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It's no Armageddon, but...Movies We've Seen
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Aug 20th 2006 edited

I need to populate my Blockbuster Online account before they start sending me Armageddon and Deuce Bigelow (neither of which is on my list, by the way), and I need some suggestions. I thought it would be interesting to have a place where we could recommend movies to each other (or recommend others to stay away from other movies, depending on what you've seen...). I know we have the Favorite Movies thread, but some movies are good but don't qualify for the Top 5 list. So, what have you seen recently? New in theathers or old on DVD (or VHS...whatever), doesn't matter. What was good, what was bad, what made you cry, what made you say, "That was horrible"?

Last night we watched The Matador on DVD with Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear (they were in the movie, not in my living room :-). I heard it was good, but it was better than I thought it would be. I love movies that combine genuine monents of seriousness with laugh-out-loud comedy, and this did that. They should make t-shirts out of some of the lines that came out of Pierce Brosnan's mouth. It's definitely not a movie suitable for watching with kids in the room (which I didn't, and I'm grateful for that).

And I will totally admit to wanting to see Snakes on a Plane. Snakes are not on my list of phobias, and I am neutral about flying, and it looks like huge campy fun. Win win win.

Aug 20th 2006

If you've never seen Rushmore, Love Actually, or Matchstick Men you must. They are all wonderful in totally different ways.
And here's my list of "worth the watch, but not necessarily in the top 10..."
The Family Stone - I thought I'd given up cheesy romantic comedies but watched this anyway - and it was great. Very good cast, too.
Shopgirl - It's good... not great, but I love Jason Schwartzmann and Claire Danes, so I thought it was definitely worth the watch.
The Squid and The Whale - A little depressing, but well made, and an interesting look at how life sucks sometimes.
Me You and Everyone We Know - An artsy, indie film, about awkward relationships
Garden State - I love Zach Braff. That's probably all I have to say.
My Date with Drew - A documentary about a guy in love with Drew Barrymore. It's a quick, cute watch.

Aug 20th 2006

I Heart Huckabees : Definitely not a movie for everyone, but enjoyably wacky in its own way

The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash : A classic mockumentary of "the Pre-Fab Four", this has Eric Idle, many of the first cast of SNL, and some great, great music. You don't have to be an expert on the Beatles to get the jokes, but it helps with some of them.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid : I had never seen this until the past semester in Film class. Now it's one of my faves and I own the special edition just put out.

That's all I got for now (and I really want to see Talladega Nights)

Aug 20th 2006

I am not even going to pretend to be cerebral about my choice of movies. I may throw a "Legally Blond" at ya so beware... I recently saw and liked: Transamerica (really good, better than I thought it would be), Last Holiday (hey, I love Queen Latifah, plus it was super cute), Just Like Heaven (Reese Witherspoon, pretty good), Jarhead (I think we've all seen this, good!), Lackawanna Blues (HBO movie, won a few Emmys last year, don't know if it is on DVD), King Kong ( I love ridiculous blockbusters and special effects). As you can see, I never get to the real movies much. We are a Netflix household and, as such, everything we see is old. We did manage to wrangle a babysitter so we could see Superman (it wasn't worth the hype). And I am officially admitting I liked High School Musical. My daughter loved the music. Oh yeah, I really want to see Snakes On A Plane.

Aug 20th 2006

I have seen Talladega Nights and Snakes on a Plane. Both were worth it. Talladega Nights had me laughing so hard I was crying, and SoaP was fun to see just because of all the hype. But you have to see them knowing that they're going to be completely ridiculous.

Other movie recommendation I would make other than those already mentioned:

  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • The Life Aquatic
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • A Lot Like Love (actually really good. Don't be scared by the fact that Ashton Kutcher is in it)

Just to name a few.

Aug 21st 2006 edited
"Me and You and Everyone We Know" - Definitely one of the best films I've seen in awhile.
"Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" - Extremely entertaining stuff.
If you haven't seen "V for Vendetta", I'd recommend that one too.
Aug 31st 2006

Just finished watching "Hustle and Flow". Pretty good. Anyone else watch The Oscars when 3 6 Mafia won Best Song for this movie? Priceless. I will now have "It's Hard Out Here For A Pimp" stuck in my head for the remainder of this evening.

Sep 1st 2006

The last movie I saw at the theater was You, Me & Dupree and I liked it a lot. And, a few weeknights ago, I was completely bored and ended up watching Mean Girls in its entirity, on YouTube of all places! I'm not a fan of LL's, but I like Rachel McAdams, never saw it, and was always kind of secretly wanting to. I liked it enough, although it can't touch one of my favorites of all-time, Clueless.

