“A Fistful Of Quarters” is funny without seeing any movie, though

By Amanda Marcotte
Sunday, June 1, 2008 23:08 EDT
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I like this topic, so I’m stealing it for a post here: What films should you not watch until you’ve seen others that give you the background material? Ones suggested in the thread: “The Great Escape” before “Chicken Run” and the Romero movies before “Shaun of the Dead”. (I love “Night of the Living Dead” with ferocity, and I still missed the part in “Shaun” with “I’m coming to get you, Barbara.” Auguste had to point it out to me.)

A couple off the top of my head: you should read Emma before you see “Clueless”, and you should have a passing familiarity with Anne Rice’s wretched vampire stories to really get why “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” was a welcome relief. Tarantino’s movies are 100% more enjoyable if you have a good background in trashy B movies. You should see “The Apartment” before you watch the series “Mad Men”.

An interesting one from Marc: You should watch “Yojimbo” before you see basically anything with Clint Eastwood in it, but especially “A Fistful of Dollars”.

What are your suggestions for the list?

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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