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on 26 Aug 2011 11:38

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Took me some times, but done watching them :)

(Godfather I had seen before joining listal so sadly can't make it the part of these awesome movies list.)
People who added this item 7368  Average listal rating (4728 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating
1. Pulp Fiction (1994)
I feel like 86% of listal users actually praise this movie because they love it, 8% praise it for the sake of praising and rest oppose it.

I praise it because I first hated it and then on 2nd viewing liked it and I am glad I did. :)
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People who added this item 7101  Average listal rating (4602 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
2. Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Can't praise it enough. If you have seen my other lists, you know I love this movie so lets go to next movie :)

oh and the giraffe made me watch mostly, he praised it so much so I thought let's do it :)
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People who added this item 1395  Average listal rating (888 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
3. Dark City (1998)
It's very underrated in terms of people seeing it. I watched it frankly because of Xanadon't and johanlefourbe's rating,(because at that time I was following only them) it's not quite often that you see both of them giving highest rating to a film so I thought let's see it and I agree with them, it's really cool and I enjoyed the whole concept and yup cinematography is great and stroyline is pretty compelling.

Do see it if you can :)
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People who added this item 8882  Average listal rating (5244 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.7 
4. The Matrix (1999)
so finally FINALLY i have watched this movie. I found this movie fascinating in so many ways. I liked the screenplay, very tight and very well written. I loved the slow motion action, I have seen many films copying that, mostly Indian and plus in our film class we got an idea of how they did it so it was very cool to finally sit down and watch it.

It's a science fiction movie so I didn't bother very much to go in why's and what? but I did like the world is in your head, and your senses define reality things. This is very true.
rest I believe is a beautiful fantasy so for me this movie rocked big time. :) I was so involved in the movie, couldn't press frwd, let's hope sequels are better too.

update1: watched part 2. the film had so many why's that at one point I felt like Neo has only this dialogue. lol fights were bit draggy but I loved slow motion effects and yup trinity is better than jolie in salt. (dance in zion was like people dancing in cave era, weird)

update 2: watched 3rd part, it was good, not great because i was suppsed to cry for trinity which i didn't (i am a cry baby so it was a big disappointment). a trilogy ended with questions, which is not a good thing for a movie running for 3 movies.

should you watch? yes absolutely. it deserves a viewing. :) and after 1st part you are bound to see sequels so lol won't say don't, DO.
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People who added this item 1766  Average listal rating (1133 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating
5. Moon (2009)
Such a cool movie, it has this engaging quality in it that kept me so interested because frankly this movie is happening mostly at one place with 2 characters (played by same actor, sam rockwell, I am a fan of him now) and one robo. its awesome really plus it shows how much important it is for a movie to have a great storyline rather than mind numbing actions and expensive actors (and a hot lady)

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People who added this item 663  Average listal rating (404 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
6. The Secret in Their Eyes (2009)
I am so glad I watched this movie, such a great movie. takes its time to built on you but yup definitely worth a look :)
and that reminds me of the quote "eyes are the windows of your soul"

frankly I type a lot for my fav movies but this movie, I believe words can't describe it. you have to watch to feel it :)
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People who added this item 675  Average listal rating (421 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
7. Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010)
LOL. I loved this documentary because I have studied graphics and I appreciate graffiti so it was like a ride in joyland. I was laughing so much in the end. won't spoil for you and yes one more thing, end was not supposed to be funny, but i found it so ironic and couldnt help laughing.
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People who added this item 1818  Average listal rating (1103 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.7 
8. Adaptation (2002)
yayy cage can act yayy!

I found this movie very interesting and I liked it a lot. the end for me was a bit disappointing, I was so emotional, wished it had alternative acting besides I wasn't expecting such decision from meryl in the end either! was very surprising but lets not spoil the movie :D
definitely worth a look
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People who added this item 5872  Average listal rating (3866 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.4 
9. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
Where to begin, I have yet to find someone shouting against this movie :)

It is a cool movie with a great screenplay and cinematography. Kristin Dunst character i found bit annoying and her story angle was weird too but I understand story needed her action in the end so its fine!

By and large a good movie!

