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What are some REAL good movies?

Asked by adri027 (1415points) November 10th, 2008 from iPhone

I’m talking about those scary, trippy, funny, touching, moving, dramatic, action packed movies no bull shit it’s not that easy for me to be REALLY interested in a movie so good stuff please : ) provide details..maybe

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buster's avatar

Suicide Kings. “Give me the busket!” “Give me the fucking busket!”

asmonet's avatar

Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas

I couldn’t give you enough details to explain it without copy pasting the script.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Im pretty sure that fits into all of your categories.

<shakes fist at asmonet>

queenzboulevard's avatar

No Country for Old Men, Traffic, The Dark Knight, Leaving Las Vegas, Training Day

asmonet's avatar

<sticks out tongue>

aanuszek1's avatar

The Godfather
Back to the Future
Monty Python
Star Wars
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Indiana Jones
The Blues Brothers my personal favorite
Rear Window
Just to name a few…

trumi's avatar

My favorite movies. Don’t know which of your categories they fit into.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Garden State, Shaun of the Dead, The Royal Tenenbaums, Fight Club, The Godfather 1 and 2, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Saved, Oceans 11, Donnie Darko, Goonies, Malcom X, Casablanca, It’s A Wonderful Life, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

paradesgoby's avatar

The Science of Sleep & Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, definitely A+++ movies

johnnyknoxville08's avatar

There Will Be Blood, The Departed, Clockwork Orange, Annie Hall, Green Street Hooligans, Cool Hand Luke, It’s A Wonderful Life just off the top of my head—if i had to recommend one, i’d say Cool Hand Luke

Theotherkid's avatar

One of my favorite action movies is the new Iron Man movie.
But not as good as the Dark Knight. :-)

ArchaicLion's avatar

Fight Club, The Boondock Saints, Lord of War, Blood Diamond, The Aviator, Dreamcatcher, V for Vendetta

DrasticDreamer's avatar

I have a lot of favorite movies, but some of my favorite movies that aren’t too typical are:

Little Miss Sunshine – This movie was nothing like I thought it was going to be. It was very funny and extremely touching.

Igby Goes Down – Not a lot of people I’ve encountered have seen or even heard of this movie, but I love it. Awesome, dark, sarcastic humor. I actually think I’m going to watch it tonight, now. :)

And I agree with ArchaicLion – V for Vendetta was awesome. I didn’t want to watch it at all because the previews did nothing for me. They made it seem far more mainstream and normal than it actually was. My sister forced me to watch it and I’m very glad she did. Wonderful movie.

adri027's avatar

the dark knight was too dope
I’ve been wanting to watch fear and lothing in las vegas I’ve been lagging it I actually wanted to read the book same for fight did I know someone was going to mention star wars lol
Johnnyknoxville-I’ve been telling myself to watch those movies thanks for reminding me
Trumi-I♥ferris buellers day off and a wonderful life makes me cry : (
Some good movies on my end are: city of god, requiem for a dream ←everybody needs to watch this) drop dead fred, the doors and that’s all I can think of at the moment

adri027's avatar

Abeaver: blow is one of my favorites…you fackkenn faggoot haha

seVen's avatar
check all movies ratings

A_Beaverhausen's avatar

so gimmie some looove homie, i could watch that movie all day err day.

adri027's avatar

fasho ma nig I feeel you

SuperMouse's avatar

The Godfather Part 2, Ordinary People, Peggy Sue Got Married, East of Eden, The Defiant Ones, A Patch of Blue, Birdy.

