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Do you ever make a movie reference and other people have no idea what you're talking about, and it makes you hang your head in shame because they haven't been exposed to such awesomeness?

 

What are your essentials? My personal favorites...

 

The Classics:

Aliens

Army of Darkness

Big Trouble in Little China

Clerks

Dark City

The Fifth Element

Monty Python

Office Space

The Princess Bride

The Professional

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Total Recall

 

Recent:

The Avengers

Batman Begins

Boondock Saints

Bourne (all)

Casino Royale

Dogma

Equilibrium

Galaxy Quest

The Gamers: Dorkness Rising

I Am Legend

I Robot

KickAss

Limitless

Memento

Moulin Rouge!

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Pitch Black/Riddick

Shakespeare in Love

Sin City

Stardust

Sucker Punch

Wanted

Wasabi

X-Men (all except X3)

 

Animated:

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children

Ice Age

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Princess Mononoke

Toy Story 2

Up

 

Foreign:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Hero

Iron Monkey

 

Shows:

Batman Beyond

Battlestar Galactica

Disney's Gargoyles

Farscape

Invader Zim

JourneyQuest

Once Upon a Time

Scrubs

 

Whedonverse: (If you like any of these, you must watch the rest of them in roughly this order...)

Buffy/Angel - If the middle seasons are too painful to sit through, just catch enough of the beginnings for character development and then skip to the last episode of Angel season 4 where they erase everybody's memories and enjoy season 5. Some of Whedon's best work, IMO.

Firefly/Serenity

Dollhouse (a little slow and not so great as single standalone episodes but the series is pretty amazing in its entirety)

Cabin in the Woods

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Much Ado About Nothing (especially if you're an Angel fan)

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (not Whedon but Alan Tudyk is the main character and hilarious)

 

More Zombies:

Shaun of the Dead

Warm Bodies (cutest ridiculous love story ever)

World War Z (go into it expecting a prologue, not the book)

Zombieland

 

I know 10 people are going to add Game of Thrones and Dr. Who. I promise that's on our current to see list! :)

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There are several on that list I have not seen, and that is not about to change. The zombie ones especially. I hate zombies.

 

Some of my favorites not on your list

 

Hayao Miyazaki/Studio Ghibli: best anime movie studio ever

 

Kiki's delivery service (was my go to "I'm sick" pick me up movie until I gave my copy away to my God daughters)

Castle in the Sky

Howl's moving castle

My Neighbour Totoro

Princess Mononoke (not as kid friendly as the others, still an epic movie)

Nausicaa of the valley of the winds

Spirited Away

 

Other Anime

Summer Wars

Last Exile (great story, awesome visuals)

Morobito: Guardian of the spirit (a great series, visually stunning)

Magical girl Lyrical Nanoha, A's, and StrikerS (not the deepest story, but enjoyable)

Crest of the Stars, Banner of the Stars 1&2

 

Movies

Crouching Tiger, Hiden Dragon

Iron Monkey

Drunken Master

Rurouni Kenshin

Yojimbo & Sanjuro (classic samurai movies, with a good deal of fun)

The Matrix (shame they never made any sequels :;): )

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Interesting Checklist.

 

Dr. Who quickly becomes one of those "which version" questions. ('Which Doctor?' is how it is how the Whovians usually phrase it...)

 

More which version questions:

 

I Am Legend - Heston or Smith?

BattleStar Galactica - Chrome Cylons or the newer version?

Casino Royale - there are at least two, but I think three?

Total Recall - Schwarzenegger or the newer one?

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Oh my gosh! Thank you for reminding me of Princess Mononoke, Crouching Tiger and Iron Monkey!

 

I have the exact same feelings as you regarding the Matrix, which is why I knocked it off of my favorites list and blocked it from my mind.

 

TGP: I'm a fan of both. The originals just because they're classics and the reboots because I love people's reimagined versions of stuff.

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There are two Casino Royales, and even though it's technically probably the least good I have to go with the Peter Sellers version.

