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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:03 PM

Before you post in this thread, I want to let you know that this isn't a "list favourite movie" thread. This is much more than that.

This thread is about what incredible movies exist, what makes them so wonderful, and to share critical thought on specific movies.

Please do not post if you are just going to list your top 10 movies of all time.
Please do not post if you are going to state a movie title.

I want to hear your critical opinion about certain movies and give feedback on what everyone expresses.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:04 PM

The other day I watched a movie that I should have seen in theatres. But didn't.. I watched it on Netflix instead.

The movie is Super 8. Made by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.

If you have already seen this movie, then good. But if you still have not, then I urge you, you must go watch this movie. It's totally worth signing up for Netflix right now and watching it.

Why is the movie good? Spoiler free of course..

The movie's two star lead roles, child actors, just captivated me. They were raw, emotional, true to their feelings, and backed with tremendous dialogue. Even if the story line tanked and the screen play was horrid (not that it did), the child actors would still make this a movie worth watching.

Did I mention this film was done by JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg? One, a heavy weight in modern movie productions, and the other, an award winning classic director to be remembered for all of time? Whether if you like JJ Abram's movies or not, the combination of both creative minds is something worth experiencing.

In essence, this is a sci-fi adventure movie which is best described as "Goonies" meets "Cloverfield". Boys going out on an adventure and eventually entering a horror movie with the monster/alien. JJ Abrams brings to the film a very "family oriented" and "dysfunctional" conflict to the movie. Spielberg brings to the film a very story driven and suspense adventure tale. Taking a step back, it's almost like JJ Abram's homage and tribute to Spielberg's ET.

This movie is incredible because it is multi-dimensional story telling. Not many movies go as deep as this one does. It has action, adventure, character development, emotions, and most underrated.. an ending that makes you wanting MORE.

Please go watch this movie. It is truly incredible.

A quick teaser for your enjoyment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQpsohtsEk&feature=related

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:08 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:15 PM

As far as amazing movies that you may not have heard of check out Train de Vie (Train of Life). Saw this movie years ago on CBC and it blew my mind. The movie somehow manages to be political and silly, funny and serious all at the same time. The plot is basically about a jewish town were "the village fool" hears rumours of the Nazi concentration camps and convinces the town to deport themselves to Isreal by pretending they are a concenration camp train. Along the way some of the younger passangers discover socialism.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:16 PM

Good thread, it's such a shame how every movie thread / topic in CDC history just quickly crumbles into "my favourite movie lists" -- or like the "rate what you recently watched" where every second movie listed has a 8, 9, or 10.

(i'll post a suggestion or two later)

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:22 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:23 PM

The other day I watched a movie that I should have seen in theatres. But didn't.. I watched it on Netflix instead.

The movie is Super 8. Made by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.

If you have already seen this movie, then good. But if you still have not, then I urge you, you must go watch this movie. It's totally worth signing up for Netflix right now and watching it.

Why is the movie good? Spoiler free of course..

The movie's two star lead roles, child actors, just captivated me. They were raw, emotional, true to their feelings, and backed with tremendous dialogue. Even if the story line tanked and the screen play was horrid (not that it did), the child actors would still make this a movie worth watching.

Did I mention this film was done by JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg? One, a heavy weight in modern movie productions, and the other, an award winning classic director to be remembered for all of time? Whether if you like JJ Abram's movies or not, the combination of both is something to be noted.

In essence, this is a sci-fi adventure movie which is best described as "Goonies" meets "Cloverfield". Boys going out on an adventure and eventually entering a horror movie with the monster/alien. If you ask me, it's JJ Abram's love letter to Steven Spielberg and a tribute to ET.

This movie is incredible because it is multi-dimensional in its story telling. Not many movies go as deep as this one does. It has action, adventure, character development, emotions, and most underrated.. an ending that makes you wanting MORE.

Please go watch this movie. It is truly amazing.

