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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 18 Jan 2016, 22:31

I'm going to slowly go through this and make notes of what I want to see and how much I have seen. I wanted to post now so you know I am looking at this.

OK Hoop Dreams, that is a pick I wasn't expecting. It is also in my top 100 films. I played basketball for many years and took to that film. Roger Ebert promoted that film quite a bit and I agree with him that it was a huge mistake for the Academy to not even nominate that for Best Documentary.

I generally list the country who backs the production (where the money is.) Often this can mean different rules of production like with Mainland China and things you cannot film like time travel :).

There are so many films I like (like the first couple of Zatoichi) but are not even in my top 300-500 films.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 19 Jan 2016, 00:12

Mo wrote:Hoop Dreams should have won best documentary and best editing. Ive been meaning to check out the documentary Stevie. Have you seen it?
No. The only other film I have seen from Steve James is Life Itself.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 20 Jan 2016, 00:23

I have to read your reasons of So Close :).

Good to see Three O'clock High- 1987 on there. It is one of my favorites as well. Love the camerawork in it, but I have always enjoyed the story as well. It is one of the films I grew up with, so I have seen it quite a bit of times.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 20 Jan 2016, 19:26

I'll just give some quick notes to what I think of the ones I watched
Terminator 2- 1991: Saw this quite a bit of times in the 1990s. I don't think I've seen it on DVD though. Loved the film.
Snatch- 2000: One of the first DVDs I bought (well in the first 100). I'm a Guy Ritchie fan so naturally I like this film a lot.
The Avenging Eagle- 1978: I have the DD release of it. Solid, though I do need to rewatch this.
Gladiator- 2000: I did not understand Ebert's dislike of the movie (other than the CGI crowd scenes.) I'm also a fan.
Requiem For a Dream- 2000: One of the few films on this list I am not that big of a fan of. I liked some of the film aspects of it, even recognized when The Simpsons did a rif on it, but I felt it was too obviously heavyhanded.
Three O'clock High- 1987: In my top 100 films.
5 Element Ninjas- 1982: Love this movie. Ohhhh the Chang Cheh violence.
A Christmas Story- 1983: In my top 100 films. I have seen this over 30 times.
The Young Master- 1980: Seen it several times. Even have a long-winded review of it.
The Thing- 1982: One of the few remakes where I like it better than the original. One of my favorite John Carpenter films.
Fright Night- 1985: I remember first seeing this in the 80s. Underrated vampire film.
The Fellowship of the Ring- 2001: I prefer the extended version, but can watch it anytime.
The Longest Nite- 1998: Great film. I am going to rewatch it this month.
Shaolin vs Lama- 1983: You got me to watch this. I enjoyed it. If I rewatch it, I will do a review.
Iron Monkey- 1993: Already seen it several times.
The Golden Child- 1986: It has been years since I have seen this. Probably time for a rewatch. I do not even remember my exact feelings on this.
The Crow- 1994: I saw this first in the theater. I enjoyed the camera work and story.
Once Upon a Time in China- 1991: Seen a few times, always enjoy. If I ever do a full length review I will have to figure out which one I like more: 1 or 2.
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly- 1966: One of my favorite westerns of all time.
Desperado- 1995: Fun film, though I might actually like El Mariachi better (which I have seen more times).
Fist of Legend- 1994
Hero- 2002: Also in my top 100 (or at least top 200).
Memento- 2000: I've seen all of Christopher Nolan's directed movies, so I'm a fan. I love the use of time in this movie as well as the surprise ending.
True Romance- 1993: Wait is that a mention of Street Fighter? :)
Beverly Hills Cop- 1984: I grew up with this so I've seen it countless time.
The Running Man- 1987: I also grew up with this so I've seen it countless time.
Shaolin Prince- 1982: Great choreography.
Kid with the Golden Arm- 1979: Do for a rewatch, but I like Lo Meng.
The Magic Blade- 1976: I hope you have read my 1000+ essay on this movie. If you have not, you need to. It is long.
Hearbreak Ridge- 1986: Clint, Clint, Clint. This was a time when I was so interested in military and war films so I saw it several times in the 80s and early 90s.
Dogma- 1999: One of the few films on here I really do not like. I liked Clerks from the director then really nothing else.
Die Hard- 1988: I was lucky to see this in the theater. As a kid watching this I was so into it I rubbed all the ink off the movie ticket. This movie probably influenced me more than I can realize.
Unforgiven- 1992: Solid movie that I can easily see in a top 100 list.
Better Off Dead- 1985: I saw this a lot of times in the 80s. I still like it.
Dumb and Dumber- 1994: I saw this in the theater and have seen it several times since. I even liked the sequel.
The Truman Show- 1998: Ditto.
A Better Tomorrow- 1986: A great film, though not as high as Hardboiled of The Killer to me. I've been wanting to do a full length review of this for years.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off- 1986: Another quintessential 80s film. Seen it at least 20 times.
The Outlaw Josey Whales- 1976: I like this movie, but it would not be in my top 10 Clint Eastwood films.
Return to the 36th Chamber- 1980: Solid sequel.
Hoop Dreams- 1994: we discussed. Top 100 film for me.
Duel- 1971: One of the best TV films of all-time.
Shaolin Soccer- 2001: I like so many of Stephen Chow films so naturally I like this.
