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Recently, I’d been thinking a lot about the 1997 David Fincher movie, The Game. (Immediate sidebar: 1997?! That movie is 15 years old?! Gahhhh, we are all turning to dust!) That movie, I’d been thinking lately, was so great. Very very fun movie. I make jokes and references to it on a pretty regular basis, maybe not here, because not everything is a blog, OK, but in my day to day life with real human beings who I interact with in the physical world. But I also only saw it once in the theater, so it was exciting to discover that it was on Netflix Instant. (Here I’m using exciting in the most broad, least-actually-exciting definition of the word.) Those are nice moments, though, when you want something and then you are just allowed to have it. Enjoy those moments, they are rare. So, the point is: I rewatched The Game last night, and it’s still great! It totally holds up, which I think has a lot to do with the lasting and influential power of David Fincher’s moody aesthetic. It looks like it could have been made today because everyone today is making movies that look like that. You should rewatch it, though. It’s fun! It has a great, elaborate, paranoiac build up, and then there is that scene in the office cafeteria where everyone from the entire movie is having a snack, and then the “twist” ending and the party invitation that reads “Nicholas Van Orten will be arriving sometime between 8:17 and 8:34 PM.” It’s good. (Incidentally, and I know I have mentioned this, but I am rewatching The Sopranos from the beginning and that show is just a wall-to-wall treat. But I guess I am in a rewatching mood! Somebody stop me! The Mask reference! Which I cannot rewatch because I have never seen it and guess who has two thumbs and isn’t about to watch The Mask for the first time in his 54th year on Earth?)

Hey, but so what is another movie that was so great the first time that we haven’t seen in forever but that we’ve been meaning to watch again because we loved it and think that will be fun to do? Leave your suggestions in the comments, and whichever movie gets the highest number of upvotes, we will all rewatch it together AS A FAMILY. Unless it’s terrible. This is not a legally binding suggestion. Good luck trying to FourChan me into starting a pop up Klondike Bar restaurant in Alaska’s butthole or whatever those pranks always are. I’m a grown man and I don’t have to do anything I don’t want to do! But OK, let’s do this. What will it be?! Napoleon Dynamite, I know, but what else might it be?!

Comments (233)
  1. We should probably rewatch Death Sentence, a terrible movie starring Kevin Bacon as a father in search of vigilante justice directed by Saw’s James Wan.

  2. Taste of Tea

  3. There Will Be Blood because as much as I loved that movie I’ve only seen it once. Also, I just saw The Master which was phenomenal.

    OR

    Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It was largely ignored come Oscar time but another one I absolutely loved and have only seen once.

    • I suppose I should have split those into two posts for potential (lack) of upvote reasons.

    • Diving Bell and the Butterfly was great but it isn’t something any normal person would want to watch multiple times. It is gut wrenching. How about watching something like “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” or “Dazed and Confused?” I’ve seen those hundreds of times and they remain fantastically entertaining.

  4. The Lion King

  5. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Charlie Kaufman and George Clooney made a movie together! But nobody saw it then, so let’s see it now

    • And Michael Cera told a little girl that his dick tasted like a lollipop. Ewww.

    • And because Sam Rockwell is the best.

    • I whole-heartedly agree with this suggestion. And let me tell you why!

      For some reason, this movie was sent to me in the mail when I was still in grade school. No one ordered it but it arrived no less. So I sat down and watched it. It stayed in my DVD player for years, and whenever I had some free time, I rewatched it, which was actually about once a month. I don’t know what that says about me or even this flick, but what is important is that after my head-over-heels in-love-with-this-movie phase for this movie, I made sure to watch every Sam Rockwell flick (including Matchstick Men, another great Nic Cage flick) and every Charlie Kaufman-aided movie. And it all started with Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.

  6. The Titanic. I think it’s about time someone disinterred that movie, so unjustly forgotten since 1997.

  7. Real Genius. I quote that movie all the time, but haven’t seen it in a long time. Also it ruined what I thought college would be like, but then again, I’m not a genius.

  8. I’m not making any accusations, but this is the third “hey, what movies on Netflix instant do you like” type thing that I’ve seen this afternoon. Has the Netflix mafia been threatening poor bloggers/Facebookers’ kneecaps today?

    • Regardless, though, that Game movie is my favorite FIncher one. It and Panic Room. Which are some people’s least favorites, I think, but those people don’t know much about movies. We should all watch Grumpier Old Men.

      • Panic Room is the only movie I’ve ever actually walked out of. I was on a date and we were moaning about how bad it was when, in a sudden moment of clairty, I realized that just because we paid for it doesn’t mean we need to sit through he whole entire thing. He looked like Lenny Kravitz. Leaving early also scored me some extra make-out time.

        • Fair enough. As much as I like the film, sounds like you got a good deal. Now try watching it again because I think it’s pretty interesting (I know interesting). It’s almost Hitchcocky in how it deal with things. It’s all about perception and observation and gender. I’m not entirely sure what it all adds up to, but it’s a fun trip.