Nice job of describing Super 8! "Goonies" meets "Cloverfield" was a well thought out comment. Elle Fanning (Dakota's sister) showed real acting chops as did Joel Courtenay. Reminded me so much of those "summer Crushes/loves" i had when I was in my tweens and teens.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:24 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:26 PM

Nice job of describing Super 8! "Goonies" meets "Cloverfield" was a well thought out comment. Elle Fanning (Dakota's sister) showed real acting chops as did Joel Courtenay. Reminded me so much of those "summer Crushes/loves" i had when I was in my tweens and teens.


Thanks and agreed.

Elle Fanning definitely played the most perfect role in the movie. I'm sure it was the by-product of great direction from Abrams. I watched the behind the scenes footage and it sounds like they casted over a few thousand kids in order to get the right ones.

It makes me want to be on the set of Super 8 while filming. What an incredible movie.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

By the way - one thing I totally missed was the amazing music, that was composed by Michael Giacchino, also the person who did the movie Up.. and tv series Lost.

A movie without the right music is 1/2 as good.. The OST for Super 8 was just.. heart warming.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:48 PM

American Gangster


While based on a true story a lot of the movie is fictional, but nevertheless great acting by both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. An honourable mention to Ruby Dee who portrayed Frank Lucas' (Denzel's character) mother, which I think she got an Academy Award nomination. I really enjoyed how the movie portrays both leading characters in their own scenes and subplots in a predominantly mutually exclusive manner up to the point where Russell arrests Denzel at the end of the movie. At this point do the main characters finally "meet" each other after a wild goose chase of confronting mass police corruption, evidence collecting and using informants and whatnot. It also serves as a good history lesson as to how rampant heroin abuse emerged in Harlem during the Vietnam War. The streets of Harlem were definitely depicted as raw; top notch marks for authenticity.

While not my favourite movie of all time, it's up there. I'd say top 10. Probably Ridley Scott's last good movie that he directed (haven't seen Prometheus yet).

Edit: Here's the arrest scene I was talking about. The music is quite fitting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3QyTiNVwWA

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:52 PM

American Gangster


While based on a true story a lot of the movie is fictional, but nevertheless great acting by both Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. I really enjoyed how the movie portrays both leading characters in their own scenes and subplots in a predominantly mutually exclusive manner up to the point where Russell arrests Denzel at the end of the movie. At this point do the main characters finally "meet" each other after a wild goose chase of confronting mass police corruption, evidence collecting and using informants and whatnot. It also serves as a good history lesson as to how rampant heroin abuse emerged in Harlem during the Vietnam War. The streets of Harlem were definitely depicted as raw; top notch marks for authenticity.

While not my favourite movie of all time, it's up there. I'd say top 10. Probably Ridley Scott's last good movie that he directed (haven't seen Prometheus yet).


Thank you for your post. I will watch it (hopefully) soon and share my thoughts on the movie.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 01:58 PM

Thank you for your post. I will watch it (hopefully) soon and share my thoughts on the movie.


It's definitely worth a watch. This movie came out in 07 when I was still in high school. When I first saw the title "American Gangster", I scoffed at it thinking that it was just another ordinary crime movie with an uninspiring name. Only after watching it did I realize it was probably the most fitting title for the movie.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:07 PM

Requiem For A Dream:

Why is this an incredible movie? I can't find a single fault with it. The direction (Darren Aranovski) the acting (Jared Leto, Jennifer Connolly, and the unbelievable portrayal of Sara Goldfarb by Ellen Burstyn). This movie portrays the lead character as Addiction and tells the story of it's victory over a series of different addicts. It is raw and realistic, taking the audience from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows throughout a calendar year. The soundtrack is totally on point throughout and the editing moves the movie along at a frenetic drug-addled pace. Just one of the most perfect pieces of cinema I have ever seen.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:07 PM

The other day I watched a movie that I should have seen in theatres. But didn't.. I watched it on Netflix instead.

The movie is Super 8. Made by JJ Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg.

If you have already seen this movie, then good.  But if you still have not, then I urge you, you must go watch this movie.  It's totally worth signing up for Netflix right now and watching it.

