Naming and Shaming @MrRumsey

Having just sat down to compile this list I have been somewhat overwhelmed by the sheer amount of highly regarded films which I really ought to have seen by now. I already feel well and truly shamed. Do I have to publish this online? Oh well, there’s a mixture of time periods and styles in there which should keep things varied, I am embarrassed to admit one of these as I’m a huge Sergio Leone fan, and I’m pretty certain that I’ve saved the worst until last. Enjoy my embarrassment!

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Nosferatu (1922)

Goodfellas (1990)

City Lights (1931)

The Apartment (1960)

Chinatown (1974)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Seven Samurai (1954)

The Great Dictator (1940)

A Fistful of Dynamite (1971)

Rebecca (1940)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

And so there they all are, judge me as freely as you like!

Alright Already, I’ll Watch It – A CinemaShame list by @TRWilcox

Believe me, I’ve always wanted to see these movies (except The Shawshank Redemption).  It’s just the time, or the opportunity, never presented itself. (Except for the The Shawshank Redemption, which has been on TNT every g-ddamn day since it came out, right?)

1. Blood Simple

The only Coen brothers movie I haven’t seen. (With the exception of The Ladykillers remake, which I feel no shame over, and will get to eventually.) Being a noir fan in addition to a Coens fan = 2X the Shame for this one.

2.  Scarface (1983)

One of those ones that’s entered the cultural lexicon, but I never got around to. But I know there’s Pacino! And chainsaws! And cocaine!

3.  The Apartment

Double Indemnity is one of my favorite movies of all time. And weirdly, I’ve seen more obscure Wilder films like A Foreign Affair. But not this most famous of his, at least, not all the way through from start to finish.

4. All About Eve

I’m actually not surprised I haven’t seen this.  Bette Davis is a big meanie.

5.  Blue Velvet

I’ve experienced the twisted (does that word even do him justice?)  mind of David Lynch through Eraserhead and other later films, but this very notable one has escaped me.

6. The Philadelphia Story

See Jimmy Stewart comments on #12.

7. Stagecoach
Ford and Wayne. The grandaddy of all westerns, a genre I’m reasonably familiar with. Some of my favorite movies ever (Good the Bad and the Ugly, Rio Bravo) are westerns. OR SO I CLAIM. Shame.

8. The Rules of the Game

The entire nation of France has arrogantly insisted I watch.  I surrender.

9.  ??

This is either going to be Silence of the Lambs or The Goonies. Maybe they’d make a good double feature?

10. Dracula
I already know the original Dracula is creaky as hell but I still feel like I should have seen it, if only for Lugosi. Especially after all the times I’ve watched Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

11. The Shawshank Redemption

I’m not sure why I’ve had an irrational bias against this movie for so many years, but I do. I blame Ted Turner. For years it seemed like every time I turned on my TV, Tim Robbins was raising his hands to the rain…ugh.

12. It’s a Wonderful Life

I grew up watching Jimmy Stewart movies. My entire family loves him. I’ve seen A LOT of Jimmy Stewart movies. I’ve even seen Dear Brigitte, for God’s sake. Who else could pull off both Harvey and Vertigo? Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and The Naked Spur? But I’ve never seen two of his most famous films, and for that I must atone.

The TWELVE by @patrickcrain73

I’ve been watching movies a LOOOOOONG time. I can remember the days before VHS when you had to plot out your movie-watching schedule with a terrible copy of the TV guide that was published in your Sunday paper, guided mostly by titles in populist movie books my parents bought for me. I watched a lot of movies then but, when home video became a real live thing, I ate up movies like they were slathered in refried beans, wrapped in a flour tortilla, melted with cheese and served up at Taco Bell (which, now that it’s been uttered, will become an actual product; Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Movieito).

Over the years, I’ve attempted to fill in the gaps regarding the movies I’m regularly castigated for not seeing but, for one reason or another, I haven’t ever found the time nor have I really had the inspiration to watch the twelve movies I’m committing to this blog. So, with great shame, here is the list of movies I’ve never seen but will now finally watch and, while doing so, will share with you via live Tweeting and this here nifty infrawebs page.

1. Rio Bravo (January)

2. North By Northwest (February)

3. Reds (March)

4. Match Point (April)

5. Coming Home (May)

6. Real Genius (June)

7. The Apartment (July)

8. Gone With the Wind (August)

9. Tootsie (September)

10. Sunset Boulevard (October)

11. Shampoo (November)

12. High Noon (December)

Let the shames begin…

You Better Shape Up by @adrianstirrup

We’ve all done it. Nodded along to a conversation about a movie or album that you’ve never seen or heard, the beads of nervous sweat gathering in your palm, heart rate slightly elevated. You don’t want to be one of ‘those people’.

Until Cinema Shame.

A place where I can declare heartily “I’VE NEVER SEEN GREASE” and not be judged too harshly (I hope).

Picking the list of 12 was tough. My initial list of 18 has three Tom Hanks movies on it and, as you can see below, only one made the final 12 and I’ve put that off until November. Dear God, let’s hope this doesn’t spill over into 2015…

It’s a mix of genres but I’m starting in my happy place – sci-fi. So here goes:

January: Blade Runner

February: Schindler’s List

March: The Godfather

April: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest

May: Grease

June: Rocky

July: Fight Club

August: Memento

September: The Apartment

October: The Usual Suspects

November: Saving Private Ryan

December: Dr Strangelove

(I know… Grease!!)

Let the Shaming Begin (The Confession of @AnnaRenee)

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_)

*deep breaths*

  1. The Godfather
  2. Taxi Driver
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  4. Gone With the Wind
  5. Platoon
  6. Casablanca
  7. Rear Window
  8. The Apartment
  9. Annie Hall
  10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (EDIT: This might change to Night of the Living Dead)
  11. Singin’ in the Rain
  12. 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”.