 

The Watchmen is on my list.

The Fellowship of the Ring is amazing, but I refuse to acknowledge any of the other horribad butcheries of Tolkien as told by Jackson.

Pretty much any Akira Kurosawa movie (or derivative thereof: Magnificent Seven, Fist Full of Dollars, etc.).

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It's funny, when I voice my hate about Jackson's interpretations of the books I always immediately get people who start off with "they couldn't put everything into the movie, and Tom Bombadil sucks anyway." No lie, I've gotten that reaction a jillion times. I actually have no problem with any of the material that was left out. I do however have a lot of problems with the things he added in, specifically all the things that serve no purpose. He also changed some pretty serious plot points, and in doing so he altered at least one character so badly that, to me at least, he no longer resembled the character in the book. I realize it's a personal point. The Hobbit is a pretty important book to me, it had a very big impact on me at a young age, and without having read it it's pretty possible I wouldn't be chatting on these boards right now, because it is literally the catalyst that got me interested in Fantasy. The first 1/3 of the movie adaptation (a book so short I can read it in a few hours doesn't need 3 movies) was so bad in my opinion that watching it almost made me ill. I know I'm in the minority, and I accept that.

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I don't tend to have that reaction as often as people have that reaction around me. It tends to happen mostly in connection with Firefly, lots of anime shows, Firefly, some video games, and Firefly.

 

Did I mention Firefly?

 

I've had so many people give me ::o: followed by "You haven't seen Firefly?!?!?!? You HAVE to see it, it's so awesome!!11!1!!1!! *foams at the mouth*" reaction that it's totally turned me off to wanting to watch it. <_<

 

I have had that reaction in the past to a friend of mine mentioning that he'd never seen the Princess Bride (I will admit to an ::o: reaction, as much as I hate it when people do it to me ^_^ ), and a couple of times with Gamers 2. Everyone I've introduced Gamers 2 to really enjoyed it. :)

 

Huzzah!

--OneBoot :D

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Loim, I totally agree with you about the Hobbit. Turning a 200-page book into three, 3 hour movies = definition of milking a franchise into the ground. I just watched it for the pretties. Now that you mention it, several of the LOTR characters were really annoying in ways I don't remember them being in the books.

 

OneBoot, I get it. I feel that way about Pink Floyd.

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If you don't like Pink Floyd I can't talk to you anymore.

 

Another couple of movies that I love that many haven't seen are Chinatown and North by Northwest.

 

 

As an aside to the Tolkien vs. Jackson conversation, for anyone who is interested here is a good link to an interview with Christopher Tolkien;

 

http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/my-father-039-s-quot-eviscerated-quot-work-son-of-hobbit-scribe-j.r.r.-tolkien-finally-speaks-out/hobbit-silmarillion-lord-of-rings/c3s10299/#.Ujk3JMYQZBy

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I enjoyed the LotR movies, but not as much as I would have if they had remained truer to the original source. Aragorn's disappearance and near death, and the army of elves getting killed at Helms Deep being two of my biggest annoyances. That and the missing army of Rangers, and Elrond being a dick dissapointed me, but the rest captured a lot of the parts I really loved about the books

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I have seen everything on your list, and mostly agree with you. Equilibrium is insanely underrated, and while we're talking about Mr. Bale, I might put Reign of Fire up there too.

 

Edit: But yeah. Jesus. Firefly, lady.

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OneBoot...

 



I don't tend to have that reaction as often as people have that reaction around me. It tends to happen mostly in connection with Firefly, lots of anime shows, Firefly, some video games, and Firefly.

 

Did I mention Firefly?

 

I've had so many people give me ::o: followed by "You haven't seen Firefly?!?!?!? You HAVE to see it, it's so awesome!!11!1!!1!! *foams at the mouth*" reaction that it's totally turned me off to wanting to watch it. <_<

...you are not alone.

 

I have not seen Firefly either. I mean to someday. **[lowers visor, raises shield, ducks...]**

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