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julinona's Favorite Movies

Taxi Driver The Godfather Part II The Godfather A Clockwork Orange Fight Club The Thin Red Line 2001: A Space Odyssey Jaws The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Se7en

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 3/30/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, History of Violence is fantastic. I've only seen it once, but I should rewatch it soon.
I didn't think it had a slow pace either. And I too give some movies a chance even if I thought that they started out slow. For example, Dirty Harry started out a little too slow for me, but I ended up absolutely loving it (and judging from your list, I think you'll really like it!). Ofcourse the pacing can ruin a movie for me (to be honest that's one of the reasons I don't like 2001, although I do understand why people like it), but if the movie is able to captivate me (There Will Be Blood), then I don't have a problem with it.

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Caesar

Caesar on 4/1/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, they're equally good. I wouldn't worry too much about seeing it on DVD. I'm also a HUGE fan of The Godfather, but science fiction is my favorite genre (as reflected in my top three). :)

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 4/2/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, well, too bad about Dirty Harry, but great to hear you liked Amadeus! It took me a while to appreciate it as much as I do now. Same with One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. I saw them both in class, and I thought they were good. And then I rewatched them a couple of years later, and I just fell in love with them. Great performances and great directing.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 4/20/2013 Reply  · 

No, I didn't, and I have seen it at least 2, maybe three times. It's not a movie I easily rewatch (in fact, I rather rewatch some movies outside my top 50), but I still love it. Why were you disappointed last time?

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/20/2013 Reply  · 

Only when I visit my summer home in the Thai countryside. :)
Are you a fan of the film?

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/21/2013 Reply  · 

Oh yeah. I'd definitely recommend it. It's one of my favorite films from the last few years and I love it because of its abstract qualities and its atmosphere (if you let it wash over you, it can be an incredibly immersive experience) among other things. Weerasethakul, the director is one of my favorite contemporary filmmakers and I admire his open narrative style. The film isn't for every one, as the slow, deliberate pacing and some of the bizarre happenings tend to put some people off, but if you're the kind of viewer that can go with the flow on a film, I'd say you'd probably like it.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/21/2013 Reply  · 

Well, when I found flickchart, I was looking for a place where I could finally get a formal, ranked list of movies seen from best to worst.
I like to distinguish between the terms "best" and "favorite". My favorite films are the ones I connect with the most, enjoy the most or the ones I can watch over and over. The best films are the ones I feel are the most well-done. Some films can fall under both categories (like 2001), while others I may like but not regard very highly (like Planes, Trains and Automobiles) or respect but not enjoy (like Stalker). When I'm watching a movie, I can't help but critique it as it goes along. It's because of this that I'd prefer to make my list by "best" and not "favorite". I know what my favorite movies are, but I'd like to draw up an accurate list of movies I feel are the best.
Sorry, didn't mean to go on like that. I hope that explanation's clear enough.

Also, back to Boonmee: Glad you're open-minded! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the film.

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JRM

JRM on 4/22/2013 Reply  · 

Still haven't seen Clockwork Orange. Need to get around to that. I don't understand how people can love Jaws but dislike Jurassic Park; they're both essentially monster movies -- Jurassic Park has a sense of awe and better animatronics in its favor. I think preference really boils down to which was seen first and when.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/23/2013 Reply  · 

My top 5 favorites list would look like this:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
2. There Will Be Blood
3. The Big Lebowski
4. Dr. Strangelove
and #5 would be a toss-up between 'Amadeus' and 'A Serious Man'

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/23/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, it's not even a contest for me when it comes to TTRL vs. SPR. Before I saw Apocalypse Now, TTRL was the best war film I'd ever seen, but then Coppola's film blew me away even more than Malick's. Both are brilliant.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/23/2013 Reply  · 

Have fun with those! Hopefully you like them as much as I do.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/28/2013 Reply  · 

No, I actually don't think it's overrated. Out of the twelve films I've seen from 1991, it's easily the best in my opinion. Great performances, near-perfect suspense and a chilling ending makes the film a classic in my eyes.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 4/29/2013 Reply  · 

Well, no, I think saying it belongs in the top 30 of all time is quite a stretch, but I still think it's a great film.

And yeah, I guess I have seen a lot. It's mainly been from the last three years in which I've tried to watch as much as possible, whenever I have the time.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 5/14/2013 Reply  · 

Absolutely. Spacey killed it in Se7en (no pun intended). John Doe is far and away my favorite cinematic villain of all time. It must've been a really difficult role to crack, though. John is more of an elusive entity than an actual character for the majority of the film. As Ebert stated, the film would've fallen apart had Spacey faltered. He didn't.

P.S.- Was it you who said The Silence of the Lambs is overrated? If so, I love you :D

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 5/27/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, YIFY is a fantastic site. I download all my films from there. As for LOTR, I love them all but TTT is the one I don't love watching as much as the other but is still, an incredible sequel. I personally love FOTR more and more but that's just me ;)

I will definitely try to check out those films you tell me in the future! Raging Bull is fantastic and hey, I downloaded it from YIFY yesterday :D I don't know what version of T2 is better but I just love the film too much! I'm gonna check out your list today....at school! Thanks for the kind words, I'll put down those 2 films as my upcoming films!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 5/30/2013 Reply  · 

I sure will :D

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 6/6/2013 Reply  · 

I thought Mean Streets was a good film but I wouldn't go as far as saying its a masterpiece. The second act of the film felt weak for me and the story there didn't appeal. However, by the end the story was more appealing that if I re-watch it sometime, I'd probably like it more. De Niro was awesome as was Keitel! Both were amazing and had great chemistry. As for the best male duo, it'll be close between a few of these
1) Samuel Jackson and John Travolta (Pulp Fiction)
2) Joe Pesci and Robert de Niro (Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull....haven't seen Casino yet)

I can't think of more right now though there is a ton.
Oh wait, also stuff like Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman (Shawshank Redemption) I can't think of too many right now, will get back later!!!

Oh, and Sean Connery + Harrison Ford (Indy- The Last Crusade)

That's it for now!!! I am excited to see Casino and possibly, Heat.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 6/6/2013 Reply  · 

I totally forgot Eastwood+Wallach (Good The Bad and the Ugly) and Brad Pitt + Ed Norton (Fight Club)
There's so many great ones and thanks for the info on Heat and Casino! I'll get around to them very soon

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 6/21/2013 Reply  · 

I wasn't really sure what to think of it when it ended. It was obviously an exploration of different types of violence as well as an exploration of what it takes to reach redemption when one is confronted with the violent actions of their past (Viggo Mortensen could easily stand in for America and all its past transgressions), but I didn't love it or hate it. Another viewing would probably help, but I can't say that I was hugely impressed by any of it. Cronenberg has never been a director who I could connect with, though.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 6/21/2013 Reply  · 

The action scenes were good, but I wasn't paying that close attention to them. They were just as gritty and gruesome as you'd expect any violent Cronenberg scene to be.
And Viggo Mortensen is always good and I agree with you on him being very believable in this. Even though I kind of knew from the beginning that he had a past with violence, he found a way of convincing me from time to time with his story and making me pause and second-guess what was going on. It was a fine internalized performance.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 6/21/2013 Reply  · 

I see where you're coming from, too. The more I think of the film, the more it grows on me and I'm sure a few more viewings will facilitate that growing fondness.

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robmoviefilms13

robmoviefilms13 on 6/26/2013 Reply  · 

I have only seen Eyes Wide Shut once, and I can honestly say that I was blown away by the film.

I have seen Boyz N the Hood and I enjoy it, but I honestly can;t overlook its flaws. Menace II Society is the better hood film and focuses more on story, unlike Boyz which focuses on over-sentimentalism and an overused and cliched message.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 6/27/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I'd say Doe, Chigurh, and The Joker (TDK) are my top 3. Among my other favorites would be Commodus (Gladiator), Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects), Noah Cross (Chinatown), T-1000 (T2: Judgment Day), and Hans Landa (Inglourious Basterds). You can sympathize to some extent with characters like Plainview and Roy Batty, and these two functioned more as misunderstood characters/tragic figures than traditional villains, so I wouldn't include them either. Their motivation and characterization are rather complex. However, I do see Pat Bateman as a villain all the way through.

I'm dying to see The Thin Red Line. Days of Heaven and The Tree of Life are breathtaking cinema in my opinion. I hear TTRL combines the simple yet enchanting charm of Malick's earlier works and the grander ambition of his more recent projects, so things are looking good. Terry Malick's films are all but pretentious. Really sick of such lazy and lousy criticism.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 6/27/2013 Reply  · 

I agree. His films are visual poetry. That's the best way to describe them. Malick's shot composition and eye for landscape are right up there with the very best. Yeah, somehow The Thin Red Line has live in the shadow of Saving Private Ryan, which is a film I enjoy more for its technical aspects like editing, cinematography and VFX than the story or characters. I'm sure Malick will have more to say than Spielberg's war-is-hell message. I can see why you think TTRL is underrated.

The most underrated film for me is Alex Proyas' Dark City (came out the same year as TTRL!). I stumbled upon it by accident. It tends to be pushed aside as a poor man's The Matrix, which I find really upsetting. In fact, it was Dark City that prompted me to check out Blade Runner.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/28/2013 Reply  · 

I think I've seen The Dark Knight about five times. I probably would of seen it more, but I'm working through the older classics that I haven't seen.

I've seen The Dark Knight Rises three times now(twice in the cinema) To be honest, I was a little letdown the first time I saw it. But after repeat viewings, I find myself enjoying it much more.

I understand why over-the-top movies aren't your thing. Personally, I love crazy movies that have scenes I haven't watched before in more serious movies. Don't get me wrong, I love the classics as well. Many of your top ten are very high on my list.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 6/28/2013 Reply  · 

It's understandable if you found the ending fight cheesy and ridiculous. Those parts shouldn't bother you much upon repeat viewings once you've fully adjusted to the film's wider purpose. Quite interesting to know that you found TTRL more violent than Private Ryan. SPR is the second most violent combat film I've seen after Black Hawk Down. A problem I have with SPR is that the death scenes are hard to watch because of their shocking and violent nature, and not because you've actually started to care about the characters along the story's progression. Emotionally, I'm more responsive to Malick than Spielberg. As for Road to Perdition, yeah, I am interested in it. Heard nothing but praise for Conrad Hall's work. I loved both Skyfall and American Beauty so Mendes rarely disappoints.

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shane24

shane24 on 6/30/2013 Reply  · 

You got anything planned to watch?

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shane24

shane24 on 7/1/2013 Reply  · 

How are you finding Germany? Have you been there before?

My friend is German, he's back over there for seven weeks to see his family.

Mixed bag those movies are! Great choices! :)

At the moment, i'm thinking I'll watch Sneakers, Cloud Atlas and The Paperboy.

If you don't mind me asking, what country are you from? I'm Australian.

Probably some movies from when I was a kid. The movies that come to mind are E.T, Dennis the Menace, Milo & Otis, Jurassic Park and Quigley Down Under. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I've heard of Albania julinona. Government corruption? Can you please tell me more if you have some examples? I'm interested.

Oh, I actually watched Richie Rich quite a bit as well, but nowhere near the other movies.

How much do you know about Australia?

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shane24

shane24 on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

First of all, never worry about a size of a comment. If you have something to say, you've got my attention. :)

Okay, I'll call you JULI. Do you want it all in capitals? Is that your first name?

That bridge story sounds very bad. I asked you because, to be honest, I don't know much about Albania either. Nah, I'm fine with that example, it's fine. :) But if you ever think of something interesting from Albania, let me know. :)

Yeah, the Government and movie theatres have something against gore. The Cabin in the Woods and Evil Dead both pretty much went straight-to-DVD. They also just banned two games in Australia, despite the fact that they just brought in the R18+ rating. I'm surprised you knew about that.

What's the economy in Albania like?

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

Absolutely! I've got a strange relationship with several of those films in the top 10. Alien (and Magnolia) in particular. I hated them when I first saw them! I was totally unimpressed by Alien and Magnolia just made me angry.

And yet there was something pulling me back to them. I liked them a bit more the next time... and the time after... and the time after. The production design and the sets for Alien grew on me a lot. A year or two ago, my wife bought me the Alien Anthology, which is a beautiful little box set that included the original 4 films on Blu-Ray. It had a ton of really cool extras about the development of the film and the more I learned about it, the more it fascinated me.

If you can track down the Blu-Ray quality release from the Alien Anthology, you should check it out. The movie is absolutely gorgeous and the restoration makes it look like it was shot yesterday. Watch the original theatrical cut. If you are interested, check out the deleted scenes or watch the Director's Cut later. There is one very fascinating scene that was cut from the Theatrical Cut and re-inserted into the Director's Cut. It completely throws off the pacing of the last act, so I'm glad Ridley Scott decided to cut it, but it is a very interesting scene involving the fate of one of the crew members aboard the Nostromo.

It's hard to explain exactly what draws me to love one film and hate another, but I hope that's a bit of an insight into how I came to love it. For the record, Children of Men and Alien have been changing back. It all depends on which one I've seen more recently, haha!

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, and I'm due up for a revisit of Taxi Driver. It was decent, but I wasn't hugely impressed by it like so many people are. I'll let you know how it goes!

I'm always up for a good recommendation, too, so don't be shy about telling me to watch something I've missed!

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, and Gone Baby Gone! You're absolutely right, terrific film and horribly underrated!

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shane24

shane24 on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

Well, I'm glad you're fine, but that's terrible about the villages.

You were right pretty much. You'd say upper class for the rich people.

Australia has it's problems like every country does. But I can't complain, especially when people are dying in other countries from lack of necessities.

Yep, I was born here. The people,on average, are very good. Again, I can't complain when there is terrorists in other countries.

I'll be honest Juli, I can't remember the difference between the the director's cut and the original. Sorry.

Yep, I play games quite a bit. I actually haven't for some time, so my games have started to pile up on me. I'm currently playing The Last of Us and just finished Max Payne 3. How about you?

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 7/2/2013 Reply  · 

I really like A History of Violence, but haven't seen Road to Perdition in a long time. Before I give you any recommendations, why do you like the movies in your top 10? Also, what are a couple movies you hated and why did you hate them?

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shane24

shane24 on 7/3/2013 Reply  · 

I have Demon Souls and God of War 3, but I haven't played either. The Last of Us gameplay is fine by me, Juli. But it's the strong story that I really appreciate. Ellie is such a great character. She's got a great way of swearing. :D

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coreyhiscocks

coreyhiscocks on 7/8/2013 Reply  · 

It depends. The Great Escape is very long and not particularly action-packed, but I enjoyed it. It does take a bit of a commitment to sit through.

Mean Streets has very good performances from DeNiro and Keitel, but it didn't amount to a whole lot to me. It certainly was evidence that Scorsese was going to make good films, but I think most of what he has made since is much better...

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 7/8/2013 Reply  · 

True, I've started watching a lot of Clint Eastwood films recently, and I still plan to watch a few, like High Plains Drifter, Unforgiven, Play Misty For Me and probably Hang 'em High too. He really has become one of my favorite actors. He's not one of the best actors around, but he seems like a charming and charismatic guy. That's why I like him so much as an actor.

I really liked Gran Torino. Eastwood is indeed the best part of the movie I think. I guess my main problem with the film are some of the other actors, especially the younger ones. They're okay, but they come across as actors and not as real people, y'know? Some of their deliveries feel really unnatural. Ahney Her's character in particular isn't all that convincing, but this was her first film role so that might explain it. Eastwood's character is one of the few in the filme that felt like a real person. But I do think the film was very well directed and well scripted, and ultimately I did really like it.

I didn't dislike The Outlaw Josey Wales, I just thought it wasn't nearly as amazing as most people make it out to be. It was okay. It had some annoying problems, like I thought a lot of the characters were pointless, and the dialogue consisted mostly of exposition and funny lines that get repeated too many times. And besides that, there's nothing that stands out in the film. Everything's just decent: the acting, the directing, the music, the action, the production design, etc. There's nothing to recommend, not even Clint Eastwood's performance.

For a Few Dollars More is and probably will be my favorite of the Dollars trilogy. I might give The Good, The Bad and The Ugly a rewatch, but not anytime soon, since it has been only a couple of months since I saw it for the first time. I did love it, but it dragged a bit too much for me. For a Few Dollars more never dragged, and its story was the only one in the trilogy that was emotionally engaging. Gian Maria Volonté as El Indio was excellent; menacing but at the same time tragic. It has become one of my favorite Eastwood films, but Dirty Harry's still my favorite (maybe you should give it a rewatch ;) ).

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shane24

shane24 on 7/9/2013 Reply  · 

It was always right on the edge of my list. It was number 11 before. I just thought that it should be in there because of how much I like it. Plus De Niro is my favourite actor.

I finished The Last of Us. I can say with no hesitation that it's been one of the best games I've played on the playstation 3. 10/10.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/9/2013 Reply  · 

The first time I watched Once Upon a Time in the West I liked it, but I didn't love it. It was ranked somewhere around 200 on my list. My second viewing I loved it and it went up to the 80's. my third viewing I loved it even more and it moved into my top 40. Then last week I watched it for a fourth time and loved it even more and it is now in my top 20. It is one of the few movies out there that gets better with each new viewing. You should definitely give it another try.

The last couple times I watched Inglourious Basterds I still loved it, but not as much as I used to.

