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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
[HS]: So European History is going to be re-written by and remembered through Hollywood ?
JY : Well most of it is just not interesting enough for that.

Eh?
Amadeus
Casablanca - Humphrey Bogart (very slightly) arguably the greatest screen actor of all time / Sir John Gielgud the greatest stage actor IMO
Robin Hood
Macbeth inspired many film directors of other nationalities
The English Patient
Lamentably , don't get to watch many other European films but highly recommend
Jean de Florette and Manon de Sources
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Hey..
Nobody likes movies like :
Ice Age
Lion King

Well, my favorite movie is Lilo and Stitch, which I listed above, so I'm not afraid of loving animated movies. (The Shawshank Redemption is a close second, but I absolutely love Lilo and Stitch )
Shrek is a great, silly flick. Lion King is a wonderful coming of age story, and of the "traditional" Disney flicks I have to go with Beauty and the Beast (although I have to admit that I sang "Under the Sea" in a bad Jamaican accent for weeks after watching The Little Mermaid).
The Pixar films are wonderful - I own both Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc.
And then there's that bizarre film that won the Academy Award. Spirited Away may be one of the most visually interesting films I've seen in a long time.
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[HS]: So European History is going to be re-written by and remembered through Hollywood ?
[JY]: Well most of it is just not interesting enough for that.
[HS]: Eh?

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Note the , the comment wasn't intended to be taken too seriously. It was a flippant answer to a silly question. But I was referring to the fact that while much European history has made it in to Hollywood movies (surely more than that meager list would indicate), much more has not, I believe. Certain key events and figures appear - generally the most significant, and/or the most interesting. As an example though, if we were to list all the past known rulers each nation in Europe, and then try to find at least one Hollywood film that mentioned each ruler, I think we'd find quite a few never mentioned at all. I think much of European history will remain safe from the evils of Hollywood. :roll: As for the stuff Hollywood does do treatments of: well, yeah, it often does a poor job of it. That's not news, and not something I was justifying in the first place; hence my flippant answer to your question. I had been specifically talking about Saving Private Ryan. I'm not interested in trying to defend Hollywood history in general.
 
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I think one prefers to re-write one's own history and undoubtedly can do as bad a job as any Hollywood production could ever do. Talking of which the list was actually a stab at finding an all time favourite movie.
Casablanca it is, IMHO. And Humphrey Bogart clinches it. Hollywood at it's very best.
 
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Dr. Zhivago
Fiddler on the Roof
Terminator II
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Comedy - Coming to America
War - Hamburger hill (really great one)
scifi - The Matrix
Confusing - The Sixth sense
other than that
Pulp fiction
Shawshank Redeemption
Spartacus (inspring story)
Forest Gump
Ice Age
Fallen and Training Day
What women wants
Six degrees of seperation
Good will hunting
 
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[JY] : Certain key events and figures appear - generally the most significant, and/or the most interesting. As an example though, if we were to list all the past known rulers each nation in Europe, and then try to find at least one Hollywood film that mentioned each ruler, I think we'd find quite a few never mentioned at all. I think much of European history will remain safe from the evils of Hollywood
You are absolutely right. But re-writing the Battle of Britain is a major faux pas.I doubt we'll see The Few in it's current version any time soon.
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Lion in Winter
Man for all Seasons
Lawrence of Arabia
All plays of Tennesse Williams that have been made into movies
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Devil's Own
The Devil's Advocate
 
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The Wicker Man
Reefer Madness
all those awful 50s B movies - kitsch-arama!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Chorus
Marnie
quite a few James bond movies
Die Hard
Angels with dirty faces
almost anything with Cagney/Bogart/Stewart/Grant
 
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Originally posted by HS Thomas:
re-writing the Battle of Britain is a major faux pas. I doubt we'll see The Few in it's current version any time soon.
It would be fun to make some blockbusters based on the famous British victories in the key battles of the American civil war, and how the British saved Korea from the communists. And how the Wright brothers, two upstanding young gents from Nottinghamshire, first flew a powered aircraft. The trouble is there's not enough money in the UK film industry to make a decent blockbuster, so they'd be rubbish and no one would watch them!
Who needs realism in blockbusters anyway, even historical ones? I think its funny how some directors get really anal about sets and details and effects, and then hire actors that look slim, well toned, have excellent teeth, skin and hair etc, and never have to take a crap.
 
