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Ghost in the Shell (2017)   5/5

A superb realization of Shirow Masimune's vision.  The visuals and music are spot on.  There are, of necessity, changes to the story and a de-emphasis of the proto-intelligent net.  Motoko's new backstory unfortunately eliminates the wonderful 1000 Cranes.   The later ghost-mobile stories are still possible, so here's hoping for a sequel.  (One annoying glitch is that Motoko is referred to as "Major".  That is her rank, not her name.)

Passengers  (2016)  4/5

SO many new memes in an old (in the sci-fi genre) class of story about being isolated on an interstellar, sub-light starship. Gratuitous Laurence Fishburne (as if Laurence Fishburne could ever be gratuitous).  But plot holes - as in, why didn't Gus wake the freekin crew?  Still, very much fun, and Jennifer Lawrence!

 

 

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The Thin Man [and its squeals] Yes they are old black and white movies but they are the best murder mystery movies. 

What the Deaf man heard; Best Hallmark movie ever. [You can watch this one on Youtube]  

CondorMan; my favorite spy movie as a kid, made by Disney live action believe it or not. 

Porco Rosso; Best Hayao Miyazaki file IMO. 

Second Hand Lions; for reasons. 

Support you local sheriff; funnest western. 

The Quiet Man; One of the best John Wayne movies. 

Red 1 & Red 2; I'm getting the pig and Moldova sucks. 

Man From Snowy River and Return to Snowy river; Best Australian western movie. 

How to train your dragon 1&2; If you didn't see the first one in 3D you missed something beautiful. 

The Princes Bride, Also for reason. 

The Adventures of TinTin; I grew up reading the books and the movie delivered. 

From up on Poppy Hill; Probably my second favorite film from Studio Ghibli.

Titan A.E.; Because who wouldn't name a second earth "Bob"? 

Tangled; Probably the only Disney "princess" movie I really like. 

Summer Wars; is a good one.

Red Tails; was an amazing movie not just for the air combat but also the people it portrayed. 

These are just some movies I could think of off the top of my head. They were movies I was exposed to growing up that I came to treasure or I discovered as I got older. I hope OP doesn't mind me sharing some of my favorite movies. 

 

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Coincidentally, I was discussing old movies with a friend earlier and 'The Flim-Flam Man' with George C Scott of 'Patton' fame was brought up. Oldie but a goodie, so I thought, yeah, let me see if it's for sale on Amazon. It was...for three hundred and forty nine dollars and change. My elation at finding it was short-lived. 

Also, anything with the late, great Alec Guiness...

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Recent Movies I've seen:

 

Coco- 5/5: A really enchanting little animation. It's beautiful to look at, has a wonderful score and a story that really touches your heart. One to watch with kids or by yourself.

 

Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri 4/5: A really sad story brought to your attention through film. A mother grieving and being a complete badass to get her story of her poor murdered daughter told. Powerful movie and very emotional. Ends before I really want it to with no real conclusion

 

Ferdinand 5/5: Another cute little animation. Very funny but definitely for a younger audience than Coco. Follows a bull who dislikes violence as he has to face the lifestyle of bull fighting he has grown up in.

 

Downsizing: 5/5: Went in an interesting and unpredictable direction. Was great fun to be on the journey with the protagonist. Very funny in places, unexpectedly. Worth a watch, great for a date night. 

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Spaceballs - The Movie:  Pure gigglefest of a movie.  

Airplane:  Pure slapstick from start to finish.

Big Trouble in Little China:  Pure fun.  Spoof Kung Fu flick.

Kung Pow - Enter the Fist:  Same as above, but turns the spoof up to 11.

Top Secret:  Val Kilmer when he was young and thin.  Tons of sight gags, many in the background you'll miss the first time.  Move starts with a music video for "Skeet Surfing" if that tells you how serious it is.  

Zardoz:  Just enjoy the sheer weirdness of it.

Office Space:  I think you have my stapler.

The Gods Must Be Crazy:  A movie about a guy trying to dispose of a Coke bottle. 

Das Boot:  Great movie that pictures life on board a German U-boat.  

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Destination Tokyo, Operation Petticoat, Father Goose, (Cary Grant)

The Shootist, (John Wayne) The QuietMan, (seconded)

(more recently)

The Darkest Hour

(for only two scenes)

The Last Jedi

(a lightspeed ramming)

(‘FIRE THE WHOLE BATTALION AT THAT MAN!’

brush, brush...)

