Friday Five: Films

I think, at some point, we had a regular Friday fun feature to keep things loose and friendly. Maybe we can bring it back as the Friday Five. Every Friday, I’ll come up with some subject about which we can all list our top five. And then we can argue in the comments. It may get a little esoteric as time goes on (“OK, people what are your top five shirt buttons?”). But we’ll see how it goes.

Today’s is Top Five movies. You can do this any way you want: the five greatest, your five favorites, the five you’d want with you on a desert island (assuming said desert island had a blu-ray player).

I’ll list my five. In no particular order, I’d take: Lawrence of Arabia, Lord of the Rings, Schindler’s List, The Godfather and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. That’s my list today; tomorrow the list could be five different movies.

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  1. sahrab

    Original Star Wars trilogy (all of New Hope, first hour of Empire Strikes back, and most of Return of the Jedi) the originals, not the remastered digitally enhanced versions
    Alien
    Aliens
    Heat
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy

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  2. repmom

    My top 5 favorites (ones I never tire of watching and would want on that island)

    Titantic (Yes, sorry, but I love it!)
    Sleepless in Seattle
    Black Hawk Down
    Phantom of the Opera (Gerard Butler)
    Dark Knight Trilogy (Except I could leave the second one behind)

    Alternates –

    Back to the Future
    Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves (Kevin Costner version, although the latest with Russell Crowe was excellent)

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  3. blameme

    Godfather
    Goodfellas
    Unforgiven
    Outlaw Josey Wales
    Dumb and Dumber

    Alternatives:
    Shawshank Redemption
    Usual Suspects
    How to train your dragon (I know, I know)

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  4. Xetrov

    Shawshank Redemption is number one on my list. Any time I’m flipping channels, if I see that it’s on, I lose an hour+ of time watching it again.

    Beyond that, it’s a toss-up between Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back To The Future, Ghostbusters, Army of Darkness, Usual Suspects, and a dozen other’s I’m failing to remember. Depends on the mood I’m in.

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  5. West Virginia Rebel

    My faves in no particular order are as follows:

    Planet of the Apes (1968 version)
    The original Star Wars
    The Time Machine (1960 version)
    Blazing Saddles
    Spiderman (2002)

    Other faves:

    Kiss Me Deadly-Mike Hammer destroys the world!
    Rear Window
    Silver Streak
    Smokey and the Bandit
    Alien

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  6. Section8

    Bad Santa
    Kingpin
    Blazing Saddles (good call WVR)
    Just about any Clint Eastwood western, but Good Bad and the Ugly takes top spot or maybe Unforgiven
    Casino

    Ok, I’ll fire the first volley

    Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    sahrab,

    Not bad movies, but seriously, No one ever dies except for that one guy in the first movie. They’d get killed 5 times and still come back to life. What the hell? And those mud monsters sucked. A midget could kill 10 at a time. So an army of 10K while meant to be frightening was the equivalent of fighting 5 small school children.

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  7. sahrab

    sahrab,

    Not bad movies

    I grew up on the book(s) and the 70’s and 80’s cartoons. The movies were (i thought) good adaptations of the books (except where the hell was Battle of Bywater, or Tom Bombadil). And you got to remember these guys were the baddest of the bad fighting against the lowest knockoff villians, of course they kicked ass

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  8. Seattle Outcast

    I’m going for the top ten:

    Patton
    Lord of the Rings Trilogy (shitty books, but great films)
    True Lies
    Die Hard
    Star Wars Trilogy
    Dark City
    Avengers
    Iron Man 1
    Support Your Local Sheriff / Gunfighter
    Kelly’s Heroes

    Worst movies of all time:

    All Barbra Streisand movies
    All Woody Allen movies
    All Meryl Streep movies
    All Highlander shows after the original
    All foreign films in general
    Spawn
    Inconvenient Truth (because ti was all lies and tried to show off Gore as having a brain)
    Most “romantic comedies”, particularly from the 80’s

