Film Watch

I’m going to watch more films. This isn’t just an empty threat, because you’re all going to hear about it. I’m not a good movie reviewer, but throughout films I have questions and thoughts that I want to share, and hence the introduction of Film Watch. Essentially, this is a live blog of the film as I watch it (although posted after the event.)

In Summary

In which I recap 50 films at a time, picking out the highlights, and discussing what surprised and what disappointed.

Movie Breakdowns

In which I list the movies in various orders.

Suggestions

Movies that people have suggested I watch.

  • 12 Angry Men
  • Airplane!
  • American History X
  • Angel Heart
  • Braveheart
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid
  • Caddyshack
  • Das Boot
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous
  • Dutch
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Fight Club (gonna be a challenge)
  • A Fistful of Dollars
  • For a Few Dollars More
  • Forgetting Sarah Marshall
  • The Frighteners
  • From Justin to Kelly
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Gladiator
  • Gran Torino
  • Grand Prix
  • The Green Mile
  • The Guns of Navarone
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Jaws
  • Jaws II
  • Lethal Weapon III
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Mr. Mom
  • Naked Gun
  • Office Space
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • PCU
  • Planet of the Apes (1968 Version)
  • Platoon
  • Predator
  • Pretty Woman
  • Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Rambo I
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • Red Dawn
  • Roadhouse
  • Rocky I
  • Schindler’s List
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Signs
  • Sin City
  • Spartacus
  • Star Wars
  • Stripes
  • Taxi Driver
  • Top Secret!
  • The Untouchables
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Weird Science
  • When Harry Met Sally

40 thoughts on “Film Watch

  1. Here are a few other films you should add to your list. Kill Bill Vol.1 and Kill Bill Vol.2 and seeing as you have The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,which is the third in Sergio Leone’s ‘Dollars Trilogy’, you should add A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More.

  2. Loving the Film Watch updates Christine

    May I suggest; Angel Heart, Full Metal Jacket, Blade Runner, Big Fish
    [This may become bigger than someone else’s ‘list’]

  3. [This may become bigger than someone else’s ‘list’]

    Have added, thanks Bassano.

    I think I may have underestimated how many films there are in the world. 🙂

  4. Hello Christine:

    As we have seen a few references to it on Sidepodcast, and if you have not seen it yet, I think Airplane! needs to be added to the list…. I would strong advise not drinking anything during the movie, as the two of you might “Drunking Problems” ! 😀

  5. I have to agree with Jordan Allen that you should add Airplane! to your list. You should also add Top Secret!, it’s written and directed by the same team as Airplane! and it’s Val Kilmer’s first movie.

  6. I have to agree with Jordan Allen that you should add Airplane! to your list. You should also add Top Secret!, it’s written and directed by the same team as Airplane! and it’s Val Kilmer’s first movie.

    Done. Do all their films end in an exclamation mark? 🙂

  7. Airplane! was the first, And Pat I think the series you are referring to is “The Naked Gun!” series….which was the spin off of a TV Show called “Police Squad!”.

    Christine: Yes it is almost a trademark that Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker movics have to end with a exclamation mark with the expection of “Ruthless People”.

  8. The Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker films all end with an exclamation point expect for “Ruthless People” and “The Kentucky Fried Movie”. It is sort of their trademark on the films that they did together. Police Squad! was a six episode TV show that spawned “The Naked Gun” series of movies. (it was cancelled becasue the audience had to pay attention to waht was going on to get the jokes !!!!! )

    With the bracket section in mind, you might want to think about pausing this film (any comedy with an exclamation point) as you live comment these films, as there is a lot of sight gags in the background, bad bad puns, and crazy antics in the foreground all at the same time….

  9. With the bracket section in mind, you might want to think about pausing this film (any comedy with an exclamation point) as you live comment these films

    Pausing I can do. Thanks for the tip 🙂

  10. Good to see the John Hughes’ classics added to the list.
    Not a bad one amongst that choice

  11. I have five movies that might be of interest for you to watch.

    It is really funny how no one has mentioned it yet but you need to see the originial release version of Star Wars, mostly becasue well the Special Edition has ruined a few awesome screens…( I will not get into it.) Once you see this, Spaceballs just rocks! absolutly rocks!

