Movies, films, videos, etc

Okay, so far we have a thread on books and a thread on music but we have yet to have one on movies. So why not start one? (And now that I'm thinking about it I don't think we have one on visual arts in general either. . . then again, that topic may be a bit abstract to pull off in a forum. . .maybe *shrugs*).
Okay- favorite films
Concert films (Woodstock: The Directors Cut; Festival Express; Concert for George [I wasn't a huge fan or Monterrey Pops Festival]and the like- I "blame my Dad for getting me into these ones :), Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Both the original and the re-make (yes there was one before the 2000 something or other release), a few martial arts films (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Hero; House of Flying Daggers and I think I'm missing one somewhere), The Rocky Horror Picture Show Monty Python and the Holy Grail, What Dreams May Come. Yeah, I think thats a good start there (Nightmare Before Christmas, Benny and Joon, The Blues Brothers, Pirates of the Carri bean I) And I'm stopping before I get too far ahead of myself and such. What movies do you folks like?

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Biestygirl's picture

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I love ones based on books that are done well: LOTR, Emma, Pride and Prejudice (A&E version), Mansfield Park. Miyazaki movies are my favourite and the closest thing to anime that I watch - all time favourite: Howl's Moving Castle. I still love Disney cartoons too. Indiana Jones! Fight Club! YEAH!

Katie's picture

Embodiment

Moving Castle is made of PURE WIN.
And as an added plus, CHRISTIAN BALE's voice!!! mmmm.

I like a lot of movies. The only movies I've quit watching in the middle were Rent (you're bitching because you have to pay rent like the rest of the world? GET OVER IT, but it does have good music!) and Grand Canyon (MIL sent it on DVD)which has like..no plot that I can find. zzzzzzzz.

Okay, actually walked out on rent because my hubby is damn near a homophobe. He does not approve of this story. -.-
Please no comments on that.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

... Until you've seen David Hewlett in Nothing. Wickedly funny man, lots of funny moments, but the whole thing is an exercise in ... nothing. Literally. Like, more so than Seinfeld, much more so.

Katie's picture

Embodiment

if there had been some humor. In Grand Canyon, that is.

girlthing's picture

Petitioner

A&E version of Pride and Prejudice is really wonderful. It's often really hard not to watch the whole thing in one sitting, haha!

magalicious's picture

Postulant

Well, at the moment, I'm a little fascinated with the many roles that David Hewlett has played. (See above comment.) David Hewlett is, for all the non nerdy SciFi types, Dr. Meredith Rodney Mckay on Stargate Atlantis. Nothing is pseudo-intellectual study in ... nothing; A Dog's Breakfast is one of my favorite movies EVAR and SG fans will howl in delight at the various cameos ... and Dr. Beckett in drag. (srsly. Great legs. Skimpy bathrobe.) Cube is a freaky-deaky mind f**k and kind of a scary look into people's motives. That's all I've seen of him in 'big screen' material so far.
I also love shameless action. I am SUPER PSYCHED about the new Fast & Furious movie coming out, and love the rest of the franchise; Sin City, Four Brothers, Hell Boy, Constantine, Indiana Jones, Eagle Eye, Max Payne, Wanted, The Dark Knight, and anything with fast cars and lots of explosions is pretty much on my Win!List.
I'm also a huge nerd, and so all Stargate movies, Star Trek movies, Star *Wars* movies, Matrix movies, and pretty much anything with spaceships, robots or super heros I'll see at least once.
A few oldies but goodies I love to re-watch: Equilibrium, Master and Commander (Paul Bettany and Russel Crowe are so in love with each other in this movie), The Order, (and pretty much anything with Heath Ledger), Love Actually, The Wedding Date, Bridget Jones' Diary, and Notting Hill all come to mind. Hugh Grant and Colin Firth are my little secret celebrity-crushes, and do romance *so* well.
Also, pretty much any movie based upon a Jane Austen book. Oh, Mister Darcy!

