For anyone who hadn't already guessed them all.
Most of my movies weren't meant to be stumpers or esoteric, but they were a number of the movies that shaped me.
- Honestly, this movie more than anything else cemented the trajectory of my professional life; I am a computer programmer, and (barring the economic drought in Pittsburgh in the early '00s) always have been.
- I remember seeing this movie with my parents, and was blown away by the pageantry of performance.
3: Rocky Horror Picture Show
- I was introduced to this movie the summer after my freshman year of college by my girlfriend at the time. I went on to be a part of the Pittsburgh cast for about 3 years, until I left because of drama.
4: Batman (1989)
- Nicholson and Hamill continually battle in my head for my "canonical interpretation of the Joker." Hamill usually wins, but only because I can recreate that voice better than Jack's.
5: The Breakfast Club
- I was a child of the '80s. 'Nuff said.
- Discussed in-thread, I went to see this movie with my 9th grade history class and it really stuck with me.
7: The Wall
- I first saw this movie when I was about 15, and I didn't get it. I was too young, didn't have the worldview, and grew up in, frankly, too privileged an environment. When I saw it again in college, I knew a lot more and could understand a lot more, and the pain of Pink's journey resonated. I was appalled to later find out that a friend of mine graduated with a degree in Film Studies from Pitt without ever having seen this movie. I fixed that.
8: Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead
- One of my favorite plays, brought to the screen pretty brilliantly. The things they added -- mostly science jokes -- are things I enjoy. Plus, Dreyfuss's portrayal of the Player is amazing; playing that role on stage is on my bucket list.
9: Good Morning, Vietnam
- How can you see this movie and not
have it affect you? I briefly deviated from my trajectory into computer programming for a while, thanks to this movie, and really wanted to go into radio. (See also number 18.)
10: The Princess Bride
- Again, duh. Child of a certain age.
11: The American President
- One of my all-time favorite movies. Aaron Sorkin's writing in this is brilliant, and just about every portrayal is spot on. I am convinced that anyone who runs for public office with Sorkin as their speechwriter should win in a walk.
12: Henry V
- I've always been a Shakespeare nut (see also number 8), and Branagh is masterful at bringing this to the screen. Jacobi's opening Chorus monologue is priceless.
13: Monty Python & the Holy Grail
- If this isn't
on your list, well then God, Jed, I don't even want to know you. (bonus points for recognizing that added reference)
was one of those series that I avoided because it got too much hype. Then a friend of mine called me out of the blue one day and told me to get my ass down to the movie theater, because he was in line with tickets for the advance screening of Serenity
and was holding one for me. I got home that night and ordered the box set from Amazon.
15: Transformers (1986)
- I was an 8 year old boy whose parents had disposable income when Transformers hit American shores in 1984: I was the definition
of their target audience. My cousin took me to see this in the theater, and I was devastated when OP hadn't been brought back to life by the end of the movie.
16: Fist of the North Star
- This was the first "anime movie" that I saw that I knew as "anime;" we watched it in my high school's anime club.
17: Star Wars
- see 13.
18: Dead Poets Society
- It's something about Robin Williams' drama-comedy melding, it just works for me
. I wanted to be a teacher for a while after I saw this movie.
- I watched this movie four times in a row in one day; it was showing on campus at CMU the day after I went through a particularly harsh breakup, and I literally bought tickets for all four showings and sat in the lecture hall all. day. long.
20: The Gods Must Be Crazy
- Seriously, how can you not love this movie?