Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Big Film Meme

I don't know what the purpose of this meme is exactly, but I'm adopting it from The Mind Wobbles. You're supposed to simply count the number of these films that you've actually seen; if you score more than 85 then you are declared "lacking in life."

The films are a bit of a mix, but they are overwhelmingly American, popular, major-release, and made in the last 30 years. So while I consider myself to have seen an awful lot of films, all those Bergman and Gilliam and Waters movies -- not to mention the musicals, silent films, experimental films -- aren't part of this list, and my score is a measly 69.

Wait...that means I DO have a life! Hurray!

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show - I love it! Exuberance, strangeness, great songs, Magenta. I would ESPECIALLY love to see it in a theater, but I bet I'd want to strangle people.
(x) Grease - It's all about Jan. Brusha-brusha-brusha...
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean - In our QA department this is one of the movies we test our products over. I saw it at least 100 times while working in that department, but I've never seen it with SOUND...so it doesn't count.
( ) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
( ) Boondock Saints
( ) Fight Club
(x) Starsky and Hutch - Another of our QA films. I loved the TV series when I was a kid. The movie was rotten. Somebody please remove Juliette Lewis.
(x) Neverending Story - Yes, but I was very small and I don't remember much.
(x) Blazing Saddles - Funny in parts, but does make me cringe.
(x) Airplane - Must have watched this a dozen times as a kid, and I still enjoy it, though the formula has been a bit diluted by similar movies.
( ) The Princess Bride
( ) AnchorMan
( ) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth - A bit too fantasy-muppety for my taste, but hey, David Bowie.
(x) Saw - Oooo, oooo, look how EDGY we are. Ignore the plotholes, look at the scary puppet!
( ) Saw II
( ) White Noise - If it ain't Don Delillo, I ain't watchin'. And it ain't Don Delillo.
( ) White Oleander
( ) Anger Management
( ) 50 First Dates
( ) The Princess Diaries
( ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(x) Scream - I liked it, though it was obviously inspired by an earlier independent film called "There's Something Out There."
( ) Scream 2
( ) Scream 3
(x) Scary Movie - Mindless and occasionally fun.
(x) Scary Movie 2 - Ditto.
( ) Scary Movie 3
( ) Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie - Also mindless and occasionally fun. I did enjoy the "Band Camp" girl though, and also the odd Bollywood remake (Dil Chahta Hai).
( ) American Pie 2
( ) American Wedding
( ) American Pie Band Camp Even I know when to quit.
(x) Harry Potter 1 - It was obviously made for people who have read the book, which doesn't include me.
( ) Harry Potter 2
( ) Harry Potter 3
( ) Harry Potter 4
(x) Resident Evil 1
(x) Resident Evil 2 - I'm always in the mood for a good mutation gross-out. The first was better, but the second prominently features the Toronto City Hall.
( ) The Wedding Singer
( ) Little Black Book
( ) The Village
( ) Lilo & Stitch
( ) Finding Nemo
( ) Finding Neverland
( ) Signs
( ) The Grinch
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre - I seriously think this is one of the greatest movies of all time. It captures a subtle alternate reality (as imposed by the absolute will of "The Family") and is really, really unpleasant.
(x) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning - Crappy.
( ) White Chicks
( ) Butterfly Effect
( ) 13 Going on 30
( ) I, Robot
( ) Robots
( ) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
( ) Universal Soldier
( ) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
( ) Along Came Polly
( ) Deep Impact
( ) KingPin
( ) Never Been Kissed
( ) Meet The Parents
( ) Meet the Fockers
( ) Eight Crazy Nights
( ) Joe Dirt
( ) King Kong
( ) A Cinderella Story
( ) The Terminal
( ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
( ) Passport to Paris
( ) Dumb & Dumber
( ) Dumber & Dumberer
( ) Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
(x) Halloween - Oh, absolutely. Brilliant. Once again, a cohesive alternate reality due to the sheer force of one person's evil.
(x) The Ring - Scarier than the Japanese version (except for the ending, which was so shocking and unexpected in the original).
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
( ) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
( ) Practical Magic
( ) Chicago - I'm afraid to see it, lest I turn out to be really good.
(x) Ghost Ship - Yup, not very good. My nephew was in love with it so we got to re-watch all the "good parts" together.
( ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
( ) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
( ) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
( ) Ten Things I Hate About You
( ) Just Married
( ) Gothika
(x) Nightmare on Elm Street - Ditto "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and "Halloween," above.
(x) Sixteen Candles - My childhood, but so UNLIKE my childhood.
( ) Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
(x) The Grudge - I did see the Japanese version. Didn't make a lick of sense.
( ) The Grudge 2
( ) The Mask
( ) Son Of The Mask
( ) Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Slevin
(x) Ocean's Eleven - You know those movies that are so bland that you don't remember a thing about them? This is one.
