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JonnyBoy
Posted: February 2nd, 2016, 9:05am Report to Moderator
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Best film ever made? Discuss.

(I know most people will laugh at the idea, but I re-watched it for surely the dozenth time the other night and was struck once again by just how much is going on in there.)

I chose not to write a dissertation at university - I knew I didn't have the self-discipline to do it properly - but if I had, it would have been on this film.

'This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.'



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I'll bite. Why is Groundhog Day the best film ever made?


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I am guessing we will see the same post tomorrow - then the next day - then the next day


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Yeah, I don't see it even approaching that level. And, really, it falls off a lot in the last act and loses so much of what made it clever. Not to say it was bad, but it became more run-of-the-mill, I thought.


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Lots of people have written on variations of this: https://philosophynow.org/issues/93/Groundhog_Day

...though most tend to focus just on Nietzsche and eternal recurrence, which, as mentioned in that article, is probably a little off. People also write about Camus and The Myth of Sispyhus. So people definitely agree with you, Jonny!

Though supporting that kind of analysis doesn't make it a great movie, of course. But, I'd definitely call it a great movie! It's a mainstream comedy that's thought-provoking, funny, and smart, which is pretty darn impressive.


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It's a fine movie. I liked it more as a kid. Seemed more fantastic.

Watched it a few years back. Wasn't as impressed. Still good.


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