In 2017 not only did I tackle a great many Shames, I also started the Cinema Shame Podcast. As a result, I checked off some unforeseen Shame and helped others scratch their biggest itches.
As a refresher here was my 2017 list (
The Magnificent Ambersons
Five Easy Pieces
The Gold RushThe Black Pirate
It’s a Gift
Ride the High Country
My Darling Clementine
The Postman Always Rings Twice
Friday the 13th
Stop Making Sense
Viva Las Vegas
Zatoichi: The Long Game (completed Zatoichi 1-10)
Additionally I watched the following as a result of the Podcast:
Godfather Part III
Not too bad, if I do say so myself. But that merely sets up 2018 to be one of the most Shameful years in moviewatching history. The Shame! rolls ever onward. Behind every Shame! is another Shame! and still another and still another… you get the picture.
To compile my list for 2018, I took a slightly different approach. Like past years, I consulted by Entertainment Weekly lists and carried unwatched Shame! over. For 2018, however, I solicited lists from my followers on Twitter. Send me your favorite movies, I said! The first four responses contributed to my 2018 Shame Statement.
My trusty Shame! companion:
And now on with the shame.
Five Easy Pieces (Bob Rafelson, 1970) – #20 Drama
Carry over from 2017. I can think of no logical reason I’m avoiding Five Easy Pieces. It’s on my Criterion shelf, readily available.
Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock, 1944)
More carryover. A few more Hitches and I’ll have seen all of his sound films.
Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1986) – #15 Music
Carryover. Sigh. I’ve built this concert film up in my brain so much that I keep waiting for conditions to be perfect for viewing.
The Black Pirate (Albert Parker, 1926) – #8 Action
I’ve seen my share of Errol Flynn swashbucklers. After seeing Fairbanks’ Zorro on the big screen earlier this year, I’m jazzed to catch up on some of his other films. I’m considering a Quadruple Shame! of The Black Pirate, The Crimson Pirate (1952) starring Burt Lancaster, Vincente Minnelli’s The Pirate (1948), and The Pirate Movie (1982). Maybe I’ll plan an entire week of Pirate movies. Hrm.
Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (John McNaughton, 1990) – #13 Sci-Fi/Horror
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I know plenty about this movie and no part of me wants to watch it. I even swapped it out last year for Friday the 13th without hesitation.
Paris, Texas (Wim Wenders, 1984) – courtesy of @emily_dawn
Wenders is a bit of an enigma for me. I’ve seen a couple of his films and they were fine, but I slacked off after that and Paris, Texas fell by the wayside despite *knowing* I needed check this box. When @emily_dawn shared her favorites list with me and I saw Paris, Texas up at the tippy top, I knew its day had come. #DoItForHarry
Wuthering Heights (William Wyler, 1939) – courtesy of @Journeys_Film
All signs pointed to Wuthering Heights this year. The Pure Cinema Podcast recently lauded Wyler’s film. While digging up Orson Welles information for an upcoming Cinema Shame podcast, I read a fair amount of criticism linking Wuthering Heights and The Magnificent Ambersons. Then Kristen came at me with her list of favorites and Bob’s your uncle.
Paper Moon (Peter Bogdanovich, 1973) – courtesy of @arbogast1960
No excuses. I love Bogdanovich. I own this movie on Blu-ray. I even have the soundtrack on vinyl. I guess I just needed a kick in the pants from @arbogast1960.
Sunrise (F.W. Murnau, 1927) – courtesy of @wez_Luigi
Another obvious choice. @wez_Luigi made me aware I’d forgotten about F.W. Murnau’s masterpiece.
The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) – courtesy of @ElCinemonster
Fuel for an upcoming Cinema Shame episode courtesy of @ElCinemonster.
Victor/Victoria (Blake Edwards, 1982) – #24 Comedy
I consulted the EW Guide for my highest rated unwatched comedy. I’ve been meaning to watch Victor/Victoria for many moons.
Once Upon a Time in the West (Sergio Leone, 1968) – #16 Western
Yeah. Clearly an oversight.
Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)
I’ve watched a lot of Kurosawa. Clarification. I’ve watched a lot Kurosawa samurai films. I could fill an entire year of Shame! with the non-Samurai Kurosawas I haven’t seen.
Help! (Richard Lester, 1965) – #4 Music
The EW Guide ranked Help! above A Hard Day’s Night. So I had to see about all the fuss.
Ongoing Long Plays:
Zatoichi Criterion Box (Various, 1964-1973)
I watched the first ten last year, time to finish the job.