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So, what is your favorite film of all time? Better yet... let's do this...
List your favorite classic... Your favorite now (up to 10 yrs back) and what you'd like to see your favorite... Also tell us why. I'll start, since I posted this silly thread...
The Philadelphia Story... Katherine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart and Cary Grant. It's nothing more than a play on screen, but the acting is top notch and the story is timeless. In the end, you don't know if you want Kate to end up with Cary Grant or Jimmy Stewart.
It's a toss up between "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "A Fish Called Wanda." Note that they are both English flicks. Enough said.
FUTURE: I'd love to see a story (I haven't written it yet..maybe you can) about a guy who looks back on time only to find out it never existed. Deep, huh?
First off, my all time favorite is The Goonies.
CLASSIC My favorite classic... over 10 years, huh? Hmm, this is hard. There's so much I like and 10 years ago there was some great slasher and comedy stuff. But I'll go with Friday the 13th from 1980. Great slasher flick, and in my opinion, a good movie for it's genre.
MODERN The Goonies. I grew up with it, I love it! Sure, it's a kids movie mostly, but it has a lot of adult elements. It's got action, adventure, pirates, gold, and Sloth! It's just good fun. There isn't anything I can really say other than...
HEEEEY YOOOU GUUUYS!!!!
FUTURE I'd like to see a script of mine a friend and I wrote. Just because I wanna see how people react to it. If they'll laugh, hate it, be offended, I'd love to see their reaction. Just to see how my perverse imagery will be recieved I guess.
But I really like your idea Mary. I would write it except I'm not a good writer, and I'd totally screw it up. But I think you should give it a shot... it'd be really good I think, if written right.
classic: duck soup, the marx bros.
recent: jurassic park.
all time most loved flick so much that i'll watch it any time it's on tv, or go to the movies to see: dr. zhivago.
future: the one i'm working on now.
Classic: IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE or E.T.
Modern: SONGCATCHER or THE PROFESSIONAL
Anytime Always: THE GODFATHER I & II
Future: Four teens drive to Mexico to lose their virginity... but instead... lose their innocence.
CLASSIC: Black Sunday. When Frankenheimer died, this thriller was hardly mentioned. After watching it the other night on Encore, I realized the finale is still one of the most exciting last 30 minutes on screen. Robert Shaw is great and threatening. Bruce Dern is at his insanely best.
NOW: Probably the Lord of the Rings: Fellowship and two towers.
FUTURE: A Miami Tail(written by my co-writer and me) when it's releasd later this year.
CLASSIC: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
(though you're right Gil, if DR. ZHIVAGO is ever on tv I just can't stop watching it, no matter what part it's on, and I've seen it a hundred times)
-- tied with NOTORIOUS
(is that cheating?)
MODERN: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RINGS and THE TWO TOWERS
FUTURE: LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RETURN OF THE KING (How can it go wrong?)
Classic: The Thin Man (I love the dialogue).
Modern: Ghost World (I love the characters).
Future: Anything with characters that aren't stereotypical cookie cut-outs that we've seen a million times.
Classic: Any Wilder film. I was going to say The Apartment but I can't chose it over Some Like It Hot or Double Indemnity or Fortune Cookie or any of his other classics.
Current: Too many to name. I think Back To The Future is one of the best written movies ever made and Jaws taught me to use sequences to tell stories. Okay, so they're not "current".
Future: I have no idea.
Casablanca, The Treasure of Sierra Madre, A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront, Laurence of Arabia, Dr. Zivago, The Prey, Glory, The Shawshank Redemption, Sunset Boulevard, Notorious, Braveheart.
CLASSIC: ALL ABOUT EVE
MODERN: FAREWELL MY CONCUBINE THE DREAMLIFE OF ANGELS FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING
FUTURE: RETURN OF THE KING MATRIX RELOADED & REDUX
OLD CLASSIC: On The Waterfront. Most of the older films can't hold my interest, I think it's because of the pacing, today's films move much faster. I've tried to watch Citizen Kane at least four times and have fallen asleep each time. I think this affects all of my generation.
CLASSICS: Midnight Cowboy, Butch & Sundance, Marathon Man, Jaws, Halloween (and anything else by John Carpenter, except Ghosts of Mars), The Godfather Saga, The Sting, Susperia, Star Wars Trilogy, The China Syndrome, The Omen, Animal House, Pink Panther(s), The Rescuers, The Paralax View.
