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  • Watched the Sixth Sense again for the 1st time in forever, still love the movie.


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    • Big Banger's Favorite Movies

      I don't know why, but I have a sudden urge to create my first ever top list that had more than ten titles. I made it up to 50 and still have some movies left out that I consider great and truly enjoy. I'll do ten at a time and write a little something about each film. Anyway, here it goes. Counting down from 50...




      My Top 50


      50. Forrest Gump, 1994. (Robert Zemeckis)

      Who hasn't seen Forrest Gump? Who doesn't love Forrest Gump? Tom Hanks gives the best performance of his career, and plays one of the most memorable characters ever committed to film. This really isn't much more than one of the most entertaining movies I've ever seen that always keeps me coming back to it and always keeps me laughing. It's a feel good classic with some of the most quotable lines in any movie on this list. Gary Sinise is also great as LT. DANN!!!!!! A rare movie that captures an audience by the masses with a humble and naive character and then lifts us up.


      49. L.A. Confidential, 1997. (Curtis Hanson)

      I don't know how I left this off the list the first time around. L.A. Confidential is one of the best looking films I've ever seen and the way the use the 1950s set pieces is simply extraordinary. With names like Kevin Spacey and Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe, you would think one of the give the best performance of the film, but I think the best performance comes from James Cromwell. He is a disgusting, slimly little corrupt prick. He's the man that sets the other three leads into motion as they discover the levels of corruption within the police force. The use of 1950s Hollywood invading the lives of LA police officers is both amusing and startling. Kim Basinger is quite possibly the perfect bombshell. The big ending is as good as it gets. Great movie that gradually sucks you in.


      48. The Conversation, 1974. (Francis Ford Coppola)

      This should be the first crowd pleaser for the wannabe snobby movie buffs... a movie made before I was born. It is however rarely seen on "real best movie lists," but here it is, on mine. Francis Ford Coppola's, The Conversation is one of my favorite character studies of a man I saw so much of myself in. Gene Hackman plays Harry Caul, a private investigator that is invested completely in his work and has little emotional investment to anyone. He's a man incapable of putting his trust into another person's hands, and when he does he's always hurt. We see that with his partner, various women who he has no attachment to, so how is he going to open to someone he actually does care about? Opening up and let his true feeling be known to a woman who he cares about is simply an impossibility. He likes her, he just can't tell her. This is an extremely subtle and subdued performance that only a truly great actor could pull off. Harry promises himself he wont get involved in the mystery behind the eavesdropping, but when he finds out that a murder could be in the works, he can't help himself. He is then left in shambles, and stricken with extreme paranoia resulting in the dismantling and destruction of everything around him. Coppola uses incredible sounds that sends chills down my spine as Hackman has a mental and emotional breakdown. A truly remarkable film from one films legendary directors. This is the first appearance for Francis Ford Coppola on my list, but it wont be his last.


      47. 21 Grams, 2003. (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)

      I watched this today and realized once again just how damn great 21 Grams is. It is a near masterpiece. It just misses being a masterpiece because there's one scene that doesn't ring true and crosses over from drama to overly melodramatic. Other than that, it is a technical achievement in editing and story telling. Inarritu's film is depressing, but incredibly well acted and well told. One of my favorite endings to any movie on this list, Inarritu kills the sound and let's the action unfold, and then startles with a shot. It's a gripping film with a tense and suspenseful ending. The narrative is so strong because we get bits and pieces as to how the movie ends, but we desperately and eagerly want know how these pieces come together. Del Toro and Penn are two of my favorite actors and these are two of their better performances. Watts is gut-wrenchingly phenomenal.


      46. Mulholland Dr. 2001. (David Lynch)

      Mulholland Dr. is Lynch's masterpiece. An incredible film that I still, after at least half a dozen viewings, don't fully understand, and, probably, never will. I kind of like it that way though. This is one of those films that is submerged in dreams and expectations and then contrasted with the dark grim reality of life. This is Naomi Watts second film on my list already, but this is the best performance of her career. She is incredible as a starry-eyed, wannabe actress heading to Los Angelas. Then she turns and plays a person so filled with jealousy, contempt and anger that she is driven to dramatic events and a very dark ending. Mulholland Dr. is a gradually dark, brooding film filled with mystery and intrigue all the way up until the end. Every time I watch it, its like the first time. Just a great movie anchored by one of the very best female acting performances I've ever seen. A haunting mind ****.


