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Top 10 Favorite Films

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Top 10 Favorite Films

#1 Post by getreal » August 21st, 2009, 7:20 pm

We've had Top 10 bands. So why not films?

My top 10 would be (in no particular order)

Angel Heart Dir. Alan Parker
Company of Wolves Dir. Niel jordan
Rebecca Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
American Werewolf in London Dir. John Landis
Blood Diamond Dir.Edward Zwick
Pulp Fiction Dir.Quentin Tarantino
Lost Boys Dir. Joel Schumacher
The Producers Dir. Mel Brooks
Life of Brian Dir. Terry Jones
Trainspotting Dir. Danny Boyle

Quite a predictable choice, methinks.
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#2 Post by Hundovir » August 21st, 2009, 7:34 pm

La Gloire de Mon Pere - Yves Robert
Wings of Desire - Wim Wenders
Tokyo Story - Yasujiro Ozu
Terminator 2 - James Cameron
Howl's Moving Castle - Hayao Miyazaki
Spirited Away - Hayao Miyazaki
Donnie Darko - Richard Kelly
Carry on Up the Khyber - Gerald Thomas
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Peter Jackson
Brazil - Terry Gilliam

Although these are "among" my favourites, rather than the "top ten".
Also, anything by Gilliam - e.g. Munchausen etc.
Also all the "Ealing comedies".

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#3 Post by getreal » August 21st, 2009, 9:03 pm

Don't know how you can rate "holy grail" over "brian".
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#4 Post by Hundovir » August 21st, 2009, 9:30 pm

getreal wrote:Don't know how you can rate "holy grail" over "brian".
Yes, I understand, and I have found few to agree with me. I like "Life of Brian" immensely, but somehow Grail just cracks me up more.
King Arthur: I am your king.

Woman: Well I didn't vote for you.

King Arthur: You don't vote for kings.

Woman: Well how'd you become king then?

[Angelic music plays... ]
King Arthur: The Lady of the Lake, her arm clad in the purest shimmering samite held aloft Excalibur from the bosom of the water, signifying by divine providence that I, Arthur, was to carry Excalibur. THAT is why I am your king.

Dennis: [interrupting] Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.

Dennis: Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

Dennis: Oh but if I went 'round sayin' I was Emperor, just because some moistened bint lobbed a scimitar at me, they'd put me away.

Dennis: Come and see the violence inherent in the system. Help! Help! I'm being repressed!
King Arthur: Bloody peasant!

Dennis: Oh, what a giveaway! Did you hear that? Did you hear that, eh? That's what I'm on about! Did you see him repressing me? You saw him, Didn't you?
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#5 Post by getreal » August 21st, 2009, 9:47 pm

Yes, yes. Ok so there were some bits which were quite funny, but not as funny as Brian.

I especially liked the controversy stirred up by Brian.Pastor Jack Glass held a one man protest outside our local cinema whilst Brian was showing.

The Life of Brian's ability to bring religious zealots out into the open was unmatched. Holy Grail could never incite such hysteria and was thus a lesser film. :yahbooh:
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#6 Post by jdc » August 21st, 2009, 9:51 pm

Usual Suspects (B Singer)

Rushmore
The Royal Tenenbaums
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
The Darjeeling Limited

(All by Wes Anderson)

Leon (Luc Besson)

Quadrophenia (Frank Roddam)

Goodfellas (Scorcese)

American Beauty (Sam Mendes)

And you can't beat a bit of Python:
Life of Brian or
Holy Grail
to finish.

[Although I was tempted to put Pulp Fiction or Se7en in my list and one or two Kevin Smith films nearly made it. Oh crikey, I didn't include LA Confidential, Princess Bride, Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing, or Menace II Society, and I totally forgot about Memento. Or there's films I loved when I was younger - like Star Wars.]
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#7 Post by Maria Mac » August 22nd, 2009, 10:33 am

I couldn't possibly do 10. Ones that I can think of include:

Life of Brian
Cabaret
Gregory's Girl
Elizabeth Virgin Queen
Another Time, Another Place


The last one I would dearly love to see again and get on DVD but apparently it has disappeared without trace apart from one short clip on youtube. Anyone else remember it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyoKfBSDQaI

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#8 Post by Lifelinking » August 22nd, 2009, 11:48 am

