Screwtape Needs To See...

I have something of a reputation for being immune or indifferent to popular culture; like many things about me it's not so much rebellion as having never gotten around to it. One thing I did once get around to was writing an IRC bot with the ability to store and retrieve facts — fairly soon after introducing it to my friends they started stashing all kinds of reminders into it, "reminding" me to see various things.

The IRC bot broke one day, and I never got around to fixing it, but a friend dug all the "Screwtape needs to see" messages out of their archives recently, and I thought I'd put them up here for posterity.

Things yet unseen

In very approximate chronological order of recommendation.

  • Screwtape needs to see American Beauty
    • Another vote from penryu
  • Screwtape needs to see more Jackie Chan
  • Screwtape needs to see Babylon5
    • Two recommendations for this
  • Screwtape needs to see Pulp Fiction
  • Screwtape needs to see The Abyss
  • Screwtape needs to see The Hudsucker Proxy
    • Another vote from penryu
  • Screwtape needs to see Mad Max {I,II,III,IV}
    • Also, a "has Screwtape seen Mad Max"?
  • Screwtape needs to see "One Crazy Summer"
  • Screwtape needs to see Army of Darkness
    • Another vote from penryu
  • Screwtape needs to see The Seven Samurai
  • Screwtape needs to see Blackadder - all of them
    • Two recommendations for this, an extra recommendation for seasons 2 and 4
  • Screwtape needs to see Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within.
  • Screwtape needs to read Bloom County. He REALLY NEEDS TO.
  • Screwtape needs to see Planet of the Apes, and all relevant sequels
  • Screwtape needs to see Good Omens (after it's made)
  • Screwtape needs to see The Wall
  • Screwtape needs to see Pulp Fiction
  • Screwtape needs to see Get Shorty
  • Screwtape needs to see Reservoir Dogs
  • Screwtape needs to see Blues Brothers
  • Screwtape needs to see The Muppet Movie, and all subsequent sequels
  • Screwtape needs to see Doctor Zhivago
  • tell screwtape to watch Aliens
  • remind Screwtape that he needs to watch otnemem
    • Two more recommendations under the name "Memento"
  • remind Screwtape to watch a Sean Penn movie
  • screwtape needs to see fargo
  • remind Screwtape to watch Firefly
    • Two recommendations for this
  • remind Screwtape to see Baz' Romeo+Juliet
  • Remind Screwtape to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie and TV series)
    • Another vote from penryu
  • remind Screwtape he needs to see BladeRunner again
    • Not a duplicate as I've only watched it once, not again. :)
  • tell Screwtape to go watch Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • tell Screwtape to see Rocky and Rocky Balboa
  • remind Screwtape to see From Dusk till Dawn
  • tell Screwtape he needs to see Sin City
    • Two recommendations for this
  • remind Screwtape to watch Beetlejuice
  • tell Screwtape that he needs to watch Grosse Pointe Blank. NEEDS
  • Screwtape needs to watch Bound.
  • Screwtape: you should see Anchorman.

Things already seen

Most of these I've seen without reference to the above list. I'll include a comment on each one so you can get an idea of what movies I like.

  • Screwtape needs to see Fight Club
    • Not too violent, and deliciously mind-messing-with.
  • Screwtape needs to read Snow Crash
    • The start of my lengthy Neal Stephenson fandom.
  • Screwtape needs to see Being John Malkovich
    • Poignant, hilarious, and deliciously brain-twisting.
  • Screwtape needs to see Blade Runner
    • I appreciated all the effort put into evoking an atmosphere; I kind of wish I'd seen the version with explanatory hard-boiled voice-over.
  • Screwtape needs to see Spaceballs
    • If it was ever funny, it hasn't aged well.
  • Screwtape needs to see the composer commentary on The Matrix DVD. it's very good.
    • The composer was interesting, I found the backing music incredibly irritating.
  • Screwtape needs to see 12 monkeys
    • A bit depressing, but well-plotted.
  • Screwtape needs to see Life of Brian
    • As usual with the Pythons, a few really great scenes sandwiched between less-great scenes, and scenes that might have been funnier if I hadn't been hearing them quoted verbatim by fans for twenty years.
  • Screwtape needs to watch This Is Spinal Tap
    • Kept me amused, but I'm more pleased the fact I can say I've seen it than I was by watching it.
  • Screwtape needs to see Pirates of the Carribean.
    • Great fun, but deep down I wished I were watching The Secret Of Monkey Island: The Movie instead.
  • Screwtape needs to see Bambi vs Godzilla
    • I laughed. Twice.
  • tell Screwtape to see Inception.
    • A beautifully-executed take on a very old idea, worth going out of your way to see.
  • Screwtape needs to see both Bill and Ted movies
    • Enjoyable but mindless, probably not worth going out of your way to see.
  • Screwtape = needs to watch Monkey!
    • I was very impressed at how many plotlines they had that I'd never seen anywhere else.

Suggestions?

Ripostes? Re-recommendations? You know who to call.

changed May 27, 2011