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Nascentvirion
Posted on Monday, September 16, 2002 - 9:56 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Some favorites of mine include: Fight Club, The Empire Strikes Back, The Last Temptation of Christ,The Terminator Films, Escape From New York, The Road Warrior,Gladiator, Immortal Beloved, Legends of The Fall, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.. Those are just a few that I can think of at the moment
Shayne
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 1:15 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Pata, gotcha on that I saw it about that long ago so I'm doing the same recall from the abyss thing. At least in my case I know it's muddled in there with far too many 'z' grade flicks to pull out intact. The overall depression I seem to remember well though and like They Shoot Horses I felt the pain outweighed the beauty.
Pataphysician
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 1:08 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I'm not sure I follow you, but I think what affected me was that the Bruce Dern character reminded me of a couple of people I've known. Moreover, it seemed like a critique of that delusional sort of American Capitalist mentality, but not in an obvious or heavy-handed way. I recognized the characters but they retained an aura of mystery. I felt empathy for them and even admiration, but they also gave me the creeps. I saw the movie maybe 5 years ago and I don't remember the plot particulars, but I remember the characters and the mood distinctly.
Shayne
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 9:42 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Pata, I think for me it's the continued discomfort of the brothers situation with each other and themselves and the hopelessness which at the time was more prevelant then most people would allow themselves to believe which makes me shy away from putting it on my list at all. As for the performances of both, I'd say you hit it damn right on. The Nicholson character was so much more believible that way too. Kinda like Ernest Borgnine playing the 'bull' in Emperor of the North Pole. Gave me the creeps.
Pataphysician
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 9:14 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

I never see KING OF MARVIN GARDENS on people's lists. That would be right near the top for me. It's hard to explain why, but it's the whole tone of the thing. The acting is a wonder to behold. Bruce Dern is a much under-rated actor. And Jack Nicholson plays his most un-Nicholson role brilliantly. It affected me very deeply.
Nilson
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 8:29 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

The Dude abides -- and I kinda take comfort in that, don't you?
Shayne
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 7:23 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Pata,
So does Lars von Trier IMO. I finally have both parts of The Kingdom.
Shayne
Posted on Sunday, September 15, 2002 - 6:40 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My lists' theme was....?
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 9:02 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Here's my list of favorite films since 1990 (2nd rev.)

1990 -- Miller's Crossing, Wild at Heart
1991 -- Silence of the Lambs, Thelma & Louise
1992 -- The Player, Reservoir Dogs
1993 -- Groundhog Day, Short Cuts
1994 -- Ed Wood, Pulp Fiction
1995 -- Casino, The Usual Suspects
1996 -- Bound, Fargo
1997 -- Contact, Fifth Element
1998 -- The Big Lebowski, Rushmore, What Dreams May Come
1999 -- American Beauty, Fight Club
2000 -- O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Wonder Boys
2001 -- Donnie Darko, Memento, Mulholland Drive
Bob_Chong
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 8:54 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I watched Raising Arizona again recently and it seemed a bit affected. I still enjoyed it, but it lacks the sophistication (in the literal sense) of their later movies. To use a Beatles metaphor, I'd say that R.A. is their "Love Me Do" period, whereas Lebowski is more like the White Album.

And speaking of the Coens, I gotta say that I was a little disappointed with their last one. I am willing to withhold judgment until I see it again a couple of times on DVD, but my initial impression was that is was OK but not their best work. Of course, I've found that all of their movies improve with multiple viewings.
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 8:52 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

You know what? Fuck it, I'm adding Lebowski and re-adding Memento to my list. I won't be able to sleep tonight until I do.

Don't mind my late-night mutterings....
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 8:45 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Yeah, Bob, I dig Lebowski, I really do (god, I hope Oil's not here) but I had to limit myself to two movies per year. The Coens are well represented on my list, so I decided to sacrifice The Dude.
Admin
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 8:38 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

excuse me. but HELLO.

RAISING ARIZONA clearly gets my vote.


"So here comes Bill a-walkin' down 9 mile - that's Bill Parker, y'understand - got a sandwich in one hand, the fuckin' head in the other ..."
Bob_Chong
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 8:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Melgib:

What--no Lebowski? It is the finest Coen Bros. movie ever made, IMO.
Pataphysician
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 7:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Wim Wenders Rulz!!
Shayne
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 3:13 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Prophecy 1,2,3

Wings of Desire

Far Away So Close

Rapture

End of Days

Eighth Day

Mr. Frost


Zardoz
Joalco
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 2:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I think my favorite visions of the underworld come from Haxan, the old Swedish film... Criterion has released a splendid version, together with the 1960's narrated-by-william-s-burroughs version, entitled Witchcraft Through the Ages.
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 1:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Right on.

Plus the heads in hell were awesome.
Nilson
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 1:06 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Well, Mel, I like the occasional journey into New Age nambipambiosity. And Robin Williams didn't have to kiss Whoopi Goldberg while hallucinating it was his wife.
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Nilson, I loved What Dreams May Come both for its stunning images and for the story. Lots of people rejected the ideas presented there because they sounded like new-age mamby-pamby bullshit. And maybe they are. Maybe I'm one of those new age mamby-pamby bullshit likers. Who knows. All I can say is, I loved every minute of it and I watch it anytime it's on cable. Even gonna buy the DVD someday.

I love lists because they're subject to change. I changed mine within two minutes of posting it. So go ahead, list away.
Joalco
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:39 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Yes, indeed. Lists are cagey creatures, hard to pin down.

I absolutely loved Mulholland Drive. It's a kindred spirt to 1999's Lost Highway, albeit a much more fleshed out one. I was surprised at how many of my friends who hated Lost Highway loved Mulholland Drive. The two films cover some of the same ground, and deal with some of the same ideas regarding reality, both real and presumed.
Nilson
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:36 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

And Unforgiven. You see why I don't do lists. There's always something screaming to be added.
Nilson
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:35 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Mel: Similar to my 90's list, if I were to make one. I'm hoping you listed What Dreams for its visual artistry and not for anything like plot or script or acting.

I'd also have to add Barton Fink and LA Confidential to that list.
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:32 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Joalco, I loved Donnie Darko too and was going to include it on my list of greatest of 2002 since I saw it earlier this year, although it officially came out in 2001.

But wait ... I didn't see Mulholland Drive until this year, either ... oh, shit hell. Now what do I do?

Well, there's nothing to be done but take Memento off the list. Bye bye Guy.
Joalco
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:22 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Another list (from another topic), not quite so specific, but as I've stated before, these are subject to change at the drop of a hat....

Confused yet?

In the mean time, here's a current (at least until I'm done typing it and remember a film I've overlooked) top ten (ten flicks, no specific order):

The Godfather, Part 2
Dawn of the Dead
City of Lost Children
Princess & the Warrior
The Seventh Seal
Element of Crime
High Fidelity
Donnie Darko
Blue Velvet
Chasing Amy
Melgib
Posted on Saturday, September 14, 2002 - 12:20 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Here's my list of favorite films since 1990

1990 -- Miller's Crossing, Wild at Heart
1991 -- Silence of the Lambs, Thelma & Louise
1992 -- The Player, Reservoir Dogs
1993 -- Groundhog Day, Short Cuts
1994 -- Ed Wood, Pulp Fiction
1995 -- Casino, The Usual Suspects
1996 -- Bound, Fargo
1997 -- Contact, Fifth Element
1998 -- Rushmore, What Dreams May Come
1999 -- American Beauty, Fight Club
2000 -- Wonder Boys, O Brother, Where Art Thou?
2001 -- Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive

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