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Mist King
2011-12-09, 10:00 PM
My cousin and I are watching the Big Lebowski on one of his Co-Workers suggestion. Earlier on the week he had watched Clockwork Orange (Not my kind of movie and I could not understand anything that was being said). We talked about meeting once a week and watching an 'Iconic' movie. Something that if you said you haven't watched it someone would say "You haven't watched X?"

Movie for next week: Psycho and Evil Dead.

Any suggestion's are welcome.

Thanks in advance.

Emmerask
2011-12-09, 10:18 PM
Blade Runner
Apocalypse now
A Fistful of Dollars
Citizen Kane
Fargo
Murder by Death (maybe not iconic enough but awesome enough it is def)
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Godfather
Lawrence of Arabia

Mando Knight
2011-12-09, 10:19 PM
The Princess Bride.

VanBuren
2011-12-09, 10:20 PM
I don't understand how A Fistful of Dollars gets mentioned without also dropping The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

EDIT: You should also watch Pulp Fiction.

Emmerask
2011-12-09, 10:21 PM
Hmm true, should have mentioned both but the short list I made in no way should be considered complete ^^

Jade Dragon
2011-12-09, 10:22 PM
The Princess Bride.

I haven't watched all of that. I should, since the kid's interruptions make it bearable.

Star Wars.

Emmerask
2011-12-09, 10:24 PM
Oh another one that should be watched:
Network

VanBuren
2011-12-09, 10:25 PM
Hmm true, should have mentioned both but the short list I made in no way should be considered complete ^^

Ugh, tell me about it. I know there's at least ten or fifteen that I'm not thinking of that it's absolutely shameful not to mention.

Bayonet Priest
2011-12-09, 10:26 PM
Hmm, not enough Kubrick :smalltongue:

I nominate what is quite possibly my favorite movie ever,
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Mist King
2011-12-09, 10:27 PM
Blade Runner
Apocalypse now
A Fistful of Dollars
Citizen Kane
Fargo
Murder by Death (maybe not iconic enough but awesome enough it is def)
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Godfather
Lawrence of Arabia

Nice, haven't seen any of these.


The Princess Bride.

We've both seen this one, both loved it too.


I don't understand how A Fistful of Dollars gets mentioned without also dropping The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly.

EDIT: You should also watch Pulp Fiction.

I've wanted to see Pulp Fiction since watching the Do you speak English.


I haven't watched all of that. I should, since the kid's interruptions make it bearable.

Star Wars.

Haven't seen the sixth one yet, might do a marathon for all six.


Also Big Lebowski, WTF. Germans with ferret on a leash?

WoodStock_PV
2011-12-09, 10:41 PM
In addition to some movies that have been said:

Once upon a time in the west (replace "the west" for "America" and you've got another great movie)
Pulp Fiction
Being There
The seven samurais
The three colors trilogy; In this order: Blue, White and Red (White is my favorite)
City of God
The shawshank redemption

Dienekes
2011-12-09, 10:48 PM
Some good ones

Godfather Part II
Shawshank Redemption
Seven Samurai
Ran
M
The Usual Suspects
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Silence of the Lambs
Duck Soup
Schindler's List
A Day at the Races
Blazing Saddles
Bringing Up Baby
Hold That Ghost
Bud Abbot and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
The Time of Their Lives
Arsenic and Old Lace
Frankenstein
Dracula
The Wolf Man
Nosferatu
Dr Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Rear Window
Chinatown
Some Like it Hot
The Grapes of Wrath
Gran Torino
The Man Who Shot Liberty Vance
Once Upon a Time in the West
Die Hard
Forrest Gump
It's a Wonderful Life
North By Northwest
Requiem for a Dream
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Singing in the Rain
Spartacus
The Shining
Alien
Aliens
To Kill a Mockingbird
Maltese Falcon
The Wizard of Oz

And iconic in the exact opposite way
The Room
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Troll 2
Battlefield Earth

Emmerask
2011-12-09, 10:52 PM
And iconic in the exact opposite way
The Room
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Troll 2
Battlefield Earth

All pale in comparison to after last season :smallbiggrin:

but I guess this is an entirely different subject ^^

industrious
2011-12-09, 10:54 PM
It's a Mad Mad World.

