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Contemporary films that you think will be remembered as classics...


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Here's my list and then I have a reply to the 70's and beyond question.

 

Frequency - Nobody I've talked to got it, but hopefully, in time to come, it will be recognized for the acting, and the good adult sci-fi story it is.

 

Crash - The new one with S. Bullock, and Matt Dillon. This show the true mind set of 2005.

 

Schindler's List - Good 'remember and don't repeat' movie.

 

The American President - How I wish the presidency really was. (like West Wing).

 

Steel Magnolias - Good example of how women think and act towards each other.

 

Erin Brokowich - Just a good movie.

 

Air Force One - Great action with almost believeable FX. The only thing really bad was the pres taking al those blows from the bad guy. Even ex-hero turned desk jockey couldn't take it.

 

Independence Day and Airplane - Someday people will appreciate the tongue in cheek humor in both of these.

 

Miracle and Remember the Titans - Because they are well acted and they're true stories, unlike all these other 'underdog' movies.

 

As one person said, there are so many, you can't list them, but I have to disagree with some of the choices like Boogie Nights! that was just porn in disguise, and As Good as it Gets, Sorry... as Bad would be more like it, Jack is not a Cary Grant or even a Robert Redford who could charm a 30 something even a Helen Hunt!

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"Just curious, what are some of the tearjerkers that fit your criteria?"

 

 

I don't think about movies, as a whole, being tearjerkers.

 

 

"Jack [Nicholson]is not a Cary Grant or even a Robert Redford who could charm a 30 something even a Helen Hunt!"

 

I know a few older guys that are with 30-something-year-olds. And, just to be direct, they're not good-looking. And seeing the actresses Jack's been with in real life, I would probably have to disagree with you. Why would you even bother comparing actors? Obviously you don't do it for fun (your comment was so serious).

 

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Come to think of it, I have to add "The Rose" from 1979 I think? to this list. Bette Midler is simply amazing, the sequence where she ends up passing out on stage is really heartbreaking. Can't remember the last time I've seen this, never see it on ANY outlets anymore and don't have DVD or VCR. Not sure what ever happened to it. Ideas, anyone?

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Ipcress, Sorry guess I shouldn't have named names, but I'm not a Jack Nicholson fan. Anyway, movies are fun for me, if you look again, I chose a few dramas and a couple of comedies. My favorites go back to 1935, and I just see such a difference in todays movies compared to oldies. I'm a wierd fan, if I like a certain actor/actress, I'll go ahead and watch because I know I'll enjoy it. I'm like that even today, I'll see the name Kirsten Dunst, and I go to see the movie. I have old favorites like that such as Ann Sheridan, That was a beautiful lady. By the way, my late husband was 20 years older than I. So I wasn't talking about theory, I meant 'that certain something' that attracts one person to another, and I simply didn't see that chemistry between Jack and Helen, like I did in Charade between Grant and A. Hepburn.

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"I simply didn't see that chemistry between Jack and Helen, like I did in Charade between Grant and A. Hepburn."

 

Not sure how many times you've seen As Good As It Gets, but you may be overlooking the fact that she gave him the cold shoulder more than half of the movie. She wanted nothing to do with the man. Then towards the end after he helped her son out and took Simon on the trip she started to see that he was opening up and changing. Before she started to see that she just despised the man and thought he was rude.

 

But in the end, she gave in to him for who he was becoming...

 

Also..

 

He wouldn't have started to change if it wasn't for Simon (who is gay) and Carol's (Helen Hunt) conflicting lifestyles giving him the opportunity. He allowed himself to tolerate something different. And he did it all because he thought it would help him out in the long run... though, it would also help him out with Carol.

 

That's what I get out of it.

 

Maybe it seems so odd because adaptation is involved and it's not "love at first sight" or a natural pairing of souls.

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There are too many movies to list, really..

 

Movies That Will Be Rememberd (1990's):

 

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Rudy (1993)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

As Good as it Gets (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Titanic (1997)

The Truman Show (1998)

October Sky (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)>>

 

 

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)

Rudy (1993)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

As Good as it Gets (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Titanic (1997)

The Truman Show (1998)

October Sky (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)>>

 

 

Dances with Wolves (1990)

Rudy (1993)

Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)

Forrest Gump (1994)

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

Titanic (1997)

October Sky (1999)

 

Ipcress,

 

Sorry to disagree with you on some of the films.

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I have a rebuttal for the person who nominated James Cameron's Titanic as a classic we'll be talking about 50 years later. When it was new in 97' the hype preceeding the film was monumental to astronomical. But good hype does not a great film make. Cameron and production designer Peter Lamont get the high water mark for their attention to set design and recreating the period. But the plot is a stinker. Forgoing the opportunity to retell some of the compelling real life stories of survivors in favor of a fake and thoroughly unconvincing romance between two ill suited actors instead, Cameron publicly declared that he was at a loss why his script didn't win an Oscar. Well, duh!?!

