Top 5 Movies I’ve Always Wanted to See – The Jesse Edition

Written by Jesse Gelinas August 07, 2012

I am a proactive filmgoer. I was mentored by a brother who educated me in the finer aspects of movie watching, and while our tastes have diverged over the years, I still carry his influence with me. I will go to the theatre to see the latest blockbuster, and I’ll search the video store shelves for the latest promising indie-flick. That being said, I have a list of over 400 movies that I “totally gotta see”. Will it ever happen? Probably not. But these ones have the best shot of actually crossing my path at some point.

5. The Deer Hunter (Michael Cimino, 1978)

A Best Picture winning, Vietnam film with Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken in the role that won him an Oscar? What’s not to love here? Sadly, this film has always been hovering just out of sight and mind, as I gorge myself on old episodes of “Forever Knight” and “Twin Peaks”. Maybe someday. Hopefully.

4. Leaving Las Vega (Mike Figgis, 1995)


I want to see the movie that got Cage his Academy Award. Elizabeth Shue is always a joy to see, but I want to see Nicholas ‘No, not the bees, not the bees’ Cage give his Oscar winning performance. I actually own this movie (I bought it in a double-DVD pack with “Raging Bull”) and have yet to watch it. It’s been sitting a mere three feet from me for almost a year.

3. Bullitt (Peter Yates, 1968)

I’ve been told this is one of the greatest action movies of all time. My own favourites consisting of “T2”, “Lethal Weapon”, and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, this film has been recommended to me numerous times. I love Steve McQueen, and really owe it to him to see one of his best. The fact that it contains a scene regarded as the greatest car chase in film history is just a bonus.

2. Nil by Mouth (Gary Oldman, 1997)


Gary Oldman is my favourite actor of all time, hands down. I have been very curious to see his directorial debut (and as of now, only directing credit). It features the brilliant Ray Winstone, and was produced by the director of my favourite film (“Leon”, 1994), Luc Besson. This semi-autobiographical piece snagged a bunch of awards for Oldman, and I really need to see it before I forget about it for a seventh time.

1. Piranha 2: The Spawning aka ‘Flying Killers’ (James Cameron, 1981)

I shit you not

I have this theory: James Cameron is not actually a man, but a constantly changing multi-dimensional entity that undergoes a recurring cycle of metamorphosis every decade or so. During these times of change, his natural abilities as a writer/director are alternately at their peak, or their lowest. My research led me to believe that his ten year absence from directing after “Titanic” (the beginning of his decline) was deliberate, to give him time to complete his regeneration and bring us another classic in the vein of “Aliens” or “Terminator 2”… this was not the case. I am still convinced, however, that if I can finally bring myself to watch his 1981 flying killer fish movie (Which he wrote too, by the way… Jesus Christ) that I may be able to deduce exactly when his next rise to glory will be. Hopefully some time before he begins work on “Avatar 2”. We can only hope.

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About Jesse Gelinas

After years attempting to escape the Matrix, Jesse has accepted his fate as a writer and Senior Editor. Now that's he finished with his film degree, it gives him something to do while waiting for the machines to get careless.

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