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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank

Both are great movies, but I wouldn't be able to enjoy either one with someone holding a gun to my head.


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Both are great movies, but I wouldn't be able to enjoy either one with someone holding a gun to my head.


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
I just have a feeling the person with the gun to my head is going to shoot me anyway. Why else ask such an arbitrary question in a life or death situation?
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Saving Private Ryan


game over. Shawshank is the trendy answer though.


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harmonics
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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Also, if you are going to hold a gun to someones head, make them choose between two shitty movies, not classics. My two choices would have been The Pacifier and......Well any other Vin Diesel movie....

Edit: frick me, he was in Saving Private Ryan.
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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Shawshank and its not even close for me


Anyone who disagrees is being obtuse


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Shawshank, easy choice for me


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Saving private Ryan by a mile


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People heap praise on SPR all the time but does anyone ever really rewatch the whole movie. I like bits and pieces of it but it is a very harsh film and not one I like to watch on a whim.

I can watch Shawshank over and over.


I'm pretty much here on this - ditto for Blackhawk Down - Ridley did a great job with a great story - just a perfect storm of filmmaker, Bowden's story and the actual events themselves, but not like Shawshank for repeatability.

Does that make Shawshank better?

I've watched Pulp Fiction more than once in a single day. I'll pick up Casino almost from any point and watch it until the end, regardless. Ditto for Goodfellas.

But, SPR is a great film. I'm not sure I've watched it all the way through more than 3 or 4 times. I saw it at the theater with my father - could that really have been 15 years ago?


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Shawshank, though both are enormously flawed.
I mean, really?


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
I can watch Shawshank over and over. Not so much for SPR. As much as the storming Normandy scene has done for movies and filmaking and history in general, I'd have to pick Shawshank.


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RollTide1987
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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
I am going to get crucified for this but I have always found Black Hawk Down to be one of the most overrated war movies out there.

Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ridley Scott, maybe I'm just not a fan of slightly contemporary war movies, but Black Hawk Down was a struggle to get through on the first viewing. I didn't really care too much for Hartnett's acting, nor did I care much for the accents put on my Jason Issacs, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom - even though he was in the film for like two or three scenes.

Maybe had I seen the movie when it first came out, before I was familiar with most of the actors in the film, I wouldn't have been so annoyed by their accents, but their voices grated on me after a while.

I also loved how Ridley Scott seemingly raided the set of Pearl Harbor for a lot of his actors.



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I am going to get crucified for this but I have always found Black Hawk Down to be one of the most overrated war movies out there.


One advantage I had was that, as a fan of Bowden, I read the book prior - so I could just enjoy the film.

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Maybe I'm just not a fan of Ridley Scott


And, again, I am - he's my favorite director.

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maybe I'm just not a fan of slightly contemporary war movies


As a fan of war movies, in general, I agree that the modern, gritty take, while appreciated, is somewhat more pedestrian than the classics, and I mean 12 O'Clock High, Sands of Iwo Jima, The Longest Day, Patton, and even as late as A Bridge Too Far, are all just wonderful pieces of art, while newer war movies, particularly since SPR, try to "out realism" each other, at the expense of the story. The follow-on project to SPR, Band of Brothers, although a television series, does an excellent job of balancing that realism, with the older style of war movie storytelling - and of course they had 10 hours to do it.

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I didn't really care too much for Hartnett's acting,


I thought he did an okay job, but, seriously, this was the powers-that-be teeing him up for big things and he fumbled it. I agree with you generally, that among the other performances, certainly compared to superior performances by Sizemore, Bana, Eldard, and even McGregor in a smaller role than we are accustomed for him, Hartnett was just so-so.

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nor did I care much for the accents put on my Jason Issacs, Eric Bana, and Orlando Bloom - even though he was in the film for like two or three scenes.

Maybe had I seen the movie when it first came out, before I was familiar with most of the actors in the film, I wouldn't have been so annoyed by their accents, but their voices grated on me after a while.


I think you've correctly diagnosed this as a personal problem specific to you, independent from the quality of the final product.

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I also loved how Ridley Scott seemingly raided the set of Pearl Harbor for a lot of his actors.


It is extremely common for cadres of people to work together on Hollywood productions. I didn't care for Pearl Harbor at all, so I don't think this fact is significant.


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Shawshank


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Blackhawk Down


Didn't like it. A lot of inaccuracies
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Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank


Why on earth would anyone care enough about the answer to this question to put a gun to someones head in order to hear it?


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re: Gun to your head: Saving Private Ryan or Shawshank
Pulp Fiction


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Pulp Fiction


That was my first thought when I saw the thread title - a GOAT movie thread has to have Pulp Fiction in the discussion. I even use it as a break in eras, as in pre-PF and post-PF, kind of like I used to do with Patton.


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