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movie suggestions?
Topic by: woundedspider
Posted: November 20, 2004 - 12:03 PM PST
Last Reply: January 20, 2005 - 8:58 AM PST

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author topic: movie suggestions?
woundedspider
post #1  on November 20, 2004 - 12:03 PM PST  
(this is going to be cross-posted to several of the boards)

hi! i just subscribed to greencine. i'm already a member of blockbuster online, but felt limited by their selection and wanted to try something new. i'd really like some suggestions of what to rent to get the most out of my month's subscription.


a few of the movies i like to narrow down the recommendations:
donnie darko
igby goes down
hedwig and the angry inch
fight club
the brotherhood of the wolf
amorres perros
team america
he loves me, he loves me not
amelie
shaun of the dead
the city of lost children
resident evil 1 & 2
kill bill vol. 1
monty python's life of brian
berserk
happy accident
....
i could keep going, but it gets tedious and i always leave off a dozen good films anyway.

any recommendations are greatly appreciated; i've already asked my friends, but either they don't have the same tastes in movies or i've already seen the ones that they've recommended. thanks in advance.
hamano
post #2  on November 20, 2004 - 12:13 PM PST  
woundy, welcome to GreenCine. If you bookmark this page you'll see that now you don't have to crosspost to get attention for your question.

Have you seen All About My Mother? This is a great film, much better I thought than Talk to Her. One of his best films. If you click on my profile, there's a list of my favorite films so you can get an idea what my tastes in films are.
hamano
post #3  on November 20, 2004 - 12:29 PM PST  
Browsing member's lists is also a good way to find interesting films. A good way to do this is to pick a film you like that you've already seen...Let's try Donnie Darko.... when you go to that page you'll see on the right side some "related lists". On these lists members named Donnie Darko and some other films they liked. You can keep linking from list to list like this for a long time, picking up interesting sounding films.

You can try starting from my meta-list of GreenCiner's Favorite Lists. Each link in the "comments" sections will take you to a good list of titles.
hamano
post #4  on November 20, 2004 - 12:34 PM PST  
I like films from Australia... Muriel's Wedding, Walkabout, and early films (pre-The Year of Living Dangerously-1982) by Peter Weir.
hamano
post #5  on November 20, 2004 - 12:48 PM PST  
I noticed you had Berserk on your list... Here are some anime threads where we discuss recommendations.

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Here are other threads where GreenCine otaku made recommendations, or mused about how they discovered anime...

Top 10 lists!
How did you get hooked?
Favorite Non-Series Anime?
Anime introductions
What's your favorite?
Anime Tear Jerkers
Addictive Anime 2003
Must See for Spring 2004
Convert Woozy!
It's Anime Recommendation Time Again
woundedspider
post #6  on November 20, 2004 - 12:55 PM PST  
i'll definitely check out the movies you recommended. i'll check out the anime threads sometime later in the future 'cause i've already got a lot of anime in my queue and i don't want my boyfriend to get sick of watching them. i wish i could find more movies that we'll both like. he's more into action movies than i am and so it gets hard to pick movies out for us. plus he gets tired of subtitles much faster than i do. we just argue when we pick movies out together most of the time. eh.
hamano
post #7  on November 20, 2004 - 2:32 PM PST  
> On November 20, 2004 - 12:55 PM PST woundedspider wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> he's more into action movies than i am and so it gets hard to pick movies out for us. plus he gets tired of subtitles much faster than i do.

Ah, that's too bad... but that's one nice thing about films from Australia, New Zealand and of course England... you can watch them in English by they still have that "foreign" feel to them.

You might both enjoy:

Breaker Morant - there's a war theme, a young Bryan Brown

Gallipoli - also a war theme, a very young Mel Gibson

Sirens - a period romantic comedy without much action, but if your sweetie sticks with it to the end he'll be rewarded by the appearance of all 4 beautiful female leads naked!

Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome - Mel Gibson again... most Mad Max fans will recommend the first or second film but I like the third and last in the series. At the end you'll see the start of Mel's messianic obsession, I think.

You should check out some early films by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.... I like Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive, and The Frighteners.
rmarkd
post #8  on November 20, 2004 - 3:21 PM PST  
Here's some of the movies I thought were 'similar'. Similar is subjective, so YMMV.

> On November 20, 2004 - 12:03 PM PST woundedspider wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> (this is going to be cross-posted to several of the boards)
>
> hi! i just subscribed to greencine. i'm already a member of blockbuster online, but felt limited by their selection and wanted to try something new. i'd really like some suggestions of what to rent to get the most out of my month's subscription.
>
>
> a few of the movies i like to narrow down the recommendations:
> donnie darko
Gattaca
Dark City
Being John Malkovich


> igby goes down
Stand By Me
Heavenly Creatures

> fight club
The Boondock Saints

> amorres perros
Live Flesh
Central Station
Traffic
Karakter

> team america
South Park

> amelie
> the city of lost children
Other Jeunet movies. Maybe Delicatessen.