MODERN CLASSICS: Friday The 13th, Risky Business, The Breakfast Club, Pulp Fiction, Clerks, Se7en, American Beauty, Bad Boys (Michael Bay), Blade, Primal Fear, Fallen, Dumb & Dumber, The Game, Stir Of Echos, Silence Of The Lambs.
These are all just off the top of my head. As you can see I have a very ecclectic taste, just like my writing is all over the place.
Out of all of these, the two that really got me into movies & writing were Jaws & Halloween. I think because they both scared the pants off me as a little kid, they made an impact and made me what to write something that would have a similar affect on people. Not necessarily to scare them, but to have some kind of affect on them, whether it's joy, terror, enlightenment, amusement, or whatever.
Old Classic: The Bad Seed. The Mark (Rod Steiger is incredible).
Classic: In The Heat Of The Night. Start the Revolution Without Me.
New Classic: Cinema Paradiso and Field of Dreams.
Favourite of mine is a TIE- The Great Escape with Steve McQueen(My MOM named me after him) and Where Eagles Dare- with Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood.
Modern is Field of Dreams
Anytime is Independence Day
Future and this is a SCOOP- An Full Length Feature Live Animated for Hanna-Barbarra and Warner Brothers. It's coming guys.
CLASSIC, as they come to mind:
“Double Indemnity” “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” “Giant” “Imitation of Life” “Vertigo” “It’s a Wonderful Life”
CONTEMPORARY TOP TEN, in order of release:
“Raiders of the Lost Ark” “Amadeus” “The Princess Bride” “Beetlejuice” “The Shawshank Redemption” “Braveheart” “Sense & Sensibility” “The Matrix” “Moulin Rouge” “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & The Two Towers” (really, these are segments of one brilliant, seamless, magnificent whole. I weep to think of the year between now and “Return of the King”)
FUTURE: Any film, of any genre, that can sweep me up, thrill me, move me, destroy me, all the while holding me so completely and blindly spellbound that I forget there is a tangible world just beyond the movie screen the way the “Lord of the Rings” films have. But, like Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News, my fear is that we may never see films like this again.
Snow Bunnies Take Out Terrorists
Classic: A NEW LEAF (written & directed by Elaine May, costarring May and Wlater Matthau, with priceless turns by James Coco and Mike Nichols).
Modern: GROUNDHOG DAY
What I'd like to see: a really good drama about death by scalding.
Classic: West Side Story (I have a rare WSS poster from the re-release in '68 on the wall by my computer.)
Recent: Lord the of Rings: The Two Towers (a movie that should shame George Lucas into going back to film school.)
Future: I'm looking forward to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen next year -- I hope Hollywood doesn't mess it up. I'd also like to see some intelligence sci-fi, something that doesn't involve acid-drooling aliens and light sabers like 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Note to K. Gonsalves...one of my screenplays is an homage to The Thin Man. I love the series!
A movie I will forever worship because of it's brilliance on every single level, from the writing, acting, directing and technical is REAR WINDOW. It doesn't get any better than this people.
I'll also always love BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S for the incomparable coupling of Truman Capote's writing and Audrey Hepburn.
I also admire the brilliance of all things Bob Fosse and John Hughes (the early years) each for completely different reasons.
As I recall, that film is still in pre-production, and I'm waiting to hear back from the producer/direct Steve Something-or-other about being cast as the lead.
I'll let you know when I hear back; cross your fingers for me.
Marcel and Bryan- It is brutle. I got caught doing tests on BUNNIES and now I have to owe up to the SPCA.
What I need is some STUNT bunnies, does anybody have a contact for their UNION.
Just to update- I have just signed Jim Carrey to play the part of Momar Kadaffy Duck of Libya, He is going to be a great TERRORIST.
The Role for Sodhim Insane of Iraq is yours Bryan if you want it- Marcel, you can be the Prime Minister of Canada.
Classic: toss up -- African Queen or To Kill a Mockingbird.
Modern: Searching for Bobby Fischer.
Future: Any good, solid story.
Modern: "THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER"
Future: "I'd like to see a remake of "Escape From Witch Mountain" with better special effects.