shadowfelldown's avatar

here are my suggestions. I have left out some of the ones that were already mentioned, (batman begins, there will be blood, old country etc.) and I have chosen to give you some of the more obscure/ forgotten gems.
in no particular order:
Apocalypse now – the king of the trippy/scary/action movies IMO. “the horror… the horror!”
Oldboy – crazy Japanese psychodrama. this one will blow your mind… no joke… it is a masterpiece.
The Machinist – real neat psychological thriller with an amazing acting job done by christian bale.
Memento – ask anyone who has seen this movie and they will more than likely tell you that it is amazing… unless they forgot about it (bad joke… for those of us that have seen the movie.)
battle royale – awesome Japanese movie that is satisfying on so many levels. Think Japanese high school students… stranded on an island… with guns.
citizen Kane – cant very well leave this one out.
city of men – holds the record for the longest completely continuous action shot.
a clockwork orange – you’ll never be able to listen to Beethoven’s 9th the same way again.
Donnie Darko – giant evil bunny rabbit… need I say more
Dr. Strangelove – oh man, Peter Sellers is spectacular.this is an amazing film.
Hard Candy – two words: male castration. three more: amazing fucking movie.
the Host – gotta love it when a big monster movie is done right.
The Machine Girl – Ok… so this movie is not very deep… but there IS copious amounts of blood, a flying guillotine AND a deadly drill bra IN ONE MOVIE.
Nosferatu – an oldie but a goodie, this is THE original Dracula. The guy who plays Dracula in this movie is so convincing that it isn’t hard to believe that he could actually be a vampire… or just really creepy.
Pan’s labyrinth – NOT a child’s fairy tale.
requiem for a dream – warning: this movie can really fuck your head up…
Pi – like requiem… but with numbers instead of drugs.
fear and loathing – yadda yadda yadda… great movie. see it.
trainspotting – dead baby crawling on the ceiling.
the jacket – just a bit creepy.
Primer – probably one of the most complex films I have ever seen, its about time travel… so it figures
waking life – a little bit slow on action, (its like a two hour lecture on meta psychological theory) but heavy on concept and awesomeness.
Sin city – PRETTY!
Teeth – Vagina dentata.
Eraserhead – alright, I admit this one pushes the scale precariously close to the “just so weird it’s bad” category, but don’t try to watch this movie seriously… it is more of a “what the fuck??” piece.

There are others… but hopefully something in the above list will suit your fancy

adri027's avatar

Shadow: I’ve seen donnie darko so many times and I feel like I still don’t get it
I mentioned requiem and yes it is amazing…I had started watching pi but I fell asleep but thank you for the suggestions I’m going to have to look into them they all suit my fancy so far :)

shadowfelldown's avatar

@ adri – oops… I totally missed that second post you made. But man is requiem one mindfuck of a movie. I still have flashes of that arm scene when I am giving blood. shudder

peedub's avatar

El Topo (or anything by Alejandro Jodorowsky)
Branded to Kill (or anything by S. Suzuki)
Persona (or most others by Ingmar Bergman)
Juliet of the Spirits (or definitely anything by Fellini)

…to start with a few

Sloane2024's avatar

Radio, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Kick the Bucket, The Pink Panther, Red Eye, I Am Legend, Into the Wild, Hairspray, The Day After Tomorrow, The Village, A Beautiful Mind, The Lady in the Water, The Devil Wears Prada, The Reaping, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Sixth Sense, Signs, Cellular, The Hitcher, Napolean Dynamite, Flight Plan, The DaVinci Code, Man on Fire, The Perfect Stranger, The Guardian, Meet the Titans, Hoosiers, 50 First Dates, Spanglish, No Reservations, A Christmas Story, Christmas With the Kranks, The Shreks, The Exorcism of Emily Rose..

adri027's avatar

@peedub: I haven’t seen el topo well that I remember haha but I do own the holy mountain.

peedub's avatar

Holy Mountain is nuts!

