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Five movies in one day

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 6:09 pm UTC
by timonan
Sure, everyone's got their favorite movie. Or they've got their 100 favorite movies. But here's the challenge. Pick five movies that are meant to be watched in one day, with a short break in between each, the object being to capture in these five movies everything that you believe movies are meant to convey (important life questions, various depictions of reality, the brilliance of the visual world, the spectrum of emotions, etc). Juxtapose various genres or keep a running theme throughout. The choice is yours.

Order is important...much like the order of songs in an album.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:14 am UTC
by steewi
List one (AKA The Human Condition).

1. Across the Universe
2. Joyeux Noel
3. Children of Men
4. Pan's Labyrinth (El Laberinto del Fauno)
5. (Le Destin Fabuleux de) Amelie (Poulain)

List two (AKA The Teenaged Mind).

1. Dirty Dancing
2. Dazed and Confused
3. Rocky Horror Picture Show
4. Empire Records
5. The Breakfast Club

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 4:39 am UTC
by KOSMOSX7
Hrm. I came in here thinking that this was going to be a thread about AMC theaters' one-day marathon screenings. Basically, you pay $30, and you get to sit through all of the Oscars' Best Picture nominees. It's a pretty good deal, if one has the attention span for it. Some friends of mine sat through everything except for "The Reader".

The films for this year were: "Milk," "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Frost/Nixon" and "The Reader".

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:43 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
1. Batman Begins
2. The Dark Knight
3. X-Men 2
4. V for Vendetta
5. Watchmen

Edit: I am curious to see what list would contain Memento.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 1:56 pm UTC
by ian
Star Wars Episode II
Star Wars Episode III
Star Wars Episode IV
Star Wars Episode V
Star Wars Episode VI


Mimimises exposure to Jar Jar

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:14 pm UTC
by Zohar
ian wrote:Star Wars stuff


I have a friend who likes to watch SW I through VI and then Spaceballs, which she calls Star Wars VII. :)

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
by shieldforyoureyes
The genre of "Japanese Cyberpunk" only consists of five films, so that would be good to watch in one sitting:

Death Powder
Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Pinocchio 964
Tetsuo II: Body Hammer
Rubber's Lover

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 3:21 pm UTC
by telcontar42
I can't quite decide what order they should be watched in, but this is what I am going to go with:

1. Before Sunset
2. The Fountain
3. There Will Be Blood
4. Brazil
5. The Matrix

Several different genres are represented, action with The Matrix, romance with Before Sunset, comedy with Brazil, drama with There Will Be Blood. Some have elaborate special effect, The Matrix and The Fountain, others are very simple, Before Sunset. Also, I think all of these movies say something significant about life, society, existence, etc.

Possible alternatives:
1. Before Sunset could be replaced by Once or Besieged
2. I can't think of anything that would work in place of The Fountain
3. There Will Be Blood could be replaced by The Crucible, because you just can't have a list with out Daniel Day-Lewis.
4. Brazil could be replaced by another Terry Gilliam film like 12 Monkeys, but I don't think anything can compare with the masterpiece that is Brazil
5. The Matrix could be replaced by Fight Club or Equilibrium

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 7:44 pm UTC
by Clumpy
Zohar wrote:
ian wrote:Star Wars stuff


I have a friend who likes to watch SW I through VI and then Spaceballs, which she calls Star Wars VII. :)


I'm afraid I have to take that idea :).

