9 Cult Classic Movies To Watch (At Least Once)
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9 Cult Classic Movies To Watch (At Least Once)

Lest you be branded and shamed by them all...

Cult classic; noun.

Also known as a cult film which has acquired a dedicated and passionate fanbase, an elaborate subculture that engage in repeated viewings, quoting dialogue and audience participation that are usually shunned by the mainstream.

When the word "cult" enters into anything, it usually has a less-than-pleasant connotation to it, but fear not. I promise you there is no ritual, sacrifice or anything of the sort involved, and one person can most certainly be a part of several cult fan bases. More often than not, the box office for these kinds of movies leave something to be desired, but once it is released in VHS or DVDs, the cult forms surprisingly quickly.

Warning: I will be omitting The Karate Kid, Back To The Future, Ghost Busters, anything starring Bruce Lee, some Spielberg films, Star Wars and Tarantino films, because in my honest opinion, who hasn't seen at least one of these? (If not, shame on you and get binge watching this summer!)

1. The Shawshank Redemption
"Rehabilitated is just a bullshit word. So you go on and stamp your form, sonny, and stop wasting my time. Because to tell you the truth, I don't give a shit."

source: rogerebert.com

Kicking off the list is a movie adaptation of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, written by the prolific author Stephen King, starring Tim Robbins (not Matt Damon) and Morgan Freeman as the convicted banker Andy Dufresne and Ellis "Red" Redding, respectively.

Taking place in 1947 at Portland, Maine, this movie can only be described as a story of strife and hope. It portrays the friendship of the two men, as well as their struggle to survive in an environment ruled by a morally corrupt warden where true friendship is the rarest of commodities and even the smallest inkling of freedom has a price.

2. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
"Me and him, we're from different ancient tribes, and now we're both almost extinct. But sometimes, you gotta stick with the ancient ways; the old-school ways. I know you understand me."

source: wikipedia.org

A homage to the French film Le Samourai with Forest Whitaker portraying Ghost Dog, a hitman who considers himself a retainer for a mobster as he adheres to Bushido, the code of the samurai from feudal Japan. He often quotes a book called Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai, which is basically his equivalent of the Bible.

Integrating the life of the gangster and the samurai is quite an interesting approach, and both have striking similarities. The soundtrack is quite a collection of music to behold as well, as it is produced by the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA himself.

3. Spirited Away

This one is a personal favorite dear and close to my heart as a kid that grew up watching this movie. Coming straight from the island country of Japan, it was created by Studio Ghibli and the one and only director Hayao Miyazaki. For those of you that are unfamiliar, think of Ghibli animations as Japan's equivalent of a Disney movie.

Spirited Away follows the protagonist Chihiro as she encounters the world of otherworldly creatures, facing challenges, overcoming them and growing as a character through each new obstacle, demonstrating how the role of women change. Just like Merida in Brave or Mulan, Ghibli movies have "strong female leads - brave, self-sufficient girls that don't think twice about fighting for what they believe with all their heart. They'll need a friend, or a supporter, but never a savior. Any woman is just as capable of being a hero as any man."

4. John Wick
"John is a man of focus, commitment, sheer will... something you know very little about. I once saw him kill three men in a bar. With a pencil. A fucking... pencil."

source: wikipedia.org

Baba Yaga. The man, the myth, the legend. While this is the most recently released movie of the list, the fanbase is exploding with numbers, especially after the sequel released this year. The action is sharp, crisp, and devoid of shaky-cam, demonstrating Keanu Reeves doing pretty much all of the fights without flashy kicks or wire-fu.

And unlike most action films, he reloads onscreen and runs out of ammo.

What draws the attention aside from the action is the aesthetic which directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch pay close attention to, having worked with big names like the Wachowskis. Rather than having John talk about himself (in fact he remains silent for the first five minutes), everything is shown rather than told like a well-written paper for an English course.

5. Matilda
"No kid likes being yelled at, but it was precisely Harry's ranting and raving that gave Matilda the key to her power. All she had to do was practice."

source: amazon.com

Originally a book by Roald Dahl, a feature film of the same name was made in 1996 in America. Following the six-year-old prodigy Matilda Wormwood, she is one of the youngest heroes in this list. Being in a neglected environment at home and a hostile one at school, thanks to Headmistress Trunchbull, Matilda awakens to the power of telekinesis.

