What Films Should I Watch?

About a year and a half ago, as part of the Educating Tim project, I asked all my friends on facebook to recommend books for me to read. All in all, I found this project rather successful, and benefited greatly from it.

But now it is time to move to another part of Educating Tim: Film. Those of you who know me will know that I generally don’t watch movies much. And I’ve come to the conclusion that this is hardly a good thing, as there are quite a few good movies out there which are enjoyable to watch, well crafted, thought provoking, and so forth.

I’ve spent a large chunk of the Christmas break watching various films (would have gone through 20 or so, which is probably more than I’ve watched in the last 3 years combined!) all based on friends’ recommendations, and have enjoyed them all immensely.

So, now that I’ve received book and blog advice from the online hive mind, what films should I add to my Netflix queue?



18 Responses to “What Films Should I Watch?”

  1. Nick Says:

    Gran Torino, definitely.

  2. lauren hp Says:

    okay, so even though I don’t watch a lot I’d start with Pan’s Labrinyth if you haven’t seen it…

  3. Tim Humphries Says:

    Any film with Clint Eastwood in it is usually good value.

  4. Ralph Buttigieg Says:


    The Pixar stuff is usually worthwhile. Finding Nemo, The Invincibles, Ratatouille come to mind.



  5. Rachel Says:

    All the Tarantino films.

  6. lauren hp Says:

    IMO, Tarantino, whilst an interesting film maker, is not worth watching in his entirety – Hostel 2 – DON’T BOTHER! PLEASE DON’T BOTHER!

  7. TC Says:

    You’ve seen Остров, I assume?

    More fairly obvious suggestions:
    Leaving Las Vegas
    Love and Death
    The Machinist
    Lord of War
    Being John Malkovitch
    Whatever happened to Baby Jane?
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Mommie Dearest
    The 2005 Master and Margarita Miniseries (directed by Bortko)
    Несколько дней из жизни И. И. Обломова

    And one rather obscure old film:
    Bucket of Blood

  8. Tim Andrews Says:

    I have Love and Death sitting at home actually – plan to watch it tonight!
    I have not seen Остров however… I have seen far too few Russian films (although did watch quite a bit of the Master and Margarita miniseries on youtube)

  9. Tim Andrews Says:

    Bucket of Blood – 1959?

  10. Tinos Says:

    If the US civil war interests you there’s Gettysburg and Gods & Generals. I would definitely check out No Country For Old Men.

    A tip in case you weren’t aware, all movie trailers are on YouTube.

  11. Tim Andrews Says:

    Oh they do look good -thank yoU!

  12. TC Says:

    1959 indeed.

    I honestly think my favorite Love and Death scene is the wheat monologue near the end. It’s everything I hate about Russian literature (which, obviously, isn’t much, but it’s great to see someone else lampoon it).

  13. glynn Says:

    You should watch The Departed, as well as the hong kong movie it is based on: Infernal Affairs. Both are quality movies.

  14. H.E.A.R. Says:

    In increasing order of quality: Battle Royale (Japanese); House of 1000 Corpses; Four-Eyed Monsters; In a Lonely Place; Jules et Jim; Oldboy; Love Me If You Dare (Jeux d’Enfants); Sophie’s Choice.

    Do not watch Gran Torino. If you absolutely must, at least watch another Eastwood film before you do. I recommend High Plains Drifter. There’s a midget sheriff.

    Contrary to popular opinion, Blue Velvet is not actually a good film. National Velvet is way better.

  15. Daniel Zachary Jones Says:

    I will just list what I consider the best films I have seen

    Barry Lindon – Stanley Kubrick
    The Stalker – Andrei Tarkovsky
    Antichrist – Lars Von Trier

    DO NOT watch any tarantino unless you want to see violence that is sensationalised…. sure seeing Reservoir Dogs once and really getting taken in by the way it encourages you to sympathise with the brutal folks really is worth it & as a film makes you question attitudes etc, but then repeating that formula for every other of his films really means that he is just glorifying violence.

  16. Glynn Says:

    Three more:

    Road to Perdition
    Shawshank Redemption
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

  17. glynn Says:

    The three films above are some of the best ever made.

    Some Really good Neo/Film Noir:

    Chinatown (1974)
    Goodfellas (1990)
    Payback (1999)

    Other great films:

    The Godfather (1972)
    Blade Runner (1982)
    Donni Darko (2001)
    Apocalypse Now (1979)
    Casablanca (1942)
    Any Monty Python movie
    Akira (Japanese Animated Film, a little weird)
    2001, A Space Odessey (1968)
    The Dark Knight (2008)
    American Beauty (1999)
    American Psycho (2000)
    Fight Club (1999)
    Silence of The Lambs (1991)
    The Matrix (not the sequels) (1999)
    Alien and Aliens
    The Prestige (2006)
    Full Metal Jacket (1987)
    The Green Mile (1999)
    Gladiator (2000)
    High Noon (1952)
    There Will Be Blood (2007)
    Star Trek (2009)
    Trainspotting (1996)
    Lock, Stock & Two Smokin Barrels (1998)
    Layer Cake (2004)
    V for Vendetta (Excellent) (2005)
    Shaun of The Dead (Comedy)
    Hot Fuzz (comedy)
    James Bond (Sean Connery, Roger Moore and Daniel Craig)
    Blood Diamond (2006)

    Should keep you busy.

  18. Andrew A. Sailer Says:

    fantastic movies. Have you watched Avatar yet by chance? Movie made me a little light headed but wow, what a great movie.

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