I am someone who thinks film is a lot of fun to talk about and engage with, but I, perhaps like a lot of other people, feel that I have a really shallow engagement with films as a medium. Whether it’s Alien, Gone With the Wind, or The Exorcist, the list of what I haven’t seen far exceeds what I have. Despite being interested about the prospect of Blade Runner 2049, I can’t shake the fact that I haven’t seen Blade Runner in any of its cuts.
I’ve thought about this problem off and on for a while and, here or there, have convinced myself to sneak in a A Clockwork Orange here and a Howl’s Moving Castle there. However, for all the ‘top fifty movies of all time’ lists you can dig up online, I felt that I might be better served by turning to the personal touch. So, I turn to the Waypoint community: what ‘classic’ film (for whatever definition you choose) do you think everyone should see? Why? What makes it a ‘classic’ to you?
For what it’s worth, I’m interested in taking y’all’s suggestions and, potentially, considering writing down my thoughts in a blog post series in our Workshop subcategory. I’d love to hear your suggestions, whether you have just the one that means the world to you or five that just can’t be missed. If you know how that film is (legally) available, that would also be greatly appreciated.
For what it’s worth, while I realise ‘classic’ has a pretty specific meaning in film, I’m mostly interested in films that you, the reader, consider important, valuable, and enriching to see, whether for you personally or for anyone.
e: Well, I’ve gone ahead and made the blog post thread! I’m just dying to show off what a fool I am!!! It’s a big opportunity.
Plus, community member @2Mello has kindly made a Letterboxd list compiling all of the recommended films for us. You can find it here. Thank you!