Idiocracy – Basically an ordinary comedy, with an above average plot, but overall nothing that special or interesting. Overrated.
Fight Club – One of my favourite movies, perhaps in my top 10. Really loved it.
The Game – Another great movie from David Fincher, I love the mysterious atmosphere of his movies.
The Man From Earth. – Huge disappointment, I never understood why people like this movie. It's basically one guy telling a predictable and boring story. One of the most overrated movies ever. (I mean overrated in subjective sense obviously.)
Traffic – One of the best movies about drugs and organized crime.
Inception – Above average but overrated, logically inconsistent, nothing really special about this movie. The Cell is another movie where people enter someone else's dreams and even though it has only 6.2 on IMDB, I think I enjoyed it more. The depictions of the dreams were definitely more creative and looked more dreamy.
Of the top of my head I would recommend these:
* Something from David Lynch – Lost Highway, Blue Velvet or Mullholland Drive.
* Requiem for Dream
* Evil (2003)
* Sin City
* Crank – not very known, but wow, this is the best action movie ever.
* Elite squad – another great action movie, very realistic, borderline documentary.
Idiocracy – Basically an ordinary comedy, with an above average plot, but
overall nothing special or interesting. Overrated.
Maybe the movie is a joke about itself, but I am afraid that's not the case.
Good examples are Mulholland Drive, a movie about dreams and reality. And Lost Highway, a movie about denial and jealousy.
Basically, the first part of the movie is Betty's dream and the second part is harsh reallity. After watching it, I was as confused as you but still was amazed by the movie. What I like about Lynch's movies is the "trippy" experience.
Just seconding this, in case it is not known. As action, Crank is perfect in every way. It's a shame Crank 2 went off the rails the way it did...
* Revolver (2005)
* Enter the void (2009)
* The fountain (2006)
* Jacob's ladder (1990)
* Lost highway (1997)
* Love and sex (2000)
* RocknRolla (2008)
* The road (2009)
* The shining (1980)
What did you find logically inconsistent, out of curiosity?
I liked Inception, but it's nowhere near my top 10. It's more interesting to me if you ignore the actual content and look at it purely in terms of story formation: the deliberateness with which Nolan loops well... everything, from themes to sounds to places and so on is interesting to me.
It's certainly not the mindfuck that people keep claiming it is. I'm actually a little bothered by how many people have trouble wrapping their heads around it... almost as much as I'm bothered by how much people prefer the first Matrix to the latter two.
Other plot holes I've recently seen on Quora:
b. The list is missing the two most important movies to HN: The Shawshank Redemption, which is about how you're never going to close funding until you give up on ever closing funding, and Ghostbusters, the greatest startup movie of all time.
If I recommend you Fight Club, the recommendation would be of poor quality because everybody has seen/likes this particular movie already, but does that have to mean the movie itself is bad too, just because it is "common" ?
http://www.cyberpunkreview.com/hacker-movies/ (also in the comments)
(I'm a bit surprised by the comments about affiliate links. Affiliate links are much more preferable to me than ad-heavy pages.)
It needs a different dataset, but I'd be more interested in developing a metric of how much people disagree on a movie (or any non-average). With the same food metaphor-- the flavor of a dish is not always supposed to be sugary pleasant, but it's supposed to make you feel something and surprise your palette. I actually think this method of evaluation is what sets apart the great critics of any art. They focus on experience rather than simple emotion.
That's actually a really interesting idea. Some of my favorite movies do not have universal appeal, in fact, they fall under that polarising category. An example of this is There Will be Blood. To me, it is quite possibly the most interesting piece of film I've ever seen. But it exists as one of those love or hate movies. Just about everyone I know found the movie insufferable, while I've happily watched it at least 10- 15 times. A way of of sorting that favored love it or hate it movies could probably yield some really interesting results.
Full disclosure: I'm the author.
It would be boring and a giant circle-jerk if every member had the same opinion. What would we discuss then?
Considering the affiliate links offer the exact same user experience as if they didn't use affiliate links, I find you comment perplexing.
Joint Security Area and Old Boy - two movies of totally different style from brilliant Korean director Park Chan-wook
A Separation - an excellent Iranian family drama, great actors, a surprising script, my personal favorite from the last few years
Reservoir Dogs - and almost all Tarantino movies
Gran Torino - Clint's beautiful farewell
The Celebration - Dark comedy/drama, the highpoint of Danish Dogme 95 movement for me
I wish I could say something like Aguirre, or Tokyo Story, but that's the honest list.
Some of them are split between "Tron" and "Tron: Legacy" so parsing this correctly isn't totally easy.
And don't you think "Star Wars" would have been talked about here at least once?
With relatively unique names like Star Wars you could match the names as text strings. But that would lead to over-counting films like "Brazil" whose names are also names of other things.
I seem to remember in the film the two guys Razor and Blade who had that pirate broadcast 'Hack the planet' actually existed as well.
A friend of mine was arrested then for owning the cellular hackers bible which was considered forbidden knowledge. Crazy how far we've come now, you now longer have to go through an elaborate scam to social engineer a telecom employee just to get some basic information on how a POTS works.
But I mean, c'mon, you've got Penn Jillette there, one of the best soundtracks of any movie out of the mid-90s there, Angelina Jolie's boobs there, what's not to like?
Exactly. So this is just an index of links to movie pages on IMDB.
I just lost it :(