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Great thread, people. I love movies. I'm going to try out some of your favourites!|
Here are some movies that I liked, both old and new, in alphabetical order. Will post more when I can remember them! I noticed that some of you share my tastes too :-)
I've provided some brief description for each without giving away too much of the story.
I'll start with animation (cartoon) movies:
A rather old but nice movie about ants, with some real interesting characters.
A Bug's Life
Another nice story revolving around ants. Nice colourful scenes and images.
A great animation movie from Pixar. About cars. A would-be champion race car misses the road and ends
up on a path that leads him, through twists and turns, to discover those things that really matter in "life".
The Cat in the Hat
Two kids have a memorable and personality-changing adventure with a cat from a fantasy world. The movie is based on one of the stories by Dr Seuss who is renowned for his numerous literary works for children. Partly animation, partly real (there's another, completely animated, old version of this movie, which is nowhere as good).
A lovely story about fish. Little Nemo gets captured by a diver. His dad Marlin sets off on the long journey to find him. And for Marlin, it's not just about finding Nemo, but finding himself too. One of my all-time favourite animation movies. Great cartoons and superb animation from Pixar studios. The details are amazing.
You'll need to understand western culture well and be rather good at English to fully appreciate this modernised version of a fairy tale. The story line is quite lame (someone stealing recipes and putting restaurants out of business!). I thought the ending wasn't very clever, and I never did like that shifty-eyed and nosy rabbit anyway. But otherwise the movie is full of entertaining episodes.
A superb story about three mismatched creatures in the ice age that just happen to come together. As they journey together to return a lost human baby to its family, they begin to also see each other differently.
Part 2 is just so-so, nothing great. It has a few funny scenes in between to provide some relief.
An animation movie around an "Incredible" family with special powers, with lots of brilliant action, which gets more enjoyable as it progresses and the characters start coming into their own.
The Lion King
Another nice animation movie around a pride of lions on the plains of Africa, with some very interesting characters thrown in. Follow the dialogues to enjoy it more. It's got a few songs too. "Hakuna Matata" is good fun, but the one sung by old Scar (forgot the name) drags a bit. Still, a movie worth having in your collection.
Over the Hedge
A group of assorted creatures live together happily in the forest. A human settlement springs up next door to disrupt their lives. A raccoon has his own private problems to spice up the story. And lots of drama in between. Good entertainment value.
Another very nice animation movie that I saw very recently. A rat with culinary inclinations wants to be a cook. Again, lots of details. You'll know what Ratatouille stands for near the end of the movie. Very well produced, and thoroughly entertaining. You'll never think of rats in the same way again!
Shrek, Part 1 and Part 2 (not Part 3)
Shrek is an ogre--a kind of evil creature that used to appear in old fairy tales. But while Shrek is anything but evil, he is misunderstood and abhorred because of his appearance. He is joined by another social outcast, a donkey that talks, and unwittingly lands up in adventures that help reveal his real nature.
To really enjoy Shrek you need to be familiar with other old cartoon characters from fairy tales (pinocchio, three blind mice, the three little pigs, etc). Otherwise you'll miss out on a lot. Simple story lines in both these movies, but the characters more than make up for it.
I thought Part 3 of Shrek was rather boring and insipid in comparison. They've changed Shrek's appearance so much that he's no longer an ogre but just a large green man. And, unconvincing story line. Not worth watching.
The Simpsons movie
Vintage Simpsons. To really enjoy this movie, you must be familiar with the TV series "The Simpsons" and understand the characters. And if you are, I don't need to tell you about it anyway :-)
Toy Story - Part 1 and 2
Great stuff again from Pixar. About a set of toys belonging to a young boy, and their adventures and mishaps caused by their very human feelings and vulnerabilities.
[ Last edited by changcheng at 2007-12-13 02:42 PM ]