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Movies you have to watch at least once

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Okay so this is sort of similar to threads that have already existed, so if you want mods, you can shut it down.

However, I still think another movie thread isn't such a bad idea, when this one is less about straight reviews, and more about recommendations.

So has there ever been a movie that you have watched and enjoyed it so much that you have to make sure everyone you know has seen it?

I definately have.

So heres a few movies that I feel everyone has to give a go:

1. Kung Pow: Enter the Fist


I don't see how this movie got such bad reviews. It really is a great film.

Not only is it a parody of badly dubbed martial art movies, its also a bit of a self parody too.

Its weird, its wacky, and its just plain fun!

Watch it with some fun friends and you will have a great laugh.
(Booze is helpful here too!)

2. Shutter Island


This was a suprise film for me. I was expecting it to be bad.
It didn't look all too interesting at first, pretty generic actually.
But once the film starts gaining momentum, its actually pretty gripping and at parts very intelligent.

3. Austin Powers (All of them)

Who hasn't seen Austin Powers?

The first two are classics, and the third one, though a little underdone compared to the first two, actually does have enough fresh material to stand by itself.

The films definately should be watched together though, the films are just full of in-jokes.

4. Shrek

None of the sequels, just the first one really.
I've seen all of these films, and though the others are not the worst movies in the world, (just pretty unecessary really...) the original is just a lot better.

Original idea, good cast, great execution.

5. Kung Fu Panda 2

I like Kung Fu Panda, its a great film.
Though I am fairly biased because I love Jack Black in most of the stuff he does, (some people tend to hate him) you have to admit he's a good fit in this film, in fact all of the cast were.

Kung Fu Panda 2, doesn't suffer from Dreamworks usual curse of making a good movie, and then making terrible sequels, and you can easily see that the people behind this movie cared quite a bit about it, and put a lot of effort in, (its a shame the videogames never get the same treatment eh?).

It didn't go the cheap route, and just make it a souless forced comedy affair, in fact the movie didn't have many jokes in it at all and was actually suprisingly dark at points (acting more of a homage to the old kung fu movies rather than a straight parody the first one was).

Its not for everyone, I'll admit, but if you liked the first movie, you probably would enjoy this one as well.

6. The Shining

I'm not normally a horror fan, but this film is just a perfect example of how to do a horror film right.

Jack Nicholson was the PERFECT lead.
A fantastic actor that just slides into the role with no effort at all, (maybe he was playing himself! XD).

7. Scary Movie 2

The best of the series in my opinion, and if you have to watch one, just watch this one.

8. Drag me to Hell

I don't understand why people hate this movie.

People seem to expect too much from it, I guess, or they just misinterprit it.

As a horror film, its terrible, its not very scary at all, but in all honesty, this is Sam Raimi we are talking about here, its not supposed to be pure horror.

Its more funny and gross if anything, and thats sort of the point of it.
Its basically a more mainstream, modernised version of the Evil Dead films.

It does have some clever scenes, and it does shock you here and there, but its really a sort of film you just sit there, and enjoy.
The best horror films are the ones where you can sit there and mock the stupidity of the protagonist from the safety of the fourth wall.
This film has that, but it also adds some extra dark comedy to give it that extra spice.

Its not a film you can watch again and again, but its a good film to watch with friends (or family, as I did with my mom, the twisted woman was pretty much howling with laughter all the way through).

9. Rocky Horror Picture Show

Best Goddamn Musical of all time!!
Go see it! Now!
Tim Curry love here. 10. Reefer Madness (the musical)

Another excellent musical and my third favourite (second is Spamalot BTW, and the fact that this is not on DVD yet depresses me (because if it was, I'd have all 3 playing every friday or something. In a row! YEAH!!!)).

I think describing it would be spoiling it, so just hunt it down people!

I got more, but this should do for now! :D
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  • Apparently nobody mentioned Pulp Fiction yet.

    Most movies I'd recommend seeing at least once have already been mentioned, so I'll just add:

    Transporter 1
    Crank 1
  • Wall-E
    Yeah I know this movie has some mixed opinions and I know some people here arn't big pixar fans but I just loved this film. Had a good feel to it. No means is it perfect but it's a film I always seem to come back to. It reminds me why I want to work in animation.
  • Vampires Suck
    Michael Clayton
    A View to a Kill
    License to Kill
    Young Frankenstein
    The Naked Gun
    The Naked Gun 2 1/2
    The Naked Gun 33 1/3
    Batman Forever
  • SillyStell;515464 said:
    Yeah I know this movie has some mixed opinions and I know some people here arn't big pixar fans but I just loved this film. Had a good feel to it. No means is it perfect but it's a film I always seem to come back to. It reminds me why I want to work in animation.
    I agree. I love the character designs, and how none of the robots have human faces (mostly, they're just two eyes), and only barely human bodies, and yet they can show lots of personalities.

    I especially like this guy:

    When I saw him the first time, I was like "That's awesome!" His 'face' is just one big red eye, but the way he moves, and how the eye relates to his little hands make him look like a hunched, stressed office worker.
  • That was awesome! He was so amused when he learned to wave. Pixar are very good at making something that by all means should have no life at all and then fill it with personality simply through movement.
  • I agree that Wall-E is a great film.
    One of Pixar's best.

    Also Toy Story 1 and 3 (2 I don't seem to like as much) are fantastic films, timeless classics.

    In fact comparing the two just shows how much the company has matured over the years.

    Best Pixar film for me has to be Up.
    It truely is a wonder.

    One could argue its more of an experience than a film.

    The visuals are some of the best I have ever seen. Fantastic effects combined with excellent design.

    The musical score is superb.

    The characters are unique and likeable.

    Even the plot , though fairly simplistic, is well told.

    Also here are another few recomendations:


    Hilarious but also brilliantly coreographed kung fu film.

    Self-parody at its finest.

    Bruce Campbell movies

    Evil Dead 1-3, Bubba hotep ect.

    Bruce Campbell is excellent, and I suggest giving all the movies he has stared in a shot.

    Watch the old stuff first, become aquanted with him, then watch this:

    My Name is Bruce


    This is a hilarious film.

    Its another self parody, and it shows just how likeable and down-to-earth Bruce Campbell is.
  • It's a 20 minute short movie, and available on YouTube, so everyone should see this: I am Stamos, starring John Stamos.

    And while we're talking about it:
    Being John Malkovich is an awesome movie that everyone must have seen at least once.
  • Here's some films I think people should watch

    Watch these

    The Truman Show
    Citizen Kane
    Godfather 1/2
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Matrix
    Lord of the Rings series
    Mrs. Doubtfire
    Children of Men
    City of God
    Forrest Gump
    Groundhog Day
    Pulp Fiction
    Sin City
    The Shawshank Redemption
    Barton Fink
    The Hudsucker Proxy
    O' Brother Where Art Thou?
    Monty Python's The Meaning of LIfe
    Dawn of the Dead (the original's my preference)
    Paranormal Activity
    28 Weeks Later
    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
    Human Traffic
    Taare Zameen Par

    Don't watch these

    Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy :(
  • Spaceballs

    You ain't seen Science Fiction until you've seen that movie.
  • GaryCXJk;515500 said:

    You ain't seen Science Fiction until you've seen that movie.

    And this is why:
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