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The Classic Movies

SueveSueve Registered User regular
edited September 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm looking to see all the classic movies that people in College always talk about but I've never seen. They always recommend them to me and then I forget what there called so on and so forth.

Anyways, these are the ones that I have seen:

Fight Club
Pulp Fiction
Boondock Saints

I loved all three. Recommend me more like em'!

Thanks in advance!

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Shawshank

    Reservoir Dogs

    edit: also the Usual Suspects

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    EshEsh Tending bar. FFXIV. Motorcycles. Portland, ORRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    So you want to see the movies that people have posters of on their walls? o_O

    Animal House
    Trainspotting
    Reservoir Dogs

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    oh, probably The Graduate too.

    and Rounders, maybe?

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Uhm...Ferris Bueller's Day Off?

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    UltimaGeckoUltimaGecko Registered User regular
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    I've tried to cover recommendations from a variety of areas (without duplicating those mentioned already, which work too). IMDB/Wikipedia links provided for plot synopsis or related information. At least some of these films should be available at your campus library (most have a collection of films for borrowing). If you plan on that, printing off this post (or thread) may prove helpful.


    The one from college that I vividly remember people constantly recommending was Dead Poets Society.


    I believe Dyscord's "Shawshank" is intended to be The Shawshank Redemption, which is universally praised by just about everyone.


    For films with a more independent feel, Equilibrium tends to get a lot of love. For German foreign films there's Lola rennt (Run Lola Run), Das Boot, and Good Bye Lenin!. For French foreign films, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amelie) tends to top the recommendation lists. Léon: The Professional comes out of France but is done in English. For Spain, the most prominent is El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth - if you haven't seen it yet I'm recommending it now). Солярис (Solaris - avoid the Clooney remake) or Сталкер (Stalker) usually get picked as the Russian foreign film of choice.

    Japanese film recommendations usually involve Akira Kurosawa (but I find people's recommendations of Japanese films vary wildly based on whether they like anime, history, or something else). Like UK films, Japanese films tend to get remade in the the US - among the most famous is リング or Ringu (The Ring). Speaking of the UK, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch tend to garner recommendations (as well as 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead mentioned below). I'll throw in Children of Men as a personal recommendation in case no one at your university has suggested it. India's film market is incredibly vast (and tends to rely on a film culture full of dancing), the most prominent film recommendation I've received is ओम शान्ति ओम or Om Shanti Om.


    In the comedy department, I recall having numerous people recommend Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (for some reason). In a similar vein, recommendations usually pop up for Hot Fuzz, Supertroopers, and Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle (whose sequel doesn't get much apparent praise). If you've been hanging around drunk people recommending movies, they've probably been suggesting you watch Beerfest.


    If you're hanging out with the anime nerds, they're probably recommending some Miyazaki like Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away. Although there's an abundance of other anime movies, such as Jin Roh or Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (to go along with the series).


    The zombie apocalypse tends to be popular among certain groups of college students. Among that group, Dawn of the Dead pops up quite a bit - both the new one and the old one. Hardcore horror fans are probably more likely to recommend Romero's original Night of the Living Dead. In addition, those zombie-focused people will likely point you towards 28 Days Later and possibly Shaun of the Dead. Again, if they're horror history buffs they'll probably end up recommending stuff like Nosferatu or maybe Dracula. For more general slash-horror, people will probably recommend some random Halloween or Friday the 13th sequel (or the recent remakes).


    In the superhero department there have been quite a few successful films recently that people like to recommend. All three Spiderman films get quite a bit of praise (I'm not a big fan of the third, but whatever floats your boat). Iron Man received praise from all over as well. The Dark Knight has been incredibly popular recently, but its forerunner Batman Begins got plenty of praise too. People have recommended the new Incredible Hulk to me. The recent Superman Returns probably also falls in here.


