At least I know I have the right forum, because this is as truly mundane and pointless as I can imagine.
Think how few movie titles actually form complete sentences, with subject, verb, and object. Freeman Williams of the hilarious Bad Movie Report (http://www.stomptokyo.com/badmoviereport/) notes that The Vampire Beast Craves Blood is one of the few, the proud, the complete sentences among movie titles. What others can you think of?
A few to get you started:
*I Was a Teenage Werewolf
Dad, Poor Dad, Momma’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad
It Came From Beneath the Sea
They Only Kill Their Masters* (one of my all-time favorites)
*If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium
How Green Was My Valley*
Things to Do in Denver When You are Dead
Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
Not a bad flick, actually.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
The Empire Strikes Back
Singing in the Rain
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Some Like It Hot
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
[ul][li]Death Takes a Holiday[/li][li]Throw Momma from the Train[/li][li]It’s a Wonderful Life[/li][li]Quo Vadis[/li]Ernest Goes to Camp[/ul]
Let’s kill Uncle.
It’s a wild, wild, wild, wild world.
Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Paint your wagon.
I am Curious Yellow.
The Return of the Jedi.
Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Please don’t eat the daisies.
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.
Let’s throw momma from the train.
Stop or my mom will shoot.
What’s up, Pussycat?
You only live twice.
The world is not enough.
Honey, I shrunk the kids et al.
obfusciatrist, are you certain that Things in Denver and How the Grinch are true sentences? What are their subjects?
It Conquered the World
You Can’t Take It With You
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?
Again, these aren’t sentences.
Peggy Sue Got Married
Dracula/Frankenstein/Wolfman meets Wolfman/Frankenstein/Dracula (et. al.)
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Horton Hears a Who (OK, it is a cartoon on TV)
Help, I Married an Axe Murderer
Bang the drum slowly.
Take this job and shove it.
Run, Lola, Run!
What do you say to a naked lady?
Wake me when it’s over.
What did you do in the war, Daddy?
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming! (woohoo–double sentence score!)
Shoot the piano player.
Don’t tell mom the babysitter’s dead
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington
They Live (this has to be the shortest title to qualify, the movie sucks by the way)
I know what you did last summer
I still know what you did last summer
Things to do in denver when you’re dead
Hmm… that’s all I can think of that hasn’t already been said.
I Spit On Your Grave (And, for “Simpsons” fans, I Thumb Through Your Magazines.)
Johnny Got His Gun
Miss Historical Perspective hops in and rolls her sleeves up. Early in the film biz, a lot of titles were complete sentences, so the audience knew it was getting its 30 seconds worth. Some off the top of my head from the 1895–1905 era:
“How Bridget Served The Salad Undressed”
“Airy Fairy Lillian Tries On Her New Corset”
“The Athletic Girl and the Burglar”
“The Whole Damm Family and the Damm Dog”
“The Gay Shoe Clerk”
Where’s your predicates, Toots?
Remember…*Mr. Morton is the subject of the sentence; and what the predicate says, he does.
Oof. I hate to flog a dead horse, but c’mon Eve! A professional writer should realize that The Athletic Girl and the Burglar, The Whole Damm Family and the Damm Dog and The Gay Shoe Clerk do not constitute complete sentences.
Gee, is “You can all go fuck yourselves” a complete sentence?
Mister Deeds Goes to Town
That hasn’t been mentioned yet, has it?
Who am I? (Jackie Chan)
Tomorrow Never Dies (maybe)
The World Is Not Enough
Probably some other 007 movies too…