Crash is a movie I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend- it's one of the few films that had me on the edge of my seat at certain times.

Sep 3rd 2006 edited

We just saw Snakes on a Plane. Totally what you think it will be - cheesy, gory, and perfect end-of-summer escapism. Plus, Todd Packer is a pilot on the motherf----n' plane that's infested with the motherf----n' snakes. And he's very Packer-like, too.

Dump Roy - I love Clueless, too. I don't even know how many times I've seen it. And I'm not a Jane Austen fan, either, but I love this modern-day telling. I also liked the book The Jane Austen Book Club, but you don't have to really be an Austen fan to like it.

Sep 3rd 2006

I've got to second a few great choices here. I saw Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid in the theater for my 8th birthday. It's still my favorite movie all-time, and Cloris Leachman's best hooker role.
I'm not a Scrubs fan, but Garden State was a very cool movie to watch and then watch again.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind still blows me away. Not for everyone perhaps, but strip away the maze-like plot and Kate Winslet's Oscar-caliber performance as a complete wackjob and it's a very touching love story.
Obviously if you're on this site, you should see 40 Year Old Virgin, but don't forget Office Space, which in a way is the cinematic bridge between Dilbert and The Office.
Someone mentioned Rachel McAdams, which made me think of the Notebook. I might be the only guy who really liked that movie. But I've got a soft spot for Jim Rockford.
Definitely see Lost in Translation. And if you like it, give Broken Flowers a shot.
And that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

Sep 3rd 2006

I just watched Crash (yeah, and it took me seven months to catch on to the Office, too).

Rent this movie immediately.

When did Matt Dillon become a great actor? I can still hear "Do it for Johnny!" in the back of my head.

Sep 3rd 2006

Someone mentioned Rachel McAdams, which made me think of the Notebook. I might be the only guy who really liked that movie.

You're not. One of my best guy friends owns The Notebook. He'll never hear the end of it.

Oct 19th 2006

Go see The Departed. As soon as possible. You will not regret it.

Oct 19th 2006 edited

The last movie I saw was Beerfest. It's great if you're drunk when you go to the theater. Otherwise, probably not so much.

Oct 19th 2006

My movie list for this coming weekend: Million Dollar Baby, The Lion King, and Weekend at Bernie's.

LOL.

Seriously, it's been ages since I've seen a movie worth anything. Talladega Nights was great just because Katy (Amy Adams) was in it. But overall, is it a classic? Nope.

I need some good reccomendations as well. Yea, Beerfest, not so much, not gonna happen. (all of the sudden I feel the urge to call people sick twisted freaks....nevermind me)

Borat looks hilarious but I'm not sure I could stand movie theater prices or siting for that long on that one.

Man of the Year with Robin Williams. Naaa.

Now, The Departed - I need to go see that I think. dunno. what do you all think?

Oct 19th 2006

This weekend, I'm looking forward to The Prestige and Marie Antoinette. We'll see how they turn out. I'm most excited for Stranger than Ficiton. I just saw the preview, and let's just say I'll be there opening day. If I had to recommend a random classic, it would be Better Off Dead-great show.

Oct 19th 2006

I just saw "Slither." I usually hate scary movies, but I'm easily distracted by humor, so bonus. It was actually extremely funny and I'd totally see it again. I'm considering getting it on DVD...

I liked "Mrs. Henderson Presents." "Mean Girls" was pretty damn great, especially for the genre.

One movie I can never get tired of watching is "Grosse Pointe Blank."

For something classic and not-poppy, see "On the Waterfront." For something amazing and foreign language, see "Red." Mmm. I love that movie.

Oct 19th 2006

I'm really looking forward to the Prestige. I can't believe noone has said Little Miss Sunshine...fabulous movie! I also really enjoyed Thank You For Smoking, which just came out on DVD. And Finding Neverland has become a "New Classic" in my house.

