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What to watch, what to watch [Sep. 27th, 2004|09:12 am]
Zoethe
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This coming Sunday, we are hosting a movie marathon. These always have themes: in the past, we have done the "Bad Movie Marathon," an event filled with choices like Glen or Glenda? and The Star Wars Holiday Special, a horror that cost the crowd its will to live. We have had the "Try and teach Gini and Ferrett to like anime" mini-marathon (mixed success). In December there will be the "Extended DVD version Lord of the Rings from start to finish" marathon.

This weekend, it's the "Movies You Should Have Seen By Now" marathon. Everyone picks a movie they know should have seen, whether for cultural references or because they know it's supposed to be good, and we get through as many of them as we can manage.

So far, the crowd has chosen the following: Boondock Saints, The Crow, Thelma and Louise, The Godfather, Unforgiven or The Quick and the Dead (an undecided participant still debating), Say Anything, Equilibrium and an as-yet unnamed Muppet Movie. I am trying to finalize my choice from among several movies that I know I should have seen by now.

The movies I have/am considering are: Schindler's List, The Pianist, Magnolia, and The Piano. I've narrowed it down that far, but can't decide, so I'm looking for input. In light of the other movies being shown, and considering the relative quality of the movies, what do people think?
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[User Picture]From: naath
2004-09-27 01:19 pm (UTC)
Schindler's List is definately a Movie that Should Be Watched.
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[User Picture]From: lea724
2004-09-27 01:20 pm (UTC)
The Piano!!!! Sorry for my enthusiasm, but it's *so* good and amazing and worth it and you will not regret it.
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[User Picture]From: ser_kai
2004-09-27 01:20 pm (UTC)
I've seen Schindlers List & The Piano.
I liked Schindlers list way better(even though both were good).
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[User Picture]From: pkthunder
2004-09-27 01:21 pm (UTC)
I say Schindler's List. I think it had the Most Cultural Significance of those movies at the times of their releases.
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[User Picture]From: i_descend
2004-09-27 01:29 pm (UTC)
All of them are things that should be seen, but I'd say Magnolia goes best with the feel of the other movies chosen.
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[User Picture]From: thewhitedragon
2004-09-27 01:34 pm (UTC)
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).
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 01:38 pm (UTC)
It's nice, because there are a good number of them that I haven't seen at all, including those two.
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[User Picture]From: wolflady26
2004-09-27 01:40 pm (UTC)
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! :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 01:41 pm (UTC)
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....
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[User Picture]From: darthfox
2004-09-27 01:47 pm (UTC)
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.)
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[User Picture]From: olliesmama
2004-09-27 01:51 pm (UTC)
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!
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[User Picture]From: olliesmama
2004-09-27 01:52 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: aehallh
2004-09-27 01:51 pm (UTC)
Schindler's List.
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[User Picture]From: tevriel
2004-09-27 02:07 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 02:15 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: jarydm
2004-09-27 02:16 pm (UTC)
Of those 4 go with Magnolia, it is absolutely amazing. and the others are too long anyways.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2004-09-27 02:50 pm (UTC)
And Magnolia isn't?
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[User Picture]From: dream_labyrinth
2004-09-27 02:28 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 02:30 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: tormentedartist
2004-09-27 02:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 03:12 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: thessalian
2004-09-27 03:00 pm (UTC)
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)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 03:13 pm (UTC)
I will definitely have to see it.
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[User Picture]From: scathedobsidian
2004-09-27 03:09 pm (UTC)
Equilibrium: The only movie wherein you get to see Batman crying to Beethoven.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 03:13 pm (UTC)
Ooo...kay.

I know nothing about it. I'm getting more curious.
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[User Picture]From: rhapsody_98
2004-09-27 03:31 pm (UTC)
I reccomend Muppet Treasure Island.

"We've got Cabin Fever! And we're all going mad!"
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2004-09-27 03:41 pm (UTC)
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.
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From: elmundobueno
2004-09-27 03:41 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: kagomeshuko
2004-09-27 03:44 pm (UTC)
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.

Stein Auf!
Bridget
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 03:57 pm (UTC)
The simple logistics will probably dictate a shorter movie, but I will see it soon.
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[User Picture]From: lyssabard
2004-09-27 05:20 pm (UTC)

You MUST

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.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 05:30 pm (UTC)

Re: You MUST

I shall. Soon. Really.
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From: thetisra
2004-09-27 05:48 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 06:08 pm (UTC)
Never even *heard* of it. If you ever make it down here, we'll hold a Bad Movie night just in your honor!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 06:09 pm (UTC)
Have seen it, long long ago. Should rewatch it at some point.
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[User Picture]From: susitna
2004-09-27 06:17 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 06:49 pm (UTC)
Wish you could be here, sweetie.
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[User Picture]From: rev_tobias
2004-09-27 07:06 pm (UTC)
I think you should go for Ed Wood ;)

If it has to be one of the above, I'd take Schindler's List.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 07:11 pm (UTC)
I would like to see Ed Wood at some point, but not this weekend.

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[User Picture]From: apostate_96
2004-09-27 07:17 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-09-27 07:23 pm (UTC)
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.
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