    There are plenty of action, adventure and sci-fi movies to throw into the basic stockpile of 'films you should see' (many of which you've likely seen). As a very general overview: the Back to the Future series, the Indiana Jones series (also some will argue Crystal Skull's dubious standing on that list), the Star Wars saga, the Matrix trilogy (although quite a few people will limit that recommendation to only the first film), the Die Hard trilogy (...and the 4th movie, I guess), and the Terminator films (usually recommendations are limited to only the first two films) are the bigger series. Aliens should probably be a GDR - if you've never seen it, 95% of the people on your floor will have a copy you can borrow. A group of my college buddies also essentially had a biweekly viewing of Gladiator. The 5th Element also has a sizable following. Predator (or some other Schwarzenegger movie up until at least 1994) is mandatory viewing, as well.



    If you're looking for films specifically like the 3 in your list, Equillibrium may work. Otherwise, portions of V for Vendetta, Heat, Shooter, The Way of the Gun, the Day of the Jackal (or its remake The Jackal), and No Country for Old Men share similarities with at least one of each of the three movies listed (a heist/money job, clever protagonists, revolting against an oppressive situation/force, etc.).

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    mechaThormechaThor Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    What UltimaGecko said. That post should be limed for cinematic truthiness. And seconded Heat. Great fucking movie.

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    Angel177Angel177 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I've tried to cover recommendations from a variety of areas (without duplicating those mentioned already, which work too). IMDB/Wikipedia links provided for plot synopsis or related information. At least some of these films should be available at your campus library (most have a collection of films for borrowing). If you plan on that, printing off this post (or thread) may prove helpful.


    The one from college that I vividly remember people constantly recommending was Dead Poets Society.


    I believe Dyscord's "Shawshank" is intended to be The Shawshank Redemption, which is universally praised by just about everyone.


    For films with a more independent feel, Equilibrium tends to get a lot of love. For German foreign films there's Lola rennt (Run Lola Run), Das Boot, and Good Bye Lenin!. For French foreign films, Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain (Amelie) tends to top the recommendation lists. Léon: The Professional comes out of France but is done in English. For Spain, the most prominent is El laberinto del fauno (Pan's Labyrinth - if you haven't seen it yet I'm recommending it now). Солярис (Solaris - avoid the Clooney remake) or Сталкер (Stalker) usually get picked as the Russian foreign film of choice.

    Japanese film recommendations usually involve Akira Kurosawa (but I find people's recommendations of Japanese films vary wildly based on whether they like anime, history, or something else). Like UK films, Japanese films tend to get remade in the the US - among the most famous is リング or Ringu (The Ring). Speaking of the UK, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels or Snatch tend to garner recommendations (as well as 28 Days Later and Shaun of the Dead mentioned below). I'll throw in Children of Men as a personal recommendation in case no one at your university has suggested it. India's film market is incredibly vast (and tends to rely on a film culture full of dancing), the most prominent film recommendation I've received is ओम शान्ति ओम or Om Shanti Om.


    In the comedy department, I recall having numerous people recommend Kung Pow: Enter the Fist (for some reason). In a similar vein, recommendations usually pop up for Hot Fuzz, Supertroopers, and Harold and Kumar Go To Whitecastle (whose sequel doesn't get much apparent praise). If you've been hanging around drunk people recommending movies, they've probably been suggesting you watch Beerfest.


    If you're hanging out with the anime nerds, they're probably recommending some Miyazaki like Princess Mononoke or Spirited Away. Although there's an abundance of other anime movies, such as Jin Roh or Cowboy Bebop: The Movie (to go along with the series).


    The zombie apocalypse tends to be popular among certain groups of college students. Among that group, Dawn of the Dead pops up quite a bit - both the new one and the old one. Hardcore horror fans are probably more likely to recommend Romero's original Night of the Living Dead. In addition, those zombie-focused people will likely point you towards 28 Days Later and possibly Shaun of the Dead. Again, if they're horror history buffs they'll probably end up recommending stuff like Nosferatu or maybe Dracula. For more general slash-horror, people will probably recommend some random Halloween or Friday the 13th sequel (or the recent remakes).


