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TL
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I have decided to watch 100 movies in 100 days. Why? Well, I need an excuse to get on the exercise bike. These need not be movies I've never seen, but they should be movies I either want to see, or really really liked. I know what you're thinking: Hey, TL, we don't know what movies you've seen. On that point, here's a list of every movie I've ever seen:

Just kidding...

Here's my list of movies so far, categorized by have seen, and haven't seen:

Haven't Seen:
Apocalypto, Atonement, Sunshine

Have Seen:
Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums, Stranger Than Fiction

Help me fill out the list! 94 more to go.

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Fight Club
Harold and Maude

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What kind of movies do you like? Smart comedy type, anything else?
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Raiders of the Lost Ark
Children of Men
Zodiac
Good Burger
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Finding Nemo

There's a few. Pick and choose.

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TL
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I'm pretty open-minded about movies. I have no genre restrictions. I like intelligent writing everywhere it appears; I'm bothered by internal logical inconsistencies in movies. I like movies where the characters seem to have thoughts and feelings. I like longing. I like knowing, through little hints and deft touches, that the people in the movie had lives before the movie began. I like montages (exception: montages set to power ballads). But I also like fun; which I think I define as a sense of playfulness. This can either be dumb-fun (Hot Rod?) or intellectual fun (Being John Malkovich?)

All of these things can lead to surprises. I hate some movies I should like (for example Transformers); and I like some movies I should hate (for example the seemingly trash-bin Wild Things) (which is intellectually playful, in which the characters have thoughts and feelings, in which there are hints of inner lives and pasts which are richer than what we see).

So.... If that makes any sense at all, suggest away. [Smile]

I'll add Harold and Maude.
Not sure about Fight Club. I've seen it so many times, I might be all Clubbed out.

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Spys Like Us
The Great Outdoors
Close Encounters of the 3rd kind
Princess Bride
Goonies
Star Trek: First Contact
The Abyss
Batman: Dark Knight
Ironman
Waiting...
Just Friends
Serenity
Firefly (The Series)
Spaceballs
Young Frankenstien

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Thanks for the suggestions so far. I'm going to wait for a while before replying further and hopefully more suggestions will come in from which to carve my list.
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Stardust
Good Will Hunting
Dead Poet Society
History Boys
Saving Private Ryan
Finding Neverland
Star Wars + LOTR
Life of David Gale
Memento
Dan in Real Life
Green Mile
Ushpizin
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Air Force One
Usual Suspects

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Moulin Rouge and Unbreakable
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Dear Frankie
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
Death at a Funeral
Tristan and Isolde
The Lives of Others

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Some weird movies i have watched recently

Chumscrubber
Thumbsucker
A scanner darkly
Brazil
A Clockwork Orange
Cube (horribly done science fiction movie, i liked the premise)
Manchurian Candidate
Pi
The Blues Brothers(not weird, just great)

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Dark City
Blade Runner
Hard Boiled
Once Upon a Time in China
Police Story
Shaolin Soccer

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Natural Born Killers
The Philadelphia Story
Citizen Kane
Touch of Evil
Benny and Joon
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Pan's Labyrinth
Singin' in the Rain
Pretty in Pink
Resevoir Dogs
Duck Soup
Horse Feathers
Kill Bill 1 and 2
Labyrinth
The Dark Crystal
Seven Samurai
Sense and Sensibility
Much Ado About Nothing
Ghostbusters
Spartacus
That Thing You Do

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Clue
1776
Boondock Saints
Blood Diamond
The Departed
Keeping the Faith
Eurotrip
Undercover Blues
The Emperor's New Groove

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Infernal Affairs
Hero

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Duel
The Color Purple
The Bad Seed

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Shanna
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Movies I second:

Pan's Labyrinth
Labyrinth
1776
Shaolin Soccer
Singin' In The Rain
Serenity
Princess Bride
Iron Man
Dan in Real Life

Other suggestions:

28 Days Later
Howl's Moving Castle
Princess Mononoke
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Crash
Dogma
The Incredibles
Iron Giant
Repo! The Genetic Opera
Planet of the Apes (original)
Remember the Titans
Frailty
The American President

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Ditto on some that have already been mentioned:
Clue
The Emperor's New Groove
That Thing You Do
Finding Neverland
Dan in Real Life
The Usual Suspects
Moulin Rouge
Singing in the Rain

My own additions:
Ocean's Eleven
Enchanted
Ratatouille
Pirates of the Caribbean (only the first one)
What's Up Doc?
It Happened One Night

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Ooh, yes! Howl's Moving Castle, too. Seconded!
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Sunset Boulevard
Ladyhawke
Run, Lola, Run
Wings of Desire
Batman (1989)
Before Sunrise
Blazing Saddles
High Fidelity
Chasing Amy
Heat
Waking Life

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-Stardust (it's so good it bears repeating)
-The Lost Room (mini-series and absolutely positively brilliant. We saw it twice and will willingly watch it again.)
-Taxi 1, 2, 3 (I think there's a third) - the French versions & originals. Much better than the Queen Latifah one.
-Ong-bak (Thai movie with Tony Jaa with wonderful action sequences)
-Tom yum goong (another Thai movie with Tony Jaa and wonderful action sequences, including a high speed trishaw chase)

If you want Tamil or Bollywood movies, I can suggest a bunch there, too. Not too sure how you feel about foreign movies/watching subtitles. [Smile] And yet, I've already suggested some that require subtitles... [Smile]

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Dead Again
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

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quote:
Originally posted by Lyrhawn:
Clue

I love that silly movie.