Ninja in the Dragon's Den- 1982: I saw it for the first time last year. I really enjoyed it.
Dark City- 1998: Roger Ebert is a huge fan of this, so am I.
Predator- 1987: I also saw this in the theater when it came out. It was intense for me. I had no time to bleed.
Love on Delivery- 1994: I'm a fan.
Lone Wolf and Cub Sword of Vengeance- 1972: I've seen all of the Lone Wolf films and this one a few times. There is a certain amount of misogynistic content that I just do not like in these.
Falling Down- 1993: My favorite Joel Schumacher film.
Beetlejuice- 1988: I like Tim Burton so naturally I have seen this several times.
The Shawshank Redemption- 1994: Top 100 for me.
Lone Wolf and Cub Baby Cart in the Land of Demons- 1973: Not as big of a fan of this Lone Wolf movie.
UHF- 1989: Top 200 film I believe. I've seen it an embarrassing amount of times. I even have the soundtrack.
Major League- 1989: I enjoyed this. Also saw it first in the theater.
National Lampoon's Vacation- 1983: The amount of times I have seen this is huge. My dad loves this movie so I grew up watching it over and over.
Back to the Future- 1985: Enjoyable.
This is Spinal Tap- 1984: Top 100 for me.
Tommy Boy- 1995: Also saw first in theater. Saw it on VHS. Saw it on DVD. Bought the BD.
District 9- 2009: Good, but a little heavyhanded for me with its tone and storyline.
Braindead- 1992: I kick ass for the lord.
Little Miss Sunshine- 2006: Enjoyable.
Alien- 1979: Classic. I first saw the sequel though and still prefer it over the original.
Jaws- 1975: Classic. I have never seen the sequels though. Not sure I want to.
The Two Towers- 2002: same feelings on the other LOTR film you mentioned.
One Armed Boxer- 1972: Seen it a few times, though I think I prefer a guillotine with it :).
Fight Club- 1999: Top 100 for me.
8 Diagram Pole Fighter- 1984: Classic martial art movie. I need to rewatch it though.
Inception- 2010: My favorite film of 2010.
The Shining- 1980: Seen it several times, but not as big of a fan of it as you.
Ghostbusters- 1984: Saw it in the theater when it came out, saw it in the theater in 2014 for the 30th anniversary. Top 100 movie.
Total Recall- 1990: Oh this was a great theater watch. I bought the remake but did not see it yet.
Fist of Fury- 1972
King of Comedy- 1982: I really enjoyed this Chow film.
The 7 Grandmasters- 1978: One of my favorite Taiwanese MA films. Heck one of my favorite MA films.
Twins- 1988: I like it, not top 500 for me, but I like it.
Full Contact- 1992: I hope you have read my overly long, obtuse essay on this.
True Lies- 1994: I remember seeing this in the theater and feeling a little let down. Felt a little better rewatching it several times since.
The Gold Connection- 1979: You got me to watch this. Surprised that it was actually good.
Braveheart- 1995: Mel Gibson is a good director.
Ace Ventura Pet Detective- 1994: I'm actually a fan of this. Saw it first in theater. Still waiting for a third film.
Pee Wee Herman's Big Adventure- 1985: Top 100 for me.
Dazed and Confused- 1993: Have the Criterion release of it. I'm so-so on it.
Christmas Vacation- 1989: Not as big of a fan of this as the first Vacation.
Seven Samurai- 1954: One of the greatest movies of all-time.
Shaolin Intruders- 1983: Love the choreography of this.
Blazing Saddles- 1974: In my top 200. Seen it countless times.
The Burbs- 1989: This is an interesting pick. I find it decent, though seems strange as a top pick.
Uncle Buck- 1989: I'm such a big John Candy fan, though Planes Trains and Automobiles is my favorite performance from him and what I would consider his best movie.
American Pyscho- 2000: I've actually used the name Patrick Bateman when signing up for hotels.
Fargo- 1996: Like it, not love it. Not sure why.
Young Frankenstein- 1974: Top 100. Also seen it over 30 times.
Edward Scissorhands- 1990: Not quite up there with my favorite Burton films.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade- 1989: Like it, but prefer the first and second.
Wayne's World- 1992: I have no issues with this.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?- 1988: Always enjoyable.
48 Hours- 1982: Walter Hill is a director who has grown on me. I wonder if they could film this today in this PC environment.
The Game- 1997: A little too gimmicky at the end, but I was in suspense throughout.
Kung Fu Zombie- 1981: A bit surprising, though I overall like the film.
Platoon- 1986: Top 100. I first saw it in the theater, I read the book beforehand.
Shutter Island- 2010: I'm a Scorsese fan. Enjoyed this.
Tom Yum Goong- 2005: Interesting pick. I liked it overall (I hope you are referring to the longer version), but the overall direction is a bit creaky, could have used better editing (not the American version though). Great action.
Trading Places- 1983: classic comedy.
The Bourne Identity- 2002: My favorite Bourne film, but still not that sold on these movies.
The Princess Pride- 1987: I believe you mean Bride. Top 100 for me.
Crime Story- 1993: A little surprising on your list. What did you like about it?
There's Something About Mary- 1998: Great comedy.
Casino- 1995: I hate that the screaming banshee of a woman uses my last name. I'm somewhere in the middle on this movie.
Total Recall- 1990: So good you have twice.
The Fly- 1986: Help Me!!! Did not like the deleted scenes, but great horror flick.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory- 1971: Grew up with.
Hardboiled- 1992: Classic Woo. Top 100 films for me.
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow- 1978: A step below Drunken Master, though I'm a fan.
Drunken Master- 1978: Big fan.
Shaolin Mantis- 1978: A little surprised, would like to hear reasons for this.
Dirty Ho- 1979: the first Shaw Brothers films I ever saw.
The Blues Brothers- 1980: Top 100 for me.
House of Flying Daggers- 2004: great choreography. I tend to like most of Zhang Yimou's films.

