Xah's Favorite Movies

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Modern Times  Charlie Chaplin amazon Modern Times Charlie Chaplin. Exceedingly fantastic. Reminiscent of movie Brazil.

dr strangelove-s Dr. Strangelove amazon • Director: Stanley Kubrick. Shows two planes copulating in the prologue.



Brazil movie Brazil amazon • Director: Terry Gilliam. • paperwork gone berserk • Character I love: Jill Layton (Kim Greist). Care for some necrophilia?

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Larry Flynt is the founder of Hustler mag. With its unprecedented displaying of vagina explicitly, sans qualm that made him a millionaire, ensued public brouhaha, and he became a free speech hero. His case went to Supreme Court, and he got shot in the spine, and became a cripple since.

A Clockwork Orange

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A Clockwork Orange amazon • It's about street violence and its rectification. Wonderful is the erotic arts in this film.

born 4th july Born on the Fourth of July amazon • Reveals the virtue and integrity of patriotism.

The Skin I Live In

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Greatest Love Stories

Fight Club

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A splendid love story. A philosophy experience for American yuppies. The Marla Singer character is Helena Bonham Carter. Her inordinate oddity is sweet.

Leaving Las Vegas 1995 Leaving Las Vegas amazon • A fantasy land of pain. I love both Sera (Elisabeth Shue) and Terri (Valeria Golino) very much.

Lolita 1962 Lolita amazon • Director: Stanley Kubrick. Splendid masterpiece. I love Lolita Haze (Sue Lyon). I love her blondness, her tender flesh, and her consummating maturity… This is a true love story.

Run Lola Run 1998 Run Lola Run amazon • Fate, is what it is. A great love story of exigency.

2046 movie 2046 amazon • A great story of a love life. Wonderful music.

Lust, Caution

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Pathological Creatures and Their Psychology

Batmat 1989 Batman amazon • Characters I love: The Joker, Batman. • Comment: A modern thriller employing high-tech visual stunts. However, what attract me are the characters Joker and Batman, especially Joker, and the fact that the film is beautifully shot in a graphics novel style with dreary overtone. Both characters are psychopaths. Joker because he is terribly defaced (caused by Batman). Batman because his childhood trauma, where his parents are killed in a robbery by the then a young, handsome Joker. Joker hides his feelings by a eternal laughter, while Batman is eternally sulky with a serious face. This is cop and robber gone insane.

Joker calls Batman the “Sideshow phony”. Not until few years later i realized how much culture and history that jab alludes. It's so fittingly funny too. If you want to know more about sideshows, i recommend the film: 〈Sideshow: Alive on the Inside〉 You'll see Conjoined twins, living person missing body parts fromwaist down, and others that we technically call freaks. The first time i got interested in conjoined twins is when i read about Abigail and Brittany Hensel Twins in Time mag around 1996. (Hensel Twins photo) At the time i was thinking “gosh, what a philosophical can of worm this is.”. Now i've read about and seen on video quite a few conjoined twins. They are fascinating. I would marry the Hensel twins, for their beauty.

Sideshow movie 1999 Sideshow: Alive on the Inside amazon

Exotica 1995 Exotica amazon • Characters I love: Christina (Mia Kirshner), Zoe (Arsinée Khanjian) • Comment: One might call this film a psychological thriller. The film is centered on few characters, each is given a intense development. Each character are morbid in one way or another. The theme of the film is similar to Sex, Lies, and Videotape Both sells on the psychology of characters and their relations.

sex lies videotape Sex, Lies, and Videotape amazon • Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), Ann (Andie MacDowell) • Comment: A simple story of a man and his relations with his high-school friend, the friend's wife, and the wife's sister.

Crumb movie Crumb amazon • Documentary of a pathetic comic book artist and his morbid family. See also: Art of Robert Crumb.

Taxi Driver Taxi Driver amazon . • Directed by Martin Scorsese • a film of a schizoid.


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Julie Taymor's 〈Titus〉

Titus amazon • Director: Julie Taymor. • Like other men, the part i really enjoyed and appreciated is the raping of the girl, the cutting off of her tongue, and then cutting off her hands and stick tree branches in the remaining stumps. I avow you to enjoy this timeless appreciation with me. Aside from the rape scene, i just love this movie for so many other scenes, and definitely the orgy scene. The scene where two heads are showcased by a circus-like clod and a red-headed girl is so attractive. The boy in this movie, the Goth queen and her 2 sons, and the black Aaron, and the emperor and Andronicus are all so arresting.