I though Unbreakable was a great film, but I prefer The Sixth Sense. (I have seen both of them once)

I just watched The Godfather and The Godfather part II the last two days and it is closer than ever. I would have to agree with you though that De Niro is certainly one of the main reasons why I prefer it to the first one. He and Pacino are unstoppable in Part II.

I have seen Pulp Fiction probably 10-12 times and have loved it every time. It is such a great film.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/9/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah my list is very nostalgic Ha Ha. The films I would recommend to you are: The Princess Bride, The Terminator, Toy Story, and Batman Begins. Obviously The Princess Bride and Toy Story have a lot of nostalgia for me, but I think that they are still great movies.

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Caesar

Caesar on 7/10/2013 Reply  · 

I really liked Friday Night Lights, but I think you have to be a big fan of sports movies in order to enjoy it. If you think you can enjoy watching a movie about football then, yes, I highly recommend it.

The Color of Money is definitely "lesser Scorsese", so it's not something anybody needs to go out of their way to see. It's not a bad movie at all, it's just rather unmemorable. I can't enthusiastically recommend it.

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/10/2013 Reply  · 

No. I'll never have a satisfying top ten. The top two are pretty much permanent though, at least.

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JC13

JC13 on 7/11/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah I love Death Proof. I actually think that Tarantino's films are very rewatchable, at least for me.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/12/2013 Reply  · 

I wouldn't call it a masterpiece. After seeing it, I gave it 4/5 stars, but the more thought I give it, the better it gets. My problems centered on one very lengthy sequence toward the end (you'll know what I'm talking about when you see it).
If you're interested, here's a review I wrote quickly last night:
http://letterboxd.com/boonmee/film/come-and-see/

^It says there are spoilers, but that's only because I went into a little bit of detail on that particular sequence.

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shane24

shane24 on 7/15/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, Juli. :)

Yeah, De Niro has given some amazing performances. I'm not liking the look of that movie he did with Travolta that's coming. Although, that's mainly because of Travolta and his silly beard.

I totally understand where you're coming with 300. :) I'm glad you're honest, feel free to do so like that as long as it's in the same way. :) I personally just loved nearly every second. Pure escapism. :)

I've seen Hot Rod. I really enjoy it as well, thanks for the recommendation anyway. :) I could probably nearly say every line in Dumb and Dumber off the top of my head, so it really does have to be that high on my list.

I haven't seen Out of the Furnace or Oldboy yet, but I have seen The Counselor trailer, which is fantastic. This is now one of my most anticipated for the year. Yeah, I dig Prometheus largely because of Fassbender as well. I had a problem with all the same problems that everybody had with the movie, but I enjoyed so much else about it, that I didn't let it worry me too much. It's a shame that some of the scientists were so stupid, it could of been on another level with a few changes. It's still a 9/10 for me. :)

Oh, who the hell is Trevor Reznik?! :D

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shane24

shane24 on 7/15/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, you find Josh Brolin very manly, eh? :D Just joking around with you. :)

I'll go watch those other trailers and tell you what I think after I finish listening to this podcast.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/15/2013 Reply  · 

Letterboxd is a great site for movie-lovers. I highly recommend joining.

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MysticSpoon

MysticSpoon on 7/15/2013 Reply  · 

I liked Unforgiven. I don't think it's one of Eastwood's best (both as an actor and as a director (I do prefer Gran Torino, albeit slightly)) but I did think it was a much better film than The Outlaw Josey Wales.

The Maltese Falcon was good. I liked it about as much as Unforgiven, honestly, maybe a little bit more. There were some times when I didn't really was going on since there are quite a few twists and turns in the film, but the performances were really good and I liked the film's classic Hollywood feel. I don't think it's a masterpiece, but it's definitely worth checking out.

RockNRolla is definitely one on my "to-watch"-list. Although I wasn't a big fan of Ritchie's Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch is still one of the coolest and funniest movies I've ever seen, with incredibly memorable characters, a truckload of quotable lines and one incredible soundtrack. RockNRolla looks similar, and although it isn't "high" on my "to-watch"-list, I will definitely see it eventually. I'm still continuing my Eastwood marathon, and after that I plan to watch some classics, like The Godfather part 2, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, and I want to make Lawrence of Arabia my 500th film. But after I've seen those, I'll give it a watch.

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shane24

shane24 on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

If you didn't find it, I was talking about The Killing Season.

Oh, it's been a while since I've seen The Machinist, I had forgotten his name. :)

I'm still listening to the podcast! :D I accidentally fell asleep after I said I would check the trailers out after finishing it. I will say the same thing now! :) I'll check them out when I'm done because I don't want to lose my place. The podcast is called Film Junk. It's some Canadian friends that review movies every week. They also have a website.

Nah, I haven't seen any YouTube reviews. Do you recommend FlickPick?

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shane24

shane24 on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

That may very well work for me. I have a weird sense of humour as well. :) Vampire's Kiss being so high on my list proves this. :)

Yeah, I love the original Oldboy, and the hammer scene. I'm curious Juli, why do you recommend a movie you don't like? Based on my list? I'm not having a go, trust me, I wouldn't do that. :)

Yep, I prefer the second. I enjoy horror movies, so I enjoyed this amount of horror and comedy. If you look, Army of Darkness is very high as well. My favourite line is either "groovy" or "this is my boomstick!". Oh, oh of course I love "Shop smart, shop S-Mart!!". How about you Juli, what lines do like from the movies?

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Boonmee on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

No, nothing that I hate. There are a few here and there that I don't particularly enjoy, but not one that I flat out hate.
For instance, Tarkovsky's "Solaris" and "Stalker" are both in my top 100. I think both are brilliant, but they're not my cup of tea- In other words, I won't be running out to buy their dvds any time soon.

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Kate668 on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

Hi Julinona!
Luther is amazing isn't it! Glad you're a fan as well :) I actually want to re-watch the first two seasons, I'm halfway through season 3 and think revisiting the previous episodes is definitely something I should do, so I would recommend it to you, especially if you're going to see the current season.

Do you have any interest in watching Idris Elba in Pacific Rim? I'm really interested to see it.

I will be watching The Godfather this week, or maybe at the weekend :)

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Kate668 on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

I highly recommend Breaking Bad, all the hype surrounding it is justified, it's become one of my all-time favourite shows, and I'll be sad when it ends soon!

Dexter is a favourite show of mine as well, it's had some poor moments but most of the time it's quality television drama with some great dark comedy mixed in.

I want to see The Wire, Idris Elba's in that too! :)

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Kate668 on 7/16/2013 Reply  · 

Game of Thrones is amazing as well, that's another favourite of mine, but it doesn't appeal to everyone.

I also love Sherlock, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman. It's excellent. :)

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Boonmee on 7/17/2013 Reply  · 

I haven't seen enough to say for sure (Only Solaris and Stalker) but from what I hear, Ivan's Childhood is the best place to start when it comes to Tarkovsky. Coincidentally, I plan on seeing that at some point in the next few weeks.

As for your 2001 question:
I know people who love it as much as I do, I know people who are bored by it and I know people who think it's a good film, but they don't know why.

I say that people need to be more patient with it and go in expecting something different from what they're used to. I'm the kind of viewer who thinks that a strict "point A to point B" story structure isn't essential for a film to be "good" or enjoyable. Like you say, people need to really open their minds on it. Film is a visual medium! Enjoy the visuals and the metaphors they present. It's an experience and it seems to me that too many people are not patient enough to let the film unravel at its own well-measured pace.

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shane24 on 7/17/2013 Reply  · 

This is what I'll suggest you do with Vampire's Kiss. First, I think you should watch it by yourself, to see whether you like it. Then if you do, share it with your friends. :) That's what I did. If you want to check it out soon, the whole movie is on YouTube. :) I personally think Vampire's Kiss is the funniest and craziest movie that he's in.

I appreciate the effort recommending me movies, Juli, I really do. If I can think of something for you, I will. Explain your taste to me a bit, so I might think of something. Not what just what you like in classics, but in other movies as well. :)

Fair enough Juli. AoD is a very funny movie.

Yeah, Shoot 'Em Up is a lot of fun when you're in the mood for that type of movie.

I understand why you don't like podcasts, bur I listen to quite a few.

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Kate668 on 7/17/2013 Reply  · 

I like Robert Downey Jnr's take on Sherlock, but he doesn't compare to the Sherlock played by Benedict Cumberbatch, he's just stunning in the role.

I haven't seen Boardwalk Empire or The Sopranos, but both have been recommended to me in the past, I just haven't got round to watching them yet :)

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shane24 on 7/18/2013 Reply  · 

I finally saw the trailers for Out of the Furnace and Oldboy, Juli. I really liked both! I think I lean towards Out of the Furnace for the simple reason that it's a story that isn't a remake. Oldboy looks like it's going to be very violent and isn't going to be too glossy, which is great. Another thing that stands out for me from Out of the Furnace is the cast! Wow!

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shane24 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

I would love to hear your thoughts on Vampire's Kiss, whether you like it or not. :) I personally think it has so many moments to laugh at! Cage is so amazing! I was in tears watching it. :)

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shane24 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

I've seen Matchstick Men, which I agree is very funny, yet has a great story as well. I'd give it 8/10.I actually haven't seen The Weather Man! I saw the bad reviews, so I never checked it out. Ha, you seemed to of recommended a movie without trying. :) All I've seen from that movie is a scene where Cage's character is thinking about camel toe? Something like that, it's been a while. :)

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shane24 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

How soon do you think you'll see Vampire's Kiss?

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SLionsCricket on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, Raiders moved from 5 to 2. Pulp FIction from 4 to 3 and the latter two Lord of the Rings films are back in my top 10! Django Unchained got kicked out and a lot of crazy shit has happened!!

Dw man, It took me ages to really love Raiders. I saw it end of last year for the first time and now its my fifth viewing of the film. It took me four viewings to fully love whereas the original two Star Wars films were easy for me to get into :)

I think you'll be happy to know that Godfather Part II moved from 60 to 17 and that Fight Club moved from somewhere in the 200s (I really didn't get the film when I first saw it) to 50. Jaws too has risen a lot on my list and I also did re-watch The Shawshank Redemption, which moved from the 50s or 60s into my top 10. I've put a lot of thought and I think my top 50 is as perfectly accurate to my tastes as I can think :)

You should really re-watch Pulp Fiction as well. It took me two and a half viewings to fully love. First viewing, I was utterly bored (but then I had no idea what a good film was) and the second viewing made me interested. I've seen it around 5 times now and a lot of the film has become quotable to me! :)

I suggest you check out Raiders once more...it could work but I feel that its a film that you need to be patient with. As for your #1 film, I love that choice even though it isn't in my top 100. I definitely can't wait to getting around to Taxi Driver, which I'm confident will be somewhere in my top 50 on a second viewing.

I'm actually very surprised that you've only added just over a 100 films. Surely, you've seen a ton more and haven't had the time to add them all. I'm glad you saw Rebecca which I've just started today..

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shane24 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

Yep, i definitely recommend Boardwalk Empire. Buscemi is extremely convincing as Nucky Thompson. Michael Shannon and Michael Pitt are also great. One of my favourite characters is Richard Harrow, but I don't want to tell you anything about him. It's better to see with your own eyes. If I recall, Scorcese directed the first ep, then was a executive producer for the rest. How did you know I watched Boardwalk Empire? Did I say it somewhere else? :) I lose track with so many comments.

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shane24 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

Have you seen Once Were Warriors, Super or Wait Until Dark?

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

I can tell you directly when I see it. I don't review everything I see, so there might not be a review for it on Letterboxd.

Awesome. You should definitely go back to The Tree of Life. I think what you said about 2001 and its audience certainly applies to Malick's film as well. It's non-traditional, abstract, elliptical filmmaking and despite what people say, it does have a structure- it's just one that they're not accustomed to.

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Kate668

Kate668 on 7/19/2013 Reply  · 

Cool, whenever you get round to it I look forward to hearing what you think of Sherlock. I know how difficult it can be to find time to watch everything! No rush :)

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/20/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for reading my Twins review. Do you like Ah-nold?

I didn't have very strong thoughts on Quiz Show and that's why I didn't write a review of it. Basically I thought it was solid, but nothing extraordinary. It was one of those films that I can't find anything particularly wrong with or anything worth praising (Kinda like Argo last year). It's fine- worth seeing, I guess.

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Reelz

Reelz on 7/20/2013 Reply  · 

Actually, I found a few pieces of Kubrick's work to be only average on first viewings. These include The Shining, Dr. Strangelove and A Clockwork Orange; now they're all in my top ten.

I think one of the things about The Shining that made it just average was that it wasn't quite like the horror films I was used to when I was a child (slasher films). On the second viewing of The Shining I was able to immerse myself more into the atmosphere which is undoubtedly the most important part of that film, at least in my opinion.

With A Clockwork Orange I wasn't, at the time, used to seeing that high amount of violence and sexually explicit content. So on the second viewing of ACO a few years later, after my brain grew more into maturity, I ended up liking it a lot more than I previously had. About a year ago or so I tried watching it again and found it to drag in parts like you mentioned. Then I watched again it a few weeks ago and loved it again. I guess it just depends on mood.

I saw Dr. Strangelove in my senior year of high school (2012) and I didn't really understand the humor at the time. I bought the DVD a couple of months back and watched it again a couple of weeks ago and found myself laughing almost non-stop.

All in all, I guess it just depends on the viewer. The three above mentioned films are the only Kubrick films that I had a difficult time liking the first time I saw them. I recommend for you to watch The Shining again because it's one of, if not, the greatest horror film ever made. I also recommend for you to try and finish Kubrick's filmography if it's possible. You just may end up finding new favorites.

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shane24 on 7/20/2013 Reply  · 

You seem to like crazy movies. Well, Super is one of the crazier movies you can see. Rainn Wilson as a loner, who becomes a superhero who uses such lines as "Shut up......crime!" and "No butting in line!". I also love the opening animated credits! I coucon't believe what I was watching! It was hilariously crazy! :D Maybe check out the trailer to see if you like it. :)

I absolutely loved Cloud Atlas! But can I recommend it? I don't know Juli, it seems like it would be a very divisive movie. I gave it 4.5 out of 5 on letterboxd, just so you know how much I like it. :)

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shane24 on 7/20/2013 Reply  · 

Have you seen This Boy's Life with De Niro and
Dicaprio? I personally love the movie.

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SLionsCricket on 7/20/2013 Reply  · 

For me, Di Caprio and Waltz made the film!! Jackson only just made it better. Brilliant casting. Definitely revisit Pulp and Raiders.

I've only ever seen the extended cut of LoTR. It's so much better and just develops each character and builds more character relationships. Besides, TTT extended cut has the vital flashback scene with Boromir, Faramir and Denethor which becomes one of the crucial elements of RoTK.

I didn't ever grow up watching films like a lot of people. I would've seen a few movies at a very young age (such as Pixar films at school!) but tbh, the first time I saw the original SW trilogy was 2 years ago. I didn't like them the first time but a few repeat viewings really made me love them! LoTR is the first film I watched that changed my view of things

I agree. I love Fight Club now mainly thanks to Brad Pitt. A truly fantastic performance but Ed Norton too is brilliant.

Stuff like that has happened. I've watched a film once and put it immediately in my top 10 and realize that it really doesn't belong there! Back to the Future and Terminator 2 are prime examples.

I think you'll be happy to realize that I just finished Rebecca yesterday and fricking loved every single damn second of it :) Vertigo and North by Northwest are two of the three Hitchcock films I wasn't fully invested in and will re-watch.

I would really have liked to see more of those films you had on your list. Ha ha, yeah I definitely watch a ton of films suddenly. Already this year, I've seen well over 100 films in general!

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Boonmee on 7/21/2013 Reply  · 

Citizen Kane is just outside my Top 20 (#23 or 24, I think). I understand your concern. I've fancied moving it up a couple times, but it remains just on the edge. A third viewing of it might push it into the Top 20.

I do think Dr. Strangelove is better than The Godfather and The Thin Red Line. Really I'm comparing three very different masterpieces. When it comes to being that high up on my list, one film being slightly above another can't be considered a put down. I just happen to think Dr. Strangelove is better. I'm a Kubrick fan and I think the film is the perfect dark comedy/satire. Not a thing out of place. Nothing is out of place in The Godfather or The Thin Red Line either, but that's just the way these things work out.

For Bergman, I'd say you're on the right track. It's tough to pin down the best one to start with, but I would personally suggest beginning with The Seventh Seal. Wild Strawberries or Hour of the Wolf would be good choices, too, but Seventh Seal is probably best for orienting someone with the nature of Bergman's work.

I mostly watch movies through Netflix (both through the discs and instant streaming). Of course, I also go out to the theater and occasionally, if something is on long wait on Netflix, I'll go to the library get a film.

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shane24 on 7/21/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for telling me about 12 Years as a Slave, Juli. Amazing trailer! What a cast! I think Pitt and Fassbender like working together, after seeing them in this and The Counselor trailers. I'm glad to see Chiwetal Ejiofor have the lead role, he deserves such a role.

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shane24 on 7/22/2013 Reply  · 

I'm a bit worried now about whether you'd like Super. It has quite a few things different about it, but it's still a man pretending to be a superhero. Can you please tell me your thoughts on Kick-Ass please? Don't hold back because I like it, I'm really interested in your opinion. :)

I think you'll see why it got some bad reviews after you see it. It's quite a unique movie.

