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Old 30-04-2013, 14:52
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Films where the conversation or voiceover really make the film memorable,rather than explosions or car chases.My favourites....

The Usual Suspects
Stand By Me
Fight Club
Glengarry Glenross
Before Sunrise
The Shawshank Redemption
Fargo
Vanya On 42nd Street
The Big Chill
Clerks
Limitless
Pi
Scent Of A Woman
The Man From Earth
Field Of Dreams
Pulp Fiction
The Last Supper
My Dinner With Andre
Slacker
Four Adventures Of Reinette And Mirabelle
The Edukators
Vier Minuten (4 Minutes)

Most of those are in my collection or just in my head after seeing them once.I hope that you all could add to that list,as I really enjoy a nice conversation piece over a bottle of red.In between watching Die Hard or Aliens for the zillionth time!
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Old 30-04-2013, 17:46
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Clerks 2
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Old 30-04-2013, 18:20
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Sunset Boulevard - for that memorable opening voiceover scene.

Reservoir Dogs - QT does some amazing dialogue. Let's not forget the "Like a Virgin" speech.

Pulp Fiction - Loads of stuff in the dialogue in there. The stuff about burgers, Jules quoting the Bible, the foot massage stuff, the stuff about the watch and the stuff about not eating bacon. A shame that QT's later films don't have that type of dialogue any more.

Glengary Glenross - Love Jack Lemmon and Kevin Spacy's dialogue in that. As well as Pacino.

The Spanish Prisoner - Mamet's superb stuff about the MacGuffin is very stylish.

Sex, Lies and Videotape - Strangely offbest dialogue in this.
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Old 30-04-2013, 18:47
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All of Tarantinos movies really along with Goodfellas, JFK, True Grit (2010) and One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest.
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Old 30-04-2013, 20:00
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A Clockwork Orange.
With 'Your humble narrator' Alex.
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Old 30-04-2013, 20:52
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Malick's 'Badlands'. Spacek's character's droll True Romance commentary is oblivious to the seriousness of events: http://youtu.be/Nh-bc4b2LDE
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Old 01-05-2013, 00:18
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Talk Radio is a great underrated movie
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:00
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I would say Goodfellas.
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Old 01-05-2013, 02:44
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Radio Days by Woody Allen was very good.

I think he's done a few films like that there he's acting as the narrator of his own story in the film.

I think Annie Hall and Manhattan were a bit like that.
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Old 01-05-2013, 18:46
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Old 02-05-2013, 14:25
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Talk Radio is a great underrated movie
was just thinking the same
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Old 02-05-2013, 14:57
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I thought that the mixture of naration, talking to camera and straight dialogue was genius and I cannot imagine this movie being made in any other way.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:02
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The Social Network.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:33
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I love Notes On a Scandal, which i suppose is a 'talkie'?
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:59
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Old 07-05-2013, 10:26
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"Out of Africa"
- I had a farm in Africa... I had a farm in Africa.. I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills...

and the part of Denys Finch Hattons funeral, the passage of
- I know a song of Africa
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Old 07-05-2013, 14:45
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Go (2001, JPN) - great voiceover, darkly funny and the social commentary is pretty spot on. I love the novel more, but this film is pretty decent.
Ping Pong
Confessions
Hud
12 Angry Men
Withnail & I
Chopper
Ace in the Hole
Sweet Smell of Success
The Last Seduction
Glengarry Glen Ross
My Cousin Vinny
The Ice Storm
Take Care of My Cat
Stand and Deliver
House of Cards
The Hustler
Breaker Morant
L.A. Confidential
Good Will Hunting
Anatomy of a Murder
All About Lily Chou-Chou

I'm torn on whether to include Love & Pop. I wrote an English translation of this film in 2001 for a media company that provides subtitles. Although I dislike this film, I can't tell if the dialogue is compelling because it is that good, or the fact I had worked on it so closely makes the dialogue compelling to me. So, proceed with caution if you want to give Love & Pop a try.
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Old 11-05-2013, 13:28
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Go (2001, JPN) - great voiceover, darkly funny and the social commentary is pretty spot on. I love the novel more, but this film is pretty decent.
I just watched Go yesterday on Youtube. Loved it. Think it might even have gone onto my all-time favourite films list. I saw Confessions and thought it was OK, I preferred Memories of Matsuko by the same director. Thought Love and Pop was a good film, the camera work was annoying, but I get what the director was trying to do. What didn't you like about it?
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Old 11-05-2013, 22:11
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I just watched Go yesterday on Youtube. Loved it. Think it might even have gone onto my all-time favourite films list. I saw Confessions and thought it was OK, I preferred Memories of Matsuko by the same director.
I liked Memories of Matsuko, but I liked Confessions more because it addresses those topical issues: juvenile criminal responsibility, school as an environment, society as an environment, children's law, and motherhood. There aren't many books and films that openly dissect these issues. Hence, my enjoyment. I'm truly thrilled that you liked Go.

Thought Love and Pop was a good film, the camera work was annoying, but I get what the director was trying to do. What didn't you like about it?
It borders on exploiting characters at times, e.g. upskirting, Captain EO, etc., which defeats the point it tries to make. Director Anno was disturbed when he witnessed adult fanboys' general misogynistic treatment of fangirls in the Neon Genesis Evangelion fandom (Anno is the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion), so he got know to some of those girls to find out why they allowed those guys to treat them like crap.

After a year of talking and corresponding with them, some of their stories and thoughts became a basis of Love & Pop (and again, Ritual Day). He wanted to show the difference between how the girls behave and what they really think, and that the current social climate as a whole is hurting the society, e.g. objectifying and sexualising young girls.

Great monologues, though.
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Old 11-05-2013, 22:35
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Old 11-05-2013, 23:07
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I'm truly thrilled that you liked Go.
Thanks, I really loved it. Growing through a bit of a rough patch at the moment, and the film helped, even in its own small way.

It borders on exploiting characters at times, e.g. upskirting, Captain EO, etc., which defeats the point it tries to make. Director Anno was disturbed when he witnessed adult fanboys' general misogynistic treatment of fangirls in the Neon Genesis Evangelion fandom (Anno is the creator of Neon Genesis Evangelion), so he got know to some of those girls to find out why they allowed those guys to treat them like crap.

After a year of talking and corresponding with them, some of their stories and thoughts became a basis of Love & Pop (and again, Ritual Day). He wanted to show the difference between how the girls behave and what they really think, and that the current social climate as a whole is hurting the society, e.g. objectifying and sexualising young girls.

Great monologues, though.
Yeah, I thought the script was the best part of the film. A lot of films about teenage life come across fake and forced, but I thought Love & Pop felt authentic and resonated with me somehow, though my teenage years never actually involved enjo kosai xD

I'm going to go watch Ritual Day now. Looked it up after I read up your post! Thanks.
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Old 11-05-2013, 23:09
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Old 11-05-2013, 23:17
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Sophie Scholl.Her interrogations with the Gestapo guy are truly awesome.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:07
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For a film in which not a lot actually happens, it's packed full of awesomeness.
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Old 12-05-2013, 09:10
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