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    Arthur

    I'd definitely approve of an Arthur episode. Such a forgotten classic, even with the crappy Russell Brand remake.
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    Homework: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

    While I'm not a huge fan of this film, I'm glad they're doing an episode on it mainly because I enjoy episodes where the primary argument revolves around whether or not it's cultural relevance alone is enough to make it Canon-worthy a la their Forrest Gump or Shawshank Redemption episodes. Where this one seems to differ from those two I just mentioned is that this one lacks that undefinable rewatchable quality (to me), and it doesn't really act as a "time capsule" to the time period it was released in.
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

    Currently streaming for free on Netflix in the US, and available for $3-$4 rental on Amazon, YouTube, and iTunes!
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    Oliver Stone Versus

    I'd love to see a Nixon episode. It's been said before, but it's a Shakespearean story featuring everything that's good about his hyperkinetic style and political messaging of the 90's. As a side-note: I realize I'll be in the minority on this but I think W. is a misunderstood masterpiece, as well as his last great and relevant film. People were expecting Nixon when it came out, but the real Bush wasn't as dark or mythic a character as Nixon was. Considering the goofus Bush was and the time of it's release, this was exactly the type of movie that would/should have been made about him.
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    SCREAM

    I would love an episode on Scream. This movie is not only, as you correctly point out, a great mystery and real horror movie, it's also flat-out hilarious and a joy to watch every time. Like one of Devin's favorites, Shaun of the Dead, it manages to both be a parody AND a genuine entry into the genre it's parodying. Also like you point out, it was definitely the start of a new wave of self-aware horror films. No matter how grateful we may or may not be about this fact, there's no denying the cultural impact this movie had both on its own terms when it came out and what came after it.
  6. Thanks, though this had the unfortunate consequence of seeing Amy's listing Django as her #3 .
  7. I realize this could be a controversial opinion: The thing that makes me happiest about this list is the lack of Tarantino worship. No Django and no Hateful Eight. I'm surprised that Kill Bill Vol. 1 isn't on there, since IMO that's probably his "best directed" movie, and can live with Inglorious making it because I think QT stumbled onto something really interesting with that (key phrase: stumbled onto). I love both Amy and Devin, I literally feel like I'm taking crazy pills whenever they (or most any other critic, and my own friends) discuss QT's later work. Am I alone in thinking he's become a perverse parody of himself, and his last two films were not just bad but downright embarrassing for a man who's made IMO one of the ten best films ever in Pulp? On a more positive note, while I can't find Amy's list even after Googling "Amy Nicholson's Top 10 of 21st Century" (link please?), I think Devin's is very interesting and am THRILLED with two personal favorites Zodiac and Inside Llewyn Davis being his top two. The only exclusion I'm a little surprised by after a cursory look at the list is Gravity.
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    How About a Little Jackie Chan?

    I love this idea. I would be totally down with Drunken Master or Police Story though my personal favorite of his has always been Operation Condor. It was the best combination of his style and humor that's endlessly rewatchable. Also, for whatever this is worth, while I wouldn't argue they're canon-worthy I think the first two Rush Hour movies are incredible.
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    The Harry Potter Films, or at least Prisoner of Azkaban

    I think there are several interesting points here. - First is the idea of whether we'd be voting a whole series in. Speaking solely for myself, I'd really hate the idea that I'm being made to look at 8 movies that are all over 2.5 hours long as a single entry into the Canon. I think all of the HP movies are utter garbage, but even within a series I love (like the Godfather episode with Karina Longworth), each film's admittance should be judged on its own merits. There's precedent for this with the Star Wars vs. Empire discussions, and doing Temple of Doom as its own entry as opposed to doing a general "Indiana Jones series" episode. - I think the phenomenon you're describing is solely because of the power of the books and not the film. From the very beginning, the films felt like cash grabs because of this phenomenon. The freakout over the Hunger Games books was like a tiny blip on the radar compared to the massive excitement from both kids and adults about Harry Potter. My biggest issue with these movies is that they feel like someone describing a summary of each of the books without the weight or emotions that made them so fun to read. Things happen in the movies only because "that's what happened in the books," not because of any cinematically established character traits or themes. These were made because "hey, people like to see magic" rather than they needed to tell this wonderful story in this massive way. In my opinion (I realize I'm speaking harshly, not trying to be rude to anyone who truly loves these movies), this series' biggest contribution to Hollywood was the idea of splitting the last book of a beloved series into two payday...excuse me, I mean, movies. For that alone I would deny its entry because while it's technically a good business model for the film studios, it really bums me out as a movie fan to just so blatantly feel like I'm being shaken down for my money while entering a theater & deciding whether or not to devote my time to a film series.
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    Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

    Over $300 million at the box office, critically beloved, and visual effects so revolutionary the Academy thought it necessary to give it a Special Achievement Oscar for its animation. On top of all that, this is without a doubt one of the most purely joyful movies ever made, and for me a prime example of what makes movies such a worthwhile interest for cinephiles and non-cinephiles alike. The SFX and animation aren't just the main highlight (*cough* Avatar), as even without them this would be both an effective noir and hilarious parody of them. Most of all, this is the one tattoo I don't regret getting in my life. I'd love further validation by having Who Framed Roger Rabbit take its rightful place in The Canon.
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