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I thought I'd follow Capitalist_Nightmare's example and do something that is more light hearted ,I think music is something we all love ,and what else do people like I believe its watch movies.
Like music movies evoke strong emotions,there's movies to make us Laugh,Cry,scare the wits out of us,take us to far away places that are only in your imaginations.
Then there are movies that are based on truth that can move you to deep thoughts and you can walk away afterwards knowing that you learned something.
Sometimes a movie can draw you in because there is a specific actor/actress that you like,or Producer/Director you admire.
Whatever the reasons,movies entertain us ,I'd like for you to share some of the movies you have enjoyed in your life time.
It can as well be a tv series that you have enjoyed.

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KarenPearsall commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:59 AM

Hello rozemist, Great topic for some lighter (non-political) responses! My favorite movie is still "To Kill A Mockingbird", starring Gregory Peck. Over the years, I have seen many movies that entertained me or provoked thought, but this one hits me on so many different levels. Have you seen it? The lead child actors are excellent in their parts and their interactions with Peck are moving and believable. Sincerely, Karen

Friendo commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Hello rozemist, Although I have yet to go, I'am looking forward to seeing '2016 The Movie' because it has been so well received. Sincerely, Friendo

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Hi Karen,
What a wonderful movie,yes I've seen it,and seen it so many times.
I would have been early teens when it came out,but I certainly was (like you)struck by it on many levels.
I would like to find the DVD (I'm assuming its on DVD)I've certainly looked,if you know of where it can be bought throw me a word PLEASE
Atticus Finch could only of been played by Gregory Peck,it seemed meant just for him.In 2003 The America Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century.All the characters were wonderful,Scout besides Atticus was my favorite.Little Jem, then there was Boo (so sad,so misunderstood)so tender hearted (first time I ever seen Robert Duvall)
It's a movie I highly recommend to everyone ,I think all generations would enjoy it,as well the book.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:51 PM

One of my favorite movies is The Grapes of Wrath(along with the book being one of my favorites). The only thing I dislike about it is the typical "American" style in which it was ended. Ends with a riveting speech by Momma Joad about how they'll always make it through hard times as they drive away towards the sunset with smiles on their face. In the book the ending is completely different and ends it all with the Joads in the worst situation they had been in yet.

Another great movie is Lawrence of Arabia. It's definitely one of those epic films with beautiful shots that make the desert very intimidating. Story line is good(and based on a true story which makes it cooler) and the acting is just phenomenal.

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Hi Karen are you a Gregory Peck fan, if so he's done some outstanding movies.
Snows of the Kilimanjaro,The Man In The Grey Flannel Suit,lets not forget the Original Moby Dick with Peck as Captain Ahab ,Beloved Infidel Peck plays F. Scott Fitzgerald and does it superbly.
I could go on and on with his movies,he is included in my favorites to be sure.

KarenPearsall commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 14:20 PM

Hello rozemist, Yes, I am a big Gregory Peck fan. He was also great in "Roman Holiday" with Audrey Hepburn. Your topic got me thinking about other classic great movies such as "Jaws" (that film's humor and horror both hold up well and the "Jaws" theme music still gives me feelings of dread!), "The Godfather", "Pulp Fiction", "Captain Blood", "Bringing Up Baby", "The Front Page", "Philadelphia Story" and "To Catch a Thief". I really enjoy going to the movies and appreciate all the many contributors who make a film worthwhile. Sincerely, Karen

KarenPearsall commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 14:23 PM

A quirky, fun movie recently out is "Moonrise Kingdom". It only played at The State theater around here, but my family really liked it. I recommend at least seeing it on DVD. Sincerely, Karen

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 16:44 PM

The Grapes Of Wrath a good movie,and I agree too bad they did not stick with the ending that the book had.
John Steinbeck when preparing to write his novel said""I want to put a tag of shame on the greedy bastards who are responsible for this [the Great Depression and its effects]." He famously said, "I've done my damndest to rip a reader's nerves to rags."