Jade Dragon
2011-12-09, 10:58 PM
Haven't seen the sixth one yet, might do a marathon for all six.

All six? But there are only three.

It's a shame they never made the prequels. >_>

Kindablue
2011-12-09, 11:01 PM
I read the title as "Ironic Films that need to be watched?" so I came into this thread with quite a few questions.

Mando Knight
2011-12-09, 11:02 PM
Haven't seen the sixth one yet, might do a marathon for all six.
...Wait. Are you talking release order, or series order? Because if you haven't seen Jedi... :smallconfused:

Revenge of the Sith, in my mind, goes like this:
Opening
Kickass Space Battle
Skip to Dooku Confrontation
Skip to Grievous Confrontation
Samuel L. "MoFo" Jackson has a chat with Ian McDiarmid
Order 66, including cameo from the 501st
Skip to Battle of the Heroes
Soundtrack #15, plus shots of Alderaan and the Death Star in the early stages of construction.

Maxios
2011-12-09, 11:05 PM
I suggest Watchman. It's one of the greatest movies I have ever seen.

Weezer
2011-12-09, 11:10 PM
Let's see if I can add some, Dienekes hit most of my list already:

Casablanca
The Third Man
The Lion in Winter (the one with O'Toole and Hepburn, not Stewart and Close)

Lord Ruby34
2011-12-09, 11:32 PM
Well, it seems all the really important ones have been hit already, so I'll just say that V for Vendetta was really good.

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2011-12-09, 11:42 PM
And iconic in the exact opposite way
The Room
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Plan 9 From Outer Space
Troll 2
Battlefield Earth

Why is the Rocky Horror Picture Show lumped in with those? I actually LIKE that movie! It's awesome!

AtlanteanTroll
2011-12-09, 11:50 PM
I must vote down the recommendation for Frankenstein. Any film adaptation is a horrible bastardization of a lovey novel.

Weezer
2011-12-09, 11:53 PM
I must vote down the recommendation for Frankenstein. Any film adaptation is a horrible bastardization of a lovey novel.

How about Young Frankenstein? Is that more acceptable?

Dienekes
2011-12-09, 11:55 PM
Why is the Rocky Horror Picture Show lumped in with those? I actually LIKE that movie! It's awesome!

I'm not saying I don't like them, nor am I saying they're no enjoyable. Hell, The Room is one of the funniest movies I have ever seen. I'm saying they're not good. In Rocky Horror the writing is a mess, the pacing is terrible, it can't keep the characterization of a few of the characters straight, and the acting on some of the main characters is rather weak. Yet, mostly because Tim Curry, you still enjoy watching that piece of nonsense.


I must vote down the recommendation for Frankenstein. Any film adaptation is a horrible bastardization of a lovey novel.

A movie can be different from it's inspirational book without being a bastardization. Take the Godfather for example. Also I find it hard for anyone to claim that it's not iconic (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H3dFh6GA-A#t=3m32s).

Mando Knight
2011-12-10, 12:09 AM
Why is the Rocky Horror Picture Show lumped in with those? I actually LIKE that movie! It's awesome!

There are a lot of enjoyable bad movies. Transformers is an example when you're feeling tolerant of Michael Bay clinging dearly to his beloved clichés.

Yana
2011-12-10, 12:14 AM
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Bridge on the River Quai (Or however you spell it)
Patton

Caesar
2011-12-10, 07:00 PM
The African Queen
Rear Window
Singing in the Rain
The Music Man
Gone with the Wind

just to name a few more older movies that are certainly iconic.

