11 movies and TV shows with cool titles

I was talking to my partner the other day about titles: as in, titles of books, movies, and TV. Basically, the titles of stories, and how some of them are quite inventive but many of them are as dull as ditchwater. The ones that stick in my mind, are the ones that are relatively simple but sound as cool as hell, and often invite you to imagine what the story is going to be about. They have intrigue.

Now as a caveat I’ll say that this is in no way an exhaustive list, but simply a quick one I thought I’d bang together. Catchy titles that sprang to mind.

MOVIES

Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai

What is a ghost dog? Does this movie involve dogs and samurai swords? Quite possibly. Whatever it is, being a ghost dog sounds pretty cool indeed.

Blade Runner

Does someone run with blades? Do they slide along silently? Are they an assassin? Is a runner something to do with drugs? Do they sell blades, or transport them? Apparently the name actually came from a dystopian book about healthcare.

Dr. Strangelove

Let’s face it, you’re not going to forget this title, are you? I mean, it has a longer secondary title, but I tend to ignore that. Lately, the title has made me think of the Life is Strange video games. There’s even a fan-made visual novel, Love is Strange.

The Boondock Saints

A most interesting title. I read that first time writer-director Troy Duffy was inspired to pen this script after seeing a drug dealer take money from a corpse across from his apartment.

Full Metal Jacket

Three words, one of them is metal. And, er, I guess the others are ‘full’ and ‘jacket’. Ok, maybe they’re not cool by their lonesome, but as a phrase it’s memorable. Vincent D’Onofrio seems to think so, from this picture.

The Island of Dr. Moreau

Apparently, the stories surrounding the making of this movie are more interesting than the actual movie itself. Stories mostly around director Richard Stanley (who went on to make Color Out Of Space in 2019).


TV SHOWS

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

I don’t think I will ever meet anyone in my life called Buffy. Is it even a real name? I love how, when I first heard it, it sounded cute and perky, yet it was coupled with slaying and vampires. Sarah Michelle Gellar nailed it.

Halt And Catch Fire

Is this a show about firefighters? Or running away from fires and if they stop, they burn? No, it’s about IT and computers, and inventing and selling them. MacKenzie Davis, Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy and Kerry Bishe are its leads, and they’re fantastic.

Battlestar Galactica

Stars, battles, galaxies… you have a pretty good idea what you might expect. That said, the tone, characters and the ideas it put forth meant it was no Star Wars, but far more complex. This article explains it quite well.

Peaky Blinders

Now this one may be cheating, at least in terms of giving showrunner Steven Knight credit for the name. Whilst the story he created was fictional, the name was based on a real gang. There’s a BBC documentary on them.

Penny Dreadful

I love this title, it’s one of my favourites. I like that it has historical meaning, too, in that penny dreadfuls were cheap stories, published weekly, often sensational, and featured detectives, criminals or supernatural entities. This show also had Eva Green, whom I adore.

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