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Would Anyone Suggest a Good Movie Please? (shameless vanity)
10/28/2009 | Skooz

Posted on 10/28/2009 6:22:03 AM PDT by Skooz

For a myriad of reasons, I have spent the last few months watching a movie most every weeknight. I have finally gotten my money’s worth from my Netflix account.

But, lately I have had trouble finding movies I think I will like. I scour Netflix and am having a hard time finding movies that interest me, though I know they are out there.

My interest runs from war movies to action flicks to quirky indy films to foreign art things.

Some of my favorite movies I have seen the past few months are Defiance, all of the Sean Connery Bond films, Sleeper, The Right Stuff, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Riding Giants, a Hard Day’s Night, and a few foreign artsy films whose names I don’t recall.

By far my favorite movie I have seen lately is Everything is Illuminated.

I have no interest in horror flicks, romance movies, teen gross out flicks or most movies made in the 1960s.

Could anyone be so kind as to suggest a good movie or two?

Thanks


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KEYWORDS: cinema; cinematic; filmrecommendations; indyfilms; movies
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1 posted on 10/28/2009 6:22:04 AM PDT by Skooz
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Gran Torino

If you have not seen it yet.


2 posted on 10/28/2009 6:23:29 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Skooz

Patton, Where eagles dare, Green Beret, Father Goose, Operation Petticoat,

Just to name a few


3 posted on 10/28/2009 6:24:36 AM PDT by Patrsup (To stubborn to change now)
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To: Jet Jaguar

My step father bought that the day it was released. He’s a big Eastwood fan.


4 posted on 10/28/2009 6:26:21 AM PDT by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Good choice.I’ve been on a Paul Muni kick.We just viewed
The Life of Emil Zola,which was great!


5 posted on 10/28/2009 6:26:33 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Skooz
All the Dirty Harry's, Braveheart, Patriot, The Longest Day, A Bridge too Far, We Were Soldiers Once, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Unforgiven, Mad Max, The Green Berets, True Grit, Iwo Jima, Harry Potter, etc.
6 posted on 10/28/2009 6:26:53 AM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Skooz

The boy in the stripped pajamas.. Its a really great movie. Oh and have plenty of kleenex on hand.


7 posted on 10/28/2009 6:27:17 AM PDT by VairyAngel (PRAYING FOR AMERICAS FREEDOM FROM THE TYRANT)
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To: Skooz
Ice Pirates

Starring:
Robert Urich
Mary Crosby
Anjelica Huston
Ron Perlman
8 posted on 10/28/2009 6:28:03 AM PDT by IronKros (The pig put foot. Grunt. Foot in what? ketchup)
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To: Skooz

Random Harvest - old WWI movie made in the 1940s. Reasonably obscure, but one of my favorites.


9 posted on 10/28/2009 6:28:09 AM PDT by AngieGal
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To: VairyAngel

striped


10 posted on 10/28/2009 6:28:27 AM PDT by VairyAngel (PRAYING FOR AMERICAS FREEDOM FROM THE TYRANT)
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To: Skooz

Best Western “Once upon a time in the West”,
Best Gangster movie “Once upon a time in America”


11 posted on 10/28/2009 6:29:01 AM PDT by pennboricua
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To: Jet Jaguar

Ditto ‘Gran Torino’. Best flick I’ve seen this year.


12 posted on 10/28/2009 6:29:01 AM PDT by gmoore57
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To: Skooz

John Adams - 3 disc set @ Netflix


13 posted on 10/28/2009 6:29:12 AM PDT by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: Skooz
The Long Good Friday

Withnail and Me

Citizen Kane

Full Metal Jacket

Barry Lyndon

Internal Affairs (with Richard Gere)

14 posted on 10/28/2009 6:29:23 AM PDT by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Skooz
Brazil

Terry Giiliam's second best film next to Time Bandits


15 posted on 10/28/2009 6:29:31 AM PDT by Daffynition (What's all this about hellfire and Dalmatians?)
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To: Skooz

I liked the Indian movies “The Namesake “ and “Slum Dog Millionaire “.

Also “I Am David”, “Frequency” and everyone says “The Lives of Others” is good. I haven’t seen that yet.


16 posted on 10/28/2009 6:30:21 AM PDT by Varda
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To: Skooz

War movie; check out Black Hawk Down - intense, awesome.


17 posted on 10/28/2009 6:31:09 AM PDT by wilco200 (11/4/08 - The Day America Jumped the Shark)
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To: Skooz
"Serenity"
by Josh Weadon
also his "Firefly" series that is the one season series that preceded the movie.
18 posted on 10/28/2009 6:31:22 AM PDT by rjsimmon (1-20-2013 The Tree of Liberty Thirsts)
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To: Daffynition

That was such a bizarre movie. I watched it, some of it made sense.

Maybe you have to be bent a particular way?


19 posted on 10/28/2009 6:31:35 AM PDT by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: Skooz

Apollo 13
If you haven’t seen it yet.
Where Geeks reign supreme!


20 posted on 10/28/2009 6:32:14 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Skooz
Taken

sw

21 posted on 10/28/2009 6:33:02 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: Skooz

I loved “Atonement”.


