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Discussion in 'Movies & Entertainment' started by Susan Long, Feb 7, 2015.
I can tell you mine is the 'Sound of Music'.
Probably the Lord of the Rings series, which would qualify among my favorite books too.
I hate to admit this, but for me, it's The Wizard of Oz. It used to come on every year around the New Years and I couldn't wait for it to come on every year. Back in the 80s, by brother bought me the VHS of it. Last year, my mother called me to say that she saw it was coming on the next day - she just thought I'd like to know. That was the first time I'd seen it in probably 6-8 years and I remembered why I like it so much.
I would probably have to say Forrest Gump. For some reason, I also really like The Family Man. It has Nicholas Cage and Tia Leoni in it. The Mummy is also another one I watch over and over again. I just love it when the female character says, "what's a nice place like you, doing in a girl like this". She was so adorable when she was drunk!
One of mine is the German movie Fitzcarraldo. It was filmed on location in the south American jungle and features local tribespeople. It is the story of a man, played by the enigmatic Klaus Kinsky, who dreams of building an opera house in the town. In order to fund his dream he has to make a jungle expedition by boat. He and his companions travel up river, but have to haul the boat over a mountain and down the other side to return by a different route.
The amazing thing about it is that there were no special effects or studio backlot, the feat was actually accomplished and filmed as it happened. There is a famous documentary of the making of the movie, showing how the lead actor and the director were constantly fighting, but the original film is a thrilling adventure to watch. It's all done in period costume as the story is set in the past.
I've watched "The Hammer" about 5 or 6 times, and could watch it over and over no problem... It's the true story of The Hammer - a Deaf MMA fighter/wrestler's struggles growing up and eventually going away to a Deaf University and falling in love... Just a great movie... truly shows what the Deaf world is like from a Deaf perspective.
I'm not sure I have an all time favorite movie but one of my favorites is "The Green Mile" . I also never tire of the Shawshank Redemption even though I have seen it about five times.
Funny you should mention those because I was going to say "The Shawshank Redemption". I've seen it several times as I often watch it when it's shown on television here. I enjoyed "The Green Mile" too, but I've only seen that one and a half times! The reason for the half was because I recorded it when it was on television, then after we'd sat through a large part of it, we discovered that the schedule had been incorrect and the end was missing. I'd really like to see it again.
Despite liking those, I'm not really a big Stephen King fan.
Another favourite from my youth was "The Rocky Horror Picture Show". I think I'm overdue to see that one again too.
Another one of my favorites is "The Gods Must Be Crazy". It's about a tribesman in Botswana (named Xi) whose tribe has no knowledge of the outside world and all of our "modern" inventions. Xi is out walking one day, when a plane flies overhead and the pilot throws out a Coke bottle. Xi brings it back to his village and trouble breaks out when everyone wants to own it. The tribe now experiences these new things like envy, anger and violence. Xi thinks that the gods are crazy to have sent them this "gift" and he embarks on a journey to return to to the gods. Of course, during his journey, he encounters modern people and inventions - and it's hilarious.
As a South African I know of that film, but I'm embarrassed to admit I've never seen it. I think I'll have to watch out for it on television.
The Shawshank Redemption is riveting for me as well. I've watched it about 3 times which is unheard of for me.
My favorite all time movie is The Peanuts Christmas (Charles Schultz) to be replaced by The Matrix with Keanu Reeves and all those that followed.
My husband always loved A Charlie Brown Christmas. I guess it brought back good memories for him. He loved the music and the story, but mostly the part at the end when Linus recites The Christmas Story. He also loves How The Grinch Stole Christmas. I not sure what that says about him!!
Hands down my favorite would be the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I am a bit of a horror film buff. Some of the additional Texas Chainsaw Massacre films are decent but nothing will ever beat the original classic in my eyes.
I always watch the Shawshank Redemption when it shows up on television, too. I'm not really a big Stephen King fan either, Michelle.What a blast from the past with the Rocky Horror Picture Show. I had forgotten about that one because its been so long since I've seen it. I'm due again, too
The first time I saw "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" I was only 14 and it was showing with an age restriction of 18 at the time. I've always looked young for my age and nobody would possibly have thought I was 18. Of course they questioned my age and I couldn't lie, so I'm still not sure why they let me in.
The film showed for six months in South Africa before the authorities decided that it was corrupting its audience. Then they banned it.
I cried on The Green Mile. Tom Hanks did an amazing portrayal of his character. I have both of these movies in my library as keepers.
My favorite movie of all time I would have to say is a very recent movie I saw. It was a thriller an action packed film. The movie is called "Wild Card" and it was worth watching. It captivates and enthralls the viewer. I was not let down by some of my favorite actors playing rolls in the film. For instance, Jason Statham was in it playing a leading role. He makes this movie as his other movies a must watch film. The movie having a wild plot with twists and turns leaving the viewer dumbfounded unable to predict what will happen next, hence the movie "Wild Card". Without going into too much detail the movie portrays the the character of Jason Statham as having a Gambling problem with financial struggles. Some other know actors in the film include Michael Angarano and Sofía Vergara. The movie was one to add to the many wild classics of our time.
Oh my goodness, me too. I cry every time I see the Green Mile. Both Tom Hanks and Michael Clark Duncan did awesome portrayals of their characters.!
I'm surprised they let you in too but maybe because you didn't lie, they gave you a break. I had no idea it was eventually banned in South Africa. That is very interesting!
Its funny that we have been talking about the Shawshank Redemption. I was watching the television yesterday and a preview came up for it. Apparently it is going to be on this week, again. I bet you know what I'll be doing when it comes on. LOL
I'm not sure for how long it was banned, but it has since been unbanned again. By today's standards, the movie is quite tame.
Under our previous government, things like this were quite common. Another instance was the Chris de Burgh song "Spanish Train". The album "Spanish Train and Other Stories" was rereleased here without the title track and renamed "Lonely Sky and Other Stories". Of course they couldn't get back the copies that had already been sold so I actually found myself in possession of a banned record, which wasn't something I'd have done deliberately. Unlike some of my friends, I was never a rebel.
There are TWO movies tied for my all-time number one spot: Forbidden Planet (1958) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961). Runners up include all the Star Trek movies, the Matrix trilogy, the Mummy trilogy, the Raiders of the Lost Ark series, most all of the Marvel Super Hero movies, but NONE of the DC, the Back to the Future trilogy, most all of the James Bond movies, Lara Croft, Logan's Run, and just about anything that was made before about 1950.
Now, don't get me started on my favorite all-time TV shows!
My favorite movie will have to be "Beyond Ragoon." It is a true story of Dr. Laura Bowman, a young lady doctor who lost her family in a home invasion and talked into a trip to Asia. While in Burma (Myanmar), she gets involved with the political unrest and sees some horrible events taking place. It is a movie that still brings tears to my eyes and while I have not visited the country yet, I have been at the border and talked to some of the Burmese people. Dr. Bowman finally got out of Burma and started working at a refugee camp in Thailand. You can find out more about this movie at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beyond_Rangoon.
I too enjoyed the 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' series. Harrison Ford was so believable, I was completely 'lost' in the movies. It was great fun!