    In the superhero department there have been quite a few successful films recently that people like to recommend. All three Spiderman films get quite a bit of praise (I'm not a big fan of the third, but whatever floats your boat). Iron Man received praise from all over as well. The Dark Knight has been incredibly popular recently, but its forerunner Batman Begins got plenty of praise too. People have recommended the new Incredible Hulk to me. The recent Superman Returns probably also falls in here.


    There are plenty of action, adventure and sci-fi movies to throw into the basic stockpile of 'films you should see' (many of which you've likely seen). As a very general overview: the Back to the Future series, the Indiana Jones series (also some will argue Crystal Skull's dubious standing on that list), the Star Wars saga, the Matrix trilogy (although quite a few people will limit that recommendation to only the first film), the Die Hard trilogy (...and the 4th movie, I guess), and the Terminator films (usually recommendations are limited to only the first two films) are the bigger series. Aliens should probably be a GDR - if you've never seen it, 95% of the people on your floor will have a copy you can borrow. A group of my college buddies also essentially had a biweekly viewing of Gladiator. The 5th Element also has a sizable following. Predator (or some other Schwarzenegger movie up until at least 1994) is mandatory viewing, as well.



    If you're looking for films specifically like the 3 in your list, Equillibrium may work. Otherwise, portions of V for Vendetta, Heat, Shooter, The Way of the Gun, the Day of the Jackal (or its remake The Jackal), and No Country for Old Men share similarities with at least one of each of the three movies listed (a heist/money job, clever protagonists, revolting against an oppressive situation/force, etc.).



    done!:mrgreen:

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    ToefooToefoo Los Angeles, CARegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Seven Samurai needs its own recommendation post, imo.

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    UltimaGeckoUltimaGecko Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    That makes the titles surprisingly more legible. Woot, now I know that my time spent collecting links was not entirely in vain.


    Not specifically college-recommended, but if you need more movies you can try trawling the D&D thread (the thread title may say Movies: that are old" but eventually the timespan goes from 1910-1960s to as far as the early 2000s).

    [edit]

    Speaking of the new Dawn of the Dead: Hulu has it. They also have Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which is bound to be recommended to you by an English major who loves Hunter S. Thompson.

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    FlayFlay Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    • The Deer Hunter
    • Donnie Darko
    • Memento
    • One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
    • Se7en

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    oh, yeah, donnie darko. It sucks, but people seem to like it for some reason. Clockwork Orange maybe belongs in the conversation too.

    Gecko's list wanders sort of far from what I thought you were asking for, but if it works for you it works.

    Oh, the Evil Dead trilogy. It is worth seeing Army of Darkness at least.

    Do kids these days still watch Monty Python flicks? You should watch holy grail at least.

    edit: and if you want Cuckoo's Nest, read it, don't watch it.

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    The_Glad_HatterThe_Glad_Hatter One Sly Fox Underneath a Groovy HatRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
    Everyone knows it, nobody has seen it.
    Same for Once Upon a Time in The West.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Anything that has been mentioned before you can just take as evidence that you really ought to watch it. I've gone ahead and bolder the "absolutely definitely have to see no matter what forever" ones, plus some movies I think you'd like based on your Tarantino/Tarantino ripoff enjoyment:

    Serenity, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Back to the Future, The Bridge on the River Kwai, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, Fight Club, The Fifth Element, Blade Runner, Sunset Boulevard, Dr. Strangelove OR How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, Children of Men, War Games, Shaun of the Dead, Rush Hour, Blazing Saddles, The Hunt for Red October, Men in Black, Sleeper, Ratatouille, The Usual Suspects, The Third Man, American Graffiti, Young Frankenstein, Annie Hall, Hot Fuzz, Casablanca, The Graduate, Beverly Hills Cop, 12 Monkeys, A Boy And His Dog, Superbad, A Clockwork Orange, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Departed, This is Spinal Tap, Life of Brian, The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, Manhattan, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Heat, In Bruges, Shoot 'Em Up, Spaceballs, Beetlejuice, Die Hard.