Why is the movie good? Spoiler free of course..

The movie's two star lead roles, child actors, just captivated me.  They were raw, emotional, true to their feelings, and backed with tremendous dialogue. Even if the story line tanked and the screen play was horrid (not that it did), the child actors would still make this a movie worth watching.

Did I mention this film was done by JJ Abrams and Steven Spielberg?  One, a heavy weight in modern movie productions, and the other, an award winning classic director to be remembered for all of time?  Whether if you like JJ Abram's movies or not, the combination of both creative minds is something worth experiencing.

In essence, this is a sci-fi adventure movie which is best described as "Goonies" meets "Cloverfield".  Boys going out on an adventure and eventually entering a horror movie with the monster/alien.  JJ Abrams brings to the film a very "family oriented" and "dysfunctional" conflict to the movie.  Spielberg brings to the film a very story driven and suspense adventure tale.  Taking a step back, it's almost like JJ Abram's homage and tribute to Spielberg's ET.

This movie is incredible because it is multi-dimensional story telling.  Not many movies go as deep as this one does.  It has action, adventure, character development, emotions, and most underrated.. an ending that makes you wanting MORE.

Please go watch this movie.  It is truly incredible.

A quick teaser for your enjoyment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&NR=1&v=h8-ROXZjGhQ
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DQpsohtsEk&feature=related


Great write up. I also thought this movie was good. The child actors did a real good job pulling me into the story. Unlike a lot of kid centered movies that struggle with the acting part and just read lines off a script. This movie brought me back to when I was a kid and would watch ET or Poltergeist. Felt like a salute to Spielberg and those types of movies of the 80s. I had the same feeling after watching it at home, should have seen it in theatres.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:12 PM

The Human Centipede

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:17 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:19 PM

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Infernal Affairs (1,2 & 3)>>>The Departed
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:23 PM

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The Prestige

A movie about magicians, which unfolds like a magic trick in itself. The acting and directing are fantastic, and the concept unique and compelling.

But the real treat in this movie is in re-watching it (multiple times, even), and seeing how many times you, the viewer, were completely played.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:25 PM

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It fits the thread too, as that movie was simply outstanding. I have only seen a few select movies in the theatre twice - but I went for The Incredibles four times. It was that good!
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:46 PM

Infernal Affairs (1,2 & 3)>>>The Departed

So I've heard. Still a good movie
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 02:46 PM

The Prestige

A movie about magicians, which unfolds like a magic trick in itself. The acting and directing are fantastic, and the concept unique and compelling.

But the real treat in this movie is in re-watching it (multiple times, even), and seeing how many times you, the viewer, were completely played.


I love this movie. Very rare would someone suggest to watch this movie and I refuse to watch.

Though Christopher Nolan's multiple timeline screen play can be rather daunting to simpler audiences, the film as a whole is very rewarding experience when fully understood.

I also have to tip my hat to Nolan to come up with an ending that.. although somewhat bitter, leaves the correct taste that the movie intended. I'm glad it didn't end with a happily ever after feeling.

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:12 PM

I love old classics, one of the best is Out of the Past with Robert Mitchum

It is one of the defining films of the "Film Noir" genre. Filled with shady, ambiguous characters, double crosses, set ups, you're never fully sure who the good guy is or if there really is one nor can you easily tell who is on who's side.


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 03:42 PM

Infernal Affairs (1,2 & 3)>>>The Departed


Only the first one was better than The Departed IMO.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:01 PM

Jurassic Park. Absolute Classic.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:04 PM

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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:07 PM

Jurassic Park. Absolute Classic.


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Posted 13 July 2012 - 04:47 PM

The Prestige

A movie about magicians, which unfolds like a magic trick in itself. The acting and directing are fantastic, and the concept unique and compelling.

But the real treat in this movie is in re-watching it (multiple times, even), and seeing how many times you, the viewer, were completely played.


