The Movie Nerd Bible: Part II

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The Movie Nerd Bible: Part II

The second half of Movie Bob's list of movies that every self-respecting nerd should have seen.

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Would you believe that I actually have seen the obscure "Big Trouble in Little China", but somehow have NEVER seen the Star Wars trilogy?

Well, actually, I saw them when I was 6-8, but it's hard to appreciate a movie at that age. So, basically, I've never seen them.

I will now rectify all of these things by filling my Netflix queue for the next few months with all of the movies in your 2 part series.

Fairly good list. I personally saw a good chuck of it, though there are a few I have seen that I must reveiw again (like Ghostbusters and Legend).

As well, for everyone else, I'd make a few suggestions: Brazil (1985), the Monty Python films, Time Bandit, Solaris, This is Spinal Tap and the Princess Bride (seriously, how is THAT one not on there?)

I hate the ending of big trouble in little china town

Great List. Big Trouble in Little China has a special place in my childhood. Love that movie.

I think the only movie on that list I haven't seen is Legend lol. Here's the problem: you titled this list "1977 to today", yet your list ends without touching on ANY movies from 1990-present. I don't think Total Recall, The Matrix, or Watchmen would feel very happy about that...Otherwise, superb list (although I would say that Star Trek II and VI were the best in the series, but to each his own!)

Is Big Trouble in Little China really that obscure? I grew up with that movie and have met plenty of people who have seen it.

That DC animated universe he mentions is something any superhero fan should look at, it's really really cool (especially the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series).

There exists an episode where Cthulhu attacks earth, that should be enough for all of you.

I thought for sure Terminator 1&2 would be on there.

No highlander? Blaspehmy!

I've missed pretty much all of 'em.

Ah well...another Bible I don't follow or care about :P

I'm Surprised that I have actually seen most of these movies.
I LOVE Patrick Stewart but...

I liked the Scifi Channel's Dune Saga better Okay!?

*flame shield activated*

Onyx Oblivion:

I will now rectify all of these things by filling my Netflix queue for the next few months with all of the movies in your 2 part series.

Me to.
And If you're doing a part 3 Bob, might I recommend The Color of Magic directed Vadim Jean. I seriously think EVERYONE should see that movie. It's my Second Hand Lions of Scifi fantasy

I would replace Big Trouble with The Thing. But still a good list.

legend forge:
That DC animated universe he mentions is something any superhero fan should look at, it's really really cool (especially the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited series).

There exists an episode where Cthulhu attacks earth, that should be enough for all of you.

Not if he gets beaten, it isn't!

Hard to have cosmic horror when metahumans can fly and smash mountains.

On topic, I was hoping for 'The Thing', by John Carpenter. I know, you said you'd put all of them there if you could, but this one for me stands out as one of the best examples of paranoia/xenophobia ever in a movie. All of the 'doppleganger- style horror and suspense movies' that came after really have to tip their hats to it. A polymorphic whodunit that takes itself VERY seriously, and makes you question your evidence of who's who even after several viewings- if you can stomach several viewings!

None the less, a great article.

Good calls. Match some of mine :)

Yeah! I've seen every movie on this list.

Neuphim:
As well, for everyone else, I'd make a few suggestions: Brazil (1985), the Monty Python films, Time Bandit, Solaris, This is Spinal Tap and the Princess Bride (seriously, how is THAT one not on there?)

Totally agree with these additional suggestions - they're all pretty fundamental parts of the movie geek canon (hell, you can tell just by how many lines of dialogue from MP & PB get tossed around all the time). I would also add Neverending Story (the male version of Labyrinth).

Oh, and the comments in the article about Labyrinth are right on - the sexual subtext (both in terms of gender politics and actual sex) of that movie is eye-opening. The masquerade scene, an allegorical representation of a pubescent girl's fascination and confusion with adult sexuality, is trippy.

Surprised there was no monty python on there. I have seen a few of these movies so now its time to check out some more of these. Also, why wasn't Alien 3 on that list? It is on par with Alien and alot better then Aliens. It took the Alien back to what made it good.

Neuphim:
Fairly good list. I personally saw a good chuck of it, though there are a few I have seen that I must reveiw again (like Ghostbusters and Legend).

As well, for everyone else, I'd make a few suggestions: Brazil (1985), the Monty Python films, Time Bandit, Solaris, This is Spinal Tap and the Princess Bride (seriously, how is THAT one not on there?)

Good man

Neuphim:
Fairly good list. I personally saw a good chuck of it, though there are a few I have seen that I must reveiw again (like Ghostbusters and Legend).

As well, for everyone else, I'd make a few suggestions: Brazil (1985), the Monty Python films, Time Bandit, Solaris, This is Spinal Tap and the Princess Bride (seriously, how is THAT one not on there?)

