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#1 of 82 OFFLINE   David Baranyi

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Posted October 14 2003 - 02:48 PM

Note: this a thread for your recommendations, not a place to discuss about CGI-free films. I have some friends, who are quite traditionalists and refuse to watch films that contains any 3D CGI animation. I could not recommend to them any decent films, so can anyone help me? I would like to mention that they what an exceptional DVD transfer, not a second-rate job. Remember, no campy, no sentimental, and no melodramatic films please. My friends greatly despise films with such themes. Update: Several minutes ago, I spoke to my friends on how they are restricting their viewing choices and had decided to drop "any CGI animation." What they really object is the use of 3D CGI animation. They would not mind 2D CGI, as long as it is decent and is irrelevant to the film.

#2 of 82 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted October 14 2003 - 02:56 PM

Lawrence of Arabia: Superbit.

#3 of 82 OFFLINE   BobG

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Posted October 14 2003 - 03:04 PM

How about any movie made before 1990?

#4 of 82 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted October 14 2003 - 03:26 PM

There are thousands of great films with no CGI, but I get a feeling that your friends wouldn't be interested in most of them. However, in case I'm wrong, here's ten films with no CGI that (IMO anyway) are not campy, sentimental or overly melodramatic Rear Window The Godfather Raiders of the Lost Ark Chinatown Vertigo Planes, Trains & Automobiles Jaws The Sting Double Indemnity A Hard Day's Night
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#5 of 82 OFFLINE   MartinTeller

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Posted October 14 2003 - 03:36 PM

Chinatown and Vertigo might be considered melodramatic. David: you have very strange and rigid friends.

#6 of 82 OFFLINE   Matt Pelham

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Posted October 14 2003 - 04:11 PM

You might try the upcoming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD. Saw it in theaters and didn't notice any CGI at all.

#7 of 82 OFFLINE   MatthewLouwrens

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Posted October 14 2003 - 04:36 PM

I agree with the unusual nature of your friends.

[quote] You might try the upcoming League of Extraordinary Gentlemen DVD. Saw it in theaters and didn't notice any CGI at all. [quote] Are you serious? I hope not. Dorian Gray's disappearing bulletholes? The Nautilus? The Invisible Man? Mina Harker turning into a swarm of bats? (Or was that just in the trailer?)

In any case, there are better movies. League was watchable, but I don't know I'd recommend it.

#8 of 82 OFFLINE   Richard Kim

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Posted October 14 2003 - 04:42 PM

[quote] How about any movie made before 1990? [quote]
Well, there is The Abyss.

#9 of 82 OFFLINE   Dan Rudolph

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Posted October 14 2003 - 04:46 PM

And Tron.
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Posted October 14 2003 - 04:54 PM

If I'm not mistaken, BRAM STOKERS DRACULA is cgi free Excellent effects in that movie

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Posted October 14 2003 - 05:04 PM

[quote] Raiders of the Lost Ark [quote] What about all those ghosts and stuff near the end?

How about Traffic?

#12 of 82 OFFLINE   Ricardo C

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Posted October 14 2003 - 05:51 PM

Attack of the Clones and The Matrix are both fine choices.
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Posted October 14 2003 - 06:07 PM

[quote] Remember, no campy, no sentimental, any no melodramatic films please. My friends greatly despise films with such themes. [quote]

The original KING KONG.
Trainspotting.

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Posted October 14 2003 - 06:40 PM

Jackie Brown (Or any QT directed movie they haven't seen for that matter) As Good as it Gets The Royal Tenenbaums Out of Sight
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#15 of 82 OFFLINE   Nick Senger

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Posted October 14 2003 - 06:48 PM

Some of these may be sentimental or melodramatic, depending on your taste, but here goes anyway: Almost Famous Back to the Future Bang the Drum Slowly The Bear The Blues Brothers Brazil Dark City Eight Men Out The Fisher King The Godfather Henry V (Kenneth Branagh version) Little Shop of Horrors (Rick Moranis version) The Magnificent Seven The Natural Silverado This is Spinal Tap 2001: A Space Odyssey

#16 of 82 OFFLINE   george kaplan

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Posted October 14 2003 - 11:29 PM

Yeah, I know, but then again, almost any film that's not completely light comedy throughout might be. Still I think there's a huge difference between melodrama, which is basically overemotional soap operas (e.g., Cries & Whispers, All About Eve, Wuthering Heights, Raisin in the Sun) and drama (e.g., Casablanca, Citizen Kane, Lifeboat, The Godfather), but I realize opinions will differ on that. Even though I don't consider them to be sentimental or melodramatic, I still left off films that other might, such as The Apartment Casablanca Citizen Kane Similarly, one man's funny comedy, can be another's campy film. So even though I don't consider them campy, I also left off films that I suppose some others might, such as: Planes, Trains & Automobiles Young Frankenstein Dr. Strangelove
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Posted October 15 2003 - 01:22 AM

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#18 of 82 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted October 15 2003 - 01:50 AM

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Posted October 15 2003 - 02:01 AM

David: I don't see why your friends would be so rigid on CGI. I mean, it's their choice, but they're using (IMO) a stupid criteria for choosing movies. As far as I know, most big-budget films made in the last 10 years or so has had some sort of CGI work done. It may just be to enhance explosions or erase an extra in the background, but CGI is used to correct mistakes and such in a lot of films.

Noticeable CGI is one thing, but the true genius is when you can't even notice it's there. Or when it makes the film even better (see the hallucinations in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). That being said, I'd choose either earlier movies, or independent films. Maybe Leon: The Professional, Office Space, or Shawshank Redemption, to name a couple from my list.
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Posted October 15 2003 - 02:05 AM

I'm sorry, but that's about the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard of. That's like saying "Ooh, I don't want to listen to that band, I heard they use the guitar!"




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