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x Unread post xJess   - at 12:52 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x Jess Think long and hard about this one since you can choose only one. If you post one and then post any more afterwards, the last one will automatically override all previous ones.

When this thread dies down (lets give it six months from today) then maybe we'll have a poll, compile the list and I'll publish an article on the top 10.

To help get your favourite movie to the top of the list, feel free to explain why you liked it so much.

I know we've done a "favourite movies" thread but this is more scientific. wink
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Edited by Jess on September 1‚ 2004 at 11:53 am
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x Unread post xJess   - at 1:04 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x Jess For reference, here are some previous threads on the subject:

what is your favourite film - mongoose

FAVORITE MOVIES - smila

movies i must see - ste-van-nee

collections - ste-van-nee

What do you define as a cult movie classic? - audioheaven
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x Unread post xJess   - at 1:10 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x Jess oh and considering this is the "Internet" and we have people from all over the world here, of course "foreign" films count. As do documentaries.

But short films shouldn't count and if there's a multipart series, pick the best of those.

Animation also counts of course.

But maybe not re-packaged, made for TV series like Aeon Flux, Sex in the City, Sopranos or The Simpsons seasons. That's just not really fair.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 2:07 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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Rarely has a film made such an impression on me. The drive, the animation, the soul, the music, the mood, the pace, the idea. Everything compliments each other so perfectly. Full review to come when I buy the DVD.
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 4:24 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x AudioHeaven This is gonna take some real thought......
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x Unread post xJess   - at 4:32 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x Jess my suggestion would be to make a list and then give points for pros & cons for each. You could even "weigh" the points by saying, 5 point pro for being heart warming but 1 point con for being too sickly sweet. Or something like that. I would be interesting to see how people come up with their decisions..

I'm such a geek it hurts.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 4:33 pm on Wednesday September 1‚ 2004 x
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x Universal Sea we're going to have a movie site not too long from now where people can submit movies and their comments on them.
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x Unread post xcountrygirl   - at 7:28 am on Thursday September 2‚ 2004 x
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x countrygirl Since i saw it many years ago has been 'Dazed an Confused' has been my favourite movie.
Sountrack and script are suberb along with early performances from Ben Affleck and Mathew Mconoughy(sp) who went on to become leading men in Hollywood, as well as a few other b list actors like Parker Posey, Jason London and Adam Goldberg.
The setting for the film is fantastic and the costumes are spot on throughout.

And no i'm not a stoner, but i still think this story around the final day of school if a whole load of fun.
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x Unread post xJzohn   - at 10:01 pm on Thursday September 2‚ 2004 x
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x Jzohn "The Trapp", starring Oliver Reid. Its a late 60's or early 70's film.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 9:06 am on Monday September 6‚ 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Years ago, I would have said Terry Gilliams 'Brazil', mainly because it had such an emotional impact on me when I first saw it. It contains everything I have grown to love about my choices in music, cinema and fiction - some very dark, complicated content and highly disjointed humour. It was the first film I saw where dreams and reality merge and tear each other down. It has a kind of whimsical, romantic edge, underpinned by Michael Kamen's wonderfully overblown score, and seemed to communicate with me very directly when I saw it in about 1988 or so. The incredibly bleak ending stayed with me for weeks.

However, I'm not choosing that - having watched it a million times, and I have watched it to death. So I am choosing another movie that never ever fails to disappoint me, despite the fact that I have seen it as many if not more times.

I choose...
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 9:21 am on Monday September 6‚ 2004 x
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I struggle to think of a movie where every single sequence gives me such pleasure, both visually and conceptually. Not only is it highly disturbing, but it is one of the few films I've seen where the minimal action and incredibly slow pace work perfectly.

It's the only film I've seen where I felt like I was stepping out of the normal relationship between the screen and the viewer, and felt completely immersed in the atmosphere of 'Otherness'.

I appreciate that many people are bored silly by this film...all I can say is I'm glad I'm not one of them.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 9:26 am on Monday September 6‚ 2004 x
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Posted by universal sea:

Rarely has a film made such an impression on me. The drive, the animation, the soul, the music, the mood, the pace, the idea. Everything compliments each other so perfectly. Full review to come when I buy the DVD.


It's definitely the best animeated film I've ever seen. It's so flawless you almost don't notice it's happeneing. It's so fucked up as an idea, yet it has a completely universal appeal....
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x Unread post xObijazz   - at 7:48 am on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Obijazz I'm going to try and watch as many films that people choose as their favourites as I can. I've not seen any of the current selection....never even heard of them! I'll then write my own critique.....probably be in the vein "....what the....?"

As for my own favourite, I'm going to avoid saying excalibur as I think I've seen films that I've enjoyed more and should really consider the choices in a lot more depth.

Needless to say it'll be a film that made me cry

And one that you've all heard of
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:19 am on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo Seemed quite stilted and overblown for John Boorman, and I remember loving that movie when I was a nipper. Nicol Williamson was still very entertaining though...

Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha

http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Olympus/2060/charmofmaking.html
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x Unread post xObijazz   - at 8:25 am on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Obijazz I was (many many years ago) going to have the charm of making tattooed around my belly button...

It's only recently that I found the correct spelling and meaning (empire magazine, couple of months ago)

But yeah, the more I watch it nowadays, the more I see what's wrong with it. I just want to remember how it used to make me feel so I'm not going to watch it anymore.