( ) Ocean's Twelve
( ) Bourne Identity
( ) Bourne Supremacy
( ) Lone Star
( ) Bedazzled
(x) Predator I - It was okay, but I've never understood the almost fetishy fanbase.
( ) Predator II
(x) The Fog - Very scary original. Very lame remake.
( ) Ice Age
( ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
(x) Independence Day - Another movie so bland that I've forgotten most of it.
(x) Cujo - Scared the heck out of me, but hey, not ALL St. Bernards are bad!
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
(x) Christine - Not as good as the book, but still credible. Love the John Carpenter music. And there's a Bollywood version of this one as well: "Taarzan the Wonder Car."
(x) ET - I was very, very young when I saw it. I think it scared me.
(x) Children of the Corn - bleck.
( ) My Boss's Daughter
( ) Maid in Manhattan
(x) War of the Worlds - I must be the only person who loves the Spielberg remake. I think it's all due to the horrifying sound the tripods make.
( ) Rush Hour
( ) Rush Hour 2
( ) Best Bet
( ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
( ) She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls - Awesome
( ) Sideways
(x) Mars Attacks - Cute. Funny. Lisa-Marie.
(x) Event Horizon - Hellraiser in Space?
( ) Ever After
(x) Wizard of Oz - All those years ago.
(x) Forrest Gump - I saw it with my mom. I much prefer "Gumped Again" in "Cecil B. Demented."
(x) Big Trouble in Little China - I love it. I can't believe it when a person DOESN'T love it.
(x) The Terminator - Yawn.
( ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
(x) X-Men - Yep, it's another movie we did QA over.
(x) X-2 - Ditto.
( ) X-3
(x) Spider-Man - DITTO!
( ) Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
( ) Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
( ) Catch Me If You Can
( ) The Little Mermaid
(x) Freaky Friday - The original, yes, with the amazing (and underrated) Barbara Harris.
( ) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
( ) Cruel Intentions
( ) Cruel Intentions 2
( ) The Hot Chick
(x) Shrek - Yet ANOTHER movie we did QA over. When will "The Mummy" and "Ronin" show up in this list, I wonder?
( ) Shrek 2
( ) Swimfan
(x) Miracle on 34th street - The original, I barely remember it.
( ) Old School
( ) The Notebook
( ) K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
( ) A Walk to Remember
( ) Ice Castles
( ) Boogeyman
( ) The 40-year-old Virgin
(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(x) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(x) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King - Just fine, but nothing more than that.
(x) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark - I really should watch it again, because all I remember is the Nazi-face-melt.
( ) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
( ) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
( ) Basketball
( ) Hostel
(x) Waiting for Guffman - Oh, just brilliant!
(x) House of 1000 Corpses - Homages only work if they don't star Rob Zombie's dizzy wife.
( ) Devils Rejects
( ) Elf
( ) Highlander
( ) Mothman Prophecies
( ) American History X
( ) Three
( ) The Jacket
( ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Nightwatch
( ) Monsters Inc.
( ) Titanic
(x) Monty Python and the Holy Grail - Funny, funny, funny.
(x) Shaun Of the Dead - I just love their "walk like a zombie" scene.
( ) Willard
( ) High Tension
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
(x) Dawn Of the Dead - The original was a grotesque and mesmerizing epic. The remake was...well, fun at least.
( ) Hook
(x) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - Saw it because "Aeon Flux" was no longer playing. As much as I dislike manipulative religious evangelicalism, it was still better than "Aeon Flux" turned out to be.
(x) 28 days later - Good stuff.
( ) Orgazmo
(x) Phantasm - When you're a gorehound little kid, this is the film you love. As an adult it makes you a tad embarrassed.
( ) Waterworld
( ) Kill Bill vol 1
( ) Kill Bill vol 2
( ) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
( ) Kingdom of Heaven
(x) The Hills Have Eyes - The original, yes. And even the sequel with all the dirtbikes.
(x) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman - Nasty, nasty film.
(x) The Last House on the Left - Another nasty, nasty, NASTY film.
(x) Re-Animator - Oh yes, give me that mutant gore!
(x) Army of Darkness - The weakest link of the trilogy, too nerdy by half, but still fun.
( ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
( ) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
( ) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(x) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope - Saw it as a child, rewatched it as an adult, still seems like a kid's movie to me.
(x) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
(x) The Matrix - Fun enough for me to NOT want to see the sequels.
( ) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
( ) Animatrix
(x) Evil Dead
(x) Evil Dead 2 - Joyous mayhem!
( ) Team America: World Police
(x) Red Dragon - Does "Manhunter" count?
(x) Silence of the Lambs - Goodness, have to watch this again.
( ) Hannibal

GRAND TOTAL = 69

3 comments:

McMonkey said...

Oh, dear.
I've seen 167. I'd always suspected I may not have a life...here's proof, I guess.

Anonymous said...

i own most of these - hence no life either

Muffy St. Bernard said...

I sense a trend there!