A (Late!) CinemaShame List by @TapwaterAlice

Only twelve? Because you know, I could easily double or triple the list… okay, I’ll stop now.

There are a handful of films that I’m proud to say I’ve seen (, El TopoCitizen Kane and nearly all the David Lynch movies), but countless more that I’ve yet to. Like fellow Shamer @007hertzrumble, this could be a by-product of my preoccupation with the James Bond franchise; I’ve revisited films like GoldenEye numerous times and can nearly quote it word-for-word. Highly acclaimed classics like Seven Samurai or Lawrence of Arabia don’t give me quite the same level of gratification that I get from watching Roger Moore raise his eyebrows, but it’s the classics that ultimately teach us more about the craft of visual storytelling. And I am very guilty of skipping a few.

On to the list:

JanuaryOldboy (dir. Park Chan-wook)

February: 2001: A Space Odyssey (dir. Stanley Kubrick)

MarchRear Window (dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

April: Fargo (dir. Joel & Ethan Coen)

MayAnnie Hall (dir. Woody Allen)

JuneFight Club (dir. David Fincher)

JulyTaxi Driver (dir. Martin Scorsese)

AugustApocalypse Now (dir. Francis Ford Coppola)

September: Repulsion (dir. Roman Polanski)

October: Wait Until Dark (dir. Terence Young)

NovemberThe French Connection (dir. William Friedkin)

December: La Dolce Vita (dir. Frederico Fellini)

Aside from a few criteria, i.e. choosing twelve films that interest me, as well as choosing one film per director, there isn’t much of a unifying theme here. Films I’ve enjoyed the most tend to deal with notions of masculinity, or a subversion of masculinity, so there may be a few of those here. Overall this was a tough list to make and I’m sure I forgot to include a few essentials.

Let the penitence commence!

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”.