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  • Rojik
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    Goodfellas. Star cast, star director, awesome script and very, very close to the real story.

    Oh and the lines:

    "The place burned down? **** you pay me. Lightning struck? **** you, pay me. Slow business? **** you, pay me."

    "Paulie may have moved slow, but it was only because Paulie didn't have to move for anybody."

    " Didn't matter. It didn't mean anything. When I was broke, I'd go out and rob some more. We ran everything. We paid off cops. We paid off lawyers. We paid off judges. Everybody had their hands out. Everything was for the taking. And now it's all over.

    And that's the hardest part. Today everything is different; there's no action... have to wait around like everyone else. Can't even get decent food - right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce, and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I'm an average nobody... get to live the rest of my life like a schnook"

    "If you're part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they're going to kill you, doesn't happen that way. There weren't any arguments or curses like in the movies. See, your murderers come with smiles, they come as your friends, the people who've cared for you all of your life. And they always seem to come at a time that you're at your weakest and most in need of their help."

    "Killing's got to be accepted. Murder was the only way that everybody stayed in line. You got out of line, you got whacked. Everybody knew the rules."

    "By the time I grew up, there was thirty billion a year in cargo moving through Idlewild Airport and believe me, we tried to steal every bit of it"

    "For as long as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster. To me that was better than being president of the United States. To be a gangster was to own the world."

    "When they found Carbone in the meat truck, he was frozen so stiff it took them three days to thaw him out for the autopsy."

    "For us to live any other way was nuts. Uh, to us, those goody-good people who worked shitty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work every day, and worried about their bills, were dead. I mean, they were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained twice they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again."
    Last edited by Rojik; 22 Feb 16, 06:54.

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  • Checkertail20
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    I love Prisoner of War movies like Andersonville and The Great Escape but Stalag 17 is my favorite.

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  • dgfred
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    Originally posted by Drusus Nero View Post
    O yeah...forgot about sountracks and films, and Cohen movies...

    Brother Where art Thou" had it all.

    I even bought the soundtrack, and used to play it after work, with a few "pipes", it was magic, particularly the old hillbillly standards, like "In the Jailhouse", "Big Rock Candy Mountain" etc etc...

    George Cluny's obsession with his favourite "Dapper Dan" hair cream was stealing the show, but the best scene was them all arriving at the realtive's "Horse Stud Ranch" (the father and son had eaten all the horses), with the cousin's only regret that his wife had left him that he "missed her cookin'".
    You ain't bonified! Haha

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  • Drusus Nero
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    One more thing...

    friends of mine, not into war pictures, went to see "Saving Private ryan" without me, (I was working that night).

    They came back and talked about nothing else for two weeks, except that first 40 minutes of cinema footage.

    when I heard veterans claiming it "wasn't realistic enough", I wondered just what you had to do to please the "vets" and still retain a "good taste" rating.

    Same as "Gladiator". I had read a book called "Those About to Die" by Micheal mannix, that described a real gladiator called FLAMMA.

    From his story, we guessed almost exactly what the plot and storyline of Gladiator might be, and we were right, even down to details like the German warrior in the big bearskin, cutting down legionairies with his overlarge axe.

    In Mannix's book, this hapens in the arena. the German is a captive, dressed in th clothing he was captured in, and swinging a similar weapon to what he did in his tribe. In the book, he cuts down no less than SIX Roman costuned gladiators, and is spared by the crowd, (Thumbs up).
    The praise goes to his head, however, and he makes a speech to the crowd, calling all roman soldiers "cowards" and boasting he could take any of them on, man for man, one on one. An enraged legionary steps forward from the crowd, and takes the German tribesman up on his offer, and bests him after a desperate fight. for the crowd, its the "match" they remember this particular "games" by for months to come.

    When I read one roman writer, I think it was suetonius, this match was described in very similar terms, i.e....it was a real thing, not just a product of Mannix's imagination. amazing.