Oct 19th 2006 edited

Some movies I've seen lately via Cinemax:

History of Violence - good but not great, slower than I expected
Jarhead - liked this one a lot, highly recommend
Domino - I liked it, but it's probably not for everyone. Similar to Man on Fire, which is another movie I highly recommend

Oct 19th 2006

My girlfriend and I watch tons of movies, both in the theater and on DVD (like LT, we use Blockbuster Online). I hardly know where to start. For movies still in the theater:
- Little Miss Sunshine (highly recommend, it's probably the best movie I've seen this year, and I'm not just saying that because of the obvious Office ties)
- The Departed (tense, gritty, twist-y... probably would've rivaled L.M.S. as my favorite this year if I hadn't seen the Hong Kong original it was based on, which I'd recommend as a rental as well - it's called Infernal Affairs)
- Half Nelson (Ryan Gosling as a junior high teacher with a drug addiction; bonus points for the soundtrack by Broken Social Scene)

Movies about to come out in the theater: The Prestige, Babel, Borat, Stranger Than Fiction, Casino Royale, Fast Food Nation, For Your Consideration, The Fountain, and probably a host of others I'm not remembering

I could probably list off dozens of movies out on DVD, but I won't. I second many choices from other posters (including Eternal Sunshine and Royal Tenenbaums among others) but I'll give you one that's sort of out of left field: Grave of the Fireflies. It's an amazing animated Japanese movie set in WWII; it's not your typical anime, it's actually quite emotional, and probably the best animated movie I've ever seen, not to mention the most haunting and, dare I say, heartbreaking. Be prepared to cry, though.

Oct 19th 2006 edited

Some good older movies I've seen recently for a Film Genre course:

The Public Enemy, one of the trio of classic gangster films. Cagney is great.

Don't Look Now, good psychological horror film. Not very scary, but you'll definitely feel the tension/anxiety building.

Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick's 4th (?) film. A brilliant and concise film about some "treasonous" French soldiers and the unflinching French war machine of WWI. And the French banned it for like 20 years!

The Awful Truth & Bringing Up Baby , screwball comedies. Brilliant stuff, if you don't laugh (a lot) you have no soul :(.

Oct 19th 2006 edited

i loved dont look now (one of the worst, most useless titles ever). all the stuff you said. the dialogue and interactions had a quiet realism that made that slight sense of unease so much stronger. it’s been quite a while since i saw it but i remember the scene of julie christie travelling past in the boat being so spooky.

that kind of reminds me too of a scene in a movie called body heat where william hurt gets out of his car on the street and this clown, a real clown, drives slowly by in a vintage convertible. he’s totally painted up but with a completely serious, driving to work expression that was really unsettling in the context of that story. i would recommend that movie, btw.

Oct 19th 2006

"Bringing Up Baby" reminds me -- "Adam's Rib" is one of my favorite movies of all time! Deeeelightful.

Oct 20th 2006

I saw The Fountain and Babel at the Chicago International Film Festival Saturda/Monday. Babel is really good, and The Fountain is a masterpiece.

Oct 20th 2006

Holy cow Pan. "Grosse Pointe Blank." - easily on my top movie list of all times.

I couldnt find it but do we have a thread just devoted to favorite movies of all time or is this the proper venue?

Oct 20th 2006

There was some discussion of our all time top 5 favorite movies in the Desert Island game thread. But mostly, yes, this is the place for favorite movies.

Oct 22nd 2006

oops said body double in the post above and it should have been body heat. i hope you didnt netflix it and just keep watching waiting for william hurt.

Oct 22nd 2006 edited

I have a lot of favorites most of them are mentioned already so so these are little different. I'm also in the mood to suggest Asian movies.

Donnie Darko - If you're in a mood for some weird sci-fi CG / American Beauty-esque introspection on one's purpose in life... this one is AWESOME

Infernal Affairs, I know Dr. Krentist mentioned it. It was a really subtle yet intense film. I have yet to see The Departed... I know I know, I definitely will though..

House of Flying Daggers If you're the type that loves beautiful cinematography and an interesting plot involving fighting/chasing/love/honor etc etc... I recommend listening to it in its original mandarin language and read the subtitles, because the english dub-over does take away the emotions.

Tale of Two Sisters All right I saved the best for last... This Korean horror movies is SOO WELLL DONE.... Pretty much the best horror/drama movie I have seen in a long time, definitely tops them all. Not only is it visually scary (though don't expect the obvious CG type of scary in most American films adapted from Asian films, this is more subtle but unexpected), it's also really psychologically complex. A lot of metaphors and parallels that you'll pick up upon multiple viewings.

I know a lot of my suggestions requires the patience of reading subtitles... :) Infernal Affairs subtitles went by a little too fast so it might be harder to follow. Didn't Michael say that the key to success is patience and determination? If you give these movies a try, I would love to hear feedback :)

Oct 22nd 2006

28 Days Later is a great movie. I don't know about anyone else, but the Blockbusters in my area have the picture on the box.

Oct 23rd 2006 edited

Amelie for the JAM fans! It is my all time favorite :) It's really funny and sooo romantic at the same time.

It's in French, so hopfully you are all fine with subtitles. I've watched it so much I don't think I need the subtitles anymore...

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