TAKE 5: The Embarrassment List

Here is the first installment of TAKE 5, in which I ask for folks to give me five things to fill a criteria in no particular order. Here, I will Take 5 movies you are embarrassed to say you have not seen. I got a nice collection of folks to answer, some who are bloggers, some who are not; some who elaborated, and some who did not. I like variety! So here we go with the very first TAKE 5. And since it fits the theme, here is Tommy Lee Jones looking embarrassed about his makeup.


First, let’s go ahead with my list. This is my house after all, and I’m going to start damn it! I’m hoping I can clear this entire list by the end of 2013.

THE WIZARD OF OZ. I can’t believe I got through every holiday season, a film studies program, and five consecutive years of showing this at the movie theater I work at without seeing it. Not to mention the fact that I’ve owned it on Blu Ray for the past year. I know all about it, I just haven’t seen it!

THE NEVERENDING STORY. I have some friends who absolutely won’t believe that I have never seen this movie. I have one friend who may no longer be a friend after finding out that I have never seen this movie. My childhood rotation was Princess Bride, Ghost Busters, The Land Before Time, Roger Rabbit and every Disney movie. Neverending Story never made it to my VCR.

SCARFACE. I’m not sure there are many top 5 movie lists in history which includes both The Wizard of Oz and Scarface. They aren’t exactly two peas in a pod. But hey, I haven’t seen either of them. Geez, this one I have had on DVD for probably five years and I have just never put it on.

INGLORIOUS BASTARDS. I was the biggest Tarantino geek on Earth in high school and college. Every time I see this movie sitting on my shelf it mocks me. I’m going to blame not seeing this on my wife. She is neither a fan of war movies or Tarantino, so she always nixes this suggestion. It makes me feel better to divert blame.

THE MAN WITH NO NAME TRILOGY – I’m cheating here. I suppose I could just put down THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLY. As someone who doesn’t find the western to be the most creative genre, this is a series I never tracked down. It’s also the only thing on my list which I don’t own. So at least I have an excuse for this one.


Misty Layne from Cinema Schiminema sent over this excellent selection:

Movies I have never seen and should have, hence the embarrassment. 😉

1.  Casablanca
2.  The Godfather
3.  Sunset Boulevard
4.  Blade Runner
5.  Blue Velvet

JOHN HERE: Casablanca is a weakness of mine. If it is on TV I am watching it… Godfather is good. I saw it once. I understand it is great. But mafia movies aren’t my thing… Sunset Boulevard I haven’t seen but should… I like Blade Runner, but saw it in six different classes in film school so we broke up for awhile. We work better as friends anyway… Blue Velvet is supposed to be interesting. I haven’t even thought of that title in years! Thanks Misty!!


(I got a wonderfully elaborated upon list from my friend Isabel. She does not have a blog. Instead I will link to a picture of some cute puppies.)

I could make this 100 movies I am embarrased I haven’t seen.  Having grown up the child of immigrant parents who didn’t let me go to my first movie until I was in 8th grade (yes, I was 13 years old the first time I went to a movie theater!), I missed out on basically every single movie that ever shaped our generation.  (Fun fact: that first experience at the movies was to see Dunston Checks In–about a monkey who runs amuck in a hotel.  Possibly not the best introduction to the world of cinema).
In no particular order, here are the 5 movies that usually elicit the biggest gasps (have you been living under a rock?!?) when people find out I haven’t seen them:
1) Schindler’s List.
Question:  How am I supposed to psych myself up to watch this movie?  Do I watch it on a Saturday morning, so I have the rest of the day to shake off the sadness?  Do I watch it on a Friday night so I can go straight to bed and cry myself to sleep?!  I am pretty sure I showed up to this party 10 years too late.
2)  Silence of the Lambs.
See #1
3)  Gone With the Wind
I am a commitment-phobe.  I want to watch it.  It’s on TV a lot.  I can just never give myself over when I still have last week’s episode of Downton Abbey on DVR to catch up on.
4) Wizard of Oz
I have seen parts of this movie here and there over the years, I know what happens, and I have even seen the musical.  But, I have never actually seen this movie in its entirety from beginning to end in one sitting.
5)  The Godfather
I know, this one probably makes me less of a human being.  I have seen Scarface…that’s basically the same thing, right?
There are so many more…I would say at least once a month a movie comes up that people are horrified I haven’t seen!
JOHN HERE AGAIN… Schindler’s List is tough. But it is worth it… Silence of the Lambs is SUPERB… Gone with the Wind should be on my list too (and Wizard of Oz is)… See my notes on Godfather above. I bet it is on a lot of people’s list. Thanks for participating!!!
Brad is another manager at the movie theater and knows as much about film as anyone I know. He should have a blog but does not. He is a Batman fanatic, so I will instead link to this picture of Batman.
I’m pretty upset that I haven’t seen these films but here it goes:
1. The Deer Hunter
2. On the Waterfront
3. The Big Lebowski
4. Trainspotting
5. The French Connection