Here's full annotated text of The Tragedy Of Titus Andronicus.

screenshots Julie Taymor's Titus

Fact Like

Freaks movie Freaks amazon • Director: Tod Browning • film with real deformed people. • Daisy Hilton and Violet Hilton conjoint female twin. Martha Morris “armless wonder”. John Echkardt, “Johnny Eck, The Half-boy” — a man without hips and legs. Randion “the living torso” ?-1934 — a man without any limbs… Many of the females here are utterly attractive. Daisy and Violet, two sweet and docile heads in one piece. The Cleopatra womanly goddess, not deeds but body. The armless girl with her nubile bare feet. The midget woman Frieda with her sincerity and sorrow. Besides the female attraction, all other freaks here are so utterly cute and lovable. Hercules is the one person in this film that’s hateful. This film, reinforced strongly a idea, that happiness is immaterial. Also, that human animals can survive fine without limbs.

Once Upon a Time

Shanghai Triad

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Banquet movie The Banquet 夜宴 amazon • Loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. Beautiful cinematography. Terrible gongfu fighting scenes.

Death And The Maiden Death and the Maiden amazon •Great music. Torture.

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Cabaret amazon • Director: Bob Fosse. • There are many films on showgirls; this is the most revealing.

Farewell My Concubine

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Director: 陈凯歌. The greatest epic in film. The span of modern Chinese history. The tumult.

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To Live movie 活着 To Live amazon • Directed by Bin Wang?, Xleochun Zhang?, 张艺谋, Plot Summary: In the 1940's China, the story of a gambler's life.

Red Sorghum movie 红高粱 Red Sorghum amazon • Director: 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang). • The flaying of human animals alive.


Wizard of Oz The Wizard of Oz amazon • Wonderful.

Dreams movie Dreams amazon • Director: Akira Kurosawa. • I particularly liked the first few sections. One about the fox procession and one about peach tree, also the one about soldiers (tunnel).

Everyday Life Stories

American Beauty

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American Beauty

Love the two chicks. One for her well-fed American teen-girl mannerism, and one for her youth crisis gothic-ness.

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Heavenly Creatures Heavenly Creatures amazon • Two highschool girls suspected of lesbianism, and in fear of separation, they murdered one of their mom. Based on a true story in Australia.

Camille Claudel Camille Claudel amazon •Camille Claudel (Isabelle Adjani), ravishing lass. Despair.

The Ice Storm

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The Ice Storm Katie Holmes in 〈The Ice Storm〉 amazon • Director: Ang Lee. Love Wendy Hood (Christina Ricci), Libbets Casey (Katie Holmes) for her sexiness. Love all other actors.

Rain Man Rain Man 〔〈Rain Man〉 DVD amazon

Disclosure movie Disclosure • Character I love: Meredith Johnson (Demi Moore)• Comment: There's nothing more important in life than the issue of Sex in the Office. Perhaps a American government branch should be erected for all sex related subject matters, with one department focusing on the law, prevention, and enforcement of sex at work. It is also commendable to invest in a tech device that can be embedded into genitals at birth, so that government can detect every illicit sexual intercourse.

The Crying Game The Crying Game • It's not what you think!. Wonderful film.

和你在一起 Together • Director: 陈凯歌

The story of Qiu Ju 秋菊打官司 The story of Qiu Ju amazon

菊豆 Ju Dou • Directed by Yang Fengliang, 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang), Plot Summary: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural …

Raise The Red Lantern 大红灯笼高高挂 Raise The Red Lantern amazon • Director: 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang).

一个都不能少 Not One Less • Director: 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang)• about a 13-years old substitute teacher in a poor rural area of China. Wonderful film.

The Red Dwarf • Directed by Yvan Le Moine. Black and white. A bit pointless. Art for arts sake. Supremely beautiful little girl Isis Colombe (played by Dyna Gauzy). Best acting. The clown, Bob, and the girl. The film of circuses.

Three Colors: Red • Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski. The aspect of enjoyment for this film is watching. By that I don't mean visual treats, but rather, a story told in visual form. It is not a dramatic story. The film does not engage in sexiness or any apparent excitement of the senses. Instead, it's the aspects of telling a plain story gets you fascinated much in the same way you are curious to what happened to your old friends or acquaintances. I like the judge for his unerring confidence and decisiveness. I like the girl of her sincerity, virtue, and with her fine countenance and delicate body, beauty.

Weird Shit

Pulp Fiction Pulp Fiction amazon • drugs and shooting people and pussy eating philosophy and sex-slave keeping cops. Pulpy.


