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 email@example.com. And thank you!!!
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Well – I just looked back at my post – if you don’t want to see this excellent movie – I suggest THE PROFESSIONAL. !!!!
I have seen at least part of The Professional but I’d love to see the whole thing so I’ll add it also! 🙂
Excellent choice, E. I’m adding it to my spreadsheet!
you know you’re cool when you can rock a spreadsheet! 🙂
Oh I rock spreadsheets like that white rapper rocks those footie pajamas!
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!
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!
Lol, yeah, horror films should probably be last picks for this. 😉 And excellent – haven’t seen that one! Thank you!
Lol, it is added to my list. 🙂
I agree! 😀
Have you seen Easy Rider?
YES. I was SOOO bored. And I love that sort of thing usually.
Okay, then what about Five Easy Pieces?
No, I haven’t heard of that one. Thanks!
Being the inspiration for my blog’s title, I’d have to say On The Waterfront 🙂
Adding it to the spreadsheet and thank you! 🙂
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! 🙂
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.
All excellent suggestions – I’m actually not familiar with the last few – thanks! 🙂
I also thought of another movie called Intruder. It stars Sam and Ted Raimi and it was made by the same crew that worked on The Evil Dead series. It’s a slasher movie set inside a grocery store. Great gore. Good luck. Looking forward to your reviews.
That sounds totally kickawesome! Thanks!
It really is. They use all kinds of crazy things to kill people – a meat slicer, a box crusher, and things like that.
I already have two movies I must watch today – suddenly I want to drop them and find this instead…
I’m not sure how available it is, but you should be able to find it somewhere.
Amazon has it on Instant Watch, but I don’t know if that is the unrated version or not.
Eh, rated or unrated, it’ll work. 🙂 Maybe I can fit all the movies in today somehow…
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.
The Women…is this also a play on Broadway? If so, I’ve seen the play and really loved it. I’ll definitely add it to my list! Thank you! 🙂
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!! 🙂
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…
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 😀
*giggles* Saw Twelve Monkeys, Starship Troopers and Event Horizon. Will add Predator, The Thing, Total Recall and The Abyss (although some of these I have at least seen bits of!). And thank you! 🙂
Haha! 50% success rate, like being in highschool 😀
I’m glad somebody actually ‘gets’ Starship Troopers. Good one Tim.
I love it! and it has to be seen 😀
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:
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Wild Bunch
A Clockwork Orange
Lone Wolf McQuade
I need to watch all of those (I might have seen Black Sabbath…or Black Sunday…is there sex with a donkey in Black Sabbath??). Read the book Blade Runner is based off of and really enjoyed it. Tried A Clockwork Orange when I was in college and had trouble with it but I think I would fare much better now. 🙂
hahahahaha no donkey sex in Black Sabbath!
What the heck was that movie called then??
LMAO I dunno! What kinda movies you be watching, yo?
Half the time, movies I really don’t want to be seeing. That’s the joy and the pain in watching the types of movies I watch (and picking movies based off their titles)…yo.
LOL I am picking up what you’re putting down.
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. 🙂
loved “the professional.” loved “the abyss.” loved “unforgiven.” but you should see “the searchers.”
The Searchers – I don’t think I’m familiar with that one either. I’ll add it to the list. Thanks for stopping by and giving me a suggestion! 🙂
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!!!).
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!).
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.
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!
Network is a great one, I think it’s in my queue somewhere I just haven’t gotten around to watching it. And I’m not familiar with The Conversations so also added. Thank you!
One more that came to mind if you are into zany comedy would be ‘What’s Up Doc’ with Barbra Streisand. One of the funniest movies every made.
Ooohhh, sounds fun! I do love a zany comedy. 🙂
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! 🙂
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!
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 🙂
Thanks Tyty! I’ve seen a few of those and there’s a few on the list already but some excellent ones you mentioned are not so I’m adding them! (Deer Hunter, I Saw the Devil, Godfather I & II) 🙂
My pleasure, hope you like them more than another film I wanted to add to that list but figured I was wasting my time 😉
Yes, yes you would be. Especially because I’ve sat through said film TWICE now. 😉
And I appreciate it. Very much so as you know. Im even writing a post about it as we speak. I’ll even hold back my gloating even though I love to win 🙂
And Im going to join your blogathon thing, thats how grateful I am!
Oh Ty, you’re so nice to hold back your gloating… ;-p And excellent – you should definitely join the blogathon since it’s kind of a big deal and lots of people are doing it and it’s all pretty important.
Kind of a big deal eh? Fair enough I should really be part of that then. Trying to work out what film I can do, got so many good memories 🙂
You can do more than one, you know…. 😉
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 🙂
Hey, was just talking to my husband about your project. He suggested you start here:
Excellent link – thank you!! 🙂
Ha, thanks for the 13!! 🙂 I have seen and read 12 Angry Men and I hate it with a fiery passion. I also believe I’ve seen Picnic at Hanging Rock. The others however I shall add. And thank you!! 🙂
“Singin’ in the Rain” one of the best musicals ever!
That is definitely a great musical! 🙂
Lawrence of Arabia (long, but worth it). The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938, still the best version). Network. Dr. Strangelove.
Excellent suggestions! I haven’t seen Dr. Strangelove since high school. Thank you!
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!)
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. 🙂
The Quiet Man (John Wayne). Also Mister Roberts (Henry Fonda). Both are serious oldies but goodies!
And I’m not familiar with either – thanks so much! 🙂
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.
Goodfellas is on the list. 🙂 And lol at every Kubrick – I’ve seen The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut – will have to see what else of his I haven’t seen.
2001, Dr. Strangelove, The Killing, Barry Lyndon, and A Clockwork Orange are all pure gold
K, I did watch Dr. Strangelove but that was in high school so I should rewatch. Also attempted Clockwork in college and couldn’t make it through so also a rewatch. The others I haven’t seen. Thanks! 🙂
Pasolini’s “Porcile” and Buñuel’s “Belle de Jour” ?
I’ve never heard of either of those – excellent, thank you!! 🙂
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! 🙂
Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn in “African Queen.” Clint Eastwood and many other well known actors in “Kelly’s Heroes.”
Yay, thank you! Wow, this list has become quite epic – you all rock! 🙂
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.
Thank you!! 🙂
I married a monster from outer space
Phantom of the paradise
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! 🙂
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!! 🙂