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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2013, 17:29 
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So we have a thread for worst movies seen, but we don't have one for faves. Or if we do, it's long dead. So here's a thread where you can rant about why you love what you love. I took a class on film analysis last semester, and it really sparked a serious interest in the movie/TV industry. I'll start with a top 5 (this isn't a strict top 5, but all of the movies and shows on these lists I love).

MOVIES:
1) The Lord of the Rings: I'm counting Peter Jackson's trilogy as one giant movie. Anyway, it's my number one because everyone involved does such a fantastic job. It was cast perfectly. What special effects they used were very well done and used to great effect. The directing was fantastic. It keeps all the different storylines distinct--you always know what's going on and where it's going on. More than that, though, the reason these movies are my favorite is because the people involved spent the time needed to make a quality product. A million links of chainmail. Everything handcrafted. They pulled out all the stops to create a cinematic masterpiece.
2) Pulp Fiction: Because Tarantino is a genius. The master of nonlinear storytelling. Intriguing and funny and disturbingly violent but hopeful and refreshingly original all in one. Samuel L. Jackson is a beautiful man.
3) Fight Club: Not because of its rebellious message, but because the makers of that movie packed it with so much meaning. Everything is significant. That amount of encoding plus the general quality of the movie (effects, actors, editing) make it truly fantastic.
4) It's A Wonderful Life: Jimmy Stewart is my idol. This movie makes me so happy. And in a day where everything tries (and often succeeds) to be dark and gritty, it's good to remind oneself that life still has a bright side. And this movie is the best at that.
5) Duck Soup: The Marx Brothers manage a level of wit and political satire that hands-down demolishes anything produced today. You want funny? This is funny. This is funny. A classic, and well-deserved.

TV
1) Dexter: The first, fourth, and sixth seasons are my favorite. The other ones are okay, but these three really stand out in my mind. Michael C. Hall's portrayal of Dexter is spot-on perfect, and in each season the writers demonstrate their genius. The play between Dexter and the big bad in each of those seasons is beautiful. Season One shocked me, because I'd never seen any TV show that raw before. John Lithgow blew my mind in Season Four. And in Season Six, the writers came back to show just how far they could push the line, and how creative they could still be.
2) Breaking Bad: Fantastically written, and it plays like a giant movie five seasons long. Bryan Cranston's slow transformation from the original Walter White to what he is now is so gradual you don't even notice, but looking back, they are two completely different people.
3) Doctor Who: Because you never forget your first. Doctor Who was the first TV show I really followed, and although it has its ups and downs, the good moments are worth all the Abzorbaloffs in the world.
4) Game of Thrones: So well done. See Lord of the Rings.
5) American Horror Story: It's good to know that there are still good shows pushing the envelope. American Horror Story definitely, definitely, definitely wins this category. I can't count all the times I screamed to myself "YOU CAN'T DO THAT ON TELEVISION," but it worked its way under my skin. Major, major shock points to AHS, and in a world dominated by an industry that just churns out variations on a theme, such bravery pushes American Horror Story into my top 5.



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PostPosted: 11 Jan 2013, 18:28 
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I'm just going to list 4 of each because to be honest I can't really think of more off the top of my head. I'm certain more exist but I don't actually watch that many movies or that much TV, any more, and what I do is in a fairly small selection and narrow range.

Film:
1. Inception
2. Iron Man (1 or 2, really)
3. Avengers
4. Jurassic Park

Television:
1. Farscape
2. Firefly
3. Community
4. Doctor Who

Futurama and Cowboy Bebop are pretty up there I guess too, but they don't quite seem to fit in in my head for some reason.



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Ooh, good choices. Inception completely slipped my mind. Another favorite. Dang it, I forgot about Chris Nolan entirely. His Batman trilogy should be on my list as one of the first to take superheroes seriously. And to do it so well. Oh well, I said it wasn't a strict top 5.
I haven't seen Farscape or Community, but Firefly and Doctor Who are great.


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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2013, 00:05 
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No particular order...

Movies:
1. Fight Club
2. 8 Mile
3. The Dark Knight
4. Billy Madison
5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

TV:
1. The Walking Dead
2. Family Guy
3. Breaking Bad
4. Dexter
5. Homeland


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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2013, 04:20 
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The Walking Dead is good too. Although someone noticed, and then I did too, that every time they kill off a black character they introduce a new one. Which is slightly problematic, that the producers just recycle through their stock minority characters for the sake of having them.



