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A DVD Challenge for you all!!!

Discussion in 'Movie Forum' started by PoochJD, Apr 1, 2005.

  1. PoochJD

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    Hi Everyone,

    Right! I've got a challenge for you all! :) Imagine you had to condense your entire DVD collection down, to just ten, single titles. :eek: These ten titles would be shown as a list to other people, once you had passed away, as a kind of legacy, that showed to other people what "defined" you; what made you, the special, unique individual that you were.

    There are a few conditions, to this challenge:
    1 - Only ten single titles can be chosen, e.g. Star Wars Trilogy would equal three choices because it's three films, but "NYPD Blue" or "War And Peace" would count as one because they are only one title, (even though they are multi-disc sets). So choose wisely! :lesson:
    2 - Only legitimate, available DVD's can be selected. No bootlegs, DVD-R's, or pirated discs. (Titles that have legitimately been available previously, but are now deleted, are allowed!)
    3 - DVD's can be from any of the 6 DVD regions in the world.
    4 - State why you chose each title. This is NOT a "best films" selection. You aren't selecting the titles because they're great, but because they define you as a person. There are no right or wrong selections; no good or bad choices. It's purely a personal selection.
    5 - You must physically own the titles in question. If you no longer have it in your collection at this moment in time, or it's a rental disc, or borrowed from someone else, you can't include it in your selections!

    Okay, well here are my choices, so that you get an idea. In no specific order, I would choose the following titles, as they define me and my personality best:

    1 - My Neighbour Totoro (R2 Japan import)
    I love Japanese anime, and this film is a wonderfully cute, innocent, and sweet-natured film, that really makes you feel wonderful at the end of it. This is the film that shows my innocent, genteel, child-like side of me. I normally hate "happy" or "positive" films. To me, a film that ends happily ever after, sucks big-time! (Weird, I know!) Hence, "It's A Wonderful Life", "The Wizard Of Oz" etc, wouldn't see the light of day in my list. This film, however, does the same kind of thing, but in a more realistic fashion. It's not a "happy ever after" film, but it does end on a relatively upbeat note.

    2 - Baraka (R2)
    One of the very, very few documentaries that I think are worthy of repeated watching. For me, it shows the good and bad sides of the world, and why we as human beings can love one another, but detest one another so much as well.

    3 - Betty Blue: Version Integrale (R4 import or R2 HMV special)
    It was the first foreign-language film I ever saw, and it mesmerised me. It's erotic, sensual, passionate and a wonderful if tragic romantic story. I can't stand porn, but I have no problems with erotica. So, this film would have to be included as one that defines my more "adult" side.

    4 - Cannibal Holocaust (R2 Dutch import)
    I love extreme horror films - the nastier, the better. This is as extreme as they come, and hence it defines my sick, depraved side. Even though real-life violence shocks the hell out of me, fictionalised violence doesn't. I also think this film should be seen by more people, as it does have a statement to make about us and society.

    5 - Urotsukidoji: Perfect Collection (R1)
    The bete-noir of anime, and a much-maligned title. For some reason, this film seems to be universally loathed, even though for me, it works on many different levels. The idea of animation (which is normally for children) can tackle such adult topics, is great. A nice dichotomy, that shows my twisted side. ;)

    6 - Cinema Paradiso (R2)
    I worship film in all its forms. This title shows why movies can be so wonderful, and can touch you in a way other interests can't, and that's why I love it so much to represent my passion for films.

    7 - Pom Poko: The Great Racoon War (R2 Japan import)
    For me, the battle between two equally well-meaning sides of characters in the film (humans versus animals), probably best depicts my own internal battles. As such, I would like others to see that animation can depict a clever tale, whilst still leaving us with a heartfelt message for others, without needing to be preachy or overtly sentimental and cloying.

    8 - The Last Temptation Of Christ (R1 Criterion edition)
    I loathe religion in all its forms! I don't care what the religion is, but to me, it's a form of brainwashing, and control. I am very much a free spirit, in that I don't like having to be constrained by anyone or anything. I have been a rule-breaker, and a rebel (in my own ways), but that doesn't mean I am a bad person as a whole. Any film that challenges religion and the whole ethos of a specific religion, is a good thing. Alas, many religious people refuse to look at their beliefs from any other perspective, and then you get problems, like the recent "Jerry Springer: The Opera" debacle. This film questions religion, and more specifically Christianity and the Bible. My opinion that this film is so great, should hopefully shock a few of my more reserved family members, who don't truly know me, but only think they do. Think of this, as my sticking two fingers up at people. :devil:

    9 - The Good Old Naughty Days (R1)
    Any film that's banned in the UK, intrigues me. I've always questioned things: why can't I do something? Why can't I see this film? Why must I follow certain rules of decorum, etc, etc. As I said before, I hate pornography, but this film that shows about an hour of French adult movies from the early 1900's was a real eye-opener. It was made to be shown in French brothels, and it shows that our ancestors were just as risque and controversial, as we are today. Any film that breaks taboos, is for me, a fantastic film.