Solaris was on the list last time, but none the less I agree. No Terminator 1 & 2 seems brizzare, plus I would have changed Big Trouble for The Thing. Not just a fantastic suspenseful film that leaves its audience guessing all the time and induces a sense of real paranoia and fear in it's audience that I haven't seen done better than the Blair Witch Project (should also be on the list in my opinion); but also truely pionering in it's use of physical special effects and one of the most shocking monster reveals I've ever seen.

Ne1butme:
I would replace Big Trouble with The Thing. But still a good list.

I wouldn't. I would just put both on the list. I absolutely love both of those movies.

Whoa. What about all the Akira Kurosawa classics? Without The Hidden Fortress we don't have Star Wars. Without Yojimbo we don't have westerns. Half of the techniques and shots used in modern films are more or less derived from Kurosawa/Mifune films. No one could call them a film nerd without seeing at least one of his films.

You were right on the money concerning Ghostbusters.

It never satirized the super-natural aspect (probably thanks to Dan Aykroyd) and the ghosts - especially Gozer's watchdogs - felt all the more threatening because of it.

This is still my #1 favourite movie ever.

Well, he did say that he had to leave a *ton* of movies off the list. I totally agree about The Princess Bride, and, I'll be the first to say it - The Dark Crystal should be on there, too.

Also, completely agree about the need for Terminator. I think we might need a third list, actually...

You covered the Universal Monsters but not the original Clash of the Titans?
You also missed everything from the 90's up, or did you just assume we've seen those already?

I've seen all these (and most everything from the last list, except maybe a couple of the Hammer pictures mentioned) and it is a very good list. There's only a few things that were really overlooked:
Akira - there needs to be an anime movie on a nerd movie list if if anyone sees one anime movie in their life, it should be Akira... Or Urotsukidoji if the person is more partial to torture, porn, and/or tortureporn.
Anything by Terry Gilliam. Really not one mention of Terry Gilliam? What about Time Bandits, Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys, or Fear and Loathing.
The list also needed a John Hughes film and there's plenty that would've fit: 16Candles, Weird Science, or Ferris Buhler. All of them involve geeks getting really hot dates.
The other thing I don't understand is how Spiderman 2 is even vaguely comparable to any of the original Superman movies. Am I really the only one who found SM2 with Peter Parker's nonstop moaning and whining to be really tedious. I can't even sit through the thing.
"But I don't want to be spiderman... boo hoo."

This week was almost the opposite of last for me, only a few that I haven't seen and only one that I hadn't heard of (Legend). Once again, Netflix will hopefully correct this for me once Canada becomes blessed with its presence. Just try renting half (probably more like 4/5ths) of these at an actual store.

Definitely need another list for 1990 until the present though.

Nice to see you mention Flash Gordon as I have always loved the hell out of that movie but you didn't mention how kinky that movie is and how Princess Aura kickstarted a whole generations libidos.

I'd say The Company of Wolves goes over similar ideas to Labyrinth but is much heavier and surreal

I don't remember if I saw at least one of those Star Trek films but I definitely did see every other film including Conan the Destroyer and Running Man.

The only problem I have is the insistence of Pre-Special Edition for Star Wars. I honestly don't care if Han Shot First, or if Hayden Christensen is Anakin's ghost.

I was hoping that the origional Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would make the list. That's still, for me, one of the greatest live action adaptations I've seen. Oh well.

Like people mentioned, The first two Terminators definitely deserve to be on there, but more importantly The Lord of the Rings Trilogy absolutely needs to be on there.

Blue-State:
I'm Surprised that I have actually seen most of these movies.
I LOVE Patrick Stewart but...

I liked the Scifi Channel's Dune Saga better Okay!?

*flame shield activated*

You are not alone my friend. I would join you in your shield but it's probably worthless against a flame crysknife.

I second the addition of The Neverending Story (and possibly the sequel as it's still based on the second half of Michael Ende's book).

Labyrinth. Awesome.

And "Today" does seem to end rather prematurely at 1989.

Dune but not Brazil?

You have freaking Dune but leave out Brazil?

If it weren't for the line about wanting to put all John Carpenter movies on the list you'd be dead to me right now.

I must admit I don't know what you are trying to do with this list. If its just an eclectic collection of movies that Nerds might like, you succeeded but if you are actually trying to say something, I am at a loss as to what that might be.

If you are trying to say that these movies "un-ghetoized" the genres of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, I don't buy it. Some of those movies were failures that put the genres at risk (Legend, Flash Gordon, Dune) and Comedies (Ghost busters) that don't prove anything about the genre they are using or mocking as those are about the humor and not the setting, IMHO. In the meantime, movies that actually moved the genre like Close Encounters, Princess Bride, and Terminator are left off the list.

In the end, I take this as a list of movies that Bob liked. Cool story bro.

The Dark Crystal... David Bowie in Labyrinth simply creeped me out.

I don't set much store by these lists (or at least I tell myself that because I've only seen a few of these), but you have at least persuaded me to rent Blade Runner again to see if I like it better this time.

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