1. "Lawrence of Arabia" - I'm a big fan of overblown epics, so what's the deal? I keep telling myself that I'm waiting to see it on the big screen, such as during The Orpheum's summer showcase of classic cinema, but will I make the trip? Doubtful. Will I go if "Ghostbusters 2" is showing? Absolutely.
2. "The Shining" - I'm not one for horror movies. Being scared isn't a rush for me, just unnecessary. But I do like thrillers so long as they're not too gory, and this classic is one that I recognize every parody, but that's all I know.
3. "Beauty and the Beast" - For several years I not only watched but bought all of the Disney movies that came out; they couldn't miss with the likes of "The Lion King" and "Aladdin," but "Beauty" seemed too chick-flicky for me. Singing tea cups? I'm sure I'll finally get over that with Val someday, or at least if we have a daughter. I mean, I bought the DVD for her for Christmas last year, and had to do it in a back alley by selling a kidney since it's in that Disney video black hole period where they won't sell their classics. What's up with that? Why not have "Bambi" available all the time?
4. "Man on Fire" - Not because I really want or absolutely feel the need to see it, but my standing in Dad's will may depend on the fact that he is a big fan of the movie and I refuse to set aside two lousy hours to watch it and thus confirm that I'm an adoring, worthy and obedient son. Forgive me, Father.
5. "Say Anything" - I grew up in the 80s watching all the Brat Pack flicks and loving cheesy movies such as "Mannequin," I can't think of a movie where I disliked John Cusak, and Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" is in the top ten songs played on my iPod, and yet I never got around to watching this movie.
Others: "Cool Hand Luke," "The Seven Samurai," "Annie Hall," "Spartacus," "Bottle Rocket," "This is Spinal Tap," "West Side Story," "Sunset Blvd.," "The Third Man," "Alien," "Double Indemnity," "Metropolis," "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Sound of Music," "Glengarry Glen Ross."