De Niro is such a bastard in This Boy's Life :)

I love both Hunger and Shame. I'd probably give Hunger a 8.5/10 and Shame 8/10. Both movies really allow Fassbender to showcase his skill as a actor. I love one scene in Hunger where it's a continuous shot of Fassbender talking to a priest for about ten minutes. Really great stuff. I really love any part of Shame where he's on the train, like a predator, looking for his next target.

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/22/2013 Reply  · 

Just curious- What's your primary language?

I'm not sure what you mean by Netflix's picture quality. Do you mean streaming?

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SLionsCricket on 7/24/2013 Reply  · 

I'm glad you think that Django Unchained has an awesome cast! The best cast of the year undoubtedly for me and the best of the year without hesitation for me of course!

I'm glad that Taxi Driver is what made you love films, for me the movie that made me love films would probably be LoTR (though it is really the first film that made me realize what movies were made to be) I guess the film that made me love most films to come would be the first Hitchcock film I ever saw, Rear Window...But there are truly a lot of classic movies from the 40s and 50s that are the reason I love films now...

I'm sorry that you don't like Dial M, Strangers on a Train or Notorious. I personally love all of Hitchcock's films out of the ones I've seen which include Rear Window, Rebecca, Notorious. Psycho, Dial M, Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest, Vertigo and Spellbound. I only disliked Vertigo (which seeing as how it is the greatest film ever now, it disappointed me) and Spellbound (which felt dull, even if Bergman and Peck were awesome in it) North by Northwest is a film I feel the need to re-visit.

Every single movie I see goes on my Flickchart. I'm trying to get to 400 before the end of the year..Hopefully I get there. The reason I add everything is that I feel so much satisfaction from watching a film, even if I hate it because I get to rank it and I get a rough idea of where it would place on a list of all time favorites.

I might check out Bronson but I feel like it will come a lot later seeing as how I need to kinda recover from the disappointment that was Drive. I'm kinda surprised that you didn't really like Drive. I found it extremely slow but not in an interesting way. The lack of dialogue put me off because I didn't get much of an idea as to who Gosling's character was. The film felt rushed, slow, uninteresting, drawn out even but yes, the cinematography and lighting was awesome! Gosling was awesome too but I didn't feel like it was a worthy viewing

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shane24

shane24 on 7/27/2013 Reply  · 

Hey Juli. :)

You must be getting ready to leave soon, yes?

Yeah, The Wolverine was great. I will add that I loved the score at times, it had this great Once Upon a Time in the West vibe to it with the harmonica playing. :) I will follow straws well, mate. :)

Yeah, I've seen Bronson. In fact, he was my profile pic for a while. It's such a great role for Hardy. He physically dominates on the screen. He inhabits the character perfectly! He really seemed crazy to me. To think it's a real guy! :O 8/10 I would give Bronson.

I wanted to see Only God Forgives, but the times really didn't work out for me to fit it in. I would of had to miss out on either The Wolverine or This is the End to be able to see it. :)

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johnmason

johnmason on 7/27/2013 Reply  · 

Hello! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you, but I am horrible for checking my Flickchart page for comments.

All the reasons you list for "admiring" Heat are reasons that I love it - and the fact that it contains the single greatest action sequence I've ever seen put to film.

Yet all of those reasons are reasons why I "admire" The Godfather, but I don't really like that movie myself. It speaks, I think, to how subjective film is as an artform. You may be able to appreciate a well-made film, but if it doesn't "click" with you, it just doesn't.

As far as Aliens goes, I know James Cameron prefers the longer cut himself. The shorter theatrical version might tighten up the pacing, but the extended version adds some nice character moments. If you didn't actually like the movie to begin with, I don't know that I could "recommend" the other version.

Yes, The Dark Knight and The Last Crusade ARE awesome. :)

Meanwhile, I see four movies just in your top ten that I really must get at sometime before I die...

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shane24

shane24 on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

I'm looking at pics of Tirana Juli, and I got to ask, what's with all the coloured buildings?! Some have blue and white stripes, some have orange, red and yellow. Is there anything to that? :) There seems to be some nice sights, then I came across a pic of a really rundown building. When I brought it up, it said Albania is 'the second worst country in Europe'.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

I thought Skyfall was fine, maybe its too high up on my list. Didn't feel too special because I really am not a Bond fan! I'm planning to watch OT Star Wars and finish up the Pixar films, then start watching as many of the 007 films in chronological order! I'll tell you how I feel towards those films if you want :)

I've heard great things about The Master. I do need to check it out but I need to see PTA's There Will be Blood. Don't worry, I never watch films with my parents!

Hopefully Drive improves on repeat viewings but for now, I was left bored and disappointed.

I honestly don't get what you mean about Raging Bull being so low!!! I mean, c'mon man. I love that film a lot but there are films I'd place on top of it at least for now. I've only ever seen it once and its extremely solid at 58/332 films with a rating of 80% or so. Maybe its because its one of your all time favorites and you were disappointed that it was lower on mine than you imagined but I love Raging Bull but can't bring myself to place it any higher as of now. :)

You have a Letterboxd account? I need to check it out ASAP.

Please add Star Trek asap!

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SLionsCricket on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

I'm sorry I forgot to answer the last part of your comment.

***What I'm planning to watch next***

-Suspicion (1941)
-The Departed

and a lot to re-watch

-Toy Story 3
-WALL.E
-Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
-OT Star Wars trilogy
-Taxi Driver
-Raging Bull
-Django Unchained
-Inglourious Basterds

:)

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 7/28/2013 Reply  · 

I actually have heard of Albania. Don't expect me to pass any geography tests on it, but I know it.

Taxi Driver is in my Top 150, so I wouldn't say I didn't like it that much. As for a reason why it's not in my top 30, I can't give you one. I watched it two years ago, and I don't remember what my issues were with it, but I don't think they were that big.

I like Fight Club a lot, but I do think some people overrate it. I appreciate it mainly for its performances and its strongly "cinematic" feel (if that makes any sense). I've seen the story get picked apart before, but I think it's told very well- it's highly engaging.

You don't bother me with these questions. I enjoy the discussion as well. It's just- sometimes I don't have a great answer for you.

I have seen all 6 of Malick's films and I'd rank/rate them like this:
1. The Tree of Life (A+)
2. The Thin Red Line (A+)
3. Days of Heaven (A)
4. The New World (A)
5. Badlands (A-)
6. To the Wonder (C+)

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shane24

shane24 on 7/29/2013 Reply  · 

The Once Upon a Time in the West vibe to the score is very small, Juli. Don't expect a whole movie of it. :) Autocorrect always wants to add an E to the end of your name! :)

Why do you think I didn't like This is the End, Juli? I thought it was great! The only thing is I wasn't in the best of moods, so I think I'll find it much funnier next time. :)

Well, I'm enjoying talking to you, someone from there, and I know absolutely nothing about the place. So I thought I'd have a look to see where you live. :) Not being creepy, just curious. :) Now, I thought there was going to be a much better reason than a bank being next to it! :D

I don't blame you for loving it Juli. It would be worse if you hated your country. I wish you well for when you get back mate. :)

It didn't tell me what was the first, it was just a quote that went with the pic when I brought it up to have a closer look. I'll go look for you. :)

Oh, I hope you like Vampire's Kiss. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 7/29/2013 Reply  · 

I'm looking at a pic of the aqua park resort. :) It looks beautiful there! :)

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shane24

shane24 on 7/29/2013 Reply  · 

What's the road rules like in Tirana Juli? I saw some pics, and the cars looked all over the place. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 7/30/2013 Reply  · 

I had a closer look at that article. It turned out it was just one guys opinion. It wasn't even the first time he had visited there! I think if he doesn't like it, he should go back to his own country! :D

He said you have to give money when someone grabs your leg or they wouldn't let go :) He also said that many people were rude to outsiders. He Albania is 'Europe's hermit'.

This was his list

Pros: Nothing
Cons: Everything
'Don't bother going unless you want an ''experience''.'

Mmm. Those pools somehow sound less appealing now......I can't imagine why! ;)

Okay, cool. It must of been just a bad picture. The traffic looked very close to each other. Bribery? You've said stuff like that before. Doesn't sound very good. Although, you get that Here as well. Australia has had some very high profile dodgy cops in it's past. We have a tv series called Underbelly that really shows how bad they were. In fact, my cousin was in that show. :)

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 7/31/2013 Reply  · 

Well, my opinion can change as a movie settles into my brainpan, but here goes. Road to Perdition was an okay story with great cinematography. There was only a few times where I was invested in the story: when Hanks and Newman confront each other, the shootout in the rain and at the beach house. I never felt like I got to know these characters very well, unlike in American Beauty. I also recently watched the excellent Bonnie & Clyde, and RtP's bank robbing scenes didn't feel as memorable as theirs. I suppose it was also interesting to see Daniel Craig in a supporting role. I realize you think highly of RtP, but I didn't feel the same way.
I have similar feelings about The Red Shoes. It has splendid cinematography, but it contains a story I was only partially interested in. There's a lengthy ballet sequence that I feel is worthwhile.
I did see Three Colors: Red recently, and it struck a chord with me. I used to have a profile picture of Alex from A Clockwork Orange, but realized someone else used the same frame. I thought about what to change it with, and I decided that Irene Jacob's character was more representative of me than a psychopath. I really enjoyed the Three Colors trilogy (well, White not so much) because of the intriguing plot, imagery, performances and ideas. I'd recommend it to someone who liked similar stories. Magnolia, for instance.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/3/2013 Reply  · 

I foy haven't seen any Connery Bond movies, I'd suggest that you start with Dr. No. I didn't like it on a first viewing but loved it a second time. From Russia with Love is very good but not as great as Dr. No...I've posted reviews for the first two 007 movies on Letterboxd. If you get a chance, I'd suggest you read them though they're probably not that great..

Okay, this is the perfect time to answer your question about OT Star Wars. I'm having an OT Star Wars marathon and just finished Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Will watch Jedi this week

Star Wars Ep IV---Holds up perfectly in terms of visuals and action sequences. Set pieces still look unbelievable. The characters and how they were written is perfect though the film does have a slow patch as soon as we come to Tatooine for about 10 minutes. The climax is perfect and the tension built throughout is fantastic. 10/10 all the way

Empire Strikes Back---Better than the original in EVERY department. Better story, perfect placing of character development, magnificent screenplay and perfect execution. Effects look much better and the action is more engaging. Full of iconic moments, none more so than the climax to the film! 10/10 and more!

I'll get to you on Jedi as soon as I finish watching it...might watch it today to be honest! After the disappointment of Drive, I'm not sure I wanna see Only God Forgives!

I'll watch Departed some time in the near future! I'll post a review on Letterboxd as I do with most films now.

Please re-watch Indiana Jones original trilogy (my #2 favorite trilogy!) and Fight Club. I didn't like Fight Club a first time but boy, a mindblowing film on a re-watch. I also definitely recommend you watch American Beauty...wow, what a film that was! Spacey is awesome and the film is so funny and realistic. The end left me in complete shock!

I absolutely love YIFY but boy, most of their recent uploads are pretty uninteresting films. Can't wait for YIFY's Star Trek Into Darkness which should be uploaded this month! I'm curious, have you seen Into Darkness yet? Probably have since you love 2009 Star Trek. :)

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shane24

shane24 on 8/4/2013 Reply  · 

I can't wait until you have watched a new movie, Juli. :) How has everything been?

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johnmason

johnmason on 8/5/2013 Reply  · 

The Dark Knight, I have seen three...and a half times, I think.

I watched several action movies, like The Rock and Face/Off, over and over again in my teens, but the one movie that I have a clear recollection of is my #1: The Fellowship of the Ring.

While my exact count would probably be off now, I do know that I saw it 13 times before The Two Towers was released in theaters the following December. Once in the theater, and then I nearly wore out the VHS tape that was released in August. (I converted to DVD that Christmas.)

Then I watched two of the commentaries on all three extended LOTR movies, as well as all the documentaries... I had a lot more time for that kind of stuff before I had kids! So yeah, I'm sure I've seen Fellowship at least 20 times.

I do have several movies on my chart that are ranked, even though I don't remember them too well. I have a tendency to want to rank everything I know I've seen, even if my recollection is lousy. I sometimes wish I had the discipline to remove movies like Pulp Fiction and E.T., because I haven't seen them in at least 15 years.

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shane24 on 8/5/2013 Reply  · 

I'm happy you have caught up with your family, that's cool. :) That's awesome that you feel good after going to the gym. Why do you need to learn German for uni? I learnt some German slang recently! Backpfeifedgesicht is what I learnt. My German friend is back at work soon, I'll talk to him about it. We have a laugh at how he pronounces winery. He says "winawee" :D

Can you go into further detail about My Left Foot please? :)

I've been on a vacation already this year to Darwin. This summer we'll probably be down at our house near the water to relax for a while, catch up with relatives and friends. Everyone is off work because it's christmas, so ti's fun. :)

Yeah, I'll be totally straight with you, I don't think I'd want to visit your country, hope that's cool with you. :) But the way that guy wrote that review is totally unnecessary.

I've seen Taxi Driver three times. In fact, the film improved for me each time I saw it. I can't guess how you'll take the second viewing, but really, if it's your number one, you have to check it out soon to make sure.

I liked the first 1/3 the best in The Place Beyond the Pines. The second part was good, but the last act was hard for me to watch at times. Still a 8/10. :)

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shane24 on 8/5/2013 Reply  · 

It means 'to have a face that needs a fist in it'!!! :D I love it!

Oh! I saw your rating of My Left Foot and thought you hated it! :D I personally love the film, so I wanted another perspective. :) Day Lewis, man, that's true acting right there! I didn't even have to check to see if he won the Oscar that year, it's clear that nobody would of bet him that year.

Why is it now that everybody is on vacation over there mate?

I was worried for a second that I offended you! :D You got me! I really don't mean no offense, there is many places I have no interest in going. That story you told me about the pool instantly put me off! :D I can't handle that to be honest with you. I like that I can talk to you openly man, it's great. Sometimes things get misinterpreted over the internet. If I ever sound like I'm making fun or anything, it's either in a fun way, or it's unintentional.

The last act is so important for the message of The Place Beyond the Pines to work. But for me, Cooper's kid ( I can't remember, it's been a while) got on my nerves every time he was on screen. I'd still give that segment a 7/10.

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ironichipster on 8/5/2013 Reply  · 

Ah, it's perfectly okay to have different tastes, though sometimes I'm a little disappointed to hear someone isn't able to share my enjoyment. Pulp Fiction made me realize what film is capable of--every part of it works for me, and it holds up on rewatching.

I don't expect anyone else to follow my rationale for profile pictures, I just thought it'd be simpler for me.

Here's a tip for Red: think of Trintignant as the embodiment of the director, and what that would mean.

I'm not sure how accurate your unseen list is--you have "A Clockwork Orange" listed on there, and on your Top 10. Anyway, I'd recommend Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Matrix, Vertigo and The Shining. Some people have been disappointed with them because of some plot holes, but I think they're all fantastic movies. It might be best to view them emotionally rather than intellectually.

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TC2012

TC2012 on 8/8/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for the add, nice top 20!

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SLionsCricket on 8/9/2013 Reply  · 

Sorry I waited a few days to reply to you. It's just I re-watched Jedi and Temple of Doom yesterday! Both of them on the same day! I won't tell you how I feel towards them, I'll post reviews on Letterboxd then I'll tell ya! Hey man, what's your username on Letterboxd? Is it julinona? I'll follow you now.

I will tell you, ROTJ is the most overrated movie on Flickchart. It furiates me that its placed at 7, ahead of movies like LoTR, Casablanca, Rear Window and so many others.

Re-watch American Beauty for sure, its one of the most entertaining films I've ever seen! Nice Jules Winnfield reference man!

Believe it or not, in terms of YIFY's recent uploads, only a few have interested me: Place Beyond the Pines, Oblivion, French Connection, My Left Foot and Longest Day. A lot of the other uploads now are kinda...meh! Hopefully, Star Trek Into Darkness changes that for me

I usually just download from YIFY and when I don't, I usually download films from anoXmous who can be found on TPB. I often download from ExtraTorrent when a new movie is released and sometimes, also from KAT :)

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SLionsCricket on 8/10/2013 Reply  · 

I put up a review for Return of the Jedi. I will put a review for Temple of Doom in two days!

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

What did you think of Traffic?

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johnmason

johnmason on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

Heh. Taking it slow with my kids. I just did a Kung Fu Panda double feature with my son yesterday. Of course we're not restricted to cartoons, but we all like them.

I totally believe that the theatrical versions of the LOTR films are the best for movies fans, but the extended versions are probably great for fans of the books. That said, I've never read the books, but really enjoyed the stuff added to the extended versions.

The theatrical versions are more efficient, but I like everything about the extended. Does that make sense?

Meanwhile, your unseen list is full of a lot of classics that I myself need to see, but The Matrix jumped out at me immediately. Also, The Princess Bride. And to a lesser extent, Ghostbusters.

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johnmason

johnmason on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, hey! And The Terminator is great.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

Haha, I don't think I'll ever tire of Australia, mate. :)

I wouldn't say I loved Taxi Driver, but I would of given it a 7.5/10. But now, it's a 10 for me no question. :)

Ok, ok let's have a little talk about Wasabi. I didn't mind it at all! :D The fight in the mall as he hides it from his daughter, the comical punches that send people flying backwards and the girl trying to pronounce "hole" were fun highlights for me. As long as it's all for fun, you can rip into what I just said. What do YOU think of these scenes? :D

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shane24

shane24 on 8/11/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, don't worry about it Juli. :) Family comes first, especially if you only see him twice a year. :)

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 8/12/2013 Reply  · 

I like it a lot- It's probably my favorite Soderbergh film. The endings are indeed great and Benicio del Toro shines in his role. It definitely deserved its oscars.

