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Good movies to watch

Post by Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:08 am

Hello.

I just watched "American Beauty" and it inspired me to make this topic. I would like to hear your sugestions of good movies to watch. I have my own:

American Beauty
Idioterne
Spider
Fight Club
Dead Poets Society
Cube
Amelie

Throw your own :)

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by andre9999 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:18 am

I could list movies forever... What kinds of movies do you feel like watching? Do we stick to a theme?

I'd definitely put Fight Club higher on the list.

A couple off the top of my head:

All the President's Men
The Big Labowski
Miracle
There Will Be Blood

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by Ben » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:52 am

Some excellent older American movies (from the 1960s and 70s):

The Eiger Sanction (On late night TV last night)
The Parallax View
Serpico
The Exorcist
Sorcerer
Joe Kidd

And some more will come to mind later.
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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:55 am

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:08 am

Fight Club? Really?
It was sickening. What sane person wants to see people fight?

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:18 am

Sorcerer is an underrated classic. Good call, Ben.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by Hanzze » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:34 am

The big fish :-)

Just that! *smile*
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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:38 am

andrer9999 wrote:I could list movies forever... What kinds of movies do you feel like watching? Do we stick to a theme?

I'd definitely put Fight Club higher on the list.

A couple off the top of my head:

All the President's Men
The Big Labowski
Miracle
There Will Be Blood
I was looking for non-mainstream movies. There are great mainstream movies such as the Lord of the Rings triology, but I'm interested in more unknown films. But not so unknown as to be obscure.

That list wasn't suposed to be in order, except that the first one is the one I like the most.
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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:40 am

alan wrote:Fight Club? Really?
It was sickening. What sane person wants to see people fight?
Fight Club is great. I like violence as long as it's not based in a real story. I used to like Good Fellas until I realised that it was based on a true story.
"He turns his mind away from those phenomena and, having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' " - Jhana Sutta

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by Ben » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:43 am

alan wrote:Sorcerer is an underrated classic. Good call, Ben.
About eight years ago William Friedkin came out to Australia on the invitation of either a film society or university dept of arts - I can't remember. Friends of mine invited me out to the screening. It was the first time the film was being shown uncut in Australia. Back when it came out, Australia had a very idiosyncratic director of censorship who took a very active role in censoring movies. Back when it came out, the version of Sorcerer that was screen in Australia was heavily edited by the director of censorship, who cut out entire scenes because he thought that it wasn't necessary. What's more, he didn't tell anyone he was doing it. It was interesting being told this by Friedkin, who also directed 'The Exorcist' in a long discussion he participated in before and after the screening of the movie.
When I saw the Sorcerer, it was shortly after an older sibling had died suddenly. The intensity of samsara being depicted on the screen I was feeling inside. Shortly afterwards I recommenced my Dhamma practice. So for me, the movie is associated with a deep realization of the dangers of samsara and samvega.
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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:31 am

Worth watching for the photography alone, which is brilliant.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by retrofuturist » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:34 am

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:36 am

Except I never understood that final scene.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Post by andre9999 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:53 pm

I can't really think of many movies I've seen that aren't reasonably well known. The one that comes quickly to mind is "The Station Agent". That's a pretty good movie. My favorite movie ever is "The Deer Hunter", but that's pretty popular.

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Re: Good movies to watch

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