Introducing Modern Classics

We are adding a new feature to Film Misery. I will be looking at a film that was released in the last 25 years and has endured and become a pop culture staple. Of course the definition of a modern classic is subjective, one person’s classic could be someone else’s “so what”. To that end I’m enlisting your help for my first column. Take a look at these suggestions and let me know which one you’d like to be featured.

In choosing what defines a “Modern Classic”, I tried to go for movies that left an impression on movie lovers. They also had to somehow stirred the movie conversation and hopefully pushed it forward. Let me know what you think of my choices in the comments and please choose your favorite in the poll by clicking on the question below:

  • All About My Mother
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Hours
  • In the Mood for Love
  • Pulp Fiction
Created on Aug 23, 2010

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  • Um, “The Devil Wears Prada” and “In the Mood for Love” aren’t modern classics (although a lot of people love the latter, for reasons unknown to me).

    As for the rest, the only one I’ve seen is ‘Crouching Tiger”. One of my all-time favorites. So I’ll go with that one.

  • I would say the case for ‘In the Mood for Love’ as a modern classic could definitely be made. It catapulted Wong Kar Wai into the American cinematic consciousness.

    I’d like to see a piece on ‘The Hours’ just because that’s a film I haven’t heard discussed much in some time.

  • The only one on there I’ve seen in The Hours, so I went with that.

    (Psst, I’d throw in The Shawshank Redemption for good measure if I were you.)

  • G1000 my choice of “Devil” is because it’s a movie I go back to watch again and again. Also it is endlessly quoted by a lot of friends.

  • Almost anything from Pixar, or Christopher Nolan. “Inglourious Basterds” would be nice as well. Just go with your gut, unless it’s wrong.

  • @ Anna, I agree on Shawshank and I think I’ll feature it soon. It’s at the top of IMDB so I sort of knew it probably does not need to be in the poll.

  • “Kill Bill”, “Eternal Sunshine…” and “Amélie” definitely, even though i don’t like the latter two THAT much. But they’re definitely classics.

  • Anyway, I voted for Pulp Fiction. A classic that still impacts pop culture everywhere.

  • I think there are probably 100+ films that would be appropriate for this column. Should keep you busy, Murtada. ;)

  • Quinn

    The only I had seen was “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, which I love so I voted for that.
    “Kill Bill”, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, “Forrest Gump”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “American Beauty”, Lord of the Rings Trilogy”, “Moulin Rouge!”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Brokeback Mountain”, “The Departed”, “Pan’s Labyrinth”, “There Will Be Blood”, “Juno”, “Ratatouille, “Once”, “Up”, and “WALL-E” (pretty much anything Pixar) should definitely are classics.

  • Jose

    I think that for now you should focus on films released in the 90s or before because anything else is too young to determine if it passed the test of time.

  • Davin

    I want to see you write about Devil Wears Prada, it certainly is the most controversial film on the list at list in regards to your claim that its a classic.

  • Brandon Cooley

    Pulp Fiction is definitely the most influential one on there. At first I didn’t like it, but after thinking about it and seeing it again it’s now one of my favorite movies.

    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Departed, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, The Dark Knight, Schindler’s List, Toy Story, Fargo, and JFK are others that I would consider to be classics.

  • Davin

    *at LEAST in regards….

    Wow, I suck at typing, anyway, I would thoroughly enjoy a masterpiece take on ‘Before Sunrise,’ it is one of the most breathtaking love stories I have ever seen.

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