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maestrowork
05-11-2009, 10:28 PM
Not movies that YOU have seen multiple times, but movies that in general get better the more you see it in theaters.

For example, I think the new Star Trek movie should be seen at least twice, preferably IMAX. It's the kind of big screen spectacles that must be seen on the biggest screen you can find...

Another example is Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago -- they are meant to be seen multiple times on the big screen.

Cyia
05-11-2009, 10:38 PM
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy was MUCH better suited to the big screen, as was the first Pirates of the Caribbean.

maestrowork
05-11-2009, 10:41 PM
Star Wars and Empire Strikes Back. Watching them on the TV screen just isn't the same thing. And you bet you can watch them over and over and over again. Same with Raiders of the Lost Ark.

James81
05-11-2009, 11:11 PM
The Matrix Trilogy (absolutely)
Batman Begins and The Dark Knight (absolutely rivetting on the big screen, not as powerful on DVD)
All the Star Wars movies
The Fast and the Furious
Fast and Furious (two great films that work better on the big screen)

Pretty much any high action movie with huge breadth is best watched on the big screen.

dgrintalis
05-11-2009, 11:13 PM
Transformers and another one that might seem odd, Seven. It is such a dark movie, visually, not just story, and a lot of the detail is missed on a smaller screen.

Cyia
05-11-2009, 11:22 PM
Jurassic Park.

And if you *must* watch it - Titanic.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 12:57 AM
Close Encounter of the Third Kind. Almost every scene is epic.

Ol' Fashioned Girl
05-12-2009, 01:07 AM
In addition to most of those listed above: Phantom of the Opera... the one with Gerard Butler.

katiemac
05-12-2009, 01:25 AM
I wish I'd seen Pan's Labrynth on the big screen.

Ken
05-12-2009, 01:38 AM
... Stagecoach! (1939)

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 01:39 AM
How the West Was Won -- on original Cinemascope!

MissKris
05-12-2009, 01:49 AM
I wish I'd seen Pan's Labrynth on the big screen.

*raises hand* I saw that one. WOW!

American Psycho - Christian Bale in a psychological horror/sociopolitical commentary/satire movie that benefits even more from the combined tension of a large audience.

dgiharris
05-12-2009, 02:13 AM
The Matrix -- I walked out of the theater in a daze
The Dark Knight -- Seen that 3 times in the theater
Back to the Future -- Now i'm dating myself, this KICKED ass in the theater (remember this was before everyone had a home theater system with surround sound in their living room)
The Ring -- Something about watching this in the theater just added to the experience
The Naked Gun -- When I saw this movie in the theater, I almost passed out from laughing.
Airplane -- A theater did a special showing and it is definitely funnier on the big screen
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon -- In a word, Awesome
Hero -- Magical movie that just gets better everytime you see it on the big screen
Super Troopers -- This movie must almost made me black out cuz I was laughing so hard
Kung Fu Hustle -- Just gets sillier and sillier, you keep noticing new things

O.k. that's my list. Can you beat it?

Mel...

dgrintalis
05-12-2009, 02:23 AM
Some more from me:

Alien
Aliens
Terminator
Casino Royale (just for that scene where Daniel Craig walks out of the ocean...yum)
I second or third The Dark Knight and The Matrix

euclid
05-12-2009, 02:26 AM
The Magnificent Seven.
Bonnie and Clyde.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
2001.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 02:31 AM
South Park -- there was nothing that topped watching it on the Big Screen with 200 college kids, slightly intoxicated. It MUST be seen that way.

nevada
05-12-2009, 02:32 AM
The Bourne Trilogy.

Moulin Rouge. When the first Can Can scene was on, with all those whirling skirts, I remember thinking "too much, too much." It was so overwhelming and bright, it left me dazed. exactly how people going to the Moulin Rouge felt.

scarletpeaches
05-12-2009, 02:33 AM
Australia. :D

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 02:43 AM
Moulin Rouge. When the first Can Can scene was on, with all those whirling skirts, I remember thinking "too much, too much." It was so overwhelming and bright, it left me dazed. exactly how people going to the Moulin Rouge felt.

ABSO-Frickin-LUTELY. That movie has to seen on the big screen, with the sound system cranked up to MAX, with the audiences high on one thing or another. Watching it on TV gives you the WTFIT feeling... but watching it on the big screen is a totally different experience. It's like drugs, only better.

backslashbaby
05-12-2009, 02:53 AM
Totally, the Moulin Rouge effect! Yes.

