2015 is here and I must admit I did not complete my penance for 2014 nor did I even watch a movie a month. For 2015 however I am making all attempts to rectify that. Behold my 2015 CinemaShame with some holdovers from last year.
1. Blade Runner
2. Do The Right Thing
4. 3:10 To Yuma (carryover from 2014)
5. A Clockwork Orange
6. Lethal Weapon (seen 2-4 but never the original)
7. Ace in the Hole
8. Friday The 13th. (Another 2014 carryover)
10. The Hustler
11. Marathon Man
12. The French Connection
This year I’ll be 30 years old. I haven’t completed a whole lot of things but I am determined to finish this list. I wish myself luck!
The assignment: Find twelve films I haven’t seen that leave a gaping hole in my study/love/knowledge of film. Simple, right? After all, I have a list on letterboxd with close to 200 films I want to see. I think this is a different list though. As I grew up in the United States and in the suburbs, I watched a lot of American and some British films on TV. I don’t have stories of walking to the theatre every Saturday or having an art house down the street. Going to the movies meant conning someone’s mother into driving a gang of us to the nearest theatre where we’d see something new. I have seen some foreign and a lot of cult films, but I never studied film formally so I know I’ve missed a bunch. I did see Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Polyester at plain old suburban theatres so chalk those up for the suburbs. I still remember my dad’s taking me to a Kenmore Square revival house to see Blow Up when I was twelve. We talked about it all the way to our bleacher seats at Fenway which we bought, day of, for $2.50. I digress. Here’s my list of shame. They’re in no order so I’m not sure when I’ll watch what. Plus, I have thirteen because Un Chien Andalou is only fifteen minutes long. Here goes nuthin’.
Yojimbo Bicycle Thieves Get Carter (yes, the original) Rashomon
The 400 Blows Un Chien Andalou
La Dolce Vita Bob Le Flambeur
Withnail & I
I managed to find most of these on Netflix, You Tube, and my local library, but if one eludes me, I’ll switch it out for The Killing of a Chinese Bookie.