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I'm not much of a movie person but there are some I love. I don't watch movies according to genre; it's whatever mood I happen to be in I guess to what I'll watch.

All time favourites (happy childhood associations maybe) and ones I will watch whenever they come on tv:

Space Balls

Princess Bride

Willow

Gremlins (scared the hell out me first time I saw it)

Fav musicals:

Fiddler on the Roof

Oliver

War:

Kelly's Heroes (no matter how many times I see this Donald Sutherland makes me laugh)

Memphis Belle

More general:

Dead Poet's Society

The Fisher King

Lord of the Rings series (the books were better)

Steel Magnolias

Cold Mountain

Comedy:

What About Bob

The Ref

Animal House

That Old Feeling

And what could become my new fav. war/comedy: Tropic Thunder (freakishly funny)

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I'm not much of a movie person but there are some I love.

I love movies but I prefer to watch them at home than in the theater. Some people run out to watch the latest releases. I wait till the networks run them (and that can be a long time but hey, I've got time on my hands. :lol:) Some of the movies running on cable networks (Bravo-Showcase-Women's Network) are truly entertaining and many are Canadian productions.

I don't watch movies according to genre; it's whatever mood I happen to be in I guess to what I'll watch.

Genre means nothing to me. If the description of the plot strikes my fancy, I'll watch it.

Fav musicals:

Fiddler on the Roof

I saw a live performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa some years ago. I get chills at the singing of "Sunrise Sunset" regardless of the performer.

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M.Dancer: I'm sort of approaching my choices like you're seeing the movie for the first time rather than 'seen it before'. I agree with many of your comments if it's the 5th time you've seen 'Paint Your Wagon'...if'n yah know whats I meanz.

Re: "Oscar". I dislike Stallone in the vast majority of his films. But, "Oscar" is different. It takes place in real time from mid-morning until noon all inside the same house. It's the comedic tale of mobster 'Snaps' Provalone trying to get rid of a few loose ends before he 'goes legit' at a meeting with a group of bankers. Chaos ensues. A strong cast besides Stallone certainly helps. Tim Curry's role of the Snap's speech therepist is excellent. John Landis directed (American Werewolf in London, Animal House, et al).

"Apocalypto". Didn't pay to see it but was very pleasantly surprised. Not a word of English is spoken much like "Quest For Fire". It's the story of a poor bast*rd that's caught by the Mayans for sacrifice along with tens of thousands of others. Intense.

"Mississippi Burning". A really, really superb movie. Perhaps Gene Hackman's best role. Well worth watching. Quite long, if I recall. Good Ol' Boys vs the FBI... Here's the old trailer.

Fortunata:

"Memphis Belle" is also a great war movie though it is not very historical (oh well). The 'Belle's' last mission wasn't nearly that hairy. The B-17 is the real star. Harry Connick Jr's version of 'Danny-Boy' was quite nice.

"The Fisher King" A Terry Gilliam classic. Sad, though. Ever see his movie "Brazil"? Here's the trailer.

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Suicidal paranoiacs'll say anything to get laid.

---The Fisher King

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capricorn: "I Want To Live!" seems like a really cool movie...especially from 1958. Going to watch for it.

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Goodbye, Mr. Bond.

---Numerous 007 Bad Guys

DOP it's the kind of movie where you're torn. You despise her crime and want her to pay for it, on the other hand you want her to live because you see her as a victim of circumstances. She begs for her life. It make you question your views on the death penalty. The fact that it is a true story makes it doubly disturbing. Susan Hayward's performance in this film is absolutely riveting. IMO, a true classic.

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Seems like something Turner Classic will play on a theme weekend. Thank goodness for TCM.

"Cop Land": also a goodie.

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A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who's gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all f**kin' night.

---Nicky Santoro: Casino

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Seems like something Turner Classic will play on a theme weekend. Thank goodness for TCM.

"Cop Land": also a goodie.

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A lot of holes in the desert, and a lot of problems are buried in those holes. But you gotta do it right. I mean, you gotta have the hole already dug before you show up with a package in the trunk. Otherwise, you're talking about a half-hour to forty-five minutes worth of digging. And who knows who's gonna come along in that time? Pretty soon, you gotta dig a few more holes. You could be there all f**kin' night.

---Nicky Santoro: Casino

TCM is one of the reasons I don't mind paying cable rates. Yes, they repeat movies blah blah but the jewels they broadcast are worth the cost.

