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So yea its quite simple enlighten us with your personal favourite movie(s) and or series. Let us know what really spikes your interest and why the chosen movie(s) or series have hooked you ever since.

I'll kick it off with my top 5 in random order:
- Kill Bill volume I and II
- Band of Brothers
- Seven Pounds
- The Banquet
- Howl's Moving Castle (English version)

Now for the explanation. I truly love Tarantino's Kill Bill for its out of the ordinary filming style. The music and sound effects greatly improve the visual joys I have while watching it. The underlying dark humor and exaggerated goryness completes the dish and makes the movie one in a kind, but I'm still hungry for more!

Next up is Band of Brothers. When you start watching it it's all good and easy to watch. But before long you really get sucked in and start to emotionally attach yourself to the individual characters. It really is quite confronting that colourfull individuals that you think will make it die in an instant. Therefore it also explains the horrors of war like no film has ever achieved before, although that is my opinion.

Seven Pounds. A more sensitive movie with Will Smith as the lead character. In the beginning you really get the impression that Will is playing the stone cold bastard that cares for nothing. However during the movie you gradually see the lighter side of his character. And now it gets confusing cause you do not know where the movie is heading to. In the grand finale the whole movie falls in to place and leaves you with some food for your thoughts. It really is a movie that you have to see at least once!

The Banquet is an asian cult movie about intrige and deception in the courts of a Chinese emperor. It is filmed in a style that is not seen much in the western civilization. They use a lot of natural and colourfull decors that are visually stunning while not drawing to much attention from the story being told. Besides the visual joy the movie also displays ancient China as it used to be, and that is quite insane if you ask me. All in all the best package deal for me as I have quite the interest in the history of China.

Finally the animated Howl's Moving Castle. Though I've only recently seen this movie I am still recovering from the wonderfull experience. Yet again the visual elements of the movie dumbfounded me. They are done extremely well and in my point of view animation ain't getting better than this. It draws you in and you really do not know what to expect so you just let it all unfold right before your eyes. I do recommend to watch the English version of the movie instead of the original Japanese one because the American voice cast really supplements the movie better than the japanese version.

So there you have it.
Now tell me about your all time favourites and try to convince me in watching them.


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Well that's a shocker, no one wants to boast about their favourite movie(s)?

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I'll have a crack then but I must admit I'm easily pleased so don't expect ground breaking film reviews!

No.1, my all time favourite horror film, The Shining. As a general rule I hate Stephen King's writing style and I find his books dull. I love this film though, it's dark, full of menace and is never over the top. Many modern horror film makers could learn a thing or two from watching this film rather than pumping out crap torture porn.

No.2, Withnail And I, one of the most hilarious and touching films ever made. It breaks all the rules of a classic comedy but has some of the greatest lines ever spoken on film. I was introduced to the film about ten years ago now and have loved it ever since! A word of warning though, under no circumstances attempt the Withnail and I drinking game where you have to match them drink for drink, it's lethal!

No.3, Love Honour and Obey, a low budget british gangster film starring Ray Winstone and Jude Law, just because it's seriously funny and better than anything Guy Richie has done!

No.4, Akira. It's just an amazing film and was the animation that opened my eyes to Anime and Manga. Every scene was something new to me and like nothing I'd seen before, Hollywood just couldn't come close and seems to have given up trying after the Matrix trilogy

No.5, Bad Boys Two, it's great in the way....
No seriously, my number 5 would be Old Boy, it's one of the most warped and disturbing films I have ever seen (along with Lady Vengeance and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance) it's a true great and leaves you just thinking WTF!?! Did I really just see what I think I did?

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To be honest i couldnt choose just 5 favourite films as i am such a huge cinema fan so i have decided to list 5 films i think you should see.

Funny Games (original austrian/german version)
Hotel Rawanda
The Machinist
perfume:the story of a murderer
Fletch&Fletch lives

these five are not block busters by any stretch of the imagination, but they have all entertained me at some point and are not always easy to find in peoples collections or shown on tv that much

the first in the list is the most disturbing piece of cinema i have ever had the pleasure/displeasure of watching, The film was remade a few years ago with american actors and so far i havent seen that version, but the Austrian version was simply nasty, no gore or horror, but it catches human evil at its most basic,the camera work and script and acting is brilliant and its very creepy because the villian talks to the camera and it feels almost that he getting your permission to be the way he is because you havent turned off the film.

Hotel Rawanda is a true story about the event in Rawanda, again shows the evil humans are capable of, but atleast this time you have got a hero played by the very talented don cheadle.