    10 - Darkman (R2)
    Sam Raimi's comic-book fantasy, is probably my most difficult choice. I include it, partly because of the title (me being black, or a dark-skinned man, if you prefer), but also because of the central character, who is played by Liam Neeson. His character suffers so much physical, mental and psychological pain, and yet somehow, at the end of it all, there's a kind of dark redemption. He doesn't live happily ever after, as such, but it's the theme of one man trying to do the best he can, despite all the crap he's put through, in a society that likes to label people; e.g. beautiful people, ugly people, fat people, thin people, etc, etc. I hate being labelled, even though - in a bizarre, stereotypical kind of way, I am a label. I am a black man. And yet, I'm just as British as many of you. But society doesn't see that at first. So for me, this film defines me, on a much more personal level.


    Well, those are my ten choices. They are NOT my ten favourite films, by any means, though I do love all of them!

    You may learn something about me, or I may just have confused you even more. :D I know I've been an AV Forum member now, for nearly 5 years, and over that time, I've met many people who I know by their nicknames, and in my mind, have formed opinions of them as to who and what they might be like in real life. The fact remains though, that having never met any of them in real-life, I have no idea if my opinion of them, comes anywhere near the reality.

    Anyway, on that ambiguous note, let's see what the rest of you would choose! Don't be shy folks! If I can do it, then I'm sure many of you can. I look forward to reading what others select. :)


    Pooch
     
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    1 this has to be the good the bad and the ugly. why, because i think it marks the west for how it was and raised a great star in clint eastwood, not to mention the musical score of the film :clap:
    2 Dawn of the dead, because i to like hard core horror and for me no movie comes close to this master :thumbsup:
    3 Halloween, because it still makes me jump now!!!!!!! :)
    4 Star Wars, opening scene, Mr Vader, no Jar Jar Binks, never to be bettered, will it Mr lucus :nono:
    5 Toy Story, the only animation film i can not stop watching, pixar i applaud you :clap:
    6 Jaws, love the score, love the jump scene, love the big rubber fish, say no more :cool:
    7 Alein, got to be the scariest film ever and married the perfect combo of sci-fi and horror :smashin:
    8 Once upon a time in the west, what a film, at first u think god this is slow and before you no it's ended in all it's bloody excellence :clap:
    9 Wizard of Oz, stop laughing!!!!!!! don't no why it just is a excellent film, which i must of watched 100 times :suicide:
    10 Finally Mr Jackson for the first installment the Fellowship of the Ring, a true master class in film making!!! shame the follow ups got a tad boring :boring:
     
  3. Tejstar

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    My list is as follows, although if we were allowed to include any film then the results would probably look quite different. I have only included DVD’s that I currently own. In alphabetical order:

    1) Carlito’s Way: Both Brian De Palm’s and Pacino in top form (although Sean Penn stills the show!) This gangster thriller has everything, suspense, romance, classic storyline (gangster wants to get it but is drawn back in) and superb direction. This was one of the first 18 certificate films I saw at the cinema and remember being completely engrossed. The film has many classic lines too that I still remember!

    2) Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Well, for me, this came out of nowhere. I went to see this at the movies before any hype and was mesmerised. I thought both the characterisation and acting from the 3 leads was superb. This is the movie that got me back into Asian movies after a long lull.

    3) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: This movie is probably my joint favourite Bollywood film (along with Sholay). Indian Cinema took a turn for the worse during the Eighties but this movie, which was released in 1993, put Bollywood back on the map for what it does best. Corny story, lots of emotion and, of course, some brilliant song & dance numbers. Shahrukh Khan and Kajol have such great chemistry and it’s no surprise they have worked on quite a few films since this release!

    4) Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story: Okay, not a critical favourite, but on a personal level this film opened my eyes to martial arts & Chinese philosophy. This was the first (and only) film I went to see by myself at the cinema mainly as no one wanted to see it but I was desperate to see it. The film is well structured enough and I thought Jason Scott Lee was perfect to play Bruce. However, as I said before, this film is purely on the list due to the world it opened up to me.

