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May 5, 2009

MY TOP FILMS: CULT FAVORITES / SCI-FI

A cult favorite is something that not alot of people know, but some people love religiously. It may not have the box office numbers of say The Dark Knight, but when you ask people what their favorite films are, chances are it's on that list. It may not even be that good, but it has a loyal following. Geeks tend to have a list of their favorite movies, and since I'm a self-confessed one, I thought I'd have one myself. Basically, this is a list of good films no one saw.

Be warned though, some of the films listed here, you may not have heard of... ever. So you might not be able to relate to whatever shit I'm writing today.

Sorry about the pictures guys, I kinda overestimated the sizes as I tried saving them from my pc, and I can't get back to edit it, as I'm currently working.

THE RUNNING MAN: Yes. You read that right, I started this list with an Arnold Schwarzeneger movie. The movie is set in a not so-distant future where convicted criminals are turned into contestants in a television show where they need to run and survive a huge course littered with violent killers (called Stalkers) intent on stopping them. I remember staying up until 1am just to see this in Million Dollar Movies. The movie is so violent, it's so good. Apart from True Lies, this is my only other favorite Arnie film.

THE NEVER ENDING STORY: Ahh.. the world of Fantasia. Atreyu is charged of saving it from The Nothing. Along the way, they meet fantastic and frightening creatures which would help him or destroy the world. I love this movie. I remember watching this from our betamax player over and over and over... and over. I think back then I remember all the lines of almost all the characters since I don't play anything else but this. Without googling, I still remember Atreyu Bastion, Falkor (the giant fying dog), and the racing snail. Whenever I remember this film, I can't stop singing the theme... The never ending stoory... aaaah-aaaah-aaaah.

MONSTER SQUAD: For a 9-year old boy, this movie could be very terrifying. A group of teen-agers find that their village is being overtaken by monsters like Dracula, a werewolf, a mummy, Frankenstein and some water monster of some sort. And it's up to these kids to stop them from taking over. This is a very hard to find movie. I only saw it on RPN 9 back in the early 90's during their midnight run one of those summers. I remember I was really scared, but those were kids fighting monsters, so it's cool!!!

THE GOONIES: Another teen-ager film, but this time instead of monster hunting, this movie's about treasure hunting. A group of kids find a map to the lost treasure of the pirate One Eyed Willie. I only saw this film recently on Star Movies, and I instantly liked it. I find it funny seeing the younger version of Sean Astin and Josh Brolin. They look like nerds. It's not really a very good movie, but I like boobie-trapped caves and then there's Sloth. Stupid ogre looking monster that turns out to be their friends.

DONNIE DARKO: Alot of people don't like this movie because it is deep. It's troubling. It doesn't make any sense. And it's too smart for other people's taste. Donnie Darko is a paranoid schizophrenic who learns that the world will end in a few days. He sees visions of what he needs to do to prevent it, and meets people who'd help him stop it. Yeah, it's very hard to digest the movie upon initial viewing. It's kind of boring. But if you understand the story, you'd appreciate it. I mean it took me 3 times to fully like this film. It is exceptionally written. And I think the actors agree, as it boasts cameos from Drew Barrymore and Noah Wyle, and it's the star-turning role for Jake Gylenhaal.



THE PRINCES BRIDE: I'm not really sure if fairy tale fits this genre of movie. It is kind of a love story. Princess Buttercup is kidnapped on the eve of her wedding, and how a pirate rescued and in turn falls in love with the Princess. Pretty much your typical fairy tale love story complete with swordsplay, giants, disgruntled former employees and an evil prince. Again, these films are called cult-favorites as they're not for everyone's taste. And this one is the type where you'd either love it or hate it. I love it.

ARMY OF DARKNESS: This movie was shown in Star Movies last Christmas, or was it last Holy Week. In any case I saw this movie during a Christ-centered holiday. I find it funny that they showed this film of all movies. Ash is thrown to medieval England and was tasked to find the Necronomicon and save the castle in order for him to go home. This is a B-movie at its best. But this movie is hilarious. Just don't mind the 70's effects and all. This is, after all from the Director who gave us the Spider'man films.