22 posted on 10/28/2009 6:33:11 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: rjsimmon

I second the Firefly series and Serenity. The best writing I have seen in a long time.

It is hard to believe it was canceled.


23 posted on 10/28/2009 6:33:19 AM PDT by listenhillary (A "cult of personality" arises when a leader uses mass media creating idealized/heroic public image)
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To: Skooz

World’s Fastest Indian, Door to Door, Fracture, Second Hand Lions, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Juno.


24 posted on 10/28/2009 6:34:38 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: Skooz

Caddyshack.


25 posted on 10/28/2009 6:34:47 AM PDT by GUNGAGALUNGA
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To: Skooz

One of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time that I finally watched last year was “Ronin” with DeNiro and Jean Reno. One of the best car chase scenes since Bullitt.


26 posted on 10/28/2009 6:35:25 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Skooz

My top 10

1. Koyaanisqatsi
“Life out of balance”: a two-hour minimalist music video, no actors, no script, just the mesmerizing arpeggios of Philip Glass bolstering a portrayal of city life on a scale you rarely perceive - and how, someday, it must tragically collapse. I just can’t see this one enough, and have done so at least 8 time (once with live introduction by Glass).

2. Being Human
A forgotten film, portraying Robin Williams as Everyman across the ages. Set in four eras, we see different parts of the same life (as most lives are mostly the same) played out in vastly different eras. Moving, capturing love lost, gained, and all in between - including the eternal quest for shoes that fit.

3. Braveheart
Powerful portrayal of manliness: total devotion to family and country at the cost of total personal sacrifice. FREEEEDOOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!!!!

4. The Truman Show
Good stories depict the arc of personal discovery and change; what could be more so than discovering one’s entire life is the set and subject of a TV series, recorded and broadcast by thousands of cameras, and everyone around is a hired extra? Moody music by Philip Glass as a bonus.

5. Ghost Dog
A loser in the ‘hood is, by momentary shoulder-shrugging whim, saved from death by a mobster. Thereafter said loser reads the ancient samurai text Hagakuri, and immediately devotes himself fully to the samurai way - and the perplexed thug who saved him. Leveraging this resource, this mid-level mobster uses him as an assassin ... and when the hits make things too complicated, the mob tries to take him out. Unusually, the script brings out the mobsters as the dingy losers they are, and portrays the tragedy of a devotee of a Way without any teacher to guide him.

6. Blade Runner
Gritty, messy, intense thriller that asks what it means to be human. “Time to die” ends one of the great on-screen pontifications. Subject to inappropriate editing in earlier releases, find the “Final Cut” version, done as the director intended.

7. Babette’s Feast
A lovely, gentle tale (yes, I have a soft side) of secluded life in a religious commune, and the effect that good food can have on lives.

8. La Femme Nikita
Lost to society and subject to the death penalty, our dysfunctional heroine is trained to be a dark betrayer and agent of society: a spy. Particularly striking, among the gritty setting and tragic consequences, is how we the audience are _not_ privy to the whys and wherefores of her assignments. (The American remake of this French film fails precisely because we _do_ get answers and see consequences.)

9. The Lord of the Rings
A grand portrayal of the fantasy epic. Abridged (focusing on the high action, neglecting the art and scenery along the way), and flawed (director Peter Jackson should stick to filming stories, not altering them), but otherwise captures the vast scale and grandeur of the tale.

10. The Matrix
Whoa. Fantastic kick-butt sci-fi heady action. Not insightful, just way cool.

Honorable mentions:

Equilibrium
The Matrix meets Farenheit 451 meets 1984 in this stylized future of governmental eradication of anything emotionally stimulating. Preposterous, but very cool. In the commentary track, the director observes “action is how men express romance on film. Whether it be romance for family, wives, children, king, country, it doesn’t matter. They express their love by whipping ass in the name of one or the other of the above.”

Pi
Cube
The Blair Witch Project
El Mariachi
I have a fondness for ultra-low-budget movies: given very little to work with, and forced into thinking way outside the box (or, in the case of Cube, being stuck inside a very small box), capturing the essence of a _good_ story is a remarkable achievement.

Romeo and Juliet
Hamlet
The MTV-modern depictions of these classics show how well Shakespeare captured the essence of timeless human existence. Transplanted into modern-time alternate-universe settings of Verona Beach CA and Denmark Corp. respectively (where much is as life is now save for everyone speaking Elizabethan English, and Post Haste Delivery & Elsinore Castle Apartments are socially well-known), the essence of the Bard’s works still shines.


27 posted on 10/28/2009 6:35:55 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (End the coup!)
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To: Skooz

The Last Days of Sophie Schöll
The Lives of Others
The Longest Day
The Downfall (Der Untergang)
Conspiracy (HBO Films)
Der Tunnel
Katyn
Piece of Cake (miniseries)
Foyle’s War (series)
Enemy at the Gates
Stalingrad
The Pianist
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas


28 posted on 10/28/2009 6:36:11 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Skooz

“Taken” with Liam Neeson


29 posted on 10/28/2009 6:36:25 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: Skooz

I watch quite a few movies. You mentioned quirky. In the past few years there’s a few movies that are memorable due to being thought provoking and “quirky”. I’m not going to say these are GREAT films or perhaps even good films. They are films that are just plain weird or quirky...but memorable.

