Monday, June 30, 2008

So Many Movies...

I copped this meme from Michael T. over at Daily? musings. Here are the rules:

If you’ve seen the movie, put the title in bold type (because my type is normally bold, I highlighted the ones I've seen in red).

Put asterisks next to the movies you’ve seen and liked

The following list comes from the current double issue of Entertainment Weekly in which they list the 100 best movies of the last 25 years (aka The New Classics).

1. Pulp Fiction 1994 *
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy 2001-03
3. Titanic 1997
4. Blue Velvet 1986
5. Toy Story 1995 *
6. Saving Private Ryan 1998
7. Hannah and Her Sisters 1986
8. The Silence of the Lambs 1991*
9. Die Hard 1988*
10. Moulin Rouge 2001
11. This Is Spinal Tap 1984*
12. The Matrix 1999*
13. GoodFellas 1990*
14. Crumb 1995
15. Edward Scissorhands 1990*
16. Boogie Nights 1997*
17. Jerry Maguire 1996*
18. Do the Right Thing 1989*
19. Casino Royale 2006
20. The Lion King 1994
21. Schindler’s List 1993
22. Rushmore 1998
23. Memento 2001
24. A Room With a View 1986
25. Shrek 2001*
26. Hoop Dreams 1994*
27. Aliens 1986*
28. Wings of Desire 1988
29. The Bourne Supremacy 2004
30. When Harry Met Sally 1989*
31. Brokeback Mountain 2005
32. Fight Club 1999*
33. The Breakfast Club 1985*
34. Fargo 1996*
35. The Incredibles 2004
36. Spider-Man 2 2004
37. Pretty Woman 1990
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 2004
39. The Sixth Sense 1999
40. Speed 1994*
41. Dazed and Confused 1993
42. Clueless 1995*
43. Gladiator 2000
44. The Player 1992
45. Rain Man 1988*
46. Children of Men 2006
47. Men in Black 1997
48. Scarface 1983*
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2000
50. The Piano 1993
51. There Will Be Blood 2007
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad 1988*
53. The Truman Show 1998
54. Fatal Attraction 1987*
55. Risky Business 1983*
56. The Lives of Others 2006
57. There’s Something About Mary 1998*
58. Ghostbusters 1984
59. L.A. Confidential 1997 *
60. Scream 1996*
61. Beverly Hills Cop 1984*
62. sex, lies and videotape 1989
63. Big 1988*
64. No Country For Old Men 2007
65. Dirty Dancing 1987
66. Natural Born Killers 1994*
67. Donnie Brasco 1997
68. Witness 1985
69. All About My Mother 1999
70. Broadcast News 1987 *
71. Unforgiven 1992
72. Thelma & Louise 1991*
73. Office Space 1999*
74. Drugstore Cowboy 1989*
75. Out of Africa 1985
76. The Departed 2006
77. Sid and Nancy 1986
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
79. Waiting for Guffman 1996
80. Michael Clayton 2007
81. Moonstruck 1987
82. Lost in Translation 2003
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn 1987
84. Sideways 2004*
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin 2005*
86. Y Tu Mamá También 2002
87. Swingers 1996*
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 1997
89. Breaking the Waves 1996
90. Napoleon Dynamite 2004
91. Back to the Future 1985*
92. Menace II Society 1993*
93. Ed Wood 1994*
94. Full Metal Jacket 1987
95. In the Mood for Love 2001
96. Far From Heaven 2002*
97. Glory 1989
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999
99. The Blair Witch Project 1999
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut 1999

This meme confirms what I already knew; although I watch alot of movies, many of them aren't recent. Of the 25 movies that were released in 2000 or later that made the list, I have seen only 4 of them. Overall, I tend to watch movies that even pre-date 1983 (my favorite channel is Turner Classic Movies). Having said that, I do plan to watch some of the movies on this list that I haven't seen.

Some of you may look at the list above and be amazed at some of the movies I haven't seen. To me, unless you are a movie critic, there are going to be some holes in anyone's list of movies they've seen vs. what they haven't.

As many of you know, I don't tag people for memes. However, if you decide to play along, let me and others know by leaving your link in the comments section.


Anonymous said...

Of the ones you haven't seen but I've seen, I would recommend that you rent: The Lion King (yes - it's that good), Schindler's List, and The Talented Mr. Ripley (very creepy but I liked it).

I will post my list later today.

pjazzypar said...

Cool, I am playing!

X. Dell said...

Wow. You're saying almost the same thing I said at Pjazzy's site.

pjazzypar said...

Malcolm, I might be most surprised that you have never seen 'Moonstruck" and "Men In Black". I was also surprised the movies, like "Soldier Story", "Shawshank Redemption", and "The Color Purple" are not considered new classics. Go figure.

David Amulet said...

I've seen around as many as you of these. Some are just not that good, IMO. In particular, I am horrified (but not entirely surprised) that Jerry Maguire is so high on the list. Horribly trite ... ugh.

And I know the list goes to 100, so we can't really complain too much about the lower ranked movies, but South Park was no classic.

Jessica said...

You DO need to see The Lion King! :)

The Rock Chick said...

I will play eventually :) My problem will be remembering i I've seen the movie or not! LOL

I have to agree with the public, The Lion King was one of the best movies I've ever seen. It really is that good. Toy Story (not on the list) was another one of those movies that I think the adults ended up liking better than the kids. It was hysterical!

I'm not a big fan of war movies, but Saving Private Ryan was quite good as well.

I'm pretty sure I haven't seen most of these movies.

Malcolm said...

Holly (Thriving At 30): I'm slightly ashamed at myself for not seeing The Lion King. Because I enjoyed Mulan, there is little doubt that I would also enjoy some of the other Disney animated features. I did see a portion of Schindler's List a few years ago. I can't remember why I didn't finish watching it. I may give it another chance.

X. Dell: When I used to go to the video store, I was the type who wouldn't immediately rush to the New Release wall for the latest blockbuster. My theory is that just because it's new and popular doesn't mean it's good.

Pjazzy: I could easily do a Thursday Thirteen (and then some) in which I listed recent popular movies that I haven't seen. "Moonstruck" is something that I have seen partially just by channel surfing. It may be worth my while, but it's not something that is on my "gotta see" list.

Although I am not much of a Will Smith fan, I am intrigued by the premise of his new movie "Hancock".

I was shocked that neither Shawhank nor The Color Purple made EW's list. Esp. when I looked at some of the stuff that did make the cut (Pretty Woman and Ghostbusters for example).

David: I almost didn't award Jerry Maguire an asterisk on my list. It wasn't bad. However, two lines that alot of women ate up are also IMO two of the most pandering, cheesy lines in movie history:

"You had me at hello"


"You complete me"

Jessica: Once I see the Lion King, I may even write about it here.

The Rock Chick: It sounds like you watch alot of movies. For me, if I can't remember if I've seen a movie, that means that it probably wasn't that good. As a heads up, Toy Story was #5 on the list.

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