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People who added this item 2922  Average listal rating (1919 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
10. Fargo (1996)
It's a cool movie, had its moments with me. I enjoyed certain scenes and found many dialogues that were interesting. acting is great no doubt, but somehow I couldnt make a relation to this movie, a kind of fondness i have for other coen movies like a serious man or no country for old men.

its good nonetheless.
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People who added this item 1528  Average listal rating (960 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.9 
11. The Fighter (2010)
its on most of the lists, not as much as other movies on this list but I watched it because of listal so here it is.

story is fine, its sports film so it couldn't be unpredictable but I thoroughly enjoyed Bale's acting and the sisters of micky. overall not bad! (if not great)
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People who added this item 5115  Average listal rating (3327 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
12. Donnie Darko (2001)
Its a good movie, i think its over hyped though. nonetheless cool movie, if not great!

I prefer butterfly effect over donnie darko if you take time travel into an account (other then that both are very different).

I am giving it an 8 for screenplay which is quite engaging but its a fine movie. Just don't expect too much if you havnt seen it yet!
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People who added this item 5314  Average listal rating (3395 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
13. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
I watched it because of the hype and cinematography and the fact it is kubrick movie. (I love shining)

It is cool has a thoughtful message and makes you think about human psychology. cinematography was surprising, wasn't expecting this from a 1971 movie. worth a look if you want to.

I am giving it 6 because at one point I didn't care about Alex at all or where movie would be heading so watched it in 3 sittings.

nice movie not great though.
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People who added this item 4556  Average listal rating (2991 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
14. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
to be frank I did watch this movie when i was I guess 17 and I stopped it within 20 mins of playing this movie. I thought it was so boring!

this year i watched it and I now appreciate this movie, but was not going to if listal didn't have it in so many lists.

note: F word is so in abundance that you feel like it is a competitor to south park bigger longer and uncut.
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People who added this item 5363  Average listal rating (3752 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
15. The Truman Show (1998)
bit over-rated and over-hyped. very ironic though. plus why is it in twisted ending lists, I was so hoping for a twist till the end. and no end wasn't a shocker either. so yeah bit disappointed.
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People who added this item 3111  Average listal rating (2073 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.8 
16. (500) Days of Summer (2009)
cute movie but I found it over rated.
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People who added this item 1332  Average listal rating (858 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.6 
17. The Town (2010)
Ok so Is their any list where people are saying they found it quite cliched and over-rated and over-hyped!

ok so I wanna be first then!

its a time pass movie for me! nothing great, nothing bad! I just figured out story within 30 mins (I kept hoping something would be different though) but disappointed.
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People who added this item 4621  Average listal rating (3055 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.3 
18. Inglourious Basterds (2009)
I am disappointed. Its a Trantino movie, my current top director but it was disappointing.
start was awesome, I couldnt ask for more. Hans character, the actor Christoph Waltz is awesome. I didnt care for brad pitt because of him (who was little bit annoying because of the face he was making, but may be it was character's demand but still..if you are against hans who's eyes speak and whose gestures are so perfect you can't compete by making an odd face and weird accent)
the 1st half was great, 2nd half was not. I can write all my disappointments here but i don't like writing spoilers.
i am giving it an 8 because of the acting of hans and the opening scene, otherwise would have given it a 6.
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People who added this item 2108  Average listal rating (1390 ratings) 7.8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
19. Casino (1995)
In lot of ways it is like goodfellas and I am not saying it because of joe pasci and deniro's presence in both movies.

narrative is very similar, end is somewhat same too. I always find martin's movies interesting, very explained. He makes sure everything is very well justified in the end. but this was little bit disappointing.

so when the movie started I was very interested, the narrative worked and deniro and pesci were taking turns in narration but after 30 mins or so I got bored of this continuous narration. you see, it was like a slide show, where someone was briefing you and you were seeing it happen in live motion. in parts it works, in parts its boring and in parts its annoying.

Overall, Casino works in parts, in parts its boring. I give it a 6 because of the continuous narration that I got tired of.
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People who added this item 3974  Average listal rating (2615 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.1 
20. Jaws (1975)
first off, hats off to steven speilsberg for making such movie back in 1975. It must be mind-boggling and wow, its really cool.

I am watching it in 2011, after seeing lots of thrillers, horror and sespense movies so yes most of the time, it didnt work for me. But this movie is great and if you really want to be like "a movie person" then sure you have to see it. this film cannot be ignored! :)

a solid 9 for visual effects and last intense moments. :)
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People who added this item 3443  Average listal rating (2183 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
21. Gangs of New York (2002)
What a heavy and long film. phew!!

