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Postby The Killer of Heroes » Wed Sep 25, 2013 5:45 pm

Earlier I was thinking today of movies that would make great double features, because of thematic similarities, different looks at similar material etc.

Like The Motorcycle Diaries and Che would go pretty well together, and would give you a pretty neat overall look at Che from a young idealist to the controversial figure he became. Or All the President's Men and Frost/Nixon for Watergate and the titular President.

Or even movies with vaguely similar plot points like Barton Fink and Adaptation, which are both about writers and writer's block. Hell you could throw The Shining in there too.

What are other movies you think would make good double features, and why?

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Postby The Eva Monkey » Wed Sep 25, 2013 7:25 pm

Aliens and Terminator 2.

Ghost in the Shell and The Matrix.

Akira and Chronicle.

Millenium Actress, and The Fountain.
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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:21 am

Raiders of the Lost Arc and Peking Opera Blues... to show off how superior the latter is to the former. At least to me.
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Postby DevRei17 » Thu Sep 26, 2013 2:14 am

Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro

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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:12 am

View Original PostDevRei17 wrote:Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro

That's actually quite perfect. Lightening up the crowd with My Neighbor Totoro is the perfect analgesic for the pain and suffering Grave of the Fireflies will inflict upon them.
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Postby Xard » Thu Sep 26, 2013 10:40 am

View Original PostDevRei17 wrote:Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro


ho ho ho, I see what you did there.

View Original PostBomby von Bombsville wrote:That's actually quite perfect. Lightening up the crowd with My Neighbor Totoro is the perfect analgesic for the pain and suffering Grave of the Fireflies will inflict upon them.


...I guess you didn't know but My Neighbor Totoro and Grave of the Fireflies were only shown as a double bill when they hit Japanese screens in 1988 :lol:
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Postby Bomby von Bombsville » Thu Sep 26, 2013 11:16 am

I'm not sure if that's brilliant or extremely cruel.
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Postby C.A.P. » Thu Sep 26, 2013 5:48 pm

End of Evangelion, then the Utena movie.
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Postby InstrumentalityOne » Thu Sep 26, 2013 6:03 pm

Forrest Gump and Saving Private Ryan

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Postby EvangelionFan » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:54 pm

Being John Malkovich and Adaptation.
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Postby Tribblepoo » Fri Sep 27, 2013 1:48 am

View Original PostDevRei17 wrote:Grave of the Fireflies and My Neighbor Totoro

I'll do that one better. Grave of the Fireflies and House of Sand and Fog.












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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:46 am

Intolerance and Cloud Atlas.

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Postby Madonna » Fri Sep 27, 2013 9:00 am

I've watched these before as "double features", I liked the outcome.

2001: A Space Odyssey/Moon
In The Real of The Senses/The Night Porter (they're set in different eras and locations but both films tackle the issues of sex and obsession wonderfully)
Repulsion/Black Swan
Ring/Cure
Blade Runner/Dark City
Rosemary's Baby/The Devil Rides Out

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Postby Oz » Fri Sep 27, 2013 10:29 am

Hitoshi Matsumoto's Symbol and Sion Sono's Love Exposure were highly enjoyable as a "double bill" (with a 15-minute break and a change of the theater) back when Xard and I went to see them at HIFF a couple of years ago.
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Postby The Killer of Heroes » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:05 pm

View Original PostFreakyFilmFan4ever wrote:Intolerance and Cloud Atlas.


Please tell me that Tom Hanks plays Jesus in Cloud Atlas. Please.

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Postby FreakyFilmFan4ever » Fri Sep 27, 2013 2:17 pm

View Original PostThe Killer of Heroes wrote:Please tell me that Tom Hanks plays Jesus in Cloud Atlas. Please.

He does not. (I believe Cloud Atlas only starts its story in the 1300's or 1500's, so there isn't really a Jesus.) You should be more interested in the different roles Hugo Weaving plays throughout the movie. He's a joy to watch no matter what.

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Postby Guy Nacks » Fri Sep 27, 2013 4:19 pm

View Original PostThe Killer of Heroes wrote:Please tell me that Tom Hanks plays Jesus in Cloud Atlas. Please.


Impossible. Tom Hanks cannot play Jesus

Tom Hanks is Jesus.
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Postby Xard » Fri Sep 27, 2013 5:21 pm

View Original PostBomby von Bombsville wrote:I'm not sure if that's brilliant or extremely cruel.


Partially both, I think. The reasoning behind move was surprising to me.

Nausicaa.net wrote:Q: I heard that it was double-featured with "Totoro" in Japan. Is that true?

Yes. At that time no one thought that people would want to see "a movie about two little kids and a Monster in rural Japan", and "Totoro" was considered a big investment risk. Still, Miyazaki and the editors of "Animage" wanted to make this movie, which was Miyazaki's pet project for a long time. So they thought up the idea of risk-sharing. "Grave" was a well-known book, and because of its "educational" value, a certain level of audience could be expected. (Indeed, "Grave" was chosen by many school boards as a movie to show their students - and "Totoro" along with it, since it was in the package.)

Toshio Suzuki, then the chief editor of "Animage", went to Shinchosha, the company which published the book. Since Shinchosha was looking for an opportunity to enter the movie business, they agreed to produce the Grave of the Fireflies. Both Tokuma and Shinchosha knew they were going to lose money, but they still went ahead with the project (they did lose money from the theatrical release). So, if it were not for "Grave", there would have been no "Totoro".

As for the order in which the films were screened, Takahata explains in video interviews:

The film was very well received from the start because of its themes, of course. People thought it was a very meaningful work. It was a little awkward in a way, because it was double-featured with My Neighbor Totoro. The response was different depending on which film was shown first. My Neighbor Totoro would make them happy, then this Grave of the Fireflies... Those who saw Totoro first didn't want to see Fireflies to the end. Those who saw Fireflies first didn't have that problem, and stayed to the end. The double featuring was a problem, I'd say.
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Postby Shinoyami65 » Sat Sep 28, 2013 6:04 am

Rosemary's Baby and Alien.
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Postby Merridian » Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:49 am

Zardoz followed by Highlander. If in mood for triple feature, follow with The Matrix.


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