The Top 5 Movies I’ve Always Wanted To See – The Mitch Edition

Written by Mitchell B July 24, 2012

As a self-proclaimed film geek, I have seen my fair share of movies. It’s probably safe to say I’ve seen a few more than the average person. Therefore, one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone mentions a film I haven’t seen and their response is a flabbergasted:  “YOU haven’t seen that?!” As movie geeks, we aren’t allowed to miss a beat, otherwise our geekdom may be called into question. Today I present five films that may discredit me as a film geek for not having seen them. Please forgive me.

5. Hard-Boiled (John Woo, 1992)

 An incredibly violent John Woo action flick, highly touted as one of the best of all time. I haven’t seen many John Woo flicks, but I discovered this after I had seen (and loved) Gareth Evans’ “The Raid.” Many were quick to compare the two films, and since I enjoyed “The Raid” so much I figured I definitely need to sit down and watch “Hard-Boiled.” I just haven’t yet, that’s all.

4. The Wild Bunch (Sam Peckinpah, 1969)

After four years of film studies I’ve seen many a reference to Peckinpah and his ultra-violent Western. After viewing a couple of short clips from the film, I knew immediately that I had to watch the movie in its entirety. Unfortunately, I have yet to do that. After watching “Straw Dogs”, however, I have a renewed sense of vigor for finally sitting down and watching this film.

3. Cool Hand Luke (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967)


My first encounter with “Cool Hand Luke” was on vacation when I was probably 10 or 11 years old. I saw the VHS copy at my Uncle’s place and was intrigued by the title. A few years later I became a bigger movie buff and realized it was a wildly popular film. The clincher, however, is that in my favorite film of all time (Spike Lee’s “25th Hour”) the main character has a large “Cool Hand Luke” poster hanging in his apartment. That alone is enough to make me even more curious to see the film. I still don’t know what it is really about, but if it’s good enough for Monty Brogan, it’s good enough for me.

2. Vertigo (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)


It only took a few months of studying film for me to become a fan of Alfred Hitchcock. “Rear Window” and “North by Northwest” are two fantastic films I had the pleasure of viewing in first year film. A few years later and I could add “Psycho” and “Strangers on a Train” to the list of excellent Hitchcock films I had seen. It seemed only a few of Hitchcock’s big hits remained to be seen, and “Vertigo” was the one I had heard most about. When I finally did decide to watch it late one night, I fell asleep about twenty minutes in and have never returned to it.

1. The Godfather: Part III (Francis Ford Coppola, 1990)

This one may come as a surprise to readers, as Part III is widely regarded as the worst film in the trilogy. However, I need to watch it in order to complete the trilogy. The first two are fantastic films and even though I don’t expect much from this film, it is one I’ve been meaning to see for years now. Who knows when I finally will sit down and watch it though, as it’s just under three hours long.


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