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Mulholland Drive amazon • Director: David Lynch. • Eerie, scary, beautiful. Fantastic lesbian scene to boot. I love the Betty Elms/Diane Selwyn (Naomi Watts) What wouldn't i do for a blonde & blue eyes? I also love waitress at Winkies (Missy Crider). The blonde actress Lori Heuring (director's wife) is also lovely. One too many blonde running around and i'll die in heaven. The raven haired Rita (Laura Elena Harring) is also lovely. See a clip here: Llorando 〈Crying〉 in 〈Mulholland Drive〉 🎶

Tales of the Underdogs

Last Exit to Brooklyn • Comment: Pain and fear of the outcast.

Do the Right Thing Do the Right Thing amazon • Comment: Pain and fear of the outcast.

Natural Born Killers Natural Born Killers amazon . • Directed by Oliver Stone.

Pain of the Human Heart

To sleep with a vampire To sleep with a vampire amazon • Director: Adam Friedman. • I love stripper Nina (Charlie Spradling). I love her looks, love her attitude, love her mannerism, love her despondency and destitute. I love her fairly big tits too.

Queen of the Damned

Queen of the Damned amazon • In it, there's this chick Jesse (Marguerite Moreau) who is exceedingly womanly. I love her so. See screenshots of her at Double-Bun Hairdo Babes.

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Interview with the Vampire • Eternal youth may not be a good thing, after all. The girl actress Kirsten Dunst (playing Claudia) is fascinating to watch.

Massive Ending Lives of Human Animals

Soldiers are slaves of the government. Patriotism is the seed of war.

Apocalypse Now

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Often praised as the best film on war ever made. Helicopters flying about like a swamp of dragonflies of the tropic. These helicopters are “death from above”. The scene of the chopper attack wrung your heart out of shape. It is the best scene in the film.

For the chopper scene, see: Apocalypse Now; Ride of the Valkyries.

Full Metal Jacket

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Murderer Stories

Bound • A very dark black comedy showing the power of love between two womem. It features cutting off of the fingers, one by one.

Blue Velvet • Director is David Lynch. We have in it a woman who's a masochist, wants to be beaten by her lover.

Primal Fear • Illustrates the fantasy of total control of emotion.

Demented Killers

Silence of the Lambs Silence of the Lambs amazon •Character I love: Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) • Comment: The art of culinary on human flesh is the most difficult to master. I'm not much into cooking, but i long to savor a vulva or a tongue. There is a prequel Manhunter and sequel Hannibal , both are excellent. The latter involves the explicit depiction of eating of a human brain, live, with a lady. Palpitating The latest in the series Red Dragon is ok.

The Vanishing (1988) amazon • A psychological thriller focusing on a puzzling disappearance of a woman.

Psycho amazon • A classic. Based on the serial killer Ed Gein., along with the Buffalo Bill of Silence of the Lambs and the guy in Texas Chainsaw Massacre ≈1975.

The Shining • Comment: Superb acting. Beautiful scenery. Standard Stanley Kubrick film. Jack Nicholson is fascinating to watch.


Watched Coraline today. Pretty good. Better in first half. Not as good as i expected though, because i read the summary of the story on Wikipedia first and i think i'd love it. I didn't particular find the animation that spectacular, nor the story extraordinarily fascinating.

This movie reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth, also a fantastic film. I think i liked PL better.

The technology of this film, Stop-motion, is rather fascinating. Basically, you just take still photos and sequence them together. I couldn't imagine how such method could make a good, smooth, animation, but apparently it can.

Typically, stop-animation is done using clays for characters, because clay is easy to mold. This film is done by 3D printing to create models. Amazing technology. Imagine, in order to create this film, the have to build miniature sets, and take tens of thousands photos of it. Quite amazing. Consider what it takes to build the miniature sets, little houses, chairs, dolls… in a sense, they are high quality toys, made by dedicated professional artisans invidually for this project, a magnitude superior than those mass marketed miniature toys you could by in toy stores. Fascinating. I wonder if they sell those sets and artifacts after the film.

Cartoon Animation

Who Framed Roger Rabbit • Fantastic. See also Why Don't You Do Right sung by Jessica Rabbit.

Little Mermaid • See also: Is Disney Hurting Gender Feminism?

A Culture Rape by American

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See: Hollywood and Disney's Rape of Culture.

Japanese Animation

Spirited Away • Directed by Hayao Miyazaki • great modern tale, exemplary of Japanese animation at its best.

