i saw this thread yesterday and decided to stay out of it cause im a big movie person and i didnt want to get wrapped up in it for hours while im sitting around waiting for the holes to heal where my wisdom teeth used to be, but i take serious issue with this list
alright, i reaaaaally really like children of men and no country and city of god, but theyre not really classics yet dude...and neither are most of your other movies
youve GOT to be joking when you put green street, last samurai, he got game, and slumdog millionaire on there...and gran torino? what the hell? that came out like 6 months ago...
i agree with schindlers and the deer hunter though, and by no means am i saying there is a definite amount of time a movie has to be out before it's considered a classic, but your list seems a little ridiculous
here are mine:
1. Apocalypse Now (repeat, i know)
2. Casablanca (don't count this one out, even though most of you swine cringe at black-and-white)
3. Giant/Rebel Without a Cause (james dean, obv)
4. Butch Cassidy/Le Mans/Downhill Racer (rob redford and paul newman, gods...and the last one is one of the best classic ski movies ever, it got my dad into skiing when he was in the army and is the key reason why im a skier today)
5. The Great Escape/Bullitt (steve mcqueen)
6. Dr. Strangelove - or - How I Learned How to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (and anything else by Stanley Kubrick, like 2001 and Clockwork Orange, etc)
7. Kelly's Heroes (my favorite Clint Eastwood movie, also has Telly Savalas and probably contains my favorite Donald Sutherland performance ever)
8. Lawrence of Arabia (awesome)
9. Easy Rider
10. Roadhouse/Red Dawn (Swaaaaaayze...and Red Dawn was like Charlie Sheen's first movie or something, which is awesome)
i know that last one is out of place, but these are all ACTUAL classic movies. im leaving a lot out, obviously, but i feel like that's a good start if you want to start truly appreciating the grand scope of american cinema
and like i say, those are classic classics, there is such thing as a modern classic, and i DO feel like you hit the nail on the head with movies like children of men and city of god...i would also include there will be blood, most of the wes anderson movies (my favorite current director), pulp fiction (why not), LA confidential, and donnie darko, just to pull a few out of my ass...but there have been a LOT of REALLY good movies that have come out in the last 10-15 years that i wouldnt quite rank as true "classics" quite yet, maybe more cult status than anything else at the moment
now, lets get on with it and get this thread moving in the right direction, who's next?
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