Eakin
2011-12-10, 07:05 PM
I started a list of 100 films that you MUST watched, but never did get around to finishing it. Here's what I had

100. Back to the Future
99. Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
98. Star Wars
97. The Maltese Falcon
96. Chinatown
95. From Here to Eternity
94. Jaws
93. Rocky
92. Lord of the Rings trilogy
91. Casablanca
90. The Matrix
89. Momento
88. The Prestige
87. Jerry Maguire
86. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
85. Goldeneye
84. Titantic
83. Godfather
82. Lawrence of Arabia
81. Apocalypse Now
80. The Shining
79. Superman
78. The Exorcist
77. Princess Bride
76. Pretty Women
75. Psycho
74. The Producers
73. Schindler's List
72. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
71. Usual Suspects
70. Taxi Driver
69. Office Space
68. The Big Lebowski
67. Annie Hall
66. Citizen Kane
65. Sleepless in Seattle
64. Double Indemnity
63. Clockwork Orange
62. Unforgiven
61. Gladiator
60. The Lion King
59. Pulp Fiction
58. Sixth Sense
57. Night of the Living Dead
56. Dr. Strangelove
55. Goldfinger
54. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
53. Wizard of Oz
52. Gandhi
51. Die Hard
50. Bonnie and Clyde
49. Rear Window
48. Finding Nemo
47. Gone With the Wind
46. Caddyshack
45. Silence of the Lambs
44. 12 Angry Men
43. Blade Runner
42. The Graduate
41. Ghostbusters
40. Sound of Music
39. Finding Nemo
38. Airplane
37. It's a Wonderful Life
36. Field of Dreams
35. Schindler's List
34. Nightmare on Elm Street
33. Braveheart
32. The Dark Knight
31. Goodfellas
30. Shawshank Redemption
29. Mr Smith Goes to Washington
28. Rambo: First Blood
27. On the Waterfront
26. Ben-Hur
25. To Kill a Mockingbird
24. Chariots of Fire
23. Rashomon
22. Good Will Hunting
21. Naked Gun
20. There Will Be Blood
19. Driving Ms. Daisy
18. Alien
17. Bridge on the River Kwai
16. Grave of the Fireflies
15. Ferris Buehler's Day Off

Yora
2011-12-10, 07:14 PM
Oh another one that should be watched:
Network

I have to say I've never heard of a movie by this name.


Revenge of the Sith, in my mind, goes like this:
Opening
Kickass Space Battle
Skip to Dooku Confrontation
Skip to Grievous Confrontation
Samuel L. "MoFo" Jackson has a chat with Ian McDiarmid
Order 66, including cameo from the 501st
Skip to Battle of the Heroes
Soundtrack #15, plus shots of Alderaan and the Death Star in the early stages of construction.
And still, it is a dozen times better than Attack of the Clones.
When I watch through all the star wars movies, I usually skip II. There's nothing to miss in that one.

Dumbledore lives
2011-12-10, 07:32 PM
There are a lot of films being bandied about, probably too much to reasonably be seen on a weekly basis, but I'll add in Brazil as the best Dystopian comedy you will ever see. It's actually a good film to contrast with A Clockwork Orange, because of how similar and different they are.

Another film that begs to be seen is Clerks, and pretty much any other Kevin Smith movie, but that is the best. I'd recommend a lot of others, but the above posters have listed most if not all of my other suggestions.

Mando Knight
2011-12-10, 07:41 PM
And still, it is a dozen times better than Attack of the Clones.
When I watch through all the star wars movies, I usually skip II. There's nothing to miss in that one.
Attack of the Clones is memorable only for a few one-liners and Kamino. And Kamino only because it introduced us to Jango and his clones.

Jade Dragon
2011-12-10, 08:06 PM
I started a list of 100 films that you MUST watched, but never did get around to finishing it. Here's what I had

snip

Ooohh, I can't believe I forgot about Rocky. Are there six? The marathon I saw had only five, but apparently there are six.

Also, I disagree on the LotR movies.

Emmerask
2011-12-10, 08:42 PM
I have to say I've never heard of a movie by this name.


Well its a bit older (1976), but it did win 4 Oscars (in categories that actually mean something :smalltongue:).
And it has a very memorable speech in it too ^^

spoilers in it if you click :smallwink:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMBZDwf9dok

0Megabyte
2011-12-10, 11:23 PM
1976? Older? Maybe to some people...

But then, I have watched a lot of films from the 30's, 40's and 50's. 1976 is practically new. Certainly New Hollywood era, before the Blockbusters. Before the Empire.

They were more civilized cinema... for a more civilized age.

