A Project for the Upcoming Year

So, I’ve realized lately that you guys are watching and reviewing all of these movies that I haven’t seen – movies I should’ve seen by now, dammit.  Movies like Goodfellas and Casino and Taxi Driver and Casablanca and all those classics that I somehow missed out on (mostly because I went from movie auteur to movie fanatic in 0 to 60 and skipped those essential learning curve movies).  So I’d like to do a project after the new year and what I’d love for you guys to do for me is suggest a classic movie that I really should’ve seen by now.  I want to make a list and I want to watch and review everyone’s picks in January/February.  Leave a comment below with your pick or shoot me an email at cinemaschminema@gmail.com. And thank you!!!

About mistylayne

I'm a Z movie loving, horror hound, Buffy quoting, Dr. Who watching, geekazoid and seeker of all things unusual. I'm a gypsy wanderer, lover of words, Wendy of the damned and all that jazz. What can I say? I'm complicated.

Posted on 2012.20.November, in Irregular Posting and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 108 Comments.

  1. Misty,



  2. What a great idea, Misty! Casablanca is my all-time favourite classic movie so that’s one vote for that one. Also, you should totally check out The Exorcist (although I suspect you’ve probably already seen that one given your fandom for the horrorific). Good luck with your project – looking forward to reading about your reactions to the classics!

    • Thanks Janet! 🙂 Casablanca is definitely added because I’ve never seen it. I HAVE seen The Exorcist. 🙂 I think the project will be fun – at the least it’ll force me out of my comfort zone!

  3. I would suggest a horror film but you’ve most likely seen more than I have! So I’ll go with, Chinatown. It’s a fantastic neo-noir crime drama with a young Roman Polanski and Jack Nicholson. Can’t go wrong!

  4. Being the inspiration for my blog’s title, I’d have to say On The Waterfront 🙂

  5. Not sure what genre you’re after or what time-period, but I’d say a couple of mandatory dramas are One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and definitely Casablanca, a mandatory western is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a mandatory war movie is Full Metal Jacket, and a mandatory musical is either My Fair Lady and/or Singing in the Rain. Just a few thoughts, anyway.

    • I’m open to genres (except probably not horror because I’ll likely have seen it) and time periods are also open. When I think of the classics I haven’t seen I’m thinking of things like Goodfellas or the Godfather or Casablanca, kind of those “essential” so to speak films. I saw One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest a long time ago so can definitely revisit it, yes to Casablanca, yes to Butch Cassidy and Full Metal – I have seen both My Fair Lady and Singing in the Rain though (I’m a sucker for musicals) – thanks so much for the suggestions! 🙂

      • What a cool project. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts as you watch them all.

      • Thanks! I thought about it a couple of days ago because people kept posting about movies I hadn’t seen (and really should’ve) so I figured, why not just make a list and make it a thing. Should be fun and should keep me busy! 🙂

  6. How about The Changeling with George C. Scott? Taxi Driver, Chinatown – awesome choices. How about obscure horror like Madman? Just Before Dawn, Maniac, The Burning are a couple of more.

  7. Wow — as suggested by Theipc I was going to mention The Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood — it was the first thing that came to mind. Unless they meant the other Unforgiven — I think there are two.

    So, I went waaaaaayyy back to The Women, directed by George Cukor in 1939.

  8. Geek Soul Brother

    Kudos to Ryan for THE THING (my absolute favorite Horror flick). In fact, All of John Carpenter from Assault on Precinct 13 to They Live, but that’s too many for this project probably.
    Classic Comedy – Young Frankenstein or It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (ultimate silliness).
    Classic Drama – Of Wine and Roses
    Classic Sci-Fi – Forbidden Planet (favorite)
    Classic Horror – House of Wax (1953)

    Misty, this is what I live for lol.

    • Oh yay!! Now I’m superglad I decided to do this. 🙂

      I’ve seen Young Frankenstein so I’ll go with It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (didn’t they remake that as Rat Race??)

      Also going with Of Wine and Roses and Forbidden Planet. I *think* I saw House of Wax but I’ll double check.

