Well, not exactly.
The LA times just published an article discussing the fact that Millennials couldn't care less about movies more than five years old, so we're going to fix that!
What are the essential movies from 1975-2005 that kids need to be aware of? Give us your list of 10 below!
Allen from ARTSEDGE
My kids are both millenials and they don't even consider a movie from the 70s an old movie. They consider movies from the 30s and 40s old movies. But they are probably not typical. I had a discussion with my son, who is 24, about why the need to redo Spiderman. As far as he is concerned Peter Park is Spiderman.
But since millenials cover a rather wide age range, many of whom are preteens now, I will give you ten films for your list, none of which are R rated, which means some of my favorites won't be on this list. Here goes:
Monty Python's Life of Brian
The Elephant Man
The Princess Bride
This is Spinal Tap
The Right Stuff
The Usual Suspects
At the risk of being thought of as the true "senior citizen," I have to interject some (probably pejorative) comments here about movie preference of today's youth.(I'm defining youth as anyone under 21.) The article from the LA Times summed up the "old" movie benefits as
"Old movies are now like dinosaurs, and like dinosaurs, they are threatened with extinction."
I do not find that a viable analogy. Film production is an art and art can and is preserved. Just because Picasso came along, did we forget about Rembrandt and put his work in the dusty basement? The list I came up with goes back prior to 1975...Sorry, Allen, I think to get some real class in films, we need to move your date back some. I am very aware that today's youth want instant entertainment and 3 or 4-D action, but there is a case to be made for evaluating American History through film eras. Sometimes, this includes good dialogue and no action. I refer to All the President's Men, even though I didn't add it to the list. What valuable information we learned from that film, but it requires concentration.
Every government student who passed through my door at sometime during the semester was privileged to watch, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. Keep in mind, this was not digitalized and fortunately still is only in black and white. The kids rolled their eyes when it began and said - oh, it is so old. Yep, and you will find yourself hooked... Just give it a chance. This Capra film was released in 1939. How did the students react at the end? At the end of the movie, every single student was sitting on the edge of his seat when Jimmy Stewart was exercising his right to filibuster in the Senate. When the students wrote their critiques, not one bashed that film. In fact, they enjoyed it. And, to carry the thought further, I would venture to say, they still remember it. So, isn't it up to us as educators to expose our students to movies, art, music, etc. especially when it applies to our discipline and help preserve some of this art?
Forgive the diversity in my selection of films, but I am a believer of well-rounded thought and pure entertainment. My list is not rated for any specific viewing audience. But, I did add the years for those of you who might want to rent it from Netflix.
1939 - Mr.Smith Goes to Washington
1942 - Casablanca
1939 - Gone With the Wind
1957 - 12 Angry Men
1952 - High Noon
1965 - Sound of Music
1964 - My Fair Lady
1962 - Lawrence of Arabia
1961 - Judgment at Nuremberg
1961 - Raisin in the Sun
1970 - Patton
1974 - Blazing Saddles (OK, will have to delete language in spots, but it is a classic.)
1964 - Dr.Strangelove
1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird
1962 - Manchurian Candidate
1961 - West Side Story
1982 - Gandhi
Wouldn't it be fun to write some curriculum for a semester course using this list? Every single discipline could be included at some point.