drwex (drwex) wrote,
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Look out it's another meme

Supposedly measuring your "geek" cred, but it's movies so I'll play along. With commentary, of course.

http://www.listchallenges.com/100-basic-training-movies-at-the-nerd-academy

The list is (like all these things) frustratingly arbitrary. Why is Buckaroo Banzai not on here? Why is Time Bandits missing? Why list four random Trek movies and not others? Why only two of the Aliens movies? Why slant so heavily modern and leave out all the classics from the 1950s? Why am I even bothering? I'm bored, so now I'm going to bed.

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope - well, duh
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back - well, duh
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi - yes, in fact
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan - KHAAAAN!
Star Trek: The Voyage Home - nuclear wessels?
Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country - we have outlived our usefulness
Star Trek: First Contact - no, they're not going to make a movie as good as Khan; yes, it's better than more of the previous old thing
Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring - a one
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - and a two
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King - and a three. Stop here, Peter Jackson!
Akira - yes, and did not properly understand it at the time Should re-watch.
Stargate - yeah, it was OK
Spaceballs - like most Mel Brooks movies, improves with re-watching
Ghostbusters - say YES!
300 - THIS IS A MOVIE!
Sin City - I wanted to like this more than I did and enjoy it less than I did
The Crow - oh yeah
Shaun of the Dead - nope, not a fan of horror, even horror parody
Zombieland - nope, see above
Hellboy - weird, yet relatable
Being John Malkovich - weird and not even vaguely relatable but one of the best 'concept' movies ever
Highlander - please let there be only one
Hackers - not as bad as I'd feared but not as good as I wanted
Army of Darkness - tried, really I did
Dune - surprisingly faithful to the book's concepts
Revenge of the Nerds - not a bad movie but I'll never forgive it for knocking Buckaroo Banzai out of theaters
Alien - OK so I watch some horror. Just very carefully chosen horror.
Aliens - nuke it from orbit.
Predator - liked it much more than I expected to, AHnold being Ahnold and all
The Terminator - this was so perfect a movie for the 1984 political zeitgeist
Terminator 2: Judgment Day - and this was not. Still a good movie in its own right.
Total Recall - I have no doubt that somewhere Phil Dick is laughing his insane ass off
Metropolis - original version, original version with live score and tried to watch the version with scenes restored but just couldn't do it
Batman - the existence proof that someone other than Marvel can make a superhero movie
Batman Returns - OK, not too much
Batman Begins - the existence proof that someone other than Marvel doesn't know when to quit
The Dark Knight - no, really, it's OK. You can stop now. When your movie is memorable only for its villain, quit
Superman: The Movie - sigh, yes, I watched this
RoboCop - one of the best misunderstood social commentary movies of all time. Also religious allegory.
Avatar - no, actually. Do not want to see that sort of glorified colonial exploitation
Ghost in the Shell - gets better every time I watch it
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - geek cred is not expressed by how many scenes from this movie you can perform from memory, though you might not know it from watching geeks
Tron - did in fact blow my mind at the time
The Princess Bride - twoo wuv!
The Matrix - hard to remember just how novel this was now that it's been imitated so many times
Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark - also a real original
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom - annoying shrieking blonde companion replaces awesome hard-drinking brunette companion. Did not like.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - surprisingly good, all considered
Blade Runner - I think at one point I counted and I'd seen five different cuts of this movie
2001: A Space Odyssey - mind = blown. One of the few movies I've liked better than its book version
Iron Man - Yes, that is sort of what a really stupidly rich engineer WOULD do.
Iron Man 2 - Can I have one of those? (all the rest of the movie was disappointing)
The Avengers - Did not expect it to be as good as it was
Spider-Man - Did not expect it to be as bad as it was
Spider-Man 2 - Did expect it to be as bad as it was
Short Circuit - I'm less enamored of this than most people, but I did watch it eventually
Planet of the Apes - Scary for its time, but I was young
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - no. didn't see a need for a remake. Might be convinced otherwise
Office Space - did eventually see it. Much funnier than I was led to believe
Rollerball - Cheesy and stupid. Watch when drunk and/or MST3K it
The Incredibles - No capes!
WarGames - Shall we play a game?
The Big Lebowski - just didn't find this funny, sorry
Dr. Strangelove - did find this funny, in a very black and scary way
Fight Club - a study in human... something. Liked it much better on second watching
Excalibur - on a technicality. I saw a butchered G-rated version on some plane flight or other
Logan's Run - liked it a lot on first viewing but it has not held up well for me
The Dark Crystal - if you ever doubted Jim Henson was a genius you have not seen this film
Krull - oh lord yes. Liked the video game way better than the movie
Conan the Barbarian - surprisingly good. Book is still better, but the movie did not suck
Labyrinth - despite its wealth of original ideas it doesn't hold up for me on re-watches
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl - I had ceased to find Depp interesting before this came out
28 Days Later - no. See horror
Dawn of the Dead - No. See. Horror.
The Goonies - tried. Turned it off. So bad.
Weird Science - cringe-worthy even in its original time. Good soundtrack though
Clockwork Orange - took three tries to be able to watch all the way through.
Back to the Future - was much more bored by it than I expected to be
Back to the Future (parts 2 and 3) - no. See bored.
Barbarella - at some point I fell out of love with this movie. Can't really watch it anymore.
Dark City - OK. Was much less impressed with this than my friends
12 Monkeys - was much MORE impressed with this than my friends
Brazil - did not fully grok it on first couple viewings. Not sure I get it now, either
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial - OK in its time. I don't much like rewatching it now.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - to the late-night, double feature, picture show!
Inception - frustratingly inconsistent with its own premises
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - we've talked about horror, right?
Minority Report - I actually liked it more on re-watch, to my surprise
Soylent Green - not sure why I've never seen this one but I haven't
Escape from New York - got through it on a second try
Galaxy Quest - funny in its time. Not sure how well it holds up today
Starship Troopers - was so mad at this abomination I refused to pay to see it. Eventually saw it for free at a Worldcon film showing. Was glad I didn't give it any money.
The Fifth Element - so good
Jurassic Park - what could possibly go wrong?
Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust - why is this even on this list? Should I try to see this?
The Iron Giant - good for what it was; doesn't hold up for me.
Carrie - uh, no
Underworld - uh, yes. Oh so very yes.
Interview with the Vampire - I used the book version of this to cure a night's insomnia. I'm told the movie version was less despondently talky but never was motivated to find out.
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