    5) Finding Nemo: I’m a massive Pixar fan (after all who isn’t?) I have all their films on dvd (after all who doesn’t? :D ) This has to be my favourite though (although Toy Story comes close). The animation is amazing the sound engrossing and the story is tightly executed. Worth mentioning are Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres, who are brilliant as Marlin and Dory.

    6) The Godfather: Well what can I say that hasn’t been said a thousand times? I think the reason the film works so well is due to the emphasis Francis Ford Coppola places on the ‘family’. I believe this is a genuine masterpiece and one of the true greats of cinema.

    7) It’s A Wonderful Life: the first time I saw this film was when it was re-released in the cinemas a few years back. I was a bit weary about seeing such an old black & white films at the cinema but after all the positive reviews it had I thought it was worth giving a go. Well, this film probably has the ‘warmest’ feeling you can have in cinema. I watch this most Christmas and I never get bored. A timeless classic!

    8) Mean Streets: An unusual film with a somewhat dis-jointed story line. However, Scorcese’s direction creates a realistic setting by encouraging the stars to improvise. De Niro’s ‘Johny Boy’ is a classic example of that, whenever I watch this film I laugh at loud because of the idiot he is and empathise with him given his innocence. One of Scorcese’s all time greats.

    9) The Thin Red Line: Well this is a truly love/hate film. A lot of people that have seen this just think it is boring. I think this is a war classic. The way it delves into the minds of the soldiers makes it so much more personal than other war films. I love Terence Malick’s direction, he shows the gruesome effect of war combined with nature going about its own way despite this.

    10) Unforgiven: I’ve always been a fan of Clint’s westerns but this has to be one of my favourites. It has a superb cast, who all give it their best, although the gold star definitely has to go to Gene Hackman for his portrayal of the sheriff. However, it’s also worth watching just to see the chemistry between Clint and Morgan. I’m very much looking forward to Million Dollar baby just to see Clint & Morgan at work again! The cinematography is also worth mentioning too, a beautifully shot film. The last great western? In my mind, yes.
     
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    What if you haven't got the 10 that most defines you yet?
     
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    Startrek 2 the wrath of khan.
    Its a film I can watch over and over again. I want to be on the bridge of the enterprise , standing shoulder to shoulder with kirk as he tells khan"Here it comes!" I want to be in that shuttle pod as it glides around the out side of the enterprise in space dock. Great musical score, great acting(even from shatner) and it still brings a tear to the eye at the end every time I watch it

    The untouchables.
    What a fantastic movie. You can feel robert dineros presence through out the film even though he is not actually in it a great deal. The death of Malone
    "what are you prepared to do!"

    Battle beyond the stars.
    Ok so its a cheesy low budget scifi movie, but it was one of the first scfi movies i ever saw. James horners Space cowboy theme playing over the line " Sador you son of a bitch, this is space cowboy from the planet earth!" Great stuff.

    Big trouble in little china.
    I could watch this film over and over again( and I have :D ) Action, magic, monsters and martial arts. What more do you want? " are you crazy? is that your problem?"

    jaws.
    Put the frightners up me when I first saw this, it was just before we were going on holiday to malta. I did not fancy going for a paddle in the sea after we got there i can tell you.

    Close encounters.
    This film really got me looking up at the night sky for a while you know? Looking out for a stray UFO in the middle of the night, hanger out of my bed room window and almost falling out of it! " This, This means something"

    Return of the Jedi.
    The choral musical score played over the saber duel between vader and luke. Nuff said, worth putting up with ewokes just for that. Oh and the princess in her slave outfit :devil:

    Undersiege 2
    So Seagal has his fans and his haters. I am a fan. The uncut version of this film is brutal and uncompromising in its destruction of the bad guys by Casey ryback the cook with attitude."this I'm trained for!"

    Transformers the movie.
    I was always a fan of the tv series. The movie took it to a whole new level. The death of some major autobots within the first 10 minuets. Hotrod on lookout mountain blasting the desepticons that are trying to get in to autobot city in a stolen shuttle. All the while with Vince dicola and stan bushs song Dare playing in the back ground. Great animation to :smashin:

    Battle star gallaticca
    the new series is the single greatest thing about scfi at the moment. Roll on series 2.
    "lets get this ship in to the fight!"
     
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    pooch, great idear for a thread by the way :smashin:
     
  7. Iain Shields

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    I'll second that, pooch is going quite deep with this post :rolleyes:

    I'll have to have a good think about this one and post back later.