I dont think I'll be re-watching it in the next years, may be I wont re-watch it at all.
it's bit cliched, but performances are top notch. I was looking forward to daniel Day Lewis performance and I am glad I wasnt disappointed. his hiar cut was very odd but akkhh what the hell, it was great anyway!

over all a movie which is not a time pass movie, it deals with heavy stuff and frankly I was with the butcher side mainly because we had Afghani people in Pakistan after 9/11 and they practically destroyed local people's jobs.
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People who added this item 3816  Average listal rating (2459 ratings) 8.5  IMDB Rating 8.8 
22. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
I have heard great things about this movie! hmmm I wasn't surprised and happy! perhaps because I have seen mental illness dramas films before, I have seen an Indian copy of this movie!
I just wasnt impressed! I don't know why!
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People who added this item 1478  Average listal rating (895 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
23. Akira (1988)
Akira! Akira! giraffe recommended this movie to me and I am glad he did! it has HUGE sets and sometimes I was in shock at how much people they animated in one scene. It has really really cool vehicle shots! story wise It took me bit of a time to understand what was happening but you HAVE to see it for its awesomeness!
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People who added this item 3864  Average listal rating (2642 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.5 
24. Alien (1979)
Alien series is amazing!
I downloaded quadrology and watched the whole series in 4 days! (I am one of those people who think 1 movie per day is good! :D ) Alien is first movie series that I watched with my sister! :)

Alien 1 was amazing, I was attentive all the time. Thinking that this was made in 1979 makes you appreciate it more. Sets were amazing!

Alien 2 was a HUGE drama! I loved every bit of it. Me and my sister were so involved in it. Run! Run! is what we were shouting! lol was huge fun!

Alien 3 was the problem. I am still pissed off at the killing of Newt! WTH! what was the point of whole movie 2 ending! and then later a doctor sleeps with ripley and whole romantic thing gets developed and just when you know about his past, aliens kill him! WOW! I was so pissed off I paused the movie and went for a break! Just like Matrix they made a female heroin go epic and just like matrix they made me not cry when she decided to die! Epic fail! how on earth can you not make a person cry for main lead's death!

Alien 3 ending leaves a little room for 4th movie but they made it so for that, yayyy to them!

so Alien 4 has a low rating as well but the thing is it is better than 3rd! it does not make you attach yourself to characters since right when you are getting attached to them, the movie goes on! Some scenes are very artistic but yeah ending was bit odd!
I was like awww! and felt sad but then what can you as a audience do when producers and directors make a mess!
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People who added this item 887  Average listal rating (460 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.4 
25. Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Its not an easy movie to review. I t has so many emotions, strong performances and subliminal messages. It is made in the form of the movie that you make in your head while reading a novel.

It is about the life of a man, his surroundings, his emotions and his questions about death.
A friend of mine who is much older than me appreciates it a lot, I watched this movie and it didnt affect me as much it did to him. When I discussed this with him he said its probably because in this movie you relate yourself to main lead because of his personal struggle with relationships, a personal fear of losing someone very close to him, trying to rebuild relationships, question death and the course of this life death circle. I agree I have yet to go through these all but if you are struggling, this movie is for you!

a great cinematic master piece! :)
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26. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
In all my honesty, I have to admit, I never liked western movies before. I was under the impression that these have mindless action and shouting and I have very much Bollywood to blame for that since they copied westerns into their movies a lot of time so when I started watching this movie, I was shocked.

This movie was made in 1966 and we all know, sort of, that in that time of movie making we always had long shots because of editing problems for example, we might be seeing a delivery boy coming all the way from the gate to the actor standing at the door to deliver package. Comparing that to the fast moving story of modern movies, many viewers might be tempted to press forward during this movie and I was believing that I would be doing the same, heck I do it even in already fast paced story lines but no I couldn't.

The reason is very simple and kind of personal for me. The pauses in story, long shots are kind of mesmerizing for me. They remind me of the sheer joy of just sitting on the bench in an evening and watching the sun go.

