With a New Year Comes a New Affront to God


It’s a brand new year, and that means it’s time to start talking about the Lent Project. At this time, nothing is planned, and in keeping with tradition, very little is likely to be planned.

The two events I know I’ll have:
Ash Wednesday, February 25 – (TBD)
Holy Saturday, April 11 – (TBD)

In the past, I’ve also included the Oscar-nominated short films, but since the Oscars will be presented on February 22, the shorts will not be part of the official Lent listing. I still intend to see them at the Varsity Theater in Seattle, however, and anyone who wishes to join me (at a date TBD) is welcome to do so.

Now for the point:
I will watch, if you don’t already know, forty (40) movies I’ve never seen before between February 25 and April 11. For this, I need your suggestions. If you can provide DVDs of said movies, all the better. If not, I still have my Netflix account. (If I’ve already seen the movie you suggest, I’ll just politely ignore the suggestion, so don’t worry that I may have already seen it.)

Let’s start a list!

30 thoughts on “With a New Year Comes a New Affront to God

  1. keleighbel

    here are some obsecure suggestions. have you seen:

    The Man Who Sued God

    Everything is Illuminated

    Shakespeare Retold (this is a series of four films retelling Macbeth, Taming of the Shrew, Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Much Ado About Nothing…i recommend Macbeth and Taming)

    Murder By Death

    Casino Royale (the 1967 Bond spoof)

    Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity

    Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969)

    An Unmarried Woman (1978)

    Bruce and Lloyd Out of Control

    The Price of Milk

    My Summer Story (the sequel to A Christmas Story)

    Be Kind Rewind

    1. keleighbel

      lol! and also most of the suggestions were ones i hadnt seen but was like hey what the heck. i’ll tell ryan. glad some of them are of interest (whether that is good or bad).

  2. MacCrocodile Post author

    What I mean is what exactly do you mean by “tongue bath”? Did he lick it all over because he loved it–no, lusted for it–or did he beat it mercilessly with his sharp, heavy tongue?

    1. giddeon

      Since you have netflix, you should link it to your Xbox so you can watch immeadiate viewing stuff on your TV instead of on the computer. The quality is really good.

      1. MacCrocodile Post author

        I actually just set that up yesterday and watched Supersize Me (disappointing as a documentary). By the time Lent comes around, I’ll have to renew my XBox Live account, but it’s totally worth it.

  3. shinichiki

    Nazi Zombie Island, for when you hate yourself.

    Blood Sucking Freaks, for when you hate women.

    Surf Nazis Must Die, when you hate Nazis.

    Oblivion (1994, when you need to have a little fun. This is a series, and it is… well… weird. But it has George Takei, and I have such a girl-crush on him. He is so awesome.

    Anything by Uwe Boll, because I swear he has a bet going on how many horrible movies he can make before people refuse to lend him more cash to make movies. I <3 him.

    I realize that this list doesn’t contain a lot of… good movies. That’s ok, though, because sometimes you just want to hurt your brain with badness. I’ll think of some more from my mispent youth, I’m sure. But here is one to maybe redeem my horrible past movie choices:

    Neco z Alenky (1988) aka: Alice

    Czechoslovakian stop-motion of Alice in Wonderland composed of taxidermy, real life and just plain trippiness. Directed by Jan Svankmajer. Yay!

  4. giddeon

    The Fall – A girl is told the story of 5 men: The Indian, the Bandit, the Escaped Slave, the Explosives Expert, and Charles Darwin, and their quest for revenge.

    The original batman movie [we can lend this]

    Casino Royale (old one) [We can probably lend this, as noted above. It may also be instant queue-able]

    Priceless – a cute movie about sleeping with Rich folks for money, amongst other things [Netflix Instant]

    The Illusionist – Came out at the same time as The Prestige, so it was largely ignored, but we watched it recently and really enjoyed it.

    Eagle Versus Shark [Instant Queue]- If you didn’t enjoy Napolean Dynamite, you might not enjoy this one, but this dosen’t try to be as quotable. The female lead pretty much carries the story of love amongst very damaged people. Cute story.

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen [Instant Queue] – Old, crazy Terry Gilliam movie.

    War, Inc [Instant Queue]: Essentially Gross Pointe Blank retold in Iraq. Very wierd, but sort of fun.

    There are a ton of Marx brothers movies on the instant queue as well, might be worth watching one.

    The Darjeeling Limited – Wes Anderson movie, more understated than some. Same crazy colors though. We enjoyed it a lot.

    The Devil’s Backbone – Same fellow who did Pan’s Laberyinth, but more of a ghost story. Very good/touching

    Let The Right One In (if on video in time) – Sweedish vampire movie, pretty bloody, but also touching.

    Kamikaze Girls – Japanese movie about a friendship that develops between a loli girl (one who dresses up in crazy period outfits all the time) and a biker girl.

    Kitchen Stories – Wierd danish film about a farmer in his kitchen, and the man who watches him from a 6 foot stool.

    Whispers of the Heart – Anime, my favorite Miazaki movie. Also one of the few with pretty much nothing supernatural going on.

    Persepolis – Animated biography of growing up in Iran during its various periods of turmoil.

    1. MacCrocodile Post author

      Thanks for all the suggestions. I do think it’s funny, though, how many suggetions I’ve gotten that I’ve already seen for Lent. You even commented on my Kitchen Stories post.

      1. giddeon

        Heh, I mainly went through all of our netflix ratings for stuff you might not have seen. Totally forgot about Kitchen Stories 🙂

        There are probably a few ones I discounted too that I’ve assumed you have seen that you haven’t actually watched before. We should try to figure out the netflix friending thing.

  5. juxtapose_42

    Pale Rider (1985) Western
    Maria Full of Grace (2004) Foreign Drama
    The Warriors (1979) Action
    Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) Classic
    War Dance (2006) Documentary

    – Jux

  6. bigmojo

    Pirates of the Great Salt Lake (seriously you need to watch this, imo)
    Southland Tales
    The Orphanage
    Zombie Strippers
    5,000 Finger of Dr. T (pretty sure you’ve seem it though)
    The Gamers
    The Gamers 2: The Dorkening
    Hamlet 2
    Kamakazi Girls
    Sukiyaki Western Django
    Minus Man
    Kung Fu Hustle
    God of Cookery
    Pink Flamingoes
    Army of Darkness (if you haven’t watched it before)
    In Bruges
    Kung Fu Panda
    Six String Samurai
    Afro Samurai (animated series – does that count?)
    Speed Racer
    Razzle Dazzle
    House Bunny
    Howard the Duck
    Cool World
    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    Masters of the Universe (Mori has it to borrow)
    Brendan Frazier’s Loony Toons
    Transformers (Chad made me)
    Get Smart
    Reefer Madness
    Maltese Falcon
    Casa Blanca
    Romancing the Stone
    A Lion in Winter (very very good)
    The Original Casino Royal
    Bringing Up Baby
    Searching for Bobby Fischer
    Finding Forester
    Mama Mia
    Blade Runner
    Brazil (I have the criterian collection, so whichever version you want to watch)
    The Gods Must Be Crazy
    Crocodile Dundie
    Back to the Future
    Meet the Feebles
    You, Me, and Everyone We Know
    The Wicker Man
    Silent Night, Deadly Night 2
    Stay Alive
    Worms (the horror movie)
    Attack of the Killer Tomatoes
    Godzilla V. Mothra
    The Ice Harvest
    The Adventures of Baron Von Munchausen
    Urban Legends
    Muppets from Space

    I know that you’ve seen at least a few of those but I wanted to be as inclusive as I could. I’ll comment more if I think of anything else.


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