So on the way home with our friends Nick and Beth, Nick and I were discussing potential movie night themes.
I’m thinking of making it special. Now that I’ve bought a 40″ LCD 1080P HDTV with more inputs than you can shake a stick at. It has HDMI, VGA, Component, Composite, and Coaxial. In essence you can connect anything to this new set.
But I got it for $350. My budget for a new television was $800 so that leaves me $450. What could I do with that? Perhaps buy a decent projector and a screen and a blue-ray disc player for maybe $100 or so more than that. Yeah, I think I might just do that.
While reading the list you’ll notice items with a *, followed by a number after the first *. There are notes at the bottom why those particular movies tickled me.
As to themes here’s some of what we came up with:
1) Monty Python
And Now For Something Completely Differnet
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Monty Python’s Life of Brian
Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life *
Time Bandits *A
2) Future Dystopic
Soylent Green *1
Planet of the Apes (1968)
Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
3) Blake Edwards
The Pink Panther
A Shot in the Dark
The Return of the Pink Panth
The Pink Panther Strikes Again *2
Revenge of the Pink Panther
Trail of the Pink Panther
Curse of the Pink Panther
Son of the Pink Panther
4) Mel Brooks
The Twelve Chairs
Young Frankenstein *3
History of the World, Part I
Robin Hood: Men in Tights
Dracula: Dead and Loving It
5) Robert Zemeckis
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
Romancing the Stone
Back to the Future *4
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Back to the Future Part II *5
Back to the Future Part III *6
Death Becomes Her
What Lies Beneath
The Polar Express
A Christmas Carol
6) Kevin Smith
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Clerks II *9
So there you have it, five directors and one actual theme, 50+ movies.
* – The Meaning of Life, from Mr. Creosote to the birth segment, to the universe segment it’s great movie.
*A – Time Bandits is included since it had so many of the Python troop in it you couldn’t leave it out. And it’s funny. Crass consumerism playing into the hands of an inept devil. Come on, how can that not be funny?
*1 – It’s people, seriously, Soylent Green is made from people. Talk about dystopic future!
*2 – The pathos of Chief Inspector Dreyfus is fantastic in this movie. The very soul of depravity, right down to the winking eye at the end when he disintegrates himself.
*3 – Young Frankenstein is one of the best send up’s of Mary Shelley’s original that I’ve ever seen. Peter Boyle as the monster is absolutely hilarious, as is Gene Wilder playing it straight, and I-Gor played by Marty Feldman.
*4, *5, and *6 – All that mucking about with time travel in a DeLorean. What’s the hell is NOT to like here?
*7 , *9 – The Clerks movies are a gut buster. Just when you thought Clerks was bad, along comes Clerks II. Two words from that last, Kinky Kelly.
*8 – Dogma – come on, the fact that Smith actually went out and protested his own movie to get into the heads of the idiots makes this guy stand out. And his playin Silent Bob in the Jay and Silent Bob movies, priceless.