Coming back to movie, storyline is very nice. I was amazed by the cinematography, the lights, the whole placement of actors objects in the scene and it seems like they guy behind staging knew his business too damn well. The characters are great and you like the whole character development as you go along.
scenery is epic and music is great. I won't like to put storyline here, you can find that on imdb and no comments there, go blind in it and you will not be disappointed.
A must watch!

Thanks Listal :)
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Listal is huge so yeah these are left but really I will watch them, no seriously will :D
And yup feel free to tell me more awesome movies. :)


this is the list of movies I watched/want to watch because of so many listal lists I visited and comments I read about how awesome those really are so... enjoy :D

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Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 27 15:07
I voted just because what you said about The Secret of their Eyes! lol... seriously, good choices!
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 27 15:14
thank you :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 27 22:51
Listal made me watch lot of movies too, I discovered so much more thanks to that website. ^^
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 27 23:49
true :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 28 6:07
Nice to see your thoughts on these, & you're welcome on Kill Bill. ;) Looking forward to your thoughts on the ones you haven't watched yet!

And speaking of the ones you haven't watched yet, I'll say that personally my enjoyment of 2001 depends on my mood...sometimes I think it's amazing, others I'm bored by it. Also, Lebowski took a few viewings for me to fall in love with it...the 1st time I didn't see what the big deal was about it, but over time it's grown on me.
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 28 10:31
sure but let's hope I don't go frwd frwd on these movies. nowadays I kind of find it hard to watch a movie in 1 sitting unless its super cool. so lets see :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 28 10:58
Hey cool!! You watched Dark City!! And partly because of me! Awesome. Glad you found plenty to enjoy. It became my favorite movie when I saw it during its theatrical run, and still remains one of my favorites today. Lots of other great movies on this list too, that I'm glad you enjoyed.

Especially happy to see how much you appreciated The Secret in Their Eyes. A: Because it's amazing, and B: it's not one too many people go out of their way to see.

Lots of great (and challenging, in some cases) movies you still have lined up to watch. I'll be checking back periodically to see your reactions. Cheers!
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 28 15:10
cool :)
Posted: 3 years ago at Aug 28 15:43
Keep up good work man
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 4 17:54
Great! There are a few great movies that not so many people had seen (Dark City and The secret in her eyes, for example).
I still miss Moon but it's in my wishlist
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 6 14:27
do watch moon, its really good! :)
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Sep 13 4:42
It's good to see you've caught up with some of my absolute favourites!

If you need more help - I doubt you do - feel free to check out my movie lists!

Loved reading your thoughts, btw!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Oct 14 5:43
Agreed with you on the narration in Casino. It really got on my nerves after a while. I can admire (I guess) Scorsese's decision to try that as a way of telling the story, as it's somewhat daring but I didn't think it worked so well.
Posted: 2 years, 6 months ago at Feb 10 20:15
Glad to see you enjoyed Akira! Indeed the animation is outstanding, especially for an 80s animated film. I finally have a DVD copy in my collection as of this month, which means I can finally get rid of my old VHS copy (maybe). ;)
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 8 7:16
When I think of Casino, a quote from Adaptation comes to mind:

"God help you if you use voice-over in your work, my friends. God help you. That's flaccid, sloppy writing. Any idiot can write a voice-over narration to explain the thoughts of a character."

;) Not saying Scorsese is an idiot! But I felt the same about that movie. But the real reason I'm commenting on this fine list is for your notes on Synecdoche! Very complex and under-appreciated movie, and as I age, it is a film that will probably affect me differently every time I watch it. Truly a masterpiece, as you said!

And, now that you've warmed to Pulp Fiction, you may take a liking to In Bruges. Gorgeous cinematography with a screenplay written by a proper play-write. And, not to spoil or overhype it, a scene that will probably make you cry. So good!
Posted: 2 years, 5 months ago at Mar 8 10:17
yes ironically during the movie adaptation, I too thought of casino when the guy on stage was quoting the quote you mentioned! :)

sure! I'll take a look on the movie In Burges. will tell you my thoughts afterwards! :)
Posted: 1 year, 10 months ago at Oct 31 20:32
great list i owned almost all those movie's and kill bill is one of my favorite.
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 14 3:03
Very cool list. There are several movies here that I plan on watching soon.
Posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago at Jun 5 3:35
And now you're a better person for having watched them, right? =D
Posted: 2 months, 3 weeks ago at Jun 5 14:42
lol I think.

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