EvenBob
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September 28th, 2010 at 1:11:48 AM permalink
I'm glad somebody mentioned Barry Lyndon. What a marvelous movie. A masterpiece. The best period movie I've seen. Every scene is lit only with what light would have been available at that time in history. So every interior shot is lit only with candles. You get a real feel for what life was like, the story and acting are top notch, its well worth it if you've not seen it. Beware, its long and there are no special effects.

The Outlaw Josey Wales has been called the best western ever made because it has everything. Civil War references, lone cowboy fast gun, Indians (both friendly and unfriendly) White bad guys, Mexican bad guys, and a great story. Plus Clint Eastwood at the very top of his career.
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September 28th, 2010 at 11:09:31 AM permalink
Quote: EvenBob

The Outlaw Josey Wales has been called the best western ever made because it has everything. Civil War references, lone cowboy fast gun, Indians (both friendly and unfriendly) White bad guys, Mexican bad guys, and a great story. Plus Clint Eastwood at the very top of his career.

Dances With Wolves has four out of those six, and won the Oscar for best picture. I haven't seen TOJW, though, so I can't disagree that it's better. DWW is a pretty good Western. Better than Unforgiven, in my opinion. I couldn't finish The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, so I doubt I would like TOJW. High Noon and 3:10 to Yuma are classics of the genre, and the John Ford films are also great.
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September 28th, 2010 at 1:54:48 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

Dances With Wolves has four out of those six, and won the Oscar for best picture. I haven't seen TOJW, though, so I can't disagree that it's better. DWW is a pretty good Western. Better than Unforgiven, in my opinion. I couldn't finish The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, so I doubt I would like TOJW. High Noon and 3:10 to Yuma are classics of the genre, and the John Ford films are also great.



If you couldn't finish, "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly", don't bother with "The Outlaw Josey Wales" unless you enjoyed "Hang Em High".

While I enjoyed "Dances with Wolves", I would disagree that it was a better western than "Unforgiven". Each has its own strengths and weaknesses, and westerns come in many flavors. I lean toward the "shoot 'em up" type, and DWW ran waaaay too long for me.

If you enjoyed DWW, I would suggest "Quigley Down Under" with Tom Selleck.
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September 28th, 2010 at 2:08:31 PM permalink
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How is the sequal, District 13: Ultimatum ?



I actually have not seen it yet. So if anyone has, I would appreciate their opinion. I enjoy action movies, and recommended the first film, "District 13", NOT because it has a compelling story, NOR great acting. However, it has some amazing stunts. No cgi, No safety wires. Just guys jumping off of rooftops, out of windows and down stairwells. The "star" of the movie is a discipline called, "Parkour" or "Freerunning". These athletes will basically run through an urban environment taking advantage of whatever railings, stairs, fountains, flag poles, etc. come their way to perform acrobatic stunts. Check out a website here.
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September 29th, 2010 at 1:54:12 AM permalink
A Beautiful Mind
Saving Private Ryan
Cold Mountain
Apollo 13
And the Band Played On
Palerider
Brubaker
Casino
Donnie Brasco
Last of the Mohicans
Four Feathers
Enemy at the Gates
Glory
Gone Baby Gone
High Plains Drifter
Good Will Hunting
Apt Pupil
Sneakers
The Hurt Locker
The Big Red One
Thirteen Days
Up in the Air
Walk the Line
Zodiac
A Bronx Tale
To Live and Die in LA
A Simple Plan
Falcon and the Snowman
Dances With Wolves
American Me
Juno
2001
2010
Jennifer Eight
The Last Castle
White Fang
Easy Rider
Spy Game
Once Upon a Time in America
Indian Summer
Carlitos Way
High Road to China
The Reader
Return to Paradise
K19: The Widow Maker
Troy
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Magnificent Seven
Ice Station Zebra
The Beast (1988)
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September 29th, 2010 at 7:43:32 AM permalink
DEFINITELY add "The King of Kong," that movie about the Donkey Kong high scores and the subculture around it.