    Someone who wrote "Gladiator" had obviously read the same literature as I had.

    I bought that soundtrack, too. It was mood perfect. Hauntingly original and very dramatic all at once.

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  • Drusus Nero
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    I also have to admit that viewing "the Exorcist" as a child, "snuck" in to the Drive In Movies under a blanket in the backseat, WAs "the scariest" film experience I ever had as well.

    And I must agree with the sheer quality of Eastwood westerns like "the Outlaw Josey wales", and "Joe Kidd".

    But for absolute fear, when ALIEN was first released, the "trailer" for it was very brief indeed, (about 15 seconds of random footage), and cinema audiences of the day were not de-sensitized' to space-sci-fi-horror. Because we'd never seen anything like it, the genuine SCREAMS of fright that this movie produced have not been equalled in my experience, "Exorcist" excluded.

    The story went (from Sigourney Weaver and tom skerrit, no less) that john hurt's "birth sequence" was filmed without anyone but John knowing what was about to happen. Weaver claims that all the reactions in the film to that scene are entirley natural.

    That film was the only movie I've ever seen with genuine screams from both sexes, and people putting their hands over their faces, or watching it through open fingers.

    Shock value like that does not exist anymore. Kids are to de-sensitized, and Space-Sci-Fi-Horror is a cliche' now.

    But ALIEN was gripping in a dark cinema, from beginning to end.

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  • Drusus Nero
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    O yeah...forgot about sountracks and films, and Cohen movies...

    Brother Where art Thou" had it all.

    I even bought the soundtrack, and used to play it after work, with a few "pipes", it was magic, particularly the old hillbillly standards, like "In the Jailhouse", "Big Rock Candy Mountain" etc etc...

    George Cluny's obsession with his favourite "Dapper Dan" hair cream was stealing the show, but the best scene was them all arriving at the realtive's "Horse Stud Ranch" (the father and son had eaten all the horses), with the cousin's only regret that his wife had left him that he "missed her cookin'".

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  • sebfrench76
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    La cage aux folles is indeed a very funny film.
    Michel Serrault (Zaza , the "meneuse de revue" ) was a magnificent actor .

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  • Drusus Nero
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    As far as Foreign comedies went, (one not in english), Ugo tognazi in "La Cage au folles" was by far the best "bent" film I've ever seen. the robin willims version was simply terrible. williams was always a "ham" actor when playing gay roles, nut the chief gay man, leaving the bosses ( and his lover's) house, and having the black, gay, servant cry at his feet, with the line "what is this, Uncle Tom's Cabin?"

    Or the chief gay star trying to "Walk like John Wayne", and being told..."No, thats "MISS" John Wayne"

    I saw La Cage Aux Folles at the cinema's, THREE TIMES, when I was still under 15. Howled with laughter, and so did the many people in australia that went to see it.

    Americans, and the english for that matter, cannot "do" camp comedy like the French can!

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  • Drusus Nero
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    COMEDY

    Any Python film...cinematic brilliance. I can still recite whole scenes, and Life of Brian's scene in the colloseum was once praised by Oxford historians as being a very accurate depiction of a typical afternoon at the colloseum in Jerusalum. Even the xaption to the scene, "Children's Matinee" still makes me laugh out loud.

    For sheer brilliance of performance, I can never go past Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day", probably the one film that, as a romantic comedy, had the most to say about what women REALLY expect from a paetner.
    They must be well dressed, with good table manners, and the entire town must embrace them at at first sight...kind to animals, toasting world peace, must play a musical instrument efficiently and be able to put n a "show", must be mechanical, must be into astrology and literature however obscrue...the list from the film is endless.
    Notice how the female lead never assumes for a second that SHE has to change absolutely anything about her personality, or looks, or job, or aspirations, or education. Groundhog day was so multi-layered and 'deep'. I often used to wonder just how many days he spent in Punxatawny, considering he had to learn how to play the piano, ice sculpt, watch the town long enough not only to do all the good deeds, but to notice the little things, like the 12 second window when the waitress asks for a "roll of quarters" and the guards drop all the bags. He must have sat for weeks alone figuring that one.

