131 007 - Best of the best MOVIESby Ecotaxi | created - 19 Aug 2012 | updated - 19 Aug 2012 | Public
Why the "007" - well 131 007 is our National phone number in Australia. But why the "007" - well having worked in various shall we say progressive areas of government, I thought it would tickle a few who would rather I not go down the path upon which I am about to embark. For some interesting origins on the whole 007 number see 131007.com.au/007 but back to the list. Evaluated every best of the best movies as recommended by Russell (former police officer from the London Met who owns & runs the 131 007 company in Sydney and across Australia) & whilst those in the know will surely have seen all the movies below as they are, quite simply, amongst the most captivating of movies for their different reasons! But there is more to this list than meets the eye... With a background in advanced riot-policing and counter-terrorism, the 7 lists I will create over the next 7 months are leading to exposure of a major conspiracy the likes of which never comes to the public eye... The challenge: Will exposing said conspiracies be enough, as, one thing I have learned is that between the power of media control and apathy and indifference to the real horrors of this world, by almost the entire population of the planet, may mean that the darkest of secrets may be exposed and yet those responsible will never face atonement. List will be updated daily with more information and growing each day as my time allows...
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1. Hodejegerne (2011)
R | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An accomplished headhunter risks everything to obtain a valuable painting owned by a former mercenary.
Votes: 87,260 | Gross: $1.20M
Foreign movies can be great... this one is truly sensational! If you don't think you can tolerate reading subtitles... think again!
2. The Game (1997)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After a wealthy banker is given an opportunity to participate in a mysterious game, his life is turned upside down when he becomes unable to distinguish between the game and reality.
Votes: 292,600 | Gross: $48.32M
If you missed this one, one of the cleverest movies ever made... Sean Penn has earned his stripes in so many movies but this (along with I am Sam of course!) shows off his talents to the max... Someone will remake this movie one day in the not too distant future for sure!
3. Twelve Monkeys (1995)
R | 129 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
Votes: 511,663 | Gross: $57.14M
4. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
R | 118 min | Drama, Fantasy, War
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.
Votes: 527,313 | Gross: $37.63M
Where a child's fantasy meets the brutality of the real world during civil war. A truly wonderous movie with lots of possible mixed meanings and philosophies to engage your mind... the makers of this movie have done it in a rather unique fashion too so it is somewhat groundbreaking in it's own way. Cleverly crafted and engaging throughout... a must see movie to all who appreciate foreign film!
6. A Dangerous Method (2011)
R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.
Votes: 88,624 | Gross: $5.70M
What a truly remarkable performance by Keira Knightley! Thought provoking and based on true events...
7. Black Swan (2010)
R | 108 min | Drama, Thriller
A committed dancer wins the lead role in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" only to find herself struggling to maintain her sanity.
Votes: 606,909 | Gross: $106.95M
8. Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
R | 119 min | Drama, Romance
A scheming widow and her manipulative ex-lover make a bet regarding the corruption of a recently married woman.
Votes: 56,864 | Gross: $34.70M
There is so much to love about this movie... the intrigue, fine acting, period costumes and all of the highest quality... if you haven't seen this movie... one every woman will surely enjoy watching so guys... if you want to set up yourself with a lady for a great (movie great that is) night... look no further!
9. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.
Votes: 320,416 | Gross: $108.64M
With "war" affecting so many people globally, i believe that everyone should watch at least one block-buster war movie... & this is my pick in that catergory
10. Johnny Mad Dog (2008)
98 min | Drama, War
A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an African country.
Continuing in the belief that everyone sought really open their mind to the atrocities of war as it affects so much of the world and seemingly so little is done... this is my pick for the one to hit you where it hurts... blunt reality and the most amazing of performances from children in any movie you will see to date... Saddening but allows us all to realise what horrors are out there and one should ask the question... the child killers in this movie, to whom should we blame for the atrocities children encounter throughout the world and we ought not perhaps demonise the children, but the circumstance that creates them... there is a world of healing and recognition to make this world a better place...
