Feb 28, 2008

My Dirty Movie Secret

As anyone who is familiar with my hobbies, etc, knows, I love movies. I love the whole industry. I keep up with the movie rumors and development. I am interested in box office developments. And I love to break down movies and look at themes, messages, imagery, and how they can be seen in the light of a biblical worldview. Movies are today’s art form, in many ways. That’s why I have my movie review page over at Rotten Tomatoes and why I do stuff about the Oscars, etc. I enjoy movies.

All of that being said, I was listening to "Mike and Mike in the Morning" radio show this week. And they were razzing the guest host because he had never seen Gladiator. They said it is required viewing for all guys. That turned into a discussion on what movies “all guys” should have seen. That, combined with a discussion we had with some friends of ours the other day about movies, got me thinking. Me, being a movie buff, have seen a LOT of movies. But there was a long stretch when I didn’t see movies. I wasn’t allowed to watch them growing up. So I had not seen many movies that were made before 1990. So what movies would you, my blog-loving public, be surprised to hear that I have never seen? I was thinking through this question. I wanted to put this up as a list on Rotten Tomatoes, but couldn’t get it to work. So I will put this on here instead. Feel free to post insulting comments.

I have tried to lump them into different categories, and I’ll offer explanations if I think they are necessary. (NOTE: There are no horror movies listed because I don’t watch horror movies. The End.)

These are pre-1974 movies that I never have gotten around to watching on video. All of these have at some point been the point of the following comment: “You haven’t seen that? It’s a classic!”
  • Jaws
  • Scarface (Never saw it when I though violence was cool. Too late now.)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Gone With the Wind
  • Ben Hur
  • Spartacus
  • Psycho
  • ANY Alfred Hitchcock movie
  • Great Escape
  • Dirty Dozen
  • American Graffiti
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (this one earned a “What’s wrong with you?” from Heather)
  • Miracle on 34th Street
  • Wizard of Oz (Never have seen it all – parts but not all)
  • King Kong (Old one)
  • Godzilla (Any of the old ones)
  • Sword and the Stone
  • The Artistocats
This would be the 1974-1989 era, when I was not allowed to watch movies. And, again, I haven’t gotten around to watching them since then.
  • E.T.
  • Goonies
  • Gremlins
  • Gremlins 2
  • Romancing the Stone
  • Jewel of the Nile
  • Grease (This also falls under No Desire, since I have actually AVOIDED watching this one)
  • Say Anything
  • Better Off Dead
  • Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Heathers
  • Porky’s
  • Meatballs
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Neverending Story (Any of them)
  • Land Before Time (Any of them)
  • Willow
  • Dark Crystal
  • Labyrinth
  • The Wiz
  • The Lost Boys
  • Stand By Me
  • Red Dawn
  • War Games
  • Soul Man
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • Platoon
  • Full Metal Jacket
1990-Present. For some reason, I have not had a desire to see these movies.
  • The DaVinci Code (Rented it. Lasted about ten minutes.)
  • Moulin Rouge
  • South Park Movie
  • Beavis and Butthead Movie
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Reality Bites
  • Borat
  • Day After Tomorrow
  • Snakes on a Plane
  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  • Pocahontas (Only seen parts with Natalie)
  • Stuart Little (Any of them)
1990-Present. I may have wanted to see them. I may even own them. But I have not gotten around to actually watching them.
  • Hulk
  • School of Rock (Own it – never get around to it)
  • Luther (Own it – but have had it usually is at someone else’s house.)
  • War of the Worlds (Own it - $5 – never in the mood for death on global scale)
  • The Green Mile


Benji said...


If you are the movie buff, then I am the anti-movie buff. I hardly get to see any movies (I joke with my boys at my program that the last movie I saw was Jurassic Park - the first one). I too was listening to Mike and Mike the other morning regarding Gladiator (which I have also not seen myself). I wanted to shame you (or not) and list those movies on your list which I have seen and you have not:

* Jaws (okay, so I haven't watched it all the way in one sitting, but I have basically seen every scene; this also goes for It's a Wonderful Life, King Kong, and Godzilla.
* The Wizard of Oz
* E.T. (this is the one I am the most surprised by - I even listen to the John William soundtrack)
* Goonies (Hey you guys!)
* Gremlins (both - I wish I hadn't seen the 2nd it was so bad)
* The Never-ending Story (1st one)
* The Land Before Time
* Willow
* A.I.
* Hulk
* The Green Mile

And a special note goes to Close Encounters - I have not watched but a few minutes of this movie, but it scared me so bad as a kid I was scarred for life (just like when my mother sat my brother and I down and we watched Poltergeist - I've had nightmares ever since).

So, I have seen 15 of the list of 64. I'm not going to brag, because that means there are many movies you have seen that I have not. In fact, this is about the same number of movies I have seen from the AFI list of the 100 greatest movies. There are a few on there that list (Raiders, any Godfather, Goodfellas, Unforgiven, etc) I know I would be laughed at for not seeing. Let's just say if I made a list, it would end up being a book.

Candy said...

Seriously? No Gremlins? E.T.? Wow! We own E.T, if you'd ever lke to view it. Loved Better Off Dead and quote it quite frequently. There are some great movies on there. I haven't seen some of the classics myself and probably never will.