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  9. Section8

    And you got to remember these guys were the baddest of the bad fighting against the lowest knockoff villians, of course they kicked ass

    Fair enough. I’m just giving you a hard time anyhow. or as it’s known around here, just being a dick. :)

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  10. CM

    The Castle (Aussie comedy)
    At Play In The Fields Of The Lord
    Ulee’s Gold
    You Can Count On Me
    Kingpin
    Unforgiven
    Out Of Sight
    The Mosquito Coast
    The Man With Two Brains
    Once Were Warriors

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  11. thelastdakrat

    Repmom! How the heck have you been? I haven’t been commenting much anymore, but I read every day. I guess I can only rage against the liberal machine for so long before I get politiced out. Mostly I just seeth silently. I’ll start commenting more if Hal keeps up with the Friday fun threads. Been extremely busy with work. Glad to see you back.

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  12. repmom

    dakrat –

    I have been great, and so glad to see you here! Hope all is good with you. Yes, like you, I took a long break, but never stopped reading. I like the fun threads as well. It’s good to be back.

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  13. Seattle Outcast

    Well, those movies sort of suck – and they are way too girlie for anyone with testosterone. It sounds like list of movies he’d post on a dating website in hopes of getting laid…

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  14. Mississippi Yankee

    Sally
    Loved your top 4 picks I take back every bad name…)

    1) Double Indemnity – but almost all film noir
    2) The Greatest Show on Earth
    3) Edward Scissorhands – imo Burton’s best
    4) Once Upon a Time in the West or The Good the Bad and the Ugly
    5)NINE
    A movie for and about anyone who loves women, all women (no nudity yet the most sensual movie I can remember)
    Watch the trailer

    Honorable Mention: O Brother, Where Art Thou?
    Who doesn’t like a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey?

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  15. repmom

    Well, I see Kingpin and Forgiven on other lists, and Once Were Warriors doesn’t sound very girlie to me, but whatever……

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  16. Screamin

    Outstanding idea!

    The Matrix
    Indiana Jones Trilogy (that most recent collection of suckitude doesn’t count)
    The Godfather
    Army of Darkness
    Spaceballs

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  17. InsipiD

    The Road To Wellville
    Animal House
    Scarface
    Ronin
    Sling Blade

    Edit: gotta be 10

    Amadeus
    Bubba Ho-Tep
    Play Misty For Me
    Gran Torino
    Tucker & Dale vs Evil

    No particular order

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  18. CM

    Well, I see Kingpin and Forgiven on other lists, and Once Were Warriors doesn’t sound very girlie to me, but whatever……

    It must have been The Man With Two Brains then ;-)
    You’ll pick up pretty quickly that most of my posts get multiple down thumbs, even when I’m not expressing an opinion (obviously I’m expressing opinions here)……i.e. it’s completely meaningless.
    I really like a lot of the movies on other lists, but wanted to add a few that are a bit different. But yeah I do generally enjoy movies more when they have a bit of depth. Depends on the mood of course (like most people).

    Once Were Warriors is about as violent as it gets. E.g. husband beating the shit out of his wife:

    It’s not stylised at all either. People walked out. But it’s very very good.

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  19. CM

    Movies I love (and have to watch if they happen to be on):
    Jaws
    Shawshank
    Raging Bull
    Back To The Future
    Die Hard
    Heat
    Terminator 2
    Schindler’s List
    Stand By Me
    LA Confidential
    12 Monkeys
    Born On The Fourth Of July (the only film in which I can stomach Cruise, I’m sick to the stomach that he’s been cast as Jack Reacher – someone needs to be taken out the back and executed for that)
    Rear Window (great call earlier, my favourite ‘classic’)
    The Last Of The Mohicans
    Se7en
    True Romance (this was my clear favourite film for about a decade)

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  20. Section8

    What they need to do is bring back Mystery Science Theater. I mean how much did that cost to make? Plus it gives you the chance to watch those movies you’d never buy in the dollar bin at the local gas station.

