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Iron Chef

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26 Feb 2003
Looks like another restless night for me (natural insomniac), so I thought I would list some of my favorite films of all time. Feel free to add your own if so inclined.

Holiday Inn: Classic film with Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. This film symbolizes the "Golden Age" of film for me when a good story, great music, and lots of Holiday cheer still meant something...

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: This was THE film for me growing up as a child. Captured my imagination like no other (save for maybe the original Star Wars which was the first film I ever saw in a theater). To this day it still ranks as one of my all-time favs.

Shawshank Redemption: The ultimate story of personal redemption and imho has one of the most uplifiting and best endings ever.

Dances With Wolves: Great period piece, epic in its storytelling. A true homage to the Lakota Sioux and Native Americans in general.

Glory: Another great period film. Inspirational account of the first African Americans to fight for the Union during the Civil War. Ensemble piece with some truly great performances all-around (Broderick, Freeman, Washington).

Saving Private Ryan: A gritty and somber WWII film that captured both the brutality and courage of that time.

Leon ("The Professional"): A masterpiece by Luc Besson imho. The Director's cut is the definitive version of this film. The moving story of a young girl and the older man (who happens to be a Hitman) she turns to for help when her family is gunned down.

Le Grande Bleu ("The Big Blue"): Another film by Luc Besson and one of my absolute favorites (also starring Jean Reno from Leon) although it is relatively obscure. My first exposure to Besson's work and incredible in its cinematography and score. A powerful story of friendship and rivalry between two world-class divers with a bittersweet ending.

As Good As It Gets: Contemporary masterpiece. Witty story about the lives of an obsessive compulsive writer, his gay neighbor, and an overbearing single mother working as a waitress. Great perfomances all-around but especially by Jack Nicholson.

The Cider House Rules: Great film with rock solid performances by both Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire.

October Sky: Gripping story about a father and son and the emotional divide between them set in a coal mining town during the 50's. Based on a true story.

Antwone Fisher: Denzel Washington's directorial debut and an instant classic imho. Powerful and gripping drama inspired by a true story about a yong man coming to grips with who he is. Like Shawshank, this film has an incredibly moving ending.

And a few more worth mentioning (Big Wednesday, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Commitments, The Natural, Swingers, Legends of the Fall, A River Runs Through It, Almost Famous, etc. among others...)

I have deliberately left off many of the more newer and contemporary films i've seen over the years having (and I see a LOT of films) because frankly they just didn't move me or made an impact like the ones I have listed above did. Movies that can do that will surely stand the test of time and thusly deserve to be listed as an "all-time favorite."
erm...some of my favourite films.. ..

The Big Lebowski ..its such a funny film! really stuck a cord with me when i watched it..it never gets boring and it always makes me laugh just as much now as when i first watched it.

The Twelve Monkeys ..i dont know why but i really really like this film. Its a bit of a brain worker.. :D

Aliens - Special edition (Directors cut) ..this is one of my all time favourite films!! The Action is amazing!!! and i think its very stylish!

Ferris Buellers day off Just makes me think of my friends and stuff..its a wicked film! still makes me laugh.

Donnie Darko This film really baked my noodle!! :D ..I likes.

The Evil Dead - trilogy ..I find these films really funny and a good time. cant really explain why, but im a huge fan! :)

Great idea for a new thread, IronChef! I'm an insomniac too--at least if posting this past 2 a.m. is any indication! (One of the problems of being unemployed.) And I'm also a huge movie buff, so I could be here all night listing all of my favorite movies! I'll have to work on a "shortened" version, but for now, I'd have to say I agree with most on your list ... some really great movies!!
Recently,, I watched S.W.A.T, Underworld and the Rundown starring The Rock,, the last one was good ^0^
Originally posted by Porl

The Evil Dead - trilogy ..I find these films really funny and a good time. cant really explain why, but im a huge fan! :)

Porl'' [/B]

Funny? The Evil Dead suppose to be scary o_O; I was a kid when it's first released,, Oi,,I couldn't go to the bathroom alone,, It was really scary,,

Aliens - Special edition (Directors cut) ..this is one of my all time favourite films!! The Action is amazing!!! and i think its very stylish!