      45. No Country for Old Men, 2007. (Joel and Ethan Coen)

      No Country for Old Men is the first of many films from the incredible year of 2007 that will be on my list, and the first Coen brothers film. If I was talking about pure craftsmanship, this would probably be a lot higher as it's a technical masterpiece with some incredible cinematography and editing. Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin are all terrific as the three lead actors. Jones is pitch-perfect as the veteran Sheriff with a moral complexity to his character that I love to analyze, and also one that I have come to greatly appreciate. Javier Bardem gives one of the best supporting performances of the 00s and will probably never be better. Brolin is excellent as well, but he gives a very understated performance. A great chase film that is expertly made in creating tension and suspense. I also love the ending.


      44. The Big Lebowski, 1998. (Joel Coen)

      The second Coen brother's film on my list, The Big Lebowski is probably my favorite, although its like splitting hairs with No Country for Old Men. Jeff Bridges captivated me and, ever since I first saw it, hooked me onto White Russians. One of the most memorable characters ever created, "The Dude" is about as perfectly casted and perfectly played as acting gets. John Goodman is great as the overly intense war veteran. Steve Buscemi supports as the sidekick friend that wont shut the **** up. The arch rival Jesus Quintana, played perfectly by the always great, John Turturro, is incredibly hilarious. And just so you all know, "Nobody ***** with the Jesus." This is a true masterpiece.


      43. There Will Be Blood, 2007. (Paul Thomas Anderson)

      Paul Thomas Anderson is one of my favorite directors and after Scorsese, I think he's probably the second best director out I've ever seen. There Will Be Blood is every bit the masterpiece that it has been made out to be. It's one of the best character studies on my list and who better than Daniel Day-Lewis to play the bigger-than-life, oil tycoon of the early 1920s? Lewis gives a powerhouse performance, and one of the very best of the decade. I'm not sure it is even better than his performance in Gangs of New York. Both are enormous feats that encapsulate some of the most towering figures ever captured on screen. It's one reason why he's the greatest. Anderson uses a haunting score, some beautiful wide-angle lens work, great cinematography and the slow brooding pace its main character deserves. The big gusher scene is one of the best ten minute stretches of film I have ever seen. An utterly fascinating character consumed in blood, greed and oil. I've already seen it over seven times and it only gets better and better with each viewing.


      42. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, 2004. (Michel Gondry)

      One of the few romance films that will be on this list, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind takes a love story and tells it backwards, from the breakup and then realizing and looking back on the memories created. Jim Carrey is both funny and dramatically effective as he gives one of the best performances of his career. Winslet is her usual self as she seems incapable of anything less than a great performance. Incredibly original and fresh, one of the most innovative films on my list. Charlie Kaufman's refreshing script is, even to my own surprise, the only film of his on my top 50 list. Gondry does wonders with the camera and creates a world we can only envision in our wildest dreams.


      41. Jarhead, 2005. (Sam Mendes)

      Mendes' Jarhead is what I consider his masterpiece and the best war film of the last ten years. Most recognizable for his film, American Beatuy, which just barely missed my top 50, I strongly believe Jarhead to be his crowning achievement. I usually can't stand Jake Gyllenhaal in pretty much anything he does, but here he gives a phenomenally intense performance that goes to depths I never thought he was capable of. This is not full of action, and since it was a war of bombing for 72 hours, there wasn't going to be much action anyways, but Mendes perfectly handles a great script that shows the wait and built in fear of war. Similar to the first half of Full Metal Jacket, Jarhead shows that the preparation of war can be just as damaging to the psyche as war itself. Jarhead is an overlooked masterpiece.
      Last edited by BigBanger; 03-19-2010, 05:28 PM.
      Originally posted by Scott Wright
      I honestly believe Reggie Bush has turned into exactly the type of player I envisioned.
      Originally posted by PossibleCabbage
      I would like it if there were more successful black Quarterbacks in the NFL...
      Originally posted by bearsfan_51
      iamcandian lives in a cabin in the Yukon Territory and writes letters to railroad barons about the price of hard tack.
      Originally posted by GatorsBullsFan
      I could possibly see Matthew Stafford Dropping out of the 1st round
      Originally posted by GoRavens
      Tahj Boyd has the best fundamentals of any QB in this class, I think his game translates great to the NFL.

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      • I hate Forrest Gump, and Hanks was much more captivating (and thus better) in Cast Away,


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        • Hanks best performance isnt Forrest Gump, its in the Green Mile. That said, Im shocked that your list isnt completely atrocious. To start at least.
          Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
          The APS is strong in this one.
          Originally posted by killxswitch
          Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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          • Originally posted by A Perfect Score View Post
            Hanks best performance isnt Forrest Gump, its in the Green Mile. That said, Im shocked that your list isnt completely atrocious. To start at least.
            Oh please. Green Mile is behind Philadelphia and Cast Away at least, and I would include Big and Saving Private Ryan as well.


