I consider myself to be a ‘serious’ movie fan, one who will watch anything worth watching. Yet I noticed I have a long list of some of the ‘greatest’ movies ever made that I have never viewed. And more to the point, with a couple of exceptions, I don’t want to see them. For a whole host of reasons they just do not interest me.
If you accept I have seen a huge number of movies, by anybody’s standards, and used to be a film student, owned video stores, have written many thousands of reviews and movie news stories, and movies are a big part of my life. I think some people may be shocked at what I have been missing.
Perhaps you agree with me, perhaps you think I am some sort of movie-infidel who should be banned from darkened rooms with a couple of hundred other people.
I hope everyone can take the list in the spirit it was intended, I appreciate that some of these movies have a near religious attachment to some people.
I do not mean to offend anyone or their tastes. I am just putting down my often silly or misunderstanding reasons why I have not wanted to watch these movies, not that other people do not get a massive amount from them, and can watch them over and over again.
Thought I would start with the one I considered would cause most offence. I think that George Lucas seems to have an astonishing talent. Basically all of which has been wasted on producing this series and the admittedly very enjoyable Indiana Jones movies. What other amazing stories could he have created with all that time?
Think my mind was poisoned by the trash 60s show, and clips of the movies seem to have that same corny thread running through them, not to mention endless, meaningless, sci-fi babble
Seen the closing scene so many times on TV, could it get more corny than this?
I often feel this is one of a handful of movies that has to appear on any serious film fans list, (even if they don’t like it) but I just don’t understand why, seen about 20 minutes of the movie and over acting has been raised to an art form.
Gone With the Wind
The Dark Knight
Same as Star trek I assume I was poisoned by the 60s TV series, and I just don’t have that comic book escapist mind I guess
The Lord of the Rings:
It’s a Wonderful Life
I lived in the US for a long time and this movie is so beloved and has to be seen every Christmas day no matter what. It has become more like a strange tradition that must be endured rather than a movie.
I don’t know, I just have not seen it, so it’s on my ‘perhaps I should’ list
The Lion King
Like very few kids cartoons
What can I say, huge Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro fan, especially together, like good boxing movies, perhaps the movie gods will strike me down for missing this one?
On the Waterfront
V for Vendetta
Miss Portman was my reason for not watching this, I do not think I have liked anything she has done since Leon when she was a child.
The Big Lebowski
The Grand Budapest Hotel
It is billed as an action, adventure comedy, the trailer and clips I have seen provide none of that, and again I struggle with fantasy films.
12 Years a Slave
I think I have seen so many movies along similar themes I just find it too depressing to watch any more
I have seen Gladiator so there is no going backwards
Would love to hear what ‘must see’ movies others have not seen and why, please leave your comments.