The Best Movies You Haven't Seen (2015)

PopGap #04: Spring Cleaning

By dorrk, April 1st 2015
20 Movies With Low Self-Esteem

During April I'm going to attack a seemingly random collection of movies that include obscure cult films, an Oscar-winner for Best Picture, a made-for-tv movie, and a couple of Hollywood children's movies.  What these 20 movies do have in common is that they've all been on various to-watch lists of mine for years, but I always find excuses for other movies to leapfrog over them. These are the red-headed orphans of PopGap, the movies that I've so neglected, they don't even beg me to watch them any longer. Most of them I've forgotten that I ever even added them to a queue. It's spring, so I'm going to dust them off, break them out, watch them once, and cross them off my list for good.

The movies on April's list are:

  • Little Otik (2001)
  • The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea (1976)
  • Sound of My Voice (2011)
  • The Sorrow and the Pity (1969)
  • The Terminal (2004)
  • Kiss Me Kate (1953
  • An American Tail (1986)
  • Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
  • The Day After (1983)
  • Being Flynn (2012)
  • Salesman (1969)
  • Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004)
  • Ganja and Hess (1973)
  • Heavyweights (1995)
  • The Spook Who Sat by the Door (1973)
  • Trouble Every Day (2001)
  • Walker (1987)
  • Siddhartha (1973)

I've only seen two of these movies before (noted with a ), and it's been 20-30 years since for each of those. the rest are all brand new to me.

As always, I'll be covering these movies as I watch them on Twitter @PopGap and will have reviews for each of these movies on this blog a couple days after watching them.

I may also try to fit in some bonus movies here and there as I simultaneously try to clean up with movies from 2014 that I've neglected while chasing these stupid lists. I may or may not tell you about them, at my discretion.



The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher