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Aug 18, '16, 6:06pm

10. Zulu (1964)

"The army doesn't like more than one disaster in a day. Looks bad in the newspapers and upsets civilians at their breakfast."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1csr0dxalpI

9. Blade Runner (1982)

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPcZHjKJBnE

8. The Dark Knight (2008)

"Some men just want to watch to watch world burn."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ--jsqJEEE

7. Shut Up and Play the Hits (2012)

"I've never gone to a show, and loved it, without believing something about the people that are doing it."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0-s1XkvWzM

6. Boyhood (2014)

"Everything? What's the point? I mean, I sure as shit don't know. Neither does anybody else, okay? We're all just winging it, you know? The good news is you're feeling stuff. And you've got to hold on to that. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0oX0xiwOv8

5. Citizen Kane (1941)

"They've been making statues for some two thousand years, and I've only been collecting for five. "

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyv19bg0scg

4. Tickled (2016)

A screening at the 2016 True/False Film Festival is noted on the film's IMDB page. I was at said screening. Shit was nuts.

Find a screening near you. This film is the best thing I've seen this year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOBXuCYB4jQ

3. Whiplash (2014)

"There are no two words in the English language more harmful than 'good job'."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7d_jQycdQGo

2. Back to the Future (1985)

"Whoa! Rock and roll."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1i5coU-0_Q

1. Finding Nemo

"All drains lead to the ocean, kid."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZdpNglLbt8

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Top 10 of All Time

Jan 10, '17, 9:55pm

I know this comes up constantly, but I'm always shifting and re-evaluating my list. So, currently, what are your top 10 films of all time.

Mine:
1.) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2.) Her
3.) The Shining
4.) Alien
5.) Blade Runner
6.) Paris, Texas
7.) Persona
8.) Gone Girl
9.) 2001: A Space Odyssey
10.) Pan's Labyrinth

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Jan 10, '17, 10:35pm

Oh boy this is a tough one, there are so many movies I want to put. Of course these are in no actual ranked order.

Looper
Chronicle
John Wick
Interstellar
Run All Night
Godzilla 2013
The Dark Knight
Scott Pilgrim vs The World
Captain America: Civil War
Star Wars The Force Awakens
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 11, '17, 3:54am

Well, mine don't shift all that often, but they sure did a bit recently... by a certain maniac in a bat-suit (not Batfleck, tho).

1) The Empire Strikes Back
2) Lawrence of Arabia
3) Jaws
4) Raiders of The Lost Ark
5) E.T. - The Extraterrestrial
6) Superman II - The Donner Cut
7) Blade Runner
8) Aliens
9) Terminator II
10) The Dark Knight

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 11, '17, 7:12am

1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Persona
3. Jaws
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Seven Samurai
6.. Annie Hall
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Synecdoche, New York
9. Fargo
10. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance

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Jan 11, '17, 8:19am

calmeacham wrote:1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Persona
3. Jaws
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Seven Samurai
6.. Annie Hall
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Synecdoche, New York
9. Fargo
10. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance


Yay Persona! One of the all time greats.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 11, '17, 10:27am

Late 2015 was when I decided to deeply explore the medium, so I'm kinda still a film noobie (saw over 100 films last year, though lol). With that being said, my list is subject to change since I'm still checking out a ton of movies.

1. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2. It's Such A Beautiful Day
3. Chungking Express
4. Chinatown
5. The Big Lebowski
6. Paris, Texas
7. Spirited Away
8. Before Sunrise
9. City Lights
10. Creed

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 11, '17, 11:39am

snakyaaron wrote:
calmeacham wrote:1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Persona
3. Jaws
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Seven Samurai
6.. Annie Hall
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Synecdoche, New York
9. Fargo
10. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance


Yay Persona! One of the all time greats.


Persona is a piece of cinema mastery. I love watching it someone who hasn't seen it before and then talking about "what they thought" of what happened etc.

There are so many Bergman films that could fill up a top 25 for me.

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Jan 11, '17, 12:49pm

Man...I'm not even going to touch this one. There are so many great movies out there that meant a lot to me over the years. Anyway, here's the top four that I listed on my Letterboxd page. I still stick by them.

- Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
- The Dark Knight
- Forest Gump
- The Shawshank Redemption

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Jan 11, '17, 7:01pm

calmeacham wrote:
snakyaaron wrote:
calmeacham wrote:1. Dr. Strangelove
2. Persona
3. Jaws
4. There Will Be Blood
5. Seven Samurai
6.. Annie Hall
7. No Country For Old Men
8. Synecdoche, New York
9. Fargo
10. Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance


Yay Persona! One of the all time greats.


Persona is a piece of cinema mastery. I love watching it someone who hasn't seen it before and then talking about "what they thought" of what happened etc.

There are so many Bergman films that could fill up a top 25 for me.


At the risk of sounding super pretentious, reading a bit of Andre Bazin opens up this movie in ways I was completely oblivious to the first time around. Saw this early last year, liked it but wasn't crazy about it. Read a bunch of Bazin over the year - especially Ontology of the Photographic Image - and it just blew the doors wide open on the film. This is definitely a mind buster.

And, yeah, Bergman is a master.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 12, '17, 12:18pm

snakyaaron wrote:.


At the risk of sounding super pretentious, reading a bit of Andre Bazin opens up this movie in ways I was completely oblivious to the first time around. Saw this early last year, liked it but wasn't crazy about it. Read a bunch of Bazin over the year - especially Ontology of the Photographic Image - and it just blew the doors wide open on the film. This is definitely a mind buster.

And, yeah, Bergman is a master.[/quote]

Nothing pretentious at all about it, it helps us appreciate cinema even more. I am going to sit with my Criterion booklet next time I watch it. I have seen it enough times now that I don't need to read every line. I'll have to do some Bazin reading as well, fresh perspectives are always welcome in my world.

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Jan 12, '17, 2:26pm

01. Armageddon
02. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
03. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
04. La La Land
05. Pulp Fiction
06. The Bourne Identity
07. The Dark Knight
08. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
09. Casino Royale
10. Die Hard
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Movies

Jan 12, '17, 7:32pm

calmeacham wrote:
Nothing pretentious at all about it, it helps us appreciate cinema even more. I am going to sit with my Criterion booklet next time I watch it. I have seen it enough times now that I don't need to read every line. I'll have to do some Bazin reading as well, fresh perspectives are always welcome in my world.


Glad to hear it. He's an absolutely masterful writer. And, it definitely opens up a new way of seeing cinema.

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Jan 12, '17, 11:06pm

10)Gone with the wind
9)Little Women
8)Singing in the rain
7)Odd couple
6)Some like it hot
5)Tropic Thunder
4)Avatar
3)Dead poets society
2)Saving Mr Banks
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May 17, '17, 4:21pm

I was thinking about this the other day and didn't realise there was a thread already, until now.

10. V for Vendetta
9. Place Beyond the Pines
8. Mud
7. Lucky Number Slevin
6. Zodiac
5. Fight Club
4. Inception
3. Blade Runner
2. Interstellar
1. Cloud Atlas

Probably one or two I'm forgetting and it'll change over time but yeah, I like Nolan & Fincher films.

Raging Light wrote:2. Cloud Atlas (2012)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWnAqFyaQ5s


Fuck yes someone else who loves Cloud Atlas!

Never heard anyone else mention it before.
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May 17, '17, 4:43pm

Vane wrote:Fuck yes someone else who loves Cloud Atlas!



Not in my top ten, but it is definitely one of the most underrated moves of the past 10 years (as is Place Beyond the Pines. nice pick there too). I really enjoyed it having read the book before hand. One of the best original scores of all-time too.

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May 17, '17, 7:01pm

GregB wrote:
Vane wrote:Fuck yes someone else who loves Cloud Atlas!



Not in my top ten, but it is definitely one of the most underrated moves of the past 10 years (as is Place Beyond the Pines. nice pick there too). I really enjoyed it having read the book before hand. One of the best original scores of all-time too.


