Saturday, July 09, 2011

The Big Bad Movie Challenge

I think I surprised a fellow blog buddy just now over a revelation that I'm not really into movies by admitting that I had not watched Die Hard, which according to him is the basis for all action movies. And then it just got worse from there, because it turns out that I had not watched a whole lot of movies that are the basis of modern society!

So, in an attempt to challenge myself (after a whole lot of prodding from him despite it being a conversation that was carried online) I have decided to undertake the *daunting task of watching (gulp!) the movies that this particular blog buddy thinks are 'must-watch' movies. The list is as follows:

Terminator 2
Die Hard
Aliens (After reading the IMDB page, I realised that I have already watched this)
Pulp Fiction
Goodfellas
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Schindlers List
The Godfather (I've always wanted to watch this, but could never find a copy of the DVD anywhere)
Shawshank Redemption
Memento
The Usual Suspects
Leon: The Professional
American History X
Taxi Driver
Saving Private Ryan 
Reservoir Dogs
LA Confidental
Full Metal Jacket
The Green Mile
2001: Space Odyessey
Gladiator
Downfall
Unforgiven
Fargo
Heat
300
Sin City

Other suggestions:
(by King of Scurf)
Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources
Il Postino
Delicatessen
The Lives of Others
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (hello nursemyra)
Films directed by Pedro Almodovar

English films that are a little off the beaten track...

A Man for All Seasons
Being John Malkovich
Another Year
Dean Spanley
Brazil
The Virgin Suicides

(by Jai)
Somewhere in time
The Painted Veil
Revolutionary Road
All the Star Wars,
Jeux d'enfants

(by Saby)
Snatch
Lock stock and 2 smoking barrels
Big Fish
The Red Violin 
Superbad
Easy A
Scott Pilgrim vs the World
Kick Ass
Trainspottig
Jackie Brown
 
(The list doesn't include movies which I've already watched) Anyway, if you're reading this and would like to add to the list, feel free to do so. I might as well hit all the birds with one stone.

*You can ask me to read any book, any time of the day, but the idea of spending two hours watching a movie is pretty daunting for me!

Note: I had a totally different form of blog post in mind for today, something on a much more serious note, but I think I'll keep that for another day.

11 comments:

  1. Downfall is a lot longer than 2 hours but it's such a good movie that the time goes really fast

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  2. You must watch the Shawshank Redemption ... it's my all time great movie :D

    As for the rest, save for Die Hard, I haven't watch them either so fret not, you're not alone ... LOL!

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  3. There is virtually nothing on that list I would even consider watching!

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  4. nursemyra: Oh. I hope so. For the sake of my short attention span :D

    Nick: Yes, I've heard good stuff about that movie as well...

    SAW: Ok. LOL. I believe the list is a bit blokish - taste wise. ;)

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  5. Try some foreign language cinema...

    Jean de Florette / Manon des Sources
    Il Postino
    Delicatessen
    The Lives of Others
    The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (hello nursemyra)
    Films directed by Pedro Almodovar

    English films that are a little off the beaten track...

    A Man for All Seasons
    Being John Malkovich
    Another Year
    Dean Spanley
    Brazil
    The Virgin Suicides

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  6. Thanks for the suggestions... they once had a foreign language channel here (which was sadly taken down, alas!)

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  7. From the list I watched a few of it and I liked Goodfellas( even better than the Godfather)and Shawshank Redeption.
    My favourite movies so far
    Life is Beautiful
    Somewhere in time
    The Painted Veil
    Revolutionary Road
    All the Star Wars, Matrix,X Men and Back to the Future sequels
    Mera Naam Joker ( Hindi)
    Jeux d'enfants ( Might be because it's the first European movie that I watched)
    Mauna Ragam (Tamil)

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  8. I couldn't approve of this post more!

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  9. Jai: I loved 'Life is Beautiful', and I've watched quite a bit of your suggestions. I'll add the rest to the list. Thanks :)

    Orhan: Of course you do... ;)

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  10. A few of my suggestions :

    Snatch
    Lock stock and 2 smoking barrels
    Big Fish
    The Red Violin (such an amazing movie)
    Superbad
    Easy A
    Scott Pilgrim vs the World
    Kick Ass
    Trainspottig
    Jackie Brown

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  11. Thanks for the suggestions, Saby. I've wanted to watch Big Fish for like forever... just never got the opportunity to

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