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Project A-ko • Fantastic comedy. There are a series of 4. All are excellent.

Ghost in the Shell • Contrived touch of philosophy. Realistic but not perfect animation quality.

The Ultimate Teacher

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• A original and outrageous comedy. The story runs around two characters, with a third in the end. A school girl leader battles a cockroachman. Later, a spiderman comes along. The cockroachman is a accident of a secret government sponsored genetic project. The spiderman was the project leader, now he is genetically engineered with spider's genes in order to match power and capture the escaped cockroachman…

Kung Fu

Kill Bill

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Kill Bill amazon starring Uma Thurman.

一代宗師 The Grandmaster

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THE Grandmaster 一代宗師 amazon starring Tony Leung.

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 2011. lousy.

New Dragon Gate Inn 新龍门客棧 • Director: Raymond Lee. The dialogue is extremely wily.

Hero 英雄 • Director: 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang). • the telling of a tale.

House Of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 • Directed by 张艺谋 (Yimou Zhang). This movie features the most grand poem on a lady: 佳人歌 (The Beauty Song).

Painted Skin 画皮 amazon Great Chinese ghost story drama.

Ip Man 葉問 amazon starring Donnie Yen. Great kungfu fighting, in particular, the film attempted to showcase the kungfu style of Wing Chun in a factual way.

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Watched the movie The Ghost Writer today. Directed by Roman Polanski. Based on a screenplay written by him and Harris. Stars Ewan McGregor and Pierce Brosnan.

It's fantastic. The story is about a UK Premier who hired a writer to write his autobiography. (such writer is called ghostwriter) The previous ghostwriter died on the job. The new ghostwriter (Ewan McGregor) is the main character. Thru his job, he discovered that the previous writer might have been murdered. That unfolds the story.

Avatar and District 9 reviews.

Chinatown amazon starring Jack Nicholson. If you like suspense, this is one of the greatest. Directed by Roman Polanski. Btw, the film used the name Chinatown, but it has nothing to do with chinatown or Chinese.

The Collector
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Full Contact amazon • South East Asia gangster thriller. Fantastic.

High Art amazon • Drama. Love story. Artists. Fantastic.

Cyrano de Bergerac amazon

Sense and Sensibility amazon

Pan's Labyrinth

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Downfall Der Untergang amazon • On Adolf Hitler's last days.

South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut • A good, real-life cartoon show for the whole family. amazon

Religulous amazon • documentary. Making fun of religion.

Swept Away amazon starring Giancarlo Giannini. Drama. • Full title is “Swept Away by an Unusual Destiny in the Blue Sea of August”. A fantastic movie illustrating the primitive nature of men and women.

The Flowers of War 金陵十三钗 The Flowers of War Sino-Japanese war drama. soso.

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Project A A计划 amazon Project A Comedy. Jackey Chan's early works, at his best. Most excellent. Featuring a fascinating pirate character (the pirate head is played by Taiwan action actor/director Dick Wei (狄威, born c.1953) ) .

Wheels on Meals 快餐車 amazon Wheels on Meals. Comedy. Jackey Chan's early works, at his best. Most excellent. Featuring Miss Spain 1979 Lola Forner (born 1960) aka María Dolores Forner.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

The Conjuring {supernatural, horror} 86%

This Is the End comedy. 83%

12 Years a Slave (film)

Captain Phillips (film) • based on a true story. Modern piracy. good

Byzantium (film) {fantasy, thriller} 62%

Byzantium is a 2012 British-Irish fantasy thriller film directed by Neil Jordan and starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, and Jonny Lee Miller. The story concerns a mother and daughter vampire duo. The film premiered at the Irish Film Institute in April 2013 and was commercially released the following month. It has received generally positive reviews.

Django Unchained amazon . Brainless western gun blood American fantasy, directed by the idiot Quentin Tarantino. If you enjoy the wild west type of cowboys and guns and lots blood, this is your cup of tea.

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Godzilla (2014 film)

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American Hustle amazon • drama.

A Real Hero

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3D Sex and Zen Extreme Ecstasy

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus 2009. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Watchmen (film)


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the whole movie happens inside a room, basically. This movies, but, stir up fear more than any explicit ghost or monster or killer movie.


Harold and Maude amazon . I enjoyed this movie, but don't find its theme particularly outstanding. It's somewhat pointless and shallow.

The Day the Sun Turned Cold 天国逆子 amazon • Directed a Ho Yim. • a simple murder mystery story