But let's get something out of the way first. An acronym is an abbreviation that is a pronounceable word (e.g., . NASA [National Aeronautics and Space Administration] and LASER [Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation]). An initialism, on the other hand, is an abbreviation that does not pronounce a word (e.g., FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation] and DVD [Digital Versatile Disk]). For the simplicity of this column, I'm (incorrectly) calling them all acronyms. I'M SORRY.
1. C.H.U.D. (1984)
2. I.Q. (1994)
3. JFK (1991)
Or: John Fitzgerald Kennedy. I'm sorry. I really am. Because I can't even think about this movie without thinking about the hilarious Seinfeld parody (featured above) showcasing Mr. Wayne Knight (who also makes an appearance in the Oliver Stone film), Kramer and Keith Hernandez as the alleged "spitter." For a better analysis of the movie, I recommend reading Alex Lawson's entry for "My Favorite Movie of 1991." Regarding the real-life tragedy of the assassination of our 35th president, this movie is crazy fantasy. I recommend everyone watch the NOVA episode, "Cold Case JFK." Shit gets conclusive.
4. UHF (1989)
5. M*A*S*H (1970)
Or: Mobile Army Surgical Hospital. Yes, I know the film is great. Satirical, mordant, deep, whimsical. But I just can't help my most base, Pavlovian instincts. Whenever that theme comes on TV ("Suicide Is Painless"), my hand unconsciously changes the channel, Idle Hands-style. Same with Sanford and Son. The song's lyrics (e.g., "Suicide is painless; It brings on many changes; And I can take or leave it if I please") were written by son of director Robert Altman, Mike, who was only 14 years old at the time. One of Altman's stipulations was that it had to be the "stupidest song ever written." Mission accomplished?
6. Gattaca (1997)
7. B*A*P*S (1997)
porque no los dos?).
8. S.W.A.T. (2003)
9. WALL·E (2008)
Or: Waste Allocation Load Lifter -- Earth-Class. This is a delightful Pixar film, wholly original with minimal dialogue and compelling, empathetic characters. I really, truly hope that Pixar isn't running on fumes (I don't care about Finding Dory or [for as much as I loved Toy Story 3] another sequel to a tired property). I want something new and fresh -- something only Pixar was capable of producing. Like WALL·E. I would also love to see writer/director Andrew Stanton make the leap to live-action movies, like his brethren Brad Bird. But that's just the lack of earth oxygen talking.
10. CB4 (1993)
11. PCU (1994)
Or: Port Chester University. But you already knew that, because OF COURSE you knew that and who didn't already know that? I mean, talk about a title miscalculation. Yes, I GET IT. It's playing with the abbreviation for "politically correct." Only in a confusing way that alienates audiences and makes hilarious (and handsome) movie bloggers ANGRY 19 years in the future. And it's not even the worst idea for a movie! It should be funny, but isn't. It should make a strong statement about college culture, but doesn't. This movie's a mess.
12. D.A.R.Y.L. (1985)
Or: Data-Analysing Robot Youth Lifeform. It's like WarGames meets Small Wonder. Only with a terrible title and zero stakes.
There are several other acronym/initialism movie titles out there, including RV (2006), D.E.B.S. (2004) and H.O.T.S. (1979). What's your favorite?