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Top three "Breaths of fresh air".

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  1. paulfoley

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    You know those films that come out of nowhere & grab your attention for 100% right until the very end. Then you just sit quivering saying WOW to yourself repeatedly. You tell everyone you know that they just have to watch it & you probably own the video, the DVD & soon the HD-DVD or BD.

    Well heres mine :

    1) Pulp Fiction
    2) City of God
    3) Spirited Away

    I'm interested in what your three are?
     
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    Recently, and apart from the first two classics you mentioned....just off the top of my head....

    1) Donnie Darko - had heard nothing about it....just blew me away, I love films where everyone has their own ideas of what went on.
    2) A Tale of Two Sisters - Similar to the above plus it scared the pants off me.
    3) Shaun of the Dead - I love Zombie films and Spaced. A perfect marraige if ever there was one.


    A brief mention for the big lebowski too.....after that film, I was a solid devotee of the white russian!
     
  3. Hawklord

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    Recently it has to be:-
    1) Taegukgi - Brilliant war drama that makes SPR look like a camping holiday in France
    2) Old Boy- Rather disturbing and violent thriller.
    3) Kung Fu Hustle - Very entertaining martial arts shenaningans:)

    Nothing from Hollywood seems to be all thay good or interesting these days:(
    I advise people look to asian cinema if they're looking for something original and refreshing :smashin:
     
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    1. Kung Fu Hustle - Simply phenomenal!
    2. Juon: The Grudge - Disturbing.
    3. A Tale Of Two Sisters - Good enough to make me buy the R3 release even though I had the R2 PR discs.

    I'm with Hawklord here - when I was younger the thought of even attempting to watch a subtitled movie left me feeling bored. Now I find the Asian market, especially horror, a treasure trove of good movies with superb special/limited edition DVD releases. I haven't seen Oldboy, but Taegukugi left me a little non-plussed... great package though. I suspect I'm a little too old to appreciate Donnie Darko and I just cannot see what all the fuss is about - I found it thoroughly dull... same with City Of God!! :)
     
  5. alan8477

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    House of Sand and Fog
    House of Flying Daggers
    A Knight's Tale

    I first saw HoSaF on a transAtlantic flight. Thought it was OK. Then I watched it months later on my projector system and was overwhelmed. This is the most upsetting film I have ever seen. Upsetting in terms of feeling so hurt by the tragedy of it all.

    Never seen anything so beautiful as HoFD.

    I loved every character in AKT. It was its own kind of film, not serious, heart warming, reminded me of being out for a drink with good friends.

    These films that are unexpectedly good are a real delight. So many of the 'expectedly' good films disappoint.
     
  6. Adrenochrome

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    1) Taegukgi

    2) 21 Grams

    3) Full Metal Jacket
     
  7. Bristol Pete

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    Here are mine -

    1. Radio

    2. Remember the titans

    3. Dead mans shoes

    All superb, watched without any prior knowledge and films that I could watch once a week every week.

    Pete.
     
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    Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. I watched this before all the hype and was transfixed. A brilliant movie! :smashin:
     
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    Magnolia,old boy,fight club.
     
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    Hmmm, so many but, films that I knew little about prior to viewing.

    Thirteen Days
    American Beauty
    Erin Brokovich

    Just though that i'd add that i've just finished watching Traffic having taped it from last night. Saw it on it's original cinema release but not since.

    Cannot believe how I havn't seen this since back then, GREAT film.
     
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    1. Lost Highway.
    2. Sex and Lucia.
    3. A Tale Of Two Sisters.
    :clap:
     
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    anything that isn't hollywood yank crap.
     
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    Hi,

    For me, the following three films would have to be "breaths of fresh air"!

    1) Run, Lola, Run!

    2) Ringu (The original Japanese "Ring" film, by Hideo Nakata.)

    3) Zatoichi (Beat Takeshi Kitano's recent hit)

    I'm sure there are lots more, but these three immediately come to mind. :)


    Pooch
     
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    Waking Life
    Seven
    Office Space
     
  15. John Watts

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    Breaths of fresh air for me are,

    1) Fear and loathing in Las Vegas. Having read the book and all of the late Dr Hunter S Thompsons work i was very sceptical about this movie but Terry Gilliam directed it wonderfully IMHO. Johnny Depp played the Dr with true aplomb. Apart from that the film is hillarious and original.

