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Fun with Film Lists!

Mercurius

Legend
The Tenet post made me want to nerd out with film lists. There are no rules, just make any list you want of any length, genre, subject, criteria, etc. It can be MCU films, Michael Moore docs, fantasy, rom-coms, etc. In fact, do it all!

Better yet, include five-star rankings. You can decide on your own criteria, but if you want something to follow, I'll come up with something. I'm consider two general factors: entertainment value and meaning/emotional resonance, and weighing them both for the ranking. Quality of film-making is obviously important, but this is meant to be entirely subjective: don't go by what you think is supposed to be great (you don't have to give Citizen Kane 5 stars), but what you think is great (or good, etc).

5 stars: A truly great film, one of your favorites. Both very entertaining and very meaningful/resonant (to you). In your "Hall of Fame."​
4 stars: An excellent film. Should be both very entertaining and at least somewhat meaningful, or vice versa, but lacks the fullness of your 5-star films.​
3 stars: A good film. Could be really fun but forgettable, or really meaningful but not very fun.​
2 stars: A meh film, but not horrible. The type of film you watch if you are empty inside, or simply have nothing else to do. It could be meaningful but really boring, or somewhat entertaining but totally empty of soul or depth.​
1 star: A bad film. Why did you watch the whole thing? What is wrong with you?!​

Again, whatever you feel inclined to list. You could also do worst films, most annoying, most titillating, best (or worst) Schwarzenegger films, worst films by ex-girlfriends of Ben Affleck, most British from an American perspective, favorite disaster films, all Star Wars and Star Trek ranked together (that would be fun), etc...whatever butters your toast.

Have fun!

(I'll post some in replies)
 

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Mercurius

Legend
I couldn't resist this one...

All Star Wars/Trek Films
  1. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan 5 stars
  2. Star Wars IV: A New Hope 4.5 stars
  3. Stare Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back 4.5 stars
  4. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home 4.5 stars
  5. Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi 4 stars
  6. Star Trek: First Contact 4 stars
  7. Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country 3.5 stars
  8. Star Trek III: Search for Spock 3.5 stars
  9. Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens 3.5 stars
  10. Star Trek 3.5 stars
  11. Star Wars: Rogue One 3 stars
  12. Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith 3 stars
  13. Star Wars: Solo 3 stars
  14. Star Trek Beyond 3 stars
  15. Star Trek: Generations 3 stars
  16. Star Trek: The Motion Picture 3 stars
  17. Star Trek: Nemesis 3 stars
  18. Star Trek Into Darkness 3 stars
  19. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier 2.5 stars
  20. Star Trek: Insurrection 2.5 stars
  21. Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi 2.5 stars
  22. Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker 2.5 stars
  23. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones 2.5 stars
  24. Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace 2.5 stars
I might fiddle with it, but that's my first pass at it.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
The greatest Cronenberg Movies, Ranked.

HA! There can be no list, as all of them are 5-star masterpieces. However, here is the order in which someone might rank them, if it was possible.

1. Naked Lunch. How do you film an unfilmable book?
2. Crash. No, not the terrible movie that won the Oscar.
3. Videodrome. "A Clockwrok Orange of the 80s" - Andy Warhol.
4. Dead Ringers. Who is worse? Jeremy Irons, or Jeremy Irons?
5. ExistenZ. Probably the most accessible movie in my top 5. Hmmmm.
6. Eastern Promises. Aragorn? Really?
7. A History of Violence. Aragorn, really.
8. Spider. A movie that might break you.
9. The Fly. So, what is body horror, exactly?
10. The Dead Zone. There is the Shining, and this movie. Those are the two King adaptations you need.
11. Rabid. Oh, body horror.
12. A Dangerous Method. Come for the cast, stay for the Cronenberg.
13. Cosmopolis. Chilliest Cronenberg.
14. Shivers. More of the 70s scare.
15. The Brood. See shivers.
16. Scanners. See the Brood.
...... From this point, optional viewing.
17. Maps to the Stars. Eh.
18. Fast Company. It's like Crash, but if a generic Canadian director and not Cronenberg had directed it.
19. Crimes of the Future. See Stereo.
20. Stereo. He began somewhere. For Cronenberg completists.
21. M. Butterfly. No.
 

payn

Legend
The greatest Cronenberg Movies, Ranked.

