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Tempest344
01-26-2008, 04:55 PM
what film have you seen that
had the most original central idea/plot, way it was filmed etc

mine would have to be Memento

Venetian
01-26-2008, 05:04 PM
Howard the Duck or The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Lakoste
01-26-2008, 05:11 PM
The Matrix Trilogy comes to mind...

Shahar26
01-26-2008, 05:25 PM
The Matrix Trilogy comes to mind...

I would say The Matrix - Original, the other 2 just ruined it for me....

I remember leaving the theater after seeing it and thinking it was one of the best movies I've seen.

yodudedudeyo
01-26-2008, 05:37 PM
Aladin, or the Lion King

CityHeightsTennis
01-26-2008, 05:40 PM
what about "I Love Lucy"........

SFrazeur
01-26-2008, 05:46 PM
what film have you seen that
had the most original central idea/plot, way it was filmed etc

I think it would have to be The Prestige. While it's not my all time favorite film, nor has it influenced me the most, but I do think it fits your criteria the best.
-SF

maneater
01-26-2008, 06:14 PM
i think back in the day the Wizard of Oz must have been unreal, i mean its still iconic I'd say its original in so many ways

jmsx521
01-26-2008, 06:19 PM
You people need to go back 30-40 years behind to see the most original movies, from the French New Wave movement, in the 60s. Many were art movies. Others had strange interruptions, such as -- you would see the camera person filming the movie, in the movie (Breathless, 1960). No hi-tech effects back in that time, but storyline-wise... great stuff!

AM28143
01-26-2008, 06:37 PM
2001 (10 char)

cghipp
01-26-2008, 06:46 PM
Delicatessen or Brazil

quest01
01-26-2008, 06:46 PM
No Country for Old Men, one of the best movies ever.

CityHeightsTennis
01-26-2008, 06:47 PM
"I Love Lucy"!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nuke
01-26-2008, 06:47 PM
Brazil....

yodudedudeyo
01-26-2008, 06:49 PM
I can't believe I forgot about one of my favorite movies of all time..
...Forrest Gump

dpfrazier
01-26-2008, 06:56 PM
Fight Club

Tour 90
01-26-2008, 06:59 PM
Napolean Dynamite, cant believe no one posted that lol

Andres
01-26-2008, 07:00 PM
Mulholland Drive.

AM28143
01-26-2008, 07:04 PM
No Country for Old Men, one of the best movies ever.

The book is better.

maneater
01-26-2008, 07:05 PM
Napolean Dynamite, cant believe no one posted that lol

haha yeaa i mean "Gosh...you Idiots"

Phil
01-26-2008, 07:06 PM
Mulholland Drive.
Yes, this one is certainly original. There are a couple scenes in that film that I keep replaying...over and over and over and over again. And then again, and again, and again.

Andres, you probably know which scenes I'm talking about...:)

35ft6
01-26-2008, 07:16 PM
Movies that seemed pretty different/original when I first saw them: Pulp Fiction... The Matrix... Waking Life... Who Killed Jessica Rabbit... Any Given Sunday... Rushmore... I'm sure some more.

Gmedlo
01-26-2008, 07:19 PM
Napolean Dynamite, cant believe no one posted that lol

Surprised it took that long for someone to post it. I mean, for god's sake, the movie cost/revenue proportion was unimaginably low.

AM28143
01-26-2008, 07:24 PM
For its time-Mean Streets

Kobble
01-27-2008, 04:58 AM
I'll give The Matrix my vote. I never expected that. Fight Club would be second for me.

Kobble
01-27-2008, 05:01 AM
Most Kubrick films were very original. Besides The Shining, I really didn't enjoy most of his other movies. I was about 11 years old when I got ahold of the tape and showed my friends. That movie nearly ****ed us all up.

forzainter
01-27-2008, 07:12 AM
A scanner darkly was pretty original, wasnt that good though, no country for old men is fantastic as someone said, but I wouldn't class it as being that original, City of God was also quite original and fantastic, and the tv show (City Of Men) is no different

ananda
01-27-2008, 07:19 AM
2001 (10 char)

an excellent pic/k.

Craig Sheppard
01-27-2008, 07:38 AM
Anyone seen the movie "Pi"? Was entertaining, filmed interestingly, and makes you think.