          • Fincher actually stated he was trying to reinvent Hitchcock when he made Panic Room. You can also very much tell that the Jodie Foster’s character was supposed to be played by Nicole Kidman. All in all I think Fincher failed miserably. It reminded more of a Home Alone (substitute Pesci’s ineptitude and yelling with Leto’s) for adults than anything else. So, yeah, I definitely would side with those people who feel The Panic Room is Fincher’s worst film.

          • I’m also in the “walked out of Panic Room” camp. And I hated The Game too. SO so ridiculous. But the rest of Fincher is terrific.

  9. The Conversation. I watched it for the first time in a class on the paranoid imagination (don’t ever let anyone tell you it isn’t practical to major in English) and I liked it so much I watched it again the next day.

  10. Moonstruck. I used to watch this movie all the time when I was six.

  11. Willie Wonka!!!!

  12. Josie and the Pussycats!

  13. Labyrinth? I bought the DVD a while back but I’m afraid to watch it in case it doesn’t hold up.

  14. Auntie Mame

  15. If we are mining the 1980s: Space Camp.

  16. pretty much anything with Clint Eastwood, so that everyone remembers that HE IS AWESOME.

  17. Drop Dead Gorgeous

  18. Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

  19. Velvet Goldmine! This movie is the best and is now on Netflix streaming.

    Keywords: glam rock, naked Ewan McGregor, Christian Bale, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Rhys Meyers

  20. TEEN WITCH

  21. Ghost World

  22. Memento. I have only seen it once and need to see it again to figure out what the fuck happened exactly. Also it is great.

    Blade Runner. Another movie I have only seen once that I want to get a better understanding of.

  23. Gremlins. There is so much reason to believe it will hold up.

    And so much reason to believe it won’t.

  24. Princess Mononoke

  25. Le Samourai, because I loved Drive to pieces but all I could think about was this movie and how much I felt that Ryan Gosling’s character reminded me of the assassin in this movie. I’ve been meaning to watch it again to confirm. Let’s see what you think Videogum!!

  26. no country for old men.

    there was a summer it came on starz almost daily and i watched it almost everyday for about 2 weeks straight

  27. Harold and Maude

    • Brewster McCloud even. I ran into Bud Cort at a diner (Eat Well) in my town the other day and he overheard my friend and I talking about Robocop (I live in a late 90′s movie nerd’s imagination). So, he turns to us and goes, “I got the script for Robocop and I turned it down. I threw the script across the room after I read it!” I swear to my grandmother’s grave. Imagine Roboharold. I was like, “they wanted you for the part of Robocop?” And, he said, “yeah. Stupidest mistake I ever made.” Poor Bud. Still, would have been the stupidest mistake that Paul Verhoeven ever made, I fear.

      • sorry; agreed was to Harold and Maude, because it is so awesome, but i do also agree that Bud Cort as Robocop may have sent the movie in another direction. an AWESOME direction.

  28. Eyes Wide Shut

    I only say this because I know too many people who’ve only seen it once, sometimes not even the whole way through. There is so much that can be gleaned from at least a second viewing. I’m not saying it’s Kubrick’s masterwork, but it’s much better than the reputation it has.

    • seconded in every way. dare i call it great?

      • I think so!

        • Sorry, now I need to put it in tonight (TWSS). I’m getting flashes of certain images: stoned Alice sitting against the wall (the tension in the framing of that scene – yikes!), the twisted look on the daughter of the deceased man’s face when Bill rejects her, the “circle”, FUCKING THIS WHOLE SERIES OF SHOTS:


          Any subtext aside, it’s pretty darn great.

    • Why not The Seventh Seal while we’re at it?

    • Agreed. Thirded. I’m a huge Kubrick fan and I’ve only seen this once (last year, at the theater) and I’ve been meaning to rewatch it ever since. It was so much better than I expected going into it.

      Plus, I think it fits well into the The Game thing. It was released recent enough that most of us should remember when it came out and probably haven’t seen it since. And it’s so good.

      I don’t care if we watch it or not, I’m watching it tonight. Actually, I’m gonna watch it right now.

  29. Does it count if it was great the first time, and also the next 15-20 times, but that I still haven’t watched in a while? Because if that still counts the answer to that question, as well as most questions dealing with the greatest movies of all time, is Strange Brew.

  30. Better Off Dead

  31. We should make this a recurring feature and call it The The Game Game

  32. St elmos fire

  33. Freddie got fingered

  34. Rain Man?

  35. How about the movie that won Nicholas Cage is first Oscar:
    Leaving Las Vegas.

  36. jurassic park!

  37. Looper looks like it’s going to catapult writer-director Rian Johnson to household name status. In light of this, we should re-watch his terrific debut Brick starring a pre-famous Joseph Gordon-Levitt. It’s streaming on Netflix, so it should be easy for a lot of people to check out.

    Then you should watch his criminally-underrated follow-up, The Brothers Bloom, which is a total delight.

