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« on: February 19, 2011, 08:33:19 AM »

Right, so which 5 movies would our local skeptics take to their proverbial desert island?

Mine ....

1. The Weatherman (Cage)
2. Scent of a Woman (Pacino)
3. As good as it gets (Nicholson)
4. Cape Fear (De Niro)
5. Natural Born Killers (Harrelson)

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« Reply #1 on: February 19, 2011, 10:10:48 AM »

Oh, come on .... surely you people don't just READ all the time Tongue

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« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2011, 10:27:19 AM »

A Fish Called Wanda (comedy)
Saving Private Ryan (that opening scene!)
Terminator 2 (escape)
The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (good old western)
Lord of the Ring Trilogy (fantasy)

I am a male, so no soppy stuff.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2011, 12:04:06 PM »

I admit to hardly ever watching movies, but these I watch once a year or so:

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Memphis Belle
3. Enemy at the Gates ( not for soppy love story, but great Stalingrad sets )
4. Master and Commander ( love sailing ships )
5. Payback ( great "quality medical care" )

As far as I can remember anyway.
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2011, 13:05:04 PM »

1. Harold & Maude
2. M*A*S*H (the movie, not the TV series)
3. Withnail & I
4. U-Carmen eKhayalitsha
5. Casablanca
6. A Clockwork Orange
7. Kill Bill
8. Pulp Fiction
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2011, 14:06:56 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2011, 16:25:45 PM »

I too must agree with Shawshank! And Stephen King's other prison flick The Green Mile was also pretty good. Clockwork is in a league of its own for sure - haven't seen anything like it. And wouldn't a droog outfit - complete with hat and makeup - be just the thing for a fancy dress party!

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« Reply #7 on: February 19, 2011, 16:33:15 PM »

Dr. Zhivago
Out of Africa
A Bridge too far
Casablanca
Forest Gump
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« Reply #8 on: February 19, 2011, 16:39:16 PM »

Surprisingly, that's 2 votes for Casablanca! Maybe I must make a point of renting it one evening. (Found the lack of colour a bit off-putting. Roll Eyes Grin)

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2011, 17:35:07 PM »

1. The Weatherman (Cage)

Please explain. I watched that movie and felt like I'd been robbed of 2 hours.

1. Pulp Fiction
2. American Beauty.
3. Ghost in the shell 2: Innocence.
4. Princess Mononoke.
5. The Big Lebowski.
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« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2011, 17:42:33 PM »

5th element (corbin, dallas!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
lord of the rings
star wars - return of the jedi
equilibrium (gun kata bitches)
signs (the alien chatter freaked me out)
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« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2011, 18:32:39 PM »

1. The Weatherman (Cage)
Please explain. I watched that movie and felt like I'd been robbed of 2 hours.
I'm a bit surprised, as I would file American Beauty (your #2) on more or less the same shelf as Weatherman, but lessee....

Nicholas Cage plays such an effortlessly convincing  Spritz -  typical in his TV guise, and the total opposite off the small screen - that we instantly forget our preconceived ideas about glitzy TV glam people.  He is a true antihero: awkward, yet noble; disillusioned, but basically moral.

The plot, while short-story one dimensional in its simplicity, is riddled with subtle and complex undercurrents. These are presumably not so obvious after a *cough-cough* single viewing. The story makes use of real world characters who's allure lie not so much in their excellence, but in the way they cope (or don't) with repeated,  absolutely believable set-backs. There are tonnes of metaphor, a wallop of black comedy, and a piercing analysis of the human psyche.  It’s truly universal in nature.  

The photography and score harmonizes brilliantly with the movie’s mostly melancholy theme. The relationship between Spritz and his dying father is an enigma, and fascinates because of it. Caine, in the role of  Spritz’s dad, is obviously caring, but there is a mysterious dark side to him that’s hard to pinpoint.

I feel that there is much about this movie that I haven't figured out yet. Maybe that's what makes it so great – it just does not offer any answers on a plate.

Oh yes! And its got archery in it!

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PS: Mrs Mintaka says she can't agree with you more.
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« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2011, 21:04:29 PM »

Mintaka,

1. I am really impressed that you mentioned 'Scent of a woman' because it is not that known and by far my favorite. Pacino's comments and wisdom are fresh, to the bone and exceptionally funny. I just love the way he discusses complex and controversial issues like integrity, manhood, mediocrity and sex. Great movies have one-liners that are profound. Pacino gives speeches which leads the audience to have intellectual orgasms.

2. Fight club - The most original movie ever.
3. The Shawshank redemption - Very clever plot.
4. Braveheart. Courage and patriotism galore.
5. 'Die Groen Faktor' A brave, South African satire,produced in the mids of the Apartheid-era, about a hypocritical minister who turned green after he got hold of some colorant and then the whole country got infected. At the end it was totally impossible to apply the Apartheid laws because everyone looked the same.
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2011, 10:25:56 AM »

1. The Weatherman (Cage)
Please explain. I watched that movie and felt like I'd been robbed of 2 hours.
I'm a bit surprised, as I would file American Beauty (your #2) on more or less the same shelf as Weatherman, but lessee....

Your shelf or mine? (Did you enjoy it as much as weatherman, or did you like it as much as I liked weatherman?)

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The plot, while short-story one dimensional in its simplicity, is riddled with subtle and complex undercurrents. These are presumably not so obvious after a *cough-cough* single viewing. The story makes use of real world characters who's allure lie not so much in their excellence, but in the way they cope (or don't) with repeated,  absolutely believable set-backs.

Some of the humor in this movie did make me smile, mostly the camel-toe thing. But other than that, the movie seems like it doesn't want to be watched, has no storyline, no humanity whatsoever (yes, where you saw subtle hints at emotional expression, I saw flat robot-like characters). A defining quality of a movie, to me, is that it is entertaining. I found this movie was more like taping the average family sitting at home, while they are having dinner and watching TV. Yes they all have their own struggles, but they just sit there and do nothing about it, and basically go about their business eating and watching TV. They may even look at each other funny every now and then, revealing their inner struggle in a subtle way. But mostly they're just being boring.

Call me old fashioned, but a story usually has a storyline that builds up and peaks, some resolving takes place, and then it ends. To me weatherman had an utterly flat storyline and lifeless, uninteresting characters, who don't resolve anything at all.

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The relationship between Spritz and his dying father is an enigma, and fascinates because of it.

I read it: They dance in huge circles around each other and nothing of substance happens. Once again Cage's character seems just as emotionally dead as his father... which brings me to...

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Caine, in the role of  Spritz’s dad, is obviously caring, but there is a mysterious dark side to him that’s hard to pinpoint.

He has no emotion. <- There it is.

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I feel that there is much about this movie that I haven't figured out yet. Maybe that's what makes it so great – it just does not offer any answers on a plate.

I think it's a wild goose chase.

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PS: Mrs Mintaka says she can't agree with you more.

I've met lots of people who feel the same. You seem to be in a lonely boat on this one.  Grin

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I apologise if you find my gleeful bashing of this movie offensive, I don't mean to offend you, it's the movie that I didn't like and if you did, more power to ya.
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« Reply #14 on: February 22, 2011, 12:23:27 PM »

I apologise if you find my gleeful bashing of this movie offensive
Not at all. Its not like I made the flick ... I just dug it! Cool

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Your shelf or mine? (Did you enjoy it as much as weatherman, or did you like it as much as I liked weatherman?)

American Beauty was similar in plot and sentiment, and also very good. Weatherman just more so.


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