March 15, 2005

Cinematic Pinnacles, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love my Home Theatre System

21 films you must see by age 21, in no particular order, as selected by your dad and uncle Harry:

Harry Bill Both

  • 2001
  • The Godfather
  • 12 monkeys
  • Alien
  • 28 days later
  • The Godfather Part II*
  • Adaptation
  • American Beauty
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Dr Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
  • Brazil
  • Hedwig and The Angry Inch
  • Chasing Amy
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Dawn of the Dead (original)
  • Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers
  • Donnie Darko
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Fight Club
  • Goodfellas
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • Mad Max
  • Naked
  • Se7en
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Return of the King
  • Star Wars
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre
  • The Exorcist
  • The Grudge (japanese original)
  • The Ring (japanese original)
  • The Matrix*

*sequels to these films should be avoided at all costs, and their remakes should also be avoided.

Ok so there's more than 21, what were you thinking? This list could, and probably will, expand to about 350 by the time we seriously start thinking about it. The problem with many of the films outlined above is that you won’t be allowed to START watching them until you’re at least 15, so maybe you and I will have to set a week aside around your 15th birthday to get it sorted out.


Pol said...

Pumpkin, that week arournd your 15th will be one scary seven days.

a non-mouse said...

Really? 28 days later? That movie was so painful to watch :)

Liz said...

Fine, fine, mostly fine, but easy. How about a real challenge (and one that can be put to use much sooner)- let's see your pre-15 yr old list. I'll start you off: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; the first couple of Indiana Jones movies; Labyrinth; Wizard of Oz; Princess Bride; The Iron Giant .....

lovelyamy said...

although the majority of those films would be in my list, i'm with the pre 15yr old list -- which has to include krull, the dark chrystal and the goonies. other films have to be flash gordon (queen soundtrack); north by northwest; hero and ferris beuller.
hurry up and arrive pumpkin x