    You’ll pick up pretty quickly that most of my posts get multiple down thumbs, even when I’m not expressing an opinion (obviously I’m expressing opinions here)……i.e. it’s completely meaningless.

    That’s only because there’s no two thumbs down button. Seriously though, who gives a shit really? So if you get enough to be hidden, chances are more people are inclined to click on the view comment button. Personally, I think it would be cool if there was the finger button. As a side note, I don’t think I’ve ever clicked the thumbs down.

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  21. Mississippi Yankee

    Oh and just about the funniest movie, to me, is Bandits. But then again I like all of the stuff Billy Bob Thornton did. And that includes Angelina :-P

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  22. Poosh

    Favorite movies:

    1) Transformers (1984)
    2) Star Wars Prequels (yeah that’s right)
    3) Star Wars Originals
    4) The Fountain
    5) Kick-Ass

    Best movies

    1) The Fountain
    2) Star Wars Saga
    3) Watchmen
    4) Amelie
    5) Moulin Rouge
    6) Die Hard / Mission Impossible 3 < tied, both subvert the action genre and blow it out of the water

    Should Terminator 2 be somewhere ?
    + Saving Private Ryan

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  23. Seattle Outcast

    the only film in which I can stomach Cruise, I’m sick to the stomach that he’s been cast as Jack Reacher – someone needs to be taken out the back and executed for that

    When you find out who, come get me and we’ll make a road trip out of it, but Cruise gets first….

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  24. thelastdakrat

    A thumbs down for someone’s movie choices? Seriously?

    I gave him the first one as a joke because in the other thread he joked that his post would get at least five down votes. I think mostly people just down vote CM’s posts to get a reaction out of him.

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  25. repmom

    Repmom, why in the name of Zeus would you leave behind the Dark Knight, surely the best of the Batman-Nolan movies !!??

    Really, you liked it the best? I loved the first and last one, but I didn’t care for the second one as much. It was good, don’t get me wrong, and Heath Ledger did a fantastic job as the joker, but it was just too “dark” for me, I guess. And not enough “Bruce Wayne” in it.

    I’ve seen “Dark Knight” twice, really have no desire to see it again. I could watch “Batman Begins” over and over. And I would love to see “Dark Knight Rises” again before it leaves the theater. There’s some stuff at the end I wasn’t paying enough attention to, and should have been. Kind of missed important info. I need to see that again. Plus, it was just an awesome movie.

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  26. repmom

    I gave him the first one as a joke because in the other thread he joked that his post would get at least five down votes.

    Ha! Very good! I should have realized that.

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  27. repmom

    Born On The Fourth Of July (the only film in which I can stomach Cruise

    That’s the only one I can’t stomach. That was the most depressing movie I have ever seen in my life.

    Once Were Warriors is about as violent as it gets.

    That looks absolutely horrid. That is on your favorite’s list? I ‘m starting to get concerned about you, CM. I thought liberals were against violence.

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  28. Poosh

    Kind of missed important info.

    You may not have… quite a few plot holes which left me scratching my head.

    But I’ve seen it three times now, and I still love it. Just wish it was better made.

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  29. repmom

    Just wish it was better made.

    Really? In what way? I thought it was great.

    But I’ve seen it three times now

    Cool! I need you to come go with me to see it again. I don’t think I can get any of my friends – or hubby – to go with me. They’re not into it as much as I am.

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  30. West Virginia Rebel

    Seattle Outcast:

    All Woody Allen movies

    Even Sleeper?

    As for Batman, I’m surprised nobody mentioned Tim Burton’s original.

    The third movie in the Nolan trilogy suffers from sequal-itis, IMO, Colorado shootings aside.

