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What is the best recent film you have seen?

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I'm not going to slander some of the SH!T (for lack of a better term) that we are forced to watch, although it would give me emmense pleasure to do so! But every now and again they really can do it (make a good film that is)! As a huge fan of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, I thought that Walk The Line was an absolutely fabulous film! It also has made my friends like Johnny Cash's music! One of my best friends has even read his autobiography! That was definitely the best film in years!

So what films have ya'll liked?

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I like current films as well as the classics. I agree with BlackandWhite that WALK THE LINE was a wonderful film. Great performances all around. I just watched BROKEBACK MOUNTAIN and it was a beautiful movie. So much was told visually, without dialogue. Yes, it is about 2 gay men, but it also seemed to me to be about relationships and how hard it is to communicate sometimes.


In the theatre, the last thing that I saw was THE PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION. I enjoyed watching it, but I'm still trying to decide if it was good or just ok...I do like Altman films for the most part. The main reason that we went to see it was because we like the radio show. I liked all the performances, especially Meryl Streep and Lily Tomlin as singing sisters, and Kevin Kline as Guy Noir.


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The best? Gladiator, Master and Commander, and A Beautiful Mind. What's weird, is that I don't consider myself a Russell Crowe fan; I think rather that he has happened to star in a disproportionate number of the few good movies to come out in recent years.

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Probably "Dances With Wolves" would be my choice. Either that or "The English Patient". But "Dances With Wolves" really had it all, when it comes to a film - great acting, great script, great story, great cinematography, great score. I simply love this movie.

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I second karlofffan's "Master and Commander: Far Side of the World". Hollywood can still produce a rousing, no bulls*** adventure film. I like Russell Crowe and he is perfectly cast in "Master and Commander...".


More recent is "Capote"--another no bulls*** movie. I appreciate the movie does not stray from the Capote-Smith-Hickock-Holcomb (Kansas) story. No superfluous sub-plots! A very welcome surprise. Good soundtrack by one of my favorite musicians-- Mychael Danna. Of course, Philip Seymour Hoffman is a treasure.


I've got "The Cooler" waiting in top of my DVD player--I guess I will watch next. I like Alec Baldwin (so good in "The Aviator").



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I have been on a bit of a movie binge the past few years bringing my total number of movies ever seen to 1273 (I am 22 years old). Here are the recent ones (2000-2006) that I thought were good:


Murderball (2005) - A good documentary on wheelchair rugby

Sin City (2005) - Occasionally the violence was a little more than I like, but you couldn't deny the great style and as I have heard it coined hyper-noir atmosphere of the film.

Grizzly Man (2005) - A documentary and my first Werner Herzog film.

Walk The Line (2005) - I agree with the others in this thread that this is a really good film. I think that Joaquin Phoenix gave a performance that was even better than Jamie Fox in Ray (2004)

Brokeback Mountain (2005) - I still can't believe it didn't win best picture.

The Woodsman (2004) - Kevin Bacon gave a really good performance.

Hotel Rwanda (2004) - Not quite what I expected it to be, but for what it was it was good.

The Aviator (2004) - Leo can act even if is once in a blue moon.

Dear Frankie (2004) - Old plot done so well it still makes the emotional connection with the audience.

Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Clint Eastwood acting/directing, Morgan Freeman, Hilary Swank. What more do you want?

Crash (2004) - I am getting a bit sick of Robert Altmans interconnecting storylines taken from Short Cuts (1993), but the film still worked for me. However, I still don't think it should have won best picture.

The Merchant Of Venice (2004) - I have never seen or read The Merchant Of Venice so maybe it was being exposed to the story for the first time, but I really enjoyed it. And Al Pacino was excellent as he has been recently in other films like People I Know (2002).

Yesterday (2004) - Great South African film about AIDS.

Napoleon Dynamite (2004) - Kind of an omage to similar 1980s films, but a little different.

Riding Giants (2004) - A great documentary on big wave surfing.

Two Brothers (2004) - A nice little story, but was impressive for the near seamless CGI tigers.

Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster (2004) - Even if you don't like Metallica, it is still good and interesting.

Shrek 2 (2004) - Fun and entertaining.

Spiderman 1 & 2 - I was surprised, but they are still doing good work with the Spiderman series and hopefully will continue to do so. They have actually been doing some decent super hero movies like Batman Begins (2005), which surprised me. Of course their is still crap like Fantastic Four (2005).

Kill Bill, Volumes 1 & 2 (2004) - Tarantino is still going strong and on his way to taking Kubrick and Malick lengths of time between films, but it is always worth the wait.