I'll continue with part 2 later :D.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 21 Jan 2016, 19:01

My comments on your comments on my comments (part 2 will be later):

I saw T2 so many times that I haven't had the urge to watch it in years. I will eventually pick up the BD.

Golden Wheel Lama is goooooood.

My Magic Blade review: ... hong-kong/ Of course Devil's Grandma is mentioned. Hmmm, human pork buns. Feel free to comment in the thread.

Oops on King of Comedy. I was going a little too fast on writing. Now I'm a fan of that film as well. What do you think of After Hours? One of my favorite Scorsese films which is underrated. My favorite Scorsese film is Taxi Driver. Yes I've used Travis Bickle as a hotel name as well.

I really do not know why people dislike KF Zombie. While it is not in my top films, I certainly enjoyed it, enough where I want to watch it again.

My brother has quoted The Burbs for years (which means I have as well).

Well a lot of people really like A Christmas Story as well. Easy way to tell: look at the high rating on IMDB. Seriously 8.1, not many films have that high of a rating. Hey Roger Ebert made it into one of his great movies list. I have seen the movie over 30 times. I watch it every year near Christmas.

Nothing ashamed about picking a film you like over what might be considered a masterpiece. I'm not the biggest fan of Jean-Luc Godard for example or John Cassavettes. One can appreciate a film for how it is made, but still prefer something else as well.

I also saw Groundhog's Day in the theater. I have it on DVD as well (and VHS tape.) I am a fan of it. I need to rewatch it again some time.

