The Checklist: Movies I Must See

 

Let’s get a couple of things straight: I am a movie fanatic. I love movies. If ever there were movie lovers, I would make the list by a mile. But alas, I have not been a movie lover my whole life. It was only at the end of 2009, I decided to make a New Years resolution: get more into movies. And so, over the course of 2010, I scoured through all the shortlists of great movies and tried to knock off as many as I could. Of the famous 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, I have seen 193 movies, and counting. When I first purchased the book at the beginning of 2010, I’d only seen 51. I was not experienced with movies, they’d never really interested me. But when I delved into the complex and invigorating wonderland that is film, I fell in love with it. Now more than a year later, I am a fanatic. Every day I watch two movies, minimum, and 80% of the time they are movies I’ve never seen before. I have a Hell of a time checking all those movies off my must-see list and I believe I’ve only ever seen around 600-700 movies in my entire lifetime. Not many. I keep a regular log of the movies I watch, and always write reviews of at least three or four sentences. I give the films a rating on a scale of one to ten, and there are only about 25 movies I’ve ever rated ten. I’m relatively young, too, so I have my whole life ahead of me to complete the difficult challenge of becoming a true movie know-it-all. This is my goal. Before 2010, I barely ever went to the theatre. Now I go at least two or three times a month, wisely choosing which I view. Though it’s healthy to watch a substantial amount of rubbish movies (to help you better appreciate the definition of a good movie), I tend to stick more to classics and more well-received movies.

I have a Top 10o Movies List, ranking my favourite one hundred movies, and I intend to post the list to my blog soon enough. Until then, I will keep watching the movies, reviewing and letting my opinion be heard. Here’s a checklist of movies I really want to see, and I will gradually check each one off.

In random order:

The Seventh Seal

The Third Man

Come and See

Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

Gone With the Wind

It’s A Wonderful Life

The Lord of the Rings trilogy

Citizen Kane

Wild Strawberries

Cinema Paradiso

Singin’ In The Rain

Braveheart

Metropolis

Oldboy

Ran

Judgment at Nuremberg

Platoon

Any of the films of Federico Fellini, but particularly La Strada and 8 1/2

Any of the films of Woody Allen (I’ve only seen Annie Hall, gasp!)

Intolerance

Greed

The King of Comedy

Mean Streets

The Godfather: Part III

Rosemary’s Baby (well, not necessarily this, but anything by Polanski)

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest

Spartacus (the only Kubrick I haven’t seen!)

The Straight Story (the only Lynch I haven’t seen!)

Any popular sport movie that does not star Rosie O’Donnell

Carlito’s Way

All About My Mother

The Decalogue

Any movie that lasts longer than 3 hours (I’m a freak for excessively long movies!)

Nashville

On The Waterfront

Any of the great, surreal cinematic masterpieces of the 1920s or 1960s, the two most eventful periods for film development.

That one with that guy who was in that movie that was out last year?

So I think, off the top of my head, that’s basically the list. Please, tell me in the comments what you think of these movies if you’ve seen any of them. I know I’ll get around to watching them all eventually. Did you like them? Did you hate them? Inform me, and when I check them off, I’ll be sure to write a review. BTW, if I had to place one of these at the top of the list of must-sees, it would be Nashville. I’m a complete Altman whore.

Thanks for reading.

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About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on March 22, 2011, in Filmmakers, Lists, Movies and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Glad to hear you’re a new convert to the cult of film. Sounds like you have a lot of watching to do (as with us all) but what a wonderful burden, eh?

    My personal biggies right now are “King of Kings,” finishing Einstein’s “Ivan pt.2,” and finally “Fist of Legend,” which I just purchased on Blu-ray.

    • Stu… thanks for commenting. I think I’ll be able to cross a few off this list in a couple of days, but we’ll have to wait and see. Watching all the great movies isn’t easy, but it is fun, and I know I’ll enjoy it.

  2. Lawrence of Arabia, Network, Five Easy Pieces, Mash, Little Big Man, The Graduate, Chinatown … just a few must see films from the 60s era.

    — Judson

  3. You haven’t seen Star Wars or its sequels? That’s actually really impressive…

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