I did a similar post before (here) and I enjoyed doing it a lot. Kinda for the lack of work that has to go into it (just saying) but also to show readers a no hold bars look at the real me. Namely by showing the absolute philistine / uninformed faker that I actually am.
Also if anyone is interested the original list still stands. I’ve still not seen any of them.
10. Citizen Kane
There. I said it.
An odd one because I like horror, loved the genre even more as a kid and watched every other 90s slasher. What happened?
8. The Bourne Identity
Never seen this or its sequels but gosh it does look terribly exciting!
7. Iron Man
A very popular and (I’m led to believe) an ‘above average’ ‘comic book movie’. Felt the need for a lot of sarcastic quotation marks there didn’t I. But yeah, for some reason this film just got past me and it’s way too much hassle going back now.
Not really my kind of film despite the obvious good things.
5. Gone with the Wind
Not sure why I’d watch this anyway, apart from because everyone says you HAVE TO. This, bloody Citizen Kane, bloody Lawrence of bloody Arabia. Will Top Ten or Hundred ‘must see’ film lists ever be updated? I’m being serious, they need updating.
4. City of God
Probably one of the most famous / popular non-English speaking films of modern times. And I’ve not seen it.
3. A couple of Harry Potters
And I’m not even sure which ones. I know I saw Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets years ago on DVD. And I watched Goblet of Fire in the cinema. Recently on television I watched The Half Blood Prince and The Deathly Hallows Part 2. I’m just not sure about all of them and I know there’s a couple I’ve definitely not seen.
2. Blue Velvet
Not seen many David Lynch movies to be honest. Or much of a fan (except The Elephant Man – which is probably the most un-David Lynch film he made).
1. Either of the Matrix sequels
And I didn’t like the first that much either.
The only one I want to plead for you to see is “City Of God”….it really is a brilliant film
I really should watch it 🙂
Emma, you haven’t seen Iron Man?!?! One of my favorite movie that is, so so good! I hadn’t seen Fight Club, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles etc. so that’s what I spend my weekend doing, felt like movies I had to watch! Great post, loved it!
I should watch it!!!! That’s great Renate, was that this weekend gone you watched all those films? Which was your favourite? 🙂 I need to dedicate a weekend to catching up!! (Iron Man!!!)
Do it!! Haha yes it was, The Breakfast Club I think! YES do that! 😀
🙂 🙂 🙂
Great list. You need to watch Scream, it’s an essential! I thought the first Matrix was genius but that’s just me, but yeah don’t bother with the sequels, they’re pretty awful.
Thanks Liam! I’d definitely like to watch Scream one day 🙂 I thought The Matrix was okay, just not something I loved enough to keep watching 🙂
The only one I would recommend seeing immediately is Blue Velvet. It holds up well and at least for me, I have had a different understanding of it each time I see it. I have been a fan of the movie for 27 years and I always notice new things. Scream on the other hand does not hold up well at all; it was refreshing for a moment but has become overshadowed by all the parodies which for me is the problem with older successful movies I have missed most times: they get ripped off so much that when you finally see them, they seem unoriginal.
I do think it’s the one I’m most likely to watch of all of them, on the list (Blue Velvet). It does sound very interesting.
I have seen parts of Scream, at times, and it genuinely seemed like parody film Scary Movie, so I know what you mean! Nothing beats the classics 🙂
I haven’t seen a lot of these, and have no desire to either! I’m with you on wanting an updated ‘must see’ movie list, I get that they’re considered ‘classics’ but a lot just don’t stand so well after so many years.
That said…how could you not have watched all the Harry Potter movies?! 😛
I have read all the books!! Haha 🙂 I like the films, but I didn’t find them addictive like the books.
And glad we agree!! Times change and so do people and the things that we watch. I know I sound awful but why would some kid or teenager ever want to watch Gone With the Wind? The generations are moving forward!
Exactly! I’m well out of my teens and there are so many movies in the IMDB Top 250 that I can’t bring myself to watch!
Ditto!! I enjoy being a philistine haha 🙂
City of Gods is unmissable. Kane can be a little dated, and probably require a lot of study and knowledge behind the history of it and the history of film techniques to really get it. Gone with the Wind and Labyrinth I have not seen. David Lynch – you either get him or don’t get him. The rest, you might feel left out but no big deal.
In 2015, you told me you would watch Raging Bull one day. Well, now is that day!
I am a Lynch fan, but can understand why you haven’t bothered, as he is a love or hate film-maker. I love Blue Velvet for Isabella, Mulholland Drive, for obvious reasons, and Dune because I read all the books. One worth a look is The Straight Story. It’s not like his usual stuff.
Citizen Kane was of its day, and still has something to offer; but it is not as great as everyone keeps saying it is. From your list, i would say that City of God is the best film you haven’t seen.
Anyway, good to see you on the blog again. You are missed! (I know, I keep saying that…)
As ever, Pete. XXX
Didn’t like the original Matrix??! Blasphemer!!!! (I kid, I kid……….slightly.. 😛 )
There’s some stuff here I haven’t seen either and feel guilty/weird/dirty for not having seen yet myself. Gone with the Wind, Labyrinth (at least not fully), most of David Lynch’s filmography. (so so sad about John Hurt).
I think you saw my Blindspot list for this year so you know some of the other stuff I’ve been procrastinating from!
Haha at ‘guilty/weird/dirty’ lol 🙂
We both have some catching up to do! Mind you, procrastinating is so much fun haha.
Procrastination is the best, especially when you can put it off so easily 😉
I do it too much! I can’t even really blame work because even when I have a free day I just…….do……….nothing. Haha 🙂
Aw, no pressure, E. I will say if you do see Kane at some point, do so for the comic value (it’s a really funny film in spots), music and visual effects work. Kicking it off that list just means you get the chance to add something else. 😀
Well you’ve made Citizen Kane seem more appealing already pointing out its comic value 🙂 thank you! I think I’ll definitely watch it one day.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDO_bh4G5zo I mean, come on now… Orson Welles dancing should be seen by all…
By the waaaaaaay… you don’t need a degree or any big honkin’ research to enjoy Kane! The film works well enough in its storytelling that you “get” everything on the first viewing. I didn’t even know it was based on real people/events until the third time I saw it after someone pointed me to an encyclopedia entry and old news clippings on Hearst. Welles’ genius in picking the right people for the job (the editing and cinematography were revolutionary for American film) just plain works without all that fussing over expressionism and the like.
I like your attitude and I’m sure I can enjoy it for just what it is 🙂
definitely catch Kane Em. Its freaking amazing, and unlike some others here, it has aged well.
Long time no speak eh? I’ll have to add you on facebook or something where we can just chat
Ooh yes that’d be lovely, I’m not on facebook but I do have twitter, or we could email? Feel like we need a catch up!!!! mmmmmmmmmm’lay
Great idea for a list Ems (wouldnt work for me tho) 🙂
only one film on ur list has eluded me over the years (guess which one)
also only one film on ur original list that I never saw (and surprisingly, they both sit in the same spot on ur top ten… coincidence??? I think NOT!!! 🙂
All movies are overrated. no need to see most of them 🙂
Ha ha…thanks Rob! I’m glad you say they are overrated because half of them I haven’t seen and don’t intend to and the other half, I agree with you. I’m sorry if I’m in trouble but I’ve only seen one Harry Potter and never again 😉
As for Gone with the Wind…I soooo didn’t like it…I felt totally unsatisfied from the watching experience.
Haha! Coincidence??? I think NOT!!!! 🙂
Very wise words at the end 🙂
From this list, is the film you’ve not seen Scream?
Damn it! 🙂