The machinist, excellent little movie, also worth rembering the lengths Chrisitan Bale went to to play this role, i wont go into detail but make sure you get this on DVD so you an watch the extras and see what true commitment is.

Perfume the story of a murderer, great story and great orgy scene, i have included this one because its a bit out of the ordinary.


Fletch and Fletch lives are two of my favorite comedies of all time,they star Chevy chase and are about his character Erwin "Fletch" Fletcher who is a reporter, anyway he uses various disguises to break stories while getting up to some very funny antics. Chevy tends to get the most recognition for playing Clark Griswold in the Vacation movies which are brilliantly funny but the two fletch movies in my opinion are far funnier though less well known.

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Well that's a shocker, no one wants to boast about their favourite movie(s)?
Ok i'll take you up on the offer. I'll try to pick some non-blockbuster titles people might not have seen.

Gone Baby Gone - I know people generally rag on Ben Affleck, but i have a strange obsession with him and a genuine belief that he is a hugely talented individual. This film cemented that belief. Based on a brilliant novel, the film captures the essence of the book perfectly, delving into a gritty and horrible situation which presents moral dilemmas of the kind which keep you up at night.

Leon - This is probably the film that got me interested in cinema and films. It's very simple, but very intricate at the same time. The characters of Leon and Matilda are very different, but so similar at the same time, and their relationship is really touching. It also has everything you could want from a film - comedy, action, suspense, drama, great acting... and Gary Oldman being completely fucking mental.

Cypher - This is an odd little film which came to our cinema for 1 show, but i'm glad i watched it. It follows a man living a tedious life, travelling from conference to conference, who is suddenly thrown into a world of corporate espionage. The film has a very unique style, but it works well as a slick and enjoyable thriller, which focuses more on the details than the action.

Children of Men - Great Story, Great acting , Great cinematography, Great Music, Great locations. I really thought this might be a bit gimmicky when it was announced, but i was pleasantly surprised to see that everything was thought through very carefully, portraying a familiar yet troubling projection of the future.

24 Hour Party People - A liberal account of the rise and fall of factory records - an unconvential and visionary force on the UK music scene. Often Hilarious, massively indulgent and possibly one of the best soundtracks around. Also featuring one of the best and most poignant portrayls of Ian Curtis, despite the limited screen time available.


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@Bitsandkits and Varakir, some very good calls, especially the machinist and 24 hour party people, great films!

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Band of Brothers- best series ever... by a very long way (sorry Pacific, you dont measure up).

What Dreams May Come- a love story accross heaven and hell with some of the most imaginative scenes you could ever think of. Totally stunning and yes, I'll admit to having a romantic side.

House- going downhill somewhat lately but the first 3 series alone should make sure this is a part of anyone's DVD collection. Storylines get a little predictable but the characters are fantastic and who doesn't like the troubled geniuses out there (especially when they blatantly ignore/break all the rules); Hugh Laurie in his best role ever (although Blackadder is great too).

The Usual Suspects- could it be the best ending to any film ever, I certainly think so... I also think that giving away what happens to anyone who has A) never watched it and B) is about to, should be punishable by death.

Bones- they've managed to make a programme thats cool and interesting (I tend to love the pathology films/series... like Quincy, MacCallum and Pathology) with characters that I love: unlike most shows there are no main characters that I want to shoot every time they come on screen. Tempted to put MacCallum here instead but since there was only about 6 episodes ever made I doubt many people would know what it is (its like a cross between Rebus and Quincy- not surprising since John Hannah plays the lead in both MacCallum and the early Rebus).

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Cheers norm, I agree with your choices all great movies, i actually have a soft spot for the Bad boys movies, and i think will smith has signed on for a third.
Akira is for me the film that got me into anime, though to be honest i think thats the case for most people, well it certainly made me aware of it and made me want to see more, though i suppose battle of the planets was my first introduction to anime without me knowing what it was.
gonna check out 24 hour party people,as it sounds like my kinda film.

Also wanted to throw in a gangster recommendation "Rise of the foot soldier" its a little low budjet film but pretty griping and its a true story based on london gang land through the 80's and 90's.

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boondock saints
pulp fiction
grand torino
the fast and the furious
boondock saints two- all saints day

no.1
boon dock saints, the first time i saw this i thought it was great because its basic but very well thought out

no.2
its pulp fiction no other reason

no.3
grand torino, i just really liked the story line

no.4
the fast and the furious, not really sure might have something to do with the GTO

no.5
the boondock saints- all saints day, the only let down was that they didn't make it as serious as the first one, and the mexican guy just annoyed me

their my favourites

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