Movies You Like Today

Sep 08

Movies You Like Today

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like the song thread but with films

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Another western! It has a similar story.. one of my favorite movies with another great message..

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[quote]Plot

The story depicts the efforts of a small mining town to defend itself against a group of rogue gunfighters with the help of a mysterious outsider (Eastwood), referred to as the Stranger. The town reveals its timidity and corruption when they hire the Stranger to protect them.
As the film begins, the Stranger rides into the fictional mining town of Lago, in a setting similar to the Arizona territory. When he enters the saloon, he is followed by three gun-toting men who taunt him. He then goes to the barbershop, but the men continue to follow and ridicule him. When one man swivels him around in the barber's chair, he shoots them dead.

Panorama of Lago as the stranger approaches the town at the beginning of the film.
Impressed with this performance, a dwarf named Mordecai (Curtis) befriends the Stranger. Then an attractive townswoman named Callie Travers (Hill) bumps into him in the street and insults and badgers him. When she slaps him, he drags her into the livery stable and rapes her. Next, he goes to the hotel and rents a room. When he lies down to sleep, he remembers a scene in which a man is brutally whipped. It is revealed later in the film that Marshal Jim Duncan was whipped to death by gunfighters Stacey Bridges (Lewis), Dan Carlin (Vadis), and Cole Carlin (James) while the people of Lago looked on. Only Sarah Belding (Bloom), wife of hotelier Lewis Belding (Hartley), made any attempt to rescue Marshal Duncan. Various indications throughout the film suggest that the Stranger is some sort of reincarnation or embodiment of Duncan's spirit.
The next day, Sheriff Shaw (Barnes) tells the stranger he will not be charged for killing the three men. Meanwhile, the townsmen discuss Bridges and the Carlin brothers, who are due to be released from prison that day. The town double-crossed the three gunfighters after they killed Duncan, who had discovered that the Lago Mining Company was operating on government land, and the men are expected to seek vengeance against the town. Since the men slain by the Stranger were the mining company's new protectors, the townsmen decide to hire the Stranger as their replacement.

The Stranger riding into town.
Presenting the job offer to the Stranger, Shaw explains that the three gunfighters were caught stealing gold from the mining company, although he admits the gold was poorly protected, suggesting that the company's managers may have entrapped the men. The Stranger declines the job until Shaw tells him he can have anything he wants. Accepting these terms, the Stranger indulges in the town's products and services, makes Mordecai both sheriff and mayor, has the entire town painted red, and paints the word "HELL" on the "LAGO" sign just outside of town.
While the Stranger trains the townspeople to defend themselves, Bridges and the Carlin brothers are released from prison and make their way to Lago. They begin on foot but kill three other men on the way and take their horses.
At this point, the townsmen begin quarreling about the Stranger. A group of men try to kill him, but he escapes and kills most of them. After Belding inadvertently divulges his complicity in the attack, the Stranger drags Belding's wife Sarah into the Beldings's room and she sleeps with him willingly.

Lago is painted red and the name changed to Hell before the gunfighters return.
In the morning, the Stranger rides out to meet the gunfighters, has a brief shootout with them, and returns to Lago. With the town painted red, townsmen with rifles stationed on rooftops, and a picnic and welcoming banner set up for the gunfighters, the Stranger mounts his horse and rides out the back end of town. When the gunfighters arrive, they encounter almost no resistance at all, and by nightfall they have the townspeople collected in the saloon with the rest of the town in flames. However, the Stranger kills the gunfighters one by one, whipping and strangling Cole Carlin, hanging Dan Carlin, and gunning down Bridges. In the only act of courage taken by any of the townspeople, Mordecai shoots Belding after Belding points his rifle at the Stranger's back. The next day, the Stranger rides out of the ruined town as Mordecai carves a headstone for Duncan's grave.[/quote]

There is something else really interesting about this story.. Clint Eastwood made it based on a real life event.. there was a woman killed in New York and her neighbors all around where she lived heard her screaming and begging for help but none of them did anything... they were too afraid/cowardly to stop it. That made them accomplices as I see it..

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Just saw this on TV.. There is this awsome scene where Wyatt Earp is the sheriff and he is watching someone who is wanted for some crime at the jail and the WHOLE town comes after the guy in jail.. the mob says that if they don't get their way and Wyatt Earp doesn't get out of there they will remove Wyatt theirself and there is no way to stop them because he is only one guy and they are so many.

