People frequently ask my opinion about this movie or that movie. And it is usually some ordinary type moviegoer who believes my knowledge of film history somehow means that I will justify their affection for the latest run-of-the-mill blockbuster or tell them that seeing a dozen or so of the most noted films from before their lifetime is sufficient. They are wrong on both counts. But let's temper my arrogance with a bit of a confession.
I must confess I have never seen the following noteworthy films:
Gladiator (I saw the 1938 comedy with Joe E. Brown)
King Kong (2005, saw the other two)
The Lion King
Passion of the Christ
Return of the Jedi
West Side Story
Most of the films on the above list are those I simply avoided because I do not want to see them. Nearly all, in fact. But I would sit through Aladdin, Amadeus, Lion King, and West Side Story if the opportunity presented itself. And I would give Nashville a try, even though I rarely ever like Robert Altman movies, as this one is supposed to be somewhere near his best.