Recommended movies to watch or avoid

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by schbusdrvr, Feb 18, 2007.

  1. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I guess I'll participate

    Empire of the Sun (one of Steven Spielberg's most underrated films and the only film in which I thought Christian Bale was exceptional; John Malkovich was amazing; the John Williams soundtrack was amazing; everyone acted well; this might be my favourite film)
    A Tale of Two Sisters (South Korean horror film)
    The Empire Strikes Back
    The Sixth Sense
    Pan's Labyrinth
    Big (this is my favourite Tom Hanks movie)
    Spirited Away
    Princess Mononoke
    Grave of the Fireflies
    and pretty much anything Studio Ghibli has released (with a couple of exceptions)
    I'm not Scared (Italian)
    Aritificial Intelligence
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Legend of Hell House (a bit of a campy horror film)
    The Excorist
    Kung Fu Hustle (funny movie, but a lot of Stephen Chow stuff is funny)
    The Excorcism of Emily Rose
    Kairo (Japan . . very twilight zoneish and existential--far better than the American release of "Pulse")
    Millions (U.K.)
    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
    From Hell (Johnny Depp acted very well in this film about Jack the Ripper)
    Benny and Joon (good movie to watch with your significant other, especially if you like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton)
    The Indiana Jones series
    Back to the Future
    Immortal Beloved
    The Professional (Leon)
    Battle Royal (Japan--very violent . . . a bit like Lord of the Flies, but a modern Japanese version; Tarantino
    was so impressed by this film he used the Japanese actress in Kill Bill; this is not an intellectual film by any stretch)
    V for Vendetta
    Murder in the First (I think I was on a Gary Oldman kick at one point)
    12 Monkeys
    Phone (south Korean horror film; it's better than the American versions of The Ring; this one is with a phone call instead of a video--so the concept is a rip-off, but I found this film creepier)

    I recently watched Akeelah and the Bee and felt it was a very good film for kids. I think if more children were exposed to that film, it would make the world a better place. I saw it on a flight, and I was very taken with the movie.

    I did not really enjoy Little Miss Sunshine (although I did watch it twice). The film is another criticism of the American Dream, and I don't feel anything new on the topic has been expressed since Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby in the 20s. Some funny scenes, I suppose, but I feel the cliche is worn out.

    Television series

    Too many to list, but that's off the top of my head . . .
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2007
  2. purplexed

    purplexed Well-Known Member

    I just thought the acting was very "green"

    Might I suggest you watch these:
    Pay it forward
    House of D
    I am Sam
    Saint Ralph

    Those are movies that changed my life.
  3. schbusdrvr

    schbusdrvr Active Member


    You guys rock! Thanks, I've been on medical leave for 3 months now and have almost 2 more to go so this is very cool. I appreciate all of the info and I see that you have given me many that I haven't watched yet.


    One movie that I recommend to a lot of people and I didn't notice listed yet was Mystery Alaska. I thought it was pretty darn funny.
  4. schbusdrvr

    schbusdrvr Active Member

    I'm glad to know that I wasn't the only one to not care for that movie very much.
  5. oldjoe

    oldjoe Well-Known Member

    Make that 3 of us.
  6. Vox

    Vox Member

    Make it 4. What an rubbish movie! I wasted good money on this one and no, I didn't even bother to back it up.:(

    A knights tale, based on Chaucer's scribbling's was a good laugh. I can recommend that one, especially the extended version. Keep watching after the credits, it's excellent. :D
  7. Clams

    Clams Well-Known Member

    In no particular order....

    The Poseidon Adventure (1972)
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Revenge of the Sith
    The Lord of the Rings (all)
    Kill Bill (both parts)
    Jurrasic Park (any)
    Goldfinger or Octopussy
    The Usual Suspects

    Recent weeks:

    The Illusionist *and* The Prestige
    The Departed
    Casino Royal
  8. mencan

    mencan Member

    Well, I can go either way on movies. Sometimes we are in the mood for a soft romance, other time high flying action / drama.

    Last night we needed something to grab our funny bone and pull it out so we sat and watch a flick with Robin Williams called " Man Of The Year "

    Now we like the wild and hilarious performace he gives in this one. Loved the debate part, had us laughing so hard we dumped popcorn all over the bar and on the floor. He's really tells it like it is when it comes to politics.

