So… a Confession of Shame for 2015

Cinema Shame. Year 2.

The criteria for this second round of penitence featured a few new quirks. I didn’t watch Deer Hunter or Texas Chainsaw Massacre so they’ll carry over to 2015. In 2014, I only picked films that I felt I *should* have watched… not necessarily ones I thought I’d like and should have watched. I’m trying to balance those two flavors like Vanilla and Orange. Not only that, I’m taking into account recommendations of friends and Twitter acquaintances. That’s a lot to balance. This list looks a lot less weighty than last years… and I’m okay with that.

1. A Hard Day’s Night (Beatles/Criterion Shame!)

2. Take the Money and Run (Woody Allen Shame!)

3. What’s Up, Doc? (Bogdanoshame!)

4. Ride the High Country (Peckinpahah Shame!)

5. The Warriors (Cult-cred Shame!)

6. The Guns of Navarone (Essential War Shame!)

7. Big Heat (Noir Shame!)

8. Fellini Satyricon (Fellini/Soon-on-Criterion Shame!)

9. Ikiru (Kurosawa/Criterion Shame!)

10. Five Easy Pieces (Everyone-Told-Me-I-Need-To-Watch-It Shame!)

11. Deer Hunter (Old Shame!)

12. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (Old Shame!)

13. Saturday Night Fever (Jive Talkin’ Shame!)

14. Lawrence of Arabia (all in one sitting)

15. Viridiana (Bunuel Shame!)

There you have it… again. I’ve laid my soul bare. Now all that’s left is the shame, the penance… and eventually the salvation.

My Shame Statement, by J. Murphy (@BasementScreams)

So…

Much…

Shame.

I received the invite to take part in Cinema Shame over two weeks ago. I had decided at the beginning of the year that I was going to knock as many titles off the shame list this year as possible, so it seemed only logical to make my shame public and share with you all a portion of my cinematic redemption. I have gone back and forth as to what titles I wanted to use for this project, and believe me it wasn’t easy to knock it down to twelve. So i tried to pick as varied a list as possible, featuring heavy hitters and genre classics both. Okay, let’s get it on…

My Cinema Shame List 2014 (in chronological order)

1. Rope (1948; Alfred Hitchcock)

2. Paths Of Glory (1957; Stanley Kubrick)

3. Rio Bravo (1959; Howard Hawks)

4. Lawrence Of Arabia (1962; David Lean)

5. Cool Hand Luke (1967; Stuart Rosenberg)

6. The Devils (1971; Ken Russell)

7. The French Connection (1971; William Friedkin)

8. Battles Without Honor & Humanity (1973; Kinji Fukasaku)

9. Salo, Or 120 Days Of Sodom (1975; Pier Paolo Pasolini)

10. The Deer Hunter (1978; Michael Cimino)

11. Irreversible (2002; Gaspar Noe)

12. Inland Empire (2006; David Lynch)

A few quick notes on my list:

1. Like I said, I tried to make this list as varied as possible so I could keep things fresh. Trust me there are certain genres that I could have devoted entire lists to (westerns, for example, are a pretty big blind-spot for me)

2. If I absolutely had to choose one decade that was my favorite for film, it would probably be the seventies. The fact that forty percent of my list are absolute genre staples from that decade, well I’m disgusted with myself, and you should all throw stones at me.

3. The title that I’m absolutely, positively, wholeheartedly filled with shame for never seeing is the most current on the list, Inland Empire. For two reasons. One, David Lynch has had a spot firmly cemented in my top three favorite directors for about twenty years now, so for me to have never seen this fills me with shame. To make matters worse…. I own the dvd. I’ve owned it for a few years now. It’s been neatly filed away in the “I”s on the shelf for quite some time and I have absolutely no excuse to have never watched it.

So…

Much….

Shame.

Alright, there you have it. I’m going to go start working on my redemption. Since I’m starting this late, I’ll have to double up on a couple of months. Not sure when, but you’ll know when I do! Cheers.

Thanks for the Invitation, Sorry I’m a Bit…Late by @ArrayJackson

So I’m late getting to the party. Hopefully I’m still fashionably late without being embarrassingly late. But isn’t that the point of Cinema Shame? We’re all a little late getting to a party that we believe is worth attending for some particular reason, and the embarrassment of our tardiness has evolved to…shame.