Along with her genius-level intellect, she uses this power to get back at her neglectful parents and abusive headmistress in order to save her teacher, who acts more like a mother than her real parents ever did.

This movie is directed by Danny Devito of all people, and is definitely a great watch for kids. Like Spirited Away, the lead female role is a strong independent girl who don't need no boy to save her. The villains of this movie are essential the modern adaptation of the evil stepmother archetype, with the comedic factor cranked up to eleven.

The over-the-top ridiculousness is bound to fetch many laughs from parents and kids alike.

6. Drunken Master
"What does it mean when there's a picture of a skull?"

"Good stuff!!"

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I know I said that I would exclude Bruce Lee films, but I did have to put in a Kung-Fu flick somewhere. Enter Jackie Chan! This man and his stunt team is every insurance company's nightmare personified, and for good reason.

To make a great movie, there are proportionate sacrifices to be made, and Mr. Chan does it quite literally on a daily basis, breaking most of the bones in his body, dislocating joints, suffering lacerations, head trauma, torn ligaments and even rendering himself a step just shy of paralysis.

As the title implies, it involves the art of the drunken fist, a form of Chinese martial arts imitating the movements of a drunkard, with erratic, eccentric moves to go with it which adds to the comedic factor of the movie. Wong Fei-hung, whom Mr. Chan portrays, is trained in this art.

Jackie was only 24 years old when this movie came out in 1978, so he is young and full of energy. The sequel in 1994 proves that he is a special breed of the human race that gets better with age.

7. Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade
"Archeology is the search for facts, not truth. If it's truth you're looking for, Dr. Tyree's philosophy class is right down the hall. So forget any ideas you got about lost cities, exotic travel and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot."

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The finale (in my opinion) of the adventures of Dr. Henry Jones Jr., although he is insistent on being called Indiana (which is the name of George Lucas' dog, surprisingly). Many would likely lash me to the stake to be burned for bringing this one up instead of Raiders of the Lost Ark, but this will always be my favorite Indiana Jones movie.

We get to see Henry Jones Jr. in his younger days before he became the badass archaeologist and how he got the trademark fedora, which is just as important as the Holy Grail.

And what could be better than one Dr. Jones? TWO Dr. Joneses! Indiana's father, Dr. Henry Jones Sr., is portrayed by none other than Sir Thomas Sean Connery, complete with a three piece suit and a bucket hat in contrast with his progeny's leather jacket and fedora.

The dynamic demonstrated between him and Harrison Ford, who are usually dramatic actors, are superbly comical at just the right moments, with positively glorious interactions as father and son of the same profession. Oh, if only they really were father and son...

8. The Sandlot
"You're killin' me, Smalls!"

source: movieposter.com

A coming-of-age film focusing on nine kids playing baseball in the sandlot during the summer in 1962. Being the new kid in town, Scotty Smalls had no friends and was desperate to change that. In order to fit in, he learns to play baseball, a sport he had never played before, with the help of his stepfather and Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez, and eventually earns a place as the ninth player on their team.

As the nine boys of the Sandlot grow closer, they move on to enjoy life together: camping out, going to the pool, defeating a rival team, going to the fair and even chewing tobacco.

While baseball may not be every viewer's favorite sport, it serves as a device in order to illustrate the importance and joy of having friends, a team that sticks together in doing everything: fun things, stupid things and anything else that is worth doing together.

9. Devil's Advocate
"Let me give you a little inside information about God: God likes to watch. He's a prankster, think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does he do? I swear, for his own amusement; his own, private, cosmic gag reel. He sets the rules in opposition! It's the goof of all times!"

source: amazon.com

Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) is a defense attorney who remains undefeated even in the most uphill court cases with all the odds stacked against him. Soon he was headhunted for a powerful and prestigious law firm in Manhattan by John Milton, portrayed by Al Pacino.

His salary is big, his house is big and he has a wife with whom he wants a family. Everything only seems perfect, but the cogs in Kevin's life actually starts going haywire from there.

