I'm trying to educate my (slightly) younger brother on Important Films. By this, I mean, films that have special significance to the film industry. I've shown him The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, I'll be getting the director's cut of Blade Runner soon, and I recently exposed him to The Seven Samurai. What other "Important Films" do you think I should show him?
I'll be honest, it took me a second to realize this was the right thread for questions. I be amurican.
Have you ever found yourself talking about movies with someone, like a family member at Thanksgiving, who enjoy the movies hollywood cranks out for them? I mean, the person who was excited for Transformers 3 and enjoyed Grown-Ups. I enjoy movies a lot and I find that I meet more people who enjoy whatever is put in front of them than people who have great, refined tastes like my own. How do you turn off your movie critic switch when talking to someone who's telling you how excited they are to go see Jack and Jill because they love Adam Sandler so much? Assuming, of course, you care about that person's feelings.
So I just saw Groundhog Day for the first time and loved it for a great many reasons, one of those being its use of "I Got You Babe" throughout the movie as the first thing he hears when we wakes up each February 2nd. As a result I got to thinking what the best alarm music seen in movies were. Two other examples sprung to mind, one being of course Inceptions' usage of "Non, je ne regrette rien" and the other being Moon's use of "I am the one and only", both of which stick with me to this day for one reason or another. I was wondering if you had any other examples of memorable alarm music in movies, if there are any other than those 3 examples.
What do you feel was the most surprisingly good performance in a movie by an actor who is generally not thought of as being a good actor?
For instance, I saw JCVD and Jean Claude Van Damme had probably one of the best performances of that year, especially his really cathartic monologue that came right out of left field.
Hey Matt and Alex I was curious to know how many times you've watched a movie not knowing it was a remake and only to find out later? Did you ever revisit the original films and what are some instances of liking the remake or the original better? I found the 2002 Italian Job to be kinda whatever but loving the original 1969 film starring Michael Cain. Thanks and keep up the great work!
Hey guys! Something that's always annoyed me during the holidays has been how TBS runs a 24 hour marathon of "A Christmas Story". Even though I don't hate it, I'm not a particularly big fan of the movie, and I think a more entertaining movie could be shown it its place, if at least for one Christmas.
So my question for you is, if you could choose one movie (one family friendly and one that is not) to replace "A Christmas Story", what would it be? But 1). It has to be holiday related, and 2). It's can't be Die Hard or Die Hard 2.
In movies like Enemy At the Gates and others the actors in the film use their natural accents even though they are playing Germans, Russians, and more (Jude Law played a rural Russian hunter turned sniper yet retained his posh British accent, Ed Harris used his American accent when he was playing a German, etc). I was wondering if this is an actual film making style or technique that is recognized or if it was just a decision by the director? Personally it draws me out of the experience of the movie at times, so I am not sure what this accomplishes unless the director was confident in their acting but not their dialect/accent work. Then again I feel like I've heard interviews and reports that in other movies directors have made similar decisions because of the fact they really wanted a particular actor but either didn't have the time to work with a language coach or the actor couldn't pull it off.
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