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Ranga Sreenivasan
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My picks (in no particular order):
As Good As It Gets
A Few Good Men
Matrix
Lord Of The Rings (all three) {BTW "Return of the King" rocks}
The Godfather
Pulp Fiction
The Untouchables
Odessa File
Dances With Wolves
Amistad
Star Wars (the first series)
Braveheart
Memento
The Great Race
Ben-Hur
Where Eagles Dare
Rainman
This is my first list, shall update it as and when I remember
Hope to get some great additions from other Ranchers
Steven Broadbent
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in no particular order
The Italian Job
Great Escape
Fistful of Dollars
It's a wonderful Life
Rope
Rear Window
African Queen
Casablanca
Ice Cold in Alex
Afraid matrix is a pile of pretentious ****


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Ranga Sreenivasan
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The Italian Job
Great Escape

How did I miss those?
BTW, Matrix in my list represents The Matrix (the first one) only...
Reloaded and Revloutions would probably make up some other list ...
Jim Yingst
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Of those listed already, I most agree with
The African Queen
Casablanca
The Godfather (I & II)
Lord Of The Rings (all 3)
Star Wars (IV & V)
And will also add
Brazil
Das Boot
Galaxy Quest
The Life of Brian
The Mission
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Though I've probably forgotten several. And never even seen many others...


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Steven Broadbent
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Double indemnity
North by North west
the 39 steps
each dawn I die
frankenstein (Boris Karloff)
Gaslight
Tim Baker
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Steven Broadbent
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How about actors/actresses you love/hate?

Love - Michael Caine, Cary Grant, Sandra Bullock, Bergman , James Stewart , Clint Eastwood , Stephen Fry

Hate - Dustin Hoffman, Woody Allen, Julia Roberts
Ranga Sreenivasan
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Thought of some more:
The Shaolin Temple
Seven
I don't think I hate any actor/actress. But those whom I like are listed below.
Actors:
Jack Nicholson
Clint Eastwood
Samuel L Jackson
Morgan Freeman
Robin Williams
John Travolta
Tom Cruise
Actresses:
(Man...I love them all )
[ December 19, 2003: Message edited by: Ranga Sreenivasan ]
Steven Broadbent
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Salma Hayek....no explanation needed.
Paul Stevens
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The Life of Brian Good stuff Jim.
Richard Hawkes
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I like too many films for lots of strange reasons. Ten movies that have stuck in my mind as particulary special in some aspect (and that haven't been listed yet) include:
Akira
Apocalypse Now
Bullit
Hana bi (called Fireworks in the US)
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Point Blank
Police Story (1 and 2)
The Shining
Toy Story (perfect)
Yojinbo
From other posts, I'd second The Godfather (1 and 2), Pulp Fiction, Casablanca, The Mission, Raiders of the Lost Ark (another perfect film), Star Wars (I like them all), Lord of the Rings, Life of Brian
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Steven Broadbent:
How about actors/actresses you love/hate?
Like because they're beautiful: Jessica Lange, Jenny Agutter - I had severe boyhood crushes on these two women
... cool: Harvey Keitel, Ray Winstone, Harrison Ford, Brad Pitt.
... beautiful and cool: the Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon girl Zhang Ziyi.
Really, really don't like: Juliet Lewis, Woody Allen (he writes very well tho').
John Smith
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Pulp Fiction
Once Upon a Time In America
Antonia's Line
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
American Beauty
Forrest Gump
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How about actors/actresses you love/hate?

Glen Close makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs with a spoon.


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Thomas Paul
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:
Glen Close makes me want to gouge out my eyeballs with a spoon.
A lot of people have that reaction to her.