I’m thankful my hosts were gracious enough to not only extend the invitation, but to open the door about a month after the party started, and to allow me to enter, shamed, but with style.

The parties I’d like to attend (yes, I made it to the January and February bashes, and they were swell):

January: To Catch a Thief – 1955 (Saw this on Cary Grant’s Birthday)
February: The Great Race – 1965
March: Midnight – 1939 (Highly recommended by my host @007hertrumble)
April: Lawrence of Arabia – 1962
May: City Lights – 1931
June: Breakfast at Tiffany’s – 1961
July: Birth of a Nation – 1915
August: Rififi – 1955
September: Cabaret – 1972
October: Blade Runner – 1982
November: Sunset Boulevard – 1950
December: Dr. Strangelove – 1964

@Peaceman630, a lifelong procrastinator, ready to face my Cinema Shame

I was a premature baby.

I decided I just had to be born a few weeks early despite the fact that I hadn’t yet finished cooking. Aside from that it’s hard to recall too many things in my life that I haven’t waited until the last possible minute to address or creative projects that I haven’t stretched long past the due date. Case-in-point, here I am writing my first post to this wonderful blog on February 1st. I’m late to the party but happy to be here.

I’ll give you another example: @MisterGreggles, who is my best friend, gave me a DVD of the John C. Reilly film “Hard Eight” back in 2007 for my birthday. I wanted to watch it. I had the time to watch it. But perhaps not the will. Each time we’d hang out he’d ask me if I’d watched the film hoping to engage in a lively discussion on its merits. “Nope, not yet. I’ll get to it eventually though, I promise” was the common refrain. It got to the point where I resolved to watch the film and made a semi-serious, mostly-jokey ultimatum. Something to the effect of: “If I don’t watch this film by the end of the week I will renounce our friendship, that’s how much watching this means to me because I consider you my dearest friend.”

Technically speaking we haven’t been friends since 2007.

In any case, you get the extent to which I need to change my evil ways and I think this blog will be a great opportunity to do so while also meeting you fantastic people and sharing in your stories as well. Thank you to @campbelldropout and @007hertzrumble for allowing me to contribute, and thank you to @mistergreggles for encouraging me to get with the program.

And now the list:

January (oops, already off to a late start) –  The Artist

February – The Stunt Man

March- Smokey and the Bandit

April – Lawrence of Arabia

May – The Man with the Movie Camera

June – Chinatown

July – Jaws

August – High Noon

September – Animal House

October – Rope

November – Breakfast at Tiffanys

December – Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

You’ll notice Hard Eight didn’t make the cut for this year, but don’t worry Greg I’ll get to it eventually.
I promise.

Forgive me, Internet. I have Shamed. by @TheActualKeith

Watching movies has always been like a job for me. I love movies. I watch as many as I can, but somehow there have been many that still elude me. I try my best to keep up and catch up, but it’s hard when I’m the only one keeping myself accountable.

Now, thanks to the Internet (Thanks, Mr. Gore!), @campbelldropout, and @007hertzrumble I have other people that will keep me accountable for at least 12 films I really should have seen now. Although, seeing the lists of others, I don’t feel as bad. This site is like a great little support group.

“Hi, my name is Keith, and I’ve never seen…”

My list:

January: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)* and Caddyshack (1980)

February: Sound of Music (1965)

March: Citizen Kane (1941)**

April: Braveheart (1995)

May: North By Northwest (1959)** and Vertigo (1958)**

June: The Graduate (1967)

July: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly (1966)**

August: Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

September: Blade Runner (1982)

October: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

November: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)

December: It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)

* I watched Glengarry Glen Ross a couple days before this idea was born. I thought about counting it for January since I had never seen it before, but that felt like cheating. That’s why I’m adding Caddyshack.

** I feel like I’ve seen these movies before, but it was so long ago, I can’t remember if I did. I couldn’t tell you anything outside of the standard synopsis, or the pop culture references. Maybe I saw them as a kid, or I only saw clips in a film class. Either way, I need to dedicate time to these.