Lawrence Of Arabia,breathtaking scenery,and Peter O'Toole as T.E. Lawrence, I believe this movie was his crowning glory.
The other characters Sherif Ali (Omar Sharif) Auda abu Tayi(Anthony Quinn) helped to make this an outstanding movie that to this day I still love to watch.
The massacre in which Lawrence participates ,seemingly as if he was enjoying the murdering shows a man that has descended into madness ,and what the rage of war can do to Human Beings not just the horrible loss of life,but its effect psychologically. It was a powerful scene in the movie.

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 17:03 PM

Hi Karen
I enjoyed Roman Holiday,Audrey Hepburn she was so beautiful.
Speaking of Jaws oh my gosh I don't think I had a fear of being in the ocean until I watched that movie,after that I always thought about it,to this day that movie still scares me silly.Your right the music does fill you with dread.They had sequels to it,but I didn't care for them,there is nothing like the original Jaws as far as I'm concerned.
I thought that all three main characters were great,and yes at times they were funny their interactions on the boat showed much of that humor.
I liked all the movies you cited ,The Godfather,Pulp Fiction ,Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn are hilarious together and also happen to be a couple of favorites of mine.
This makes me wish I had one of the channels that show all the old movies,I normally just have to wait till they happen to show it on a regular cable channel.
I haven't seen Moonrise Kingdom,but looked it up it seems to have a all star cast,sounds like a interesting movie.
I will see if Red Box has it yet.

TheSovereign commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:26 PM

I like Hitchcock movies, and one that I was able to see as a rerelease in the theater a number of years ago was Rear Window with Jimmy Stewart.

It was about a camera man who has broken his leg and is stuck in his NY apt. He sits in his window watching the actions of his neighbors in the surrounding apartments. He becomes suspicious of one neighbor (Raymond Burr) whom he thinks may have killed his wife.

Great cast, and a quirky voyeuristic nature of the movie is a great Hitchcock twist to it.

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:32 PM

Some movies I enjoy watching more then once, Sophie's Choice with Meryl Streep,Kevin Kline,Peter MacNicol
Frances with Jessica Lange about the life of Frances Farmer

Inherit The Wind with Spencer Tracy,Fredric March

TheSovereign commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:34 PM

There is a movie that is on par with Moonrise Kingdom as far as quirky story telling goes, and also stars Bill Murray is the Royal Tennenbaums. It has a great cast with Gene Hackman, Angelica Huston, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Danny Glover and Luke Wilson.

It is about a quirky disfunction family of extremely smart people. My kids have inherited my joy of watching offbeat deadpan character studies, and its one that they refer to quite a bit. Its not for everyone, but it is in the same vein of Moonrise Kingdom.

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:37 PM

Yes Sov Rear Window is a Hitchcock classic
I like all the Hitchcock Movies.

rozemist commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 18:46 PM

I seen the Tennenbaums,its hilarious

TheSovereign commented on Friday, Aug 31, 2012 at 21:42 PM

Growing up in the 60's and70's, typically old movies that I would see on TV were from the 30s and the 40s. I used to enjoy watching those and I still do. They are snapshots of a different time, and although a glorified and sometimes dramatized versions of life during those times, one can see the culture, the language, the values, the events of the times, and the technologies and how they were used in the culture of America that in someways are different than today. We tend to view the past in our current terms and cultures, and these movies open a window to how they were perceived at the time.

I also like to see the depiction of these times by later generations, and two movies that I watched recently from the 70s show how they saw life during the depression years. First was Paper Moon, which follows the lives of a man and a girl, whom might be the man's daughter, are traveling together and surviving together during the Great Depression.

To add to the ambiance of the time, the movie was filmed in black and white, giving it a more timely feel.

The other movie that I enjoyed recently was Chinatown. Filmed in the noir style, Jack Nicholson is great as a private detective hired to investigate a person in local LA government. There are a number of twists and turns, and has an unexpected ending.