HA! There can be no list, as all of them are 5-star masterpieces. However, here is the order in which someone might rank them, if it was possible.

1. Naked Lunch. How do you film an unfilmable book?
2. Crash. No, not the terrible movie that won the Oscar.
3. Videodrome. "A Clockwrok Orange of the 80s" - Andy Warhol.
4. Dead Ringers. Who is worse? Jeremy Irons, or Jeremy Irons?
5. ExistenZ. Probably the most accessible movie in my top 5. Hmmmm.
6. Eastern Promises. Aragorn? Really?
7. A History of Violence. Aragorn, really.
8. Spider. A movie that might break you.
9. The Fly. So, what is body horror, exactly?
10. The Dead Zone. There is the Shining, and this movie. Those are the two King adaptations you need.
11. Rabid. Oh, body horror.
12. A Dangerous Method. Come for the cast, stay for the Cronenberg.
13. Cosmopolis. Chilliest Cronenberg.
14. Shivers. More of the 70s scare.
15. The Brood. See shivers.
16. Scanners. See the Brood.
...... From this point, optional viewing.
17. Maps to the Stars. Eh.
18. Fast Company. It's like Crash, but if a generic Canadian director and not Cronenberg had directed it.
19. Crimes of the Future. See Stereo.
20. Stereo. He began somewhere. For Cronenberg completists.
21. M. Butterfly. No.
Whoa, that's nuts I was just thinking about doing a Cronenberg list.

In order I have seen them;
The Fly 3 Stars. Saw this at probably too young an age. At first, I thought being a scientist was freakin awesome. You run around acting nuts, live in a cool warehouse space, and invent amazing stuff. One little mistake, and now you are in world of s#$t and eventually become a complete monster. Strikes "scientist" from list of things to be when I grow up.

Naked Lunch 4 Stars. This made about as much sense to me as the novel did when I read it. Weird, odd, disconcerting, and its got Peter Weller!

Scanners 3 Stars. 70's scare indeed. Cronenberg took the horror and social commentary elements that Romero and Carpenter used and split the difference. New age beatniks meet cold hard capitalist pharmaceuticals.

Existenz 4 Stars. This was a fantastic sci-fi film that is criminally underrated. Its odd, visual, and has a great twist. You cant beat the line up. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Willem Dafoe, Ian Holm.

A History of Violence 4 Stars. A nice take for Cronenberg down Cohen brothers street. This film has some interesting character development, an odd sense of humor, and a great cast. Viggo, Bello, Harris, Hurt.

Eastern Promises 3 Stars. A more serious drama with no typical Cronenberg edge on mob crime and violence. Nothing outstanding in writing, but some excellently crafted scenes like the Banya (russian bath). Viggo and Watts.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Naked Lunch 4 Stars. This made about as much sense to me as the novel did when I read it. Weird, odd, disconcerting, and its got Peter Weller!

Peter Weller is absolutely perfect in this role. I can't even imagine another actor playing the role.

"You know how Americans are, Kiki. They all love to travel, and then they only want to meet other Americans and talk about how hard it is to get a decent hamburger."
 

Love that movie and the book it's based on. Howard Shore's soundtrack is just impeccable. It, as much as the movie, sells the surreal world of car crash fetishists, creating an atmosphere that just soaks the film.

If I had to compare his work here with the latter Lord of the Rings - it's that both sets of works create sonic cultures. You can hear the overpass at night in his music, just as you can hear the timeless regal beauty of Lothlorien, the pastoral peace and comfort of The Shire.

