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Hi,

last time I had opened a thread on 'Wanderlust' where I asked best places to visit. I thought during my retirement I have easy options to search for, but replies were few.

This time again am opening a thread where during retirement I want to relax and watch the best of the movies made so far.

Please name 3 best movies (no matter if its a foreign language) which you like to watch again and again.

To start with mine.

1. Andaz Apna Apna (Hindi comedy)

Movie by Rajkumar Santoshi, amazing dialogues. The movie didnt do well at the box office, but later was a hit just because of its dialogues.

2. 12 Angry Men.

The plot, the tension in the room and performance by all.

3. Two for the Road.

Am a fan of Audrey Hepburn.

Enjoy, writing this thread on a weekday, so that those who read it can plan to watch it on weekend.

Thanks,

Aditya V

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Mar 12 at 12:10 PM
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Once upon in America

Romancing the stone

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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I did like Romancing the Stone. It just made me laugh back then. Now I shake my head at how stupid the female lead was - not so smart as in stupid.

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Clockwork Orange

Tommy

The Quiet Man

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Dumb and Dumber

In Time

Night at the Museum

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Night at the Museum was great. Dumb and Dumber - I have to be in the right mood to see. (A silly one)

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C'est arrivé près de chez vous

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Mononoke-hime

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Mononoke is.... melts

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.... Japanese for "Princess Mononoke"

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No Country for Old Men

Blade Runner

Once Upon a Time in the West

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Blade Runner is one of my all time favorites. I need a longer list.

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Casablanca

Arrival

The Lord of the Rings
(since Bladerunner was already mentioned)

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We watched Arrival on Amazon just recently. Very weird movie.

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Jelena Perfiljeva
Mar 14 at 04:00 PM

You need to watch it a second time, now that you have an understanding of where it was going, to really catch all the clues (which in retrospect become more obvious).

And then go read the short story it's based upon, "Story of Your Life," by Ted Chiang. It, and the other short stories that make up his published book ("Stories of Your Life and Others"), are pretty amazing. All of them are serious thought-provokers.

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I agree Arrival is very strange. The Lord of the Rings - I had to like just for the scenery. And yes, I watch way too many movies. At least I can say they were spaced apart in different years.

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1. Hera Pheri (2000)

2. Hera Pheri (2000)

3. Hera Pheri (2000)

This is Hindi comedy movie and I like to watch this three times in a row :)

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a good movie indeed, have watched the original one from malayalam too, amazing.

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The Fifth Element

Office Space

Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

There is so much new content these days though that I rarely get a chance to watch something a second time. However, recently I caught on Amazon Prime something called Dhoom 2 (nothing to do with Doom game, as it turns out :) ) and then just couldn't stop myself from watching it again few days later with fast-forwarding to the musical numbers.

P.S. Now Google News keeps offering me Bollywood updates. :)

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Dhoom is first part of it.

-Yogesh

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thats super..

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Love your list! I laughed so hard during Office Space. The Fifth Element - Bruce Willis - I type no more. Great movie!

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At our house, if any guest mentions they have not seen Office Space they're given a DVD at once. All of our friends are now properly indoctrinated. :)

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yes indeed a good movie 'Office Space' I can never forget the start, the traffic lane switch that he keeps on doing and an old guy overtakes him walking.

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Two masterpieces in their segment (musical and western) and a little italian gem in the Slapstick Movies, with a great duo :)

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The Good. The Bad. The Ugly. Awesome movie! If you've missed it - time to add to watchlist.

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Let's see...

  • Warrior (2011)
  • Jurassic Park (1993)
  • How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

:)

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I think I just watched Jurassic Park one too many times. It was great the first few times.

Not a fan of how to train your dragon. I did love the Sherk movies.

Adding the Warrior to my watch list.

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I don't think there is a "one too many times" for me, when it comes to Jurassic Park. ^^

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Lost in Translation
5th Element.
Altered Carbon (not a movie and books still better, but I like it).


p.s.
runners up :
Watchmen
Aliens
Ирония Судьбы
Казаки разбойники
Blade Runner 1 and 2
T2
Kindergarten Cop.

limiting to 3 is just not fair...

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"Lost in Translation" got lost in translation for me, but "The Fifth Element" has always been a favorite. I love the Takeshi Kovacs novels, and I'm keenly hoping that the film series adaptation of "Altered Carbon" will make it from Amazon to a purchasable set of Blu-Ray discs at some point.

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Altered Carbon is on Netflix and it isn't bad (i didn't read the books yet: too long wishlist :\ ).
It gave me the same feeling of dystopic future like Blade Runner :)

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3 novels in Takeshi series are very good.
But yes, its like they shoot them both on the same sets ;)

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"Lost in translation" just clicked. I don't know what it is - but if it is on - I can't stop watching....

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Fun fact: When Bill Murray whispers into Scarlett Johansson's ear at the end "Lost in Translation," he says, "SDN will become SCN, then move to SAP Community in 14 years. Just thought you should know." That's why he flees Japan before she can react.