> shaun of the dead
Man Bites Dog

> resident evil 1 & 2


> kill bill vol. 1
Battle Royale
Ichi the Killer for pure gore


> monty python's life of brian
I dunno... Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai?

Good luck with your search.
rmarkd
Shaky
post #9  on November 20, 2004 - 3:26 PM PST  
> On November 20, 2004 - 12:55 PM PST woundedspider wrote:
> i'll check out the anime threads sometime later in the future 'cause i've already got a lot of anime in my queue and i don't want my boyfriend to get sick of watching them.


If your boyfriend gets sick of watching anime, you need to dump his dumb ass and get a cooler boyfriend.
Shaky
post #10  on November 20, 2004 - 3:35 PM PST  
> On November 20, 2004 - 2:32 PM PST hamano wrote:
> You should check out some early films by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.... I like Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive, and The Frighteners.


That's funny that you mentioned those. I just watched Dead Alive and thought it was one of the worst pieces of crap I've seen in a long time. I didn't remember that he did The Frighteners, but it sucked also. My girlfriend actually hated it so much she left the theater. Now I'm seeing a pattern of terrible work.

Heavenly Creatures was a bit better, I guess, but I thought the LOTR movies sucked. Of course, pack a film full of helicopter shots of mountain peaks and special effects, then stretch it out to the same amount of time it takes to read the damned books for yourself, and it becomes pretty easy to impress the generally stupid masses. People are so snowed by the hype that they don't even realize that Peter Jackson is a hack who doesn't deserve the accolades.

:)
hamano
post #11  on November 20, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST  
Oh, shaky, you have no sense of humor! Jackson's films are fun fun fun!
rmarkd
post #12  on November 20, 2004 - 10:47 PM PST  
I think you're the first person I've heard say the LOTR trilogy sucked. I've heard people say they just didn't like it (not their type of movie), but admitted it was really good. As for "stupid masses"... man! You really hated this movie!

Anyhoo, I'm one of the stupid masses that loved LOTR. Also LOVED Heavenly Creatures. As for his other movies that I've seen (Meet the Feebles, Dead Alive, Bad Taste)... I hated those.



> On November 20, 2004 - 3:35 PM PST Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On November 20, 2004 - 2:32 PM PST hamano wrote:
> > You should check out some early films by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson.... I like Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive, and The Frighteners.

>
> That's funny that you mentioned those. I just watched Dead Alive and thought it was one of the worst pieces of crap I've seen in a long time. I didn't remember that he did The Frighteners, but it sucked also. My girlfriend actually hated it so much she left the theater. Now I'm seeing a pattern of terrible work.
>
> Heavenly Creatures was a bit better, I guess, but I thought the LOTR movies sucked. Of course, pack a film full of helicopter shots of mountain peaks and special effects, then stretch it out to the same amount of time it takes to read the damned books for yourself, and it becomes pretty easy to impress the generally stupid masses. People are so snowed by the hype that they don't even realize that Peter Jackson is a hack who doesn't deserve the accolades.
>
> :)
> ---------------------------------

KPman1
post #13  on November 21, 2004 - 3:01 AM PST  
3 Must see movies:

Go
Election
Rushmore
KPman1
post #14  on November 21, 2004 - 3:02 AM PST  
Also:
Opposite of Sex
:)
Shaky
post #15  on November 21, 2004 - 7:37 AM PST  
> On November 20, 2004 - 10:47 PM PST rmarkd wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I think you're the first person I've heard say the LOTR trilogy sucked. I've heard people say they just didn't like it (not their type of movie), but admitted it was really good.


Except that it wasn't really good. The LOTR movies were very pretty to look at, but otherwise they suffered from terrible acting from some otherwise good actors (pointing to bad direction) and bad editing that smacked of the heavy hand of a director who wasn't able to check himself but had too much power to be checked by someone else.

As for Dead Alive being "fun," I thought so too for the first bit of gore. Then it went beyond fun into juvenile and gross. From there it quickly dove into the realm of stupid, while keeping a foot in the land of boring.

I get the impression that Dead Alive is only as popular as it is because it's foreign. If it had been made in Los Angeles, it would be considered schlock horror and would only be available through the classified ads in the back of Fangoria magazine. But because it's a foreign film, from the hack director of LOTR no less, people who otherwise would consider it garbage think it's some great piece of filmmaking. It's like a lacquered turd mounted on a board and displayed in a gallery. You can call it art if you want, but it's still shit.
sig11
post #16  on November 22, 2004 - 7:29 AM PST  
One thing you can do is go to the GreenCine page for each of those movies you like. Rate each one. Then go to the Recommendations screen. Its suggestions can be, well, uneven -- but I've found some quite interesting material there.

