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Movies you have to watch at least once

posted by RetroVortex on - last edited - Viewed by 4.7K users
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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  • Martin McFly;515579 said:
    You forgot Leprechaun.
    You take that back! :p
  • User Avatar Image
    Vainamoinen Moderator
    Home for the Holidays
    Director Jodie Foster together with an awesome cast and Holly Hunter in the lead recreate the fun & horror that is family (1995). Almost no one knows that movie, although it even has Robert Downey Jr. in his (arguably ;) ) best role. He's like on drugs in every scene. Granted, maybe he was.

    The Court Jester
    Seriously, another movie I have been searching in here. I'm all for Monty Python's Holy Grail, but there was this American precursor that made me laugh tears as well. Danny Kaye, 1955 and the vessel with the pestle. Who could not love that??
  • Vainamoinen;515603 said:
    Home for the Holidays
    Excellent movie!
  • Did anyone mention Bicentennial Man? Loved that film long time
  • Manos the Hands of Fate: Harold P. Warren was a true genius, but sadly like Charles Laughton with The Night of the Hunter it was his only film.

    edit Oh, and seriously Night of the Hunter.
  • Lots of good movies mentioned here.

    No one has yet mentioned Full Metal Jacket though.

    Surprising. It really is a good movie, but especially one should always have seen the first part (during boot camp) at least once.
  • Chyron8472;515684 said:
    No one has yet mentioned Full Metal Jacket though.

    Surprising. It really is a good movie, but especially one should always have seen the first part (during boot camp) at least once.
    The film should have just been a boot camp comedy tbh. I could've watched 'YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD SUCK A GOLFBALL DOWN A GARDEN HOSE!!' all day long.
  • This sounds like something I'd have a lot of recommendations for, but at the moment I'll say The Naked Gun and Up because I can't think of any others.
  • JedExodus;515652 said:
    Did anyone mention Bicentennial Man? Loved that film long time
    Wow. I almost forgot about that movie. All I can really remember now is "Little Miss" and the fact that I watched it on an airplane.
  • Why did it take an entire page for anyone to mention Pixar at all? Seriously, my list would instantly include pretty much everything Pixar. I honestly could never call a single one of their movies bad. Also, I haven't actually watched that many of them, but I'd also add anything by Studio Ghibli from what I've seen and heard. Oh yeah, and pretty much all classic Disney movies too.
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