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R K Singh
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In my definition classic movies are like classical novels. They are timeless. hen ever you see them, you would enjoy them.

1) Lawrance of Arabia:
I watched this movie in 2003-4. I came to know after watching movie that it was released in 1960s.

2)Matrix:
story is 2000+ yrs old.

3) Mahal:
1948 movie, and if you watch it, you can not take break.

4) Roti (old & b&w):
Ayn Rand may think to re-write Atlas-Shrugged.

5)Mughal-E-Azam:
A saga between Muslim and hindus; to change history.

6) Lion heart:
good movie to watch to watch change in history.

do you have any movie/novel to share, that is beyond time.
[ April 14, 2008: Message edited by: R K Singh ]

"Thanks to Indian media who has over the period of time swiped out intellectual taste from mass Indian population." - Chetan Parekh
Pat Farrell
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What, no Star Wars (#4)0 ?!?!?
Its a classic western morality play, just set in space. Great special effects.

Casablanca

The Great Escape

The Endless Summer
marc weber
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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Casino (1995)
Conversation, The (1974)
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
Doctor Strangelove (1964)
Eraserhead (1977)
Fight Club (1999)
Godfather, The (1972)
Goodfellas (1990)
Lords of Flatbush, The (1974)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Persona (1966)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
Reds (1981)
Seventh Seal, The (1957)
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)
Taxi Driver (1976)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
THX 1138 (original version) (1970)


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Alan Wanwierd
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Life of Brian (1979) - Surely the funniest movie ever made? and still side-splittingly funny after 100th viewing!
Pat Farrell
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Originally posted by marc weber:
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)


Yes, My Dinner belongs on the list.

You were 20 minutes late on Star Wars. A New Hope is just the revisionist title. IV, foo. I only wasted my time watching SW I, and it was free. The rest of them I skipped as being a complete waste of time.

Clearly Lucas has too much money.
Frank Silbermann
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Originally posted by Pat Farrell:


Yes, My Dinner belongs on the list.

You were 20 minutes late on Star Wars. A New Hope is just the revisionist title. IV, foo. I only wasted my time watching SW I, and it was free. The rest of them I skipped as being a complete waste of time.

Clearly Lucas has too much money.
Who was it on TV who was selling "My Dinner with Andre" Action Figures (film-based merchandising for children)?
Selvakumar Kumar
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Pulp Fiction (1994)

I could'nt see the movie more than half an hour.. i felt boring.. but still people talk about its greatness..
Vikas Kapoor
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Movies

- The Urban Legend

I love this film.I didn't find a single frame which you can remove without affecting the film.Not even that sex scene.
- The Ring
- The Grudge

Novels

I have read only one in english.
The Spoilers (Desmond Bagley)(1969)
[ April 16, 2008: Message edited by: Vishal Pandya ]
Amit Ghorpade
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Matrix (entire series)
Lion King (entire series)
Cast Away
Terminal
and many more to mention


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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This thread is cracking me up. More, please!


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Peter Rooke
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Godfather - "My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse."
Seven Samurai - "So. Again we are defeated. The farmers have won. Not us."
The Big Lebowski - "Fortunately I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, ----, uh, regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber."
The Life Of Brian - "I'm Brian, and so's my wife!"
Once Upon A Time In The West - "The end of the line!"
The Usual Suspects - "Who is Keyser Soze?"
Zulu - "Don't you chuck those ****** spears at me"


Regards Pete
Arvind Mahendra
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Originally posted by Amit Ghorpade:
Matrix (entire series)
Lion King (entire series)
Cast Away
Terminal
and many more to mention


you might want to also check out Gigli * Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Its Awesome!!


I want to be like marc
Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Arvind Birla:

you might want to also check out Gigli * Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Its Awesome!!


Oooh, I like you!
Arvind Mahendra
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Originally posted by Ernest Friedman-Hill:


Oooh, I like you!


Sheriff, I hope you mean that in a.....non-prison sort of way




ps: I like you too. Wanna catch The Terminal together on DVD?
Chandra Sekar
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GODFather
Shawshank Redemtion
One flew over cuckoos nest
Rain Man
Forrest Gump
Schindlers List
Finding Nemo

are some of my favorites.


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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Arvind Birla:

Sheriff, I hope you mean that in a.....non-prison sort of way


Ayup.


ps: I like you too. Wanna catch The Terminal together on DVD?