Tigger's picture

Supplicant

It is my favoritest movie of all time EVER!!!! I can quote the entire thing, and love being able to play off others in a dialogue.

applejax's picture

Supplicant

Even though this makes me painfully aware of how young I am, my favorite movie is definitely Mean Girls. I can quote that movie up and down, I love it. I also love silly stuff like Airplane, Monty Python, Idle Hands, and Blazing Saddles. Anything funny/romantic is probably good in my book, but no scary stuff! (I have panic attacks later on when I'm trying to sleep Sad ) My other favorite movie is Transformers. I love love love acting like a total boy and being all squee about the robots!

And I second the movies based on Jane Austen books. What I would give for my own Mister Darcy. *sigh*

Davik's picture

Embodiment

A few I'm surprised I didn't see: Serenity and Fightclub. Also Equilibrium rocks! I'm sure there are many, many more, but if I got up and started looking through my DVD collection this would take forever.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

All of the above is FTW! It's a shame that Equilibrium never got more love.
Also, I am so psyched for a lot of the spring and summer movies. The new X Men, the new Star Trek, and most especially Watchmen, fills me with soul-deep squee!!!

kawaiikune's picture

Embodiment

Sometimes I think Equilibrium didn't get as much hype as it deserved because it came out after the Matrix. I love it anyway Smile

Laureril's picture

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Equilibrium is what The Matrix could have been without those silly sequels.

I haven't posted on this thread because most of my favorites have been taken (Serenity, Monty Python... all the geek classics)... Except I don't know that anyone's mentioned The Labyrinth. If you can stand the bad-80s-hair flashbacks, there's some very smexy tights in the movie. xD

MeiLin's picture
Capriox's picture

Embodiment

Is hilarious. Possibly hilaristurbing. IMO, the Princess Bride is better Wink

But if we're gonna include Labyrinth, then we gotta at least mention Dark Crystal, too.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

I love how David Bowie's outfits get tighter, and his hair gets bigger, as the movie goes on.
Also in this vein, I love love love the Dark Crystal. Anyone remember this?

Laureril's picture

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I was wondering if I was the only one to notice that. It's one of those things that you try not to stare at, but you Can't Stop Staring because there's a certain bulge taking over the screen with its hip-thrusting gyrations.

And yes, I remember the Dark Crystal too, but always preferred goblins to weird things that go "hmmm?? hmmm...."

Tigger's picture
Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

favorites to name, but since you asked here I go...
Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything Julie Newmar (Little latin boy in drag, why are you crying?) , Ironman, Serenity, Fight Club, The Fifth Element, The Color Purple, Sabrina (the original, not that crap remake), Meet Joe Black, Interview With A Vampire, Perfume: The Story of Murderer (very underrated), Imitation of Life (the 1959 version, never seen the 1934 version), What Dreams May Come (it's normally me, my pajama, a cup of cocoa, and kleenex), Pretty Woman, Mallrats, Dogma, 300 (What makes this woman think she can speak among men? Because only Spartan women give birth to real men.), LotR Trilogy (my inner geek wants to watch all 3 extended versions of the movie in a day!), Bram Stoker's Dracula, The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Ta ta ta ta ta ta touch me! I wanna be diiiirrrrtttty!! LOL), My Fair Lady, and....i'm drawing a blank...i'll come back when i remember more

MeiLin's picture

Most High

LOTR movies, Secretary, Labyrinth, Serenity, Mamma Mia (seriously, it's hilarious and fun), An American in Paris, Singin' in the Rain, Yojimbo, High Plains Drifter (my GOD I would do Clint Eastwood in that movie...) Steamboat Bill Jr, The Gold Rush, Blade Runner (I saw it 5 times in the theater). But the top of the list is reserved for...

Miyazaki-sama. Least to greatest:

Nausicaa, Princess Mononoke, Kiki's Delivery Service, Howl's Moving Castle...

