Stook's Recommended Movie Game

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  • The Vague Idea:
  • By now everyone knows how this works, recommend a movie, have one recommended, blah blah. When I made my little sojourn to find myself a month ago (I found me right where I left myself [snicker]) my little project seemed all but dead. Then Lukeprog expressed interest in getting back to it, which made me think, “if someone as cool as Luke would wanna be part of this little shindig, who wouldn’t?” Well...

  • I’ve added a few quirks; more movies to watch and a couple of films everyone can watch to feel that much need sense of community. Thanks the GC for the excellent formatting.


  • The Legend
  • this means you have watched the film
  • this means you haven't watched the film
  • this means you've read too far expecting a lot of formatting from a variably lazy person.


  • 1922
  • picked by stook

  • Storm Over Asia (1928)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • The Killers (1946)
  • Point Blank (1967)


  • AAA
  • picked by stook

  • A Thousand Pieces Of Gold (1992)
  • Morvern Callar (2002)
  • Orlando (1992)
  • The Stunt Man (1980)
  • With A Friend Like Harry (2001)


  • AJDaGreat
  • picked by Grandpa_chum

  • Hud (1963)
  • picked by stook

  • Chocolat (2000)
  • Happy Together (1997)
  • Matilda (1996)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Two-Lane Blacktop (1971)
  • review here
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Bertie
  • picked by stook

  • Body And Soul (1947)
  • Chocolat (2000)
  • Holes (2003)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • CMonster
  • picked by stook

  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • No Way To Treat A Lady
  • **Dude (stook). Ow, my eyes. The first 20 minutes of the movie are okay, but then the rest of it just gets a little cliched. At one point, and I hate to confess this, but at one point we fast-forwarded a part to see if we could guess what would happen. "Brummel! You're off the case! You rogue cop with your amateur psychology!" We were totally right.

    I should probably be more specific. Let's see. I didn't care for any of the main characters. I didn't care if Brummel cracked the case or cracked whatsherbucket and her crazy, crazy hair. Even-crazy-for-1968 hair. Yeah, she moved across town in two days because of the ghost of her neighbor. I didn't care if the murderer got away with it, although I have to say that the accents were the highlight of the movie.
  • Full Contact (1992)
  • The Warriors (1979)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Grandpa_chum
  • picked by stook

  • Bring Me The Head Of Alfredo Garcia (1974)
  • First off I gotta hand it to Stook for recommending this absolute gem of a movie and picking the perfect guy to recommend it to... All I needed was one more great film from Peckinpah to bolster him into my elite group of favorites directors and I got it... After seeing this film I finally realize what Robert Rodriguez is aiming for, and i think i've gained some respect for him in the process, sure he falls miserably short, but at least i realized it is possible to make a great movie that reminded me of RR's efforts... This is a modern day zapatta western of sorts, and i love the moral conflicts of a bounty hunter stories, and this is probably the best I've seen... The slow motion deaths of peckinpah's aren't overdone here, as they are in some of his films and the final hour is just as exciting as the first hour was intriguing... this film works so well with itself and it's characters it's hard to believe how simple the plot is. Warren Oates is amazing, absolutely believable in every action he takes, and you really start to root for him to walk away with the money, and then when you realize his motives it just takes off... a great film from a great Director, please, don't see The Wild Bunch as if it were Sam's greatest, it will only depreciate your respect for his work, as it did for me for a while. This movie goes right up there with the three Peckinpah films I know to be better than The Wild Bunch... along with Cable Hogue and High Country... true masterpieces. Rating:89%
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
  • First of all i had very high expectations going into this movie, i had one friend, who's opinion of movies i hold highest second only to my own, saying it was a great movie... and that was the cropped terrible fullscreen dvd containing 6 other westerns... I happened to be lucky enough to pick up the widescreen dvd, and although it was a very good movie, it did not hold up to my expectations... the music was terrible, some of the worst I've heard, even for an old western... Acting was basically a split, because brando, pickens, johnson, malden, and jurado were great, but everyone else was utterly terrible, even for bit parts... the story was ok, but i don't get how people say this is "not just another revenge western" because YES it IS, and as far as the plot goes, it's a pretty crappy revenge western at that... Now, i watched it twice, and i still never felt any compassion for rio's cause, first off it seemed as though rio never really expected dad to make it back in time anyhow, and even if dad ran off, rio had no real way of knowing dad's story wasn't true... secondly rio's whole love affair with dad's stepdaughter never really gets a chance to take off, in the current version of the film there is only 1 night they spend together, and as far as i know, the only thing that happens is that rio lies to her, they have sex, and then in the morning rio confesses to lieing to her... thats it, and i'm supposed to care if the two of them make it together in the end... all in all, it was very well directed, and the acting for the 5 stars was great, but an incredibly weak plot, and terrible support acting really brought it down from being a great movie... apparantly brandos first cut was nearer to 4 hours... it would be interesting to know how the plot held up in a longer version, but in it's current version i gave it 77%
  • Only Angels Have Wings (1938)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Imposter
  • picked by stook

