Weekend Question Thread

Favorite movie? What should we see that you love?

Mine is probablyCinderella Man, right now. I love Paul Giamatti in it. I love the moment when Braddock just lays that HUGE left on Corn Griffin and Joe Gould gets a look on his face like he’s just seen God.


23 thoughts on “Weekend Question Thread

  1. “Unstrung Heroes”, a film with John Turturro and Andie MacDowell, made by Diane Keaton. All about a boy whose eccentric, stuff-hoarding uncles take him in when his mother becomes sick with cancer. Great scenes revolve around the kid saving his uncles’ hides when social services come to interview them and scrutinize their living conditions…can’t tell you more than that without giving too much away.
    And lately, in a similar vein, I’ve been watching “Secondhand Lions” a great deal, one both my husband and I love. I’m torn. I either want one of Berkeley Breathed’s illustrations in the film or this as our will: “The kid gets it all. Just bury us in the damn garden next to the stupid lion.”

  2. One that I like that few know about is “The Ninth Configuration” written/directed by William Peter Blatty. It focuses on a military mental institution that has just received a new commanding officer(Stacy Keach) who has to determine whether or not patients are faking illness to escape combat. It has some damn funny dialogue and great performances from Keach, Scott Wilson as a “crazy” astronaut and the criminally underrated Ed Flanders.
    Or Aronofsky’s PI. You can never go wrong with that one.

  3. Oh, I have so many.
    Cool Hand Luke is probably my favorite ever. But I loveO Brother, Where Art Thou?, Miller’s Crossing, Dr. Strangelove, and, for a sort of stroll down memory lane, Das Boot.
    Plus, you know, anything with Summer Glau.
    Oh, and A? Ilove boxing movies. I used to spar some (before I got tired of getting punched in the face in life). So I would recommendRaging Bull, The Harder They Fall, and, especially, Champion. Plus anything with Mr. T.

  4. American Dreamer, with Tom Conti and JoBeth Williams. Cold Comfort Farm. The Princess Bride. Generally gently funny stuff with happy endings.
    Bubba Ho-Tep, Army of Darkness, and pretty much anything with Bruce Campbell in it.

  5. Midnight Run. If “number of times seen” is the metric then there isn’t a close second for me. Every scene – literally every scene – is great, the writing is brilliant, every single major character has something different riding on the outcome (but it’s something huge for each) and it has more quotable dialog than Monty Python & the Holy Grail. Midnight Run is unbelievably underrated.
    And the sequel is an abomination.

  6. My 10 favorite movies, for today. (It’s a much bigger list) Anyone who wants to be my friend HAS to see these movies:
    1. Umbrellas of Cherbourg- le sigh, le sniff
    2. Grey Gardens- you’ll hate it or love it or you might not make it through the first time if you’re squicky and you’ll argue with other people forever about whether it’s exploitative or celebratory, but you’ll never forget it.
    Edith ‘Little Edie’ Bouvier Beale: But you see in dealing with me, the relatives didn’t know that they were dealing with a staunch character and I tell you if there’s anything worse than dealing with a staunch woman… S-T-A-U-N-C-H. There’s nothing worse, I’m telling you. They don’t weaken, no matter what.
    3. Talk to Her-Almodovar. Again, a tough premise. Two comatose women and the men that love them. I can’t think of another director that could have sold this one to me. Five minutes into it, my hackles were rising about the objectification of women , a half hour in I realized I was doing the objectification, an hour in, I surrendered – Almodovar is a genius at manipulating the viewer to examine their prior rock-solid assessments. Another great movie to argue about. Highlights: Pina Bausch’s dance numbers, especially the last one, Geraldine Chaplin even dottier than usual, and above all, the mindblowingly incandescent Leonor Watling.
    4. Nashville- If you haven’t seen it, you’re wrong. It’s that simple. It’s a must for the political filmgoer’s syllabus.
    4a. A Face in the Crowd- a good companion piece either Nashville or
    4b: Network.
    These three are all still right on about the American media machine. Too bad we didn’t heed the early warnings.
    5.The Secret Life of Words- a small, quiet film but good god, please give it a chance. There’s one “big” scene in this movie that gets mentioned in every review- and it will, possibly literally, break your heart open. If it doesn’t, you’re probably dead – careful about reading reviews because you don’t want to be spoiled. Tim Robbins and Sarah Polley are both excellent. Robbins should have won an Oscar and every other award in the world for this.
    6. Passion Fish. Quick! Who’s better– Mary McDonnell or Alfre Woodard? Estrogen cagematch.
    7. Near Dark: Best.Vampire.Movie.Ever.
    8. Desert Hearts: No, really. Seriously it’s all about the art direction. I mean it. Stop laughing at me. (stamps foot).
    The first “big” lesbian movie and still one of the best. It’s got some clunkiness, I won’t lie, but it’s just such a goddamned likable movie, I dare you to watch it and say you didn’t smile. AMC put this in it’s standard “love story” rotation a few years ago, which was great because this movie is made from the same template as any other of the classic romance movies.
    Helen Shaver’s acting chops more than make up for Patrice Charbonneau’s lack thereof, and Charbonneau’s sex appeal makes up for Shaver’s tightness. And then there’s the chemistry between the two of them. Jeeebus.
    “I wouldn’t know what to do…”
    “You can start by putting the Do Not Disturb sign on the door.”
    Still. Hot.
    9. fill in the blank, Coen Bros
    10. fill in the blank, Christopher Guest.

