Amph 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die: Now Disc. "Heat" (1995)

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  1. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "The Last Seduction" (1994)

    USA 110 m

    Director: John Dahl

    Producer: Jonathan Shestack

    Screenplay: Steve Barancik

    Photography: Jeff Jur

    Music: Joseph Vitarelli

    Cast: Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman

    Femme fatale in person. The plot is a bit silly, especially at the end, but Fiorentino makes the trip worth while.
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    "Pulp Fiction" (1994)

    USA 154 m

    Director: Quentin Tarantino

    Producer: Lawrence Bender

    Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, James Avary

    Photography: Andrezj Sekula

    Music: A cast of 1000's

    Cast: Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, Eric Stoltz, Uma Thurman

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    "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)

    USA 142 m

    Director: Frank Darabont

    Producer: Niki Marvin

    Screenplay: Frank Darabont, from the story by Stephen King

    Photography: Roger Deakins

    Music: Doris Fisher, Thomas Newman, Allan Roberts

    Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman

    Not a hit upon release, this has become a cult hit since then. It's not bad, but Darabont is frankly no hell as a director--or as a writer. He doesn't *think* cinematically, at least at this point. (I hated "The Majestic", which reminded me of a modern version of Capracorn). He's lucky in his leads in this case.
  4. Darth McClain Arena Manager Emeritus

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    The leads make Shawshank Redemption. Worth seeing at least once. Same for Pulp Fiction.
  5. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Pulp Fiction is energetic and gripping. Shawshank Redemption is undeniably moving. I'd call them both essentials.
  6. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    Quiz Show was the best BP nom in 94. Yep.

    I had to analyse Shawshank in school and haven't touched it since. It's a very entertaining film, and probably the nicest prison ever to be honest, but it's not a very rich film. I thought Darabont improved with The Green Mile, which at least left some things to implication and has a more solid supporting cast. The Majestic is a real stinker, though.
  7. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    It's mainly interesting how King's short stories have turned out to be vastly better movies than his novels have. That said, Shawshank is a great film.
  8. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    I do not disagree with this assessment. That Forrest Gump win was probably up there with the 1941 awards for biggest load of crap.

    I really didn't care for Shawshank, I find it to be pretty overrated, but still, probably one of those films folks ought to see, and its position here is warranted.
  9. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    Am I remembering all those gang rapes of the main character incorrectly?
  10. Ramza JC Head Admin and RPF Manager

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    Plus doesn't Norway have that one really swanky facility that more conservative elements accuse of being a hotel for convicts?
  11. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    Oh sure, there's all that, but the atmosphere of the place and Darabont's whole approach makes it seem comparatively dandy. On the flipside, you have Frankenheimer's approach in Birdman of Alcatraz, which is perhaps literally nicer, but the way it is shot and constructed makes you feel the space and the constraint and how unremittingly awful that experience would be.
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    "The Wild Reeds" (1994)

    France 110 m

    Director: Andre Techine

    Producer: Alain Sarde

    Screenplay: Andre Techine et al.

    Photography: Jeanne Lapoire

    Music: N/A

    Cast: Elodie Bouchez, Gael Morel

    An account of French youth coming of age at the end of the Algerian war.
  13. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "Chunking Express" (1994)

    Hong Kong 97 m

    Director: Kaw-Wai Wong

    Producer: Yi-kan Chan

    Screenplay: Kaw-Wai Wong

    Photography: Christopher Doyle, Wai Kueng Lai

    Music: Frankie Chan, Roel A. Garcia

    Cast: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung
  14. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    Oh yes. Superb film. Infectious would be a good word. I haven't seen another film by Wong to match it, although I haven't seen what is widely accepted as his masterpiece so who knows?
  15. soitscometothis Force Ghost

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    Yeah, I, too, love this film.
  16. Django211 Force Ghost

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    When I first saw it I didn't care for it. However I kept thinking about it for days afterwards so I went back and watched it again. I realized how wrong I was and I've loved it ever since. Hard to believe that this was made when Wong Kar-Wai was feeling uninspired during the shooting of "Ashes of Time." He shot this while the production was taking a break.
  17. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "Crumb" (1994)

    USA 119 min.

    Director: Terry Zwigoff

    Producer: David Lynch et al.

    Screenplay: N/A

    Photography: Maryse Alberti

    Music: David Boeddinghaus

    Cast: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Mason Crumb, Dana Crumb

    A documentary about comic artist R. Crumb and his equally talented and crazy brothers.
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    "Satantango" (1994)

    Hungary/Germany/Switzerland 450 min.

    Director: Bela Tarr

    Producer: Ruth Waldburger et al.

    Screenplay: Bela Tarr

    Photography: Gabor Medvigy

    Music: Mihaly Vig

    Cast: Mihaly Vig et al

    A seven hour black comedy about a failed farm collective. Yes, really.
  19. Rogue1-and-a-half Manager Emeritus who is writing his masterpiece

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    I stumbled across this on IMDB and I keep meaning to see it sometime, just for a laugh. I mean, how bizarre does this sound?
  20. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "Through the Olive Trees" (1994)

    France/Iran 103 min.

    Director: Abbas Kiarostami

    Producer: Abbas Kiarostami

    Screenplay: Abbas Kiarostami

    Photography: Hossein Djafarian, Farhad Saba

    Music: N/A

    Cast: Mohamad Ali Keshawarz, Farhad Kheradmand

    The third in a trilogy, this is a comedy.
  21. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    Everyone should see all of Kiarostami's work before they die. I prefer Close-Up, though.
  22. Nevermind Jedi Grand Master

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    "Heavenly Creatures" (1994)

    GB/Germany/NZ 99m

    Director: Peter Jackson

    Producer: Jim Booth

    Screenplay: Frances Walsh, Peter Jackson

    Photography: Alun Bollinger

    Music: Peter Dasent

    Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse

    Peter Jackson first made a name for himself for this film, based on a genuine case in New Zealand in 1952 (one of the girls became novelist Anne Perry). Two female misfits conspire to murder the mother of one of them to prevent her from separating them.
  23. JohnWesleyDowney Force Ghost

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    This is an excellent film, and I don't think Peter Jackson would have ever gotten the chance to make The Lord of the Rings
    if it weren't for having this one on his resume. It showed he was ready for "the big time." Before this, he'd mainly done
    splatter horror films and those weren't really getting him anywhere.
  24. The_Four_Dot_Elipsis Force Ghost

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    Jackson's only great film, but what a film it is. If that ending doesn't just tear out your heart and rip it to shreds whilst also kicking your brain into a gooey mess with the fact that it happened then you're wired wrong.

    It succeeds on such a level that I'll see anything that Jackson does, even if I outright dislike the bulk of his other work, just in the hopes that he can do something like that again.
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    "Dear Diary" (1994)

    France/Italy 100 min.

    Director: Nanni Moretti

    Producer: Nanni Moretti et al.

    Screenplay: Nanni Moretti

    Photography: Giuseppe Lanci

    Music: Nicola Piovani et al.

    Cast: Nanni Moretti et al.

    This director is described as the Italian Woody Allen.