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Today’s movies are just crap, help me delve into some golden oldies.

  • 10-07-2023 7:14pm
    Registered Users Posts: 2,706 ✭✭✭Bogwoppit

    Movies being made at the moment have become so bland and uninspiring that I’ve just lost interest.

    The superhero trope was enjoyable a few years ago but it’s been done to death now and they’re all just boring.

    Its a sad state of affairs when the Top Gun remake stands out as one of the best of the last couple of years.

    I’ve never been interested in going back to old movies, I’m not sure why but I’ve never seen old as worth the effort.

    Took a punt on Lawrence of Arabia today, mainly because his motorbike, the Brough Superior, is a machine I’d love to own sometime.

    If you haven’t watched it then be warned, it’s a bit of an epic even by todays standards. My god it’s good though, what a fantastic piece of entertainment, the cinematography is amazing. I’ll have to admit that I have a bit of a man crush on Peter O Toole now too (don’t tell Mrs Woppit).

    If you haven’t watched it then I’d highly recommend it.

    Anyone else have something they’d recommend?




  • Registered Users Posts: 14,160 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    Only a few years old but a Polish film called "Cold War" is one of my favourite films, worth checking out

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,193 ✭✭✭Andrewf20

    Something totally leftfield is the 1979 Russian film called Stalker. Gets 100% on rotten tomatoes and yet few have heard about. It remains my favourite film of all time and is 1000 light years from the hollywood clichés we are used to today. It's a slow watch but worth it. Think it's free on youtube.

    French film La haine gets a nod from 1995, on youtube. 100% on rotten also. Dead man shoes, 2004, another classic.

    Lilya 4 ever another foreign masterpiece, 2002. Depressing as hell but a devastating watch.

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,574 ✭✭✭lawrencesummers

    Usual suspects


    great escape

    Road house

    Good will hunting


  • Registered Users Posts: 33,570 ✭✭✭✭NIMAN

    Glengarry Glenross

    Millers Crossing

    The Conversation


    The Big Lebowski

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,042 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    I'd recommend these (I think the recent ones are a bit under the radar):

    Walk Hard

    The Gift (starring Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton)

    The Grey (Liam Neeson)

    12 angry men


    Wake in Fright

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,788 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    I have to agree.

    I haven't wanted to go to see something in the movies in a good while. Nothing really catching my fancy.

    Regarding older movies, I'm not going back as far as Laurence of Arabia but here's one example. We watched the old and new version of Matilda last week. Absolutely no comparison between the two. The new one is absolute shyte and is actually painful to watch and the old one is excellent (for a kids film).

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    I only watch The Field, and then i talk like Bull McCabe for days afterward.

    "Go home yank"

  • Registered Users Posts: 968 ✭✭✭Str8outtaWuhan

    Birth of a nation and song of the south are two amazing movies, OP.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,238 ✭✭✭pgj2015

    The Town is my favorite movie.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,933 ✭✭✭tesla_newbie

    Plenty of good movies still being made though the television golden age has stolen its thunder quite a bit

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,860 ✭✭✭nachouser

    The Day of The Jackal (1974)

    I'd also recommend a few Redford did in the 70's & 80's.

    The Candidate, Jeremiah Johnson, All The President's Men, Brubaker, The Natural, Three Days of the Condor.

    Edit: 12 Angry Men is a great shout:-)

    Also, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978)

    Zulu (1964)

    The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)

    The Man Who Would Be King (1975) - Sean Connery and Michael Caine - it's a hoot.

    Saturn 3 (1980) - it's terrible but it has Kirk Douglas, Farah Fawcett and Harvey Keitel. The screenplay was by Martin Amis and he based the Lorne Guyland character from his most famous novel, "Money", on his experience of working with Douglas on the film.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,765 ✭✭✭Aglomerado

    A night to remember is a good one, I watched recently again following the Titanic submersible incident.

    Great factual retelling and no mushy love story.

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    Fatal Deviation.

    Little known Irish masterpiece.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,788 ✭✭✭✭BattleCorp

    Ben Hur (the original) is a brilliant film. I watch it whenever it is on TV.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,706 ✭✭✭Bogwoppit

    Ah yes, Ben Hur, love that one.

    The Good The Bad and The Ugly is probably my favourite one of all time, maybe just for the score alone.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,706 ✭✭✭Bogwoppit

    Everyone has seen all of those multiple times haven’t they?

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,706 ✭✭✭Bogwoppit

    If you think The Grey was a good watch then I’ll be ignoring the rest of your suggestions thank you very much.

  • Registered Users Posts: 179 ✭✭scuba8

    If you like westerns ‘ High Noon ‘ is a classic.

    Deliverance is an American classic.

    One flew over the cuckoo’s nest another great film.

    the great escape is a war movie classic

    Pulp Fiction is definitely worth watching.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,614 ✭✭✭CalamariFritti

    Just a few random picks...but all top stuff


    Pulp Fiction

    The Big Lebowski

    One Upon a Time in the West

    The Bourne Identity

    Leon The Professional


    The Getaway

    Bit of an outlier in that list but a personal favourite 'Night On Earth'

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,171 ✭✭✭Be right back

    Citizen X is good. Think it's on YouTube.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,288 ✭✭✭thomil

    For me, it's got to be The Hunt for Red October. Best modern submarine movie ever, by several country (or nautical?) miles. Tense, well-paced, not dumbed down but with enough clues to figure out the sub-speak.

    Also 2010: The Year we make Contact - The sequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey. Nowhere near as mind-bending as 2001, it's still a taut sci-fi mystery tale told against the background of an escalating Cold War. The effects also generally hold up well.

    Edit: forgot to mention that 2010 was also written by Arthur C. Clarke, the original author behind 2001: A Spacer Odyssey.

    As for more modern fare, I can recommend Zero Dark Thirty.

    Good luck trying to figure me out. I haven't managed that myself yet!

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,706 ✭✭✭Bogwoppit

    I’m now realising that I’ve actually watched a lot more old movies than I thought, I’d say I’ve seen at least half of what’s been mentioned on here and most are pretty good.

    On a tangent, I just remembered the worst movie I’ve ever see, Atomic Train, was even worse that sharknado and Warhorse.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,025 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld


    I think it's an excellent recent sci fi movie.

  • Registered Users Posts: 222 ✭✭JDigweed

    Watched Terminator 2 Judgement Day the other night. Incredible action movie from start to finish.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,042 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

  • Registered Users Posts: 280 ✭✭Arthur Pants

    Y, Stephen Rea and Donald Sutherland. Plus the guy from TV show Boon. worth a watch.

    Gorky Park is also worth a watch.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,042 ✭✭✭silliussoddius

    2001 is a hard watch, bit on a side note I’d recommend the book. It’s much more accessible than the film.

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,493 ✭✭✭✭mariaalice

    Days of Heaven, The Beguiled, Heaven's Gate, Foxes.

    I have strange tastes though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,039 ✭✭✭timmyntc

    If you liked Lawrence of Arabia OP, Stanley Kubricks 'Barry Lyndon' is a good watch

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  • Registered Users Posts: 7,025 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    The Abyss Special Edition clears up a lot of the story of the original released film which had a stupid nonsense ending. It is now a great movie.