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Winter Movie Watching

I started a list of must-see movies several weeks ago.  As the weather has gotten very cold, here’s the entire list.  It’s a mix of classics that everyone needs to see at least once; as well as some of my favorite movies.  What do you think?  What have I forgotten?  What should I save for another year?  I have reasons for every movie on the list.

Great Movies:

  • Almost Famous
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Field of Dreams
  • The Godfather Part I
  • The Godfather Part II
  • Goodfellas
  • Jaws
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Shawshank Redemption
  • Silence of the Lambs
  • The Sting
  • The Untouchables

Comedies:

  • Airplane
  • Anchorman
  • Animal House
  • Back to the Future
  • Beetlejuice
  • Big
  • Big Lebowski
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Blues Brothers
  • Caddyshack
  • Elf
  • Ferris Buehler’s Day Off
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Goonies
  • Ghostbusters
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • Groundhog Day
  • Harold and Maude
  • The Jerk
  • Kingpin
  • Mars Attacks
  • Mash
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Mystery Men
  • Office Space
  • Old School
  • Pee Wee’s Big Adventure
  • Princess Bride
  • Real Genius
  • Return of the Pink Panther
  • School of Rock
  • Spies Like Us
  • Step Brothers
  • Stripes
  • This Is Spinal Tap
  • Throw Mama from the Train
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Zoolander

Sci Fi / Comic Book Movies / Animation:

  • Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
  • Alien and Aliens
  • Batman Beyond
  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Dark Knight
  • Dead Zone
  • Dune
  • Escape from New York
  • Flash Gordon
  • Gremlins
  • Hellboy
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Last Starfighter
  • The Matrix
  • Men in Black
  • Minority Report
  • Lord of the Rings (Trilogy)
  • Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Robocop (1987)
  • Stargate
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan
  • Star Wars Episodes 1-6
  • Terminator and Terminator 2
  • Time Bandits
  • Toy Story
  • Tron
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Wizard of Oz

Action / Thrillers:

  • All the President’s Men
  • Apollo 13
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Chinatown
  • Dead Again
  • Die Hard
  • Django Unchained
  • Double Indemnity
  • Donnie Brasco
  • Enemy at the Gates
  • Fargo
  • Final Countdown
  • Gladiator
  • Great Escape
  • The Illusionist
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Jumanji
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Poltergeist
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rear Window
  • Rocky
  • Scarface
  • Se7en
  • The Shining
  • Sixth Sense
  • Usual Suspects
  • War Games

Classics:

  • Casablanca
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Lights
  • The General
  • Gone with the Wind
  • Maltese Falcon
  • Schindler’s List
  • Singin’ in the Rain

Hard to Classify:

  • 8 Men Out
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Forest Gump
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Lost in Translation
  • Pleasantville
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
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My Favorite Movies from 1982

As I’m trying to write up my top 10 albums for 1982, I wanted to stray from music and share my favorite movies from 1982.  I think the best criteria for this is…if it’s on TV tonight, do I still want to watch it.  This knocks things like the Academy Award nominees for that year like Gandhi and Tootsie off the list.

10. Tron – For the time, the effects were great.

9. Rocky III – Come on, Eye of the Tiger, Mr. T.

8. E.T. – Ok, this was nominated for best picture.

7. Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip – He was amazing.

6. Nightshift – This was actually a funny movie.

5. Poltergeist – This is still a scary movie.  “Do Not Go Into the Light”

4. Blade Runner – Harrison Ford.

3. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Kind of dated, but still worth watching.

2. 48 Hours – This started Eddie Murphy’s movie career.  Pluto Nash, Meet Dave or Norbit killed it.

1. Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan – the best Star Trek movie of all the Star Trek movies.  So good that JJ Abrams used Khan for his second Star Trek movie.  Don’t get me wrong, his movies are great, but this one is still the best.