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Team Talk: What's your favourite movie?

This month, I thought I'd ask a trick question. "What is your favourite movie?"

I fully expected to be told "but Matt, we work so hard on Invision Community, we don't have time to watch movies." just so I didn't have to complete this month's entry.

But no. Apparently, most of our team have MULTIPLE favourites. Hmmm.

And here they are.

Jennifer
Favorite movies are a pain to choose because there are so many great (and greatly terrible) movies out there. So I'm going to choose a few that I just really adore and explain why.

So the first one is "Halo: Forward Unto Dawn". I have never played a Halo game in my entire life. I just find the movie intriguing and smooth. It has an amazing pace and of course there are aliens. It's also one of those movies that I can just put on when I don't feel like watching anything else but I want to watch something. The replay value for me is amazing.

The Next one is a psychological thriller called "Pandorum" this movie is a thriller about a man that wakes up in a broken space ship that was on its way to another world. The way it's put together is amazing, the story is twisted and it's just an amazing watch. It's something that I can easily say was a quick favorite from the first time I saw it.

I can never forget the lovely "Dredd" in this list of my favorite movies. Muricer for the win! It has all the elements of a great Sci-Fi plus Karl Urban and Lena Headey. I win all around on this movie. Plus, it's even better in 3D with the Slo-mo drug.

While I can list more I'm going to round off my answer with 2 Series movies. "Tremors" and "Sharknado". What most of you don't know about me is that I'm a sucker for horribly trashy horror movies ("Zombeavers" is another favorite with the same reason as these two series). Scantly clad women, screaming, monsters, corrupt people and lots of blood. There is no better thing to watch. I love a good day of Monster Movies and beer. The trashier the better.

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Marc
I think I will go for 3 different points in time for favourite movies. One from growing up, one which is a classic IMO, and one more recent that I've enjoyed.

Growing up, it has to be 'Labyrinth' staring David Bowie. It's the first movie I ever watched at the cinema with my parents, and one I can still watch to this day. I'm very much guilty of singing along to every song, and I'm actually banned from watching it anywhere near my wife as I say every single word in the script a split second before they say it. I think its safe to say I have seen it a few times.

A classic for me would be 'Schindlers list'. To me this is one of the best movies ever made, and while I'm sure it will have been greatly adapted for a movie audience, it also shows what many went through during WW2 which are not so common knowledge. A great movie for children to sit there and watch who don't know about it, as it gets them asking questions that all children should ask and learn from.

For a more recent movie, I quite enjoyed 'Sully: Micracle on the Hudson'. I generally like movies by Tom Hanks anyway, but I did particularly enjoy this one.

Bonus recent movie - Baby Driver I really enjoyed. Great movie, and the star somehow looks familiar :wink: I'm sure 'ed' will find a suitable image to illustrate.

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Mark W
Airplane. I must have seen it dozens of times, it never gets old, I quote it constantly... I just love it.

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Andy
Zathura - Jumanji in space, no more words are required.

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Brandon
This is a fairly challenging question to answer, as someone who watches a lot of movies. I own somewhere around 1500 DVDs/BluRays, though in recent years I've been buying fewer and renting more. A few of my top movies would include (in no particular order)...
1. The Matrix Series - while I've overplayed the series at this point, the story was amazing at the time and it had so many allegories to real life that were fun to think about even when you were done watching.
2. Doom - it was campy and silly overall, but a lot of fun. Karl Urban and The Rock together was a cool mix.
3. The One - I have always been a fan of Jet Li, but when this came out I thought the cinematography was awesome. The way they did the slow-mo movements was neat, and the story was quite unique. Plus, Jason Statham is awesome, and he was a supporting role instead of a lead.

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Jim Morrissey
The Beatles’ “Help!” has got to be my favorite movie due to the special place it holds with my family. My sister growing up was a huge Beatles fan and being the younger sibling, it kind of got forced on me but grew to be a fan as well. This movie, in my opinion, was my great due to the music (great album) and very dry comedy that is hilarious.  Think I can recite each line of the movie as I’ve seen it too many times. It definitely isn't a movie set out to win any acting awards but if you haven’t seen it and like the Beatles, I would recommend it.

