The best cult classics for dorm-mate viewing purposes are action and comedy films. Many cult classics are boring to casual viewers. It’s best to appeal to the person who watches the least movies. Know your audience: artists vs. engineers. There’re other demographics (use your imagination).
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Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
Familiarize yourself with virtuoso Edgar Wright. Arguably the best comedy director, ever. This is an amazingly hilarious action-comedy about how Michael Cera’s typecasted character faces off against seven evil exes, in the hopes of wooing a girl named Ramona Flowers.
Shaun Of The Dead
This is the Edgar Wright, action-comedy that got me hooked. It’s got lots of slapstick humor paired with British, attic salt. This movie is about two dudes who can’t get past their bro-stage. This hurts the protagonist’s future with his girlfriend. Also, zombies.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show
If you ever get the chance to see a live performance of this, go. You shout callouts during the performance-viewing. It’s very fun. This movie is what you watch with your artsy friends (who are too eccentric for snobbery).
Slate has a good video essay on the hyperrealistic sound effects of “hitting raw chickens stuffed with walnuts.” A movie about beating your anarchist comrades to a pulp requires good sound effects.
This is a reboot of the Stallone film, based on the comic Judge Dredd. This movie is one of the best action films you will ever see. Just the slow-motion scenes from the slo-mo POV (fictional drug) is enough cinematography to make you melt like a grilled cheese in the Sahara.
The Big Lebowski
The dude. This Coen brothers film is so popular that it survived to meme-hood. It’s about a stoner who gets mistaken for the wrong guy and proceeds to get involved in a kidnap-ransom situation.
Monty Python And The Holy Grail
You either hate it or you’ve seen it. This is a work of pure genius. The gags are brilliant, numerous, and timeless. The Pythons are a hilarious bunch who will tickle your funny bone—even more so at 3am.
This is the antithesis of a great film. This abomination is so bad, it’s good. This movie is so quotable that it hurts. It’s one of the funniest films ever, and it wasn’t even trying. The continuity of this movie is so awful that it feels good. Everything about this thing is an oil-tanker spill: it’s terrible and stains everything it touches.
Big Trouble In Little China
Kurt Russell is one of the heroes of Hollywood. He’s been acting for a very long time. This John Carpenter film is a horror-comedy about a guy who is clueless and wishes to save the day from supernatural forces.
The Blues Brothers
This is a bizarre, musical comedy from 1980 that originates from musical sketches, first performed on SNL. Comedy legends John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd star in this film. Aretha Franklin, Carry Fisher, James Brown, and Ray Charles are all in this film
Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil
This is a horror-comedy about two guys just trying to have a redneck vacation. Things go horribly wrong when everyone thinks the two have murderous intent.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
This is just a chill movie to watch, in a whimsical way. Ferris fakes being sick to get out of school. He, his girlfriend, and best friend all go to the city to have fun. Ferris periodically breaks the 4th wall. Deadpool takes a cue from the last scene.
Ghost In The Shell (1995)
Maybe most of you guys have the same nerdish sensibilities, but not all of you have seen this manga-based masterpiece. Great detail went into making this movie. What is consciousness?