Your Favourite Movie EVER!

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  1. Chimpcheng

    Chimpcheng Yup... Giant cow head... Supporter

    Okay movie fans, we all love movies (except those who like 'Sex and the City', you're just, well, you know what you are! :woo: ), but is there a single movie that is your absolute favourite?

    You know? That special film you can watch again and again and each time you notice something new. The movie that you know the script verbatim. That one movie, years from now, that you want to sit with your kids/grandkids and watch them experience it for the first time.

    Yes, there exists similar threads, but here, we don't want a list of movies, we want you to name just one film. Okay, that might be a bit harsh for true movie fans, we want no more than three films that you feel are your favourites or are the greatest movies of all time. However, we want you to tell us why.

    Don't just say "Star Wars because it's great", tell us what it is about the movie(s) that keeps you coming back. Sell the movie to us. Describe it. However, be sensible, if you feel what you are about to tell us will ruin the film for potential viewees then please use the spoiler tags. If it is a very recent film (i.e. still at the cinema) again, please use spoiler tags...

    Alright then... Who's first?
  2. Simon

    Simon Administrator Admin Supporter MAP 2017 Koyo Award

    For me it is probably Beat Street.
    Although I haven't seen it for years, I have probably seen it over sixty times.

    It is basically a Hip Hop film, with breakdancing, graffiti, music and the day to day life of a group of youngsters with little in the way of a future iving in the hood.

    Breakdancing was a massive movement in this country when this film came out, and I was certainly caught up in the dancing scene.

    Not a film that is heavy on plot, but important at the time if you were a Hip Hop fan.
  3. CrowZer0

    CrowZer0 Assume formlessness.

    I have many, if I had to narrow it down in no particular order:

    The Godfather 1+2 (Bit of a cheat because they are two movies) I classify this as one movie, because in the book there is quite an overlap. I first saw this movie when I was 11 or 12 and didn't appreciate it at all, I had no patience for it. When I watched it again when I was 14 I was mesmerised and fell in love with it. The music, the acting (Al Pacino + Marlon Brando need I say more?) I've seen it many a countless times and introduced it to many a friend and girlfriends. I love how the story pans out especially the character of Michael, a good family boy who is transformed by evens the shooting of his father and the death of his brother. He turns into such an evil man, yet you find it easy to agree with his actions.

    2. Pulp Fiction Probably some of the best dialogue in a movie ever. Very cool, very stylish. Intertwining stories, different characters, gangsters, hillbillys, great 80s music, comedy, action. The seen were Marvin accidently gets his head blown off is both shocking and hilarious. I could write an essay about this movie and why it's so great and Tarantino is possibly my favourite director.

    3. A very tough one, but it will have to be The Matrix, when I first watched this movie I was blown away. I watched it consecutively over and over again I was around 14 or 15. Very cool, great story. Great religious and philosophical metaphors, a lot of background stuff for the conspiracy theorists. Great action, it just worked, edited to perfection, very memorable scenes "I know kung fu" "Show me".
  4. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    I love Jaws.
    I love the character dynamics of Brody, Hooper and Quint. Quint is probably my favourite character in any film ever. So many quotable lines and so well played by Robert Shaw.
    Sure the shark effects are pretty poor but somehow I think they do more than any amount of modern-day but weightless CGI shark could do. At least the thing was there for actors to react to and I think that shows.
  5. SpikeD

    SpikeD At the Frankenstein Place

    Rocky Horror Picture Show is probably my number one film. I've seen it well over a hundred times and love it each and every time. A musical masterpiece centered around transexual aliens searching for the perfection of life.

    A very, very close second is Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. This was the first movie i ever rented from the video shop the day my mom bought my dad a VHS player for his birthday. IMDB the plot if you really don't know (then punish yourself however you see fit for this glaring ignorance :) )

    Lastly it has to be Evil Dead I + II. I put them together because the first time I saw these it was at a friends and he had edited the two films together so i was unaware they were actually two seperate films until a few years later. Classic possession/haunting comedy cliche about a group of friends on a break in a hut in the middle of nowhere fighting for their lives against the hordes of evil deadites. This is being remade in 2013, not sure if that is a good thing though.
  6. m1k3jobs

    m1k3jobs Dudeist Priest

    The Big Lebowski. There is nothing else even close. Where else can you get action, kidnappings, betrayal, bowling, nihilists, reactionaries and fascists, known pornographers, an amputated toe, white russians, oat sodas, the stranger, Walter, The Dude and the whole meaning of life and how to deal with it in a laid back non-reactionary manner.

    And that's not like, just my opinion man.
  7. Moosey

    Moosey invariably, a moose Supporter

    That's a really tough question.

    Off the top of my head, I'd have to say Robocop. The satire of corporate greed, privatisation and unfettered capitalism is right on the money while there's enough gore and shock-horror to keep you hiding behind the sofa. Great acting all round and endlessly quotable (especially Kurtwood Smith as Clarence).
  8. Allers

    Allers tricking, kicking

    One is preettyy hard, but if there is one, it has to be Princess Mononoke.

