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    Short story: Id like to start up a thread where people recommend movies that are personal favorites; movies that youve happily watched many times :) What Im hoping is to start up a thread that will dig up some quality movies that are not new releases that other people may not have seen.

    No spoilers. One movie per post.

    Ill Start.


    Rob Roy
    . Starring Liam Neeson and Jessica Lange.
    This is your standard "good guys get shafted by the bad guys and must set it straight" story and is set in Scotland in the 1800s. The bad guys (played by John Hurt and Tim Roth) are positively dispicable and make the heart of the story so enthrallingly. Very violent and sexual refwerences so for mature audiences only.

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    Pulp fiction.
    Travolta, Jackson, Willis, Thurman.
    Directed by Tarantino.
    Brilliant movie, lots of great one liners, very entertaining.
    However if your not into violence and bad language give it a miss.

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    Good one Brewman - this is a topic I could discuss for hours.

    Agree with Rob Roy - enjoyed it - Tim Roth is a great actor. Not a huge fan of Tarantino though he is masterful at the genre he specialises in. His whole body of work could come under the title of Pulp Fiction but Reservoir Dogs remains his best IMO

    Anyway, not here to critique others opinions. I aimed for a good Aussie flick and tried to avoid the obvious ones so here it is:

    Gettin Square (2003 - M rated)
    Sam Worthington, David Wenham, Gary Sweet, Timothy Spall

    Ex-con Barry Wirth (Worthington) is trying to stay clean but it proves to be a big challenge with mates like Johnny Spiteri (Wenham)
    Wenham puys on one of the best performances Ive ever seen and was well awarded for it on the year the film was released IIRC.

    If you havent seen it, its a great Aussie flick doing what we do well. Youll need to see it when the kiddies arent around.

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    The Quiet Earth. A 1980s NZ sci-fi flick about survivors of a cataclysmic disaster. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Quiet_Earth_(film)

    An old favourite that was watched many years ago and left a lasting impression.

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    Own my own video shop, so could have a field day with this thread, but just a few non-mainstream films -

    IP Man

    Cantonese (english subtitles)
    Starring Donnie Yen

    Is the story of Bruce Lees mentor. Is a great film that happens to have great martial arts action also.

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    Downfall

    German (english subtitles)

    Is based on Hitlers secretarys diary centred around the last two weeks of the war mostly told within Hitlers bunker. Extremely powerful film, fantastic acting. If you like war movies, this should be a must see

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    The Castle

    1997 - Australian comedy, starring Michael Caton, Stephen Curry, Eric Bana... Made in 11 days at a budget of only $19,000!

    Very Australian, hilarious, cheeky, great characters (particularly Darryl Kerrigan, who introduced many catch phrases into popular culture - including "Thats going straight to the pool room", "Tell im hes dreamin").

    Laugh my head off every time.

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    My nomination is The Matrix (ie; #1)

    Directed by the Wachowski brothers
    Staring
    Keanu Reeves,
    Laurence Fishburne
    Hugo Weaving
    Kate Moss etc.

    Love the foyer scene, great to show off the surround sound system :)

    Steve.

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    The Departed

    Leonardo diCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Ray Winstone, Mark Wahlburg, Martin Sheen

    Directed by Martin Scorcese

    It is the American version of the Hong Kong flick "Infernal Affairs" which is equally as good, if not better than The Departed.

    Features a cast of stars at their best - particularly diCaprio who, until seeing this movie, I though was over-rated.

    Nicholson plays canny crime boss Frank Costello who has a mole in the police force. Police chief Queenan (Sheen) is determined to bring Costello down. DiCaprio and Damon are cops who are assisting in the case. Wahlberg is also superb as the no-holds-barred style of cop.

    Brilliant to the end, with a nice twist. A must-see for crime story lovers.

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    Blood Diamond

    Leo Di Caprio
    Djimon Hounsou

    Set in Sierra Leone tells the story of a fisherman who is enslaved working in the diamond mines who finds a large rare stone and a smuggler who wants it. This was our biggest movie of 07 and one of Di Caprios finest performances (as per Departed). HIghly recommended (particularly on Bluray if you have it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5C6A616E7B607D0F0 link=1257626991/5#5 date=1257736034
    Downfall

    German (english subtitles)

    Is based on Hitlers secretarys diary centred around the last two weeks of the war mostly told within Hitlers bunker. Extremely powerful film, fantastic acting. If you like war movies, this should be a must see
    Sounds interesting, have added it to the list, thanks. :)

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    Life Is Beautiful.

    A mid nineties Italian film about an Italian Jew who has to use his brilliant imagination to shield his son from the horrors of a Nazi concentration camp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 575D485F5F504442310 link=1257626991/8#8 date=1257812239
    The Departed
    One I saw on the weekend: Departures


    Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film this year.

