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