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Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Physiocrat » Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:43 pm

Please share your favourite of the above.

Films -

In no particular order apart from number 1.

1. The Trial - directed by Orson Welles
2. Lawrence of Arabia
3. The Prestige
4. Toy Story
5. Mulholland Drive
6. Barry Lyndon
7. Wild Strawberries
8. Magnolia
9. Solaris (Tarkovsky version)
10. The Island directed by Pavel Lungin

TV Series -

The Prisoner (original)
Yes, (Prime) Minister
The Singing Detective
Twin Peaks (original, not seen the new one yet)
Game of Thrones
Dr Who (1963-1989)

Novels -

Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky - it's his most consistent novel. The Brother Karamazov needs some serious editing.
The Book of the New Sun tetralogy by Gene Wolfe - an exceptional sci-fi fantasy series. Rich in symbolism and a surprising narrative. A must read at only around 1200 pages all in.

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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Tom Rogers » Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:56 pm

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Post by Ut unum sint » Mon Apr 02, 2018 11:54 pm

Films

The Carry On films (esp. the really crude ones)
The Bond films (esp. Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton - only for the occasional slip into a Welsh accent -, and Pierce Brosnan - who was perfect in every way)
A Man for All Seasons (the 1966 one with Paul Schofield)

TV Series

The Thick of It
Bottom
Are You Being Served?
Doctor Who (Classic Series)
Brideshead Revisited (ITV series)
Decline and Fall (recent BBC adaptation)
All Gas and Gaiters (originally on the wireless, then telly)

Novels

The Bond books, although I enjoyed the short stories best. Haven't read any of the continuations or spinoffs by other authors.
Brideshead, Evelyn Waugh.
Decline and Fall, Waugh.
One Fat Englishman, Kingsley Amis.
Lucky Jim, Amis.
Brave New World, Huxley
Trollope's Barsetshire Chronicles.
Great Expectations (There is something of a Trollope/Dickens dichotomy, but of the Dickens I've read, GE is best)
Unguarded Hours, A.N. Wilson.
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Physiocrat » Tue Apr 03, 2018 1:03 pm

Tom Rogers wrote:
Mon Apr 02, 2018 7:56 pm
I don't watch or own a TV, so I'll overcompensate with films.

Films -

5. Nineteen Eighty-Four [1984 version. I have to select this, due to my liking for the novel. Unlike the critics, I regard this as superior to the 1954 TV adaptation]
I've read 1984 but not seen either TV or film version. What is it about he 1984 film version that makes it better than the 1954 version? I was intending to watch the latter on Youtube as it was recently put up.
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Jon Irenicus » Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:15 pm

I'm starting to get quite into anime, so I'll start with that:

-Death Note

-Knights of Sidonia

-Attack on Titan - the music alone makes it worthwhile watching.

-Kakegurui ; I didn't expect to like this one, I'll admit.

Series:

-Penny Dreadful

-Grimm

-Game of Thrones (mostly for Tywin/Cersei)

-Spartacus

-Rome

-American Horror Story up to season 5, and excluding 3. It's infested by SJWism-lite, though, particularly evident in season 3.

-Fawlty Towers

-Keeping up appearances

-Little Britain

-The Catherine Tate show

-Revenge

-Scream

-King of Queens

Films:

-Vanilla Sky

-The Conjuring 1/2

-Annabelle/Annabelle: Creation

-The Red Shoes

-Dumplings

-Ju-on

-The Audition

-Insidious 1/2... 3 left me a little bored.

-Dark Skies

-Prometheus

-The entire Hunger Games trilogy.

-Blame!

-Van Helsing

-Dracula: dead and loving it

-The Unborn

-Let her out ; with this one, it's not so much that I liked it, it's just that it was so dark and depressing that it stuck with me. Low budget horror, but impactful.

-The Empire Strikes Back ; also my favourite of the Star Wars films.

I think my love of horror movies is showing. :P

I intend to watch the Harry Potter and Tolkien films again as, if I am honest, I can scarcely recall them in any great detail.