    Next up are two movie on my top five list: Raiders of the Lost Ark and Das Boot. The cool thing about both movies is that they share the same German Submarine!

    Finally, Jaws and Jaws 2. There’s some great lines that everyone remembers in Jaws but I am sure that one line that everyone thinks comes from Jaws is actually from Jaws 2….

  12. Ah here we are… I watched When Harry Met Sally again over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I realised that you don’t really have any romantic comedies on your list so I would like to propose it. It’s not very schmatsy or saccharine so I think it should work.

  13. A few other suggestions for you.

    You have The Sting on the list which is one ofmy favourites so you need the other Newman/Redford classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    You also need some classic comedy so how about The Life of Brian. There are several other Monty Python films but this one is the best. You also need to see The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy so that you lear about he question, the ultimate question etc. This film and books are quoted so often on sidepodcast that I still find it incredible.

  14. Stephen Fry just tweeted this and it was too large to RT and a shame to truncate.
    Does he listen to SPC too?

    @stephenfry: Apple have Let The Right One In on the iTunes Store. Hurray you might think. But it’s dubbed. How lame cheap and grotty of them 😦

  15. I can only imagine that it’s the distributer’s choice to sell a particular version through iTunes
    Some reviewers are claiming it is in it’s native Swedish though the description says ‘English’

    Bit late for a Halloween special, maybe next year 😉

  16. If you liked Jason Segal in ‘I Love You, Man’ he is beyond perfection in ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ along with a hilarious Russell Brand and a little but fantastic bit of Paul Rudd!

  17. You may need Netflix steaming to reach 500, but here are a few more suggestions:

    the fountainhead
    kagemusha
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
    the explorers
    the crow
    barry lyndon
    revenge
    ferris beuler’s day off
    rumble fish
    equilibrium
    fast times at ridgemont high
    american psycho
    2001 space odyssey
    tron
    the warriors
    beatlejuice
    lost boys
    clockwork orange
    taxi driver

  18. You may need Netflix steaming to reach 500, but here are a few more suggestions:

    Hehe, thanks for the suggestions. Netflix isn’t available in the UK but there’s plenty of films on iTunes that we have yet to watch 🙂

  19. Greetings from Tundraland. I am checking out the movie vault to get me though the long winter ahead, and have come across these seven nuggets of gold that may be worth watching as part of Film Watch:

    Romancing The Stone – There is one sence in this movie which has never escaped my mind as it is so funny and so true and so unlike Hollywood…..

    Beverly Hills Cop – Axel F and no motorocycles!

    The Empire Strikes Back – best film of all the Star Wars series….

    The Return of the Jedi – can be debated if Star Wars or this film is the 2nd best of the series.

    The Cannonball Run – The best busted by the cops sence you will ever see!

    The Sea Hawk (1940 Version) – Awesome Swashbuckler moive to get you hooked into the gene.

    King Kong (1933 Version) – Accept no substitutes here. This is still THE moive of King Kong.

  20. Gavin Brown (RubberGoat) permalink
    September 22, 2010 7:25 am
    King Kong (1933 Version) – Accept no substitutes here. This is still THE moive of King Kong.

    No way! The new one is awesome – and I’m not biased at all by the fact that it was made in New Zealand

    The only thing longer than a Peter Jackson movie is a mr. C cooking show! ;P

    But Peter Jackson’s version, at around 3 hours long, is twice as long as the 1933 version, which is 90 minutes long and you do not miss a single thing of plot…. With that much extra time, they can do a live show of F1 Debrief, or a forementioned cooking show – just to keep themselves busy !

  21. No way! The new one is awesome – and I’m not biased at all by the fact that it was made in New Zealand

    I am just as unbiased by the fact that the lead actress of the 1933 version, Scream queen exordinare, Fay Wray was Canadian by Birth.

    Miss Wray’s lines were far superior and put Lou’s “Eeeeeeeeeeks!” to shame…..

  22. Pick someday the great classic, Grand Prix! I’ve bought it’s DVD special edition, I’ve never ever enjoyed racing that much before 😛

    Anyway, the kind of films I’m more fond of are Tim Burton’s. I recommend them everyone! Specially Ed Wood, Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory or Big Fish (you’ve already seen it). If you like animation too, never miss Nightmare Before Christmas (in your list too) or the Corpse Bride.

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