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    Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    I've been finding it hard to find new stuff to watch, so I thought I might ask for some suggestions. In return I've compiled list of 10 of my favourites, not exactly my top 10, but I've tried to add a bit of variety. The comments are my opinion and I don't expect everyone to agree.

    So here they are in no particular order:

    Life Of Brian (1979) (British satire at its best)
    Blazing Saddles (1974) (American satire at its best)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987) (Must Watch War Movie - Vietnam)
    Midnight Run (1988) (Pure farce - but fun)
    Seven Samurai (1954) (original Magnificant 7)
    Yojimbo (1961) (original For a Fist Full of Dollars)
    Men In Black (1997) (Easy watching sci-fi fun)
    The Wire (2002 -2008) (t.v. series - exceptional storyline and acting covering many facits of modern society)
    Blood In, Blood Out (1993) (t.v. mini series - virtually unknown but a great story about gangs I.M.O.)
    Mississippi Burning (1988) (Great movie about separatism, KKK set in 1960's)

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackoff View Post
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Well, my three favorite movies:

    2001: A Space Odyssey (1968, thought-provoking sci-fi with excellent special effects that stand up as superior even today)

    The Thing (1982, this is the one directed by John Carpenter in 1982, not the prequel made in 2011 having the exact same name and directed by someone else. Sci-fi mystery drama with many excellent practical effects, done before CGI)

    The Godfather (1972, crime family drama, excellent cinematography)
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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    You mentioned British satire, of which I'm especially fond. I've watched all the episodes of Fawlty Towers on Youtube. You might enjot those.

    I also like really, really bad sci-fi movies from the 1950s. Many of them were made for drive-ins, so there'd be at least something showing on the screen as a backdrop to the two (or four) people making out in the car. The spaceship animations are, typically, downright pathetic. Nothing like watching one fly through space, wobbling around like a toy (because it is) with a lit Fourth Of July sparkler stuck up its ass. The monsters, the robots -- you could glue up a duplicate of any of them with whatever's lying around the house. The spaceship interiors usually look like they have broken WWII radio equipment nailed onto the plywood walls. Oh, and there has to be an oscilloscope somewhere with a sine-wave display showing on its screen, and someone staring at it intently, doing his utmost to interpret its meaning, because of course he's a Highly Trained Individual. And finally, there has to be a fight among two males of the flight crew over the hot babe, who typically ain't so hot and whose career ended early to the benefit of mankind.

    If you like war flicks, check out the entire "Combat" series. My favorite war movie was the two-part episode named "Hills Are For Heroes."

    Seen "Das Boot?" Watch the German-language one, if possible, if you're even remotely familiar with the language. Or the German one with subtitles, if such a release exists. The translated ones put too much distance between the viewer and the actual U-boat experience, in my opinion.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by kru-kut View Post
    I also like really, really bad sci-fi movies from the 1950s. Many of them were made for drive-ins, so there'd be at least something showing on the screen as a backdrop to the two (or four) people making out in the car. The spaceship animations are, typically, downright pathetic. Nothing like watching one fly through space, wobbling around like a toy (because it is) with a lit Fourth Of July sparkler stuck up its ass. The monsters, the robots -- you could glue up a duplicate of any of them with whatever's lying around the house. The spaceship interiors usually look like they have broken WWII radio equipment nailed onto the plywood walls. Oh, and there has to be an oscilloscope somewhere with a sine-wave display showing on its screen, and someone staring at it intently, doing his utmost to interpret its meaning, because of course he's a Highly Trained Individual. And finally, there has to be a fight among two males of the flight crew over the hot babe, who typically ain't so hot and whose career ended early to the benefit of mankind.
    Man, you have summed it up so well! All of it!

    This part made me laugh.

    No doubt you've seen Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) the so-called "worst movie of all time". The props were so hokey, I heard they used a shower curtain for the cockpit door.
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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Why didn't I think to put The Godfather on my list? What a great movie.
    Love all the old sci-fi shit - so bad its good.
    Haven't even heard of the Combat series - is that a T.V. series or a series of movies?
    I haven't seen Das Boot but I must agree whole-heartedly - always watch movies with the original soundtrack. Even if you need subtitles the intonations give a much better feel. I cannot stand dubbed tracks.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Never heard of Plan 9 from Outer Space but after reading the review you linked to I'm going looking for it tonight!

    For anyone that wants to make movies, Plan 9 is a must see. Not for it's lush style, great dialogue, fabulous production design, nor for the compelling performances given by the players. It doesn't have any of that. What it does have though, is poor production design, continuity gaps you can drive a space shuttle through, and writing that's so bad, it's amazing anyone had the nerve to show it. That is what makes it a must see.
    I just gotta see this!!!

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    I grew up watching Faulty Towers. Basil Faulty was my hero in my youth - poor downtrodden sod! Favourite quote:

    - You started it
    - No I didn't
    - Yes you did - you invaded Poland
    Or something like that.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackoff View Post
    Never heard of Plan 9 from Outer Space but after reading the review you linked to I'm going looking for it tonight!