2. Crash. No, not the terrible movie that won the Oscar.

For me, since I'm on the subject, I'll go with my Top 5 Movie Soundtracks:

1 - Conan the Barbarian, Basil Poledouris
2 - Crash, Howard Shore
3 - The Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore
4 - Alexander Nevsky, Prokofiev
5 - Mad Max Fury Road, Junkie XL

I didn't include John Williams' Star Wars, because, really, saying that that's one of the greatest soundtracks of all time is like saying water is wet.
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Love that movie and the book it's based on. Howard Shore's soundtrack is just impeccable. It, as much as the movie, sells the surreal world of car crash fetishists, creating an atmosphere that just soaks the film.

Howard Shore is amazing. But I'd like to give a special shout-out to his soundtrack to Naked Lunch; I saw the movie when it came out, and that was my real introduction to free jazz (in the sense that I had to get the soundtrack, and then had to search out the music).

I'm not sure I would have gotten into Ornette Coleman without it, and without that introduction, there would have been so much great music I missed out on.
 

Definitely. The chaotic jazz soundtrack manages to evoke both the era Burroughs started writing in and the cut-up method he used.

Howard Shore is amazing. But I'd like to give a special shout-out to his soundtrack to Naked Lunch; I saw the movie when it came out, and that was my real introduction to free jazz (in the sense that I had to get the soundtrack, and then had to search out the music).

I'm not sure I would have gotten into Ornette Coleman without it, and without that introduction, there would have been so much great music I missed out on.
 

TheAlkaizer

Game Designer
Love that movie and the book it's based on. Howard Shore's soundtrack is just impeccable. It, as much as the movie, sells the surreal world of car crash fetishists, creating an atmosphere that just soaks the film.

If I had to compare his work here with the latter Lord of the Rings - it's that both sets of works create sonic cultures. You can hear the overpass at night in his music, just as you can hear the timeless regal beauty of Lothlorien, the pastoral peace and comfort of The Shire.



For me, since I'm on the subject, I'll go with my Top 5 Movie Soundtracks:

1 - Conan the Barbarian, Basil Poledouris
2 - Crash, Howard Shore
3 - The Fellowship of the Ring, Howard Shore
4 - Alexander Nevsky, Prokofiev
5 - Mad Max Fury Road, Junkie XL

I didn't include John Williams' Star Wars, because, really, saying that that's one of the greatest soundtracks of all time is like saying water is wet.
I agree so much with your number 1. The Conan movie hasn't aged really well, many bits are pretty cringe nowadays, but it's still one of my favorite movie. I like to say that it's objectively a very average movie but that it had a huge influence on me. But one aspect of it that I always defend is its soundtrack. It's absolutely amazing.
 

I love that movie, though it absolutely has plenty of problematic parts. The way the soundtrack works to tell the story, it's an opera pretending to be an action movie. The soundtrack and the visuals tell the story. If you removed all the dialog, you could still understand the story perfectly.

I agree so much with your number 1. The Conan movie hasn't aged really well, many bits are pretty cringe nowadays, but it's still one of my favorite movie. I like to say that it's objectively a very average movie but that it had a huge influence on me. But one aspect of it that I always defend is its soundtrack. It's absolutely amazing.
 


Mallus

Legend
I’m tired. I’m feeling the side effects of the shingles vaccine. So here are 3 of my 5 star movies, with my internal list-maker set to maximum randomization.

