The Flying Cow Awards

OK first – the Flying Cow Awards don’t really exist. I made it up for Mindy. đŸ™‚ I’m telling you all that so that you don’t start wondering how you possibly could have missed this HUGE event!!

Having said all that… Let me recap! The Harpist’s AP Language teacher suggested that there are films that high school students should see before college (“so that you don’t look like an idiot when you get there”)

The categories, recommendations and choices ARE NOT MINE!!! they are straight off of the page of Ms. O–‘s hand-out. It’s taken me a while to type them all in, and I apologize for the delay.

bold=highly recommended
* = R rating
# Academy Award nominee
@ Academy Award winner
$ cultural literary
+ Ms. O–‘s “R” rating
italics=films I have seen (and possibly some comments)

Without further ado, here we go!!

Recent Classics

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind *@
American Beauty *@
Pi *
Donnie Darko*
Y Tu Mama Tambien *+#
Good Night and Good Luck #
Brokeback Mountain *@ (truthfully? I didn’t think it was that great a movie.)
Crash *@
Almost Famous *@
The Ice Storm*
The Motorcycle Diaries*@
Dancer in the Dark #
In the Bedroom *#
Monster’s Ball *+
Chocolat # (not overly impressed.)
Shakespeare in Love @ (it got an award why?)
American History X *+
Life is Beautiful (La Vita e Bella) *@
Run Lola Run (Lola Rennt) *
The Talented Mr. Ripley*
The Shawshank Redemption *# (probably one of the better ones)
Pulp Fiction $*@ (eh)
Fight Club *#
Sin City +*
Memento *
Good Will Hunting *@
City of God *#
The Matrix (first one) $*@ (good movie!)
Scent of a Woman *@
Spirited Away
Requiem for a Dream *+@
All About My Mother (Todo Sobre Mi Madres) *@
Harold and Maude (I think I saw this one… obviously I loved it LOL)
Being John Malkovitch * (Not my favorite, but OK)
Brick *
Secretary *+
About a Boy
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas *+
Boys Don’t Cry *+
Do the Right Thing *
I am Sam
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (geez. it’s been a while!)

Wet Hot American Summer *
The 40 Year Old Virgin * (Quality comedy? I thought it was stoopid.)
Mean Girls (WHY was this not considered “cultural literacy”? LOL)
Caddyshack (a true classic.)
Coffee and Cigarettes *
The Aristocrats *****+
This is Spinal Tap
The Royal Tennenbaum’s *# (slapstick… some good moments.)
Rushmore *
Best in Show
A Fish Called Wanda @ (I did enjoy it — never understood how it won an Academy Award!)
Say Anything
The Birdcage *#
Waiting for Guffman *
The Full Monty *@ (wickedly funny)
Grosse Pointe Blank *
The Big Lebowski *
Monty Python and the Holy Grail $ (shrubbery, NI! and sparrows… need I say more?)
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (I’ll play Stairway to Heaven if I want!)
Big (thought provoking AND funny)
Airplane (hee hee)
Office Space
Ghostbusters (whoya gonna call?)
Blazing Saddles (now go do that voodoo that you do so well)
Little Miss Sunshine
Back to the Future$ (of course!)
Borat (he’s funny when he doesn’t try so hard.)
Hairspray (I liked it live better)
High Fidelity

Animal House $ (But of course!)
Real Genius
With Honors
Revenge of the Nerds

The Breakfast Club (yeah. I saw it. whoopee)
Fast Times at Ridgemont High (eh)
Pretty in Pink (ditto)
Sixteen Candles (yeah. I saw it.)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion
Napoleon Dynamite (I’ve only seen half of it… I keep falling asleep in the middle.)
Dazed and Confused
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (anyone? anyone?)
Rock and Roll High School (see? I go see all the strange ones.)
Grease $ (sung it. seen it.)
Dead Poet’s Society (A good movie)

The Shining $*
Carrie (yuck)
Jaws $* (DaDHUM… DaDHUM…)
The Exorcist $* (scared me to death)
Rosemary’s Baby *
Shaun of the Dead *
Friday the 13th *$ (seriously creeped me out)
Nightmare on Elm Street *$
Dawn of the Dead *

The Incredibles @ (LOVE this one. I’ve busted out of my spandex many times…)
The Emperor’s New Groove #
The Muppet Movie # (a looonnnng time ago)
Monsters INC (probably one of my favorites!)
Finding Nemo (Believe it or not, I have never seen this movie!)
Toy Story (both) # (I loved these too.)
Whale Rider #
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971 version) (OK, I’ve seen BOTH versions!)
Mary Poppins @$ (HOW could Mary Poppins not get a top rating? honestly!)
Iron Giant
Meet the Robinsons

Hedwig and the Angry Inch +* (NEVER heard of it!!!)
Rent $ (knew the songs before the plot)
Into the Woods #
Singin in the Rain # (a MUST see)
The Triplets of Belleville #
Little Shop of Horrors # (can I say this and be friends? I didn’t really think this was all that great.)

Casablanca @$ (of course!)
Psycho $#
The Maltese Falcon (natch!)
Rear Window #
The Godfather $@* (good movie – the book was better.)
The Graduate $@ (yup)
Annie Hall$@ (why else would I have worn that style of clothes???)
12 Angry Men @#(ages ago!)
Dr. Strangelove #$ (“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.”)
Seven Samurai #
Citizen Kane (it was a LONG time ago.)
Star Wars (the first 3) $$$ (what, are you kidding???)
Planet of the Apes $ (It’s what I think of when I see the Geico caveman commercial…)
Brazil *# (no – but I know the soundtrack)
A Clockwork Orange (whoopee)
Apocalypse Now *@

Supersize Me #
Enron: Smartest Guys in teh Room *#
Bowling for Columbine *@
Roger and Me
Winged Migration #
Spellbound #
The World According to Sesame Street
Born Into Brothels @
Grizzly Man
Murder Ball #
No Direction Home: Bob Dylan $
Sound and Fury #
Planet Earth
This Film is not yet Rated

30 Rock
Pushing Daisies
Six Feet Under
The Wire
Arrested Development
Malcolm in the Middle (THIS was recommended?? yuck.)


What did you think was missing?
What did you think was a stoopid choice? (I tried not to bias you.)
Any absolute all-time faves and raves from this list??

Feel free to comment!


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