Just like opinions and arseholes, everyone's got their List of Shame. Their dirty little secret that they've been hiding from the world, that they fear will ruin their credibility if anyone ever found out, that has haunted them so long they can't even bear to utter its name...
For anyone who considers themselves a cinephile or critic of note, their occupation can all too often become a labour of Sisyphean proportions, and inevitably some bona fide classics get left behind in the rabid desire to stay on top. Be it Citizen Kane, Lawrence of Arabia or Seven Samurai, everyone has their albatross to carry, everyone has that string of titles that makes them fall uncharacteristically silent when the pub conversation turns to their merits and faults. Everybody has their List of Shame.
As 2013 dawns, we at ScreenAnarchy have decided to make our New Year's Resolution a collective one - we will confront these lists once and for all! Together, as a team - for the greater good! Each of our contributors, from Todd Brown on down, has submitted the 12 biggest titles they know they really should have seen, but until now life has insisted on getting in the way. Every month, each of us will seek out a film from our list and watch it for the first time. We will then report back with our honest impressions on these so-called classics for your reading pleasure. How good a film is The Seventh Seal really? Does 8 1/2 actually make a lick of sense in the 21st Century? Has Gone With The Wind lived up to its title, or does it remain a romantic epic 70 years on?
Our aim here is not to challenge the classics of the artform we claim to love, but to challenge ourselves and open our deepest darkest recesses in the hope of finding some release, some closure, and most importantly...some more awesome movies with which to fall in love. Full Disclosure: ScreenAnarchy Tackles Its Lists of Shame will appear right here, on the last Sunday of every month, and promises to be an adventure of epic proportions. You will be shocked, surprised and somewhat flabbergasted by some of the films we have managed to avoid over the years, but we ask not for your pity, nor your ridicule, but simply for your support, and perhaps even a dash of envy as we experience these films for the very first time.
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