Classic: Back to the Future
Current: The Matrix, Minority Report.
Future: Cmon! The Server written by Pete and Natasha of course...
One extra here Movie I am thankful for: Being John Malkevich
This movie was so retarded that I walked out saying O My goodness I can write a better movie then that load of crap! Thank you Being John Malkevich hopefully you will make me, "One Million Dollars!"
I'm with Jill - forgot about African Queen and To Kill A Mockingbird. Thanks for reminding me.
Well if everyone else is listing a ton of other movies, I'll list movies I loved:
Back To The Future trilogy American Beauty American Pie 1 & 2 Indiana Jones series A Nightmare On Elm Street series Friday the 13th series Evil Dead trilogy Animal House Porky's 1 & 2 Van Wilder Scary Movie 1 & 2 Terminator 1 & 2 That Was Then, This Is Now Cooley High Dogma Mallrats Clerks Chasing Amy Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back Cannonball Run Snow Day Meet The Parents Ernest movies Summer Of Sam Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series Wayne's World 1 & 2 E.T. Meatballs Revenge Of the Nerds series Monty Python and the Holy Grail Re-Animator Sleepaway Camp series Requiem For A Dream The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Hellraiser series Crow series Cheech & Chong movies The Beach Beavis & Butthead Do America Summer School The Wizard Of Oz
Okay, I think I'll stop listing them now... heh... I like a lot of movies. Many more than I could ever list here.
Classis: My Fair Lady
Current: Glory or The Shawshank Redemption
Future: Something starring Steve, Bryan, Marcel, Orlando, Gil, and Freddie dressing in drag in order to infiltrate and overtake the offices of the Pernicious Conspirarcy to Churn out only Crap in Hollywood whilst Ignoring the Like of Genius found within MovieBytes.
Classic: My Fair Lady
Current: Glory or The Shawshank Redemption
Future: Something starring Steve, Bryan, Marcel, Orlando, Gil, and Freddie dressing in drag in order to infiltrate and overtake the offices of the Pernicious Conspirarcy to Churn out only Crap in Hollywood whilst Ignoring the Likes of Genius found within MovieBytes.
Your "Future Favorite" sounds like a sure blockbuster if I saw one coming down the pike. Do you have a treatment for it? If so, send me it and I'll see what I can do with all of my connections in the seedy underbelly of Hollywood.
Actually, they already made that film, but they rewrote it. Instead of infiltrating Hollywood, they changed it to guys in drag infiltrating a Nazi factory in World War II. And they recast it -- Matt LeBlanc and some others instead of the Moviebytes gang. It was called, "All the Queen's Men." It lasted in theaters about two days before they pulled it. If only they'd stayed with the original concept!
hah...Orlando in drag?, hummm...I wonder if she can pull it off from being a woman to being a woman. That has to be twist in the plot.
We seem to have forgotten HIGH NOON. Just saw the last few minutes on TV and was reminded how good it was.
And for wonderful dialogue, let's not over look 'The Outlaw Josey Wales.'
Hello, boys and girls, here's Alex's top ten favorites of all times, in no particular order:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest; Scent of a Woman; Double Indemnity; The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly; Sweet Smell of Success; North by Northwest; Angel Heart; Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels/Snatch; Run Lola Run; Rain Man.
Favorite directors: Fritz Lang; Billy Wilder; Cohen brothers; P.T.Anderson.
Favorite actors: Jack Nicholson, Anthony Hopkins, Brad Pitt, John Malkovich.
LOL LOL LOL
Oh Crystal, I got a gut ache from laughing so hard. Love the conspiracy theory idea.
Come on Marcel, of course I can - Might be a bit of a stretch pulling off the guy before and after drag? Makeup!!!
Okay, here we go - Movies - True Grit, The Last Great Train Robbery, Dr. Zivago, Ben-Hur, The Grapes of Wrath, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The Sting, Star Wars Trilogy, Earth Girls are Easy, Close Encounters, A League of Their Own, The Natural, Neccessary Roughness, The Three Musketeers, Young Guns (both), Dirty Dancing, Jesus Christ Superstar, North and South(mini-series).
Present - Lord of The Rings and Gladiator.
All time fav - Robin Hood : Men in Tights.
Future - Has to be Return of The King, then my Time & Again.
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