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Going back to the ‘classics’

Published 7:39pm Monday, August 16, 2010

It’s recently come to my attention, thanks to the newsroom, that there is a long list of classic, must-see movies I have somehow failed to see in my 24 years.

While I consider myself a fairly avid movie watcher, I generally stick to new releases and have failed to see a number of apparent hits – mostly those released before my time.

I’m working to correct this flaw, but it wasn’t pretty in the beginning.

You should have seen print editor Dale Liesch’s shocked expression when I told him I’d never seen any of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Or the disappointed look I received from sports editor Dusty Harper when I mentioned I’d never seen Tim Burton’s “Batman” starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton.

So, in recent weeks I have loaded my Netflix queue with a number of movies I’m told I can’t continue on in this life without seeing. And while there are still some I simply refuse to watch – the Star Wars trilogy, for example – I’ve certainly been surprised with just how much I’ve enjoyed some of the newsroom’s suggested selections.

Among the movies on my must-see list were the Clint Eastwood classic “Dirty Harry,” mobster flicks “Goodfellas” and “Casino” and the timeless westerns “Tombstone,” “Unforgiven” and “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.” The first of these I decided to tackle was “Dirty Harry,” and to be honest, I was fully prepared to not care too much for it.

Boy, was I surprised. The 1971 crime thriller about a San Francisco cop working to track down a sniper serial killer kept my sometimes-challenged attention span to the very end.

So I decided to keep working my way down the list. I next tackled the Martin Scorcese masterpiece “Casino,” and the only complaint I had with it was it’s three-hour runtime.

I was particularly wary the night I popped “Tombstone” into my Blu-ray player and settled down to watch the 1993 western that birthed the famous line, “I’m your Huckleberry.”

Crime and mafia movies are exciting enough, but I doubted I’d enjoy a western.

I was wrong again. Not only did it contain some of most quotable one-liners I’d ever heard, the love interest between cowboy Wyatt Earp and actress Josephine Marcus added a great side storyline to the tale based on the adventures of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

While that’s as far as I’ve gotten down the list thus far, I’m happy about broadening my movie tastes and I’m getting new recommendations every day – such as “Gone with the Wind,” “The Graduate,” “Cool Hand Luke” and the “Life of David Gale” – to add to my list.

I’m sure I won’t like them all, but at least I’ll be able to say I’ve seen them and, perhaps more importantly, I’ll be able to escape the scorn of my coworkers.

Natalie Nettles is a staff writer for The Alexander City Outlook.