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Old 10-31-20, 10:43 PM
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Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

I know someone who just saw "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" for the very first time at home on her TV. She's 50 years old and it surprised me that she had not seen it before. Especially in a theater. Which is where it should be experienced at least once, on a huge screen. That's where I first saw it as a kid. And every re-release afterwards. What movies do you think need to be seen on a big screen at least once?
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

2001: A Space Odyssey
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Original UNCUT Star Wars Trilogy
Superman: The Movie
(and to a lesser extent, Superman II)
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Alien
Blade Runner
Aliens
The Abyss
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
Jurassic Park
The Fifth Element
(I know it's not a masterpiece, but it's still a fun watch on the big screen)
Dark City

Those are the ones that come to mind and a lot of them I got to see as Blu ray projections on a theater screen at the non-profit theater than I volunteered at.
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Lawrence of Arabia
The Original Indiana Jones Trilogy
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, but with a full audience. There's nothing like it.


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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Is it ok if I just go 4K and scoot my sofa closer to the tv?
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Originally Posted by Daytripper
I know someone who just saw "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" for the very first time at home on her TV. She's 50 years old and it surprised me that she had not seen it before. Especially in a theater. Which is where it should be experienced at least once, on a huge screen. That's where I first saw it as a kid. And every re-release afterwards. What movies do you think need to be seen on a big screen at least once?
Opened the thread to post Close Encounters.
I'll add The Dark Knight
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Originally Posted by Troy Stiffler
Is it ok if I just go 4K and scoot my sofa closer to the tv?
IMO, no. I like feeling the size of a theater. That adds so much to the atmosphere.
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

I'd argue that any movie worth it's salt deserves to be seen in a full theater with an appreciative audience. That said, a few that stick out in my memory as being particularly memorable on the big screen are:

2001
Gravity
1917
Vertigo
Drunken master 2
The Red Shoes (I actually missed this one when it was touring a decade ago, but I always regretted it, so I'll say it anyway just since everyone should see it)

There are others for sure, but these are the ones that I can remember at the moment.
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

I agree with many of these and will add:
Jaws
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Anything by Hayao Miyazaki, esp. CASTLE IN THE SKY, MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO and PRINCESS MONONOKE.


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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Raiders of the Lost Ark (screw the others, home viewing is fine for them)
Amadeus
Baraka
Tron
Hamlet (Branagh version)
Ben-Hur

Ive seen all of these on 70MM film over the years during the summer film series at the Paramount Theater here in town.
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

Yellow Submarine
West Side Story
The Sound of Music (the "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" number was stunning in 70mm)
Blade Runner
The Right Stuff
Moulin Rouge
2001
Dark City

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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

The Hateful Eight
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Spartacus
The Leopard
Suspiria
Once Upon a Time in the West
Playtime
Apocalypse Now
Days of Heaven
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"Out of Africa". I saw it at the Uptown Theater here in D.C. when it came out. It quite an experience watching it on that massive screen.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. It was sweeping, it was epic, it was beautiful, it was magical. Saw it on a big screen in NYC when it was only in less than 40 or so theaters in US showing at time. We found good one. Actually before, we ate at ESPN restaurant and sat upstairs just as Dan Patrick and Stewart Scott were about to do SportsCenter. Stood next to Scott in bathroom. That was cool. The movie was better!
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Lawrence of Arabia
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In fact I’ve only seen those movies in theaters, and make a point to see them and bring first time viewers with me whenever they’re playing.
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Ben-Hur
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

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Ed Wood's Plan 9 from Outer Space, but with a full audience. There's nothing like it.

Also, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and in fact there is no other way or reason to watch it.
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Also, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and in fact there is no other way or reason to watch it.
It's so funny you mention this. I tried watching it recently for the first time in I don't know how long and turned it off. Thought it was dreadful. And it dawned on me later the reason I didn't enjoy it was because it needs to be seen with an audience. I can't tell you how many times I saw it in the 80's with a theater packed full of enthusiastic fans. And had a blast each time.
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That is still one of the best movie posters of all-time. Just gorgeous.
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Re: Movies that need to be seen on the big screen at least once

United 93

It's an experience that will stay with you the rest of your life. Because in theater, YOU ARE THERE on that doomed flight. It's claustrophobic, it's harrowing right down to the air hissing in the cabin. When I watched it in the theater back in 2006, after the final scene, the screen went dark and you could hear a pin drop in the auditorium. It really made 9/11 come alive in a way the real life footage on TV didn't do for me.

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