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            • This is Tom Hanks best scene he's ever done

              Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
              The APS is strong in this one.
              Originally posted by killxswitch
              Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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              • Originally posted by A Perfect Score View Post
                Hanks best performance isnt Forrest Gump, its in the Green Mile. That said, Im shocked that your list isnt completely atrocious. To start at least.
                Have faith. There's still 40 more movies to that list.

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                • Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                  Have faith. There's still 40 more movies to that list.
                  Plus IIRC all the movies in his list come from the 2000-2010 decade.

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                  • Originally posted by Caddy View Post
                    Plus IIRC all the movies in his list come from the 2000-2010 decade.
                    I wouldn't be surprised.

                    He seems to believe any movie made before he was born can't possibly be good.

                    I mean, if you think 40 year old virgin is one of the best comedies ever, you have issues.

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                    • Originally posted by Brodeur View Post
                      Greenberg= Jew, so it's about a Jew being Jewish.
                      Ben Stiller is only half Jewish, his mother is Anne Meara, who has the map of Ireland on her face..... his father invented Festivus.

                      Hanks best performance isnt Forrest Gump, its in the Green Mile. That said, Im shocked that your list isnt completely atrocious. To start at least.
                      Nah, it's probably Gump, or in Philadelphia. Best or most sympathetic character he played though would be in Saving Pvt. Ryan.

                      Speaking of Ben Stiller regarding Hanks as Gump......

                      Kirk: Everybody knows you never go full ******.
                      Tugg Speedman: What do you mean?
                      Kirk Lazarus: Check it out. Dustin Hoffman, 'Rain Man,' look ********, act ********, not ********. Counted toothpicks, cheated cards. Autistic, sho'. Not ********. You know Tom Hanks, 'Forrest Gump.' Slow, yes. ********, maybe. Braces on his legs. But he charmed the pants off Nixon and won a ping-pong competition. That ain't ********. Peter Sellers, "Being There." Infantile, yes. ********, no. You went full ******, man. Never go full ******. You don't buy that? Ask Sean Penn, 2001, "I Am Sam." Remember? Went full ******, went home empty handed...

                      Tropic Thunder
                      Last edited by LizardState; 03-18-2010, 12:09 PM.

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                      • Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                        Have faith. There's still 40 more movies to that list.
                        The list failed by having Big Lebowski not top 10.

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                        • You know who else could play Captain America? Josh Holloway, if he lost the Southern Accent. Hes got the look.
                          Originally posted by Mr. Goosemahn
                          The APS is strong in this one.
                          Originally posted by killxswitch
                          Tears for Fears is better than whatever it is you happen to be thinking about right now.

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                          • Originally posted by Caddy View Post
                            Plus IIRC all the movies in his list come from the 2000-2010 decade.
                            What does IIRC mean?

                            All the movies from my list actually don't come from that decade, but, hey, that's no big deal.

                            Originally posted by iowatreat54 View Post
                            He seems to believe any movie made before he was born can't possibly be good.
                            I don't believe that, but that's okay.

                            Originally posted by Bengals78 View Post
                            The list failed by having Big Lebowski not top 10.
                            Well, that's just, like, your opinion, man.
                            Last edited by BigBanger; 03-18-2010, 02:30 PM.
                            Originally posted by Scott Wright
                            I honestly believe Reggie Bush has turned into exactly the type of player I envisioned.
                            Originally posted by PossibleCabbage
                            I would like it if there were more successful black Quarterbacks in the NFL...
                            Originally posted by bearsfan_51
                            iamcandian lives in a cabin in the Yukon Territory and writes letters to railroad barons about the price of hard tack.
                            Originally posted by GatorsBullsFan
                            I could possibly see Matthew Stafford Dropping out of the 1st round
                            Originally posted by GoRavens
                            Tahj Boyd has the best fundamentals of any QB in this class, I think his game translates great to the NFL.

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                            • Originally posted by BigBanger View Post
                              What does IIRC mean?

                              All the movies from my list actually don't come from that decade, but, hey, that's no big deal.

                              If I remember correctly.

                              And if the vast majority of your 'best movies' come from the 21st century it does matter. Especially considering only a few of the movies you put on your list would actually ever be on a real 'best movies' list.

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                              • Continue on with the list goddammit.


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