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Old 12-15-18, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
I also can't be the only one that actively seeks out truly terrible movies, right? I do love a good stinker. I think I'm on some eternal quest to unseat whatever movie it is that I consider the "worst thing ever." For many years, it was the unconscionably awful Alone in the Dark (2005.) It's really, really bad. That was finally unseated by Apartment 1303 (2012) the worst movie... ever. My wife tapped out while watching it less than 30 minutes in. I was committed. It's time I'll never get back. But I survived it, and that's worth something. These are truly films that manage to never break that barrier: they never get to the point where they're so bad they're good again. They're just terrible to the core. That said, I highly recommend both. It's always good to re-establish the baseline.
You should set your sights even lower. Seek out recent stinkers by well known directors that were reviewed favorably by some poop for brain reviewers. I recommend 4 awful movies in this category - Manchester by the Sea, Inherent Vice, La La Land, and Inside Llewyn Lewis.
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I have never seen Gone With The Wind. It always struck me as too long and too melodramatic. I guess I should finally watch it.
I finally watched it a couple years ago. What surprised me is that the actress who impressed me most was not Vivien Leigh, but Hattie McDaniel. She played the house servant, and became the first black woman to be nominated for an Oscar, which she went on to win: Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

On the IMDB trivia page:
Hattie McDaniel was criticized by some African-Americans for playing in a supposedly racist film. She responded that she would "rather make seven hundred dollars a week playing a maid than seven dollars being one"

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0031381/trivia
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Originally Posted by I-Like-To-Bike View Post
You should set your sights even lower. Seek out recent stinkers by well known directors that were reviewed favorably by some poop for brain reviewers. I recommend 4 awful movies in this category - Manchester by the Sea, Inherent Vice, La La Land, and Inside Llewyn Lewis.
Manchester by the Sea: I don't think it can be argued that it was well acted. Casey Affleck was very good in that. Now the hoopla, and the awards nominations, and the fawning over it? Baffling. After finishing it, my first thought was, "Why did they feel the need to make this?" A single viewing was more than enough.
Inherent Vice: that's Paul Thomas Anderson. He's every bit as love-or-hate as Nolan.
La La Land: I like both Gosling and Stone, but that movie didn't do anything for me at all. Overrated isn't an adequate description. I can barely remember it. Now Chazelle also did Whiplash, which I thought was excellent-- but at the same time so stylistic I don't know how long he can keep that sort of behavior up as a director.
Inside Llewyn Davis: certainly not in my Coen Bros. top 5. Perhaps "not my thing." But I hold no dislike of it. It's fine. But I'm a reprobate. The Big Lebowski will always be my favorite Coen movie. Followed somewhat closely by Raising Arizona.
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
Inside Llewyn Davis: certainly not in my Coen Bros. top 5. Perhaps "not my thing." But I hold no dislike of it. It's fine. But I'm a reprobate. The Big Lebowski will always be my favorite Coen movie. Followed somewhat closely by Raising Arizona.
I also didn't care for Inside Llewyn Davis.
As for The Big Lebowski; I bought the DVD.
And Raising Arizona: I never laughed so hard during a chase scene!

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Old 12-15-18, 09:50 PM
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"The baby. WE FORGOT THE BABY!!" And then Goodman just screaming and punching the roof of the car. Kills me. Every time.
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"The baby. WE FORGOT THE BABY!!" And then Goodman just screaming and punching the roof of the car. Kills me. Every time.
Or another favorite line:


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Old 12-16-18, 09:43 AM
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The Big Lebowski, I have yet to watch.
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Old 12-16-18, 02:16 PM
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Originally Posted by dynodonn View Post
The Big Lebowski, I have yet to watch.
Now streaming on Netflix and well worth viewing as long as vulgar language doesn't get you upset. It's use in this film is almost poetic.
https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/the-big-lebowski
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I can't believe I haven't seen these yet:

The Great Escape
A Clockwork Orange
Citizen Kane
Kill Bill 1 & 2

There's more but these...I really ought to get around to checking them off my list!
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i'll skip birth of a nation for obvious reasons. never watching avatar or titanic. just why? still have only watched the entirety of the seventh seal and dr. zhivago in bits and pieces over two decades.
haven't made my way through the entire (maybe watched 65%) of the entire kurosawa catalog but there's (hopefully) still time. coen bros usually deliver but not always. raising arizona,
no country, lebowski, true grit and fargo are essentials. the bros aren't bulletproof but get the benefit of the doubt from me. even a mixed review such as miller's crossing (which i enjoyed multiple x's)
was worthy.

barry lyndon...dammit...barry lyndon as my (current) biggest regret not having seen cinematically. really?