Dedans Penthouse
01-27-2008, 07:56 AM
1. The Tommy Lee - Pamela Anderson movie
...(honorable mention: the Tanya Harding - Jeff Gillooly movie)

2. "Morgan" (Venessa Redgrave)

3. "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (Marlon Brando/Elizabeth Taylor)

4. "Pulp Fiction" (the 'circular' vs. 'linear' staged theme)

5. D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation"

6. "Teenage Stewardesses From Outer Space"

Andres
01-27-2008, 08:15 AM
Yes, this one is certainly original. There are a couple scenes in that film that I keep replaying...over and over and over and over again. And then again, and again, and again.

Andres, you probably know which scenes I'm talking about...:)
I certainly do! :mrgreen:

princess bossass
01-27-2008, 11:21 AM
Elephant Man and Dancer in the Dark. Both took an age-old theme (the parent-child bond) and explored it unique, extremely dark ways.

35ft6
01-27-2008, 12:00 PM
A scanner darkly was pretty original, wasnt that good though, no country for old men is fantastic as someone said, but I wouldn't class it as being that original, City of God was also quite original...I actually described City of God, one of my favorite movies of all time, as being wonderfully derivative. I could see the influences right away, but they copied so damn well. Anyway, originality is an overrated virtue. And I say this from the point of view of somebody who used to read for production companies. I've read a LOT of awful scripts, and the two kinds that were the most awful fell on the opposite ends of the extreme -- ones where the writer was clearly trying to COPY a style and voice that they didn't understand but thought would be marketable, and then there were the "I'm not a Hollywood writer man, I'm original, I don't play by any rules, screw 3 act structure" scripts trying hard to convince you that it's lack of coherence and polish is actually originality, but maybe you've been too brainwashed by Hollywood conventions to recognize genius when you see it.

Kind of think there is nothing new under the sun, so originality is knowing the craft, taking a pre-existing idea, giving it a twist, and executing to the best of your ability. Which is kind of what City of God did.

princess bossass
01-27-2008, 12:05 PM
Kind of think there is nothing new under the sun, so originality is knowing the craft, taking a pre-existing idea, giving it a twist, and executing to the best of your ability. Which is kind of what City of God did.

It's what Shakespeare did, too. What, he created maybe two, three of his actual plotlines from nothing? The rest were already there for him--he had to tweak them, flesh them out, decorate them, what have you, but he didn't invent them or unbury them from the recesses of his mind. Also, if you research some of his most famous soliloquies, you can find that even individual lines are often borrowed from various sources, sometimes word-for-word, sometimes in very close paraphrase.

And I don't think it takes away from his creative genius whatsoever. All writing is, to some extent, pastiche.

That said--I HIGHLY preferred your old avatar.

Phil
01-27-2008, 04:43 PM
1. The Tommy Lee - Pamela Anderson movie
...(honorable mention: the Tanya Harding - Jeff Gillooly movie)
And Double Secret Honorable Mention:

The alleged Meg White (of the White Stripes) romp in the sack "movie"...

iradical18
01-27-2008, 05:05 PM
A scanner darkly was pretty original, wasnt that good though, no country for old men is fantastic as someone said, but I wouldn't class it as being that original, City of God was also quite original and fantastic, and the tv show (City Of Men) is no different

City of God is a great pick, it's one of my favorites. I would also throw in a couple of movies that are made fun of by the folks on MST3K. They may not be great but I'll be damned if they're not original.

Mike Bulgakov
01-27-2008, 09:32 PM
Two films that come to mind are Breathless and Breaking the Waves.

Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless introduced jump cuts to film audiences. This changed the concept of space and time in editing. At the time, audiences were confused by the now everyday jump cuts. MTV music videos influenced films in the 1980's and rapid, dislocated cutting became the norm. Today's audiences generally expect rapid cutting and grow uncomfortable with long and static shots.

Lars Von Trier's Breaking the Waves used hand held cameras that followed the actors and allowed more movement and the illusion of a documentary style realism. This was part of the Dogma 95 movement. Von Trier's Riget (The Kingdom) television series used the same filming style and was (consciously?) emulated by Ricky Gervais' The Office series. The American version of The Office uses the style to a lesser extent.