Alien, dir. Ridley Scott (1979) *****
The Royal Tenenbaums, dir. Wes Anderson (2004) *****
Mr. Roberts, dir. John Ford (1955) *****

I’ll do a bigger list later…
 

Mercurius

Legend
I challenge you to rank Ridley Scott movies!
I accept your challenge, whether or not it was addressed towards me. What I've seen, ranked to the best of my memory (some of these I haven't seen in decades):

Ridley Scott Films Ranked (Directed Only)
  1. Alien 4.5 stars
  2. Prometheus 4 stars
  3. The Martian 4 stars
  4. Bladerunner 4 stars
  5. Black Hawk Down 3.5 stars
  6. Gladiator 3.5 stars
  7. The Duellists 3.5 stars
  8. Thelma & Louise 3.5 stars
  9. Body of Lies 3.5 stars
  10. American Gangster 3 stars
  11. Matchstick Men 3 stars
  12. White Squall 3 stars
  13. Alien: Covenant 3 stars3 stars
  14. Kingdom of Heaven 2.5 stars
  15. Someone to Watch Over Me 2.5 stars
  16. The Counselor 2.5 stars
  17. Legend 1.5 stars
 

payn

Legend
I challenge you to rank Ridley Scott movies!
Me?

Alien 4 stars. Really provided a lot of momentum to the "space is scary" vibe in films. Great cast with Weaver, Hurt, Holm, and Stanton (damn I cant think of Stanton as any other character than his Mormon cult leader in Big Love...)

Blade Runner (no Ford narration) 5 Stars. Atmospheric, well executed, superb cast, awesome Vangelis score. Ford, Hauer, Alomos, Hanna, Young

Thelma and Louise 4 Stars. Cultural pot stirrer contemporary noir story. Great cast with Davis, Sarandon, Keitel, and young Pitt.

Things only go from bad to worse at this point...

G.I. Jane 3 Stars. An interesting concept (a much needed at the time) that gets lost in over the top bravado. Decent cast with Moore and Viggo.

Gladiator 2 Star. Nice action sequences, but also one of the most overrated films to ever win an Oscar. Crowe and Phoneix.

Hannibal 3 Stars. An amazing cast, but way over the top for Lecter. Almost shark jumping proportions of gross. Still one of films best characters to grace the big screen. Hopkins, Moore, Liota, and the super amazing Oldman.

Black Hawk Down 3 Star. Great cast, but much better war pics out there. This is what Michael Bay dreams about at night. Hartnett (local hero and awesome dude) Hardy, Ewan, and Tom Sizemore (lol)

Robin Hood 1 Star. Woof! This thing made Costner's Robin Hood look like the definitive telling... Crowe again again

Prometheus 1 Star. It really pains me to give this movie 1, star but its what it deserves. I think they had a winner here and really crashed the boat. Beautiful sets and cinematography with a great cast but written so poorly its unwatchable. Writers tried to get way too clever and the result ended up making scientist look incredibly stupid. Also, the pilot and crew were stupid. And, Waylan and his daughter are stupid too. Yeap, everybody stupid.

The Counselor 2 Star. Ridley took a stab at Cormac McCarthy the master. Ended up as sort of a mediocre Elmore Leonard flick instead. Cast did the best they could. Perez, Fasbender, Bardem, Pitt

The Martian 2 Star. Might have done better if it wasnt beat to the screen by a year by Interstellar. Was also outclassed in every way by it. You can argue that The Martian is a more realistic story, but everybody fell asleep while you tried. Also, cast Damon and Chastain from Interstellar for Christ sake. Just watch Interstellar instead.

Alien Covenant 2 Stars. Scott must have gotten scared off by the response to Prometheus because this film went back to alien basics. Fasbender did a great job as David, but the rest of this was pretty forgettable. More in line with Aliens 3 than anything else. Ok cast.
 

Mel Brooks Movies

Blazing Saddles *****
Silent Movie ****
High Anxiety **** It has the benefit of being the only Hitchcock movie you need to see, thereby saving you hours of your life.
To Be Or Not To Be * or maybe 2 1/2. But the Hitler Rap is ****
History of the World, Pt.1. * Terrible, only a miracle could save it. I joke. I joke. It's ****
The Producers *****
Robin Hood: Men in Tights ***
Young Frankenstein *****
Spaceballs ****

edit. Hitler Rap is meant to be 4 stars
 
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