Ghostbusters: No matter how big and wild and crazy and wonderful a job sounds, it’s probably just a job to the people who do it.
Night of the Living Dead: The biggest threat in any crisis isn’t whatever’s going wrong, it’s the stupid ways people react to it.
Up: What’s important in life isn’t whether you achieve what you set out to do, it’s whether the things you did were worth doing.
Memento: Revenge is an ultimately hollow and meaningless pursuit that makes you into a monster.
The Limey: It still beats not getting revenge.
Star Wars: Adventure reveals people’s hidden talents.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie: If you’re stuck in a bad situation, it helps if you can keep your sense of humor.
Labyrinth: If you make a mistake, you have a responsibility to make it right no matter how hard it is.
Logan’s Run: It’s easy not to care about a problem until it becomes your problem too.
Blade Runner: Anyone who tries to divide the world into “us” and “them” is probably trying to justify the terrible things they do to people.
The Little Mermaid: You have to let your kids grow up, even if it means they make some really dumb mistakes.
The Wicker Man: The protections of civilization do not extend beyond civilization’s boundaries, and you forget that at your own peril.
The Ring: Just because bad things happened to someone does not automatically make them worthy of your sympathy.
The Princess Bride: Love is worth everything you have to go through for it.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Obsession can be a very dangerous thing. (Actually, this could be the ultimate message of just about every story ever.)
Aliens: Imperialism has consequences.
Spider-Man: Being a hero requires sacrificing your own personal happiness.
Donnie Darko: Being a hero requires sacrificing your own personal happiness.
Pulp Fiction: The path of wickedness might be glamorous, but it’s ultimately poisonous and destructive.
A Nightmare on Elm Street: Part of growing up is dealing with the crazy fucked-up world your parents left for you.
The Birds: Sometimes bad shit just happens and all you can do is deal with it.
The Wedding Banquet: Your parents are always going to be smarter than you are.
Doctor Strangelove: People in positions of authority are no less likely to be crazy and/or stupid than the rest of us; in fact, they’re probably moreso.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Greed and selfishness are ultimately the root cause of all of society’s problems, even the ones that seem minor and unconnected.
Transformers: As long as you cram enough giant fighting robots that turn into cars and planes into your movie, it doesn’t have to mean a goddamn thing.