Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Franks 51: Movie Recommendations

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I don't have a a favourite movie, I spent far too much time as a young adult, hold up in my apartment with my cat for far too long, watching movies endlessly while laying on the mattress on the floor of my “efficiency” (a single room apartment with a bathroom, very, er...uh...cozy). In addition I would go to the cheap seats multiple times a week (by myself, the cat stayed at home) - I consumed movies like I consumed food in those days.

I have a list somewhere of every movie I can remember seeing up to 2003? 2004? It's a document to be sure. Instead of rooting through back-up disks of information, to find the list in it's entirely, I instead off the top of my head I created the top 51 (the best I can remember - more recent movies generally not included)...51! without even mentioning the lesser quality, more easily digestible, good-because-they-are-terrible and funny; Better off Dead (early John Cusack), Vampires Kiss (very cheesy 80's movie with a young Nicolas Cage), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (can't I fit more?), Airheads (cast is priceless), Only You (yeah, it's terrible), Girl Interrupted (say what you want), But I'm a Cheerleader (OMG, lesbian/gay reform “school” hilarity), Being John Malcovitch (interesting concept), Slums of Beverly Hills (for all the right reasons), Mixed Nuts (heehee!), Death at a Funeral (the Belgium one, not the American one), The Wedding SingerWhip It, Juno, Drop Dead Fred (I bet you have no idea what that movie is about), The Man with Two Brains, The Jerk, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Shop Girl, Mad Love, Mr. And Mrs. Smith (for so many reasons), Sixteen Candles, The Road To Wellville...yeeps, I'm right off track.

Oh, and I noted the musicals and documentaries...no tricking you to watch them here.

  • Almost Famous
  • American History X
  • Army of Darkness
  • Blue Velvet
  • Brazil
    Breakfast Club
    Bridge to Terabithia
  • Bubba Ho-Tep
  • Capitalism: A Love A Story
  • Cassablanca
  • Chicago musical
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Drawn Together: The Movie (NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART – HIGHLY OFFENSIVE - I have yet to find an intelligent person to watch it all the way through with me)
  • Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb 
  • Eyes Wide Shut
  • Fight Club
  • Frankie and Johnny
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • High Fidelity
  • How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
  • Inglorious Bastards
  • Insomnia
  • It
  • Josy and the Pussycats (if only because it took me a bit to get what was going on, you know, the irony of it)
  • Monty Python (all)
  • Naked Lunch
  • Natural Born Killers – back when I could maintain a top 10, this was there
  • Newsies musical – a young Christian Bale
  • One Hour Photo
  • Pretty In Pink - classic
  • Princess Bride – awesome cheese, I can recite along with the movie
  • Pulp Fiction – how can you not like that
  • Quills – dark, disturbed, scandelous...the Marquis De Sade
  • Religulous documentary
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • Say Anything
  • Schindlers List
  • Secretary
  • Shaun of the Dead
  • Switch
  • The Invention of Lying
  • The Oh in Ohio
  • The Sound of Music musical
  • The Stand
  • Total Recall
  • Way of the Gun
  • Welcome To The Dollhouse
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Young Frankenstein (and other Mel Brooks Blazing Saddles, The Producers,
  • Zietgest documentary ...
Crap, then there is Silence of the Lambs, The House of Yes, Riding in Cars with Boys (hello soundtrack!), Poison Ivy, Bridge to Terabithia, Wild Things (mmm), Blast from the Past, The Truman Show, Oh Brother Where Out Thou, Batman (with Danny D.), Batman Begins (yum Christian Bale), Pushing Tin...Oh, and almsot everything Kevin Smith has made...that... and now I've lost you and that's way more than 51.

When I tell you I've watched a lot of movies (fat young adult, no friends willing to visit me in th country where I rented the room) I've watched A Lot of movies. Over a thousand if not more. That's why I can't just pick one...or fifty. But that list of 51 is rock solid tops in my mind. It's winter, why not rent some movies?

Like my love for movies, so goes my love for music...and books...and art...and photography...and travel...and well, we'll talk about that later.



  1. Frank,
    because I posted the link and suggestion for you to analyze the whole animated Wonder Woman's origins movie (http://www1.zmovie.tv/movies/view/wonder-woman) BEFORE you made this thread/topic
    and since you do NOT include this movie in your top 51 list (cute: that you went with an atypical 51, instead of 50...heh),
    I am choosing to refrain from commenting on any aspect of this article until I get your fascinating detailed critique of the Wonder Woman movie I've suggested to you! :D

    By the way, because I used to be a "toothpick" and since I used to be addicted to playing sports, I am very ignorant of many aspects of the media entertainment field (not sports, of course, just movies, TV shows, etc;)

    p.s. I think that's almsot everything I'd like to say, for now...heh!

  2. Ooo I LOVE Drop Dead Fred! No one I know has even ever heard of that movie! I have to see if I can find it and watch it again

  3. tatsabrat - do you torrent? If you do, you can find it:)