  • L'Atalante (1934)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Stalker (1979)
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Jgandcag
  • picked by stook

  • An Unfinished Piece For Player Piano (1977)
  • Up! (1976)
  • Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Doom (1971)
  • Marianne & Julianne (1982)
  • Burden Of Dreams (1982)


  • Jim
  • picked by Rushmore

  • The Pallbearer (1996)
  • review here
  • Reality Bites (1993)
  • picked by Imposter

  • The Ladykillers (1955)
  • review here
  • picked by stook

  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • People Will Talk (1951)
  • Sayonara (1957)
  • review here
  • Time After Time (1979)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • lbangs
  • picked by stook

  • All Of Me (1984)
  • It's A Wonderful World (1939)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Up! (1976)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Lukeprog
  • picked by Grandpa_chum

  • A Fistfull Of Dollars (1965)
  • **Bad dubbing (of course, there's no other kind) and several corny moments aside, this is probably the most fun I've ever had while watching a Western. It's not as finely-crafted or epic as Good-Bad-Ugly, the only other Leone film I've seen, but it's kind of a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark Western' that gives you such a damn good time you can't help but love it. And, I'm a sucker for heroes that get the shit beat out of them.
  • Once Upon A Time In The West (1968)
  • picked by stook

  • All The King's Men (1949)
  • **There are many cookie-cutter elements in this movie, but they taste as good as cookies usually do. I'm a sucker for good guys becoming bad guys and vice versa, and this movie has that kind of moral confusion in spades. Unfortunately, the nature of this story's scope calls for a great deal of ellipsis which isn't particularily well done. Also, the whole movie seemed a little obvious, plot point by plot point. But for some reason, that didn't keep me from really liking it.
  • Narrow Margin (1950)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • The Night Of The Shooting Stars (1982)
  • **Night of the Shooting Stars is a touching WWII survival story told with an original tone and structure that is tastier and fresher than Life is Beautiful (but also demands more of the viewer). It's a good thing the story is so engaging, too, because otherwise there are few conventional techniques (for this type of story) with which to 'settle' in - indeed, there won't be much 'settling' at all due to the film's energy and pace.
    For me, the film didn't have the nostalgia factor you experienced, and I think I would have preferred the editing to be less self-conscious, but this was still a really fun film - thanks for the recommendation! I think all my friends and relatives would still prefer Life is Beautiful, unfortunately.
  • Up! (1976)
  • Sherlock Holmes And The Scarlet Claw (1944)
  • **True to its literary source, this Sherlock Holmes adventure is formulaic, preoccupied with investigative details, and has more plot twists than Chinatown. Because there's nothing special in the direction, writing, acting, or elsewhere, it comes off as a well-executed TV movie. 70/100 .


  • Odysseus
  • picked by stook

  • Male And Female (1919)
  • Ever After (1997)
  • My Brilliant Career (1979)
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • RosieCotton
  • picked by Grandpa_chum

  • The Quiet Man (1950)
  • Picked by Stook

  • Le Dernier Combat (1983)
  • review here
  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Ruby In Paradise (1993)
  • review here
  • The Song Of Bernadette (1943)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Rushmore
  • picked by Lukeprog

  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape? (1993)
  • picked by Grandpa_chum

  • Hard Eight (1998)
  • picked by Jim

  • Zero Effect (1993)
  • review here
  • Picked by stook

  • Never Give A Sucker An Even Break (1941)
  • Philidelphia Story (1940)
  • review here
  • To Be Or Not To Be (1942)
  • Whiskey Galore (1949)


  • Stook
  • Picked by AJDaGreat

  • Hail The Conquering Hero (1944)
  • review here
  • Picked by Cmonster

  • Wing Chun (1994)
  • review here
  • The Imposters (1999)
  • review here
  • The Girl In The Picture (1986)
  • review here
  • picked by Grandpa_chum

  • Companeros (1970)
  • Keoma (1976)
  • picked by Imposter

  • Eyes Without A Face (1959)
  • review here
  • picked by Jim

  • Sorcerer (1977)
  • review here
  • Master Of The Flying Guillotine (1975)
  • review here
  • Picked by Lukeprog

  • Day Of Wrath (1943)
  • review here
  • Judex (1916)

funny how the second you give it up cause you don't have the time it dies out...

After 27 years I've started to recognize the feel of a cold potato (whatever that means).

