Saturday, July 26, 2008

The 12 Movies Meme

Lazy Eye Theatre is hosting the 12 MOVIES MEME. I had the honor of being selected in the first group of writers. Here's the mission: Diablo Cody got to program 12 movies at the New Beverly Cinema. If she can do it, we can do it.

List your programming schedule. Which 12 movies and why. Then nominate 5 other writers to contribute their lists. My selections will be at the bottom of this blog. Read on to see if you made the cut.

Here's my schedule. Feedback and poll question voting is a must. One simple question: which nights would you attend and which ones would you skip? Thanks in advance for all your comments.

Peter Jackson Double-Feature
Meet the Feebles [Link] - Muppets on Crack creation starts this off.
Dead Alive [Link] - The most entertaining zombie film of all time.Wanna fight about it?

Gael Garcia Bernal Double-Feature
The Motorcycle Diaries [Link] - A young Che Guevara, years before he led the Cuban Revolution, and his friend travel through South America.
El Crimen del Padre Amaro [Link] - A Catholic priest has an affair with a teenage girl. This one'll knock you on your ass.

The Raddest Cult Films Ever Made Double Feature
Assault on Precinct 13 [Link] - Awesome premise, incredible synth music, and one of John Carpenter's best films.
The Warriors [Link] - My favorite movie of all time. The coolest, most quotable cult film to date.

Bring Your Kids Double Feature
Escape to Witch Mountain [Link] - My favorite kids movie. Magical tweens outwit an evil millionaire and his bald henchman.
Rad [Link] - This one is CULT. The kiddies might not get through this one, but it's worth showing because it's so hard to get ahold of these days.

Hip-Hop Documentary Double Feature
Style Wars [Link] - Mind-blowingly amazing doc about the Golden Years of Graffiti.
Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme [Link] - The movie contains: Dope emcees spitting off the dome hotness. If that made any sense to you, watch this movie now.

The Hottest Double Feature
High Fidelity [Link] - John Cusack.
Unfaithful [Link] - Diane Lane.

There's the schedule. Which nights would you attend?
Which ones would you skip? Why?

Also, my official selections for contributors are:
Whitney @ DearJesus
Daniel G. @ Get A Film
Ross Williams @ What I Watched Last Night
The Mad Hatter @ The Dark of the Matinee
Keith @ The Kinetoscope Parlor

1. When you finish your post, let me know so I can let Lazy Eye Theatre know.
2. If you don't want to do it, let me know so I can ask someone else.


whitney said...

I would definitely go to the Monday-Tuesday and Sunday-Monday showings. But I might skip the others because I've seen them before. I don't know. It really depends on the theatre that they're showing in and what kind of crowd would be there. It might be fun to watch High Fidelity for the 1200th time if it's on the big screen with an enthusiastic crowd. Kind of like that one time we saw Jaws (and a few others).

Lunatone said...

I'd be there for all of them, probably. I mean, as long as you fed me once in awhile, we'd be good.

I'd sleep through the ones that didn't keep me entertained though.

My wakefulness depends on you.

Anonymous said...

I would love the Escape and Rad showing, as both of them are on the queue for future Natsukashi installments; the only thing keeping me from attending would be the roughly 3,000-mile drive and having to remortgage my home to pay for gas.

elgringo said...

Oh man, I would love to participate in either the Escape or the Rad episodes! How cool.

Big Mike Mendez said...

Probably skipping Pete Jackson night, but other than that, I'm there! And I'm dressing up in my Gramercy Riff costume if you wear your Rogues outfit!

Keith said...

Oh, sweet. Count me in! I just have to tend to an urgent Corn Dog Situation first.

And I would definitely be at every one of your showings, except I'd probably show up late for the Gael night. Motorcycle Diaries didn't really float my boat.

Ross Horsley said...

Count me in for the Gael Garcia Bernal night. I actually know someone who starred in El Crimen del Padre Amaro... He was a named character and everything! Yes, you can touch me.

Ross Williams said...

Thanks for tagging me, sure it cost me too much time... but I had fun doing it. Here's my 12 Movies Meme.

As to your list... I'd love to see Dead-Alive on the big screen, I've never been able to get intp Meet the Feebles. I could skip the Gael movies, neither of them lit me up. Assault on Precinct 13 and The Warriors... hell yeah! Rad, double hell yeah! I probably watched that movie 50 times as a kid, I'd still love to get it on DVD, I've got an old VHS copy burned out somewhere. Haven't seen either of those Docs, but they sound interesting. I love High Fidelity, but Unfaithful, yech!

Daniel said...

Thanks for the tag, by the way, and for the reminder when I got back from Chicago.

I must say, your lineup might be one of the most diverse I've seen! I'd try to make it for all six days, but if I had to choose three I'd back load them for the second week. Tough to go out with Unfaithful, though! I would request switching those last two days so we can all walk out smiling.

Literature Crazy said...

I need to fight with you about the Monday/Tuesday line-up. Are you seriously saying that's a better zombie movie that Shawn of the Dead? Simon Pegg is genius--pure genius.

PIPER said...

Ah man,

Escape To Witch Mountain. Love it. And of course I love the Assault and Warriors double.

I have a bootleg of Meet The Feebles and I have yet to watch it. I can't bring myself to just yet. I've raised it to such a level in my head of what it can be, I think I might be disappointed if I actually watch it.

Joel Bocko said...

I would most likely skip Peter Jackson night. Actually, I want to see his earlier films, but I'd excuse myself on general principle -- I can stand him after his bloated, self-indulgent Kong remake.

I would definitely go to the hip-hop night, having seen parts of Style Wars but never the whole thing (I think one of my old teachers cut his teeth on the editing) and would like to see Freestyle.

As for the rest, I should go, given that my knowledge of cult films is pretty low. I have a friend with reams of obscure old VHS's but having really delved into them yet.

My list is here: (I hope I tagged that right). Check it out & leave some comments.