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What's a movie I should see?

Netflix. I haven't watched a single movie yet, but I've spent the last three days picking out every movie I've ever wanted to see, and it's fantastic fun.

anyway I thought that while I was at it I'd ask you all for recommendations, so...

Poll #138357 Recommend a Movie for Spacefem

Recommend a movie, any movie, for me to rent:

I like all kinds of movies... documentaries, sci-fi, foriegn, action, comedy. In case you want to see what's already in my queue (just for fun!)...

Spacefem's NetFlix Queue (so far)

The Phandom Menace (documentary, not episode I, tyvm)


Tortilla Soup

24 Hour Party People

Conspiracy Theory


Star Trek: TNG: Season 1: Disc 1

Risky Business

Fatal Attraction

Joni Mitchell: Painting with Words

MST 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die

Best of the Muppet Show: Mark Hamill

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Lawrence of Arabia

Sunset Boulevard

Futurama: Vol. 1: Disc 1

XXX: Special Edition

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood

The Shipping News

The Majestic


Next Friday

Kiss of the Dragon

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Pretty in Pink


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


American Beauty

Singin' in the Rain

8 1/2: Disc 1

A Fish Called Wanda


Minority Report

Brotherhood of the Wolf

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Love & Basketball

Galaxy Quest

The Mists of Avalon


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May. 25th, 2003 01:32 pm (UTC)
Not worth it:

Startup.com (not as interesting as you probably think, saw it in theaters and felt it was terribly mediocre without any real feel for the company or the employees, just the two heads of it)

Conspiracy Theory (highly lame and on tv all the time)

Risky Business (strictly video... worth it for pop culture references and Joe Pantoliano only)

XXX: Special Edition (why?!?!)

Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (crap)

The Shipping News (boring, pointless crap)

The Majestic (sappy "inspiring" crap that rips off Frank Capra's sappy crap)

Next Friday (do I even have to say anything?)

Kiss of the Dragon (Not as good as it could have been... not even any really good fight scenes... just watch the trailer a few times than Enter the Dragon)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (uhm... no)

Very worthwhile:
Lawrence of Arabia

Futurama: Vol. 1: Disc 1

Adaptation (Excellent, just don't try to take the third act at face value. Realize the point being made)

American Beauty (You haven't seen it yet? SEE IT NOW!)

8 1/2: Disc 1

A Fish Called Wanda


Minority Report (I hate Spielberg and Tom Cruise and enjoyed it greatly. Read more Phillip K. Dick though.)

The Bridge on the River Kwai

Galaxy Quest

More reccomendations:
Zero Effect
The Royal Tennenbaums
Twin Peaks (only first season and no pilot for the moment, don't get Fire Walk With Me until you've seen the entire series though)
Fight Club
The Game
Requeim for a Dream (Unrated Director's Cut)
Clerks/Mallrats/Chasing Amy
The Big Lebowski
Blood Simple
The Man Who Wasn't There
(actually, just see everything the Coens have done)
Reservoir Dogs
Leon (get the international version, the American release was re-titled "The Professional" and cut 20 min. of plot basically to make it more actiony)
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (get the Criterion release)
Brazil (again, just get everything Terry Gilliam has done, but these two are key)
L.A. Confidential
Boogie Nights
Magnolia (? Haven't seen it yet myself, but I trust P.T. Anderson and everything I've heard is positive)
Punch-Drunk Love (it's better than you think)
Eraserhead (good luck finding it, David Lynch released it on DVD personally through his website... you may have to look in locally-owned video stores for an old VHS copy, but it's hard as hell to find. Watch it alone, late some night in the dark.)
Ghost World
Donnie Darko
Dog Day Afternoon
The Graduate
The Wall (more a music video than a film, but still essential)
Run Lola Run
The Seventh Seal
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
every single film Stanley Kubrick ever made
Being John Malkovich
The Godfather and The Godfather Part II
High Fidelity
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
Pulp Fiction
Blue Velvet
Real Genius
The Usual Suspects


Always get Criterion whenever possible

This isn't just my personal list, nor is it a list of merely important films. This is a general list of important films and films that I presume you would enjoy. I know it's very long, but I wanted to be more or less comprehensive and I still fear I missed a great deal. I've also avoided a number of things in order to get the really important stuff in there (80s films, notable comedies a) as well as things that, while important, were excluded in order to make it a bit less intimidating (a great deal of foreign and older films). This should keep you busy for a while.