    For anyone that wants to make movies, Plan 9 is a must see. Not for it's lush style, great dialogue, fabulous production design, nor for the compelling performances given by the players. It doesn't have any of that. What it does have though, is poor production design, continuity gaps you can drive a space shuttle through, and writing that's so bad, it's amazing anyone had the nerve to show it. That is what makes it a must see.


    I just gotta see this!!!
    Bela Lugosi died during filming, so they had a guy substitute and you will read below how they did it! From the Q&A:

    What are some of the goofs I should look for?

    Plan 9 from Outer Space is full of goofs, some big, some small. Those mistakes that are most noted by viewers start with the opening dialogue in which narrator Criswell says "Future events such as these will affect you in the future" and then goes on to state that the story has already "happened on that fateful day". Shortly thereafter, two pilots notice some flying saucers. At one point, the shadow of a boom mike can be seen passing over the top of the screen, and the strings on the flying saucers are clearly visible. Viewers have complained that the headstones in the graveyard appear to be made of some lightweight material like cardboard or Styrofoam, as they sometimes wobble when someone walks by. In one case, a cross on the right side of the screen even topples over. The scene where Inspector Clay (Tor Johnson) rises from his grave starts with a teeny tiny gravestone and ends with a much larger one. Viewers laugh at attempts to hide Tom Mason standing in for Bela Lugosi by covering his face with his cape. In the scene where the policeman is shooting the old man, Mason's cape starts to fall off, and he can be seen quickly pulling it back over his shoulders. Also of note is how night and day shots are constantly interspersed within the same scene. For example, a saucer begins to land during the daylight, the landing is shown during a night shot with stars in the sky, and then it is suddenly daylight again. Viewers have counted as many as nine switches between night and day in the scenes where the old man's corpse chases Paula Trent (Mona McKinnon) through the cemetery.
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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackoff View Post
    Haven't even heard of the Combat series - is that a T.V. series or a series of movies?
    It was a TV series that ran for a few years. Sometimes Vic Morrow, one of the central characters, would direct. His work was top-notch. He directed the two-episode Hills Are For Heroes. That one was super realistic. Morrow mostly stood down for that one so the secondary characters could really demonstrate their acting chops. The thing was running way over budget by the second (latter) episode. When Morrow was told of the studio's objections to the cost overruns, his reply was, "Fuck 'em."

    Strange fact about Morrow: As well as he handled his Thompson in that show, he actually hated firearms.

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    I really liked the new Rambo because of the violence it returned to the big screen after a long lull created by the anti violence protesters claiming monkey see monkey do.

    I must admit, a pickup mounted anti aircraft turret with twin .50 brownings would be more my thing! With explosive rounds!

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Though not really a classic, I liked Silverado. The actors worked together pretty good. I like Bronson's Death wish movies, and of course Clint's Dirty Harry series.

    I like Animation, and would give Wizards a shout out. Alright, they bit off a little more than they could chew, and it's got it's faults. It has it's moments too, the real problem was being released the same month as George Lucas's first Star Wars movie. Holly bad timing Batman! It became sort of a cult classic in university towns.
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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackoff View Post
    I grew up watching Faulty Towers. Basil Faulty was my hero in my youth - poor downtrodden sod! Favourite quote:

    - You started it

    - No I didn't
    - Yes you did - you invaded Poland

    Or something like that.
    Was that "The Germans" episode?

    That poor guy sure had a knack for stepping in it at every conceivable opportunity.

    The actor who played Manuel was a genius.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by kru-kut View Post
    Was that "The Germans" episode?
    It was indeed.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Off the top of my head, the ones i'd save from my archive 1st in an emergency and in no particular order:

    Dads Army, Blackadder, Black Books, Mongrels, Fresh Eggs, Good + bad + ugly trilogy, any spaghetti western, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, some Monty Python, The Goodies (don't judge me!), Always sunny in philadelphia, anything Danny Devito except Taxi, Brothers War (and suchlike), South Park, The Young Ones (some Comic Strip Presents but not much), Alfred Hitchcock presents, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff aaand...the list could be long so I'll stop there.

    Still Game. there was a strange noise in the back-ground....me....laughing

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    [QUOTE=AdTheBad;142477]Off the top of my head, the ones i'd save from my archive 1st in an emergency and in no particular order:

    Dads Army, Blackadder, Black Books, Mongrels, Fresh Eggs, Good + bad + ugly trilogy, any spaghetti western, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, some Monty Python, The Goodies (don't judge me!), Always sunny in philadelphia, anything Danny Devito except Taxi, Brothers War (and suchlike), South Park, The Young Ones (some Comic Strip Presents but not much), Alfred Hitchcock presents, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff aaand...the list could be long so I'll stop there.
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    Only Fools and Horses has to be the best comedy series for me, although our American brothers might find the dialect/rhyming slang a little confusing. And I'd agree with some of your other suggestions as well.