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    John MatrixJohn Matrix Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
    Everyone knows it, nobody has seen it.
    Same for Once Upon a Time in The West.



    Goose bumps every time during the final duel in Good/Bad, also Once Upon a Time is a classic few have seen. Sergio Leone's camera Ennio Morricone's score destroy all in their path.

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    Eat it You Nasty Pig.Eat it You Nasty Pig. tell homeland security 'we are the bomb'Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    no one has said Spinal Tap yet I don't think

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    StormCrow420StormCrow420 Registered User regular
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    Dario Argento's Suspiria
    Wes Andersen's Rushmore
    Danny Boyle's Trainspotting

    My contribution, although there are thousands of other great classic films.

    The trick to becoming a movie buff is not just identifying films, but following a director. Rent Trainspotting, then watch Shallow Grave, A Life Less Ordinary, Slumdog Millionare. Rent Rushmore, then see Bottle Rocket, Royal Tanenbaums, A Life Aquatic. When you see a movie you like, find out who the director was, then go see everything by that director.

    Mandatory Directors-

    Francis Ford Coppola
    Stanley Kubrick
    Steven Spielberg

    You absolutely have to see everything these three guys have done, even crappy movies like Jack and A.I.

    Once you are finished with the basics you can move on to directors like-

    The Cohen Brothers
    Paul Thomas Anderson
    John Waters

    DO NOT WATCH ANY MOVIE DIRECTED BY UWE BOLLE! JUST SAY NO!!!

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    starmanbrandstarmanbrand Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    With a quick scan I didn't see any direct mention of The Big Lebowski. For shame.

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    SueveSueve Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    thank you much peeps

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    Seattle ThreadSeattle Thread Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I'd say that The Big Lebowski is the first thing you need to rent. And then you'll have to watch it a few times for the various running jokes and little things to grab hold of you. Based on today's 24-35 demographic, I'm pretty sure you're unqualified to be an adult if you can't recognize a Lebowski reference.

    Also,
    (some will argue Crystal Skull's dubious standing on that list)
    It really is that bad. Ask yourself "how could they possibly fuck it up so badly?" and try to answer your own question... then throw it out because the real answer is so much worse.

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    [Michael][Michael] Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    American Beauty, maybe?

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    StormCrow420StormCrow420 Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Oh I don't think anyone said anything about Say Anything or Better Off Dead. Cusack is key.

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    GlaealGlaeal Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Dirty Dozen and MASH are both good for amazing casts, and are both classic movies.

    Also, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, for John Wayne and Lee Marvin, and generally being one of the best movies ever made.

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    NappuccinoNappuccino Surveyor of Things and Stuff Registered User regular
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    Old Boy is pretty fantastic.

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    gneGnegneGne Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Here are some of my favourites from different genres:
    Action: Pulp Fiction (you have to see a movie by Tarrantino anyway!)
    Adventure: The Matrix (just see the first one, the red pill/blue pill jokes will finally make "sense" :P) and Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas.
    Animation: (I bet you have probably seen a few of these! Finding Nemo, The Incredibles and Shrek are really popular. For Anime you might want to watch Ghost in the Shell)
    Comedy: The Big Lebowski, you have to find a comedy with your humor though. Comedys are usually a hit-or-miss :).
    Comic: Comics are hot business in hollywood! Definately try Sin City. Somehow there are people that get it or people that don't, and hate the movie.
    Crime: Goodfellas, the best mob movie to me!
    Drama: Taxi Driver, gotta see a little De Niro ofcourse. More recently I enjoyed There Will Be Blood alot.
    Horror: Grindhouse, pretty recent. Enjoyed it.
    Independent: The Constant Gardener
    Romance: Casablanca! Unless its a little too classic for you. Try Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Thriller: Try a Clockwork Orange (you might have read the book though) or Pan's Labyrinth!
    War: The Deer Hunter, can be a little slow though!