JOHN HERE: Deer Hunter should be on my list too… On the Waterfront is very solid, but I am not as big on it as some others… Lebowski is classic, but you need to see it a dozen times to truly appreciate it and I don’t have that kind of time, haha… I remember Trainspotting being good, but I haven’t seen it in a decade… I just saw French Connection! I really really liked it!  Thanks Brad!


Eric from THE IPC shot me this list:

Here’s a list of movies I am ashamed to admit I haven’t seen:
The 3 Godfather movies
Schindler’s List
JOHN HERE: There are those Godfather movies again! And Schindler’s List again!… Platoon I liked, but I am not the Oliver Stone fanatic that some are… I would have let you cheat and called the Godfather trilogy one movie and let you have two more 🙂     Thanks for participating!
My buddy John also provided a list to consider. He, also, does not have a blog. Instead, here is a link to the best place on Earth.
Willow – I know it’s a classic and in a time and genre of movies I like (Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, The Neverending Story).
Casablanca – An all-time classic that I should at least see once.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – I can not believe I missed this while it was in theaters. I’ll be fixing that as soon as it’s out on blu-ray.
Apocalypse Now – Another all time classic. I’m not always big on war movies but this is another one I should at least see once.
Titanic – I’m not really embarrassed about not seeing this one oddly enough, but it was the all-time record holder forever and one of the most popular movies in history, so I should probably get to it some day. Maybe.
I was going to include Gone With the Wind. I know it’s at the very top of all-time classic movies, but frankly (my dear) I don’t give a damn. 😉
JOHN HERE: Willow is another I haven’t seen. I should see that one… Casablanca again! You people need to get on it!… The Hobbit I will include on my list too if I don’t see it within the next three months… Apocalypse Now was good, but it is confusing to try and figure out which version you are supposed to watch… Titanic is not as bad as its reputation. Plus, I love me some Billy Zane!… Thanks John!
Tyson Carter from Head In A Vice shot me over this list!
The Expendables
Shutter Island
Death Proof
2001: A Space Odyssey
Nightmare on Elm Street (any of them!!!!)
I own the top 4 of this list on blu ray. That makes it worse. I have no excuse.
JOHN HERE: The Expendables I JUST saw recently, and liked well enough… Shutter Island is an all time favorite fo mine, though I know some can’t stand it (FACE-OFF ALERT!)… Death Proof I saw but remember nothing about… 2001 is great, but don’t start it if you are tired. It moves slowly… Nightmare on Elm street is another series with a good original and diminishing returns… Cheers Tyson!
And lastly, a list from Sarah. She is currently without blog. Here is a link, instead, to a song she probably likes.
5 movies I’m embarrassed I haven’t seen: (in no particular order)
Star Wars
AvatarThank god I saw skyfall on Monday. Now that would have been extremely embarrassing!!!
JOHN HERE AGAIN: Inception is worth seeing, absolutely. Anything Nolan is worth a shot… Star Wars should be seen so you can be a functional adult on this planet, though I won’t put it on any top 100 lists of my own… Rocky is actually pretty good. It’s the only one in the series I’ve seen… Godfather strikes again!… Avatar has to be your thing. But if epic sci-fi is your thing, totally worth it.  Thanks Sarah!!
And that concludes our business here today friends. If you want to voice your own list, feel free to sound off in the comments below!
Also, if you are interested in taking part in future installments, shoot me an email at johnlink00@gmail.com. No obligation, of course, and you can do some of them and take others off. All it would mean is that I send you an email notification that I’m putting a call out for entries. I’m planning on doing one every couple of weeks.