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Daniel
As Daniel Son I have to say Karate Kid 🥋
Nah, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is just to sick and amazing and gets never boring!

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Mark H
Like the others, I can’t pick just one movie.

For documentaries, that would be “The Longest Day”, the story of the Jun 6, 1944, allied invasion of Normandy, with perspectives from all sides of the conflict. The book by Cornelius Ryan on which it’s based is a very long read, but gripping and factual, and this movie is one of the few that actually did justice to the book from which it was derived. Anyone with a passion for history should both see the movie and read the book.
The runner-up in this category would be “Saving Private Ryan”, although it did take liberties with historical fact.

In the Sci-Fi category, the original “Blade Runner”. The city in which it is set was once described as “a cross between Hell and Hong Kong on a bad day”, and that’s disturbingly accurate. It’s a warning about the future of humanity if we do not curb our use of the planet’s natural resources, and do not carefully overwatch technology in the hands of corporations driven only by profit and without any societal morals.
Two close runner-ups in this category would be the film “Soylent Green”, another cautionary tale that is similar to Blade Runner in its warning about the future of humanity, and “2001: A Space Odyssey”, a speculative tale about our own evolution and our future.

For other general fiction it would be “The Silence Of The Lambs”. Few movies have creeped me out like this one did. Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter was truly chilling,
Two runner-ups would be the mini-series “Lonesome Dove”, based on the books by Larry McMurtry, a fictional work about the frontier Wild West, but could easily be true, and “The Thorn Birds”, a similar genre set in Australia and based on the book by Colleen McCullough.


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We'd love to hear which movies you love, or that have inspired you in some way.

Let us know below!


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Classic favourite is Yankee Doodle Dandy featuring James Cagney - I love all Cagney movies but this one is a stand out for me.

Anything in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vein after that as long as it is well acted and well produced; such as The Matrix series, Judge Dredd (the Karl Urban version), most of the Star Trek Movies, same with Star Wars and Stargate. 

Currently, most of the Marvel and DC iterations of the various characters - most recently I thoroughly enjoyed Wonder Woman and Avengers Infinity Wars Pt 1.

I never get to the cinema these days so everything is either streamed or on DVD that I watch.

Always a good question to ask 👍

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Good Question... i think a lot movies in different categories (i love Horrormoviees and ran an own Horrormovie-Site - with IPS, off course :biggrin: ) I am a moviefan and have a lot of VHS/LD/DVD/BluRays, I surpass even @bfarber 😮🙄(I stopped collecting VHS and LD years ago)

Hm, i would nominate Die Hard and Alien as my favorite movies, but there are sooooooo much more :blush:

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For me, donnie darko, back to the future, and groundhog day. I hadn't even thought about it and realized my top 3 all have time travel. lol. I like many others without time travel, though. A comedy I like a lot is Office Space.

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16 hours ago, tonyv said:

"Fargo" is at the top of my list. I like the setting and the desparation portrayed ...

Fargo is a serie/show and not a movie afaik. I have been watching it on Netfix this week and it quickly jumped on my top list of tv shows that I was/am watching btw. 

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8 minutes ago, Faqole said:

Fargo is a serie/show and not a movie afaik. I have been watching it on Netfix this week and it quickly jumped on my top list of tv shows that I was/am watching btw. 

Yes, I've watched some of the series, but I'm referring to the 1994 movie:

Fargo

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1 minute ago, tonyv said:

Yes, I've watched some of the series, but I'm referring to the 1994 movie:

Fargo

:cool:

I thought that you meant the serie. I was not aware of that movie btw. It looks interesting.

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1 minute ago, Faqole said:

I thought that you meant the serie. I was not aware of that movie btw. It looks interesting.

It has elements of a dark comedy. But I seem to recall reading about a real life event that the movie might have been based on.

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Just now, tonyv said:

It has elements of a dark comedy. But I seem to recall reading about a real life event that the movie might have been based on.