But the best part is that Wyatt Earp says they could definitely do that and he couldn't stop all of them... but he said he would take 10 or 12 of them with him! LOL and he pointed at the leaders of the mob.. said he would take them out regardless. :lol:

Just goes to show.. never mess with someone that has nothing to lose.. cuz they have nothing better to do than to get you back for it and make you pay one way or another even if it took their whole life. lol

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seen some really great stuff lately.

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The Departed and War Of The Worlds

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I love how these films have pretty much an identical narrative arc and yet they're so different.

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"It's a reason to get up in the morning"

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:lol: i just saw a movie that reminded me of GTA tell u the truth the ending credits sounded of a woman name salena odd huh :? it was called alphabet city not bad huh i'd buy that soundtrack myself

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i like the corky broad with the maroon sweater. thing is i doubt we will get along she had eyes for the goonies ;)

Yes, I totally forgot Psycho. I really didn't like it, but anyways, I never like remakes.

Edit: I wanna see Milk :')

I read recently about Van Sant having no "bullshit detector" which is pretty much correct. Sometimes he just gets so far up is own ass there's no coming back. Who asked for a shot-for-shot remake of [i]Psycho[/i]? But when he gets it right ([i]Drugstore Cowboy, To Die For, Good Will Hunting, Elephant, Paranoid Park, Milk[/i]) he's very good.

I didn't like Last Days AT ALL. My friend showed me that movie and said that it was bad because it had almost no dialogue, but I kinda like those kinds of movies. One of my favourite directors is Sofia Coppola, and her films are like that. However, in Last Days I didn't get the purpouse of the silence itself, in contrary to Lost In Translation, for example: the silent scenes had with them really cool ironic situations. C'mon the first scene of Lost days is the main actor taking a piss at the river! But I feel like I need to give gus van sant chance; that movie, elephant, seems interesting.

[quote="SARAH B"]KNOWING YOU: Whats Elephant about? looks and sounds interesting[/quote]

It's about a school shooting, based on Columbine. It's a pretty disturbing film, not the kind of thing I'd want to watch again. If you've seen Van Sant's films [i]Gerry[/i] and [i]Last Days[/i], it has the same kind of minimal dialogue and almost dreamy feel, but here it works much better than in either of those films which I think are almost unwatchable. There isn't much of a narrative thread, characters just come and go, there's no development. Still, it's a very well made film.

eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

KARATE KID 3

this film is so so funny , the main baddys john kreese and terry silver just spend the entire film acting gay with each other and laughin hysterically at daniel and miyagi , thats after terry tricks daniel into thinking he is his friend and teaches him the wrong moves. He also tells him kreese is dead!!!! off a heart attack!!!!

Assahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KNOWING YOU: Whats Elephant about? looks and sounds interesting

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it's been about 6 years since i seen that movie it was called paris,tx pretty odd charactor

^^ I can't wait to hit blockbuster and rent that movie! I've only heard good things about it and it reminds me of Schindler's List so far from what I heard!

I've been wanting to see this for months! I want to buy the book.
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true romance

knowing you, I totally agree - I walked out so utterly confused, but still captivated. There was so much I didn't understand, but that didn't stop me from being completely engaged the whole time. The acting was fantastic, the sets were phenomenal, the visuals were striking, and the dialogue was strangely simple, but fitting. That's a lot of adjectives.
I really need to wikipedia it or something, but as you mentioned it has the obvious broad themes of life, death & love. I also think there was a strong focus on life as what the one who is living it makes it out to be. Like we are the writers of our destiny I suppose. And life IS only as it appears to us. That's a little cheesy, and I'm sure a far way off from what is really the point, but I think that is the simplest way I can describe the meaning I deduced.

Right.. I realize that.. but my belief is that on a subconscious level many people like things they don't understand because they assume because they don't get something, something or someone is smarter than they are. I believe it's a kind of con game. And I believe a lot of people buy into that con.

I liked it because I found it enthralling, involving, and yeah, alienating. My lack of understanding doesn't make a difference.

I mean, I get it to an extent. I suppose it's about the broad themes of life, death, and love. And even at it's most baffling it contains some really beautiful moments. You don't need to understand something to appreciate it.

I wasn't really sure what was going on in [i]Eraserhead[/i] the first time I saw that either but I still came out of it feeling like I [i]experienced[/i] something, albeit something that I couldn't quite get my head around.

I'm not pretending to like this stuff to seem "cool" and I certainly don't wanna be pretentious. I'm just giving an honest interpretation of how I felt after seeing it.

