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Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Mom'

Anna Faris and Allison Janney could star in a great comedy, but the pilot isn't there

[In case you've Forgotten, and as I will continue to mention each and every one of these posts that I do: This is *not* a review. Pilots change. Sometimes a lot. Often for the better. Sometimes for the worse. But they change. Actual reviews will be coming in September and perhaps October (and maybe midseason in some cases). This is, however, a brief gut reaction to not-for-air pilots. I know some people will be all "These are reviews." If you've read me, you've read my reviews and you know this isn't what they look like.]

Show:"Mom" (CBS)
Airs:Mondays at 9:30 p.m.
The Pitch: "1 Broke Girl & Her Mum"
Quick Response: "Mom" is the last of the fall premieres to get a Take Me To The Pilots entry. [EDIT: I forgot about "Dracula." I keep forgetting about "Dracula," which NBC made easier by not doing anything with "Dracula" at either Comic-Con or TCA press tour. One of these days I'll watch it. But I'm transitioning into midseason pilots for a while after this.] That's because "Mom" is exactly what you think it is, for better and (somewhat more) for worse. Suggesting that this Chuck Lorre-produced multi-cam comedy is too broad for its own good and that its coarseness is frequently cringeworthy -- i.e. a joke about a teenager's sex-stained sheets -- would have all of the shock or value of saying a David Milch pilot was wordy and somewhat cryptic or that the characters on an Amy Sherman-Palladino show kept talking faster than real people actually talk. There are whole characters and subplots -- the slutty teenage daughter, French Stewart's one-liner-spouting snobby chef ("Beat those egg whites gently, as if they were a small, annoying child," is the pinnacle of his comedic contribution) -- that I could excise entirely, though at least I get the generational purpose of the horny daughter stuff. I would, in general, say that "Mom" is not a very good pilot. But there are kernels here that I'm curious about, things that work exactly as well as you might hope. Anna Faris has always been an admirably committed comedienne, an actress never afraid of playing ugly or pushing her performances "big" if the situation requires. And here, she hits every sitcom-y punchline with authority and when she's asked to cry ridiculously, she does it with an agility that calls to mind some TV greats (I'm resisting naming names because hyperbole will do me no favors). Faris also nails the dramatic scenes. Her character is a recovering addict and the AA scene at the show's center is actually its most interesting element, just as the Overeaters Anonymous scene gave the "Mike & Molly" pilot a weirdly grounded core that was immediately drowned out in a sea of fat jokes, causing me to stop watching after five or six episodes. [No clue if it got better. Some people still seem to like that show.] A version of "Mom" that I would watch would continue to keep the recovery thread as close to the surface as possible, because that melancholy shading would benefit Faris and also benefit Allison Janney, who is fine here, but isn't asked to do nearly enough. I'm still a strong advocate of Janney's work in "Mr. Sunshine" (Yay) and I appreciate the amount of "damaged" she's capable of bringing to comedic characters. My ideal "Mom" is a bit like NBC's "Go On" in tone. And you know who doesn't care about that ideal? Chuck Lorre! Oh and viewers, because audiences didn't like "Go On." I think that French Stewart and the glibly treated teenage daughter and the pot-dealing ex (even if he's played by the always-welcome Matt Jones) are the Lorre-est elements of this pilot and probably the elements the subsequent episodes are more likely to accentuate. There's a good show featuring Faris and Janney and roughly this premise. The pilot has maybe five minutes of that show and 17 minutes of something else.
Desire To Watch Again: After a podcast a few weeks ago, I was forced to go back to my "2 Broke Girls" Take Me To The Pilot to see that I was far more generous towards the show than I would feel only a week or two later. My feeling was that there was a potentially great show starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs and then there was everything around them and I hoped it became the good version of itself and, instead, it continued to be the bad version. I think "Mom" is a lot like "2 Broke Girls," where there's a version that could well become a big hit for CBS and then there's the version I'd like, which would probably have to be on NBC or FOX and would probably tank. The networks have conspired to make Mondays at 9 into one of the weakest hours for me all season. Just as this time period will give me a chance to let "Sleepy Hollow" settle into itself, I'll probably also give "Mom" a chance to become the show I don't want it to be. And yes, I'll probably keep watching "2 Broke Girls," which is an all-too-fitting lead-in.

