Movie reviewers seem to always suck, usually too artsy and out of touch with the notion of Entertainment. I figure you have already seen
The Godfather I/II, Star Wars II, Jaws, and others of the mega-hit/mega-classic ilk, so I'll just recommend good films that you may not have seen.
Must See In Your Lifetime:
- Manhunter - Making Art can get a little messy.
- Slapshot - Brilliant multi-level satire in a hockey rink.
- Hard-boiled - Hong Kong spaghetti
- Harold and Maude - An ultra-Romantic film about grief
- Chungking Express - It was love, what can you do? Make sure you watch the 2nd half of the film, that's what.
- The Shining - good budget + good director + good actors + good story = instant classic.
- Ikiru - one man, one life, all in the context of Japan in the first half of the 20th century.
Highly Recommended (i.e. you really should see these ;):
- Real Genius - Cal Tech mythology with a silly plot, but I wanted to be like Chris Knight.
- To Live and Die in L.A. - compare the "Art is Pain" in this to the "All Night Tool" creation in Real Genius.
- Soylent Green - The System is broken
- Zardoz - The elitist system isn't so elitist; it's broken, too.
- Clockwork Orange - The System is broken
- Rosemary's Baby - not scary, just visually fun.
- Blind Video Days - if you ever want to see what skating's about
- The Usual Suspects - drama, tension, twist
- The Sixth Sense - drama, tension, twist
- The Abominable Dr. Phibes - Revenge! (probably best if you're in high school)
- Airplane - silly boyish humor
- The Kentucky Fried Movie - more of that humor
- Once Upon a Time in the West - poetic violence
- The Killer - Hong Kong's Sergio Leone
- The Professional - French Spaghetti
- War Games - the film that broke hacking
- The Matrix - the film that broke hacking
- Repulsion - Catherine Deneuve goes nuts, Roman Polanski directs
- Belle de Jour - Catherine Deneuve goes nuts, Luis Buuel directs
- Suspiria - The arc from Polanski's Rosemary's Baby to Kubrick's The Shining passes through Suspiria.
It's ostensibly about witches.
- Secretary - Well-adjusted Sado-Masochists live next door.
- Braindead (Dead Alive = US release) - Peter Jackson's hilarious slaughterfest = Evil Dead 2, Down Under. Get the unrated version, the rated version makes no sense, so much was cut out.
- Fist of Legend - Jet Li remakes Fist of Fury
adding in a layer of thought.
- Super Troopers - a documentary about my home state's State Police.
- There's more....
- Kentucky Fried Movie - awesome scatterbrained high school humour (Catholic High School Girls in Trouble).
- The Mist - Unexpectedly Shakespearean film about Cthulhu and the failure to lead. Think "A Midwinter Night's Scream"
- Hostel - Unexpected Shakespeare tackles Torture Porn and Justice.
Kentucky Fried Movie...Best. Stupid. Movie. Ever....second only to History of the World Part 1.
If you want to talk Argento, you need Phenomena (AKA Creepers -- US release had kickin' box art) http://imdb.com/title/tt0087909/ --Rich
Thanks for the tip! I'll check out Phenomena's uncut subbed version. -- Patrick
Super Troopers... man, that film is priceless. In the scene where they drink the syrup, the actors are actually drinking syrup. That's dedication... or err... something. -- David W
I rate Super Trooper's opening scene an instant classic, along with Fist of Legend, and Harold & Maude. Any other Amazing Opening Scenes of Great Films that I missed? -- Patrick.