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#1    rimbaudelaire

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 07:59 PM

Given that this listing is a personal preference thing, there is a criteria I'd like all responders to follow. 1) Originality (no remakes, no book adaptations, no 'based on a true story'); 2) Intensity of Effect (includes "suspension of disbelief"); 3) Cohesion (logical progression though not necessarily linear); and 4) Complexity (no cliches, etc).

My choices:

Philadelphia
Sling Blade
Do The Right Thing
Pulp Fiction
The Empire Strikes Back
Seven
Psycho
Das Boot
Memento
Casablanca
Taxi Driver
Dog Day Afternoon
The Deer Hunter
Alien
Chinatown
2001: A Space Odyssey
Brother From Another Planet


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 08:53 PM

Sin City, The Man Who Would Be King, Captains Courageous, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Midnight Express...

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Edited by Eldorado, 15 June 2012 - 08:56 PM.


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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:17 PM

Add "Life of Brian" to your list.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:30 PM

I would add:

Blazing Saddles
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
His Girl Friday

but then I am prone to comedies...


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:20 AM

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:44 AM

The Usual Suspects.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 08:24 AM

Apologies for not following your criteria, Rimbaudelaire.. tiredness is only excuse I have. :(


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:30 AM

Hmm, since you don't specify no adaptations from plays, I am going to add Brief Encounter and Blithe Spirit.

Following the rules more closely, I shall also add North by Northwest, The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets and A Matter of Life and Death.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 10:35 AM

grrrr finding it tough to stick to the rules

Most are based on novels.. like your Das Boot.

Edited by Eldorado, 16 June 2012 - 10:41 AM.


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:43 AM

The Shawshank Redemption


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 01:12 PM

"Perfect" Storm...ah that was lame...i'll get my coat..


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 04:57 PM

View PostEldorado, on 16 June 2012 - 10:35 AM, said:

grrrr finding it tough to stick to the rules

Most are based on novels.. like your Das Boot.


I'm good at breaking my own rules!

Adapted literary sources are somewhat problematic regarding this particular list. You know? Would Apocalypse Now not qualify because it's "adapted" from Heart of Darkness? Or Blade Runner because it's based (loosely) on that Philip Dick short story?



Here's another perfect film: Local Hero


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:23 PM

The Orphanage (not too sure if that really counts)


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Posted 16 June 2012 - 05:55 PM

View Postrimbaudelaire, on 16 June 2012 - 04:57 PM, said:

Here's another perfect film: Local Hero

I grew up in a village just round the corner from the village that was filmed in.

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Posted 16 June 2012 - 06:05 PM

My little list:

Boogie Nights

Goodfellas

Chinatown

Pulp Fiction





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