    My favorite bad movies:

    Kingdom of the Spiders
    Cannonball Run
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Plan 9 From Outer Space
    King Kong (1976)

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  31. repmom

    As for Batman, I’m surprised nobody mentioned Tim Burton’s original.

    I liked it. Michael Keaton was a cool Batman. But he’s no Christian Bale.

    The third movie in the Nolan trilogy suffers from sequal-itis,

    No. It added more story-line, more plot, and finished it up. To me the second one just set the scene for the last one.

    The big question is – when can we talk about the ending!!!!!

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  32. repmom

    Dark Knight Trilogy –

    The four of us who watched all three movies together like the second one least. None of us had read the comics. The daughter of the other couple had read the comics, and she liked the second one best.

    Do you think having read the comics – or not – makes a difference in your preference of the movies?

    Just curious……

    Or is it just age-related? :)

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  33. repmom

    Just wish it was better made.

    Really? In what way? I thought it was great.

    Poosh – in re-reading comments, my question seems stupid. When I read “better made”, I thought in terms of quality of the film. Special effects, lighting, etc.

    In re-reading your comments, I assume you meant “better made” in not leaving the plot holes you mentioned.

    Sorry.

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  34. Poosh

    lol Repmom, alas I am British, but currently in Brunei where cinema is about £3.00 on average, compared to about £9-10 in merry ol’ England. I boycott cinema most of the time in the UK because I remember when tickets were £4.00 in the UK damn it. If everyone behaved like me the prices would be driven down … or go up drastically. One of the two.

    I have never read a Batman comic, or DC or Marvel comic, in my life lol. But Dark Knight was such a wonderful masterpiece and answered the question of why it was so important for Batman not to kill, in Batman Begins. It was a subtle pro-Bush/American war on terror piece which showed Batman fighting an enemy no one could understand despite all their attempts to rationalise it. It showed Batman going through every controversial thing Bush’s America engaged in to fight terror: rendition, enhanced integrations, overextended surveillance. It also had a lot to say about the human spirit yet showed how the best of us can fall into madness. The lengths Batman had to go to, to protect Gotham, the questionable things he did that in the end we wanted him to do: in the end we hate him because he can take the hate upon his shoulders and absolve us of the blame for the things he did to protect us. Nolan’s basically pissing all over Hollywood whilst denying it.

    Which leads to the third movie which is excellent as a comic book movie but as Nolan’s realistic batman saga it has too many plot holes and flaws that the film is slowly pulled down. Bane’s entire plan makes no sense when you think about it, indeed lots of it makes no sense at all if you think about it, but it goes so fast and is so well done you don’t really realise it.

    I was thinking about what confused me about the Dark Knight Rises but then the piece of the puzzle occured to me. I was wondering why Blackgate Prison is in the movie at all? It makes little sense. But then I had to understand this as part II to the Dark Knight. As an analogy for the war on terror – Blackgate Prison is (obviously it now seems) analogous to Guantanamo Bay < once that thought occurred to me, it fell into place. I saw no reason for why Dark Knight Rises was set 8 years after Dark Knight but it makes perfect sense if you're doing a post-war on terror movie. nearly a decade has passed, things seem "to the people" safe. Remember the Congressman's words about Gordon? "he still thinks we're at war" and Blakes "why are you acting like we're still at war?" or some such. It's obvious now what Nolan is trying to convey. We left Batman in the cold and thought we didn't need him, and he rotted away. But Gordon is right, the war was never over. But then Nolan mixes it with an anti-Occupy/anti-"eat the rich" subtext which should have imo been his primary goal, not the war on terror stuff, that was done in the previous film. Which could help explain why the narrative ends up so confused and the plot is unstable. There's still good stuff in there, remember Gordon (took me THREE attempts to make out what he was saying, bad sound editing in this movie) talking about how the rules and structures prevented him from fighting the mob and crime, so he turned to the Batman. Bingo. Blake's journey is from saying "your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner" to admitting, at the end, that Gordon was right. That being said there was no need for Blake to be in this movie other than to set up a ************.

