I'm in Robguy's boat: There are so many movies that I enjoy that it would be difficult for me to cover the many whiches and whys. I would like to get involved with this thread, though, particularly because I myself was planning to start a similar thread this weekend - ha! Therefore, I'm going to mention just a few movies that I like. They're some of my favorites, but not my very very favorites, if that makes sense.*
The Thing. Despite the glaring mistakes (e.g., the day-night transitions, the weather, the fact that the outer wall of the station looks like it's only about an inch thick) within it, I'm freakin' bonzo for this movie. It takes a very simple concept, runs with it, and doesn't get bogged down in the details. Whenever I watch it I can't help but be impressed by the way John Carpenter and the script handle the numerous characters and tangled situations. I feel as though I'm mystified when I'm supposed to be mystified and that I know exactly what's going on when I'm supposed to know exactly what's going on.
And, of course, there's the paranoia. Or is that all in your head?
As for the cast... jeez. Kurt Russell? Keith David? Wilford Brimley? I challenge anybody to collect a cooler cast than that.
The Big Lebowski.
Great, great, great movie.
Yeah, well, you know... that's just like, my opinion, man.
If you understand that, you'll understand why I love this movie; if you don't, I doubt that I could ever explain...
Ed Wood. I'm amazed that this movie got made. I'm even more amazed that this movie got made so well. As a huge fan of bad movies - I can't tell you how many times I've seen Plan 9 from Outer Space or Monster A Go-Go or Howling II - I was probably one of the few people who was excited to learn that this was coming out. And it absolutely didn't disappoint. Okay, it does gloss over some of the more unsavory aspects of Ed Wood's life, and a lot of facts were fudged in the interest of drama and comedy, but it's a fantastic movie nonetheless. Even if it had been fiction from top to bottom, I would have found it... well, inspirational. Here's a guy that most people would regard as having no talent, but he never lets it get him down; he follows his heart and he's satisfied with his accomplishments.
Anyway, those are some movies that I like. Any other fans of The Thing, The Big Lebowski, or Ed Wood here?
Oh, and before I head out, please allow me to commend you guys on the good taste that you've displayed in this thread so far. Star Wars? Casablanca? Blade Runner? Duck Soup? As a fan of Star Wars, a fan of Bogart, a Dickhead, and un Marxiste, tendance Groucho, I'm impressed...
Great thread, halspeedyrp! :)
* If I tried to list my "top ten" or whatnot, I'd doubtless feel bad for leaving this one out of the list or that one out of the list...