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Go ahead and add in Inglourious Basterds, American Beauty, and Dr. Strangelove at the top of my list.

just saw american beauty. idk im not really loving it. there were some funny moments, but it had sort of a depressing tone to it.

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great acting, cinematography, script, score. perfectly executed dark comedy. only way i cant see anybody getting this movie is if you dont get the cynical, dark humor and cant relate to any of the following: dysfunction, existentialism, shallow consumerism, and alienation.

maybe deep inside you're offended by its satirical view of the typical suburban, american family with skeletons in their closets.

just saw american beauty. idk im not really loving it. there were some funny moments, but it had sort of a depressing tone to it.

American Beauty is supposed to be depressing. I liked the film but didn't love it for other reasons. I thought the acting was way over the top, so it took me out of the movie watching experience. Spacey won an Oscar for his role, but I thought he & Annette Bening were total hams in that film.

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American Beauty is supposed to be depressing. I liked the film but didn't love it for other reasons. I thought the acting was way over the top, so it took me out of the movie watching experience. Spacey won an Oscar for his role, but I thought he & Annette Bening were total hams in that film.

I look at the movie differently.

I see it as the satire/black comedy "Chills called it, and more specifically see it as a perversion of a Frank Capra movie. Capra movies were oversized, melodramatic passion plays that are often ludicrous on close inspection (like a Bon Jovi song). Satire has a history of being played broadly (see "Dr. Strangelove", "Life Of Brian" or a Spinal Tap song). It's supposed to be absurd. I can't see any other interpretation for this film because it works too perfectly on that level to be an accident or fluke like Donnie Darko, and Sam Mendes has proved to me to be a legitimate talent with a keen understanding of the facade of the American Dream, unlike Richard Kelly who tries to make several different profound statements on the very nature of EVERYTHING all the time.

While poignant I didn't see it as depressing at all. Lester comes to realization and makes peace with himself. He casts off the burdens of "expectations" and most importantly rids himself of the fantasies and desires that can turn into our obsessions and ruin. Yes, the latter happens almost too late, but for dramatic purposes it couldn't have worked any other way.

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I look at the movie differently.

I see it as the satire/black comedy "Chills called it, and more specifically see it as a perversion of a Frank Capra movie. Capra movies were oversized, melodramatic passion plays that are often ludicrous on close inspection (like a Bon Jovi song). Satire has a history of being played broadly (see "Dr. Strangelove", "Life Of Brian" or a Spinal Tap song). It's supposed to be absurd. I can't see any other interpretation for this film because it works too perfectly on that level to be an accident or fluke like Donnie Darko, and Sam Mendes has proved to me to be a legitimate talent with a keen understanding of the facade of the American Dream, unlike Richard Kelly who tries to make several different profound statements on the very nature of EVERYTHING all the time.

While poignant I didn't see it as depressing at all. Lester comes to realization and makes peace with himself. He casts off the burdens of "expectations" and most importantly rids himself of the fantasies and desires that can turn into our obsessions and ruin. Yes, the latter happens almost too late, but for dramatic purposes it couldn't have worked any other way.

Oh no, I agree. It's just a particular, subjective thing. I love the satire & the performances in the other works you cited. For ex., I idolize Peter Sellers. Even when Sellers is being over the top, I can still buy into everything going on on screen. While I liked the messages/meanings in American Beauty, the performances didn't work for me. For me, Spacey & Bening didn't pull it off. Just a subjective thing.

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just saw american beauty. idk im not really loving it. there were some funny moments, but it had sort of a depressing tone to it.

American Beauty is not a movie that possesses the "in your face" kind of spectacular element. It has a dark satiric tone, and a very unique way of presenting ideas. The whole movie deals you a set bit of events with unsuspecting emotions that are not likely paired with said events. I can't really put my finger on the beauty of American Beauty, but its greatness is more so dependent on personal taste. With that said, I think it's a great movie.

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Hmm. Only 1 mention of Cool Hand Luke, and none for:

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and Slap Shot

I guess Paul Newman really did suck....

Also none for possibly the greatest horror flick of all time - The Shining! No over the top hockey masked, chain saw carrying, creepy dude. Just an ordinary family man losing his mind, facing his demons and stalking his family!!!! Herrrrrrrrre's Johnny! And any movie that can effectively use Scatman Crothers has to be the tops.

My top also include (in no particular order)

Shawshank

Cukoo's Nest

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Pulp Fiction

ET (yes, ET)

Tommy

Mad Max/Road Warrior (but not Thunderdome)

Lethal Weapon

Rocky

2001: A Space Odyssey

Usual Suspects

This is Spinal Tap!