    If you're not into the subtext etc then here are five basic things that pissed me off: SPOILERS

    1) *Someone* is seen in the cockpit of the “flying machine” 10 seconds before the device goes off… yet somehow *someone” survived?

    2) Gotham is pretty crime-free, why is Bane trying to destroy it? And blowing up along with Gotham means and end of the League of Shadows … the point of the League is to exist throughout time setting purging fires when it is needed … Liam Neeson says this shit in the first movie!

    3) Blake doesn’t like guns one minute then suddenly is running around with a Shotgun. Convenient!

    4) Blake knows who Batman is because “of the most stupid thing I’ve ever heard of”

    5) The entire ticking bomb plot, how they got the bomb, and how they had to stop is more or less the same as what happens in Batman Begins.

    6) Unnecessary shot of Gary Oldman’s ARSE.

    I love Avengers and Star Trek, yet both have a few flaws and plotholes, yet they are not bigger than the movie itself, and the movie speeds pass those gripes, both are stunning “for all the family” movies that are simply top of their game. With Dark Knight Rises the plotholes and flaws are at the edge of the movie and constantly threaten to eat it up.

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  35. repmom

    Poosh –

    That was awesome! I never get that much from movies. I just watch them for entertainment. Thanks for taking the time to write (type) all that.

    You have definitely convinced me to watch “Dark Knight” a third time. And I absolutely have to see “DKR” again.

    Yes, we all complained after “DKR” about not being able to understand half of what was said, especially Bane.

    I’m not into Star Trek, but did enjoy the Avengers.

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  36. ilovecress

    Batman Spoilers
    Poosh – I like your analysis. Especially the pro-neocon reading. The reason that I think Nolan is a genius is that he actually plays both sides of the coin pretty well. Us liberals read the movie the same way, but with one specific difference – in that Bush isn’t Batman. He does destroy the surveillance in the end, he takes the blame. He’s got the ‘checks and balances’ on him (Fox, Alfred) to stop him from turning into a dictator.

    As for the third film – you’re right that the comic book plot makes no sense – but if you look at it as a story of a guy getting older and not being able to handle it, then I think it works great. Things change – you get older, you get overtaken, the way things are aren’t always going to be the way they are. You have to accept change, you have to accept progress, otherwise you’re doomed. In this way the film can be read as very progressive.

    But the genius of it (carried over from the second film) is that it is also anti-progressive. It is firmly against revolutionary politics, and the ‘old guard’ are still needed to save the day. The villain uses ‘hope’ as a weapon to control the people. The 99% quickly become the enemy. The old way of doing things what they go back to, and the city is saved by a corporation.

    In this way, he’s saying to progressives “You guys are right, change and progress is needed, but don’t be too crazy about it” and he’s saying to Conservatives “you can’t keep things the same the whole time – progress is needed, and you guys should lead the change rather than resist it.” It’s small c conservatism.

    As for your other points:
    1. Or did he? Wishful thinking from Alfred? I’d have loved it if the film ended before that reveal.
    2. I think the league of shadows is mental by now and bent on revenge – there are no LOS henchmen really in the film apart from the villain(s)
    3. Yeah I was wondering about the no-killing rule with Blake
    4. I thought he was going to turn out to be kid joffrey
    5. Yep – except I’ve heard that the person we think has died has not died and that explains why it’s so disappointing.
    6. And not enough catwoman.

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  37. repmom

    I love these takes on the movies, guys.

    Would love to hear more from others, or comments on your takes.

    Very interesting.

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  38. CM

    That looks absolutely horrid. That is on your favorite’s list? I ‘m starting to get concerned about you, CM. I thought liberals were against violence.

