could very well be one of my favorites.
OT- Movie talk
I've posted this before, and I'll post it again.
HeavyWeights. Nothing else comes close.
are a genius, and years ahead of your time...well played
Sam was my neighbor for 2 years. Nice guy. The camera didn't add 10 pounds though.
Ha! Are you talkin about Salami Sam? For anyone who hasn't been Perkisized then you should check this out.
That'd be the one!
don't put twinkies on your pizza
Note, this is part one out of ten.
Incredible Mr. Limpet
i found something so much better...well the first rule is, im not supposed to talk about it...and the second rule is, im not supposed to talk about it...and the third rule is...
lol i love your post and the graph...i hought it was funny...but actually my post was a quote from the movie because it thought it fit
Slapshot. Still love Paul MF Newman.
"Dave's a killer
Dave's a mess."
Well done. One of my favorite lines from one of my favorite movies.
My all time favorite scene is when Newman's heckling the goalie:
"Hey Hanrahan - Susan sucks p**sy!!...She's a lesbian, a lesbian!"
This discussion should start and end with ROAD HOUSE.
I'm not sure if I can help the OP out if he puts down a Godfather 1 or 2 and promotes anything by Spike Lee.
... in his defense, 25th hour is a very good film. You're right that his position on the first two Godfather films is indefensible. Even by today's standards, Godfather 3 is a quality film.
That being said, it's not my favorite trilogy. "Infernal Affairs" is my favorite; the Godfather might even be tied with "Back to the Future."
Hardball...I still get teary eyed when Baby G dies
WOAH! SPOILER ALERT!!
is "In the Loop." British political comedy mocking the run-up to the Iraq War that came out last year. Vulgar and funny as all hell.
You sure you're working as hard as I am, 'cause I'm sweating spinal fluid here!
I'll give you this...best movie with subtitles ever. Lil Z is oned F**ked up kid.
2. Leon (aka The Professional)
3. The Thing (Carpenter, 1982)
4. 28 Days Later
5. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade*
1. Michael Mann
2. John Carpenter
3. Alfred Hitchcock
4. Luc Besson
5. Sergio Leone
Honorable Mention: William Friedkin
1-100. Evil Dead
John Williams is inhuman
I write film reviews for the Daily...today I turned in an editorial about Kathryn Bigelow and the history of female directors. Keep your eyes peeled for it!
*I am happy to concede that Raiders is a better film. However! Some of you might remember long ago when LucasArts actually made awesome computer games, specifically those belonging to the "graphic adventure" genre. In 1989, LucasArts released a graphic adventure adaptation of Last Crusade for MS-DOS. In 1991, my family purchased this computer game for our 1987 Compaq Presario, which my mother still uses (!!!) for word processing.
Those of you who are familiar with the graphic adventure will remember that the games were heavily text-based; of course, the cutscene dialogue was written at the top of the screen, but more importantly, and more interactively, the bottom third of the screen was a list of commands and items that you used to maneuver through the game. "Look at," "Use," "Walk to," "Talk to," etc. It was Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: The Graphic Adventure which taught me how to read. No Hop on Pop, no Fox in Socks. Indiana Jones. The first sentence I ever read on my own was "I know who you are, Mr. Donovan." Hence, the Last Crusade entry in the trilogy holds a powerful and lasting place in my heart.
In the world of text based adventure games, Indiana Jones can never measure up to MONKEY ISLAND! (Only the first two games in the series)
What the heck! You don't like Curse?
I didn't like the change in animation style and stopping the text based action. There is just something romantic about making Guybrush use giant q-tip on monkey head and then crawling into the giant monkey's open mouth...
Fair enough. I played Curse first, and I'm a big Full Throttle fan, so the click-and-hold interface didn't faze me as much. But the older-style (Pick Up orichalcum) Fate of Atlantis is the greatest graphic adventure in my humble epinion.
There are several classic John Carpenter movies. The Thing is an underrated horror flick with excellent effects, especially if you consider the time it was made. Big Trouble in Little China is a classic. Finally, Escape from New York is awesome. What do they all have in common - directed by Carpenter, music by Carpenter, starring Kurt Russell.
on Michael Mann. That guy is very underrated. Watched the Insider yesterday. He builds tension like no other, also evident in Heat.
