

You won't see a more beautifully crafted film (every detail, including the credits, is class). And it has some action set pieces that will literally have your jaw on the floor. It's the best film I've seen, with the possible exception of Double Indemnity. But Double Indemnity, while having Barbara Stanwyck, doesn't have a massive ultraviolent gun battle at the end, so this shades it.

If you've got one of those DVD to your house rental things going, get this one if you can. It's the tops!
(, Thu 24 Jul 2008, 0:17, Reply)
Mad Max 2: a sequel that's better than the original.
Much better and more fully realized vision than Mad Max 1.

I saw the badly dubbed version (into US english for dozy Yanks)of the 1st film, so that was an initially off-putting but other than the brilliant opening and closing scenes it was just a cheesy retread of Dirty Harry. It didn't make much sense either.

Why would defense lawyers have so much power in a post apocalyptic society, getting villains off on technicalities? Why would they even exist? Martial-law time scumbags! You eyed up my oil supply in a suspicious manner...DIE! Case closed.

Yet people insist that the 1st one was better. Despite the distinct lack of mutants in bondage gear.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 23:17, 2 replies)
Brighton. Winter 1984 (after the Grand Hotel bombing). Took some acid and went to see a matinee performance of Gremlins.

The cinema was complete chaos - children laughing, shouting, crying, running up and down the ailes. I was tripping off my brain in the front row with my friend and enjoying every minute of it.

Good times...
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 23:12, Reply)
For months
I bitched about how titanic was a worthless piece over-hyped hollywood turd.

and then I watched it. I enjoyed it.

Still nowhere near as good as the Back to the Future trilogy or Ghostbusters but an enjoyable experience nevertheless.

How about some suggestions for film crossovers like where Marty and The Doc fly over the titanic and rescue Jack just before he plunges into the icy depths?

Over to you...
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 22:40, 6 replies)
Pop bring pizza for cat!
get your mum round for the evening, sit as close as possible to her on the sofa and watch

Bad Boy Bubby.

and let the good times roll...
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 22:24, 2 replies)
Saw it at the cinema on a weekday afternoon with my girlfriend.

Was only us 2 in the screan.

I have no idea how it ended ;)
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 21:46, 2 replies)
The best films for scaring me....
Creeping murderers? Eep. Manic robbers?! Crikey. Crazy rapists?!?!? Shit me.

Yes, all very well and scary. I'm not good when it comes to suspense. I tend to scream even if nothing happens. What really gets me though is zombies.


How do they move so slowly and yet catch up to everyone? How can they pounce on you to munch your face off when even moving makes parts of their rotting body fall off in a slimey plop?? How can they find you no matter how well you hide???

Even briefly, seeing a hunched sloppy green figure moaning in what I presume to be delight at a potential feast....

(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 21:13, Reply)
Gordon's alive!
May not be the best film ever but one of the best viewing experience was Flash Gordon at the Astra's kids crush on a Saturday afternoon. 500 kids and a few adults all singing along with 'dum dum dum dum Flash arrrhh saviour of the universe', all while throwing aniseed balls at th lower seats and a nice lady bringing ice cream on a tray in the interval. What more can a child from a small town ask for?

More of same - went to see Grease with the Brownies at the hall in our home town that occasionally showed films and the film caught fire!
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 20:51, Reply)
Ong Bak
no wire work, just ass kicking, enough said.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 20:38, 2 replies)
I loved 'The Three Faces of Eve',
a 50s movie about a woman with Multiple Personality Disorder.

The worst film I've ever seen, on the other hand, was 'The Three Faces of Eve'.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 19:59, Reply)
Just looking at William Peterson's legs!

I am going to have sex with William Peterson one day. It'll either be the best day of my life, or the best dream of my life.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 19:29, 3 replies)
Best romantic movie ever
want a sexy love movie to watch while snuggled up on the sofa which will help you woo your new love interest into a steamy embrace?

Get Irreversable out from the video shop

and let the good times roll...
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 19:20, 2 replies)
Recent films and past loves

Watch a lot of films...a lot! I own over 1000 DVDs and videos and either rent or go to the cinema at least once a week.

The films i have seen recently worth watching are:

1. Be kind rewind (a really good film and really heartwarming)

2. The Spiderwick Chronicals (quite scary at times and I cried at the end)

3. Edward Scissorhands

4. Big Fish

5. Leon

6. Pulp Fiction

7. Fight Club

8. Shaun of the Dead

9. Gladiator

10. Trainspotting

11. Finding Nemo

12. Any film by Tim Burton apart from Planet of the Apes re-imangining
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 19:16, 2 replies)
Requieme for a dream
Another awsoem film with an awsome soundtrack.

My brother borrowed this off me one night, and even though i warned how dpressing and life shocking a film it was, he decided to watch it with his fiance....


needless to day he rang me at about 11:30 and blamed me for the reaosn he wouldnt be getting sex that night.

he did agree it was a good film though.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:34, Reply)
awsome film with an awesome soundtrack
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:32, Reply)
I saw Stranger than fiction the other day
i was pleasantly surprised by its originality.

Will Ferrel is actually very good in it.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:32, Reply)
Go on then, here's my list
Laputa - Castle in the Sky
Just the most wonderful piece of steam punk inspired animation. Hayao Miyazaki's imagination knows no bounds.

