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SkepticalMetal Posted: Wed, Oct 3 2012 2:40 PM

I understand that there has already been a must-see movie thread, but I think that one was only geared towards documenting movies that have an underlying libertarian theme to them. I am curious to know what movies my libertarian/agorist/anarcho-capitalist/anti-statist pals here on the Mises forums find good, regardless of the film's theme. In other words, just tell everyone your favorite films, because my intention with this thread is to get the libertarians on these forums sharing their taste in movies.

P. S. I'll list mine later on in the thread.

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TronCat replied on Wed, Oct 3 2012 2:59 PM

I have a varied taste, and I ain't too picky. My favourites range from Hollywood blockbusters to the most obscure of arthouse film. 

Here's a few off the top of my head: 

 

- The Shawshank Redemption

- Ossos 

- Back to the Future

- Let the Right One In 

- The Brave Little Toaster

- The Lives of Others

- No Country for Old Men

- 2001: A Space Odyssy 

- Aguirre the Wrath of God

- Werckmeister Harmonies 

- Raise the Red Lantern 

 

 

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I may edit this later to include some that I may miss as of this posting.

In the order that these movies come to mind:

Persepolis

The Bourne Series

The Matrix

Master and Commander

Gangs of New York

Braveheart

Inception 

Office Space

Shaun of the Dead

Run Fatboy Run

The Road to Perdition

It's a Wonderful Life

The Departed

The Shawshank Redemption

Pulp Fiction

Gandhi

The Godfather I & II (haven't seen the third part)

Anchorman

Inglorious Basterds

Pulp Fiction

The Social Network

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Apocalypto

Goodwill Hunting

Gran Torino

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Movies that immediately come to mind, in no particular order:

The Producers

Blazing Saddles

Ghostbusters

Men in Black

Casablanca

Die Hard

Bourne Trilogy

Fifth Element

History of the World Part 1

Ikiru

Seven Samurai

Schindler's List

Spirited Away

The Hogfather

Going Postal

Good Will Hunting

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

Benny and Joon

Disney's Aladdin

Duck Soup

Little Miss Sunshine

The Usual Suspects

Zombieland

Star Wars (Original Trilogy)

Inception

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Yojimbo

 

That list ended up a lot longer than I expected.

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Okay, here's mine. My movie tastes are a bit strange, I like surreal, art-house style movies, and at the same time, I love Kung-fu movies from Hong Kong and China, and what not.

The Legend of 1900

The Star Wars Trilogy

The Godfather Trilogy

Scarface

Letters from Iwo Jima

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Taxi Driver

Apocalypse Now

Breaking Bad (I know it's not a movie, but it's still awesome as hell)

Patton

Blazing Saddles

Duck Soup

Hana-bi

Team America: World Police

The Ip Man films (I know they are Chinese mainland nationalist films but...you have to admit...they are fun to watch)

Hard Boiled

The Killer

Dark City

The Crow

The Matrix

The Killing

A Clockwork Orange

Star Trek - Wrath of Khan

The Birds

...And basically every Bruce Lee movie and most of Jackie Chan's films. Get your laughs out now, but I love Hong Kong kung-fu and crime movies.

I've probably missed a bunch being that there are so many movies out there that I like, so I'll continue to add on as I remember.

 

EDIT:

Blade Runner

Gran Torino

 

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TronCat replied on Wed, Oct 3 2012 3:45 PM

What's to laugh about Bruce Lee? His films (particularly Enter the Dragon) are great, and while they are highly entertaining, they also have interesting philosophical subtext. Bruce co-wrote a lot of the scripts. 

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Nothing's laughable about Bruce Lee or Jackie Chan in my view, but a lot of people seem to get the giggles when I tell them that I find those films to be very entertaining, and that was what I was referencing to.

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Heather replied on Wed, Oct 3 2012 3:54 PM

The Lord of the Rings and Braveheart. I like movies with really good soundtracks like The Fountain, The Village, Last of the Mohicans etc. Old Westerns are always fun to watch and I usually like whatever Clint Eastwood is in. 

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RagnarD replied on Wed, Oct 3 2012 3:54 PM

The Abyss

K-Pax

American Beauty

Schindlers list

The Matrix

Total Recall (old)

Empire Strikes Back

Wedding Crashers

 

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I definately need to get around to watching American Beauty. I've seen many scenes from it on YouTube.

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Requiem For A Dream

The Fountain

Mr. Nobody

Inception

Skeptical, you say you wanna go to film school right?

Requiem for a dream has great movie shots, so does the fountain.

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Yeah, I do. Thanks, I'll be sure to check them out.

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Oh and one film I'd really like to see by the director of both of those films is "The Wrestler."

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You can watch requiem for a dream here in parts but the quality isnt that good.

http://www.twitch.tv/theacegamer/b/258494937

If you want to get a better impression id suggest renting it on dvd, so you can watch big screen or just download at the good ole piratebay.

The guy recording it says a few words on commentary but most of the video he keeps quiet.

P.S

Do not watch requiem for a dream for a first date movie with girlfriend.

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The Legend of 1900

I hold Ferd Morton to be the greatest American composer, and yet I still haven't seen that film.  Shame on me (although the actor who plays him in the movie looks nothing like him).

Some of my favourites:

The Room

A Fistful of Dynamite (aka Duck, You Sucker)

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

The Lord of the Rings

Team America: World Police

Star Wars (originals)

Many old westerns and samurai films.

