The Movie Nerd Bible: Part I

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The Movie Nerd Bible: Part I

The first half of the movies MovieBob says every self-respecting nerd should have seen.

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I plan to watch all the movies you list. I'm going to be honest and say that I've only seen 2 of those movies.

But see, I'm part of a different generation. I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, and I really didn't like it. Movies like these are often always hyped up to unreasonable standards, so when I'm told time and time again to see Raiders or Night of the Living Dead, I'm often disappointed. Sure, they're good, but they weren't that great and nostalgia can warp opinions beyond repair. But I'm going to give all of these a shot.

Excellent list, sir, and I hope the teens and tweens (and anyone older who for some reason hasn't seen these films) out there take the time to look these films up.
We have Netflix and Youtube now. Finding classic and obscure films is easy.

Guess I'm not a nerd then.

I dunno if that's a let-down, or relief. Either way, I'm giving myself a nipple-twister.

Geez, I've only seen 5 of the movies on this list...time to hit up Netflix!

I'm going to commit credibility-destroying heresy here and say that I actually prefer the Soderbergh version of Solaris.

Wow, I've only seen one of those films.

I was also alarmed at how many people didn't get the Blade Runner reference in Critical Miss. Then I read your list and realized I shouldn't be throwing stones at anyone.

I'd be interested to see your must-see list of non-nerd movies too.

Form the list I only saw one movie and only half of it.

Then again I don't consider myself a nerd.

I've been meaning to see a lot of these movies on the list but unfortunately every blockbuster in my town seems to think those movies are unimportant and don't carry most of them. Luckily I did manage to find the Beast of 20,000 Fathoms on DVD along with Them! Both of which are personal favorites of mine.

I also didn't get the Blade Runner reference, however it's been so long since I've been able to get through the first half of that movie (GOOD LORD IS IT SLOW!) that I think I am forgiven.

I do have a well worn copy of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" on my bookshelf, so at least there's some nerd cred back.

THANK YOU DAD! the only reason i've seen half of these is because my father told me to watch them. literally. gave me a VHS tape and said "Alex, you need to watch this". and i did. and there was much rejoicing

my personal favorite out of all of those was the fantastic voyage. loved it loved it loved it. although i couldn't wrap my head around the fact that the remains of the doctor who was evil that got eaten did also expand when the time was up. but that was just a 13 year old putting WAAAY too much thought into a fantastic movie.

I call myself a "movie guy" so let's see how many of these I've seen...

...very few:

King Kong
Harryhausen's Clash of the Titans
Night of the Living Dead
Planet of the Apes
Jaws
Logan's Run
Star Wars

...yeah, I need to get on this. I haven't even seen 2001 for Christ's sake.

THIS is why MovieBob is the fuckin MAN! I will be directing friends and family members to this column.

I've seen Psycho and Space Odyssey.
Given how much you seem to like the latter, I hesitate to imagine how slow Solaris must be for you to describe it as "glacially paced". Seriously, space odyssey could have been 15 minutes long without cutting any actual content.

As someone who has seen "Night of the Living Dead" and didn't watch it until only a few years ago (I went on an oldies binge and picked up a bunch of older films around that time...), I must say that one of the best things is that it doesn't play to ALL of the old zombie rules.

Jaws as an influential horror/science fiction film? OK the German expressionism is a given when it comes to influence on cinema in general and I could argue minutiae about the others (1 million years BC appears twice Ray Ray Harryhausen and Hammer, given the appearance of Raquel Welch in it thats rather appropriate). I just don't think Jaws is that influential, its great film, but hasn't push the genre that far. Its a well executed monster movie with a depth of character that has rarely been seen since. It works best when its just the 3 of them on the boat with only their characters to work with. I'm surprised at 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea not being there, the look it of kinda created the whole steam punk thing.

No "A Clockwork Ornage?" That was 1971 by the way. It's like tarantino but with a much darker egde 20 years too early. With lashings of the old... Ultraviolence.

No time for the old in-out, love, I've just come to read the meter!

