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Old 01-02-2013, 08:27 PM   #126
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Hunger is a great, great film.
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I was in middle school when I watched The Godfather I & II, Bonnie & Clyde, and Cool Hand Luke for the first time. Then in high school I explored `60s and `70s cinema for the first time, in addition to more contemporary classics like the works of the Coen brothers. It's a truly magical time. For people like us, the best we can do is seek out foreign films. Netflix has a decent selection and I've watched some great stuff in the past 3 years.
****! Completely forgot about Cool Hand Luke. Consider it an honourable mention.
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Seriously, I'd kill to be able to watch this many four-star classics for the first time in a single year again.
They only get better.

8. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Watched on 09/22/12)



Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tells the story of two Western outlaws who robbed banks and trains. The film could easily be compared to Bonnie and Clyde, but while that film depicted their characters as horrid people, Butch Cassidy has a very likable cast and the strength of the actors really sell it. Paul Newman and Robert Redford are especially awesome. They have great chemistry and create two outlaws that the audience really roots for. There’s also some very well executed scenes and a tone of pure fun is maintainted throughout. The ending is also fairly touching and a bit sad. Great film, and one of my favourite Westerns too.

7. Groundhog Day (Watched on 12/10/12)



I did not expect much from Groundhog Day. At best, I thought I’d get a solid comedy elevated greatly by Bill Murray. I had no idea the film would end up being one of the best I’d see all year. Bill Murray plays Phil, a weatherman who has to continuously relive the worst day of his life. Though he may change his actions, everyday is the same and no one can remember the others like it except Phil. It’s a brilliant idea and the film takes full advantage of it. Bill Murray’s humour comes off strong and there’s some great comedy throughout. More importantly though is the exploration of the central idea and the themes it brings foreword. Phil’s character arc is, while simple, extremely rewarding to see and the film is constantly entertaining. Groundhog Day; it works as light entertainment and so much more.

6. Ran (Watched on 11/15/12)



In high school, “King Lear” was probably my least favourite Shakespeare play, which is why I find it amusing that Ran (an adaptation of “King Lear” would become my favourite Shakespeare film adaptation. To summarize the plot would be too complicated, so I’ll just say that it involves an elderly Japanese man who forfeits his empire due to poor decision making. The film is a true epic; Akira Kurosawa brings a tremendous sense of scope to the story, particularly through his visuals. Kurosawa’s reserved style is very effective. He doesn’t use any fancy editing or tricks, he just allows the story to play out naturally. There’s also a lot of fascinating thematic ideas running through the film.
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Old 01-02-2013, 10:41 PM   #129
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I'm really happy that you liked Ran so much.
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I'm really happy that you liked Ran so much.
I strongly considered moving it higher actually.
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I don't even have too many of them left.
How? There's a lot of countries in the world.

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You never saw Groundhog Day?!?!
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He saw all the sitcoms that ripped off the movie.
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Even the Stargate one?
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I don't always remember movies I saw in the theater when I was younger, but GD I recall quite clearly seeing three or four times while I lived in Germany. Does anyone else watch it during the Christmas season, despite it not being a Christmas movie? I never actually watch it during/on Groundhog Day.
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Well, I've seen most of the rep theater classics anyway.
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Even the Stargate one?
I actually don't recall seeing any TV shows that ripped it off. But I also don't watch a lot of TV.

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I don't always remember movies I saw in the theater when I was younger, but GD I recall quite clearly seeing three or four times while I lived in Germany. Does anyone else watch it during the Christmas season, despite it not being a Christmas movie? I never actually watch it during/on Groundhog Day.
I did watch it in December, but I didn't plan in like that.
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Ran is one of my all time favorite movies.
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Ran is one of my all time favorite movies.
It's phenomenal.

