On a particularly boring day at work, a coworker and I were talking about movies. In a moment of weakness, I made the critical mistake of mentioning I had never seen the Bourne trilogy. I know right? I’m a loser, eh? That’s about the reaction I got from my fellow toy store employee, who believed never seeing those movies is akin to murdering puppies or war crimes. So began a lengthy back-and-forth about which “must-see” films both of us have never actually seen. Turns out he had never seen Avatar, which, statistically speaking, is a movie basically everyone has seen.
The conversation got me thinking about all these standards I had never experienced, and that I bet a lot of people have their own “Lists of Shame” full of films they’re ashamed to admit they’ve never experienced. The reasons for missing these so-called classics could be anything; maybe we couldn’t afford to see them in theatres, maybe we can’t find it on DVD or Netflix or maybe we’re lazy. But I will hide it no longer, I have a list of shame, and it’s quite long. So I’ve decided to compile this list here and chronicle my experience of crossing films off one by one. I shall watch, I shall blog, and hopefully I shall inspire others to make their own lists and enjoy some great movies.
So here’s my list, appearing in no particular order. These are all movies I have never seen. Some I’ve been meaning to see for a long time, some I’ve drawn from recommendations on Facebook and Twitter. Of course, I’m always up for additions, so let me know if you can think of any (By the way, I’ve since seen the Bourne Trilogy).
The Godfather (Part 1 & 2)
Every James Bond movie except the Daniel Craig ones – but for the sake of brevity we’ll just say Goldfinger and From Russia With Love
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
The Green Mile
The Seven Samurai
A Clockwork Orange
Any Terminator movie
Saving Private Ryan
Jurassic Park (I saw it when I was really young, but don’t remember anything besides dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum)
All the Rocky films
No Country for Old Men
V For Vendetta
The Princess Bride
That’s the list I’m starting out with. I’ll cross each movie off and post my thoughts as I go along. Of course, I’ll be adding more movies all the time. And if you have a request, just let me know and I’ll watch.
Here’s to good movies.