I have heard the book is even better than the film. I'm an absolute sucker for films that are well crafted and leave me thinking about them for a while after the films finished. Bonus points for posing philosophical questions. A few more that could have easily made the list that I love:

Her
Life of Pi
Ex-Machina
Snowpiercer
Shutter Island
Memento
The Prestige
Equilibrium
The Adjustment Bureau
The Road

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Vane wrote:I was thinking about this the other day and didn't realise there was a thread already, until now.

10. V for Vendetta
9. Place Beyond the Pines
8. Mud
7. Lucky Number Slevin
6. Zodiac
5. Fight Club
4. Inception
3. Blade Runner
2. Interstellar
1. Cloud Atlas

Probably one or two I'm forgetting and it'll change over time but yeah, I like Nolan & Fincher films.

Raging Light wrote:2. Cloud Atlas (2012)


Fuck yes someone else who loves Cloud Atlas!

Never heard anyone else mention it before.


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May 18, '17, 12:17pm

I honestly don't like top 10 lists usually. This list isn't in order of what I think is the best, though Star Wars, Leon the Professional, Hellboy and Superman all have special meanings for me. I was raised on Star Wars and the other films are largely about adopted characters. Being adopted I tend to lean into that kind of story pretty heavily

Here are my top 10 favorite films (as of this very moment) in alphabetical order

Fish Story:
This is the perfect "Cause and Effect" movie. A small punk band from Japan releases a mysterious track several years before The Sex Pistols are even a thing. This unknown song, from a failed punk band, will SAVE THE WORLD! No really. This is about how your actions, no matter how small will have giant ripples that will lead to great things. Your art, who you stand up for, your children, all of it... it all matters. This is a movie about how YOU MATTER.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Th-aWq1UNeM

Hellboy II: The Golden Army:
This is a tough one for me because Hellboy means a lot. In 2004 when the original film came out I had just moved out of my parents house for the first time. Literally the month the first film came out I was alone, I felt very isolated even though I had room mates. I didn't feel like we got along at all. I was just too young to be out on my own and without a real job to speak of. But the first film really helped me. Ok I haven't really written anything about Hellboy II here. It's just the better movie. Hellboy is good, but it's got a lot of dog-shit moments. Hellboy II really raises the stakes and has some of the best damn creature design I've ever seen. Also the romance with Abe Sapien is too fucking cute.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMWQEi8vvto

Lawrence of Arabia:
This is a hugely problematic pick for me because it's not politically correct at all. Sir Alec Guinness plays a Arabian prince named Faisal. Yeah Obi-Wan Kenobi playing a middle eastern prince. Hell they got Anthony Quinn to play a middle-easterner too because he was Mexican. Hollywood is fucking crazy. BUT watch this movie. It got me through a lot and my next tattoo will probably be about this film.

T.E. Lawrence is my favorite historical figure and though this film is largely inaccurate, including Peter O'Toole's incredible height (T.E. Lawrence was very short), but it's amazing. You want to see where the large sprawling epic started, go here. Want to see large scale battles with real horses, real planes, real explosions, in the desert, shot in 70mm in the widest format possible.

DO NOT SEE THIS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT HOME UNLESS YOU HAVE AN ENORMOUS SCREEN. I'm not talking about a 65 inch 4k tv even. Go see this movie on film. Like a good lover of cinema. See it in 70mm. it's constantly touring. You can find it once a year. Might be a drive to get there, but if you love film, see it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3tuBFHuYV4

Léon: The Professional:
Here we go... maybe my favorite movie of all time. Leon is an all time iconic character. The look, the performance and the story all culminate an taught, action packed, emotionally heart wrenching picture. Natalie Portman's debut performance is Oscar worthy (not that I really give much of a fuck about the Oscars). I'd say she steals the show, but that's hard to do when Jean Reno is giving the best performance of his career as the quiet hitman, Léon and Gary Oldman is proving the world he's an actor by chewing through the scenery.