In no particular order.

Sunshine
The Fountain
Code 46
Requiem for a Dream
PI
Primer

Yes, three Aronofsky movies. He makes weird stuff.


30 posted on 10/28/2009 6:37:31 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: Skooz
Son of Rambow

31 posted on 10/28/2009 6:37:41 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: dfwgator

You have superb taste. The car chase scenes in Ronin are off the hook. Bullitt is excellent too.


32 posted on 10/28/2009 6:38:39 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Skooz
Investigate film noir -- films made (mostly) in the 1940s and early 1950s. Great acting, mostly good storylines, and work by a director where lighting and shadow and mood weren't created by special effects. You will be enthralled.

TCM shows lots of film noir on a regular basis. Some good recommendations: Out of the Past, DOA, Double Indemnity, and so on and so on. Wikipedia actually has some pretty good listings of film noir movies.

And for the record, I'm not an old fuddy-duddy -- these films were made 20+ years before I was born.

33 posted on 10/28/2009 6:38:45 AM PDT by NewJerseyJoe (Rat mantra: "Facts are meaningless! You can use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!")
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To: IYAS9YAS

I really liked Second Hand Lions. I just added it to our queue for another watch.


34 posted on 10/28/2009 6:39:10 AM PDT by Nickname
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To: Skooz

“Conspiracy” with Kenneth Brannaugh and Stanly Tucci.


35 posted on 10/28/2009 6:39:16 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Skooz

One of my all-time favorites: Bridge at Remagen (1969) with George Segal, Robert Vaughn and Ben Gazzara. Great music and scenery, too.


36 posted on 10/28/2009 6:39:16 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: Petronski

Defiance
The Inner Circle


37 posted on 10/28/2009 6:39:33 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ctdonath2
You want him to be looking for Romeo+Juliet.

Excellent.

38 posted on 10/28/2009 6:39:42 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Skooz
The Commitments
39 posted on 10/28/2009 6:40:18 AM PDT by WesternPacific (Tired of the Fools)
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To: Skooz
Two historical foreign films (w/ subtitles) that everyone should see :

Downfall



Hitler's last days.

The Lives of Others



About the secret police and life in East Berlin in the mid 1980s.
40 posted on 10/28/2009 6:40:56 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: Skooz
quirky indy films to foreign art things.

Old: Harold and Maude.

New: Benjamin Button.

Both excellent and eccentric.

41 posted on 10/28/2009 6:41:05 AM PDT by paulycy (Predatory Pricing = Public Option = Unethical Competition.)
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To: Skooz

“The Ultimate Gift.”
It’s a movie we have watched several times.
If you haven’t seen it yet. :-)


42 posted on 10/28/2009 6:41:30 AM PDT by LadyPilgrim ((Lifted up was He to die; It is finished was His cry; Hallelujah what a Savior!!!!!! ))
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To: Skooz

Another really good movie is “The Illusionist”. The first “Pirates of the Caribbean” is my all time favorite followed very closely by “Braveheart”


43 posted on 10/28/2009 6:41:31 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: dfwgator
Defiance, ooh yeah! Great stuff.

Have you seen the Foyle's War series? Think Agatha Christie set in the south of Britain during WWII.

44 posted on 10/28/2009 6:41:46 AM PDT by Petronski (In Germany they came first for the Communists, And I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist...)
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To: Skooz

Slumdog Millionaire

Slingblade

The Good Shepard


45 posted on 10/28/2009 6:42:57 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Skooz

The Game with Michael Douglas
No Way Out with Kevin Kostner
V for Vendetta
I Am David
Run Lola Run

you’ll love them all


46 posted on 10/28/2009 6:43:29 AM PDT by MomwithHope (Wake up America we are at war with militant Islam and liberalism - 2 fronts.)
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To: Skooz
Try the Christopher Guests series (I know- wackadoodles all, but McLeon(?) showed well on Jeopardy) Best in Show, Waiting for Guffman, Mighty Wind (take a miss on For Your Consideration- how I wish it had been funny).

Trek?- Galaxy Quest.

The new Star Trek movie, out in a couple of weeks is perfect in every way. All Pixars.

47 posted on 10/28/2009 6:43:42 AM PDT by PfromHoGro (Free Rush)
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To: MomwithHope

You’re right “No Way Out” was a really good movie.


48 posted on 10/28/2009 6:44:59 AM PDT by Barb4Bush (God bless Glenn Beck!)
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To: Skooz

Kelly’s Heroes, The Great Escape, Gran Torino, The Spoilers.


49 posted on 10/28/2009 6:45:54 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.)
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To: mysterio

Movies about East Germany make up many of my favorites, others are:

Goodbye,Lenin!
One, Two, Three
Gotcha!
Top Secret!


50 posted on 10/28/2009 6:47:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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