I find that both movies have relevance to todays world with their depiction of economic hard times, and the in*fluence of money and the power it brings with government.

rozemist commented on Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 20:05 PM
crimeriddendump commented on Monday, Sep 03, 2012 at 20:30 PM

The book "Green Mile" was about 1000000x better than the movie. And that says allot given the power of the movie. An amazing book from start to finish.

rozemist commented on Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 at 09:54 AM

Do I like Sean Connery ,nah not much :)

"Marnie" a HitchCock movie
"The Molly Maguires"
"The Wind and the Lion"
"Medicine Man"
"The Untouchables"
"The Hunt For Red October"
"The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen"
The list of his movies are far too many to mention without overload to everyone.

rozemist commented on Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 at 19:59 PM

True Grit (original one)

TheSovereign commented on Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 at 20:09 PM

I always enjoyed The Motorcycle Diaries. Two young guys riding a beat up motorcycle around their continent experiencing the many different people, and how the live.

The same director of that movie is also directing a movie for Coppola based on one of my favorite books, Jack Kerouac's On the Road. It too, is a story of young people traveling their continent, experiencing many different people, and how they live their lives. It should be coming out soon, but if anyone wants to read a great book, I suggest On the Road.

In the mean time, watch The Motorcycle Diaries.

rozemist commented on Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 at 20:29 PM

Sov did you see Easy Rider?
I'll have to check out The Motorcycle Diaries
Your the second person to mention to me it's good

TheSovereign commented on Thursday, Sep 06, 2012 at 22:52 PM

I have seen easy rider, and it is an iconic movie, and very timely.

The motorcycle diaries is on a different level, it's more about the character building of the two main characters though the struggles and joys of the people they experience along the way, which for the most part are poor or still agrarian.

Easy Rider is more about the generational cultural divides that were taking place between the established generation, and that of one that was coming of age.

Kerouac's On the Road will have more in common with Easy Rider in its view point. As I have said before, I enjoy character studies, and all three of these share that.

rozemist commented on Thursday, Sep 13, 2012 at 16:24 PM

Just watched a movie last night called The Road, its such a good movie,I recommend highly.I hadn't even heard about it before.

redeyedrider commented on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 18:59 PM

The only movie/show that I ever invested any time watching was The Sopranos.

rozemist commented on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 19:29 PM

Good series redeyedrider
I was sorry it ended but we still have the reruns to watch

crimeriddendump commented on Tuesday, Sep 18, 2012 at 19:59 PM

'The Wire' on HBO was/is probably the deepest, most interesting, most life changing entertainment experience of my life.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 17:20 PM

You are all aware that the Motorcycle Diaries are based on Che Guevaras diaries right? I'm reading his diaries for his journeys in the Congo and Bolivia, very interesting.

A good movie I just saw was Children of Men. Very good IMO, about a dystopian future where women have become infertile which plunges the world into chaos. Very good shots, it has shots that I swear last for a minute or two(which is long for a single shot).

KarenPearsall commented on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 18:44 PM

Hello Capitalists_Nightmare, I saw "Children of Men" also. I think that Clive Owen is an interesting actor and I tend to like futuristic movies. Have you ever seen "Serenity" which is based on the T.V. series called "Firefly"? It is a unique mix of Sci-Fi and Western, with intriguing themes and complex relationships. A really great series that I highly recommend is "Deadwood" which was on HBO several years ago. My husband and I had HBO for a free trial and got totally hooked (on the series, not HBO) and rented the rest of the e*pisodes. Sometimes we would watch back to back e*pisodes until 3 o'clock in the morning - it was that good. The series has characters who are subtly shaded, each one has good and bad parts about him or her. The relationships are complex, the story lines realistic and sometimes brutal, and the series focuses on the concept of power and control, along with individual responsibility and honor balanced against the good of the community, in a fledgling frontier mining town. There is TONS of completely crude and foul language, nudity, violence, and sexual situations, but these things only add to the realism and intrigue of the series. It is definitely not for the squeamish, but we super enjoyed it. Sincerely, Karen

TheSovereign commented on Thursday, Sep 20, 2012 at 20:34 PM

C_N, I knew the Motorcycle Diaries were about Che. I thought it was a good depiction of the characator building of a young man who became a myth for his views and actions.