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I walked in here thinking I knew my answers but then I saw your lists and I realised how much I was forgetting.
Movies-
I don't care what anybody says, The Matrix was a masterpiece.
Jurassic Park used such powerful cinematography and visual effects that I will remain terrified of ancient reptilian predators for all of my life.
Fight Club for its spirit and its attitude.
Serenity, which I watched before Firefly so I'll just parcel them together here.
And Akira which I will never forget.
Special mention goes out to the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars and Toy Story trilogies.

TV-
Tengen Toppa: Gurren Lagann gave me all sorts of feelings I thought were dead inside me.
Game of Thrones not because I think it's particularly good (which I do), but because when I'm not reading, watching or playing in it, I'm daydreaming about Westeros.
Louie counts, right?
It's Adventure Time!
I'm trying to decide which left me more emotionally damaged, but for now it's a tie between Breaking Bad and Torchwood.
Special mention goes out to Jekyll, Dexter and Modern Family.



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PostPosted: 12 Jan 2013, 13:02 
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Toy Story is pretty ace. Actually, I think pretty much every Pixar movie I've seen would go on my list somewhere. It might have been because I was already feeling really depressed at the time, but Up is the only movie that's ever actually made me cry. LOTR, natch, and The Princess Bride. Also The Fall, a really good and kind of surreal movie that I would describe as being somewhere between The Princess Bride and Pan's Labyrinth.

As for TV, I think everyone is well aware of how much I like Doctor Who. Farscape holds a special place in my heart. I like Firefly, but everyone likes Firefly. Sherlock is a masterpiece. Life on Mars was brilliant but I'm never coming near it again because of how sad it made me. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are really the only shows I actually watch when they air.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2013, 19:20 
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Myke wrote:
I don't care what anybody says, The Matrix was a masterpiece.
Agreed. Completely, completely agreed.

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Actually, I think pretty much every Pixar movie I've seen would go on my list somewhere.
Because Pixar is boss. Literally every movie they make is new and fantastic. (Except for Cars and Cars 2, but hey, nobody's perfect).
Also, I completely forgot about Sherlock too. Forgive me, I'm a monster.


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PostPosted: 13 Jan 2013, 22:06 
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Myke wrote:
Serenity, which I watched before Firefly so I'll just parcel them together here.

Augh; DUH, that was a great movie. I even listed Firefly and forgot all about Serenity. I guess I tend to group them together too. Serenity did feel like an extension of the show despite the drastic budget change that altered a good bit of effects and costuming. That says a lot in and of itself.



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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:53 
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Since I can't figure out a top 5 for either movies or TV, I'll just say that my favourites definitely have to include Doctor Who, Sherlock and various Star Treks (I always felt that Deep Space 9 was the best because its stationary setting allowed for more continuity, followed by TNG, though TOS still has a lot of nostalgic appeal, and I still think Spock is one of the best characters). I also love Farscape and Cowboy Bebop out of the series already mentioned in this thread, and I think I'd have to give a nod of recognition to Blackadder, 'Allo 'Allo and Red Dwarf for being the only comedy series that ever kept me interested for more than a few episodes. Then there are other anime series, such as Trigun and Berserk. I think the Berserk anime is actually better than the manga in some ways because it finishes at a really climactic point. The manga carries on from there and, while the storyline is certainly interesting, the never-ending succession of violent and (and sometimes almost pornographic) encounters tends to merge together and threaten to overshadow the actual plot after a time. Oh, and I almost forgot that I loved the X-Men animated series too (the original one).

As for movies, I've always found it hard to judge favourites because I'll often come away from a movie full of enthusiasm about it and thinking it was one of the best I've seen, but then the memory fades and it doesn't seem to stand out much against everything else after all. The few that currently stand out in my mind are The Avengers, Ironman and LotR (though the ending of The Return of the King didn't appeal quite as much as all the rest).

Since this is 'favourite' movies, rather than 'best' movies, I'd better also include Advent Children. I'd never try to claim it was a high-class movie, but I still love it (and I'm sure everyone knows why :P).



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PostPosted: 14 Jan 2013, 19:42 
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Blackadder is pretty great. Also A Bit of Fry and Laurie, which is basically Monty Python's Flying Circus if it were done entirely by Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Illegally watching QI has made me dearly wish that America would discover the idea of a panel game.


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Oh yes. I'd totally forgotten about QI. Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You? are two other panel games that can be pretty hilarious.



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