Moss and Kari Do the Classics

So here’s the newest thing.

I’m not sure if we can consider all of these proper classics or not, but when we decided to start the “Moss and Kari Do the Classics” project, we expected that our definition of the word “classic” was going to have to be flexible. Maybe a better way of putting it would be “Movies We Haven’t Seen but Feel That for Whatever Reason, We Should” but as that’s much longer and much more unwieldy than simply calling the films classics, it’s probably best that you take our working definition on faith. At least, for now.

And some of the films are certainly and unequivocally classics-with-a-capital-C. For example, I’ve never seen The Godfather, so that’s on our list. Moss has never seen Rear Window, and neither of us has seen Apocalypse Now. Be advised, our list is not meant to comprise all of the classic films that have ever been made, just the ones that we’re very aware that we haven’t seen. If there seems to be a glaring omission, it’s probably because we’ve seen it, but feel free to suggest it to us anyway, because it’s possible that we haven’t.

So, here’s the list for now. Items may be added over the course of the project, and I’ll do my best to blog out some of our reactions to these supposedly quintessential film experiences. Here they are, in no particular order at all:

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. The Godfather
3. Seven Samurai
4. Goodfellas
5. Casablanca
6. Citizen Kane
7. 2001
8. Rear Window
9. Leon: The Professional
10. Dr. Strangelove
11. Apocalypse Now
12. North by Northwest
13. American Beauty
14. Taxi Driver
15. Lawrence of Arabia
16. The Prestige
17. Some Like it Hot
18. Amadeus
19. The Bridge on the River Kwai
20. The Seventh Seal
21. Persona
22. The Maltese Falcon
23. The Great Escape
24. Yojimbo
25. Rebecca
26. Heat
27. Blade Runner
28. Jaws
29. The Deer Hunter
30. Annie Hall
31. Gone With the Wind
32. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
33. There Will Be Blood
34. Slumdog Millionaire
35. Ben-Hur
36. The Graduate
37. Good Will Hunting
38. The Manchurian Candidate
39. Fanny and Alexander
40. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
41. A Streetcar Named Desire
42. The Truman Show
43. A Beautiful Mind
44. Manos The Hands of Fate
46. Big
47. Bonnie and Clyde
48. The Untouchables
49. Easy Rider
50. Blue Velvet
51. Risky Business

We’re starting out with Risky Business. Because a fresh-faced, teenage Tom Cruise hanging out with a call girl seems like a good place to start. Also, Joey Pants.

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