Jreemy's avatar

Iron Man, Return of the Jedi, Bladerunner, Donnie Darko

dalepetrie's avatar

@asmonet – Fear and Loathing is fantastic….one of the few movies to do justice to the book. Particularly loved the bathtub scene (with the grapefruit and the radio…kills me every time). But I’m going to give my top 25 movies of all time:

25 – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
24 – 21 Grams
23 – The Big Lebowski
22 – The Sixth Sense
21 – Fargo
20 – Sin City
19 – Mystic River
18 – There Will Be Blood
17 – Crash
16 – Big Fish
15 – L.A. Confidential
14 – The Prestige
13 – Little Miss Sunshine
12 – Donnie Darko
11 – Fight Club
10 – Stand By Me
9 – Memento
8 – The Dark Knight
7 – American Beauty
6 – A Clockwork Orange
5 – Requiem for a Dream
4 – The Silence of the Lambs
3 – Amores Perros
2 – Pulp Fiction
1 – Magnolia

The common element amongst most of these is large, sweeping stories, non-linear storytelling, massive casts, movies about the journey as much as, if not more than the destination, strong acting, directing AND storytelling, and films that just make you think for days on end afterwards. They are beautiful examples of what films should be in my opinion.

dalepetrie's avatar

As for details, look them up, but I’m more than happy to explain why I liked a particular movie, just didn’t have time to do that for 25 of them…just feel free to ask if you’re curious.

ctimm15's avatar

@jreemy iron man was awesome and i think the next hulk movie is going to be iron man 2

El_Cadejo's avatar

@ctimm15 that would be pretty cool, hulkbuster and all.

ctimm15's avatar

and if its anything like a cartoon of hulk when iron-man and hulk had too join teems to defeat a enemy then this will be awesome

adri027's avatar

dalepetrie→25,24,23 and 21 please.

El_Cadejo's avatar

@ctimm15 itd be a great set up for the avengers movie as well.

augustlan's avatar

I’m going to second (or third) some in my list, but here are some of my faves:
Pulp Fiction
12 Angry Men (original)
To Kill a Mockingbird
Carlito’s Way
At Close Range (early Sean Penn and Christopher Walken)

galileogirl's avatar

See your definition of a good movie is like identifying a Stephen King novel as a good book or a Big Mac as a good meal-tenporarily satisfying but with no real sustenance. Empty calories with nothing to improve the mind or the soul and without nuance, always the same old same old. Wouldn’t a better and more interesting definition of “best” be movies that add something to your understanding of the human condition

augustlan's avatar

@Galileogirl: 1) I happen to think Stephen King is an excellent writer, and very much under-rated. 2) Sometimes, a great movie is just great entertainment. Balance, in all things, should be taken into consideration.

galileogirl's avatar

He is a good read, a thrill without experiencing any personal danger but hardly an author for the ages. I read a lot of authors who are fun too but most of them are for pure entertainment. The great authors though are those that help you think and grow and become better human beings. Contrast Carrie and The Diary of Anne Frank.

shadling21's avatar

@galileo- Yo. “Best” is subjective. Whatever works, works, for whatever reason. One can savour a Big Mac as though it was a fine meal, just as one can scoff down a fancy dinner in a jiffy. Enjoy whatever it is that gives you satisfaction.

If you really want to define what you consider good/bad cinema, read aesthetics and film theory.

shadowfelldown's avatar

@ galileo – Phrases like “growth” and “better human being” are very ambiguous and subjective to the individual. If what you were intending was to be vague, then I agree… Mostly because that is how the word “best” should be left: undefined and vague. Unfortunately I suspect that you are using these terms to define an exclusive set of films that would qualify to recieve the label “best”. If the latter is the case then I would submit to you that doing so is attmpting to force your opinion upon others.
The only real indicator of “worth” or “value” of a particular book/film/whatever is the interaction between the viewer and the media, so there there is no way that any external party can make any sort of meaningful value judgment of such subjective relationships..
By even implying that steven king is NOT and excellent writer, or that McDonalds is NOT a good meal you are creating exclusions from the possible set of things that can be classified as “best” and entering your personal beliefs into the definition. The same is true with your comparison of Anne Frank and Carrie. There is no empirical property that would make the diary of anne frank ANY different from Carrie. both are books, both were turned into movies… from the most basic standpoint they are equivalent. Your perception of anne frank as greater than carrie (in any way) is an opinion, and you are totally intitled to it… but it should be recognised and stated as such.
Now, I too think that some movies are better than others. I also know that these opinions, and even my personal definition of “better” are completely my own. If I wish to express my opinion through the submission of examples, that is my prerogative. But to do anything further; to expect others to conform their tastes to my opinions… Well that’s just narcissism.

galileogirl's avatar

Shad 1 & 2, cool your jets. I questioned the definition of good in the question. As usual experience trumps all. I did not denigrate popular culture, I just voiced the idea that it will not bear the test of times and just because something is popular does not mean it is good…witness the prom queen.