Incidentally, I feel bad for Meg White regarding her alleged debut as an actress. I think it took a serious psychological toll on her.

tricky
01-27-2008, 09:37 PM
Incidentally, I feel bad for Meg White regarding her alleged debut as an actress. I think it took a serious psychological toll on her.

What's this movie with Meg White? Do you mean maybe Bjork and Dancer in the Dark?

BreakPoint
01-27-2008, 11:19 PM
Yes, this one is certainly original. There are a couple scenes in that film that I keep replaying...over and over and over and over again. And then again, and again, and again.

Andres, you probably know which scenes I'm talking about...:)
I know exactly which scenes you're talking about. ;)

I also replay a certain scene in Sin City over and over as well. :)

BreakPoint
01-27-2008, 11:36 PM
As far as original films:

1. 2001: A Sapce Odyssey

2. Planet of the Apes (original 1968 version)

3. Forrest Gump

4. Star Wars (1977)

5. Logan's Run

6. 10

7. Tommy

8. Psycho

9. Courage Under Fire

10. There's Something About Mary

0range
01-27-2008, 11:43 PM
Mulholland Drive.

I second that.

kairosntx
01-27-2008, 11:43 PM
I will also vote for City of God. And for anyone that is counting that is 3 votes. If you haven't seen it, it's a must see. There are a lot of mainstream movies on most peoples lists.

others for me are Maria llena de Gracia (Maria full of Grace) and La Vita e Bella (Life is Beautiful).

0range
01-27-2008, 11:44 PM
Most of the David Cronenberg's film.

Sentinel
01-28-2008, 12:14 AM
As far as original films:

1. 2001: A Sapce Odyssey


anyone remember THX1138. I know its a long way back!

Another coming to mind ... Being John Malkovic

What about the Anime type ?

BreakPoint
01-28-2008, 12:16 AM
Another coming to mind ... Being John Malkovic

Yes, I forgot about that one. Good one! :)

Mike Bulgakov
01-28-2008, 12:17 AM
As far as original films:

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey

2. Planet of the Apes (original 1968 version)

3. Forrest Gump

4. Star Wars (1977)

5. Logan's Run

6. 10

7. Tommy

8. Psycho

9. Courage Under Fire

10. There's Something About Mary


Interesting list, BP. Kubrick's 2001 was far ahead of its time. It really influenced the great directors of the 1970's. Tarkovsky's Solaris was a couple of years behind Kubrick. Star Wars and Spielberg's Jaws changed the business side of the Hollywood industry. Star Wars had a more lasting effect, especially regarding the relevance of special effects in blockbusters.

Psycho was the first blood and horror Hollywood blockbuster; John Carpenter's Halloween was Psycho 2.0 and led to the teenage horror genre. There's Something About Mary opened new territory for comedy and made me uncomfortable about applying hair gel for about a year.

PCXL-Fan
01-28-2008, 12:30 AM
Zardos starring Sean Connery.

Also perhaps the best movie ever.

Sentinel
01-28-2008, 12:33 AM
Rain Man (Cruise, Hoffman)

Groundshog Day (could not stand it, but was it original ??)

Shawshank Redemption

Anyone see a movie called What Dreams May Come (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/) (starring Robin Williams) ?? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/

Mike Bulgakov
01-28-2008, 12:53 AM
Being John Malkovic was a very good and original film...nice addition to the list. Fast Times At Ridgemont High expanded its genre, but like The Shawshank Redemption (a great film), it will be remembered for the excellent screenplay, cast and well-crafted filmmaking, but not for breaking new territory.

jmverdugo
01-28-2008, 06:21 AM
How about some newer:

- Lady in the water
- Stranger than fiction
- Being Jhon Malkovich
- Magnolia
- Shrek (any of them)

Forrest Gum is my favorite of all time BTW.

Ben42
01-28-2008, 06:27 AM
I also really liked Being John Malkovich, and will throw in Adaptation as well. I liked Adaptation better.

I also second Memento.

And don't forget This is Spinal Tap.

jmverdugo
01-28-2008, 06:33 AM
... and will throw in Adaptation as well. I liked Adaptation better.

....

You would not beleive how hard i was thinking to remember the name of this film, Spike Jonze is the director isnt it? I really like it to.

diegaa
01-28-2008, 06:38 AM
definitely Lost Highway

diegaa
01-28-2008, 06:39 AM
Rain Man (Cruise, Hoffman)

Groundshog Day (could not stand it, but was it original ??)

