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2001: A Space Odyssey
Alice in Wonderland
Animal House
Die Hard/Die Hard 2/Die Hard with a Vengeance/Live Free or Die Hard
Full Metal Jacket
Gremlins/The New Batch
Gone with the Wind
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom/Raiders of the Lost Ark/Last Crusade
The Princess Bride
Schindler's List
Top Gun

ETA: More movies added



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Nov. 28th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Temple of Doom sucks. If you've seen Raiders and Last Crusade, that's all the Indy you need.

People freak out when I mention that I haven't seen Blade Runner.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I almost put that one on there.

By which I meant Blade Runner.

Edited at 2007-11-28 07:18 pm (UTC)
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
I own Blade Runner and still haven't watched it. Alana, however, has borrowed it and watched it at least twice. You are welcome to borrow it.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Wow ... "Gremlins" is definitely one of the best Christmas movies ever.

And how do you get through life without "2001" and "Alien"?!
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)
Ok, so the point of this was not for people to re-freak-out about the movies I posted...
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:19 pm (UTC)

(Only because I know that you LOVE that question. ;))
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Next time I hear that, I'm gonna come back with "YES I HAVE OK IT WAS JUST A FUCKING TYPO NOW LEAVE ME ALONE!"
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:29 pm (UTC)
you should read alice in wonderland before watching the movie anyway...

i have a top ten list like that too!

1. none of the Back to the Futures
2. none of the Indiana Jones
3. Happiness
4. Casablanca
5. Gone With the Wind (although I was named after Ashley, the guy in the movie)
6. Kingpin
7. The Shawshank Redemption
8. none of the National Lampoons
9. Animal House
10. Tommy Boy

not to mention these off of your list: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien, Die Hard, The Princess Bride, Psycho, and Spartacus. my list can really just go on and on haha.

...and Andy just caught be up with The Big Lebowski, Say Anything, High Fidelity, Clerks, Chasing Amy, Pulp Fiction, Seven, and Almost Famous.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:35 pm (UTC)
Keeping Up with the [Indiana] Joneses
I haven't seen any Indiana Joneses, either, but I figured the first entry could stand for them all. I aways get the same freakout 3 times when those movies come up anyway.

I have also not seen Happiness (nor have I heard of it, strangely), Kingpin (that looked terrible! lol), and Animal House (that's getting added to my list right away, I got a freakout just recently about that one).
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Keeping Up with the [Indiana] Joneses
haha ya...happiness is supposed to be done well, but it's really fucked up and depressing...i guess maybe along the lines of spun, or something.

i get the most freak outs with back to the future and animal house. in fact, it happened last night at crash boom bang. in the upcoming play we have john belushi's ghost in a scene and i totally didn't get the whole beercan hit against the side of the head until it was explained that it was a reference to animal house :/

i know i'll come up with a ton more that i have't seen throughout the day haha.
Nov. 29th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: Keeping Up with the [Indiana] Joneses
FYI -- The first Indiana Jones movie was "Raiders of the Lost Ark", which Lucas later bastardized with "Indiana Jones and ...". Temple of Doom is the second in a trilogy.
Nov. 29th, 2007 04:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Keeping Up with the [Indiana] Joneses
Well yeah, but Temple of Doom was a prequel, according to Wikipedia.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:34 pm (UTC)
You haven't seen WHAT??
Mostly, that's a list of pretty forgettable movies, although some of them are kind of part of the culture.

You should see 2001, but only if you're in a very relaxed mood. It moves slowly and runs long but it's a feast of colors and images. Don't expect to make any sense of the plot. Too bad there aren't theaters any more that show movies like this, because it's much more impressive on the big screen. From row 10. It's Kubrick at his weirdest.

GWTW is also long and slow, too, but the story makes more sense. Frankly, my dear, you should probably see it at some point.

Psycho is Hitchcock. It's fun to watch what he does with textures (it's b&w, by design) and the way he builds tension without hitting you over the head with it, and the way he recognizes that fear of violence is much scarier than violence itself. It should be required watching for modern directors just for that. Norman Bates is still wonderfully weird.

The rest? I like Casablanca but I always fall asleep. Top Gun is juvenile silliness. Some of these I haven't seen. Terms of Endearment I may try again someday, because I like Larry McMurtry, but I didn't warm up to it much the first time around.
Nov. 28th, 2007 07:38 pm (UTC)
I actually HAVEN'T seen "What??" Is it good?
Yeah, I gotta say most of these I'm not keen on seeing, but their cultural relevance is just too strong. Seeing movies highly alluded to helps one enjoy a lot of better movies.
Nov. 28th, 2007 09:43 pm (UTC)
Wow. I've seen all fo those except:

Schindler's List
Gone with the Wind

This list evokes much discussion. 2001 was the first movie I watched when my parents bought a VCR and probably one of my first Kubrick films. I remember going to the public library to check it out. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Alien was cool because, as Bravo's Top 100 Scariest Movie Moments pointed out, it was basically a horror movie set in space (compared to most sci-fi fare). Gremlins makes me nostalgic. Top Gun is great not because of Tom Cruise, but because of "Iceman" Val Kilmer; he tips the cheeseometer. Just watch VH1's "I Love The 80s" take on the movie, that's all you need. If it's Cruise you want (and I know you want it) I'd have to recommend Cocktails or The Color of Money over Top Gun.

It's okay. I have a shocking list too. I'd say Justin's is probably more shocking than yours, since just about every time I ask him about a movie the answer is the same.

Here's my (partial) list. I never saw:

Star Wars Episode 1-3
Return of the Jedi
The Empire Strikes Back
The Matrix (never finished the first one... I wasn't feelin' it)
The Godfather part II
Lawrence of Arabia

Why do they call it "The Matrix Trilogy" when they could call it "The Matrices"? j/k (I realize that there's only ONE Matrix in the movies)
Nov. 28th, 2007 11:23 pm (UTC)
You can skip Eps 1-3 of Star Wars. Who in the world would freak out that you hadn't seen those? Eps. 4-6, however, are all very good movies. 2 seems to be the favorite, but I think 3 had more going for it.

I have no desire to see Godfather 2. I didn't like 1.

I saw The Matrix, liked it, saw 2, hated it, and decided to quit while I was even.
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