Bluefreedom's avatar

Remember the Titans
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Running On Empty
Saving Private Ryan
The Abyss
And the Band Played On
Ghosts of Mississippi
The Green Mile
The Insider
The Last Emperor
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Mississippi Burning
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Shawshank Redemption
To Live & Die in L.A.
Young Frankenstein
Vision Quest
Schindler’s List
The Untouchables
Memphis Belle
The Outsiders
The Hunt for Red October
Gardens of Stone
The Endless Summer
A Time to Kill

dalepetrie's avatar

I’ve seen the request to give details on those 4 picks, I’ll get back to you.

dalepetrie's avatar

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – This movie makes my list because it is well written, well acted, beautiful and surreal. It takes what could be a mindless chick flick (which I would define as a touching, but generally overly simplistic and overly idealized romantic story which is devoid of any true character or originality that women who are not discriminating filmgoers tend to eat up in much the same was as undiscriminating male filmgoers tend to eat up action packed, but generally overly simplistic and overly stylized thrill a minute stories that are devoid of any true character or originality), and turns it into a thought provoking and compelling work of art which explores the depths of emotion and memory.

Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet are the two romantic leads in this story about a love gone bad. So bad in fact that Winslet has chosen to erase all memory of their days spent together, a fate so painful that Carey makes the same choice. We’re led through a labyrinthine tale of their love story as we see the bits and pieces disappear from the fabric of Carrey’s memory, one piece at a time, which leads him to realize and appreciate what has truly been lost, but tragically to not remember the lesson he has learned, leaving them both to start over, and (hopefully) not repeat their mistakes.

I liked the story here, it was written by Charlie Kaufman, who did a couple other films I absolutely loved…Being John Malkovich and Adaptation. It’s not just the story itself, but the way the story unfolds…non linear storytelling is in my view one of the most interesting ways to tell a story because when it unfolds in bits and pieces from different times, we see things from different perspectives…we gain knowledge beforehand that colors our perception, which we could not achieve in a front to back type presentation.

The set design is also brilliant, the movie is positively beautiful, and it attains sort of a dreamlike quality in its use of colors, shadows and hues, which fits with the theme of a memory that evanesces and slips right between your fingers. The story has emotional peaks and valleys and gives you a real sense of empathy for the characters, you feel why they would have fallen for each other and you can see why things ended the way they did and you agonize over the decisions the same way they must have. In summary the movie is beautiful to look at, compelling from start to finish and leaves you feeling like you don’t exactly know what hit you, just that it was truly powerful and moving.

21 Grams – This is a gritty, raw movie that is essentially about the interconnectedness of 3 characters played by Sean Penn, Benicio Del Toro and Naomi Watts and we see the interplay of human interaction and emotion. We see loss and grief, joy, pain, fear, redemption, all on a grand scale, interwoven into a story about fate, coincidence and choices. It’s the kind of movie that just grabs you and won’t let you go and makes you again feel what the characters are going through (attributable to strong acting performances by all 3 leads).

Here’s another example of a film told in a non-linear fashion, where the director takes various plot lines and themes and interweaves them in a manner to build a greater awareness of the big picture. This film was directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
And written by Guillermo Arriaga, who also teamed up on the Spanish language film Amores Perros, which is much higher on my list, and like that previous film, it is the story of lives intersecting at various points, and how those intersections bring about great changes.