/Obi Wan Kenobi

Anyway! Films that need to be watched:

Silent Film Era:

The Great Train Robbery
The Birth of a Nation (Trust me on this. I know you'll hate it. But trust me. It needs to be watched.)
Nosferatu
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Metropolis
Un Chen Andalou
Anything by Charlie Chaplin (or just City Lights or Modern Times. The Great Dictator is a different filmic era.)
Anything by Buster Keaton (or just Sherlock Jr. or The General)
The Battleship Potemkin
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
A Trip To the Moon
The Last Laugh
(Alas, these are just the good ones that I've seen... bare minimum requirement to get some sort of idea of the age, and the range of silent films.)

Talkies of the 1930's

Scarface, the Shame of a Nation (the original)
M
Dracula
The Bride of Frankenstein
Tarzan, the Ape Man
Duck Soup/most of the Marx Brothers films
King Kong
It Happened One Night
Bringing Up Baby
Of Human Bondage
The 39 Steps
Triumph of the Will (Again, you won't like it, but it's important... oh Riefenstahl)
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Gone With the Wind
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Stagecoach
The Wizard of Oz


1940's Hollywood et al

The Band ****
Fantasia
The Great Dictator
The Grapes of Wrath
The Philadelphia Story
Rebecca
Citizen Kane
The Lady Eve
The Maltese Falcon
Casablanca
The Wolf Man
Shadow of a Doubt
Double Indemnity
Detour
It's A Wonderful Life
The Postman Always Rings Twice

Later American Films:
Bonnie and Clyde
The Graduate
Harold and Maude
Being There
High Noon
The Searchers
Chinatown
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
Dawn of the Dead (original)
Taxi Driver
Repulsion
Dark City
Rocky
Annie Hall (it beat Star Wars for the best picture Oscar. For a reason.)
Do The Right Thing
The Godfather/Part 2
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Lawrence of Arabia
Lost in Translation
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Schindler's List
I'll go out on a limb and say There Will Be Blood
Tootsie
Patton
Full Metal Jacket
2001: A Space Odyssey
Die Hard
The Terminator/2
The Matrix
Toy Story
The Lord of the Rings
Dazed and Confused
Adaptation
Apollo 13
American Beauty
My Best Friend's Wedding
Scream
The Omega Man
Clerks
The Hurt Locker
Breakfast at Tiffany's
The Verdict
Robocop
Pulp Fiction
Sunset Boulevard

A selection of Italian Neo-Realism and later films (grossly underlisted)

Bicycle Thieves
Rome, Open City (I found it boring, but it's important)
La Strada; Fellini's 8 1/2
The Conformist
Last Tango in Paris

French films, French New Wave and later (grossly underlisted)

The Rules of the Game
Beauty and the Beast
The 400 Blows
Last Year at Marianbad
Breathless
Hiroshima, mon amore
Three Colors: White; Blue; Red (not solely French, but a co-production)

Look up German New Cinema ("Der alte Film ist tot. Wir glauben an den neuen") You'll find some nice treats, like Ali: Fear Eats the Soul.

Japanese cinema:
Osaka Elegy
Tokyo Story (This movie... might be one of the best of them all.)
Rashomon
Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Woman in the Dunes
Ikiru
Ugetsu
Miyazaki's films, of course.
Grave of the Fireflies
Perfect Blue

Other Foreign:

Slumdog Millionaire
City of God
Everything by Ingmar Bergman (Wild Strawberries, Through a Glass Darkly, Persona, The Seventh Seal, etc)
Let the Right One In
the Decalogue
The Terrorist
Walkabout
Blow Up
The Battle of Algiers

Alas... there are so many more...

Mando Knight
2011-12-11, 12:14 AM
Grave of the Fireflies

AKA "The best movie you will want to watch only once."

Emmerask
2011-12-11, 08:25 AM
Two more additions:

Tora! Tora! Tora! (the better Pearl Harbor movie)
Cube

/edit oh and another one from HongKong:
Hard Boiled :smallbiggrin:

Brother Oni
2011-12-11, 05:50 PM
/edit oh and another one from HongKong:
Hard Boiled :smallbiggrin:

If we're including Hong Kong Cinema:

Project A (one of Jackie Chan's best).
Mr Vampire (Great introduction into the general weirdness of Chinese mythology).
Kungfu Hustle (great HK action comedy)
Hero (one of my favourite films).

