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I watched The Red Turtle last night, and it was such a singularly perfect work of art that I could not fault in any way, that it got me to thinking what other films you could consider perfect?

 

I'm not talking about favourite films here: I would say Blade Runner would be one of mine, but it is still far from perfect and I can recognise its many flaws, so it would fall short for this exercise. So what would you consider the most perfect films you have ever seen, that are beyond reproach, and seemingly faultless? This is obviously subjective, but to really recognise the perfect films you would have to be willing to consider the flaws in those you love.

 

Other than The Red Turtle, a few others spring to mind:

 

Singing in the Rain (just joyful in every possible way, never gets boring, an absolute masterclass of talent and film making craft)

Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa could monopolize this topic in my opinion, but this is surely his most enigmatic work of sheer majesty.)

Whiplash (I may be reaching with this one, but I honestly can't remember being so breathless and enthused afterwards. If there were faults I was blind to them)

 

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Millers Crossing is to me a perfect film. Character, plot, dialogue, score, photography, performances, editing all 10/10. It twists, it's funny, touching it's intelligent and the story is unpredictable. The only thing I could possibly change is Marcia Gay Hardens haircut. 

 

Die Hard is also essentially a perfect action movie. I can't think of a single thing I'd change to improve it.

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I also honestly think A Hard Day is perfect too. Every single scene is a set piece, it' so entertaining, the casting is phenomenal. The writer said he wrote the script over 75 times, chipping away and revising until it was absolutely water tight. The gag with the remote control car that comes after a ten minute sequence of brilliantly plotted suspense is a perfect example of that attention to detail. You'd never come up with that on a first draft. 

 

 

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The Nightmare Before Xmas - lost count how many times I’ve seen it and its still the most imaginative and joyous thing ever.

 

Wonderful songs, sad moments, and wraps it all up in a reasonable time too.

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Adaptation.  The Cage performance(s), the script, cinematography and the sheer audacity of Charlie Kaufman to pull off the ultimate script-stunt.  In my opinion it is flawless, never drags and I could watch it every day forever.

 

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6 hours ago, kerraig UK said:

Jaws is probably the masterclass in cinema. 

 

I watched it again recently and thought the same thing, just fantastic.

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12 hours ago, kerraig UK said:

Millers Crossing is to me a perfect film. Character, plot, dialogue, score, photography, performances, editing all 10/10. It twists, it's funny, touching it's intelligent and the story is unpredictable.

 

Came to post Millers Crossing. Literally perfect. Good choice sir.

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Jaws 

Alien

The Thing

Halloween

 

I can't think of a single thing you could add or remove to make them better films.

 

I'd say Empire and Star Wars but someone already thought you could add stuff to  improve them. He was wrong.

 

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I'd also add Mad Max 2.  Maybe a couple of line deliveries are a bit ropey but everything happens for a reason, it's spectacular, character is told by action, the ending is foreshadowed and it doesn't hang about one minute longer than it needs to be.

 

I'm no Star Wars fan at all, but I can only pick minor, minor quibbles in the first one.

 

Upvotes for Raiders, Alien, Jaws and Die Hard.

 

To cheat a little bit and expand on the premise, we could consider the perfect film to be one that does what it sets out to do and does it as well as it could be done.  It might not be the best shot or the best acted, but to me perfection can be doing the job with quality and efficiency.  Predator counts in this.  And I'm going to throw in Airplane!  Every joke in there is going to hit for somebody, there is clever and stupid and pun and wordplay and surreality performed by actors who absolutely get what is trying to be done all wrapped in a plot that makes complete sense in the parameters of what it is trying to do.  You can copy Airplane! but you'll never improve on it.

 

 

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I'm going to go with The Princess Bride. Makes for perfect group viewings, and is suitable for every age. Hilarious, quotable, thrilling, sweet, the film has everything. 98 minutes too. Wonderful.

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Videodrome for me. Every scene is integral to the overall meaning and it’s an existential thesis on perception of reality. Film as philosophy and entertainment. 

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58 minutes ago, Cheyenne said:

I'm going to go with The Princess Bride. Makes for perfect group viewings, and is suitable for every age. Hilarious, quotable, thrilling, sweet, the film has everything. 98 minutes too. Wonderful.

 

I cringe at the score in Princess Bride. I know what it's going for, but it's just a little too much. 

Perfect in every other way.

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7 minutes ago, Minion said:

Videodrome for me. Every scene is integral to the overall meaning and it’s an existential thesis on perception of reality. Film as philosophy and entertainment. 

 

Oh fuck yes

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15 hours ago, Gotters said:

The Nightmare Before Xmas - lost count how many times I’ve seen it and its still the most imaginative and joyous thing ever.

 

Wonderful songs, sad moments, and wraps it all up in a reasonable time too.

 

This. Probably my most watched film ever.

 

Another animation as well, Inside Out. That film has absolutely everything, including one of the most heartbreaking scenes in any animation ever.

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In all of Pixar's output, if I could take the prologue section of UP out and consider it on its own, that short film would be perfect in every way.

 

And obvious but: The Godfather parts 1 and 2. Just mesmerising filmmaking. Maybe the first film is a touch overlong though. But part 2 is peerless.

 

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