Seconding some others have mentioned...

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Saving Private Ryan........according to the ww2 vets that served at d-day and saw the movie, the opening 30 minutes of the movie are the most realistic scenes they have ever seen in any war movie.

Das Boot (The Boat).......according to ww2 submariners this movie is the most realistic portrayal of life aboard a submarine during the war.  The depth charge scenes are about as realistic as you can get in a movie.  The acting and cinematography are outstanding.

In harms Way (john wayne, kirk douglas, and an all star cast including a very young larry hagman)......can't beat this movie, than again.....it's john wayne/kirk douglas....enough said.

The Enemy Below......a battle of wits and strategy between a destroyer captain and u-boat captain.  Superb acting and story line.

If you can stomach a miniseries....The Winds of War (Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent and Victoria Tennant) and the sequel  War and Remembrance.   All star cast which involves a monster of a ww2 story line and many hours of watching.  This mini-series was widely watched and hailed when it first aired in 1983.  War and Remembrance had a change with some cast members but continued the story to its eventual end.

Another widely watched ww2 miniseries that received many awards and is excellent........Band of Brothers  

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Sherlock Jr. (Buster Keaton)

The General (Buster Keaton)

The Music Box (Laurel & Hardy)

Sons of the Desert (Laurel & Hardy)

Blockheads (Laurel & Hardy)

The Thin Man (William Powell)

The Great Dictator (Charlie Chaplin)

Casablanca

The Third Man (Joseph Cotten)

Forbidden Planet (Leslie Nielsen)

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Super Troopers - probably THE best movie from Broken Lizard Entertainment.  Funny as hell.

Beer Fest - the second best movie from Broken Lizard.

Pulp Fiction - Quintin Tarantino cult classic.  Great cast.  Very interesting movie format.  Great soundtrack.

13 Hours - the Benghazi story from the ground.  If you like war movies, this one is really good.

Men of Valor - a movie about a US Navy SEAL team, played by actual US Navy SEALs.  The acting at times isn't great, but they are SEALs, not actors.  Forgiven.

Gran Torino - Clint Eastwood.  That should be enough, but if it isn't, it's about a widowed, grumpy war vet whose neighborhood is going through a cultural shift.  Very good.

The Unforgiven - a modern Clint Eastwood western.  THAT should be enough. 

The Kingdom - an FBI team gets approval to go into Saudi Arabia to investigate an attack that killed US civilians.  Good stuff.

Christmas Vacation - the Christmas movie to rule them all.  Oh, and Chevy Chase and Randy Quaid (before he was bat-:etc_swear: crazy).

Band of Brothers - so it's an HBO mini-series, not a movie.  I don't care.  It is one of the best war movies set in WWII.  I bought it.  After my son left home for the Navy, he missed our BoB watch events.  So, he bought it, too.  The Pacific is the 'sequel', set in the Pacific theater (duh) rather than the European theater.  Also very good, but it just didn't hook me like BoB did.

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Downfall: Better known as the movie where we got the yelling Hitler meme from.  Really does a good job showing the last few days/months of the German army

They Call me Trinity/Trinity is Still my Name: Underrated Spaghetti western comedy series starring Bud Spencer and Terence Hill.  I could list the classics but everyone's pretty much seen those.  There are a few lesser known's that are very good

Duck You Sucker.  Rod Steiger, James Coburn.  Long but funny.

 

And probably one of my all time favorites.

Mister Roberts.  Jack Lemmon, James Cagney, Henry Fonda.  Life on a Merchant ship in WWII

 

 

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Here are a few that I would recommend. Some of these are usually overlooked, but IMO worthwhile in entertainment.

Horror
Train to Busan (Korean) what happens when the Zombie outbreak happens on a train?
The Wave - Both versions, 2008 and 2016 The 2008 deals with a social experiment and the 2016 one deals with a Tsunami in Norway
The Cabin in the Woods - What happens when all of your nightmares come alive?

