Fixing Matt’s movie knowledge

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As noted in recent episodes of “The Eagle and Child”, my co-host Matt has a pretty dire knowledge of movies. For example, he has only recently been introduced to the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises. This Christmas was his first time watching It’s a wonderful life (or “Winter Wonderland” as he insisted on calling it…). Put simply, Matt has had some major flaws in his education…

Since one of the great Spiritual Works of Mercy is “Instructing the ignorant”, I could hardly call myself a good Christian if I didn’t attempt to remedy these serious deficiencies. So, with that, these are my “must-see” movies. The basic rule of thumb I’ve used is: would I judge someone if I found out they hadn’t seen these movies?

Aliens
Anchorman (if you live in San Diego)
Back to the Future trilogy

Batman trilogy
Blade Runner
Braveheart
Bruce Almighty
Casablanca
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Dances with Wolves
Die Hard trilogy
Dirty Dancing
Disney: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Finding NemoLion KingToy Story
Dumb & Dumber
ET
Elf
Ever After: A Cinderella Story
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Fiddler on the roof
Forrest Gump
Gattaca
Ghostbusters (1984)
Gladiator
Good Will Hunting
Goodfellas
Grease
Hitch
Inception
The Mission
Jaws
James Bond: Goldfinger, Golden Eye, Casino Royale, Skyfall
Jurassic Park
Leon: The Professional
Life is beautiful
Lord of the Rings
Monty Python & the Holy Grail
Mary Poppins
Marvel: Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers
Memento
Mrs Doubtfire
My Fair Lady
Patriot Games
Psycho
Rocky
Roman Holiday
Rudy
Saving Private Ryan
Schindler’s List
Space Balls
The Exorcist
The good, the bad and the ugly
The Matrix
The Bourne Identity
The Breakfast Club
The Big Lebowski
The Princess Bride
The Shining
The Dead Poets Society
The Passion of the Christ
The Shawshank Redemption
The Silence of the Lambs
The Sound of Music
The Truman Show
The Terminator and Terminator 2
The Wizard of Oz
Top Gun
Zoolander

So…what do you think I’ve missed? 

One comment

  • Anne Klockenkemper

    What about Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles? I mean, if you’re going to include Spaceballs… And there’s the Lethal Weapon series, which could prompt interesting compare/contrast discussions with the Die Hard trilogy.

    The Fifth Element? The Hunt for Red October? There’s something else that crossed my mind, too, and then slipped away again.

    Also, Singin’ in the Rain and some of the Fred and Ginger movies….although you probably don’t want me to start listing classic films; the list would become very long, very quickly. 🙂 And don’t even get me started on the many Hitchcock movies that are better than Psycho, lol.

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