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    Top Ten Favourite Hollywood Flicks.

    Was revisiting my website on my top ten favourite flicks that I listed seven years ago. Strange, there is nothing much to change.

    1st September 2002


    Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Harrowing. Eerie. Brando's best performance and Coppola's perfect direction will never be matched again, even by themselves. Knowing the making of this film will add to the intensity. "The Horror...the horror..."

    Big Sleep, The (1945)

    Raymond Chandler is my favourite writer. Bogart plays Philip Marlowe, my favourite fictional P.I. It is all there, the dialogues, the characters, the humour and the performance. The book came alive in this film, and I can watch it again and again and again and again... : "Is it any of your business?" "I can make it my business" "I can make your business mine" "You won't like it, the pay's too small"

    Citizen Kane (1941)

    A must for every director wannabe. Often immitated, sometimes to excess. Directed by a 25 yearl old Orson Welles. This film will stand alone as the yardstick for every other film, in cinematograpy, direction and what-nots. "I run a couple of newspapers. What do you do?"

    Duck Soup (1933)

    There will never be another Marx Brothers, especially Groucho. This is their best, and easily the best comedy I had ever seen. Satire, spoof, parody, you name it. It is all in this film. "Clear? Huh! Why a four-year-old child could understand this report. Run out and find me a four-year-old child. I can't make head or tail out of it."

    Empire Strikes Back, The (1980)

    Lucas may make more prequels and sequels, but it ain't gonna be the same as this baby. Its a screen spectacle beyond imagination that Lucas manage to pull with better budget than Star Wars. Darth Vader and his imperial march theme is what Star Wars is all about. "No, I am your father. "


    From Russia With Love (1963)

    Perfect Bond movie that has never been remade (all bond films are Goldfinger remakes, period). It is also the favourite of its director Terence Young, actor Sean Connery, and editor Peter Hunt. I even have its soundtrack. "My job is to kill you and deliver the Lektor. How I do it is my business"


    Godfather, The (1971)

    Can a movie about a family be exciting. Watch this. A wet dream for casting department. The theme of loyalty and betrayal had never been explored with such intensity as witnessed in this epic. I could put Godfather part 2 to share this spot. Can I? "Ill make him an offer he cant refuse."


    Julius Caesar (1953)

    I got hooked with Bard with this one. I realised how great an actor John Gielgud was. This film shows that you can even shoot a poetry and make it an entertaining movie. Kudos to Joseph L. Mankiewicz. "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears..."


    Raging Bull (1980)

    This movie will make you sweat, grit your teeth and not blink a second - figure of speech. De Niro's finest performance. Scorcese's yardstick product. Thelma Schoonmaker's examplary editing. The last of the great photography in Black and White. "Hey, Ray, I never went down, man! You never got me down, Ray! You hear me, you never got me down."

    White Hunter Black Heart (1989)

    Clint Eastwood in his best form, both as an actor and director. Only Eastwood can spot humour in cynicism, and fun in self-destruction. Apart from all that, this is one hell of an entertainment. "You know, one of these days they'll even name an academy award after me and you know what? All the wrong guys will get it."

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    I wrote them in 2002 and I don't want to change anything.

    Okay, I am tempted to remove Caesar (I was obsessed with Brando those days, so its my fault) and might wanna put Heat (1995). Got to think about it.


    What about you guys?
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    From the very few I have seen and in no particular order. Might have forgotten some movies and it will be added later.

    The Godfather 1/2

    Pulp Fiction

    The Dark Knight

    Saving Private Ryan

    T - II

    7

    Matrix - 1 (Only)

    Taxi Driver/Raging Bull

    Dr. Strangelove.

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    All wonderful films, except TDK as BR, to me, is superior and SPR which had great sound. T2 is fantastic action piece. 7 re-kick started thrillers, albeit gorier version in the 90s.