Funny Horror
Black Sheep - Genetic sheep go awry
Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead - When chicken take out goes bad. By the people that brought you the Toxic Avenger
Kinghts of Badassdom - Peter Dinklage, nuf said
Frankenstein's Army - Russian WW2 troops versus Frankenstein's Army
Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies - Title says it all
Dead Snow - Norwegian film. Nazi Zombies found in the snow in Norway
Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead - Nazi Zombies versus Read Army Zombies in Norway

Drama
The Duellists - Epic duel between Napoleon officers for 30 years
Eye in the Sky - Remote drone plot versus terrorists
Trumbo - the fight versus Hollywood blacklisting
Paths of glory - Showing the insanity of WW1 French Generals and their troops to clear up their failings

Family
Kubo and the Two Strings - Great story telling
The Cobbler - A sleeper IMO. What happens when you wear other peoples shoes

Naval
In which we serve - The life on a K-Class HMS destroyer in WW2
They were Expendable - the plywood USN in WW2
The Finest Hours - The first responders on the USA seas when a mayday is sounded

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Two movies that first come to mind are:

Equilibrium with Christian Bale, Sean Bean, and Taye Diggs. It's a post apocalyptic sci-fi movie.

Only the Brave Great feels movie about the firefighters that work out west putting out forest fires. HIGHLY recommended.

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Of mentioned, Poultrygeuist -yea good one, Quite Man, Forbidden Planet , Gods Must Be crazy, Enemy Below

Others

Monty Python Holy Grail, Life of Bryan,  Excalibur , The Man who would be King,  Zulu,  All 6 Star Wars, Murphy's War(ebil nazzies though),  Sand Pebbles, Heavy Metal,

Strange-Land, Silence of The Lambs, Goldfinger, ThunderBall, True Grit(both versions), North Dallas Forty, Bladerunner(original) , Return of the Living Dead, Phantasm, Mad Max(original) , Birth of a Nation(original),  Network, Dirty Harry, Indiana Jones raider of Lost Ark, Godfather, GoodFellas, Fight Club, Apocalypse Now,  The Hobbit(animated), The Return of the King (animated), One Flew Over the Cuckoos nest,  Dr. Strangelove, Being There, Triumph of the will, The Wonderful Horrible life of Leni Reifenstal 

2001, Scarface, Little Big Man, Wizard of Oz(original), Fantasia, Casino, Apollo13, The Right Stuff, The Sword and The Sorcerer, Natural BornKillers, Pulp Fiction, All Quiet of The western Front (both of them), Mutiny on the Bounty(Charles Laugton)and Hunchbacxk of Notre Dame,, Gone with Wind, Rollerball (original), Bridge on the River Kwai, Longest Day, A bridge Too Far,  Patton, Bonnie and Clyde, Rocky Horror , All that Jazz, Jaws, Chinatown, Born on the forth of July,  American Werewolf in London, Lost Boys, The wild one,"The Eye" the Japanese version , Terminator(original), The Beast, Wizards(animated), Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, Kingpin. LeMans, Pumping Iron, Blazing saddles, Creature From the Black Lagoon (original not the weird new PC one), Animal House, Flight of the Phoenix, Blue Max, The Great Waldo Pepper, Rambo, Rocky, The Time Machine (both), Dune, Last StarFighter, Galaxy quest, Space Hunter, Predator, Bad News Bears, Ed Wood, Raising Arizona, Oh Brother where art thou, Maximum Overdrive, Iron Man (trilogy) Farenheit451, Planet of the Apes(original and some of those sequels) , Paint your Wagon, Moon, Silent Running, Baron Muchousen, Platoon, Green Berets, To Live and Die in LA, Less than Zero, John Carter, Rivers Edge

Whew! Just exercising my memory, since I am here

 

Should make a nice MANLY cave collection and definite movies to see. For a chick flick  if you ever need one, I guess Basic Instinct , unless you think a girl/wife might some idea, Seven or Thelma and Louise , they all seem to like Brad Pitt, they prolly would like that Leni Refienstal movie too, and a few others I have mentioned, 

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Since no one mentioned it a great Naval film is  Otoko Tachi No Yamato it chronicles Yamato's fate from the battle of Leyte Gulf to her destruction during operation Ten-Ichi-Go from the perspective of her crew 

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11 hours ago, RedSeaBear said:

I hope OP doesn't mind me sharing some of my favorite movies. 

No, not at all.  I originally intended it to be reactions to movies you've seen recently, but run with it.  As for the best Studio Ghibli films, we could go on for a while, but I keep coming back around to My Neighbor Totoro.  And then there's:

 

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)   6/5

One of the best, and saddest, films of all time.  The story of two children trying to survive the disaster that was post-way Japan.

