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The B+ Movie Guide: Part XLVI

In May of 2012, Colin said I should make a list of movies that need to be seen, because he felt there were huge gaps in what he’d seen, and wanted something to do. The idea was that I’d make up a list, as “homework” for him, and he’d use that as things to watch.

So we came up with a giant list of 500 movies that worked, and Colin went about finishing it. And now that it’s finished, we’re gonna write it up. Because you don’t watch a giant list of movies without documenting that you did it.

We’re going through the entire list, little by little, for posterity’s sake. And here’s the next set:

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Leon: The Professional (1994)

Mike:

I saw this one pretty early in my movie buff existence. But seriously — how fucking good is this? Jean Reno and Natalie Portman. How do you not love this movie? (2)

Colin:

This is one that I think I saw just before I started the list. It was when Mike told me I needed to watch it individually, the way he’d tell me to watch everything on the list later on. Jean Reno is a character actor in American movies that everyone knows from somewhere, and that somewhere should probably be this. He’s the contract killer who trains up Natalie Portman, the teeny little girl. So in that regard, it sort did Kick-Ass like 15 years early. A lot of fun, if you don’t mind violence. If you do mind violence, why? 

Quiz Show (1994)

Mike:

Fucking yes. In a year with Pulp Fiction, Shawshank and Forrest Gump, this was the great movie that got overlooked. It’s terrific. Redford directed this, about the quiz show scandal of the 50s. Ralph Fiennes, and John Turturro. Turturro is really great here. One of those movies you see fairly early on, usually, and when you do, you go, “Wow, that was really great.” I haven’t met a person who hasn’t really liked this movie. And in 1994, which three major players in it, it’s really the hidden gem of the year.

Colin:

Remember when I told you guys that John Turturro is awesome? Yeah, he is, and he loves Marty, which is also kinda key. Fiennes is always a boss, and this movie is no exception. It’s also a great look at TV during the 50s, which not a lot of movies do, but awesome ones (think My Favorite Year) have done in the past. I love an inside look at reality television and the examination of how much of a performance something like pro wrestling or a quiz show like this really is.

Pulp Fiction (1994)

Mike:

(1)

Colin:

Everyone has seen this and should be able to tell you the precise circumstances under which they saw it. I saw it in 2003 when I borrowed the VHS from a friend. Bought the DVD shortly thereafter.

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Mike:

(1)

Colin:

Aw. Awww. Shawshank. Don’t need to say anything for this either. It’s freaking Shawshank

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Speed (1994)

Mike:

I wish I had a gif of “Cans! It was just cans!” (2)

Colin:

Remember when Keanu was someone you wanted to see in movies you watched? Remember when you thought of him as the guy from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and this instead of Matrix: Revolutions and 47 Ronin

Apollo 13 (1995)

Mike:

(3)

Colin:

Think I saw this the year it was out on VHS. Every kid wanted to be an astronaut at some point, and I think I did too, til I saw this. Lots of space movies, but not a lot of space movies that were based on real events this terrifying. It’s a story well worth telling that people of a certain age all remember happening. Plus, it’s 90s Tom Hanks!

Braveheart (1995)

Mike:

(3)

Colin:

People who are like really proudly Scottish are JUST starting to lose the boners they got from this movie. 

Casino (1995)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

I don’t know how I didn’t get to this one until the list. It’s shameful. And it’s got Don Rickles in it! How did I miss this?! Now that I’ve seen it, I know that you’ve also seen it.

Heat (1995)

Mike:

(3)

Colin:

Nobody does crime like Michael Mann. I think that’s the first thing to be said about this, isn’t it? And then Pacino and De Niro. And then Kilmer. And Sizemore and Trejo. Mike sure found the right GIF for this movie. I remember getting this from the library and wondering if the old ladies behind the counter knew what sort of movies they were renting out to children.

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Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Mike:

For those who don’t think Nicolas Cage is a great actor, watch this movie. Seriously, watch this movie. He’s incredible. It’s a movie about a guy who goes to Vegas to drink himself to death. And he does. Cage and Elisabeth Shue are so good here. Everyone should see this movie.

Colin:

I always thought Nic Cage was awesome, but I didn’t quite realize how awesome until I saw this movie. Even watching things like Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, which was a great movie, I didn’t fully understand what it meant to see Cage raw. Cage uncaged, if you will. You’ve never seen this Cage before and I don’t think we’ve seen him since. A national treasure indeed.

Get it?

Seven (1995)

Mike:

(2)

Colin:

I love Kevin Spacey, and that’s all I’d like to say. Except — the alternative ending that everyone wishes this movie had really kept. 

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Final Thoughts:

Mike:

I like that I have so little to do here.

Colin:

I could say things here to convince you to watch these movies, or I could leave you to imagine how many people across America are watching any one of them whenever you’re reading this. Think about that. Pulp FictionShawshank and Braveheart are on this list. Price is Right rules, how many people across America are watching a movie from today’s selection at any given moment? It’s a lot.

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More movies tomorrow.

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One response

  1. I love pretty much all of the films on this list, except Braveheart, which is shite

    August 22, 2015 at 4:49 pm

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