    Regards,
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    marvellous post :smashin: here goes. These define me (scary)

    In no particular order by the way

    1) The Godfather - needs no introduction
    2) The Godfather Part 2 - defines the word sequel
    3) True Romance - hip fast track rollercoaster with ace cast
    4) Pulp Fiction - QT Genius
    5) From Russia With Love - the best Bond and Bond film ever
    6) Traffic (Criterion) - marvellous filmaking, captivating stories
    7) Do the Right Thing (Criterion) - Danny Aiello in top form
    8) Betty Blue (Version Integrale) - meant so much when i was growing up :devil:
    9) Goodfellas - like nothing I had ever witnessed
    10) Malena : uncut - Monicca Bellucci in an Italian classic

    god theres so many - I could change this all the time, but by and large these are the films I love the most for different reasons.
     
  9. dUnKle

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    In no particular order

    Angel Season 5 (maybe not the best but Spike inclusion helped)
    Buffy Season 5 (Good solid season - and great ending)
    Only Fools and Horses Series 6 (hard choice but some real winners here)
    Only Fools and Horses Series 2 (one series not enough and this has Grandad and the Chandalier)

    The Rock
    Die Hard 2
    Last Boy Scout
    Memento
    Drive
    Unbreakable

    Maybe not the greatest movies ever - but each one would be one I could watch over and over again
     
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    1) The Crow – Fills me with emotions, the loss of a loved one, the feeling of hate and revenge, it just all pulls at the heart strings.
    2) Blade Runner – I guess you need to be in a certain frame of mind to get anything from this. If you’re the happy go lucky sort of chap then this isn’t for you. Here we have a set of Characters who all seem lost in life, looking for the answers to which there are none.
    3) Dune – Feuding families, wanting to make my father proud, moving house. Lots of elements here taken to the extreme. The film doesn’t do things by halves, it sets out to deliver and some may say it goes OTT but the fact that real life is never watered down like the movies of today are, makes this a very memorable film.
    4) Risky Business – In my teen age days, sitting in my bedroom at night, like Joel wishing I could just pick up the phone and call the girl of my dreams, wishful thinking eh?
    5) 2010 The year we made contact – Many times sitting, contemplating, philosophising about the universe we live. 2010 takes me out there where my imagination has been many times.
    6) Brave Heart – Not historically correct maybe, but here we have a love storey that goes wrong. This film reflects the highs and lows life can bring, love, death, revenge. Knowing that, no matter how some thing might seem right to me there will always be another person out there who feels the exact opposite.
    7) Star Trek The Motion Picture SE – Here we have old friends reunited, thrown together to face an unstoppable force. People who despite their differences manage to pull together to not only stop but to understand why something would want to destroy them.
    8) King Pin - I don’t own may comedies but this one just has me hooked. So politically un-correct, shows how some people in life just want to **** you over for their own gain. A romantic who thinks life should have been so much more only to of had it stolen from him by a lying scum bag.
    9) Gladiator – This comes second to Ben Hur which I don’t own. Here we have an Honourable man. A man who I shall aspire to become.
    10) Aliens SE – This film I have watched more than any other. Only fools rush in, and here fools get wiped out! Ripley lone survivor of the Nostromo faces her demons and goes back into the lions den. This film has such an arsenal of hardware it hits all my buttons. Pulse Rifles, Smart guns, Drop Ships, Power Loaders, Armoured Personnel Carriers. Its pure Boys with Toys!
     
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    wow i think mine will not be predictable :rolleyes:

    1) 24 Season 1 : I mean cmon this defined television for me, this is the way its meant to be. episode one had me hooked and im an even bigger fan now. i adore it

    2) 24 Season 2 : Hard Act to follow and boy did they. a much more action packed season and a frantic pace. season 1 just had the edge on this one :D

    3) 24 Season 3 : Ok Some im boring You now :devil: but for me i adore this show

    4) The Lord Of The Rings The Return Of The King : without doubt a cinema master piece. we all saw, loved it and eleven oscars, says it all

    5) Star Wars Episode 4 A New Hope : Now i wasnt even born when this was made then released :eek: yep boys your all old :smashin: and it took me several years to see the star wars thing. i was about 13 so it was 1997 when those other editions came out, and i fell in love and realised how all others fell in love with it.

    6) Jurassic Park : i just remember seeing this in the cinema and it was the first time id was gobsmacked as i child. i was like 10-11 when i saw this and i loved dinosaurs, to me it was a dream come true and is special to me.

