Thursday, March 27, 2014

#ThrowbackThursday - 206 Films

The initial onset of this Facebook note was a list circulating the 'net supposedly listing the 206 films Steven Spielberg required whomever was going to work with him to watch. While it turned out to be untrue, the list was an intriguing proposal.

What 206 films would you want someone to have seen? Maybe they're not working for you, but a prerequisite to be present in your life, you wanted them to experience 206 films, what films would they be? 

These were the 206 that I came up with, mostly out of gut reaction. It's not a best-of, or even a favorites really, it's just 206 films I've seen that mean something to me, that I would like to share with you, and maybe they'll mean something to you too?

At the end, I also pull out just 6 of them to talk about briefly. Those 6 would make my Top list of all time if I had one, for sure.

Here now:

The 206 Films

COMEDY
Duck Soup
A Night at the Opera
A Mighty Wind
Annie Hall
Cool Runnings
Clue
Ghostbusters
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World
Home Alone
Mean Girls
The Big Lebowski
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Billy Madison
Some Like It Hot
Sabrina (Audrey Hepburn version)
The Sandlot
Saved!
Stripes
Ace Ventura
Ace Ventura 2: When Nature Calls
A Christmas Story
When Harry Met Sally
Love Actually
A Prairie Home Companion
Wedding Crashers
Back to the Future
Back to the Future 2
Beetlejuice
Bring It On
Dirty, Rotten Scoundrels
Dogma
Mars Attacks
Mighty Ducks 2
Miracles
Noises Off
Sister Act 2
The Birdcage
Tootsie
Wet Hot American Summer
O, Brother, Where Art Thou?
Monty Python's Life of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda
The Terminal
The Ten
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze
Waking Ned Devine
The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain
The Ladykillers
Fargo
A Serious Man
Parenthood
In Good Company
Away We Go
Pleasantville
Big Fish
Gosford Park
Ghost World
Chocolat
Little Miss Sunshine
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

DRAMA
Finding Neverland
Closer
American Beauty
Trainspotting
Shawshank Redemption
Searching for Bobby Fischer
Black Swan 
Garden State
Casablanca
The Social Network
The Squid and the Whale
What Dreams May Come
The Godfather
The Godfather Part 2
The Kids Are All Right
Dead Poets Society
Saving Private Ryan
No Country for Old Men
Awakenings
Field of Dreams
Grand Hotel
The Notebook
The Prestige
It's a Wonderful Life Chinatown

ACTION
(People tend to die and that's the main selling point)
GoldenEye
The Man with the Golden Gun
Goldfinger
Sin City 
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
The Forbidden Kingdom

SCI-FI
(Ooooooh....Space....or Science)
2001: A Space Odyssey
Dark City
Inception
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Trek: Insurrection
Star Trek (The new one)
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
The Matrix
Metropolis
Jurassic Park
 
FANTASY
(Ooooooh....Opposite of Space....AND Science...So, Magic. And...horses.)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Jumanji
Hook
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers

HORROR
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Shining
Dawn of the Dead (Snyder's remake)
Saw
Saw 2
Scream
Se7en
The Hills Have Eyes

WESTERNS
The Magnificent 7
True Grit (Jeff Bridges/Matt Damon)

MUSICALS
Singin' in the Rain 
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Little Shop of Horrors
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Strictly Ballroom 
Hello, Dolly!
Mary Poppins
Moonwalker
Peter Pan (with Mary Martin)
An American in Paris
A Star is Born
Chicago
Grease
Puttin' on the Ritz Royal Wedding
The Wizard of Oz
Camp
Center Stage

FOREIGN
Hero
Kung-Fu Hustle
The Chorus
The Lives of Others
Pan's Labyrinth

BIOPICS
Chaplin
Man on the Moon

CRIME/HEIST
(We cheer for bad guys and that's the main selling point)
Bonnie and Clyde
Ocean's 11 (Clooney/Pitt remake)
Catch Me If You Can
GoodFellas
The Usual Suspects

SUPERHERO 
The Dark Knight
Batman Returns
Superman
Spawn
Hellboy 2
X2: X-Men United
Iron Man

POST-APOCALYPTIC/DYSTOPIAN FUTURE
(Everyone's dead because of zombies...or aliens...or the government)
28 Days Later
A Scanner Darkly
Children of Men
Blade Runner
Zombieland
The Noah
On the Beach

ANIMATED
The Rescuers Down Under
Aladdin
Beauty and the Beast
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
The Simpsons Movie
Wall-E
An American Tail
Spirited Away
My Neighbor Totoro
FernGully
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
Iron Giant
Treasure Planet
9
The Brave Little Toaster
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Land Before Time
The Illusionist
Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave

ANIMATED mixed with Live-Action
Space Jam
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
The Pagemaster
Cool World

Movies by Quentin Tarantino
Pulp Fiction
Inglourious Basterds

Movies by M. Night Shyamalan (That weren't horrible) 
Sixth Sense

Documentaries by Michael Moore (That weren't horrible)
Bowling for Columbine

Shakespeare Adaptations 
Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh's version)

Movies Where America Kicks Ass
Independence Day

Movies I Watched (and you should watch) While High
Fight Club
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Memento 
Adaptation
Donnie Darko
12 Monkeys
Mulholland Drive
Inland Empire
Insomnia
Pi
Naked Lunch



Sixth Sense - When this movie first came out, it was truly a shocking ending. I don't think much of the rest of the movie holds up anymore now that we all know the ending. It's a curiosity on this list, because it's one of the few that lacks the replayability factor.

Singin' in the Rain - Quite possibly the perfect movie musical, and one of the best movies ever. It's hard to be both. What makes musical movies in this day and age difficult is that no one is doing what Singin' in the Rain did. Much of the music existed prior to the film, but it was presented in a new storyline, likening it to Moulin Rouge. But most modern movie musicals are straight adaptations of existing stage musicals. The formula is mostly hit-or-miss. But if they were able to find a way back to this template for a movie musical, we could have some awesome releases in the future

Moonwalker - It's not a movie in the most traditional sense of the word, but it's certainly one of the ones that inspired me absolutely. Years later, despite all the fall from grace, and the scrutiny he was under from the media, he was an inspiring dancer and artist. It's hard to match the genius of The King of Pop, and some of the sequences in Moonwalker are truly indicative of that.

The Simpsons Movie - It's amazing just how good this movie is. If you've ever been a fan of the series at some point, there is no reason to not have seen this movie, yet I talk to so many who haven't. It shows some of the best character development of the characters in the series in years and there's so many gags that are possible within a film realm that aren't in the television series.

Noises Off - Not a lot of adaptations exist of plays that are so successful, but for me (and I'm certainly in the minority with this) the Noises Off adaptation works so well. I in fact love this version. Christopher Reeve, John Ritter, Marilu Henner, Carol Burnett, Michael Caine... The cast is just spectacular.

Sister Act 2 - I was lucky to grow up in an era where sequels had potential to be better than their original movies. Everyone remembers this movie; it's got the more memorable numbers, the young cast is interesting (Lauryn Hill, Jennifer Love Hewitt), and it's a funnier story to me. You also got Austin Powers 2, TMNT 2, Terminator 2, Toy Story 2... And they're all pretty great.