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This has made me think of some more movies that I have enjoyed over the years

SCI FI

Tank Girl

ZARDOZ

Soylent Green

A Dog and his Boy

Horror/bizarre

The Exorcist

The Birds

Arsenic and old Lace

Western

The Magnificent Seven

Shane

Cat Ballou

Davey Crockett

Little Big Man

War

M.A.S.H.

Charge of the Light Brigade

Catch 22

The Longet Day

A Bridge too Far

Stalag 17

The Tin Drum

Whatever

Clockwork Orange

Once we were Warriors

Exodus

Cast a Giant Shadow

3 Weddings and a Funeral

Whisky Galore

My Left Foot

The Commitments

Amelie

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This has made me think of some more movies that I have enjoyed over the years

SCI FI

Tank Girl (she was cute)

ZARDOZ (007 showing off hairy chest)

Soylent Green (...is people!)

A Dog and his Boy (really good...really strange. Harlan Ellison)

Horror/bizarre

The Exorcist (Exorcist 2 might be thought of as a WMD)

The Birds (Hitchcockian fun. Wife and I watched "Psycho" the other night)

Arsenic and old Lace (never seen)

Western

The Magnificent Seven (Great, great, great)

Shane (like if Clint Eastwood made movies in the 50s)

Cat Ballou (Indeed. Available on YouTube)

Davey Crockett (Yes, good. Remember Daniel Boone?)

Little Big Man (Chief Dan George's scenes are the best)

War

M.A.S.H. (T'was OK...TV characters took over the roles making the movie harder to take as it "is".)

Charge of the Light Brigade (Another great battle epic.)

Catch 22 (One of my favs...as I mentioned...Dick Cheney's handbook. He admires Milo, apparently)

The Longe(s)t Day (Good history...not enough Canucks!)

A Bridge too Far (Not bad. Poorly done German tanks ruin the effect.)

Stalag 17 (POW classic)

The Tin Drum (read the book way back)

Whatever

Clockwork Orange (dressed up as Alex one Halloween)

Once we were Warriors (mentioned above...excellent. "It's getting a little sporty down here." being my favorite line)

Exodus (Indeed. I wish more Uris novels were movies.)

Cast a Giant Shadow (Great movie...Angie Dickenson played the lead female, oddly enough)

3 Weddings and a Funeral (Isn't that 4 weddings?)

Whisky Galore (not sure)

My Left Foot (I hate those sorts of movies)

The Commitments (worked in a record store where the soundtack was played over and over and over and over...it's my Clockwork Orange...where are the toothpicks to hold open my eyes?? :lol: )

Amelie (never seen)

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(On Arrius' orders, the guard has removed the chain from Judah's shackles prior to the battle)

Rower No. 42: Forty-one, why did he do that?

Judah Ben-Hur: I don't know. Once before, a man helped me. I didn't know why then.

---Ben Hur

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No I don't think the cinematography had any impact at all on the arabs. They wanted independence long before Peter O'Toole even read the script. Omar Sharif on the otherhand encapsulized the dilemma of the Arabs, in order to hate each other less, they have to hate someone else more. I also likes the sound track.

OK. You focussed on the movie rather than the issue. Easy out, M.Dancer! This is the common ground that the Arabs and Jews have to find. Their aspirations for their homeland. It may be the only thing they have in common.

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OK. You focussed on the movie rather than the issue. Easy out, M.Dancer! This is the common ground that the Arabs and Jews have to find. Their aspirations for their homeland. It may be the only thing they have in common.

The Arabs already have several homelands.

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This has made me think of some more movies that I have enjoyed over the years

SCI FI

Tank Girl

ZARDOZ

Soylent Green

A Dog and his Boy

Horror/bizarre

The Exorcist

The Birds

Arsenic and old Lace

Western

The Magnificent Seven

Shane

Cat Ballou

Davey Crockett

Little Big Man

War

M.A.S.H.

Charge of the Light Brigade

Catch 22

The Longet Day

A Bridge too Far

Stalag 17

The Tin Drum

Whatever

Clockwork Orange

Once we were Warriors

Exodus

Cast a Giant Shadow

3 Weddings and a Funeral

Whisky Galore

My Left Foot

The Commitments

Amelie

Cat Ballou was a work of shear comedic genius, but I honestly have to tell you that A Clockwork Orange made me physicallly ill. Maybe you live in a safe environment in Forest Hill, M.Dancer, but there are some places in this world where getting kicked in the head is a life destroying event. YOu only have to see a beating like this once in your life to understand how violent this sort of thing is.