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@ Aristippus

You can watch the film here on YouTube, actually:

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Thanks.  They should do the piano-string-as-lighter on Myth Busters.

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lolz.

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Another movie i like is Kungfu Panda.

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Kelvin Silva:

THE CAUSE IS LOST....

[ view: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTcTuJHjJh8]

IT'S A TRAP!!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amusing, but this would probably be better left in the low content thread.

 

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Funny, but...what exactly is this doing in this thread?

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Sorry i misposted. I ought to move it to the low content thread.

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Marko replied on Thu, Oct 4 2012 8:38 PM

Fail-Safe, Platoon and Carlito's Way, but generally I find there are more good TV-series than good movies. It makes sense as they have more time to develop a more complex story progression.

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Yes, I do agree that television shows these days are much better than movies. Television - private television that is - seems to be experiencing a golden age. This is one of the main reasons I listed Breaking Bad on my list even though it isn't a movie.

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When reading this, I can't believe I forgot to list one of the best movies of all time - Almost Famous.

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How about hurt locker or stop loss?

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Some of the best war films ever include Apocalypse Now and Letters from Iwo Jima. Never seen those two you mentioned.

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I love pretty much anything by Kubrick. Shot beautifully and very thought-provoking.

One of my favorites that seems to be underappreciated would have to be Dr. Strangelove. It is said that, working off only one photograph I think, Kubrick managed to recreate the interior of a B-52 bomber so accurately it made the U.S. Air Force a bit uncomfortable, lol. So many unforgettable, witty moments. "Gentlemen! You can't fight in here - this is the war room!", the U.S. soldiers shooting at each other with the "Peace is our profession" billboard in the background and the ending with a series of nuclear explosions while the song "We'll Meet Again" plays. Friggin' love it!

@SkepticalMetal

I also liked Letters from Iwo Jima. I always find war movies told from the 'enemy's' perspective very interesting, especially when they show that a lot of the time, the people we're actually fighting and killing have the same values that we do. This includes movies such as Letters from Iwo Jima, Das Boot, Stalingrad, etc.

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Oh yes, Kubrick is THE MAN. Dr. Strangelove, I believe, is a very libertarian film. In fact, if you look up the FilmList here on the Mises website, a guy puts on his list that Dr. Strangelove is of critical interest to libertarians, and he explains why.

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Elric replied on Tue, Nov 13 2012 9:34 PM

I suggest Akira Kurosawa if you like Kubrik. Makes me wish I could speak Japanese.

Here is my list in no order excluding some already mentioned.

My Man Godfrey
The Thin Man
Mister Roberts
White Heat
The Public Enemy
Trainspotting
Shallow Grave
It's A Wonderful Life
Dangerous Liasons
Memento
Rashomon
El Mariachi
Safety Last
Girl Shy
The Life of Brian
The Jerk
The Muppet Movie
The Princess Bride
What About Bob
Boondock Saints
Fight Club
Reseviour Dogs
The Usual Suspects

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Oh, and I need to check out the film "Taegukgi." (It's listed on the guy's libertarian movies)

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Oh, and another libertarian classic, "Shanendoah." (I've already seen it, I own it on VHS)

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Conza88 replied on Fri, Nov 16 2012 4:35 AM

@OP: Yeah the Must See Movie Thread was about that...

It however, became a pain ###$ because you can no longer edit the origional post... then you make another big one updating things, and can no longer edit that.

So I got over it; and that's about that.

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12 Monkeys
Dark City
The Thing original and new one.
Zombie movies in general - Dawn of the Dead 1978 classic :D
Transformers series (awesome sound production and great effects)
Die Hard series
Office Space
Con Air
The Rock
Event Horizon
Pandorum
Mission Impossible series
Underworld series
Enemy of the State
Inception
District 9
30 Days of Night 1 and 2

I have 450 bluray rips and I watch a lot of movies so you could say I am a movie fan. But above list is some of my favourites.

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I suggest Akira Kurosawa if you like Kubrik. Makes me wish I could speak Japanese.

Funnily enough I've known Japanese people who said they needed Japanese subtitles to watch Kurosawa's movies.

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SoNowThen replied on Fri, Nov 16 2012 5:51 PM

Magnolia
8 1/2
Vivre Sa Vie
Taxi Driver
Mirror
Persona
Woman Of The Dunes
Raging Bull
A Clockwork Orange
Andrei Rublev
That Obscure Object Of Affection
Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid
My Night At Maud's
Le Cercle Rouge
Pickpocket
Le Fils
Heart Of Glass
The King Of Marvin Gardens
Days Of Heaven
Nashville
Zelig
Catch 22
Carnal Knowledge
Apocalypse Now
L'Amour Fou
Amarcord
Blow-Up
The Conformist
I Fidanzati
Winter Light
In The Mood For Love
The Third Man
Walkabout
Brazil
The Red Shoes
City Lights
The Hustler
You Can't Take It With You
Glengarry Glen Ross
All The Real Girls
The Royal Tenenbaums
Ugetsu

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Don't forget about The Bicycle Thief.

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@SoNowThen Quite a mature list, my former film professors would love it. Mine is less refined.

 

Troll 2

Dr. Strangelove

The Warriors

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Being John Malkovich

Tears of the Sun

Fantasia

Man on Fire

 

But the greatest scene of all time:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GadTfGFvU

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This is my favorite scene of all time.

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Or perhaps it's the Russian roulette scene from The Deer Hunter.

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