These are in no particular order. Some may duplicate those from the article at EW. So be it.
- A Hard Day’s Night
- The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s a single movie.
- Monty Python and the Holy Grail
- King Arthur, the Clive Owen movie.
- The Natural
- The Shawshank Redemption
- V For Vendetta
- Good Night and Good Luck
- The Bride of Frankenstein
- The Rocketeer
- The Hunt for Red October
- The Princess Bride
- Alien 3
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Grosse Pointe Blank
Some random commentary.
You can tell some of my interests. There’s an Arthurian vibe, with King Arthur (#5), Monty Python (#4), and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (#16). Oh, and The Natural (#6).
(I don’t often remember my dreams, but I remember dreaming about Malamud’s book The Natural last night. That’s super-freaky.)
Definitely into politics. See Contact (to some extent), Dave, Good Night and Good Luck and V for Vendetta.
I had to flip a coin for Grosse Pointe Blank. The other option was Say Anything…. (If you watch these together, and squint your eyes just right, they can almost go together as a single story. Which is why I want to see War Inc.)
A Hard Day’s Night was never not a choice.
Why King Arthur and Alien 3, since neither movie is highly regarded?
King Arthur is, I think, a pretty sharp movie that accomplishes what it set out to do, only the Disney marketing machine didn’t know what to do with it. (Much like The Rocketeer a decade earlier.) A better promotional campaign would have done King Arthur wonders. I like the acting, the story is compelling, there are some fantastic visuals. The weakest part of the movie, honestly, is Keira Knightley.
Alien 3. It’s a David Fincher movie, so it’s naturally visually interesting. He has a fantastic cast. And the story is utterly bleak. I don’t think Hollywood had ever made a movie this nihilistic before. Everyone you care about dies. People who are like “I don’t like that they killed Newt and Hicks!” are missing the point, because that is the point — the universe doesn’t care about you, and it will fuck you over every chance it gets.
The Bride of Frankenstein is traditional Halloween viewing, much as Santa Claus Conquers the Martians is traditional Christmas viewing.
I could seriously skip work and watch any or all of these movies today.