Shawshank Redemption

Anyone see a movie called What Dreams May Come (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/) (starring Robin Williams) ?? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0120889/

groundhog day is a great movie!!!

cghipp
01-28-2008, 08:50 AM
Monty Python - Life of Brian

A.J. Sim
01-28-2008, 09:16 AM
I really liked Gattaca. I thought it was very thought-provoking and just a great film.

katastrof
01-28-2008, 10:06 AM
Mulholland Drive.

That one also gets the prize for the nuttiest plot in the history of filmmaking.

In terms of originality: Videodrome, Zelig, Blade Runner, Solaris (original version), The Seventh Seal.

From recent stuff, "Stranger Than Fiction" should be up there at top 5 for originality. I'd throw in Being John Malkovich as well.

AprilFool
01-28-2008, 10:14 AM
what film have you seen that
had the most original central idea/plot, way it was filmed etc

mine would have to be Memento

Agreed. Memento.

dantespark33
01-28-2008, 10:16 AM
The Spongebob movie...
definitely never seen anything like that before
maybe Pee Wee's big adventure

AprilFool
01-28-2008, 10:17 AM
And I almost forgot about Mulholland Drive. It and Memento both deal with a non-original subject (amnesia) in original and compelling ways, no?

pmata814
01-28-2008, 10:54 AM
A lot of good choices so far but I'm surprised nobody has mentioned "The Blair Witch Project"

Back when it came out nobody had done something like that. I thought it was very creative and original. Not just the movie but the way they handled the publicity to make it seem like it was actually true and it peaked the interest of anybody who saw the previews.

I loved "Memento" as well though.

Joe Average
01-28-2008, 12:49 PM
I was going to mention "The Blair Witch Project" as well. When I finally got around to seeing it, and when it was over, some people in the audience actually booed. There was a lot of publicity, a lot of talk about how this movie was different and really scary without CGI. That it told a good story and how it was done the old-fashioned way. I guess the modern audience was disappointed. I liked it. I thought it was more about filmmaking though, than scaring the living daylights out of you.

Andres
01-28-2008, 05:07 PM
I know exactly which scenes you're talking about. ;)

I also replay a certain scene in Sin City over and over as well. :)
Si seņorrrrrrrr!!! :D

safins back
01-28-2008, 05:17 PM
How about A Clockwork Orange.

Mike Bulgakov
01-28-2008, 06:43 PM
How about A Clockwork Orange.

Trainspotting also deserves a mention, as do Coppola's Apocalypse Now and The Conversation

A very early film, Vertov's Man With the Movie Camera, was extremely innovative with the use of camera and editing. It was also one of the first propaganda films.

swedechris
01-29-2008, 05:35 AM
donald duck .. i mean its just freakin original .. a duck as a star ..

as for serious stuff anything by spanish director called luis bunuel.. that guy did some wacky stuff.

chroix
01-29-2008, 05:40 AM
Blade Runner when it came out.

ananda
01-29-2008, 06:34 AM
Saving Private Ryan ??

Schindler's List ??

maverick66
01-29-2008, 08:55 AM
"almost famous" one of the few movies that made me jelous i wasnt around during the 60's. back when music was great and the bands were not a bunch of idiots and ripoffs of the one before them.

Doc Hollidae
01-29-2008, 09:06 AM
what film have you seen that
had the most original central idea/plot, way it was filmed etc

mine would have to be Memento

Watch "Following." Same director, but came out before Memento. Same style just not very well known.

Doc Hollidae
01-29-2008, 09:20 AM
A few "originals" for me:
-Run Lola Run
-Amores Perros
-Don't Tempt Me (Bendito Infierno)
-The Usual Suspects
-Reservoir Dogs

dpfrazier
01-29-2008, 09:42 AM
This is a great thread! An international compilation of original/interesting movies.

I now have lots of new movies to check out that I never would have otherwise...

TheJRK
01-29-2008, 11:04 AM
Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4

I put all of them because they're all good but if I had to pick just one... I guess I'd go with Scary Movie 3 since it's the most original of the four.