I think Sam Mendez may be proving to be the best around right now. Revolutionary Road, while certainly not a feel good movie, was borderline profound. Better than American Bueaty in my opinion.
As to the Godfather and my original post, they are great movies, no doubt, I just think that their reputation has made them seem like a better watch than they actually are. IMO, Goodfellas may actually be better than both GF 1 and 2.
And Peanut Butter cups are still delicious after all these years.
Parts I and II of "The Godfather" are awesome. Yeah, they're a bit outdated, but that's like saying Reese's Peanut Butter Cups aren't any good because you've been eating them all your life and what's the big deal.
Marlon Brando. James Caan. Al Pacino. Robert Duvall. Diane Keaton. Abe Vigoda.
If you don't like those films, you just don't like movies.
Pacino's reaction in Godfather 2 when he learns about Kay's abortion is arguably the greatest piece of acting of all time.
I agree wholeheartedly.
I dislike Nick Cage as an actor. He seems so weird in all the movies. I only like National Treasure and Next. But even then I only liked the storyline for Next.
He has no emotion... Sad Cage = Happy Cage
Cage is fucking horrible haha.
I can't stand his acting skills, but typically his movies are very entertaining. I'm not sure how that works, but it does for the most part. Take Face Off for instance. Cage + Travolta = acting duo from Hell, but damnit I LOVE that movie.
John Woo in his only really good U.S. film
That was classic. I've watched that movie and never really paid attention to how badly he acted in it.
It's like Cage plays himself in every movie he's in. I used to think the same thing about Kevin Costner.
Being pretty much the standard-bearer BH (Before Hangover).
From now on, though, all movie talk begins and ends with Hangover (with a wink and a nod to Anchorman sans the too long bear scene at the end).
A very intimate personal favorite, though, a very close #3 is Sideways.
oh god no...after hearing everyone rant and rave about the hangover i finally watched it and it is not funny at all...the only reason i didnt stop watching was because it actually made a decent mystery movie
of all time is still Gladiator with Russell Crowe. I am so pumped for the new Robin Hood that he is doing with the Gladiator director. I haven't been this excited about a movie in years! I am also a much bigger Scarface fan than The God Father movies.
Are you kidding? "Scarface" has Stephen Bauer, the #2 worst actor of all-time. #1 on the list is the guy who plays Dexter's dad.
What is your source? None of those guys are on the "Most Razzied" list.
Are you talking about the original Scarface (black and white and set in Chicago)? It's way better than the Pacino version. IME, neither compares to the Godfather I and II though
Pacino version, the ultimate gangster movie in my eyes. I like the God Father but it is too drawn out at times. I like Casino, Goodfellas, and American Gangster all better than The Godfather
"the Gladiator director"
Do you mean Ridley Muthafucking Scott?
with all due respect to the OP, Godfather 1&2 are the best films I've seen. [in the spirit of full disclosure: took twofilm classes at Michigan and wrote a 10 or 12 page paper on a scene from GF 2 (where Vito Corleone-- DeNiro-- knocks off Fanucci).]
incidentally (and to the OP's credit in re 25th Hour) part of one of those film classes was mandatory attendance to Spike Lee as he spoke at the University following the release of 'School Daze'. He's a brilliant director.
we've got vaults of awesome films in the usa.
I speak almost entirely in 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' quotes. At least on good days.
I don't want Fop, goddammit
Watch your language, young feller, this is a public market.
imma Daper Dan man!
Aside from the classics that everyone likes, my favorite movie is probably 28 Days Later. The indie feel and music in the movie was just great. It actually had a storyline other than hot 20-somethings get chased around and dismembered.
28 Weeks Later was ok. It really lost the indie feel that I liked about 28 Days. The ending was pure gold though.
Do you think Warren likes 28 Days Later?
I love the Lion King with a furious, obsessive, passion.
Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. I have a big awesome poster for that movie. So excellent.
