As you all know, I have seen a lot of movies. However, for every move I’ve seen, there are a whole bunch of movies that I haven’t seen. So, I decided that now would be a good time for me to start making lists of them. Maybe at some point I’ll actually start knocking them off said lists. To be fair, this started as one list, but as I spoke with friends, I realized that I could separate them by genre. First up, of course, is science fiction.
11. Children of Men (2006)
I have heard that this movie is depressing. When I said that I was about to work on this list and told my mother what titles made it on this list, her eyebrows rose when I mentioned this one. Yes, I know that this near-future dystopian movie about a time where women have become infertile across the globe is a long, difficult slog, but this is the film that really made Alfonso Cuarón more of a household name. In nerdy households, yes, but it was certainly a start.
10. The Thing (1982)
Everyone tells me that this is a suspense-filled classic. I’m not going to argue because, well, I haven’t seen it. It’s not my usual genre because it looks a little more like horror than I generally watch. Still, I think I ought to see it at least once so I know what everyone’s talking about. I remember being at Dragon Con in 2012 and hearing about how this was such a great cinematic experience. They say I’ll never look at a snowy landscape the same way again. Maybe we’ll see one day!
9. Alien (1979) and Aliens (1986)
I asked my friend which of these films I ought to see. He said I should see both because you can’t really get the greatness of Aliens without sitting through Alien first. I’d have to be living under a rock to not notice all of the references to these films in all kinds of movies and TV shows. I just haven’t gotten around to seeing them yet.
8. Brazil (1985)
Surreal and just a bit mad, I’ve always been a fan of Terry Gilliam‘s work. I mean, Time Bandits? It’s a classic. One of these days, I want to sit down and finally see what people are talking about. People say that I’m not going to totally understand it. Judging from the bits and pictures I’ve seen, that doesn’t surprise me in the least. Still, it looks worth watching.
7. Metropolis (1927)
One of the first science fiction films ever, Metropolis set a lot of the standards that are followed today. Of course, I just know that because I’m a film nerd and I pay attention to these kinds of things. One of these years, I’ll actually watch it.
6. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Okay. I’m kind of cheating with this one. So, I started watching this once. It was supposed to be truly and amazingly brilliant. I sat down, I put it on. I got bored. I think I remember either turning it off or falling asleep. Long story short, I just haven’t watched it all of the way through. It’s supposed to be some kind of phenomenal experience. I just haven’t done it yet, Dave.
5. Looper (2012)
I really wanted to see this while it was in theaters. Somehow, I just never made the time and then I waited for it to be on one of my streaming sites. I think it is now. I’ll go check. Still, I love a new take on time travel and this one just looked really neat.
4. Gravity (2013)
Critics and audiences really loved this movie. This is the movie that finally made Alfonso Cuarón a household name for everyone. I regret not seeing this in theaters, but I can only hope that a big screen TV will do this justice when I get around to seeing it someday.
3. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Another classic, another film I haven’t seen. This one is also touted as being influential and quite a great experience. It’s reference in a lot of places. Not just its visuals, of course, but its music as well. Someday, I’ll watch it. Someday.
2. Attack the Block (2011)
My parents got to see this. I don’t remember why I didn’t get to see it. I’m kind of bitter about it. They said it was awesome and completely unexpected. I’m really excited about the idea of finally seeing it. Whenever that day comes.
1. Blade Runner (1982)
This movie. This freakin’ movie. It was the inspiration for my first Me Monday, Geek Shaming. It’s been five months since I wrote that and I still own two copies of the movie and I still haven’t seen it. I’ve seen many references to it on TV and on Facebook. Maybe I’ll actually watch it soon.