The Lord Of The Rings Movies - Taken together these films are quite an achievement.

The Matrix Reloaded (2003) - This movie wasn't great, but the action sequences and the special effects were amazing and seamless enough to make it worth seeing. It helps you to see how far computer generated effects have come since the last Matrix movie and the originator Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

Elephant (2003) - It feels like a documentary, but leaves you with a haunting feeling as if it were a horror movie.

Baadasssss! (2003) - Interesting to find out about the man and the movie that started Blaxploitation films. It is also amazing to see Mario Van Peebles become his father Melvin.

I'm Not Scared (2003) - Really good Italian thriller.


I am just going to list the remaining ones:

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Monster (2003)

Osama (2003)

Touching The Void (2003)

The Triplets Of Belleville (2003)

American Splendor (2003)

The Fog Of War (2003)

Owning Mahowny (2003)

Love Actually (2003)

Lost In Translation (2003)

The Cooler (2003)

Big Fish (2003)

Mystic River (2003)

The Pianist (2002)

The Hours (2002)

About Schmidt (2002)

Bowling For Columbine (2002)

About A Boy (2002)

Chicago (2002)

Punch-Drunk Love (2002)

The Quiet American (2002)

Far From Heaven (2002)

The Twilight Samurai (2002)

City Of God (2002)

In America (2002)

No Man's Land (2001)

Ocean's Eleven (2001)

Gosford Park (2001)

Moulin Rouge! (2001)

Traffic (2000)

Requiem For A Dream (2000)

Before Night Falls (2000)

Almost Famous (2000)

Wonder Boys (2000)

Memento (2000)


I could go on, but I will stop for now. Your right BlackandWhiteCharm, they can still make good movies, but to find them you have to either avoid the junk or not let yourself becoming jaded by it.

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I agree that L.A. Confidential (1997) is probably the best film that Russell Crowe has been in, but I still think his best performance was in The Insider (1999). In fact, he should have gotten the Best Actor Oscar, but American Beauty (1999) came out the same year and Kevin Spacey deserved and needed a Best Actor Oscar rather than just Best Supporting for The Usual Suspects (1995). That's why they gave Russell Crowe the Best Actor in 2000 even though the his performance wasn't all that great in comparison with his other work, they owed him for cheating him.

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I think I will continue listing some of the best films in recent years that I have seen because I am kind of getting depressed about only talking about bad movies in the bad movies festival thread. So forgive me if I am going on and on. Here are my good ones from (1996-1999).


Boys Don't Cry (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

The Cider House Rules (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

Girl, Interrupted (1999)

The Matrix (1999)

The Mummy (1999)

Dogma (1999)

Man On The Moon (1999)

The Green Mile (1999)

The Insider (1999)

American Beauty (1999)

American History X (1998)

Pleasantville (1998)

There's Something About Mary (1998)

Dark City (1998)

The Wedding Singer (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Titanic (1997)

The Full Monty (1997)

Chasing Amy (1997)

Donnie Brasco (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Wag The Dog (1997)

Jackie Brown (1997)

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Shine (1996)

Primal Fear (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)

Swingers (1996)

The Rock (1996)

Sling Blade (1996)

Jerry Maquire (1996)

Fargo (1996)

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

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I agree with you on Sin City, Lord of the Rings and Elephant. I enjoyed Spiderman I and Batman Begins, but I hated Spiderman 2. Napoleon Dynamite seems to be well loved, but it was a bit too much like making fun of losers in high school for my taste.


Sadly, I havent seen most of the rest of your list, but I keep meaning to Netflix most of them.

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I think the main reason I liked Spiderman-2 was because they could have turned him into a one-dimensional superhero, but instead they kept him a three-dimensional human being. You don't usually see that in sequels to superhero films or other similiar films.

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I'm not going to slander some of the SH!T (for lack of a better term) that we are forced to watch,>>


I didn't know that in Ireland you were forced to watch movies against your will. :D

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Gee, there have been so many over the past several years. Sorry if there are repeats:




