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Lisa Schwarzbaum
September 14, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

What are the best and worst movie titles?

With a name like Snakes on a Plane, you know what the movie’s about. What are your picks for best and worst titles? —Emmy Clem

True, being able to figure out what the movie’s about is a big plus: Stagecoach, The Piano, Psycho, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Being John Malkovich, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. But personally, I’m partial to titles with even more letters for movie marquee typesetters to juggle. Which is why it’s hard to beat Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, either as a title or as a brilliant political satire that only gets distressingly funnier in our own era of President Merkin Muffley and Gen. ”Buck” Turgidson.

As for bad titles, I’m not crazy about ”ing and ing” constructions ? you know, Walking and Talking, Kicking and Screaming. But worst is anything with a number after it — particularly a Star Wars Roman numeral in which Episode IV is considered by most to be part 1, Episode III is actually part 6, and Anakin Skywalker is actually Darth Vader.

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