Scary part is, I LOVED those classic games and, if I had known, might have become part of that subculture. Yikes.
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September 29th, 2010 at 10:56:19 PM permalink
Anybody else notice that about 98% of the movies mentioned it this thread are non comedies? There are far more comedies made each year then any other kind of movie. Some of my favorite movies have been comedies.
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September 30th, 2010 at 10:42:07 AM permalink
I tried your stat on IMDB. Out of 91 movies released in 2010 that grossed over $5 million at box office, 46 were comedies (almost exactly half).Most of the animated films and "The Kids are Alright" got good reviews.

Of the non-animated comedies, "Grown Ups", "The other Guys", and "Valentines Day" made the most money. I only saw "Valentine's Day".
Which ones do you recommend?

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ANIMATED FILMS
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Alpha and Omega (2010)
Two young wolves at opposite ends of their pack's social order are thrown together into a foreign land and need each other to return home, but love complicates everything.
Dir: Anthony Bell, Ben Gluck With: Hayden Panettiere, Christina Ricci, Justin Long
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family
88 mins.

Toy Story 3 (2010)
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.
Dir: Lee Unkrich With: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
103 mins.

Despicable Me (2010)
When a criminal mastermind uses a trio of orphan girls as pawns for a grand scheme, he finds himself profoundly changed by the growing love between them.
Dir: Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud With: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand
Animation | Comedy | Family
95 mins.

Shrek Forever After (2010)
Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme.
Dir: Mike Mitchell With: Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
93 mins.

How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.
Dir: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders With: Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
98 mins.

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Comedy | Romance
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Easy A (2010)
A clean-cut high school student relies on the school's rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.
Dir: Will Gluck With: Emma Stone, Amanda Bynes, Penn Badgley
Comedy | Romance
92 mins.

Letters to Juliet (2010)
An American girl on vacation in Italy finds an unanswered "letter to Juliet" -- one of thousands of...
Dir: Gary Winick With: Amanda Seyfried, Gael García Bernal, Vanessa Redgrave
Comedy | Drama | Romance
105 mins.

Going the Distance (2010)
A romantic comedy centered on a guy and a gal who try to keep their love alive as they shuttle back and forth between New York and San Francisco to see one another.
Dir: Nanette Burstein With: Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Ron Livingston
Comedy | Romance
102 mins.

Killers (2010)
A vacationing woman meets her ideal man, leading to a swift marriage. Back at home, however, their idyllic life is upset when they discover their neighbors could be assassins who have been contracted to kill the couple.
Dir: Robert Luketic With: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher
Action | Comedy | Romance | Thriller
93 mins.

Date Night (2010)
In New York City, a case of mistaken identity turns a bored married couple's attempt at a glamorous and romantic evening into something more thrilling and dangerous.
Dir: Shawn Levy With: Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Mark Wahlberg
Comedy | Crime | Romance
88 mins.

The Back-up Plan (2010)
A romantic comedy centered on a woman who conceives twins through artificial insemination, only to meet the man of her dreams on the very same day.
Dir: Alan Poul With: Jennifer Lopez, Alex O'Loughlin
Comedy | Romance
106 mins.

She's Out of My League (2010)
An average Joe meets the perfect woman, but his lack of confidence and the influence of his friends and family begin to pick away at the relationship.
Dir: Jim Field Smith With: Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve
Comedy | Romance
104 mins.


The Switch (2010)
An unmarried 40-year-old woman turns to a turkey baster in order to become pregnant. Seven years later, she reunites with her best friend, who has been living with a secret: he replaced her preferred sperm sample with his own.
Dir: Josh Gordon, Will Speck With: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Patrick Wilson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
101 mins.

The Bounty Hunter (2010)
A bounty hunter learns that his next target is his ex-wife, a reporter working on a murder cover-up. Soon after their reunion, the always-at-odds duo find themselves on a run-for-their-lives adventure.
Dir: Andy Tennant With: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler
Action | Comedy | Crime | Romance
110 mins.

Valentine's Day (2010)
Intertwining couples and singles in Los Angeles break-up and make-up based on the pressures and expectations of Valentine's Day.
Dir: Garry Marshall With: Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx, Anne Hathaway
Comedy | Romance
125 mins.


