i likes me some movies

April 3, 2008

After a neighborhood guy movie night this week, I decided to come up with a list of movies I like. I want everybody to see the movies I like. I wouldn’t recommend movies that suck. That would be mean.

I likes me some movies. I would say much (most) of my conversation, thought, and interaction is heavily influenced by the movies I see. That is, I sprinkle references and examples from my movie history into my conversational present. I, in fact, “liken the movies unto myself.” I don’t care if you get it or not, it bubbles out on its own.

Okay, that’s not entirely true, I DO care if you get it, and I can’t help judging you if you don’t. But I try to keep the judgment light and ephemeral. And I realize you might know more about movies than me. No biggie. I live in a bubble.

But if you don’t like any of these movies, I don’t think we can be friends. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s okay if you like movies NOT on the list, it’s okay if you would rank them differently, and it’s okay if you haven’t seen some of them. But if you actually DISLIKE any of these movies, well, I get angry just thinking about it.

The movie list is a work in progress. But by progress, I mean the list can grow, it cannot shrink. Eventually a movie list will be circumscribed into one great whole. But it is not this day. And let me be clear, I have seen all of these. To post movies I haven’t seen, well, that would be icky.

P.S. Of course, now that I’ve posted this list, every couple of minutes I slap myself on the forehead as I remember a movie I should have listed. For those movies others remind me of, I’ll go ahead and list them, adding an asterisk (*) so we can all enjoy how stupid I was in the first draft. I don’t mind thinking about stuff, but if anything takes me more than about 15 minutes, my mind wanders. It’s beginning to wander now.


There’s Something About Mary
Spinal Tap
40 Year Old Virgin
Life of Brian
A Fish Called Wanda

Honorable Mention: The Sting, Blazing Saddles, Holy Grail, Swingers, Raising Arizona, Planes Trains and Automobiles, When Harry Met Sally, Young Frankenstein, Dr Strangelove, Moonstruck, Talladega Nights, Ghostbusters, High Fidelity, Groundhog Day, the Princess Bride, Wayne’s World, Knocked Up, American Movie, Team America World Police, Clerks, Animal House, Flirting With Disaster


The Shawshank Redemption
Children of Men
Pan’s Labyrinth
One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest

Honorable Mentions: The Savages, Glengarry Glenross, Hamlet (Kenneth Branaugh), No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Casablanca, The Hustler, Shawshank Redemption, Do the Right Thing, Taxi Driver, Marathon Man, 12 Angry Men, History of Violence, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Sling Blade, Mystic River, Traffic, American Beauty, *The Graduate (thanks Tyler, I’m an idiot. Although, does this belong in Drama or Comedy? I’ll leave it in drama.), Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet, Lone Star


Godfather II
Miller’s Crossing
Pulp Fiction

Honorable Mention: Heat (I really want to put Heat in the top five, but what are you gonna bump?), Mean Streets, Bound, Scarface, the Usual Suspects, North By Northwest, Snatch, the Grifters, the Departed, Out of Sight, the Untouchables, True Romance

Woody Allen Movies

Crimes and Misdemeaners
Annie Hall
Bullets Over Broadway
Hannah and Her Sisters

Honorable Mention: Sleeper. Is Woody Allen still making movies? I’ve stopped paying attention.


Sixth Sense
Silence of the Lambs
The Shining

Honorable Mention: Jaws, Misery, Trainspotting


Saving Private Ryan
Apocalypse Now
The Thin Red Line
Letters from Iwo Jima

Honorable Mention: The whole Band of Brothers series, Dr Strangelove, Platoon, Shindler’s List, Bridge Over River Kwai, The Third Man, Henry V (Kenneth Branaugh), Full Metal Jacket, The Deer Hunter, The Dirty Dozen, Stripes (ha!), The Great Escape


Children of Men
Dark City
Clockwork Orange
The Matrix (yes, just the first one)

Honorable Mention: The Terminator, Blade Runner, Gattaca, Mad Max (all of them), Robocop, Brazil, Escape from New York (and LA)


The Exorcist
The Shining
28 Days Later
The Ring

Honorable Mention: The Thing (1982), Scream (all three), Evil Dead, Poltergeist, Halloween

Disaster Movies (borrowed, I guess, from guilty pleasures–None of these movies is great, but it’s disaster movies–what are you gonna do?)

The Poseidon Adventure (original)
Independence Day
Airport (original)


Batman Begins
Superman (original)
Superman II
Iron Man (on the list with a bullet!)