If I had to say watch one of these movies TODAY it'd be this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNQqoExfQsg

Lost in Translation:
The film that made me travel to Japan. This movie understands the isolation a westerner goes through when come to Japan. Japan is a very loud and bright place that's also incredibly reserved. Cities are lit up like Vegas but it doesn't have this insane party atmosphere. It can be very jarring seeing a whole world filled with busy people and it's still very quiet. The sound design of Lost in Translation in beautiful for this reason. That also carries over into it's soundtrack. No I don't mean the score, or it's music cues, I mean the literal soundtrack you can buy and listen to. That thing is brilliant because it captures these little musical harmonies that flow through Toyko's streets. Even their crosswalks sing, but nobody talks to each other.

That alone is reason enough for me to recommend it, but there's more. the brilliant performances from Bill Murray and Scarlett Johannson are top notch. You believe their chemistry, you want to see them become friends as these two strangers start colliding together in this obtuse hotel. Murray is able to channel this alternative version of himself, the actor who didn't quite make it, who had a few hits, but is on the decline. Now the comedic power house and icon he is in reality. His sadness is so real, so palpable and he's so desperate for Japan to mean something to his life... it's wondrous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU0oZsqeG_s

Love Exposure:
Despite the inclusion of Lawrence of Arabia this movie has the longest running time on the list at THREE HOURS AND FIFTY SEVEN MINUTES. The opening credits happen 90 minutes into the movie. You heard me right. 90 minutes into the movie and that's when you get the title credits. The previous 90 minutes was all a prologue to what's going to happen next.

I can't explain this movie to you. All I can tell you is that it has EVERYTHING. It tackles every taboo subject in the book, it's hilarious, it's heart breaking, it's insanely violent, it's fast, and it's insane. Four hours will never fly by so fast in your entire life. Religion, sex, cross dressing, incest, cults, violence, voyeurism, up skirt panty shot taking ninjas... These are all in the film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sG13M1YwoVg

Mad Max Fury Road:
Probably the most known recent film on my list. I don't really feel the need to talk about it. You've most likely seen it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEJnMQG9ev8

The Raid 2 Berandal:
Never has there been a film so bad ass as The Raid 2 Berandal. Berandal literally means bad ass. It is the best choreographed action movie ever made. When it comes to hand to hand combat no film has come close to the speed, the furious nature of the fights and the brutal unrelenting violence. I mean true ultra-violence. The Raid was a masterpiece in small, indie, action story telling. If The Raid was a nuclear cinema bomb... the uncontained blast would be The Raid 2.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MG9uFX3uYq4


Star Wars:
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Superman:

And we come to Superman. My literal namesake. In the 1970s when Superman hit theaters, my parents were in France. They had gone there as missionaries. Yeah I know. Who needs to spread the word of God to countries with the written word. It doesn't make much sense but there they were. In France, doing the work of The Lord as a young married couple. They decided to catch a movie (as that was their thing to do) and they chose Truth, Justice and the American Way...

Seeing those fields of Kansas Wheat as a young Clark Kent raced home, kicked a football into atmosphere and eventually saw the death of his father, my parents got homesick. That beautifully staged Richard Donner Americana, this was home. My dad grew up on a ranch in Northern California. My mother grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland. They couldn't be more different. My dad went to college to study animal medicine and play football. My mom was an art major. My dad is incredibly practical and down to earth and my mom loves to paint and sew and be creative. They're just different enough to be perfect halves. They're still together and I love them.

BACK TO SUPERMAN

The film inspired my parents to move back to America, start a family and they eventually named me after Clark Kent, who, like me, is adopted. It means a lot to me. The Kent name is important. Adopted heroes resonate a lot with me. Being adopted is weird. As you get older there's a tendency to see your family less and less as family and more and more as people who took you in. It's a disconnect that happens when you realize the burden you were. When you can finally step back from yourself and see that you weren't easy, you were a hard, long thought out choice. And the life you have, it didn't have to be that way.

Most people can't relate to the idea that your life was 100% going to be different if these two people didn't step up. I'd have been in foster care, or with my teenage birth mom, or raised by another set of adoptive parents entirely. My mom has told me, if I was a girl, I wouldn't have my parents today. I'm literally crying as I write this because adoption means a lot to me.

But that film is the reason I'm as blessed as I am today and that I have the lovely parents that I have today.

Thanks mom & dad.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxD8RlGnP64
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