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08-07-2003, 11:20 AM
My favs, in no particular order:

The Commitments
The Third Man
The Maltese Falcon
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Bridget Jones' Diaries (okay, I do watch chick movies sometimes)
Sixth Sense
African Queen
Key Largo
Robin Hood, (Errol Flynn)
Captain Blood
Dirty Dozen
The Sting
Miracle on 34th Street
Johnny Sticchino (sorry for the spelling), in subtitles

Keith Russell
08-07-2003, 11:47 AM
Blade Runner

The Last Emperor

The Company of Wolves

Stand By Me

Dead Poe's Society

Dead Ringers

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring


The Princess Bride

Strange Days

sue ellen
08-07-2003, 12:16 PM
The Verdict
The Man Who Would be King
The Shawshank Redemption
To Kill a Mockingbird
Roman Holiday
Monty Python The Meaning of Life
Ordinary People
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Out of Africa
The Royal Tenenbaums
It Happened One Night
Waiting for Guffman

08-07-2003, 12:20 PM
Oh, yes, the Man Who Would Be King...love it, love it, love it.

I knew I missed some of my favorites...

sue ellen
08-07-2003, 12:43 PM
The Man Who Would Be King ...just might be my favorite of all time.... of course it would have to be right next to To Kill a Mockingbird :)

08-07-2003, 01:28 PM
Pride & Prejudice (Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle version)
The Tall Guy
O Brother Where Art Thou?
Strictly Ballroom
Princess Bride
the Shining
Wizard of Oz
Singing in the Rain
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
Bridget Jones' Diary
The English Patient
Boogie Nights

there are probably a million more I've forgotten...

08-07-2003, 03:06 PM
Out of Africa
Roman Holiday
Star Wars
The Empire Strikes Back
My Best Friend's Wedding
The Sound of Music
The Ballad of a Soldier
City Lights
Modern Times
The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly
McKenna's Gold
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Oklahoma !
As good as it gets
The Mummy
The Great Escape
Empire of the Sun
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
The Private Life of Henry VIII
Anne of the Thousand Days
The Last Emperor
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Romeo and Juliet
Doctor Zhivago
To have and have not
The Thomas Crown Affair
West Side Story
Fiddler on the roof
The Pink Panther
The Black Stallion
Picnic at Hanging Rock
Goodbye, Mr. Chips
How Green was my Valley
Notorious (almost all movies by Hitchcock)
(Also by Spike Lee)
Lonesome Dove
The Magnificent Seven

Well, SO many of them.

Maysun :)

Keith Russell
08-07-2003, 03:28 PM
Maysun, which Romeo and Juliet?

The Zepherelli, or the Baz Luhrman version?


08-07-2003, 04:14 PM
The Luhrman version - haven't seen the Zepherelli version yet ( heard it's VERY good though, great Renaissance atmosphere), nor the Cukor version with Norma Shearer and Leslie Howard.

Also The Thomas Crown Affair is the 1999 McTiernan version, not the 1968 Norman Jewison version.


BTW, you know of any good movies/books about the Medicis ?

sue ellen
08-07-2003, 04:45 PM
BTW, you know of any good movies/books about the Medicis ?

I have not watched it in a few years but doesn't The Agony and the Ecstasy deal with Michelangelo's relationship with them..as well as his painting of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.

Keith Russell
08-07-2003, 05:34 PM
Maysun, I like both versions of The Thomas Crown Affair, but I agree, I prefer the newer version with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo.


Stoy Jones
08-07-2003, 08:40 PM
It is quite interesting to read what others likes are!

Now, movies.Two films stand out in my mind. Three Caballeros and Fantasia. They may not be considered "movies", but they have had a tremendous influence on my creative side. I watch them whenever I'm blocked or depressed and they get the old creative engine going again everytime.


08-07-2003, 09:18 PM
Yeah, Fantasia.

08-07-2003, 09:19 PM
ahhh, so many movies, so little time.

Fight Club is my absolute favorite, hands down. followed by (in no particular order)

American Pie 1 and 2 (heres hoping on 3)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Seven Samurai

A League of Their Own

Muppet Treasure Island

Disney's Aladdin

South Park:Bigger, Longer and Uncut

Erin Brockovich

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

Star Wars Trilogy (4, 5, 6--the Prequel sucks MAJORLY; Lucas is too focused on special effects and not enough on the storyline)




Princess Bride

Lord of the Rings, 1 and 2

Robin Hood:Prince of Theives

Twelve Monkeys

A Beautiful Mind

Hmmm thats all I can think of....there are others, I'm sure of it.


