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on 18 Jan 2010 07:18

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Nostalgic viewing experiences

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1. Scrooged (1988)
Who with? Girlfriend

Why so great?
I'd seen this film before but couldn't remember it at all. Prior to watching, I'd loaded up on Bill Murray's more recent dead pan films and had forgotten what a loveable rogue he was in his comedy early years.

The mood was just right: dull lighting, smooth alcohol, great company and the pervading feeling of Christmas just around the corner. This film single-handedly ignited a love of Christmas films in me that I will now experience every year until I die.
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2. Blade Runner (1982)
Who with #1? My Mum!

Why so great?
I was very young at the time, maybe 7 years old, and all I remember is that the film was dark and miserable all the way through and with dialogue at a premium I was just captured by the atmosphere. She told me this film was a 'cult-classic' and I didn't even know what that meant back then.

Who with #2? Girlfriend

Why so great?
In Christmas 2009, Blade Runner was on terrestrial TV in the UK and thankfully saved me from having to watch Love Actually instead. That makes it worth its weight in gold in itself, but it was also the first time I'd seen it on TV since way back in 1992 and I felt an immense feeling of satisfaction. It's also a well known fact that this film gets better every time you watch it, so this viewing was the best yet.
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3. Total Recall (1990)
Who with? Sad old Mike.

Why so great?
At the end of my first year of university I finished my exams, went out for a few beers, and then came home to my largely empty halls of residence. Of a corridor of 5 people, only me and Mike were in and he was sat, arms-crossed and bolt-upright in his chair, watching the opening credits of Total Recall on VCR from a distance of about 12 inches.

I had taken the piss out of Mike for the entire year, even accidentally reducing him to tears at times, but Arnie heals all wounds. We sat, merrily watching the film as if we were best buddies and I fell in love with it completely. A superior action flick that even Arnie cannot ruin.
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4. Congo (1995)
Who with? Kryptic Centurion and The Pioneer.

Why so great?
The film is so bad it's good, with plenty of unintentional lols along the way. The premise of the film alone should've ensured it never made it off of the drawing board, but somehow it did and the legendary Tim Curry doesn't miss his chance to ham it up to the absolute max. Combine this with Ernie Hudson lording the charm, and three young gentlemen who love both of these guys like deities, and you've got a recipe for memorable success.
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5. Akira (1988)
Who with? Girlfriend and University Friendship Group

Why so great?
Seeing Akira in an antiquated independent cinema, complete with the original dialogue and subtitles track was an experience I'll never forget and ranks up there with one of my favourites in life full stop. From the unforgettable opening scene and on to the introduction of the great characters and transcendental soundtrack, I remember questioning how an anime film could ever be this good. I have great memories of this time at university, before the friendship group drifted apart.

Tales of Akira and our wholesale love for the film filled our conversations until we graduated.
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People who added this item 1892  Average listal rating (1183 ratings) 8.6  IMDB Rating 8.9 
6. 12 Angry Men (1957)
Who with? My (mostly detested) psychology class.

Why so great?
When a film is so good it has the power to blow all of your preconceptions and hang-ups about black-and-white film away, it deserves a long-term spot in your memory. I remember being so taken by this film that I was one of the only people who bothered to return for the second half after a mid-lesson break. It even made me forget how much I hated the people I was sitting with during the showing. The fact my buddy was watching the film simultaneously in another room, and we both couldn't talk of anything else during our break, is a testament to it's greatness.

Essential viewing.
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7. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Who with? Girlfriend

Why so great?
I felt so smug after getting a Guillermo del Toro box set for Christmas and knew she'd love every film in it. When we eventually got around to watching this film I fell in love with it instantly. Every plot ingredient seemed tailor-made to be unappealing to me, but the film succeeded completely in entertaining me. I love how big films can be made out of minor settings and circumstances. This was the highlight of the box set.
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People who added this item 2268  Average listal rating (1406 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 8.2 
8. Platoon (1986)
Who with? Girlfriend

Why so great?
The first ever time my girlfriend came to my house, I wooed her with Platoon. With retrospect, I'd never choose that film again and can't believe I ever did and got away with it in the first place. Plenty of jokes have flown around since/because of this, but needless to say we never got to the end of it, and thus it was actually a tactical master-stroke on my part...
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People who added this item 1980  Average listal rating (1274 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
9. The Blues Brothers (1980)
Who with? A forgotten friend and his dad.

Why so great?
I was chilling with my brothers' friend. His alcoholic, divorced father decided that we needed a film-based schooling and so put on The Blues Brothers, and proceeded to give us a running commentary throughout. The only words of wisdom I remember are from when he paused the film just before the car chase, made sure we were sitting down, then asked us to prepare ourselves for the most 'amazing and fulfilling piece of cinema ever made'.

He was absolutely spot on. As the car-chase rolled on I couldn't believe what brilliance I was being subjected to. I'm glad my introduction to this film came with such an expert critique. I think I was about 10-years-old at the time.
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10. Dragnet (1987)
Who with? My whole friendship group.

Why so great?
It takes a lot of balls to suggest a film you've never watched before to a massive group of people on a new year's eve afternoon. The Pioneer pulled it off though and this film was an instant winner. I don't think everyone in the room enjoyed it as much as me, but I found it to be just the tonic. Unknown comedy gems from my favourite actors - who can ever ask for more in life? This film preceded an exceptional night of fun and I remember the jokes as if they were tattooed on my inner eyelids.
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People who added this item 652  Average listal rating (440 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.7 
11. The Warriors (1979)
Who with? My dad.

Why so great?
I first saw The Warriors when I was too young to realise how bad the acting was. As a result I was caught in a storyline that I thought was both intense and gritty! My dad was vehement that I watched it to the end and even tried to explain why it was such a good film. Like Blade Runner, he told me that it was a cult classic and even tried to explain what that phrase meant. For years, whenever I heard 'cult-classic' I thought it was synonymous with 'dark film'.

With such an array of colours and memorable gangs, it appealed to me as a child in a way that perhaps no other film at the time ever managed - which was hilarious considering the violence. I'm sure it was completely unintentional though, and had no impact on what a fine and wholly developed young man I became.
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I am a bona fide sucker for nostalgia. At times I will experience complete contentment with the world thanks to my surroundings or something I'm doing and if I'm watching a film, listening to music or playing a game, that thing will be engrained in my memory and associated with enlightenment forever more.

Here are the films of which I have plenty of nostalgic memories.

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Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Nov 20 6:59
Excellent idea for a list, my friend, and a great read!

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