411 Movies Top 5 11.22.13: Top 5 Movies We Need to See
Posted by Shawn S. Lealos on 11.22.2013
From Scarface and Taxi Driver to Super Troopers, Fight Club, The Godfather and more, the 411 staff counts down the top five pop culture movies they have not seen but know they should.
Welcome to Week 401 of the Movie Zone Top 5. My name is Shawn S. Lealos and you have entered my world.
The 411mania writers were given the following instructions: This week I was listening to talk radio and they were talking about pop culture movies that the hosts should have seen by now but had not. With that in mind, we write for a pop culture site, so this week count down the Top 5 movies that you - as a movie fans - should have seen but have not. These can be classics like Citizen Kane or Casablanca, or recent giant movies like The Dark Knight or The Avengers, or anything in between. Basically, what movies do you know you should have watched by now, but haven't got around to yet.
When it comes to Dario Argento I've only seen a few of his movies (Suspira, Demons, Two Evil Eyes, those two Masters of Horror episodes he did), mostly because, oddly, my local video stores didn't carry many of them. One Argento movie that most of them did carry and I never got around to seeing was Opera. It always looked cool, but there was always something else I wanted to rent and Opera was always put back on the shelf. I think it's high time that I get reacquainted with Argento and finally see Opera. Tenebrae, too.
4. Super Troopers (2001)
Several people I work with at my crappy paying job love this movie. One guy even quotes from it seemingly every day. I had planned on seeing this back in 2001 when it came out, but the movie just escaped me. And I have no excuse since it's been on TV a million times since, both on premium cable and regular cable. I really need to check this out so I can participate in the ongoing discussion. And if that sequel ever happens it would probably be a good idea for me to see this one before that one.
3. Citizen Kane (1941)
It seems odd to admit that I have never seen Citizen Kane, but it's true. I have never seen Citizen Kane. I've seen bits and pieces of it on television, mostly by mistake (flipping around, looking for something to watch, running into Citizen Kane, watching it for like twenty minutes, and then moving on because I just couldn't get into it). Since Kane was replaced by Hitchcock's Vertigo as the greatest movie ever made I think I need to make an effort to watch Kane, just to see if Vertigo deserves to be considered "better" than Kane. I did see Vertigo many years ago, after having to watch Rear Window for an essay class. I wouldn't call Vertigo the best movie of all time, or even the best movie directed by Hitchcock, but, yeah, it's pretty good. Is Kane better? Is it just as good?
2. Fight Club (1999)
I really have no excuse for not seeing this David Fincher classic, as I currently own the DVD. I bought it several years ago in one of those discount DVD dump bins and put it in my "need to watch" movie pile. And it's still there in the pile, just waiting for me to watch it. I have heard so many people tell me how great it is, and it's probably time I dig into the pile and freaking watch Fight Club. Again, there's just no excuse for this. It needs to happen soon.
1. The Godfather (1972)
I haven't seen any of The Godfather movies. Like Citizen Kane I've seen bits and pieces of all three movies on television, but I've never been interested enough in watching them all the way through to actually watch them all the way through. AMC does marathons of The Godfather every year, so perhaps the next time there's a marathon I should make an effort to watch at least the first one all the way through. You've Got Mail will certainly start to make a little more sense if and when I bother to watch The Godfather.
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5. X-Men: First Class
I write a weekly comic book column and love comic book movies more than almost anything else out there right now. Yet, I have not gotten around to watching X-Men: First Class, the movie a lot of people call the best of the series (or at least second to X2). Here is the deal over the last year, money has been tight in my household and if I don't get to the press screenings, I am likely not going to have the extra cash to go to the movies. They shut down the dollar theater in my town, so I am stuck on a lot waiting for them to hit home video. Here is the embarrassing part I have X-Men First Class on Blu-ray but have not found the time since getting it to sit down and watch it. I will rectify that soon since the news about Days of Future Past is getting so exciting.
I never really cared to see this movie. Here is a little story about me that will help explain the top four movies on this list. When I was growing up as a kid in the 70s and 80s, I was a church kid and my church did not believe in going to movies. As a result, unless something showed up on regular television, I never saw it until I went to my first movie at the age of 18 in my first year of college (1988). That means, anything before 1988, I had to catch up on. There was really nothing about Scarface that made me want to see it at that time. Over the years, when I became more film savvy, I heard about how big this movie was in cinema history but also had a lot of people start to talk about how overrated it was. With so many on both sides, I still haven't broken down to watch it and see for myself. In some funny trivia, I have seen the original Scarface from the 30s.
3. Taxi Driver
This is the one movie on this list that I feel I should have seen by now. I have seen bits and pieces of the movie in various places (I think we watched one or two scenes in film school) but have not watched the entire thing. When I first saw Mean Streets when I was younger, I was not a super fan so maybe that is why I never got around to Taxi Driver. Honestly, I might even like Mean Streets more if I watched it now, so maybe I will re-visit that one, but I need to watch Taxi Driver, and I need to watch it soon.
2. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
This was the case of having the movie overly pushed by "super fans" to the point where I didn't want to see it. I remember when certain people started pushing me into watching it back in the early 90s, I didn't really get British humor and thought a lot of it looked stupid. I resisted watching it almost because people wanted me to watch it so much and have never given it a chance in the many years since. I love stuff like Life of Brian and Terry Gillian's solo stuff, so I really need to give it a chance.
1. E.T. The Extraterrestrial
Yeah, by the time I was allowing myself to watch movies after leaving home, I kind of felt I was too old to watch a movie about a strange little alien and his human child friend and protector. I know it is a masterpiece and a movie that might make me feel young again (or whatever) but I still haven't felt the need to sit down to watch this movie. Is that a mistake? Should I finally give E.T. a chance?