    7) Alias Season 2 : After seeing alias the show i was took aback by out there it was in the realms of modern society. after a critically acclaimed 1st series which i loved how could they top it. they did and its some of the best television ive seen apart from 24 :D

    8) Saving Private Ryan : This is the one of those films i will watch over and over and still wont get a 5% feel of what it was like for those soldiers. putting aside all the "they only shown the american side" its so mortifying to see what it was like as im abit of a WW2 lover from GCSE History. a truly epic movie

    9) Spiderman 2 : Strange one as its not a classic but a film which i adored and could watch over and over again

    10) Die Hard : Cmon bruce willis as john mclane doing his thing with alan rickman as a baddie = great movie

    one thing that strikes me is how uncultered i seem to be hehe but i dont care i like what i like. ive missed so many films off i love. plus when i used a film out of a trilogy it represents the whole trilogy other wise top 10 would be 3 LOTR, 3 SW lol and not alot else. pity i didnt have space for a tarintino move like pulp fiction or kill bill. even the rock slightly missed out to Die hard
     
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    Just pick the 10 that do it best. I wouldn't say the list I chose defines me the best but out of the ones I own it comes the closest.
     
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    Yep, good idea for a thread - although thinking about and writing the answer did take some time! Very deep Pooch! :)
     
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    HI,

    I'm glad many of you liked this thread, and thanks for the kind comments! :) I appreciate it is a "deep" thread, but we all need to stretch our brains every now and again, rather than simply listing "Best Film", "Worst actor/actress", etc, which tends to get quite tiresome. :cool:

    On a bad note, it seems many of you (though not all) are simply listing your favourite films, and not ten films that actually "define" who you are, or what makes you the person you were/are/want to be. :( I know this was a tough challenge, but I was really hoping that this thread would be used to give us a clue into what makes each of us, the people we are, and not what you simply like or dislike.

    Try thinking not what ten films you like, but that you were no longer on this planet; that your relatives have come across your DVD collection, and you have just ten titles. They look through the titles, and try to understand why you owned the films, (other than the fact that you must have liked them, to buy them in the first place). Does that help clarify things at all?! :eek:

    My sincere apologies, if I'm misreading or misinterpreting some of the posts, but maybe some of you could elaborate more, or think a bit more "out of the box", so to speak?

    Cheers... and no disrespect or harshness meant to anyone who has already posted. ;)


    Pooch
     
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    I think my choices certainly define who I am

    If I took them to work in a plastic bag and someone found it they would know whos bag it was
     
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    The movies I have listed, in my humble opinion are me. I have several friends that have told me that if one of the movies I have listed is on the tv/movie channels ect that they wounder if I am watching it. This means they must link this particular movie to me or my personality.

    Let me try to explain the best I can, please bear in mind that I am not shakespear when it comes to the written word and putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard if you will.


    A few examples.

    Jaws.
    When I actually saw this movie I was only about 5 or 6 years old. I remember it very well, especially the jump with the head in the bottom of the boat. I never liked going swimming, I like to stay out of the water like Broady/roy schinder. I wanted to go in the water on holiday, but I was actually scared that a big bad shark was going to get me( I was only little then after all :D ) I felt and still feel like broady after killing the shark and paddling back to shore, a great sense of acomplishment after finally plucking up the courage and(with the promise of an ice cream from dad :rolleyes: ) actually getting in to the water.

    Star trek 2.
    Many people have heros when they are young, some still have them as they grow older. Mine was( and to a degree still is :D ) James T Kirk. For me startrek 2 is kirk at his best and most near to a venerable normal human ,instead of the super captain that he could sometime come across as in the original series. An inbuilt need to do the right thing, to sacrifice himself for his crew and the loyalty they have for him. Two very close friends that he would do anything for ,and has many times, and the fact that kirk is just the best captain in starfleet , made me want to be this man. I want and try to have this set of ideals in the real world. There was a book out at one point called all I ever needed to know about life, i learnt from startrek. Now I don't quite have to go this far, But I can honestly say that when I first watched startrek 2 ( I think I was about 9 years old at the time) it was an inspiring moment for me and it made me want to be as good a person as the character of kirk is. I want to be that man of action, command, respect, sacrifice and friendship.

    Close encounters.
    Just a quick and easy one this. I became a ufo nut after seeing this movie. I seriously buged my parents for a set of binoculars and a telescope to point out of the window and watch the skys. I am not kidding when I tell you that I almost fell out of the window in the middle of the night, just because I saw what might have been a UFO in the sky. It just turned out to be a plane, but there was a feeling of genuine excitement in me for just a few seconds watching the flashing light in the sky. This is again a film that actually inspired me to do something and a movie which, even if I was never able to see again, will always be with me and will remind my parents when it is on next" Do you remember when david almost fell out of the window looking for UFOs :rotfl:


