Tyrone’s top ten favorite movies

That was a request from Nick L.  My (longer) list is on my home page, scroll down a bit.  Tyrone of course is my long-lost brother and evil twin.  His list, in no particular order, is:

Pee Wee’s Big Adventure


Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!


Wild Things

Ella Enchanted

The Cable Guy, Ace Ventura, The Nutty Professor

Booty Call

Flash Gordon

Pasolini’s Teorema


Who's Tyrone?

Does this mean these films are your (Tyler's) guilty pleasures, or that they're films that you actively dislike? Hopefully the former, because Pee Wee's Big Adventure is a nearly flawlessly-executed film, and Idiocracy, while clearly incorrect in its predictions, is pretty darn funny. I don't see why they belong in the same list as the other films listed.

Laces out Dan! Laces out!

I think the Pasolini must've been a Tyler recommendation to Tyrone.


What demographic trends substantiate your claim that Idiocracy is incorrect in its predictions?

The Flynn effect, I imagine.

Correct. Also, I seem to recall reading years ago in Matt Ridley's The Red Queen that wealthier families have more children, but a few quick online searches suggest that this is not the case in the U.S. now.

That's fair, though I think that the Flynn effect:
a) may be subject to TGS,
b) is probably reversible, and
c) is possibly fragile w.r.t. cultural changes,

That would be the Flynn effect that has been stopping across the developed world?

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is a wonderful movie, especially if you've seen _The Bicycle Thief_, from which it heavily draws.

I think The Cable Guy is actually an excellent black comedy and vastly underappreciated. Score one for Tyrone.

i.e., good movies that it is uncool to think are good because 'cool' people are actually idiots - i.e., Idiocracy Now.

Films I am surprised are not on the list include They live, heathers, Starship Troopers, team america world police and the man in the white suit

Don't be hating on Heathers. Except for the ending, still a great movie.

What demographic trends substantiate your claim that Idiocracy is incorrect in its predictions?

Idiocracy's future America is overwhelmingly white, while the real America will be majority non-white. Of course, the movie would not have been made if it had realistically depicted an America full of dumb non-whites.

JL, isn't there a group who would rather be stupid and white? Maybe they contract their borders.

On the topic of Mike Judge, Office Space has an amazing appeal to the many white-collared workers I imagine browse this blog.

Weak list man. Couple of good ones. For the most part, not so good. And any top ten list of movies that does not contain "The Usual Suspects" is suspect itself. QED.

I'm not sure why Idiocracy would be such a guilty pleasure. Judge hit unexpected depths when exploring an ostensibly shallow subject.

Ace Ventura: pet detective, or Ace Ventura: Nature calls?

Nutty Professor: Eddie Murphy, or Jerry Lewis?

Good lord.
I think Tyrone missed Ace Ventura or possibly Borat.

Borat is just the Jay Leno street interviews taking to its logical conclusion. Same thing as Michael Moore and the NPR/Acorn stings.

The Cable Guy and Ace Ventura are also on Tyler's list, so I think these are his guilty pleasures.


Nobody, not even a fictional alter-ego, likes Showgirls.

I mean, that movie made naked women unappealing within its confines, which, while impressive, is not good.

My first thought after watching "The Kids Are Alright" was to wonder whether or not "Teorema" was something of a template/inspiration.

Subtle blurring of Tyler and Tyrone - wonderful!

Pasolini's Teorema is just called Teorema, but Pee Wee's Big Adventure is called Pee Wee's Big Adventure.

Tyler didn't directly link to his movies list. It's here.

1. Showgirls is actually a very good (or at least artistically successful) film; see the David Schmader commentary, which you can at least get on a wacky special package version.

2. I would guess Tyrone's full list might include the following:

Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
Pafnucio Santo (perhaps Tyrone has an interest in Mexico that predates Tyler's)
Orgy of the Dead (most evil twins find Criswell fascinating)
several Fassbinder films (Tyler's has 4 by Herzog)
Rules of the Game
Rohmer, Capra, Ford?
everything by Oliver Stone

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