Movies I Should Have Seen

I'd definitely call myself a movie lover. I see a few in the theater every month, I get two DVDs a week through Netflix in the mail, I download now and then, and I watch tons on HBO and Netflix Instant. That being said, there are still a lot of movies I haven't seen, and when I mention some I missed out on from the '80s and '90s, people think I'm crazy. Here are a few classics I've been watching lately.

What's Love Got To Do With It Everyone knows the gist of this movie, based on the book about Ike and Tina Turner, so I never got around to actually watching it. I'm glad I did. Angela Basset is crazy good. So is Laurence Fishburn, even if his character is horrible and hard to watch. Did you know Kurt Loder co-wrote the book with Tina? Did you also know he is now 70 years old? Mind blown.

Point Break This is one of Misty's favorite movies and I knew she was irritated about the remake. When she got on my case about never having seen the original, I downloaded it that night. I really liked it! Jacob kept walking in and watching it with me, even though he'd seen it many times before. I didn't realize how big the cast was or how dreamy Keanu Reeves was even back then. I liked it! I think I still want to see the new one though. Don't kill me!

Roger & Me I've recently read a few books and articles that referenced Michael Moore's first documentary about GM and Flint, Michigan and realized I needed to see it for myself. It made me feel so bad for the city and other communities across the nation that also suffering through situations like this. I really enjoyed the lighter parts of the film about Amway and the jail party. Rich people be craaazy!

This Is Spinal Tap Everyone I know loves this mockumentary about a fake British heavy metal, including Kelly, which you can tell by her blog's name. And I love Christopher Guest movies, so I'm surprised it took me this long to see it. I really loved it! It had a great cast and so many laugh out loud moments. For some reason, I especially liked the mini sandwiches part. 

The Big Chill After talking to my sister about how much I liked the movie About Alex, she said it sounded very familiar to this '80s flick. When I told her I'd never seen it, she was shocked! I'm glad I watched it. I didn't relate as much because of the time period, but it was good. The characters were a little one-dimensional, but overall it was smart and funny and sad all at the same time. I need to find the soundtrack stat!

Fast Times at Ridgemont High I've seen bits and pieces of this movie over the years, but have never sat down and watched it from start to finish. I can't say it was a favorite of mine. It felt choppy and the sophomoric humor had me surprised it was by Amy Heckerling and Cameron Crowe. Though some of the performances were pretty great (Sean Penn, Judge Reinhold, Jennifer Jason Leigh), I think I prefer my '80s teen movies with a little more heart, à la John Hughes.

JFK This movie was definitely entertaining and thought-provoking, but even with it's three hour run time, the content felt rushed. The cast was huge and I felt like some were too dramatic and overacted, but I liked Kevin Costner's performance and was surprised to see Laurie Metcalf. I thought the visual effects were seamless and even though I was already aware of the conspiracy theories, I went down a rabbit hole when I finished watching the movie. Good stuff.

Better Off Dead Jacob has been on my case about this one for years. I didn't really like it though. It was cheesy, but not in a charming way and I get that it was meant to be off-beat, but none of the jokes were funny. Did John Cusack always play depressed, obsessive boyfriends back then? Annoying.

Have you seen these? What are some movies you always recommend?
Maybe I'll have more to add to my watch list!


Rose @ Ramblin' Rose said...

I love Point Break and Fast Times. Point Break is the epitome of Keanu Reeves hotness for me.

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

HA! I love that you gave me a little shout out! I LOVE Spinal Tap AND I'm still upset we lost our DVD. We need to get a blu ray!

Point Break is my all time favorite Patrick movie! LOVE IT (hate that they remade it) and I love Roadhouse, have you seen Roadhouse? It's Mike's favorite Patrick movie! (PS I hate Ghost and never cared that much for Dirty Dancing, I know, revoke my woman card right?) ;)

I was the same way with Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Never watched it all the way through until much much later in life (like 4 years ago)... Sean Penn is my favorite part of the movie, and I agree John Hughes wins.

I haven't seen Better Off Dead but if it's got John Cusack in it... I'm going to be all over it. I'm a totally Lloyd Dobbler junkie! I also love High Fidelity which I swear could be like a sequel to Say Anything simply because yes, he does often play the depressed, obsessive boyfriend/ex-boyfriend, but I love him. (And also because his sister is in Say Anything AND High Fidelity, but Joan doesn't play his sister in that movie). Have you seen it? So good. Mike and I watch it a lot.

Jo said...

I also have 'old' movies that I never got round to watching that 'everyone' has seen .... I really should make a point of watching them. Out of your list I have seen Point Break (loved it) and JFK.
Can't believe I haven't seen Better off Dead ... I love John Cusack!

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I've only seen the one movie on this list. Ha! Point Break is one of my favorites. I refuse to see the remake.

Some of my other faves from way back when include Pump Up the Volume, The Man in the Moon, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and Clara's Heart.

Ooh, Crossroads! (with Ralph Macchio NOT Britney Spears)

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

PS - I think this is another post I'll never get around to.

Misty, Handbags + Handguns said...

I keep thinking of more movies. I'm such a weirdo. Double Take with Orlando Jones and Eddie Griffin! It's not that old. (2001) It has horrible ratings, but Tony and I have seen it a hundred times. We love it and still quote it.

Jana @ Jana Says said...

I've never seen an Indiana Jones movie and I fell asleep during Airplane which means that even though I was going to give you a hard time about Point Break and Fast Times and Better Off Dead, I suppose I really can't.

JFK was really too damn long. Kevin Costner, the king of too long movies.

Karen M. Peterson said...

Great flicks! I can't believe it took you this long to watch Point Break!

(Fun fact: My home town is mentioned in that movie when Keanu Reeves is going down Patrick Swayze's rap sheet and says he "did some time in Chino." My hometown is home to the Chino State Prison.)

AiringMyLaundry said...

I don't think I've seen any of these movies. I'll have to check some out.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Yes to Cusack in the depressed and obsessive role. Except in 16 Candles where he was not depressed but was a geek instead.

I love Point Break.

The Big Chill is one of my favorite movies and it has one of the best soundtracks ever.

Allison said...

I love Fast Times, though it may be more for the nostalgia of it than for it actually being a good movie, if that makes any sense! I'm with you on being more of a John Hughes, happy ending, Cusack standing with a boom box declaring his love kind of girl.
I need to check some of these out - I cannot believe I've never seen Point Break -will be correcting that ASAP! :)