Sex and the City 2 (2010)
While wrestling with the pressures of life, love, and work in Manhattan, Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte join Samantha for a trip to Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates), where Samantha's ex is filming a new movie.
Dir: Michael Patrick King With: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Comedy | Drama | Romance
146 mins.

When in Rome (2010)
Beth is a young, ambitious New Yorker who is completely unlucky in love. However, on a whirlwind trip to Rome, she impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love, and is then aggressively pursued by a band of suitors.
Dir: Mark Steven Johnson With: Kristen Bell, Josh Duhamel
Comedy | Romance
91 mins.

Leap Year (2010)
A woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day, an Irish tradition which...
Dir: Anand Tucker With: Amy Adams, Matthew Goode, Adam Scott
Comedy | Romance
100 mins.

Just Wright (2010)
A physical therapist falls for the basketball player she is helping recover from a career-threatening injury.
Dir: Sanaa Hamri With: Queen Latifah, Common, Paula Patton
Comedy | Romance
100 mins.

Our Family Wedding (2010)
The weeks leading up to a young couple's wedding is comic and stressful, especially as their respective fathers try to lay to rest their feud.
Dir: Rick Famuyiwa With: America Ferrera, Forest Whitaker, Carlos Mencia
Comedy | Romance
90 mins.

Cyrus (2010)
A recently divorced guy meets the woman of his dreams. Then he meets her son.
Dir: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass With: John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei, Jonah Hill
Comedy | Drama | Romance
91 mins.


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Comedy
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Get Him to the Greek (2010)
A record company intern is hired to accompany out-of-control British rock star Aldous Snow to a concert at L.A.'s Greek Theater.
Dir: Nicholas Stoller With: Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Elisabeth Moss
Comedy
109 mins.

Knight and Day (2010)
June Havens finds her everyday life tangled with that of a secret agent who has realized he isn't supposed to survive his latest mission...
Dir: James Mangold With: Tom Cruise, Cameron Diaz, Peter Sarsgaard
Action | Adventure | Comedy | Thriller
109 mins.

You Again (2010)
When a young woman realizes her brother is about to marry the girl who bullied her in high school, she sets out to expose the fiancée's true colors.
Dir: Andy Fickman With: Kristen Bell, Odette Yustman, Sigourney Weaver
Comedy
105 mins.

The Other Guys (2010)
Two mismatched New York City detectives seize an opportunity to step up like the city's top cops whom they idolize -- only things don't quite go as planned.
Dir: Adam McKay With: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg
Action | Comedy | Crime
107 mins.


Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Scott Pilgrim must defeat his new girlfriend's seven evil exes in order to win her heart.
Dir: Edgar Wright With: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin
Action | Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
112 mins.

Grown Ups (2010)
After their high school basketball coach passes away, five good friends and former teammates reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Dir: Dennis Dugan With: Adam Sandler, Salma Hayek, Kevin James
Comedy
102 mins.

MacGruber (2010)
Ex-special operative MacGruber is called back into action to take down his archenemy, Dieter Von Cunth, who's in possession of a nuclear warhead and bent on destroying Washington, D.C.
Dir: Jorma Taccone With: Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Val Kilmer
Action | Comedy
90 mins.


Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)
Four guy friends, all of them bored with their adult lives, travel back to their respective 80s heydays thanks to a time-bending hot tub.
Dir: Steve Pink With: John Cusack, Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson
Comedy | Sci-Fi
101 mins.

Piranha (2010)
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.
Dir: Alexandre Aja With: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
88 mins.

Vampires Suck (2010)
A spoof of vampire-themed movies, where teenager Becca finds herself torn between two boys. As she and her friends wrestle with a number of different dramas, everything comes to a head at their prom.
Dir: Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer With: Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Diedrich Bader
Comedy
82 mins.

The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010)
Master sorcerer Balthazar Blake recruits a seemingly everyday guy in his mission to defend New York City from his arch-nemesis, Maxim Horvath.
Dir: Jon Turteltaub With: Nicolas Cage, Jay Baruchel, Alfred Molina
Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
109 mins.