Substitute A Chinese Ghost Story for Mr Vampire if you want something a bit more romantic, or Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for Hero if you want something less politically charged.

Seraph
2011-12-11, 05:59 PM
I have to say I've never heard of a movie by this name.

Network is the greatest movie that the media refuses to acknowledge exists. It hits too close to home to the people running the show.

AtlanteanTroll
2011-12-11, 06:05 PM
How long does it take for something to become iconic?

H Birchgrove
2011-12-12, 06:28 PM
I won't repeat films that have (to my knowledge) been previosly mentioned. No particular order.

Superman and Superman II (both the Richard Donner Cut and the cinematic Richard Lester version). When Superman flies around the Earth, with the sun provides a "dawn" in space, that's pretty iconic IMHO.

The Omen. Scary kid is scary.

Beverly Hills Cop I (II-III to a lesser degree; enjoyable but probably not "iconic"). Proof of icon-level: The parody of one of the scenes in Shrek.

Alien series.

Predator I & II. "Get to the choppa!"

The Terminator & Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Dun dun-dun-dun-dun dun... :elan:

Kiss Me Deadly. 1955 film noir directed by Robert Aldrich. Cold War paranoia at its "finest". Several memorable scenes, including a peculiar type of torture and the controversial end. (Arguably not a faithful adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel.)

The Big Sleep, another private eye film with Humphrey Bogart, this time playing Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe.

Feytalist
2011-12-13, 01:48 AM
Hero is good, as is Crouching Tiger, but my personal favourite is Fearless. Not that it's all that iconic, though.

Also, I contest the inclusion of V for Vendetta and Watchmen. The comics are iconic. The movies... aren't.


Oh, the OP mentioned Evil Dead. After that, you must see Army of Darkness. (Must.)

_Zoot_
2011-12-13, 03:07 AM
Films I would recommend.

Zulu
Casablanca
A Bridge to Far
The Longest Day

Krazzman
2011-12-13, 07:24 AM
Can't believe I haven't read Conan The Barbarian and The Destroyer here.
(Not the one that was in cinemas recently.)

Skeller
2011-12-16, 10:26 PM
Also, I contest the inclusion of V for Vendetta and Watchmen. The comics are iconic. The movies... aren't.

Agreed. Otherwise I agree with pretty much everything so far. I would also add a not very well known(I think) movie. Pi. I know it is not iconic but a few people have already gone outside that.

Dr.Epic
2011-12-16, 10:29 PM
Troll 2
Manos: the Hands of Fate
Monster A-Go-Go
Birdemic

You never said they had to be good. Just iconic, and these are icons of horrible films.:smallwink:

Gwyn chan 'r Gwyll
2011-12-18, 08:34 PM
I watched through all of Birdemic once. That was... interesting.

Traab
2011-12-18, 11:37 PM
PORKY'S! You have to watch that movie. It has some of the funniest stuff ever in it. There is one scene that almost caused my to suffocate I was laughing so hard. When the main characters are dragged into the principals office by the ugly female gym teacher. Oh dear lord, that scene should be required watching for anyone who wants to understand what funny really is.

Callos_DeTerran
2011-12-18, 11:51 PM
Can't believe I haven't read Conan The Barbarian and The Destroyer here.
(Not the one that was in cinemas recently.)

I have to contest the Destroyer as actually being a Conan movie. I would put the most recent one in cinemas up though as it's actually a Conan movie like Destroyer is.

AtlanteanTroll
2011-12-19, 01:26 AM
Game of Death, perhaps?

Feytalist
2011-12-19, 04:03 AM
Agreed. Otherwise I agree with pretty much everything so far. I would also add a not very well known(I think) movie. Pi. I know it is not iconic but a few people have already gone outside that.

Pi was Darren Aronofsky's first movie. It was... interesting. I love just about everything he's done. Requiem for a Dream is the big one, and it's been mentioned already. I'd also put up Black Swan. Sure, it's recent, but it's pretty dang good.