    It is on my favourite’s list yeah. It was just so well done.
    It was a graphic acknowledgment of domestic violence, and where it comes from and where it leads. More spedifically the realtionship between poverty, alcoholism and domestic violence. I know that’s all been done before but this is a local version and shows that Maori men, who were once proud warriors, often struggle to overcome their family role today.. The book was written by a Maori, and the main characters are Maori (Jake, the main character, is played by Temuera Morrison, who also played bounty hunter Jango Fett in the Star Wars series).
    We have some pretty serious domestic violence issues in NZ and Maori are disproptionately represented in the stats.
    The director, Lee Tamahori, went on to make Mullholland Falls, Die Another Day, Along Came A Spider, and an episode of The Sopranos. Also, dressed as a woman, he was arrested for allegedly offering an undercover police officer oral sex (but convicted only of criminal trespass, having plead no contest in exchange for other charges being dropped).

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  39. ilovecress

    I love that ‘Once were warriors’ was desbribed as ‘way too girlie for anyone with testosterone, yet the adaptation of a broadway musical about a writer looking for inspiration from the women in his life goes without mention.

    It’s almost as if people try to disagree with CM no matter what he says…

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  40. repmom

    “It’s almost as if…..”

    I’ve noticed that as well. And when called on it, they don’t return to defend that comment.

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  41. InsipiD

    Also, dressed as a woman, he was arrested for allegedly offering an undercover police officer oral sex (but convicted only of criminal trespass, having plead no contest in exchange for other charges being dropped).

    That doesn’t happen without money.

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  42. repmom

    CM –

    I’ve never been able to handle stuff dealing with domestic violence, no matter how well done it might be.

    The only film I can think of I did like was “Enough”‘ with Jennifer Lopez. I loved the way she took control of the situation, and kicked his ass at the end. Good movie. Her best, IMO.

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  43. CM

    I’ve never been able to handle stuff dealing with domestic violence, no matter how well done it might be.

    Fair enough. It’s not for everyone. It’s often very difficult to watch. Especially when it’s made/filmed in such a raw way.
    There is an Aussie film called ‘The Boys’ which I found hard to get through. It was brilliant too though. As was ‘Romper Stomper’ (also Australian, one of Russell Crowe’s earliest).
    I love Australian film.

    The only film I can think of I did like was “Enough”‘ with Jennifer Lopez. I loved the way she took control of the situation, and kicked his ass at the end. Good movie. Her best, IMO.

    I’d have Out Of Sight as her best (she had excellent chemistry with Clooney). Although I did really also enjoy Tarsem Singh’s ‘The Cell’ too.

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  44. Poosh

    4. I thought he was going to turn out to be kid joffrey

    YES. Me too oddly enough lol.

    *Batman DID just throw him a £10,000 piece of equipment on a whim basically lol

    Salon called Dark Knight Rises a fascist movie, so i think Nolan hit the right buttons :p

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  45. Iconoclast

    Wow, this has degenerated into actual discussion…;-)

    Is it too late to post another list?

    1. 2001: A Space Odessey
    2. The Day the Earth Stood Still (Original Michael Rennie version)
    3. The Planet of the Apes (Original Charlton Heston version)
    4. Dragonslayer
    5. Beastmaster

    Although not a movie per se, if stranded on a desert isle, I’d like to have Nightwish’s End of an Era CD/DVD collection.

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  46. ilovecress

    What’s with O Brother being on so many peoples lists? I love the film too, but I never really hear it mentioned much – but here lots of people like it?

    What is it about that film that it speaks to RTFTLCers more than anyone else?

    Oh, and Die Hard.

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  47. CM

    They’re all in love with Clooney, closely followed by Matt Damon (and Sean Penn of course). ;-)

    I’m pleasantly surprised that many of them are able to put the entertainment ahead of the politics of the actors involved. Plenty of people seem to struggle with that.

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  48. Mississippi Yankee

    What is it about that film[ Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?] that it speaks to RTFTLCers more than anyone else?