Spirited Away
Hayao Miyazaki's again in a beautiful tale of a young girl, set in the spirit world - kind of a Japanese alice in wonderland

Seven Samurai
3 1/2 hours long, black and white, subtitled, and yet gripping and entertaining all the way through - the inspiration for The Magnificent Seven

Sin City
Best and incredibly accurate adaption of the Frank Millar comic books

Blade Runner
We all know this one - it just rocks

One of our Dinosaurs is Missing
Pure fun - reminds me of easter holidays when I was a kid. Peter Ustinov, Bernard Breslaw and loads of others. I don't think a single Chinese person was used in the whole thing!

70s/80s Jackie Chan films
I love this man. Although I may choose to ignore Shanghai knights and a couple of his more recent films though

The Crow
Supremely dark and moody film of supernatural revenge, with one of the best gunfight scenes in any film

The wonderfully sweet relationship between Jene Reno and Natalie Portman makes this film

I'll add some mroe if I can think of any
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:23, 2 replies)
one of the last films i enjoyed
"Die you zombie bastards"

any film with the words "bastards" and "zombie" in the title get my attention everytime.

quite enjoyed "pervert" too.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:07, Reply)
Now is probably...
A good time to shake my fist at God and ask him why the movie adaptation of Catch-22 was so terrible.

On another note...

I think someone mentioned 'The Last of the Mohicans'. Another favourite of mine and another to add to the TOTALLY FUCKING AWESOME CLIMAX list of films that I adore so much:


The Usual Suspects (nuff said)
Copland (brutal use of firearms)
Last of the Mohicans *NEW ENTRY* (loved when the guy at the end took the sword/boomerang to the arm *wince* I was going wild with glee)
Back to the Future (more glee - the doc is ace)
Aliens (Explosion of android-cum - if you've seen it you'll know what I mean)

Probably more that I can't think of. Umm has Ghostbusters been mentioned at all so far?
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 17:05, Reply)
Magic Flickery Box
Not trolling back to see if these have been mentioned, and will ignore the obvious lightsabre and Italian projectionist films, but some fairly obscure favourites are ...

The Paper - 24 hours in the life of a New York tabloid.

Defending Your Life - Alberts Brooks writes, directs and stars in a movie about defending your life in the courtrooms of the afterlife.

Grand Canyon - Laurence Kasdan and his wife write and direct a narrative about some Hollywood locals, a mechanic, a producer, a lawyer and respective families. Worth a watch.

Amores Perros - If you liked Pulp Fiction and wished it had a lot more dog blood, watch this. Get the 5.1 on during the car chase.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 16:32, Reply)
Sequels that are better than the first film
Godfather II of course springs to mind.

As does the Addams Family Values. That said, I'm finding it really hard to think of franchises where the sequels are better than the first film (I'm not including Bond in this btw). Anyone got any others?
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 16:25, 26 replies)
before the matrix...
there was "Johnny Mnemonic" - A film that I really love. Based on a short story by William Gibson called "I can remember for you wholesale", he was originally involved in the production until the first director walked, the suits took over and made a bit of a bodge of it. Having said that, it was perfect cyberpunk when the next most techie movie was The Lawnmower Man. I really, really wish that they made a movie of Neuromancer, but I think that things like the first Matrix might have made it a bit passe. Shame, as the book is fantastic - I could read it once a month.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 16:09, 7 replies)
Kentucky Fried Movie
Newsreader: "The popcorn you're eating has been pissed in - film at 11".

Includes a trailer for the classic film "Catholic High School Girls In Trouble", with a midget dressed as a clown whipping a young lady.

It's funnier than it sounds.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 15:56, 1 reply)
I apologise in advance...
but I find the American Pie films so so so funny!! Don't get me wrong, I think for quality films you can't beat The Shawshank Redemption, Schindlers List, Amelie etc but..... when you are needing a laugh and not wanting to concentrate on plots, multiple characters, reading subtitles you can't beat brain dead immature humour.
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 15:27, 7 replies)
The other day on the interstate
I passed by a truck transporting cattle. The cows seemed quite happy in this enormous trailer, with the warm summer breeze blowing in at them as they munched hay. For them it was a pretty nice ride, I would suppose. And then I noticed it was being towed by a HumVee.

I guess that would make it the best MooVee I've ever seen.

(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 15:26, 2 replies)
Possibly invented.
Some years ago, I did a bit of roadying for the Happy Mondays when they were at the height of their powers. It was all go; food and board laid on, hard work but all the drugs and groupies you could eat.
One which night sticks in my mind was when the boys were playing in LA and Bez didn't seem to want to go on. Recognising that his gurning maraca-playing antics were the best bit of any Mondays show, this was potentially catastrophic. Several people went up to his room to try and talk him down but the word came down the chain: Bez was utterly, utterly fucked out of his tree on something and looking to start a fight. Some snickered that could only improve things, bit it didn't ring true with me so I went up to check it out.
True enough, Bez was up in his room and he'd trashed the place. He was red and sweating and shouting - basically saying that he was tough and he'd fight anything. I could tell instantly that something was wrong and it wasn't what everyone thought.

"Hold up", I said. "Get an ambulance; he's showing the symptoms of Lyme disease."
An ambulance was duly called and he was checked in; diagnostics showed that the flushed sweating and agreesion were indeed the characteristic symptoms of Lyme disease and he was treated.
A few days later Bez came to see me. "Mate", he said. "I reckon you saved me life, like." Before I could react he'd grabbed me and kissed me, hard. "Muh". He went. "Muh muh muh."

And that's the story of my Bez-tough-ill-muhs.

Is that right, or do the crap puns start later in the week?
(, Wed 23 Jul 2008, 15:16, 2 replies)

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