Movie Recommendations.

  • @EmptyMorgue said in Movie Recommendations.:

    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is a fun take on Noir style movies and a movie I enjoy every time I watch it.
    Cabin in The Woods, horror comedy with references to a lot of great horror movies and horror movie tropes.

    Both great movies! I recently rewatched Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang in preparation for The Nice Guys. Loved it as well, highly recommended! More people need to see those films.

  • Three movies that immediately come to mind:
    Whiplash, JK Simmons at his best since Spider-Man. Consequently, you'll also become afraid of JK Simmons. I think it's a very good film, especially if you're into Jazz Music and Jazz Band and stuff.
    Good Will Hunting, only saw this one for the first time a couple years ago, and I got emotional with it, I found it to be pretty powerful, great performances from Matt Damon and Robin Williams, their scenes were fairly interesting.
    Dead Poets Society, another great Robin Williams one, I sorta found it to be in the same vein as Good Will Hunting in terms of tone/vibe, but it's still unique and compelling, don't think it gets enough credit.

    Those are what I think of when I try to think of my favorite films, I'm sure I'm forgetting something. I remember very much enjoying Paper Towns last year, The Hurt Locker is a really good, intense war movie.

    See also, Marvel Studios.

  • Horror / Sci-Fi mish mash of favorites

    Shock Waves
    The Quite Earth
    the Haunting (1963)
    the Andromeda Strain

    Movies that I consider the best ever made
    Seven Samurai
    Hidden Fortress
    High and Low
    Mr. Smith goes to Washington
    You Can't Take It With You
    It's a Wonderful life
    Lawrence of Arabia
    the Birds
    Apocalypse Now

    Movie that will mess with your head
    El Topo

    Movies I like but almost feel like I shouldn't like
    American Psycho
    Inside Man
    King of New York
    World War Z

  • Gattaca: Set in the near-enough future that it doesn't feel like sci-fi (even though it is), this one's definitely worth a watch. Discusses stuff like eugenics and self-determination.
    The Hunt for Red October: Absolutely my favorite movie of all time, could watch it a thousand times no problem. Cold War submarine espionage/intrigue/action movie.

    Lately I've been getting really into AI movies, though none of them have quite done it right as far as I'm concerned. But Her, Ex Machina, and (believe it or not) Age of Ultron all hit on important themes. It's always annoying when the writers go (potentially spoilery trope complaint ahead)

    "oh, and then how about the AI becomes the antagonist! That would be such a great and unexpected twist!" Drives me absolutely crazy.

  • I haven't got any specific recommendations (at the moment) but I will recommend people listen to the Sin Cast, the Cinema Sins Podcast. Every week I add about five movies to my too watch list from listening to it.

    The main thing they are doing at the moment is picking the best movie of every year from when the oldest host of the podcast was born. So I am building a good list of films mid-70s onwards to eventually watch someday.

  • As fellow anime trash I'd like to recommend to everyone Grave of the Fireflies (Ghibli) if you're looking for a good punch to the stomach. It's not for everyone certainly and hardly flawless, but if you let yourself become absorbed into the story, it's pretty amazing. On the opposite tonal spectrum is Macross Plus: The Movie. Beautifully animated, easy to follow (mostly), great action set pieces, and amazing music.

    Live action, I'd have to echo the recommendation on Blade Runner. Again, its not for everyone, but if you can sustain your focus while watching it, it's mesmerizing. Fingers crossed for the sequel.

  • @thenerdtheword said in Movie Recommendations.:

    The main thing they are doing at the moment is picking the best movie of every year from when the oldest host of the podcast was born. So I am building a good list of films mid-70s onwards to eventually watch someday.

    That's interesting! Do you have the list? I'd like to see it, for curiosity's sake.

  • @Ringedwithtile said in Movie Recommendations.:

    @thenerdtheword said in Movie Recommendations.:

    The main thing they are doing at the moment is picking the best movie of every year from when the oldest host of the podcast was born. So I am building a good list of films mid-70s onwards to eventually watch someday.

    That's interesting! Do you have the list? I'd like to see it, for curiosity's sake.

    I don't have my list to hand but I found this IMDB list someone made that covers a lot of the films they've brought up since the podcast started