Movies on the list I have seen:

King Kong
Dracula, Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein
Jason & The Argonauts - an awesome film that you should all watch. I still love the stopmotion animation! Nobody can not like the skeletons
7th Voyage of Sinbad
One Million Years BC - Even those born post 1990 can get behind Raquel Welsh in the furry bikini!
Night of the living dead
2001: A Space Odessey
Planet of the Apes
Jaws
Logan's Run

I think I have done pretty well but have some catching up to do it seems!

Also on the age thing; I'm 23 and saw most of these films more than a few years ago. Coming to uni sadly means no giant TV and no movie channel subscription *sadface*

I'm still waiting on Moviebob's review of the most important movies of our time:

Sharktopus

In all seriousness I really want too see the film "Nosferatu" and some of the classic monster horrors. Thanks for the list and I can't wait too see what comes up in the post star wars list.

what no wizard of oz?

I've seen The Creature from the Black Lagoon, Godzilla, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, Planet of the Apes (first one only), Jaws and Logan's Run.

Never seen Soylent Green. Hell I've never even heard of it. I went and watched the trailer.

Do I have to? I hate horror films in general (not just the bad ones: I have an extremely overactive imagination that results in sleepless nights pacing back and forth in my room putting a sword or staff through its paces) and a lot of those were horror films. I have seen Nosferatu (Bless you, Frau Van Blaricom) and Fantastic Voyage.

I note with some displeasure that you have not listed Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein on this list, however, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt: most of Brooks' famous films (Spaceballs and Men in Tights, notably) were released post-Star Wars.

Another great series that I do hope you include (despite them being made-for-TV and having terrible cinematography) are the Librarian films (The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines and The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice). If you have never seen them, I highly recommend them, if only for the ridiculous premise and Noah Wyle's goofy-nerd role. XD

ironlordthemad:
I'm still waiting on Moviebob's review of the most important movies of our time:

Sharktopus

In all seriousness I really want too see the film "Nosferatu" and some of the classic monster horrors. Thanks for the list and I can't wait too see what comes up in the post star wars list.

I raise you Blue Demon.

The best line in that movie is when the midget does a barrel roll out of the room then kicks the door closed as he says "Sayonara Sushi". A shark then busts into the room and eats the bad guy.

Oh and spoilers because this movie totally merits a spoiler tag.

Nice list, bob.
It's worth mentioning that Night of the Living Dead was also famous (among film geeks) for its social commentary at the time.
People too young to remember Harryhausen may remember his name being a funny reference in Monsters, Inc.
I loved the first time I saw Jaws. The best part HAD to be what immediately follows the line: "Smile, you son of a-"

Edit: Nvm you said Part I.

Good list Bob! Need Wizard of Oz in there though.

RagnorakTres:
I note with some displeasure that you have not listed Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein on this list, however, I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt: most of Brooks' famous films (Spaceballs and Men in Tights, notably) were released post-Star Wars.

Remember too though, Bob's listing movies that fundamentally changed how we view movies. Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein are definite must-sees, but they weren't game changers. Just really good at the genre they fell into. Probably the same reason he didn't include "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" (although I would have left that one off just because I'm sick to death of people who think they're movie nerds because they can quote Grail, but not any other Python stuff!).

While we're talking about Mel Brooks films, add "The Producers" to the list.

Adventurer2626:
Edit: Nvm you said Part I.

Good list Bob! Need Wizard of Oz in there though.

I doubt he'll put it in. The list seems to go in order by year. And the Wizard of Oz was way back in the 30's. In all honesty I'm glad he didn't put it on the list. In my opinion it's only a landmark film for being the first film in color. Other than that, it's pretty dated and not really that good.

Apples_McGrind:

Adventurer2626:
Edit: Nvm you said Part I.

Good list Bob! Need Wizard of Oz in there though.

I doubt he'll put it in. The list seems to go in order by year. And the Wizard of Oz was way back in the 30's. In all honesty I'm glad he didn't put it on the list. In my opinion it's only a landmark film for being the first film in color. Other than that, it's pretty dated and not really that good.