    As I mentioned above it really is the retelling of Homer’s Odyssey circa 1930’s Mississippi. The Coen brothers declare as much in the opening credits of the movie. Sirens, Cyclops… it has it all.
    Plus the period sound-track is wonderful too. The very first song is an actual recording of a chain-gang chanting to keep time while they chopped wood. (1959 – Camp B Mississippi State Penitentiary in Lambert)

    It’s called ‘Po Lazarus’

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  49. repmom

    They’re so in love with Clooney…….

    Not so much. Can’t stand Sean Penn. do like Matt Damon movies.

    Can’t always put politics aside for entertainment, but make a special effort for Johnny Depp.

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  50. ilovecress

    My Batchelors degree dissertation was about the Coen brothers films….

    And you say that a liberal arts degree is worthless…..:-)

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  51. CM

    My Batchelors degree dissertation was about the Coen brothers films….

    And you say that a liberal arts degree is worthless…..:-)

    It certainly didn’t help you spell Bachelor’s…..;-p

    Specifically what was the angle?

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  52. ilovecress

    hehehe – my degree was in soup.

    The angle was how political communications reflected or influenced popular culture with regard to masculinity, and what it means to be masculine.

    So yeah – I spent a lot of time over analysing films, and over analysing political ads and speeches….

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  53. working_man

    In addition to being a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, that film (OB,WAT?) withstands repeated watching and has some of the best quotable lines this side of Caddyshack.

    Btw – add Caddshack to list…..

    And for the record, Clooney is awesome in almost everything he is in.. Dont agree with the man politically, but love his films.

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  54. hist_ed

    Shit I am late to this party:

    Five? only five?

    Hoop Dreams
    Patton
    Casablanca
    Queen Margot
    Black Hawk Down
    Ronin

    (sorry always was bad at math)

    Bad movies that I love anyway:
    Barb Wire (remake of Casablanca)
    Battle Beyond the Stars (remake of Sevan Samurai)
    The Wind and the Lion (I show it to my students every year-any part with Brian Keith is great, any part with Sean Connery sucks).

    In addition to being a retelling of Homer’s Odyssey,

    It wasn’t. An interviewer asked the Coen’s about the similarities and they something like “Yeah sure that’s the ticket” and then in a later interview admitted that they didn’t know the story of the Odyssey.

    Remember when Pulp Fiction came out and lots of people talked about it beying a retelling of the Holy Grail quest? Didn’t really stand up either.

    Edit: Forgot Breaker morant. guess that makes top 7

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  55. salinger

    It wasn’t. An interviewer asked the Coen’s about the similarities and they something like “Yeah sure that’s the ticket” and then in a later interview admitted that they didn’t know the story of the Odyssey.

    they got ya Histed – the movie starts with a quote from Homer’s Odyssey. The flic is marginally based on the poem – but it is the brothers trying to seem more cryptic who started the rumor that neither of them had ever read the piece. No matter what – it is one of the few movies that will stop me in my tracks when channel surfing. Bladerunner is another.

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  56. Mississippi Yankee

    Thanks Sally, and here’s a quote and a clip from Thouchstone pictures:

    Published on Feb 6, 2012 by TouchstoneOnDemand

    Disenchanted with the daily drudge of crushing rocks on a prison farm in Mississippi, the dapper, silver-tongued Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) busts loose. Except he’s still shackled to his own chain-mates from the chain gang — bad-tempered Pete (John Turturro) and sweet, dimwitted Delmar (Tim Blake Nelson). With nothing to lose and buried loot to regain — before it’s lost forever in a flood — the three embark on the adventure of a lifetime in this hilarious offbeat road picture. Populated with strange characters, including a blind prophet, sexy sirens, and a one-eyed Bible salesman (John Goodman), it’s an odyssey filled with chases, close calls, near misses, and betrayal that will leave you laughing at every outrageous and surprising twist and turn.

    Ulysses Everett McGill

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