    Some of the other ones we've watched this week include ;

    Crossover (so-so )
    Flight Of The Fury (okay if you like Steven Seagal)
    Crooked ( same old - same old)
    Open Water 2 ( see Open Water 1 first )
    Fifty Pills ( it's okay, not as funny as we thought it would be with the title it has)
    Keeping Mum - ( The classic Patrick Swayze stuff )

    The one set of series we got was with Billy Jack. All four and when they arrived we sat one Snowy Sunday afternoon and watched them all.

    Born Losers - Billy Jack - The Trial Of Billy Jack - Billy Jack Goes To Washington

    Cars (what a joke- way to much hipe but guess okay for kids)
    Nite Sky's (yuk)
    Red Door (so-so)
    The Raven (good)
    Hellboy (okay-for what its worth)
    Devil's Den (same old-same old)
    Return In red (so-so -- same old)
    Sasquatch Mountain (not bad, some good stuff)
    Saw III (got to watch the frist 2 first)
    Crank (good)
    The Covenant ( feel sorry for the boys ? nope)
    The Darkroom (Michael Hurst did a good job in directing this one)
    Jackass 2 (if that's your cup of tea, see # 1 first tho)
    Altered (spin off)

    That's just some that stick out right now.


  9. Fazuul

    Fazuul Member

    I always dig topics like this, ya never know what you've been missing until someone puts down a title you've never heard of before. Here's a few movies I liked and disliked.

    Baraka - Pictures and music, that's all. Pretty relaxing to watch.
    Shaun of the Dead - Horror/Comedy, Comedy/Horror, whichever, it's good.
    Seven Samurai - The classic samurai flick
    The Fifth Element - Sci-fi with a quirk
    The Princess Bride - Probably the only romantic comedy I like.

    Babel - Too drawn out for my taste, didn't care for how it was cut together either
    Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World - It has the feeling of a typical Brooks film, but it really falls flat. Shame too, it started out with a good premise.

    And some TV shows for good measure.
    Prison Break
    The Prisoner
  10. MMM

    MMM Well-Known Member

    A couple more of my favorites are The Devil's Advocate and The Shawshank Redemption.:clap: :agree: :clap: :agree:
  11. schbusdrvr

    schbusdrvr Active Member

    Since some of you brought up older movies it started my brain cells working in that direction. I have to see The World According to Garp again. I know I liked it a lot when it first came out, I wonder if I'll still find it as funny.
  12. antique

    antique Member

    Last man

    Worst movie I ever saw !!!
  13. Clams

    Clams Well-Known Member

    The Life Aquatic (Bill Murry) was one of the worst movies to ever waste my precious bulb life.

    The HTPC has our complete list of turkeys on it, but it's not turned on, so I can't access the list on the network. :D
  14. fivestones

    fivestones Guest

    (( O' Brother )) I have to say i liked it a lot and loved the music and the songs in it.
  15. BudVugger

    BudVugger Member

    Some recommends

    The Departed
    What Dreams May Come
    Devils Advocate
    Man on Fire
    The Jacket
  16. Cadaver

    Cadaver Member

    Someone mentioned the list of 100 classics on the BlockBuster site and it brought to mind that Turner Classic Movies (TCM) just ran their annual "31 Days of Oscar" with various Academy Award nominees and winners (in various categories).

    Got to record "Lawrence of Arabia" (Best Picture in 1962; but alas, O'Toole didn't win for Best Actor - went to Peck for "To Kill a Mockingbird"); "Casablanca,"a "Man for All Seasons" and "To Catch a Thief." Also recently got to record M*A*S*H (the movie, not the television show) _ Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland - and the banter - are priceless!

    Some of my other "throw back jersey" movie favorites:

    The Maltese Falcon
    African Queen
    Citizen Kane
    The Mouse that Roared
    Dr. Strangelove

    Some not as old:

    American Beauty
    Blade Runner

    And, ok, I *liked* Little Miss Sunshine AND the Departed.

  17. customshopkv1

    customshopkv1 Well-Known Member

    Boondock Saints
    The Departed
    Cape Fear
    From Dusk till Dawn
    Jackie Brown
  18. purplexed

    purplexed Well-Known Member

    Another one I just remembered...

    For some reason I really really liked "Finding Neverland"

    Oh also, "I am Sam" <outstanding acting!
  19. Webslinger

    Webslinger Retired Moderator

    I watched The Illusionist last night and really enjoyed it. I'm going to buy the dvd.