    Now, Dr. Strangelove is another candidate that should be able to make it to my list. But then, there was 2001: Space Odyssey. Tough, very tough.
    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    Honorable mentions: (Not neccesarily great films)

    Forrest gump, The sixth sense, The Prestige, Reservoir dogs, Home alone 1 and 2, American beauty, The usual suspects, Babel, The departed, Casino, A few Good men, The shining, Rambo (1 and 2), Pursuit of Happyness, The Shawshank redemption.....and many more.

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    Same here, from whatever movies i have seen, this is my favorite 10 in no particular order.

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    The Godfather - 2
    Goodfellas
    Rainman
    The Killing
    Lock Stock and 2 smoking barrels
    Unforgiven
    Raging Bull
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Seven
    The Man from Earth

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    Groucho enna ippadi solliputeenga

    TDK has one of the finest pieces of writing in Hollywood atleast in this decade. Nolan just drills deep into the criminal minds of Joker and brings out a complete freak. Performance pathi sollavae thevai illa. The dialogues compliment the movie too well. The action scenes are the finest frames captured in camera especially the bank robbery and the underground chase. Easily one of the best films in this decade .
    Quote Originally Posted by groucho070
    All wonderful films, except TDK as BR, to me, is superior and SPR which had great sound. T2 is fantastic action piece. 7 re-kick started thrillers, albeit gorier version in the 90s.

    Now, Dr. Strangelove is another candidate that should be able to make it to my list. But then, there was 2001: Space Odyssey. Tough, very tough.

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    I actually wrote a good review about it here

    I mean, this is about a guy dressing up as a Bat going around chasing bad guys. I prefer Batman Returns (yeah, laugh all you want) because it's dark, at the same time it reminds us that this is from comic book. It had tragic moments, and at the same time ass-kicking action scenes. And this is coming from the time when before Batman 1989, the on screen Batman was the campy Adam West series. I like TDK very much. I watched it thrice on big screen. But if I were to put TDK on a list, then BR will be above it. It was there first.

    But intha maha-listla antha rendu padathukkum idam illai. Fantasy part is filled by The Empire Strikes Back.
    " நல்ல படம் , சுமாரான படம் என்பதையெல்லாம் தாண்டியவர் நடிகர் திலகம் . சிவாஜி படம் தோற்கலாம் ..சிவாஜி தோற்பதில்லை." - Joe Milton.

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    10. Fight club (David Fincher)
    9. Requiem for a dream (Darren Arofonsky)
    8. Taxi Driver (Martin Scorcesse)
    7. 12 Angry Men (Sidney Lumet)
    6. Once upon a time in America (Sergio Leone)
    5. Memento (Nolan bros.)
    4. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino)
    3. Usual Suspects, The (Bryan Singer)
    2. Godfather, The (Francis Ford Coppola)
    1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick)

    Honorable mentions : American Beauty, Into the wild, Citizen Kane, Vertigo, Pursuit of Happyness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajithfederer
    Honorable mentions: (Not neccesarily great films)

    Forrest gump, The sixth sense, The Prestige, Reservoir dogs, Home alone 1 and 2, American beauty, The usual suspects, Babel, The departed, Casino, A few Good men, The shining, Rambo (1 and 2), Pursuit of Happyness, The Shawshank redemption.....and many more.
    Quote Originally Posted by salaam_chennai
    Same here, from whatever movies i have seen, this is my favorite 10 in no particular order.

    The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    The Godfather - 2
    Goodfellas
    Rainman
    The Killing
    Lock Stock and 2 smoking barrels
    Unforgiven
    Raging Bull
    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
    Seven
    The Man from Earth
    Lock, Stock and two smoking barrels... Hollywood illayE! :P

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    not an hardcore hollywood fan like you guys.. but this is my list.. i'm an action fan, no?

    1. Black Christmas (1974)
    2. Psycho (1960)
    3. Strangers on a Train
    4. Terminator 2
    5. Friday the 13th Part II (Scariest)
    6. Se7en (tremendous twist ending)
    7. Evil Dead
    8. Monster (2003)
    9. April Fool's Day (1986)
    10. Predator (Thirupachi of hollywood no logic.. out and out action)

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