Revolutionaries aren't born that way, it is life events that cause them to see things differently, and this movie shows some of those experiences. It humanized him, and it was an entertaining movie.

rozemist commented on Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 at 23:10 PM

An excellent movie I just seen Friday was Life of Pi, I seen it in 3d which I usually avoid 3d but to get the full visual benefits it really should be seen with those glasses on, you can stand it afew hours believe me its worth it.
Now I'm going to read the book

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 02:46 AM

I saw Lincoln the other day with my cousins and uncle. My cousin and I, the political ones, really enjoyed the movie. The acting was great, the drama gripping(even though I already knew the outcome, weird how a movie could do that even when you know the ending, and I'm not talking about the assassination), and rather insightful view to the corrupt nature of our government in 1865. My other cousin and my uncle didn't like it as much, they thought it would be more about the Civil War. It's not, the Civil War is part of the setting of the movie but it's not really the focus at all. There's only a couple scenes that depict any acts of war and combined I'd say that would last about 30 seconds.

Bull153 commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 03:39 AM

@ Capitalists_Nightmare...

The last film I went to the theater to see was 'Mr. Potter's Penguins'... I prefer to go out for comedies and light hearted films, and rent or wait for the more serious movies. I sometimes get emotional with certain films. I am glad I waited and rented 'We Were Soldiers' with Mel Gibson. It hit me deeply because my father was part of a team that had to make casualty notifications for soldiers who were killed in Vietnam.

We've all seen hundreds of movies and each of us has their likes and dislikes. I've always enjoyed historic and actions films - some of the old classics I could watch over and over. There were times in my life that movies were my sole source of entertainment because TV just wasn't always available. The nightly movie at the Post Theater and the Saturday Matinee were important to me.

I'd like to see 'Lincoln'... but I think I'll wait until I can rent it.

- Ron

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that's real power.” - Clint Eastwood

crimeriddendump commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Hello rozemist,

Did you see the movie Skyfall or only appreciated the titular song?

rozemist commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Good morning crimeriddendump
I did see Skyfall, you know for me it was always Sean Connery who remained the "true Bond" probably because he's a favorite actor of mine.
But I'll have to admit Daniel Craig has added a vulnerability to the Bond character that is quite appealing.
I really enjoyed the movie nonstop action.
Sincerely rozemist

Bull153 commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 11:43 AM

@ Rozemist...

Sean Connery has always been and probably always will be the quintessential Bond for me. The first James Bond movie I saw was Goldfinger, and having grown up some while my Dad was stationed at Fort Knox, I appreciated the ties to what little reality I had at an early age.

Every actor who has portrayed Bond bring his own nuances to the role. I don't think I would say any have been bad Bonds, it's just that like so many things, once you have formed an image of something it can be difficult to see it differently. I think they call that resistance to change.

I'm interested in seeing this vulnerability you mentioned in Daniel Craig's portrayal. I haven't seen every 007 movie ever made, but in all those I have I don't recall James Bond as vulnerable - it seemed it was always the opposite - cool, calm, collected.

Thanks for your take on 'Skyfall', I'll probably wait until I can rent it, though.

- Ron

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” - Alfred Hitchcock

crimeriddendump commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Hello rozemist,

Are you a reader? Even 60+ years later, Ian Fleming's original James Bond novels still hold water and add that three demensionalitity you mention above.

If you are a Connery fan, You Only Live Twice is almost a completely different - a superior - novel than film.

rozemist commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Hi Bull153
Yes Sean Connery's Goldfinger is my favorite.
I lost interest in the Bond movies once Mr Connery passed the torch "so to speak "
Don't get me wrong Bond still is the ultimate Mr Cool but you'll see a difference that's all I can say can't give you too much info ;)

rozemist commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Hello crimeriddendump
Yes I do like to read but I havent read many of the Bond books
I did see the movie You Only Live Twice, now that my Bond interest has reawakened thanks to Skyfall reading the books sounds good especially on these day's like today.

