You’ve seen all these must see movie lists that clutter up your newsfeed on the Facebooks and other pages on the interwebs. I know I’ve seen a ton of them. Usually the parenthetical to the title of the piece is ‘[Insert number of movies here] you need to see before you die’. The problem I have with the vast majority of these lists is that they are compiled by film school snobs who think French new wave or some other pretentious crap is the bee’s knees.
Where are the lists for the hard working masses? Where are the lists for nerds who are trying to teach their nerdlings about the wonderful world of movies? Where are the lists for the hard working non-nerdy masses who happen to be raising a young, enthusiastic nerdling?
The answer to those questions ladies and gentlemen is right here. I am going to gather together a list of 100 movies that you don’t necessarily HAVE to see before you shuffle off this mortal coil, but rather a list of 100 movies that should be seen to further broaden one’s soul. Some maybe obvious and I’m sure some you won’t have heard of, but all will be worth it. I’m just here to help.
These will be in no particular order and they won’t be numbered (Why number them if they are being counted down and you already know there’s going to a total of 100) and broken down into ten easy to digest segments. So let’s keep going with the sixth of ten…
Cloning humans is a staple of science fiction films and TV shows. From Star Wars to Orphan Black it has been a plot point for many, many years. But seldom is it the plot point for something that really isn’t classified as SciFi; until ‘Multiplicity’. Michael Keaton takes on the role of the clonee (Is that a word? It is now) and duplicates himself so he has more time to relax. You can see where this is going. Not only does he not get time to himself more issues are created along with a copy of a copy. There are solid laughs throughout this whole movie. Sit down with your nerdlings and enjoy this broad comedy of errors.
Rocky Horror Picture Show
There isn’t much that has to be said for the greatest midnight movie of all time. It is brilliant in its awfulness. This movie can be watched alone but what’s the point. This movie is best watched, in the very least, with a bunch of friends in your house. But if you are very lucky you can experience this movie the way it is intended; in a theater full of people dressed up as the characters doing the crowd participation. This one should be saved for the older more mature nerdlings.
A Time To Kill
I have always been a Matthew McConaughey fan and I think this might have been the film that clinched it for me. He is brilliant as the small town southern lawyer Jake Brigance. It wasn’t just him but the whole cast was brilliant. There is some seriously heavy subject matter in this movie and it is portrayed quite raw and upfront. What really drove this movie home was the closing argument given by McConaughey. That was superb. Chilling. He pulls you into this story and then drops one of the best lawyer bombs in film. I loved this movie. Because of the violence, subject matter and language this has an R rating, but it is a film that should be seen by your nerdlings when you believe they are old enough to understand it.
My Blue Heaven
On a lighter note we have this little respected Steve Martin/Rick Moranis classic. I saw this movie in the theater in August of 1990 and loved it from first watch. I make no apologies for liking this movie; it is funny. Absurd, but funny. If you want to have some fun and have a few laughs, this is the movie for you and your nerdlings.
This is my favorite Anne Hathaway movie so far. It is just adorable. I love the fantasy, the story, the characters, the music… it is just a fun little film and can be enjoyed by the entire family. Plus it has Cary Elwes in it. Everything is better with Cary Elwes; he’s the cowbell of actors. Grab the nerdlings for family movie night, turn this movie on and be entertained. Just thinking about this movie makes me smile. J
Here is another filmmaker who has a very stylized look. When you see a Guy Ritchie movie you immediately know it is a Guy Ritchie movie. From ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’ to ‘Snatch’ all the way to the two new Sherlock Holmes movies, he has a very specific direction for each of his films. I think his films are gritty and innovative. Also there is a bit of dark humor that runs throughout each. If you enjoy British films you surely will like the Guy Ritchie movies. That is if you can forgive him for marrying Madonna. Save his earlier movies for the much older nerdlings, they are pretty violent and vulgar with the language.
There is just one thing to say to get you to watch this movie; Mark Freakin’ Harmon. Still need more? Ok. ‘Summer School’ is a classic for me and sits on my movie shelf at home. It is the classic misfit leading the misfits yet they all learn a lesson and grow as people plot line. It has some fun humor in it and a really good cast. There is a young Kirstie Alley and teenage(ish) Courtney Thorne-Smith and many more. This is a good natured film that should been seen especially if you’re a fan of the 80’s. Sit your PG-13 aged nerdlings down and watch this one.
Piggybacking off of ‘Summer School’ comes this; ‘Rockula’. The reason it piggybacks off the previous movie is because one of my favorite characters in ‘Summer School’, Chainsaw, just happens to play the lead in ‘Rockula’. That actor is Dean Cameron.
I discovered this movie about 12ish years ago around 4:30am. My friends and I had just finished gaming and we flipped on the TV to see what we could see before heading off to dreamland. Upon flipping through the channels we came to Showtime where some very odd animation was being shown over the opening credits of a movie. Then the cast names started to pop up: Dean Cameron “Hey, that’s Chainsaw from ‘Summer School’.” I said to my friends.
Tawny Fere, Toni Basil…
“Wait… Micky, Micky you’re so fine Toni Basil?” was uttered.
Thomas Dolby… “’She Blinded me with Science’ Thomas Dolby?” was said collectively
And Bo Diddley… “What the f*ck?” “No way?” “Really?” “What is this movie?” could be heard throughout the collective gathered in my living room.
Well we were about to find out. Over the next 87 minutes my friends and I watched as this movie unfolded in front of our eyes. Yes indeed all those people were in this very odd compilation. The plot? I am so glad you asked. Here is the outline:
Before their love could be consummated a vampire’s one true love was killed by a rhinestone peg legged pirate wielding a large ham bone. The vampire did nothing to save his love in turn cursing him to watch her be born over and over through the centuries doomed to repeat the same end. But the time has come once again. He has found his love once more and needs to woo her. Hopefully this time he can save her. Oh, did I forget to mention our vamp decides that the only way to win his true loves affections is to become a rock star and that this movie turns into a sudo-musical? I didn’t… Must have slipped my mind.
This movie is just plain fun and odd but a good odd. Plus a couple of the tunes are really catchy… the kicker, it has Bo Diddley in spandex. If you can find this one (it only was ever released on VHS) share it with the older nerdlings.
This movie is ‘Animal House’ for Generation X. It has a great cast including Jeremy Piven, David Spade, Megan Ward, Chris Young and Jon Favreau. ‘PCU’ is another absurd comedy but it works for me. One of the biggest reasons is the quotability factor. That criteria pops up once again. So many great lines from this film have found their way into my daily life. There is some language and situations that might be better reserved for the older nerdlings, but definitely check this one out.
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Here it is. This is probably the best bad movie out there. If you love bad movies you can’t let this one pass you by. You need to see this. Ed Wood created a B movie masterpiece with this film. No budget, the lead actor died while shooting (and was replaced by a look-similar dentist friend), props on strings, sound issues, camera issues, film issues all abound yet still Ed and his crew soldiered on and created a movie that will stand the test of time. Not because of its greatness… no it will stand because of just how bad it was yet you can see where he was trying to go with it but due to all those things stated above against him, he couldn’t. It might not make the list so I will mention it now. Watch this movie then watch the movie ‘Ed Wood’. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton created a real love story to the late great visionary. Share ‘Plan 9’ with all cheesy B movie loving nerdlings out there but save ‘Ed Wood’ for the older ones.