Other suggestions:
North By Northwest
Death on the Nile
Amelie
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
Paprika
Millenium Actress
Enchanted
3:10 to Yuma (new)
Solaris (old Russian)
Nightwatch
Daywatch
Forbidden Kingdom
Batteries Not Included
Clash of the Titans
Dark Crystal

Sorry if there are any repeats in there.

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Here's a really weird one that I bet no one else will suggest: Lord Love a Duck. It's a 1966 satire about the teen culture of the time, but there's also a lot more going on. It's very bizarre, and at times disturbing, but I really like it.

--Mel

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Giant
Arsenic and Old Lace
Murder by Death
Metropolitan (the 1930's version)

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Why not 200? There are what I'm doing (although my game plan is 3 to 4 years, not 200 days).

Roger Ebert's 100 Great Movies

Roger Ebert's Another 100 Great Movies

And I'm pretty sure he's building up to a third book. There are a bunch of 'Great Movie' reviews on his website that aren't in the books yet.

Last week was 'Annie Hall' and 'Amarcord', and I've got 'Bridge Over the River Kwai' for tonight (and yes, I'm going through the lists mostly alphabetically. It's the most random way I can think of, in terms of dates and directors).

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Somebody already beat me to Brazil and Clockwork Orange...

Nobody's mentioned:

Dr. Strangelove
2001
Full Metal Jacket
Akira
Ghost In the Shell
Ghost In the Shell II - Innocence
La Femme Nikita

...not to mention everything even remotely associated with Pixar. [Smile]

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Mrs. Henderson Presents
Dial M for Murder
Rear Window
The Big Lebowski
Burn After Reading
American History X
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back

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Big Trouble in Little China
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
Fletch
Sneakers
Henry Fool
Simple Men
Robocop
The Iron Giant
The Incredibles
Adventures in Babysitting
The Last Days of Disco
Sabrina
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Two Mules for Sister Sara
Say Anything...
Grosse Pointe Blank
High Fidelity
About a Boy
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Dead Man
Down by Law
The Hudsucker Proxy
Cool Hand Luke
Time Bandits
The Big Lebowski
Sullivan's Travels
Harvey
Donnie Darko
The Wedding Singer
Wonder Boys
Ninotchka
To Be or Not to Be
Trouble in Paradise
Midnight Run
Into the Night
The Ruling Class

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I forgot a few.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Michael Collins
Braveheart
Lone Star
An American in Paris
West Side Story
Couching Tiger Hidden Dragon
The Wind That Shakes the Barley

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quote:
Originally posted by Architraz Warden:

Murder by Death

Oh yes! Yes! That one's a must!
[ROFL]

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Cry, The Beloved Country
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About a Boy.
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Breaking Away
American Flyers
Quicksilver
Pee Wee's Big Adventure

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I would suggest:
Garden State
Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind
City of God
Requiem for a Dream
Braveheart
Terminator
Terminator 2
Aliens
Jurassic Park
Forrest Gump
Dead Poets Society
Good Will Hunting
Rounders
Gattaca
Natural Born Killers
The Ring
Goodfellas
The Departed
Casino
The Matrix
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
House of Flying Daggers
Hero
American History X
Higher Learning
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Shawshank Redemption
The Professional
Saving Private Ryan
Donnie Darko
Children of Men
Twelve Monkeys
Rosemary's Baby

You've probably already seen quite a few of these, of course.

[ January 23, 2009, 09:44 AM: Message edited by: Xavier ]

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Oh yes, ditto to Sneakers and The Hudsucker Proxy. [Smile]
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Election
Office Space
The Talented Mr. Ripley

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Ooh, Ripley's Game is also a good one. I definitely enjoyed Malkovich's version of Ripley (I haven't seen the other one).

--Mel

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TL
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Mel, if you recommend it, it goes on the list.

Mel, I like you more and more. I'm sorry we didn't become friends when we were at the other place. I was wrapped up in my own universe, then. It was a very insular universe. Your comments (though they were several months ago) of encouragement about quitting my job.... Well, I appreciated them greatly. And I did it, by the way. How's your writing coming along?

Mel, it takes me a long time to get back to the point where I feel sharp, after I've stopped for a while. The mind requires practice. I'm just now beginning to feel again as though I'm in command of my fiction. It's taken this long to get the words to behave the way I wanted them to.

/unrelated comments to mel

Now where the heck to find a copy of Lord Love a Duck.....

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[Smile]

Lord Love a Duck is easy; Amazon has it. Alternatively, if you get Turner Classic Movies, I believe that's where my dad saw it sometime in the last year. So it could be on again at some point.

So did you end up moving to Oregon? I'm really glad to hear that you're working on your writing.

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Mel, it takes me a long time to get back to the point where I feel sharp, after I've stopped for a while. The mind requires practice. I'm just now beginning to feel again as though I'm in command of my fiction. It's taken this long to get the words to behave the way I wanted them to.

That is so very true. I do write most days, but not fiction. I keep a journal of what we do on our farm, and I find that if I write in it at least every other day, then I constantly find new things to write about, but if I don't post for a while I hit writer's block, even if there are plenty of big things that I could use for inspiration.

OK, Troy, you've motivated me. It's time to stop procrastinating and saying that I'll get back to writing fiction someday. I'll never get there if I don't start, so now is the time.

--Mel

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ooh this looks like a fun thread:
(these are my favorite movies)

Snatch (I'ts got the same feel as fight club)
Monsters inc
beverly hills ninja
Gladiator
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Half Baked
Shaun of the Dead
Goodburger

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The Breakfast club
Taxi Driver
Spirited Away (I know someone already said this but it's REALLY good)
Martian Child

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