I also love the film. And the soundtrack. Typically, whether I'll watch a movie over and over depends upon whether I want to listen to it over and over too. Without Ennio Morricone's "Man with a Harmonica," "Once Upon a Time in the West" doesn't make my list. "Blade Runner" would be much poorer without Vangelis.

The odd exception is my all-time favorite film: "No Country for Old Men." It has no soundtrack at all (unless you count the minimalist score that plays over the end credits), which is so bizarre for something from the Coen brothers. But when you have Cormac McCarthy dialogue, I guess that's music enough. Sure works for me.

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I finally understood No country for old men after watching it for the third time. I think there is some music/ambient in one of the coin toss scenes.

It's good fun to base a movie night on composers of music or solely on the cinematographer.

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Ирония Судьбы aka The Irony of Fate is available on Amazon Prime. It's a classic Soviet era New Year's movie. Every New Year's eve it'd be running on all 2 TV channels. :)

It's a love story with some elements of comedy but I suspect some nuances would be lost on the US viewers. And only in the USSR a family movie starts with a bunch of guys getting wasted. :)

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When last year most popular TV channel decided to stop running this movie (its been on new years every year ) - people protested.

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yes, I know..

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I loved every one on this list.

Kindergarten Cop never fails to make me laugh.

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Although you will already see a list of my epic movie favorites within my MoM interview, Jerry has convinced me to offer a few more here (didn't see these mentioned above ^^ but movies that I can watch over and over again):

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Remember the Titans - not one of my favorites. My son loved it. And of course while he was at home I watched it quite a bit. (He's now at college)

The Rookie - one of the good ones.

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fastball...fastball...fastball...

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  • Mad Max - the original
  • Magnificent 7 - the original with Yule Brenner
  • Wonder Women - the newest one
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How about "Seven Samurai"? It's one of my favorite films, but it didn't make this "watch it over and over" list because, well, it's 4 hours.

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That one is still on my "ToWatch" list, since I've not yet found a DVD release, that wasn't expensive. ^^

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ok, sure in my list to watch.

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I can't recommend Kurosawa enough.

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The seven Samurai! That was awesome too. Now you've reminded me - I'm going to re-watch.

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Kurosawa is a huge inspiration for me. My last (and likely final) short film had a couple nods toward "Rashomon," although the whole thing was meant as a love letter to Japanese cinema in general. (Sorry for the humble brag. Just wanna emphasize my appreciation for Kurosawa, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, as they say.)

Without "Seven Samurai," we wouldn't have "The Magnificent Seven" (which I agree is a fantastic film). For that matter, without "Yojimbo," we wouldn't have "A Fistful of Dollars."

I'm noticing that Leone keeps popping up on this list. :) (Oh, and as for "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly"... :) )

Funny that you put "Mad Max" on your list. I almost put "Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior" on mine. While "Mad Max: Fury Road" is my all-time favorite action film (and one of my favorite films, period), I can watch the beginning and ending of "The Road Warrior" over and over again. (When I was a sophomore in high school, each student in my English class had to give a speech. I chose the films of George Miller for my topic. :) )

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I was soooo happy about how awesome "Fury Road" turned out!

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I loved "The Road Warrior"! And I always will. "Fury Road" was well-done, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but "The Road Warrior" will always have a special place in my heart.

Speaking of old, long films that are worthy: "Lawrence of Arabia." Not quite 4 hours, but very close! And I've watched it a few times.

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Same here, Matt. Maybe it's because I went to the theater by myself to watch "The Road Warrior." (I was 12 or 13 and the woman who sold me the ticket obviously didn't care about the whole pesky R (no child under 17 permitted without a parent) thing.) But I think it's because "The Road Warrior" is so...grimy. "Fury Road" is a beautiful piece of cinema -- with plenty of imagination to spare -- but post-apocalyptic should feel more ugly, more chaotic. The settlements and societies of "Fury Road" are structured and polished, especially compared to the gangs/groups of "The Road Warrior." And while Miller tried not to rely on technology in making "Fury Road," "The Road Warrior" still comes across as more real. No 3D/IMAX needed to get in your face.

So while I would say that "Fury Road" is the better film, "The Road Warrior" is the one I would watch over and over.

Oh, and Lord Humungus > Immortan Joe.

There. I said it.

I think I gotta go back and watch "Lawrence of Arabia." It's been a while...

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  • Alien
  • The Shining
  • Carlito's Way
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The Shining - I loved that one! Alien was good the first time. I'll have to look at Carlito's Way.

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I think Shining is an absolute masterpiece. Watching things like Film psychology THE SHINING spatial awareness and set design made me appreciate it even more.

The first alien just stands out to me due to the choice of leaving the monster unseen for most of the film. It's really all happening inside your head. Great to see http://moviebarcode.tumblr.com/post/8042138991/alien-1979 being really black while the sequel is a lot brighter and has more action scenes (yellow, red, bright).