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ironichipster on 8/13/2013 Reply  · 

Well, you lose the element of suspense in rewatching--you already know who's going to live and die, etc. I like to wait at least several years between watches, so that I've forgotten some details and can be a little surprised again. Of course, there are some films where the surprises burn themselves into your memory, so...

You can recommend stuff to me, but I have a long queue. Sometimes I like to watch mediocre movies and hidden gems, I strongly dislike being pressured into watching something, and I also like to do non-movie stuff too. So please don't be disappointed if I don't get around to something.

I'm still sorting out my feelings of Wes Anderson--I think my ratings will change around for a bit. He's introduced me to some pretty good songs, and I like his homemade/precise style. His humor is divisive for me. Sometimes, it really clicks (mostly because of its understated and/or absurdist nature). Other times, I don't understand why people think it's funny. The Life Aquatic's sense of humor was on choppy waters. I liked some of the jokes (like when the pirates looted their boat, or Bill Murray saying goodbye to the dog) but others fell flat.

When I think of the plot for Anderson's films, they seem great--The Royal Tenenbaums sounds just like Arrested Development, which I think is hilarious. But something's in there that makes me feel curiously indifferent about TRT, The Darjeeling Limited and Rushmore--maybe it's the characters or tone? I'd be interested to hear why Rushmore appealed to you, and please be as specific as you can.

My favorite Anderson film... hmm, it's Fantastic Mr. Fox or Bottle Rocket, due to subject matter/humor/characters (especially Dignan). Moonrise Kingdom is third--it's sweet, but I don't feel too strongly about it. Sometimes, my favorite film jumps out at me. Other times, like now, it'll take a few years for me to realize it. My least favorite is definitely Darjeeling Limited. It's nearly faded from my memory in less than two years.

Mad Max is a decent post-apocalypse action movie. There were a couple of memorable moments, and there was other stuff that was extraneous. I like the world-building efforts, considering the low budget.

Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior was amazing. There was such an energy driving it along; it seemed like Sergio Leone had directed it. The supporting characters were memorable without becoming annoying.

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome... well, I'm grateful to it for introducing Thunderdome to the world, as well as: "Two men enter. One man leaves." But there's only a few interesting elements, and they run out fairly soon. And then you're stuck with Max stuck in a desert and hanging out with a bunch of abandoned (and not very interesting) children for more than an hour.

Although I disagree with Mel Gibson's controversial views, I separate that from his work as an actor/director. I'd be losing out on a good deal of entertainment, if I had to make sure my views aligned with the creators.

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TC2012 on 8/13/2013 Reply  · 

I can understand why you might not like Forrest Gump. But I find A Clockwork Orange to be kind of overrated as I do for all of your top 5 movies. Don't get me wrong, The Godfathers are great and I enjoy watching them as I also enjoy watching Taxi Driver but I feel like the story is poorly structured, a lot of that movie is kind of random to me.

As for The Departed I still love it everytime I watch it as much as the first time. My favorite line in the movie needs to be from Jack.
"They say you can be a cop or a criminal. I say when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?"
But Leo is great in that movie. My favorite line from him is,
"See this hand? It doesn't shake."

And I absolutely loved American Beauty the moment I finished watching it. I watched it again last night, and I'm always taken away by Kevin Spacey's ending monologue. He has such great lines in that scene.
'They say you're entire life flashes before your eyes the second before you die. First of all that second is a second isn't a second at all. It stretches on forever like an ocean in time." and "I guess I could pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world."
Right then I knew that it had to be my new #1.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/14/2013 Reply  · 

Ha ha, man "you should be sorry" stuff made me laugh! Too bad, I guessed it all along ;)

I'm curious, do you watch Nostalgia Critic videos? It's just, if you do I wanna know whether you've seen his top 11 dumbest LoTR moments because he says that scene where Frodo calls Samwise 'the brave' is incredibly cheesy! I think not. I love that scene and basically everything about those films...except the at times romance tale with Sam and Frodo but its such a minor thing for me! You need to re-visit LoTR sometime soon! I need to re-visit them ASAP! (and I saw the trilogy a month ago!)

Take Shelter is such an awesome movie imo. Shannon teared me up in this scene and his performance is powerful! His eyes are just creepy! Too bad that Nolan and Snyder couldn't get Shannon to their best with Man of Steel. Pity, he could honestly have rivalled Ledger's Joker if his character was written a little better! I saw it from YIFY, yes!

I got you on Letterboxd and I'm following you! Hope to see some progress in your account soon.

I didn't hate ROTJ, in fact I enjoy it but I honestly can't get past the Ewoks and the poor character story revolving around Han and Leia. That entire segment goes from dumb to dumber. And Lucas' special edition changes are the biggest rape ever!

I do think in terms of Flickchart's top 50, Star Wars 1977 is a little overrated. It should be in the 20s and honestly, at least one LoTR film should be in that region. Honestly, to think that LoTR is placed at 62, 80 and in the 90s when all SW films are in the top 10 makes me sad! :O

I don't like Silence of the Lambs, that's for sure! I also don't like The Usual Suspects at all. I prefer Silence to Suspects though! And yeah, both are overrated for sure!

I will definitely keep reviewing films on Letterboxd and I'm glad you enjoy them! Hey, I downloaded The Driver and Pain and Gain in the past few days and plan to watch both ASAP!

AnoXmous' quality rivals that of YIFY and yes, their compressed films have brilliant quality just like YIFY. I wanna watch The Sixth Sense and honestly, quality isn't a problem! They have fantastic movies too that YIFY haven't yet got!

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 8/15/2013 Reply  · 

That's funny. I've never heard of someone liking, then disliking, then liking a film again. TWBB remains constant for me. I've seen it maybe 7/8 times and it hasn't diminished yet.

I can't say that I understand EVERY metaphor in TToL, but I do get most of them. When it came out, I had a lot of discussions with people on an online film forum I frequent regarding the more tricky aspects of it and I found some interesting theories on the more complicated visual metaphors. It really is a visual poem, though, and I think it weaves its visuals together beautifully.
I, too, cry during TToL, except for me, it's during the creation sequence, Brad Pitt's last monologue (when he reflects on all his missteps as a father and as a man in general) and during the beach scene.

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TC2012

TC2012 on 8/15/2013 Reply  · 

You know I rewatched The Godfather last night and it was much better the second time. But to be honest, I don't hate films like A Clockwork Orange and Taxi Driver, I just felt they could have been better.

You're right about Kevin Spacey, his performance really hits me in a certain way, which is why it's at #1.

Also do you have a letterboxd account?

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shane24

shane24 on 9/28/2013 Reply  · 

The comments are messed up. I left you a comment before, but it got jumbled. If they're still jumbled when you log on, go to the bottom of the page to reply. When you leave a comment in the comment box at the top, that's where it gets jumbled. For some reason they stay in the right spot when you hit the reply button on the bottom comment.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/15/2013 Reply  · 

Damn it! I thought you were going to rip Wasabi apart! I was excited for it. :D I do agree with you that the wasabi scene isn't great.

Haha! You made me laugh with your Vampire's Kiss comment! :D It will be great if you do see it before then, but I not gonna stop talking to you if you don't.

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TC2012

TC2012 on 8/15/2013 Reply  · 

Hahaha, no not at all. From time to time I just try to remember movies I've watched from awhile back. So just because I've recently added it to my chart, doesn't mean I've recently watched it. I basically that last little group of movies because I was so close to 500 hah.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/15/2013 Reply  · 

I assume you mean Shoot 'Em Up, not Moneyball. :) Um, from your score, I really don't know how to take what you think. You did say you liked My Left Foot, despite it being at the bottom of your list. So you might of liked it? I would like some thoughts please. :)

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Boonmee

Boonmee on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

I liked it okay. Wes Anderson is all over the place for me. Some of his films I love, others I dislike, and some I am indifferent towards. One funny thing, though, no matter what I end up thinking about one of his films as a whole, I always love the first 20 minutes or so of his movies. Like with Bottle Rocket, I loved the opening, and the rest lost me. With Moonrise Kingdom, the opening hooked me, and I loved it till the end. Rushmore wore on me a little bit. I enjoyed it, but its issues matched those that I often see in other Anderson films. He tends to be more interested in building up quirky, strange characters and dialogue than fostering the emotion that's meant to come from those characters. It's for this reason that his films usually come off as cold to me and Rushmore was no exception. I definitely enjoyed the world and characters, but that emotional element was missing and I never cared about the plights of the characters.

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shane24 on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

Well, I'm a nice guy Juli, I don't look for fights, and people don't want to fight me. But I totally share Smith's anger. :D Of course I wouldn't shoot anyone, but if someone pushes my buttons too much, I can be explosive. :) So I evilly enjoy watching Smith ramming arrogant drivers and so forth. I love te over-the-top action as well. I always find great joy in action that I find creative and funny at the same time. Let's be honest, this is a b movie, but it's a well made b movie that has seriously great actors in the lead. One bit that already looks dated is the baby in some scenes, but I'll forgive it for being so much fun. What would you give it out of ten Juli?

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shane24

shane24 on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

Well, sounds like we've got something in common, mate. :)

That rotating playground equipment is either called a merry-go-round or a roundabout. However, it's hard to find them now because they were found to be to dangerous. I had a few encounters when I was younger! :D I fell off and my head went underneath, where it got scrapped by the rotating roundabout. :D

7/10 is a good score for this movie, I'm glad you like it.

I'm interested, how many movies do you think you're leaving off your list? It's quite deceiving looking at the % scores from your list. :) You leave them off because you don't care about them?

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shane24 on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

Yep, I'm quiet and nice, Juli. But the thing is, I don't let certain people know that! I use silence as an advantage, they don't know how to react, so they're careful around me. Plus I'm very tall (6'6), so that comes in handy as well. But I only do this to real idiots Juli, people who don't deserve to be treated any other way.

I understand why you do that Juli, that's fine. :) But you didn't like They Live? It's no masterpiece, but there is some pretty great parts. I guess, overall I can see why you might not like it now! :D I changed my mind from one sentence to another! :D

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johnmason

johnmason on 8/16/2013 Reply  · 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is a very unique movie for me.

Literally half the time, I was laughing my @$$ off. And the other half of the time I was just thinking, "What the heck is this?!?!?!"

Basically, I loved almost every moment with John Cleese.

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/17/2013 Reply  · 

Fear not, I'll answer your other question soon! No movie has ever made me cry but a lot of movies have left me tearing up inside.

THE GREEN MILE (affected me so much! That's about the closest I came to crying. the last 45 minutes were just, omg!)

THE RETURN OF THE KING (final forty five minutes are just undescribable!)

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (when Brooks dies, when Andy is free and the final ten minutes)

FORREST GUMP (when the mum dies and the last ten minutes)

THE LION KING (Mufasa's death is just, omg!)

INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE ("Indiana, let it go!- Henry Jones Sr)

CITY LIGHTS: CHARLIE CHAPLIN (The end of the film with the blind flower girl and the Tramp is one of the most joyous occasions it teared me up!)

FINDING NEMO (Marlin's wife dying)

TOY STORY 2 (Jesse's back story)

That's all I can think of for now! :) As for American History X, I didn't really cry at the end but boy, that did shock me for sure!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/17/2013 Reply  · 

Oh, and also E.T. The last scene in that film is boy, so powerful! And I've only ever seen the film once. I never watched movies at a young age, you see and that end scene hit me!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/17/2013 Reply  · 

I love Nostalgia Critic's videos and he always cracks me up! He makes good points about LoTR that a die hard fan can admit!

My favorite Youtube reviewers are the Schmoes, JeremyJahns, Chris Stuckmann and yeah, they're my favorites. I wouldn't call TheFlickPick a reviewer, more so just an update guy!

I fucking hate Christensen in the movie but it in all honesty, wasn't his fault but all of George Lucas' fault. Guy's proved a decent actor in other films.

WOW, WOW, WOW!!??! You don't like Darth Vader? No wonder the OT Star Wars doesn't appeal to you. For me, Darth Vader turning good at the end wasn't just a cliched thing. There was more depth in his character and a reason for him to turn good that wasn't for commercial success! I felt him turning good and that's what makes me love the character even more. His arc works perfectly and is one of the few things in RoTJ that works perfectly. However, that said I do respect your opinion so yeah :)

Mark Hamill's acting wasn't necessarily Oscar worthy but it was good enough. Same with Carrie Fisher. The real stars in OT Star Wars were James Earl Jones (the best part of the series), Harrison Ford, Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing. I agree, his acting in the first one is a little off at times but it gets a lot better during Empire and Jedi. :)

I will download There Will be Blood from there. Thank you man! And sure, we'll talk about it!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/17/2013 Reply  · 

After all this time, I forgot that you love The Godfather. Here's a few questions I'd like to ask you regarding The Godfather.
1) What's your favorite performance?
2) What's your favorite quote?
3) What's your favorite scene?

For me, Brando is the best in The Godfather and his quote "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" is my favorite line in The Godfather. My favorite scene would either be Vito dying in the garden (which also teared me up btw) and the baptism scene at the end!

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SLionsCricket on 8/17/2013 Reply  · 

FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING: Gandalf's death and Boromir's death also teared me up. So did the line, "It's so good to see you again"- Bilbo to Gandalf and when Bilbo leaves for good

TERMINATOR 2: Arnie making the final sacrifice

THE GODFATHER: Vito dying

THE GODFATHER PART II: Fredo being killed and him being thrown aside by Michael.

Just thought I'd let ya know!

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 8/18/2013 Reply  · 

I waited five years before rewatching Taxi Driver and the first two Godfathers. They're not going to expire or anything, and there's thousands of other movies to watch. But it's your call.

I've never put a movie in my top 10 after just watching it. Anyway, I watched seven of those movies before I had a top 10, and the other three gradually rose to the top. I realize it's enticing for people to say: "Guess what I did today? I watched my favorite movie for the first time!" But I believe you need time to let the initial enthusiasm die down, let the story sink in and consider what works and doesn't (which I think would also help Oscar voters).

I don't think I've had something gone from love at first sight to dislike/hatred. My opinions have definitely shifted over time, but overall they're stable. I may as well as mention that my ratings are approximate--it's too time-consuming to turn my list into an exact reflection of my taste.

I'm not interested in telling people how to spend their time, so you can watch my recommendations or not. It doesn't bother me if you don't.

I only watched Rushmore once, and I'll remember your comments in case I rewatch it.

I understand what you meant about an actor's presence. The most recent example for me is Lindsay Lohan in Machete, even though I found her appealing before in Mean Girls. I suppose Ryan Reynolds also applies--perhaps he is a pleasant guy in real life, but I didn't like him very much in Green Lantern and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/18/2013 Reply  · 

What are the cinemas like over there mate?

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 8/21/2013 Reply  · 

Well, there's plenty of other things to keep me occupied, besides rewatching movies. "Get busy living, or get busy rewatching," as Red would say (I think you've underrated Shawshank now, but anyway).

I reckon I've seen my top 10 movies only two times each. Except for my top 3, which I've viewed three times.

It's probably best not to rewatch Pulp Fiction, and risk becoming bored again.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 8/21/2013 Reply  · 

Yes, yes, the Director's Cut is definitely worth checking out. If you need a more detailed response, go here:

http://tinyurl.com/6mjsqgf

Thanks. I love L.A. and Blood.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/21/2013 Reply  · 

Do you have gold class sections Juli? Where you get to sit in recliner chairs and order pizza.

Don't feel too bad about missing out on movies mate, Australia is just the same! We're three months behind America for many releases.

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shane24

shane24 on 8/23/2013 Reply  · 

What movies do you consider mediocre? I enjoyed most of them, except for Bullet to the Head. :) You may be thrown off by the %. But you see, I rank movies, even that far down as a 7/10. :)

What about the Way, Way Back? I gave that 94%. :)

You won't like what I'm watching next mate! Kick-Ass 2! :P Also Elysium. :)

What about you, what you got lined up buddy? :)

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/23/2013 Reply  · 

Yes, I'm a massive cricket fan! Thanks for checking out my channel on Youtube. Surprisingly, its got a fair amount of views and subscribers now. After all, all of last year, I was working on my Youtube channel! Who knows, I might upload more vids in the future :D

I'll get around to your other comments later today, I promise!

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 8/23/2013 Reply  · 

WOW, You certainly loved Pulp Fiction on a re-watch! Glad you did. I do hope that you don't think I hated The Birds because its ranked in the 100s. I enjoyed it, the second half greatly but a lot of the film left me underwhelmed. That's coming from someone with 7 Hitchcock films in his top 50, so yeah!

Marnie is one I have to check out soon. My next Hitchcock films will be The Lady Vanishes, 1956 Man Who Knew too Much and To Catch a Thief. Planning to re-watch North by Northwest tonight after I finish Hitchcock's 1935 39 Steps.

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ironichipster

ironichipster on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

I really liked the restaurant scene--the dance scene adds some fun in between the violence/tension. We also get to see Vincent in a role outside of killer. There's a lot of tension and humor as they try to revive Mia. Also, the Wikipedia entry for "awkward silence" quotes from the restaurant scene, which I think is pretty cool. But anyway, it's your taste.