BLADE RUNNER: In the future, earth created replicants to do dangerous jobs off-world that us men can't do. The thing is, these replicants had a mind of it's own and started an uprising. Enter the Blade Runners. Men charged in putting down these beings. And when a group of violent and vicious replicants escape custody, it's the job of Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford) to put them down. I've been hearing alot of good things about this movie, since I started appreciating movies. It was only last year that I finally saw this movie. It's really good. Thought-provoking and mind-numbing. It's not a popcorn movie as it does make you think. But I think people will like this movie.

38 comments:

Badong said...

oo nga.wala akong alam ni isang pelikula dito. san mo naman nalalaman tong mga to?

gillboard said...

80's child to.. So some of them, pinalabas noong panahon na bata pa ako.. Yung iba, recommended ng mga people online.. nagustuhan ko naman..

Mokong™ said...

Pare.ung Never Ending story nasubaybayan ko nung bata pa ako, trilogy yan right? pero ang pinaka- favorite ko yung part 1..naluluha pa nga ako nung bata ako nung nalubog sa putik yung kabayo ni treo...
In part 2, the father of bastian na tyung nagbabasa ng book...right?
at sa part 3, na hindi ko nagustuhan, yung mga creatures ng book napunta sa mundo natin...
I was planning to buy a dvd ng trilogy na yan, kaso wala pa ako mkita...

EǝʞsuǝJ said...

Pare di ako masyado makarelate...
karamihan kasi eh hindi ko na inabot..

pero I had watched "never ending story" a couple of times...asteeg...

Skron said...

THIS IS A BOOM STICK!

I've seen all of this films and, while most aren't my favorites, I still like them. Especially Blade Runner and Army of Darkness. Princess Bride and Never Ending Story are also great fantasy classics. Donnie Darko is just freaky. Not a big fan of Monster Squad though. I like The Lost Boys much better.

JoShMaRie said...

parang wala akong alam sa mga pelikula na yan. im not a movie buff pero itatry ko yang panoorin

The Scud said...

astig nga ang blade runner. it was shot, i think in the 80s, but it looks like it was just filmed recently. ba't di mo sinama The Fly?

Dhianz said...

tama kah nga kuya Gilbert. nde akoh makarelate. pero binasa koh sya at tinitigan ang pictures. pero 'un nga. nde makarelate. lolz. ingatz kuyah. Godbless! -di

wanderingcommuter said...

just reading the never endings tory brought back a ton of childhood memories. this made me smile. thanks!

Dhianz said...

pero teka. nabasa koh koment ni sis jenskee. never ending story. tapos tinignan koh uletz. mejo familiar 'ung hitsura. parang nakitah koh nah. trintry koh alahanin pero nde koh maalala ang movie. nde koh alam san koh nakitah. it looks familiar. 'un lang po. pero d' rest. no idea at all. Godbless! -di

A-Z-E-L said...

sa dami ng movies na napanood ko... wala lahat ng nasa list mo :(

di ako makarelate :(

pero try kong sundan yang mga yan... lolz! ( come bitlord!)

Jinjiruks said...

panalo sa akin nung kabataan ko ang the neverending story. kulit ng malaking aso na yan. yung army of darkness astig rin yan. yung goonies hindi ko siya napanood pero nalaro ko siya sa famicom.

poging (ilo)CANO said...

oist!...may torrent ba yan? gaganda kasi mga movie eh..

PUSANG-gala said...

hmmm---mukhang puro mga classic tong mga to ah----mapaghahalata tayo kaya diko nalang sasabihin na gusto ko rin ng mga to---hehe

peace----

gillboard said...

moks: at naalala mo talaga yung part 2 at 3. Yung 3 di ko na maalala, pero gusto ko yung 2. Maganda yung part 2 nun. Nasa Fantasia na si Bastian

jenskee: galing ng movie na yan.. sobra ako naadik..

gillboard said...

skron: i haven't seen the lost boys. pero parang tungkol sa mga vampires yun, right?

joshmarie: ok lang, i don't expect naman everyone to be familiar with any of those films. lalo na kung di tayo magka age group.. hehee

gillboard said...

the scud: di ko pa napapanuod yun. or i've seen it... just didn't finish it. kay jeff goldblum yun right?

dhianz: baka napanuod mo na yun. di mo lang maalala.. ok lang yan, sobrang lumang movie na yan.

gillboard said...

