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Charles Longboat Jr.

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A beta Kashmir 100 List
« on: March 22, 2015, 04:00:52 pm »
I guess I'll try my hand at this, despite self-depriving myself of movies until recently. I'll start with 10, so I don't spoil the Kashmir Awards (A lot of films from 2012-2014 are pretty high)

10. Jurassic Park -One of Spielberg's last true masterpieces, this is a definition of a good blockbuster. The visuals still hold up extremely well today, the script is solid, the actors are fun, and the suspense in scenes continues to permeate the movie even after multiple viewings. I'm looking forward to seeing if Jurassic World has brought the franchise closer to the quality of this one.

9. The Lion King - This and Balto were my favorite movies at the age of around four to six. This and Star Wars were my favorite movies around seven to ten. This movie has still landed in my list despite some tough competition. The Lion King has vivid hand-drawn animation, rousing musical numbers and score (This movie made me love Hans Zimmer before Interstellar did), and the most emotionally affecting story out of a Disney movie. Upon rewatching this last year with my brother, I still got chills down my back during the opening voals of The Circle of Life. I was somber when Simba was deceived into thinking he was responsible for his father's murder. I laughed at Timon and Pumbaa, two comic relief characters who have aged with the times. And I felt uplifted as the circle of life continued in the land. To me, this is the greatest animated film of all time. And as a kid, I saw nearly all of them.

8. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back - The first live action movie I remember seeing was Star Wars. That became my favorite movie at that time. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the sequel was even better. Empire has the strongest script, story, and gravitas out of all the movies, and I still testified to that even when I was on my Prequel trilogy kick. (My sister persisted in saying that the prequels are less boring, and more fun, but Empire has held a special place in my heart.) This movie has also held up well, and since then I've always hoped that the other movies would emulate Empire's dark tone and straight out epic story.
This is only sort of related, but The Force Awakens better not suck.

7. 12 Angry Men - A movie where twelve jurors sit in one room and talking about whether a kid who may have killed his father is guilty for ninety minutes ? It may seem woefully boring, but 12 Angry Men never is. Henry Fonda was the only professional actor hired; the others were stage actors. That was a **** that paid off well, as every single one of them do solid jobs. For a movie like this, a gripping script that never lets go is what you need, which is luckily what the film has. Each character undergoes moral dilemmas and confessions before they can get through the day, and the suspense level is still kept even when the votes sway in both sides. I haven't seen A Few Good Men or any other allegedly good courtroom dramas, but I assume they all fall just short of the intensity that 12 Angry Men evokes.

6. Saving Private Ryan - This movie was one of my first forays into mature cinema, as I saw this at the tender age of 12. This film manages to tell its "War is hell" message affectively, and also makes you care for the men that must save the last Ryan brother. When each man died, I felt an emotional wallop, as you get to know these soldiers who are more than just clichés. The production values are solid here, and the Normandy landing scene is, alongside Apocalypse Now's Flight of the Valkyries, the most shocking and strangely riveting war scenes put to screen. This is also one of five films I've come oh so close to crying during.

5. Schindler's List - The definitive Holocaust movie, and objectively Spielberg's magnum opus, Schindler's List is a haunting, moving film that reminds viewers if the lowest humanity can drop to, but also the potential of mankind to do good and achieve redemption. The character odyssey of Oskar Schindler from egotistical, philandering money magnet to altruistic war hero is a story I was completely invested in despite the film's arduous length. Liam Neeson gave an incredible performance, as do Ralph Fiennes and Ben Kingsley. The simple symbolism in the way Schindler's List is filmed works to massive effect, and this is also another film I've come close to crying during. Schindler's List is essentially a perfect film to me.

4. Apocalypse Now - While Saving Private Ryan is the more emotionally powerful film, Apocalypse Now is the more thought provoking, thoroughly depressing, and audacious war film. Nobody in this movie is portrayed in a good light; it's either morally gray in the cases of Willard and Kurtz, or morally dark in the case of everyone else. I commend Francis Ford Coppola for doing this. I became increasingly disturbed at Martin Sheen's fairly few-word performance as he would stare at the atrocities happening - The flight of the Valkyries firing on innocent civilians, the morale center mens' succumbing to debauchery, and many more - it means that he has been desensitized. That is what living in conditions like this are like. Ultimately, I feel that the title fits the bill to this movie perfectly.

3. Raiders of the Lost Ark - Schindler's List is probably Steven Spielberg's best work, but my personal favorite is Raiders of the Lost Ark. Its parts simply make a unanimously entertaining film. The practical effects are brilliant, and there a many memorable action sequences. The film has more thrills in its opening scene than a lot of modern action movies today do. The actors fit their roles perfectly, and I also appreciate that the film is willing to not make its protagonist invincible, as Indy has to use his brain in sync with his physique to overpower several enemies. This movie is the standard upon which I judge action movies.

