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Good movies to watch

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:08 am

Hello.

I just watched "American Beauty" and it inspired me to make this topic. I would like to hear your sugestions of good movies to watch. I have my own:

American Beauty
Idioterne
Spider
Fight Club
Dead Poets Society
Cube
Amelie

Throw your own :)

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby andre9999 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:18 am

I could list movies forever... What kinds of movies do you feel like watching? Do we stick to a theme?

I'd definitely put Fight Club higher on the list.

A couple off the top of my head:

All the President's Men
The Big Labowski
Miracle
There Will Be Blood

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Ben » Sat Nov 13, 2010 1:52 am

Some excellent older American movies (from the 1960s and 70s):

The Eiger Sanction (On late night TV last night)
The Parallax View
Serpico
The Exorcist
Sorcerer
Joe Kidd

And some more will come to mind later.
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Re: Good movies to watch

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:08 am

Fight Club? Really?
It was sickening. What sane person wants to see people fight?

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:18 am

Sorcerer is an underrated classic. Good call, Ben.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Hanzze » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:34 am

The big fish :-)

Just that! *smile*


BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Nate sante baram sokham _()_

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:38 am

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:40 am

He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
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Re: Good movies to watch

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“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:31 am

Worth watching for the photography alone, which is brilliant.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby retrofuturist » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:34 am

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby alan » Sat Nov 13, 2010 4:36 am

Except I never understood that final scene.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby andre9999 » Sat Nov 13, 2010 3:53 pm

I can't really think of many movies I've seen that aren't reasonably well known. The one that comes quickly to mind is "The Station Agent". That's a pretty good movie. My favorite movie ever is "The Deer Hunter", but that's pretty popular.

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Re: Good movies to watch

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Viscid » Sat Nov 13, 2010 10:07 pm

Just watched sorcerer, awesome suggestion. Thanks alan/ben.

Reminded me of Fitzcarraldo.
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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Kim OHara » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:35 am

Three that you're unlikely to see anywhere except on the 'Art House' circuit, unless you are in (respectively) France, Germany or Japan:
MicMacs
Soul Kitchen
Departures
The first two are comedies with heart and intelligence (as opposed to the mindlessness of most Hollywood comedies). The third is not a comedy, though it has moments of humour, but is beautiful, subtle and illuminating.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Modus.Ponens » Sun Nov 14, 2010 3:01 am

Thank you for your sugestions so far. I forgot two movies I also like:

Whatever Works
Inglorious Bastards
He turns his mind away from those phenomena, and having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.'
(Jhana Sutta - Thanissaro Bhikkhu translation)

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby Donuts Dad » Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:50 am

Here are some of my favorite movies, most of which are not very famous.

The Shout 1978 - A couple's lives are taken over by Alan Bates as a black magic shaman and/or lunatic.
The Tenant 1976 - Trelkovsky undergoes slow dissolution of identity.
Long Weekend 1978 - Vacationing couple learn how far people have distanced themselves from the natural world.
Good Morning 1962 - Japanese kids refuse to talk till their parents get a television.
Man Facing Southeast 1987 - Confined lunatic claims he's from outer space.
A Pure Formality 1994 - Gerard Depardieu is detained in an odd provincial police station because he might have killed someone.
The Last Wave 1977 - Peter Weir made a great movie out of a rather silly plot about an Aboriginal doom prophesy.

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Re: Good movies to watch

Postby alan » Mon Nov 15, 2010 2:05 am

Master and Commander/Far side of the world.
Based on the sublimely wonderful novels of Patrick O' Brian.
A grand adventure on the high seas. Excellent photography as well--you know how much I love that. A real treat!


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