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R K Singh
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Some of the English movies which comes to mind immediately are :
Schindler's List
Sixtth Sense
Heaven and Earth
Monsoon wedding
God must be crazy Part-1/2
Bhaji on the Beach
European:
Birds can fly (I watched this with sub titles so it must be in some European language.)
Indian Movies:
Pushpak (not a sigle word is spoken in this comedy movie)
Sahab Bibi Aur Gulam
Pyasa (Old, Dir: Guru Dutt)
Roti (Old, not starring Rajesh Khanna)
Mahal (Old, Staring : Ashok Kumar, Madhubala)
Arth
Janam (TeleFilm, Dir: Mahesh Bhatt)


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sunitha reghu
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Originally posted by R K Singh:
Some of the English movies which comes to mind immediately are :
God must be crazy Part-1/2

cool movie
Joe Pluta
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Here's some movies I love which haven't been listed:
Lilo and Stitch
The Usual Suspects
Frequency
Stand and Deliver
Payback
Miss Congeniality
A League of Their Own
Michael
From that you may get the idea that I have eclectic tastes [grin]. These are all movies I own and have watched multiple times (except TUS, which I can't find on DVD anywhere).
Another movie I watch whenever it's on, but I don't own, is The Iron Giant.
Joe
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Alien (first)
Star Wars (first)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Matrix (first and last)
The Life of Bryan
The Holy Grail
The Godfather (first)
Platoon
Up in Smoke
Nightmare on Elm Street (first)
History of the World
Young Dr. Frankenstein
The Exorcist (first)
High Plains Drifter
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Probably lots more


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Paul Stevens
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Many of my favorites are already listed.
I also liked
Shawshank Redemption
Happy Gilmore
Animal House
Shrek
Dan Chisholm
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The action movie genre seems to be fairly well covered, but there appears to be a lack of appreciation for food movies such as Eat Drink Man Woman,
Like Water for Chocolate, or Tampopo. That's a surprise. Suppose you were forced to spend one week alone on an island and you were offered the choice of a one week supply of food or a one week supply of action movies. Which would you take? Obviously, must everyone feels that food is better, so why is there so much confusion in the area of movie selection?


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Sonny Gill
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Originally posted by Richard Hawkes:
Yojinbo

Have you seen Sanjuro? It continues the story of Yojimbo.. faster action, more amusing.
Others by Kurosawa -
The Seven Samurai
Ran (pronounced raan)
The one which means 'Shadow Warrior' in Japanese, cant remember the name


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Adrian Yan
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OMG, no one pick Office Space? PC LOAD LETTER!!!
HS Thomas
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The Fifth Element
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Donnie Darko
I haven't seen these but would rent them.
Crimson Gold - Award Winning Iranian drama which has been banned by the Teheran authorities. About a pizza delivery man and how he begins a descent into crime. The actor here in his first role was himself a pizza delivery man and also paranoid schizophrenic.
Secretary - A very funny , very wise movie about sado-masochism in the workplace. A creepy lawyer hires an unhinged secretary straight out of mental hospital to type his letters and to his unusual desires ; material is apparently handled very sensitively.
I wonder how it compares with Indecent Proposal
A bit of Hollywood twisted history (SO this was really what I was getting to )
According to the Hollywood movie U-571 America was responsible for capturing a codebook which led to the cracking of Enigma.
In Saving Private Ryan British soldiers played no part in D-Day Landings ; the liberation of france was presented as a triumph for American forces.

The final insult , Tom Cruise is planning to star in a movie in which the Yanks win the Battle of Britain.
The project entitled The Few , will show Tom Cruise as Billy Fiske, a Chicago Businessman who signed up with the RAF. Although a hero Fiske died in his 42nd mission but had no official skills. The Few will suggest that he vanquished the Luftwaffe single-handedly.
If The Few goes ahead we may see a British film in which Marines raise the Union Jack over Iowa Jima before rushing to defy the Nazis in the Battle of the Bulge.
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[HS]: Although a hero Fiske died in his 42nd mission but had no official skills.

