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David Cornelius
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First off: I'll defend "Kick the Can" in TZ: The Movie, even if White won't. It's a fine underrated work.

I also named Catch Me If You Can the best movie of 2002, with Minority Report somewhere around no. 7 or 8, I think. Damn fine stuff, both.

As for October Sky, it's not just a lack of Os. It's one of my all-time faves, and one of the first spots I filled in when making the list. (JSA is awesome, too.)
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

M.P.,

About A Boy was my runner-up pick. And, yeah, I saw Back to the Future 7 times at the theatre and it still holds up extraordinarily well, but Blue Velvet just has that dazzling brilliance to it. Your James Bond pick is my third-favorite of the series, with Octopussy and Licence to Kill the best and second-best.

David,

Thanks to this awesome site...

http://www.watch-movies.net/movies/october_sky/

...I'll be watching this right after I log off here. For those who don't know, this site and Hulu.com are invaluable to any movie lover.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the President's Men
Big Lebowski
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Donnie Darko
Empire Strikes Back
Fight Club
Good Will Hunting
High Fidelity
Insomnia (orig.)
Jungle Book
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Lars and the Real Girl
Moulin Rouge
Nobody's Fool
Out of Sight
Princess Bride
Quick Change
Right Stuff
Station Agent
Three Days of the Condor
Usual Suspects
Velvet Goldmine
Waiting for Guffman
X-Files: Fight the Future
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Zero Effect
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 01, 2008 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All the President's Men: Am I the only one who thinks Jason Robard gave the film's best performance?

Fight Club: Going by the critically-lambasted Choke, not just anyone can successfully adapt this Chuck guy's novels.

Nobody's Fool: Another great film of 1994 that fell victim to Forrest Fucking Gump at the Oscars.

Quick Change: If you haven't seen Chevy Chase's 1988 Funny Farm, I recommend it because it too is based on a superb novel by the same author.

Three Days of the Condor: Classic line, "I came back with lunch and everyone was dead!"

Zero Effect: Pullman not getting an Oscar nod was simply unforgivable.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 02, 2008 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

An American Werewolf in London (juuust nudging Aliens out)
Big Trouble in Little China (I had a very hard time excluding Lebowski, just so you know)
Conan the Barbarian (dammit, I like David want Casablanca as well, but I must follow my heart- Brian Orndorf could not have surprised me more, by the way)
Dead Zone (The)
Empire Strikes Back
Falling Down
Get Carter
Highlander
In the Line of Fire
(one of Eastwood's greatest performances, and that Malkovich guy ain't bad either, edging out Indiana & Last Crusade,the fashionable film to tut-tut these days but eminiently quotable, memorable and fun- moreso than "Temple" or "Crystal Skull")
Jaws (you can tell me how easy this one is to pop in, and I'll tell you to go to hell as its still Spielberg's best and certainly my favorite)
Kill Bill Volume 2 (I really tried to find something else, but in the "K" range, I really don't have a stand out- I do love Volume 2 however- The Cruel Tutelege of Pai Mei is a highlight as well as Ellie's battle with Beatrix- and the introspection and discussion to me outdoes the sheer spectacle of the first, though ironically Bill's scenes threaten to draaaag the film interminably- not half so compelling as he thinks he is).
L.A. Confidential
Marnie
North By Northwest
(wow, back to back Hitches. What are the odds?)
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (yep. Me and Bartley- no surprises there)
The Professional (I too wanted Princess Bride, but I find I enjoy the theatrical cut over the orignal Leon cut- the added scenes don't bring too much to the equation and of course, then I could fit LA Confidential)
The Queen- winning by virtue of being the only Q film I can vividly remember that I enjoyed, having not seen Quiz Show, and being unable to seriously prop up Q: The Winged Serpent.
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Sin City

Tombstone (there are better Westerns and better films out there, but none I've enjoyed so much)
The Untouchables (had to displace Unbreakable, as between the two, I simply watch Untouchables more)
The Verdict
The Wild Bunch
X2: X-Men United
(Again, tried very hard to not have this - I liked it, but honestly, it has the leg up by virture of using the "X")
Young Sherlock Holmes (inventive, excellent, criminally underrated, and you Chris Columbus haters can suck it- even a stopped clock... and all that- besides, Barry Levinson makes sure that the movie never becomes treacly- which I believe is the reasoning behind much of the disdain for Columbus)
Zorro the Gay Blade- haven't watched it in years, but I remember pissing myself with laughter in the theater, and frankly its the only "Z" I got.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kand El, Get Carter missed out to The Great Escape by only thiiiiiiis much.

