Watch These Movies

I’m going to borrow a prompt from Plinky because I have absolutely no clue what to write.

Make a list of movies you believe everyone should see at least once.

I’m not a huge movie person. I haven’t seen a lot of the most popular movies out there, and I don’t enjoy watching anything longer than a 21-minute episode of The Simpsons… but here are my most recommended movies.

1. Inception (2010) – This movie brings logic to the madness of dreams. It’s got drama, great special effects, and a premise that will really make you think: the notion of a dream within a dream.

2. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988) – Successfully blending both animation and live action, this movie reminds us of the power of laughter. It also replenished interest in animation and helped usher in the Disney Renaissance.

3. Inglourious Basterds (2009) – Basically anything directed/written by Quentin Tarantino is going to be awesome, and this movie was no exception. Maybe it was the odd quirks in the production or the fact that history was changed to make the plot of the movie more dramatic or perhaps it was the mixing of quite a few genres, but everything blended together to make a great movie.

4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – Hannibal Lecter is one of the creepiest and most well-rounded villains in all of fiction, but he’s not all that makes this movie great. Jodie Foster does an excellent job as the tough, yet vulnerable Clarice Starling.

5. 12 Angry Men (1957) – You’d think this movie is boring, since it’s required viewing for a variety of college and high school classes, the majority of it takes place in one setting, and it’s in black and white… but you’ll be sucked in by the passion of the group’s argument and the decision they make at the end.

There’s nothing especially profound on this list… but I do believe all these movies are valuable for the reasons listed above.

11 thoughts on “Watch These Movies

  1. I find it hard to imagine not liking feature films. You have about one hundred years’ worth to choose from…so a lot to catch up on even if you stick to English language ones and decide to watch only the best. I have only seen one in your list so far.

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    • I have a mental list of movies I really want to watch, but I couldn’t be bothered to actually write the list down, so… that just goes to show how disinterested I am in movies. 🙂

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  2. I love movies (my writing is much more influences by movies than by books), and if I ever made a list like thi it woul be up in the hundreds. We, at least a hundred.

    I’m so-so on Inception (see eXistenZ is my recommendation), but I liked ll the others you mentioned. However, IMHO, the standout from this list is Inglourious Basterds. I can see why it didn’t win the Oscar, but in pure movie terms it is better than The Hurt Locker or Avatar. Both of which are good, and Avatar is great– but IB is amazing. I’ve liked all Tarantino’s films, and I loved Kill Bill (saw each part three times in theaters), but IB is on another level. It’s probably the first movie he’s ever made which is actually as good as he thinks it is.

    I also find it to be morally repugnant, but what a movie.

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  3. Inception is Great!
    I haven’t seen Who framed roger rabbit since I was a kid, but I’ve been wanting to watch it again.
    Yes Inglourious Bastards was really good, but I would never own it though.
    Also, I could’ve went with less reading since it was so long.
    But still good! 😀

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    • 300 was pretty good, although not my favorite. I’ve heard good things about The Boondock Saints, so I may watch that at some point. Thanks for your comments! 🙂

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