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Old 01-14-2017, 10:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default 1001 Movies You Should See Before You Die

Don't see a thread for this, thought it might be an idea. For me, these are absolute required watching: kind of in order, but the rest won't be. Just add as you think of them.

1.
The Odd Couple.

Neil Simon's masterful about-face on marriage brings Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau together in the very best way possible. I would say one of the finest comedies ever.

2.
Downfall.

Brno Ganz is spellbinding as the slowly-unravelling Nazi dictator who refuses to believe the end is coming. See it in the original German. Superb movie.

3.
The Godfather.

Need I go on? Coppola's classic based on Mario Puzo's bestseller takes us into the world of the Mafia, with sterling performances by Brando and Pacino among others. The second one was kind of meh and the third I sort of don't remember, but you need to see this one.

4.
Unforgiven.

Clint Eastwood sounds the death knell for the Hollywood Western. Tough, gritty, uncompromising and one of his best performances in years.

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Jaws.

The original shark movie. Suspenseful, at times terrifying, a triumph for Spielberg even if it did lead to a spate of shark killings that can never be compensated for.

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The Last Temptation of Christ.

Superb imagining of an alternative story of the life of Christ, with a great performance from Willem DaFoe and wonderful direction by Scorsese, haunting soundtrack by Peter Gabriel, and even a cameo by the late David Bowie.
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I remember recommending movies to you: Waking of Ned (Devine), The Field, and Roan Inish. Did you ever what those movies?

7. Star Wars now known as "Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope." It's a Space Opera in a disguise of a ordinary sci-fi movie. Even though its look is futuristic it takes place "a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away", and that is done in effect to give it a mythological status on par with of epic tales of ancient civilizations. Also the story being set in the past, it enables the writer, George Lucas, to explore and address age old philosophical questions. Underneath all the bells and whistles of state of the art special effects in the movie, it is an exploration of characters. Driving the story are the characters and they must do. What are their place in universe, what they must to achieve a common goal, regardless how small a part they play, or what little they do that in some small way achieves that goal.
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8. The Good the Bad and the Ugly

Sublime western that tells its story through minimal dialogue and drawn out, emotion filled action sequences, detailing the characters very inner thoughts.

9. Reservoir Dogs

Tarantino's feature length film debut, displaying a grand heist and the events surrounding it. Truly an original storytelling experience, the black comedy and vintage soundtrack exists to bring the film to an unprecedented level of badassery.
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I remember recommending movies to you: Waking of Ned (Devine), The Field, and Roan Inish. Did you ever what those movies?
If you mean Waking Ned, with the superlative and much-missed David Kelly, no but I must. That's the one about the guy who wins the lottery but is dead? So the whole town pretends he's alive or something? I didn't like The Field; I found it very depressing. The other one rings no bells.
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10. The Graduate

And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson
Jesus loves you more than you will know
Wo wo wo
God bless you, please, Mrs. Robinson
Heaven holds a place for those who pray
Hey hey hey, hey hey hey
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So are these movies that are critically acclaimed or movies we like?
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So are these movies that are critically acclaimed or movies we like?
Both.
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So we have to like the movie and it's critically acclaimed? If so, I'll make a list but that seems odd.
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Will probably lurk for recs but I found The Godfather really boring and turned it off after about an hour.

My nomination is Into The Wild. Really loved this one.
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@Ki It can be either of them you idiot.
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