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nobody likes Crouching tiger hidden dragon??? that one was good though
 
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Originally posted by Deepak Shah:
nobody likes Crouching tiger hidden dragon??? that one was good though


by the way this was my first post in last almost two year....feels like coming home
 
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Hi....
Umm...I am a movie freak. I don't watch tv I just watch rentals only. I even rent tv shows.
There are a lot of great films out there but often the affect was personal.
  • Beautiful Mind (despite the ridiculousness of musclebound Russel Crowe) devistated me because of the respect, and support he had received despite struggling with dishabilitating madness
  • Exotica (Atom Egoyan)- because it was guiltless examination of condemned sexual behavior (though perhaps cinema-simplified)
  • Waking Life - Sheer kanoodling fun
  • Changing Lanes - a great examination of escalating conflict
  • Matrix - Great blend of thought and gut...I like some thoughts from the last one too. Trinity was an interesting as a woman who no longer feared death
  • LOTR - What a great story...I like to imagine that Smeagol voluntarily destroyed the ring. Wish Aragorn got pissed at the undead deserters. Didn't read the book- I'm ashamed to admit.
  • Memento - just makes you think about dependence on your own memory. Funny how the list is mostly films in recent memory.


  • It seems a little artifical to try to remember older films. I know Hitchcock is great and John Luc Godard. Atom Egoyan is often great. I enjoy David Fincher's work (he's not old though). And John Boorman has often been great. Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard... as directors, I also always expect great films from them.
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    As a side bar....
    In the 60's and 70's there was a transformation in films where the "humanness" of the story and characters created a livid film experience. The Godfather for instance was more about a film about a family than a crime movie about gangsters. This was the new "real" then. It made film engaging again.
    I believe that today "intelligent" is the new "real". By that I mean greater historical accuracy, more thought provoking situations, depth through details, more dependence on educated filmgoers. Films that had to be well researched to be made basically.
    Does it seem valid?
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    eyes wide shut(it's the best movie i hav seen in english)
    american beauty
    ice age

    then indian movies ..lots.
     
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    Has anyone seen "Gran bollito" , an italian film with Shelley Winters, Max von Sydow and Rita Tushingham? I haven't been able to get it anywhere.
     
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    The Player - Robert Altman's satire on Hollywood
    starring Richard E Grant and Tim Robbins
    "Anna and the King" which I saw in Malaysia ; The King and I rocks, too, I think.
    Hundreds of Thai children saw it in Singapore on school trips. "Anna and the King" was banned from being released in Thailand in 1999. Singapore has very interesting museums on culture at the time.
    "Many people believed that they were watching a true story, not only regarding the antics of the king but also the importance of Anna in the court. The film, starring Yul Brynner, so insulted the Thai people, that it was banned from being shown in Thailand on grounds of historical and cultural distortions. Now, a remake of the movie has been made by 20th Century Fox called "Anna and the King". Can Hollywood make amends for past misdeeds or will history repeat itself?" ThaiStudents.com

    King Mongkut was 60yrs old when Anna L arrived.

    One of the main objections the Thai people had towards the movie was the way their very highly respected king was portrayed. King Mongkut was a deeply religious man and had spent most of his life in the monkhood. He was also educated in Western sciences and fluent in English. Today he is known to the Thai people as "The Father of Thai Scientists".
    The photograph is of King Mongkut and his Queen taken about 1857. Anna Leonowens didn't arrive in Thailand for nearly another five years. By that time, King Mongkut was nearly 60 years old.
    The film-makers claim that their new movie is based on historical fact. However, they not only show the king dancing with Anna but also suggest that they had a romance. In the climatic conclusion to the movie, you can see the king hanging underneath a wooden bridge preparing to blow it up!
    A few lines on the true story at the end of the film may be in order.
    OR links to historical archives is possible.
    But would that ruin the film ? Or , the films could just get better!
    Imagine what a film director could do with The Truth about Anna
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    Brother, Where art thou?
    Apocalypse Now
    Pee Wee's Big Adventure
    Babe
    Babe : Pig in the city
    Terminator I
    Road Warriors (Mad Max series)
    Passion of Joan of Arc (1935 silent film, best acting of all time)
    LOTR I (II was good also, but I much better)
    Gladiator
    I know I will like Master and Commander, and also LOTR III.
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (got this from Eugene's list)
    Schindler's List
    Saving Private Ryan (I really don't understand the problem people have with this movie. Often telling a good story involves putting forth one perspective and not 5. This movie is awesome.)

    Triumph of the Will is supposed to be a great movie also (although pure propaganda)
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    I vote for -
    * All quiet on the western front
    * Band of brothers
    * The Godgather
    * Matrix
    * Aakhree Rasta (Amitabh)
    * Terminator II
    * Tera, tera, tera (on perl harbour attack)
    * Titanic
    * Devdas
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