Elven Prince
08-08-2003, 01:11 AM
Heehee I knew this would be here sooner or later!:D

Ok *hew* deep breath....... Here goes.........

Lord of the Rings: 1 and 2 and Most Probably 3
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Wizard of Oz
X-men 1&2
A Walk to Remember
Wedding Palnner
Mary Poppins
Singin in the Rain
Sound of Music
Pearl Harbor
All Muppet stuff (except their recent stuff)
All the disney animated classics
Nightmare before Chistmas
Tuck Everlasting
cats (musical)
Kate and Leopold

I know their are more...My mind drew a blank! LOL
(Ok I admit, Im a sucker for musicals, chick flix, and fantasy:D )

08-08-2003, 01:34 AM
Hmmm...I know I'm going to forget a few, but here goes:

Lord of the Rings (1&2)
Slapshot (the original w/Paul Newman)
Roman Holiday
Maltese Falcon
just about every Hitchcock movie
Best In Show
African Queen
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
This Is Spinal Tap
The Rutles
Monty Python's Life of Brian
Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
and, natch, Monty Python and the Holy Grail
LA Confidential
just about every movie that Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart or Gregory Peck have been in...
Monsters, Inc.
Fight Club
Dog Day Afternoon
Stage Door

Well, my list is far from complete...

Ron van den Boogaard
08-08-2003, 07:42 AM
Sexy Beast
Dr. Strangelove
Monthy Python and the Holy Grail
the French Connection
Short Cuts
Pret a Porter
Purple Rain
the year of living dangereously
Oh brother where are thou
The Big Lebowski
The Shining

08-08-2003, 12:16 PM
My list(no particular order):

Lord of the Rings

The Great Escape

Some Like it Hot

The Others

Rear Window


Moulin Rouge

And that's all I can think of right now

08-08-2003, 01:33 PM
The Wizard of Oz
The Black Stallion
The Sound of Music
Miracle on 34th Street
All Hitchcock
It's a Wonderful Life
The Great Escape
Fiddler on the roof
All Pink Panther
How Green was my Valley
The Sound of Music
O Brother Where Art Thou
Waiting for Guffman
Best In Show
Smoke Signals
Drop Dead Gorgeous

plus a bunch I can't think of right now
-Carrie Stuart Parks

08-08-2003, 03:33 PM
Well, I see a LOT of movies (I have an annual cinema pass). But very very few would be on my 'favourite' list - meaning that if they came on TV unexpectedly I would still watch them transfixed. :)

Star Wars (original trilogy)
Empire of the Sun
Doctor Zhivago
Little Women (original)

Borderline choices would be: (these are the ones that tend to change over time)
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (It's sooo dumb! But I cry from laughing I have to admit. By myself. *sigh*)

That's about it actually. Tomorrow I might do a double bill if it's still hot out! (acrylics dry too fast in a 3rd floor studio in 90 degree heat) I'm thinking of 'Goodbye Lenin' and 'Veronica Guerin'. Or maybe 'Spykids 3D' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean'. Guess it depends on my mood. ;) Though the very idea of carboard 3D glasses is very tempting...


Keith Russell
08-08-2003, 04:40 PM
Spielberg's Empire of the Sun...not bad.

But have you seen John Boorman's Hope and Glory?

(imo, much better.)


08-08-2003, 06:16 PM
The Gods Must be Crazy :) :) :)
Something Wicked this way Comes - a Ray Bradbury movie
The Never Ending Story
Ghost Busters
Polly Anna
The Wizard of Oz
The African Queen
McKenna's Gold
Empire of the Sun
Gone with the Wind
Lawrence of Arabia
The Last Emperor
The Thomas Crown Affair
West Side Story
Fiddler on the roof

one memoriable one - The Boys from Brazil
and more older ones

08-08-2003, 06:42 PM
Dr. Zhivago
Romeo & Juliet (Zefferelli version)
Chariots of Fire
Queen Christina
Dark Victory
Lion in Winter
Philadelphia Story
Unbearable Lightness of Being
Benny and Joon
In-Laws (original)
Casey's Shadow
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
Das Boot
Que He Hecho Para Merecer Esto

[edit] I forgot The Red Violin!

