Late List Round Two: Help me help you help me!

Late List Round Two: Help me help you help me!

So after more than two years at this thing, I’m ALMOST DONE with the original Late to the Movies Late List. Wowzers, y’all.

Twin Pinks two thumbs up.

You guys are the best.

Prepping for the second list I’ve been talking to some friends and taking suggestions. First of all, my goal is to stay pretty close to the list versus veering off because I feel like it (hi Varsity Blues), with the exception of Scary Movie October. Second of all, I want to make sure I’m getting a well-rounded list (that means NO LIST OF JUST BASEBALL AND WAR MOVIES, KEVIN) of movies that are big time, well known films, especially those referenced frequently in pop culture. And finally… well, I just need your help.

Here are suggestions from various people– help me narrow this list down:

  • Platoon
  • Mallrats
  • Hunt for Red October
  • The Matrix
  • Trading Places
  • Beverly Hills Cop
  • Goldfinger
  • Star Trek IV
  • Robocop
  • Dirty Work
  • Blade Runner
  • Major League
  • The Natural
  • The Jerk
  • Roadhouse
  • Point Break
  • Chinatown
  • French Connection
  • Monty Python
  • Lost Boys
  • Rambo
  • True Lies
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Bull Durham
  • When Harry Met Sally
  • Hairspray (original)
  • Risky Business
  • Pretty in Pink
  • Clerks
  • Lethal Weapon
  • Kingpin
  • Braveheart
  • Manhattan
  • The Graduate
  • Fletch
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Bridge on the River Kwai
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Outsiders
  • Red Dawn
  • Bond Movies
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Point Break
  • The Burbs
  • Love Story
  • Mystic Pizza
  • The Notebook
  • Thelma and Louise
  • Prince of Tides
  • The Way We Were
  • Teen Wolf
  • Weird Science
  • Top Secret
  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Mask
  • The Wiz
  • Crying Game

(The bolded ones are ones that are definitely making the list based on other factors)

Here are suggestions from my grandparents (they were making fun of me [SERIOUSLY] and I want to make sure I see at least one of these):

  • How Green Was My Valley
  • Waterloo Bridge
  • That Hamilton Woman
  • Valley of Decision
  • The Wrong Man
  • Witness for the Prosecution
  • Anatomy of a Murder
  • Gaslight
  • Mrs. Miniver
  • Random Harvest
  • Now Voyager
  • High Noon
  • She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
  • Best Years of Our Lives
  • Jane Eyre
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • All About Eve

If you have any thoughts or special feelings about any of these, let me know. Help me. HELP ME.

29 comments

  • Wait. “Monty Python” is a movie? Who knew?

    I trust you mean “Monty Python and the Holy Grail,” but I’d also add “Life of Brian,” “Meaning of Life” and “Live at the Hollywood Bowl,” because there are a metric crap-ton of cultural references that you might not fully grasp without seeing these movies. “Say no MORE!,” “Every Sperm is Sacred,” “Better get me a bucket, I’m going to throw up,” are all pop culture highlights to a nerd such as myself.

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  • That’s a long list so I don’t want to add anything else, but from your grandparents’ list I highly recommend Gaslight, HIgh Noon, and All About Eve.

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  • Not like you need even more of my opinion, but here goes… The first group after your four picks are the absolute musts from your list, assigned in order of importance (I clearly have *nothing* better to do), the second group should definitely make the cut for various reasons, but I will allow you to choose whatever priority you wish. You’re welcome.

    The Matrix
    RoboCop
    The Natural
    Kingpin

    Blazing Saddles
    When Harry Met Sally
    Hunt for Red October
    Monty Python and The Holy Grail
    Aliens
    Goldfinger
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Lethal Weapon
    Trading Places
    Blade Runner
    Major League
    Star Trek IV (or Star Trek II)
    Braveheart

    The Graduate
    Dr. Strangelove
    The Burbs
    The Notebook
    Thelma and Louise
    Weird Science
    Adventures in Babysitting
    Roadhouse
    Chinatown
    Thelma and Louise
    Bull Durham
    Clerks
    Mallrats

    High Noon or All About Eve would be my picks from your grandparents list. High Noon is perfect for a western and you could do All About Eve around Oscar time.