    Undersiege 2.
    This was actually the first seagal movie I saw. I have since got all the others on dvd as well. I was feeling really down at the time this movie came out. I had a few personal issues and worries I needed to address and just wanted to go a take a few hours to chill out. I went by self to see this movie and by the end wanted to take up martial arts and be able to do all the bone breaking and crunching seagal could do in the movie. I even started wearing a lot of black and a suite type jacket for a while. It sort of made me change my whole image for a while and helped me get out of my bit of depresion . Mr Seagal I owe you one. Not only did you help me out but you make some of the most enjoyable violent and bone crunching movies I have ever seen. It really is a shame some of your most recent stuff is not that good :D


    So there you go pooch. Best I can descirebe it. If I went in to full deatails about the others I would take all day. Lets just say that they are not just favorite movies, they are movies which have had things in them which have had scenes and dialogue that have had a direct affect on me and so have had an effect on the people around me. :)
     

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    my list is also not a 10 best films list, it just a list on films that if i were no longer here my closest would pick out the films and say that they were defo me. films like Jaws, Dawn of the dead and Halloween scared the pants of me as a kid!! and still do :clap: i suppose there's something quite liberating about society turning on itself :nono: the western films i picked remind me how harsh, exciting, sexy, bloody and spacious life was in the west, i love westerns and these are the only two that get it right in my eyes :clap: toy story, like every bloke, it reminds me of been a kid without the stress and politics of modern living, people around me keep telling me to grow up :nono: finally star wars and aliens because deep down i'am strangely attracted to life in space, ps without the aliens :lease:
     
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    1. Star Wars Ep IV : A New Hope -

    This is my first real memory of going to the movies as a child even though I had been a number of times before. I still have the same feeling everytime I watch the Star Destroyer rumble into view in that opening shot of seeing it for the first time.

    2. John Carpenters The Thing -

    My first taste of a 'nasty' horror movie. I saw this before I had seen Alien and it scared the hell out of me. The sheer fact of not knowing who was The Thing was terrifying!! I remember watching it over and over again on it's first VHS release.

    3. The Shawshank Redemption -

    The most powerful and emotional film I have ever seen. the panning ariel shot over the prison yard as the 'new fish' bus arrives always makes the hairs on my neck stand up.

    4. Black Hawk Down -

    In showing the futility of war and how terrible it really is I think there is no better than Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down. BHD is only here as I prefer the directing style of Ridly Scott to that of Steven Spielberg.

    5. Simple Minds - Seen The Lights. A Visual History -

    Includes the live concert movie 'Verona'. Everyone who knows me knows how I was a massive fan of Simple Minds during my college years and quite a few years to follow...and I still am. This shows them during the peak of their carreer and is one of the most over produced examples of how the 'super bands' were in the late eighties....and I love it.

    6. The Simpsons. Season 5 -

    Includes 'The Last Temptation of Homer' ....to most of my friends that is all I would have to say ;)

    7. The Odd Couple -

    The movie I always watch if I just want to kick back and smile. I have been likened to Felix Unger by many workmates ;)

    8. The Cable Guy -

    I only know of two other people who really like this movie and class it as one of Jim Carey's best. I dont think it is down to having a particualr sense of humour...I think you just have to want to get it.

    9. Fight Club -

    I put off watching this movie for a long time after it was released and then inadvertantly caught it on Sky Movies one evening. Bought it the next day and watched it so many times since. It was during a time when this movie made a lot of sense to me!

    10. Armageddon -

    I love popcorn movies...and this is the best as far as I am concerned. It's a 'switch your brain of at the door, rollercoatser ride' movie from start to finish and the kind of movie I will make a bee line for at the cinema :)
     
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    OK, here are the movies/dvds that i think best represent me. I can't really think of more than 5 at the moment but if i do i'll add more later.

    Freddy vs Jason - I was torn whether to pick one of the 10 Friday 13th films, one of the 7 nightmare on elm street films, 8 halloween films or 5 chucky films, but since i can't seelect 30 movies, I decided i'd go with FvJ because it encompasses at least 2 of those legacies. This defines me because movies are a huge part of my life and my biggest hobby, and slasher movies were where it all began. Child's Play was the first slasher movie i ever saw and Freddy's Dead, Friday 13th VIII and Halloween followed.

    The Craft - I was always a bit weird, a bit of an outcast, and when i saw The Craft for the first time i could really relate, and i actually ended up developing an interest in magic and witchcraft for a few years after this. I'm still weird, so it still defines me.

    Angel (season 4) - Although any series of Angel could define me, since i could think of nothing i'd like more than to be a vampire with a soul who saves the world every year, season 4 would define me best as it's the season where Angel struggles most with his inner demons and finds himself turning away those close to him, something i tend to do.

