Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Movies You Should Have Seen But Haven't


COOL HAND LUKE

As a huge Paul Newman fan, I should have seen this movie years ago but something about it has always held me back. I am not much a fan of prison movies. That's probably the main reason. But from the scenes I have seen, I am not sure I will like him in this role.

What classic movie have you skipped?

26 comments:

George said...

I have a box set of early Alfred Hitchcock movies that I haven't had time to watch yet.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I saw some of them in CA last year. Some were better than others but worth watching.

Deb said...

A lot of the classic westerns: Stagecoach, The Searchers, High Noon. Can't really say why--I've had opportunities to see them, but they just didn't appeal to me.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Love THE SEARCHERS. HIGH NOON seems dated. Haven't seen STAGECOACH since I was a kid.

Charles Gramlich said...

This was a very good movie, although I put off watching it for a very long time. I suspect I've missed a LOT of classic movies.

Richard said...

I've never seen GIANT, though I'm not sure if it's considered a classic.

Barry Ergang said...

I've never seen "It's A Wonderful Life" or "Lawrence of Arabia," to name two classics.

Anonymous said...

We watched STAGECOACH again a couple of years back and enjoyed it as much as ever. Great cast. We also watched THE SEARCHERS fairly recently. I still like it a lot.

I saw COOL HAND LUKE when it first came out. Great stuff.

I guess "classics" is in the eye of the beholder. I can't think of anything offhand that I would consider a classic but there are lots of award-winning movies that just didn't appeal to me, like BRAVEHEART for one.

Jeff M.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

I haven't seen THE GRADUATE and ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST which, I have been told, are very good films.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I have never seen Lawrence of Arabia either.

Richard said...

I saw LAWRENCE OF ARABIA at Graman's Chinese Theater in it's first run. There was an intermission halfway through.

Heath Lowrance said...

I have yet to actually get around to watching Gone With the Wind. I know, I know...

Ron Scheer said...

Make that 2 for GONE WITH THE WIND.

Todd Mason said...

I think I'm "saving" a few Bergmans (such as FANNY AND ALEXANDER), since we aren't getting any more...

pattinase (abbott) said...

A great one to save. I could see it again right now.

David Cranmer said...

1946's THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES. So many film accolades but I still haven't watch the Academy Award winner.

Anders E said...

I have never seen "Mean Streets", "Metropolis", "All About Eve", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Barry Lyndon", "Fantasia" or Disney's "Pinocchio".
I have also seen very few (three, I think) by Bergman, and hardly anything by Fellini.
Also, since I'm not at all that keen on musicals I have never seen "West Side Story", "The Sound of Music", "My Fair Lady" or "Mary Poppins".

pattinase (abbott) said...

Of course, your knowledge of US films far, far exceeds our knowledge of European films. Although I think I have seen most of Bergman.

Al Tucher said...

I have never felt strong enough to watch SCHINDLER'S LIST.

And I can't watch movies about stalkers (no title comes to mind), because the problem is so terrifying and intractable in reality.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I can no longer watch or read about serial killers, the torture of anyone. The list grows, Al.

Anonymous said...

I hope I've seen all the good movies out there, but can recommend highly David Lean productions that are cinematic movie masterpieces such as Larence of Arabia, Dr. Zivago, Bridge on the River Kuai, A Passport to India and Ryan's Daughter.

Hitchcock's movies without Leans sweeping cinematography are entertaining. Loved Rear Window and Dial M for Murder.

I highly recommend that you all try to at least see Lawrence of Arabia.

Anders E said...

About Bergman, note that he was involved in movies before he started directing so there could be a few items you may have missed. Most famously, he scripted TORMENT in 1944 wherein a high school senior is for some reason bullied by his Latin teacher. Here's one unpleasant scene - and one of the best in Swedish cinema history (English subtitles).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Cch7Z2UIkM

The teacher from hell was played by Stig Järrel, at the time known mostly as a comedian. Good lord, that's one hell of a performance.

Todd Mason said...

I've actually seen a number of the early Bergmans, for my part...a few are pretty slight. But I'll need to see TORMENT, I suspect...

I was lucky, Patti...I got to see a Whole Lot of the Janus Collection of mostly European (but other art) films in the late '70s thanks to the New Hampshire PBS station, which ran them on Friday and/or Saturday nights...so, at 12 and 13, I got to see FORBIDDEN GAMES and THE 400 BLOWS and THE SEVENTH SEAL and BLACK ORPHEUS...in my bedroom...

Todd Mason said...

(MONIKA would be the most pedestrian Bergman film I've seen, I'd say...)

pattinase (abbott) said...

There was a day when revival houses routinely showed such fare. But no longer in my neck. Although I do have the art museum program, which shows several classics each year.

Cap'n Bob said...

Lawrence of Arabia, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Easy Rider, Battleship Potemkin.