Novels:

-The Earthsea Quartet ; I would recommend this to anyone who has not read it, as well as the author more generally.

-The Silmarillion

-1984

-Brave New World

Most of my reading consists of philosophical, economics and scientific readings, so I am not as well read as some in novels.
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Anarcho-Conservative » Tue Apr 03, 2018 10:42 pm

Favourite Movies:

The Mask of Zorro
Star Wars Series
The Expendables Series
Old Disney Films up to The Lion King
Rocky Series (including Creed)
Carry On At Your Convenience
A Few Good Men
Mission Impossible 2
Batman (Michael Keaton)
The Demolition Man
The Specialist
Jobs (Ashton Kutcher)

Favourite TV programmes:

Any sport on TV
Old Top Gear
The Grand Tour

Favourite Novels

Only read non-fiction sadly but will try harder with fiction!

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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by FvS » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:32 am

Movies:

Braveheart
The Patriot
The Matrix
Lord of the Rings
Star Wars
Conan the Barbarian
Rambo (New one)
Bourne Trilogy
In the Mouth of Madness
Solaris (remake)
Lost Highway
The Ninth Gate
The Fifth Element
Dark City
Brazil
John Wick
The Terminator
Starship Troopers
Predator
Bond Movies
Mission Impossible
Rocky IV
Alien(s)
The Thing
Contact
Unbreakable
They Live
Speed
Shooter
Groundhog Day
Outlaw Josey Wales
Gladiator
Tombstone
Blade Runner
Edge of Tomorrow
The Game
A Scanner Darkly
The Truman Show
Galaxy Quest
Cast Away
The Conjuring
The 13th Warrior
Sleepy Hollow
Most of the comic book movies
Probably could list more, but I better stop, getting long.

TV series:

The X-Files (My favorite and helped nurture my healthy distrust of government)
Twin Peaks
True Detective
Spartacus
Rome
Sopranos
Deadwood
Game of Thrones
Dexter
Broadchurch
Better Call Saul
Breaking Bad
Longmire
The Killing
Altered Carbon
Star Trek: Next Generation
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Seinfeld
American Dad
South Park
The Office
Parks and Rec
30 Rock

Novels:

Tolkien works
Game of Thrones
The Foundation Trilogy (highly recommended)
I,Robot
Earthsea Quartet
Wrinkle in Time books
1984
Dune
Neuromancer
Starship Troopers
The Talisman
Necronomicon - Lovecraft
The Count of Monte Cristo
Without Remorse
John Rain books
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by FvS » Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:44 am

Physiocrat wrote:I've read 1984 but not seen either TV or film version. What is it about he 1984 film version that makes it better than the 1954 version? I was intending to watch the latter on Youtube as it was recently put up.
I enjoy it as well. I'm a fan of John Hurt, and this film does a good job capturing that bleak, depressing feeling from the book. It's been a while since I've seen it, but I remember it as having a sort of dreamlike quality. Unrelated, but I really need to get around to watching The Prisoner.
Jon Irenicus wrote:The Earthsea Quartet ; I would recommend this to anyone who has not read it, as well as the author more generally.
Love those books. Also, I don't know what kind of music you're into, but if you like the Silmarillion, I would recommend Blind Guardian's concept album based on it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZ1bbXUEweQ
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Physiocrat » Mon Apr 09, 2018 6:37 am

@FVS

If you like Twin Peaks and Lost Highway you should definitely watch Mulholland Drive of you haven't already.
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Re: Favourite Films, TV series and Novels

Post by Jon Irenicus » Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:46 pm

FvS wrote:
Mon Apr 09, 2018 5:32 am

The X-Files (My favorite and helped nurture my healthy distrust of government)
I need to re-watch that, I only saw it and in a piecemeal fashion, as a child.
Spartacus
Altered Carbon
Star Trek: Next Generation
Those 3 are high on my list - is Altered Carbon as good as it's said to be?
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dunno how I forgot that one.
American Dad
Far better than Family Guy, imo.
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