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crimson Wed 08-Jun-11 10:01:19

Can we start a films thread, discussing which films we have seen [telly, dvd or cinema], both recently and in the past? I'm going to see Julia's Eyes tonight, as I love Guillermo del Toro films [Pan's Labyrinth being my favourite]. I've loved the cinema, ever since seeing Tommy the Toreador with my mum. Goes away singng 'Once Upon a Time there was a Lickel White Bull....a lickel white bull......'

MrsJamJam Wed 08-Jun-11 11:03:58

The film that is lodged forever in my mind is called 'Life is Beautiful' in ?italian with subtitles. The most moving, and ultimately uplifting demonstration of the triumph of the human spirit I have ever come across. Most the time,though, I go for romantic frou-frou which makes one smile and feel cheerful but isn't hugely memorable. Does anyone remember 'Last Chance Harvey'? Wish I could look like Emma Thompson!

I was taken to see Bambi at about age 4 and was utterly traumatised by the death of his mother. I think adults never realise how long it takes children to learn the boundary between fantasy and reality. Don't think I have really got there yet.

HildaW Wed 08-Jun-11 13:00:00

I saw Dumbo at a similar age MrsJamJam....scarred me for life!

Poppygran Wed 08-Jun-11 13:30:08

Oh Dumbo! I was broken hearted walking home from the cinema after watching this film, it was the same with Black Beauty too. One of my favourite films is Dr Zhivago with Omar Sharif and Julie Christie.

grandmaagain Wed 08-Jun-11 14:02:23

my favorite... the Lord of the ring trilogy I can watch them all over and
over. (even tho they do not follow the books accuratley all the time)
favorite childrens film..jungle book, love the king of the swingers!

harrigran Wed 08-Jun-11 14:40:23

Jean de Florette, Manon des Sources and lots of other french films. When I watch these film I relive the sights and smells of provence.

glassortwo Wed 08-Jun-11 14:54:43

Dr Zhivago was my first grown up film, I loved it!

crimson Wed 08-Jun-11 15:58:27

Loved the original Jungle Book as a child [the Korda one with Sabu as Mowgli]. Watched it again not long ago and still love it. When I saw Dr Zhivago at the cinema there was a scene with people marching and holding banners..a child in the audience said very loudly 'does that say Happy Christmas?' Strange, in retrospect, as it wasn't exactly a childrens film. For some reason haven't rewatched the LOTR trilogy since I saw them at the cinema [couldn't wait for each new film to come out each year]. A real film buff told me to buy the Directors cut of the last film, as he thought it was the best film ever made. I preferred the first film, as I liked seeing the Nazgol riding horses [weren't they beautiful; one of them became quite famous in America as a showjumper] rather than those dragony things. And don't get me started on Strider [sigh].

Annobel Wed 08-Jun-11 16:07:40

I did love Dr Zhivago. I saw it in Nairobi and was quite shocked coming out into a warm, tropical night when all that snow had made me shiver!
I think my favourite film of all time is Some Like it Hot. Every time I watch it, I just curl up laughing. And who can resist It's a Wonderful Life? I bet lots of you are now about to tell me that you can!

crimson Wed 08-Jun-11 16:12:34

We saw it at the cinema to feel Chritmassy, and at the end everyone clapped [as well as cried'].People of all ages there that day. Love James Stewart.

Divawithattitude Wed 08-Jun-11 17:48:30

My favourite film - probably a bit unusual for a 'lady' is Apocolypse Now, I have watched it countless times.

Annobel Wed 08-Jun-11 18:57:20

Diva - I agree.That's the one I forgot to mention. I admire Apocalypse Now, especially in view of the difficulties they had making it. The flight of helicopters to the sound of the Ride of the Valkyries is one of the best scenes in any film.

crimson Wed 08-Jun-11 21:03:49

Actually on at my local cinema recently; annoyingly have never seen it and would have liked to have seen it on the big screen, but didn't get a chance to go. Julias Eyes; what can I say...out Psychoed Psycho. Never jumped out of my seat so many times in a cinema. Oooer....

grandmaagain Wed 08-Jun-11 22:10:54

hands off Strider I saw him first grin grin grin
Peter Jackson was inspired when he cast Viggo Mortensen in that role he is perfect to the book character!

crimson Thu 09-Jun-11 13:46:03

That scene where we first see him in the shadows 'are you afraid..not nearly enough?'..gives me goose bumps. Have you sen him in Hidalgo as well, and that cowboy film the name of which escapes me? [also The Road]. He's a superb horseman [well, he would be...] sigh....

nanafrancis Thu 09-Jun-11 14:46:11

A film that always makes me laugh is 'A weekend at Bernie's'. It takes a while to set up the plot - but after that...............................

grandmaagain Thu 09-Jun-11 23:35:11

crimson I admit to being shallow enough to have avoided seeing Viggo in any other film as I just want him to be Aragorn..lots and lots of sighs!!! and a little embarassment blush

crimson Fri 10-Jun-11 14:50:33

When LOTR first came out, all the young girls fell for Orlando [he of the skinny legs] and those of us slighty more mature [ahem] fell for Viggo.

Divawithattitude Mon 13-Jun-11 15:23:56

I have to say that my pin up man was Martin Sheen as he was in Apocolypse Now - as opposed to as he is in the West Wing, but more recently I find Sean Bean quite pleasing on the eye!

Annobel Mon 13-Jun-11 22:29:27

I was rather fond of Martin Sheen as President Bartlett. OK, not a toy-boy by any means, but I loved the scripts and ideas.

Joan Tue 14-Jun-11 06:39:11

My favourite films are:

Educating Rita
Brassed Off
V for Vendetta
Bend it Like Beckham
Love Actually
Invictus
Shirley Valentine.

My son's fiancee has just discovered these favourites and keeps borrowing them, much to my son's horror - "Oh no Mum, not Shirley Valentine - aarrggghhhh!!!"

Of course, I like a bit of crime and murder and police drama, but they're not usually he sort of thing you can watch more than once.

harrigran Tue 14-Jun-11 13:34:18

Brassed Off is a great film, loved Pete Postlethwaite.

Annobel Tue 14-Jun-11 14:25:07

I'd forgotten how much I liked Educating Rita. I used to show it to my mature students and they really related to Rita's (and Willy Russell's) experience.

Just one more: a nod to our Australian grans: Muriel's Wedding, a great blend of humour and pathos - fine acting by Toni Collette.

Hattie64 Tue 14-Jun-11 20:21:56

One of my favourites is 'Fargo' by the Coen Brothers. I love everything they produce, went to the cinema recently to see True Grit which I also enjoyed.

crimson Tue 14-Jun-11 22:54:58

Haven't seen Fargo, but did enjoy No Country for Old Men. Saw The Way tonight and loved it.