 

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Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Welcome to the Family' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Millers' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'The Goldbergs' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Ironside'
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'We Are Men' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Almost Human' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Back in the Game' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'Sean Saves the World' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'Reign' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'The Crazy Ones' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Enlisted' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Betrayal' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Blacklist' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: The CW's 'The Tomorrow People' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: CBS' 'Hostages' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: FOX's 'Sleepy Hollow' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: ABC's 'Trophy Wife' 
Take Me To The Pilots '13: NBC's 'The Michael J. Fox Show' 
All of my 2012 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2011 Take Me To The Pilots Entries
All of my 2010 Take Me To The Pilots Entries

 

 

 

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<p>M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold</p>

M. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold

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Avenged Sevenfold set to top Billboard 200 next week

Justin Timberlake sees major VMA bounce

Rockers Avenged Sevenfold will reign atop the Billboard 200 next week with “Hail To the King” (175,000) knocking country king, Luke Bryan and his current No. 1, “Crash My Party,” down to No. 2 (105,000). “King” is the group’s second No. 1, following 2010’s “Nightmare.”

The title is one of four debuts as we head into the busy fourth quarter. Rapper Big Sean’s “Hall of Fame” bows at No. 3 (75,000), while fellow rapper Juicy J comes in at No. 5 (65,000) with “Star Trippy.” “Alabama & Friends,” featuring top country artists performing hits by the legendary country band launches at No. 8 (28,000).

Robin Thicke’s former No. 1, “Blurred Lines” sees a little bump following the Video Music Awards, rising back up to No. 4 (65,000), while Justin Timberlake, who gave a 15-minute performance and received the Video Vanguard Award at the VMAs sees an even larger sales result, climbing back up to No. 6 from No. 22 (45,000), according to Hits Daily Double.

John Mayer’s “Paradise Valley” falls to No. 7 (40,000), R&B supergroup TGT’s “Three Kings” drops to No. 9 (27,000), while “Now That’s What I Call Music 47 slides to No. 10 (27,000).

 

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<p>&quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

"12 Years a Slave"

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'12 Years a Slave' added to New York Film Festival lineup

Steve McQueen's hotly buzzed historical drama sneaks in Telluride tonight

The lucky folks in Telluride are the envy of the cinephile community tonight, as "12 Years a Slave" has its unofficial world premiere with a sneak preview at the festival. It will, of course, go on to Toronto for its formal unveiling, but by that point, many key critics will have already had their say, and a reputation will already be forming.

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Is Aaron Sorkin not interested in doing a 3rd season of 'The Newsroom'?


Is Aaron Sorkin not interested in doing a 3rd season of "The Newsroom"?
Sorkin said last week he's been offered a 3rd season, but so far HBO -- which often renews hit shows early -- hasn't ordered a renewal. Could Sorkin be too busy for his HBO show? PLUS: "The Newsroom" is much-improved this season.


J.J. Abrams to remake the 1973 Yul Brinner film for HBO

"The Dark Knight" and "Person of Interest" writer Jonathan Nolan is set to write the remake.


Leah Remini will be "Ellen's" 1st guest of the season
It will be Remini's first TV appearance since leaving Scientology.


"Mad Men's" Ben Feldman joins "The Mindy Project"
He'll play a writer who's Mindy's latest love interest.


Go behind the scenes with Bill Murray on Letterman's 20th anniversary

"Let's go, Biff," he said backstage. PLUS: Letterman's wildest interviews, and 10 of Dave's trolls.


Not everybody can stomach "Breaking Bad"
Joel Mathis made it halfway through Season 2 before stopping. "Each and every episode that I've watched has filled me with increasing dread," he says. "I don't feel enlightened or informed or entertained when I watch an episode: Mostly I get a tummy ache. You've heard of 'cringe humor,' the way Larry David can make you laugh and be appalled at the same time? Well, for me, Breaking Bad is 'cringe drama." PLUS: Walter White meets "Game of Thrones," see "Breaking Bad" characters as ghosts, inside the music of "Breaking Bad," and why Walter didn't film his confession on a smartphone.


"HIMYM's" mom struggled with driving in L.A.: "I was almost arrested for drunk driving"
Cristin Milioti says she got four parking tickets her first week. And then, there was the DUI accusation. When she was flagged at a DUI checkpoint, she failed the sobriety tests -- but was saved by blowing a 0.0 on two breathalyzers.