I should agree with you here,, my mother thinks that Aliens sucks,, pffff,, I luved it,, it wasn't scary at all,, as you said the action was amazing ^_________^
Okay, I warn you. I'm mostly a romantic drama type person. Hey, I'm a girl...leave me alone... :p

The Lover(L'Amant): Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud and starring Jane March and Tony Leung. The story of a 15-16 year old French girl living in late 20's/early 30's French colonial Vietnam, who has a steamy affair with a wealthy Chinese man. Loosely based on the author's(Marguerite Duras) life. Beautiful visuals(ummm, I'm not talking about THOSE scenes) and also a beautiful score.

Gone with the Wind: I don't think this one needs much of an explanation. I think it's safe to say that this is internationally known. I've seen it over 300 times since first seeing it when I was 10. Know every line.

To Kill a Mockingbird: I think everyone pretty much knows this one too. A great film adaptation of the book by Harper Lee. Overall, it's about racial predjudice in the Depression-era South. Scout reminds me a lot of myself.

Bridges of Madison County: Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. Bascially, fate brings a housewife THE love of her life, only to have it be extremely bittersweet. Never fails to make me cry like crazy. The only thing I don't like about this movie is seeing Clint Eastwood shirtless.

Sense and Sensibility(1995): I think everyone knows this one too. I love this movie. What more could one ask for? Hugh Grant and Alan Rickman...*sigh* Also love Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet in this. I have always related to Marianne Dashwood.

Four Weddings and a Funeral: Another one of my all-time favorites. Have seen it countless times. Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell. Hilarious, romantic, and sad all at the same time.

Okay, I'm getting tired of writing descriptions. Some of my other favorites are Legends of the Fall, This is My Father(I love Aidan Quinn), Dracula(1992), Dangerous Liasons(and I also like the "newer" version, Cruel Intentions), O Brother Where Art Thou, Where The Heart Is, Say Anything, Wild Things, Shrek....

It's just too many to think of... :eek: I could go on and on.
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The Professional is also one of my favorites. I really, really like Jean Reno. I think he's great. That accent...
Hmmmmmmmmmmm....Let me take you all waaaaayyyy back in time.

Fav. movie of allll time is "Dune"
(do you guys no what this is??? Think about the spice )👍

Lets see then theres a list::
MAtrix #1
escaflowne the movie===duh! -----2nd fav. too.
Last of the Mohicans
the patriot
Dances With Wolves
Antwone Fisher -----2nd fav.
Mission Impossible
Brotherhood of the wolf
From hell----wasn't that good but good.
what was the kickboxing movie with VanDamn?!?!?! yea that was good.
blind fury----(bet ya don't know bout this one)
Road Trip
---theres plenty more but you know i don't like to type that much!👏
but enjoy!🙂
Dune!!!!!!!!! Loved it! That brings back SO many memories. I remember going to see it at the theater with my cousin. That takes me back...

This is my kind of thread... :p
at least one person has seen it. Iloved it when it came out and i still watch it when i can.

now that children of dune crapola! i can't believe i wasted those days watching it. IT was not good to me.:p
I saw and loved Dune too! In fact, I read the triology when each book first came out. The books are fantastic!!
I do not like watching movies,as I always want to move out of my seat everytime while watching movies,I've watched very few movies,
but here are the ones I like

Forrest Gump: very meaningful,the life of Forrest Gump was very dramatic...

He Got Game: very meaningful,and another reason I like it,is becaue the movie is about basketball...
Originally posted by EscaFlowne

Fav. movie of allll time is "Dune"
(do you guys no what this is??? Think about the spice )👍

Dune is an ace film! I remember when i first watched it and i was younger i was scared by the big floating fat man and the box that burnt your hand....eep!!

Last of the Mohicans is excellent!!! one of my dads all time fave films!

what was the kickboxing movie with VanDamn?!?!?! yea that was good.

