You’d have thought that after two years of Cinema Shame treatment I’d feel slightly less guilty about the films I hadn’t watched. Nay! NAY! I feel more guilty because not only do I have movies I should have watched but I also have movies I should have watched that I’ve put on Shame! lists and still haven’t watched! Shame ^ 10.
I did eliminate two-time offenders Texas Chain Saw Massacre and Deer Hunter. Huzzah! At least I completed my 2014 list in 2015.
Entering 2016, I’ve made a vow to watch more of the unwatched films currently in my collection. This proves tangential to my vow to take control of my unwieldy stash of DVDs and BDs. I’ve run out of space on my shelves. I’m double stacked. There’s bins in the closet. This is the year I enjoy what I’ve amassed. This is the year that the movies watched exceeds the new acquisitions.
In theory, anyway. The best laid plans of mice and obsessive DVD collectors and all that jazz. This year, I pay my penance for overextending my budget and my available space. This year, it’s the grinder.
Now, I present my 2016 List of Shame.
1. The Red Shoes (1948, Powell & Pressburger)
After hearing nothing but hyperbolic praise for The Red Shoes, I purchased the Criterion Blu-ray during the last Barnes and Noble sale. It’s time to see what the fuss is all about.
2. Hitchcock Shame! Rope & Lifeboat
Hitchcock always gets the shaft when I sit down to watch a flick. I’ve seen bits and pieces from dozens of films I studied in school. Consequently, I rarely feel compelled to make them a priority. Here are two Hitch classics, viewed in film school bits and pieces, but never in totality.
3. Spartacus (Kubrick, 1960)
Much like Ben-Hur two years ago, I feel like I’ve seen it even though I clearly haven’t. 2016 is the year I own up.
4. The “Other” Adventures of Antoine Doinel! Stolen Kisses, Bed and Board, & Love on the Run
I’m a big fan of Truffaut. I’m a big fan of The 400 Blows. Yet the rest of Antoine Doinel’s adventures sit on my shelf unwatched. No excuses.
5. Aki Kaurismäki’s Criterion Eclipse Sets
Proletariat: Shadows in Paradise, Ariel, The Match Factory Girl
Leningrad Cowboys: Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses, Total Balalaika Show
I counted La Vie de Boheme among my favorite first-time watches of 2015. I abruptly went out and picked up Kaurismãki’s Criterion Eclipse sets. Bring it on, Aki, you Finnish deadpan fiend.
6. Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
Point of clarification: I’ve seen the first Zatoichi film. It’s time to watch the *gulp* other 24.
7. The Complete Fritz Lang Dr. Mabuse – Dr. Mabuse, der Spieler, Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse, & Die 1000 Augen des Dr. Mabuse
The Complete Mabuse set from Masters of Cinema is gorgeous. Yet, all I’ve done is admire the thing. Break the seal.
8. Warner Archive Backlog – Any 10 WAC Titles
A case of my eyes and moviewatching aspirations are bigger than my available watch time. I have an entire shelf of Warner Archive titles. They’re shamefully unopened. SHAME! It’s a good thing WAC stopped having those 5 for $50 sales or I might have had to watch 20. (I don’t mean that. It’s a terrible, horrible, no good thing.)
9. The Essential Jacque Demy
Auto-buy because I love The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Well, I’ve watched The Umbrellas of Cherbourg but I’ve yet to view Lola, Young Girls of Rochefort, Bay of Angels, Donkey Skin or Une Chambre En Ville. At all. As in I’ve never seen any of them. I had Young Girls of Rochefort in my DVD player once. But I never actually hit play. SHAME.
10. Cinema Shame Horror Shame-a-thon 2016!
We’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I can’t be bothered with this yet.
11. Batman Television Series
I cracked this open immediately after purchase and watched one episode. I’m still dying to know what happens in episode two. So maybe I won’t finish this, but let’s try to make a dent, okay? Maybe a little nick. Let’s just watch some Batman and see where it goes.
12. Unfulfilled Past Shames
1. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen Shame!)
2. What’s Up, Doc? (Bogdanoshame!)
3. Ride the High Country (Peckinpahah Shame!)
4. The Guns of Navarone (Essential War Shame!)
5. Big Heat (Noir Shame!)
6. Fellini Satyricon (Fellini Shame!)
7. Ikiru (Kurosawa/Criterion Shame!)
8. Five Easy Pieces (Everyone-Told-Me-I-Need-To-Watch-It Shame!)
9. Viridiana (Bunuel Shame!)
So that’s it. Whattya think, sirs?