As the title implies, this movie involves the devil, which is pretty obvious since Al Pacino's character has the name of the author of Paradise Lost. Is it better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven? At least Scarface thinks so, since in his eyes, God is a sadist.

And if we're truly made in His image, doesn't that make us inherently evil? Watch and find out!

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Quentin Tarantino's Newest Movie Is About The Manson Murders

About damn time.

The acclaimed director of Inglourious Basterds, Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill is starting to put together his tenth film, which is supposedly inspired by the Manson Family and their cult killings.

For those who don't know about this terrifying "Family" and their horrifying murders, here's some background.

Charles Manson was the official leader of the cult and was considered a "father" to his followers - a tad concerning when you think about how much sex they had with one another.

The women in the group were actively used as bargaining chips to bring other men into the group, Charles' hold on them was so strong that they were more than willing to do this and stayed loyal to him even after his imprisonment. A majority of the family's murders were committed in 1969.

Charles Manson never participated in any of the murders, but instead sent members of the family to commit them. One of these many killings included the infamous Tate murders, which was the horrifying murder of actress Sharon Tate (director Roman Polanski's wife at the time who was eight months pregnant) and four of her guests.

A gruesome story in its own right, I'm sure Tarantino will manage to make his film even more bloody. The project's title is currently unknown, but it will be written and directed by Tarantino, ensuring that it'll be a quality film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the film will begin shooting sometime next year and rumors claim Brad Pitt (who also starred in Inglourious Basterds) has been tapped for a role alongside Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence.

With this upcoming project being the first of Tarantino's films inspired by true events, it'll be interesting to see if this film will be different than his original stories. Will it be like Inglourious Basterds, where Hitler is murdered in an assassination plot, and some facts will be changed?

Either way, I'm excited.

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Jackie Chan Is Back With "The Foreigner"

My man is old, but hasn't lost a touch.

Jackie Chan. A man who no one on the face of this damn earth hates even a little bit. He is an angel, and one of the few American sweethearts not born in this country (get to the choppa!).

Personally, I loved all of the Rush Hour movies and thought they were masterpieces. Way ahead of their time. (P.S. Last time I saw anything of Chris Tucker was while rewatching Kanye's finest moment.)

My childhood was also improved greatly with the cartoon show Jackie Chan Adventures. Again, Jackie Chan makes my life better.

I thought the most recent Karate Kid movie would be trash. I was really stern on this, thinking no one could replace Mr. Miyagi. The Jaden Smith addition had me shook, not gonna lie, but Jackie Chan restored my hope.

Aside from the Karate Kid, Jackie Chan has mostly done action comedies of some sort, at least from my memory. But this new trailer... WHOA.

There are some action stars who can't adapt well to the new ages of movie action, but this human treasure of a man did it. And boy, did he do it so well. From action comedy to action thriller, this trailer got me so hype.

I love so very much that the storyline to get him to spring into action is not forced at all. The transition over time from secret agent to caring father works seamlessly. If you weren't already on Jackie Chan's side, the role of a father, whose daughter just died at the hands of a tragedy, who is looking for justice... come on, bruhhh, I need to see this happy ending.

Some people are calling this the Asian John Wick, and need I say "take my money" again? The comparison comes from the similar revenge and justice plot, but the action looks impeccable, and certainly can live up to the critically-loved John Wick movies.

Despite the fact that the director's work includes The Legend of Zorro and the last Green Lantern movie, we have no reason to be worried. It actually comes out in October later this year, and will be here in no time.

Although years have passed and Jackie Chan has gotten older, one fact has remained the same: criminals and Jackie Chan in a room with furniture are a bad combo.

Yu Mo Gui Gwai Fai Di Zao, my friends.

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Four Cult Classic Movies to Watch this Summer

Lunch has been cancelled due to lack of hustle.

The best cult classic movies pull you in, with a storyline that's either weird af or so unrealistic it's almost charming, and many, many quotable lines, a surefire mark of a cult classic flick. And let's face it, if you haven't seen the big ones, ie our list, you will be left out when it comes to a movie-quoting contest. Which will happen, trust us.