You are my favourite poster on CDC, and this is another reason why. Nolan's movies are fantastic, but this get's lost in the fold. It was also the first time I thought that Hugh Jackman could actually act.

I think the thing in this movie that still gets me when I re-watch this is what exactly happens with Hugh Jackman's "true" identity, if you know what I mean. I want to explain more what I mean, but I don't know how to do spoiler tags. Great movie though.

For me, I have to put down Starship Troopers. It's not just the absurdity of it all, but what Paul Verhoeven's intention with it was. Most people would watch ST and either think, "What a sh*tty movie," or "Pretty solid B movie;" when in fact, it is so much more. Listening to Verhoeven on the commentary is an absolute treat. Because he grew up right in the middle of WWII, Starship Troopers played out with "What would the world look like had the Nazi's actually won?" This just adds another layer to the film that I'm not sure most people actually realize.

I remember when my wife saw it for the first time, she said, "That was the worst piece of garbage I have ever seen." The first thing I asked her was, "Didn't you think it was odd that in Buenos Aires, majority of the students were white?" Not only that, but how many of the characters had blonde hair with blue eyes? The more I write, the more I want to see it again.

And I have to add, because I'm such a nerd, I actually name my Boston Terrier after NPH's character in the movie, Carl. "If you think you're psychic...maybe you are." I laugh my ass off everytime.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:32 PM

You are my favourite poster on CDC, and this is another reason why. Nolan's movies are fantastic, but this get's lost in the fold. It was also the first time I thought that Hugh Jackman could actually act.

I think the thing in this movie that still gets me when I re-watch this is what exactly happens with Hugh Jackman's "true" identity, if you know what I mean. I want to explain more what I mean, but I don't know how to do spoiler tags. Great movie though.

For me, I have to put down Starship Troopers. It's not just the absurdity of it all, but what Paul Verhoeven's intention with it was. Most people would watch ST and either think, "What a sh*tty movie," or "Pretty solid B movie;" when in fact, it is so much more. Listening to Verhoeven on the commentary is an absolute treat. Because he grew up right in the middle of WWII, Starship Troopers played out with "What would the world look like had the Nazi's actually won?" This just adds another layer to the film that I'm not sure most people actually realize.

I remember when my wife saw it for the first time, she said, "That was the worst piece of garbage I have ever seen." The first thing I asked her was, "Didn't you think it was odd that in Buenos Aires, majority of the students were white?" Not only that, but how many of the characters had blonde hair with blue eyes? The more I write, the more I want to see it again.

And I have to add, because I'm such a nerd, I actually name my Boston Terrier after NPH's character in the movie, Carl. "If you think you're psychic...maybe you are." I laugh my ass off everytime.


Interesting read.

While it's true that I would paint Starship Troopers as a crummy movie, I have to admit that I enjoyed it when I first watched it. The movie had an interesting take on relationships between soldiers, captains, and research department (the three friends that grew up together). I later had more of this sense after watching Battlestar Galactica.
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Posted 13 July 2012 - 05:38 PM

Great write up. I also thought this movie was good. The child actors did a real good job pulling me into the story. Unlike a lot of kid centered movies that struggle with the acting part and just read lines off a script. This movie brought me back to when I was a kid and would watch ET or Poltergeist. Felt like a salute to Spielberg and those types of movies of the 80s. I had the same feeling after watching it at home, should have seen it in theatres.


I would have to agree with regards to the choice of child actors they used in this movie. I find it very detracting when a good movie settles on kids that aren't believable. A History of Violence is an example of this. Not the best movie but the girl who plays Viggo Mortenson's daughter in the movie is inexcusably awful.

Another example of a great kid centered movie is Stand By Me. Awsome characters who all found success in Hollywood after the movie. I always liked Elijah Wood as well. A very good child actor in his day. I thought the movie "The War" was one of his greatest. I believe it is on Netflix as well.

I ramble.

Edited by JoeyJoeJoeJr. Shabadoo, 13 July 2012 - 05:39 PM.

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