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100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 2
by Brian Yandle

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It's not easy growing old only to find that you're days are numbered and you've run out of things to do for kicks. Hey, we've all had those thoughts so you're not alone. Or perhaps you have no fear of the great unknown or dying but simply are longing for something different in your life to pass the time. Well, that's perfectly understandable & hopefully I could provide some assistance. After all, knitting a bazillion scarves gets kind of old rather quickly so we need to do other things before we expire. I say we watch as many movies as humanly possible.

A couple of weeks ago, I gave you the first 50 in my list of what should be the 100 must see films in my estimation. When I say must see, these are films every freaking' human should aspire to own or rent in their lifetime and the many of them are still readily available for your viewing pleasure. These are just basic reminders of how sweet life can truly be or how insane everyone else around us is. Either way, the cards are in our hands when we speak of entertainment & who the hell wants to spend an entire life of watching mainstream when we could really explore our wild side? Right? Right-o!

So what about those other 50 films that you must see? Oh, we'll get there. Trust me. Grab your pen & paper so we can have some fun.

Have at it!





1. NASHVILLE-Robert Altman made some great stuff through the years but skipped most of it honestly. However, this one stuck with me. I don't know. The acting was phenomenal & I dig the music although country has never been my flavor per se. Ronee Blakley
gave a remarkable performace as Barbara Jean & should've been a solid contender for Oscar in my humble opinion.
2. PSYCHO (1960)
3. HEDWIG & THE ANGRY INCH
4. GOTHIC (1986)
5. AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON-The werewolf was given a nice upgrade in the eighties with two really great films that live on in the hearts of cinephiles but John Landis gave us the perfect blend of comedy & horror which still remains unparalleled to this day.
6. RUN LOLA RUN (GERMAN)
7. SWEENEY TODD (2007)
8. BELLE DE JOUR
9. PHILOSOPHY OF A KNIFE
10. WOMEN IN LOVE-Love stories can be a dime a dozen but Ken Russell weaved a very powerful if not lavish conundrum about the mysteries of love and relationships based on D.H. Lawrence's classic novel. Unforgettable!
11. SUSPIRIA
12. RENALDO & CLARA (1978)-This one is a toughie to find these days but I strongly encourage you to seek it out in any medium if at all possible.
13. THE HUNGER (1983)
14. HEARTS OF FIRE (1987)
15. DAWN OF THE DEAD (1978)
16. ERASERHEAD
17. FIVE DEADLY VENOMS (1978)-A close friend of mine actually insisted that I watch an old bootleg tape of this many moons back & I have to report that it's awesome & considered by many to be the best kung fu flick ever. I can't vouch for that as I haven't seen many in my time but I was thoroughly entertained on the initial viewing & actually purchased my own DVD.
18. MURIEL'S WEDDING
19. EUROPA EUROPA
20. BLUE VELVET (1986)
21. THE QUIET EARTH (1985)

22. THE FOURTH MAN (1983) -I've always seen this one as a precursor or perhaps just a nice primer for Verhoeven's later hit BASIC INSTINCT although I'd seen this years before. To this day, I still think this was the better film but yet I've seen BI & its so-so sequel a bazillion times. Go figure, right?
23. THE EVIL DEAD (1983)
24. SHOWGIRLS
25. OLDBOY
26. HAPPINESS
27. BUFFALO '66
28. FASTER, PUSSYCAT! KILL! KILL! (1965)-Russ Meyer is a funny man. I could easily just tell you to watch all his films as they are downright hilarious but this one perhaps may be the easiest to digest for newbies. It's cool, cruel, & makes a splendid background film for parties. Highly recommended!
29. THE RAPTURE
30. JOY LUCK CLUB
31. SANTA SANGRE- I have been praying silently in the dark for years in hopes this would one day find it's way to North America on DVD. Sadly, we have bootleg copies which are poor quality. I still hope that I'll get to own a decent copy before I leave this world. Anchor Bay, hast though forsaken me?
32. PERFORMANCE
33. HARD-BOILED
34. EATING RAOUL
35. FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH (1982)-Ha-ha! To this day, I always think of Jeff Spicoli whenever anyone mentions Sean Penn. Naturally, I co-sign with anyone that believes Penn has done better work in films since then but his character here is literally contagious. Dude!!!!!
36. BLADE RUNNER (1982)
37. MOMMIE DEAREST (1981)
38. AMELIE-Most of us seem to be in love with this little foreign gem
although I initially found it rather boring after the first 20 minutes. Fortunately, I watched it again before the DVD release & fell in love with the imagery & story. What??! Me agree with critics? Ha! Not I. Oh, ok. Maybe just this instance.
39. HENRY-PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
40. BRAZIL (1985)
41. GREMLINS
42. HEATHERS (1989)
43. BEHIND THE GREEN DOOR (1972)-As a kid, Marilyn Chambers as one of most attractive women I'd ever laid eyes on. I probably saw this one when I was a bit too young but somehow there are images in this film which will live me forever. If you've not already made the trip, I urge you to do so. Godspeed!
44. LIQUID SKY
45. REPO MAN
46. THEY CALL ME BRUCE-Ha-ha! More childhood memories albeit very good ones. I was too young to watch R-rated kung fu films back then unless a parent was present but this was an entertaining little vehicle that managed to keep my undivided attention. I've seen it in years gone by but the DVD transfers are horrible. Again, I hope to see something closer to a pristine copy one day.
47. MANIAC! (1980)-Good grief! I rented this as a teen & Joe Spinell scared the crap outta me. I had almost wanted to forget I ever saw the damned thing but it's a great film which really broke the popular eighties slasher mode. There are high school kids, campers, or teens of any sort. Talk about not sleeping easy, eh? I couldn't sleep for almost a week after viewing MANIAC! although Caroline Munro is one beautiful woman.
48. JUBILEE
49. THE CROW
50. FISTS OF FURY

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Mike Thomas
May 22, 2010 12:29 AM
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Can't say I've seen all of these, but SHOWGIRLS? I have to see SHOWGIRLS before I die?

I thin' you got some 'splainin' t'do!

I did see it, but, DAMN!
Cenobite
Jun 1, 2010 3:47 PM
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Hehheh. I actually liked that movie buddy. Yeah, I compiled two lists of what I would cosnider films that each living soul must experience before they die. You don't necessarily have to like 'em but the experience will suffice. Hehe C'mon Mike! It's not that bad. ;-p

Jon
Sep 15, 2010 8:51 PM
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I like lists. They make us think. Not enough independent thinking going on these days. I don't agree with all of your choices but that's OK> I've written list columns too and that's the fun of all this. Thanks.
Cenobite
Oct 18, 2010 6:35 PM
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Thank you! I do enjoy making lists but I probably won't do another for some time. Which choices of mine did you enjoy?



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Other columns by Brian Yandle:

Interview With Lucifer Valentine

Interview with Filmmaker Toby Ross

Zombies Will Eat Us

100 Movies to See Before You Die Pt. 1

The Oscars Are Over! Thank God!!

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Brian Yandle
If Pan met Apollo down with the sin, I would be amongst the angels who descended to Earth with great mission to seek newfound meaning & to explore great sinema. Brian was born in 1974 ofcourse on the NC/VA border & has been watching movies for as far back as he can remember. One should never forget a great movie nor pass up the chance to spread the word on a bad one.


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