    Princess Mononoke is a great japanese anime-style movie about a boy on a quest to find a cure for the curse he recieved from a boar-demon. It sounds quite ridiculous, but the movie is truly beautiful. As it develops, the viewer grows in understanding of the main character, Ashitaka, and builds up a bond with him, showing us how he is tugged by the two sides which dominate the microcosm in which animal and humans have an equal level of understanding, but are infintely different.

    The movie forces the viewer to consider the environment and the animal world at a glance, but when you explore it deeper, you can see the parallels between the mining colony villagers and us today. The movie is great for making you think about the true essence of human nature, and leaves you thinking for the rest of the day.

    It as a fantastic movie which the family can enjoy, and I would recommend it to anyone.

    Here is the IMDb link for any interested:
  9. Johnno

    Johnno Valued Member

    I don't know why, but I love gangster films. The Godfather (I and II) Goodfellas, Casino, Donnie Brasco... all great films, and for some reason I get a 'feelgood' factor from them, which is a bit weird given the subject matter.

    Also love good British gangster films. Not the Cockernee Crime Caper type of rubbish, but quality films like The Long Good Friday and Mona Lisa.

    I love films which you get more out of each time you see them. Probably the best example of this for me was 'This is Spinal Tap'. For years I kept discovering jokes which I'd missed on every previous viewing.

    I'm not going to choose three favourites though, because it's too hard! I know I'll only change my mind tomorrow. And the day after that. And the day after that...
  10. Anth

    Anth Daft. Supporter

    Gotta be Blues Brothers. Brilliant music with some of the original artists, brilliant quips and it takes me back to a slightly happier and more settled time.

    "It's 106 miles to Chicago..."
  11. Madao13

    Madao13 Valued Member

    For me it's Lost in Translation!
    That loneliness and slow action touched me and made me watch the movie 4-5 times.

    There are also 4 other runner ups for the first place. I'll mention only the 2 of them, Pulp Fiction and Gattaca.
    Last edited: May 22, 2012
  12. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Until they film The Wasteland it'll have to be Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure :D

  13. Smitfire

    Smitfire Cactus Schlong

    There are two films that if I catch them part way through on telly will generally always watch.

    The Mummy and School of Rock.

    The Mummy I like because it's just a rip-roaring adventure (like Raiders of the lost ark another favourite). Boys own stuff. And it has Rachel Weisz of course. Which helps.

    School of Rock is just so "feel good" (an icky phrase I know but appropriate).
    I know Jack Black can be annoying but he's perfect in this film. I intend to teach my daughter the history of rock, Led Zeppelin 101 and Foundation Black Sabbath when she's old enough to get it. :) The final concert performance always chokes me up a bit.
  14. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    The Dark Knight stands out for me, it's one of those films that you can watch again and again and again. What makes it better is that it is part of an awesome trilogy.

    I also really liked Warrior. Lots of emotion and fighting, I really couldn't ask for more.
  15. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    Princess Bride for the win!

    With that as the criteria, it's "The Princess Bride." And you all know that's right.

    The script verbatim? "As you wish!" and "Who is that man?" and "The cliffs of insanity!" and "I'm not left handed either" and "He's not dead." Yes, I think we know the script.

    Classic lines and scenes that we still reference 30 years later? I give you this: "I am Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." And I give you rodents of unusual size. And I give you this: "You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous is 'Never get involved in a land war in Asia,' but only slightly less well known is this: 'Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line.'"

    "Princess Bride" is the only love movie that a 10-year-old grandson can watch, and enjoy. I challenge you to think of any other. And when the heroine's name is "Princess Buttercup," and she wears that lovely dress and flowers in her hair, and a grandpa is narrating the story, what little granddaughter wouldn't be interested?
  16. Pretty In Pink

    Pretty In Pink Moved on MAP 2017 Gold Award

    I've never heard of it. :p
  17. Mitch

    Mitch Lord Mitch of MAP Admin

    Quite right too. :D I love this film. My kids watched it recently and I still nearly cry at Inigo's revenge speech :) I have just lent it to friends who have, inexplicably, never seen it.

    It was also filmed at many of the places I spent walking off hangovers during my Uni days before going to the greasy spoon for a fry up and a pint mug of tea :D How we survived riding out there on motorcycles I'll never know...

  18. aikiMac

    aikiMac aikido + boxing = very good Moderator Supporter

    I am, literally, old enough to be your father, so I'd be delighted to sit with you and watch you experience "The Princess Bride" for the first time --- son. :love:
  19. Ular Sawa

    Ular Sawa Valued Member

    Not to mention, it had a rug that really tied the room together.....
  20. boards

    boards Its all in the reflexes!

    I was going to say Life of Brian but I think Big Trouble in Little China just edges it out. Its a movie that I can just put in and no matter how crap my day has been will instantly make me feel better. So many quotable lines and one of the few movies where the lead hero is an incompetent bloke surrounded by experts but still manages to win the day. Just a perfect blend of action, fantasy and humour.

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