History of the World, Part II

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Dirty Harry

Bridges of Madison County (just kidding. Just wanted to see if you were still paying attention. Let's pretend this film never happened)

Goodfellas

Godfather I and II

Alright. There's definitely more, but I've run out of steam.

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My list (top 50 or so), in no particular order:

Cool Hand Luke

Casablanca

The Third Man

Citizen Kane

Godfather

Godfather II

Seven Samurai

North by Northwest

Rear Window

Sunset Blvd.

Dr. Strangelove

Chinatown

Raging Bull

Taxi Driver

There Will Be Blood

No Country for Old Men

Fargo

Miller's Crossing

Raising Arizona

Maltese Falcon

On the Waterfront

High Noon

Radio Days

Annie Hall

Deer Hunter

Into the Wild

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Five Easy Pieces

The Graduate

Being There

Network

Stand by Me

The Grapes of Wrath

Dog Day Afternoon

The Kid

Rosemary's Baby

The Conversation

Breaking Away

The Last Detail

Ghost World

Rushmore

The Royal Tenenbaums

The Iron Giant

The King of Kong

Silence of the Lambs

The Wrestler

Goodfellas

ET

The Devil and Daniel Johnston

Hard Eight (AKA Sydney)

My Life as a Hound

Election

Pulp Fiction

Punch Drunk Love

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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Some great flicks listed here.

Here are some of my all-time favs:

01) HEAT (huge Mann fan -- cops/robbers epic, De Niro vs. Pacino, what else do you need?)

02) The Godfather I, II

03) Goodfellas

04) Pulp Fiction

05) The Matrix

06) The Unforgiven

07) Midnight Run

08) The Silence of the Lambs

09) Back to the Future

10) Gattaca

11) Manhunter

12) Ronin

13) The Shawshank Redemption

14) To Live and Die in LA

15) Blow

16) Munich

17) Blade Runner

18) The Big Lebowski

19) LA Confidential

20) Excalibur

Others: The Empire Strikes Back, Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, Casino Royale (reboot), Batman Begins, Leon, The Departed... and that's just off the top of my head! Love great films...

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I don't want to rank them, but here are a some of my favorites:

2001

Shawshank Redemption

Royal Tenenbaums

Treasure of Sierra Madre

The Apartment

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

The Exterminating Angel

Hot Fuzz

The Shooting

Brief Encounter

Mulholland Drive

The Conversation

There Will Be Blood

Rear Window

Days of Heaven

The Passenger

Magnolia

Shaun of the Dead

American Beauty

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Deconstructing Harry

High Fidelity

On the Waterfront

Pulp Fiction

North by Northwest

Clue

Punch Drunk Love

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Reservoir Dogs

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Children of Men

Fight Club

The Usual Suspects

Rushmore

The Princess Bride

Boogie Nights

Assassination of Jesse James

Fargo

The Big Lebowski

The Godfather

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Barton Fink

The Hustler

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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Another Honorable Mention:

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992). Amazing dialogue & this is to be expected from an adaptation of a David Mamet play. Ah, if only I could write like that. It’s a must watch for those amazing speeches.

Alec Baldwin’s speech (Coffee is for closers ONLY):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TROhlThs9qY

Al Pacino's rant:

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I don't want to rank them, but here are a some of my favorites:

2001

Shawshank Redemption

Royal Tenenbaums

Treasure of Sierra Madre

The Apartment

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind

The Exterminating Angel

Hot Fuzz

The Shooting

Brief Encounter

Mulholland Drive

The Conversation

There Will Be Blood

Rear Window

Days of Heaven

The Passenger

Magnolia

Shaun of the Dead

American Beauty

What's Up, Tiger Lily?

Deconstructing Harry

High Fidelity

On the Waterfront

Pulp Fiction

North by Northwest

Clue

Punch Drunk Love

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure

Reservoir Dogs

Crimes and Misdemeanors

Children of Men

Fight Club

The Usual Suspects

Rushmore

The Princess Bride

Boogie Nights

Assassination of Jesse James

Fargo

The Big Lebowski

The Godfather

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Barton Fink

The Hustler

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Great stuff!

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I've got to dig up this thread to go international! Three Korean films are now among my all-time favorite films.

Oldboy: Surreal, twisted revenge drama. Strong story & compelling performances, the trailer does NOT do this film justice.

The Good, the Bad, the Weird: Obviously inspired by Eastwood, I'd say Indiana Jones is an influence too, esp. w/ the humor. The action sequences are EPIC & it was great to see wild stunts performed by people rather than cartoon-like CGI. Again, the trailer does not do the film justice.

I Saw the Devil: Another TWISTED revenge drama, but where Oldboy was surreal, the bloodshed in this film is far more brutal. Ultra-violent & disturbing, but I still found depth in the characters, making the film more than just a torture-fest for me. Once again, the trailer does not do the film justice.

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