T'ho

The Scarlet Claw (1944):

True to its literary source, this Sherlock Holmes adventure is formulaic, preoccupied with investigative details, and has more plot twists than Chinatown. Because there's nothing special in the direction, writing, acting, or elsewhere, it comes off as a well-executed TV movie. 70/100

Sorry for the sparse review, but I don't really write them anymore.

Night of Shooting Stars, BTW, currently sits at 85/100 in my movie database.

Actually, I've seen both Matilda and Never Give a Sucker an Even Break. I could try to review them for you, but I haven't seen either in a while. Especially Matilda which I haven't seen since it came out in theaters eight and a half years ago.

That gives you a leg up on the other persons involved. Actually if you wouldn't mind reviewing them I'll link them right up. Which begs the question, you've really never seen Chocolat?

:?)

No, I haven't seen Chocolat. I'll try to review the two movies, but again, my memory of both of them is fuzzy.

Never Give a Sucker an Even Break - W.C. Fields was a master of politically incorrect humor. His best film is probably It's a Gift, but this one is definitely up there. I really don't remember much about what happens this movie, but the plot is always a side note in this sort of film.

Matilda - This is actually an oversight on my part, as this film does not appear on my 1996 films seen list. Matilda is not a terrible film, but ultimately nothing much makes it stand out from the heaps of other children's movies. Some of this is a bit disturbing for younger viewers; other parts are simply too silly. I grow tired of movies that largely consist of pranks.

m'kay, I'll put the reviews with them, but you do know that Chocolat is so easy to get, I know you can get it, and watch it, then review it...here.
(:?| <---staring ominously stook

:?)

I don't think I have the time to even read all of this page to get the meaning of this game but it does look interesting. My, oh my Listology sure seems to have found some good movie folks lately.

I have seen most of the recommendations on this page...When I have the time I will have to delve a little closer to see which ones I have missed. Always liked the Fields choice of "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" and is Whiskey Galore the old Ealing comedy? I remember watching that a long time ago. I didn't know that was available on DVD?

Hey, this is two days in a row! Are you going to stage a comeback?

Certainly have, cus movies are cool and talking about movies even cooler.

It is the old Ealing comedy that was just released on DVD about a month ago.

BTW, I'll add you to the list and some weird arsed movois for you to watch, like Russ Meyers' Up!

Which begs the question, which ones haven't you seen?
:?)

Come on I was teenage boy in the 70's. Of course I saw Up! I remember some lounge singer doing a rendition of Thanks for the Mammaries that should have definitely been played at Russ Meyer's funeral. Isn't that one of the movies that Ebert wrote for Meyer. All I remember about it now besides all the cleavage is Adolph Hitler and somebody shoving something up his butt.

I have seen a Lone Wolf movie but if you promise not to tell Jim, I will admit, Chop Suey movies have never been one of my favorites. I do remember that being one of the better ones though. Aren't there a bunch of them?

You have me on the other ones. But isnt Marianne and Julianne a German movie?

I hadn't really thought about your teenage years in the seventies being related to soft-core pornish Meyer wierdness, but now that you mention it that does kind of make sense. ;?)

Yep, Ebert helped write the smarmy dialogue and dunderheaded voice over, which involves Hitler, anal sex and death by pirahna. Any thoughts on such a cinematic morsel? Please review, Cosgrove wrote a great review on his blog a link can be found here.

What Jim doesn't know won't hurt him, unless he doesn't know he's about to stub his toe, but that's totally out of anyone's control. You don't like Chop Socky, any reasons or just general boredom when someones pulls out a sword and jumps 40 feet in the air. Yes there are a bunch of them, a total of 6 (I think), which descend into total idiocy by the last one.

German, that's a check, it's part of a lot of film theory classes explaining 80's German film-making. I like The Nasty Girl better but you've probably already seen it.

:?)

Since you've gotten back to this, here is my review of The Lady Killers.

Thanks. In response to your review, I'm somewhere between: "ba humbug" mixed with "Ladykillers is the most underwhelming of Ealing/Guiness amalgum." :?)

Well, at least you're willing to play your own game! :-)

Your review of Day of Wrath certainly examined it, but revealed little of your own reaction to the film. Apparently, it engaged you, but did you enjoy it? Did you love it?

I certainly did.

I admired how powerful the film was but it didn't absorb me totally, I think it was far to gloomy for me to love it wholeheartedly. On a scale of 0-9.4 I'd give it an 8.2, a great movie that I almost loved but the ending didn't push me over the edge.

:?)