I like the first Kick Ass, not so much with the second. Not sure why I like it, but I do.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by Masterofoneinchpunch » 27 Jan 2016, 19:20

Part 2:

SPL- 2005: Great film. I can see what this would be on a list. Overall a better film than say Flash Point, but I love the ending of Flash Point. I have the Dragon Dynasty release of this.
Black Rain- 1989: Enjoyed, though not in my top several hundred.
Knockabout- 1979: Read my long winded review.
The Fifth Element- 1997: I saw this several times when it came out. I have the VHS :D.
Boxer's Omen- 1983: Ohhhh yeah. Crazy film. I recommended this several times, even got an article out of a writer who enjoyed this on an online movie site.
Human Lanterns- 1982: Fun, crazy and I wonder how many people have those lanterns.
Leon- 1994: This is on so many people I know top lists. Yet it is not on mine. Not sure why, though I have seen it a few times.
Rain Man- 1988: You are an excellent martial artist, excellent martial artist.
Jurassic Park- 1994: I saw this first in the theater and several times after. I 've also read the book (I've read all of Michael Crichton's books including the ones under the pseudonym John Lange.)
Catch Me if You Can- 2002: The insane part is that it is based on a real life person.
The Man From Nowhere- 2010: Great knife fight scene; also reminds me a bit of Leon.
The Naked Gun- 1988: The amount of times I have seen this is huge. I first saw it in the theater, have it on VHS and DVD.
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin- 1978:
Point Break- 1991: I saw this for the first time last year. I have no real interest in the remake.
Office Space- 1999: I'm thinking you like Idiocracy as well. This was such a hit among my coworkers at my previous job. I still quote this movie today.
The Fugitive- 1993: At some point I want to go through the TV series this was based on. Solid pacing and story here.
The Magnificent Butcher- 1979: I have a long winded review on this as well. I like it, but I am nowhere near a fan of it as you are. Reasons are in my essay.
Napoleon Dynamite- 2004: Can you believe how popular this film was at the time? Funny enough I liked it more the second time I watched it.
Big- 1988: At the time Tom Hanks was still not as well known for his acting as he would later become (especially thanks to Philadelphia and then Forrest Gump), but definitely shed Bosom Buddies with this one.
Shaolin Rescuers-1979: always a fun watch.
Die Hard 3- 1995: Not quite in my top action films; but I do like it.
The Road Warrior- 1981: Mel Gibson is so underrated now :D. Of course saying intoxicating racist rants do not help.
Election- 1999: I prefer Johnnie To's version :).
Batman- 1989: I'm glad I am not the only fan. I love this movie, have seen it countless times and even have a decent review of it.
Batman Begins- 2005: Solid, but not as high with me as with you.
Showdown at the Cotton Mill- 1978: enjoy but nowhere near the fan you are. Need to see it again.
Heat- 1995: I tend to like Michael Mann's films; heck Henry Rollins is in this.
High Noon- 1952: John Wayne absolutely hated this movie. I liked it, but it is do for a rewatch. I think Gary Cooper is a heck of an actor. I'll watch anything he is in.
Unbreakable- 2000: Underrated film. Watch out for Mr. Glass.
The Delightful Forest-1972: Violence, oh the violence. While Chang Cheh did not direct most of this (he mentions that in his memoir) it is so inspired by his work that it could be.
Groundhog Day- 1993: always good to watch; always good to watch; always good to watch.
The Breakfast Club- 1985: the amount of times I have seen this is quite large. Ahh, the Brat Pack. I like most of John Hughes work (both writing and directing).
Django- 1966: I'm a bit weak on Italian westerns, but of course I own this and have seen it.
Demolition Man- 1993: Taco taco taco Bell I want to eat at Taco Bell.
Master of the Flying Guillotine- 1976: In my top 200 films. I also have a long winded review.
Return of the Chinese Boxer- 1977: Enjoyable. Something crazy about Wang Yu.
Crippled Avengers- 1978: I liked this more than the first Venoms film.
Green Snake- 1993: Just not as high on this as you are.
The Blood Brothers- 1973: Fun Shaw Brothers flick. Need to see again.
King of Kings- 1969: do you mean 1961?

There will be a part III.

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by grim_tales » 30 Jan 2016, 02:53

Groundhog Day (1993) - I really should watch this again as it's coming up to February 2. A superb comedy, and a modern classic, imo :)

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Re: My favorite movies

Unread post by grim_tales » 31 Jan 2016, 11:02

I havent, sounds interesting :)

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