Top 5 Movies I’ve Always Wanted To See-The Spencer Edition

Written by Spencer Sterritt July 17, 2012

You would think being involved in a website like We Eat Films would mean that I’ve done my best to see every film imaginable, and that all I do is watch films at home. As much as I love film and television, there are limits and personal faults keeping me from seeing every movie under the sun. My biggest problem is that I’ll hear about a film, be interested by the film, and never get around to watching it. Of the following five films I’m fairly certain I have them all on my hard drive, but lack of time or other distractions keep me from them. Terrible but true.

5. The Sting (George Roy Hill, 1973)

I have wanted to see “The Sting” ever since Grade 12, where I stared at a poster of it in my English classroom. I have a fondness for caper films, and from the brief bit of plot I know about it, and from the devilishly fun looking poster, it seems like “The Sting” would be a perfect Friday night or Saturday morning film, a jaunty ride with a great cast that bursts with infectious glee and quick wit. The pairing of Robert Redford and Paul Newman sounds indelible, and I can’t wait to finally get around to watching it.

4. The Notebook (Nick Cassavetes, 2004)

I have postponed my “Notebook” viewing experience because I know I’ll cry, and it needs to be just the right time. I cry at movies all the time, but this is the big one, and it needs to be perfect. That time hasn’t come yet, simple as that, though it has been close. I’ll undoubtedly end up seeing it soon though.

3. Punch Drunk Love (P.T. Anderson, 2002)

“Punch Drunk Love” seems to pop up a lot in the rest of these lists, and I’m not really sure why. If anything, I figured everyone would have seen it to provide a respite from Adam Sandler’s atrocious comedies, and also as a respite from the agonizing wait between P.T. Anderson films. Adam Sandler has proven himself to be a good dramatic actor when required, and I have no doubt that he hits a home run acting wise in this one. What put me off for the longest time was the expected length, which I figured would be about three hours, in keeping with other P.T. Anderson films. But apparently it’s only 95 minutes, so I should be getting around to this one shortly.

2. Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Blake Edward, 1961)

My reason for not seeing Breakfast At Tiffany’s actually has nothing to do with a lack of time. After fifty years of people telling me it’s their favorite movie, and hearing how charming it is, and how racist Mickey Rooney is, I know it won’t live up to expectations. Breakfast At Tiffany’s will be the film equivilant of The Beatles for me. I’ll like it, but fifty years of people following suit and doing it better will lessen the experience so much that I might as well delay my disappointment.

1. Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)

Barry Lyndon rests comfortably at the longest movie on my hard drive, and that’s the greatest reason I never get around to watching it. If a movie’s long and I see it in the theatre, that’s alright, but when a movie is long and I’m at home, I get fidgety and maybe check the news while I watch it on half of my screen. I know very little about the film itself, but it has always seemed like such a challenge, always seeing it and its length on my computer. Perhaps if I break up my viewing experience, eventually, it will be better.


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Spencer Sterritt: former Editor-In-Chief for We Eat Films, future President of the Men With Beards Club, and hopefully candidate for ruler of the world.

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