10 movies to see before you die

These are not my all-time favorite movie list, but they are less known gems (than say, The Matrix, LotR, Minority Report or even Vanilla Sky) that deserve to be seen by more people. Not in any particular order:

* Dark City
If you liked the Matrix, you will like this one too.
* Donnie Darko
Weird movie, but very well-done. If you get the DVD, buy the “Director’s cut”.
* Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind
Destiny shows its teeth.
* K-Pax
Equal proof that a man is either human or alien.
* The Truman Show
A human being is bought by a broadcast corporation and used as a product.
* Galaxy Quest
Hilarious sci-fi satire.
* Memento
A man with a small memory capacity is being used.
* Gattaca
The loss of freedom of choice.
* Equilibrium
Battle against a totalitarian system.
* Contact
Faith vs science.

Yup, you guessed it, I love mystery and sci-fi. I just wish there were more good spaceship-based sci-fi movies out there.


Hark3n wrote on January 4th, 2007 at 9:23 AM PST:

Damn. I guess I’m stranger than I thought. Of all the movies you list, I only need to see Donnie Darko.

I have no idea what it’s about but that why IMDB’s there.

My fave in that list is Momento. Completely freaked me out and by far the best piece of directing I’ve ever seen.


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Eugenia wrote on January 4th, 2007 at 10:22 AM PST:

Honestly, I can’t describe Donnie Darko. It’s extremely weird, and yet very well done. You might need to see it 2-3 times and read some forum posts in order to understand what’s going on. You will love it though, I promise.

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Eugenia wrote on January 4th, 2007 at 10:28 AM PST:

>So is Donnie Darko, but watch the original first.

The Director’s Cut is the same as the original, plus some extra scenes. No reason to see the cut-off version when you can see the one the director intended you to see. Movies are usually are cut off short in order to save on film, which is expensive. This does not make directors happy, so if you can actually get the Director’s Cut versions, always do so!

mikesum32 wrote on January 4th, 2007 at 10:25 AM PST:

Stop copying me.

Dark City is great.

So is Donnie Darko, but watch the original first. I haven’t seen the director’s cut, but it’s probably good too.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is really good.

K-Pax looks good, I was interrupted and never got to finish it.

The Truman Show is just okay.

Galaxy Quest is funny.

Memento is really good too.

Gattaca was great. A human is more than the sum of his genetic code.

Equilibrium is great. As is Contact.

Again, check out Spalding Gray’s monologues. I never thought I could watch one guy talk for so long.

Harold and Maude is a great dark comedy and a lesson about life, and it has a good soundtrack to boot.

mikesum32 wrote on January 5th, 2007 at 3:29 AM PST:

Actually he made one way first. Then made it another. Aren’t they both the directors cut since the directors job is to direct ?

There are differences.

I think I might have some problems with Frank’s theater scene in the new one because of the missing dialog, not that’s I’ve seen it.

Also the excerpts from The Philosophy of Time Travel might be a bit annoying.

If he wanted to make it different he should’ve done it on the original dvd release. Some dvds have a “watch theatrical version” and “watch with bonus material included.”

It smells like a way to make money.

Although the removal of the CG eye bulging and spear/tube turning into the beckoning finger might be worth it.

I think you should at least rent/buy the original, and then rent/buy the “directors” cut.

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Eugenia wrote on January 5th, 2007 at 3:53 AM PST:

>Aren’t they both the directors cut since the directors job is to direct ?

Not always. Movies are usually are getting cut by the editors because either the studio asked for changes or because it was too long. The Director’s Cut is always how the director himself wanted the movie originally to be viewed as.

With the exception of George Lucas in the industry (who is an independant and he never listens to the studios as he is still in a spat with them since 1983), everyone else can’t do all of what they want to do (that includes Spielberg).

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