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Films to see to graduate into the collective of film geeks... or at least not look like a complete moron

by David Knowles
Films to see to graduate into the collective of film geeks... or at least not look like a complete moron by David Knowles
So I’m not exactly sure on how I need to proceed into making a list on this site, but since I was all but forced into this site, I shall endeavor to do my very best to capture the essence of film snobbery. I figured I’d start off with the very basics. I shall catalogue in my mind the 10 films that people should have seen before engaging in conversation to some of the film geeks that I’ve spoken to. Now a few addenda and footnotes about the list. (That’s something that film major people do, right? Clarify their choices in excruciating detail?): Spirited Away stands for Hayao Miyuzaki’s work in general. Any of his films is brilliant and… Read more

So I’m not exactly sure on how I need to proceed into making a list on this site, but since I was all but forced into this site, I shall endeavor to do my very best to capture the essence of film snobbery. I figured I’d start off with the very basics. I shall catalogue in my mind the 10 films that people should have seen before engaging in conversation to some of the film geeks that I’ve spoken to.

Now a few addenda and footnotes about the list. (That’s something that film major people do, right? Clarify their choices in excruciating detail?):

Spirited Away stands for Hayao Miyuzaki’s work in general. Any of his films is brilliant and delightfully entertaining. My favorite being Nausicaa of the Wind Valley, but that is a much less publicized film of his.

Also PTA’s work is collectively represented by Magnolia. Probably his best film, yet every one besides is definitely a viewing requirement. Plus you won’t look at people oddly when they suddenly shout at you, “RESPECT THE COCK. TAME THE CUNT.”

I almost hate to put Avatar onto this list for a few reasons: YES, it’s a fucking gorgeously CG’d and animated film. YES, it revolutionized 3-D filming as we know it. YES, it had fucking furry battlescenes in space. I feel like while this move was incredible and groundbreaking, it hung too much on what’s new about it and not enough on what it wanted to say. Classic plotline, humans are greedy and evil, we should protect nature. The end. Great movie, none-the-less, and Cameron definitely earned his way onto this list.

Lastly, I chose to put Whatever Works on this list not for Woody Allen’s track record altogether, but for the fact that that movie was immensely entertaining and cleverly written.

The rest are definitely my favorite works from each given director. And when their names come up in conversation, these should be the titles that you have associated with them. (Yes, we all know The Dark Knight was a pretty good movie. Nolan does better with Prestige) I feel like I need to see more of Almodovar and Scorsese, but the ones listed I’ve seen and immensely enjoyed.

A few honorable mentions that didn’t quite make the list: David Lynch films such as Blue Velvet and Muholland Drive are very good, but don’t feel like requirement films to me. Tarantino films may be requirements for some people but they never quite entertained me quite as much as they seem to for everyone else. Also Park Chan-Wook. I absolutely loved Oldboy, but I feel like I need to see more of his films before becoming all elitist about his work. You gotta earn that right. I guess. And lastly, Wes Anderson. I feel like he doesn’t get enough credit for the work he does. Coen brothers deserve some renown for their work as well (which I’m sure they already have).

So am I a film snob yet, or do I have to keep trying?

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