I think the film was called Kickboxer ... ;)


Kickboxer! thanks ya add that to the list. last of the mohicans was sooooooooooooo good. remeber the end when that mohican use that axe and just *splat!!* in the back then across the face...👏 👏

*starts to drool due to violence*
haha! yeah...its got some really good fights in it... lots of running aswell..i think my legs would snap off if i even attempted to do half the running they do!!! :D " ..*pant pant* give me a minute..i'll be right with you *weeze*.." :D

*Ones drooling out of control*
*Ones trying to gain breath before he goes out of controll*

Man i gotta watch that movie today. They did do alot of running in that movie. I was like dang! I would be the only person walking and riding a horse through the movie.😄
From the Hip
Real Genius
To Catch a Thief
Dune (SciFi Origanal) is much better than the '80 version and much closer to the book.
Showdown in Little Tokyo (Huge Brandon Lee fan)
Singin' in the Rain
Taking Care of Business

Any movie starring Jackie Chan
Rush Hour 1 & 2 / Shanghai Noon / Twin Dragons / Who Am I? / Police Story...
etc ( could go on all day) He's really funny, and his stunts are really clever too! *in awe*
Mel Gibson films are normally good too! I watched Signs last week.I don't usually react to scarey films, and it wasn't really scarey - so only rated 12 - but the scene where Mel puts the huge knife under the pantry door to see the alien's reflection.... when this big claw-like hand suddenly shot out from under the door and grabbed the knife...well it was so unexpected that I actaully Screamed! I was so embarressed afterwards.😌
Matt Perry -(from U.S sitcom "Friends") he's funny too...
I saw him in Three To Tango & Whole Nine Yards
Final Fantasy - The Spirits Within Ok, so the plot wasn't great, but the graphics were pretty realistic, I really love the video game! That's what started me learning Japanese, of course now, I continue to learn it because I really love the country now, and I have lots of Japanese friends, so I want to be able to speak their language, seeing as they have mastered mine.
But I think my favorite movie at the moment has to be MoonChild
I've seen it 3 times so far. there are a couple of threads on this forum about it, if you search hard enuff.
Also another recent one - Pirates Of The Caribbean I wanna' see this one again with my friend, (he hasn't seen it yet) Johnny Depp's character is just so funny!:D He's hot too! Not to forget his co-star Orlando Bloom. Hey! I saw on Msn yesterday, Johnny Depp was voted World's sexiest man!
Hyde is still my favorite choice though....😍 *starts to get all dreamy and loose the plot for a second*
I forgot to mention Dazed and Confused , Office Space , and Half-Baked . These three movies are the Holy Trinity of college dorm movies heh...

Re: Dune,
Yeah... I liked both versions, although I am partial to David Lynch's original unedited cut.

Re: Pirates Of The Caribbean ,
This too was a great family film. Johnny Depp was really at the top of his game here and I am eagerly looking forward to the already greenlighted sequel in development.

Re: Goodfellas,
I love Scorsese's work with a few notable exceptions like Gangs of New York (bleh). Taxi Driver, Casino, and the little known (but very well done) Kundun all rank high on my list.
in no particular order:
iron monkey
princess mononoke
school of rock
jesus' son
brain candy
fight club
kill bill
Uhm first, sorry that the quote from my most beloved movie is that long, but it consists of two extracts of some of the most important dialogues in the whole movie. Soo... my fav movie of all time is:
Dark Star is a movie I love. It's a low-budget sci-fi movie made by john carpenter while he was still at university. It's about a space-ship that's more wreckage than a ship with some depressed people flying around in space to destroy dangerous planets. They do this for a decade (they age slower), their commander died, their bed-room exploded and so on. they have intelligent bombs on board to destroy the planets, one of those bombs got activated several times by accident. Still, each time the main-computer of the ship convinced it to deactivate itself. After the third time of being activated, the bomb starts to pout and decide not to deactivate itself but to explode. so one of the guys in the ship decides to speak with the bomb:

