What are your Favorite Movies?

Syberpunk

Pelican
Gold Member
All the Daniel Craig Bond films after Casino Royale were such a letdown (instead of going a new way, they went back full circle to the old cliches, what was the point?), that film was a classic. It had this classy style with an visceral aggressive energy and masculine direction and Craig had something to prove and it shows in his performance. From cinematography to side characters casting to Bond girl casting to the theme song to the chemistry between the characters. Everything is just so, nothing overdone. Perfection. I don't think there will ever be another like it, they captured lightning in a bottle with this one. It's a sublime singular film that can be enjoyed over and over again.


The sequels to this feel effete subdued and feminine, (I think Skyfall is the most overrated bucket of meh this decade, at least Quantum wasn't plundering nostalgia).
We went from this:


to this (and don't say its because of character development)


Enough to make you cry.
 
The Place Beyond The Pines

It's a film I come back to often. If I had to name one favorite, it would be it. For now anyways. It's beautifully shot, and tells a unique three-part story. It starts with some heist action, then a story unfolds about police corruption and opportunism, and then the film compels you to ponder the passage of time and the cyclical nature of things. It gets me every time.

Others that are simply enjoyable cinematic experiences:

No Country For Old Men
Donnie Darko
Drive
Whiplash
Heat
 

Salinger

Woodpecker
Monkey Business said:
The Place Beyond The Pines

It's a film I come back to often. If I had to name one favorite, it would be it. For now anyways. It's beautifully shot, and tells a unique three-part story. It starts with some heist action, then a story unfolds about police corruption and opportunism, and then the film compels you to ponder the passage of time and the cyclical nature of things. It gets me every time.

A gloomy, but great movie. Very bold filmmaking and script to try to tell this generational tale in just over 2 hours. Ryan Gosling cool factor in this movie is 11/10.

 

Syberpunk

Pelican
Gold Member
saner said:
District 9


Such a brilliant engrossing yet underrated film. Brutal but moving.
The fact its nearly 10 years old is disturbing though. It came out of nowhere, like how all almost classic films do.

I remember being viscerally stunned and unsettled when I first watched this scene (I hadn't seen trailer, only reviews)


The cinema should be like this everytime we go.
Poor Neil Blomkamp has had a hard time matching it.
 

saner

Sparrow
Syberpunk said:
saner said:
District 9


Such a brilliant engrossing yet underrated film. Brutal but moving.

Indeed. I had no idea what it was about and watched it by chance years after it came out. Strange other-worldly, hyper realistic feel even though I knew it wasn't.

Definitely in my top 10.

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Where the Buffalo Roam
Caddyshack
Groundhog Day

Thursday
Seven Years in Tibet
The Abyss

Better Off Dead
 

nathan

Sparrow
Only comedies for me at the top, specifically stupid humor. Movies just aren't long enough to tell a good story like TV shows can. Plus I love to laugh at dumb stuff.

1) Dumb and Dumber - easily the greatest movie of all time, American classic.
2) Idiocracy - This nonfiction documentary happens to be hilarious and accurate at the same time.
3) The Brothers Grimsby - reminded me the most of Dumb and Dumber, since I first saw Dumb and Dumber
4) Borat - Loved it. Sasha Cohen is a joke in real life but this movie was great. The sequel was pretty much a continuation so it could occupy this spot too.
5) Spy - Melissa McCarthy is the only funny female comedian. She always plays the same role, but that role is hilarious. I never watched the female ghostbusters for obvious reasons, but when I have watched her in other films, it's always a great time
6) Talledega Nights - Another American classic, probably should have swept at the Oscars if they weren't rigged. Most of Will Ferrell's movies are top 10-worthy
7) Austin Powers 3 - Probably the best Austin Powers
8) Mystery Men - terrific satire of superhero movies
9) The Other Guys - always have to watch this one when it comes on TV.
10) Stuck on You - Dumber and Dumber-esque, so it earns a spot on this list

Non-comedies
1) Kingsman - Pretty much the most right wing movie Hollywood would ever make nowadays. Great film. Sequel is great too.
2) The Matrix - Duh. Maybe objectively the greatest film of all time.
3) Fight Club - You can't have healthy testosterone levels and not like Fight Club
4) Mission Impossible 2 - Not a comedy but was enjoyable
5) Taken - the entire series is pretty solid
6) Batman the Dark Knight - can't omit this one
7) In Time - I enjoyed this one a lot, it's one that I only watched once or twice but I think about from time to time
8) Edge of Tomorrow - Same as In Time, very memorable
9) Sherlock Holmes - I thought RDJ did a great job in this series
10) Antitrust - I have to throw this one on here even though nobody watches it and it seems low budget. It's pretty blatantly an attack film targeting Bill Gates
11) 21 - memorable, great story, plus I know someone who used to be a card counter in vegas
 
Here are some of my very strong recommendations and most favorite movies from Asia, which cover universal topics that all men would enjoy. Asia (especially India and China) is very far away from Hollywood's world, so public virtues and masculinity are generally still allowed to exist.