On that topic, it seems that the Recommendations screen changes based on what's in my queue. I'd rather it not do that, since I don't know whether I like those things yet. Is this an accurate observation?
dh22
post #17  on November 22, 2004 - 10:45 AM PST  
> On November 21, 2004 - 7:37 AM PST Shaky wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>> I get the impression that Dead Alive is only as popular as it is because it's foreign. If it had been made in Los Angeles, it would be considered schlock horror and would only be available through the classified ads in the back of Fangoria magazine.
> ---------------------------------

I do like Dead Alive, and DO consider it schlock horror. The first time I saw it was when my brother rented it from the local video store on VHS some years back. I never heard of it and neither did anyone else. I still don't know anyone who's heard of it. I think its campy and stupid, but successful at being entertaining. In fact, its host to one of my all-time favorite quotes - "I kick ass for the Lord!" :-)
underdog
post #18  on November 22, 2004 - 1:20 PM PST  
Apologies for any redundancy here.

I second KPMan's picks of Go, Election, and Rushmore - in fact, every Alexander Payne movie (although you may not care for About Schmidt; I thought it was a good film but depressing, and even more misanthropic than Payne's other films - see SIDEWAYS in the theaters now, too!)


I'd also add, to RM's picks:

> a few of the movies i like to narrow down the recommendations:
>> donnie darko
>Gattaca
>Dark City
>Being John Malkovich

I'd add eXistenZ,

Don't miss American Splendor, too.

> igby goes down
Stand By Me
Heavenly Creatures

Saved!
Roger Dodger

> fight club
The Boondock Saints
Lock, Stock, Two Smoking Barrels

>> amorres perros
>Live Flesh

(along the lines of Hamano's recommendations and related to Live Flesh:) *Any* Pedro Almodovar film will be worth your while; his later films are more assured and mature, his earlier work more over the top and campy, all of them memorable cinema. Bad Education, the new one, looks fantastic.

I also recommend Y Tu Mama Tambien, highly.

> team america
South Park

The SP movie in particular.
Also, might as well check out the original puppetmation/supermarionation series that Team America pays homage to: Thunderbirds.

>> amelie
>> the city of lost children
>Other Jeunet movies. Maybe Delicatessen.

(Which is still not out on DVD here. :-( )

I'm one of those who could happily watch Audrey Tatou do her taxes, but it sounds like you've seen most of her work already.

>> shaun of the dead
>Man Bites Dog

Other sort of comical zombie flicks, like the original Dawn of the Dead, and I recall really digging Return of the Living Dead when it first came out.
(If Night of the Comet were out on DVD I'd recommend that as well...)

And for other British horror, you should check out DOG SOLDIERS. Scary, sometimes funny, mostly just scary, werewolf movie. (And for that matter, check out Joe Dante's The Howling.)


>> kill bill vol. 1
Um, Kill Bill vol. 2? Heh. (I really did love 2 so much more than 1.)



> monty python's life of brian

Make sure you've seen all of the Monty Python oeuvre, including Flying Circus. Assume you have, but just in case... Life of Brian is still my favorite but all their films are brilliant. There's really no one else like them, but for absurdist satire and sketch comedy, you could also check out Kids in the Hall, and actually you should read through our British Comedy Primer for some other recs, including MP forebears.
kamapuaa
post #19  on November 24, 2004 - 9:02 PM PST  
> I thought the LOTR movies sucked.

This is right on. They were easily the most over-rated movies I've ever seen. There was literally nothing to like about them, except maybe you liked the books as a kid and it's kind of cool to see them on a big movie screen.

Well enough ranting - back to cooking crazy Thanksgiving foods!
oldkingcole
post #20  on November 25, 2004 - 1:38 AM PST  
> On November 20, 2004 - 12:03 PM PST woundedspider wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> a few of the movies i like to narrow down the recommendations:
> donnie darko
> fight club

Keying in on the mindwarp aspect of Donnie Darko and Fight Club makes me want to suggest Jacob's Ladder, Being John Malkovich, and maybe Sommersby.

Keying in on the emotional tone of Donnie Darko makes me want to suggest Gattaca, Don McKellar's terrific Last Night, and maybe the Woody Allen films Stardust Memories and/or Shadows and Fog.

> resident evil 1 & 2

I know I'm in the minority, but I really get a kick out of Paul W. S. Anderson's earlier movie, Event Horizon, which I think could make an interesting double-feature with the Steven Soderbergh remake of Solaris.

> kill bill vol. 1
An homage/spoof of martial arts and action movies that I prefer is High Risk, which finds Jackie Cheung wearing the famous yellow jumpsuit.

Other favorites of mine, that maybe you'd like:
Dancer in the Dark
Deconstructing Harry
The Singing Detective (the original TV version)
Unbreakable
True Romance
Jackie Brown
Pi
Planet of the Apes (Rod "Twilight Zone" Serling worked on the excellent script)
Into the Woods
Three Kings
Three Days of the Condor
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