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What is a movie genre?
I enjoy comedies, but some of my favorite movies fall into a peculiar genre that I can easier describe than label.
I really enjoy movies where I find myself (typically at the end) saying, "Hmm. I didn't see that coming" or "Hey, that's an interesting thought" or "I'm gonna have to see that again to soak up the fullness of that."
The best of these can leave me wondering "What if?" for quite some time afterward. The films tend to have a message and are designed more for you to think that to merely be entertained, not that thinking isn't entertaining, mind you.
I've heard these films referred to as being "transcendent," but I would say they have a high slooge quotient, with all the accolades inherent therein.
To give you an idea of what I'm talking about, I share with you some of my favorite movies that I think have a high slooge quotient.
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Butterfly Effect (director's cut, not the sloogey version)
- City of Angels
- The Dead Zone
- The Devil's Advocate
- The Family Man
- The Forgotten
- Groundhog Day
- I, Robot
- It's a Wonderful Life
- The Matrix
- Minority Report
- One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest
- The Philadelphia Experiment
- Planet of the Apes
- The Prestige
- The Recruit
- Somewhere in Time
- Stranger than Fiction
- The Usual Suspects
- Vanilla Sky
N.B. These are not typically great "date movies," and my wife is often apathetic, underwhelmed, or whipped by movies with a high slooge quotient. Also, some of these movies are "one-timers," since knowing the ending can ruin the rising action the 2nd time through.
Any others in that "genre," perhaps that I've yet to see?