4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 18, 2012 11:07 PM by twitnit2011 RSS

Millennials don't care about movies

allen_artsedge New User
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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

  • Re: Millennials don't care about movies
    maria_sosa Novice
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    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


    American Beauty

    The Usual Suspects

    Ghost Dog


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    Khorn Novice
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    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.

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    twitnit2011 New User
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    1. Casa Blanca


    2. Gone With The Wind


    3. West Side Story


    4. Gandhi


    5. My Fair Lady


    6. Willie Wonka


    7. The Sound Of Music


    8. The Wizard Of Oz


    9. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington


    10. The Red Balloon

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