You can get it through Amazon Maria, but it is expensive.
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#9 Post by Nick » August 22nd, 2009, 11:49 am

Hmmm. I don't consider myself a film buff, (I've seen hardly any of the films listed :sad: ) so this list (which may or may not number 10...) is just an off the cuff answer. In no particular order:

Rear Window
Witness
Life of Brian
Twelve Angry Men
Fistful of Dollars
Slapshot
Hot Shots
Babe
Batman
Who Framed Roger Rabbit

That'll do. I conclude that I haven't seen many films, not do I have a very intellectual attitude towards them :laughter:

Hmmm. I've missed out The Pink Panther,,,,


The most disappointing? Star Wars, Forrest Gump, Shawshank Redemption (The guy was a lawyer for Chrissake! Why didn't he appeal his sentence for 15 years!!!) Lord of the Rings (nice scenery, but that's it)

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#10 Post by getreal » August 22nd, 2009, 9:02 pm

Maria wrote:I couldn't possibly do 10. Ones that I can think of include:

Life of Brian
Cabaret
Gregory's Girl
Elizabeth Virgin Queen
Another Time, Another Place


The last one I would dearly love to see again and get on DVD but apparently it has disappeared without trace apart from one short clip on youtube. Anyone else remember it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyoKfBSDQaI

My one and only claim to fame (well, by association, anyway) is that I went to school with Phyllis Logan and we failed our O Grade Statistics together!

I forgot to put The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in my top ten (or top 11 as it will now be!)
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#11 Post by Elanor » August 23rd, 2009, 5:00 am

Cabaret was excellent. I saw it a few months ago. I also love Lost Boys.

Holy Grail
Romeo and Juliet ~ Franco Zeffirelli
Contact
Back to the Future
Tristan and Isolde
Tale of Two Cities ~ Phillippe Monnier
Legend
Tarzan Legend of Greystoke
The New World
Pride and Prejudice

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#12 Post by getreal » August 24th, 2009, 9:44 pm

You have catholic tastes, elinor.
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#13 Post by Ken H » August 25th, 2009, 9:00 pm

Holy Grail
Duck Soup
The Great Gatsby (Redford)
The Maltese Falcon
Psycho
Murder by Death
Barefoot in the Park
The Party (Sellers)
Groundhog Day
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
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#14 Post by Marian » August 26th, 2009, 2:13 pm

High Noon
Princess Bride
Pirates of the Caribbean
Barber of Fleet Street
Princess Bride
Amelie
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Guilty by Association
Wizard of Oz (original only)
A Christmas Carol (Alister Sim only)

This is not in any order.
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#15 Post by Felicia » August 26th, 2009, 5:43 pm

In no particular order:

Some Like it Hot
Stand By Me
Singing in the Rain
Groundhog Day
The Truman Show
Drowning by Numbers
The Lost Boys
High Society

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#16 Post by jdc » August 26th, 2009, 8:12 pm

mmitchc633 wrote:High Noon
Princess Bride
Pirates of the Caribbean
Barber of Fleet Street
Princess Bride
Amelie
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Guilty by Association
Wizard of Oz (original only)
A Christmas Carol (Alister Sim only)

This is not in any order.
Ah, Princess Bride - so good it's in twice. There's some good quotes here: My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
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#17 Post by Lifelinking » August 26th, 2009, 10:19 pm

As Good as It Gets
Young Frankenstein
The Meaning of Life
The Life of Brian
Casablanca
The Wind that Shook the Barley
Electra Glide in Blue
Duck Soup
To End All Wars
The Magdalene Sisters
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#18 Post by getreal » August 26th, 2009, 10:25 pm

The Meaning of Life above The Life of Brian?

Surely not??
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#19 Post by Marian » August 26th, 2009, 11:26 pm

jdc wrote:
Ah, Princess Bride - so good it's in twice. There's some good quotes here: My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.
I saw that quote in a button. The button looked like a "My name is" sticker. Pretty funny. I didn't even notice I put it in twice. Doh!
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#20 Post by Elanor » August 27th, 2009, 1:01 am

getreal wrote:You have catholic tastes, elinor.
Catholic?! Perhaps I just haven't seen enough films yet. I love film. And I love history.

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