    The Butterfly Effect - I'd spent my life wondering what it would be like if i could go back to events in my childhood which have possibly messed up my whole life, and when i heard there was a movie being made that was about exactly that, i was both excited and apprehensive, i mean there's no way a movie could do justice to 10 years of imagination right? wrong! this movie portrayed everything perfectly, and i'll never stop loving it.

    Terminator 2 - This defines me as i have an addiction to buying DVD's as anyone who knows me is well aware of. Terminator 2 shows up my addiction because i actually own Terminator 2 Ultimate Edition (DVD18), the tin for the R2 ultimate edition which i bought off someone, and the limited edition R2 black tin edition.
     
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    Marc if you are a true slasher fan you would love bodycount and Madman, try them there only about a fiver, all adds to the collection though :smashin:
     
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    In no particular order - just my ten choices...

    1) Star Wars - A New Hope - watched this more often than I'd admit publicly and still love it every time.

    2) Dances With Wolves - extended cut - I avoided watching this for years, then bought it for my wife and fell in love with it - I love the cinematography in this - the wide open spaces are incredible.

    3) Godfather Pt II - I prefer this to the first part - an absolute classic movie.

    4) Hero - I could watch this movie every day - the DTS-ES soundtrack is incredible and the colour palettes used in the film to define each section are stunning.

    5) Band of Brothers R1 tin (gotta love that DTS soundtrack) - another classic that still makes my heart leap into my mouth. I'm a sucker for WWII films and this really hits the spot.

    BTW - this is damned hard!

    6) The Eagles - Hell Freezes Over - the best music DVD in the world ever....no arguing...it is a fact.

    7/8/9) Lord of the Rings trilogy Extended Editions - obvious choice - classic films - the extras would also keep me viewing for many hours. That reminds me, must have a LOTR day when I watch all three back to back :devil:

    10) The World at War documentary series - as I said, I'm a sucker for the WWII history stuff.

    Excellent thread - found this tough but enjoyed the thinking process.
     
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    madman rings a bell but that might just be cos ive seen it in a shop or something but i cant find bodycount anywhere.
     
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    Duncan & bauer, If you read the original post you would realise that you didn't need to choose specific seasons from a series! 24 would class as one pick and include all seasons , so would Buffy, so would Alias etc etc

    I'll post my list after some more thought.
     
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    In no particular order.....

    Rocky 4 - Like to be confident and comfortable with myself but willing to do what I believe is right, even if it is to my detriment, and have the power to go through with it.

    The last Samurai - The lead in this film discovoured a different way of life from people who he initially thought was below him. He showed that a Westerner can follow the Bushido with respect and be respected. I'd love to be strong enough to accomplish this!

    Philidelphia - Made me realise that it is ok for a man to be a man and still have and show emotions and feelings of love. (Probably a first for the men in my family!!!).

    Bloody hell, how shallow am I!!! This is all I could come up with for now....
     
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    Whilst not dsiputing the rules - i would have thought that one season would be one choice - i know its arguing symatics but it makes more sense
     
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    ok,
    got a bit more time now pooch so here are some more explanations.



    Battle beyond the stars.
    Now this must of come out around 1980 /81 .I know iIwas very young when it came out and it was one of the first movies that we rented out on video. I am fairly sure that I saw this before any of the starwars movies and the startrek ones, again I was very young so I cant be certain. I remember pestering my mum and dad to rent this movie out again and again every time we went to the video store. I remember building a model out of lego bricks to make space cowboys ship. Easily done if you know how. The movie defines who I am in a way because it was one of my first introductions to science fiction, and one of the earlyist movies I managed to sit through at that age with out being bored. Also back in the early eighties, my family were one of the only people we knew with a decent video recorder. I can tell you now that I had a lot of friends all of a sudden when we started to rent movies and alot of these friends were also introduced to this movie.


    Return of the jedi.
    This was the first starwars film I saw. I was taken to the cinema with a couple of friends for a birthday treat. I had never seen any of the other movies in the series but that did not seem to matter. I loved every minuet of it. The only thing remotely like it I had seen before was battle beyond the stars and some startrek. Infact, it may have been one of the first proper movies (apart from some disney flicks) that I saw at the cinema. The film itself totally blew me away. The princess slave outfit I would later come to appreciate as I got older(wonderful things those freezframe buttons on dvd players :devil: ) the defining moment for me and how it can be related to me is the fact that as soon as I saw a clip of the movie on a program called Number 73 that used to be on on a saturday morning, I knew I had to go and see it. So then much pestering began to get my parents to take me. A source of much amusement (for my parents) when I am reminded every time it is on , what a pain in the back side I made of my self until they finally agreed to take me to that" silly kids film that your mum will hate".
     