Indeed. According to the Wikipedia the script was based on an actual criminal event.

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3 minutes ago, Faqole said:

Indeed. According to the Wikipedia the script was based on an actual criminal event.

Of course, like many people, I have numerous "favorite" movies (in my top 10 or top 100!), mostly horror, thrillers, and drama, but if I had to narrow it down to one movie out of any category/genre it would be that one.

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I never got around to watching Fargo (the movie) until either this year or last year and I liked it a lot.

What's weird is I used to never watch movies.... I bet I went over a decade watching no movie. Yet now in the past 7 years I've watched over 1,000, I think. (I actually started keeping records of them to remind myself what I've seen, but I accidentally lost the file with a couple hundred of them in it...)

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10 hours ago, Matt said:

I finally got around to watching all of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the weekend, and I really recommend it.

That is another one where I never got around to watching it and finally did (I think 2 years ago) and met the woman who played the girl in it.

There are still a lot of classic movies I haven't seen.

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On 10/31/2018 at 1:56 AM, Davyc said:

Anything in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy vein after that as long as it is well acted and well produced; such as The Matrix series, Judge Dredd (the Karl Urban version), most of the Star Trek Movies, same with Star Wars and Stargate. 

Currently, most of the Marvel and DC iterations of the various characters - most recently I thoroughly enjoyed Wonder Woman and Avengers Infinity Wars Pt 1.

Sci-Fi FTW! Dredd is amazing. I'm actually going to be re-watching that tonight. Not a fan of Marvel (long rant about Marvel but whatevs) but Wonder Woman was AMAZING!

Super disappointed in Venom though. My next in theaters film will be Fantastic Beasts for my daughters birthday (since that's today and it comes out next week).

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Even though I was 3d Studio and Animator PM at Autodesk, and my wife is an Exec Producer in the VFX industry - give me anything without VFX in it. Star Trek JLP movies excluded from this sweeping generalisation :rolleyes: 

 

 

 

On 11/4/2018 at 10:52 PM, Midnight Modding said:

I never got around to watching Fargo (the movie) until either this year or last year and I liked it a lot.

What's weird is I used to never watch movies.... I bet I went over a decade watching no movie. Yet now in the past 7 years I've watched over 1,000, I think. (I actually started keeping records of them to remind myself what I've seen, but I accidentally lost the file with a couple hundred of them in it...)

 

We've really enjoyed the Fargo series on Netflix.

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<occasionally sarcastic but utterly opinionated opinion>

I'm pretty crusty and opinionated as far as movies go...probably because there's so much utter garbage out there on TV and in the cinemas...I'm also a big stickler for movie plots working within the physics of the fictive world they construct, which would be virtually NO movies in existence...but here goes:

Classic and Inspirational:

  1. Apocalypse Now
  2. Blade Runner
  3. Alexander (the full Director's Cut, not the other garbage versions)
  4. Grosse Point Blank
  5. Kill Bill vols. 1,2
  6. Pulp Fiction
  7. Reservoir Dogs
  8. Training Day
  9. End of Watch
  10. Let the Right One In
  11. ing Amal ("Show Me Love")
  12. Fight Club
  13. Martyrs
  14. Frontiers

 

Very Cool Yet Not Quite "Inspirational":

  1. Deadpool (1 and 2...they are both @&$(#&$ hilarious)
  2. 28 Days/Weeks Later
  3. The Conjuring 1,2
  4. The Bourne movies
  5. Pontypool
  6. [REC] series
  7. Man Bites Dog
  8. Elias Merhige art films
  9. Irreversible

Franchises I will Always Watch:

 

  1. Terminator
  2. Alien

Stupid Movies Which Make My Eyes Roll

  1. Most things Hollywood
  2. Star Wars (puerile writing, overly optimistic humanist pap)
  3. Avatar (aka Dances With Smurfs...OH WOW LOTS OF CGI HEY IT MUST BE GOOD ohwait)
  4. Harry Potter
  5. Lord of the Rings (puerile writing disguised by CGI...hey, someone had to say it)

</occasionally sarcastic but utterly opinionated opinion>

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