Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Movie Watching Project

I first posted this to my facebook notes on September 13, 2011 as "Movie Recommendations for Dave." Dave is my fiancé. The project has been very slow going due to a) his busy schedule and b) his extreme reluctance to watch movies in general. He doesn't like most movies. Rare, but not unheard of. I felt, however, that his limited viewing experience made him unqualified to decide that he wasn't a movie person. Thus this project was born and, much to his annoyance, he is my lab rat.

The following is a list of recommendations compiled from various people. The fact that he has not seen (or even heard of) some of these movies will amaze you. Others are more obscure and are simply on the list because one or more people thought that he should see them. Concerning the groups of movies and directors on the list, he may have seen some of these, but it was easier to just group them together if he hadn't seen most. Some of these movies I also don't like. A few I also have not seen.

Dave gave each viewed movie a rating from 1-5 stars. He also has some very amusing comments for some of them. Enjoy and feel free to contribute.



12 Angry Men

2001: A Space Odyssey


A.I. Artificial Intelligence


A Beautiful Mind


A Christmas Story


Across the Universe


Addams Family Values *** "I give this one an extra half star for Raul Julia's moustache."


Adventures in Babysitting


The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


The Adventures of Mark Twain


Airplane! ***1/2 "Any movie staring Kareem Abdul Jabbar is entertaining."


A Knight's Tale


A League of Their Own


Alexander


Almost Famous


Anchorman * "It's only that highly rated because Steve Carell was funny."


A Nightmare on Elm Street


Animal House


Apocalypto


Arsenic and Old Lace


Bachelor Party


Back to the Future I ** "I liked Christopher Lloyd. He's good at playing crazy anything."

Back to the Future II

Back to the Future III

The Bad News Bears


Bad Santa


Bandits


Batman Begins


Battle Royale


The Beatles movies


Being John Malkovich


The Big Lebowski 1/2 "Because I'm not allowed to give it less than 1/2."


Bill and Ted I & II


The Birdcage **1/2 "Robin Williams and the butler were the only good things in this movie."


Blast from the Past


Boogie Nights


Borat


Boys Don't Cry


Brain Donors


Bram Stoker's Dracula


Brat Pack movies


Brazil


Brewster's Millions


Bridesmaids


Brokeback Mountain


Bruno


But I'm a Cheerleader


Cabaret


Canibal: The Musical


Casablanca


Catch Me if You Can


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof


Charlotte's Web


Chicago


Christopher Guest


Citizen Kane


Coen Brothers


Constantine *1/2 "If Gavin Rossdale gives the best performance of the movie, you know that something is wrong."


Copper Mountain


Crank I & II


Critters


The Crow


The Crying Game


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


The Dark Crystal * "Why do people have such fond memories of this movie?"


Deadpool

Death Becomes Her *** "Better than I expected going into it."


Death of a Salesman


Defending Your Life


The Devil's Rejects


Dick


Dick Tracy


Disney movies


District 9


Dodgeball


Donnie Darko


Dragonheart


Drop Dead Fred


Edward Scissorhands


Ed Wood


The Emperor's New Groove


Encino Man


Entrapment


Equalibrium


E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial


eXistenZ


Face/Off


Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas


Field of Dreams


Final Destination


Finding Nemo


Firestarter


Flatliners


Flight of the Navigator


Forks Over Knives


Forrest Gump


The Frighteners


From Dusk Till Dawn * "Why the fuck was this on the list?"


Full Metal Jacket


Galaxy Quest


Gangs of New York


Get Him to the Greek


Ghost


Ghostbusters I *1/2 "Insert generic 80s movie here."


Ghostbusters II


Glory


Gone with the Wind


The Goonies


Grandma's Boy


Grease


The Great Dictator


The Great Outdoors


The Green Mile


Gremlins


Groundhog Day **1/2 "Half-hour too long."


Grumpy Old Men


Guardians of the Galaxy **1/2 "The soundtrack annoyed the hell out of me."