    A classical musician loses his dream job and is forced to take on the lessalluring job of "encoffinator" - someone who prepares a body for placement in a coffin. He doesnt explain to his wife what his new job is but the irony is that is a role of immense dignity and even beauty. Part comedy, part tragedy - this is a highly poignant movie - especially at the end when he has to handle the death of his estranged father.

    In a word - subarashii (wonderful)

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    One of my favourite films of all time is called Being There
    The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A. Dysart and Richard Basehart. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was the last Peter Sellers film to be released while he was alive.

    However its a film you need to watch until the very last scene as thats where one is shown who the main character really is



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    Two Hands
    Starring Heath Ledger, Rose Byrne and Brian Brown.

    This stars a young Heath Ledger who plays the role of a young man trying to get ahead in the Cross. Brown plays the roll of the local crime lord who enlists ledger to run some errands. This all goes astray for Ledger. Id liken this to an Aussie version of "Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels". Violent but with clever use of recurring themes. A great Aussie movie, one of my alltime favorites :)

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    Hard to pick just one *:o

    Repo Man with Emelio Estevez is a classic, the music is pretty good too if you like it quirky

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    A Prairie Home Companion
    Well worth a look, great cast and very entertaining, I remember listening to the radio program in my younger days.
    The blurb is from the Bigpond movies web site. :)
    Director Robert Altman and writer Garrison Keillor join forces with an all-star cast to create an unforgettable backstage comic tale about a homespun radio variety show that has somehow managed to survive in the age of television. On a rainy Saturday night in Fitzgerald Theatre, the cast and crew of A Prairie Home Companion assemble for another live broadcast, unaware that their radio station has been sold to a Texas conglomerate, and tonights show will be their last.

    The award-winning A Prairie Home Companion combines Altmans cinematic style, intelligence and love of improvisation with Keillors songs and storytelling to create a fictional counterpart to the real-life "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show.

    Director:
    * *Robert Altman [21]

    Starring:
    Virginia Madsen [27], Meryl Streep [52], Lily Tomlin [16], Woody Harrelson [37], John C. Reilly [40], Lindsay Lohan [13], Garrison Keillor [1], Maya Rudolph [2], Kevin Kline [31], Tommy Lee Jones [47]

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    Quote Originally Posted by 03272E2E2D2D1703273B2527480 link=1257626991/13#13 date=1258344566
    One of my favourite films of all time is called Being There
    The film stars Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas, Jack Warden, Richard A. Dysart and Richard Basehart. Douglas won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Sellers was nominated for Best Actor in a Leading Role. This was the last Peter Sellers film to be released while he was alive.

    However its a film you need to watch until the very last scene as thats where one is shown who the main character really is



    KK
    Great movie KK, one of my favourites as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4F45504747485C5A290 link=1257626991/12#12 date=1258344335
    Quote Originally Posted by 575D485F5F504442310 link=1257626991/8#8 date=1257812239
    The Departed
    One I saw on the weekend: Departures


    Won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language film this year.

    A classical musician loses his dream job and is forced to take on the lessalluring job of "encoffinator" - someone who prepares a body for placement in a coffin. He doesnt explain to his wife what his new job is but the irony is that is a role of immense dignity and even beauty. Part comedy, part tragedy - this is a highly poignant movie - especially at the end when he has to handle the death of his estranged father.

    In a word - subarashii (wonderful)
    Have heard good reports re this one, on the list.

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    Got talked into seeing this one yesterday (my niece works in a cinema). I found it very enjoyable despite initial reservations.

    It is set in the year 2145. The indigenous denizens of the planet Pandora struggle against a human mining operation determined to extract a highly rare mineral. The humans decide to use avatars to infiltrate one indigenous clan but the avatars end up helping them struggle against the occupation and destruction of their world.

    Some obvious metaphors for current times here - habitat destruction, for one.

    Despite being somewhat long (about 160 mins) and a somewhat formularised plot, the story and the 3D special effects carry the movie to the extent that even my elderly mother enjoyed it.

    Id say there will be a sequel (and/or a prequel, such is the practice these days).

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    Gee...its been a while since anyone contributed to this thread.

    Anyway. went to see "The Social Network" which is basically the story of the rise and (almost) fall of Mark Zuckerberg, the face behind Facebook.

    No Hollywood blockbuster, but a very entertaining and high quality movie in its intelligent presentation and under-stated (for a US movie) storyline. Smart use of irony.

    The partying, sex and drugs that become the trapping of success are necessarily but tastefully portrayed . The actual ugly aspects are the personalities of some of the characters, which is a central theme of the movie.

    I didnt see any Oscar-winning performances but I reckon the director or scriptwriter is deserving of an award.

