Uh, I haven’t seen it …

By Grant

In 2016 there were 798(!) movies that recorded a box office gross (movie 798 is so sad, just 29 tickets sold, how is that even possible? Didn’t the cast and crew make their friends go?) Of those 798, I can safely say I have seen at least 57.  The point being that I missed a lot of movies and clearly there were more than most anyone could possibly watch.  Now some of those films I wanted to see, but most I didn’t.  I feel there are three categories of movies I haven’t seen.

1.) The biggest category, movies I don’t care about, and no one else does either. I point again to the 798(!) movies in 2016.

2.) Movies I haven’t seen, that I don’t care about not seeing, but people would lecture me about not seeing.  Lets see, The Sixth Sense (guessed the ending from the preview), Gone with the WindDeliverance (uh, I prefer not to have a lifelong fear of the backwoods) Marathon Man (I already have a fear of dental work, no need to add to it).  There are hundreds of others.

3.) Here is where the real concern is, movies I have not seen that I am embarrassed not to have seen. In almost all of these cases, I am sure that I have pretended to have seen these movies in conversations …

Stalker is one of Andrei Tarkovsky’s crowning achievements, I know this because I read a book about the movie, but have never seen it.

Some Like it Hot, I know that I would like this movie, Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe!

Midnight Cowboy, apparently I have something against John Schlesinger’s films (he also directed Marathon Man). This film about gritty New York City won the Academy award for Best Picture.

American Graffiti George Lucas’s first film. Unfortunately it is a not a prequel to Star Wars, but weirdly a coming of age story set in the 60’s?  I am getting all of this information from IMDB as again … haven’t seen it.

Hurt Locker is another best picture winner that I somehow missed, it does seem a bit intense.

These three go together, because while I have seen none of these movies, they are made by three of my favorite directors, and most importantly I OWN THEM.  They are sitting with my DVD collection still in cellophane wrap … sad. Grand Budapest Hotel, The Tree of Life and Inherent Vice by Wes Anderson, Terrence Malick and Paul Thomas Anderson.

This is the most embarrassing, I have never seen Casablanca (I feel like I have, but know I haven’t) #3 on the AFI all-time greatest films.

Luckily all these film are available from Sno-Isle … now will I watch them?  Any embarrassing films you haven’t seen?



18 responses to “Uh, I haven’t seen it …”

  1. Shannon says:

    I’ve never seen E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and I’m amazed by how shocked others are when I admit that I’ve never seen the movie. (The topic does come up more than I expected it to.) I am a huge fan of Steven Spielberg, but not of the premise of this particular movie.

    • Grant Perrigo says:

      There are a lot of “classic” horror movies that I haven’t seen because I just don’t like the genre, so I agree if you don’t the premise of a movie you should feel free to skip it.

  2. Erin says:

    I’ve never seen “The Godfather” series. None of them. Just like Meg Ryan’s character in “You’ve Got Mail” Of course, if you haven’t seen that one either you wouldn’t know the reference. 🙂
    I finally watched “Casablanca” and I wasn’t too impressed but It was interesting how many quotes I already knew. That’s probably why you feel you feel you have seen it. It’s steeped in our vocabulary and culture.

    • Grant Perrigo says:

      That makes sense about Casablanca. If you do ever decide to watch the Godfather series (no pressure :)) Skip Part III, it is terrible!

  3. Dawn says:

    Oh man, I LOVE Inherent Vice.

    I still haven’t seen Raging Bull. I just don’t enjoy watching people hit each other :\

    • Grant Perrigo says:

      Raging Bull is mostly hitting. Does that mean you haven’t seen any Rocky movies as well?

      • Dawn says:

        I’m pretty sure I saw most of those, although I don’t know why. Probably they were on cable when I was in high school and my family never rented videos?

      • Grant Perrigo says:

        I have probably watched Rocky 4 on TNT at least 25 times.

  4. jackie specht says:

    Finally saw Casablanca this year and I am a big TCM fan!

  5. David says:

    I’ve never seen “Gone With the Wind” or “The Godfather”, yet I own a DVD of “Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure”. Go figure.

  6. Chickwheat says:

    Schindler’s List. I know I should, but I just haven’t.

  7. Michelle C. says:

    I clicked on the box office link just so I could see what movie #798 was. Spoiler: it’s a horror movie named Satanic that has the girl from Modern Family in it. It only has 2 stars on Amazon–but that seems like a higher rating than I would expect. And we also have it available in our catalog!

    • Grant Perrigo says:

      It must have played in one theater for a day. That is the only way it could have only sold 29 tickets. Don’t think I will be checking that one out.

  8. Zack says:

    I just put Tree of Life and Inherent Vice on hold. Thx!

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