~ by johnlink00 on February 24, 2013.

22 Responses to “TAKE 5: The Embarrassment List”

  1. Thanks for all who participated. This was fun for me, and I’m looking forward to doing more!!

  2. Wow, I just sneaked this in time! 😉

    I kind of wanted to elaborate, but ran out of time so I’ll do it here:

    As a #1 Martin Scorsese fan boy, it kills me to have not seen Shutter Island. The same goes for Tarantino, and Death Proof. My issue is I build them up so much, and get so excited to see them, I then worry what if they arent what I hoped……so I put it off!! BUT I will get them watched!

    Good stuff here John, cheers buddy 🙂

  3. Reblogged this on Bishop Review and commented:
    This is a really interesting feature. I like it!

  4. This is excellent! Too much fun. I am honestly surprised that there’s more than one person here who hasn’t seen The Wizard of Oz (I was obsessed with the whole series of books as a child and have actually played Dorothy twice in shows). Thanks for letting me participate! 🙂

    • You are not alone! I once did tech for Wizard of Oz in high school. I never actually performed in the musicals in school because I played football in the Fall when they were put up. But that is probably a good thing, because nobody wants to hear me sing!
      And thanks for reposting!

  5. Reblogged this on Cinema Schminema and commented:
    A super fun new feature over at John Link Movies – TAKE 5 – where he asks for folks to give five things to fill a criteria in no particular order. This week? Movies you’re embarrassed to say you haven’t seen!

  6. THANK YOU John for letting me be a part of this!! Good fun!!!

  7. I do actually have a blog but its temporarily out of service. Ray’s a perfect substitute in the meantime!

    Love the blog!!!

  8. Seen them all! 😀

  9. My embarrassing list:
    1. Taxi Driver
    2. King Kong (1933)
    3. Chinatown
    4. Cool Hand Luke
    5. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    • Good list! I really like Taxi Driver, though Chinatown is the one I would say is must-see. I keep thinking I should see the original King Kong, but every time I see a clip of it, I think I really don’t know if I want to watch that for 90 minutes. Cool Hand Luke has been on my DVR for the past several months along with Rebel Without a Cause. Too movies I always get confused because I have not seen either, haha. Oh, and 2001 is awesome. Great cinema.

  10. Thanks for letting me participate! It was a lot of fun. I also feel a little better about myself knowing there are others who share my shame.

  11. I have tried to watch Gone with the wind and Casablanca both two times each and I fell asleep halfway through every time.
    Here’s my list.
    1-Texas Chainsaw Massacre-I like classic monsters and gothic horrors. This was one the films that kind of killed the above films off.
    2-The Exorcist-Same as number one.
    3-Easy Rider-Just never got around to it.
    4- Rebel without a cause -I saw East of Eden and thought it stunk, but I should give Dean another chance.
    5-Avatar-Figured it would be like Titanic with blue people.

    • Sorry for the late reply here! But that is a really nice list. I watched TCM again recently and was reminded how important a horror film it was. Exorcist is solid, but it doesn’t scare the shit out of me the way it does some folks. Easy Rider is one I have DVRd four of five different times and never watched, I need to (ditto Revel Without a Cause). Avatar is like geek catnip. If you are into the genre, it is top notch. If not you’d wonder what all of the fuss is about.

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