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08-25-2005, 06:46 PM
Anyone here a movie buff? What's your favorite genre (or movie)?

I'm mostly a war movie guy. Movies like Enemy at the Gate, Black Hawk Down, etc. are my favorite. They tell a different story than the normal war flick. Lately though, thanks to TCM and Tivo, I've been watching movies that I just never found the time to watch before. Old Bogart classics like The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca are great. I've been on a Hitchcock kick lately too. Rear Window and Vertigo are good as is my favorite from Hitchcock, North by Northwest. To give you some idea of how far behind I am, I just recently watched Citizen Kane. :D

So, what do you like? Any movies that you wished you had seen that you never got around to?

08-25-2005, 07:59 PM
My favorites include:

The Godfather, Parts 1 and 2
All the Star Wars films
Indiana Jones trilogy
The Lord of The Rings trilogy
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou
Moulin Rouge
Forrest Gump
I also like silly, stupid comedies like Ace Ventura (1 and 2), Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Office Space, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and others.

I also like many classics like Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window, Stephen King's The Shining, Citizen Kane, and others that have slipped my mind at the moment.

I'm also a big documentary buff, with too many to mention here.

08-26-2005, 02:37 AM
Sunset Boulevard
Dead Poets Society
....... so many more

08-26-2005, 02:42 AM
To give you some idea of how far behind I am, I just recently watched Citizen Kane.


Agnes Moorehead is under appreciated.

Here is Hurst's inspiration for his castle, via Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e'er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced;
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher's flail:
And 'mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:
And 'mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves:
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!
A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight 't would win me
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

08-26-2005, 02:47 AM
This thread would be remiss without Kubrick...The Shining or Barry Lyndon or Dr. Strangelove.

08-26-2005, 09:25 AM
Here is Hurst's inspiration for his castle, via Samuel Taylor Coleridge:

The DVD has a really great commentary track discussing the various little bits of trivia and cinematography associated with the film. For instance, in the scene of the castle in the very beginning, the window never moves in relation to the screen, even as you slowly zoom in past the foreground. The lighting changes as we are drawn into the window was a nice trick too. Be sure to watch it with the commentary track if you haven't already done so.

08-26-2005, 10:33 AM
My taste is fairly mainstream, although I too like a good indie flick/documentary every know and general, I like political thrillers -

In the Line of Fire
No Way Out
Tom Clancy adaptations (yet to read one, though)

Some John Grisham, too
Pelican Brief
The Firm
Runaway Jury

Like Scribe, Star Wars and Indy Jones plus some James Bond

Crimson Tide
the aforementioned Rear Window
LA Confidential
Quiz Show

Humane comedies (James L. Brooks without the everyman sap)
Primary Colors
Love Actually
Pixar flicks
Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Most any Tom Hanks and Robin Williams flick

Top Faves
Truman Show
Shawshank Redemption
A Few Good Men

To see, some already mentioned:
North by Northwest
Citizen Kane
Manchurian Candidate (both versions)
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
I've also wanted to re-watch Fargo for some time