      Thank you!! 🙂

  9. I would suggest Once Upon A Time in America (the full 3 hrs 45 mins version) also One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest and modern classic L.A. Confidential.

    • Oh geez, 4 hours, I’ll have to watch it in increments. 😉 L.A. Confidential and Once Upon a Time definitely added. Pretty sure I saw One Flew though or perhaps I just read the book…

  10. Ah! There are too many to pick from. I’ll pick some good Sci Fi ones Twelve Monkeys, Predator, The Thing, Total Recall, Starship Troopers, The Abyss, Event Horizon

    Yeah that’s a weird group of films for you 😀

  11. Have you seen any Mario Bava films? Pretty much anything by him is awesome. I have a huge soft spot for Danger: Diabolik. Black Sabbath is a definite must see! And I think that one is streaming on Netflix currently.

    I’d also add:
    Blade Runner
    Once Upon a Time in the West
    The Wild Bunch
    A Clockwork Orange
    Lone Wolf McQuade

  12. Um, I would suggest one but you have a gazillion flicks to watch now. I’ll try and come up with one or two soon. Great idea by the way. 😀

    • I ALWAYS have a gazillion flicks to watch. 😉 Please do suggest away! I don’t have to do all of these in January (I don’t think that would be humanly possible, lol), it’ll probably run into February. And thanks! I thought it would be fun and this way I can get some classics in and hopefully everyone has a good time. 🙂

  13. loved “the professional.” loved “the abyss.” loved “unforgiven.” but you should see “the searchers.”

  14. A Dog With Fleas

    Such a great project and can’t wait to read your posts on them. Goodfellas is one of my all-time favorite movies. Hopefully you’ll love it. If you’re going for the “oldies” have you ever seen “Rebel Without A Cause” or “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf”? Or “Raging Bull”? I could go on and on!! 🙂

    • Thanks! 🙂 Goodfellas will be on my list and Raging Bull. I’ve seen Rebel and Virginia Wolf (LOVE Virginia Wolf!!!).

      • A Dog With Fleas

        I loved Virginia Wolf too!! Such perfect performances by all!

      • YES! And the play itself is just brilliant. I tend to think Closer took a lot from that play/movie (have you seen Closer with Natalie Portman, Julia Roberts, Jude Law and…crap, I forgot his name…? Another film I love!).

      • A Dog With Fleas

        No I haven’t seen Closer….And I don’t know why because I love the cast. I think the other guy is Clive Owen? That is one I still need to see.

      • Clive! That’s him! Don’t know why I forgot his name. It’s phenomenal. It’s also based off a play and it’s a show I’m seriously dying to be in at some point.

  15. I would suggest ‘Network’, which is a classic satire from the 70’s and also ‘The Converstaion’ with Gene Hackman and a young Harrison Ford as a villian. This one starts out slow, but stick with it because the ending is great. Directed by Francis Ford Coppla!

  16. The original Frank Capra “You Can’t Take it With You,” “The Maltese Falcon,” “Double Indemnity,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Vertigo,” etc.

    • Ah, Frank Capra…I did a show once called Moon Over Buffalo where he is mentioned quite a bit….Since the only one I’ve seen is One Flew, I’ll add those to the list. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  17. ok, here’s mine for you. Taxi Driver (must see), Citizen Kane, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Duck Soup, Aguirre: Wrath of God, The Third Man, Double Indemnity, The Seventh Seal, 8 1/2, and many more… 🙂

    • Hehehe, I will put those on the list (and hopefully I can fit them all in! ;)). Duck Soup is very familiar, I might’ve seen that one…thanks for the suggestions, Kloipy!

  18. Feel a little late to this party, and I’m a lazy/busy man and I know some of these have already been said, and you may already have seen some but here are my favourites that you should see and I consider ‘classics’ 🙂

    Goodfellas, Casino, The Deer Hunter, Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Oldboy, I Saw The Devil, The Godfather I & II, Once Upon a Time In America, Full Metal Jacket, The Shining.

