Academy Awards and the GASP List

This entry was posted on Sunday, February 24th, 20132013-02-24T22:45:10Zl, F jS, Y at 2:45 pm2013-02-24T22:45:10Zg:i a

For Academy Award weekend, I thought it would be fun to play a little game with The GASP list.

The GASP list of must-see movies for screenwriters and other Hollywood aspirants. This list is not to be confused with the AFI Top 100 Movies of All Time list, no, this is different. This is a list of 200 films that you really should see if you want to work in entertainment. Big difference. This list is not for laypeople, in other words. But the GASP list needs to be updated. On the eve of the Academy Awards, are there any best picture noms from 2012 that you think warrant inclusion? Read the list of prerequisites below, make a winning argument for an inclusion and win a free 30 minute Skype session with moi. Send your suggestions and arguments for that suggestion HERE. before February 28th and play to win!

Prerequisites:
Films on the GASP list should, first and foremost, elicit a GASP of disbelief upon being informed someone has not seen the film.

Then after that GASP, at least one of the following eight criteria must be met by the film:

1) Does the film contain an iconic performance that audiences are familiar with even if they haven’t seen the film? (i.e., Silence of the Lambs, A Streetcar Named Desire, Grand Hotel)

2) Did the film have major Cultural Impact (i.e., E.T., Gone With the Wind, Jaws)

3) Did the film showcase innovative or seminal direction or filmmaking (i.e., The Matrix, Inception, Amelie, Forrest Gump)

4) Did the film serve up screenwriterly story innovation, tongue-in-cheek or otherwise (i.e., Adaptation, Scream, Airplane, Groundhog Day)

5) Has the film achieved major cult film status (i.e., The Big Lebowski, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Bladerunner)

6) Was the film a star-maker? (i.e., Diner, Saturday Night Fever, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

7) Did the film beget a rash of films that emulated it? Was it a progenitor? (i.e., The Breakfast Club, The Blair Witch Project, Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

8 ) Is the film easily accessible on DVD or in a theater (i.e., the list excludes serious, nerd-core film school stuff).

The GASP List

28 Days Later
40-Year-Old Virgin
48 Hours
127 Hours
2001: A Space Odyssey

Adam’s Rib
Adaptation
African Queen
Airplane!
Alien
All About Eve
Amadeus
Amélie
American Beauty
American Graffiti
An Officer and a Gentleman
Animal House
Annie Hall
The Apartment
Apocalypse Now
Arthur
Avatar

Back to the Future
Ben Hur
Big
The Big Lebowski
Black Swan
Blade Runner
The Blair Witch Project
Blazing Saddles
Blue Velvet
The Blues Brothers
Born Yesterday
The Bourne Identity
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The Breakfast Club
Bridge on the River Kwai
Bringing Up Baby
Broadcast News
Brokeback Mountain
Bull Durham
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Caddyshack
Carrie
Casablanca
Charlie Chaplin (any or all)
Chinatown
Citizen Kane
Cleopatra
A Clockwork Orange
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Clueless
Cool Hand Luke
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

The Dark Knight
Dazed and Confused
Deliverance
Die Hard
Diner
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Harry
Do the Right Thing
Double Indemnity
Dr. Strangelove

Easy Rider
Elmer Gantry
E.T.
The Exorcist

Fargo
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Fatal Attraction
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Field of Dreams
Fight Club
Forrest Gump
The French Connection
From Here to Eternity

The General (Buster Keaton)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Ghandi
Ghostbusters
Gladiator
Glengarry Glen Ross
The Godfather I and II
Goldfinger
Gone With the Wind
Goodfellas
Good Will Hunting
The Graduate
Grand Hotel
The Grapes of Wrath
Grease
Groundhog Day
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner

Halloween
Harold & Maude
Harry Potter
High Noon
His Girl Friday

Inception
It Happened One Night
It’s a Wonderful Life

Jaws
Jerry Maguire
Juno

The Karate Kid (original)
Key Largo
The King and I (original)

L.A. Confidential
La Femme Nikita
The Last Picture Show
The Last Temptation of Christ
Lawrence of Arabia
Lethal Weapon
The Lion King
Little Miss Sunshine
Lord of the Rings

The Maltese Falcon
The Matrix
McCabe and Mrs. Miller
Memento
Midnight Cowboy
Mildred Pierce
Monty Python (The Holy Grail or The Life of Brian)
Moonstruck
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
My Dinner With Andre

Network
Night of the Living Dead
North by Northwest
Notorious

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Office Space
On the Waterfront
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Ordinary People

Paper Moon
The Philadelphia Story
Pirates of the Caribbean
Planet of the Apes (original)
Platoon
The Player
Pretty Woman
The Princess Bride
Psycho
Pulp Fiction

Raging Bull
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Rambo
Rear Window
Rebel Without a Cause
Risky Business
Rocky
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Rosemary’s Baby

Sabrina (original)
Saturday Night Fever
Saving Private Ryan
Scarface
Schindler’s List
Scream
Seven
The Shawshank Redemption
The Shining
Shrek
The Silence of the Lambs
Singin’ in the Rain
The Sixth Sense
Snow White
The Social Network
Some Like it Hot
Sophie’s Choice
The Sound of Music
Star Wars
A Streetcar Named Desire
Sullivan’s Travels
Sunset Boulevard
Superman

Taps
Taxi Driver
The Ten Commandments
The Terminator
Terms of Endearment
Thelma and Louise
The Thin Man
This is Spinal Tap
Titanic
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tootsie
Top Gun
Toy Story
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
The Truman Show

Unforgiven
The Usual Suspects

Wall Street
The Way We Were
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
Witness
The Wizard of Oz

If you are interested, here is a fun podcast I did with Pilar Alessandra about The Gasp List.


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