 

With regards to the film tying Ben-Hur for Oscars: while that may be true, it's important to recall that Titanic won in a litany of technical catagories not even created at the time Ben-Hur (a far superior film) swept the roster for its accolades. Anyway, Oscar is not a barometer of greatness. Just proof that one has one a glorified popularity contest. Need proof. Halle Berry won Best Actress for Monsters Ball for shedding a few faux tears, overlooking Nicole Kidman's tour de force in Moulin Rouge where she sang, danced, emoted, played brilliantly witty comedy and ultimately died convincingly. Moulin Rouge was not even nominated that year for Best Picture - despite the fact that it was a magnificent fusion of both the glossy classic old time musical and a revisionist take on it.

 

My list for films we'll rememeber 50 years from now:

 

The Remains of the Day

Sense and Sensibility

Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet

Howard's End

The Shawkshank Redemption

The Silence of the Lambs

The Usual Suspects

American Beauty

Anna and the King

Gosford Park

Moulin Rouge

Amadeus

A Passage to India

 

Napoleon Dynamite?!? Get real! Titanic...forget it!

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Titanic will be remembered.

 

Any movie that makes 600,000,000 from the box office in the U.S. alone is going to be remembered. There has yet to be a film to pass that movie in regards to that. I wouldn't be surprised if it was remembered for just that. But I don't think that's why it will be remembered... it's a good movie.

 

To be honest, I couldn't stand that movie when it was in theatres. I was only 14 at the time. I thought it was "stupid"... "lame".. blah, blah. Not now though.. it's one of the only 3 DiCapprio movies I admit to liking.

 

One thing I haven't expressed is how I actually dislike The Silence of the Lambs. I listed it on my "movies that will be remembered (1990's)" list, but only because of the hype it is still recieving. Honestly, that movie seems just like any other suspense/thriller (that's how I see it). At least I still added it to my list.. because I know it will be remembered whether I like it or not.

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Look who's talking about hype. Titanic had one of the greatest media blitz in recent history. And since when does a movie get into the history books as art simply because it made a lot of money. Citizen Kane made practically no money at all - it's flawless. You could give be about 40 billion more in box office receipts for Titanic and it still won't make the script sparkle.

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I've said it before and I'll say it again="Remember the Night",starring Kenneth More is an UNFORGETTABLE FILM EXPERIENCE-"TITANIC"Is is a very forgettable bore!! Both films cover the same subject.

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NZ? Please read...

 

I didn't say it would be remembered strictly due to its' box office records. I said I wouldn't be surprised if it was remembered for that.. and then I noted that I DO NOT THINK IT WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THAT BECAUSE IT IS A GOOD MOVIE. Your not liking it doesn't mean it won't be remembered.. hell, I even pointed my disliking for Silence of the Lambs, though I know it will be remembered. Seems like most of you just base your opinion(s) on what will be remembered solely on what you like.

 

Unfortunately, for me... I don't constantly compare movies to others. I probably never will fully understand why you people do what you do on here. I hate to sound hostile, but some of you are aggravating.

 

Being a younger person, I don't even bash classics as much as older people do modern movies.

 

Sheesh...

 

Calling it a "bore fest" is ridiculous... absolutely ridiculous.

 

I've seen that movie you mentioned, Ken... and I highly disagree. Though it is a good movie, how many people actually remember it? Take a pen and pad and ask away on the sidewalks of the nearest city.

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Ever noticed when the AFI or any magazine publishes a top 100 classic film list?

 

What's the first thing you do? You go through mentally checking the ones you think are classics and making note of the ones you wouldn't include and then think about all the films that should have been on the list.

 

My point? Classic films aren't deemed classic by lists or groups or critics. Classic films are those films that each of us, individually, carry in our hearts and our memories as the films that matter most to us.

 

Every one has different likes and dislikes. So no one can truly say definitely what films are classics (or will be) because each person views films differently.

 

At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is not what Roger Ebert thinks, or Pauline Kael or anybody else thinks.

 

What matters most is what films do you hold near and dear to you that you go out of your way to see again (and again and again).

 

Those are the classic films.

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> Of movies since 1985:

>

> Brazil

> Henry V

> Schindler's List

> Groundhog Day

> The Usual Suspects

> Richard III

> Dead Man

> South Park, Bigger Long and Uncut

> Requiem for a Dream

> AI

> The Pianist

> Russian Ark

 

Southpark?????????? You're kidding right? Southpark sticks out like a sore thumb on your list, which is otherwise pretty decent as far as I can tell.

 

Brad

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