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Old 07-13-03, 10:13 PM
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I need some recommendations!

Hey DVD fanatics. I need your best recommendations for movies I should see. Primarily I enjoy Science Fiction and Fantasy films, but I would really like to start getting into some of the classics, Indie, and Art House/International genres. I've been taking some film classes to help broaden my tastes, and the more movies I watch, the more fed up I get with crappy mainstream Hollywood flicks.

So give me all you got!

-onephatplanet

P.S. I'll try and watch anything, but what I CANNOT stand are movies with no action and all dialogue, so basically try not to include anything along the lines of Kubrick. If you want a better clue as to what I'm into, here's a short list of some movies that I have really enjoyed in the past:

The Matrix
Requiem for a Dream
Amadeus
Citizen Kane
American Beauty
Psycho (Hitchy's version)
Legend of 1900
Lord of The Rings (both of 'em)
Tampopo by Juzo Itami

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Old 07-13-03, 10:27 PM
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Memento
Donnie Darko
Naked Lunch

If you want more, let me know.
Old 07-13-03, 10:31 PM
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Re: I need some recommendations!

Originally posted by onephatplanet
the more movies I watch, the more fed up I get with crappy mainstream Hollywood flicks.
With this attitude, you have DEFINITELY come to the right place. Most people on this board, myself and few others excluded, echo your statement.
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OK so I just found out about Guzzlefish. It lets me put my DVD and CD collection in an online database. If you want to take a look go to http://www.guzzlefish.com/collection...=onephatplanet It's small but I'm always adding to it. Almost all my money goes towards buying music though =)

-onephatplanet

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Re: I need some recommendations!

Originally posted by onephatplanet
here's a short list of some movies that I have really enjoyed in the past:

Requiem for a Dream
If you enjoyed that, you simply must see "Pi" then
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I've seen Memento and I've seen Pi. Pi had an artful taste to it but it didn't really grab me the way Requiem did. Keep 'em coming though =)

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OK, well if you liked Memento you will also like Following, which was Nolan's first flick. Same kinda style to it
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Originally posted by Squirrel God
OK, well if you liked Memento you will also like Following, which was Nolan's first flick. Same kinda style to it
I second that 100%.
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Check out I Stand Alone, the first full-length feature from the guy who did Irreversible (and yes, it's WAY WAY WAY better than Irreversible too). It *is* dialogue-heavy, but the movie itself is so startlingly jarring that you'll probably dig it anyway.

Also check out Mauvais Sang by Leos Carax. If there's something better than the "Modern Love" segment, then I don't think I can handle it
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Welcome to the forum. Since you're asking about movie recommendations, then the proper place for this thread is Movie Talk... moving thread.
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If you wanna get into some more arty kinda stuff I'd definitely check out some of Wong Kar-Wai's movies, especially:

Chungking Express
In The Mood For Love

Beautiful inventive choreography, and superb acting. Chungking is a lot quirkier and fast paced so I'd recommend seeing that first and then seeing the slower paced (but still interesting) In The Mood For Love.

Edit: On second thought, In The Mood is largely dialogue-driven so that might not be your cup of tea, but you never know...
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Princess Bride
Casablanca
Last of the Mohicans
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The Cube (watch only up to the last 5 minutes - the ending imo was lame).
Gattaca - but it was a lot of dialog and not too much action.
Dark City (mentioned above) is also very good.
If you like Amadeus, consider the Red Violin.

A couple of your movies are mostly about dialog i.e. Citizen Kane, American Beauty, Amadeus but anyways.

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Seven ( aka SE7EN)
The Iron Giant
Rushmore and The Royal Tenenbaums (Then Bottle Rocket if you dig those)
Jin Roh: The Wolf Brigade
The Wages of Fear
The Devil’s Backbone

…and many, many more
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I recommend the ultra hip, ultra indie, ultra action spectacle of Cop And A Half.
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These are all good recommendations. Thanks everyone. Somebody posted 'Royal Tenenbaums' to my dismay. I'm not sure which one of my movies listed gave them that idea (probably 'American Beauty' because both families are oh so messed up). A bunch of you are gonna crucify me but I think that's one of the dryest movies I've ever seen! Somebody please explain why critics love that movie.

I liked 'Devil's Backbone', although I didn't find it nearly quite as gripping as Sixth Sense. 'Dark City' I've also seen and would give it a fair rating. There's a new movie coming out called 'Underworld' that has the look and feel of 'Dark City', so I'll be looking for that when it comes out in theaters. It could either be really cool or really REALLY cheesy =)

Looks like the next time I'm renting I'll check out 'Donnie Darko' and 'Jin Roh' for sure, cuz I hear nothing but good things about them.
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