Central Station


Gods and Monsters

Living Out Loud

Little Voice

Opposite of Sex

Out of Sight

Velvet Goldmine




All About My Mother

American Beauty

Being John Malkovich


Fight Club

The Matrix

Sixth Sense

Summer of Sam

Sweet and Lowdown

Talented Mr. Ripley

Three Kings




Almost Famous

Before Night Falls

Crouching Tiger, Sleeping Dragon

Finding Forrester

High Fidelity

Kilometre 0


Requiem for a Dream

You Can Count on Me




Adventures of Felix

Beautiful Mind


Gosford Park

Ghost World

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In the Bedroom

Le Placard

Legally Blonde


Shipping News

Y Tu Mama Tambien




25th Hour

About Schmidt



Catch Me If You Can


Far From Heaven

Good Girl

The Hours

Igby Goes Down

Minority Report

The Pianist




American Splendor


In America

Lost in Translation

Mudge Boy

Pieces of April

Station Agent




Motorcycle Diaries

La Mala Educacion

The Sea Inside

Hotel Rwanda





Walk on Water




40 Year Old Virgin

Brokeback Mountain


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


In Her Shoes



Mad Hot Ballroom



The World's Fastest Indian



Find Me Guilty


The Devil Wears Prada



The Science of Sleeping

The Queen

Casino Royale


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I agree with most of the ones you have listed and the rest I haven't seen. However, I disagree on Millions. It started off ok and it had me in a feel good mood, but as it went on I felt more and more like I was having Christianity shoved down my throat. By the end of it I felt violated.

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This is my take on some of the movies you mentioned:

[MOVIES I AGREE WITH]:Gosford Park,Shipping News, Y Tu Mama Tambien,(isn't this a Pedro Almodovar movie?),Far From Heaven (I like almost anything with Julianne Moore, Rent Prize winner from Defiance,Ohio..rented it last wk. really liked it),In America (very good in actuation and direction, not to mention screenplay), Pieces of April (gotta love a good indie),In Her Shoes (loved MacLaine), Lost in Translation(

Kudos to Coppola)

]MOVIES I DISAGREE WITH:American Beauty (won that yr. @ Academy Awards,which other movie was really good that was nominated?Can't remember) Brokeback Mountain (sorry,it was slow and lengthy although great in actuation)


I noticed @ least three in your list that I remember to have been nominated for Golden Globes, Oscars, you name it;Gods and Monsters, Requiem for a Dream, and most recently,Junebug and Transamerica.(Both indie?),Capote,Sideways.


Transamerica,Junebug,Capote,Sideways,Central Station, Sweet and Lowdown

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King Kong (if they're going to remake classics, let Peter Jackson do it. He did a marvelous recreation of Depression era New York, although of course I wasn't around to know if it was authentic, it looked like it. And what marvelous special effects!) Color doesn't mean it has to be Dick Tracy bright!

Million Dollar Baby (that Clint is so much more than Dirty Harry)

Crash (just marvelous)

Cinderella Man (another Depression era goodie, brings the desperation of that time to light)

Ray (the early scenes with his mother and that poverty broke my heart)

The Road to Perdition (can still hear the theme music)

Titanic (no expense spared)


I have a fondness for films set in the past, particularly if they're done well.



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I agree, blackandwhitecharm, that Walk the Line was a very good movie. I've long admired Johnny & June Carter Cash - for their honesty and example of living life as well as for their music. I almost didn't want to see the movie - because I thought I'd be miffed had the film not presented the story well...or worse, fell into the "cheesy" category. I was pleasantly surprised that neither of those things happened.


I was quite impressed with Joaquin Phoenix - enough so that I went about watching a few movies he'd been in prior to that just to see if he was "that good an actor" or "just managed to pull off the JC character rather easily".... suffice to say, I still am impressed with him. And I learned he's been in quite a few movies that I had no idea he'd been in. I think he flies under the radar.


What have I liked that came from more recent years....

Sling Blade,

Secondhand Lions,

Open Range,

Mystery, Alaska,

Places in the Heart,

Schindler's List,

March of the Penguins

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I agree that King Kong was an exceptional production, the director and screenwriter really managed to take King Kong where he had never been before.He was so lovable and protective.Peter Jackson is definitely a master.I, like you, have a fondness for movies set in the past, except for the medieval period.You should see Casanova, I really liked it.

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Joaquin Phoenix has a lot of potential, I saw Walk the Line, I liked it but thought it would be better.I feel that Joaquin should definitely have received an award for his participation in that film.He is one of the best of his generation.I wouldn't be surprised if he manages to go home with a gold statuette within the next 5 yrs.

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I feel that Joaquin should definitely have received an award for his participation in that film.He is one of the best of his generation.I wouldn't be surprised if he manages to go home with a gold statuette within the next 5 yrs. >>


I agree, Joaquin has a lot of potential and he was quite good in "Walk the Line". However, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, as Capote, I think, truly gave the best performance of the year.


Joaquin will ultimately win an Oscar but if it hadn't gone to PSH for Capote, it would have been another example of the Academy making the wrong choice.

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