Tuesday, April 12, 2011

200/1001 Movies Seen Part 4

Platoon – If you want to see Charlie Sheen when he was a respectable actor, this is about all there is.
Full Metal Jacket
Broadcast News – I didn’t find anything to be particularly memorable about this film.
The Princess Bride
Akira – Or as I like to call it: Attack of the Puberty Monster.
The Naked Gun – After Airplane!, Leslie Nielsen honed his comedic chops with this hilarious cop movie/film noir spoof.
Big – This is a fun movie to watch as both a kid and adult and Tom Hanks gives a winning performance.
Rain Man – Dustin Hoffman: making autism look cool.
When Harry Met Sally
Do the Right Thing
Roger & Me – This is the first and probably best Michael Moore documentary that hits hard but refrains from becoming too annoying like most of his later stuff.
Jacob’s Ladder – I found this movie to be quite funny, which probably isn’t a good thing since this isn’t a comedy at all.
Dances with Wolves – My Avatar review is pretty interchangeable with any review I may make for this movie.
Boyz ‘N the Hood – Not quite as hard hitting or complex as Do the Right Thing, but still a good drama that deals with issues that Spike Lee ignores for the most part such as gender relations in the black community.
La Double Vie de Veronique (The Double Life of Veronique)
Reservoir Dogs
Unforgiven – Eastwood gives the western a violent and grim update in what ranks as one of his best films as director.
Hoop Dreams – An epic documentary on the lives of two black teens who grow up hoping to make it big in basketball as they attempt to make it past financial, physical, and educational hurdles. It ends up saying a lot more than just what it takes to make it big.
Forrest Gump
The Lion King – One of Disney’s finest that marked an end to their renaissance, but I still like Aladdin best.
Pulp Fiction
The Shawshank Redemption
Babe – It’s a movie about a pig.
Toy Story – One of the most influential animated films that was pretty much a classic the day it was released.
Casino – Classic Scorcese with a sweet soundtrack, plenty of swearing, slick gangsters, and copious amounts of blood.
The Usual Suspects
Shine – A decent drama I suppose.
Independence Day – Fantastic…
L.A. Confidential – A cool and twisting story supported by strong performances makes this a fun film to watch.
Boogie Nights – Racy subject matter + awesome performances + Mark Wahlberg’s dong = great movie.
Saving Private Ryan – A solid war film which straddles the line between blatant patriotism and a grim depiction of the horrors and arbitrariness of war.
Pi – Darren Aronfksy sure does like trippy movies.
Fight Club
Being John Malkovich – A combination of a trippy premise, unsympathetic characters, and a dark sense humour all combine to make a film that seems designed to appeal to me.
American Beauty – This movie just missed out on my top 101 and provides insightful social commentary on the American way of life.
The Matrix
The Sixth Sense – One of the few M. Night Shylaman movies worth seeing.
Kippur – This movie features naked sex painting and one of the greatest scenes I’ve ever seen where a group of soldiers attempt to rescue some wounded comrades in a muddy battlefield.
Wo Hu Cang Long (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) – This is a gorgeous film with graceful choreography. I could watch this without the subtitles and still appreciate it just for its artistry.
Le Fabuleux Destin D’Amelie Poulain (Amelie) – Great film. That’s all that really needs to be said.
Sen To Chihiro No Kamikakushi (Spirited Away) – Woah! My mind has been blown!
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 – It’s a slick movie that has a bajillion references to other movies in true Tarantino style, but I prefer his earlier works.
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Farenheit 9/11 – Michael Moore whining for a couple hours.

Well there you have it. 1/5th of the way to seeing all 1001 Movies. Some were amazing, some were bizarre, and others I can't believe made it onto the list. I look forward to seeing most of the remaining 801. I think I'll save Pink Flamingos for last. Bonus points to whoever's seen the most of the 200 movies on this list.


  1. 96... should've cancelled my tutoring to watch Birth of a Nation when it was on TV Monday. :P

  2. Too bad you can't record things on your TV.

  3. True, I didn't know it was on till I got back and I expect I didn't want to catch only the last half xD