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Old 12-17-18, 05:08 AM
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Originally Posted by amyrich View Post
i can't believe i haven't seen these yet:

The great escape
a clockwork orange
citizen kane
kill bill 1 & 2

there's more but these...i really ought to get around to checking them off my list!
2, 3, 1, 4, 5.
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Old 12-17-18, 11:36 AM
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Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
i'll skip birth of a nation for obvious reasons.
Sure, PC correctness is an obvious reason to avoid viewing a classic film made in 1915. Presumably you have also excised your record collection of all renderings of Baby It's Cold Outside in order to maintain your moral balance.
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Originally Posted by amyrich View Post
I can't believe I haven't seen these yet:

The Great Escape
A Clockwork Orange
Citizen Kane
Kill Bill 1 & 2

There's more but these...I really ought to get around to checking them off my list!
Don't waste your time on A Clockwork Orange.
A sociopath makes life hell for innocent people, then when he is finally captured, the audience is expected to care about what is done to him???

I like Tarantino, but I didn't care much for Kill Bill 1 & 2.

Great Escape is good except for a glaring historical error: There were NO Americans involved!
They had all been transferred before the escape, so it was only English prisoners involved in the escape.

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Old 12-17-18, 12:26 PM
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It's important to see A Birth of a Nation for the same reason it's important to see Triumph of the Will or Battleship Potemkin. All three are brilliant films as well as examples of the use of film as political propaganda. You can oppose the political message and still appreciate the art.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo View Post
Great Escape is good expect for a glaring historical error: There were NO Americans involved!
They had all been transferred before the escape, so it was only English prisoners involved in the escape.
And there was no motorcycle jumping of a border fence, or aircraft flying (near Neuwanstein Castle no less) either, so what! Not only that, neither Steve McQueen nor James Garner, nor any of the other actors participated in the actual escape. Would you have liked the movie better without such "glaring errors"?

The Great Escape was not meant to be a documentary, but rather good movie entertainment based on a historical event. It succeeded quite well in doing just that.
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Sure, PC correctness is an obvious reason to avoid viewing a classic film made in 1915. Presumably you have also excised your record collection of all renderings of Baby It's Cold Outside in order to maintain your moral balance.
got 48k songs in the itunes library but not that one. no "christmas music" either unless you're counting the jazz of the vince guaraldi trio which would be a stretch. maybe that makes me a godless communist. *shrugs.*
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got 48k songs in the itunes library but not that one. no "christmas music" either unless you're counting the jazz of the vince guaraldi trio which would be a stretch. maybe that makes me a godless communist. *shrugs.*
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It's important to see A Birth of a Nation for the same reason it's important to see Triumph of the Will or Battleship Potemkin. All three are brilliant films as well as examples of the use of film as political propaganda. You can oppose the political message and still appreciate the art.
As well, you need to see it to appreciate how far we've come...or haven't come? In addition, you can ignore its political context altogether and view it from a purely historical and creative filmmaking perspective. In 1915 it was the state-of-the-art.
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looks/sounds like a looong way from "jolene" or "gasoline alley." may just put on a woody allen or polanski film instead.
hmmm...choosing between hannah and her sisters and the ghost writer. maybe both.
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As well, you need to see it to appreciate how far we've come...or haven't come? In addition, you can ignore its political context altogether and view it from a purely historical and creative filmmaking perspective. In 1915 it was the state-of-the-art.
and i agree and i'll probably get around to birth of a nation at some point, as i did with potemkin and triumph of the will. i'm in no rush tho.
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2, 3, 1, 4, 5.
In that order, then. Thank you!
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Don't waste your time on A Clockwork Orange.
A sociopath makes life hell for innocent people, then when he is finally captured, the audience is expected to care about what is done to him???

I like Tarantino, but I didn't care much for Kill Bill 1 & 2.

Great Escape is good expect for a glaring historical error: There were NO Americans involved!
They had all been transferred before the escape, so it was only English prisoners involved in the escape.
I actually tried watching Kill Bill 1...but I couldn't stay interested for even half an hour. I don't know what it is, but that movie is pretty much doomed. I might as well chuck it out of my list. But the rest, I'm definitely gonna check 'em out.
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In that order, then. Thank you!
i'd feel super comfy subbing the third man for citizen kane anyday. ck is great, worthy and definitely worth watching/analyzing/parsing but only in my top 50. the third man is in my top ten.
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