Again, a powerhouse of the film that just leaves you flush with a jumble of conflicting emotions, unresolved questions and a sense that you’ve just had a powerful experience that transcends merely watching a movie.

The Big Lebowski – Like most Coen Brothers movies (O Brother where Art Thou, Fargo, Blood Simple, The Hudsucker Proxy, Raising Arizona, etc.), this movie is about a regular Joe being thrust into a situation that would be over just about anyone’s head, and involves dozens of twists and turns and stories within stories. Here’s an example of where the story itself unfolds in a linear fashion, but the back-story is picked up in pieces. This is one of those films with a large, sprawling cast of characters (Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Sam Elliot, Phillip Seymore Hoffman, John Turturo, and Tara Reid all star).

Your main characters don’t come any more down to earth than the pot smoking, habitually unemployed, CCR loving bowler (Lebowski/Bridges). What sets this film apart is its dark sense of humor, and its well defined and completely off the wall cast of characters. Each person has his/her own agenda and the one who ends up sorting the whole mess out is the completely unmotivated Lebowski who essentially just bumbles through this extraordinary turn of events and doesn’t let anything phase him.

The movie is wrought with both spine tingling action and gut busting humor throughout. You are sure to find at least one character who reminds you of someone you know which adds an interesting element of familiarity to the film. It’s simply put one of the most unique films I’ve ever seen.

Fargo – Another Coen Brothers movie, starring your typical cast of Coen Brothers’ movie characters (Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, & William H. Macy). What’s really interesting is this is a film noir type movie, but set in the backdrop of Minnesota of all places. Macy is a used car salesman who is about to have an embezzlement scheme he cooked up out of necessity, blow up in his face. He turns to his father in law who could solve everything rather quickly if he weren’t quite so hands-on about how he invested his money. It leads Macy to hire Buscemi to kidnap, but not harm his wife in hopes that he’ll be able to get the money he needs to avoid disaster. But the fates have another plan.

Eventually these small schemes turn into huge disasters (and a growing body count), not at all what Macy had wanted or envisioned. It’s an amazing tale of how one lie begets another and how the consequences of doing the wrong thing quickly outweigh the consequences of doing the right thing. But the charm of the film is the folksiness of the peripheral characters. The Coens hail from Minnesota (in fact they just filmed their latest movie mostly at one of my favorite local restaurants…we went in one time and the entire place had been re-decorated for the film…the next time we went in it had been converted back…quite something to see), so they have firsthand experience in dealing with the mannerisms, the way people speak, their inflections and their ways of just looking at the world in this part of the world.

Admittedly, some of the accents were over the top, but the movie has a special place in my heart for its portrayal of the kinds of people I ran into on a daily basis when I was growing up north of the twin cities. I think one quote really just sums up a lot of the rural Minnesota folks quite well. A detective is interviewing a bartender about this suspicious character he ran into (when asked to describe him, he, as well as a few others in the film described him as “funny lookin’…just in a general sorta way.”). So, he’s telling his story about the guy who was asking him where he could find some “woman action” and how he (the bartender) said he didn’t run that kind of establishment, so the guy reacts like the bartender is calling him a jerk for asking such a question, “And then he calls me a jerk, and says the last guy who thought he was a jerk was dead now. So I don’t say nothin’ and he says, “What do ya think about that?” So I says, “Well, that don’t sound like too good a deal for him, then.”

Again, the film is another example of a regular guy thrown into a situation that is far beyond his field of expertise. It’s an interesting crime drama with plenty of humor and action. Just a well crafted movie set against an unlikely but all too real backdrop. This movie is VERY dialogue driven, but when the action kicks in, it’s unflinching and unapologetic. Well written, well acted, well directed, an absolute powerhouse and again very though provoking.

Think that about does it for 25, 24, 23 and 21…any others?

adri027's avatar

dale- no thank you I will definitely have to purchase those.

dalepetrie's avatar

Asmonet said she couldn’t describe Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I’ll take a shot.

