A Life in Great Movies I Haven’t Seen
Two months ago I participated in the fun meme A Life in Movies wherein I listed a great movie that was released in every year of my life. Now, I’m doing the same, but this time the movies that were released in these respective years of my life are all “great” movies I have yet to see. So, without further ado:
1987: Wings of Desire
This famous foreign film is one of the many Criterion DVDs owned by my Criterion-obsessed friend Stephen, and it is the subject of an upcoming movie night between me and friends, so I’m excited to finally see it, as it looks marvellous.
1988: Cinema Paradiso
Okay, feel free to shoot away. I feel tremendously guilty for not having seen this family cult classic. And it’s a movie about a kid who enjoys movies! Why haven’t I seen this again?
1989: Do The Right Thing
Alright, I understand I must be starting to seriously piss people off with this list, and I can assure you it’s imperitive for me to see these movies, and this modern classic is as high up as you can get on the queue, so it’ll be knocked down very soon.
1990: Dances with Wolves
It’s my mother’s favourite movie of all time, and it indeed looks like something special, but this Oscar-snatching three-hour epic has evaded me even though it’s exactly the kind of film I’d enjoy.
Again, exactly the kind of film I enjoy. Lynchian, delightfully comic and disgusting adventures, and what’s more, it’s French! And it’s Bastille Day, so I might get this one delivered in the next few days.
1992: The Best Intentions
Scripted by Ingmar Bergman in the seemingly dormant part of his career after the phenomenal out-with-a-bang Fanny and Alexander, this Palme D’Or-winning film is on the list of movies I must see for several reasons, most of all the ones I’ve already mentioned.
1993: Carlito’s Way
Being quite a fan of the diverse work of Brian DePalma, it’s obvious that this is a must-see. And also, Al Pacino… well, Al Pacino, for God’s sake, fresh off the set of the brilliant Scent of a Woman.
1994: The Lion King
Ouch, this one hurt. Childhood favourite? For some, yes, but I honestly wasn’t interested in lions growing up, so I couldn’t give a flip. I’m sure it’s brilliant, though.
I saw parts of it growing up, but never got around to seeing the whole thing? I enjoyed what I saw, but I just can’t be bothered revisiting it! Am I a bad movie person?
1996: The English Patient
One of the only movies on this list I’m not in a huge hurry to see, I still feel kinda bad about skipping this Best Picture winner. What d’you think, am I missing anything?
1997: Air Force One
Now this looks badass. A friend called it Die Hard with Harrison Ford, and you have no idea how appealing that description is to me, even though in general I don’t love action films.
1998: The Thin Red Line
In the days leading up to my long-awaited viewing of The Tree of Life, I’m going through all of Terrence Malick’s films, and this is one I am awaiting eagerly.
1999: The Straight Story
What makes this especially shocking is that it is directed by one of my favourite directors, David Lynch, who I have obsessed over in the past and whose films have provoked hours – even days – of relentless thought. But this comparitively simple true story directed by Lynch continues to evade me, most probably because I’m afraid to try something different from the man.
Again, I like epics, and films with a lot of time and effort put into them, but some of them I just haven’t got around to seeing. This is a primary example.
2001, 2002, 2003: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
I’ve already copped a lot of hate for missing out on this famous trilogy, and I promise I’m aiming to see it very soon, but for now it remains shamefully present on this list.
2004: The Aviator
You probably already know how much I love Scorsese, which makes skipping The Aviator in my movie watching habits a glaring omission. Yes, I intend to see it, as I do so many of this list, but not in the immediate future.
2005: Walk the Line
As much as I love biopics (and Johnny Cash), I seem to have struck out again by missing this supposedly brilliant tale of the singer’s life. Bugger me ignorance!
2006: The Lives of Others
As intriguing and alluring as it sounds, I’ve yet to get around to seeing the Oscar-winning German drama. And it looks pretty bloody good too, the above image reminds me eerily of Coppola’s The Conversation, so that can’t be a bad thing.
2007: Gone Baby Gone
Considering how much I loved Affleck’s The Town, it comes as a surprise even to me that I haven’t yet properly seen Ben Affleck’s directorial debut Gone Baby Gone. It looks and sounds like a great movie, so I’ve got to see it.
2008: In Bruges
I keep continuously disappointing myself. This has been recommended time after time, and I must apologise again for a film I haven’t seen. But Colin Farrell looks better than ever here, and I trust the recommendations.
2009: Up in the Air
Ouch. George Clooney is a man who I think is tremendously talented, but I’ve yet to see this award-winning film that gives him apparently one of his best roles.
2010: Easy A
I’ll admit, at first I was wary that this was going to be another stupid high school comedy, but I’ve since heard quite good things about it, so no doubt I’ll see it at some point in the future.
So there’s the list. Phew! It feels good to get them all off my chest. I’d like to apologise for the umpteenth time for not seeing some really great films, but I guess the real reason is I’ve been trying to knock over all the obscure, independent movies, or foreign films, rather than the more mainstream ones, so I’ve had less time to check these off, though undoubtedly there will be a point when I go for broke and madly watch them all over the course of an insanely good week.
Anything you’d like to add, say, or speak about? Any great movies you haven’t seen that’re killing you? Leave a comment below.
Posted on July 15, 2011, in Lists, Movies and tagged A Film For Every Year, A Life In Movies, Air Force One, Braveheart, Carlito's Way, Cinema Paradiso, Dances with Wolves, Delicatessen, Do the Right Thing, Easy A, Gladiator, Gone Baby Gone, Great Movies, Great Movies I Haven't Seen, In Bruges, movies, The Aviator, The Best Intentions, The English Patient, The Lion King, The Lives of Others, The Lord of the Rings, The Straight Story, The Thin Red Line, Up in the Air, Walk the Line, Wings of Desire. Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.