There are no rules for rewatching movies for me, I just don't need or want to rewatch them too frequently or often.

2001, Raiders, Being John Malkovich, Empire - A decade
Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver - five years
Fight Club - three years
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly - two years
Vertigo, Magnolia - one year

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shane24

shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I understand how you would assume that from my ratings. The thing is, I have too many 7/10 movies to fit them all into the right spots!

My ratings for Kick-Ass 2 and Elysium are not set in stone mate. They could go up, or go down. Both, have some very noticeable flaws. Keep your expectations low for Elysium Juli, that may help you enjoy it more. :) We should discuss it when you've seen it.

I love Dark City! Great Aussie movie. Did you know they used the Matrix set before they did?

Haha, 'mediocre movies'. :P I'm going to watch Bullhead, The Wave, Only God Forgives, Pain & Gain, One False Move, The Iceman and Mud.

Did you see my other question about Albanian films? Maybe you just didn't have any recommendations? :)

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shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

I know you must of liked The Raid, but I'm surprised you have it so low. What's your thoughts buddy? :) Maybe you wanted more story?

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shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

I'm glad you liked the pic Gavin. It was intended to give people a smile. :)

Random question!! What is the meaning of life?!!!!!? :D :D

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shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

I agree with you, Dark City has no similarities to The Matrix. The only similarity is they both have sci-fi elements.

Okay, I definitely will bud. :) One False Move and Bullhead are first, so I may be some time. :)

No, I'm the sorry one mate. My question didn't go through, I just looked. I'm sorry. But I am very grateful for the recommendations. :) I don't know what my access will be to the movies, but I will try. I would like to know more about your country. It would be great to have some access, so I can further understand what it's like. :) Hey, don't worry mate! I asked for recommendations! It would be awesome to be able to chat to you about deeper subjects in your country. :) Thank you very much mate. :)

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shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

I liked the rookie against the rest because it raised the stakes and allowed the story to focus on one character. However, I see where you're coming from. The fight with between the brothers and mad dog was insane! But I think that you bring in the two to fight him there, just to show how deadly that little bastard is. Seriously, what a bastard! :D He just kept targeting the joints! What a prick. :D

I love my action over-the-top, so it really didn't bother me that Evans left realism at the door. :)

Haha! Whoops!! :D I leave gaveecho stupid questions sometimes, just to make him laugh. :) I also asked him his shoe size the other day (i have size 15 feet). I appreciate your answer as well, it was a good one. :)

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shane24 on 8/26/2013 Reply  · 

Sorry Juli, I'm on my iPad, the links don't work. :( I did find Perralle Nga e Kalaura, but the not the other three. If you give me the name of an actor, and a year, I will find them. :)

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ironichipster on 8/27/2013 Reply  · 

I looked up the definition of masterpiece, and it means that it's the artist's greatest work. So, yes, I believe that Death Proof is Quentin Tarantino's greatest work.

j/k, it's clearly Pulp Fiction (for me, anyway).

I agree that Return of the Jedi is overrated. People claim it's a classic, but it wastes so much potential (about the only thing that really works for me is Luke confronting the Emperor and Darth Vader). I think it's because people grew up with it, and they're blind to its problems. *shrug*

I don't think the other movies you've named are overrated. I'm sure for every movie out there, there's someone who has valid reasons for disliking it, but anyway. I think those movies accomplished what they set out to do and more. Why do you think they're overrated?

I don't share some people's enthusiasm for Terrence Malick. I love Badlands, and parts of The Thin Red Line, and he always has great cinematography. But other than that, I feel meh.

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shane24 on 8/30/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for adding me on letterboxd mate. :) I added you as well.

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shane24 on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for writing them all down Juli, I appreciate it. :)

Well, I AM Australian, calling people you like mate is a common thing here. I assume it wouldn't be over there? Also, I'm glad you feel awesome about it, you seem like a good person, so I'm happy to call you a mate. :)

To be honest with you, I don't have a PSN account. I just never bother with it. But also, I don't like sharing too much info on the internet where any sleazy person can come and read it. I really appreciate the offer mate. :)

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shane24 on 8/31/2013 Reply  · 

Well, the two over-the-top movies you gave are good answers. I would also say Shoot 'Em Up, Kick-Ass, A Better Tommorow 2, Hard Boiled and.......Over the Top. ;)

I don't know enough about Greek mythology to answer you, but the films look and style still feel over-the-top to me. It has a green screen background, heavy metal music, and slow-mo action.

I have a question for you my friend. Do any of the Hollywood movies have completely different titles in the cinema over there? I ask because my German friend tells me some of the names of movie over in Germany. It makes me laugh how different they are sometimes. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I've been reading about your country mate. :)

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/europe/130815/europe-marijuana-capital-lazarat-albania

Thoughts? :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I also found this article interesting.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/10/world/europe/10feuds.html?ref=albania&_r=0

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I thought you'd call each other dude and man, just not mate. I sort of understand why it makes you feel awesome, but I'm not in your shoes, so I don't know 100% what you mean.

I think I'm relatively private person. I do think I'm smart about it. I've seen shows that show what these people do with your info. But I seriously don't have an account, i couldn't share it even if I could. :) What are you playing?

I was only being stupid with the Over the Top choice. :) That's why I had this emoticon. ;)

Well, you obviously know much more about Greek mythology than me, so I can't say much in the matter. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

No, I didn't know the title is Play Me the Song of Death. But to be honest, I might like that title better! It's awesome! :D

Well, I wouldn't say I'm a huge fan of anime, but I did watch Avatar: The Last Airbender, and really want to see One Piece (except that it's extremely daunting). I also enjoy movies like Akira, Fists of the North Star and Princess Mononoke. :) What about you?

No! I think it would be awful of me to assume you were dangerous just because you live near violence. I like you mate, I consider you a friend. I just want to learn more about your country. Unless you tell me your dangerous, I'm going to think of you as a person separate from all of that. :)

I just feel sad for people who have to live inside over something they had nothing to do with. Then you say most of it's minor things, it's even worse to think about. Could they move far away? Or would they find them? All of it is new to me to be honest. Our news doesn't cover such issues. It must get to you seeing all this happen. So it doesn't happen as much where you live? I wouldn't like it if you got caught up in such a thing.

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I hope you don't think I don't trust you with my info. I just don't trust it going on the internet where it stays for anybody to see.

I did have a backwards compatible, but it blew up after I put NBA 2K6 in it. They gave it a three star out of five rating for it to work, but it destroyed it! I still have a ps2 anyway! :D I never fire it up, though. :)

I've got so many games to finish Juli, I don't know where to start! I think either Tomb Raider or Uncharted 3 is next. I will try and finish one before I buy GTA and Beyond Two Souls. Have we discussed the PS4? Are you getting it straight away? I've got it on pre-order. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I just want you to know how much I enjoy talking to you. :) We can jump into many different subjects, it's awesome. Whenever you're free to talk in the future, It would be great to hear from you to talk about movies, games, funny stuff and everything else. :) I know we already do, but I just like to reinforce how good it is. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I think I can't get into Dragnball because of the people I used to know who liked it that were younger than me. There were such dorks! :D Not that I'm calling your cousin a dork, just the people over here that I've seen like it.

Yeah, I've seen Spirited Away, and liked it! I've seen the majority of those movies like Porco Rosso, Grave of the Fireflies, My Neighbour Totoro and so on and so forth.

I will put Death Note, Ninja Scroll and Devilman on my watchlist, thanks mate. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

These are some of my favourite animated movies

Finding Nemo
Wall-E
Up
The Incredibles
Akira
Toy Story 3
Toy Story
Princess Mononoke
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
The Transformers: The Movie (nostalgic favourite)
The Triplets of Belleville
Coraline
Fantastic Mr. Fox
Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (I know people hate this, but I love it, I can't help it :D)

I see heaps of anime in JB HI FI (massive DVD shop) when I'm in there, but I never know what to look for, so I don't touch it. I mainly watched all those others because they were on my list of shame, or a friend recommended them to me. So, if you say those others are good, I'm willing to check them out. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Well, the feelings mutual my friend. :) You seem like a great person, so I'm very willing to talk to you about anything really. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Wow, did the guy do something bad to deserve being stabbed? Or was it a minor thing like a parking spot like you mentioned before? Oh, I'm very glad you're avoiding this stuff, I wouldn't want anything to happen to you. Just keep your head down, and think of college. :) What's the latest on that btw? :)

Hiring contract killers seems so extreme! :O Let me ask you mate. Hypothetically, if I was over there, am obvious tourist. Would I have to be even more careful with violence?

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I will get to Only God Forgives after I've answered the rest of your questions. Oh what's the time over there? I'd like to know the difference. :)

Haha not like a grenade! :D I left it going, and switched over to the tv. When I switched it back, it was making a massive whirring noise, and the screen was black! :O

Yeah, I never played God Hand, or any Devil May Cry games, but I loved the others you mentioned. Wow! You got your monies worth out of those games! :O Shit! I rarely play games twice! :D I liked the Metal Gear games, The Warriors game, Bully, True Crime NY, AFL games, Manhunt, and the GTA games. There would be more, but that's off the top of my head.

I've got too many games to get through to go back for nostalgia reasons buddy. Maybe in ten years! :D

I live away from major stores, so renting them is out of the question. I either check the reviews for the good games, or wait for games to get cheap if I'm not so desperate for them. I don't borrow from friends, friends borrow from me! :D I wish I could show you! :D Nice deal mate, 68 euros is great! :)

America get it cheaper than the rest of the world apparently. I will be forking out $550 for it. :) Oh, and I only care about the game aspect as well. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I want to know one thing. It's fine that you answer whenever, I don't care. I just like taking to you. :) But sometimes I see you active on here three times before you answer. Why is that? This is just me asking because I'm curious, not because I want you to answer quicker. You get me mate? :)

I'm sure I'm butchering the names! :D It would probably be funny for you to hear! :D I tried to say one thing in German a few months back with my friend, but he said I said something completely different! :D He was laughing and laughing! I asked what I said, he said that I said vagina! :D

I will gladly read your review Juli. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Okay, okay! I REALLY liked Spirited Away! :P It's a 8.5 maybe 9/10 movie for me. :)

Thanks for the suggestion of DB, but as I said, it's like it has an invisible barrier in front of it in my mind made of dorks! :D I can't break through it! :D

I can't judge on way or another if you're a dork. ;) :P

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

Only God Forgives was pretty good, not amazing. It really doesn't have much going for it plot-wise, but is visually interesting to watch. With all it's neon backgrounds, it's what I would call dirty beautiful. :)

I've heard quite a few times that the violence is hard to take. While this is true, we have seen similar stuff in Drive. I think because that movie was rooted more in genre, it's easier for people to take it over this arthouse film.

The only real message I got from the film was that violence is passed down.

It's about a 8/10 for me. But it really could go up or down for me yet. :)

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shane24 on 9/1/2013 Reply  · 

I left you a comment under your Drive review. :)

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SLionsCricket on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Unfortunately, a few days after your comment my channel was terminated under that bullshit copyright law. I received no warning, it was immediately terminated. 1200 subscribers and close to 2million views down the drain :(

My fav Pulp Fiction characters in order: Jules, Vincent, Butch, Winston! :)

I love that entire segment with Mia and Vincent. Fav line "ENGLISH MOTHERFUCKER, DO YOU SPEAK IT!?", favorite scene is Jules is everything from when we first meet Jules and Vincent to when Jules recites the Bible and murders Brett! :)

My favorite soundtrack (here, I love movie scores yet I never think about the score to this film. I have the opening theme on my iPod so I'll say that!) Though I do enjoy the "Bring out the Gimp" theme!

The one bit about PF that I don't enjoy as much is the stuff with Butch's wife. There was about 5 to 10 minutes in their apartment that kinda bored me. Not bad, just somewhat lacking compared to the brilliance of everything else! Apart from that, the movie is fucking awesome man :)

One of my favorite scenes is with Marvin in the car, Vincent trying to treat Mia after her you know... and also Butch returning to take down Zed and his man! :)

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SLionsCricket on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

I fricking loved North by Northwest. I'll re-visit Citizen Kane and Vertigo soon, possiblly over the upcoming school holidays!

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I love all types of movies Juli. :) I don't care if they're for kids. If they make me laugh, or suck me in with the story, then I'm all for it. In my twenties Juli?! The way you wrote that made me sound like a pensioner! :D

I will look for those animes, just because you like them mate. :) I'm always open to any recommendations you have my friend. They probably will be more accessible than those Albanian movies unfortunately. I will try my best to find them, though. :)

Oh, Wind in the Willows! You brought back my childhood with that one buddy! :) I've seen that movie countless times on VHS! :D I still have faint memories of the ads as well. :) Fantastic movie. My cousin did a play of this, it was fun to watch. :)

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

I would love to know more, so I will ask some questions sometimes. :) Please forgive me if I sound ignorant or insensitive with some questions., it won't be my intention. :)

It really is insane to me that people get stabbed for just looking at people in Albania. On the other hand, there's stuff like that in other countries as well. Just maybe not as extreme. :)

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robmoviefilms13 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

I really like Fresh, some of the dialogue is a bit hokey but overall it manages to impress.

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, college, Germany, all that. :) Even just how you are now. :)

What a sad way to live life. To have your life ruled by revenge of meaningless things is amazing. I can't fathom the anger required for such a thing! It would take hard work to keep angry at something so stupid as $5, or a parking spot.

No, I won't be going there. :) That's why I said hypothetically. I was wondering if violence was more between your own people, or it carried over to tourists as well. Sounds like it does. :) Yeah, I would avoid a bunch of guys. But if they're going to hurt me, I'm going to make many of them regret it before they put me down. I may not be violent, but i'm not someone to mess with. Hah! This is a bit of the subject. My friend at school was pushing me for a laugh. I kept letting him do it over and over. I then got sick of it and pushed him a little bit. He fell backwards and landed in the bin! :D I'm terrible at judging how hard I can push.

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Did you see that Miyazaki is retiring?

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

So I'm +6 hours ahead of you. You see, I'm on the other side of Australia, so Canberra is +2 hours ahead.

I was actually supposed to hand Manhunt into the police because the Australian government deemed it to violent. It's actually illegal to own a copy! :D They only recently brought in the R18+ rating, yet games are still getting banned! They may as well kept the rating at MA15+, because nothing has changed! You see, Aussie politicians are extremely conservative about games. They think that it's only children playing them, so they never cater for us. They banned Saints Row 4 twice because of an anal probe gun! :D

What's Albania's rating system? Our is G, PG, M15+, MA15+, and R18+.

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, I don't care when you comment, I was just curious, that's all. I really do understand mate. Does it feel weird for you writing 'mate'? :)

I handled 127 Hours pretty well. What I don't like is eyes! I think I have a phobia about them! I don't like people putting their fingers next to them. I went a week with something in my eye before I would let dad get ti out! When I was a kid, my friend was up in a tree. I was below. He stated shaking the tree, when a nuts of the tree fell to the ground. I was looking up at the time, and felt something hit me in the eye. I checked my eye, nothing! Very weird! Anyway, a month goes by and I'm sitting in my room playing super nintendo, when all of a sudden i get this crazy pressure come out of nowhere at the back of my eye! :O Naturally, I am making faces and saying stuff like 'errrrr aargh!!!' When all a sudden this fuckin' nut in one hit pushed itself out from behind my eye! :O It was about three inches thick! I think this might be one reason for not liking eyes being hurt in movies. :) Also my mum used to turn here eyelid inside out and show me! :D That's probably got something to do with it as well.

Hostel was one with a bad eye scene. I couldn't handle.

I also don't like seeing Achilles being cut. I can just picture them inside the leg shooting right up, snapping like an elastic band.

Rape scenes that seem to be in the movie for fun also are hard to watch. Stuff like I Spit on Your Grave and The Last House on the Left were really terrible. They just made me feel bad for watching that shit.

I think I would look away from A Serbian Film, have you heard about it?

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Stabbing is such a coward's way to do it, especially when there is already more of them than oneself. I would still go out fighting, one of them would be going to the hospital. :)

Damn! I can't wait until you're in your twenties so I can make you feel old! :)

Yeah, you would get a bit desensitised to all the horrible things when you see them everyday.

Let me ask you. Do you think they are walking around with a bunch of pent-up anger from the lifestyle they have to lead?

I always give many warnings Juli. But people take for granted what I'm capable of because they think they can walk over me because I'm a nice guy. I warn, and warn, but it gets to the point that i make up for the hits with one huge punch to the arm or something like that. I really don't get that mate. Let's annoy the 6'6 guy so we feel tough, it's stupid! These people are friends, but that doesn't mean that they don't piss me off sometimes.



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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

What sports do you like? Have you ever heard of AFL? It's Australian football. :)

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Man, it's fascinating hearing the differences in our countries! Even when I was 23, they asked me for an i.d! So you really shouldn't feel embarrassed mate. I made sure the idiot behind the counter felt stupid. He even could tell I was old enough, but still checked because it was policy! I'm 6'6 with a five o'clock shadow! Idiot! 15 for a porno movie?! You lucky bastard! :P

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shane24 on 9/2/2013 Reply  · 

Is Albania overpopulated?

What are work conditions like?