Counterculture “Gonzo” journalist/author Hunter S. Thompson and his attorney (of questionable character) set off to cover an auto race in Las Vegas, while toting along a virtual pharmacy including, “two bags of grass, five sheets of acid, 75 hits of mescaline, a salt-shaker of cocaine, a galaxy of uppers, downers and screamers and a bottle of ether”. Along the way they terrorize a hitchhiker, screw over everyone they encounter from the car rental place to the hotel, to the chambermaids and waitresses they met along the way. When time comes to beat a hasty retreat, they double down by going undercover into the heart of a DEA convention. Hillarity ensues. Based on a true story (complete with paranoid hallucinations).

adri027's avatar

dale—woow sounds like my kind of movie, sounds like my kind of fun ; ) I’m seriously going to go buy it today.

dalepetrie's avatar

Too bad I don’t have a stake in the movie companies with all these movies I’m conivincing you to buy!

adri027's avatar

seriously but my hubby loves films So we purchase a lot of them.

dalepetrie's avatar

It’s cheap entertainment. Buying a DVD usually costs less than going out to see the movie in the theater these days. And if you buy them like I do (second hand at pawn shops, used book and CD stores and on Craig’s List), you can get just about anything for 4 or 5 bucks. Unless you’re into Blu Ray, that can be a bit more pricy, but still about the cost of going to the theater, and then you can watch it over and over. I buy a lot of DVDs myself.

shadling21's avatar

@galileo- I just thought that your criticism other people’s tastes in movies was uncalled for (I couldn’t figure out who you were talking to, so it seemed to be directed at everyone).

fireside's avatar

Ok Dale, hook us up with a description of the dog lovers movie (#2).
I guess I’ll have to check out 20, 18 and 12 because I haven’t seen those but dig the rest of your list.

dalepetrie's avatar

Amores Perros, loosely translated as “Love’s a Bitch” is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s another example of non-linear storytelling, and it has two underlying themes which carry through 3 individual stories, all connected by one horrific accident…the themes being love and dogs. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

The film is set in Mexico City if I remember correctly and probably the only name Americans would recognize (if they are big movie fans) is Gael Garcia Bernal (who also starred in the Motorcycle Diaries, and most recently in Blindness). Anyway, it opens with a car with I believe 3 young men and a dog in it is driving at incredible speed…we see the camera fixed on the driver and can see the landscape speeding by in a way that is almost vertigo inducing out his window. Suddenly they have what I can only describe as the most spectacular, realistic, grisly car accident I’ve ever seen in the middle of a heavily populated area. We then flash and see the story of one of the men in the car. It’s a love story about him and his brother’s fiance, but his brother treats her like garbage. While planning to elope and take her away from all this, he earns (and saves) a large wad of money by fighting his dog in illegal (and brutal) dogfights (no animals were harmed in the making of this picture, but it can be tough to watch). A rivalry ensues between him and another dogfighter and it becomes personal when the rival does something to his dog. The main character gets his revenge in a way that leads to this pursuit. We know how this will end.

We then encounter a young starlet who has the world on a string. That is until BAM, her car is hit by a certain other car (allowing us to see the wreckage from a completely different angle). She has to undergo many surgeries and a great deal of recovery, but draws strength from her dog, who at one point disappears into the floorboards of her house, causing her husband to literally tear the place up looking for the dog.

After this story plays out (though some other elements from each story creep into each other story), we encounter yet another angle on the car crash, which sees the fighting dog escape and end up in the custody of a man who at first seems to be transient but who turns out to be a professional hitman. He has a plethora of other dogs which are all “dispatched” by his brutal new acquisition, but the man finds forgiveness in his heart, and we see that he is not all bad, as his driving force turns out to be a desire to connect with his long estranged daughter.

