What are your must see films

It was during Abigail’s Party recently that it happened.   Not an actual party at Abigail’s, I don’t know anyone called Abigail.  Let alone Lawrence.  And don’t get me started on olives.

Now you see if you haven’t seen that film, that last paragraph makes no sense to you.   As the references to “frozen sausage” didn’t when people on Twitter then started talking to me about Rita, Sue and Bob too and I admitted I had never seen it.    This seemed to shock a lot of people, who all declared it brilliant.   One lovely friend, Vanessa, sent me a copy as she was determined I watch it.   (which I now have and will be the basis of a whole other blog post).

Anyway, I digress.  The “it” that happened was people tweeting me saying “what?  you haven’t seen that?  Tell me you have seen <insert title of well known film>” and me saying I hadn’t.

It sparked a whole Twitter conversation has rumbled on for days about films that are a must see, and actually how I appear to have been in some DVD-less void for most of the 80s and 90s it would seem.   Well six years in Saudi Arabia didn’t help.  Films were literally cut so that nothing even vaguely suggestive remains.   Rita, Sue, and Bob too would have been the opening and closing credits, and possibly shots of girls walking really really quickly into a museum.   The rest of it?  On the floor of the customs hall.

So that got me thinking about other films that I might have missed that I really should see.   And how I would love to see films again, as I did with Abigail’s Party the other night.   One of my all time favourite films, and one that many people have never seen.

Which led me to thinking about having a blog film club

Watching one a week, announcing which one it will be ahead of time so you can join in if you like,  and then blogging my thoughts, and announcing the next one to be viewed.   Inviting people to join in and leave comments, or do their own posts and link up memories of the film, a review, whatever really.    Re-visiting old favourites or finding films we might never have heard of but adore.

Mr B’s favourite film is Local Hero, another one that many have not seen yet he must have watched a dozen times, if not more.

There is another website that does “Rated or Dated” and is looking at whether classic films have stood the test of time.  Which is sort of where my issue with Rita, Sue and Bob too comes in.   I can see it is a great film, and there is so much about it to love.  But I can’t get past the married man and two school girls bit.   Seems 1979 is very different from 2014 and whilst none of us were really up in arms about the plot back then, it wouldn’t see the light of day if a producer tried to get that made today.     Local Hero and Abigail’s Party, whilst very much “of their time” have stood the test of time and still fantastic films.

Hit me with them then people….  I need 50 films to do one a week in 2015.  Leave me a list in the comments below and I will kick it all off in January

* snaps clapper board and shouts ACTION*

I am thinking we could rate them from one to five ducks, what do you think?  Too much?

And whilst you do that I am off to make popcorn

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    • Do you seriously think Polly that in all my dealings with La Freud that I would not have seen these?! Emma Thompson patting that bed cover in Love Actually is one of my stand out movie scenes of all time. But I think a mass watching with at tweet a long would be brilliant. Wonder if we could get Mr Curtis to do a question and answer session for us too?

  • *waves* yes I’m expanding Kieran’s film genre lately to old classics and rom com’s as I’ve never seen virtually none.I’m a big fantasy and sci fi fan, so I bet there are loads you haven’t seen.
    Princess Bride
    Labyrinth
    E.T.
    The Breakfast Club
    The Outsiders
    Mannequin
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
    Pulp Fiction
    Any of the Star Wars films
    The Neverending Story
    Any of the Nightmare on Elm Street films
    Willow
    Groundhog Day
    Ghost
    Ghostbusters
    Donnie Darko
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    Blade Runner
    Aliens and the other ones in the series
    Any of the Star Trek films
    The Fly
    Any of The Matrix films
    Any of the Back To The Future Films
    I prefer the old Bond films, Live And Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, A View To A Kill, The Man With The Golden Gun
    Robocop
    On Golden Pond
    The Blair Witch Project
    From Dusk Til Dawn
    Gremlins
    Needful Things
    Thinner
    Pet Sematary
    The Shining
    The Dark Half
    Any of The Poltergeist movies
    I think that may be enough now.

  • Ha! I think Aly seems to have it covered 🙂 I would also have said Love Actually, although at this time of year The Holiday is my obligatory watch. That said, although I wouldn’t fancy a revisit, The Sixth Sense is one of the best films I’ve ever seen. Or Avatar, but that wouldn’t be so great on the small screen I think. 2012?
    Ooh I’m quite excited now. Although you will never get me to watch Brokeback mountain. Yawn…
    Seriously, if you do it count me in. I need a good reason to leave my desk and watch TV once a week 🙂

  • You need some old classics in the list too! So –

    Mrs Miniver
    Brief Encounter,
    The Way to the Stars
    A Matter of Life & Death
    This Happy Breed
    Passport to Pimlico
    Titfield Thunderbolt
    The Quiet Man
    The Gentle Sex (ask her Maj Hurley- Perera about that one!)

    All old movies – probably very dated, but I love them and they are well worth watching in my opinion!

  • I love this idea so much.

    The Breakfast Club
    Imagine me and You
    It’s a wonderful life
    Harvey
    The Pianist

    I could go on and on….

  • Oh great idea, it always surprises me that my husband (an avid film watcher) hasn’t seen so much.

    Candyman
    Nightmare on Elm Street
    Child’s play
    Stand By Me
    The Goonies
    Three Men and a Baby
    The Shawshank Redemption
    The Green Mile

  • What a great idea!! I am so rubbish at watching films and most films I watch these days are kids films. Aly seems to have got most films covered, The Green Mile is one of my favourites and the Shawshank Redemption

  • I’m a bit rubbish at film watching too really….sticking with the 90s thing, did you watch Notting Hill, I love a good romance. xx

  • In no particular order, but if one of these movies is on TV I cannot walk away….

    A Room with a View.
    Breakfast at Tiffanys.
    Saturday Night Fever.
    Joy Luck Club.
    Blues Brothers.

    I’d quite like to watch any of them right now, please!

  • This is such a great idea! My picks would be Big, Coming to America, Jack, See no Evil Hear no Evil and my hubbies fav Saving Private Ryan

  • Well, joining a little late, but I think you need to have variety (20 rom-coms in a row would be hard to stomach) and if we need classics (there are 100s of great films, but I think you need to go for the “what? you’ve *never* seen…” ones) I would suggest/add:

    2001
    A Matter of Life and Death
    Apocalypse Now
    Angels with Dirty Faces
    Before Sunrise
    Blade Runner
    Casablanca
    City of God
    Diva
    El Dorado
    Fargo
    Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe
    The Graduate
    Harvey
    Il Postino
    LA Story
    Leon
    Marathon Man
    Midnight Express
    Room with a View
    Say Anything…
    The Sure Thing
    The Shape of things to Come
    Shawshank Redemption
    Spartacus
    Unforgiven
    Usual Suspects
    The World According to Garp
    The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
    Yankee Doodle Dandy