  38. Adaptation

  39. Salo! Just kidding, I never want to see that movie again. I really need to re-watch The Three Amigos.

  40. seems like old times

  41. Primer

  42. The Wizard

  43. Wild at Heart

  44. The Wizard

    Some quotes to pump you up:

    Sam: I don’t believe this. I got the scroll weapon, and I almost beat Mecha-Turtle at the end of level three!
    Lucas: I love the Power Glove. It’s so bad.
    Corey: 50,000! You scored 50,000 points on Double Dragon?

    Lucas: Pick any game you want. I’m good at all of ‘em. I’ve got 97 of ‘em.
    Haley: You know all 97 of them?

  45. Raising Ari…er I mean Helen, 2004′s Raising Helen, starring Kate Hudson.

  46. Alex Vermitsky  |   Posted on Sep 20th, 2012 +4

    Kicking and Screaming (the one with max and grover)

  47. Groundhog Day. Every day forever. I’ll give you a winter prediction: It’s gonna be cold, it’s gonna be grey, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.

  48. Super Trooopers

  49. Hearts in Atlantis

  50. Good Will Hunting

    I’m sure a lot of people here aren’t fans of that one, but it’s one of my favorites.

  51. Con Air.

    Am I doing this right?

  52. A Fish Called Wanda. Still one of the funniest movies out there, right? I don’t know, I haven’t seen it since college. A CENTURY AGO. I’m sure it is still excellent.

  53. LA Confidential. I love that effing movie so hard. I even had it on THR VIDEOCASSETTE. Guy Pearce, a pre-douche Russell Crowe, James Cromwell. Man that was a great movie.

    • My nerdy friends and I had a long-running movie night potluck deal, and when it was my turn a couple months ago, I chose “LA Confidential.” Hadn’t seen it since it first came out. My friend and I spent all day tracking down red light bulbs and making chop suey and coming up with a cocktail list so that we could have an LA-noir theme to match the movie. ANYway, the point is, I was blown away by how fucking good that movie (still) is. The next day I watched it all over again, and went through all the DVD extras. (They’re elaborate and fantastic.) Okay, I’m nerding out, but I just had to share.

  54. 10 Things I Hate About You! Great movie, Heath Ledger and Gordon-Levitt are great in it, Alex Mac is cute in it, what’s not to like!

    That or Amelia, great movie.

  55. Anything Gary Oldman, but specifically Dracula, because it’s so goddamn pretty and oh my god you guys I am an adult woman who is currently obsessed with a vampire movie. But think of how much fun we could have mocking Keanu Reeves together!

  56. Adventureland

  57. American History X

  58. This Japanese move called the afterlife. I saw it on a rainy day in San Francisco ‘s Castro theatre when I had nothing to do. It was about these people whose jobs it was to find a moment for the recently dead to relive for eternity. Then they had to recreate it and send them there. I was mesmerized and have wanted to see it since.

  59. Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

    I saw it when I was a kid and don’t really remember much of it other than Jessica Rabbit and some dude melting. Oh and I think there was a rabbit…oh and the dad from the Wonder Years was the cop (But I bet it wasn’t the dad from the Wonder Years. I bet it wasn’t even remotely the dad from the Wonder Years. It was probably Balky from Perfect Strangers. You would think I would look this up using the tubes but what fun would that be since this is the movie we are all going to watch.)

  60. Fifth Element!

    Gaultier costuming a science fiction movie!!! Like, why wouldn’t I watch that again? (Also I watch it like once a week anyway.)

    (I really only care about costume design in movies.)

    (So, like, The Cell or The Fall would also be good. Because Eiko Ishioka.)

  61. Oh my god I’m like 150th in line, but Dark City is pretty great, if I remember it correctly…

  62. I know it’s no Better Off Dead, or a comedy at all…… but I vote for Atonement. Such a great movie, I have seen it only once and it was right after its release, but I loved it and it has stuck with with me ever since. I love movies that stand our from the others…..like Atonement does, it’s beautiful film making.

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  64. Not that anyone is reading anymore, but can there be enough advance notice so I can order the DVD? No Netflix here. I miss you, Netflix. :’(

  65. Hudsucker Proxy

  66. American Psycho

  67. Eddie Izzard: Dress to Kill

  68. also, The Rock.

  69. The Proposition

  70. Romance & Cigarettes

  71. The Man Who Knew Too Little

  72. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    (I know this won’t win, but seriously, see this movie)

    • There is something about that movie that does not feel like a movie. It feels like someone mailed a camera to 1873 (or whenever) and then dug it up in 2009 (or whenever) and this is what was on it.

  73. Face/Off.

  74. She’s All That.

  75. Tommy Boy.

  76. The Lonely Guy. I know this isn’t a great movie, but I remember Charles Grodin being pretty funny in it, and Andy Daly mentioned on WTF that he was a huge Charles Grodin fan. I’m going to rewatch this because there’s no way the movie Clifford will hold up to what I used to think of it.

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