I forgot:

 

Moana (2016)   3.5/5

So full of Disney memes it's almost distracting, but the flick really was lot of fun.  The Chicken will go down in history alongside the Scrat, and is actually an ongoing character.  Suspend critical judgement and count the number of times you laugh.

 

2 hours ago, yamato6945 said:

a great Naval film is  Otoko Tachi No Yamato

I've seen clips on YT, but I haven't been able to lay my hands on the whole thing.  The clips were great!

 

Some amazing lists above!

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On ‎3‎/‎9‎/‎2018 at 6:53 AM, Tpaktop2_1 said:

Funny Horror
Dead Snow - Norwegian film. Nazi Zombies found in the snow in Norway
Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead - Nazi Zombies versus Read Army Zombies in Norway

Maybe toss "Iron Sky" in there as well.  

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Passengers was a good movie. I haven't watch Ghost in the Shell yet though. Also heard that Train to Busan was one of the best zombie movies, so i'll have to check it out.

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One of my favorite movies is the version of Somerset Maugham's "The Razor's Edge" with Bill Murray starring as Larry Darrell.

I very good Indie film that is streamed occasionally on the services is "Ink."

A fairly recent mainstream film I liked was "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

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I've seen none of those.

 

An obscure film that is worth seeing again, Diva  (1981).    "Je n'aime pas Beethoven"

 

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Will casually share a few favorites of mine. Well, actually, how about the ones not as popular or mentioned here?

Kelly's Heroes- a 1970's war comedy starring Clint Eastwood, Donald Southerland, and others, about a rogue US Army unit sneaking behind enemy lines... to get filthy stinkin rich, and maybe win a war or two along the way.

Moon- mentioned above, but this 2009 flick is a really well done independent film that deserves to be watched. 

Atlantis: The Lost Empire- huh whaaa? Yes, this is one of my favorite Disney movies, mostly because of their attempt to break away from the norm, the impressive background behind the Atlantean culture and the (albeit halfhearted) attempt at historical accuracy. (As accurate as you can get with a team of international mercenaries looking for the lost city of Atlantis...)

The Conjuring: A proper modern horror flick. 

Aliens - Ridley Scott meets futuristic Vietnam tech in a glorious 80s blockbuster. 

Oh, and for some more recent ones:

Annihilation: While I haven't read the source material, this movie is visually great, and is... disturbing. Let's put it at that. 

Arrival: This film literally blew my mind. A great (peaceful) alien encounter movie. 

Honorable mentions (not because I don't love them, but because they're mentioned a lot more): Interstellar, Jaws, Titanic, Dunkirk

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Ferris Bueller's Day Off  (1986)   4/5

The rarest of happenings: a Ferrari is sacrificed* in a good cause.  Gratuitous Ben Stein**.  Gratuitous Wayne Newton song.  Perfect casting.   Watch it again and smile.

 

Herr_Reitz, do not fret.  No Ferraris were harmed.  They are fiberglass over Mustangs.  The real thing, they couldn't afford the insurance for a static shoot.

**  Ben has repeatedly called his day of shooting, "The best day of my life."   Except for the roll call, his part is completely improvised.  He wasn't even scripted to be on screen.

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Some terrific and now underappreciated films (glad to see The Thin Man mentioned above):

 

It Happened One Night  (1934)   4.5/5

Clarke Gable and Claudette Colbert.  Spoiled heiress flees a life of responsible behavior to elope with a dashing adventurer - in New York.  Slick reporter spots and follows her on the bus (!) ride from Florida.  Hilarity and deviousness ensue.  Okay, it's a bit dated (an ornithopter?), but Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Writing, Best Director, Best Picture.

 

Random Harvest   (1942)  5/5

Ronald Coleman and Greer Garson.  Soldier prone to amnesia recuperates in England, falls in love with and marries a singer.  Wonderfully happy, until he suddenly remembers who he really is and forgets her.  Drama and romance times three.  Bring a hanky.  Garson is scintillating, though about the only thing in the film that wasn't nominated for Oscar.

 

The Philadelphia Story  (1940)  4/5

Cary Grant, Kate Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart.  A "romantic screwball comedy".  Spoiled Kate used to be married to Cary.  Still very popular with the family, he shows up for her wedding to George (Roland Young).  Jimmy is a nosy reporter.  It's kinda complicated, but "yar".  Best Actor (Stewart), Best Writing, nominee: Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress (Ruth Hussey), Best Director (George Cukor), Best Picture.  Hepburn actually bought the film to ensure her part.

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