As I've mentioned, I've got this list of movies I need to see. Some of them are black and white classics, stuff that the American Film Institute considers landmarks of cinema. And I'm not disputing their right to that claim - I'm just not as entertained by Bogart and Welles as audiences were when the films came out.
However, there are some movies on my list that are more contemporary, and these begin to shade into the "how can you not have ever seen Jaws" territory. Well, I finally got around to seeing Jaws within the past year, so I'm not ashamed of missing that piece of pop culture anymore.
Even more current, and a movie I should have gone to see in the theaters, was Almost Famous, which I finally got around to watching today. I knew that Kate Hudson was in it, but the rest of the cast surprised me - Jason Lee, Billy Crudup, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
I'm probably the last person in my generation to have seen the movie, so I don't need to describe that it's a semi-autobiographical story of Cameron Crowe's coming of age on tour with a fictional band, writing a story for Rolling Stone. I wasn't listening to Zeppelin or The Who in 1973 (hello?!), but the movie still felt fresh and relevant today.
And, with that movie crossed off, I only have another 128 movies remaining on my list.