And my favorite movie of all types, kinds and time...

My Neighbor Totoro. I have seen it literally dozens of times. I cannot tell you how close that story mirrors some key aspects of my family's lives, including the sick mother and the two sisters. Hands-down the best movie I have ever seen, funny, moving and uplifting.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

... could I have forgotten Secretary??? I love both Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Spader in this film ... so immense!
Also, I watched Mama Mia with my mother earlier this week, and we laughed so hard my puppy got up and went in the other room!

MeiLin's picture

Most High

Mamma Mia is No2's favorite movie. She goes around the house belting the songs; she sounds like Ethel Merman gone disco with too many missing front teeth.

Pikachu42's picture

Embodiment

Labyrinth!! I found it at walmart one day 2 years ago, and i was the last copy they had. i was broke so i hid it until i could come back the next day. and i love KiKi's Delivery Service and unfortunately have only seen bits and pieces of Howl's Moving Castle.

Nye's picture

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Amadeus, Much Ado About Nothing, Elizabeth, Saved!, V for Vendetta, Secretary, A Knight's Tale,

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

I can realy sink my teeth into this thread. I love movies (The 5 dollar dvd bin at Wal-mart trembles at my approach). I have a somewhat comedic predispositon to film. Not that i don't like horror and action, and drama. Some good recent films i've seen. Horror: The Descent, proved to me that there is such a thing as a scary cave movie. Sci-fi: Sunshine, jaw dropingly beautiful, well written (as long as you can overlook some BLARING scientific inacuracys which i found i could) and genuinely suspensfull. two thumbs up. Romance: Waitress. I need more movies with Nathan Fillion in them. Action: Push. I saw this in theaters a few days ago. it wasn't bad. the special effects were good but the story wasn't as gripping as i had hoped. i think i'll finish with my current top 10.

My top 10:
1. The Hudson Hawk
2. Serenity
3. The Princess Bride
4. Ghostbusters
5. Stranger than Fiction
6. Beverley Hills Cop
7. Army of Darkness
8. The Boondock Saints
9. Clerks
10. Hard Candy

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I can't believe I managed to leave Boondock Saints off my list, such a good movie. I also liked Army of Darkness, but I had a roommate one year in undergrad who had a thing for getting baked and watching it, and after the 50th or so time that I listened to it I wasn't liking it as much Blum 3

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

I love the whole Evil Dead series (including the video games.), but yeah watching a movie too many times can dull its effect.

magalicious's picture

Postulant

... would get baked and watch either Without a Paddle or Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights almost every day. (We had a very sparse movie collection, and no cable.) It almost ruined me for Seth Green and Diego Luna entirely.
Also, love love love Boondock Saints. I only saw it for the first time a year ago, but I was instantly like "This is the most awesome thing evar!" Willem Dafoe is so brilliant!

TheGrayCrayon's picture

Devotee

I was up at like 2 in the morning watching U.S.A network and the late late late movie came on. And these 2 irish guys start wreaking havoc and Willem DeFoe is just briliant and i'm hooked. Within the week i'd bought the DVD and was quoting lines from the thing. I swear to god the scene with the cat had me rolling with laughter for weeks. Rocco god love him in that perfect deadpan "Is it dead?" it gets me every time.

Eleonora's picture

Devotee

I had to google A&E version of P & P. I got the Imbd entry with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. Why A&E? But apart from my confusion, that is a really good series. I love the part where Lady Catherine follows Lizzy, with her "I will not be interrupted" Which brings me to certainly one of my favourite films: Love Actually. I don't know how many times I've seen it, it's just great. It makes me so happy. Especially the really cute sex stand in couple.
I actually saw the Dutch version of it (Alles is Liefde), it's completely different but the format is sort of the same, today. Also a very good movie.
I also like Juno a lot.
As for the Jane Austen movies, musn't forget S & S, with the screenplay of Emma Thompson (yes I remember her name now).

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