ByJoshua Richey, writer at

I’ve had this spreadsheet in Google Docs for a few years now titled ‘Joshua’s List of Shame.’ It’s a list of some of the most beloved and well thought of films of all-time that, for whatever reason, I’ve never watched. If I were to show you that list you would probably be so offended that you would straight-up unfollow this blog immediately. It’s quite sad, but here are a few:

  • Blade Runner
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Shining
  • Raging Bull
  • The Lord of The Rings (Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, Return of the King)
  • The Hobbit (An Unexpected Journey, The Desolation of Smaug, The Battle of Five Armies)
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • The Godfather (Godfather, Godfather: Part II)
  • The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Indiana Jones (Any of them)
  • Spirited Away
  • Memento
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Back to the Future (Any of them)
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Taxi Driver
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Fast and Furious (after 2)
  • Citizen Kane
  • Fargo
  • Close Encounters
  • Star Trek (pre-JJ)
  • The Crow
  • Dune
  • The Princess Bride
  • The Goonies
  • The Warriors

Since I don’t like to take any responsibility in my life and prefer pass the blame onto others, I blame my mother. You see, when you grow up like I did, films like Taxi Driver and The Godfather weren’t around. Instead, my family went with Dunston Checks In and Blank Check. (Don’t get me wrong, those movies rule. I actually now have sudden desire to watch them both again.)

As I got older, sure, I could have found the films that I’d missed, but, at the same time, I worried that perhaps too much time had gone by for me to enjoy them. Could 30-something me enjoy a film like The Goonies in my first viewing? Or is that one of those movies that you have to grow up with? The pressure of liking something that is already considered a classic is pretty intense. I remember a few years ago when I tried to sit down and watch Blade Runner for the first time. Blade Runner, a film that is credited for inspiring so much that I love and that so many people consider to be the greatest sci-fi film of all time...yet I was bored to tears and turned it off. Fuck me, right?

Anyways, I’m going to start tackling this List of Shame. Up first? Well, I showed the list to my girlfriend last week and she got legit angry that I hadn’t experienced The Lord of the Rings. Any of them. I’ve not watched 2-minutes of any of those films. So that’s where she insisted I start.

I plan to write something a bit more detailed later, but after sitting there and watching my very first Lord of the Rings film, I get it. I totally fucking get it. I see what all the fuss was about. I’ve only watched Fellowship of the Ring thus far, but, yeah, I’m in. That lore, that world, those characters, them effects, it’s all fantastic and I want more. So excited to watch the other two films this weekend.


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