Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Month of Movies!

So, my friend Dan (http://mymonthofmovies.blogspot.com/) is challenging me to watch 31 movies in a month, one for each year since 1980.

I'm out of town for part of May, so I think I'm going to start a week early and just skip a week in the middle.

Here's my list of movies:

1980 – Fame

Recommendations: The Shining, The Changeling, The Blue Lagoon

1981 – Christiane F. (Wir Kinder vom Bahnhof Zoo)

Recommendations: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Mommie Dearest

1982 – Tron

Recommendations: ET, Poltergeist, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, The Dark Crystal, The Last Unicorn

1983 – Risky Business

Recommendations: The Outsiders, Christine, Cujo, Staying Alive

1984 – Red Dawn

Recommendations: Sixteen Candles, The Karate Kid, The Terminator, Ghostbusters, Footloose, The NeverEnding Story, Firestarter

1985 – Better off Dead

Recommendations: Back to the Future, Legend, The Breakfast Club, The Goonies

1986 –The Hitcher

Recommendations: Labyrinth, Pretty in Pink, SpaceCamp, Stand by Me

1987 – Empire of the Sun

Recommendations: The Princess Bride, Dirty Dancing, The Brave Little Toaster, Flowers in the Attic

1988 – Mystic Pizza

Recommendations: Rain Man, Big, Heathers (cannot recommend this enough), Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no haka)

1989 – Drugstore Cowboy

Recommendations: Back to the Future Part II, The Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

1990 – Dances with Wolves

Recommendations: Edward Scissorhands, Home Alone, Ghost, Misery, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, A Cry in the Wild

1991 – Thelma and Louise

Recommendations: Terminator II: Judgement Day, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, My Girl, The Man in the Moon, Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken

1992 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Recommendations: The Mighty Ducks, 3 Ninjas, A League of Their Own

1993 – Schindler’s List

Recommendations: Jurassic Park, The Sandlot, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Mrs. Doubtfire, Free Willy, A Perfect World (One of my absolute favorite movies), The Good Son

1994 – Heavenly Creatures

Recommendations: Forrest Gump, Speed, Clerks

1995 – The Net

Recommendations: Toy Story, Apollo 13, Clueless, Mallrats, Kids, Waterworld (I’m sorry, but I really like that movie), Jumanji, Empire Records, Welcome to the Dollhouse (My favorite movie ever), The Cure

1996 – Slingblade

Recommendations: Romeo + Juliet, Trainspotting, The Crucible, James and the Giant Peach, Bastard Out of Carolina

1997 – Anaconda

Recommendations: Titanic, Good Will Hunting, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Contact, Chasing Amy, Cube, Funny Games (original Austrian version), Gummo, Wild America, The House of Yes

1998 – Rush Hour

Recommendations: Armageddon, Ever After, Can’t Hardly Wait, Happiness, Sphere, Mighty Joe Young, Slums of Beverly Hills, Pecker

1999 – Varsity Blues

Recommendations: The Matrix, American Beauty, Cruel Intentions, Dogma, Girl Interrupted, Boys Don’t Cry, The Blair Witch Project, October Sky (I met the real Homer Hickam! Takes place in my home state.), Jawbreaker, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Brokedown Palace, Teaching Mrs. Tingle

2000 – The Skulls

Recommendations: Requiem for a Dream, Mememto, X-men, Gone in 60 Seconds, Bring it On, Miss Congeniality, Pollock, Small Time Crooks

2001 – Blow

Recommendations: Donnie Darko, Mullholland Dr., Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Harry Potter and the Scorcerer’s Stone, Zoolander, Moulin Rouge, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Rat Race, Ghost World, Life as a House, Session 9, The Hole, Storytelling

2002 – The Mothman Prophecies

Recommendations: The Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Panic Room, One Hour Photo, White Oleander, Tuck Everlasting, Gerry, Bang Bang You’re Dead (HIGHLY recommended),

2003 – The Room

Recommendations: Lord of the Rings: Return of the King, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Carribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, Big Fish, Thirteen, Peter Pan, Monster, Matchstick Men, Holes, The United States of Leland, How to Deal

2004 –Primer

Recommendations: Mean Girls, The Notebook, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Napoleon Dynamite, National Treasure, Dodgeball, The Village, Mysterious Skin, A Series of Unfortunate Events, The Terminal, Saved!, Speak, Palindromes, Mean Creek, The Woodsman

2005 – Brick

Recommendations: Pride and Prejudice, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Wedding Crashers, Waiting…, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Brokeback Mountain, The Squid and the Whale, Hard Candy, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Madagascar, The Brothers Grimm, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Rent, North Country, The Weather Man, Transamerica, The Chumscrubber, The Ballad of Jack and Rose (HIGHLY recommended)

2006 – The Devil Wears Prada

Recommendations: Little Miss Sunshine, X-Men: The Last Stand, Clerks II, Night at the Museum, Poseidon, Candy, When a Stranger Calls, The Night Listener

2007 –The Education of Charlie Banks

Recommendations: Paranormal Activity, Superbad, Into the Wild, Transformers, Juno, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Funny Games, 1408, Bridge to Terabithia, Disturbia, Lars and the Real Girl, An American Crime, The Last Mimzy

2008 –Gran Torino

Recommendations: Taken, The Reader, Cloverfield, Valkyrie, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 21, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, City of Ember, Be Kind Rewind

2009 – Up

Recommendations: Carriers (HIGHLY recommended), Avatar, 2012, Precious, The Box, X-Men: Wolverine, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Terminator Salvation, Push,

2010 – Prince of Persia: Sands of Time


  1. AWESOME! For some reason my blog isn't sending me notifications of comments, so I just saw it today and the list is great. I love that "Anaconda" is one of your choices!!! BTW, if you haven't seen the movie "Bandslam", you need to. I immediately thought of you and Candice!

  2. Mine isn't notifying me of comments either?? I don't know why.

    I've never seen Anaconda! I remember everyone talking about it when it came out, but I think I was too scared to watch it because I was still traumatized from Jurassic Park in grade school. Ha.

    Yes, Candice and I need to live near each other so we can have David Bowie movie nights again! We watched some awful French western one night just because he was in it.