Jack, still waiting for that About A Boy review Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dead Zone (The): Still my favorite Stephen King adaptation.

Get Carter: Hope you mean the original.

The Professional: I second the U.S. theatrical cut to be better.

Tombstone: Way better than the pallid Wyatt Earp; and President Clinton called Kilmer up and praised his performance, he enjoyed it so much.

Young Sherlock Holmes: Still Levinson's best job of direction.

M.P.,

When I'm elderly and on my last legs (or hands, in this case), I'm sure that's when I'll finally come up with the necessary through-line that'll guide me through that review.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm sorry Jack, I must have misheard you. You see, in Kandeland, suggesting that there is an inferior "moderized" remake of Get Carter is considered heresy and punishable by death. So you must be mistaken- no such thing exists. There is only Get Carter: http://www.efilmcritic.com/review.php?movie=4994&reviewer=358

That is all.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, go easy on the whippings and scourging, please; after all, I've got a threesome lined up for tonight.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The eyes on your smiley face icon are just like I remembered them. Pissholes in the snow.

So what three movies are you watching tonight? Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, in light of the punishment I deserve for the Get Carter slip, how about A League of Their Own, Hope Floats and Steel Magnolias?

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll admit to actually liking League of Their Own. As for the other two? Yep, suit up and bend over. Hey, put on some 3-d Glasses and try and dodge Julia Robert's crusted, blood-bloated lips as they reach for you through the television like the tentacles of some elder god from beyond time and space.

Then we'll call it time served.

By the way, just finished my "worst" a-z list, and can I just say this is the most fun I've had writing in some time? I actually want both of these lists popped up as a feature now. I may have to make an illustration.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MP Bartley wrote:
Kand El, Get Carter missed out to The Great Escape by only thiiiiiiis much.


Great Escape!! Dammit. I got to Ghostbusters and figured nothing was better.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 03, 2008 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rob Gonsalves wrote:
"The Wonderful, Horrible Lift of Leni Riefenstahl"?


Yeah, haven't you seen it? It's about the elevator that was installed in the building where Leni Riefenstahl lived for the last couple of years of her life. Shortly after installation, weird things started happening... good people would open the door and find piles of cash, or keys to a new car, or a 3 x 5 index card outlining the meaning of life. Shortly after, it was revealed that Leni Riefenstahl was putting everything there as a heartfelt apology and atonement for her activities within the Nazi party.

And it would eat bad people, but they never really explained why. Anyway, it was awesome.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 9:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmn. "Scenes from a Bunker 8". I like it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Almost famous
the breakfast club
casino
donnie brasco
empire strikes back
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
goodfellas
hunt for red october
in the name of the father
jaws
the kingdom (2007)
the long good friday
michael collins
national lampoon's animal house
o brother where art thou ?
pulp fiction
quadraphenia
rocky (1977)
slapshot
thirteen days
the untouchables
vanilla sky
wedding crashers
x men
you only live twice
zulu dawn
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Very nice pick with Thirteen Days. Director Roger Donaldson's work is a textbook example of how to effectively and entertainingly stage a film that's mostly talking-heads scenes. Plus, hey, always glad to see another fan of the underrated Vanilla Sky!
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I loved Thirteen Days. It was the first time I really took notice of Steven Culp. I only kinda wish Kevin Costner wasn't in it.

I really like Donnie Brasco, too. I don't understand why they released it so early in the year. I also don't understand why Johnny Depp didn't start getting nominated for Oscars until he hooked up with Disney for a summer blockbuster.
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American Splendor
Blues Brothers
Christmas Story
Donnie Darko
E.T.
Field of Dreams
Godfather Part II
Hoosiers
Iron Giant
Jaws
King of the Hill
L.A. Confidential
Memphis Belle
Night of the Creeps
Once Upon a Time in the West
Pink Floyd the Wall
Q
Rudy
Shawshank Redemption
The Thing (1982)
The Untouchables
Vacation
WarGames
Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)
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