The NFR Class of 2021: My Ballot

Hi-ho Readers!

It’s been a minute. Real life continues to keep me from devoting more time to this blog, but with the major hurdle of moving to a new apartment behind me, I have a moment to come up for air and post an update. My hiatus isn’t fully over yet, but the plan is to start the regular postings again before the end of the year. 

In the meantime, here’s my annual submission to the National Film Registry of 50 films I have nominated for their consideration. As always, my picks are a mixture of movies that I consider culturally significant enough for inclusion, as well as my own curation of favorites.

My Ride-or-Die Movies That I Will Always Nominate: The Miracle Worker (1962), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), Carrie (1976), 9 to 5 (1980), Big (1988)

Personal Favorites: Babes in Toyland (1934), Witness for the Prosecution (1957), Original Cast Recording: Company (1970), Hardware Wars (1978), Victor/Victoria (1982), Clue (1985), Home Alone (1990), Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996), Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Pop-Culture Movies: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), Beach Blanket Bingo (1965), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), Return of the Jedi (1983), The Karate Kid (1984), Beetlejuice (1988)

Cult Movies: The Man Who Laughs (1928), Heathers (1988), The Sandlot (1993), Best in Show (2000), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (2001)

Movies By/About People of Color: Jungle Fever (1991), What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993), Monster’s Ball (2001)

Wow, I Submitted a Whole Bunch of Animation This Year: Humorous Phases of Funny Faces (1906), Alice’s Wonderland (1923), Der Fuehrer’s Face (1943), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1948), Gumbasia (1955), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day (1968), The Little Mermaid (1989), WALL-E (2008)

Grab Bag: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939), The Odd Couple (1968), Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974), Fatal Attraction (1987), Boogie Nights (1997)

Because I Should Have at Least One Robin Williams Movie on the List: Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)

How Long Before the NFR Meets The MCU?: Iron Man (2008)

I Don’t Necessarily Want to Watch This Movie, But Come On, John Waters Should Be On Here Somewhere: Pink Flamingos (1972)

Let Me Be the First to Nominate These Movies from 2011: Bridesmaids (2011), Hugo (2011)

And Last But Not Least, Because Rep. Joaquin Castro Said I Had To: Selena (1997)

And there you have it: another year, another 50 movies. The NFR will make their official selection of 25 in December, and until then I can only hope one of them stumbles upon my suggestions. Keep surfing that web, NFR members!

Happy Viewing,


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