Yea it likely won't go in there now. But hey I thought it was iconic enough for me as a kid though it's not as engaging as an adult. To each his/her own.

Edit: missed a couple posts. Yea I see what he's shooting for: the game (read as movie genre) changers.

Metropolis (1927)

It's not possible to overstate the importance of this silent German classic from Fritz Lang. Every vision of futuristic cities or robotics imagined since owes it a debt, as do key creations of artists as diverse as Osamu Tezuka and George Lucas. The greedy masters of a false Utopian super-city attempt to sow unrest among their enslaved workers with a robot duplicate of a would-be revolutionary leader. Oh, if it were only so easy.

Also, it's interesting to note that Metropolis had at it's time the reputation of...say...Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, since it cost ridiculous amounts of money, looked pretty and was universally panned by critics for being kinda stupid.

That said, while the story can hardly be considered to be very good, i guess the critics of that era would spin in thier graves nowadays.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Stanley Kubrick's momentous collaboration for sci-fi luminary Arthur C. Clarke is still quite possibly the single most important science fiction film ever made - a one-of-a-kind fusion of hard sci-fi space exploration and surreal musings on the nature of existence. A mysterious mission surrounding the discovery of a possibly alien monolith on the moon eventually strands two astronauts at the mercy of their homicidally malfunctioning ship's computer, HAL 9000. And then ... well, you sort of have to see it.

Definitely a milestone, but given how overrated and boring (due to amazingly slow pacing) this movie is, and given that just about every scene has been parodied or referenced dozens of times in modern pop culture, i don't really see why someone still would HAVE!!!! to see this movie.

Other than that, i think i mostly agree with the list. There are some really bad movies among them, but it can be easily argued that as a movie sci-fi/fantasy nerd, you are sort of expected to know them.

I have seen every single one of those. My dad is a huge movie buff, so at a young age I was watching movies. Even though, at the time I couldn't even understand most of them fully. It's was great watching alot of great flicks as I got older, because I could comprehend them fully, and it was like seeing them all over again.

Adventurer2626:

Apples_McGrind:

Adventurer2626:
Edit: Nvm you said Part I.

Good list Bob! Need Wizard of Oz in there though.

I doubt he'll put it in. The list seems to go in order by year. And the Wizard of Oz was way back in the 30's. In all honesty I'm glad he didn't put it on the list. In my opinion it's only a landmark film for being the first film in color. Other than that, it's pretty dated and not really that good.

Yea it likely won't go in there now. But hey I thought it was iconic enough for me as a kid though it's not as engaging as an adult. To each his/her own.

Oh yeah, as nostalgia, It'll always have a special place in my heart. But seeing it a few months ago made me realize how many problems the actual movie has.

I have put this article on my favourites so i can do what must be done. ^.^

Read: Every horror and sci-fi movie you should see.

Are movie nerds really relegated to these two genres? A true movie nerd appreciates all types of films. I list some here, but there are of course about 200+ missing.

snowman6251:

ironlordthemad:
I'm still waiting on Moviebob's review of the most important movies of our time:

Sharktopus

In all seriousness I really want too see the film "Nosferatu" and some of the classic monster horrors. Thanks for the list and I can't wait too see what comes up in the post star wars list.

I raise you Blue Demon.

The best line in that movie is when the midget does a barrel roll out of the room then kicks the door closed as he says "Sayonara Sushi". A shark then busts into the room and eats the bad guy.

Oh and spoilers because this movie totally merits a spoiler tag.

Not bad Snowman, but I think Blue Demon looks like just a bad movie, but it starts off from a solid starting point, training sharks, fine, the government getting involved, fine, it all going horribly wrong, well lets face it we all seen it coming, so thats fine too.

Sharktopus has all that plus the idea of impossible genetic engineering. Its not that genetic engineering is impossible, its just that a shark an an octopus is impossible. Not to mention Blue Deamons LOOKS almost realistic, which is a good thing in Sci-Fi, because it adds to the verisimiltude of the movie.
I glance at Sharktopus and shout "BULLSHIT!"

I see Blue Deamon and say... "hmm... maybe..."

But a good try Snowman, a very good try.

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