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SLionsCricket on 9/3/2013 Reply  · 

Yeah, sucks what happened to my account. I will not rebuild it because it took me two and half years to get me to where I was and most likely, my account will again be terminated. It's bullshit because those who just upload the videos I spent time editing get away with copyright but I don't :(

Definitely revisiting Citizen Kane, a must! :)

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shane24 on 9/3/2013 Reply  · 

Nah, it's cool that you use 'mate', it doesn't make me feel weird at all!

Nah, my eye was fine after it came out. It was so weird! I had no idea it was back there until it came out it one hit! It's really was amazing how fast it came out of a gap half the size!

The really weird thing is that A Serbian Film is available to watch on YouTube! :O I don't get how it stays up there!

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ironichipster on 9/4/2013 Reply  · 

If you enjoy Pulp Fiction more, then that's his best work (for you). Do you sort your list by something other than your enjoyment?

You misinterpreted what I said about The Thin Red Line. I liked it, and I love Badlands. It's the rest of Malick's filmography (Days of Heaven, The New World, The Tree of Life and To The Wonder) I consider overrated.

Hey, I can't help it if people have misunderstood the word "masterpiece." Perhaps the term "great movie" would be more accurate? If you think Taxi Driver is completely equal in quality to Raging Bull, then I guess you can call them both masterpieces. Except I don't think that two movies are completely equal in quality, because of different scripts, performances, direction, etc. But just because a movie isn't deemed a masterpiece, doesn't mean it's suddenly unworthy of praise. And isn't the point of Flickchart (which you can see on the login screen) is to decide which movie you consider to be the best, and to not give them all five stars? IMO, Goodfellas is better than Raging Bull. :)

I don't think The Empire Strikes Back is childish. Luke and Han both mature quite a lot over the film. Luke learns how to control himself through his training with Yoda. Han becomes less selfish and falling in love. Luke's hand getting cut off is childish? Leia and Han getting betrayed by their friend Lando? Personally, I think it only looks childish on the surface, but deals with adult themes.

I don't understand why you praise Hans Landa, and then dismiss Hannibal Lecter. They're both cut from the same cloth--charismatic, courteous, intelligent, yet despicable people. Lecter was only on screen for, what, fifteen minutes? Mostly behind bars? And yet he's still being discussed today as one of the most memorable onscreen villains (and he isn't even really the antagonist!). Lecter's scary because he can effectively mess with people's minds, like peeling back Clarice Starling's layers from an FBI agent to a scared farm girl and convincing his fellow prisoner Miggs to swallow his own tongue because of how Miggs treated Clarice (even though Lecter is powerless to lay a finger on Miggs!).

I agree that Bill *looks* more physically menacing than Lecter, but looks aren't everything (and Lecter is pretty sinister in those close-ups). So let us compare their actions during the movie:

Lecter - manipulates his captors into changing his prison cell. While handcuffed, he subdues and kills two guards, and sets up his escape with a switcheroo (tearing the face off one of the guards). He's free and triumphant at the end of the movie, able to do whatever he pleases (perhaps having a snack of Dr. Chilton). Also, Miggs.

Bill - knocks out and kidnaps an unsuspecting, distracted and defenseless girl. He puts her in the bottom of his well. His hostage manages to hold his dog hostage, which freaks him out. He then stalks Clarice, an inexperienced FBI agent, in his own basement, with the lights off, and he even has night-vision goggles on, and yet Clarice *still* gets him.

I think it's a really great performance from Foster. There are so many obstacles in her way, and yet she passes all of them. She's a woman in a man's line of work, she has to work with a malicious psychiatrist who is more interested in dissecting her personality, she has to piece together clues when people want to keep her out of the loop and she finds and confronts a serial killer on her own. She's a strong, developed and distinct character who doesn't use super powers or gadgets, but her own knowledge, skills and wits.

Actually, all this talking about SotL makes me want to bump it up a few spots on my chart.

Jurassic Park - what exactly is boring about the first fifty minutes? Do you dislike dinosaurs and science? And how are Ian Malcolm and Dennis Nedry dull characters?

Forrest Gump - I don't have a problem with Hanks' performance. I thought he and the movie hit the right notes, which was meant to be fantastical.

In regards to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest... I don't think lists like the IMDb 250 are very significant. People set up dummy accounts to inflate ratings of movies, and there are people who only know the ratings '1' and '10.' But anyway, you understand One Flew Over's appeal. Some people are more interested in being entertained than watching art, and that isn't wrong (correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that's what you're talking about).

I think Michael Haneke's films are a little underrated, though I can understand that the subtitles, subject matter and cold tone probably account for his films to be underrated.

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Seb on 9/4/2013 Reply  · 

yeah, its a huge decision, but in my eyes, TWBB and The Master are pretty much interchangeable depending on my current love/mood. ive seen The Master over 10 times since its release in theatres, and its a bona fide modern classic. it has only grown richer with each viewing, confirming its modern classic standing alongside TWBB. my ranking my change in a couple of months, or a couple of weeks. what The Master has done is bring uncertainty to that top position. TWBB was undisputed for over 4 yrs. Tree of Life came close. I doubt anything this year will contend either. im super psyched for Gravity, but its more of a top 10 possibility than a no.1. I think im just a PTA fanboy. the Coen bros are so, so close, but PTA is my current favourite writer/director.

the cinematography in The Master is out-of-this-world gorgeous. both TWBB and The Master look amazing, but the soft-edged, dreamy quality to The Master makes it the clear winner for me.

I really don't know between DDL and Joaquin Phoenix. They give the 2 best performance ive ever seen, ever. I don't think ive seen an actor go as deep into a character as Joaquin Phoenix does. he looks like he's in real mental/physical pain. its splitting hairs. I cant choose. id say the performances characterize the reputations of both movies. DDL's performance is iconic, endlessly quotable and open to parody. the mark of a genuine classic.

Joaquin's is deeply enigmatic and mysterious, and the film itself is widely regarded as PTA's most perplexing and challenging. DDL's performance was respected and recognized by all. I feel Joaquin's is one that wont be appreciated by some. I do feel a slight inclination towards his performance because it hasn't received the recognition it deserves.

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Seb

Seb on 9/15/2013 Reply  · 

it changed again haha

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shane24 on 9/4/2013 Reply  · 

Well, if you and your friend agreed not to hit each other in the face, then it seems like a way to release some anger. Am I right?

I'm very sorry to hear that rape and domestic violence is such a common occurrence. That's a big problem that needs to be fixed somehow. Because it's just going to be a never-ending circle if that stuff isn't dealt with. But your police aren't very good, so it's a really bad situation. We have had a similar problem up North with Indigenous Australians. They were drinking too much, then raping their family members. One grandad even raped his granddaughter- sickening stuff. The government stepped in and is slowly making progress in certain areas. But when I was up in Darwin a few months ago, there was still a major alcohol problem. Every park, and every tree had at least five Indigenous people either drinking, or passed out.

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shane24 on 9/5/2013 Reply  · 

I actually found all of tela për violinë on YouTube! However, the movie didn't have English subtitles.

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shane24 on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

I already wrote a similar comment a few days ago, but Flickchart had a server error and I lost it!

I like basketball and AFL. I have been watching tennis lately (when the games are good), and I like UFC every now and again.

AFL is quite different to American football. For one, they have no protective gear. I believe it's one of the most grueling team orientated sports in the world. Most of these guys have to run 20km a game! On top of tackling, and kicking, it's a really demanding sport.

Yeah, heights not everything. Six foot is tall enough if you know how to look after yourself.

Haha! You chickened out! Oh well, I understand. It would be unbelievably awkward if your mum caught you. :D

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shane24 on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

So I'm guessing that they constantly hassle you to buy fruit, even when you said no? If so, I think I would get beaten up because I get so frustrated with people who don't leave you alone after you said no. In the mall, this French guy was selling fragrances. I was 10m away when we made eye contact. I politely smiled and shook my head to let him know I'm not interested. Yet he still bothered me!! Trying to sell me stuff I don't care about! I said 'no' and kept walking. He actually was following me! I had to put my hand up to his face and say 'no, no, no, no, no!!'. I walked away, that's when I realised I had made a fist with my other hand. If it's like that over there, I'd be done for! :D

What I meant from work conditions was is there suitable safety standards in risky jobs? Like over here, we can say no to a job if we deem it unsafe. We can even report the company if they keep forcing you to. Is that the same?

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shane24

shane24 on 9/7/2013 Reply  · 

What are you going to be watching soon, mate? :)

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TC2012 on 9/13/2013 Reply  · 

jlckhrt12 is my letterboxd name, sorry this took so long, I thought I had replied earlier but I guess I didn't submit.

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shane24

shane24 on 9/18/2013 Reply  · 

Hello Juli!! It's great to hear from you mate! We will have to have a talk later. Unfortunately, I have to go to work very soon, so I won't be able to leave comments for some time. I'm excited to talk to you later. :)

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shane24 on 9/19/2013 Reply  · 

G'day mate. :)

I have finished work now for the week, so we should talk. :) Work is alright, could better. Three people got laid off yesterday from where I work. Because of poor management, everything is being cut back, yet the workload is increasing. They want me to learn another job that takes time, but I only have until the end of year before the boss goes on holidays. I also now have to do other jobs because they let people go. If they haven't given me enough time to prepare, then the manger will have to do the job.

On the bright side, I go on holidays next week. I'm looking forward to seeing my cousin's new movie.

I'm glad that you're feeling great Juli. :)

C'mon Juli, you have to give me your thoughts. :D

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shane24 on 9/27/2013 Reply  · 

Maaaate. ;)

I'm fine man, they're not taking my job. If they wanted to sack me, they would have to give me quite a large redundancy payout. :) Plus I've got experience that's need with so many new people.

You're just on time Juli! :D It's Saturday now, I've had two 1/2 days off work. I'm going to be relaxing and watching the big AFL grand final. I can't explain to you how massive it is in my country. :)


********Spoilers for Vampire's Kiss*********
I can see what you mean by boring parts. However, for me, that was rectified with re-watches. I found myself laughing at more and more of what he does. This movie goes over just laugh-out-loud for me. I have tears in my eyes, and my sides hurt. This movie just fits my sense of humour perfectly. 10/10. :D I think my weird/evil sense of humour loves that Alva is like the nicest person! Yet he has it out for her for some reason! :D when he stares at her and tells her that she has to do it or she'll get fired.....I nearly piss myself. :D Do you know that when he's walking at the end in the streets with the blood on him that they were just pedestrians with o connection to the movie? :D They probably thought he was insane! :D

*******Spoilers for Vampire's Kiss*********

Movies I could re-watch

Vampire's Kiss: Gets better every time I see it.

Dumb and Dumber: Doesn't get old for me.

Groundhog Day: I was late to it, but have made up for it.

Predator: The music always suck me in. I also really enjoy the characters. Mac and Billy are badasses.

From Dusk Till Dawn: Whenever it's on tv, I can just sit and watch it from whatever position it is in the movie.

12 Angry Men: Man, this movie sucks me in every time. I love the dialogue and performances. I get more from it each time. It's been one of the biggest movers up my list.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 10/6/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, when do you plan on rewatching Taxi Driver? It's got some pretty high expectations to meet :)

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shane24

shane24 on 10/6/2013 Reply  · 

Hey mate! I see your comment, but I have to leave for work in two minutes, so I will get back to you. :) I have had a week off work, so I'm not looking forward to today.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 10/7/2013 Reply  · 

Thanks for that rather lengthy and enthusiastic response. I completely understand the dilemma. Rewatching films is an extremely important part of the film-viewing experience. The second viewing, even if it diminishes my love for the film, almost always helps me understand it a bit better.

Funny you'd mention There Will Be Blood. I also loved it the first time. Into my top 10 without a second thought. Second viewing was massively underwhelming but the third viewing absolutely stunned my again. Probably even more impressive than the first time. It's a cyclical thing with that film.

It's okay to delay second viewings. You've gotta be careful about timing it right, however. Don't want to overkill things and ruin the magic. I've seen TDK a whopping 38 times lol. Just couldn't say no to it. And even if some viewings were kinda meh, I can't think of many films that I'd be willing to revisit as many times.

Taxi Driver is a masterpiece without a shadow of a doubt, but it's fallen drastically on my chart since the first viewing. It was at no. 2 at one point for crying out loud (see Se7en vs Taxi Driver discussion for proof). The sad part is that I'm not even sure what exactly didn't work.

Se7en is truly a remarkable film. I've seen it three times and it honestly got better and better with every sitting. No idea how it keeps meeting my unreasonably high expectations. Performances, script, production design, Shore's screeching soundtrack, dim cinematography -- it's as perfect as a film can possibly be. I've always preferred SE7EN to Fight Club. It's this film (and maybe Zodiac) Fincher will be remembered for many decades from now.

Oh, watching a film in installments is unfair to the film. As The Joker would say, "you can't savor all the... little emotion." Same goes for watching a film on your computer or phone. Watch films only on the biggest available TV screen in your house. I watched The Shining on my brother's HTS and it was fucking surreal!

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shane24 on 10/7/2013 Reply  · 

G'day mate. :)

How much longer until you go back to Germany? I understand if there is people around, it's cool. But I won't lie and say I don't want to hear from you, I like talking to you mate. I wouldn't go as far as to call you that! :D

Cool, I'm glad you're enjoying Dark Souls. :)

Gamble is fine, but it's more suiting for a casino, you know? Putting money on sport is called betting. I have every now and then put a bet on to make it more exciting. With the betting agencies now, you can pretty much put money on anything you like e.g first goal, margin of win, most goal, most possessions, and so on.

Man, that's a ridiculous thing for a politician to say! :D They are actually letting go three more people! Including my German friend.

I'm good, thanks for asking bud. I just watched my cousin's movie last week, it was very long, but I enjoyed it.

I wasn't 24 then, and I'm not 24 now. :D My age is close to the number, but y can decide if I'm older or younger than 24. :)

Been playing ps3 online?

It makes me very happy that you liked Vampire's Kiss so much! To bad we don't live close. I think we'd have a good laugh watching it. :D

Fuck!! You have seen The Dark Knight 19 times!?! :O Awesome + another awesome that is! :)

Yeah, it is a bit weird you don't like dramas on rewatch Juli. I'm not judging you, but I usually pick up more that I missed the first time with a drama.

I understand what you mean about movies to rewatch.

I'm the opposite. I can listen to Tarantino's dialogue whenever. When I'm flipping channels, if I see a Tarantino movie, I tend to pick it, no matter how much time has elapsed

What's been happening in Albania? Anything crazy I would be interested by? :)

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shane24 on 10/13/2013 Reply  · 

Hey Juli.

They changed their minds! Lukas kept his job, and has no knowledge that he was days from loosing his job. However, one guy is leaving that is great for stories because they're ALL lies!! I will have to tell you some one day. :) I would of been alright, I have a good friend called Sarah that works there as well.

Shit! He was the better option?? It's amazing to me he could get in that position when he hits his wife.

For Pacino, I would say Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Carlito's Way, Donnie Brasco and Heat. I agree with your choices as well.

I will look at De Niro on imdb. :)

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shane24 on 10/13/2013 Reply  · 

I agree with your choices for De Niro. I would also say Ronin, Heat, Cape Fear, This Boy's Life, Awakenings, Midnight Run, The Untouchables, The Deer Hunter, Once Upon a Time in America, and Jackie Brown. Hey, it's quite a few, but there's a reason he's my favourite. :)

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shane24 on 10/13/2013 Reply  · 

At what age did you start learning English?

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shane24 on 10/13/2013 Reply  · 

Is any voting rigged in Albania? Do adults have to vote? In Australia, it's a $100 fine if you don't vote.

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JoshuaHolloway on 10/13/2013 Reply  · 

I've seen Taxi Driver twice. I really liked it both times, but didn't love like I do now. I started thinking about it much later and I had a epiphany. I suddenly fell in love with it. My advice to you when rewatching a favorite is to not over hype yourself. You shouldn't watch it with somebody who will complain when watching a movie they don't understand or don't like because that just makes the experience a bit frustrating. I hope you find this helpful. I like your idea of watching the films much later. But again don't let nostalgia inflate your expectations. :-)

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PiccoloKing on 10/15/2013 Reply  · 

Taxi Driver will make a comeback. It's one viewing away from impressing me again. Seriously, don't take the word of Youtube folks. That place is a cesspool of dumbassery. The dude was probably going for hyperbole when he said that, anyway.

I've seen Zodiac twice, and actually found it more engaging on a second watch. There are just too many facts regarding places, people, letters and so on to fully digest the first time. I was better prepared the second time. Educated myself about the case a bit more, went through Leigh's history, and conducted extensive research on the Paul Stine murder. The result being a more immersive experience. Gyllenhaal's performance was especially haunting in round two. Love how expressions of innocent inquisitiveness when the letters first arrive get replaced by those of obsessive madness as the investigation loses steam.

I rewatch the cream of the crop of my list once ever 1 1/2 years. That seems like the ideal gap to me.

Interesting coincidence indeed. The reason I mentioned The Shining in specific is because the use of a wide-angle lens turns The Overlook into an inescapable presence. The silence becomes more disturbing, the empty corridors more daunting, and the atmosphere more chilling. And you can't appreciate these details on a computer screen. Your rewatch should be rewarding :)

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SLionsCricket

SLionsCricket on 10/15/2013 Reply  · 

Not bad Juli, how about you? :) Been a long time, huh?

My top 10 has changed so much recently. So much! Taxi Driver, Cuckoo's Nest, Last Crusade, E.T, Rear Window, Psycho and so on!