    Tyson out 🙂

  19. Romantic comedy: The Philidelphia Story (1940) – It Happened One Night (1934)
    Ganster: The Godfather (1972) – The Godfather Part II (1974)
    Drama: 12 Angry Men (1957) – The Usual Suspects (1995)
    Hitchcock: Rear Window (1954) – Rope (1948)
    Creepy: Night of the Hunter (1955) – Rebecca (1940)
    Weird: Harvey (1950) – Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
    My personal pet: Zodiac (2007)

    You knew you’d get 13 from me, right 🙂

  20. “Singin’ in the Rain” one of the best musicals ever!

  21. Lawrence of Arabia (long, but worth it). The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, still the best version). Network. Dr. Strangelove.

  22. What? Just one film!?

    ‘North by Northwest’

    Am I allowed to say more? Because I can provide more… 🙂

    • No, no, not just one, lol (seriously do you see one person on here that has suggested just one??). 😉

      Excellent pick and definitely feel free to send more suggestions my way! 🙂

      • Woohoo! Okay… Hmm… Eh… where to start…

        So, I Married an Axe Murderer (Cheesy goodness!)
        The 39 Steps (original Hitchcock with Robert Donat)
        High Anxiety (Mel Brooks’ Hitchcock spoof – so fricking funny!)

        Some really great foreign films you should see:

        ‘Les Diaboliques’ (French)
        ‘You the Living’ (Swedish and really weird!)
        ‘Orphee’ (French)

        That should keep you going… 😉

      • Is Axe Murderer the one with Mike Meyers?? I saw that a long time ago!

        Adding 39 Steps and High Anxiety. Definitely the foreign stuff too – I’m pretty sure I’ve seen Les Diaboliques. I actually adore foreign film – I went through a phase where I would watch nothing but. I think a quarter of my movie collection is foreign. 🙂

  23. The Quiet Man (John Wayne). Also Mister Roberts (Henry Fonda). Both are serious oldies but goodies!

  24. Well, you gotta see Goodfellas
    I’m not sure what else you haven’t seen so I’m not sure what else to suggest so I’ll say every Stanley Kubrick movie ever.

  25. Pasolini’s “Porcile” and Buñuel’s “Belle de Jour” ?

  26. Cool Hand Luke(Perhaps Newman’s best role)
    Blue Velvet (David Lynch, a must see for more reasons than can be mentioned)
    Apocalypse Now(Such a journey)

    • Great choices! I saw Apocalypse Now in high school but I don’t remember much of it. Love David Lynch but for some reason haven’t gotten around to watching Blue Velvet yet. Thanks so much for the suggestions and for stopping by! 🙂

  27. Lost Creek Publishing

    Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in “African Queen.” Clint Eastwood and many other well known actors in “Kelly’s Heroes.”

  28. I want to suggest a bunch but so many good ones have already been said…

    Harvey (1950) with James Stewart makes for an interesting watch. It’s peculiar, but funny.
    Rope (1948) is a fine Hitchcock one, too.

  29. I married a monster from outer space
    Breaking away
    Phantom of the paradise
    Running Time
    Brother from another planet

    I almost hated to add Breaking Away because I think it was nominated for some of those fancy awards, but it’s still good despite that.

    • “I almost hated to add Breaking Away because I think it was nominated for some of those fancy awards, but it’s still good despite that.” *giggles* That was funny. Thanks for all the suggestions! 🙂

  30. All of these suggestions for “Unforgiven” and none for

    A Fistful Of Dollars
    For A Few Dollars More
    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


    For shame! I saw Leone’s other masterpiece “Once Upon A Time In America” listed here too…so close!

    I have stacks and stacks of DVDs lurking under my desk, many of which I notice have been mentioned already. But how about…

    Dangerous Liaisons (just try not to wince too much at the Keanu acting)
    Romeo and Juliet (the superior Zefferelli version)
    The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across The 8th Dimension (because I am from the 80s and I say so)

    • I think I saw The Good, the Bad and the Ugly! But not the others. LOVE Dangerous Liasons!! Glenn Close is beyond phenomenal in that. I also believe I have seen that Romeo & Juliet (huge R&J fan have seen most of them and played Juliet years ago :). Have NOT seen the last one but it sounds AMAZING, lol.

      Thank you for all the suggestions!! 🙂


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