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    So how about a good movie?

    And not a bad adaptation! List your best... think long and hard!

    One of my favourite films is Spirited Away. I know it's one of the popular anime films, but for a reason I think. I love the Alice in Wonderland feel to the plot and the emotions within this movie go sky high then right back to the ground again. It's such a ride. There's also some great small comedy moments that tickle me. I highly rate many of the Studio Ghibli films, they touch my soul a little like OS does.

    Okay so as I'm on anime, I might as well mention Metropolis. I'm hoping one of you have seen this. The plot is a bit all over the place to be honest, however it's got a great jazzy soundtrack and it's worth watching the whole movie just for the ending scene, thanks to a bit of Ray Charles. I think that ending scene is one of the best scenes in anime I've ever seen. I will watch the 1923 original version of Metropolis soon as it is highly rated by many.

    I'm just gonna list a few now and see what fires I start from you guys. Please bare in mind I have varied taste haha.

    Shawshank Redemption
    Inglourious Basterds
    Pulp Fiction
    Schindler's List
    The Thing
    I Heart Huckabees
    The Pursuit of Happyness
    The Pianist
    Lord of the Rings (but ONLY fully extended versions)
    Monty Python (can't decide which..)
    The Truman Show

    Can't think of anymore right now 8)

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Not a bad list at all, at least by the ones in there I've seen.

    While 'good' is subjective (EVERYONE'S A CRITIC; SHUT UP EBERT), but favourites? I can do this. To me, a movie becomes a 'favourite' when I can watch it repeatedly without getting bored of it. And believe me, I'm not easily entertained by movies so that's saying something.

    My DP might have made this one fairly obvious, but a big favourite of mine is Batman (1989). In my opinion, it's what a Batman movie should be like; while it's 'realistic' (none of that 'Adam West' type nonsense), it doesn't stray from the fact that it's based on a comic book centred around a fairly reclusive billionaire who patrols a crime-ridden city at night, driving around in a massive jet-engined supercar while dressed as a bat* (this is even lampshaded to a degree in the movie by Jack Nicholson's Joker). As such, it's a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and is naturally perfect for a Tim Burton movie (which is no bad thing).

    Then of course there's the sequel; Batman Returns. That was almost as good, but had a bit too much going on for the movie's length. I still recommend it though; there's not one bad performance to be seen in my eyes (Danny DeVito is brilliant).

    Speaking of Jack Nicholson, he's in quite a few of my favourite movies:
    The Shining
    About Schmidt
    One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest
    Chinatown
    (These four alone should shut the 'durr but he always plays the same guy in his movies' brigade up.)

    Other favourites that don't have Jack in(!):
    Pulp Fiction
    The Evil Dead (and the sequels)
    Romero's original 'Living Dead' trilogy (and Tom Savini's 1990 remake of NOTLD, which I prefer over the original... but the remakes of Dawn and Day can go on the shit-pile)
    Akira (probably the first reason why anime found a way into reasonably mainstream Western culture)
    Shadow Of The Vampire

    That's all I can think of for now. There are plenty of others, and I'll list them as I remember.

    (*You reading this, Nolan? Or are you still too busy being praised for having one of your stars drop dead and giving your movie a shit-load of misplaced hype JUST IN TIME FOR RELEASE?)
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Nice list. Some of these films I loved. Spirited Away is undoubtedly my favourite anime film. No-Face is the best. I've seen some other Ghibli films like Laputa, Howl's Moving Castle and Princess Mononoke. They're all great, though I haven't checked out the ones that are more so for a child audience yet. I really enjoyed Escaflowne, so I thought the film of that was great. I quite enjoy the mind**** genre when it comes to films and anime alike, so I like Audition, Ichi the Killer, or the anime films Perfect Blue and Mind Game. Pretty messed up stuff.

    Ah, The Pursuit of Happyness. That I need to watch again. It was quite moving. Pulp Fiction I watched for the first time about a week ago. Very interesting film. The Pianist was with Jet Li, right? I loved that. As for my favourites, hmm. There are so many non-action films I could list that I loved, but my mind is drawing a blank. It really bugs me. So, various films I've enjoyed over the past decade in no particular order...

    • House of Sand and Fog
    • Training Day
    • Man on Fire
    • Total Recall
    • Cloverfield
    • Hero
    • Taxi Driver
    • 24: Redemption
    • Aliens


    Right, I'm leaving it at that for now! It's bugging the hell out of me, lol! Images of different films I've enjoyed are coming to my mind, but not the titles...

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Haha, oh yea Man on Fire. Epic. And I liked Training Day too. Denzel as a bad guy!

    The Pianist doesn't have Jet Li in! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/ I wonder which film you were thinking of Mantis?

    I have to admit Jack Nicholson is legend. My brain believes he actually is just a complete scary psycho man because of his amazing acting now. If I'm reading a horrific Stepehen King, the bad guy character is always Nicholson.

    I did enjoy the recent Batman movies as well though. I didn't think they were amazing but certainly enjoyable.

    Is the 24 movies as good as the series supposed to be? I've not seen either yet.

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Jack Nicholson is amazing. He's clearly more versatile than the idiots would have have you believe; it's because his acting is so believable that the 'unimportant' differences between his charcters are so subtle.

    As for the Nolan-engineered Batman movies, I do like them; I just find them somewhat self-important and they often feel like they're taking themselves too seriously for what they are. Entertaining for sure, but way overrated. Although Christian Bale is the most hilarious Batman ever.

    But seriously, that shouty throat-disease voice? Riiiiight...
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Aw poor Bale. He's a bit of a softy in my eyes.

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katey
    The Pianist doesn't have Jet Li in! http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253474/ I wonder which film you were thinking of Mantis?
    Oh, wow. I don't know how I made that mistake. :S But looking at that IMDB page, come to think of it I have heard a bit about that film. With further research it seems this is the film I was thinking of.

    Quote Originally Posted by Katey
    Is the 24 movies as good as the series supposed to be? I've not seen either yet.
    Heh, anyone who knows me knows I'm a massive 24 fanboy. The film is very good in my opinion, though not everyone agrees. It could have been better though. You really ought to watch season one of 24. You'll thank me later. [bias]Best series ever.[/bias]

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    He's not a bad actor, but for some reason his 'Batman Voice' is just awful.

    Apparently it's the soundmen playing havoc with the recordings in order to make him sound menacing, but it just doesn't seem to work for me. He sounds terminally ill.
    "It turned out that the ghost was just Mr. Finley, who ran the amusement park. The spooky part is that, as soon as the ghost appeared, the teenagers' dog began to speak! And it spoke in a tortured parody of human speech: 'relp me, Raggy,' it would say. 'I am an abomination and rould re rilled. Rill re, Raggy.'"

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Oh I like Unleashed haha. Good stuff. I know 24 is good, just try to avoid getting hooked on series when Uni term time

    I agree with you Baron.

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    RE: So how about a good movie?

    Avatar and the Dark Knight were good. I also liked Wag the Dog and Gremlins too.
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