Monday, December 26, 2011

25 Movies You Really Should See

I'm putting together some things I want to accomplish in 2012. One of them is to see 3 classic movies I've never seen. I will present my full To Do list later but it got me thinking about what movies I would share with people. Here I present Uncle Bubby's List, in no particular order, of 25 Movies You Really Should See.

  1. Casablanca
    • I once had to defend this in a college class as the best movie ever made. I've loved it ever since.
  2. Citizen Kane
    • A tale of greed and self-indulgence with an undertone of loneliness and lost innocence.
  3. Charade
    • A fun mystery starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant.
  4. Office Space
    • Everyone who has ever had a job should watch this movie. It encapsulates the workplace perfectly and takes you places you would really love to go but can't.
  5. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
    • A microcosm of the 1980s with shopping malls, part-time jobs, and awkward teenage love.
  6. The Breakfast Club
    • If you don't see yourself in at least one of these characters, you probably don't have a pulse.
  7. 12 Angry Men
    • A murder trial. A jury room. The vote is 11 to 1. A very interesting look into human nature and human behavior.
  8. To Kill a Mockingbird
    • Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice. I couldn't say it any better.
  9. The Shawshank Redemption
    • Another look at human nature and common decency.
  10. Star Wars (Episode 4: A New Hope)
    • The movie that made Sci-Fi fans out of so many many people. It also revolutionized movie making and special effects.
  11. Fight Club
    • A troubling look inside
  12. The Matrix
    • A mind-bending look at reality
  13. Psycho
    • What can happen when you love your mother a little too much
  14. It's a Wonderful Life
    • To be or not to be... how our lives connect to so much more than ourselves
  15. Dr. Strangelove
    • A bizarre take on 1950s cold war paranoia
  16. North by Northwest
    • A case of mistaken identity causes one man to have to unravel a mystery more tangled than a ball of last year's Christmas lights
  17. A Clockwork Orange
    • Sober, drunk, stoned, it doesn't matter. This movie is weird no matter how you watch it.
  18. The Green Mile
    • Duty and redemption
  19. Forbidden Planet
    • An old Sci-Fi classic with a wonderful "things are not as they appear" twist
  20. Arsenic and Old Lace
    • Pure screwball fun from beginning to end
  21. It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
    • More screwball fun
  22. Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
    • A fantastic follow-the-clues story with everything Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford and Sean Connery can bring to it
  23. Snatch
    • A fun tangling and untangling of some relatively shady characters
  24. The Boondock Saints
    • They're on a mission from God
  25. Toy Story
    • One: It's a cartoon. Two: It's a fantastic story. Three: It's good for adults and kids alike.

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