I have never seen Scarface.
I know! Unbelievable. And I don't know why. Because for one thing, I own it. Yes, I have the DVD. Still all shrink wrapped in plastic. I want to see it, I really do. I mean come on, Al Pacino? Who was cooler back then than Al Pacino? I just never got around to it. Maybe this weekend I will finally watch it and then I will tell you all about it? Like my new friend Caitlin just recently saw Pulp Fiction. And she was not impressed. But that's okay. I wasn't either when I saw it.
But you know how everyone on MTV Cribs has a Scarface movie poster in their theater room? Well, we have a theater room. A theater room sans Scarface poster. Some people have called that a travesty. A slap in the face of the laws of home decor. So we should at least see Scarface to make up for that, right? It's a shame. How can I call myself a movie lover, a lover of films if you will, and not see Scarface?
I feel better that you all know this about me. And since today we are discussing cinematic confessions, I think I'll get the rest of them off my chest too. Ready Bogart? This one is for you.
I have never seen The Princess Bride. (Gasp!)
I think I have tried watching it a few times and I am sorry to say . . . I just, um . . well . . . sort of don't get it. Hey, hey! Now hold on there. Don't get your panties in a wad. I want to get it. I do. So many people I respect and admire list this as their favorite movie of all time. And I just can't get into it. But hope is not lost, for I will try again. Just one more time. Because I'm all about perseverance.
I have never seen Gremlins. This movie was HUGE when I was in the seventh or eighth grade. Eighth I think. Either way, never saw it. Probably won't see it either.
I've never seen Footloose all the way through. I think I've seen the beginning and the end, but I missed the entire middle. So I know the town outlawed dancing and then at the end they are all dancing. I have no idea how or why they changed their minds. I don't care. Really. Jeez, I hope I didn't just spoil it for you.
I have not seen Fletch, The Hunt for Red October, Taxi Driver, or Apocalypse Now. I tell you in my 100 plus things I have never seen the Exorcist. And I never will. I also tell you why. I've never seen Chariots of Fire, Coming to America, Life Is Beautiful or any pre-Daniel Craig Bond flick. I haven't seen Blade Runner, Tron, or any of the three Mad Max movies. Or any movie with Jean Claude Van Damme. And I am very proud to say I have never seen a Star Trek movie. Not one.
And guess what else? I haven't seen It's A Wonderful Life. And I'm trying not to. Just to be a rebel. Because I don't want to see it and then wonder why it's such a big deal. I don't want to be disappointed in the rumored cinematic masterpiece that is It's A Wonderful Life.
Because that's what happens. Classic movie like that are infamous. Expectations are so high. Their titles are synonymous with things like American Culture, Christmas, and All That Is Right With The World. And then you see them and you think "What is wrong with me?" Just like The Princess Bride. I want to get it. I want to love it.
Just a few months ago I watched Sophie's Choice. I hated it. It is two and half hours of my life I am never getting back. That's when I decided I would take a stand. I will not see It's A Wonderful Life! And I won't.
But this weekend? Scarface. I'll let you know how it goes.