    2) As good as it gets. You always know kind of what your going to get with Jack but i think he is especially good in this. I know there are lots of simelar happy/sad/feelgood/cry/howl laughing movies but this is the best one for me.

    3) The Matrix. Keanu Reeves acting has always left alot to be desired IMHO but this movie really was "a breath of fresh air" i had seen nothing like it since Tron! which is comparable in some ways. Only some ways i stress before you all jump on my back. This film raised the bar in terms of special effects and the sound is stunning.

    A couple of special mentions if i may,
    The big lebowski
    A clockwork orange
    The silence of the lambs/hanibal/red dragon. All three are among the best thrillers.
    :hiya:
     
  16. AML

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    For me recently was:
    "Saw". Thought this would be another hollywood horror flick but ended up being a thriller with a good ending.

    "Cube". Classic, low budget and ammong my all time favorites. Just goes to show that it doesnt take millions to make a decent film.

    I recently got a hold of the R2 japanese "Trainspotting" with DTS.
    Reminded me of how good a film this is for me since i grew up in Edinburgh during the 80's!

    Other mentionables: Stand By Me, Amrican Beauty, Reserviour Dogs and all the other tarantino films. Wow, the list goes on and on.

    I dont discriminate against any country when it comes to movies. I think everyone can make a good film.

    I do think however that different films have a different effect on different people and at different times!
     
  17. Rawschach

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    clerks - taped off sky years ago on the off chance and it was grrreeeatt.
    audition - !!!!
    Battle Royale - excellent film.
     
  18. Tejstar

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    Completely agree. The first time I saw this in the cinema I was truly in awe, it was groundbreaking in many ways and has since spawned many an imitator.
     
  19. John Watts

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    Crikey,
    Thanks Tejstar, somebody finally agrees with me. :D
    I will dust down the bunting and organise a street party. :clap: :clap:
     
  20. Adrenochrome

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    There's no accounting for taste :laugh: ;)
     
  21. John Watts

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    Having had a look at your "have a look" link Adrenochrome i couldn't agree with you more. ;)
     
  22. Adrenochrome

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    Touche :laugh:
     
  23. John Watts

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    Ha ha,
    Good man!
    I like a fella that can give and take a bit of fun in jest.
    Cheers mate,
    John.
     
  24. Adrenochrome

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    If you dish it out you gotta be able to take some back :)

    Did you click on the ymdb link though?
     
  25. John Watts

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    Yes i did mate.
    Although i haven't seen numbers 1&2 the rest are pretty much without question. :thumbsup:
     
  26. Adrenochrome

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    :eek: :nono:

    Order them immediately :lesson: :laugh:
     
  27. Tejstar

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    Interesting site, will have to add my movie top 20 soon.

    Bit surprised to see Pulp Fiction at #1 though; ahead of the Godfather! :eek:
     
  28. Ian182

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    My three for your delectation.......

    1 - Donnie Darko.
    As mentionned previously, love it, was blown away by it first time, and have watched it many times since.....

    2 - Seabiscuit.
    Never thought a horse could reduce me to a state of near tears. (except on Grand National day...... :D )

    3 - The Butterfly Effect - Directors Cut.
    For similar reasons to Donnie Darko. The way it all came together at the end, and all the clues made sense.......so much better than the theatrical cut.

    Honourable mentions to Seven, Moulin Rouge and Shawkshank as well :)

    Ian.
     
  29. Marc

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    i'd have to go with:

    The Butterfly Effect
    Quite possibly the greatest movie i've ever seen. The story is moving, traumatic and shocking and the concept was brilliant.

    Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind
    I'm not usually into romance films, but i couldn't help but be drawn into this one, Jim Carrey proves he can do a serious movie in spectacular fashion.

    Mulholland Drive
    I'll fully admit i didn't really "get" the movie, as is the case with a lot of people, but the imagery was superb, and one scene in particular, the silent opera, took my breath away.

    I'd also mention Vanilla Sky because i thought this was the cleverest movie i'd ever seen at the time, it sucks you into a romance then turns into a murder mystery, before having the biggest twist i've ever seen. Brilliant :)
     
  30. lovemunkey187

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    The Killer - My all time favourite film. 'nuff said.

    American Beauty - One of those films you either "get" or identify with.

    Into The Mirror - Not a big horror fan, but I like foreign films and watched this on the off chance and was blown away.

    Seven gets an honourable mention as the first film with Brad Pitt in that I was willing to sit through and was totally amazed by him as an actor, this was then cemented by Fight Club
     

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