When Antonio Banderas came to America, his films went downhill :(

08-09-2003, 06:34 AM
Oh, I forgot about Das Boot! Yes, add that. Have the director's cut on video but haven't had the 4 hours to sit and watch it yet. :)

Hope and Glory... I'll go look for that Keith!


08-10-2003, 09:41 AM
Oh, Das Boot! Great, great movie.

08-10-2003, 11:31 AM
Yes, 'The Year of Living Dangerously' - really liked that movie.

I think John Malkovich was outstanding in 'The Empire of the Sun' - also in Dangerous Liaisons , The Killing Fields, and Mary Reilly.

And 'Hope and Glory' - that's a wonderful movie - saw it twice - you know the scene, Keith, where the torpedoed fish come all floating on the surface - and the last scene where their school is bombed and the boy yells, "Thank you, Adolf !" - quite hilarious !

Another war movie I saw a long time back was 'War and Love' - or was it 'Love and War' - a bit confused there - but it was a real life story about two young Jewish people growing up in Warsaw - about life before the Nazis and after - the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising - this girl and boy take part in it and get caught and separated and sent to concentration camps - somehow they both survive - the boy, after he recovers, is looking for his girlfriend - one day, as he is walking on a hill near his sanitorium, he sees her walking on the road below - unfortunately her experience has been a lot more horrendous and a week or so later she dies - the boy (the director of the movie) came to the US after this and by coincidence found his mother again in New York as she was getting off a train and he was getting on.

I'm not good at retelling this, but it was a really good movie.

Also a movie on Simon Wiesanthal, starring Ben Kingsley, that was good too.


And HOW did I forget 'The Gods must be crazy' - saw all parts - just wonderful !:) :)

And early Hong Kong movies of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat - also the Shaolin Temple series.

And 'The Doors', starring Val Kilmer.

08-10-2003, 01:48 PM
Rented Hope and Glory last night... quite good, but didn't even come close to Empire of the Sun for me. Sorry! :) But it's fun seeing things other people recommend. (and it only cost me 1.50 because it was on the 'old stuff' floor of the video shop, heehee) I've decided The Deerhunter and Blackhawk Down are next. I seem to be in a weird war movie mood. Any other suggestions welcome! I'm very into the cinematography - the composition and colour of shots, layers of visual and sound. Weird, same as paintings actually.

Oh, and I need to add 'Time Bandits' to my list. :D

Maysun - you might like 'Life is Beautiful' from a few years ago. Can't remember the actor/director's name but I'm pretty sure he won an oscar for it. (and rightly so!)


08-10-2003, 02:41 PM
the remains of the day
i like the book better though

08-10-2003, 02:57 PM
Hi, Tina, since you're into cinematography, I suggest Spike Lee's 'Do the Right Thing'. I saw it sometime back and found it quite painterly. Just loved it.


Keith Russell
08-10-2003, 03:27 PM
Life is Beautiful, directed by and starring Roberto Benigni.

1998, won Academy Award for Best Actor, Best Foreign Film, and Best Original Score.


08-10-2003, 04:09 PM
Schindler's List.


Keith Russell
08-10-2003, 06:55 PM
Maysun, Schindler's List is an extremely powerful, intense film, no doubt.

But, I could not watch it often. (In fact, I've only seen it once, and I'm not sure when I could watch it again.)

While filming it, Spielberg phoned Robin Williams often after completing a day's work, to be cheered up enough to continue filming the following day.


08-11-2003, 12:07 AM
Only Black and White Movie too since 'The Apartment' to win an Oscar.

A very disturbing movie, I agree, but everyone should watch it atleast once.


08-11-2003, 08:14 AM
Old The Days of Wine and Roses; new Laurel Canyon

Keith Russell
08-11-2003, 09:39 AM
Maysun said, of Schindler's List:
"A very disturbing movie, I agree, but everyone should watch it at least once."



08-11-2003, 10:59 AM
I love movies... there are just too many favorites to mention even a small portion. Here are a couple that I've watched again recently.