  • I'll go by genre and by my best of the best with nothing too obvious. Pop any of these in and i guarantee you won't be disappointed.
    Horror: The Babadook, Inside (A L'interieur) and the ones mentioned by EmptyMorgue
    Action: The Raid 1 & 2 (best in the biz), Shoot 'em Up, Running Scared, The Rundown, Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol, Kingsman The Secret Service (2015 #2 top film)
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy: Snowpiercer (2014 #1), District 9, Stardust, Moon, The Prestige, Midnight Special (2016 #1 so far), Pacific Rim, Cloud Atlas, Looper, Children of Men, Being John Malkovich, Pan's Labyrinth, Her, Start Trek,
    Sports: Creed (2015 #1), Warrior
    Animated (easily my favorite genre): Big Hero 6, How to train your Dragon 1&2, Madagascar 3, Song of the Sea, Lego Movie, Kung Fu Panda trilogy, Wolf Children and The Boy and The Beast since Miyazaki is done, Mamoru Hosoda is proving a great replacement, Anomalisa, Batman Under the Red Hood, Wall-E, Porco Rosso and Kiki's Delivery Service, The Iron Giant, The Toy Story shorts since most people haven't seen 'em, DBZ: Battle of Gods, Wonder Woman (better than any live action film will ever be)
    Drama: The Shawshank Redemption, 12 Years a Slave, A Beautiful Mind, Beasts of The Southern Wild, We Bought a Zoo, Jeff,, Who Lives at Home, Dope, The Way Back, Sicario, Spotlight
    Documentaries: The Cove, Dear Zachary, Beyond the Mat, Indie Game the Movie, The King of Kong
    Comics book or superhero films: V for Vendetta, The Dark Knight, Kingsman, Hellboy 2 The Golden Army, Sin City, Oldboy (korean)
    Classics: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back To The Future, Jurassic Park, Scarface, Schindler's List
    Comedies: I Love you Man, 7 Days in Hell (tv movie hbo), Get Him to the Greek, Tropic Thunder, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Interview, Bridesmaids

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  • Well, Taxi Driver is my all time favorite film. So I would highly recommend that to anyone who likes character driven films. Being a Taxi Driver might sound like a really boring subject (except the french movie Taxi), but getting to know the troubled character and watching his descent into madness is truly fascinating. It's about the story not the plot.

    Actually, I recommend anything by Martin Scorsese.

  • Everyone might have already seen them, but I still say that Lord Of the Rings Trilogy is a masterpiece (even if some people diss them because books are better, which they are, but these movies do stand on their own merits as the best movie trilogy ever made), especially the Extended editions are amazing, and if you are at all interested how movies are made, those extra features are pure gold. I'm having a marathon of the Hobbit and LOTR extended editions with my friends, that's going to be... A long day... But I think it'll be glorious.

    Now that that's out of the way, let's go to something else what I have watched lately...

    Infernal Affairs... Better, original version of The Departed, which is a good movie, but Infernal Affairs is better all around.

    Hard Rain - It's a ok movie, even if you don't like Christian Slater.

    Ashens and Quest for the Game Child - Actually funny movie, especially if you at all like Ashens, and sequel is in the works, so I'm looking forward to that.

    Alien Trilogy - Resurrection and AVP movies are popcorn flicks, and I don't care for them. However, The first three movies capture elements from both SciFi and Horror really well, and if you haven't seen them already, Trust me... You won't regret that decision. They do all start slow, but... The wait is worth it.

  • I recently saw "The Witch" and "10 Cloverfield Lane". Both amazingly terrifying films.

  • @ObbyDent I went to see 10 Cloverfield Lane in the pictures and I found it boring. Although John Goodman killed his role, great acting,

  • I'm a sucker for vigilante films. So Man on Fire, Harry Brown or John Wick are films I'd put forward. Also a HUGE Clint Eastwood fan, I watch Million Dollar Baby at least once a year. Gran Torino is fantastic too.

  • Pontypool. Weirdest zombie movie ever. Even if you're completely sick of zombie movies, I can't recommend this little Canadian film highly enough. It's on Netflix.

    Here's the opening, basically a two-minute monologue. Maybe it's not for everyone, but if this bit draws you in at all, you'll probably really enjoy it.
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  • Henry V, the Branagh version. It's my favourite Shakespeare adaptation. Also Patrick Doyle does an amazing soundtrack, and it has an amazing cast.

    Rashomon. The best Kurosawa movie imo.

    Ladyhawke. It's got a cheesy soundtrack sure, but it's a great romantic fantasy. Rutger Hauer is great in it.

  • I thought about recommending what my little quote thing ("Words, words. They're all we have to go on") at the bottom of each of my posts is from.

    It's from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead which is one of my favorite stage plays and the movie adaptation is pretty awesome, with Gary Oldman and Tim Roth as the title characters. If your looking for something a bit absurdist (technically an absurdist, existential tragicomedy) it's about the minor characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Hamlet who are stuck playing out a part and find themselves both unaware and unable to stray from the script that means they will ultimately die as a minor plot point in Hamlet.

    The entire thing is full of some of my favorite quotes and monologues (one of which I have performed before as part of a drama exam), including "We're actors! We're the opposite of people."

    If your in the mood for something different I think it's worth a watch. The actual play itself is also worth a read if you're into scripts.

  • @EmptyMorgue Ooooh I love Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. It might be cheaty but I might consider it my second fave Shakespeare movie. Roth and Oldman are amazing, though I wasn't overly fond of Richard Dreyfus in it.