CAM178
01-29-2008, 11:15 AM
Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4
I put all of them because they're all good but if I had to pick just one... I guess I'd go with Scary Movie 3 since it's the most original of the four.
"What did Polly say to me?"
"I said 'Polly want some of your momma's. . sweet. .***'."
"You don't TALK about my momma, son!! You don't KNOW my momma, son!! Yo, hold my tooth, son. . . I'ma handle this like a gentamen."

CAM178
01-29-2008, 11:16 AM
"Pan's Labyrinth" is up there

onehandbh
01-29-2008, 11:49 AM
"Festen," (aka "Dogme #1: Festen" aka
"The Celebration") was pretty interesting.

Really impressive in many aspects.

Ben42
01-29-2008, 11:54 AM
Not a great movie, but "Tron" was ground breaking.

chroix
01-29-2008, 12:08 PM
Caveman's Valentine
Old Boy

Moose Malloy
01-29-2008, 01:20 PM
I actually described City of God, one of my favorite movies of all time, as being wonderfully derivative. I could see the influences right away, but they copied so damn well.

Movies that seemed pretty different/original when I first saw them: Pulp Fiction... The Matrix... Waking Life... Who Killed Jessica Rabbit... Any Given Sunday... Rushmore

There's a bit of a contradiction in these 2 comments, no?

Pulp Fiction is also wonderfully derivative, which even Tarantino admits.
And The Matrix was also.

Some movies will always seem original to those that haven't seen the movies that the filmmaker is copying or was influenced by. There really aren't any new ideas at this point, just different ways of showing them.

Doc Hollidae
01-29-2008, 02:31 PM
Caveman's Valentine
Old Boy

Old Boy was just...well just wrong...

chess9
01-29-2008, 02:55 PM
"Day For Night"-Truffaut.

-Robert

tzinc
01-29-2008, 03:17 PM
Being John Malkovich

35ft6
01-29-2008, 03:33 PM
There's a bit of a contradiction in these 2 comments, no?

Pulp Fiction is also wonderfully derivative, which even Tarantino admits.
And The Matrix was also.Yeah, well that's why the part in bold was important:Movies that seemed pretty different/original when I first saw them: Pulp Fiction... The Matrix... Waking Life... Who Killed Jessica Rabbit... Any Given Sunday... Rushmore Yes, there might be nothing new under the sun, so originality might only be a matter of what you're unaware of at the moment.

And even if Pulp Fiction borrowed plot points from different films, the dialogue and structure were still relatively "new" to mainstream American cinema.

Also, it was The Matrix's art direction and action sequences that made it original. The plot was whatever. You're assuming the only way movies can be original is through story?

lude popper
01-29-2008, 03:59 PM
Brazil....

God Bless You.

Brazil is not only THE archetype bureaucratic dystopia/invasive State, but it is VERY prescient RE the political uses of fear and Terrorism.

When interviewed, Gilliam says that it was Brazil's use of terrorism, esp. terrorism as narrative, which inspired him. I think Brazil was even notorious for terrorizing her own people in order to achieve political ends.

The movie almost did not see the light of day. Universal got cold feet for obvious reasons. Consequently, the Hollywood crowd made a stink and Gilliam waged a publicity war against Universal. Eventually, there was an agreement to make the movie with one stipulation -- it must be turned from a bleak social statement to more of a love story, i.e., guy transcends Socialist-style state on the wings of love. This involved not only cutting some of the "distasteful" stuff about terrorism and State power, but watering down the final torture scene by splicing-in more of a love story ending. I think one of the compromises between the torture-&-love story tug-o-war is represented in the most circulated version, where Sam escapes torture (and the bleak, urban technoscape) mentally -- thus, in his mind (while they've got him strapped down), he flees to the idyllic countryside with his one true love. Hence, the final scene: Sam, tortured near to death, is sitting there with a smile, humming the song "Brazil". This is not a very optimistic ending: the only way to escape the all-encompassing, technocratic, bureaucratic hyper-invasive State is by going crazy. I would love to have seen the original.


http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig3/blumen3.html

Salo
01-29-2008, 04:21 PM
My film class taught me I'm supposed to say Citizen Kane...glad to see Brazil getting some votes though, a truly wonderful movie. For those saying Matrix, rent Dark City sometime (if you like the plot, don't expect super karate death cgi).