Letters from Iwo Jima. Best war film of all time and it's not even a discussion. Makes Saving Private Ryan look hokey in my opinion. Maybe the best movie Eastwood's ever been affiliated with (definitely his best directing).
the mind. Respect to you, but IMO that is a seriously flawed statement.
In saving private Ryan I don't think the object was for people to leave the film thinking "What a great movie, that was awesome!".
The intent of that movie was to let people have an idea what the war was really about, and what it was like to be there.
I saw both movies and when I left saving private Ryan I felt as though I had a glimpse into what guys like my grandfathers (who both fought overseas) experienced at that time. I gave me some empathy for the soldiers and familes of those men and women who fought and died in those wars. Never, at any point, did I think "This is an awesome movie" and I don't think the directors intended for people to have that reaction.
In comparing the two, I think Saving Private Ryan wins hands down as I believe it achieved what it set out do during its production, which wasn't to be "an awesome movie", but to give people some insight as to the actual events during the war without making it look glamourous.
Kudos to Big Boutros on the Heat mention. Cops and robbers with Pacino chasing De Niro and intense drama throughout. It has to be my favorite movie of all-time.
Michael Mann just makes great movies, The Insider, Collateral, I even thought Miami Vice was pretty badass.
Now this may make me a huge nerd, but #2 on the list has to be Donnie Darko. Incredible movie.
All the classics are listed on here are great so I decided to take a different route. There are some movies out there that are so ridiculous and bad, they just kick ass. One of those, and my favorite one is Big Trouble in Little China. Jack Burton and the Pork Chop Express. It is so bad, yet it just really kicks ass.
Big Trouble in Little China is as good as it gets. "It's like I told my last wife...honey I never drive faster then I can see. Besides that, it's all in the reflexes."
When some wild-eyed, eight-foot-tall maniac grabs your neck, taps the back of your favorite head up against the barroom wall, and he looks you crooked in the eye and he asks you if ya paid your dues, you just stare that big sucker right back in the eye, and you remember what ol' Jack Burton always says at a time like that: "Have ya paid your dues, Jack?" "Yessir, the check is in the mail
also would like to add Phantasm, movie scared me shitless when i was a kid
another favorite is Cannibal! The Musical. Trey Parker and Matt Stone in college before South Park
The movie in 2009 that I thought was amazing was District 9. I know it wasn't a movie that no one saw, but I didn't feel like people talked about it enough as one of the best movies of the year.
It is nominated for Best Picture, so it's hard to say it's underappreciated. It has zero chance of winning though, that's pretty much between Avatar and the Hurt Locker. I know people have been trashing Avatar's script, but one of these 2 movies will most likely win it. I guess anything can happen with 10 nominees, though
Blackula, Casino, There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Snatch, and Time Bandits. These are my top 6 of all time, and yes, in order.
You can't talk about great movies without mentioning Seven. The movie loses a little bit though after you see it once, and realize the ending. Nothing beats Brad Pitt's special delivery in the oh my god they went there category. The Sixth Sense is right up there too for me.
Big Lebowski....that is all that needs to be said
Can't believe this hasn't been mentioned yet, but The Usual Suspects is my favorite movie... Kevin Spacey's performance is amazing, the last 5-10 minutes of this film are just epic.
Spacey did one hell of a job in American Beauty as well. Apparently, all of his movies are made to have epic endings.
Especially K-PAX and Fred Claus.
K-PAX has my favorite instrumental song from a movie ever. Besides that it was utterly awful.
"The greates trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist......". Awesome movie, I agree!
As far as serious movies go I would have to say these would be some of my favorites:
Glory- Denzel, Broderick, and Freeman are all awesome in this.
Tombstone- Something Val Kilmer was actually good in.
Crash- Maybe the best ensemble cast movie ever. Great plot too.
Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind- Jim Carrey's best work in my opinion. Show's a lot of versatility in this movie.
Miracle-It's hard to choreograph hockey and get someone who can do a great Herb Brooks, but the folks at Disney pulled it off.
If I am just kind of joking though I say Monster Squad.
Val Kilmer's good in anything.
Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, The Sandlot, Sleepers, I really enjoyed Big Fish, V for Vendetta, The Princess bride and last but not least...The Devil Wears Nada.