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    ok, bit more time on my hands so here we go again.




    Transformers the movie.
    I had alot of the toys, I collected the comics, both english and american. I bought the soundtrack on vinyl and now also have it on cd. A grown man that has a sound track to a cartoon from the eightys in his collection( now don't laugh :D ) All my friends new I had this transformers period as did my family. Trust me when I say that if this movie was discovered intact by my family but there was nothing else recgognisable about me, they would be able to link it to me.


    Big trouble in little china.
    Now my whole family likes this film. Mum, Dad, brother, my mrs and her family. Before I had a DVD player though I owned a laser disc player. I discovered that the english pal laser disc was actually uncut with a bit more violence in it. So began the family wanting to come round and see it. I was the only one with a player so its not as if I could lend it to them.. It was also around the time I had bought a new surround proccesor so it gave me a chance to show that of as well.


    Battlestar Galattica.
    Well what can I say. I was not sure about this when I first started watching it. Infact I was ready to hate it. I loved the old version and have the box set of the episodes and really did not even want to give it a chance. However I my opinion it the greatest thing since sliced bread, and as of yesterday now the mrs has actually given it a chance she is looking forward to season 2 with me. Friends and family will link this dvd to me simply because it is all have a gone on about since watching the last episode.


    The untouchables.
    Easy one this. I didn't even really have any interest in gangster type movies until I had watched this. I don't think I had even seen robert Dinero in anything else either. I had rented it on video again like so many other of my choices on this thread and was into the film from the moment the bomb goes of with the little girl holding it. I have had the video version, the widescreen video version, the DAVID, and the special editon dvd. All of which have been bought as presents from my family and friends for christmas , birthday ect.
     

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    This is going to be so hard but I’m sure that it isn’t going to take ten films to ‘define’ who I think I am which is probably different to how others see me anyway. I thought I take a slightly different tack and describe how I see myself and then list a few films that I think show those attributes off.

    I’m not a religious man and don’t believe in a higher being or entity but believe and try to follow the examples of Jesus who I believe existed in some form or other and just made good sense. The bible to me is more a history book than a guide to life and religions of all kinds a convenience to those that practice.

    Injustice and greed make me mad and the never-ending compulsion to change things in this day and age has more to do with the greed of mankind than any necessity to do so. That’s not to say never change but only change when there is an inner need to change and not just to make or get more. Injustice should be fought even to ones own detriment and to try but fail in this endeavour is just as much to ones credit as to try and win. I have never had the curiosity to ‘see what’s over the next hill’ and I would be the guy 200 years ago that never left his village his whole life and I feel very comfortable with that.

    Too many people today see duty, responsibility, consideration and respect as foolish concepts while I see them as the corner stones to a life with purpose. I am equal to all men and better than none be he a king or serf. I am happy to look in the mirror and say I tried to do the right thing whatever the outcome.

    The need in this day and age for the public outpouring of emotions, crying, wailing are not needed and should be kept to ones own inner thoughts. Contrary to popular psychobabble you will not implode if you do not pour out your grieving to all and sundry.

    Stunted and big headed or contented and confident in ones own self you can choose. Right after that waffle and subject to my interpolations, on to the films.

    Tombstone a great film about a man trying to change his life but pushed too far.
    Dances with Wolves challenging prejudices by searching out the truth of frontier.
    Shadowlands (on vhs) a man being crushed by loss but with the dignity to only share with those that might understand.
    Lord of the Rings the fantasy is fun but doing a duty at what may be a high cost.
    Armageddon when apologising for not keeping his promise to come home, a bit syrupy in execution perhaps but gets me ever time.
    The Quiet Man a man finding a place to just be himself.
    Saving Private Ryan carrying out your duty despite the folly it seems, the comradeship and respect that forms and to the discovery of the compassion behind the orders given.

    Well those are the films whose themes are I think closely related to how I see myself.
     
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    Hi Again,

    Thanks for everyones responses, and again, my sincere apologies if came across a little bit hard on you guys. :( Some interesting choices, but I note how many of you still love your big Hollywood blockbusters, e.g. Star Wars, LOTR, etc.

    I was expecting to see a lot less of these in people's lists, not because they are good or bad films, but because I thought that if people had to choose (up to) 10 films, they wouldn't have selected such well-known titles. Oh well, it'll be interesting to see what other people choose as well, and their reasons for doing so.

    Cheers for putting in the hard work, folks! :)


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