Tuesday, June 24, 2008

100 NEW Classic Movies

Okay, so I saw this list of "100 New Classic Movies" of the last 25 years, in Entertainment Weekly, and then I saw what Avitable had done with the list, and I said...Hmm, I should steal that. And now I have.
I have bolded the movies on the list that I have seen(90 out of 100-either impressive or sad, depending on your perspective),and I have placed asterisks next to the ones that I liked. I have also added some choice editorial comments(both positive and negative) along the way. Enjoy!
And of course, feel free to do for yourself!


1. Pulp Fiction (1994)********
2. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (2001-03) (I liked the first one, I napped through the other two)
3. Titanic (1997)- Steaming pile of shit!
4. Blue Velvet (1986)******** Is this the one that started the phrase "Lynchian"?
5. Toy Story (1995)**
6. Saving Private Ryan (1998)- Didn't care for it, really.
7. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)***-One of Woody's best.
8. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)****-Super creepy.
9. Die Hard (1988)***
10. Moulin Rouge (2001)- Meh
11. This Is Spinal Tap (1984)****-Genius.
12. The Matrix (1999)**-liked it, but less since i had to watch the 2 sequels
13. GoodFellas (1990)**
14. Crumb (1995)**
15. Edward Scissorhands (1990)**
16. Boogie Nights (1997)**
17. Jerry Maguire (1996)*
18. Do the Right Thing (1989)**
19. Casino Royale (2006)* -Meh
20. The Lion King (1994)**
21. Schindler's List (1993)**
22. Rushmore (1998)*****- Absolutely BRILLIANT movie. Murray was robbed!!
23. Memento (2001)****
24. A Room With a View (1986)
25. Shrek (2001)- Overrated, didn't like the end.
26. Hoop Dreams (1994)**
27. Aliens (1986)**- back when Cameron actually made great movies.
28. Wings of Desire (1988)**
29. The Bourne Supremacy (2004)**
30. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)**
31. Brokeback Mountain (2005)*
32. Fight Club (1999)*****
33. The Breakfast Club (1985)*- I still like 16 Candles better.
34. Fargo (1996)****- Good, but no Big Lebowski
35. The Incredibles (2004)*- I thought it was okay, didn't get what the big deal was.
36. Spider-Man 2 (2004)**- I liked 1 better, didn't like Doc Oc much
37. Pretty Woman (1990)*
38. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)********-heartbreaking,brilliant movie(if this list is in order, this movie should be in the top 5)
39. The Sixth Sense (1999)***-The whole theater gasped when that woman passed across the screen. Chilling.
40. Speed (1994)- Huh ?
41. Dazed and Confused (1993)******- Alright, alright, alright.
42. Clueless (1995)**
43. Gladiator (2000)-Another steaming pile of shit. I still can't believe they gave Russell Crowe and Oscar for playing a Spaniard with an Australian accent.
44. The Player (1992)*** Altman at his best.
45. Rain Man (1988)**
46. Children of Men (2006)
47. Men in Black (1997)***
48. Scarface (1983)*- A little overrated, i think.
49. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)-Fell asleep TWICE during this movie
50. The Piano (1993)**
51. There Will Be Blood (2007)***
52. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad (1988)*****
53. The Truman Show (1998)****- Again, should be in the Top 20
54. Fatal Attraction (1987)**- I wish they had stuck to the original ending. I thought the promotional tie-ins were in bad taste, though..
55. Risky Business (1983)****
56. The Lives of Others (2006)
57. There’s Something About Mary (1998)*- Funny, but overrated.
58. Ghostbusters (1984)****
59. L.A. Confidential (1997)****
60. Scream (1996)***
61. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)***
62. sex, lies and videotape (1989)***
63. Big (1988)***
64. No Country For Old Men (2007)***
65. Dirty Dancing (1987)***- NOBODY puts Baby in the corner.
66. Natural Born Killers (1994)- Crap, crap crap !!!
67. Donnie Brasco (1997)**
68. Witness (1985)**
69. All About My Mother (1999)
70. Broadcast News (1987)*- Albert Brooks is fantastic in this.
71. Unforgiven (1992)**- Brilliant Clint
72. Thelma & Louise (1991)**
73. Office Space (1999)****
74. Drugstore Cowboy (1989)**-No hats on the bed !!
75. Out of Africa (1985)
76. The Departed (2006)**
77. Sid and Nancy (1986)***
78. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)**-Liked it, but waaay overrated, first one is still a better movie.
79. Waiting for Guffman (1996)***- Absolute genius.Still the best of his improv comedies.
80. Michael Clayton (2007)
81. Moonstruck (1987)
82. Lost in Translation (2003)******
83. Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)***
84. Sideways (2004)** hasn't aged well, (if you'll pardon the bad pun), in my mind.
85. The 40 Year-Old Virgin (2005)***
86. Y Tu Mamá También (2002)*
87. Swingers (1996)**
88. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)**
89. Breaking the Waves (1996)
90. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)**
91. Back to the Future (1985)*************Great,great movie. Should be higher on the list, no doubt.
92. Menace II Society (1993)**
93. Ed Wood (1994)**
94. Full Metal Jacket (1987)***- Nice to see this, and not Platoon on the list.
95. In the Mood for Love (2001)
96. Far From Heaven (2002)**
97. Glory (1989)
98. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
99. The Blair Witch Project (1999)*
100. South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999)*********- This movie should be in the Top Ten as well-this is a brilliant piece of work.

Okay, now for what's missing- Where's Groundhog Day ? Chasing Amy ? Clerks ? Usual Suspects ? Repo Man ? Unbreakable ? Seven ? Magnolia ? Adaptation ? Avalon ? Down By Law ?
What else did they forget ?


7 comments:

Avitable said...

You didn't like Casino Royale or Natural Born Killers? The former was a brilliant Bond flick, and the latter was brilliant satire.

Paticus said...

Avitable- I liked Casino Royale, i guess i just question whether it's a "New Classic", and I definitely question it at 19. And I just hated "Natural Born Killers", i didn't think it was good satire. I just thought it was pointless and long. I would like to have seen it had it stayed in Tarantino's hands.

Avitable said...

I think Casino Royale and Goldeneye are my two favorite Bond films, actually.

I re-watched Natural Born Killers a few weeks ago and still loved it just as much and I even think that the message about the media being a problem is truer now than when the movie first came out.

Paticus said...

Avitable- I am not the biggest Bond guy in the world, so i can defer to you on that one.
I think we'll just have to agree to disagree on NBK. Not that i disagree with the message to the movie, i just didn't like the presentation.

c2 said...

I found a lot of their "new classics" to be dubious at best, though moreso in the TV category (not having seen a lot of the movies, honestly). Beverly Hills 90210? Really? And higher than Kids in the Hall?

Paticus said...

c2- i'm writing up a little something about the tee vee list for my Museum of Tee Vee and Television, but i assure you, it will NOT badmouth 90210 !

c2 said...

It should!