Boondock Saints - Not for the faint of heart. Lots of violence, lots of profanity, but one of the best of the relatively recent films I've seen. So... how does one properly live one's faith? These guys have a pretty radical answer. Is the indifference of good men more to be condemned than the actions of evil men? When good men take up arms do they cease to be good men? Good questions... good film.

Inserts - Also not for the faint of heart - Rated X. This mid 1970s film stars Richard Dreyfuss as a washed up Hollywood film director from the days of the silent movies. Known only as "the Boy Wonder"... "He's got a swell six picture contract... workin' steady... workin' every day... ... ... and he don't even have to leave his house!" Depressed, angry, impotent, alcoholic, and agoraphobic, the Boy Wonder is making "artsy" porno films with an ex-starlet turned heroin addict and waitress played by Veronica Cartwright, and an idiotic funeral director who wants to be in the "real movies." The producer is a Chicago style mob figure named Big Mac, played beautifully by Bob Hoskins. Jessica Harper also stars as Miss Cake, a "silly little girl" who briefly manages to break through the boy wonder's armor. The film is hard to find - I don't think Dreyfuss wants to admit that it ever existed - but it's a great look at Hollywood Babylon, and an interesting take on what fame and success can do to a person. The only review I've ever seen of the film listed it as pornography "ruined by pretentious and "windbaggish" performances." I disagree.

I suppose my favorite film of all time is still Billy Budd, although I haven't seen it in years. For my money, the greatest line ever spoken in a movie... ... ... "We are not talking about Justice, we are talking about the law!"

Keith Russell
08-11-2003, 11:05 AM
sg, excellent. (Three movies I haven't yet seen, given good reviews by someone whose opinions I respect. This is a great day. The search is on...)

Out of curiousity, did you see Gangs of New York?


08-12-2003, 07:50 PM
Originally posted by Keith Russell
Out of curiousity, did you see Gangs of New York?

Not yet... I was thinking about seeing it... but life happened.

08-13-2003, 08:54 AM
i have enjoyed

shawshank redemption
good will hunting
chasing amy
thomas crown affair - new
hunt for red october
usual suspects

08-13-2003, 05:13 PM
I thought Gangs of New York was brilliant. Yes it had it's flaws of course (why the heck was Cameron Diaz in the movie? I love her, but the part was just a plot device.) It had me crying in the cinema bathroom for about 20 minutes afterwards I was so upset. Mind you, the timing of the movie with the fact that I'd been struggling with my own American identity because of current events probably had something to do with it. It's certainly a movie with a lot to say.

Wondering if anyone would recommend 'The Purple Rose of Cairo'? Just asking because I saw it in the charity shop today for 2 and it looks like an early Woody Allen movie? He's not usually my cup of tea but it did actually look like fun viewing.


08-13-2003, 06:14 PM
Oh I forgot:

Interview with a Vampire

Tom Cruise was terrible but Brad Pitt was so Gothic as Louis the vampire.

Keith Russell
08-13-2003, 07:27 PM
Purple Rose of Cairo is actually one of the (very) few Woody Allen movies I have enjoyed.


08-13-2003, 11:41 PM
The Purple Rose of Cairo was not bad... but my favorite Woody Allen movies were Manhattan, Interiors, and The Front.

Manhattan was (IMO) the best of his Annie Hall period.

Interiors is a bit of a shock. It's not a comedy, and Woody Allen isn't in it. I don't even know how to describe it. Three adult sisters, an insane mother, and the father who divorces her in hopes of finding a little happiness in the few years he has left. When he marries a woman who is just not up to the intellectual standards demanded by the daughters... well.... it's a difficult movie to watch... There is certainly no fun in this disfunctional family. Do not watch it if you're feeling at all suicidal.

But the one Woody Allen movie that I would say is not to be missed is The Front. Mostly written by and starring people who were blackballed during the McCarthy era, it's the story of a bookie (played by Allen) who pretends to be a television script writer. Of course, he is merely fronting for real writers who can't work because they've been blackballed for supposed ties to the communist party. Eventually he is called before HUAC himself. It is a comedy - sort of... There is one absolutely terrifying scene where Zero Mostel is pleading not to be blackballed. Absolutely chilling. If you can find it... see it.