FXX channel launches on Monday
FX's comedy spinoff debuts with a "Parks and Rec" marathon.


New book provides an oral history of '90s Nickelodeon
Read 10 fascinating facts from "Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon's Golden Age," due Sept. 24.


Showtime to air Jay-Z's "Made in America"

The Ron Howard-directed documentary covers last year's Made In America festival.


"Chicago PD" adds "The Killing's" Elias Koteas

He'll play an undercover detective.


Lindsay Lohan recalls working with Bill Cosby
Check her out in a 1995 Jello ad.


Book takes us "Inside the Food Network"
Allen Salkin's book even takes you inside Paula Deen's N-word controversy.


Watch the "Bones" Season 9 promo

here's your first glimpse of Freddie Prinze, Jr. as a CIA agent who shares a history with Booth.


Teresa Giudice asking for money for her legal defense fund

The "Real Housewives" star is getting desperate.


Check out "Haven's" comic book

The Syfy series is tiding over fans until Season 4.


Netflix fans should be grateful to cable
As Derek Thompson points out, "just about everything that you love about Netflix (its affordability, its variety, its ability to take risks) is made possible because of just about everything you hate about cable."


What happened to the high school students from MTV's 2008 "The Paper" reality show?
Did any of them end up going into journalism?


Why cable and satellite providers ask for your social security number

Even if you want to know prices, many providers these days ask for your SSN to avoid deadbeats.


Here are currently famous people you never knew were on "Friends"

From Craig Robinson to Jim Rash to Dakota Fanning and Kevin Rahm.


"Teen Mom" Farrah Abraham makes a home video in hopes of landing on "Days of Our Lives"

Watch her awkward audition.


Christopher Plummer gives his blessing to NBC "The Sound of Music" stars

"It was very close to the vampire life, I thought," he says of Stephen Moyer's casting as Captain Von Trapp.


Presenting past "SNL" writers who would've made great cast members
From Stephen Colbert to Larry David to Conan O'Brien.


Check out childhood TV stars as superheroes
LeVar Burton as Batman and Mr. Rogers as Superman.


Emilia Clarke remembers her favorite "Game of Thrones" Season 3 moments

Says Clarke: "One of the most exciting bits about filming Dany's storyline is I get to look at the final product and see if my imagination was right."


Wal-Mart gets the exclusive on Volume 2 of "The Walking Dead" soundtrack
The new CD dropped on Thursday.


"Doctor Who" comes out with a Mr. Potato Head doll

Based on the 11th doctor.


Connie Britton looks back at "Nashville" Season 1
What was her favorite moment?


Discovery explores "Secret Sex Lives: Swingers"
The four-part Discovery Fit & Health reality show, premiering Saturday, follows five couples who like to mix things up in the bedroom.

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<p>&quot;Salinger&quot; is set to open a mere week from today.</p>

"Salinger" is set to open a mere week from today.

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Telluride: Weinstein to sneak 'Salinger' after pulling 'Philomena' at the last minute

Oh the drama of the fall festival circuit

TELLURIDE, Colo. - All of town is abuzz today with the official revelation of two "sneak preview" screenings set for tonight: Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave." But everyone has been curious what the third would be, if indeed there would be a third.

Well, wonder no more as Deadline is reporting that Shane Salerno's documentary "Salinger" has grabbed a "surprise late entry" to the lineup. If true, it's an interesting turn of events, given how things were apparently supposed to shake out originally.

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Ranking the Songs of Summer 2013: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Daft Punk

Ranking the Songs of Summer 2013: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Daft Punk

Take our poll: Who had the No. 1 jam?

Call this season the Summer of Soul: the summer of 2013 produced some clear-cut, all-out jams that will be remembered years from now, and several of them have a soulful bent to them.

It's very telling that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" featuring T.I. And Pharrell Williams lived and thrived under the threat of a lawsuit from the Marvin Gaye estate: the throwback vibe of that cowbell and the singer's grooving falsetto rang some, erm, bells. (Thicke, if you'll remember, preemptively sued the Gaye estate to bar the action. So maybe "Blurred Lines" keeps its Grammy chances...)