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Cat Ballou was a work of shear comedic genius, but I honestly have to tell you that A Clockwork Orange made me physicallly ill. Maybe you live in a safe environment in Forest Hill, M.Dancer, but there are some places in this world where getting kicked in the head is a life destroying event. YOu only have to see a beating like this once in your life to understand how violent this sort of thing is.

It was a movie.

:rolleyes:

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Welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, welly, well. To what do I owe the extreme pleasure of this surprising visit?

---Alex: A Clockwork Orange

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It was a movie.

And a really great one at that. Kubrick was so good at what he did.

Hey, HisSelf, I spent my early years growing up in Merseyside, you think you've seen rough neighbourhoods? If it doesn't kill or disable you permanently its really no big deal, you heal after a while. I still remember watching angry dock yard workers going at it with bailing hooks when I was a kid.

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And a really great one at that. Kubrick was so good at what he did.

Hey, HisSelf, I spent my early years growing up in Merseyside, you think you've seen rough neighbourhoods? If it doesn't kill or disable you permanently its really no big deal, you heal after a while. I still remember watching angry dock yard workers going at it with bailing hooks when I was a kid.

Life goes on day after day

Hearts torn in every way

So ferry 'cross the Mersey

'cause this land's the place I love

and here I'll stay

People they rush everywhere

Each with their own secret care

So ferry 'cross the Mersey

and always take me there

The place I love

People around every corner

They seem to smile and say

We don't care what your name is boy

We'll never turn you away

So I'll continue to say

Here I always will stay

So ferry 'cross the Mersey

'cause this land's the place I love

and here I'll stay

and here I'll stay

Here I'll stay

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And a really great one at that. Kubrick was so good at what he did.

Hey, HisSelf, I spent my early years growing up in Merseyside, you think you've seen rough neighbourhoods? If it doesn't kill or disable you permanently its really no big deal, you heal after a while. I still remember watching angry dock yard workers going at it with bailing hooks when I was a kid.

Yeah, well we have our own hoods. Ever live in a mining town? How do you think I know what a couple of kicks in the head can do?

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Ever live in a mining town?

Actually yes I have.

If you think it even comes close to Liverpool in the sixties with the Skin Heads and Teddy Boys amongst others running around all I can say is increase your meds.

Like I said, you heal, pain passes, you can't let it colour the rest of your life. Maybe I don't think its a big deal because I fought pretty much on a daily basis when I was a kid. who knows.

That sort of brings us back to A Clockwork Orange, doesn't it. Brilliant movie, perhaps one would have to have grown up during the sixties in such an area to recognize just how significant the movie actually is.

Of note is the pale and pathetic American movie that attempted a similar thing, The warriors. A really bad movie with no saving graces. Clockwork Orange was socially significant, The Warriors, not significant at all. Clockwork Orange, some very good acting, The Warriors, who the hell was in it again? Clockwork Orange, superb soundtrack, The Warriors, does anyone remember the soundtrack? A Clockwork Orange, Alex, the most sociopathic lead character I can think of. The Warriors, well I'm sure you get the point.

As you can probably tell I really like Clockwork Orange and truly dislike The Warriors.

Someone mentioned A Dog And His Boy, that was a fun movie, I loved the ending. Another strange one was Eraserhead, early David Lynch. To this day I still don't know what it was really about.

My friends and I used to head to the New Yorker repertory theater downtown London Ont. every weekend, saw some great movies there. The place was a zoo but fun, whenever they'd show Stairway To Heaven or Rust Never Sleeps the theater just became one giant party house.

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"The Warriors": "West Side Story" meets "Welcome Back Kotter" :lol:

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It had been a wonderful evening and what I needed now, to give it the perfect ending, was a little of the Ludwig Van.

---Alex: "A Clockwork Orange"

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Actually yes I have.

If you think it even comes close to Liverpool in the sixties with the Skin Heads and Teddy Boys amongst others running around all I can say is increase your meds.

Read up on some of the Sudbury strikes. Teddy Boys on scooters. Yeah right.

Anyways, I can appreciate your opinion about Clockwork Orange, given the additional comments you've made regarding its historical context, but that escaped me when I watched it and I just saw it as gratuitous violence. I've seen enough of this kind of thing and I do not find it entertaining. For my money, I'd say we should lower the rating for porno and jack it up big time for violence. At least porno has educational value.

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