That would not be lovely!
Doug Slattery
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Hmmm...

Nobody's mentioned
Monty Python's Quest for the Holy Grail

Hilarious. Even more than the Life of Brian

Aloha,
Doug

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Nicholas Jordan
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Major Astro - Wichita Kansas / circa 1960
Alan Wanwierd
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Even more than the Life of Brian

No way.... Strange how many people make that mistake! L.O.B. is far superior - has a beter constructed storyline AND has a good underlying message...


crowd: "Yes we are all individuals!!!"
lone voice: "errr... I'm not"

Classic...
Doug Slattery
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No way.... Strange how many people make that mistake! ... AND has a good underlying message


Not! I watch comedy to laugh, not for an underlying message. It must be a left handed thing .

King Arthur to crowd: "How else can you prove she is made of wood?"
lone voice: "Build a bridge out of 'er!"

Sir Robin's minstrels (singing): "Brave Sir Robin ran away... When danger yielded its ugly head he quickly turned his tail and fled. Brave, brave, brave, brave Sir Robin!"

French king scolding down on King Arthur: "Now go away or I will taunt you a second time!"

Aloha,
Doug

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Jim Yingst
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[Alan]: No way.... Strange how many people make that mistake!

Not agreeing with your opinion is a "mistake"?

[Doug]: Not! I watch comedy to laugh, not for an underlying message. It must be a left handed thing .

I can't really tell what you're trying to say with the last sentence, but I'm left-handed and consider Life of Brian superior. Does that support your theory or contradict it?

The one that always mystified me was how many people seemed to like The Meaning of Life best, which always seemed easily the weakest of the three to me. Though it does have some good bits, I must admit.


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Alan Wanwierd
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
Not agreeing with your opinion is a "mistake"?


Ordinarily no, of course not - that would be incredibly arogant and egotistical of me. However, in *this* case, clearly those who dont agree with me are mistaken!!!

..and you are right 'Meaning Of Life' was nothing more than a series of disconnected sketches (some of which were very funny) - it didnt really work as a coherent movie.

On the whole Brian vs Grail issue - Do you think theres any correlation between your preference here and a preference for the humour of Palin vs Cleese? (Just curious... clearly there are 2 camps of opinion on the movies, just wondering if its random or if theres any other data that can be used to predict which you prefer?)
Doug Slattery
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I can't really tell what you're trying to say with the last sentence, but I'm left-handed and consider Life of Brian superior. Does that support your theory or contradict it?

I was thinking out loud trying to figure out reasons why people might like one over the other. Anyway, left handed isn't it, so theory disproved.

in *this* case, clearly those who dont agree with me are mistaken!!!

Normally, I'll admit I'm wrong when I know I am. However, in this case I *know* HG rules over LOB, so I won't give in.

On the whole Brian vs Grail issue - Do you think theres any correlation between your preference here and a preference for the humour of Palin vs Cleese?

In my case, I was exposed a lot more to Cleese from the Flying Circus series, so my opinion would be biased.

I will agree with both of you about MOL. I guess what turned me off most was the Broadway style scenes. I'm not into Broadway.

Aloha,
Doug

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Srikanth Raghavan
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Nobody mentioned Da Vinci Code?

And coming to movies, it gotta be these two for me:
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Godfather Trilogy

"I've made you an offer you can't refuse."

-- Srikanth
Marko Kencheto
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i like cartoons (Walt Disney, Dream Work Studio) very much:
- Beauty & The Beast
- Red Hat
- and so..

- forest gump
- films with Jackie Chan and Jet Li, and other
Sagar Rohankar
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" Pursuit of Happiness " - , a true story based on life of Chris Gardner , a story of 'from rags to riches' .. Lead Role : Will Smith ..

Classic movie..

Interviwer : "What if a guy comes for an interview without a shirt and what would you say if i hired him ??

Will Smith :[ think and say ] "Then he must have some really nice pants "


A must see movie ..


