Viral Exercises

**UPDATE**  I got an email from a friend last night correcting me by saying this is actually an example of a chain letter rather than a meme, which actually makes a lot more sense when he explained the (nefarious) reasons behind its distribution.


This meme chain letter has been going around for a few months now. The gist of it goes that, if you've seen more than 85 of the films listed below, you have no life.

Now, I'm all for a good meme now and again. Over on Facebook (yes, I'm becoming more and more addicted to updating that Devil of the Interwebs) I've been involved in a couple prompted by friends - some are simple, random fun things, some provoked some interesting thoughts and allowed me to remenisce over fond musical memories...

...But this one is ridiculous. I'm guessing that this means all film critics and amateur enthusiasts have no life. Whatever. I'm cranky, had little sleep last night and was forced to abandon my steaming cup of coffee to assist in setting up a remote meeting I wasn't taking part of this morning. So below the break is the list 239 films (why 239? Already the stupidity is mounting) with the ones I've seen marked with an "X".

And, rather than tagging anyone with this excuse for a meme, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the whole "meme" phenomenon. Do you particiapte? Create? Why or why not?

(X) Rocky Horror Picture Show
(X) Grease
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean
(X) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
(  ) Boondock Saints
(X) Fight Club
(X) Starsky and Hutch
(X) Neverending Story
(X) Blazing Saddles
(X) Airplane

Total: 9

(X) The Princess Bride
(X) Anchorman
(X) Napoleon Dynamite
(X) Labyrinth
(X) Saw II
(  ) White Noise
(  ) White Oleander
(X) Anger Management
(X) 50 First Dates
(X) The Princess Diaries
(  ) The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Total so far: 17

(X) Scream
(X) Scream 2
(  ) Scream 3
(X) Scary Movie
(X) Scary Movie 2
(  ) Scary Movie 3
(  ) Scary Movie 4
(X) American Pie
(X) American Pie 2
(X) American Wedding
(  ) American Pie Band Camp

Total so far: 24

(X) Harry Potter 1
(X) Harry Potter 2
(X) Harry Potter 3
(X) Harry Potter 4
(X) Resident Evil 1
(X) Resident Evil 2
(X) The Wedding Singer
(  ) Little Black Book
(X) The Village
(  ) Lilo & Stitch

Total so far: 32

(X) Finding Nemo
(X) Finding Neverland
(X) Signs
(  ) The Grinch
(  ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre (I'm assuming the remake, since its sequel is listed below)
(  ) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
(  ) White Chicks
(  ) Butterfly Effect
(  ) 13 Going on 30
(X) I, Robot
(X) Robots

Total so far: 37

(X) Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
(  ) Universal Soldier
(X) Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
(X) Along Came Polly
(X) Deep Impact
(X) KingPin
(X) Never Been Kissed
(X) Meet The Parents
(X) Meet the Fockers
(X ) Eight Crazy Nights
(X) Joe Dirt
(X) King Kong (again, assuming the PJ remake here since nothing seems to be older than the 80's)

Total so far: 48

(  ) A Cinderella Story
(X) The Terminal
(  ) The Lizzie McGuire Movie
(  ) Passport to Paris
(X) Dumb & Dumber
(  ) Dumber & Dumberer
(X) Final Destination
(  ) Final Destination 2
(  ) Final Destination 3
(  ) Halloween (once again, assuming this is the Rob Zombie remake)
(X) The Ring
(X) The Ring 2
(  ) Surviving X-MAS
(  ) Flubber

Total so far: 53

(X) Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
(X) Practical Magic
(X) Chicago
(X) Ghost Ship
(X) From Hell
(X) Hellboy
(X) Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
(X) The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards

Total so far: 61

(X) The Day After Tomorrow
(X) Child's Play
(  ) Seed of Chucky
(  ) Bride of Chucky
(X) Ten Things I Hate About You
(  ) Just Married
(X) Gothika
(X) Nightmare on Elm Street
(X) Sixteen Candles
(X) Remember the Titans
(  ) Coach Carter
(  ) The Grudge (assuming tha both this and the sequel refer to the hollywood remakes)
(  ) The Grudge 2
(X) The Mask
(  ) Son Of The Mask

