Whatever the damned stupid reason (and it is a damn stupid reason. I worked in a video-store at one point), my cinematic education is lacking. I haven’t seen Jaws. I haven’t seen The Godfather II. I haven’t seen Gone With the Wind, Seven Samurai or A Bout de Souffle. I bloody well haven’t seen Psycho. So, what the fuck is up with that?
Number two is the book. The book is 1001 Films You Must See Before You Die. It’s a hefty tome I received as a 21st present a few years ago. I haven’t really looked at it in a while, but the other night I went through it with my girlfriend. My girlfriend who, despite not having a degree in Film, has a film education superior to mine. She took note of the films I haven’t seen and she thinks I should. I also took note of the films I think I should (and want to) see. All up, it came to about 200 films. Which is not to say I’ve seen the other 801; just that these are 200 films I really, really should have seen by now. The kind of films, like Psycho and Jaws, that are the barest essentials of cinema.
So these two factors have me adding a new occasional column to my already running mini-reviews (including the upcoming Film Festival), In Appreciation Of... and other random bits and pieces. That new column? Why, the title of this post: Catch-up Classics. I’m sure you’ll be surprised and horrified at what I haven’t seen. It's time I caught up.