It’s a powerhouse of a movie and having a central event connect the characters is a stroke of genius. It has a really gritty, real feel to it, and it doesn’t spare some of the more gruesome details that might be apt to turn off American audiences…in other words, it’s positively unflinching. And again, it’s a sprawling, interconnected set of characters all united by a commonality, the same way the writer and director did in 21 Grams (and later in Babel, another great movie…but I only had room for 25).

fireside's avatar

I always liked the non-linear. I think that Tarantino did a lot for the genre. Altman did too, but he never really got the mainstream attention.

galileogirl's avatar

shad: no it was you I was addressing

dalepetrie's avatar

Altman’s one of those guys who sounds “good on paper” to me…non linear storytelling, sprawling cast of characters. But every time I watch one of his movies it bores me to sleep.

augustlan's avatar

Galileo: Are you having a bad day? You don’t seem like yourself today…

science_girl89's avatar

I just saw two movies
Universal Soldiers (1992)- Really funny if you have fairly low expectations besides even ‘dead’ Van Damme is pretty hot! He even overheats a couple times ba dump cha (symbol bad joke sound effect)

Also, I just saw Zach and Miri, graphic but as sweet as any great Kevin Smith feature

shadling21's avatar

@galileo- Sorry for the confusion. Let’s lay that to rest.

@dale- Amores Perros sounds awesome. I’m adding it to my “To Watch” list.

fireside's avatar

@dale – agree completely.

artificialard's avatar

Children of Men is always one of the movies that comes to mind. It’s one of those movies that is so intense at parts that the first time I saw it I could barely breathe or move. Amazing direction, brilliant blend of fact and fiction for the immersive setting, and razor-sharp performances. Some people didn’t ‘feel’ the actual plotline but I thought it was superb. For me, it’s a wholly innovative film in terms of the medium itself.

Atonement was also an awe-inspiring large production that was really immersive. The acting was transcendent and tragic but it was really the narrative style and plot that was not only brilliant but so successfully translated to a movie from a book was what took me with this.

The Fifth Element is a little different from the above, more pop and culty but I just can’t help it. It’s just pure trip to see and the style is so visionary and beautiful. Effortless fun.

It’s weird but I actually bought the first 2 and I haven’t watched them since I saw them at the theater – they’re so profound I’m afraid that watching them again can’t compare. I’ve seen The Fifth Element countless times tho…

Lazario's avatar

Murial’s Wedding (1994)
The Color Purple (1985)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Election (1999)
Serial Mom (1994)
Videodrome (1982)
Fargo (1996)
Ghost World (2001)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Freeway (1996)
Valley Girl (1983)
The Final Seduction (1994)
Uncle Buck (1989)
Ginger Snaps (2000)
The Naked Gun (1988)
Donnie Darko (200?)
Hairspray (1988)
Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Gia (1998)
Saved! (2004)
Aladdin (1992)
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

asmonet's avatar

@dale: Little late getting back to you, but I am fucking Ahab! Almost all the movies on your list are my own picks as well… save for three or four. I never get around to buying the DVD’s I mean to and buy on impulse instead and find myself wishing I’d remembered in the store to get that movie I’ve been wanting to watch again.

I’ve printed out your list. It’s in my wallet. I’m gonna get them this time damn, it!

dalepetrie's avatar

@asmonet – cool…if you ever need movie recommendations, I’m your goto guy!

rich2323's avatar


Donnie Darko!
Requiem for a Dream
Rear Window (or really anything from Hitchcock)
The Usual Suspects
Requiem for a Dream
Full Metal Jacket
The Big Lebowski
The Deer Hunter
Pans Labyrinth

pinkparaluies's avatar

The Matrix!! I just saw the three films and fell in love. How sexy in Keanu??

Silhouette's avatar

@buster “Give me the busket!” “Give me the fucking busket!” One of my all time favorite lines. I never say bucket anymore, it’s now and forever busket.

ArpitaBarua's avatar

Some of my favorite movies are:
-Man of Honor
-Great Expectations
-Tell No One
-Life is beautiful
-Requiem for a Dream
-Maid in Manhattan
-Memoirs of a Geisha
-Under the Sand
-The Pianist
-Pretty Women
-Blood Diamond

And so on…Thanks

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