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Movies you have to watch at least once

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Okay so this is sort of similar to threads that have already existed, so if you want mods, you can shut it down.

However, I still think another movie thread isn't such a bad idea, when this one is less about straight reviews, and more about recommendations.

So has there ever been a movie that you have watched and enjoyed it so much that you have to make sure everyone you know has seen it?

I definately have.

So heres a few movies that I feel everyone has to give a go:

1. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist

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I don't see how this movie got such bad reviews. It really is a great film.

Not only is it a parody of badly dubbed martial art movies, its also a bit of a self parody too.

Its weird, its wacky, and its just plain fun!

Watch it with some fun friends and you will have a great laugh.
(Booze is helpful here too!)

2. Shutter Island

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This was a suprise film for me. I was expecting it to be bad.
It didn't look all too interesting at first, pretty generic actually.
But once the film starts gaining momentum, its actually pretty gripping and at parts very intelligent.

3. Austin Powers (All of them)

Who hasn't seen Austin Powers?

The first two are classics, and the third one, though a little underdone compared to the first two, actually does have enough fresh material to stand by itself.

The films definately should be watched together though, the films are just full of in-jokes.

4. Shrek

None of the sequels, just the first one really.
I've seen all of these films, and though the others are not the worst movies in the world, (just pretty unecessary really...) the original is just a lot better.

Original idea, good cast, great execution.

5. Kung Fu Panda 2

I like Kung Fu Panda, its a great film.
Though I am fairly biased because I love Jack Black in most of the stuff he does, (some people tend to hate him) you have to admit he's a good fit in this film, in fact all of the cast were.

Kung Fu Panda 2, doesn't suffer from Dreamworks usual curse of making a good movie, and then making terrible sequels, and you can easily see that the people behind this movie cared quite a bit about it, and put a lot of effort in, (its a shame the videogames never get the same treatment eh?).

It didn't go the cheap route, and just make it a souless forced comedy affair, in fact the movie didn't have many jokes in it at all and was actually suprisingly dark at points (acting more of a homage to the old kung fu movies rather than a straight parody the first one was).

Its not for everyone, I'll admit, but if you liked the first movie, you probably would enjoy this one as well.

6. The Shining

I'm not normally a horror fan, but this film is just a perfect example of how to do a horror film right.

Jack Nicholson was the PERFECT lead.
A fantastic actor that just slides into the role with no effort at all, (maybe he was playing himself! XD).

7. Scary Movie 2

The best of the series in my opinion, and if you have to watch one, just watch this one.

8. Drag me to Hell

I don't understand why people hate this movie.

People seem to expect too much from it, I guess, or they just misinterprit it.

As a horror film, its terrible, its not very scary at all, but in all honesty, this is Sam Raimi we are talking about here, its not supposed to be pure horror.

Its more funny and gross if anything, and thats sort of the point of it.
Its basically a more mainstream, modernised version of the Evil Dead films.

It does have some clever scenes, and it does shock you here and there, but its really a sort of film you just sit there, and enjoy.
The best horror films are the ones where you can sit there and mock the stupidity of the protagonist from the safety of the fourth wall.
This film has that, but it also adds some extra dark comedy to give it that extra spice.

Its not a film you can watch again and again, but its a good film to watch with friends (or family, as I did with my mom, the twisted woman was pretty much howling with laughter all the way through).

9. Rocky Horror Picture Show

Best Goddamn Musical of all time!!
Go see it! Now!
Tim Curry love here. <3

10. Reefer Madness (the musical)

Another excellent musical and my third favourite (second is Spamalot BTW, and the fact that this is not on DVD yet depresses me (because if it was, I'd have all 3 playing every friday or something. In a row! YEAH!!!)).

I think describing it would be spoiling it, so just hunt it down people!

I got more, but this should do for now! :D

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  • Also I'd like to suggest this lil' animated short. Just brilliant!

  • Everyone did a pretty good job covering classic movies. I'll just add a few more:

    -Rashômon (1950)
    The birth of 'different POV' movies. It is, however, a foreign film so you will need subtitles but it's truly a masterpiece that must be viewed for any cinema lover.

    -The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
    I don't know how to describe this movie other than 'classic'. It's probably one of the more well-known Western movies and yet, I don't know too many people that have actually sat down an watched it.

    -One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
    Jack Nicholson does an amazing job as the lead and really ties the movie together. Again, this is one of those classics that you must see at some point.

    -A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    In my opinion, the best movie by Stanley Kubrick. The entire movie feels like a case study of the main character and man, is it facinating. Malcolm McDowell does a beautiful job of portraying Alex DeLarge. As a warning, this movie holds many "controversial and disturbing" scenes; it really depends on what sort of film goer you are.

    -Inception (2010)
    Yeah, yeah. I know I'm going to get a few flames for this one but I loved it. The concept, the actors, the story; everything was well done. I don't remember walking out of a movie theatre with such a strong liking for the film.

    -Psycho (1960)
    Not the Vince Vaughn remake. I'm sure most of you have heard of the twist ending at some point but despite the fact, I highly recommend the film. Overlooking the most memorable scene in the film (you all know which one), this movie manages to keep the viewer interested all the way until the end credits.

    I'm sorry if anyone already posted these movies. I'm not very observant.

    Also, there's a brilliant animated short that adds visuals to Tim Minchin's 9 minute poem, Storm. I highly recommend it for at least one viewing.

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    Vainamoinen Moderator

    Saw some really good suggestions here, hope I don't repeat any. Also, trying to get those out there that less people know about, some at least. Concerning Kung Fu movies, well, I've got Operation Condor on my shelf and that's all the Kung Fu I'll ever need. :D :D

    Groundhog Day
    One of the greatest movies of all time, and every science fiction series above three seasons seems to have at least one memorial episode reminiscent of the mechanics of that movie.

    Accidental Hero
    Best Dustin Hoffman movie out there, but few even know it! Watch it and try to find your hero. It's really hard. ;)

    Memento
    Why hasn't anyone named this movie? A thriller in which the scenes are shown in reverse order and STILL the resolution is at the end. Shocking, and you really get to feel pity for the main character.

  • @SillyStell said: Also I'd like to suggest this lil' animated short. Just brilliant!

    Yeah, I saw that. That was cool. Kinda disturbing when you realize it's a real instrument.

    @SillyStell said:
    My Name is Bruce

    Aw, man. That movie is depressing. It's hilarious, but I hate seeing Bruce Campbell living alone in a trailer.

  • @Vainamoinen said: Memento
    Why hasn't anyone named this movie?

    Because I forgot about it :) The sidekick looks the spitting image of my old PE teacher as well

  • [LIST=1]
    [*]Troll 2

    [*]The Room

    [*]Plan 9 From Outer Space

    [*]Citizen Kane
    [/LIST]

  • @supmandude85 said: [LIST=1]
    [*]Troll 2

    [*]The Room

    [*]Plan 9 From Outer Space

    [*]Citizen Kane
    [/LIST]

    Best list ever.

  • Plan 9 From Outer Space is amazing! I have it on DVD, got it for £1! What a deal!

  • @Vainamoinen said:
    Groundhog Day
    One of the greatest movie of all time, and every science fiction series above three seasons seems to have at least one memorial episode reminiscent of the mechanics of that movie.

    Absolutely.

    My pick: Brazil

  • @supmandude85 said: [LIST=1]
    [*]Troll 2

    [*]The Room

    [*]Plan 9 From Outer Space

    [*]Citizen Kane
    [/LIST]

    You forgot Leprechaun.

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