Films everyone should see

 Much along the lines of my previous book list (which will have a sequel sometime soon), this is a list of classic/good/interesting/influential movies, according to me.

  • Casablanca (1942): classy WWII love triangle, great acting, nice music, and a memorable script. “Here’s looking at you, kid,” “I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” and “Round up the usual suspects” are all quotes.
  • The Maltese Falcon (1941): yes, another Humphrey Bogart movie. This is about as noir as detective stories get, and a pretty entertaining film into the bargain.
  • The African Queen (1951): rounding out the Bogart movies (last one, I swear) is an amusing romcom sort of deal…in poverty-stricken Africa. In WWI. With non-Nazi-but-still-evil Germans. Ooooooooooooooh.
  • Blade Runner (1982): based on Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which is way weirder than this film. Try to get the director’s cut if you can. Most notable for bizarre dystopian environments, cold-blooded murder, having Harrison Ford in it… and this amazing speech (SPOILER). A moving look at death, life, and what it means to be human.
  • Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983): It has come to my attention that some people have not seen these movies, and that boggles my mind. These are historically important, extremely influential, and, most importantly, very entertaining. They are classics in every sense (stood the test of time, popular, etc.) of the word. See them now, even if you already have.
  • Inception (2010): because it’s awesome. Seriously. Compelling, intellectual, and action-packed.
  • Spirited Away (2001): This was one of Studio Ghibli’s biggest hits in the U.S., and for a reason. It is cute, bizarre, and oddly light-hearted. Beautiful art, compelling characters, nothing not to love.
  • Princess Mononoke (1997): Less cute, more serious, even more gorgeous artistically than Spirited Away, this Studio Ghibli film focuses on the problems of extremism and land use: do we save the forest and protect nature, or destroy it to improve our lives? (Unfortunately, the take-home message is pretty grim; we will only stop bitching and listen to each other when everything has gone completely to hell.) Oh, and it’s also an adorable love story. A thought-provoking, touching film.
  • Howl’s Moving Castle (2004): Based (loosely, apparently) on a Diana Wynne Jones book of the same title, this is a fantastic (in both senses of the word) story of magic, crazy adventures, and inner beauty being more important than the outside. It gets a bit weird at the end, but still an enjoyable, fun movie. Also Studio Ghibli.

Well, I can’t think of anything else at the moment (although I’ll doubtless come up with one as soon as I post this).  Wow, this reads like an advertisement for Studio Ghibli and Humphrey Bogart. Sorry about that.

Go out at watch some movies!


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