Wednesday, April 26, 2006

So Jim Emerson came out with this list of 102 movies which you should watch if you want to have a meaningful discussions of any kind about movies. Like the words of a language which everyone should know to understand each other.

I've seen 16, half seen 7. I saw The Godfather while growing up in India. Not having cable while you grow up sure sucks. i-me-moi, Saket, Jean Valjean, Vikster, Là¢ke¥, /<0usik, bluegreenflysplat, I hope you guys do better.

Legend:
* = I've seen it
+ = I've seen maybe a quarter or half of it (hangs head in shame...)

List:
+ 2001: A Space Odyssey
+ The 400 Blows
8 1/2
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
* Alien
All About Eve
* Annie Hall
Apocalypse Now
Bambi
The Battleship Potemkin
The Best Years of Our Lives
The Big Red One
The Bicycle Thief
The Big Sleep
* Blade Runner
Blowup
Blue Velvet
Bonnie and Clyde
Breathless
Bringing Up Baby
Carrie
Casablanca
Un Chien Andalou
Children of Paradise / Les Enfants du Paradis
Chinatown
+ Citizen Kane
+ A Clockwork Orange
* The Crying Game
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Days of Heaven
Dirty Harry
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Do the Right Thing
La Dolce Vita
Double Indemnity
+ Dr. Strangelove
* Duck Soup
+ E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial
Easy Rider
* The Empire Strikes Back
* The Exorcist
* Fargo
* Fight Club
Frankenstein
The General
* The Godfather, The Godfather, Part II
Gone With the Wind
* GoodFellas
* The Graduate
Halloween
A Hard Day's Night
Intolerance
It's a Gift
It's a Wonderful Life
Jaws
The Lady Eve
Lawrence of Arabia
M
Mad Max 2 / The Road Warrior
The Maltese Falcon
The Manchurian Candidate
Metropolis
Modern Times
* Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Nashville
The Night of the Hunter
Night of the Living Dead
North by Northwest
Nosferatu
On the Waterfront
Once Upon a Time in the West
Out of the Past
Persona
Pink Flamingos
Psycho
* Pulp Fiction
Rashomon
Rear Window
Rebel Without a Cause
Red River
Repulsion
The Rules of the Game
Scarface
The Scarlet Empress
Schindler's List
The Searchers
+ The Seven Samurai
Singin' in the Rain
* Some Like It Hot
A Star Is Born
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sunset Boulevard
* Taxi Driver
The Third Man
Tokyo Story
Touch of Evil
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Trouble in Paradise
Vertigo
West Side Story
The Wild Bunch
The Wizard of Oz

5 comments:

Thë Là¢ke¥ said...

Lol just
E.T. (bits n pieces of it) and The Exorcist and Fight Club.
Thats it from this list!!
rofl rofl.

i-me-moi said...

I havent done any better. In fact my head hangs in shame about this all the time. BUt but but. There are other movies I would like to put on this list that IMHO everyone who wants to have a respectable discussion on film should watch. So here goes:

The ones I have seen:
1. 8 1/2
2. Un Chien Andalou (I didnt even register this the first time I read your list. It suddenly came back when I tried to decipher chien, which in french means dog.)
3. A Clockwork Orange
4. Exorcist
5. Fargo
6. Fight Club
7. Pulpfiction
8. Scarface (15 mins only)
9. Psycho (half, I am afraid of scary movies)

said...

Better? Not really. Neither we did have cable when I grew up. Also, cable really doesn't help too much as so called 'classics' are not aired (cabled) too often.

At very young age, I started with 'Gone With the Wind' in a special show in our town. It slowed down till I went to college, after that I started understanding a lot of english spoken in the movies; started watching rampant english movies but proportions of classics were shamefully low.

My count of 'seens' in the list goes to the highest single digit, and many more in my wishlist. What about including a Satyajit Ray in the list too?

Hob Gadling said...

@Kousik: Well there's a lot of other movies (Satyajit Ray for sure - Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne!) that would be part of my list. But this is Jim Emerson's...

Saket said...

Lets see how many I have here:
+ 2001: A Space Odyssey
+ Bambi
* Apocalypse Now
* Blade Runner
+ Casablanca
+ Citizen Kane
* A Clockwork Orange
+ Jaws
+ Lawrence of Arabia
+ The Wizard of Oz
+ North by Northwest
* Pulp Fiction
+ Rear Window
+ Scarface
+ Schindler's List
+ The Seven Samurai
+ It's a Wonderful Life
+ Dr. Strangelove
+ The Empire Strikes Back

Yay I beat you. Don't worry its some senile nerd writing that list. I've seen much better movies than him. :)