Chasing the Dragon (Zhui long)
Extremely manly movie with chivalry, honor, reputation, brotherhood, and comeradery in the chaotic world of colonial Hong Kong. How do you fight for your life in an honorable way in a broken government? Lots of cool fight scenes, good character dynamics, unique settings (Kowloon walled city and Hong Kong alleyways), and complex villains. Imagine a Mafia druglord movie that completely takes place in East Asia and is thoroughly entrenched with East Asian values.


To Live (Huozhe)
If you watch this movie to the very end, you will officially be in the top 20% of people who understand China. Literally watch this movie if you're interested in any way about the largest country and empire in East Asia. The story follows a normal Chinese man who is a husband, father, worker, and soldier. The topics include corruption, revolution, scraping by, debt, and family. It is very moving and extremely anti-Hollywood. If you were raised watching Western movies your entire life, I guarantee you've never seen anything like this before.

In Hollywood movies, you often see people who stubbornly refuse to change their degenerate behaviors because "that's just the way I am, I was born this way!" -- whereas in this movie, people must introspect on what society demands of them and actually strive to become better people.

Forrest Gump (which surprisingly has many east asian values) is very similar to this, so if you like that movie, definitely check this one.

Full movie link




After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)
Fatherhood, being a son, and masculinity in the aftermath of the Lost Decade in Japan. Pretty much describes modern masculinity crisis in Japan. It is sort of like the opposite/counterpart to "To Live". Very interesting and bittersweet.


The Legend of Bhagat Singh
A good Indian movie about the legendary chad Bhagat Singh who risked everything to free his homeland of India from British rule. Correctly points out how Gandhi was actually a huge limp-wrist fool that just appeased British people rather than freeing the Indians. Very manly and makes you think what sort of things would modern Americans actually risk their life for? Bhagat Singh was around the age of a college freshman when he gave up his entire life to pursue political change. When was the last time we had a true movement to fight for freedom? Makes the concept close to home.

One thing that sucks is the dude is actually an atheist...but he's pretty manly about it anyways.

Full movie link

 
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fokker

Pelican
Here are some of my very strong recommendations and most favorite movies from Asia, which cover universal topics that all men would enjoy. Asia (especially India and China) is very far away from Hollywood's world, so public virtues and masculinity are generally still allowed to exist.

Chasing the Dragon (Zhui long)
Extremely manly movie with chivalry, honor, reputation, brotherhood, and comeradery in the chaotic world of colonial Hong Kong. How do you fight for your life in an honorable way in a broken government? Lots of cool fight scenes, good character dynamics, unique settings (Kowloon walled city and Hong Kong alleyways), and complex villains. Imagine a Mafia druglord movie that completely takes place in East Asia and is thoroughly entrenched with East Asian values.


To Live (Huozhe)
If you watch this movie to the very end, you will officially be in the top 20% of people who understand China. Literally watch this movie if you're interested in any way about the largest country and empire in East Asia. The story follows a normal Chinese man who is a husband, father, worker, and soldier. The topics include corruption, revolution, scraping by, debt, and family. It is very moving and extremely anti-Hollywood. If you were raised watching Western movies your entire life, I guarantee you've never seen anything like this before.

In Hollywood movies, you often see people who stubbornly refuse to change their degenerate behaviors because "that's just the way I am, I was born this way!" -- whereas in this movie, people must introspect on what society demands of them and actually strive to become better people.

Forrest Gump (which surprisingly has many east asian values) is very similar to this, so if you like that movie, definitely check this one.

Full movie link




After the Storm (Umi yori mo mada fukaku)
Fatherhood, being a son, and masculinity in the aftermath of the Lost Decade in Japan. Pretty much describes modern masculinity crisis in Japan. It is sort of like the opposite/counterpart to "To Live". Very interesting and bittersweet.


The Legend of Bhagat Singh
A good Indian movie about the legendary chad Bhagat Singh who risked everything to free his homeland of India from British rule. Correctly points out how Gandhi was actually a huge limp-wrist fool that just appeased British people rather than freeing the Indians. Very manly and makes you think what sort of things would modern Americans actually risk their life for? Bhagat Singh was around the age of a college freshman when he gave up his entire life to pursue political change. When was the last time we had a true movement to fight for freedom? Makes the concept close to home.

One thing that sucks is the dude is actually an atheist...but he's pretty manly about it anyways.

Full movie link

You ever seen Perth? It's a Singaporean movie from 2004 that's very similar to Taxi Driver in terms of storyline, albeit much darker. It's about a shipyard manager who gets laid off and decides to start driving taxis. On the job, he meets a Vietnamese prostitute and tries to save her from the occupation. It's called Perth because the main character often talks about moving to Perth to escape his troubles.
 
You ever seen Perth? It's a Singaporean movie from 2004 that's very similar to Taxi Driver in terms of storyline, albeit much darker. It's about a shipyard manager who gets laid off and decides to start driving taxis. On the job, he meets a Vietnamese prostitute and tries to save her from the occupation. It's called Perth because the main character often talks about moving to Perth to escape his troubles.

I haven’t seen Perth, but I will check it out — thanks! Always interested to increase my viewership of non-Hollywood films.
 
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