    Make sure you enjoy watching your movie though!

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    guarguar Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I watched The Science of Sleep with a friend my last year in college and we both got some laughs out of it. I'd also recommend:
    • My Left Foot
    • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    • the Dirty Harry movies
      • Dirty Harry
      • Magnum Force
      • The Enforcer
      • Sudden Impact
      • The Dead Pool

    and I'll preface these two by saying that they are both excellent movies, but I will never watch them again. Too much D:
    • Grave of the Fireflies
    • Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

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    CowSharkCowShark Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Robocop.

    And for Pete's sake, watch First Blood (the first Rambo movie).

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    EtheaEthea Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    I would also recommend watching The Hustler

    Almost worth just trying to watch your way through http://www.imdb.com/chart/top?tt0054997

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The majority of people in my dorm always liked when I was on lobby duty (I was an R.A. in college) because I would bring movies down to play on the big screen.

    One night I brought down Aliens: Extended Edition and pretty much any time someone walked through the front door they would set down and watch the movie.

    This also happened when I put in Army of Darkness.

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Also:

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    JubehJubeh Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Warriors is probably up there as well along with the really cheesy action movies from the 90's. Demolition Man, Judge Dredd, Terminator of course.

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    The Frank Sinatra version of The Manchurian Candidate from 1962 is a fucking great movie.

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    EncEnc A Fool with Compassion Pronouns: He, Him, HisRegistered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Cassablanca
    Gone With The Wind

    The Seven Samurai AND The Magnificent Seven
    Patton
    The Princess Bride
    Blade Runner
    No Name on the Bullet
    Citizen Kane
    Space Balls
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
    The Godfather, Parts I and II
    Schindler's List
    Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb


    Those are the ones I think most people will skip for some reason or another, but are often quoted or alluded to (if unknowingly).

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    MoosehatIVMoosehatIV Saw a blimp once Registered User regular
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    Super Troopers. This was the most quoted movie during my college career.

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    ZombiemamboZombiemambo Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    MoosehatIV wrote: »
    Super Troopers. This was the most quoted movie during my college career.

    I didn't really care for anything those guys did. Beerfest was almost okay, and so was Club Dread, but they both missed the mark.

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Super Troopers was hilarious up until they stopped simply riding around fucking with people they pulled over and tried to develop a "plot".

    The last 1/3rd of the movie or so, not nearly as funny.

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Also, StarShip: Troopers

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    Also, StarShip: Troopers

    :?

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Erandus wrote: »
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    Also, StarShip: Troopers

    :?

    The first StarShip Troopers movie is awesome. And there is no way you can convince me otherwise.

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    ErandusErandus Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    Erandus wrote: »
    MagicPrime wrote: »
    Also, StarShip: Troopers

    :?

    The first StarShip Troopers movie is awesome. And there is no way you can convince me otherwise.

    Its... It's like a Syfy movie. A Syfy movie with a big budget, but still...

    The acting... It buuurns.... A "classic" it is not.

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    tsmvengytsmvengy Registered User regular
    edited September 2009
    Did we talk about Hitchcock? Because we should have:
    The Birds
    Psycho
    North by Northwest
    Rear Window
    Vertigo

    Those are the 5 best of his that you must see.

    Also ones I think haven't been mentioned:
    Annie Hall
    Apocalypse Now
    Close Encounters of the Third Kind
    Goodfellas
    The Great Escape
    Bullitt
    Three Days of the Condor

    Also if anyone hasn't seen it and likes absurd stuff like Princess Bride and Young Frankenstein you should watch What's Up Doc? this ridiculous screwball comedy. Everyone who I've shown it to has liked it.


    I never got whether Starship Troopers was supposed to be serious or a sendup. It's maybe worth watching because if you look at it as a spoof it's hilarious.

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