[quote]I didn't really understand any of it but I just know that I loved it[/quote]

Why is it that people like things they don't understand?

Isn't that the definition of pretentiousness?

1: characterized by pretension: as a: making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing) <[b]the pretentious fraud who assumes a love of culture that is alien to him[/b]

It's great, isn't it?

I came out of it with the same reaction as when i first saw David Lynch's [i]Inland Empire[/i]: I didn't really understand any of it but I just know that I loved it. Brilliant score too.

Synecdoche, New York

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I saw Away We Go. It was good. I love Dave Eggers.

I've been watching some 80's flicks these days:

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Gotta love James Spader in this one.

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One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest..just read that book as well..

i like movie soundtracks myself. as far as movies go i don't watch to many. i always try looking out liooking for international flicks.

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GATTACA!

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JEAN DE FLORETTE!

Went on a Moodysson binge over the last few days

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[quote="Coisinhas"][quote="Kissable007"]The Butterfly Effect..another great movie..I can see the connection between these 2 movies..they both show how one decision/action can change your life..and even a slight alteration can have negative impacts, even though you think you are going back and making something better..you never know how that will affect the other people in your life, or yourself for that matter..wow, this is getting to be an emotional night for me..movies like these make me remember and think about too many things..but, I like them anyways..[/quote]

Yeah, the Butterfly Effect is pretty fucked up...After I saw the movie I thought: "Would I have the strength to make happy the ones I love, without getting credit for it and worse, knowing that they dont even know that I exist?" This is how we humans work: we're fuckin' selfish, and even though most of us think that we're pretty generous, the truth is that the person in this world that we love the most is OURSELVES, not our girlfriend or boyfriend. The good things that we do, deep down, are to make ourselves feel better. However, I can't help to believe that there must be someone in this would that would be capable to live a real platonic love...[/quote]

I can openly admit that I am a selfish person..I know this..thats just how it is..doesnt mean I am not nice and such, but, bottom line the person that is going to matter most to me is me..I call it self-preservation..after all, when it comes down to it, the only person that is going to have your back and take care of you, no matter what, is YOU..friends, relatives etc..they are nice, but, they can and do die, move away,etc..you are going to be the only consistent person there to protect and take care of yourself throughout your whole life

[quote="Kissable007"]The Butterfly Effect..another great movie..I can see the connection between these 2 movies..they both show how one decision/action can change your life..and even a slight alteration can have negative impacts, even though you think you are going back and making something better..you never know how that will affect the other people in your life, or yourself for that matter..wow, this is getting to be an emotional night for me..movies like these make me remember and think about too many things..but, I like them anyways..[/quote]

Yeah, the Butterfly Effect is pretty fucked up...After I saw the movie I thought: "Would I have the strength to make happy the ones I love, without getting credit for it and worse, knowing that they dont even know that I exist?" This is how we humans work: we're fuckin' selfish, and even though most of us think that we're pretty generous, the truth is that the person in this world that we love the most is OURSELVES, not our girlfriend or boyfriend. The good things that we do, deep down, are to make ourselves feel better. However, I can't help to believe that there must be someone in this would that would be capable to live a real platonic love...

[quote="Knowing you"]This seems contrary to the theme of the film, which, as I see it, is that these bad experiences are as necessary as the good ones.[/quote]

Yes, I see that too. Erasing someone seems like the easiest way to get ride of someone, and in the end it would probably become a vicious cicle, because we never get that perfect person in our life, and we would be easing and erasing people until we die. Everybody's flaws, and we have to learn how to cherish them.

The Basketball Diaries..wow, this movie never looses any of its intensity..its funny to have watched Leonardo DiCaprio grow like he has...even back then, he was good..he has just gotten better and better..still hot too :D

mine too..sometimes, i wish that whole procedure was possible, only it would need to be perfected so that certain people were erased from your mind AND heart..would be nice to have some people erased forever and never have any recollection/memory/feeling whatsoever of/about them..oh well, what are ya gonna do? life goes on :D (yes, I am actually very happy..just thinking about that movie makes me really wish it was possible to do..everytime i watch that movie, I am like, 'man, what I would give to have that done for real'..but, like i said, the procedure would need to be perfected)..ok, Im done..goodnight[/quote]

The part that shocked me the most was when he goes to her work, as if nothing happened, and she simply doesn't know him. She doesn't know they had a life together. That's why this movie and The Butterfly Effect are my favourite movies cause they show that we humans are all connected and one simple action can change your hole life.