In Big Fish did you notice that when ewan mcgregor's character was leaving town to talk to the giant the marching band behind him was playing The Victors?
The scene between Hopper and Walken was an incredible scene... But many great scenes in that flick...Val Kilmer as Elvis...
not the running back, but kevin smith movies like clerks, mallrats, chasing amy are all great. well besides jesery girl, that bomb. i might be showing my age a bit, but can watch these films over and over.
Also a big kevin smith fan... Mallrats and Jay & Silent Bob strike back are by far my favorites of his work...absolutely hilarious... he also did a real respectable job as an actor in Die Hard 4, even though it was a speaking role
as a movie, no Jay and Silent Bob isn't awesome... but seeing all the characters from previous movies and how much fun they had to have making it, and all the old inside jokes? It's amazing (assuming you've seen all the other Kevin Smith movies)
Lock Stock & Two smoking Barrels,Snatch, and Things To Do In Denver When your Dead were all great movies.
but based on the previous two movies you mentioned (which I LOVE), I will definitely have to look it.
airplane! is one of the greatest movies of all time
Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. Brilliant.
1) Casablanca - the best movie ever made, imo
2) American Beauty - personal favorite
3) Pulp Fiction - cliche, I know, but whenever I begin to think maybe it's just the "cool" choice to include, I watch it again and it never disappoints
4) Trainspotting - early Danny Boyle, still his best
5) Donnie Darko - saw this when I was 15, it totally changed my perspective on what a movie could be/achieve
6) The Best of Youth - my most immersive experience in a movie theater, it's an epic 6 hour Italian movie about 2 brothers spanning 4 decades, it was an unforgettable experience
7) Godfather Pt II - better than the first, imo, but I did get to see this one in theaters, could be the difference
how Weekend at Bernie's didn't get mentioned until comment 97 is unforgivable. shame, mgobloggers, shame.
That's because we were too busy debating whether Weekend at Bernie's 1 or 2 was the greater film masterpiece.
Do yourselves a favor and watch the "Disco Godfather," an offspring of the Dolomite series. Pure awesomeness.
Don't be a menace to south central while drinking juice in the hood
In no order,
Requiem for a Dream
Boondock Saints I and II
Hoop Dreams(best documentary movies of all time IMO)
City of God
and many more. That's just off the topof my head.
I am not saying in any regard that the Godfathers are not great, classic movies. My commentary of them is on a very high level, kind of like discussing Lebron James, of course he is phenomenal, that is a given, but upon scrutiny...
Godfather 1, while the superior of the three IMO, seems to suffer from poor pacing, and jumps in the plot that are not supported by the on-screen events. Michael's character in the beginning of the movie simply did not have the qualities that could lead to his character at the end of the movie. Could he have changed and possibly developed more of the qualities necessary to run the family business, sure, but his transformation, at least from the events that transpired on screen, did not support a transformation into essentially a narcissictic sociopath, just did not add up.
As for 2, I actually thought that the jumping back and forth between present day and Vito's early days was a little distracting. The flashbacks, IMO, were better served as kind of a prequel, a seperate film altogether perhaps. And I did not think that Michael's character ended up all that compelling. Just a lot of "scary" blank stares and self-important silences. I really think that his character lacked many of the dynamics that made Vito's character so compelling. Perhaps that is the point, as he had essentially driven the family into the ground by movies end.
Anyway, of course they are great movies, just not beyind reproach.
My top 10:
1. The Big Lebowski
2. Godfather 1 & 2
4. Back to the Future
5. Lord of the Rings: Two Towers
8. Empire Strikes Back
10. The Roaring Twenties
What Dreams May Come
Any Given Sunday
too many to list
First of all, 25th Hour is amazing. I moved to NYC in the same period that the movie is set, and that movie is everything my New York was.
The Lives of Others
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Run Lola Run
28 Days Later
Dawn of the Dead (both versions)
Shaun of the Dead
As a side note, I am dying to see The Crazies this weekend.
just saw showgirls on hbo. I was dying to see it when it was in the theaters and I was an 8th grader, but dude that has got to be the worst movie ever. spectacularly bad