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via stonebender, the cult film meme, ones I've seen are in bold.



1 This Is Spinal Tap, Rob Reiner Watched it twice. Disliked it both times. I don't like films that make fun of people who are sincere.
2 The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Jim Sharman Watched it twice in high school with my boyfriend. My boyfriend fell asleep both times. I stayed awake going "Woooow, sexual freedom." I hadn't quite realized yet that I was bi and poly.
3 Freaks, Tod Browning
4 Harold And Maude, Hal Ashby Have watched it about 20 times starting in high school. The first few times I felt "I want to grow up to be Maude." Then I felt "I did grow up to be Maude." (Except I haven't yet engaged in tree-stealing.) The first few times I felt, about the ending, "How dare she?" and then I started feeling like "How dare he?"
5 Pink Flamingos, John Waters I can't remember if I've seen this one or not. John Waters films all run together for me.
6 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Tobe Hooper
7 Repo Man, Alex Cox Saw 2-3 times. Kind of like it, in a "that epitomizes the punk philosophy of the 80s" kind of way.
8 Scarface, Brian De Palma
9 Blade Runner, Ridley Scott Saw it once, didn't like it, saw it again many years later thinking I'd get what I had missed the first time around, didn't get it. I think the dystopic society is really well done, but I'm not big on the "crazy cartwheel-turning killers" type of plot line.
10 The Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont Saw recently. Excellent movie.
11 Five Deadly Venoms, Cheh Chang - Can't remember if I've seen this one or not.
12 Plan Nine From Outer Space, Ed Wood Saw once. Not impressed.
13 Brazil, Terry Gilliam Seen a few times. Like a lot. Perhaps "like" isn't the right word. Have the Criterion Collection edition, which has the original version and the "edited for TV happy ending version."
14 Eraserhead, David Lynch - have managed to avoid.
15 Faster, Pussycat! Kill!, Kill! Russ Meyer Eck - should probably see one of these days.
16 The Warriors, Walter Hill Really like this movie. Also found Pauline Kael's review of it in The New Yorker amusing. She said it was a modern-day interpretation of some Greek myth.
17 Dazed And Confused, Richard Linklater I saw this the day I lost my virginity.
18 Hard-Boiled, John Woo Saw recently. I really like John Woo. I can't ever remember which one is which, though.
19 Evil Dead II, Sam Raimi
20 The Mack, Michael Campus - Never heard of it.
21 Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Tim Burton.
22 Un Chien Andalou, Luis Bunuel Saw in college film class. Eeeuuuwwww.
23 Akira, Katsuhiro Otomo Saw recently. Thought it was OK, but not as good as I was led to believe. Maybe don't appreciate its historic value, or something.
24 The Toxic Avenger, Michael Herz and Samuel Weil
25 Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory, Mel Stuart Saw once or twice. Enh.
26 Stranger Than Paradise, Jim Jarmusch Saw in college. Enh.
27 Dawn Of The Dead, George A. Romero - Seen bits on TV. Enh.
28 The Wiz, Sidney Lumet
29 Clerks, Kevin Smith
30 The Harder They Come, Perry Henzell
31 Slap Shot, George Roy Hill
32 Re-Animator, Stuart Gordon
33 Grey Gardens, David Maysles & Albert Maysles
34 The Big Lebowski, Joel Coen - Haven't seen this one, but liked Oh Brother Where Art Thou a lot.
35 Withnail and I, Bruce Robinson
36 Showgirls, Paul Verhoeven - Haven't seen this one, but like his stuff in general, especially The Fourth Man
37 A Bucket Of Bood, Roger Corman
38 They Live, John Carpenter
39 The Best Of Everything, Jean Negulesco
40 Barbarella, Roger Vadim - Seen bits on TV.
41 Heathers, Michael Lehmann Saw once, liked a lot.
42 Rushmore, Wes Anderson
43 The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension, W.D. Richter Saw once. Enh.
44 Love Streams, John Cassavetes
45 Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story, Todd Haynes
46 Aguirre, The Wrath of God. Werner Herzog Saw once. Enh.
47 Walking And Talking, Nicole Holofcener
48 The Decline Of Western Civilization II: The Metal Years, Penelope Spheeris
49 Friday, F. Gary Gray
50 Faces of Death, Vol. 1 Conan Le Cilaire
51 Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail, Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam I basically have it memorized.
52 A Clockwork Orange, Stanley Kubrick I read CW when I was eight (which might explain a few things about me). My dad wouldn't let me see the movie, though. When I finally did see it, I liked it a lot. However, one of my college friends used to go around pretending to be Alex. That kinda squicked me.
53 Mommie Dearest, Frank Perry
54 The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner I like it better than the book, which annoys the OH to no end.
55 Swingers, Doug Liman
56 UHF, Jay Levey
57 Valley of the Dolls, Mark Robson
58 Fight Club, David Fincher Saw it once, liked it a fair bit.
59 Dead Alive (aka Braindead), Peter Jackson
60 Better Off Dead Savage Steve Holland
61 Donnie Darko Richard Kelly (II)

OK, where are Dr Strangelove, Reefer Madness, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter the Dragon, The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Liquid Sky, etc. etc.?

