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I guess I just like liking things

I'm more of an apple crisp kind of guy myself.

I’m more of an apple crisp kind of guy myself.

The thing I’m noticing about these ever-diminishing lists is that while I recognize some of the movies I haven’t seen from the list, I have no desire to go back and catch up on most of them. Most of the “classics” are things I have seen (but, of course, not everything I’ve seen is a classic). It’s a weird kind of fun to read through the lists and whittle it down, and I encourage you to try it some time.

Here are all the movies I’ve seen from 1975, in reverse order of enjoyment:

5. The Apple Dumpling Gang – I vaguely remember seeing this one when I was a kid, and I sorta kinda recall enjoying it. Let’s face it: Tim Conway and Don Knotts in a movie are going to be at least a little bit of fun. I don’t remember anything about it, though.

4. Death Race 2000 – One of Sylvester Stallone’s first movies, which is the only reason I watched it. I’m not surprised they did a remake (which I haven’t seen) as it’s the sort of concept that could do with all the new technology available for filming car races.

3. Jaws – This is one of those classics everyone’s always talking about. It’s okay, I guess, but if I never saw it again it wouldn’t be that big a deal to me. I do like that Spielberg nicknamed the mechanical shark “Bruce,” though. I don’t know why.

2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – I watched this right around the time a friend of mine was performing in a stage version of it. Jack Nicholson, man.

1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – I don’t quote it all the time like I used to, and I think that helps me continue to enjoy it any time I see it. It’s hard to pick a favorite scene, but right up there for me has to be the king stopping his son from singing and trying to explain to the guards that they need to stay and guard him. “Some day, lad, allllllllllllll this will be yours.” “What, the curtains?” “No, not the curtains.” BEST.


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