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 ninth of ten…
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Ferris Bueller is the loveable rapscallion who is always plotting and scheming to get the most out of life with the least amount of effort. This is a John Hughes classic. Matthew Broderick, Alan Ruck, and Mia Sara play off each other so well; there was great chemistry on screen with those three. Jennifer Grey was enjoyable as Ferris’ sister. Plus one of my favorite character actors plays the perfect foil; Jeffery Jones. He has made the list a few times. This is a fun movie to share with your nerdlings.
The Lord of the Rings
I never get into the ‘Real Trilogy’ debate because I believe one can be a fan of more than one thing. So I believe there is enough room in the world for Star Wars and LotR. Especially when this was the high fantasy movies that us nerds had been waiting to see for a long time. There isn’t much I can say about LotR because they speak for themselves. Enjoy these with your nerdlings at your own discretion because of the fantasy violence and such things.
Transformers: The Movie
Michael Bay has pretty much destroyed the dream and vision of the original Transformers. That’s so sad on many different levels. Not only does it wreck a fond childhood memory it does a disservice to the brilliant source material. If you feel your nerdlings need to be exposed to the origins of Transformers (and you should) sit with them and watch the original animated movie from 1986. And you will never see Optimus Prime riding on the back of Grimlock.
Burt Reynolds needed to be on the list but I wasn’t going to go with the obvious ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ movies. Although they are great, I like the ‘Cannonball Run’ movies just a little better. It could be Captain Chaos the alter ego of the shy character Victor Prinzim played by the immensely funny Dom DeLuise. This film is packed full of action, laughs and cameo performances. If you like this one make sure to follow it up with the sequel: ‘Cannonball Run II’. The younger nerdlings might not appreciate these movies so use your best judgment.
I just recently saw this movie again and the same thing happens every time; I forget how good this movie is. Great characters. Great direction. Great animation. It’s just great. Brad Bird did a wonderful job writing and directing this gem. Buy this and enjoy it with your nerdlings.
I believe this is the newest movie on this list with a release date of February 2012. I saw the previews for this and thought it was finally the hockey movie Kevin Smith had been talking about making. It had Seann William Scott in it and that’s who Kev said was going to play the lead. But it wasn’t. This was Jay Baruchel’s baby. And it is good. Yes it is bloody and it is VERY vulgar but if you don’t mind that you will find a very sweet and very funny uplifting movie. This is a very hard R, so you might want to reserve this for yourselves and not your nerdlings.
I’m pretty sure this movie is now shown as an instructional what/what not to do video for new hires at restaurants around the country. This is a must see movie for anyone who’s worked in the food service industry. If you have and you watch this movie you will immediately go “I’ve worked with that person. And that one… and that one.” Best not watch this if you ever want to eat out ever again. Again reserve this for your older nerdlings.
No matter how adamantly the producers deny it, ‘Real Steel’ was inspired by ‘Rock’em Sock’em Robots’. And the flipside ‘Battleship’ was directly inspired by the classic board game. But to find the original movie based on board game we have to go all the way back to 1985… all the way back to ‘Clue’. What a brilliant comedy. The writing and execution was excellent, not to mention the shooting and distribution of alternate endings sent to different theaters. Granted the movie didn’t have a great box office run but it has a huge cult following. Enjoy this with your nerdlings and see if you can figure out whodunit!
One of the brilliant Adam McKay movies. Such genius. I remember sitting in the theater opening weekend with a bunch of friends and laughing so hard. Granted most of us worked in TV at the time so that added to the connection. It is such a solid comedy even for those who don’t work in TV. I know by now it has been played, played and overplayed again and again on cable… plus now the sequel is in the world. But Anchorman is still so endlessly quotable. I love it. Share this with your older nerdlings because of the language and situations.
I contemplated just putting Quentin Tarantino’s name on this list and the reasoning under it was going to be “Because it’s Quentin Tarantino, Bitches” and that would have been a sufficient argument. But I recently read a brilliant article about how all burgeoning filmmakers should study the script for ‘Reservoir Dogs’. It is a genius article and shows the brilliance of QT. (Check that article out here) With that said watch ‘Reservoir Dogs’ and then go through the rest of QT’s catalog… (Especially the Grindhouse collaboration with Robert Rodriguez) but remember these movies are usually ultra-violent and they have some seriously dirty language so older nerdlings only need apply.