Cop Out (2010)
A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.
Dir: Kevin Smith With: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan
Action | Comedy | Crime
107 mins.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
When he finds out that his work superiors host a dinner celebrating the idiocy of their guests, a rising executive questions it when he's invited, just as he befriends a man who would be the perfect guest.
Dir: Jay Roach With: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Stephanie Szostak
Comedy
114 mins.


Death at a Funeral (2010)
A funeral ceremony turns into a debacle of exposed family secrets and misplaced bodies.
Dir: Neil LaBute With: Chris Rock, Martin Lawrence
Comedy
92 mins.

The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their birth father into their family life.
Dir: Lisa Cholodenko With: Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo
Comedy | Drama
106 mins.


Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Four couples reunite for their annual vacation in order to socialize and to spend time analyzing their marriages...
Dir: Tyler Perry With: Janet Jackson, Tyler Perry, Jill Scott
Comedy
121 mins.

Lottery Ticket (2010)
Kevin Carson is a young man living in the projects who has to survive a three-day weekend after his opportunistic neighbors find out he's holding a winning lottery ticket worth $370 million.
Dir: Erik White With: Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton
Comedy
99 mins.


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Comedy/ Family
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
Live-action adaptation of Jeff Kinney's illustrated novel about a wise-cracking sixth grade student.
Dir: Thor Freudenthal With: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris
Comedy | Family
94 mins.

Marmaduke (2010)
A suburban family moves to a new neighborhood with their large yet lovable Great Dane, who has a tendency to wreak havoc in his own oblivious way.
Dir: Tom Dey With: Owen Wilson, Judy Greer, Lee Pace
Comedy | Family
87 mins.

The Spy Next Door (2010)
Former CIA spy Bob Ho takes on his toughest assignment to date: looking after his girlfriend's three kids, who haven't exactly warmed to their mom's beau.
Dir: Brian Levant With: Jackie Chan, Amber Valletta, Billy Ray Cyrus
Action | Comedy | Family
94 mins.

Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
The ongoing war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest.
Dir: Brad Peyton With: Bette Midler, Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer
Action | Comedy | Family
82 mins.

Nanny McPhee Returns (2010)
Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons.
Dir: Susanna White With: Emma Thompson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ralph Fiennes
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
109 mins.

Furry Vengeance (2010)
In the Oregon wilderness, a real estate developer's new housing subdivision faces a unique group of protesters, local woodland creatures who don't want their homes disturbed.
Dir: Roger Kumble With: Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields
Comedy | Family
92 mins.

Ramona and Beezus (2010)
Follows the misadventures of young grade schooler Ramona Quimby from Beverly Cleary's popular children's book series.
Dir: Elizabeth Allen With: Joey King, Selena Gomez, Bridget Moynahan
Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
103 mins.

Tooth Fairy (2010)
A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy.
Dir: Michael Lembeck With: Dwayne Johnson, Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
101 mins.
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September 30th, 2010 at 1:38:18 PM permalink
Here are the Netflix movies that I rated 5 stars and haven't seen mentioned (although I might have missed a few).

Body Heat - Features about the sexiest scene in the history of motion pictures, and a great noir thriller.

Brazil - Probably the best Fantasy/Dystopian/Black Comedy ever made.

Harold & Maude - It may be dark, but it is a comedy! Great Cat Stevens soundtrack to boot.

Jean de Florette/Manon of the Spring - Hey a French double feature, what could be better!? Funny, heartbreaking, dramatic, sexy stuff.

The Incredibles - Possibly the best of Pixar's films, and the best super hero movie made so far.

Lone Star - Great small town Texas-based mystery.

Amadeus - I have very little interest in classical music, and this was still a great movie.

Iron Monkey - Okay, I probably overrated this one, but it is a very fun kung-fu comedy. Some great stunts in this one.

Once - Hey a modern musical! I stumbled across this one when the critics went nuts for it, and (much to my surprise) loved it.

Memento - I'm sure someone else mentioned this one, but if not, it's the best mystery/thriller I've seen in a long time.

The Seventh Seal - Yep, one of those foreign films where Death plays chess. But, it's much more fun than expected.

Big Fish - I don't remember much about the storyline, but it was directed by Tim Burton and is really underrated.

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