Rear Window is a must see. The reason Godfather, Pulp Fiction, Dark Knight and Part II dropped is because I haven't seen each in about 3 months and since then, I'm come to enjoy a few of the films I listed before more. I'll probably watch The Godfathers soon! Never seen Part III so yeah, Part II needs a re-watch

I LOVED A Clockwork Orange! I never even disliked it previously, I just don't know why it wasn't higher. Right now, my favorite Kubrick!

I love North by Northwest as I do the majority of Hitch's films! I love Grant, he's awesome imo!

I'm surprised you love The Conversation, a lot of people I've talked to aren't that fond of the film. That's another must see for me

Definitely check out those trilogies. The only perfect trilogies to me are Lord of the Rings and Toy Story, Indy 2 is definitely a movie I now like less and I definitely don't care much for TDKR. Jedi is another movie that I'm not overly fond of, so Star Wars isn't a perfect trilogy either imo.

There are many films I've seen recently I'd recommend; 1948 Bicycle Thieves, Horror of Dracula, Scream, Chaplin's Modern Times :) Plenty more, check out my Letterboxd diary. You'll see many there!

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SLionsCricket on 10/15/2013 Reply  · 

2009 Star Trek is better in terms of storytelling but it has a weak villain, though I love the inner conflict between Spock and Kirk. I guess the theatrical experience of Into Darkness, Cumberbatch and the villain are the reasons I prefer it!

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shane24

shane24 on 10/20/2013 Reply  · 

Well, I guess a new guy is worth a try if you have an arsehole like that in power, I agree.

It's such a shame both Pacino and De Niro are in terrible movies most of the time now.

Sorry to hear you didn't like The Untouchables. I have a soft spot for gangster movies. I really enjoy Sean Connery in that movie.

I see your point about voting mate. Especially when they're all terrible. That's rich coming from me, when you have terrible, terrible leaders. Ours are corruptmas well, though. They also give themselves HUGE pay rises every year. Our former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was on more money than Barack Obama!! :O They also have allowances for travel! The amount of money they're on should mean they pay for EVERYTHING! It pisses me off mate.

I ask about your English because you are so good at it! I am very impressed. So your mother is excellent at English as well? :)

There is a telethon on in WA at the moment. They have so far raised 13 million for Princess Margaret Hospital- which looks after sick kids. I think they will end up with around 20 million. :)

Great to hear from you mate. :) Playing any new games? anything interesting happening over there? :)

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shane24

shane24 on 10/23/2013 Reply  · 

*corrupted.

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shane24 on 10/20/2013 Reply  · 

I plan to watch The Hunt with Mads Mikkelson, Silver Bullet with Gary Busey, The Conspiracy, The Public Enemy, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, Spider Baby, and Salt of the Earth. How about you Juli?

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SLionsCricket on 10/21/2013 Reply  · 

I'm glad everything's been good with you. I haven't seen you on Letterboxd recently. :)

The Horror-thon is amazing! I'm really loving it! I've had such a fun time watching a ton of horror movies, a few re-watches but mostly first time watches. I came to appreciate and love the genre over these 3 weeks and I hope that may final week doesn't disappoint. :)

For me, the only two dated Hitchcock films are one's that I dislike: Spellbound and Suspicion. Rear Window is an amazing piece of film making as is Vertigo. Both are gonna be re-watched next month and I plan to, in December, have a Hitchcock marathon. That ought to be fun seeing as how he's now easily my favorite director! Rebecca is fantastic but I'll say, North by Northwest is better. I loved that film on a re-watch. In fact, the only part of the film that bugged me on a first viewing is near the end of the film in the cafe with Roger Thornhill and the girl and the shooting. Most of the film after that, got disappointing and even kinda bland.

You MUST see E.T! It's one of those quintessential films that you simply cannot overlook!

One Flew Over the Cuckoos' Nest is hard to explain why I think its top 20 material. Fantastic performances, a power story, fantastic character development, great thematic meaning (with cigarretes representing freedom) and everything. Besides, Nurse Ratchet is one of the top 5 villains for sure!

The only way a favorite of mine falls down is if I don't re-watch it say every 2-3 months! Been about 4 months since I last saw The Godfather! Re-watches coming for those.

I don't know why, but maybe The Godfather just dropped a little on my latest viewing. Though, that was like 4 months ago and I might have started to have a bad day but I felt that both Casablanca and Shawshank needed to be on top of The Godfather.

Clockwork Orange is amazing! Me too, I simply couldn't believe how amazing it was.

I'll check out your Letterboxd at school today! The Indiana Jones trilogy is still probaly my 3rd favourite but that's because Temple of Doom doesn't hold up as well as it used to. Toy Story would be 2nd and LoTR would be 1st

To be honest, I'm not that big on Drive. I do agree with you on Star Trek having better character relationships but Nero is such an underwhelming and monotone villain in my opinion. I actually loved Urban in Into Darkness and I actually really disliked Alice Eve! There ya go!

Some horror films I'd recommend huh?

Psycho, Alien, The Thing, Horror of Dracula, Scream, Scream 4 (I know most people hate it but I fricking love it!), Curse of Frankenstein, Shaun of the Dead, The Fly, Evil Dead I and II, 1933 King Kong, 1941 The Wolf Man, 1942 Cat People (though it is slow), Night of the Living Dead, A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984!

I'm not sure how many of those you've seen but I loved all of them. I'd give each at least a 4/5. One of them has a 5/5, that is Psycho. There's about 4 that have a 4.5/5!

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shane24

shane24 on 10/27/2013 Reply  · 

What did you think of The Usual Suspects, Juli? :)

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 10/27/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, I'm surprised that we've never talked before. You have an amazing Top 50. You're quite the Kubrick fan judging from your list. Is he your favorite director? He would rank somewhere in my Top 5. You have to get around to seeing The Shining when you get the chance, it's his best film in my opinion. I also see that The Matrix is on your list of shame!

Taxi Driver at No.1! Truly an amazing film. I love the character of Travis Bickle. Also, you have a great profile picture haha. You also have two Fincher films in your Top 10, and in my opinion they're his two best. For some reason, I don't see Jaws in barely anyone's top 10. It's really weird.

On the last topic, it got me thinking. My top 5 directors would go like this:

1. Christopher Nolan (TDK, Inception, TDKR)
2. Martin Scorcese (Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, The Departed)
3. David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, The Social Network)
4. Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill Vol. 2
5. Steven Spielberg (Raiders, SPR, Jurassic Park)

Kubrick is No.6 :)

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JoshuaHolloway

JoshuaHolloway on 10/28/2013 Reply  · 

I'm not scared when rewatching a favorite because I pinpoint what makes it a great film and great films don't stop being great. The only thing that makes me love a film less is finding a new film I like more. My list has evolved drastically since its first incarnation, I'm constantly watching classics, or doing other stuff besides watching films so I haven't devoted much time to rewatching the films that currently populate my top 20. But I haven't been disappointed with the ones I have watched again (Pulp Fiction, 2001, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, etc...). I love 2001 because it has amazing visuals and music and it makes a philosophical statement about man's place in the universe. The gap in between my 2 viewings of the film was a few weeks, maybe a month. I watched it again to show it to my brother. Watching films with other people isn't all bad. In fact you should show movies you love to other people to see if they like it as well, and explain why its a good film. Could start some interesting conversation, I talked with my brother and tried to explain it to him for probably an hour or more. He was a bit frustrated with the film at first, but I won him over. :-) My advice now is to not worry about it to much because favorites may change, but you'll always have favorites and you won't stop loving cinema right?

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Seb

Seb on 10/28/2013 Reply  · 

well during the year im usually drawn to films that people are talking about, so I try to use my free time to catch up on all the good films released in that year. I do try and watch older films, but I rarely find quality copies of them, and some of them feel like more of a chore than a film that I really want to see

re the new film/old films in my top 10, I feel like the cinematic experience im given with new films offers a slight edge over older films. there are a lot of older films that I love (Kubrick's 2001, clorkwork orange and shining come to mind immediately), but they haven't registered quite the same impact made by PTA's latest 2 films, as well as Malick and Kaufman's opus' The Tree of Life and Synecdoche, New York.

I think its just luck that these 4 films have all been released in the past six years. and I think in 20 plus years time they will all be held in regard with cinema's best. that's just my humble opinion, mind you.

one thing you may not like to hear is that films like The Godfather, part 1 and 2, as well as 'classics' like Taxi Driver and Raging Bull are films that I really like but still don't quite appreciate their quality. that may come with age, though. im 18 yrs old, and im sure my taste/understanding of film will continue to change and evolve with time

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shane24

shane24 on 10/31/2013 Reply  · 

Hey Juli

Oh, I love the music in The Untouchables! Especially The Strength of the Righteous- I'm listening to it whilst I write this. :)

I will look up the Cham party. I'm interested what they're like.

I could be better at English. ;)

I don't trust any politicians over here Juli. They all lie.

One friend is fine. You will be paying too much attention to the screen to care. :D It's such a great movie. If you find more, of course that's fine. Unless they will talk and annoy you.

Man, getting firewood yesterday was hell!! There was hundreds of thousands of flying termites! Trying to get in my mouth, down my neck. Little arseholes! :D There was also march flies. Those bastards have a nasty bite.

Good hearing from you Juli. :)

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MasterofMovies

MasterofMovies on 11/3/2013 Reply  · 

Those are great choices for favorite movie characters! Some of my favorites are The Joker from The Dark Knight, Jack Torrance from The Shining, and yes I would also include Tyler Durden on my list. Interesting that all of your characters you chose are in your top 5 :).

Also great choices for directors. I sorta agree, Nolan's films lose a lot of their magic on repeat viewings. Examples of this would be The Prestige (ironic), Memento and The Dark Knight. Although films like Inception and The Dark Knight Rises never get old, as I continue to find new things with each viewing. Terrence Malick is an amazing director.

As for someone who wants to start a Blu-Ray collection, I would start out slow. Don't just buy 10 movies just like that. Work your way to a big collection. Start getting films you really like, films you would like to watch multiple times. This way, when you want to watch a movie, all of your choices will be reasonable. My first purchases were Star Trek, The Dark Knight and Inglourious Basterds. My collection has 80 films in it, and I started in 2008. Hopefully that helps.

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Seb

Seb on 11/4/2013 Reply  · 

I agree about Hitchcock. its funny, I actually find films from the French new wave, as well as 60/70s Kubrick far more interesting than anything ive seen of Hitchcock. I struggle to appreciate his work beyond the bounds of genre filmmaker. because that's what he is: a genre filmmaker. he's a master of suspense, sure, but like most genre films, im not really thinking about it the next day. Kubrick's a filmmaker of ideas. he creates little nuggets that get lodged in my head. he makes me think. a Hitchcock film unfortunately hasn't done that for me.

I was so conflicted when I first saw the tree of life. I walked out of the theatre completely disorientated. had no idea what to make of it. I then sat on it for literally months. when it first came out on bluray I bought immediately. my second viewing experience was completely different. it felt like id seen a different film. by the end I was an emotional wreck. the accumulation of small, intimate, truthful moments hit me like a brick wall. Malick has the uncanny ability of capturing these little moments that are both specific and universal. its just a beautiful canvas of human interaction. that's how I see it, at least. yes, u should watch it on blu ray. a lot of the film's power, similar to The Master, comes from its glorious cinematography. the dvd copy does it no justice.

im definitely gonna give them another shot. I still enjoyed them, but I didn't get a handle on why they're held in such high regard. Taxi Driver specifically - it has all these great elements, but it didn't hit me the way I thought it would. I consider myself a big fan of Scorsese's later work. Goodfellas is in my top 10, I love The Departed and The Aviator, and im pumped for wolf of wall street. still haven't seen king of comedy, after hours and mean streets so ive still got a few to go.

there is no directors cut, most of the footage in the promotional trailers were made up of scenes that were left on the cutting room floor. theres a 20 minute compilation of unused footage on my bluray as well as on youtube.

heres the compilation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTTb1AC8LRA

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Seb

Seb on 11/4/2013 Reply  · 

do u have a letterboxd account? if not, u should definitely think about starting one. its a really amazing movie rating/reviewing website.

and another big reason why I see a lot of new films is that I write film reviews for UniLife magazine, so I get free screenings.

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 11/5/2013 Reply  · 

"How many inches is yours?"
That's what she said!

Okay, stupid jokes aside, when it comes to TVs I'm definitely not your go-to guy. I've got a 32" Panasonic LCD TV. Picture and sound quality are excellent but I've never had an LED or Plasma TV and hence can't comment.

Your guess is as good as mine :(

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 11/5/2013 Reply  · 

Sorry about the late response, btw. Inception is finally out of your top 10. Any particular reason?

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PiccoloKing

PiccoloKing on 11/8/2013 Reply  · 

Well, Nolan is currently my favorite filmmaker. It speaks a lot about the re-watch value of TDK that even after so many viewings, it's still in my top 5. The thing is, his blockbuster films are rather overexposed these days. People as a result have an easier time loving his relatively small-scale projects like Memento and Insomnia. If you keep watching a film over and over again, it's bound to bore you eventually. I'd love to know your opinion of Batman Begins.

Having said that, I'm not entirely defending Inception. In spite of the rotating hallways and extravagant effects, it does have some dull scenes, primarily the drama element. I like watching Inception for analytical reasons -- you know, picking up on hidden clues and discovering new theories. Unlike The Prestige and TDK, I don't revisit it for the characters. Hard to deny the brilliance of Nolan's screenplay, though. And yes, Se7en has always been my no. 1. No Country and Zodiac are the only films that have a shot at replacing it in the future. Anyway, I don't see that happening anytime soon.

Glad you think highly of "Blood". Kubrick and coldness go hand in hand, I guess. So many Kubrick trademarks and I obviously mean this in the best sense. It's not that cold of a movie, imo. Some scenes were fairly moving like Daniel sleeping with H.W. after the fire accident, or the "bastard from a basket" scene, or even the baptism scene (found it painfully hilarious on a third watch lol). Beautiful film. Haven't seen The Master yet, but this definitely is PTA's finest hour.

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PiccoloKing on 11/9/2013 Reply  · 

Yes, it does hold up really well. Talking about Begins, it's probably the most emotional and focused film Nolan has made. The scenes that are set in the Narrows remind me so much of Dark City and Blade Runner. Nolan really nailed the atmosphere. It feels realistic, but also has the comicbook flavor of The Animated Series and the comics. Likely to become a true classic in time.

You guessed it right. I do like Katie Holmes as Dawes. The performance is average and she actually succeeds in making her character extremely unlikeable (yikes!) but I still have a weird attachment. Holmes isn't hot but she's cute :D

I'm not aware of any "flaws" in Inception and I'll certainly look for what you just pointed out in my next viewing. I'm not a fan of objective criticism... finding plot holes and continuity errors. Directors are always trying to distinguish between reality and cinematic reality. For instance, I wouldn't go into the unrealistic aspects of The Dark Knight trilogy. But I will tell you what all I didn't dig about Inception. First would be the exposition. I'll clarify that I don't feel Nolan handled the expository dialogue the way he did to dumb down the story. He was always going for a film that's self-aware, as Inception is being simultaneously performed on the viewer too. There's also the theory that the entire story is a dream, and that the characters talk and behave like salesmen describing a product they wish to sell because they're merely Cobb's projections. So yeah, while I understand its purpose, the relentless explaining tales me out of the experience, especially on repeat viewings.

Secondly, I don't think Nolan did that good of a job in making the audience understand what's at stake. He could've explored the Mal-Cobb relationship a bit further. Maybe this is just me but there were a few instances where I was watching the film and would suddenly ask myself, "Why are they doing all this? Oh yeah, so that Dom can see his kids again." Never had such thoughts while watching The Prestige and Memento. I still love Inception, mind you.

About how Daniel deduced Henry wasn't his real brother, I thought PTA did it brilliantly. Daniel says something about the Peachtree dance and Henry didn't give him the appropriate reaction to it. It must've been a cherished memory that should've gotten more of a response out of Henry. The result: Plainview becomes suspicious D:

We have the same number of comments zomg !!!!


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MasterofMovies on 11/10/2013 Reply  · 

Well, in terms of new releases I like to wait about a month or so, unless I really need to re-watch it. Honestly though, I don't buy THAT many new releases. I stick to older films on Blu-Ray. And yes, Black Friday is a great opportunity to add to your collection. Just make sure you get there before the crowds :).

Wow, that's surprising about Memento on your first viewing. I was amazed! The fact that it showed us the ending at the beginning, but still managed to pull it's ending off with aces! Amazing stuff.

The Films of Chris Nolan:

Insomnia was a movie that I loved on my first viewing. It gets better and better with every re-watch though. Great movie, extremely underrated.

As I previously said, Memento amazed me on my first viewing and also gets better with each viewing.

Batman Begins was a great origin story and an amazing start to an epic trilogy. Weakest of the trilogy, but that's not saying much.

The Prestige gets worse on repeat viewing, but it still remains a great film. Near the bottom of Nolan's work though.

The Dark Knight is a Top 10 film for me and my favorite from Nolan. The best of the trilogy.

Inception is also a Top 10 film for me, but I prefer TDK just a bit more. It's spectacular.

The Dark Knight Rises concluded things in great fashion, and is the 2nd best of the trilogy. It holds a spot in my Top 40, I've now seen it 9 times.

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PiccoloKing on 11/10/2013 Reply  · 

Would you recommend "Once Upon A Time In the West"? I'm really, really interested in buying it.

