Category Archives: Shame of a Nation

Shame of a Nation: Quick Change

Loomis: It’s bad luck just SEEING something like that! Continue reading

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Shame of a Nation: 12 Angry Movies by Sidney Lumet

Shame of a Nation is where we reveal our dark, dirty, secret shame. Stay tuned as we admit the awful truth about the classic films we’ve yet to see . . . Veritas vos liberabit.

Acclaimed director of socially conscious cinema classics and continued purveyor of moral melodrama, Sidney Lumet, passed away on Saturday. He will be missed. With a career that spanned more than 50 years, Lumet worked with some of the greatest actors from every generation since Hollywood’s golden age: Henry Fonda, Ingrid Bergman, Lauren Bacall, Katharine Hepburn, Walter Matthau, Lee J. Cobb, John Cazale, Paul Newman, Marlon Brando, Faye Dunaway, Sean Connery, Al Pacino, Rod Steiger, Alan Arkin, Nick Nolte, River Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few. Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Elizabeth Taylor Edition

Shame of a Nation is where we reveal our dark, dirty, secret shame. Stay tuned as we admit the awful truth about the classic films we’ve yet to see . . . Veritas vos liberabit.

In the wake of Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, I’m ashamed to admit that I have only seen five of her movies, one of which is The Flintstones. Being the movie geek that I am, with my predilection for cinema classics, how could I make such an egregious error as to gloss over the work of, as Brandon put it, THE movie star? Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Rosko, Find Hungry Samurai

[Editor’s note: The point of this column is to focus on the iconic movies that we’ve somehow shamefully missed. In fact, that’s what inspired the name of this column, even though it’s not on his list, Bryan has never seen Howard Hawks original 1932 Scarface (aka Scarface: Shame of a Nation). Each one of our contributors has prepared a list of the top ten films they are most ashamed to have missed. Stay tuned as each of us reveals the awful truth about the classic films we’ve yet to see… Veritas vos liberabit.] Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Aurora Abides

Here follows ten fine films that I, personally, really should have seen by now. I have encountered them time and time again and have consistently, for no good reason, either put off watching or simply forgot they existed. That is until someone starts talking about how very fab-a-roo [insert film here] is. At which point I default into quiet mood, and then I don’t have to admit that I am so very ignorant when it comes to movies EVERYONE has seen…. Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Brandon’s List

We watch what we want to watch when we want to watch it…

…and sometimes we make bad decisions. Choosing to relish in the simple comfort of an Oscar (1991) instead of challenging your simpleton brain with some Hidden Fortress (1958).

We see references to movies like those on this list throughout our culture. They have embedded themselves as icons and in doing so give you a sense of “I get it,” and you have enough information to throw a pithy remark at your house-warming guests. But, in the end you’re cheating yourself because movies that have sunk so deeply into our collective consciousness, by that very fact, are important. Whether you like it or not, they’ve struck a chord in our world and that makes it matter. Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte

I have seen a lot of movies. Unfortunately, some of them have starred Hilary Duff or were directed by Zach Braff. So, here is my contribution to the ultimate shame list. I swear each and every one of these is either owned by a friend or waiting for their turn on my Netflix list. I am still really, really ashamed to admit these. Here they are, judge away: Continue reading

Shame of a Nation: Bryan’s Top 10 Movies MIA

Seriously, what kind of child of the 80s could've missed Caddyshack!?!

[Editor’s note: Gwilym Hughes was the world record holder for movie watching. When he died, at age 65, he had watched more than 28,000 movies. The Internet Movie Database has approximately 700,000 registered films listed, and that doesn’t take into account the plethora of independent films that have never seen the light of day or have only been seen by the handful of filmmakers who made them. Even the man who had watched the most movies in the world hadn’t seen them all. Now, I’m not saying that we here at Shooting the Script are going to try to see every movie ever made… well, most of us aren’t going to… Bryan might… if nothing else, I’m sure now that he knows what the world record for movie watching is, he’ll try to beat it. The point of this new column is to focus on the iconic movies that we’ve somehow shamefully missed. In fact, that’s what inspired the name of this column, even though it’s not on his list, Bryan has never seen Howard Hawks original 1932 Scarface (aka Scarface: Shame of a Nation). Each one of our contributors has prepared a list of the top ten films they are most ashamed to have missed. Stay tuned as each of us reveals the awful truth about the classic films we’ve yet to see… Veritas vos liberabit.]

Ever since 1998 I’ve been obsessing over lists. That was the year the American Film Institute released their first list of the “100 greatest American films.” I hadn’t seen much of anything then, so I headed to Blockbuster and rented some videos. (How outdated is that sentence?) Continue reading