ewwik: i know, right? brings back fond memories of childhood.. kaya gusto ko yang Never Ending Story.

azel: im sure nasa internet yang mga pelikulang yan..

gillboard said...

jin: may game ba yung goonies? hehehe.. di ko lam yun.. kaya lang kasi sobrang tagal na nun..

ilocano: siguro, available for download yan. di kasi ako mahilig dun... gusto ko full surround sound pag nuod ako movie.. kaya dvd lang.. hehe

pusang-gala: ok lang yan... age is just a number... ako tanggap ko na na 27 ako.. hehehe

xoxo krisler xoxo said...

nakita ko na yung runner man nuon sa cinemax..astig yun..sa mga panahon ng 80's yun nung pinaka cool siguro..

The Pope said...

I am a movie addict, and I got a collection of more than 1500 movie titles, from VCD, DVD and Avi formats. I have watched all these movies, and I love Blade Runner at Never Ending Story.

Chyng said...

Ang hirap, napaisip ako ng cult movie, wala ko naisip! harhar

pero mukhang interesting yung Princes Bride

Jinjiruks said...

gill nag comment ako sa comment mo.

Dylan Dimaubusan said...

Hindi ko gaanung trip ang mga sci-fi.. Kaya wala akong alam sa mga nasa lists mo..

Although may napapanood din ako, bilang nga lang.

So yun, di nga ako naka-relate sa "whatever shit you're writing". Haha!

the donG said...

in this list i never watched donnie darko and princess bride yet.

i just watched the goonies as my brother bought it a month ago.

but in this list, the one that i loved the most when i was young is the never ending story. i wish for a remake.

alex said...

i only managed to catch the first two

i love love love neverending story!

dahil dyan kaya ko naging adik sa fantasy films

anyways have u heard about the chismis, i re-remake daw nila to

sana hindi wtf yung new version

KOSA said...

mahilig ka talaga sa pelikula parekoy?
mapa-ingles, tagalog o korean siguro pinapatus mo..lols

gillboard said...

krisler: not sure kung yun yung pinakacool na movie, pero astig yun. Yun ata unang semi-violent movie na napanuod ko.. hehe

the pope: naks.. ako sa cable at dvd lang nanunuod.. la time magdownload..

gillboard said...

chyng: cute yun.. favorite din yun ni Patty Laurel.. la lang..

jin: di mo naman sinagot kung pupunta ka eh... hehehe

gillboard said...

dylan: ok lang yun.. sabi ko expected ko na yun... la rin naman kasi ako maisulat these days.

the dong: i think lahat naman favorite yun. Maganda naman siya kasi talaga.

gillboard said...

alex: di ko alam yun... sana matuloy if ever... tsaka oo, sana di babuyin yung kwento.

kosa: never pa ako nakapanuod ng korean na movie. di ko trip mga asian films.

Mac Callister said...

thats a unique selection of movies nga!hehe i didnt know much of them!yun kay arnie na movie i saw that on a bus ride so no choice my mp3 player run out of battery so ayun mega focus nalang ako kay arnie hehe

PUSANG-gala said...

nakupo---dirin ako makakasama blog summit--have to be in Binangonana tonight at me unting aayusin sa house---I need to be there the whole weekend---so

Crisiboy said...

maganda ba yan

abe mulong caracas said...

huli man daw at magaling ay huli pa rin

pero teka bakit wala yung pelikula ni dolphy? yung pumunta sila sa ibang lugar para iligtas si janice de belen na ka loveteam ni richard gomez? yung pag pumalakpak eh nagiging kabayo si dolphy tapos pag pumalakpak ay nagiging tao ulit...

once upon a time yata iyun!

jeszieBoy said...

nako.. oo nga. kahit isa, wula akong alam sa mga movies na ito. never heard. haha.

sarap soundtrip dito..
very relaxing. :]]

gravity said...

the never ending story!! ang lagi kong naaalala ay yung lumilipad na aso, tapos yung puno (puno nga ba?) na nagsneeze, pati yung pagdive nung bida sa mataas na waterfalls tapos naging swimming pool hahaha

my-so-called-Quest said...

masyadong late na ata comment ko! hehe
pero yung never ending story lang ata napanuod ko! at amaze na amaze ako nun! hahahah