Oh, on the issue of netflix, I guess it depends on video store availability (no Blockbuster, they overcharge and don't have any selection at all, plus they often only carry edited versions of films) but considering the turn around time you probably won't be able to get as many dvds as you would from a local shop for the same price.

May. 25th, 2003 04:23 pm (UTC)
I would also agree on the Criterion thing. They do excellent work picking films, usually.
May. 25th, 2003 06:46 pm (UTC)
I hated The Royal Tennenbaums and everyone else that I talked to who saw it has agreed (well, besides Mark I guess). Save the two hours of your life to watch a GOOD movie.
May. 26th, 2003 01:45 pm (UTC)
Rather than get into an argument where I belittle your tastes in film and ravage things you present as better as being utter crap that I feel would insult even the dog's intelligence I shall respond in a slightly more objective manner.

At present IMDb has it at 7.7, which while pretty good isn't what I would have ranked it. Personally I felt it was one of the best films of 2001 and was criminally ignored during the awards season (many reviews stated that Gene Hackman gave one of his best performances and one of the best of the year and I tend to agree). The director (and collaboration with Owen Wilson on the writing) previously made Rushmore and much of the style is similar so while it isn't a direct indicator your opinions on Rushmore may be helpful.

Notably I have not included Wes Anderson's earlier "Bottle Rocket". It's a film that I really want to enjoy with many of the same actors and the same writing team that has an excellent premise. Problematically though I feel that the middle portion is weak and causes a loss of momentum with what seems more like an extended sub-plot.

Further I will very, very rarely disagree (Michael Bay's inclusion is a bit unsettling, but his entries are excellent examples of their genre) with the Criterion Collection's selections as they have done a superlative job of collecting "important classic and contemporary films". Their release of both Rushmore as well as The Royal Tenenbaums further cements their place as excellent and important films.
May. 25th, 2003 09:54 pm (UTC)
right on w/ your movie selections! i especially like that you ignored the godfather 3 as opposed to putting 1&2 in there. nice!

spacey, he's right on w/ those selections.

i would also recommend going to the movies and seeing "a mighty wind"...if it's still playing out where you are. funny flick!
May. 25th, 2003 10:35 pm (UTC)
quite a list indeed! thanks for the suggestions :)

I have hopes for the netflix thing. I'm sick of the wichita blockbusters not having anything I want to see ever, and I've gotten nabbed with the late fees too. We'll see if I get my $20 worth.
May. 26th, 2003 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, well there's your problem. Blockbuster doesn't have any selection and tends to feel that the only movies that exist are the current tripe which they gladly let you pay $4 for. Try to find a local store if possible. It's pretty hard around here, but at school there's a pretty good place that rents for ~$1-2 and has a pretty decent selection.
May. 25th, 2003 02:19 pm (UTC)
City Of Lost Children
though I fear you might only find it undubbed and with english subtitles (careful, it´s in french); since you said "I like all kinds of movies... documentaries, sci-fi, foriegn, action, comedy... " I thought why not this one? It´s a bit weird, the atmosphere is dark, dirty and sad, but there´s hope and hapiness in the end.

[in case you´re wandering where the hell did I come from; I found you reading through bery´s friends entries].
May. 25th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
Re: City Of Lost Children
alright, thanks for the recommendation. I actually prefer subtitles to dubbing, which is usually crap. With a good movie the subtitles are easy to read so you don't even notice them, and you get to hear the real actor's voices. Dubbing ruins it for me, you know?
May. 26th, 2003 03:24 am (UTC)
Re: City Of Lost Children
I agree! This is a fantastic movie, probably one of my all-time favorites. The dubbed version is crap, though. Subtitled is the only way to go. My most quoted part is when One says "radiator" as he warms the girl. It's a 'you have to see it' kind of thing....
Jun. 19th, 2003 02:33 am (UTC)
re: Re: City Of Lost Children
oh that scene, it´s so touching, so tender :)
I´m a BIG fan of Mr Ron Perlman, and I particularly like him when his characters are / he´s a softy kind of guy.
May. 25th, 2003 04:33 pm (UTC)
Blarg! I can only suggest one? To hell with that!