Honorable Mention: Batman (michael keaton), Spiderman, Spiderman II, Hellboy


Raiders of the Lost Ark
The Empire Strikes Back
Die Hard
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The Road Warrior

Honorable Mention: The Matrix, Aliens, Speed, Superman, Batman Begins, Predator. LOTR (all), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the other Star Wars movies, Hero, First Blood

Cop Movies

48 Hours
Lethal Weapon
Die Hard

Honorable Mention: The Fugitive, The French Connection, LA Confidential, Training Day, Beverly Hills Cop, and ToLive and Die In L.A., just for the amazing car chase.

Hitman Movies

The Professional
Pulp Fiction
Grosse Point Blank
In Bruges (a new entry, bumping Kill Bill from the top five)

Kill Bill (first)

Honorable Mentions: Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Prizzi’s Honor, Lucky Number Slevin, The Bourne Movies, Reservoir Dogs (not sure if this is hitman, but it’s great, an egregious oversight in the initial list)


A Simple Plan
Body Heat
The Manchurian Candidate (original)
The Fugitive


Casino Royale
La Femme Nikita
Bourne Identity
The Lives of Others

Honorable Mention: The Conversation, 3 Days of the Condor, Mission Impossible, The Spy Who Loved Me, From Russia With Love, Ronin


The Natural
Bull Durham
Raging Bull

Honorable Mention: Rocky, Field of Dreams, The Hustler, Bend it Like Beckham, Friday Night Lights, Breaking Away, Victory, Tin Cup


Babette’s Feast
The Big Night
Like Water for Chocolate


Say Anything
Ghost World

Honorable Mention: The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Clueless

Children’s Movies

My Neighbor Totoro
Spirited Away
Princess Mononoke
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Honorable Mention: Iron Giant, Toy Story, James and the Giant Peach, ET, The Incredibles

Foreign (whatever “foreign” means)

Pan’s Labyrinth
7 Samurai
Au Revoir Les Enfants
Three Colors (Blue, White, Red)

Honorable Mention: *Run Lola Run (thanks Shelle, I’m an idiot for forgetting this), Amelie, Amores Perros, Paris Paris Je T’aime, La Femme Nikita, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Like Water for Chocolate, Indochin, House of Flying Daggers, Y Tu Mama Tambien, City of God


McCabe and Mrs. Miller
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Honorable Mention: The Searchers, The Outlaw Josey Wales, My Darling Clementine, 3:10 to Yuma (new), Jeremiah Johnson, True Grit

Coen Brother’s Movies

No Country For Old Men
Raising Arizona
Oh Brother Where Art Thou?
The Big Lebowski

Honorable Mention: Miller’s Crossing, Blood Simple

Movies I Thought of After I Made the List and Categories

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Being John Malkovich
Steve Zissou and the Life Aquatic

Guilty Pleasures

Hudson Hawk
Wild Things
Joe vs the Volcano
Last of the Mohicans

Pretentious Movies I Like, But Can’t Say I Love, Cuz That Would Be Lying

The Seventh Seal
Wild Strawberries
Citizen Kane
My Dinner With Andre
Wings of Desire
Gosford Park
Triplets of Belleville

Movies I’ve Seen Recently, And Love, But Can’t Rank Yet, Which Means This Section Will Grow and Shrink As I Move Them Up Or Out and Add New Ones

Eastern Promises
Atonement (great movie, except for that virtuoso, yet interminable Dunkirk shot–did it really have to last that long?)

Other Movies I Love But Don’t Feel Like Putting In the List Because I’m Lazy Or Because They Don’t Really Merit It (Mostly Cuz They Don’t Really Merit It, Plus, You Know, Tick Tock, Game’s Locked)

Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
My Life As a Dog
The Razor’s Edge (yes, the Bill Murray version, though I like the Tyrone Power version too, but not as much)
Lost In Translation
Shoot Em Up
Sin City
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
New York Doll
The Limey


20 Responses to “i likes me some movies”

  1. Elden Says:

    Where are the romance movies?

  2. dug Says:

    elden, see “creepy”

  3. Rick S. Says:

    Superhero movies should be listed under the creepy section.

  4. Rick S. Says:

    What about Run Lola Run. That music saved me on that one climb in Austria.

  5. dug Says:

    don’t know what you’re talking about shelle, it’s there. (thanks for the reminder. the lesson as always–i am an idiot.)

    i need to add a category called weird, too. i forgot “hedwig and the angry inch.”

    it’s a living document.

  6. brkeyes7 Says:

    its about damm time. i grew so tired of always referencing you in my blog with no link that i had to start a blog for you. http://www.duganderson.wordpress.com

  7. brkeyes7 Says:

    and Hudson Hawk? the only reason you like it because i hate it so much.

  8. dug Says:

    brad, nice, so YOU’RE the reason i couldn’t use that domain. you gotta let these things happen naturally.

    hudson hawk is great. yer dum.

  9. Rob Says:

    Ummm. Hello? Baby Geniuses or Big Mommas House II?