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  • My top picks based on your list:

    pretty in pink
    TEEN WOLF
    roadhouse
    thelma and louise
    when harry met sally
    the graduate (omg you will get so many references after seeing that! same with when harry met sally)
    weird science

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  • Can I just ask – “Why is Big Trouble In Little China” not on here? John Carpenter at his finest. It seriously needs to be seen.

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  • Hunt for Red October
    The Matrix
    Goldfinger (a bond movie)
    Major League
    The Jerk
    French Connection
    Monty Python (search for the holy grail)
    True Lies
    Bull Durham
    When Harry Met Sally
    Braveheart
    Fletch
    Dr. Strangelove
    Bond Movies
    Blazing Saddles
    The Notebook

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  • All of what Gavin said about Monty Python. My dad made me watch The Meaning of Life when I was 13ish and it helped shape my adolescence. My husband’s favorite movie is Mallrats but I think it’s overrated.

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  • I would say the essentials from these lists are:

    Goldfinger
    Monty Python Holy Grail and Life of Brian
    Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan
    Blade Runner
    The Jerk
    Roadhouse
    When Harry Met Sally
    High Noon (although the Searchers and Man who shot Liberty Valence are both good)
    Dr. Strangelove
    Pretty in Pink
    Clerks/Mallrats
    Gaslight
    Adventures in Babysitting
    The Burbs
    Braveheart
    The Graduate
    Lethal Weapon
    Fletch
    Lost Boys
    French Connection
    Chinatown
    Major League

    Less so:
    From Russia with Love
    Rambo
    Weird Science
    Thelma and Louise
    Point Break
    True Lies
    Risky Business
    Red Dawn
    Teen Wolf
    Hunt for Red October
    Beverly Hills Cop
    Blazing Saddles
    Hot Shots

    Notebook? What?

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  • Oh dear! Please prioritize Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Blade Runner, and ALL Monty Python movies (especially Life of Brian, which is underappreciated but totally the best). I also see True Lies on Kevin’s post… does that mean you haven’t seen that, either? If not, it’s very important.

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  • Laura, here are your essentials as I see it:

    Hunt for Red October
    The Matrix
    Blade Runner
    Major League
    The Natural
    The Jerk
    Roadhouse
    Chinatown
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Rambo
    True Lies
    Bull Durham
    When Harry Met Sally
    Risky Business
    Pretty in Pink
    Clerks
    Lethal Weapon
    Braveheart
    The Graduate
    Red Dawn
    Blazing Saddles
    Point Break
    The Burbs
    Teen Wolf
    Weird Science
    Adventures in Babysitting

    In my opinion, that should be the list. Everything else can wait. Also, don’t let Sir Patrick Matthews know you haven’t seen Adventures in Babysitting. His head may explode.

    Also x 2 – For the love of God, don’t let Stites (Sorry, Broldfinger) talk you into the old Bond movies. If you value your time at all, wait until you LITRALLY (Traeger) have nothing else to watch before dipping your toe in those waters.

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    • The whole point of this project is for Laura to catch up on stuff that is pop culturally important or is completely crazy that she hasn’t seen as someone that likes movies as much as she does. I think the fact that she hasn’t seen a non-Craig Bond movie more than applies for this criteria. It also adds some variety to the understandably 80s-90s heavy list of movies. I certainly don’t endorse The Notebook as a movie, but I think makes a lot of sense for this blog. Goldfinger can be your The Notebook.

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      • Yeah, but she just had “Bond movies” listed in there.

        If you want to cram Goldfinger down her throat, I could see that based on the cultural significance aspect. But please, for the love of God spare her the rest.

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      • Yea that’s why I took a 180 and endorsed The Notebook. I think the new list is acceptable. Especially since many of the other comedies and such can be watched on a later list.

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  • The Jerk, Chinatown, French Connection, The Graduate and Dr. Strangelove are probably the five on that top list where your facepalm and “I missed that in pop culture trivia” moments will be most significant. There are at least a dozen other classics on that list, though.

    On the second list, Witness for the Prosecution and Anatomy of a Murder are two of the best courtroom movies ever. I’d place WFTP slightly higher because of Billy Wilder and the tremendous Laughton/Lanchester duo. Mrs Miniver and The Best Years of Our Lives are very good, but ultimately not essential in 2013. And if you’re going down the Ronald Colman route, might I suggest Lost Horizon? Random Harvest is good, but a little predictable.

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