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    Few movies Ive seen lately that Ive thoroughly enjoyed (and it takes a lot to impress me or keep my attention):

    Zombieland
    The Time Machine (1960 one)
    Cashback (2006)

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    Slightly off topic, has anyone seen movies that involve baristas and coffee? If not, then its about time someone did make one that has sex, romance, and great coffee, a bit like Sideways but on a coffee level rather than wines.

    Gary ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 607A777664726A6060130 link=1257626991/22#22 date=1289888055
    Slightly off topic, has anyone seen movies that involve baristas and coffee? If not, then its about time someone did make one that has sex, romance, and great coffee, a bit like Sideways but on a coffee level rather than wines.

    GaryWink
    They should do one blood diamond style but in coffee teritory in columbia or something. Perhaps a young boy/girl breaking the mold and getting out of the poverty that generations of people are stuck in on the plantations.

    Or perhaps a rich tycoon that goes over there wanting to make more money but falling in love with the people and the place................

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    Cant believe these two havnt been mentioned yet.. *::)

    The Boondock Saints (1999)
    Dir: Troy Duffy
    Willem Dafoe
    Sean Patrick Flanery
    Norman Reedus
    Billy Connolly
    Two Irish twins go rogue on Boston and kill a whole lot of bad dudes. *;D

    and

    Equilibrium (2002)
    Dir: Kurt Wimmer
    Christian Bale
    Emily Watson
    Sean Bean
    Equilibrium is set in the futuristic and dystopian city-state of Libria. After a Third World War devastated the Earth, a fascist state emerged whose ideology determined human emotion to be the root cause of conflict.
    -Wiki

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    Great picks kotaro!
    The Boondock Sequel is best forgotten, however. The only memorable part is at the very end...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 7D726A7B6A6F6A0B0 link=1257626991/25#25 date=1289917165
    Great picks kotaro!
    The Boondock Sequel is best forgotten, however. The only memorable part is at the very end...
    Haha, yea.. but Id have been surprised if they could have outdone the first one, which was done so well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2E2A3124372A450 link=1257626991/24#24 date=1289914137
    Cant believe these two havnt been mentioned yet.. *::)

    Equilibrium (2002)
    Dir: Kurt Wimmer
    Christian Bale
    Emily Watson
    Sean Bean
    Equilibrium is set in the futuristic and dystopian city-state of Libria. After a Third World War devastated the Earth, a fascist state emerged whose ideology determined human emotion to be the root cause of conflict.
    -Wiki
    Equilibrium is one of my favourites. A very confronting look at the value and cost of emotions. The fighting is pretty spectacular to watch too :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5D5C5B404647290 link=1257626991/27#27 date=1289961409
    Equilibrium is one of my favourites. *A very confronting look at the value and cost of emotions. *The fighting is pretty spectacular to watch too *:)
    Yea, I love it.. infact, I think I just might watch it now.
    :D

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    As long as you like long, (and strong!) intricate stories, the trilogy "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played with Fire", and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest" are a good watch. (Well at least the first two are--I havent watched "Hornets" yet.) Do try and get the originals--made for Swedish TV--rather than the shortened USA versions.

    Coffee: In her apartment in #2 she has quite a nice setup--I couldnt make out the brand but its an HX and an upscale grinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 58646D7560010 link=1257626991/1#1 date=1257630375
    Pulp fiction.
    Travolta, Jackson, Willis, Thurman.
    Directed by Tarantino.
    Brilliant movie, lots of great one liners, very entertaining.
    However if your not into violence and bad language give it a miss.
    With the avatar you have Im surprised you havent nominated Tombstone *;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 515F58697E767A1B0 link=1257626991/30#30 date=1290330443
    Quote Originally Posted by 58646D7560010 link=1257626991/1#1 date=1257630375
    Pulp fiction.
    Travolta, Jackson, Willis, Thurman.
    Directed by Tarantino.
    Brilliant movie, lots of great one liners, very entertaining.
    However if your not into violence and bad language give it a miss.
    With the avatar you have Im surprised you havent nominated Tombstone *;)
    Quote Originally Posted by 515F58697E767A1B0 link=1257626991/30#30 date=1290330443
    Quote Originally Posted by 58646D7560010 link=1257626991/1#1 date=1257630375
    Pulp fiction.
    Travolta, Jackson, Willis, Thurman.
    Directed by Tarantino.
    Brilliant movie, lots of great one liners, very entertaining.
    However if your not into violence and bad language give it a miss.
    With the avatar you have Im surprised you havent nominated Tombstone *;)
    Well done CDC, your the first to nail it. ;)

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    I like Sideways which involves the love of wines and a great plot of a stagg getaway trip that goes wrong and the groom regrets screwing around.