  10. Jen Says:

    Yes … You’re back!! Vard would be bugged that you made him sit through Mulon Rouge and didn’t even list that as a favorite. He’s still complaining about that movie!

  11. dug Says:

    i have debated having a musical category, because i love moulin rouge and chicago, but i haven’t decided. i mean, it’s really just those two. i guess i liked evita okay, but this isn’t a place for movies i like, it’s a place for movies i love.

  12. eber Says:


  13. dug Says:

    eber, blow was mediocre. as usual, johnny depp was fantastic, but the movie was just okay.

    plus, wasn’t it rated R?

  14. b_banks Says:

    Dude, I’m very happy to see you have “one flew over” on the list. That, is a damn movie!

  15. Brett L. Says:

    Nice, I actually saw one or two on the lists that I haven’t seen yet. If you still haven’t seen Running Scared, come by the house and borrow it. I can’t say enough about Pan’s labrynth – Amazing! I haven’t watched Run Lola Run for years – Thanks for the reminder its going into the DVD player tonight. 310 to Yuma was that the remake? I couldn’t get into the original but the remake was excellent! I didn’t see Gone Baby Gone on the list. I hate Ben Afleck as an actor but I am now a beliver in his directing ability. What about a comedy catagory that you can actually watch with the kids? I like your list, they are all good but what about Dude where’s my car? Undercover Brother or Tommy Boy. Oh and one not to watch with the kids Harold and Kumar go to white castle. One more for the action list Crank. Finally don’t bother with a Quentin Tarrentino list – I haven’t seen a bad movie of his yet. Reservoir dogs – Oh yeah and Grindhouse Deathproof.

  16. dug Says:

    brett, you said a mouthful there, brother.

    i still haven’t seen running scared, because i’m scared. but it’s on my list. it’s one of those, like shoot em up, that is for a road trip or guy’s night, since it’s on video. and i don’t find myself with too many of either of those.

    glad we agree about pan’s labyrinth. from now on, pan’s labyrinth will be my litmus test of whether someone knows anything about movies. if they haven’t seen it, i’ll simply be annoyed. if they have seen it but didn’t like it, i’ll turn and just walk away.

    i LOVE run lola run. i’m still kicking myself for forgetting it on the original list. great soundtrack too.

    i never liked the original 3:10 to yuma, but the remake is an instant top western. glad we’re in accordance.

    i did see gone baby gone. i liked it. i’m sorry to say i didn’t love it. when i make a “these are movies i liked” list, i’ll put it on it. kind of like “million dollar baby.” at the time i was blown away, but over time, the luster has faded. now i just remember it as really depressing.

    comedies are the hardest category. undercover brother? on a “best comedies of all time” list? come on. i left tommy boy off with regret. i like it. i don’t love it. same with harold and kumar. worthy movies, lots of laughs. but not on this list.

    crank is a decent movie, kind of like the bank job was. just not for this list.

    and i disagree about tarantino. he’s great, but not automatically. loved kill bill, but not kill bill II. loved pulp fiction, but not jackie brown. loved reservoir dogs, but not grindhouse (i know he only did part of grindhouse–which i liked, didn’t love). hit and miss. but when he hits, he’s off the charts. but with him, i find, if the dialog is good, i will love the movie. if the dialog is not good, but the action is, i will merely like it.

    reminds me, i loved true romance. now adding true romance to the list. mostly because of the dialog.

  17. KanyonKris Says:

    Good list – I have a lot of overlap with your picks, but some divergence. I’m not so into movies that I know all the trivia, but I do appreciate a finely crafted film. I think cinema is a very demanding art form – the creators have to get everything right: casting, story, dialog, music, cinematography, sound, effects, etc. So many ways to go wrong (and so many movies do), that when a movie clicks for you it’s a powerful experience. OK, maybe I’m laying it on thick – I just like good movies.

    I’m pleased to see GATTACA on your list – it’s one of my favorites. I dig the ‘near future’ premise, the acting and dialog, the imagery and the tight story that always keeps moving.

    How about “As Good As It Gets” for your drama section?

    I agree Comedy is a tough one as people’s tastes in humor vary wildly. An old favorite of mine is “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels”, and how about “What About Bob”?

    If we’re on a long ride and get tired of talking bikes, I’ll bet we could have a good discussion about movies.

  18. dug Says:

    kk, i really liked As Good As It Gets. i just didn’t like it enough. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is right on the border, i mean, right there. but just shy. What About Bob is very funny. it would go great on a list of movies that are very funny.

  19. Annie Says:

    I loved Spellbound. I’m glad to see it made your list.

  20. enehoorry Says:

    Excellent blogpost, good looking weblog, added it to my favs.

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