Besides Pixar films, I am a pretty big fan of movies. Personally, I prefer older movies like from the 70's-early 2000's but that's just my taste. One of the main reasons I like them is because they were able to do so much with so little. Nowadays, CGI is used for most special effects for live-action films but back then, they didn't have CGI. I love it when the filmmakers use practical effects for stuff (like the stopmotion animation of the AT-AT walkers in The Empire Strikes Back). I like CGI only when it is used for a) a completely CGI film or b) when it's used for stuff that would be impossible to do without it (like the scenes in Forrest Gump where Forrest meets the presidents or the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park) but when it's used to do something that you could do in real life, I don't really like it. Anyways, that's my opinion of CGI in live action films and now I'm going to list my favorite non-Pixar movies.

1. Star Wars Original Trilogy (I'm kind of cheating here but these films are masterpieces)
2. Back To The Future
3. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade 
4. Forrest Gump
5. E.T.

My list is kind of short because I've only seen parts or clips of some older movies (like Jaws and Jurassic Park) but eventually I will get around to watching them fully.
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I don't really pay much attention to live action movies. I watch them occasioanlly, but the animated ones are the ones I really think about and consider when thinking about favorites. I guess if I had to pick I could say Jurassic Park if I wanted to go for something most would probably agree with. Night in the Museum (the first one) and Secret Life of Walter Mitty are pretty much all the others ones I genuinely enjoyed I can think of right now. 

And I don't have much of an opinion on whether or not they use CGI.

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I like CGI only when it is used for a) a completely CGI film or b) when it's used for stuff that would be impossible to do without it (like the scenes in Forrest Gump where Forrest meets the presidents or the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park)

A lot of those dinosaurs were actually puppets/animatronics. Some were CGI, though. Maybe you know that already and were just referring to some of the dinosaurs, but I couldn't tell. 
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I'm more into animated movies also, but my favorite live action movies are: V for Vendetta, Stardust, Memoirs of a Geisha, and the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies. I'm just now getting into Star Wars. I'm not really big into tv shows and movies in general though....for tv shows I only follow Once Upon a Time, and for movies, I follow Pixar/Disney animated movies and studio Ghibli films. I'm picky about anime as well, with Monster, Death Note, and Attack on Titan being the only ones I've gotten into.

I like books and comics (mostly from Image Comics) more than tv and movies.
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For me, I love Movies, a GOOD story is a GOOD story and it doesn't matter to me in what medium its told. I take animated movies just as seriously as live-action movies. I know some people don't and that is quite sad and exasperating. My favorite live action movie is hands down Pan's Labyrinth by Guillermo Del Toro. He tells such amazing stories and Pan's Labyrinth is his best. He also made The Book of Life which is an animated movie that came out last year. I don't know if you guys have seen it. Bonnie and Vallerie, if you haven't seen it, i recommend it. I thought it was the second best animated film of last year (after Lego Movie). Maybe tied with HTTYD 2 and Big Hero 6
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I believe that CGI is a good tool that should be utilized, since it is effective and loo!s great. However, an over-reliance on CGI is not a good habit to get into.
One of the reasons I am looking forwards to this little film called Star Wars The Force Awakens is because from what we have heard and seen, they are pushing practical effects while still utilizing the great effect that is CGI. For example, a new droid in the film is a practucxal effect. The makers of the film came out and said that yes, it would be easier and cheaper to make it a CG character. But still, they made it a practical effect. Why? I think that it all comes down to heart. If there is too much CGI in a movie, the audience can tell and the movie will not be as good because of it.

Favorite movies: Super 8, Star Wars(all), The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rise and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Forrest Gump, Jurassic Park, E.T., Terminator. You can probably tell, I am really into science fiction and classics.
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Super 8,
You have no idea how much I love Super 8. I love classics too! A lot of them are horror. A lot of them have inspired me too to write a lot of my movies and shorts. Forrest Gump is one of my favorites too. The Original Halloween. Scream. Bridge to Therabithia. The Harry Potter movies. The Shawshank Redemption. Buy my favorite, (as i've said before) is Pan's Labyrinth. Along with Up and Wall-E
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I guess I won't ever have an idea for how much you love Super 8, but I can certainly understand while you do. It was like E.T. and The Goonies rolled into one, but yet still totally original. J.J. Abrams really new what he was doing when he directed that movie. It was suspenseful, heartwarming, and hilarious. I was not alive when the movie takes place, yet I still felt nostalgic about that time period when I saw it. Super 8 is the main reason that J.J. Abrams is one of my favorite directors today, and I have faith in him for Star Wars 7.
I forgot to mention on my list: Skyfall 007.
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Besides animation, I'm a weird nerd for Tim Burton movies (Alice in Wonderland and Big Fish are my favorites, I recommend watching it) and ANYTHING Marvel related (Have you seen Agent Carter? That one is awesome)

I also watch EVERY Best Picture winner because I'm an Oscar junkie:

My top ten movies I watched that are Best Picture winners (if you haven't seen them, you should) :

1.The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King( the entire trilogy is PERFECTION)
2.The King's Speech
3.Slumdog Millionaire
6.American Beauty
7.Driving Miss Daisy
8.The Artist
9.The Godfather(part 1 and 2)
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