Heavy Weights

If you're one of those people who love to see the underdog prevail and show their nemesis up, this is movie is for you. A group of overweight kids get tricked into enrolling in a fat camp that advertises super fast weight lost and an amazingly good time, and it would if it hadn't gotten taken over by crazy fitness instructor. He cuts them off from anything enjoyable (including food), driving them to extreme and overcoming lengths.

Two friends and two twins go on a trip to Europe, seems simple right? What kind of movie would it be without some chaos? There's a fight with a mime (though he is a little creepy), an accidental brother-sister make out session, and one very dominatrix scene. If this doesn't make you want to explore Europe, then I don't know what will.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Don't let the fact that it's a musical scare you away, there's wayyy more than just music. There's a mansion owned by a transvestite (who's also an alien), multiple seduction scenes, and a beefy muscular guy named Rocky. Enjoy.

The Princess Bride
This is for all those who love romance and fantasy and comedy all at the same time. Here a beautiful girl and her true love go to extreme lengths to be reunited with each other. Westley tries to rescue his princess from the horrid Prince Humperdinck. This movie has kidnapping bandits, Andre the giant, and a six-fingered swordsman. This movie will fulfill all romantic, sci-fi, and comedy cravings.

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They're Making A Movie About The Making Of The Worst Film Ever

Oh, hi Mark.

If you've never seen The Room, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, then first of all, you need to get on that. It is a beautiful disaster of a movie that you absolutely need to see at least once about a man named Tommy and his relationships with the people around him.

It's so bad that it hurts, but in the best way possible. Imagine every actor reading the script for the first time, a script that doesn't even make sense in terms of both plot and unintelligibility.

Now, imagine Seth Rogen and James Franco watching that movie, looking at one another and going, "We are making a movie about this movie." Boom, The Disaster Artist is born, a movie about the making of The Room. Purportedly, Wiseau could not remember his lines during filming, which you can see quite clearly in the teaser trailer that dropped yesterday:

I am not a fan of Franco by any stretch of the imagination, but wow, he really is looking the part here. For reference, this is what Wiseau looked like in his film:

source: bleedingcool

Here's one of my favorite interactions in the movie:

Johnny: I cannot tell you, it's confidential.

Mark: Aw, c'mon, why not?

Johnny: No, I can't! Anyway, how's your sex life?

This isn't even the tip of the iceberg with the movie's plethora of quotable dialogue. Honestly, just watch it in anticipation of The Disaster Artist. You'll be disappointed, but not totally disappointed.

I don't really know if I'll see The Disaster Artist personally, but I did laugh at the teaser trailer, and I'm certainly digging the concept.

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Is The New Guillermo del Toro Movie Actually A Prequel To "Hellboy"?

Guillermo Del Toro is finally back.

Fans of Guillermo del Toro, rejoice! The amazing director is back from his brief hiatus (if four years is brief) with a film his fans are sure to love.

The upcoming movie, The Shape of Water, had the internet buzzing the second the trailer was released and it's easy to see why.

As a fan of Del Toro's work, I quickly noticed that his distinctive style shines through, and The Shape of Water seems to be inspired by one of his other films, Pan's Labyrinth, which has the perfect blend of fantasy and horror. I'm going to assume this film will be the same considering its R rating.

It's about a mute woman working as a janitor during the 1960s. The lab she cleans is home to an amphibious man that she eventually befriends and attempts to release from captivity. An interesting premise, no?

While watching the trailer, I couldn't help but notice that one of the characters looked eerily familiar. Specifically, the unnamed creature. He bears some fairly obvious resemblances to one of del Toro's other characters: Abe from the Hellboy series. Not only are they both amphibious, but they happen to be played by the same actor, Doug Jones. There's also a scene where the character eats a hardboiled egg, which everyone knows Abe has a fondness for.

A coincidence? I think not!

Are we finally getting the Hellboy prequel-slash-spinoff we never asked for but still desperately needed?

With little else to work off of besides this trailer, we'll have to be patient, but I for one wouldn't be surprised if this movie ties into some of del Toro's other films.

It'll be out on December 18.