I can't figure out what the "official skills" part means. He survived 41 missions, but didn't know how to do anything officially?
U-571 was an offensively stupid distortion of history, focusing as it does on specific actions that were definitely British achievements in reality. But Saving Private Ryan - what was the problem here? It wasn't portrayed as being about the entire liberation of France. It was about one particular squad within the US Army. Aside from enemies, they saw mostly other US Army troops because that's who they were working for. We they supposed to make sure they spent time chatting with the other allied troops too, so no one felt left out? :roll: The movie was very much a troops-eye view of things; it didn't attempt to present the big picture.
Sure, there are plenty of Hollywood distortions of reality out there which can be complained about, and I have no interest in defending many of them. But IMO we also shouldn't expect that a movie that involves a particular subject is responsible for educating us about everything connected with that subject.
The final insult...
Don't bet on it.
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Steven Broadbent
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Braveheart???
Michael Morris
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Braveheart???
How did we forget that one!
Richard Hawkes
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Originally posted by Sonny Gill:
Have you seen Sanjuro? It continues the story of Yojimbo.. faster action, more amusing. - Another excellent film, with the shortest climatic sword duel ever.
The one which means 'Shadow Warrior' in Japanese, cant remember the name - Kagemusha, haven't seen it yet, though.
Originally posted by HS Thomas:
Donnie Darko - a fine and rare example of how not understanding a plot can still result in an immensly enjoyable film! I viewed it twice in a row the same night. Great stuff.
[ December 21, 2003: Message edited by: Richard Hawkes ]
Oh, and the "Mad World" cover is now the UK's Christmas number 1 single.
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Joe Pluta
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According to the Hollywood movie U-571 America was responsible for capturing a codebook which led to the cracking of Enigma.
I'm not sure you want to hold up Enigma as an example of British greatness. Personally, I think the tragic treatment of Alan Turing was perhaps one of the saddest chapters of the latter half of the 20th century.
Joe
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True. A genius like Turing hounded and followed by the police, looking for 'inapropriate behaviour' with another man.
Michael Ernest
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The Fish that Saved Pittsburgh
Blood Beach
Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?
Private Lessons
The Pope Must Diet!
Three of Hearts
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Joe Versus the Volcano
Gym-kata
C.H.U.D.
Blame It on Rio


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HS Thomas
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:

I can't figure out what the "official skills" part means. He survived 41 missions, but didn't know how to do anything officially?
Sorry.Typo.official kills - WWII pilot parlance. Kind of notching up successful operations in targets hit to their pilots.
"At Tangmere there was some apprehension in 601 about taking "this untried American adventurer..." but Billy made no pretensions about his flying skill and was soon accepted. With typical gusto he threw himself into his training and on 20 July he undertook two operational take-offs in quick succession in Hurricane L1951 late in the afternoon. An American radio commentator (possibly Ed Murrow) said in 1942 that Billy Fiske, during his fleeting service with 601 destroyed six enemy aircraft, the first being a Heinkel. Billy enjoyed flying Hurricanes. No doubt the aircraft, with 100 gallons of petrol tucked away in tanks close to the pilot seat and an engine capable of taking it up to 335 mph reminded him of his Bentley. Then came the last flight. On 16 August Tangmere aerodrome was singled out for attack by German dive-bombers. The Operations Record Book of No 601 Squadron records that he took off in Hurricane P3358 at 12.25 pm. Squadron Leader Sir Archibald Hope Bt led the Squadron and they were ordered to patrol over Tangmere at about 12,000 feet. The dive-bombers, Junkers 87s, were seen to cross the coast east of Selsey Bill. When the Stukas, as they were called, started to dive on Tangmere and after several sharp individual combats, known as dog fights, the enemy were eventually chased out over the coast around Pagham Harbour.

When the Hurricanes started to land back at Tangmere, Billy Fiske's Hurricane was seen "to glide over the boundary and land on its belly." The Operations Record Book stated, "Pilot Officer Fiske was seen to land on the aerodrome and his aircraft immediately caught fire. He was taken from the machine but sustained severe burns ..." He was taken to the Royal West Sussex Hospital in Chichester, but died 48 hours later from shock.

The funeral took place on 20 August 1940. As the coffin, covered with the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes, was borne on a bier to Boxgrove Priory Church, the Central Band of the RAF played funeral marches. Overhead, the Battle of Britain raged on. The coffin was borne into the churchyard by six members of the ground staff at Tangmere. Billy's comrades, although they did not land back at Tangmere until late that day, came with him on his last journey to Boxgrove.

