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Greatest Movies of all time

Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:34 AM

So I was milling around on the interwebs last night using the google machine trying to think of the name of a movie that I had previously watched. When I found it, I was amazed that the movie was the highest rated movie of all time and it was a movie that almost wasnt. Is there a movie that you thought was just "wow" only to find out it was almost not made? or a movie that was rated too high and you thought it was just junk?

oh by the way, my movie was
http://en.wikipedia....i/Seven_Samurai

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:45 AM

Obvious one that springs to mind that was thought to be rather good that I think is less so.

Avatar

It's rather impressive on a technical scale (as in the CGI) but is rather bland in terms of story. Retelling of Pocahontas and all that.


In terms of good movies? Not sure how highly I'd rate the movie itself, but I was always rather happy that Serenity got made. After Firefly got cancelled it was gratifying that we at least managed to get something.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:46 AM

I for one could never figure out why the Godfather is rated so high.

My best reasoning behind this is that this happened similar to the social-media "viral" effect phenomenon; somebody influential decided it was great, and everybody around him just nodded their heads along, not wanting to look like that artistically challenged nobody that couldn't tell greatness when they saw it. In time they forgot they were just playing along and actually started to believe it was great.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 06:50 AM

I agree with Belgarion about Avatar. It was pretty, but entirely predictable and just didn't make for that entertaining a movie.

Another movie that was acclaimed which I didn't really get was Pulp Fiction. Granted, I was only 15 or so when it came out, but I remember watching it and wondering what all the fuss was about.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:09 AM

I was never a fan of the godfathers or pulp fiction however i did liek the invincibles and kill bill
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:14 AM

Pulp Fiction was kind of odd, I agree. (Well, it is a Quentin Tarantino movie.)
It was pretty entertaining though, all things considered.

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:34 AM

After watching fight club I immediately read the book. It is by far one of my favorite moves ever created.
Before that, 1995-ish time frame, I watch John Waters classic Desperate living, as I had read it in the credits of Marilyn Mansons album "Portrait of an American Family". I was so blown away from what I saw, I rewound it (Yes kids, vhs!), & immediately watched it again. At that point I had a new milestone in my life. Pre & Post John Waters.

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or a movie that was rated too high and you thought it was just junk?

For me, this would be about most movies. However the immediate one that comes to mind is Titanic. The reason for this being, there was a friend of a friend that we used to bs about movies, & he always came back to budget & how much the movie profited. Because the Titanic was the highest grossing film of all time, it had to be the best. We would argue about multiple details that define a movie, & what entertainment is to many people, but his bottom line defining factor is how much movie it made, so it must have been popular, so therefor it was the best. *bleh*
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:48 AM

I like Titanic. Always a sucker for a good half-decent OK love story.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:53 AM

THERE WAS ROOM FOR TWO ON THAT DOOR!

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But yeah, although I found Titanic mildly entertaining, I've always been slightly baffled as to why it was so successful.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

That's easy; DiCaprio doing nude paintings. Girls were losing their shit over that concept.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 07:57 AM

Although I can only remember one example of this off the top of my head, I also don't like the movies that are "historically accurate" yet are completely wrong. My example is U-571.

It's a WW2 movie where a bunch of Americans capture a German sub to try to steal the Enigma machine to crack the code in German communications. Supposedly 'based on a true story'.

Actually, the British Navy had already captured an Enigma machine, almost a year earlier, and had the code cracked some 7 months before America joined the war.

So, this movie that was dedicated to the 'brave men and women who captured the Enigma machine', it was also a complete work of fiction.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:00 AM

When you see "based on a true story" you can assume that at most the names might be true. If you're lucky.
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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:02 AM

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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:07 AM

I am not sure what movie list you were looking at (or amazon user list, netflix queue, etc), but here's a quick hit from some ~ish places.

From IMDB user ranking:

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1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
2. The Godfather (1972)
3. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
4. The Dark Knight (2008)
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
6. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
7. Schindler's List (1993)
8. 12 Angry Men (1957)
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
10. Fight Club (1999)


http://www.imdb.com/chart/top

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1. Toy Story 2 (1999)
2. Man on Wire (2008)
3. Taxi to the Dark Side (2007)
4. The Interrupters (2011)
5. The Godfather (1972)
6. Toy Story (1995)
7. Deliver Us From Evil (2006)
8. Waste Land (2010)
9. Citizen Kane (1941)
10. Dr. Strangelove Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)


http://www.rottentom...m/top/bestofrt/

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Balthazar (re-release) Oct 17, 2003
Lawrence of Arabia (re-release) Sep 20, 2002
The Wizard of Oz (1939) Nov 6, 1998
Voyage to Italy (re-release) May 1, 2013
Best Kept Secret Sep 6, 2013
The Godfather Mar 11, 1972
The Leopard (re-release) Aug 13, 2004
The Conformist (re-release) Nov 25, 2005
Sweet Smell of Success (re-release) Mar 15, 2002
Fanny and Alexander (re-release)



http://www.metacriti...&view=condensed

Ebert's:

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"Casablanca"
"Citizen Kane"
"Floating Weeds"
"Gates of Heaven"
"La Dolce Vita"
"Notorious"
"Raging Bull"
"The Third Man"
"28 Up"
"2001: A Space Odyssey"


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Posted 29 January 2014 - 08:14 AM

i was going with this quote whether accurate or not it is still very well received.


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Seven Samurai is the highest reviewed movie at Rotten Tomatoes with the highest number of votes that is listed as an action/adventure film on the site.[12] It is also ranked number six on Rotten Tomatoes' top 100 art house and international films.[13]

In 1982, it was voted number three in the Sight & Sound critics' poll of greatest films. In the Sight & Sound directors' poll, it was voted at number ten in 1992 and number nine in 2002, in both cases being tied with Kurosawa's own Rashomon (1950).[3] It also ranked number seventeen on the 2012 Sight & Sound critics' poll.[14] Seven Samurai has also been ranked number one on Empire magazine's list of "The 100 Best Films Of World Cinema" in 2010.[15] It was also voted the "Best Japanese Film ever" in a 1979 Kinema Junpo critics’ poll.[16]

The film was voted number one in an audience poll of greatest films conducted by MovieMail in 2000.[17] It is also the highest-ranked Asian film on the Internet Movie Database's "Top 250 movies" list.[18]

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