December 07, 2004

More Movies

I intended to skip this when Rob Llama posted it yesterday, but it makes such cheap filler, I can't avoid it. Bold for ones I've seen, and italics for ones I plan to see (for the first time or again).

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - here's the big deal for me, Rob: this movie contains perhaps the best soundtrack yet for an SF film, combined with ultra-realistic portrayals of hard-science-based space travel. Forget the acid-trip ending, and you have a genre-defining film that has not yet been outdone.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Bonzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984)
All That Jazz (1979)
Amadeus (1984)
Animal House (1978)
Annie Hall (1977) - I can't stand Woodie Allen. I was made to watch this in a class for school.
As Good As It Gets (1997)
Awakenings (1990)
Back to the Future (1985)
Barbarella (1968)
Basic Instinct (1992)
Batman (1989)
Benny & Joon (1993)
The Big Chill (1983)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
The Blues Brothers (1980) - "I hate Illinois Nazis..."
The Computer Who Wore Tennis Shoes (1970)
Creepshow (1982)
Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989)
The Crow (1994)
Die Hard (1988)
The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Doctor Doolittle (1967)
Dogma (1999)
The Doors (1991)
Ed Wood (1994)
Fargo (1996)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Fatal Attraction (1987) - I won't see this again, as I can't buy the premise. What sane man would risk cute-but-beautiful Anne Archer for skanky Glenn Close?
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Field of Dreams (1989)
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
The Fisher King (1991) - One of these days I will have all of the Terry Gilliam ouevre on DVD; I plan to have a Gilliam-a-thon when done.
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Ghost (1990)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Gods and Monsters (1998)
The Great Escape (1963)
Groundhog Day (1993)
Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Help! (1965)
Highlander (1986)
The House of Yes (1997)
The January Man (1989)
A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
Little Man Tate (1991)
Mad Dog Time (1996)
Man on the Moon (1999)
Manhattan (1979) - bleh, another Woodie Allen flick.
M*A*S*H (1970)
The Mask (1994)
The Matrix (1999)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Will see this yet again (it's part of our standard Christmas film repertoire). The scenes with the company psychologist are just as funny everytime.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
Night Shift (1982)
The Nutty Professor (1963)
The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)
The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Police Academy (1984)
Poltergeist (1982)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Rain Man (1988)
Raising Arizona (1987)
The Rapture (1991)
Repo Man (1984)
Rio Bravo (1959)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Scream (1996)
Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989)
Shine (1996)
The Shootist (1976)
Sliver (1993)
Somewhere in Time (1980)
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) - I can't wait until my kids (esp. my boys) are old enough to watch this with me, since my better half simply doesn't get the humor.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) - Ditto Rob's comments.
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986)
Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983)
Starship Troopers (1997) - I won't see this out of principle, having read the reviews. It seems that Verhooven made the mistake of reinterpreting Heinlein's thought-provoking story about what full voting citizenship is worth (i.e., what it should cost) as a fascist bug hunt.
The Sting (1973)
Striptease (1996)
Superman III (1983)
That Thing You Do! (1996)
Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould (1993)
Tombstone (1993)
Top Secret! (1984)
Total Recall (1990)
Twelve Monkeys (1995) - See above comment about Gilliam film fest.
Up in Smoke (1978)
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Walkabout (1971)
Westworld (1973)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) - This movie, a favorite from childhood, gets sooo much better after you have kids.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
The World According to Garp (1982)
Yellow Submarine (1968)

That's a lot of movies!

Posted by JohnL at December 7, 2004 10:02 PM

Interesting, not so much in what you have seen but in what you want to see in the future. Are there problems with Batman, Dogma, and Highlander, or is your free time so limited there are others you would prefer to see?

Out of curiosity, how many of the sequels to Highlander have you seen, and would you see any of them again?

Posted by: owlish at December 7, 2004 10:25 PM

I saw Highlander a lot as a teen/college student. I don't recall any of the sequels although the TV show was decent. Not enough of a pull to see it again or get it on DVD.

Batman...? Meh. I'm not much into comic books or superheroes. It was OK, but I'd rather get the original late-60s series on DVD to relive the happy days of my childhood.

Dogma: I loved the movie. But I think I got as much out of it on the first viewing as I'm likely to ever get. I won't avoid it, but I won't seek it out to watch again.

Posted by: JohnL at December 7, 2004 11:16 PM

By the way, when are your kids going to be old enough to watch South Park, anyway? 20, 30?

Posted by: owlish at December 8, 2004 10:32 AM
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