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 12:34 am UTC
by Malice
The human condition, despair:

1. Vertigo (you will destroy that which you love)
2. Taxi Driver (society will fail you, and you will always be alone)
3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (hell is other people)
4. Children of Men (in the future we will all be sad)
5. Synecdoche, New York (soon you will die)

The human condition, hope:

1. Slacker (strange as we are, we still try to connect and create)
2. The Shawshank Redemption (life is a prison, but hope will set you free)
3. Groundhog Day (life is what you make of it)
4. Punch-Drunk Love (love will conquer all)
5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (someday we will become our best selves)

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Fri Mar 13, 2009 4:14 pm UTC
by Toeofdoom
The human condition - Fatigue:
The Burning of the Red Lotus Temple
Die Zweite Heimat - Chronik Einer Jugend
Grandmother Martha
Berlin Alexanderplatz
Heimat - Eine Deutsche Chronik


I'm sorry that I have nothing serious to add to the conversation. I would probably make a better list by guessing movies I haven't seen based on what I heard on them, than actually choosing movies I've watched.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 4:12 am UTC
by TheAmazingRando
Life:
El espĂ­ritu de la colmena (Spirit of the Beehive) - Childhood
Donnie Darko - Adolescence
Clerks - Young Adulthood
The Big Leboswki - Middle Age
Synecdoche, New York - Old Age

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:49 am UTC
by Narsil
headprogrammingczar wrote:Edit: I am curious to see what list would contain Memento.

1. Memento
2. Memento
3. Memento
4. Memento
5. Memento, in reverse.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 12:51 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
lol

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 1:23 pm UTC
by jaap
headprogrammingczar wrote:Edit: I am curious to see what list would contain Memento.

Time and memory:
1. Rashomon
2. Old Boy
3. The Prestige
4. Memento
5. Primer

(Maybe its pushing it to put Nolan's The Prestige on there as well, but I couldn't think of another fitting film.)

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 2:44 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
The Illusionist was better than The Prestige, and pretty much identical in terms of setting and premise. It also didn't tell you how some of the tricks were done, so you still have some sense of mystery even after watching the whole thing.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
by Malice
headprogrammingczar wrote:The Illusionist was better than The Prestige, and pretty much identical in terms of setting and premise. It also didn't tell you how some of the tricks were done, so they could invent whatever the hell they felt like pretending was possible.


Fixed.

No, wait.

headprogrammingczar wrote:The Illusionist was worse than The Prestige, despite being very different in terms of setting, premise, tone, style, and structure.


There we go.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:56 pm UTC
by mosc
I can't believe you guys are bickering about Illusionist vs Prestige. Illusionist was unwatchable. At least the Prestige was entertaining.

Next you'll say Deep Impact was better than Armageddon. Sure Armageddon was campy but hell, you can WATCH it without poking out your eyeballs.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 10:06 pm UTC
by Macbi
mosc wrote:I can't believe you guys are bickering about Illusionist vs Prestige. Illusionist was unwatchable. At least the Prestige was entertaining.

Next you'll say Deep Impact was better than Armageddon. Sure Armageddon was campy but hell, you can WATCH it without poking out your eyeballs.
Did they both come out at the same time? I think I watched them both on a flight while while I was jatlagged and they've merged into one in my mind. I remember bits mostly from the Prestige so I guess it was better.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 11:07 pm UTC
by TheAmazingRando
The Illusionist did come out around the same time as The Prestige, I remember getting confused between the two when I worked at a movie theater because we got the poster for The Illusionist on the same day I saw the trailer for The Prestige.

Anyway, the similarities between the two films begin and end with the setting, they're hardly interchangeable.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 9:07 pm UTC
by Zohar
I thought the Illusionist was a pretty good movie. The Prestige, on the other hand, was mind-numbingly boring and so terribly STUPID! The only merit it has in my book is how I renamed it to Batman Vs. Wolverine.

Re: Five movies in one day

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2009 11:50 pm UTC
by headprogrammingczar
THANK YOU! The Illusionist did a better job of being a mystery movie, which is what both movies tried to be. The Prestige was a murder mystery where they give away all the tricks, and The Illusionist is a murder mystery with entertaining magic mixed in (when they made the movie, they halfway-did every trick so it would look real; they used a mechanical tree, magnet under the floor, half-mirror, etc). They never actually explicitly tell you anything about the tricks, and the solution to the murder mystery is only barely revealed. One of the few movies that ever made me think, and now holds my permanent favor.