    The Belushi/ackroyd combination in "the Blues Brothers" was also one of those films with an almost perfect sountrack as well. In what is a raft of funny scenes, the best sequence is "Jake" getting out of jail, and elwood explaining to him why "The Band" are not together anymore...and the Car is "gone" as well...

    "Wheres the car?
    "Car?"
    "Yeah..the Caddy, the Bluesmobile"
    "I traded it"
    "You traded the bluesmobile for this?"
    "No...I traded it for a microphone."
    "Yeah...I can see that."
    "You don't like it?
    "No..." (One of the many strengthas of the Genius of John Belushi was his face...and in combination with the music, it still makes me laugh, even though i'm familiar with every line and scene)

    John Belushi was a terrible loss to american comedy. He had only JUST "hit his stride". What that man could have produced, even in his declining years, would have gotten accolades that would have made the "Blues Brothers" just another one of his films.

    I also have a weakness for an American comedian when he was a neophyte, doing Saturday Night Live.
    Eddy Murphy: Saturdauy Night Live featured certain sketches that really did reveal him to be just a funny as Belushi, but in a very black kind of way.
    Dressing up as Mr.White, for instance, eddy goes "into training", saying in his best documantary voice...

    "I got some makeup, and read a stack of Hallmark greeting cards..."

    But his funniest sletch was him claiming to be the fifth Beatle, (shows a picture of the Beatles with afros, and Clarence, the dominant one, calling the group, "the Clarences"

    We used to mimic his effort at playing his own tapes backwards....to "proove" he was The 5th...
    "Hey Paul! Lets get rid of Clarence and steal all his good ideas."


    Anyhow, those are my comedy picks....

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  • G David Bock
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    Pending a thread of it's own, and to "archive" until ....
    Top films that missed out on Best Picture Oscar nominations

    (over the past @ 40 years ...)
    http://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/osca...A8aT7m#image=1

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  • Bwaha
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    Just saw Deadpool. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1431045/

    Damn near laughed to death. Very funny.

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  • G David Bock
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    "Always" - Lots of great flying scenes and action, and a meme/message about aspects of our spiritual existence seldom seen in films. A 1989 rehash of a 1943 film, but this later version seems to be more amusing and a level deeper perhaps.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Always_%281989_film%29

    There a few more I could toss out, but this is near the top of the list and comes readily to mind.

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  • Urban hermit
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    There are so many great films it is difficult to narrow it down to just one. I enjoy old silent movies, dark comedies, westerns. I'm not a big fan of Sci-Fi, or action movies.
    Doctor Strangelove is my all time favorite movie.
    Full Metal Jacket and We Were Soldiers are my two fav war movies, but I really enjoyed Saving Private Ryan, Band Of Brothers, Pacific and Hill 60.
    Westerns has to include John Ford's work from Stagecoach to The Searchers, and Clint Eastwood's library, with Unforgiven being his best.
    But Shane has to be one if the best all time westerns ever made, Eastwood has recognized Shane as the measure of any western, I'd take his word for it.
    Silly comedies are a great waste of time especially with my grandson and popcorn..
    Pink Panther, and slap stick is hard to beat for a good laugh.
    For drama The Best a Years of Our Lives is always a good one, The Godfather is great,.The Naked Prey is right up there.
    But the sleeper that is always left off these list is Hoosiers, that is a great movie that has been forgotten.
    Last edited by Urban hermit; 14 Feb 16, 23:50.

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  • dgfred
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    Oh, forgot that one.

    My daughter and I loved to go around the house yelling 'ALLLLAAAARRMMM'

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  • Kendrick
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    Das Boot - a film that really gives an idea what it is like to serve in a submarine under depth charge attack.

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