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Films you think everyone should watch

Post by blondie95 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:13 pm

I thought i would start this thread as im sitting kind of watcing Star Wars episode 5 on tv and have admitted that i have never watched the star wars films (i watched the first one once late at night and drunk therefore doesnt count as i really dont remember any of it)

What other films are there you think people should see as they are 'classics'/'films of the era'?
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Post by J.R. » Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:57 pm

There are many Amy.

Given this being the unofficial site of CH, I have to add

'If'

though it has been mentioned on this site before.

I can watch it time and time again. I so identify with the Malcolm MacDowell character.
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Post by blondie95 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 8:50 pm

ive never seen it...or heard of it!

I was thinking Ghost although it isnt good it apparently sums up the 80's
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Post by icomefromalanddownunder » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:03 pm

J.R. wrote:There are many Amy.

Given this being the unofficial site of CH, I have to add

'If'

though it has been mentioned on this site before.

I can watch it time and time again. I so identify with the Malcolm MacDowell character.
Definitely agree with JR, and would like to add 'The Right Stuff' (and not just for the shots of Sam Shepherd in his flying suit).

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Post by Mid A 15 » Sun Nov 04, 2007 11:15 pm

There are so many classic films.

'If' is indeed a great film and anybody from a Boarding background in the sixties and seventies (maybe earlier and later) can identify with it.

On a more general level I would mention Schindler's list and The Pianist both of which vividly capture the horror of the holocaust and the thousands of needless, futile deaths.

It is also very sobering to realise that these events took place within living memory and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that something similar could happen again.
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Post by Ajarn Philip » Mon Nov 05, 2007 5:28 am

On the subject of boarding schools, although it is set in the States and superficially bears little resemblance with life at CH, there were many things about Dead Poets' Society that struck a chord with me.

One film everybody should watch at least once - One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.
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Post by J.R. » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:37 am

blondie95 wrote:ive never seen it...or heard of it!

I was thinking Ghost although it isnt good it apparently sums up the 80's
This might help you Amy.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063850/
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Post by cstegerlewis » Mon Nov 05, 2007 11:52 am

If you want something to sum up the eighties, I can think of half a dozen better than Ghost...

Top Gun
Dirty Dancing
Risky Business
The Breakfast Club
etc etc.

Common denominator is they are all c**p but sum up the vacuousness of Anglo American Culture during that decade.

If you want good cinema from that decade then Europe is a bit better, Betty Blue, Jean de Florette etc.

For films for all, anyone who has been to boarding school should see 'If....' and then The Usual Suspects, Easy Rider, One flew over..., Citizen Kane, The Living Daylights (mmm maybe not)...
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Post by marty » Mon Nov 05, 2007 12:10 pm

if... is my favourite film of all time. Also on a boarding school theme is "Goodbye Mr Chips" starring Peter O'Toole which is quite moving at the end.

Other favourite films in no particular order or genre:

Arlington Road (most amazing ending to any film you'll ever see)
Withnail & I
Life of Brian
Holy Grail
Dog Soldiers
The Italian Job
Funeral in Berlin
The Hill
The Man Who Would Be King
Alien
Dead Man's Shoes
Uncle Buck
Class
2001 A Space Odyssey
Full Metal Jacket
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Fugitive
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Post by kerrensimmonds » Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:17 pm

'Sanctus' - the soundtrack to 'If' remains just about my favourite soundtrack. And I love the music to 'Saving Private Ryan' which I heard so often I decided to buy the dvd. It was a disappointment to find it was only the music behind the closing credits!
I enjoyed all the Harry Potter films, though I would not describe them as 'great' - and then of course there are the recent 'Lord of the Rings' films which I thought were stunning.
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Post by Euterpe13 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 1:28 pm

I would add " La Vita e Bella " , for the optimism it delivers - when I saw it at the cinema, almost the whole audience sat choked-up for a couple of minutes at the end.
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Post by englishangel » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:16 pm

marty wrote:if... is my favourite film of all time. Also on a boarding school theme is "Goodbye Mr Chips" starring Peter O'Toole which is quite moving at the end.

Other favourite films in no particular order or genre:

Arlington Road (most amazing ending to any film you'll ever see)
Withnail & I
Life of Brian
Holy Grail
Dog Soldiers
The Italian Job
Funeral in Berlin
The Hill
The Man Who Would Be King
Alien
Dead Man's Shoes
Uncle Buck
Class
2001 A Space Odyssey
Full Metal Jacket
Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Fugitive
shome mishtake shorely, I defy anyone not to get through a box of tissues watching the original with Robert Donat.

If you want Peter O'Toole try
Lawrence of Arabia.

Also
Guns of Navarone
Apocalypse Now (of course)
Doctor Zhivago
Gone with the Wind
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Post by ben ashton » Mon Nov 05, 2007 2:53 pm

Copied from my facebook page..

A Scanner Darkly, American History X, Black Hawk Down, Cheech and Chong - Up in Smoke, Devils Rejects, Fight Club, Freddie Got Fingered, Full Metal Jacket, House of 1000 Corpses, Jarhead, Kidulthood, Lock Stock, Platoon, Revolver, Snatch, South West 9, The Princess Bride!!!, Top Gun, Zulu

nb. watching the princess bride is a life changing experience :-)
inconceivable.

'If..' should be in there too!
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Post by blondie95 » Mon Nov 05, 2007 3:26 pm

I think everyone should watch the Constant Gardner....it was absolutly fantastic-still well up thinking about it now.
Another i think everyone should watch it Breakfast at Tiffany's-purely because its brilliant
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Post by Hendrik » Mon Nov 05, 2007 6:26 pm

Das Experiment - for those of you who speak German. Probably available with subtitles for those of you who don't. A take on the Stanford Prison Experiment.

The Power of One - a fantastic film about South Africa in WWII. The dormitory scenes were shot in Lamb B.

Twelve Monkeys
- a headf--k, but very good.

There's a lot to be said for the Guy Richie films (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch).

Nineteen Eighty-Four - for those of you who haven't (and can't be bothered to) read the book. True to the book, though abridged as it would have to be.

Lola Rennt (Run Lola Run) - In German with subtitles. Another one for those of you who like films with a time paradox.

Jarhead, Full Metal Jacket, Apocalypse Now, Platoon (and almost any anti-war film, goes without saying).

Das Boot - about a WWII U-boat. From the German perspective, shows how they weren't so hot on the idea of getting shot at either...

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