Schindler's List is definately a Movie that Should Be Watched.
The Piano!!!! Sorry for my enthusiasm, but it's *so* good and amazing and worth it and you will not regret it.
I've seen Schindlers List & The Piano.
I liked Schindlers list way better(even though both were good).
I say Schindler's List. I think it had the Most Cultural Significance of those movies at the times of their releases.
All of them are things that should be seen, but I'd say Magnolia goes best with the feel of the other movies chosen.
I think that you both will like Equalibrium. It's very similar to Orwell's 1984 in the story background and plot. Say Anything is just incredible (it's one of the movies that gets watched several times a year at our house).
It's nice, because there are a good number of them that I haven't seen at all, including those two.
I haven't seen Schindler's List or The Pianist, either. I watched Magnolia a couple of months ago and thought it was a huge waste of time - really not my kind of movie at all. The Piano was ok, but also not something that really engaged me.
On that basis, I'd go with Schindler's List.
The other movies on your list are either movies I loved (like Say Anything) or movies I've recently been thinking I should see, too (like Godfather or Boondock Saints). It sounds like a fun weekend! :)
I have seen Godfather and Boondock Saints (great movie). And Unforgiven. The rest will be new for me.
I will of course have to help Ferrett arrange the schedule so that a couple of the movies I have seen are shown back-to-back so that I may make a hospital visit to my sis. It's gonna be a busy weekend....
if you pick Schindler's List, watch it last. i predict you won't be in much of a mood to socialize after. (i haven't seen The Pianist or Magnolia, and i saw about half of The Piano in high school, so this isn't actually a vote for any of the rest - just a vote of caution wrt Schindler's List. great, great film! wouldn't want to watch it in a crowd.)
You're going to think I'm nuts here, but I absolutely loved the movie Head. Okay, for those of you sniggering in the background, it's not porn. It was the much misunderstood movie made in the late 60s by the Monkees. And it's not the bubble gum music type stuff you'd expect from the Monkees, it's more their breakaway "Hey, we really ARE talented" movie. Jack Nicholson is in it, too...even before Easy Rider!
I know that wasn't one on your list....you know which one I'd vote for on your list...Unforgiven. Although I am a HUGE Liam Neeson fan.....Schindler's List is not something you watch in a crowd.
Anything but "The Piano", because it's shit. Cultural references, whatever. All you need to know about it is:
- Sam Neill is supposed to be the bad guy, but comes off as the most sympathetic character, because Sam Neill is an awesome actor and the other characters suck.
- Harvey Keitel is both ugly and annoying.
Really, I hated that movie SO DAMN MUCH it's just ridiculous. I find movies where the supposed sympathetic characters aren't very annoying; it's obvious throughout the movie that we're *supposed* to admire the woman and hate Sam Neill's character, and I didn't; Sam Neill's character comes off as being a little fucked up, but you know, you feel sorry for him, and can also kind of see his point, whereas Harvey Keitel's character is annoying as well as ugly and that dumb cow really needs to be smacked in the head, and really the whole thing could have been avoided if Sam Neill had just though: "Man, that wife of mine... is she a self-absorbed slut or what? I should take my child and go off to find a better life for us both!"
And then everyone would have been happy, and I would never have seen Harvey Keitel's ass.
I like Harvey Keitel! But I will keep your critique in mind. It actually makes me want to see it more, to see how my impressions compare.
Of those 4 go with Magnolia, it is absolutely amazing. and the others are too long anyways.
I have only seen The Piano and Schindler's list out of these four, and I'd say go for Schindler's list. But it really isn't a movie that makes you want to be all amiable and chat nicely with guests, so might be better to watch it some other time.
I liked the Piano, too.
I'm getting a definite "See Schindler's List - but *not* for the marathon" vibe from the comments here. I may have to take that one off the list for this particular event.
Equilibrium was a good movie , but you don't NEED to see it. The Quick and the Dead was a really good movie, but have you seen A Fist Full of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More and The Good,The Bad and The Ugly ? If you haven't seen and of those I think they should be on the list. You NEED to see those if you haven't. They are my Holy Trilogy. Sergio Leone didn't fuck them up 20 yrs. later. The Man With No Name would have shot Greedo first with no hesitation.
The movie choices are all being made by people who are attending - I only get to choose one.
As far as your list goes, I would pull out The Good, The Bad, and the Interminable (I didn't like that one), and put in High Plains Drifter, and consider that a worthy trilogy. I love those old Clint Eastwood westerns. I know that High Plains Drifter isn't technically part of it, but he's still the Man With No Name. Revived in Pale Rider, also an excellent film.
I've only seen two of the four you've narrowed it down to, but I'd recommend The Piano out of the two. The acting's superb and the story itself is pretty damn impressive. It even got my housemate out of his "stuff that goes boom" rut. ^_^
(Incidentally, the other one I've seen on there is Schindler's List)
I will definitely have to see it.
Equilibrium: The only movie wherein you get to see Batman crying to Beethoven.
I know nothing about it. I'm getting more curious.
I reccomend Muppet Treasure Island.
"We've got Cabin Fever! And we're all going mad!"
Muppet Christmas Carol was blasted for being too scary for the kiddies, but I swear it captures the essence of the book than a lot of "serious adaptations.
Of all four of those, the one I liked the most was Magnolia. But that's just a matter of tastes, really. It's a really interesting movie, and quite distinctly different from the others.
Besides, Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in it, and he's worth it all by himself.
I'd say go with Schindler's List. I actually watched that when I was in high school with a group of gifted English students (yes, we had to get permission and we watched at night in the teacher's lounge). I've since watched it again twice.
The simple logistics will probably dictate a shorter movie, but I will see it soon.
see Schindler's List.
But...I have to agree with some of the above--it's not a crowd movie.
Or well, I did use it as a crowd movie before I ran a Mage game set in WWII, as that was part of the package of the campaign and familiarity was important.
That said...watch it by yourself, but do watch it.
2004-09-27 05:30 pm (UTC)
Re: You MUST
I shall. Soon. Really.
The List is definately a must-see, but I'm with the others who said that Magnolia is probably the best fit with everything else. Not quite so heavy. Schindler's List is a marathon unto itself, and deserves your whole attention for a day or two.
On another note, you haven't *seen* a bad movie until you've seen Liquid Sky. It makes Battlefield Earth look like Oscar material.
Never even *heard* of it. If you ever make it down here, we'll hold a Bad Movie night just in your honor!
Have seen it, long long ago. Should rewatch it at some point.
Schindler's List. I can't believe you haven't seen that yet. Save a happier movie for afterwards though. There's nothing like following up the nazi horrors with some good ass kicking Irishmen and Willem Dafoe in drag.
Wish you could be here, sweetie.
I think you should go for Ed Wood ;)
If it has to be one of the above, I'd take Schindler's List.
I would like to see Ed Wood at some point, but not this weekend.
Of the ones you listed, I think the first one I'd recommend would be Schindler's List, if nothing other than it's one of the most powerful movies I've ever seen. The acting is well done, it doesn't downplay the horror of the Holocaust, and it also doesn't go overboard in the portrayal of the cruelty that took place. Second would be Magnolia, which is one of the few movies in which I've seen Tom Cruise actually act.
I frankly hated The Piano and wouldn't recommend it to anyone other than rabid femminists, and I haven't seen The Pianist.
Just my thoughts.
Thanks. I think I've decided to go for a change-up movie and choose "The Emperor's New Groove" instead, because of time considerations. I will definitely make time for Schinlder's List in the near future, though.