Billy Fiske, sportsman, golden boy, fighter pilot, is rightly honoured as the first American airman in British Service to die in World War II. Many Americans followed him. By 1941 there were enough American pilots in the RAF to form the three Eagle Squadrons, Nos 71, 121, and 132.

Text taken from a unsigned leaflet available for sale at Boxgrove Priory."
Sure, there are plenty of Hollywood distortions of reality out there which can be complained about, and I have no interest in defending many of them. But IMO we also shouldn't expect that a movie that involves a particular subject is responsible for educating us about everything connected with that subject.
In the interests of education and not glorification I think it's very important to set the record straight. Young people who have never heard of the Battle of Britain might accept the film's version as the truth.
Don't bet on it

OhMyGod(Is that what OMG stands for ?) I'm challenging an American.
So European History is going to be re-written by and remembered through Hollywood ?
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Shashawnk redemption
Green Mile
Good will hunting
Father of the bride ( only part I)
I don't remember the title but this movie of Akira sukumova in which one situation perceived by different people differently..


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Jim Yingst
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I don't remember the title but this movie of Akira sukumova in which one situation perceived by different people differently..
I'm guessing this is Rashomon by Akira Kurosawa. Which calls for a Simpsons quote:
Marge: "C'mon Homer, Japan will be fun! You liked 'Rashomon'..."
Homer: "That's not how I remember it..."


Kurosawa had a lot of great films, as others have mentioned. Sonny's list was good; Rashomon was the main one that was left out. Hey, I see that Ran is finally available in a good DVD release; probably worth picking up. As are many of his other films. But Ran is the one that had a crappy initial DVD release, while the others were available from Criterion. Glad to see that's rectified now...
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Jim Yingst
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[HS]: OhMyGod(Is that what OMG stands for ?) I'm challenging an American.
Hardly the first time, is it?
[HS]: So European History is going to be re-written by and remembered through Hollywood ?
Well most of it is just not interesting enough for that.
By "don't bet on it" I meant that there will almost surely be further instances. Both of Hollywood movies which excessively distort the events they claim to portray, and of perfectly good movies which draw complaints for no good reason.
[HS]: In the interests of education and not glorification I think it's very important to set the record straight. Young people who have never heard of the Battle of Britain might accept the film's version as the truth.
If the description of The Few turns out to be accurate, I'll agree with you on that point. I don't think your characterization of Saving Private Ryan was correct though, so I'll probably reserve judgement on The Few until I see it. Or at least until there are reports available from others who have seen it.
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Steven Broadbent
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The battle of britain isn't known as their finest hour for nothing. At that time the course of the war was on a knife edge and there was a real chance that the Germans could invade the UK and win the war very quickly.
This was a critical moment in the history of democratic europe.
If some hollywood type is going to re-write it so the whole thing was won by Americans ( with the help of a few token plucky cockneys I suppose) a lot of people here will be VERY VERY VERY VERY offended.
Seems hollywood bends over backwards not to offend anyone except the english.
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Uh huh. And those who would not like another movie suggesting German Naziism is alive and well, that all Russians are are KGB or tough-as-steel street killers, that all urban Italians are either mobbed up or conflicted priests, that all indigenous Americans are one dispossessed, seething lot of stoic garage mechanics and ex-cons with chiselled-features and short tempers, that all Japanese are cunning schemers waiting for their chance, that the Vietnamese have remade their agrarian societies on the backs of sequestered POWs....
Please. Hollywood lives on xenophbia of the most ridiculous sorts. No one is excluded. You can tell because everyone gets their chance to complain.
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Jack Daniel
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Hey..
Nobody likes movies like :
Ice Age
Lion King
and kinda movies ???!!#
or u would say.. i am not a kid..
Steven Broadbent
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I don't care if they portray the english as bumbling upper class twits a la Hugh Grant or even as soccer hooligans.
What I and a lot of others will object to is if a critical period in British history is reworked in an insulting and trite way.
 
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