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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 9:17 am    Post subject: My Top Ten (Films)  Reply with quote

Lists like this are always of the moment, but for the moment my top ten films of all time are (not neccessarily in preference order)

1) Matter of Life and Death
2) Spirited Away
3) Casablanca
4) The Philadephia Story
5) A Canterbury Tale
6) The Jungle Book (The classic version)
7) Carry on Up the Khyber (for the dinner scene alone)
8) Fanny & Alexander
9) Excalibur
10) Rear Window
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

In no particular order:

Casablanca
Notorious
North by Northwest
Rear Window
A Matter of Life and Death (sooo love that film!    )
Blithe Spirit
Adams Rib
The Philadelphia Story
Now Voyager
Twelve Angry Men
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Fellow Hitchcock fan then...I have to admit my list was partly chosen with balance in mind, so with Rear Window being my favourite Hitchcock I didn't chose any others, but good to see them in your list. But no room for To Catch a Thief?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yes - thats in my other top ten list!  
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go. Anyway, to the list:

1) A Matter of Life and Death;
2) The Godfather and Godfather Part II (slightly cheating but not really, as Part II is both a sequel and a prequel to The Godfather);
3) The Shawshank Redemption - classic tearjerker;
4) The Green Mile - ditto;
5) Gone With the Wind - like no. 1, nearly perfect. A huge, sprawling, sumptuous cream cake of a film to lose yourself in for hours;
6) The Third Man - sheer brilliance;
7) The Quiet Man - John Wayne in a non-horse opera role, and making a good fist of it as well;
8.)Doctor Zhivago - a masterpiece, end of;
9) Life of Brian - perhaps the finest comedy film of all time;
10) Death in Venice - visually stunning. A long film that has nothing to say and take two hours or more in which to say it, but says it beautifully. Style over substance, maybe, but what style.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go....


 Its wonderful... David Niven is of course delightful (one of his best roles), Marius Goring as conductor 71 (wonderful character acting), Roger Livsey (that table tennis scene he apparently did to prove how long he could stand still for!), and Ray Massey as Abraham Farlan - brilliant stuff. The whole court scene is just amazing...  (Most people I know give me blank looks too...)

Ok, my other top ten list - again, no particular order, but mostly films post 1960's except for

1  To Catch A Thief  
2  The Shawshank Redemption
3  Life of Brian
4  Dances With Wolves
5  The Elephant Man
6  Dogma
7  When Harry Met Sally (no groaning from the men please!)
8  Schindlers List
9  Gangs of New York

Loads of other films I like/love but those two lists just about cover it.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

david_geoffrey wrote:
Nice! Fellow Hitchcock fan then...I have to admit my list was partly chosen with balance in mind, so with Rear Window being my favourite Hitchcock I didn't chose any others, but good to see them in your list. But no room for To Catch a Thief?


My Dad is a huge movie buff and loves Hitchcock, which is where I get it from - although we're split on Vertigo. (I like, he doesn't).

My favourites are all the Cary Grant/Jimmy Stewart ones (I'm such a girl!) although The Birds has to figure in the list somewhere, even though I have to watch it through the fingers of my hand...  :smt095
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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OMG  :shock:  Somebody else whose favourite film is A Matter of Life and Death ... I don't believe it Most people that I've ever mentioned it to have never even heard of it - I thought I was almost the only one who knew about it! Perhaps there's a whole secret network of us AMoLaD fans out there, with special passwords and secret handshakes to recognise each other.

Almost the perfect film, IMHO, but there we go.
Well that's three of us at least. I love Powell and Pressburger, The Canterbury Tale on my list is one of theirs as well. If you have not seen it check it out, not quite in the same league as A Matter of Life and Death but very good.

Now I forgot The Third Man on my list - how on earth did I do that. So now I have to jettison one. Maybe Carry on Up the Khyber, and yet...
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

1. Ghostbusters
2. It's a wonderful life
3. Shawshank Redemption
4. Groundhog Day
5. Scrooged
6. Sixth Sense
7. The World According to Garp
8. Shaun of the Dead
9. Trouble in Store
10. Carry on Cabby

It's so hard to pick. I've left out Galaxy Quest, for example, Vertigo, and Doctor in the House.
Then there are the simply outstanding films, Godfather, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe, Missisipi Burning (one of the few films to make me cry), The Green Mile, the Shining, Severence,...

Can we not start again and do it by genre?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2008 12:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Can we not start again and do it by genre?
Why not? I was thinking of starting quite a few top 10s actually, books, sweets, poems, music, smells :shock:


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