Flash! Geek movies added to National Film Registry

Flash! Geek movies added to National Film Registry

The Library of Congress announced this morning the 25 movies added to the National Film Registry.

I’m happy to report that a number of geek-friendly movies made the list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically” significant works this year.

Of course, it’s a bit funny that it’s called a “film” registry.  I’ve had this discussion with other people before.  Some movies are not made on film at all anybody…they are digital.  That’s going to be increasingly true.  Calling them “films” is like saying you ” dial the phone“.  😉  We’re probably going to use that term for a while, though.

It’s also important to note that the LoC (Library of Congress) isn’t saying these are the best movies…just that they are significant.  The public nominates the movies…you can nominate the 2011 batch right now.  They actually prefer an e-mail to dross@loc.gov, although the link immediately above gives you an address to use as well.

What does it mean for the movies that were picked?  It means that the LoC will put an emphasis on preserving them. 

One last thing before I talk about nominees: some of the news stories I’m seeing contain (in the first sentence or two) one of the biggest spoilers of all time.  For me, there is no statute of limitations on spoilers a ten-year old seeing a classic movie for the first time deserves the same unspoiled experience people had when it was first released.  I know many people don’t agree with me on that, though.  🙂 

Here are some nominees, in no particular order:

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Many geeks consider this movie (the second released and officially #5 in the story sequence) to be the best of the Star Wars movies.  Undeniably, it gets parody shout-outs more than the first movie (which is already in the registry).   I think that’s an important measure (although not the only one) of cultural significance.

 The Exorcist (1973)

Undeniably, this movie influenced the industry and was hugely popular.  It was shocking and scary.  It brought horror to the masses, and in a sense, genre movies as well.  One of its stars, Max von Sydow, was also on our 2010 Box Office MVPs.

Electronic Labyrinth: THX 113B 4EB (1967)

Does this one belong here?  The short by George Lucas did win awards, but was it really culturally influential?  This is not the full-length movie, by the way.  It’s interesting, certainly, but seems like a bit of an odd choice to me.  How many people have seen it, or seen a movie and said, “That reminds me of the short George Lucas made eight years before Star Wars”? 

The Pink Panther (1964)

We’ve just recently lost Blake Edwards, who directed and co-wrote this goofy comedy classic starring Peter Sellers. 

Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)

Larry Jordan’s surrealistic animation will remind some of Terry Gilliam’s work on Monty Python (which followed it).  You can watch a less than pristine copy on YouTube here.


Ostensibly a satire of the Airport series of disaster movies, the movie brought a new level of silliness to popular movies.  One of the main things: taking actors formerly best-known for serious performances (Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, Peter Graves, and the late Leslie Nielsen) and letting them be absurd.

Other inducted titles for 2010 include: All the President’s Men; Saturday Night Fever; McCabe and Mrs. Miller; Malcolm X; and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

There are twenty-five titles, and include some that are pretty obscure.  You can see the complete list in this

L. A. Times article

At the time of writing, they had not yet been posted to the

Official Site

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle.


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