Nicol Williamson made the film in my opinion
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 8:37 am on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo There's always something cleverer than yourself....
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x Unread post xObijazz   - at 8:44 am on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Obijazz Oh yes
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 1:20 pm on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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Posted by Obijazz:

It's only recently that I found the correct spelling and meaning (empire magazine, couple of months ago)




Whats the correct meaning then? You never told me.
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 6:00 pm on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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It looks very much like an attempt at Old Irish. (One wonders where Boorman got it.) Following is the best I can do at reconstructing reasonable Old Irish from it. I have normalized to Modern Irish orthography to indicate lenition.

In Old Irish
Anál nathrach, orth' bháis's bethad, do chél dénmha

In Modern Irish:
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh

In English: Serpent's breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making

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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 6:01 pm on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo If something is to be caused to happen or prevented then the Charm of Making is intoned three times (this charm invokes the Powers of
Fire and Air).
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x Unread post xBilly_Tascademo   - at 6:02 pm on Tuesday September 7‚ 2004 x
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x Billy_Tascademo SPOOOOKYYYY!!!
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 1:42 pm on Saturday September 11‚ 2004 x
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x AudioHeaven Hmmmmmm.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 4:58 pm on Tuesday September 28‚ 2004 x
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x Jess Holy hijacked thread, Batman!

Ok I think I have it narrowed down to 3:

Star Wars
Ghost in the Shell
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The Matrix

Maybe I'll explain later (when I decide on one), they're not very original but they're all close to my heart.
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 6:51 am on Wednesday September 29‚ 2004 x
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x AudioHeaven I really can't choose.

I always said my fav film of all time is Aliens, but there are others that have affected me more, and therefore been closer to my heart - as Jess puts it.
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 8:20 pm on Wednesday September 29‚ 2004 x
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x Marc How about 'Angel at My Table' ?

That strikes me as a Jess kind of movie... Much more so than 'Aliens' but then, maybe it's a projection kind of thing...

I see a quiet thoughtful sort of chick... but inside she's a screaming murderous monster....

Makes sense in a chilling sort of way...

"Kill me..."
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x Unread post xJess   - at 10:39 pm on Wednesday September 29‚ 2004 x
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x Jess Yes I think I've seen that movie. Unfortunately it didn't make enough of an impact to remember it too well; other than I think it was endearing, albeit lonely.

But that was so accurate it was terrifying.

*goes into hiding*
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x Unread post xZoe   - at 6:53 pm on Thursday September 30‚ 2004 x
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x Zoe The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. which is really classed as 3 films but i cant decide which i like best...
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 12:12 am on Tuesday October 5‚ 2004 x
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x Marc Oooo. Lord of the Rings ?

No.

Please.

I wanted all the elves or whatever to die in the first 5 mins of the first movie.
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x Unread post xUniversal Sea   - at 9:18 am on Tuesday October 5‚ 2004 x
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x Universal Sea I wanted the hobbits to die at the end.
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x Unread post xJess   - at 9:22 am on Tuesday October 5‚ 2004 x
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x Jess stupid hobbitses..
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x Unread post xAudioHeaven   - at 12:04 pm on Monday October 11‚ 2004 x
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x AudioHeaven Right at the very end when they all turned up in Frodo's bedroom and laughed like idiots I did.
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x Unread post xbosstard   - at 2:33 pm on Monday January 10‚ 2005 x
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x bosstard Seeing as I like a good laugh when watching a film (although this isn't a necessity, I thought Seven wasd a superb film!), my nomination has to go to The Life Of Brian, total comic genius
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 1:10 pm on Thursday January 20‚ 2005 x
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x Marc Another nomination:

Polar Express in 3D.

The film itself is middling, but the experience in 3D will make you feel like you've never seen a movie in your life.
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it never ceases to stun me


><)))º>
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x Unread post xJess   - at 9:27 am on Wednesday March 2‚ 2005 x
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x Jess I still haven't seen that. (bits & pieces maybe..) Maybe we'll get it for the next green party.
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Posted by Billy_Tascademo:

Years ago, I would have said Terry Gilliams 'Brazil',


I agree

Offically: "Brazil" is my favorite flick
Unoffically: "Down Periscope" w/ Kelsey Grammer.

I know...it's trash.....please don't throw garbage at me....

I just do love it so. It's an underdog story. Being Canadian, I relate.
And we get to see Frasier say "Fuck" and talk about his tatooed dick. that makes the film.

-jef
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x Unread post xMarc   - at 5:17 pm on Wednesday April 20‚ 2005 x
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x Marc You are sooooo 1f
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x Unread post xJess   - at 5:25 pm on Wednesday April 20‚ 2005 x
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x Jess I think I've given up on this survey.

Brazil is a great film though.

But I still think my favourite is the Matrix.
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Posted by Marc:

You are sooooo 1f


I know
in fairness, it is in the name, so no apologies

I have both on DVD, so aren't I spoiled rotten?

as it turns out, getting Down Periscope was much harder to find
(but clearly not impossible)
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x Unread post xbalancing act   - at 9:17 am on Friday April 22‚ 2005 x
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Posted by Jess:

Think long and hard about this one since you can choose only one. If you post one and then post any more afterwards, the last one will automatically override all previous ones.

When this thread dies down (lets give it six months from today) then maybe we'll have a poll, compile the list and I'll publish an article on the top 10.

To help get your favourite movie to the top of the list, feel free to explain why you liked it so much.

I know we've done a "favourite movies" thread but this is more scientific. wink

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x balancing act Vertical Ray of the Sun. It is a foreign film perhaps set in Hanoi. This film is totally eye candy. Each scene is saturated with color. Sexual tension is threaded in and out through almost each scene.
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