Tuesday, July 01, 2008

How You'll Be Wasting Time Today

This YouTube video has somewhat consumed my morning. Sure, on the surface it's just a compilation of clips from 100 movies. But I'm taking it as a challenge, and you should too.

Here's what you do: Watch the two-minute clip. When it's done, write down every movie you remember seeing in the clip until you can't remember any more. Then watch the clip again, and when it's done, write down any more you had forgotten. You can't write while the clip is playing -- only from memory once it's done.

After four passes, I've still only gotten 75 of the movies included. It's maddening. You go mad, too!


moviefan2020 said...

You're right - it will drive me crazy. Will you post the ones you have - Please!!

Joe Reid said...

Okay, after five passes, I'm at 79. I think:

Nashville, The Conversation, Magnolia, JFK, The Silence of the Lambs, Goodfellas, The Exorcist, 2001: A Space Osyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Apocalypse Now, The Godfather, The Wizard of Oz, Trainspotting, Edward Scissorhands, Midnight Cowboy, Pulp Fiction, Foxy Brown, Dr. Strangelove, Zodiac, No Country For Old Men, Raging Bull (?), American Graffiti, Jaws, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Barton Fink, Inland Empire, 21 Grams, LA Confidential, Titanic, The Blair Witch Project, The Usual Suspects, Schindler's List.

The Insider, Dog Day Afternoon, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Ed Wood, The Empire Strikes Back, The Graduate, Grindhouse, The Thing, The Devil's Rejects, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Last House on the Left, A Nightmare on Elm St., Glengarry Glen Ross (?), Glory, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Midnight Run (?), The Deer Hunter, The Fisher King, The French Connection, Lethal Weapon, Hurlyburly (?), Unbreakable.

Bulworth, The Apartment, Psycho, Boogie Nights, Saving Private Ryan, Dick Tracy, Easy Rider, Chinatown, Seven, Born on the 4th of July, There Will Be Blood, The Age of Innocence.

The Wizard, Wonder Boys, Raising Arizona, About Schmidt, Jacob's Ladder, Hard Eight.

Desperately Seeking Susan (?), Quiz Show, Die Hard (?), The Limey (?), Planes Trains and Automobiles.


Rinaldo said...

I think that even if I were allowed to pause on each clip and write its title, I would never get more than, say, 35. And I thought of myself as a fairly knowledgeable moviegoer. (I notice that there are very few of what I'd call "classics": the earliest one on Joe's list is The Wizard of Oz (1939), and then it's a 20-year jump to the next earliest, The Apartment, and then about another 10 till the bulk of the titles start. It's a very lopsided list toward recent titles, as far as I can tell.)

Once they're all identified, could we see a list in sequential order, so I can educate myself out of my ignorance? Thanks for this.

Joe Reid said...

I don't think it's supposed to be a list of the greatest movies of all time or anything. Thank god there weren't too many old movies, I'd have done way worse than I did.

Rinaldo said...

"Thank god there weren't too many old movies, I'd have done way worse than I did."

Yeah, but I would have done better! that was my only point in bringing it up; I'm much better on the older ones than on the last decade or two.