What a big failure I was last year at this project. But I’m going to pick myself up, dust myself off, and give this another shot. At least I won’t have to watch ‘Gone With the Wind’ again.
Here’s my 2015 list of shame (in no particular order):
- The Apartment (1960)
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
- Sunset Blvd. (1950)
- Casablanca (1942)
- Rear Window (1954)
- Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
- Night of the Living Dead (1968)
- Cool Hand Luke (1967)
- Duck Soup (1933)
- Mr Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
- Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
- A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
My mind palace is filled to capacity with movies…movies, Movies, MOVIES. (and photos of Benedict Cumberbatch…but that’s another blog…).
Before Google (and before I taught my mom how to use Google), I was constantly called to settle disputes or come up with an actor’s name (‘Anna, what’s the name of that guy in that movie where he was not very smart and loved the Beatles, and had a little blonde daughter? You know, he was married to Forrest’s Jenny in real life’?…the answer, of course, Sean Penn). My depth of movie knowledge, however, leans more toward the less commercial indie flicks and away from anything I would have had to over analyze in a film class (had I ever taken one). I blame living a few blocks away from THE GREATEST VIDEO STORE EVER in college (Plan 9 Video in Bloomington, IN) and a deep seeded hatred of anything “mainstream” in my 20’s. I can count on three fingers the number of late 90’s romcoms I’ve see…and count on zero fingers how many I’ve seen more than once. But…
Nowhere? yup. Shallow Grave? sure. Secretary? YES.
It appears, though, I might be missing some ‘fundamental’ films in my viewing history. So, here’s my list of 12 I plan to watch over the course of this year (NONE of which are Bond films…thanks to @007hertzrumble and #Bond_age_)
- The Godfather
- Taxi Driver
- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
- Gone With the Wind
- Rear Window
- The Apartment
- Annie Hall
- A Nightmare on Elm Street (EDIT: This might change to Night of the Living Dead)
- Singin’ in the Rain
- White Christmas
I’m looking forward to screening all these movies…well, maybe not A Nightmare on Elm St…but I’ll make sure to watch it in the daytime and I’ll be fine. Most of all, I’m looking forward to *finally* being able to say “Yes, I have seen The Godfather…now get off my back”.