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Movies that make you sound cooler than you really are

You don’t have to be a film snob to lie like one.

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There has come a time in everyone’s life when they lie about seeing a movie they actually haven’t. There are a myriad of reasons a person may fib about seeing some random film, but there is only one time when it is justified. Film is an art that should never be devalued by pointless lies. Unless it is going to make you sound cooler. If lying about having seen a movie is going to make people think you are cooler than you actually are, then it is a no brainer. Here are movies you should lie about having seen so people think you are cool.

The Witch (2015)

Every few years someone will make the silly comment that horror movies are back. The Witch caused people to make this statement in 2015. Why? For starters, it does not have the traditional jump scares associated with the genre. It also moves at a slower pace due to its story driven nature. In other words, it was not a typical blockbuster horror film. And if a movie defies stereotypes of the its genre, it is great fodder to discuss. Plus, it is an amazing movie.

Barry Lyndon (1975)

So you’ve seen A Clockwork Orange?  That’s nice. *Yawn* You want to talk about the deeper meaning behind 2001: A Space Odyssey? Sure. Let me just look up one of the thousands of papers that have been written about it so I find which one you are referencing. Stanley Kubrick is a great director who had helmed many classics. Everyone has seen his major works. Except for Barry Lyndon. Released between A Clockwork Orange and The Shining, it is no wonder it tends to get forgotten. Nominated for a number of Academy Awards, the movie tells an engaging story and is filled with creative direction. Next time someone mentions how great Full Metal Jacket is at showing the ugliness of war, chime in how Barry Lyndon is a extraordinary study of fate.

Rope (1948)

Where do you begin when talking about Alfred Hitchcock? If you are cool, you wait for others to name drop Vertigo and Psycho before adding your two cents. Rope is Hitchcock’s first movie to be shot in color. The eccentric director also employed a style to make it seem like the movie was one continuous shot. (It wasn’t.) Add the homosexual subtext in a time when it was a taboo subject and watch eyes light up as you describe a story about committing the perfect murder.

Chaplin (1992)

Before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before the comeback, before the personal problems overtook him and made a comeback necessary, Robert Downey Jr. starred in this biopic about one of the biggest film stars of early Hollywood. Chaplin did not do very well at the box office and received mixed reviews from critics. Downey’s performance was universally praised, however. He was nominated for many Best Actor awards. When everyone else is talking about their favorite Iron Man moments, you flex your film intelligence by mentioning this entertaining comedy-drama.

Caligula (1979)

Sometimes it is not as much about the movie being good as it is the WTF factor. Few things will cause questioning glances more than an erotic historical drama. When that movie stars big name stars like Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren, it becomes even more interesting. Don’t forget to mention that it is the only feature length film from Penthouse magazine whose goal was to make a porno with Hollywood qualities. Unsimulated sex scenes, a screenwriter and director who will not acknowledge they had anything to do with it, and a ban in numerous countries make this an easy movie to talk about. And that’s before you get to the strong performances and question whether man is born evil or if power corrupts.


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