Hallpass


The Hangover I & II


Harry and the Hendersons


Harry Potter I ***


Harry Potter II ***


Harry Potter III ***1/2


Harry Potter IV **1/2


Harry Potter V ** "Easily the worst of the bunch."


Harry Potter VI ***


Harry Potter VII ***


Harry Potter VIII ***1/2


Hayao Miyazaki


Heavy Metal


Hellraiser


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey ***


Hook


Hot Shots


Hugo


Idiocracy


I Heart Huckabees


The Illusionist


The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus


Inglorious Basterds


Into the Woods


Iron Man


Iron Sky


It's a Wonderful Life


James Bond movies


The Jerk


John Dies at the End


John Waters


K-Pax


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 *1/2 "Painful to watch."


Kill Bill: Vol. 2 *1/2 "Even more painful to watch."


The Last Unicorn


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen


Legend


The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou ** "Far too meandering. Could have been a lot better."


Life of Brian **1/2 "The one amusing thing that group has ever done."

Little Shop of Horrors


May


Mean Girls


Meatballs


Meet Joe Black


M.I.B. I, II, III


Michael Moore


Milk


Minority Report


The Misfits


Mission: Impossible movies


Mississippi Burning


The Moneypit


Mr. Mom


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


The Mummy II


The Muppets movies


Napoleon Dynamite


National Lampoon movies


Network


The Neverending Story


No Country for Old Men


O Brother, Where Art Thou? *** "Apparently, George Clooney is actually a good actor."


Ocean's Eleven ** "Eminently forgettable."


Office Space


Old School


Once Bitten


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest


The Others


Pan's Labyrinth


Paranormal Activity


Party Monster


The Patriot


Pay It Forward


Phantom of the Paradise


Pineapple Express


Planes, Trains, and Automobiles


Planet of the Apes


Pleasantville


The Postman


Pulp Fiction 1/2 "Only got about a half hour into it. Will someone please explain to me why this guy is considered a good director/writer/actor?"


Reign of Fire


Remote Control


Rent


Repo! The Genetic Opera ****1/2 "One of my favorite movies."


Requiem for a Dream


Reservoir Dogs 1/2 "Even Steve Buscemi couldn't save this cinematic abortion. I got about an hour in before I aborted my viewing of it."


Return to Oz ** "I give it an extra half star for being made by what I assume to be a bunch of crack heads."


Revenge of the Nerds movies


Rocky movies


Role Models


Run Lola Run


Saving Private Ryan


Scent of a Woman


Schindler's List


Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World


Scrooged


The Secret of NIMH


Shadow of the Vampire


Shaun of the Dead * "Bad, but not as bad as The Big Lebowski."


The Shawshank Redemption


Sherlock Holmes I *** "Solid adaptation, but certain things annoyed me."


Sherlock Holmes II *** "Same."


Shock Treatment


The Social Network


Some Like It Hot


Stand By Me


Stanley Kubrick


Star Trek movies


Start the Revolution Without Me


Star Wars II & III


Stranger Than Fiction


Superbad * "The title is fitting."


Super Troopers


Sweeney Todd


Ted * "This is a quality movie, just like Abraxas."


The Terminator movies


There Will Be Blood


Tommy


Top Gun


To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar


The Toy


Toy Story movies


The Town


Tremors


Tromeo and Juliet


Troy


The Truman Show *** "The creepy guy in the bathtub made the movie."


Tucker & Dale vs Evil


Twelve Monkeys


Uncle Buck


The Usual Suspects


Valkyrie


Waiting


Walk the Line


Wall-E


Watchmen


Wedding Crashers


Wes Anderson


What About Bob


What Dreams May Come


What's Eating Gilbert Grape


Who's Harry Crumb


William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet


Witches


The Witches of Eastwick


The Wiz


The Wizard


Wizards


The Wrestler


Young Frankenstein


Young Guns


Zombieland


Zoolander 2 (because Zoolander is one of his favorites)