  7. Movie FREAK here.
    So, to be brief, one that was an arts cinema piece in the mid nineties:
    Cold Fever

  8. hmm. i don’t see enough movies. i don’t really have favorites because few movies are worth many watchings.
    last night i watched the end of But i’m a cheerleader. never seen it. the bright primary colors, all the accessories to look at. funny.
    oh. i guess i do have a favorite b/w one. Ball of Fire. gary cooper + barbara stanwyck. like keith in me, but reversed.

  9. Okay, I remembered to stop by for the fun! And did I ever pick the right one. I’m a big movie fan.
    Favorite of all time? Tough, but it comes down to two, both comedies, both with rapid fire verbal humor:
    Charade–dude, it’s Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant. How could you go wrong? Add in a stellar backing cast (including Walter Matthau, who has a wonderful scene with Hepburn), and a terrific script and mmmmmmmmm. My cat is named Regina Lampert for a reason.
    Hopscotch–odd that Walter Matthau is in both of my favorites. Here, he has the leading role, backed by Glenda Jackson and a very young and very, very adorable Sam Waterston. The story is also remarkably appropriate for now–a CIA agent is forced into a desk job by his asshole superior (Ned Beatty), and retaliates in the funniest way possible: exposing all the stupid things the CIA has done over the years. A high point is a marvelous conversation between Matthau and Jackson about wine. Athenae, if you like the middle-aged sexy between Roslin and Adama, this scene is for you. “Where have you been, you old goat?”
    Both movies are ones I return to whenever I need a movie as comfort food.
    Runners up: Persuasion (the Amanda Root/Ciaran Hinds version), Henry V, The Miracle of Morgans Creek, Gallipoli, Harold and Maude, and the LotR trilogy (Viggo!!!). And Conspiracy Theory, Adventures in Babysiting, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Howards End, Sense & Sensibility…
    Well, we have over 150 dvds in our collection now, and that’s after culling the ones we didn’t like so much.

  10. BlakNo1: Thanks for namingThe Ninth Configuration. I really liked that movie, although it’s not my all time fave. But I never remember the title, I think because the book it’s from may have a different title. Have you read the book?
    My all time fave movie isBreakfast at Tiffany’s.
    Gotta go, meeting a friend to seeThe Mummy.

  11. I don’t really have an all-time fave movie. Those were just picks that floated to the top of my brain at the time.
    The original name for “Configuration” is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane”, haven’t read it.

  12. Dear Frankie – a lovely little Scottish movie. Quirky, moving, hopeful and honest.
    Kinky Boots – yeah, I love small British films, and this one makes me feel good every time I watch it.
    The Philadelphia Story – best dialogue and comic timing ever.

  13. A Lion in Winter and A Man For All Seasons, brilliant production, incredible acting and scripts way too intelligent to be filmed in our time.

  14. I love food movies… Babette’s Feast and Eat Drink/Man Woman are two of my favorites. If you’re trying to diet, these aren’t the films for you. Except for the bread and ale soup at the beginning of Babette’s Feast. That might spur a diet.
    My favorite guilty pleasure is Blues Brothers 2000. I skip through the dialog to get to the music scenes. Ditto for Center Stage. Other movies I watch and re-watch for music alone? Anchors Aweigh (…If you knew Susan like I know Susan…), The Full Monty, A Prairie Home Companion, High Society.
    I loved The Lives of Others. The Madness of King George is a film that I enjoy quoting… endlessly, it seems… with my husband. Nigel Hawthorne is a master.
    Kwaidan is a great film. Hoichi the Earless is the most wonderful recreation of an ancestral tale… just incredible. It’s a film that’s hard to understand the first time you watch (unless you speak Japanese, which I don’t) because you’re so distracted by the beauty on the screen. Same for The Duellists.
    Amelie is my “comfort food” movie. I adore that film. And Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility. And Ulee’s Gold. And Waking Ned Divine. They always make me smile and leave me comfortable and warm… and considerably more assured of the rightness of the world.
    Thanks for the great suggestions…

  15. Funniest movie evah; The Imposters. I’m sure I’ve seen it 20 times and it never fails to crack me up.

  16. The Kenneth Branaugh version of Henry V, followed closely by Evil dead II. I also have to heartily endorse The Ninth Configuration, which is based on the novel Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane.

  17. Oh, for movies I quote endlessly, it’s hard to top the Beatles movies, particularly Hard Day’s Night. The cocktail party interviews are hysterical:
    “Tell me, how did you find America?”
    “Turn left at Greenland.”
    “What do you call your haircut?”
    “Are you a mod or a rocker?”
    “I’m a mocker.”

  18. I can’t say for sure what my absolute favorite movie is, but a short list would have to include The Godfather Parts I and II, Dr. Strangelove…and, a real dark horse here, Secret Honor, which I’ll put in the DVD player on dark days when I need to laugh/pull myself out of the blahs.

  19. A few favorites already mentioned, “The Impostors” and Brannagh’s “Henry V.” Add to the mix “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” and “The Dark Crystal.” And hell, *anything* with Emma Thompson in it. Even that stupid Ahnold gets pregnant one.

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