All those hours we’ve spent in the dark, and BAMcinématek still harbors secrets about inescapable film classics and pop-culture favorites we’ve never seen before. The Vulture staff’s list of blind spots has given us the courage to confess some of the titles we’re most embarrassed (or, in some cases, downright proud) of having overlooked.
There are so many popular, mainstream or "iconic" films that I have never seen. No James Bond (none, not even with Roger Moore who I like very much), no Lord of the Rings, nothing adapted from popular Broadway shows, pretty much no movies with super heroes, a very high number of Oscar winning films, etc... In my ideal world, I would have liked to say that I have never seen a Spielberg film, but unfortunately, that is not true. Then, looking into this a little further, I just realized that I have never seen a Tom Hanks film. Of course, I have seen some bits and pieces of several of his movies, from Splash to Saving Private Ryan, from Philadelphia to Sleepless in Seattle, and none of them made me want to see more. He is not believable as a romantic lead, an action man, a funny guy or whatever he is playing. I find him so bland that it is like he never existed. He is my invisible man of sorts!
I have a friend. Her name is Mimi. Mimi saw Titanic roughly 12 times in the theater when it was first released. Mimi saw Titanic another three times when it was re-released in 3-D. I have never seen it. I worry that if she ever finds out, she will fly nonstop from Indianapolis to La Guardia, kidnap me and arrange a private screening. This is not out of the realm of possibility... after all she has seen Titanic a documented 15 times. I'm not planning on seeing it anytime soon, so this has to be kept secret so that she never finds out. SHHHHHHH!
Despite having seen several community theater productions of the stage show (and overheard my mother rehearse the music dozens of times for said productions), having been an active member of a "Movie Musical Club" during college, having visited some of the film's iconic locations in Salzburg, and even having performed Rolf's half of "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" at karaoke, I've somehow never mustered the enthusiasm (endurance?) to watch The Sound of Music beyond the inevitable awards show clips. My best excuse at this point is that I'm waiting to see it on 70mm, though I've skipped the opportunity several times while living New York. Maybe I should take the plunge at the Hollywood Bowl's annual singalong instead?