Comments

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ex_serenejo
Jul. 11th, 2003 09:50 am (UTC)
OK, where are Dr Strangelove, Reefer Madness, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter the Dragon, The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Liquid Sky, etc. etc.?

Little Shop of Horrors!
stonebender
Jul. 11th, 2003 10:45 am (UTC)
Exactly!
kightp
Jul. 11th, 2003 09:58 am (UTC)
16 The Warriors, Walter Hill Really like this movie. Also found Pauline Kael's review of it in The New Yorker amusing. She said it was a modern-day interpretation of some Greek myth.

Indirectly. It's based on a Sol Yurick novel which, in turn, was based on Xenophon’s Anabasis, the epic tale of Cyrus' attempt to conquer Persia, backed by a Greek army in the fourth century BCE. IIRC, the movie's actually a lot closer to the original than the novel was.

firecat
Jul. 11th, 2003 09:59 am (UTC)
Aaah ha! Thank you!
mittelbar
Jul. 11th, 2003 10:21 am (UTC)
Princess Bride: What I've read of the book struck me as literate, fun and silly. A fine fantasy romp, but not terribly distinguished as a book. On the other hand, the movie struck me as literate, fun, and silly, with enthusiastic and competent acting by people who I love to watch on screen, and unobtrusive but effective cinematography. In other words, a remarkable fantasy film.

I can't say I like it "better", but...

Well. Don't tell the OH.

I thought Blade Runner was stupid and illogical, but I loved it anyway. And I didn't follow the plot AT ALL when I first saw it. Well, because it's not really...*plotted*. It's kind of a patched-together atmospheric/emotional kind of thing. From the "Harrison Ford is still fun to watch" era.
abostick59
Jul. 11th, 2003 10:22 am (UTC)
Looks pretty much like a list of "Basic Repertory of Repertory Cinemas of the '80s", except it's missing things like The 400 Blows, Akira Kurosawa's works, and The Bicycle Thief.
stonebender
Jul. 11th, 2003 10:42 am (UTC)
54 The Princess Bride, Rob Reiner I like it better than the book, which annoys the OH to no end.

*giggle*
stonebender
Jul. 11th, 2003 10:51 am (UTC)
OK, where are Dr Strangelove, Reefer Madness, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Enter the Dragon, The Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, Liquid Sky, etc. etc.?

Brewster McCloud, any of the Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
lcohen
Jul. 11th, 2003 12:18 pm (UTC)
15 Faster, Pussycat! Kill!, Kill! Russ Meyer Eck - should probably see one of these days.

i need to see this one one of these days, too. group project next time i make my way to the bay area? (if you can wait that long, i guess.)

i like willy wonka a lot better than you, i'm afraid. i went to theater school with the guy who played charlie, but i don't think that's why. something about how it looks so sweet and light and it's actually happening on two levels so that it remains clever long after you're a grown up, maybe?
firecat
Jul. 11th, 2003 01:43 pm (UTC)
I'd love to have a Faster, Pussycat project next time you're here, but I'm actually not sure how to lay hands on a copy. It's not available on DVD, and the VHS tape costs $70. [!!!]

But this can be worked on...

Willy Wonka: (1) I'm not sure I saw it as a kid, that might have influenced my opinion of it. (2) It has some really hideous "fat = evil/spoiled/greedy" metaphors, and those spoil movies for me these days. (3) I read the book first and preferred it. Also, Willy Wonka wasn't my favorite Roald Dahl book - I preferred James and the Giant Peach.
lcohen
Jul. 11th, 2003 02:04 pm (UTC)
it's on e-bay on DVD but appears to be a DVD from france. if i had a DVD player, i might get it. there are also VHS copies with bidding not yet begun.

not that you need to do anything about this at the moment, just letting you know that other options appear to be occurring.

i see what you mean about fat = icky--i guess that i didn't take it to be that the problem was fat so much as greedy with fat as a by-product of greedy so i didn't universalize it. but maybe i'm being too kind.

i like james and the giant peach too but i can't recall which one i liked better--should reread!
firecat
Jul. 11th, 2003 04:07 pm (UTC)
"Fat is a by-product of greedy" is the message that bugs me. I think it's almost never true, and I think most people believe it's usually true, and its repetition in films reinforces that.

I don't expect everyone to have this reaction.
abostick59
Jul. 12th, 2003 01:28 pm (UTC)
Our local video store (Reel Video, in Berkeley) had Willie Wonka playing when I was browsing in it, not too long ago. I remember liking the movie when it first came out, but now it seemed clumsily made and acted, featuring stupidly written nasty dialogue. And the Oompa-Loompas make me wish that it were possible to use the phrase "politically incorrect" without shutting off readers' minds.

Yeah, and the anti-fat stuff.
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