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Old 20-03-2008, 15:42   #1
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Films that have been raved about which you have not watched

There are quite a few films that people have raved about but which I have to admit to not having watched. Some of the one I can think of are:

Shawshank Redemption
ET
Raiders of The Last Ark
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Gross Point Blank
Braveheart
The Shining
The Godfather I and II
Once upon a Time in America
Withnail and I
The Goonies
Citizen Kane
2001: A Space Odyssey
Brazil
Lawrence of Arabia
Blade Runner


Are any of these essential viewing?

Are there any films which you are still to watch which people have been going on about as being really good?

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Have Withnail and I on DVD but have't watched it.

Havent seen:

Brazil
Citizen Kane
Titanic
English Patient
Clockwork Orange

There are a few others, but these ones spring to mind.
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I haven't seen Brazil either. Also haven't seen Blade Runner, although I do remember seeing a bit but not getting into it ages ago.
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I've seen almost all of Scorsese's films, but have yet to see Taxi Driver!
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Seen all the ones mentioned, and I would say they're all pretty much essential viewing.

My gaps tend to be the 40s and 50s stuff like The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo...

Haven't yet managed to get through Lawrence of Arabia yet either... *yawn* /dons flameproof coat.
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There are quite a few films that people have raved about but which I have to admit to not having watched. Some of the one I can think of are:

Shawshank Redemption
ET
Raiders of The Last Ark
Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom
Gross Point Blank
Braveheart
The Shining
The Godfather I and II
Once upon a Time in America
Withnail and I
The Goonies
Citizen Kane
2001: A Space Odyssey


Are any of these essential viewing?

Are there any films which you are still to watch which people have been going on about as being really good?
You could maybe dump Braveheart, Gross Point Blank and Once Upon a Time in America [very, very good films, but not really 'essential']

As for everything else... what crap have you been watching instead??

Raiders is my favourite film of all time, and I've seen Citizen Kane at least 14 times [thank you university...]
Do you watch The Simpsons? Watch all these, and then go and watch the first 8 years odd of The Simpsons. You will have an utter riot...

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Nearly All the films listed are essential viewing except for Indiana Jones. Loved it when I was 14 but watched it with my son 2 days ago and its awful. Agree about Grosse point Blank. Its very good but not essential.

Shawshank is everything people say it is and I would highly recommend it. I would love to watch it for the first time again. Absolute treat.

Never watched Citezen Kane though. After ending spoiled a million times by the TOP 100 FILMS BLEEDIN EVER programs didnt think there was much point.
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Seen all the ones mentioned, and I would say they're all pretty much essential viewing.

My gaps tend to be the 40s and 50s stuff like The Maltese Falcon, The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo...

Haven't yet managed to get through Lawrence of Arabia yet either... *yawn* /dons flameproof coat.
Actually, I haven't seen Lawrence of Arabia either. The list is growing.
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Brazil. Started it, got 10 min in and stopped.
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You could maybe dump Braveheart, Gross Point Blank and Once Upon a Time in America [very, very good films, but not really 'essential']

As for everything else... what crap have you been watching instead??

Raiders is my favourite film of all time, and I've seen Citizen Kane at least 14 times [thank you university...]
Do you watch The Simpsons? Watch all these, and then go and watch the first 8 years odd of The Simpsons. You will have an utter riot...
Well, I guess I've got some catching up to do so am watching Raiders of the Lost Ark today. TBH, I must have seen bits and bobs of it as it's been on TV numerous times but have never sat and watched it from start to finish. Same can be said for the Godfather films as I just never have had the patience t sit through them.
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Just checked my collection there. Still to watch:

Lawrence of Arabia
Spartacus
Dirty Dozen
Bridge Over The River Kwai
Serpico
Mean Streets
The Wild Bunch
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Searchers
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Just checked my collection there. Still to watch:

Lawrence of Arabia
Spartacus
Dirty Dozen
Bridge Over The River Kwai
Serpico
Mean Streets
The Wild Bunch
Once Upon a Time in the West
The Searchers
Take out Lawrence and you have 8 brilliant films to watch
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Brazil. Started it, got 10 min in and stopped.
Not missing much Si. Watched it once - hated it. About 10 years later I bought it on a whim, re-watched it - still hated it.

Mind you, I think most "classics" are tedious. As for the OP's post, I would only say the Kubricks are essential - at least the ones on his list are. Although I have nostalgia for Indiana Jones & E.T of course. Everything else on there.. meh. Never liked the Godfathers, very much.. They are okaaaay - but strictly watch once type of fair for me. Same with Casino, Goodfellas et all. Personally I can't stand Withnail & I, and I never understood the appeal of Shawshank Redemption either. I remember hiring it, day of release - and being completely underwhelmed. Never watched it since.

Not saying they are bad films - I can see their appeal. Just not my cup of coffee is all..
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Another one I forgot to mention is Scarface (Pacino one). Still haven't got round to watching it yet.
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Another one I forgot to mention is Scarface (Pacino one). Still haven't got round to watching it yet.
Obviously you have never been on MTV cribs.

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I have yet to get into any Italian Neorealism/French New Wave stuff.
Seen a fair bit of Antonioni (good). Bit of Godard (maybe just Le Mepris actually which I have on DVD)... both were mainly from film studies though. What I've seen I've liked and while I'm sure I would a lot of the other stuff. I know that if I'm not in the right mood, I'll be bored ********.
Something for old-age maybe. Too much to keep up with in this century... and too little time for that.

I know I WON'T be watching any German New Wave, brechtian, neorealist crap... Fassbinder's "Katzelmacher" is an awful movie, boring as hell. Never watch it.
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I haven't seen The Third Man. I probably really should.

There's still alot of early Hitchcock stuff I haven't seen either. Again, I probably should!
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I haven't seen The Third Man. I probably really should.

There's still alot of early Hitchcock stuff I haven't seen either. Again, I probably should!
Come to think of it, I haven't seen any Hitchcock at all.
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Come to think of it, I haven't seen any Hitchcock at all.
You get to see Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho, North by Northwest and The Birds for the first time. I saw all those movies in chunks here and there from TV. No-doubt diluting the experience when I finally got them on DVD.
You should get a box set and just scoff those lot down.... better for you than easter eggs.

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I haven't seen The Third Man. I probably really should.

There's still alot of early Hitchcock stuff I haven't seen either. Again, I probably should!
That's something I've yet to watch all the way through. I have it somewhere but didn't watch it all when I got it.

I hope you've seen Rebel Without A Cause.
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