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I posted my top 15 a long time ago, so i'll just repost these 3 unjustly overlooked war movies that EVERYONE who like war movies MUST SEE immediately!
dogs of war, cross of iron, and hell is for heroes... right now all 3 of those would be in my top 5 or 6, they are unbelievably amazing.

I really love how a movie with a budget of 60 million is being touted as an indie flick... I actually laughed when I read 60 million, the first story I read was on IMDB and a few other places, all of which said it was an indie film. this is ridiculous... although I really do want to see deniro and pacino in the same movie, indie or not, but I can't believe they are actually trying to play it off as some small picture.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: At last, "Army of Shadows"!!
« on: March 17, 2007, 11:39:15 PM »
amazing movie, was lucky enough to catch it on last years re-release in theatres... one of the best war movies i've ever seen.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Greatest Female Director of All Time?
« on: January 31, 2007, 09:00:21 AM »
penny marshall is an exceptional director. i was going to mention her. she's the first female director to make o film that grossed over 100 million dollars.

what about only? are there others? I wouldn't think so, she's the only one i can think of that did box-office contender sort of stuff.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Greatest Female Director of All Time?
« on: January 30, 2007, 01:45:20 PM »
I hate to say this because I can't stand her in general, but penny marshall ain't bad... and she definitely seems to be the only woman director I can think of that actually has a spot in hollywood, I mean she gets budgets and makes "hollywood" type movies, she's not an independent or anything like that... the only other female directed movie I've ever liked is Tamara Jenkins Slums of Beverly Hills, which I have to give her special credit for because she wrote and directed it.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Name your top 3 Euro-Crime films
« on: January 29, 2007, 09:26:52 AM »
I've only seen about a dozen, so i have a limited experience but I can't choose 3 between

street law(castellari)
the big racket(castellari)
violent city(sollima)
the boss(di leo)

those are the big five for me... street law definitely being my favorite... can't beat that music.

first off i have not seen letters from iwo jima yet, but i'm hopeful it will make it's way high up on this list, it looks great... also these are ordered as it pertains to being a war movie, strangelove may be the best overall movie on this list, but it's not the best WAR movie... can't really explain any better how I ranked them, but it's not by their overall appeal... this is nowhere near how i would rank them overall.... I also can't really describe what criteria I use to decide whether or not they are considered war films... first I tend to require the use of guns... second there must be actual combat... and I tend not to include westerns set during wars but not exclusively about the war, not that a movie has to be completely about and set during a war, i'm just less leniant with westerns on the issue.

1. Cross Of Iron
2. Duck, You Sucker
3. Casualties Of War
4. Paths Of Glory
5. Apocalypse Now
6. Hell Is For Heroes
7. Dr. Strangelove
8. The Big Red One
9. The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
10. Platoon
11. The Great Escape
12. Saving Private Ryan
13. Red Dawn
14. Patton
15. Lawrence Of Arabia

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Favorite Shakespeare Play(s)?
« on: January 24, 2007, 11:59:29 PM »
macbeth... i'm not a big fan of the witches either, but everything else is so amazing... I just love the macbeth character and the monster he slowly turns into.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: 2007 Oscar Nominations
« on: January 23, 2007, 07:27:44 PM »
alan arkin is great... eddie murphy can act(maybe not oscar-worthy in the non-sensical sense, but as far as I'm concerned all the prestige of being oscar-worthy basically lost it's punch about 30 years ago)... Will Smith might have a problem with picking decent roles, but he's charismatic and can really pull a movie through, no matter what it is... and F*** all mark wahlberg haters, I'd cast him before 99% of the actors in movies today and if that doesn't make him deserve a NOMINATION than I don't know what does... when one of those guys wins one then I'll jump on the injustice bandwagon, but there are so many shit performances that get applauded nowadays I would say those guys(and what the hell throw leo in there) are definitely worthy of a nomination... that being said whitaker might be the only one I'd actually hand an oscar to if I were running the show.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top Five
« on: January 23, 2007, 05:51:35 PM »
I'm curious... you're sexist? with all do respect, how come?

i should have said most people think i'm a sexist, and here's why... then posted my list, but i'm really not... at least i don't think so...

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Top Five
« on: January 22, 2007, 03:00:15 PM »
i'm a sexist who doesn't believe love exists the way most people do... thats the disclaimer, and i'm completely serious with this list... what the hell... why not

1. someone sticking by your side no matter what(loyalty)
2. never having to cook
3. a clean house
4. free bj's(not for money anyway)
5. social status

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: SLWB Book Club
« on: January 22, 2007, 01:40:25 PM »
friday is good for me.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Full Screen vs Wide
« on: January 22, 2007, 08:37:46 AM »
first of all let's not bash full screen, there is nothing wrong with movies shot in that ratio, the problem is doctoring original aspect ratios, plenty of great films have been shot in full screen and remain in full screen... kubricks movies which he demanded be released in full screen were originally shot in full screen and then doctored and changed for the theatrical release... the theatrical release of the shining and full metal jacket have some of the edges missing and the full screen dvds are a more complete picture... so lets not get gung ho on the widescreen thing... i hate altering movies for the widescreen format as much as i hate altering them for the full screen format, widescreen tvs now are doing the same thing, getting rid of those black bars on the side instead of the top and bottom, films should just be watched the way they were made if at all possible... the reason it started is simple though, tv's used to be a lot smaller, why it continues I couldn't tell you, but it makes sense that back in the early days of television movies they altered them, because tvs were small and honestly a 1.85/1 movie altered to fit the television screen isn't that bad, it's when you start changing the 2.35/1 that the problem of pan and scan comes in.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What kind of music do you listen to?
« on: January 16, 2007, 11:58:36 PM »
I'm definitely an elvis man, although i do like the beatles, I'm an elvis man... and tupac or biggie, I'd have to say I'm a biggie, I guess I'll take charisma over depth in those instances.

and amaze, that beginning of the end is good stuff, i thought it sounded familiar.

the american thing aside, take the whole cast of the proposition, thats a leone cast if I ever saw one.

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