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cbenner
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Good Movies

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07-29-2013 11:28 AM

I started this thread for people who want to talk about movies... old, new... whatever.

 

I don't get creeped out by movies, horror movies have never had that effect on me other than the obvious"guyjumpsoutfrombehindthedoorway" scare that makes anyone jump a little bit.  Put the toughest most macho guy in the world into a dark room and have someone grab his arm... he'll react.

 

Yesterday we went to see The Conjuring.  Holy wow.  It's scary on a number of levels.  First, because it's based on events that really happened.  2nd,... demonic possesion anyone?

 

But mainly it was because the acting and direction were so well done that the film did not need to depend on cheap "gotchas" or gore.  The emotional intensity of the actors and the storyline relentlessy send you into a heightened adrenaline level... to the point of giving you the shakes when you finally crash later.    You believed you were in the house with these people, and you were scared for them, not for yourself.  Of course, even with that, I couldn't help laughing as I watched my daughter (18 this week!) cowering andcovering her eyes and laughing as she whispered "Why isn't this movie over yet?!"

 

NOT for the under 17 crowd or the faint of heart, but a very well made horror movie.  Prolly the best I've ever seen.

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Re: Good Movies

07-29-2013 11:46 AM in reply to: cbenner
I prefer comedies, myself.

We never used to watch too much tv, but, now that we've got Netflix and Amazon Prime, we are going back and watching all sorts of old movies that we hadn't seen in years.

Battle of Britain, Dirty Dozen, Dam Busters, Major League, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, As Good As It Gets, Jurassic Park.
Not to mention old TV shows like DuckTales and Daria and The Monkees and stuff... just wild.
Remember my 10 year old that I was just asking about games for? He's really enjoying Daria... lol... fits his sense of humor. :smileywink: Parenting achivement = unlocked.
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Re: Good Movies

07-29-2013 12:01 PM in reply to: cbenner

Any movie that can create a visceral response has done its job.

 

For me Monsters Ball was awful until I realized that the sense of wanting to die was exactly what the director wanted. (Took a couple years to get there and will never see it again.)

Recently Jack Reacher where the sniper set up in a parking garage. Too easy, too real, way scary.

Saving Private Ryan - Never sat in a theater for a good five minutes after it was over: stunned. As did everyone else.

Bridge on the River Kwai - Chilling how the sanity of both the Commanders is tested and broken.

GATTACA - Think it can't happen?

 

 

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Re: Good Movies

07-29-2013 12:22 PM in reply to: Charles_Shade

Private Ryan got to me too, the first 20 minutes was almost too much.  A lot of vets who were there couldn't watch it, they said it was TOO accurate and took them back to memories that they didn't want.

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Re: Good Movies

07-29-2013 12:36 PM in reply to: cbenner

If you liked Saving Private Ryan you should watch Band of Brothers.  (Miniseries, technically, not movie.)

 

I like good movies regardless of genre.  There are too many to list in one go, but here's a starter set:

 

The Usual Suspects

Three O'Clock High

Roxanne

Breaking Away

Sneakers

The Sting

Highlander

Ronin

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Re: Good Movies

07-29-2013 12:52 PM in reply to: graemev

Hijacking a bit: Over There from the FX network. Excellent TV but only one Season.

The Pacific as well from Spielberg and Hanks.

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Re: Good Movies

07-30-2013 12:56 AM in reply to: Charles_Shade

I'm going to hijack as well.

 

NCIS. I love that show

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Re: Good Movies

07-30-2013 07:26 AM in reply to: graemev
I may have seen more of those, but, I really enjoyed The Usual Suspects and Ronin.
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Re: Good Movies

07-30-2013 07:30 AM in reply to: hwalker
Oooh, agreed, I love NCIS. Lots of disturbing stories, but, very moving and great characters and mysteries to solve.

We also liked Human Target, wish it would've been on longer.
And we like Person of Interest.

My DH used to make fun of me when I watched Chuck and Two Broke Girls, but, lets face it, he watches and enjoys. ;-p
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Re: Good Movies

07-30-2013 07:38 AM in reply to: graemev

LA Confidential - Great subtle plot

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