KarenPearsall commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 13:35 PM

Hello Bull153, Although some quieter films can be appreciated just as well on a home T.V. screen, certain action films fare far better when viewed at a theater. Skyfall has scenery and action sequences that need a big screen to give them full justice. Although Sean Connery remains my favorite Bond (love the Scottish accent), Daniel Craig's portrayal runs a close second. He gives a very nuanced performance and hints at unspoken thoughts and emotions below the surface, as well as admirably handling all the action shots. Sincerely, Karen

BATgal commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 14:59 PM

The new film out, "Lincoln", is sure to go down in movie history for excellence in every aspect of cinema. You could hear a pin drop in the theater thoughout the entire movie.

Don't miss it---it is enthralling!!

Bull153 commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 15:34 PM

@ KarenPearsall...

Thanks for your input. I agree that the big screen is certainly advantageous for action and similar films. I can remember how caught up in the action I was when I first saw 'Towering Inferno' in a theater - and that was before surround sound, quadraphonics, and the other technological advances at the theater.

Even so, I may wait to rent 'Skyfall'. I find that there are times when I just prefer not to deal with rude moviegoers and inconsiderate kids that detract from the presentation, no matter how fabulous the technical aspect is.

- Ron

“The test of an enjoyment is the remembrance which it leaves behind” - Jean Paul Richter

rozemist commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 16:00 PM

I rented Cowboys and Aliens last night I'm not quite sure what I think about it.lol
I like Harrison Ford,I like Daniel Craig, I like science fiction so what the heck I thought why not rent it.
Unusual might describe it.

TheSovereign commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 16:32 PM

Roze, it was an odd combination, but I kind of liked it, but then I like the off beat.

Speaking of off beat and Lincoln, my son in law liked Abe Lincoln, Vampire Hunter. I haven't seen it yet, but I may. As far as the movie Lincoln goes, I am looking forward to seeing it. I understand it was very well done.

rozemist commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 17:09 PM

Hi Sov
Speaking of Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter I was told by my friend she liked it now that's 2 for it with your son in law. Maybe its worth renting, I like vampire movies

TheSovereign commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 19:04 PM

I used to enjoy comic books when I was younger, and that movie sounds like a perfect comic book theme.

Bull153 commented on Friday, Nov 30, 2012 at 19:16 PM

@ TheSovereign...

Ahhhhh... Comic Books!!! Superman and Archie - how I remember! Carting a milk carton crate full to my friend's house to trade. Each issue 12 cents...

If I knew then what I know now... Those boxes of comics would be sealed like a gold vault in the corner of my closet.

- Ron

“When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie. So every dream I have ever dreamed has come true a thousand times.” - Elvis Presley

rozemist commented on Friday, Dec 21, 2012 at 03:22 AM

Was wondering if anybody here had seen the Hobbit yet, and if so what did you think of it?
I'm going to go see it but not till all the kids go back to school and they put back the early matinee.
It's a long movie long time to sit not being able to move around , hope it is SO good I don't notice that.

Capitalists_Nightmare commented on Sunday, Dec 23, 2012 at 05:36 AM

Haven't seen the Hobbit yet, but I heard it stayed closer to the books then the LotR movies did so it should be great and I haven't heard anything negative about it.

rozemist commented on Wednesday, Jan 02, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Hi Capitalist Nightmare
I went to see the Hobbit ,the nearly 3 hour movie went by so fast didn't even mind that I sat that long,or even noticed it.I loved the Hobbit,highly recommend
Now have to wait I think about a year for the 2nd part :(

rozemist commented on Monday, Jun 10, 2013 at 09:20 AM

After Earth was fair ,but Will Smiths son is young and just starting out in acting so I'm guessing he will improve.
I'm going to see The Purge today,have heard it's very intense...

rozemist commented on Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 14:32 PM

Seen 47 Ronin great movie
Seen The Hobbit (part 2) I thought was even better then the first part.
Careful not to give too much away,but the Dragon was awesome :)

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