    Dad's Army, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers etc are still as fresh and as funny today as they were when they first came out. Brilliant stuff.

    I must say though that as a fan of 'The Young One's' (at the time)...I think that it has ages terribly. I saw a repeat a couple of years ago and I just found it cringeworthy as hell.

    A few films to throw into the mix that I enjoy -

    Tombstone. (Kurt Russell/Val Kilmer)
    Kingdom of Heaven (Orlando Bloom/Liam Neeson)
    The Great Escape (Nearly every actor alive in the world at that time)
    Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman/Tim Robbins)
    The Wild Geese (Richard Burton/Richard Harris/Roger Moore)

    and a black and white one from left field - The Hill (Sean Connery)

    If you've got Netflix, some of the box sets are really good. Spartacus was one such box set that I really enjoyed and I've had loads of people recommending 'Peaky Blinders' (although I haven't seen it yet and I'm not sure that you can get it outside the UK.)

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by AdTheBad View Post

    Dads Army, Blackadder, Black Books, Mongrels, Fresh Eggs, Good + bad + ugly trilogy, any spaghetti western, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, some Monty Python, The Goodies (don't judge me!), Always sunny in philadelphia, anything Danny Devito except Taxi, Brothers War (and suchlike), South Park, The Young Ones (some Comic Strip Presents but not much), Alfred Hitchcock presents, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff aaand...the list could be long so I'll stop there.
    You've included some of my own favourites here, but also some I've never heard of. Looking forward to watching some of them if I can manage it. You mentioned "The Young Ones", I loved this show. I also loved the sort of sequel "Bottom", it was just total viciousness and never failed to give me a laugh.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    [QUOTE=Don Keyknob;142491][QUOTE=AdTheBad;142477]Off the top of my head, the ones i'd save from my archive 1st in an emergency and in no particular order:

    Dads Army, Blackadder, Black Books, Mongrels, Fresh Eggs, Good + bad + ugly trilogy, any spaghetti western, Fawlty Towers, Benny Hill, some Monty Python, The Goodies (don't judge me!), Always sunny in philadelphia, anything Danny Devito except Taxi, Brothers War (and suchlike), South Park, The Young Ones (some Comic Strip Presents but not much), Alfred Hitchcock presents, The Bleak Old Shop of Stuff aaand...the list could be long so I'll stop there.

    Only Fools and Horses has to be the best comedy series for me, although our American brothers might find the dialect/rhyming slang a little confusing. And I'd agree with some of your other suggestions as well.

    Dad's Army, Blackadder, Fawlty Towers etc are still as fresh and as funny today as they were when they first came out. Brilliant stuff.

    I must say though that as a fan of 'The Young One's' (at the time)...I think that it has ages terribly. I saw a repeat a couple of years ago and I just found it cringeworthy as hell.

    A few films to throw into the mix that I enjoy -

    Tombstone. (Kurt Russell/Val Kilmer)
    Kingdom of Heaven (Orlando Bloom/Liam Neeson)
    The Great Escape (Nearly every actor alive in the world at that time)
    Shawshank Redemption (Morgan Freeman/Tim Robbins)
    The Wild Geese (Richard Burton/Richard Harris/Roger Moore)

    and a black and white one from left field - The Hill (Sean Connery)

    If you've got Netflix, some of the box sets are really good. Spartacus was one such box set that I really enjoyed and I've had loads of people recommending 'Peaky Blinders' (although I haven't seen it yet and I'm not sure that you can get it outside the UK.)
    Again some great suggestions, thanks much. Shawshank is such a classic.

    I also liked the Spartacus series. As for Peaky Blinders I have also had it recommended to me by many people. I tried to watch it but for some reason I just couldn't get into it.

    Have any of you seen "Father Ted". I know the humour is very Irish but I think most would enjoy the sheer stupidity of it.

    For any of you into Sci-fi have you tried "The Expanse". It's worth a shot and unlike any Sci-fi I've previously seen. The production values are high, the acting and storyline are spot on. The closest I can compare it to is Babylon 5 but much, much better.

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    Re: Any suggestions for something woth watching?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jackoff View Post

    Have any of you seen "Father Ted". I know the humour is very Irish but I think most would enjoy the sheer stupidity of it.
    Yes, I have seen that one. Father Ted is another great series. Brilliant character building in that show.

    Another one I enjoyed was 'The I.T Crowd'. Similarly stupid..but just as funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unboxxed View Post

    No doubt you've seen Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) the so-called "worst movie of all time". The props were so hokey, I heard they used a shower curtain for the cockpit door.
    O.K. I watched Plan 9 for the first time and, well, I had to go to A&E to stop the bleeding from my eyes and ears. A priceless piece that should never be lost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Keyknob View Post

    Another one I enjoyed was 'The I.T Crowd'. Similarly stupid..but just as funny.
    I've heard of the show but have never watched it. I'll give it a lash soon.


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