Total so far: 69

(  ) Bad Boys
(  ) Bad Boys 2
(X) Joy Ride
(X) Lucky Number Slevin
(X) Ocean's Eleven
(X) Ocean's Twelve
(X) Bourne Identity
(X) Bourne Supremacy
(X) Lone Star
(  ) Bedazzled
(X) Predator I
(X) Predator II
(  ) The Fog (I'm assuming this is the remake, not the John Carpenter original)
(  ) Ice Age
(  ) Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
(  ) Curious George

Total so far: 77

(X) Independence Day
(X) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
(X) Darkness Falls
(  ) Christine
(X) ET
(X) Children of the Corn
(  ) My Bosses Daughter
(  ) Maid in Manhattan
(X) War of the Worlds
(X) Rush Hour
(X) Rush Hour 2

Total so far: 85

(  ) Best Bet
(  ) How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
(  ) She's All That
(  ) Calendar Girls
(X) Sideways
(X) Mars Attacks
(X) Event Horizon
(  ) Ever After
(X) Wizard of Oz
(X) Forrest Gump
(X) Big Trouble in Little China
(X) The Terminator
(X) The Terminator 2
(  ) The Terminator 3

Total so far: 93

(X) X-Men
(X) X-2
(X) X-3
(X) Spider-Man
(X) Spider-Man 2
(X) Sky High
(X) Jeepers Creepers
(  ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(X) Catch Me If You Can
(X) The Little Mermaid
(  ) Freaky Friday
(X) Reign of Fire
(  ) The Skulls
(X) Cruel Intentions
(  ) Cruel Intentions 2
(  ) The Hot Chick
(X) Shrek
(X) Shrek 2

Total so far: 106

(  ) Swimfan
(  ) Miracle on 34th street (maybe the remake?  Not checking just in case, but I saw the '34 version)
(X) Old School
(  ) The Notebook
(  ) K-Pax
(  ) Krippendorf's Tribe
(  ) A Walk to Remember
(  ) Ice Castles
(X) Boogeyman
(X) The 40-year-old Virgin

Total so far: 109

(X) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(X) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
(X) Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
(X) Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Total so far: 115

(X) Baseketball
(X) Hostel
(X) Waiting for Guffman
(X) House of 1000 Corpses
(X) Devils Rejects
(X) Elf
(X) Highlander
(  ) Mothman Prophecies
(  ) American History X
(  ) Three

Total so Far: 122

(X) The Jacket
(X) Kung Fu Hustle
(X) Shaolin Soccer
(X) Night Watch
(X) Monsters Inc.
(X) Titanic
(X) Monty Python and the Holy Grail
(X) Shaun Of the Dead
(X) Willard (remake, although I saw both)

Total so far: 131

(X) High Tension
(X) Club Dread
(X) Hulk
(X) Dawn Of the Dead (assuming remake, but saw both)
(X) Hook
(X) Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
(X) 28 days later
(X) Orgazmo
(X) Phantasm
(X) Waterworld

Total so far: 141

(X) Kill Bill vol 1
(X) Kill Bill vol 2
(X) Mortal Kombat
(  ) Wolf Creek
(X) Kingdom of Heaven
(X) The Hills Have Eyes (assuming remake?  who knows)
(X) I Spit on Your Grave aka the Day of the Woman
(  ) The Last House on the Left
(X) Re-Animator
(X) Army of Darkness

Total so far: 149

(X) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X) Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X) Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X) Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(X) Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(X) Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
(  ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
(  ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor

Total so far: 155

(X) The Matrix
(X) The Matrix Reloaded
(X) The Matrix Revolutions
(X) Animatrix
(X) Evil Dead
(X) Evil Dead 2
(X) Team America: World Police
(X) Red Dragon (assuming the Ratner version, though I've seen both)
(X) Silence of the Lambs
(X) Hannibal

Total so far: 165