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9 Movies Turning 14 This Year: They're Bona Fide!

By Jodi Clager | Seriously Random Lists | February 24, 2014 | Comments ()


As I celebrate 14 years with the same damn person, and nine years of marriage, I like to look back at the things that are old like us. These nine movies are only as ancient as our love, but they sure do make a girl feel nostalgic. (Titles with links in them are available to watch on Netflix Streaming)

High Fidelity

John Cusack is at his moody bastard height as he wades through a current breakup by making top five lists and revisiting past failed relationships. I remember The Husband being underwhelmed by this admittedly depressing look at the frailty of coupledom while I was annoyed by the length of the film and the man-child tendencies of Rob. I did, however, quite enjoy most of the movie.


This movie, like many points in life, does not hold up well under scrutiny. It isn’t a terrible superhero movie, as that title belongs to X-Men: The Last Stand and runner-up The Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. It’s still fun to watch and our kid was recently mesmerized by seeing the X-Men in something that isn’t animated. I still have to say, fuck that quip about lightning and toads. So stupid.


This movie blew our tiny little minds the first time we watched it together. Guy Pearce is stunning as the vengeful Leonard, a man who saw his wife murdered and sustained an injury that left him unable to make new memories. The unfolding of the story via unreliable narrator and a reversed time line lends itself to multiple viewings.

American Psycho

Christian Bale’s manic yuppie embodies the self-centered, materialistic, success hungry portion of the workforce in the 80s. It also reinforces my love of Huey Lewis and the News.


This is one of our favorites. Brad Pitt and his crazed gypsy accent and early Statham are worth the price of rental or purchase. We’re also particularly fond of the insane pig-feeding gangster, the inept diamond thieves, and the squeaking dog.


I was filled with rage at the end of my first viewing of Unbreakable. It took a second viewing and altered expectations to really appreciate what was happening and admit that this Shyamalan movie is actually good and worthy of re-watching.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

This is another favorite in the ol’ Clager homestead. The humor, the re-imagining of Homer’s The Odyssey, the Soggy Bottom Boys, the music, the music, and the music. I can’t wait until the day we share this movie with the kid so she can finally understand why I yell about horny toads and whisper of treasure.

Bring It On

“I am a choreographer. That’s what I do. You are cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. What you do is a tiny, pathetic subset of dancing. I will attempt to turn your robotic routines into poetry, written with the human body. Follow me, or perish, sweater monkeys.”

Final Destination

I made the incredibly bright decision of watching this movie right before a flight to St. Thomas. I am a genius. While traveling this past summer I still strained my ears to be sure there was no John Denver playing in the airport. I also checked my flights for groups of high school kids taking field trips. Jerks.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I watched "O Brother" with an ex to whom I am forever indebted for showing me that Clooney is SO much more than my gen's Cary Grant-model thigh-butterer. Best surprise was, I went in thinking the music would be something I'd just have to tolerate, and it ended up being the best damn thing about it, resulting in numerous downloads and a new station on my Pandora. And the moment I read "bona fide" I started giggling.

    As for Final Destination..to this movie I attribute my inability to drive behind ANY vehicle with lumber, ladders, or anything else face-impaley hanging off the back.

  • Berry

    Upvoted for the word face-impaley, and being right about movies and music.

  • e jerry powell


    9 movies of my last breakup:
    Muriel's Wedding
    Nobody's Fool
    The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    A Low Down Dirty Shame
    The Sum of Us
    Go Fish
    The Madness of King George
    Serial Mom

  • xhikari

    Damn I miss Jason Statham of that era....

  • Uriah_Creep

    I miss the Guy Ritchie of that era (i.e., pre-Madonna).

  • xhikari

    Sadly he hasn't picked up well post-Madonna either (yes I am not a fan of that Sherlock movies he did)

  • chanohack

    I don't own a ton of movies, but I do own all five Final Destination films. I enjoy them SO much.

    *Hands over membership card.*

  • stella

    Dude. Those movies are awesome. Nothing to be embarrassed about. I'm still afraid of tanning beds...

  • chanohack


  • Pinky McLadybits

    I ADORE THE FINAL DESTINATION MOVIES. There will be no card-handing-over-demanding today!

  • chanohack


  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    "Do you know what "nemesis" means? A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent. Personified in this case by an 'orrible c*nt... me."

    god i love Snatch

  • Uriah_Creep

    The characters' names alone are so much fun: Bricktop, Boris the Blade, Cousin Avi, Franky Four Fingers, Bullet-Tooth Tony, Turkish, Doug the Head, Mullet, Tyrone, it's a rich tapestry of craziness.

  • AvaLehra

    I can’t wait until the day we share this movie with the kid so she can finally understand why I yell about horny toads and whisper of treasure.

    A constant uttering in our house is, "We thought you was a toad." The husband and I say it all the time, and our 9-year-old thinks we are crazed individuals as he has yet to see the glory that is that movie.

  • chanohack

    I always try to pronounce treasure like "TRAY-sure" and obstacles like "on account o' our OB-stack-cles!"

  • Laura

    Yep, I don't even know how to say obstacle normally anymore. Or treasure. And of course, at my house we often use "I seen 'em first!" And I kind of want kids so I can work "Vis-a-vis my progeny" into a conversation somehow!

  • Guest

    Battle FVCKING Royale!


  • Ozioma

    In constant sorroooooooooooooooow through his daaaaays...
    ....Damnit, now I have to watch this again.

  • kinoumenthe

    Unbreakable was the highlight of Shyamalan's carrier. It's a quintessential origin story and didn't need the stupid "reveal" at the end (or at least, it didn't need to be treated like a reveal the way it was.)

  • John W

    Ain't you heard of Pater Familias....

  • Ozioma

    I thought he went and R-U-N-N-O-F-T.

  • John W

    ...why they ain't even Old Timey!...

  • Ozioma

    But you and me and the devil makes three

  • Berry

    Oh god, in addition to the usual "help, help, I'm getting older" angst these posts always bring, I just realized that my husband and I saw O Brother, Where Art Thou? in the theater during our first months of dating. So that must mean we've also been together for almost 14 years. How on earth has it been that long? And that really shouldn't hit me this hard, because we celebrated our 10th anniversary last fall, so I already knew it's been a while. And yet, here we are.

    Anyway. Good list, and congratulations on making it 14/9 years.

  • stella


  • Berry

    Thank you.

  • stella

    Thank you. Bring it on is a legitimate masterpiece.

  • Berry

    It really is. Nothing's more fun than watching it while eating pizza to cure your hang-over.

  • stella

    The other night at a bar where this guy was trying to convince me that being it on and legally blonde were bad movies.

  • The only suitable reply to that is, "That's alright, that's okay, you're gonna pump my gas someday!"

  • stella

    HA HA HA

  • You should have bought him a drink for being right and then listened to his no doubt eloquent and compelling argument.

  • Ozioma

    I hope you upended your beverage over his head.

  • stella

    Unfortunately I was to busy being genuinely befuddled.

  • Berry

    "You got into Harvard?"
    "What, like that's hard?"

    "Sweater monkeys."

    These are not bad movies.

  • AvaLehra

    I will stop whatever I am doing and watch Legally Blonde if it is on TV. It's a shame what they did to that character in the sequel. I like to pretend it doesn't exist.

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