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    Name a film (or three) you gotta see before you die

    Maximum of (up to) three per post for clarity.

    Modern or old / B&W or colour, Potayto or Potarto, whatever.... one's that you'd happily watch again ...
    (Apologies if it's been done before but I couldn't see it)

    I'll start with a very random trio (I kinda like off-beat except in my watches) :

    In Bruges (2008)

    The Maggie (1954)

    The Long Memory (1953)
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    So is this films you can watch again and again or ones you really think people should see before they die?
    For me the 2 lists would be very different

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    So, let me see if I got this straight. I watch three films, and then somebody kills me? Seems extreme, don't it?


    Okay, number one, my favourite film, Casablanca (Dir: Michael Curtiz, 1942. Yep, it's in glorious black and white). Owning a casino in war-torn Marrakech would be too cool. And if you're gonna do it, then this is how it's done. Bogart's Rick Blaine is a man torn between his own desires and his sense of duty and there is not one wasted moment in this film.


    Second film, David Fincher's Seven. I didn't think film could still surprise me when I saw this movie in 1997, but Andrew Kevin Walker's highly original screenplay had quite a few nasty tricks up its sleeve. Morgan Freeman's performance is assured and Brad Pitt did perhaps his best work to date.


    Third, Christopher Nolan's second Batman movie, The Dark Knight. Aside from the late, great Heath Ledger's total immersion in the role of The Joker, the screenplay to this film is outstanding. It's all about choices and decisions. If I ever write a screenplay that's a millionth of a fraction as good as this, I'll be a happy man.


    You know, three films is not enough. I could easily mention a hundred more, at least. There's a slew of foreign films that deserve mention because their stories transcend language barriers and sensibilities, there are a million old films (Chaplin, Hitchcock, Tati, to name a few) that should be seen so that you can see where Scorsese, Lucas, Spielberg, and Tarantino got their ideas and/or inspiration from, there are a zillion wonderful films out that rely on story and narrative instead of CGI, and these are the films that resonate longer, in my view.


    And sorry, film number four, The Wages Of Fear (Dir: Henri-George's Clouzot, 1953). Four men down on their luck are offered big money to deliver three trucks filled with nitro-glycerine to a burning oil field a hundred miles away. The roads are treacherous. Skip the first 45 minutes if you want to get to the driving stage and don't want to see how these men meet. Some absolutely nail biting moments in this classic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whatmeworry View Post
    So is this films you can watch again and again or ones you really think people should see before they die?
    For me the 2 lists would be very different
    Noooooooooooooo, the premise is: you die if you post again in this thread



    So is this films you can watch again and again or ones you really think people should see before they die?
    For me it's the same list in my head at the time of posting , a film that you should def watch once before I kill you .... and that you'd be happy to watch again ..... and perhaps again and again.

    You know, three films is not enough. I could easily mention a hundred more, at least.
    I'm simply trying to avoid the HUGE lists that some people come up where you tend to glaze over when you've got to the 3rd one... I just meant post three and then perhaps come back and post 3 more another day when you've thought of some more.
    Just post some films !
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    The next 3 Star Wars installments. Then, watch all 9 in chronological order.

    In Brutes was... bizarre. Not your typical Colin Farrell vehicle anyway.

    The Long Walk was a favourite short story of mine when I was younger. I read it several times. I honestly did not know they made a film of it.
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    My three

    Life Aquatic
    Snatch
    Le Mans
    Olma, Oris, Vostok, Casio, Smiths, Luch, Elgin, Fossil, Orient

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    Hmmm, okay then
    Grosse Point Blank
    Day of the Dead (1985)
    Billy Madison

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Because it made me cry.
    Life of Brian - Because it made me laugh.
    Meantime - Because it reminds me of me !
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    Quote Originally Posted by CanadianStraps View Post

    The Long Walk was a favourite short story of mine when I was younger. I read it several times. I honestly did not know they made a film of it.
    Sorry , I meant the Long Memory , if I had a memory I'd have edited it by now , meant to do at the time, but have done now

    It's a truly excellent John Mills film

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    A man for all seasons 1966 - Robert Shaw as Henry VIII and all those wonderful quotes

    Dr. Zhivago 1968 - Laras theme still gets me..so nostalgic!

    Guardians of the Galaxy 2013 - Was a huge suprise, expected nothing and got a killer soundtrack, comedy and action..fantastic movie!

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