Post-Stranger Things 3 Movie Marathon

Stranger Things is an unabashed recycler of 1980s movie tropes, so it is worth our time to explore the films that inspired the show. It’s easy to see the influences of Steven Spielberg, Dungeons & Dragons, Stephen King, and George Lucas in the show, but here are some inspirations that are not in the mainstream public sphere quite as much.

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Current 10 Favorite Films Seen This Year…So Far

1.Waltz With Bashir
2.Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
3.Synecdoche, New York
4.Harlan County, USA
6.Inglourious Basterds
7.World’s Greatest Dad
10.In the Loop

There are quite a few films I haven’t gotten to see yet this year, but probably will by January. Thus, this list will surely shift and change by then. In the meantime, I was digging through The Archives and here’s my top 10 favorite films watched from 2005 to the present:

1. Paris, Texas (1984, dir. Wim Wenders)
2. Once Upon a Time in the West (1968, dir. Sergio Leone)
3. The Long Goodbye (1973, dir. Robert Altman)
4. 21 Grams (2003, dir. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
5. Buffalo ’66 (1998, dir. Vincent Gallo)
6. Lenny (1974, dir. Bob Fosse)
7. Elephant (2003, dir. Gus Van Sant)
8. The Sweet Hereafter (1997, dir. Atom Egoyan)
9. The Saddest Music in the World (2003, dir. Guy Maddin)
10. The Ruling Class (1972, dir. Peter Medak)

1. Days of Heaven (1979, dir. Terence Malick)
2. Don’t Look Now (1973, dir. Nicholas Roeg)
3. Barry Lyndon (1975, dir. Stanley Kubrick)
4. Seconds (1966, dir. John Frankenheimer)
5. Sexy Beast (2000, dir. Jonathan Glazer)
6. Yojimbo (1961, dir. Akira Kurosawa)
7. Brick (2005, dir. Rian Johnson)
8. The Man Who Fell To Earth (1976. dir. Nicholas Roeg)
9. sex, lies, and videotape (1989, dir. Steven Soderbergh)
10. Amores Perros (2000, dir. Alejandro Innaritu)

1. No Country For Old Men (2007, dir. Joel and Ethan Coen)
2. Sweeney Todd (2007, dir. Tim Burton)
3. All About My Mother (1996, dir. Pedro Almodovar
4. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006, dir. Guillermo del Toro)
5. Lawrence of Arabia (1963, dir. David Lean)
6. The Third Man (1949, dir. Carol Reed)
7. The King of Comedy (1983, dir. Martin Scorsese)
8. Seconds (1966, dir. John Frankenheimer)
9. I’m Not There (2007, dir. Todd Haynes)
10. Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead (2007, dir. Sidney Lumet)

1. There Will Be Blood (2007, dir. PT Anderson)
2. The Wrestler (2008, dir. Darren Aronofsky)
3. Children of Men (2006, dir. Alfonso Cuaron)
4. Funny Games (2008, dir. Michael Haenke)
5. The Dark Knight (2008, dir Christopher Nolan)
6. Blindness (2008, dir. Fernando Meirelles)
7. Timecrimes (2007, dir. Nacho Vilagando)
8. Let The Right One In (2008, dir. Tomas Alfredson)
9. The Fall (2006, Tarsem Singh)
10. Milk (2008, dir. Gus van Sant)