Discussion in 'TV & Media' started by Kestra, Apr 7, 2013.
Hard to believe Unforgiven is from 1992. Feels like a much more recent film.
do NOT show your friend grave of the fireflies if your friend hates dark, depressing movies.
Dead Poets Scoiety
Robin Hood: Men in Tights -- this movie cracks me up every time I watch it , it's just a good, funny movie.
The 80iest movie of them all is Fame.
A bunch of kids who are barely actors and NEW YORK circa 1980.
New York should have gotten top billing in the credits.
I swear I fell in love with this city from this movie and then Giuliani fricking killed it.
I loath gentrification.
You guys are amazing! I made up a list for her and one for myself. Thanks to everyone who took the time to help me out.
Oh no. you don't get off that easy. We're not done. Keep going guys!
More from the Harrison Ford's action/suspense catalog
Clear & Present Danger
(Might as well see the original Jack Ryan in "The Hunt For Red October" with Alec Baldwin)
Some Tommy Lee Jones goodies
Men In Black
Tom Cruise's good stuff
A Few Good Men
A few unmentioned Bruce Willis flicks
The Sixth Sense
The 5th Element
I have to disagree with this- Its not only a fun movie, but it gives perspective on the status at the time of a large group of actors. I actually listed it as an example of the "modernization" of period pieces, a trend that continues with Romeo and Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and A Knight's Tale, to name a few.
I thought the point was to suggest movies that were relevant to the times. Ace Ventura? Seriously? Not even close. All that does is show what an ass Jim Carrey is.
That's why I picked the movies I listed. One more would be Broadcast News w/William Hurt and Holly Hunter and Albert Brooks.
Going through my dvd collection, with some that might have already appeared in the thread:
Big Trouble In Little China
The Blues Brothers
the 2 Bill & Ted movies
The Dark Chrystal
Gremlins 1 & 2
Jewel Of The Nile
Romancing The Stone
The Fifth Element
Leon aka The Profesional
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Shawshank Redemption
'War of the Roses'Kathleen Turner, Michael Douglas, and Danny DeVito show that vivorce makes for great black comedy.
It just hit me that the Evil Dead Trilogy (Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness) could be thrown in there. The first two are a bit more straightforward horror, though in crazed Sam Raimi fashion, though the second one has more humor. Army of Darkness is more of a silly medieval romp than actual scares. However, these movies are known to crop up as either influences (including the recent remake) or references in a lot of places.
I guess it's in how you define "relevant." I took that to mean movies that were popular, that are often used in pop culture references, that people still quote today, and that are a part of the collective social conscious. Ace Ventura, while not a masterpiece, is certainly a part of our culture and I still hear it quoted/referenced all the time. I mean, even now I'm still saying "allllrighty then" and I didn't even like the movie that much! I figure the point of a list like this isn't just to watch the serious, thought-provoking dramas, but also to partake in the cultural milieu of slapstick comedy, ridiculous horror films, sappy romances, and inspiring stories that made up the films of the 80s and 90s.
I was going to mention another film of the late 90s, but to talk about it would be a violation of the First and Second Rules.
The way I looked at it was in typical conversation what is more likely to be mentioned Ace Ventura or Broadcast News? I think Ace Ventura fits more with what was laid out in the original post.
As an aside, Jim Carrey put out Ace Ventura, The Mask, and Dumb and Dumber all in 1994! Not bad...
some of my faves
back to the future I and II
footloose the original
raiders of the lost ark
single white female
he man: the secret of the sword
who's that girl
the legend of Billie jean
st elmos fire
adventures in babysitting
9 to 5
masters of the universe
flight of the navigator
nightmare on elm street
down and out in Beverly hills
jumpin' jack flash
silence of the lambs
Thelma and louise
star trek II
star trek IV
star trek VI
MASK,,,this is not the jim Carrey film but the one with cher whose son has a facial deformity
national lampoons Christmas vacation
national lampoons vacation
my cousin vinny
can't buy me love
the executioner's song with Tommy lee jones
I was going to say Star Trek 2-3-4 as a great adventure/comedy trilogy. Your friend may not be a nerd but these are very much era touchstones.
Also, no love for Indiana Jones? I only saw Raiders mentioned once (could be my dodgy eyesight).
A little outside your time range but Picnic At Hanging Rock (1970s)
Mad Max 2
Happy Feet (a bit later but fun)
Red Dog (also later and a bit of a tear jerker, as well as really funny, filled with Aussie humour)
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