A Fistfull Of Dollars (1965):

Bad dubbing (of course, there's no other kind) and several corny moments aside, this is probably the most fun I've ever had while watching a Western. It's not as finely-crafted or epic as Good-Bad-Ugly, the only other Leone film I've seen, but it's kind of a 'Raiders of the Lost Ark Western' that gives you such a damn good time you can't help but love it. And, I'm a sucker for heroes that get the shit beat out of them.

since you seem to have an appreciation for leone i'd be an idiot not to recomend the greatest movie ever made... Once Upon A Time In The West(1968)... GBU is not even close to as finely crafted or as epic as OUATITW

The 1,000,000 Dollar question is: Hasssss Lahuke Seeeen OUATITW!?

:?)

Oh, sorry stooky. No, I haven't.

From review...
"It's not as finely-crafted or epic as Good-Bad-Ugly, the only other Leone film I've seen"

a million dollar question that was answered before it was even asked... why can't those happen more often in real life.

Good point. But he wasn't going to get the million dollars, just a box of chicklets.

:?)

gotta couple of recs for you stooky... as i was looking over your lists i realized there was one genre you were missing almost completely... Obscure spaghetti westerns... although i didn't think it would happen i actually found a couple GREAT films that aren't in your yearly nor your last 500.

Companeros(1970)
Keoma(1976)

Companeros is in the mail, it'll probably be here next Monday.

:?)

just to warn you... you will probably get hooked on the catchy theme song. I've had it stuck in my head for the last year, isn't morricone great!

Stooky, I watched Two-Lane Blacktop; the review is in the usual place.

I thought you'd love the nihilistic bravado! How did you eventually get to watch the film?

:?)

Eh, nihilism is pretty hit-or-miss with me. Or something like that.

Believe it or not, the main academic library at my school carried the DVD for this film. It never occurred to me to check until last weekend...

Okay, no more recommendations for a while, please! Now:

All the King's Men (1949)

There are many cookie-cutter elements in this movie, but they taste as good as cookies usually do. I'm a sucker for good guys becoming bad guys and vice versa, and this movie has that kind of moral confusion in spades. Unfortunately, the nature of this story's scope calls for a great deal of ellipsis which isn't particularily well done. Also, the whole movie seemed a little obvious, plot point by plot point. But for some reason, that didn't keep me from really liking it.

Thanks for the recommendation!

stook: did you see that camera move on the highway just before Stark's son wrecks the car (and his girl)? I didn't see that one coming!

taping ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS tonight at an unwatchable 3:45am showtime on turner classic... should have a review done by tomorow night.

I'd also like to recommend HUD(1963) to ajdagreat... don't know why but, it just came to me when i got caught up in a few of his lists.

ONE-EYED JACKS(1961)

First of all i had very high expectations going into this movie, i had one friend, who's opinion of movies i hold highest second only to my own, saying it was a great movie... and that was the cropped terrible fullscreen dvd containing 6 other westerns... I happened to be lucky enough to pick up the widescreen dvd, and although it was a very good movie, it did not hold up to my expectations... the music was terrible, some of the worst I've heard, even for an old western... Acting was basically a split, because brando, pickens, johnson, malden, and jurado were great, but everyone else was utterly terrible, even for bit parts... the story was ok, but i don't get how people say this is "not just another revenge western" because YES it IS, and as far as the plot goes, it's a pretty crappy revenge western at that... Now, i watched it twice, and i still never felt any compassion for rio's cause, first off it seemed as though rio never really expected dad to make it back in time anyhow, and even if dad ran off, rio had no real way of knowing dad's story wasn't true... secondly rio's whole love affair with dad's stepdaughter never really gets a chance to take off, in the current version of the film there is only 1 night they spend together, and as far as i know, the only thing that happens is that rio lies to her, they have sex, and then in the morning rio confesses to lieing to her... thats it, and i'm supposed to care if the two of them make it together in the end... all in all, it was very well directed, and the acting for the 5 stars was great, but an incredibly weak plot, and terrible support acting really brought it down from being a great movie... apparantly brandos first cut was nearer to 4 hours... it would be interesting to know how the plot held up in a longer version, but in it's current version i gave it 77%

One-eyed Jacks surely isn't worth a "great" recommendation, still 77% ain't bad, glad you enjoyed it. I agree with you, the plot is crap. I honestly don't think I could take a 4 four version, in fact I wish he'd have made it shorter.

:?)

yeah... i would never watch a longer version... i'm just curious if the plot leveled itself off in four hours or if it was just poorly written... kubrick ever being involved is astonishing to me with the final product, so the poorly written part might be because it was shortened... I did enjoy it... just a bit dissapointed in the "great" i was told by a friend... then again the dvd only cost 5$... so it was definitly worth it.

Zip.ca is finally getting in Judex, I'll be able to see it in the next month!

:?)