The Others. I saw it on TV later, and it lost nearly everything.

Braveheart.

If you must see The Village, see it in the theater. I loved the colors and mood, and 7/8ths of that movie ;)

I've never seen Memoirs of a Geisha, but that looked like one I'd love in the theatre.

ChunkyC
05-12-2009, 03:15 AM
I've never seen Memoirs of a Geisha, but that looked like one I'd love in the theatre.
It was beautiful on the big screen.

I have to agree with most of the movies mentioned. Dances With Wolves is another one that is awesome in a theatre. Others:

The French Connection -- the car chase was mind blowing
Blade Runner -- I swear I could feel the rain ... or maybe some kid in the balcony was dribbling his drink on me....

som1luvsmi
05-12-2009, 03:19 AM
What? No Gladiator? That movie was awesome on the big screen.

CACTUSWENDY
05-12-2009, 03:22 AM
the Sound of Music....

South Pacfic.....

Mary Poppins.....

(I kind of like musicals I guess....)

Star Wars....

Jurassic Park.... I agree.

Even some of the kids animated shows.

James81
05-12-2009, 04:57 AM
I'm watching the Dark Knight right now and I just realized that the scene where the Batpod comes flying out of the tumbler was absolutely one of the greatest scenes to watch on the big screen ever. That whole sequence is bad ass on TV, but on the big screen it was just fantastic.

euclid
05-12-2009, 02:09 PM
Moulin Rouge. When the first Can Can scene was on, with all those whirling skirts, I remember thinking "too much, too much." It was so overwhelming and bright, it left me dazed. exactly how people going to the Moulin Rouge felt.

When we went to Paris, we intended to go to the Moulin Rouge, but when we got there, the admission charge was crazy. Ff 1,000 each (that was about 100. What was that in dollars? In those days, probably $200), I think. No way we could spend Ff 2,000 on a night out.

For comparison, the hotel room cost 55 per night, for the two of us. Not sure of the date.

katiemac
05-12-2009, 04:27 PM
Moulin Rouge. When the first Can Can scene was on, with all those whirling skirts, I remember thinking "too much, too much." It was so overwhelming and bright, it left me dazed. exactly how people going to the Moulin Rouge felt.

I actually just watched this the other night on DVD and thought "damn it, another one I missed on the big screen." That would be some insane overload.

Now, imagine that movie on the big screen AND with a bottle of absinthe. Holy crap.

BenPanced
05-12-2009, 05:53 PM
I actually just watched this the other night on DVD and thought "damn it, another one I missed on the big screen." That would be some insane overload.



Now, imagine that movie on the big screen AND with a bottle of absinthe. Holy crap.
I saw Moulin Rouge on one of the cable movie channels and had to turn it off after that scene. I got a severe case of vertigo.

Some more from me:

Alien
Aliens
Terminator
Casino Royale (just for that scene where Daniel Craig walks out of the ocean...yum)
I second or third The Dark Knight and The Matrix
http://pics.livejournal.com/benpanced/pic/00062ktq

Yeah, something's not right.

Anyway, I vote for The Incredibles. The detail to hair and costume in that movie is just freakin' amazing, and it all looks fantastic.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 05:54 PM
Now, imagine that movie on the big screen AND with a bottle of absinthe. Holy crap.

Any mind altering drug like alcohol or Ambien would be amazing. Absinthe didn't do anything for me... just headache.

jodiodi
05-12-2009, 06:47 PM
Aside from some of those mentioned here:

The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Gone with the Wind
Saving Private Ryan

ChunkyC
05-12-2009, 07:00 PM
Saving Private Ryan
Oh good lawd, yes -- that opening sequence of Saving Private Ryan was incredible on the big screen.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 07:01 PM
A Perfect Storm
JAWS

with those films on the big screen and surround sound, you just feel like you're at sea with them, totally isolated. It's eerie.

RickN
05-12-2009, 07:23 PM
I love the big screen experience. Too bad it's too expensive to do on a regular basis.

4 tickets, popcorns, cokes in the theater -- $60
Netflix movie, popcorn, cokes on the couch -- $4

We only go to the theaters to see the spectacular high-action films. Enough wow-factor and I forget the $60.

FYI, Saving Private Ryan had the most awe-inspiring opening I've ever seen.

jodiodi
05-12-2009, 07:47 PM
I agree about the opening scene from SPR. I remember feeling stunned and sad. There hasn't been a movie since that left me feeling like that from the opening scene. The only other move that left me with an effect after it was over (and I've said this before on here) was Open Water. Completely different movies, but I still ached from them.