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Arvind Mahendra
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Showgirls. RATED NC-17!. enough said!
Marko Kencheto
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some native jokes can not be understood without 'base' of this country; Sasha Bairon has shown possible difference in cultures (his jokes can not be accepted allways perhaps), that can be caused by economical and social state too...
Ram kovis
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Originally posted by marc weber:
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Blade Runner (1982)
Blue Velvet (1986)
Casino (1995)
Conversation, The (1974)
Deer Hunter, The (1978)
Doctor Strangelove (1964)
Eraserhead (1977)
Fight Club (1999)
Godfather, The (1972)
Goodfellas (1990)
Lords of Flatbush, The (1974)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
My Dinner with Andre (1981)
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Persona (1966)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Raging Bull (1980)
Reds (1981)
Seventh Seal, The (1957)
Star Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)
Taxi Driver (1976)
This is Spinal Tap (1984)
THX 1138 (original version) (1970)


exactly my list.. Glad to see Taxi driver, Raging bull, Good Fellas,casino ( infact , all Scorsese's films)

And
Life Is Beautiful
The Godfather: Part II
scarface,
Dollars trilogy ( A Fistful of Dollars (1964) and For a Few Dollars More (1965),The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) -- Great cinematography, excellent music by Ennio Morricone)
psycho,
City Lights.
Frank Silbermann
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Originally posted by Arvind Birla:


you might want to also check out Gigli * Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez. Its Awesome!!
I agree with your choice, but allow me to point out that it's spelled "Gigi" (not "Gigli") and it stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez weren't even born when it was made. Vincente Minnelli (a husband of Liza Minnelli) directed it.
Paul Clapham
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Originally posted by Frank Silbermann:
Vincente Minnelli (a husband of Liza Minnelli) directed it.
Actually Liza Minnelli was Vicente's daughter.

(Edited so that my correction to a trivial error wouldn't contain a trivial spelling mistake... -- PC)
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Ernest Friedman-Hill
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Originally posted by Frank Silbermann:
I agree with your choice, but allow me to point out that it's spelled "Gigi" (not "Gigli") and it stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez weren't even born when it was made. Vincente Minnelli (a husband of Liza Minnelli) directed it.



Whoooooosh!

(The sound of my favorite joke from this thread zooming over your head).
Ben Souther
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"Harold & Maude" and "Paper Moon" are conspicuously absent from this thread.


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Pat Farrell
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Worst movie that I've seen ten or more times:
Brewster McCloud.

I worked as a movie projectionist in college.
Vikas Kapoor
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Originally posted by Frank Silbermann:
I agree with your choice, but allow me to point out that it's spelled "Gigi" (not "Gigli") and it stars Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, and Louis Jourdan. Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez weren't even born when it was made. Vincente Minnelli (a husband of Liza Minnelli) directed it.


Gigi
Gigli

No more confusion.
Alan Wanwierd
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...I will agree with both of you about MOL. I guess what turned me off most was the Broadway style scenes. I'm not into Broadway.


..and yet the totaly over the top "We're Knights of the round table, we dance whenever we're able..." musical theatre sequence in HG didnt bother you?

Pat Farrell
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Originally posted by Doug Slattery:
I'm not into Broadway.



So Chicago, with lots of pretty woman with very little clothes on, but lots of song and dance was not on your list?

How about State Fair with Pat Boone and a young and very hot Ann Margeret dancing and singing as a sinful show girl?
Bob Reardon
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Originally posted by Alan Wanwierd:


..and yet the totaly over the top "We're Knights of the round table, we dance whenever we're able..." musical theatre sequence in HG didnt bother you?



We're opera mad in Camelot
We sing from the diaphragm alot

Sorry. Could not resist!
marc weber
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The Hollywood "studio system" of the later 30's through early 60's didn't produce much of interest to me. So when I trimmed my list down to 25 films, I skewed it towards the "last golden age of American cinema" (also known as American "new wave") because that's my favorite era. But there is a classic noir film from 1949 called Gun Crazy that really stands out in terms of editing and camera work (and dramatic production design in the final scenes).

I think American film is still suffering the effects of the "blockbuster" mentality that effectively killed the new wave era. So personally, I welcomed the rise of "indie" films in the 90's, although it would be difficult to label many of these as "classic" this soon -- except maybe the Soderbergh film that essentially opened that door, Sex, Lies, and Videotape (although I think that film is more historic than compelling).
Marko Kencheto
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Film "Samurai Fiction" in black-white color has changed my impression: in one book i have read that jump in hole means to see "new" in old things (approximatly).
"Never say never" the musik was very good!
 
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