Carlito's Way really is a full on Pacino movie with a great role for Sean Penn. Very classic narration, tragedy of course.

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I liked "Aliens" even more than "Alien". Vibe differs the same as it did for "Terminator" and "Terminator 2", IMO. All four are great movies.

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I am reading QualityLand right now, and there it is written that Terminator 8 is the worst movie ever made.

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And here I thought we already reached that with "Terminator 5" (aka Terminator: Genesis). :D

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Genesys was ok. The smile on Arnold face made it all good.

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No it didn't. That movie was a trainwreck from start to finish. At least for me. :/

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Many people share that opinion, and I agree that the vibe is different. "Alien" is a slow-burn horror film. "Aliens" is an action film. I like them both, but since I lean toward horror, I prefer "Alien." (Fun fact: My dad took me to see "Alien" in the theater in 1979. I was 10. I think it explains partially why I turned out this way. It's important to remember that while the chest burster is very much part of pop culture now, it was shockingly original in 1979. And since risks of spoilers were practically non-existent back then, you had an audience very much unprepared for that scene.)

I also enjoyed "Alien 3," but mainly because I like David Fincher so much. Not a great film, but the director's cut is worth a watch.

The less said about "Alien Resurrection" the better. And I refuse to accept "Prometheus" and "Alien Covenant" as origin stories. I just pretend they don't exist...

But where was I? Oh. Yeah. "Alien" and "Aliens." Apples and oranges to me, so I really wouldn't debate which is superior.

On the other hand, I've lost friendships arguing whether Rob Zombie's "Halloween" remake is better than Carpenter's original. (The correct answer is "No," BTW.)

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Because of the "iron curtain", I was a bit late on the whole Alien/Aliens bandwagon. I actually saw Aliens first and didn't even realize it was related to Alien until years later. To be fair, we could only watch them on a very bad VCR copy, so the whole thing was a bit blurry.

Interestingly, because this was bootleg and translations were done haphazardly by anyone with decent English, you could find copies that were named just like the original movies (i.e. singular / plural) and there were some that were called Aliens 1 and Aliens 2.

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I just saw "Alien" and "Aliens" three years ago for the first time. Like a lot of cult movies, I needed to get around to it. But I think I caught some of "Alien 3" some years ago and didn't like it much.

And I have the "Alien vs. Predator" collection at home, so I saw those before the "source material" so to speak. :D

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I have a soft spot in my heart for anything "Alien vs. Predator." :)

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"Alien" is a slow-burn horror film. "Aliens" is an action film.

IMO the same could be said about "Terminator" und "Terminator 2". I think the first one has a lot more a horror "can't escape" feeling, even though it is not restricted so much location-wise (until the end of course). But the colors, music/sound etc are sooo different from the second one.

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We watched Terminator first time with my dad's BFF's family. I think there were about 10 people in the room glued to a 20" screen (again, bad "fifth copy" VHS quality). The dads kept yelling "OMG, just get a sledgehammer!" Totally ruined the experience. :)

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The other big difference between "Alien" and "Aliens" besides "slow-burner horror" vs "action" (which is 100% correct, of course!) is that "Aliens" is one of the first action films to feature a serious female lead in which a key aspect of the lead's character depends upon her being female: motherhood. Ellen Ripley is one of the baddest of badass action heroes ever to grace the silver screen, but without the motherhood aspect, well, she could just have been a prototypical male action hero put into a cardboard-cutout female body. This decision of James Cameron's and the scriptwriters instead puts this film into a important spot of gender equality in Hollywood, and in my opinion also enabled Sigourney Weaver to become one of the greatest "action hero" actors of all time.

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Sigourney Weaver totally crushed it. You're spot on. I'd say she was also the first action hero every girl could (and would love to) associate with. Before that, the action type female characters were either butchy or more of a "sexy Amazon" in a male fantasy than an action hero. Ripley was a much more relatable character.

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Yeah, because at the end of it, she was a normal person thrown into an unnormal situation. :)

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Jelena Perfiljeva
Mar 21 at 04:48 PM

Yes, yes, and yes! All the more reason why Aliens is a standout in Hollywood history.

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Gojira (original Japanese Godzilla movie)
Godzilla (most recent version)
Hocus Pocus

One night recently, my husband and I watched Gojira and the original US Godzilla movie that used much of the film shot for Gojira, and butchered it. It was an interesting comparison and I really like the original better.

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I can suggest you some movies:

Hindi:-

Golmaal: Fun Unlimited,

Chhoti Si Baat

Chamatkar

Jab We Met

English:-

Mask

Roman Holiday(1953) (Vacanze Romane in Italian)

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)

THE TERMINATOR (1984)

Meet the Parents (2000)

English Animation:-

Avatar

Shrek(2001)

Sing(2016)

and many more, there are lot of good movies to relax hope these suits you. thanks!!

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