Joe Average
01-29-2008, 06:30 PM
I may have missed it, but there's Kurosawa's "Rashomon." It's so original it's created the adjective Rashomon-like.

retrowagen
01-29-2008, 10:35 PM
I cast my vote for Amelie. Beautifully written, filmed, acted; thoughtful, fun, romantic, and exceptionally creative.

Alafter
01-29-2008, 10:59 PM
Open your Eyes
Donnie Darko
REd Dessert

35ft6
01-29-2008, 11:42 PM
My film class taught me I'm supposed to say Citizen Kane...glad to see Brazil getting some votes though, a truly wonderful movie. It practically redefined films. Citizen Kane and the French New Wave introduced so many modern cinematic conventions.For those saying Matrix, rent Dark City sometime (if you like the plot, don't expect super karate death cgi).They have almost exactly the same plot. It's weird. Dark City is a more interesting movie, IMO. The Matrix is more entertaining though.

Mike Bulgakov
01-29-2008, 11:44 PM
"Festen," (aka "Dogme #1: Festen" aka
"The Celebration") was pretty interesting.

Really impressive in many aspects.

I really enjoyed Festen, a great dark Danish film and very original screenplay. Thomas Vinterberg's next films, It's All About Love and Dear Wendy were disappointing.

I agree with the people who mentioned Blade Runner, Rashomon, Day for Night, and especially Brazil (I forgot about that film and it is the next film I will watch). I think Fellini's La Dolce Vita should be added to the list.

westside
01-29-2008, 11:48 PM
What about the Green Mile

onehandbh
01-29-2008, 11:49 PM
I really enjoyed Festen, a great dark Danish film and very original screenplay. Thomas Vinterberg's next films, It's All About Love and Dear Wendy were disappointing.

I agree with the people who mentioned Blade Runner, ...

What really impresses me with blade runner is that it was
set in the future and now many years later the production
design, etc. still holds up very well. Most old films set in
the future just look hoky now.

Joe Average
01-30-2008, 05:30 PM
There's the movie "Incubus," which was entirely in Esperanto. It starred William Shatner. And can you talk about originality without mentioning "Pink Flamingos," "Eraserhead" or "Freaks?"

BallzofSkill
01-30-2008, 06:52 PM
Leon, the Matrix, Memento, Gattaca, My Sassy Girl, Paycheck...each of these movies introduced something that I haven't really seen before.

Mike Bulgakov
03-06-2008, 01:15 AM
I may have missed it, but there's Kurosawa's "Rashomon." It's so original it's created the adjective Rashomon-like.

I just watched this film and agree that it was a hugely influential film. The multiple perspectives to the story and questioning of the omniscient narrator influenced many films for decades. "Rashomon" is also an enjoyable film.

Mike Bulgakov
03-06-2008, 01:15 AM
"Hearts of Darkness," a documentary by Eleanor Coppola about the making of "Apocalypse Now," is one of the most interesting and original documentaries on the making of a film that I have seen.

auzzieizm
03-06-2008, 03:03 AM
Shortbus, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Xisbum
03-06-2008, 04:09 PM
Agree with Safins on Clockwork Orange; also loved Blade Runner and 2001. All three way ahead of their times. Can't forget Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch or Coppola's Apocalypse Now ("I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like...victory.").

Also loved all the Newman "H" movies - Hud, Harper, Hombre. Full of existential angst, and Hud was the biggest SOB ever in film, IMHO. Great acting by pretty boy Paul.

Don't know if they were are all original, but they were all stunning films.

Peace and strong backhands.

Duzza
03-06-2008, 04:28 PM
How about Elephant? Very unique and creepy.

superman1
03-06-2008, 04:35 PM
The Matrix.

At the time, it was mindblowing. Everyone was nuts about it. Now it's kind of boring.

quicken
03-06-2008, 08:30 PM
Citizen Kane.

Rui
03-06-2008, 09:23 PM
The envelope....2001: A Space Odyssey

racquet_jedi
03-06-2008, 09:26 PM
How about The Incredibles?

heycal
03-06-2008, 11:46 PM
The Matrix Trilogy comes to mind...

Didn't see them.

i think back in the day the Wizard of Oz must have been unreal, i mean its still iconic I'd say its original in so many ways

Good movie. Heard test audiences didn't like that song -- Over the Rainbow -- because it slowed down the action. Luckily they kept it in anyway.