5. Do The Right Thing (Watched on 12/03/12)



A look at racial tension in New York circa the late 1980′s, Do The Right Thing is a smart and powerful film made brilliantly by Spike Lee. Do The Right Thing doesn’t really follow a plot. Instead, the film just shows one hot summer day in New York City neighborhood. Despite the lack of a formal plot, Lee is able to build a tremendous amount of tension through various events as well as Lee’s technique. There’s a lot of really stylish touches here, particularly in how the film is shot and edited. The film also has a great soundtrack which is used to excellent effect. Bold, stylish, and ambitious, Do The Right Thing is a must see.

4. The Royal Tenenbaums (Watched on 07/13/12)



The Royal Tenenbaums follows the Tenenbaum family and how their lives are affected by one specific member; Royal (Gene Hackman). The film succeeds in many different areas. The script, penned by Wes Anderson and Owen Wilson, creates some fascinating characters and scenarios while also being very funny. The cast is also exceptionally good. No one is miscast and everyone is excellent, with Gene Hackman really standing out. Director Wes Anderson uses some amazing soundtrack decisions and the visuals are also unusually well-constructed for a comedy. I don’t know if I could point to one element as most important, but I do know that all of these elements came together to form one of my favourite films.

3. Rashomon (Watched on 06/30/12)



A bandit, a samurai, and the samurai’s wife have something happen to them in the forest. “What happened in the forest?” you may ask. Well, that’s what Rashomon is all about. Everyone has their own version of what happened and each story contradicts the others. The point of the film isn’t which story is right, the point is that people are inherent liars and will say anything as long as it serves their own purposes. Each of the stories are interesting in their own right and there’s some really strong acting, especially from the great Toshiro Mifune. The film also utilizes some subtle but very effective and intelligent visuals. Overall, the film is a brilliant examination of human nature.
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by far kurosawa's best movie.

his others are great, but rashomon is in a league of its own.
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While on the subject of movies that get ripped off for tv episodes, Rashomon...
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"Ripped off" is a bit harsh. May as well say all monster movies rip off King Kong.
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2. Seven Samurai (Watched on 07/24/12)



My last Kurosawa entry, I promise. I had a year of anticipation leading into Seven Samurai. Given that, it’s amazing how well the film lived up to the hype. The story is relatively straight-foreword; a group of samurai protect a village from bandits. There are however a number of underlying themes with permeate the film, such as the nature of tradition, honour, and the price of heroism. Kurosawa brings a huge sense of scale to the film but never forgets about the intimate feelings of the characters. Speaking of which, the characters are all very good, and I especially liked the master swordsman Kyuzo (Seiji Miyaguchi), group leader Kambei (Takashi Shimura), and the eccentric Kikuchiyo (the amazing Toshiro Mifune). The film also has a very moving and powerful ending, along with one of the greatest climaxes in film history. Overall, Seven Samurai is a total masterpiece which could have easily topped my list.

1. Aliens (Watched on 01/11/12)



I ****ing love Aliens. I’m almost tempted to leave it there, but I suppose I should elaborate a bit. Aliens follows returning protagonist Ellen Ripley, who has been released from her cryo-pod 57 years after the events from the first film. She finds herself returning to LV-426 so she can overcome her demons by eliminating the xenomorph threat. The results? A badass action film with Ripley and a bunch of marines fighting aliens. The film is endlessly entertaining, constantly awesome, and extremely badass. The action scenes are nothing short of incredible, and James Cameron does a great job making the sci-fi elements feel real. Beneath its surface of action, there’s a great story to Aliens with interesting themes and allegories. These include themes of motherhood, overcoming issues, and even the Vietnam war. The film is also full of great characters. Not just Ripley, but the marines are awesome too. Aliens is great filmmaking through and through, a movie I can watch again and again and still love.
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PG Cooper is at that age where one begins to discover all the classics. We need more young people like you around here.
We need that in general, not just here.
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Young people are being created every day.

...if what I hear is true.
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...if what I hear is true.
It's true and they love Channing Tatum.
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well he said he's taking a year off acting, so rest easy neverending.
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