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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 09:44 PM

    Once upon in America

    Romancing the stone

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    • Mar 20 at 11:56 AM

      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.

  • Mar 12 at 11:11 PM

    Clockwork Orange

    Tommy

    The Quiet Man

  • Mar 13 at 09:58 AM

    Dumb and Dumber

    In Time

    Night at the Museum

    • Mar 20 at 11:55 AM

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

  • Mar 13 at 12:35 PM

    C'est arrivé près de chez vous

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    Mononoke-hime

  • Mar 13 at 04:27 PM

    No Country for Old Men

    Blade Runner

    Once Upon a Time in the West

    • Mar 20 at 11:54 AM

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

  • Mar 13 at 04:35 PM

    Casablanca

    Arrival

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

    • Mar 14 at 02:28 PM

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

      • 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.

      • Mar 20 at 11:54 AM

        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.

  • Mar 13 at 04:58 PM

    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 :)

    • Mar 20 at 10:06 AM

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

  • Mar 13 at 09:26 PM

    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. :)

    • Mar 14 at 04:08 PM

      Dhoom is first part of it.

      -Yogesh

    • Mar 20 at 10:06 AM

      thats super..

    • Mar 20 at 11:52 AM

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

      • Mar 20 at 02:21 PM

        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. :)

        • Mar 30 at 05:21 AM

          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.

  • Mar 14 at 08:26 AM

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

    • Mar 20 at 11:51 AM

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

  • Mar 14 at 10:33 AM

    Let's see...

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

    :)

    • Mar 20 at 11:50 AM

      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.

      • Mar 20 at 12:15 PM

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

  • Mar 14 at 06:37 PM

    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...

    • Mar 14 at 08:53 PM

      "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.

      • Mar 15 at 07:35 AM

        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 :)

        • Mar 15 at 11:28 AM

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

      • Mar 15 at 11:30 AM

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

      • Mar 15 at 02:46 PM

        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.

        • Mar 16 at 09:02 AM

          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.

    • Mar 15 at 02:32 PM

      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. :)

    • Mar 20 at 10:07 AM

      yes, I know..

    • Mar 20 at 11:46 AM

      I loved every one on this list.

      Kindergarten Cop never fails to make me laugh.

  • Mar 15 at 03:03 PM

    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):

    • Mar 20 at 11:45 AM

      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.

  • Mar 16 at 12:28 PM
    • Mad Max - the original
    • Magnificent 7 - the original with Yule Brenner
    • Wonder Women - the newest one
    • Mar 19 at 10:35 PM

      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.

      • Mar 20 at 08:24 AM

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

      • Mar 20 at 10:08 AM

        ok, sure in my list to watch.

      • Mar 20 at 11:44 AM

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

        • Mar 20 at 01:35 PM

          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. :) )

          • Mar 20 at 03:58 PM

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

          • Mar 20 at 04:05 PM

            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.

            • Mar 21 at 01:16 PM

              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...

  • Mar 17 at 02:15 AM
    • Alien
    • The Shining
    • Carlito's Way
    • Mar 20 at 11:43 AM

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

    • Mar 20 at 12:16 PM

      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.

      • Mar 20 at 12:23 PM

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

      • Mar 20 at 01:21 PM

        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.)

        • Mar 20 at 02:38 PM

          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.

          • Mar 20 at 03:56 PM

            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

            • Mar 21 at 01:22 PM

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

        • Mar 20 at 03:55 PM

          "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.

          • Mar 21 at 03:03 PM

            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. :)

        • Mar 20 at 04:15 PM

          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.

          • Mar 21 at 03:17 PM

            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.

            • Mar 21 at 04:32 PM

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

            • Mar 21 at 04:48 PM

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

  • Mar 30 at 03:50 PM

    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.

  • Mar 31 at 05:23 AM

    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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