Joined: Jan. 2006
Better late than never (in no particular order):
The best film noir crime movie ever made, and the only good film version of any James Ellroy book. Everyone shines in this, Spacey, Pearce, Crowe, Cromwell especially. For non-Californians, a very good gutter level view of what LA is *really* like, and just how fucked up the place was in the 1950's. A warning, this is a very dense 2.5-hour boiling down of an extremely-dense 450-page book, so a LOT happens. PS, the book is even better.
Possibly the most clever mystery ever made. Spacey is brilliant. Even future wingnut/Christianist Stephen Baldwin is completely superb.
Interrogation Cop: You know what happens if you do another turn in the joint?
Hockney: Fuck your father in the shower and then have a snack? Are you going to charge me dickhead?
A remarkably profound movie that deserved a lot more credit than it got. Think Brad Pitt sucks? I did too, til I saw this. He deserved an Oscar for this one.
Tyler Durden: Shut up! Our fathers were our models for God. If our fathers bailed, what does that tell you about God?
Narrator: No, no, I... don't...
Tyler Durden: Listen to me! You have to consider the possibility that God does not like you. He never wanted you. In all probability, he hates you. This is not the worst thing that can happen.
Narrator: It isn't?
Tyler Durden: We don't need him!
The definitive statement on what it's *really* like to waste your life in a stupid office job. Good thing I hadn't seen this during the last office job I had, I would have had an even worse attitude than I did. Worth it for the neighbor Lawrence alone.
Bob Slydell: You see, what we're actually trying to do here is, we're trying to get a feel for how people spend their day at work... so, if you would, would you walk us through a typical day, for you?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah.
Bob Slydell: Great.
Peter Gibbons: Well, I generally come in at least fifteen minutes late, ah, I use the side door - that way Lumbergh can't see me, heh heh - and, uh, after that I just sorta space out for about an hour.
Bob Porter: Da-uh? Space out?
Peter Gibbons: Yeah, I just stare at my desk; but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about fifteen minutes of real, actual, work.
What can I say? Joe Pesci's definitive performance. He even upstages DeNiro."Funny? Funny how? Am I a fucking CLOWN?"
2001 Space Odyssey
A beautiful, lyrical movie. Its ability to portray the total emptiness and loneliness of space is amazing. Remarkably undated. Plus, Hal's dialogue is just plain *funny*. " I know I've made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal. I've still got the greatest enthusiasm and confidence in the mission. And I want to help you."
Possibly the funniest movie ever made. Worth it for Goodman alone. "Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos."
One of Lee Marvin's finest, filmed in a strangely empty San Francisco in 1965. Dreamlike, leaving you lots to debate afterwards.
Completely hilarious. Possibly the most brilliant acting jobs you'll ever see in a movie made for under $40,000. Plus you get Lon Chaney and Mantan Moreland at the end of their careers.
Carnival of Souls
Circa-1964. Possibly the most dreamlike movie ever made. You literally start wondering if you're in a dream halfway through. Haunting.
Das Boot, long version
Apallingly realistic. Tragic, doom-laden. Disconcerting when you realize you're rooting for a bunch of actual Nazis.
A haunting, devastating movie that will take you several viewings to figure out. Guy Pearce at his peak. A stunning statement on how subjective memory is, and the loss of one's past.
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
A very funny movie. Being as it was made by Italians, it was one of the first westerns to dump the image of the west as some clean, White, Protestant paradise. Worth it for Eli Wallach alone. "Ahhhh, this is why you come to Tuco! I kill him, I be right back!"
Ugly, grim, bleak, also extremely compelling. Worth it for Begbie the psycho alone. The Iggy Pop soundtrack is just icing on the cake.
"It's SHITE being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the fucking Earth! The most wretched miserable servile pathetic trash that was ever shat on civilization. Some people hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to get colonized by. We're ruled by effete assholes. It's a shite state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and all the fresh air in the world won't make any fucking difference!"
"Rich is just mad because he thought all titties had fur on them until last week when a shorn transvestite ruined his childhood dreams by jumping out of a spider man cake and man boobing him in the face lips." - Erasmus