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So Many Movies, So Little Time

Here are some movies that one would enjoy seeing if one wanted to be more aware of the scope of movies, what movies can be at their best and worst.  

What are those old-timers ranting about when they say that "They don't make 'em like they used to?"  Not all of these are old, of course.  There are future classics being made today, movies that are really breakthroughs or the peak of their genre, movies that changed the scope of moviedom from that point forward.  Flicks like Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars.  They're here, too.  But many of the breakthroughs -- inventing a new type of movie or setting a new standard for epic scope, vision, violence, ordering, symbolism, evil, humor, slapstick, parody, dystopia, and such -- many breakthroughs happen early in the life of a medium. Sure, new ones are happening now, especially with respect to computer graphics and "photographing" scenes that can't really be seen.  But, well, for example, even the new style of action flicks, where everything goes fast and then blows up, started decades ago with films like Bullitt, which I think invented the insane city car chase, and the early James Bond films that blew up everything.  

And there are a number of cases where the same plot gets recycled into another movie a decade or two later.  And we won't even mention the remakes of older movies, very few of which come near the standard of the originals.  

Please remember that this is not intended as a "best of" list, but as a list of, well, hard to say, sort of milestones, cultural shared experiences, cinemahhhhh vocabulary.  Like Joe Bob's list but with a bigger scope.  And I'm sure I have erred in not including a couple of his choices in there, because he really was going for the milestone-breakthrough-things-can-never-be-the-same-again-who-let-the-nitrate-genie-out-of-the-bottle high spots.  Saturday reaction: "Jesus H!  How could they do that?  In public!"  Monday reaction: "But, C. B., our next project has to leap over that new bar!"

Your help is requested in editing it into a saner format, with perhaps more clear distinction between cinema history and "cultural literacy."  Currently, they are divided into three categories: 

Happy viewing!