2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy - I count the trilogy as one massive film because that was Tolkien's original intention for the books (See how each installment is labeled as Part _ of The Lord of the Rings) and because they are one massive journey. Each installment works on its own, but they are even better together. Some of the liberties the movies take earned the ire of many traditionalist fans, but in some ways I think it helped them (No offense, but Tom Bombadil hurts the story a bit) in more ways than one. The actors are perfectly cast and all of them do a great job. The scope of the movie is incredible, and the landscape filming helps it too. I find it funny that a lot of the visual effects here look more convincing than some of The Hobbit trilogy's visual effects. The story reinvented fantasy, and these movies do it justice. For what it's worth, I rank them in the following order: Return of the King, Fellowship of the Ring, and Two Towers. I have yet to see the extended editions.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey - This film stimulated me mentally. It's very lovely to look at, and many of its effects hold up very well today. The symbolism is amazing here - It can be interpreted in many ways, and ultimately proves itself as the work of a visionary. I really like how it deals with how humans deal with tools and weapons, from simple bones to computers, and there are many memorable scenes - The Dawn of Man, the Blue Danube Space Flight, the shutdown of HAL, Beyond the Infinite - they all work together to create something extraordinary. If Kubrick's other films are this good, (Which they probably are) consider me a fan, for he has created a movie that stands as one of the greatest ever made.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2015, 04:04:33 pm »
What do you guys think of my Top 10?

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2015, 04:17:43 pm »
Spielberg movies..

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2015, 04:18:59 pm »
Spielberg movies..
Better or worse than what you think of Catching Fire?

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« Reply #4 on: March 22, 2015, 04:30:39 pm »
Spielberg movies..
Better or worse than what you think of Catching Fire?
I don't know who directed Catching Fire, but not much is worse than that.  I kind of like Raiders.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2015, 04:32:29 pm »
Spielberg movies..
Better or worse than what you think of Catching Fire?
I don't know who directed Catching Fire, but not much is worse than that.  I kind of like Raiders.
*shrugs* Would Catching Fire only be worse in your eyes if Spielberg directed it?

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2015, 05:39:32 pm »
A lot of these have been on my watch list for a while, but I haven't gotten to them yet. I have some serious work to do, especially with Spielberg. I saw Jurassic Park and Raiders a really long time ago and don't remember them at all, but I haven't seen Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan or Jaws at all.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2015, 05:40:31 pm »
Spielberg movies..
Better or worse than what you think of Catching Fire?
I don't know who directed Catching Fire, but not much is worse than that.  I kind of like Raiders.
*shrugs* Would Catching Fire only be worse in your eyes if Spielberg directed it?
That's for me to not know and you to never find out.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2015, 05:42:15 pm »
Haven't seen 12 Angry Men. The rest are good choices.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #9 on: March 22, 2015, 05:55:06 pm »
Haven't seen 12 Angry Men. The rest are good choices.
Thank you. I believe 12 Angry Men is on DVD - I found it at a Barnes and Noble that was selling the AFI 10 on DVD.

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« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2015, 05:57:25 pm »
Haven't seen 12 Angry Men. The rest are good choices.
Thank you. I believe 12 Angry Men is on DVD - I found it at a Barnes and Noble that was selling the AFI 10 on DVD.
It's available to stream on Netflix, I'm pretty sure.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #11 on: March 22, 2015, 06:02:50 pm »
Haven't seen 12 Angry Men. The rest are good choices.
Thank you. I believe 12 Angry Men is on DVD - I found it at a Barnes and Noble that was selling the AFI 10 on DVD.
It's available to stream on Netflix, I'm pretty sure.
They had it for a while, but took it off at the start of 2015. I haven't seen it since.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2015, 09:46:10 pm »
This makes me wanna watch 2001 again...

Charles Longboat Jr.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2015, 10:06:29 pm »
This makes me wanna watch 2001 again...
Go ahead. I'll be seeing Birdman tonight.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2015, 10:08:31 pm »
This makes me wanna watch 2001 again...
Go ahead. I'll be seeing Birdman tonight.

Well, it all depends if my brother can finish his homework soon. He really wants to rewatch it, because the first time we both saw it it was 2 am on a Saturday night. Very fun experience.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2015, 10:10:05 pm »
This makes me wanna watch 2001 again...
Go ahead. I'll be seeing Birdman tonight.

Well, it all depends if my brother can finish his homework soon. He really wants to rewatch it, because the first time we both saw it it was 2 am on a Saturday night. Very fun experience.
I wish I had a brother like that. Mine will just make annoying commentary on how it's the worst film he's ever seen and that the film is like The Old Man and the Sea, with scholars overanalyzing it.

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Re: A beta Kashmir 100 List
« Reply #16 on: March 23, 2015, 04:43:46 pm »
Glad to see LotR on here.

 

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