Doolittle: Hello Bomb no.20, are you with me?
Bomb no.20: Of course.
Doolittle: Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?
Bomb no.20: I am always receptive to suggestions.
Doolittle: Alright, think about this, then. How do you know you exist?
Bomb no.20: Well, of course, I exist.
Doolittle: But how do you know you exist?
Bomb no.20: It is intuitively obvious.
Doolittle: Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have that you exist?
Bomb no.20: Mmmmmm....well, I think therefore I am.
Doolittle: That's good, that's very good, but how do you know anything else exists?
Bomb no.20: My sensory apparatus reveals it to me.
Doolittle: Ah, right.
Bomb no.20: This is fun.
Doolittle: Now listen, listen, here's the big question, how do you know that the evidence that your sensory apparatus reveals to you is correct? What I'm getting at is this: the only experience that is directly available to you is your sensory data, and this sensory data is merely a stream of electrical impulses that stimulates your computing centre.
Bomb no.20: In other words, all that I really know about the outside world is relayed to me through my electrical connections.
Doolittle: Exactly!
Bomb no.20: Why that would mean that I really don't know what the outside universe is like at all for certain.
Doolittle: That's it! That's it!
Bomb no.20: Intriguing. I wish I had more time to discuss this matter.
Doolittle: Why don't you have more time?
Bomb no.20: Because I must detonate in 75 seconds.
Doolittle: Now bomb, consider this next question very carefully.What is
our one purpose in life?
Bomb no.20: To explode, of course.
Doolittle: And you can only do it once, right?
Bomb no.20: That is correct.
Doolittle: And you wouldn't want to explode on the basis of false data, would you?
Bomb no.20: Of course not.
Doolittle: Well, then, you've already admitted that you have no real proof of the existence of the outside universe.
Bomb no.20: Yes...well..?!
Doolittle: So you have no absolute proof that Sgt Pinback ordered you to detonate.
Bomb no.20: I recall distinctly the detonation order. My memory is good on matters like these.
Doolittle: Of course, you remember it, but all you're remembering is merely a series of sensory impulses which you now realise have no real definite connection with outside reality.
Bomb no.20: True, but since this is so, I have no proof that you are really telling me all this.
Doolittle: That's all beside the point. I mean, the concept is valid no matter where it originates.
Bomb no.20: Mmmmm.
Doolittle: So if you detonate...
Bomb no.20: In 9 seconds.
Doolittle: ....you could be doing so based on false data.
Bomb no.20: I have no proof it was false data.
Bomb no.20: I must think about this further.

Pinback: Alright, bomb, prepare to receive new orders.
Bomb no.20: You are false data.
Pinback: Mmm?
Bomb no.20: Therefore, I shall ignore you.
Pinback: Hello, bomb?
Bomb no.20: False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore I shall refuse to perceive you.
Pinback: Hey, bomb!
Bomb no.20: The only thing which exists is myself.
Pinback: Doolittle, help me!
Doolittle: Calm down, I'm coming.
Pinback: Snap out of it, bomb.
Bomb no.20: In the beginning, there was darkness, and the darkness was without form and void...
Pinback : Errr,yoo-hoo,yoo-hoo bomb.
Bomb no.20: ...and in addition to the darkness there was also me, and I moved upon the face of the darkness, and I saw that I was alone.
Pinback: Hey, bomb?
Bomb no.20: Let there be light. (Massive thermonuclear planet-sized explosion)
Talby: Doolittle, where are you?
Doolittle: Here I am, I'm spinning. We're falling in opposite directions, away from each other.
Talby: What happened, Doolittle?
Doolittle: The bomb must have gone off inside the ship.
Talby: The ship blew up? What!?
Doolittle: Funny, I thought I had the damn thing convinced.

(just as a side note, the dialogue about phenomenology with the bomb was a reason why I took a course about that topic last semester)
Uhm, the other 8 movies in short are:
Naked Lunch
Being John Malkovich
Quest for Holy Grail
Meaning of Life
Crash Boom Bang
Blade Runner
Alien I
Space Odyssey 2001 (!!!),Clockwork Orange,Dune, Blade Runner, Samurai Fiction, The Cube, A.I., Orlando, Gilbert Grape, The Godfather (all three of them), Scent of a Woman....as an example...

I beg of forgiveness to all the great movies that i should've mentioned but didn't remember to do so.. :)
Also, I have to say that the 2 sequals that I've seen on L.O.T.R, are amazing.Just waiting eagerly to see the third part..
..and well, The Ring... It had such a strong impact on me, that I have to say it was good. Too good in it's way.. :/

...and yeah, Leon was good too,and Scissorhands Edward,and Kill Bill, and...
interview with the vampire
velvet goldmine
pirates of the caribbean
lord of the rings
from hell
cruel intentions
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