I got really emotionate when, by going through all his memories with his girlfriend, he strugles to at least keep the good ones. Despite all the anger, they loved each other. There's no point on erasing someone in your life, cause it just makes you "live in the dark"and, as we can see in the end, they were ment to each other after all...[/quote]

The Butterfly Effect..another great movie..I can see the connection between these 2 movies..they both show how one decision/action can change your life..and even a slight alteration can have negative impacts, even though you think you are going back and making something better..you never know how that will affect the other people in your life, or yourself for that matter..wow, this is getting to be an emotional night for me..movies like these make me remember and think about too many things..but, I like them anyways..

This seems contrary to the theme of the film, which, as I see it, is that these bad experiences are as necessary as the good ones. In the end Joel and Clementine decide to do it all again, knowing that it's probably going to end as terribly as it did before, but they do it anyway. Not saying you're wrong or anything, you just took something completely different from the film than what I took from it. Anyway, it's a great film.

Just rewatched [i]In The Mood For Love[/i]. Masterpiece.[/quote][/quote]

Yeah, I got that from the movie too..and, I understand it..I still kinda like the idea of the procedure..sometimes..for some people..thats all I was sayin..had nothing to do with how I interpreted/understood the movie..I just saw the procedure, and thought 'wow, thats kinda cool..I would so like to do that with some people.'.only, like I said, the procedure would need to be perfected..I am glad so many people seem to like this movie along with me..its one of those I never get tired of..even though it can be emotionally draining, sometimes, if I think about it

[quote="Kissable007"][quote="Coisinhas"][quote="Kissable007"]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[/quote]

One of my favourite movies of all time (:[/quote]

mine too..sometimes, i wish that whole procedure was possible, only it would need to be perfected so that certain people were erased from your mind AND heart..would be nice to have some people erased forever and never have any recollection/memory/feeling whatsoever of/about them..oh well, what are ya gonna do? life goes on :D (yes, I am actually very happy..just thinking about that movie makes me really wish it was possible to do..everytime i watch that movie, I am like, 'man, what I would give to have that done for real'..but, like i said, the procedure would need to be perfected)..ok, Im done..goodnight[/quote]

This seems contrary to the theme of the film, which, as I see it, is that these bad experiences are as necessary as the good ones. In the end Joel and Clementine decide to do it all again, knowing that it's probably going to end as terribly as it did before, but they do it anyway. Not saying you're wrong or anything, you just took something completely different from the film than what I took from it. Anyway, it's a great film.

Just rewatched [i]In The Mood For Love[/i]. Masterpiece.

[quote="Kissable007"][quote="Coisinhas"][quote="Kissable007"]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[/quote]

One of my favourite movies of all time (:[/quote]

mine too..sometimes, i wish that whole procedure was possible, only it would need to be perfected so that certain people were erased from your mind AND heart..would be nice to have some people erased forever and never have any recollection/memory/feeling whatsoever of/about them..oh well, what are ya gonna do? life goes on :D (yes, I am actually very happy..just thinking about that movie makes me really wish it was possible to do..everytime i watch that movie, I am like, 'man, what I would give to have that done for real'..but, like i said, the procedure would need to be perfected)..ok, Im done..goodnight[/quote]

The part that shocked me the most was when he goes to her work, as if nothing happened, and she simply doesn't know him. She doesn't know they had a life together. That's why this movie and The Butterfly Effect are my favourite movies cause they show that we humans are all connected and one simple action can change your hole life.

I got really emotionate when, by going through all his memories with his girlfriend, he strugles to at least keep the good ones. Despite all the anger, they loved each other. There's no point on erasing someone in your life, cause it just makes you "live in the dark"and, as we can see in the end, they were ment to each other after all...

[quote="Coisinhas"][quote="Kissable007"]Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind[/quote]

One of my favourite movies of all time (:[/quote]

mine too..sometimes, i wish that whole procedure was possible, only it would need to be perfected so that certain people were erased from your mind AND heart..would be nice to have some people erased forever and never have any recollection/memory/feeling whatsoever of/about them..oh well, what are ya gonna do? life goes on :D (yes, I am actually very happy..just thinking about that movie makes me really wish it was possible to do..everytime i watch that movie, I am like, 'man, what I would give to have that done for real'..but, like i said, the procedure would need to be perfected)..ok, Im done..goodnight