ChunkyC
05-12-2009, 08:08 PM
4 tickets, popcorns, cokes in the theater -- $60
True, it is way more than staying home and renting a flick. If I didn't write a column and therefore get in for free, I would probably do the same as you; only go for the blockbusters.

Just for comparison, a single ticket for a concert or sporting event -- in a seat that might require binoculars to see the performers clearly -- would be more money than the total cost for four people to enjoy a movie night at the theatre, so movies are still not too bad a deal in the grand scheme of night-out entertainment options.

euclid
05-12-2009, 08:09 PM
I love the big screen experience. Too bad it's too expensive to do on a regular basis.

4 tickets, popcorns, cokes in the theater -- $60
Netflix movie, popcorn, cokes on the couch -- $4

We only go to the theaters to see the spectacular high-action films. Enough wow-factor and I forget the $60.

FYI, Saving Private Ryan had the most awe-inspiring opening I've ever seen.


I agree about the opening scene from SPR. I remember feeling stunned and sad. There hasn't been a movie since that left me feeling like that from the opening scene. The only other move that left me with an effect after it was over (and I've said this before on here) was Open Water. Completely different movies, but I still ached from them.

Yes, SPR had a strong opening, but the rest of the movie was ho hum, boring and crap imo.

dgiharris
05-12-2009, 08:27 PM
I love the big screen experience. Too bad it's too expensive to do on a regular basis.

4 tickets, popcorns, cokes in the theater -- $60
Netflix movie, popcorn, cokes on the couch -- $4

We only go to the theaters to see the spectacular high-action films. Enough wow-factor and I forget the $60.

FYI, Saving Private Ryan had the most awe-inspiring opening I've ever seen.

Sorry, it is against my religion to buy movie popcorn/soda.

Under Leviticus, Chapter 5 verse 7: "Thou shallt not be fleeced when viewing they favorite movie..."

It is all I can do to not vomit while spending $10 for a ticket. This is why I only see movies that people have sworn are worth it. I see maybe 6 movies on the big screen per yer.

I'll probably spring for Terminator and G.I. Joe and of course Up.

And I agree, as for openings, I'm trying to think of a more gripping one than SPR... Nothing is coming to mind. Though the Opening for a recent BIG sci-fi movie I just saw yesterday wasn't too bad. :)

Mel...

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 09:20 PM
Something's got to be seen on the big screen though, unless you have a 100" HDTV with THX sound at home.

It's like saying you'd rather listen to a song taped from the radio because a CD costs too much. Yes, it costs money so you're probably not going to buy every song you want to listen, or see every movie at the theater. But like I said, some movies are meant to be seen on the big screen, and that's the topic of this thread. ;)

Get off the soapbox! :)

Back on topic....

I missed the English Patient when it came out, but then when I saw it on TV, I realized it would have been a great movie to see on the big screen.


I saw The Lion King in theater -- wow, the opening sequence was worth the admission. It was one of those animations that really needed to be seen on the big screen.

jodiodi
05-12-2009, 09:58 PM
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Curse of the Golden Flower (AWESOME)
House of Flying Daggers
(I think I see a theme developing here)

All were visually stunning and almost overwhelming on the big screen.

tomber
05-12-2009, 10:13 PM
There Will Be Blood

I'm still kicking myself for having watched it only once on the big screen. When it came to the dollar theater for a week, I should've gone once a day. At least. Stupid stupid stupid.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 10:17 PM
There Will Be Blood

I have to say, though, the Blu-Ray is really sweet, especially if you have a TV that is at least 50".

ChunkyC
05-12-2009, 10:36 PM
Titanic (did someone mention it already?)

The scene where the stern lifts up out of the water and you can see her props ... amazing. No matter what you think of the movie itself, the sinking was incredible on the big screen.

maestrowork
05-12-2009, 10:40 PM
Atonement. The Dunkirk scene alone needs to be seen on the big screen.

dgrintalis
05-12-2009, 10:52 PM
Gladiator kicked butt on the big screen. When you see the Coliseum for the first time...shivers!

The scene in the tunnel in iRobot was awesome on a big screen, too.

And BenPanced, thank you for posting that picture. :)

Gravity
05-13-2009, 12:58 AM
Ben Hur
The Battle of The Bulge
The Black Hole
The Towering Inferno
Spartacus

Wavy_Blue
05-13-2009, 01:34 AM
Wall-E!

You just can't fully appreciate the level of amazing computer animation on a small TV screen.