I’ve seen 184 out of 239 movies. I have no life?

I love online postings and surveys, they’re such bundled nuggets of knowledge on how to gauge, read and judge people. Supposedly if you’ve seen over 85 movies on the following list, you have no life. There are 239 movies on this list, and the goal is to mark, then add up, the number to determine if you have a life.

To go beyond the obvious, and untrue, generalizations surrounding a task of this sort, I found this list rather annoying. The greater majority of the movies I haven’t seen on this list are B, C, D, and 80’s horror flicks — yes, I was totally shooting for all 239 movies. The list looks like a tale of pop culture, and a bad one at that, rather than an exercise in cinematic quality. But maybe that’s the point, to place a large amount of filler movies into the list to insure that those who’ve seen a large amount of these films are the lifeless bunch of the world. I happen to be a huge fan of cinema, so I’m obviously proud of the films I’ve seen and own. That said, if the crafters of this list were aiming to include a majorityinto this list, they did a poor job of that as well.

The films missing from the list are so obvious it’s disgusting. It almost completely lacks in dramas; there is no Shawshank, no Star Wars, no Goodfellas, or Pulp Fiction, Citizen Kane, Psycho, Fight Club, Taxi Driver, Se7en, etc, all of which would fit into the lists general themes (I could have gone on for days). Yet, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings, etc make it on to the list. If we’re going to add classics and cult classics how about a Godfather, Goonies or Full Metal Jacket? The problem lies in the actual amount of quality films on the list.

Don’t get me wrong, the idea that you’re “not” supposed to have seen many of these movies has not been lost on me. However, in my humble opinion, it is nearly impossible for someone who grew up in our era (80′s-2000′s) to not have seen at least 85 films on this list of popularity. To be frank, if you haven’t seen at least 85 films on this list, I’m not sure you have a life or friends that live in this century. It is not however, my charge here to generalize or judge, nor do I place any clout in random postings stating they are aficionados on what “living” is. I almost feel bad for the film critics across the world, who dedicate themselves to watching and reviewing movies just for them to discover they have no life, job or not, hah.

In any case, the following is my list; though i would have been more proud of my final number had this been an IMDB top 250 movies of all time list. But hey, maybe that’s just the non-life of a loser who still needs an education in the art of living. ;)~s

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest
(X) Boondock Saints
(X) Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane
Total: 9

(X) The Princess Bride
(X) AnchorMan
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
(X) Saw
(X) Saw II
(X) White Noise
() White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
() The Princess Diaries
() The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 18

(X) Scream
(X) Scream 2
(X) Scream 3
() Scary Movie
() Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
() Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total so far: 24

(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
(X) Resident Evil 1
(X) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
() The Village
(X) Lilo & Stitch
Total so far: 32

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(X) The Grinch
(X) Texas Chainsaw Massacre
(X) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
() White Chicks
(X) Butterfly Effect
(X) 13 Going on 30
(X) I, Robot
(X) Robots
Total so far: 42

(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(X) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
() Along Came Polly
(X) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
(X) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
(X) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Joe Dirt
Total so far: 53

(X) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
() The Lizzie McGuire Movie
() Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
(X) Dumber & Dumberer
(X) Final Destination
(X) Final Destination 2
(X) Final Destination 3
(X) Halloween
(X) The Ring
(X) The Ring 2
() Surviving X-MAS
(X) Flubber
Total so far: 64

(X) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
() Ghost Ship
(X) From Hell
(X) Hellboy
(X) Secret Window
(X) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
(X) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 73

(X) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child’s Play
(X) Seed of Chucky
(X) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You
(X) Just Married
(X) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
(X) Coach Carter
() The Grudge
() The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
() Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 85

(X) Bad Boys
(X) Bad Boys 2
() Joy Ride
(X) Lucky Number Slevin
(X) Ocean’s Eleven
(X) Ocean’s Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremecy
() Lone Star
(X) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
(X) Predator II
(X) The Fog
(X) Ice Age
(X) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
() Curious George
Total so far: 98

(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
(X) A Bronx Tale
() Darkness Falls
() Christine
(X) ET
(X) Children of the Corn
() My Bosses Daughter
(X) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 108

() Best Bet
(X) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(X) She’s All That
() Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
(X) Event Horizon
(X) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
(X) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(X) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 120

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X-3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
() Sky High
() Jeepers Creepers
() Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(X) Freaky Friday
(X) Reign of Fire
(X) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
(X) Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2
Total so far: 134

() Swimfan
(X) Miracle on 34th street
(X) Old School
(X) The Notebook
(X) K-Pax
(X) Krippendorf’s Tribe
() A Walk to Remember
(X) Ice Castles
() Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old-virgin
Total so far: 141

(X) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 147

(X) BASEketball
(X) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
(X) House of 1000 Corpses
(X) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
(X) Highlander
(X) Mothman Prophecies
(X) American History X
() Three
Total so Far: 155

(X) The Jacket
(X) Kung Fu Hustle
(X) Shaolin Soccer
() Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(X) Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
Total so far: 162

() High Tension
(X) Club Dread
(X) Hulk
(X) Dawn Of the Dead
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
(X) Orgazmo
(X) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld
Total so far: 168

(X) Kill Bill vol 1
(X) Kill Bill vol 2
(X) Mortal Kombat
() Wolf Creek
(X) Kingdom of Heaven
(X) the Hills Have Eyes
() I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
() The Last House on the Left
() Re-Animator
(X) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 174

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
() Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
() Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 180

(X) The Matrix
(X) The Matrix Reloaded
(X) The Matrix Revolutions
(X) Animatrix
(X) Evil Dead
(X) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
(X) Red Dragon
(X) Silence of the Lambs
(X) Hannibal
Total so far: 184