12. Snatch (2000)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime
Unscrupulous boxing promoters, violent bookmakers, a Russian gangster, incompetent amateur robbers, and supposedly Jewish jewelers fight to track down a priceless stolen diamond.
Votes: 670,363 | Gross: $30.33M
Being English, I often get asked which I prefer, Snatch or Lock-Stock... the truth is Snatch is the better movie but Lock-Stock was the original gem... both are must see in my book and Brad Pitt is an actor I have to say performs time and time again (12 Monkeys a great "loon") and in this movie he really does fit the role perfectly or "pucker" more appropriately said ;-)
13. Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime
A botched card game in London triggers four friends, thugs, weed-growers, hard gangsters, loan sharks and debt collectors to collide with each other in a series of unexpected events, all for the sake of weed, cash and two antique shotguns.
Votes: 460,778 | Gross: $3.90M
14. In Bruges (2008)
R | 107 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Guilt-stricken after a job gone wrong, hitman Ray and his partner await orders from their ruthless boss in Bruges, Belgium, the last place in the world Ray wants to be.
Votes: 338,397 | Gross: $7.76M
Who would have thought Farrell would be so great in a comedy... this is one you will watch again in the future and still laugh as hard...
15. Blow (2001)
R | 124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of George Jung, along with the Medellín Cartel, headed by Pablo Escobar established the American cocaine market in the 1970s in the United States.
Votes: 214,340 | Gross: $52.99M
Bit of an epic... I'm sure you've seen it... Not quite the proportions of the Godfather movies but makes for a night of sexy viewing... just have to get into that right frame of mind ;-) & with Johnny Depp, an easy task for the ladies I'm guessing... I'll bet many a mug has seen this movie and thought how they could "conquer the world" as their own likeable drug baron... not quite the way things go...
17. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970's.
Votes: 157,806 | Gross: $17.61M
18. Phenomenon (1996)
PG | 123 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
An ordinary man sees a bright light descend from the sky, and discovers he now has super-intelligence and telekinesis.
Votes: 67,850 | Gross: $104.64M
This is definitely one to snuggle up with the other half to on the sofa... great performances all round and just one of those feel good movies... the tests the government did in the movie are but a small % of what would happen in the real world... (more to come)
19. The Constant Gardener (2005)
R | 129 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption.
Votes: 119,699 | Gross: $33.58M
I remember that I was lucky enough to see this film first at The OPen Air Cinema, Sydney, Australia. It suited the amazing back-drop and luckily the weather was superb. Such a powerful and believable movie with great lead role performances. Patterns of greed in many of these conspiracy style movies are so close to the truth and at the highest level in politics and other positions of trust... when will we ever learn and create systems to stop such travesties... Some great cinematography to be appreciated with a fine wine and close group of friends for a great eve in!
20. Syriana (2005)
R | 128 min | Drama, Thriller
A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.
Votes: 116,304 | Gross: $50.82M
Very much a film for those who appreciate a great plot and thought-provoking twists and turns... it was in this movie that I really started to appreciate how good Clooney actually is :-)
21. Body of Lies (2008)
R | 128 min | Action, Drama, Romance
A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.
Votes: 188,839 | Gross: $39.39M
A movie that actually gives away some pretty good counter-intelligence and surveillance techniques (as is a growing concern for law enforcement and agencies with the advent of more life accurate movies). There was one clever part which I know would have had many "agency types" wishing that a particular methodology just wasn't shown...
22. Enemy of the State (1998)
R | 132 min | Action, Crime, Mystery
A lawyer becomes a target by a corrupt politician and his NSA goons when he accidentally receives key evidence to a serious politically motivated crime.
Votes: 203,335 | Gross: $111.55M
well... didn't this one cause a stir... in it's day just a little too close to what was going on... these days however, just know the powers that be have way more sophisticated means of all manner of detection, it really is only ever limited by budget!
23. The Kingdom (2007)
R | 110 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.
Votes: 107,931 | Gross: $47.54M
Everyone ought really watch at least one movie where terrorism is a factor... and this is the one. Granted it is full of the stereotypical prejudices but it does the subject matter justice (though if you want a deeper movie then look no further than Syriana) and is horrifically entertaining...