Dead Alive (unrated version)
Escaflowne: The Movie
South Park - Bigger, Longer and Uncut
May. 25th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
Serendipity? Isn't that a romance comedy or something? I lost faith in you!
May. 26th, 2003 12:29 am (UTC)
Blah! You know how diverse my tastes tend to be. Yeah, I'm evil, but romantic comedies are probably my favorite genre of film. Plus, I think Serendipity was just beautifully written. The way the story unfolds is simply excellent, much detail was paid to how it flows.

Due to your response I should also mention that the reason I like Braveheart isn't the bloody combat scenes. The film tells an amazing story, not to mention the beauty of its cinematography. I'm also drawn to the technology and culture of the middle ages, so naturally this one grabbed my attention.

But if you're looking for something more expected of me, Dead Alive is your best bet. The unrated version is easily the bloodiest horror-comedy movie ever made. I know horror wasn't on your list, but since it was originally released in New Zealand it is technically a foreign film (I worked that one to my advantage, huh?). I did the same with the other two, they are animated films, but they're also Japanese. Bwa ha ha!
May. 25th, 2003 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm never good at being put on the spot for recommending movies, but Delicatessen was also a good movie. It's French, and a dark comedy, but I enjoyed it. I'm watching the Trois Coleurs trilogy now (saw Bleu and Blanc, but haven't seen Rouge yet), but I don't know if I'd recommend them. Kind of too artsy for me. Something of women's films, too, with a lot of interpersonal stuff going on and not enough other substance. Still, the camera work is pretty good.
I saw somebody recommended Amelie, which is very good. I also like The Usual Suspects. Stand and Deliver's a good movie, as is A Beautiful Mind and Good Will Hunting. (They're all math-related, so I have to recommend them.) I saw Pi but didn't like it. Strictly Ballroom is good, too, and I liked Like Water for Chocolate. The Razor's Edge is pretty good. Bill Murray agreed to make Ghostbusters II if he could do The Razor's Edge. (It's a serious movie, not a comedy.)
I also like musicals. Singing in the Rain is pretty good, and I'd probably recommend any musical with Gene Kelly.
Looking through the imdb top 250, and I liked Shawshank Redemption, 12 Angry Men, A Man for All Seasons and O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Hmm... 7 years in Tibet?
May. 26th, 2003 11:02 am (UTC)
Insomnia, the original one, the Norweigian film, not the one with Al Pacino and Robin Williams, although that one was pretty decent also imo.
Dirty Work, has to be my favorite comedy of all time short of Monty Python, it's awesome.
Kundun, Martin Scorcese's film of the life of the 14th Dhalai Llama up to his exile from Tibet, a good movie, a good story, and the cinematography is awesome.
Scratch, a documentary about hip-hop DJs.
Evil Dead 1, Evil Dead 2, and Army of Darkness, if you haven't seen them before.
May. 27th, 2003 04:16 am (UTC)
I forgot Cabin Boy! Cabin Boy is awesome! Very weird comedy.
May. 27th, 2003 03:51 am (UTC)
***Fantastic film
Try to find a copy of _Mikrocosmos_ - three years of filming in a French meadow went into this microphotographic set of vignettes of the lives of insects and molluscae. Has a non-computer-generated, real-time following flight of dragonflies; stupendous underwater film of a water spider; marvellous sense of humour, and a fabulous soundtrack. Has to be seen to be believed and you will be enchanted by it. It's not anthropomorphic; it's not Disney; more like Oxford Scientific Films with a twist of bitters; and not, thank God, human.
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