08-14-2003, 01:19 PM
A few of my favorites in no particular order (posted quickly before I end up with 300! LOL):

The Company of Wolves
Enemy of the State
Out of Africa
The Evil Dead
The Wizard of Oz
Pleasantville (!!!!)
American Beauty
Lord of the Rings (1&2)
Blood Simple
Like Water For Chocolate
Il Postino

08-14-2003, 01:54 PM
Dances With Wolves
Lonesome Dove
A River Runs Through It
Trains Planes and Automobiles
Sophie's Choice
To Kill a Mockingbird

08-14-2003, 02:11 PM
Originally posted by sgtaylor

Interiors is a bit of a shock. It's not a comedy, and Woody Allen isn't in it. I don't even know how to describe it. Three adult sisters, an insane mother, and the father who divorces her in hopes of finding a little happiness in the few years he has left. When he marries a woman who is just not up to the intellectual standards demanded by the daughters... well.... it's a difficult movie to watch... There is certainly no fun in this disfunctional family. Do not watch it if you're feeling at all suicidal.

My acting teacher raved about Geraldine Page in this film, sarge. She played the insane mother. Another film, Trip to Bountiful, he rated even higher. Have you seen that one? She carved a niche for playing really eccentric characters. I still want to see Pope of Greenwich Village.

08-14-2003, 04:02 PM
The Pope of Greenwich Village is one of my favorite books. I was really disappointed in the movie, especially Eric Roberts. But it might have been that I love the book so much.

I also enjoyed Family Business, with Sean Connery, Dustin Hoffman and Matthew Broderick. Based on another book by the "Pope" author. Not a fabulous movie, but fun.

08-22-2003, 10:36 AM
Cinema Paradiso - oh I love it! I love it! This guy reviews his life as he grows up in a small town in Italy, having the little cinema theater in his town as his magical place, and his love for cinema - I have goosebumps just to remember one of the final scenes, which I will not describe so that I won't spoil the experience for those who are still to watch it.

Frida - I watched it last week and I was impressed with the quality of this movie. Great photography, great everything. Has to be in my list. Go watch it if you can. It's about the life of the mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

Last Year At Marienbad - filmed in 1961, this Nouveau Roman movie was my favorite when I was in college. I bet my son (or even my sister, which is only 14 years younger than me) wouldn't stand 15 minutes of this movie. But it was a mark in my esthetic formation - if I can say I had such thing! :)

And there are so many others great, inspiring movies that were already mentioned :)

08-22-2003, 10:47 AM
I have a new movie to add, The Metropolis.

08-22-2003, 10:50 AM
I saw the second Harry Potter movie last night. I was pleasantly surprised although I still find the movies go from one adventure to the other without any real character development. But I saw in one of the cast interviews that none of the kids are very experienced actors; that could make a difference.

But hands down my favorite character was Moaning Myrtle. She was more interesting than the live characters. I have to admire the cheek of JK Rowling of hiding the entrance to the secret chamber in the girls bathroom. And isnt it surprising that Harry and Ron go in the girls bathroom all the time and never see a girl in there? LOL

08-22-2003, 10:50 AM
Fritz Lang's Metropolis? That was great, too, and a stepstone.

08-22-2003, 10:53 AM
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!

08-22-2003, 10:59 AM
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory!
The Oumpa Loumpas scare me...

08-22-2003, 03:07 PM
re: Harry Potter movies. My friend and I were discussing this the other day. The problem we have with the movies vs. the books is that the movies are, I suppose, too geared toward small children. In the books there is a real edge to Harry's character that develops more and gets sharper (and more dangerous) with every successive book.

In the movies, we don't really get to see that edge, that attitude, the utter confusion and complete frustration and anger over how much of his life has been withheld from him. Hopefully, the new directors will develop that more, because really it's the most important bit of information as to Harry's motives for much of what he does.

re: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" I read yesterday that Tim Burton is doing a remake of it that will be more "true" to Roald Dahl's book than the original (which I actually did like, even though it seemed a little too "cute"). Right now, they're talking about Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka, which I think would be a fabulous choice as he really has developed into a great character actor. Ah, here's the story (http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=794&ncid=799&e=5&u=/eo/20030820/en_movies_eo/12351) I read about it...

Actually...I'd love to see Tim Burton direct the Harry Potter movies for Harry's older teen years (from book 4 on...).

08-22-2003, 03:19 PM
Coooool! Johnny Depp is great and really sexy! ;)

Yep, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was "cute", but then, I was just a kid so it was perfect!