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Seb on 11/11/2013 Reply  · 

yeah, I think pretty much every film benefits from being seen in a cinema. recent films that come to mind are Spring Breakers and Prisoners. they both left visceral, aesthetic impacts on me that would've been less powerful had I seen them at home on my tv or laptop

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shane24 on 12/11/2013 Reply  · 

What othe movies are you scared to see again? I remember Taxi Diver, so I wonder if there's more.

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shane24 on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Hey Juli. :)

I'm really looking forward to vacations. I only have to work three more days, then I'm done. :) It's been a long working year for me, I need rest.

I think I actually liked Fight Club the most this time out of any viewing, mate. :) I don't know why, the story just was great to me, despite knowing the twist. I watched it again only because it was showing on tv at the right time. Many people on letterboxd have themed months for movies. Me, I just like to randomly pick. :)

It's good to hear from you. :)

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shane24 on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Do you mean you haven't seen Fight Club? I'm glad I didn't say too much if that's the case.

I'm very interested in your list Juli. I really need to look at your page on letterboxd a bit more.

It's funny that you mention The Dark Knight Rises. I was watching it when you were writing your first comment! :D In fact, I was thinking Cotillard was awful at the end myself! :D

That's very cool bud, I'd like to hear how it goes for you. :)

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shane24 on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Do you like the new comments setup?

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shane24 on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Wait, wait, wait!! Hahah! I didn't see Fight
Club in your top ten there! :D never mind about my other comment! :D That was quite silly mate. :)

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shane24 on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Well, I'm glad I good provide a good laugh for you. Even if it was at my stuff up. :D

It just happened to be on tv. So I was watching it. :) I missed the Bane vs Batman first fight, though.

I think I enjoy The Dark Knight Rises opening better. However, I just love the reveal of The Joker! It's so awesome. Oh, and the bad-ass bank mangaer played by William Fichtner was pretty awesome. But The Dark Knight Rises had a similar role for Aiden Gillen.

I personally love The Joker's music. I turn the volume right up. I love when i first watched it, then the music started up. Sometimes you didn't know where he was, but you knew his appearance was imminent.

I agree with you on the amount of comments that should be shown. I actually said that myself. It's better than pressing the button for all the comments for me. That just didn't work for me.

Now, mate, do people over there have a name simlar to mate that isn't friend or something like that? I'm just curious. :)

Ooh, I enjoy Hang 'Em High, I hope you do too. Seeya bud.

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MasterofMovies on 12/14/2013 Reply  · 

Well not really. I mean, I love to re-watch movies, and my collection only consists of movies I love. So it's perfect for me. Yes, my list was always switching, but now I have it so that I can keep track of it by creating my Top 100 Films list on Letterbox. My Top 100 won't change very often now. Thanks for the support, I love writing them. I just posted my review for Psycho, which is now my favorite Hitchcock film. What movies do you plan to watch or re-watch soon?

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PiccoloKing on 12/15/2013 Reply  · 

Hey, Julinona. I'm well, man. Thanks for asking.

I did buy Once Upon A Time. I value your opinion as much as anyone's but sometimes you've gotta go with your gut. The price was decent enough to go for the risk, and I'm fairly sure I will like it.

Batman marathon sounds awesome. Begins is so good. An emotional, exciting journey that stays personal to the origins of Batman and Bruce Wayne more than any other film based on the character. I too have decided to include it in my top 30.

I'm afraid we'll have to agree to disagree on Burton's films. I found Batman '89 mediocre and Returns is probably my least favorite Batman film of all time. Don't get me wrong... I like Burton and his emo style worked extremely well in Sleepy Hollow, but it just doesn't in the Bat flicks, especially Returns. I'll say again what I've said about '89 before. Too many fake-looking set designs that have aged terribly almost give the impression that the film's trying too hard to look all gothic and comicbooky. There's nothing organic or authentic about its atmosphere unlike Batman Begins. It doesn't adhere to the comics, AT ALL. The even more frustrating part is that the unfaithful changes don't enhance the story in any way. Keaton's Batman is kinda good, even if I hate his social-outcast Bruce Wayne. Vicky Vale is bland, Harvey Dent is forgettable and Jack just overacts like a dog. Soundtrack by the great Danny Elfman was awesome though. I'll skip Returns as I have absolutely nothing good to say about it. You're welcome to disagree with me as this is my opinion only.

I reshuffled my top 10 to place TDK and Blood where they are now. Didn't rewatch anything.

Looking forward to OUATITW!

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shane24 on 12/15/2013 Reply  · 

Was that the theatrical, or director's cut of Kindom of Heaven that you watched?

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shane24 on 12/16/2013 Reply  · 

I get how gold works.....except do you mean a guy acting like a dick, or an actual dick? :D

I'm a crime guy, so I love his more serious movies like A History of Violence and Eastern Promise. But I do love many of his bloody movies. I just can't get on board with some of his weird movies....such as Dead Ringers. I hope you like it, though.

I've got Dances with Wolves, The Bad and the Beautiful, Two Lane Blacktop to watch. I either watch them on pay tv (I also have a bunch recorded on my pay tv box), Blu Rays and DVDs, or even on YouTube. There is quite a few great movies on there. I actually rarely download. I agree with you as well. It sounds necessary to download.

I use flickchart mainly because I never can be bothered writing reviews after work. I just go on there to talk to people. I may do more lists.

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PiccoloKing on 12/17/2013 Reply  · 

Once Upon a Time in the West was a very absorbing experience, bro. The pacing was extremely well timed imo, which allowed me to soak in every detail put up on the screen. I was really impressed by the cinematography and the scale and size of the production design, like I was with GBU. The precision and accuracy of the framing reminded me of brilliantly shot spectacles like There Will Be Blood, Days of Heaven, and Lawrence of Arabia. The visuals had me dumbstruck.

How epic was Morricone's score? I'd say this and not GBU is his biggest achievement. Music this powerful can make even ordinary scenes (West didn't have any) look superlative.

Bronson is one cool cat. Great performance! Hardly could blink during his scenes. There's a heaviness to his expressions that indirectly connects the viewer to his tragic past. It's pure movie magic when we finally arrive at the climactic duel.

I want to check out more Cronenberg films. The Fly with Jeff Goldblum is a childhood classic for me. I've added Eastern Promises and A History of Violence to my to-see list.

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PiccoloKing on 12/17/2013 Reply  · 

Zodiac had the same effect on me too! It refused to leave me for weeks and weeks, and eventually I had to add it to my top 10. Watch it again without hesitation. I'm sure it won't disappoint.

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shane24 on 12/17/2013 Reply  · 

Dickwheel and a piece of dick sound hilarious. :D You've got some cusswords that are very different. It's always piece of shit, but not dick. :D

"Dad Ringers", eh? I don't want to know what that is! Just kidding. :)

I actually don't know what version it is. All I know is that it's three hours long.

How strict is airport security over there?

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PiccoloKing on 12/18/2013 Reply  · 

I agree, all of them were given strong characterizations. The reason I'm so enamored by Bronson's performance is probably because of the right balance between enigma and familiarity imparted to his character. We don't know anything about Harmonica but we still root for him, always. Such a character could easily have come across as too distant or cold but Bronson never lets that happen.

Fonda was very good too, no question. Like Bronson and Eastwood, the man can speak a lot with merely his eyes. You can't really operate in a Sergio Leone Western if you aren't a physical actor. The accent sounded a bit weird at times though... almost too American but still okay. Cardinale and Robrads did very good, I thought. I'll rewatch West next year.

I'll be rewatching Minority Report, Jesse James. Memento and LA Confidential. Haven't seen these films in a while.

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MasterofMovies on 12/18/2013 Reply  · 

What version of Carrie will you be watching? And The Last Stand was a complete blast. Funny how Arnold and Stallone had their trilogy of movies this year. The Last Stand, Bullet to the Head, and Escape Plan.

Haha the reason my films have changed so much is due to 30 Amazing Movies. I just re-watched Raging Bull last night and reviewed it, and will be watching One Flew Over the Cuckoo's nest today. Hopefully you get to see some of the films you have not.

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shane24 on 12/19/2013 Reply  · 

I am in the city and finally have my PS4 that my sister picked up for me on opening day. Man, the graphics are pretty impressive in Killzone. I'm about to have a go at NBA 2K14.

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shane24 on 12/21/2013 Reply  · 

I like Aussie Juli! :D You're an honourary Aussie in my eyes maaate! (Aussies really draw out the a in mate :D)

I have Killzone and NBA 2k14 so far. There is a noticable difference. But it's only the beginning. In a year or two, that's when we will see the big changes I think. I glad I preordered my ps4. The waiting list goes up to March now! I don't plan to buy too many. There isn't many impressive games out yet. I like the co tiller much more. I appreciate that it's got more grip, the buttons are better, and the ridge around the joysticks is a big improvement. The light on the top for the battery is a good feature also.

Yep, I plan to watch a bunch of movies. They include Sophie's Choice, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Magnificent Ambersons, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Winchester 73. Could be more also, depends on what else I want to do.

Just so you know, I will go quiet for a while. I'm going where there's no power for some time.

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shane24 on 12/21/2013 Reply  · 

Was that a drawn out everrr? Or was it more like eva? Like a bimbo would say.

I have to watched Citizen Kane again. I think I was too young, and I think it was the first old movie I saw. So, I don't think that highly of it to be honest. I do love F for Fake, though.

There will be lights, but only from a generator at night time. I will bring my iPad. I may download some podcasts to listen to at night, or for a walk on the beach. I will use it for music as well. As far as Internet goes, that's out of the question. The signal won't work......unless I go up to the lighthouse. :D

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MasterofMovies on 12/21/2013 Reply  · 

Glad to see you enjoyed Carrie. I would recommend Bullet to the Head if you just want a fun time. It's not too big on substance, but it's a good action movie that's very enjoyable. I'd give it a shot. As for Apocalypse Now, I've seen both versions. The Redux is about an hour longer and has more sexuality and violence. You should go with your plan and check out the original first. I'm sure you'll love it.

I'll write a review for Wolf of Wall Street sometime in the near future. It's my favorite movie of the year, and I don't see that changing. Do you plan to check it out?

I'll re-watch and review the Godfather films after I'm done with Return of the Jedi today. Thanks for the compliments. I'll keep the reviews coming.

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ironichipster on 12/23/2013 Reply  · 

You've probably forgotten about my previous comment thanks to Flickchart's revamping, but I came across this link that may give you some credit to Jurassic Park:

http://imgur.com/a/0Iq8P

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shane24 on 1/4/2014 Reply  · 

How are ya?

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shane24 on 2/5/2014 Reply  · 

Hey! My Albanian mate! :) Sorry, I will get back to you soon. It's late over here, and I have to work in the morning.

Enjoy yourself in Germany. I'll be back tomorrow. :)

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ironichipster on 2/5/2014 Reply  · 

It's okay, though you could just write your long comments in a word processor and paste into my comment box.

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MasterofMovies on 2/6/2014 Reply  · 

Hey, I've been great! Just trying to squeeze in as many films as possible while attending school regularly now. How have you been? Before I get to your Blu-Ray questions, are there any films you plan to watch soon? Also, don't worry about replying late. Just reply whenever you can :)

I think that size of a TV should be fine. I mean, I started out with a 40 inch, and that was more than enough. I have one question though, is it a flatscreen? I used to have a 32 inch screen that wasn't a flatscreen, and it was pretty annoying. As long as you have a GOOD TV, size shouldn't matter much. That's a great way to start off your collection, hopefully it keeps building!

Well, here in Canada we don't use the term Euros for money, rather dollars. Assuming euros is the Canadian equivalent of dollars, 100 dollars may be a bit too expensive. I bought mine for 60, and it works fine. A Blu-Ray player is only used to view movies, so if that's what your after, try to get the cheapest one possible.

I think the version with the original and the Redux version should be fine. I mean, the Redux version is not that great in my opinion, but AN is one of the greatest films ever made. It actually looks very impressive on Blu-Ray. Are you trying to build your collection alphabetically? That's a pretty good thing to do.

Well, in terms of buying Blu-Rays, I just get them at my local Best Buy. I think online shopping is great, (like the one you mentioned), but buying them from the store is less risky, because you know how it looks. Sometimes if you buy used blu-rays online, they don't come to you very nicely. I have the Jaws steelbook, and 10 dollars for it is a very nice deal. The Blu-Ray transfer is amazing. I think you made the right decision though, considering the Alien Anthology is an awesome set:)

Sorry for the long comment, but I wanted to help you out. So I'd try to get a TV between the lines of 30-35 inches if you can, and a Blu-Ray player that costs more than 80 dollars would be a bit much (consdering euros is the equivalent of dollars). Hopefully that helps you out a bit, and your journey with a Blu-Ray player goes well. Keep me updated :).

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shane24 on 2/6/2014 Reply  · 

Ok, I'm free to talk now my matey mate. :) I'm good, thanks for asking. There's been a few rough patches to the year that I shouldn't get into, but I'm good at the moment. :)

You're over there for Uni aren't you? Or am I mistaken? Was not using the internet a New Years Day resolution?

I'm all banged up from basketball at the moment. Very physical team. They even scratched me! I didn't know how big it was until I got home and saw it in the mirror. They kept getting in my face, but they soon backed off when I started swinging my arms at them. :D

The Act of Killing comes to mind of great movies I've seen lately. I watched the 169 minute cut. There's more, but I can't think of them at the moment.

What type of tv? A small one, or a big flat-screen?

Most stores just sell the most common movies. It's rare you will find a gem amongst them all.

Ha! Silly. :D Still, it's one euro in your pocket, and not in his. :)

My collection of movies is quite large, so I'm picky now what I choose. I go after movies that are hard to find. Even if they're DVDs. There's one store that has great DVDs and Blu Rays. It's called JB HI FI. I go in there stores all the time. I think they make money by the great variety they have.

My German friend Lukas says the Internet is fast there. Too bad that you're getting it slow.

Yeah, watched movies, went down the beach, relaxed. All good my holidays were. How about you?

I'm watching The Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years a Slave this weekend.


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shane24 on 2/6/2014 Reply  · 

I see that you were recently active on here an hour ago. Come back! Come back! :D

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shane24 on 2/6/2014 Reply  · 

Well, we usually say mate, but people use matey as well. But it's just a weird Shaney thing to put them together. :D What you got to know about Aussies is we love to shorten words, or put an ey, or an o on the end of words. Especially for nicknames. Your name wouldn't work, though. You can really call you Julio, or Juliey. :)

It's a strange thing to see mother next to my name, but I accept the meaning. Friggin' cool. :D What is nona anyway? Just a name? Don't say if it gives too much away buddy. :)

No New Year Resolution? Interesting. It's shit anyway. You just set yourself up to be disappointed at the end of the year when you've failed what you planned to do. :D

Nah, I didn't scratch myself. The other guy got me. Needs to cut his nails. Oh well, I was hitting them hard with my body. They know they played against me. :) Oh, I know that pain too well my faceless friend. :) I have been lucky to not get hit in the finger like that for am long time. I have dislocated my thumb playing Aussie rules footy, though. It slipped waaay down. Didn't even know. I knew when he put it back in though! Shit! One of the worse pains I've ever felt. They couldn't deaden it either.

Yeah, you want a decent tv. Not a shitty one that lasts a year. Just shop around, and check the brands. Some are much better than others. May be good to be using the internet for that. ;) 32 inch is about right for your room. I have a 46 inch in my loungeroom.

What was I 'recording'? Nah, that's old school. I have pay tv. You can record the movies from tv, and store them for later. I've got about 40 movies and tv show ready to watch whenever I want.

I don't get what you mean by 100 safe deal. Can you run it by me again please? :)


What is chilöling?! Chilling?

I watched fireworks from my house. They always have them at the pub. We were joking that it would be funny if someone with epilepsy liked fireworks, and he was on the ground having a fit, but couldn't stop looking at them. "it's so beautiful!!!!" :D Bad taste, I know, but the image makes me laugh.

Very cool, my Albanian chum. :D It's great you have that relationship with your father.

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ironichipster on 2/9/2014 Reply  · 

I could repost if you want to take another stab at it. Or if you want to go back, it's way back in early September.

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shane24 on 2/12/2014 Reply  · 

Dies Albania have any interesting, unique foods?

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shane24 on 2/12/2014 Reply  · 

* Does, not dies. :)

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shane24 on 2/18/2014 Reply  · 

Hey, Juli!

Tell me how you go with getting a tv. :)

Whatever way you have to see Breaking Bad, do so! It may be worth getting the Blu Rays for the extra footage. I think Breaking Bad had a Blu Ray barrel case set full of extras.

You have a right to your opinion, but I feel I know the difference between a joke, and the real thing. I would never make a joke about a person with epilepsy to hurt someone's feelings. Also, I would never stand and watch someone on the ground, either. I separate between a joke, that had no malice behind it, and something serious, like what you saw. There's a big, big difference.

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shane24 on 2/18/2014 Reply  · 

Aussies eat crocodiles, and kangaroos. :) Croc taste like chicken. :)

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shane24 on 2/18/2014 Reply  · 

There was a bit of shenanigans similar to your Prime Minister in my town a few years ago. This woman was pregnant, right, but she didn't know if her boyfriend was the father, or the grandfather. :O This is the same guy that found his then wife in. Bed with his best friend/roomate. His punishment to his friend? He had to watch black and white tv for a week. :D

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