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#1 of 34 OFFLINE   Holadem

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Posted March 05 2003 - 09:34 AM

I love movies that feature intersecting stories built around the same theme. I have watched the following:

Magnolia
Amores Perros
Traffic
13 Conversations about one thing
- I knew I would like this one just from the title
The Hours - (somewhat)

I am probably forgetting a few others. Every single one of these movies is a 3 1/2 to 4 stars material in my book.

Now, all these movie were released in this decade. Surely, in 100+ years of cinema, there must have been dozens of excellent such movies made. Please recommend away.

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#2 of 34 OFFLINE   Paul_D

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Posted March 05 2003 - 09:58 AM

Short Cuts
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#3 of 34 OFFLINE   Brent Bridgeman

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Posted March 05 2003 - 09:59 AM

Short Cuts is one that comes to mind. Edit : Doh! Too slow on the draw!

#4 of 34 OFFLINE   Elizabeth S

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Posted March 05 2003 - 10:16 AM

I love these types of movies as well! Alias Betty (coming to DVD 3/11) Lantana

#5 of 34 OFFLINE   Eric_E

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Posted March 05 2003 - 11:13 AM

Pulp Fiction

#6 of 34 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted March 05 2003 - 11:25 AM

Nashville (1975).

And when you get the opportunity, the currently-in-limited release Lawless Heart.

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#7 of 34 OFFLINE   Edwin Pereyra

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Posted March 05 2003 - 11:49 AM

The Red Violin

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#8 of 34 OFFLINE   Joseph Young

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Posted March 05 2003 - 12:16 PM

Lantana

update: Chunking Express. Great film, available on DVD, and definitely with intersecting threads (the 'Happy Together' reference reminded me)

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#9 of 34 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted March 05 2003 - 12:31 PM

Would Higher Learning qualify?
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Posted March 05 2003 - 01:41 PM

reservoir dogs? although i feel pulp fiction is far superior CJ
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Posted March 05 2003 - 02:13 PM

Short Cuts. GREAT sig, Paul.
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#12 of 34 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted March 05 2003 - 02:21 PM

Try John Sayles' Lone Star. It has many intersecting characters and the general theme seems to be an exploration of father-son relationships. Great movie.

You might also like Atom Egoyan's The Sweet Hereafter. It follows a non-linear path centered around a lawyer and his attempts to bring forth a lawsuit in a community devastated by a school bus tragedy. By intermixing his very personal reflections on his own life with the events surrounding the lawsuit which occurred a year earlier, you get an amazing portrait of both the lawyer and some of the people of the community. It doesn't use separate stories united by a theme, but it does intermingle separate events in a compelling way. Also a great movie.

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#13 of 34 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted March 05 2003 - 05:20 PM

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Posted March 05 2003 - 05:55 PM

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I'm only recommending the Martin Landau subplot. The Woody Allen subplot didn't do anything for me.
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#15 of 34 OFFLINE   Brad Porter

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Posted March 05 2003 - 06:29 PM

I forgot to recommend Sunshine. Ralph Fiennes repeatedly appears as the central character as the story follows multiple generations of a family. (He plays the grandfather, the father, and the son - each while they are young and establishing themselves in society). It's like three different movies which flow together based upon the familial relationships, and it takes place during the late 19th and early to middle 20th centuries in central Europe.

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#16 of 34 OFFLINE   Richard Smith

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Posted March 05 2003 - 11:05 PM

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#17 of 34 OFFLINE   SteveGon

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Posted March 06 2003 - 02:06 AM

Some good recommendations so far.

Here's a few more:

Before the Rain - Explores the political/religious strife in Macedonia using a structure quite similar to Pulp Fiction.

Grand Hotel - Various characters interact in a posh Berlin hotel. One of the greats.

Unfortunately, neither one of these is available on DVD. Posted Image

#18 of 34 OFFLINE   Angelo.M

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Posted March 06 2003 - 02:32 AM


A film I enjoyed far more than I expected to:

Go

Also allow me to second the criminally-overlooked:

The Red Violin


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Posted March 06 2003 - 06:14 AM

Whoa, lots of recommendations, thanks! I have watched Lantana, Red Violin (why don't I own this yet?), Pulp Fiction (I am the only soul on the planet who didn't like it...).

I don't think Reservoir Dogs qualifies. Or Memento for that matter.

The rest is going into my Nexflix queue Posted Image

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Posted March 06 2003 - 06:23 AM

Possession was kind of like The Hours in its narrative structure (and a darn good movie too).




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