“You haven’t seen that film?!” – Normally I’m the person to be incredulously asking this question, but not always. I’ve seen a lot of cinema in my time, but occasionally there will be super well-known films that I’ve missed out on for some reason, but have always meant to see at some point in time.
When I saw this excellent post over at Mettel Ray (inspired by this post at Film Flare) listing a number of films that are on her watchlist, which technically could be called her ‘shame list’, I was really inspired. I thought this kind of list would be a great way to shame myself into actually getting around to seeing some great films.
Below is a list of the films about which I actually do feel a fair amount of shame, because I haven’t seen them yet and I probably should have. I’ve limited it to 20 films because otherwise the shame would be overwhelming, and they’re in random order because I feel equally bad about not watching all of them.
Wild At Heart (1990, dir. David Lynch)
The Artist (2011, dir. Michel Hazanavicius)
Magnolia (1999, dir. P.T. Anderson)
Boogie Nights (1997, dir. P.T. Anderson)
First Blood (1982, dir. Ted Kotcheff)
Shame (2010, dir. Steve McQueen) (ironically)
Cinema Paradiso (1988, dir. Giuseppe Tornatore)
Battleship Potemkin (1925, dir. Sergei M. Eisenstein)
Bonnie & Clyde (1967, dir. Arthur Penn)
The Maltese Falcon (1941, dir. John Huston)
Chinatown (1974, dir. Roman Polanski)
The Tenant (1976, dir. Roman Polanski)
Stalker (1979, dir. Andrei Tarkovsky)
The Terminator (1984, dir. James Cameron)
Frozen (2013, dir. Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee)
The Blues Brothers (1980, dir. John Landis)
Marathon Man (1976, dir. John Schlesinger)
The Night of the Hunter (1955, dir. Charles Laughton)
The Conversation (1974, dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
A Woman Under the Influence (1974, John Cassavetes)
Well, that’s it. What’s on your shame list?