(Breathless, 1960).

Didn't see it.

2001 (10 char)

Never saw it. Assume it sucks.

Delicatessen or Brazil

Never saw them.

No Country for Old Men, one of the best movies ever.

Overrated.

Brazil....

Said I didn't see it.

Napolean Dynamite, cant believe no one posted that lol

Original setting, decent flick. Didn't reinvent the wheel though.

Mulholland Drive.

Those chicks were so freakin' hot....

The book is better.

Didn't read it.

Movies that seemed pretty different/original when I first saw them: Pulp Fiction... The Matrix... Waking Life... Who Killed Jessica Rabbit... Any Given Sunday... Rushmore... I'm sure some more.

One of these movies doesn't really belong on this list. Any guesses which?

A scanner darkly was pretty original

Didn't see it.

Anyone seen the movie "Pi"?

Nope.

1. The Tommy Lee - Pamela Anderson movie
...(honorable mention: the Tanya Harding - Jeff Gillooly movie)

2. "Morgan" (Venessa Redgrave)

3. "Reflections in a Golden Eye" (Marlon Brando/Elizabeth Taylor)

4. "Pulp Fiction" (the 'circular' vs. 'linear' staged theme)

5. D.W. Griffith's "Birth of a Nation"

6. "Teenage Stewardesses From Outer Space"

Didn't see 2, 3, 6, or most of 5.

Being John Malkovich


Good and original flick.

I really liked Gattaca. I thought it was very thought-provoking and just a great film.

Didn't see it, assume it sucks.



In terms of originality: Videodrome, Zelig, Blade Runner, Solaris (original version), The Seventh Seal.


Only saw Zelig.


maybe Pee Wee's big adventure

Tell 'em Large Marge sent ya!

Saving Private Ryan ??

Schindler's List ??

Unoriginal films from a generic director.

"almost famous" one of the few movies that made me jelous i wasnt around during the 60's. back when music was great and the bands were not a bunch of idiots and ripoffs of the one before them.

Stay on topic.

Scary Movie, Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4

I put all of them because they're all good but if I had to pick just one... I guess I'd go with Scary Movie 3 since it's the most original of the four.

Some funny stuff in those movies...

I cast my vote for Amelie. Beautifully written, filmed, acted; thoughtful, fun, romantic, and exceptionally creative.

Didn't see it.

I think Fellini's La Dolce Vita should be added to the list.

Duly noted. I enjoyed it too.

What about the Green Mile

What about it?

"Hearts of Darkness," a documentary by Eleanor Coppola about the making of "Apocalypse Now," is one of the most interesting documentaries on the making of a film that I have seen.

Good film. Plan to watch it again soon.

Shortbus, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

I'd like to see Shortbus.

Citizen Kane.

Good flick.

superman1
03-07-2008, 12:06 AM
Thanks for that list of what you have seen and haven't seen, heycal. I've been looking forward to that for some time now, and now I can finally get some rest without staying awake all night wondering whether or not heycal has seen Amelie.

heycal
03-07-2008, 12:21 AM
Thanks for that list of what you have seen and haven't seen, heycal. I've been looking forward to that for some time now, and now I can finally get some rest without staying awake all night wondering whether or not heycal has seen Amelie.

Haven't seen Blade Runner, either, in case that was unclear from my post. I can not emphasize this enough.

9000tennis
03-07-2008, 01:44 AM
I can't see anyone mentioned Tim Burton. I really find his films very original.

I like Danish Dogme-films too, Festen is my favorite.

I also think Mystery Science Theater 3000 is very original and extremely funny:)

MIGHTY MANFRED THE WONDER
03-07-2008, 08:02 AM
Raising Arizona
Local Hero (1983) Burt Lancaster comedy

heycal
03-07-2008, 08:08 AM
Local Hero (1983) Burt Lancaster comedy

I saw that.

If you like Burt Lancaster, I highly recommend "The Swimmer", which is a more original original film than Local Hero. The thing is, neither film is particularly original. Nor is Raising Arizona, and this thread is turning into a general "what movies do you like?" thread.

heycal
03-07-2008, 09:36 PM
You want original? Try and find Todd Haynes "Superstar" somewhere. The Karen Carpenter story told with barbie dolls.