    Saw Robin Hood tonight starring Russell Crowe, Kate Blanchett and Max Von Sydow.
    Its about 12th century England and the King has gone corrupt and overtaxed the commoners (hang on...thats happening today :o), so a humble hero has risen to protect the meek and the humble from the clutches of greedy power rulers. Recommended, especially on Blu Ray.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 100A070614021A1010630 link=1257626991/32#32 date=1290454092
    I like Sideways which involves the love of wines and a great plot of a stagg getaway trip that goes wrong and the groom regrets screwing around.

    Saw Robin Hood tonight starring Russell Crowe, Kate Blanchett and Max Von Sydow.
    Its about 12th century England and the King has gone corrupt and overtaxed the commoners (hang on...thats happening today *:o), so a humble hero has risen to protect the meek and the humble from the clutches of greedy power rulers. Recommended, especially on Blu Ray.

    Gary
    I enjoyed Sideways as well Gary, will add Robin Hood to the list, thanks. :)

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    As good as it gets... Jack Nicholson

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    I recently re-watched Stardust. For the sci-fi/fantasy fan, it is a lot of fun :)

    Another that I like is Serenity, (though it is even better after having watched the Firefly series).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 6A646352454D41200 link=1257626991/34#34 date=1290471020
    As good as it gets...Jack Nicholson
    Thoroughly enjoyed that one. Both Helen Hunt and old Jack played out their characters very well.
    Enjoyed Helens Twister. Got this fascination about tornadoes.
    Started when i chased dust devils in Kalgoorlie. Coffee in that town during the eighties was non existant. International Roast was the order for the day. :P

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    Shawshank Redemption.. great story, great film,

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    Charlie & Boots, was a laugh out loud one. Bit sad too. Hoges still has it!

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    I was told by a sparrow at a video shop that the up coming Inception movie starring Johnny Depp is a good one. Something about diving into someones dream and playing silly buggers, probably messing with someones head ;D
    Some dreams ive had once you jump in to intercept, youd want to jump out again.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by 514B464755435B5151220 link=1257626991/39#39 date=1290663241
    I was told by a sparrow at a video shop that the up coming Inception movie starring Johnny Depp is a good one. Something about diving into someones dream and playing silly buggers, probably messing with someones head *;D
    * * * *Some dreams ive had once you jump in to intercept, youd want to jump out again.....

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    Ah yes, Johnny Depp, great actor. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 647E737260766E6464170 link=1257626991/39#39 date=1290663241
    up coming Inception movie starring Johnny Depp is a good one
    That would be the already released movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio (soon to be released on DVD I presume) and yes, it is a good movie with more twists and turns than a politician

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    Heat

    Starring Robert De Niro *, Al Pacino , Val Kilmer .

    Classic movie with a great plot and one of the best shootout scenes around to boot
    ( and re released on Blu Ray )

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    Scarface..... Al Pacino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 68627760606F7B7D0E0 link=1257626991/41#41 date=1290670392
    Quote Originally Posted by 647E737260766E6464170 link=1257626991/39#39 date=1290663241
    up coming Inception movie starring Johnny Depp is a good one
    That would be the already released movie starring Leonardo Dicaprio (soon to be released on DVD I presume) and yes, it is a good movie with more twists and turns than a politician
    Ooooops. :o I stand corrected. Leonardo it is.
    Ill be settling in the couch, pressing the remote with a cool Baileys on the rocks and go for the ride. I think this movie would be best seen at night, on Blu Ray of course. Seems after watching movies on blu ray, youd wouldnt want to watch it in any obsolete format. My Playstation 3 makes a great player, especially when connected through HDMI cable. ;)

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    Highlander........... "There can be only One".... Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery.

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    braveheart?

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    The Untouchables. My favourite scene is at the railway station.

    I love movies where a disparate group gets together with different qualities to achieve a purpose, like The Wizard of Oz.

    I also love movies that explore the cause and effect questions of time travel: 12 Monkeys, The Butterfly Effect, Terminator. Have yet to see Hot Tub Time Machine, however; doctor tells me I only have about 45 years to live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 303C353536363F262027530 link=1257626991/47#47 date=1290801456
    I also love movies that explore the cause and effect questions of time travel
    "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel" is clever and good fun.

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    seems to be a lot of sci-fi fans on here: so I can strongly recommend Blade Runner. An absolute classic- and arguably one of the greatest sci-fi films ever made.

    As a big fan I am constantly disappointed by sci-fi offerings from Hollywood.

    One film I did really like was the recent District 9 from South Africa. A great example of how a low budget movie with a good script can beat the biggest hollywood budgets.

    some pretty clever viral marketing as well:

    http://www.d-9.com/



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