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I love lists! I mean, I LOVE lists!! They are the gateway to educated choice. You how “they” are always selling you something? Well, it’s because they have learned that when you don’t really know what you want, it’s much easier to make you act on impulse. When you know what you want, you don’t give away your money stupidly. Informed choice allows you to get more of what you want. Informed choice makes you more satisfied and thus happier. Who wouldn’t want to have more stuff they like and to be happier?
So you have to learn what you want. And that is where lists come in. I have lists that are so full I have more than enough films to keep me satisfied well past my life expectancy. I won’t run out of movies I WANT to watch until I am 110. And since they are going to keep making them, by the time I am 110 I will probably have enough movies I have CHOSEN to see to carry me past the age of 200.
So what do you want to watch? Or, perhaps, what do you want your children to watch? Did you know that the British Film Institute has a list of the Top 50 Films To See Before You Are 14? It’s darn awesome. And there are some on that list that I still haven’t seen and I am almost 50. I better live to be 110. I am going to start exercising just so I can watch more movies.
These are the BFI’s Top Ten To See Before You Turn Age 14:
But you know what? The BFI is not the only entity that has made a supercool list of movies to see. Filmmakers Mark Cousins and Tilda Swinton made some great lists and then did it up one step better, helping really cool kids everywhere organize parties around great flix. A party AND a movie? Does it get much better than that. Check out 8 1/2 Foundation now!!!!!!!
One last question: why are all these lists from British institutions? Where are the American counterparts? Or Swiss? Or Chinese? Or Australian? Help!
Bowlers know we have a nose for Goldbergian complexity. THE WAY THINGS WORK will forever remain our our list of Required Viewing. We also endorse “home-made” and “swede-ing” amongst all nose-wearers. We gave a Golden Honker today to Ivan in Austin for his embrace of all this goodness on 11/9/08.
Not eating your vegetables? Not a member of The Clean Plate Club yet? Better hope the parents don’t pull a page out of the Modern Times guide.
As I said, Rube Goldberg was one of my first favorite cartoonists. He drew these wild machines that were soooo complicated but did simple things.
And his cartoons have inspired one of our favorite short films of all time: THE WAY THINGS GO. Definitely Recommended Viewing.
The Way Things Work have in turn inspired a series of commercials which are pretty darn fun. Here’s one:
And Rube, The Way, and these commercials have inspired a whole slew of wonderful homemade contraptions that all over the internet. But we will look at those later.Tweet
NAUSICA OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND (1992) was the first film of Studio Ghibli (even before they were Studio Ghibili!). It’s got everything in it, from the first seeds of steampunk, robots, a great female youthful heroine, and an environmental message (plus another one of how aggression is often a cry for love…). We’ve watched it numerous times, have the figures, and our very own pet fox-squirrel.Tweet
The greatest animation company ever, Studio Ghibli, produced this fantastic movie in 1992. You can tell the makers of OVER THE HEDGE watched it but, boy, does their movie stink in comparison! They missed all of the fun, ideas, and greatness of POM POKO. Being a Racoon was never so much fun — nor was pranking the humans. It’s a great tale of resistance and rebellion. There’s a couple of spooky sequences and you can see the creatures’ private parts, but still we think it’s appropriate for age 6+.Tweet
Lee Seong-kang’s MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL MARI (2002) was one of our great film discoveries this year. The animation is beautiful and inventive. It’s the story of a young boy who seems to have everyone around him always leaving him. He seems to find a solution by entering a dream world, where he meets Mari. Seeing it’s set during his summer vacation there’s no better time to watch it than right now. We’d say appropriate for age 7+.Tweet