Daft Punk's return with album "Random Access Memories" was marked by its retro action, and mega-single "Get Lucky" with Pharrell (and chops from Chic's Nile Rodgers) was the essence of the soul behind their robot masks. Avicii's "Wake Me Up" would be nothing without Aloe Blacc's stellar pipes on top of that stomp-clap. Mary Lambert's chorus on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Same Love" still sends sparkles up the spine, despite the song having been around for more than a year.

Justin Timberlake... oh, Justin, who is having such a big year with his "20/20 Experience." No songs from that album made our solstice review, but his meandering turn on Jay-Z's "Holy Grail" has a "preach" to it. And just blinking at Bruno Mars' "Treasure," it looks like it was culled straight out of "Soul Train."

Breaking up the old-school boogie were a few of bursts of dance-pop, coincidentally (or not!) from two former child actress. Selena Gomez's "Come & Get It" and Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" were both invitations to what promised to be a pair of slightly sleazy parties. Ellie Goulding's melody on Calvin Harris' "I Need Your Love" provided a pristine combo from the EDM sector.

Like the MTV VMAs, rock wasn't repping very hard during the hottest months: tracks like Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive" started roaring months beforehand. The closest our top 10 lists got to rockin' out were to country act Florida Georgia Line's ode to ogling "Cruise," Capital Cities' Passion Pit-esque "Safe and Sound" and that "Smells Like Teen Spirit" rip in "Holy Grail." (One Direction's "Best Song Ever" made a stab at the top tier, but aside from excitement from Directioners, limped toward the end of the end of its tenure in our memories.)

Below, HitFixers Melinda Newman, Dave Lewis, Chris Eggertsen and myself explain away our top 10 jams of 2013's Songs of the Summer, and ranked which ones were most representative. What made the songs work? Did we get burned out on them? Will we remember them in 10 years? Who is our No. 1 Song of the Summer?

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A&E cancels 'The Glades' after 4 seasons


A&E cancels "The Glades" after 4 seasons

The Florida police drama was the first original A&E program to last more than one season, hitting a season high with this week's finale.

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<p>Orianthi and Steven Tyler</p>

Orianthi and Steven Tyler

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Exclusive: Orianthi and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler's duet, 'Sex E. Bizarre' in full

Plus, U.S. premiere of 'Better With You'

From Michael Jackson to Alice Cooper, Carrie Underwood, Steve Vai and Santana, Australian guitar wiz Orianthi has shared stages with some of the top artists in the world.

Now a guitar hero to many herself, is splitting her time this year touring as a member of Alice Cooper’s band and promoting her excellent solo album, “Heaven In This Hell.” The album, produced by Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, came out in March.

But she also found time to sneak in a fiery rock duet with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and you can hear it in full for the first time anywhere here on Hitfix. From Orianthi's screaming guitar and sultry vocals to Tyler's bad boy growl, the two rockers perfectly complement each other on the fiesty, fun cut. Orianthi lays down a solo in the middle that will make you forget that other guitarist Tyler usually plays with.

"Sex E. Bizarre" is one of three new songs that appear on the deluxe version of "Heaven In This Hell," out Sept. 3. The driving rocker, written by Orianthi, Tyler and Marti Frederiksen, goes to rock radio next week.

Hitfix is also proud to present the U.S. premiere of "Better With You," an infectious uptempo track  that previously appeared only on the Japanese release of "Heaven In This Hell," but will be available on the Sept. 3 deluxe version worldwide.  The pop-tinged tune will definitely hit the sweet spot with fans who first connected with Orianthi through her 2009 breakthrough hit, "According To You," which reached No. 3 on Billboard's Pop Songs chart.

 

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Letterman had a low-key 20th-anniversary celebration, but he could end up going out on top

Letterman had a low-key 20th-anniversary celebration, but he could end up going out on top


Letterman had a low-key 20th-anniversary celebration, but he could end up going out on top
By this time next year, David Letterman could be late-night's ratings king. PLUS: Bill Murray and Letterman in 1993 and 2013, watch Murray sing "I Will Always Love You" to Dave, and look at Dave's most memorable moments from each year.


Robin Wright to direct a "House of Cards" episode

But David Fincher won't step behind the camera in Season 2.


Watch Bill Hader get roasted

At the James Franco roast, Jonah Hill took Hader to task for doing a T-mobile commercial after leaving "SNL."


Here are your Labor Day Weekend TV marathons
From "Lonesome Dove" to "Survivorman."


Happy 50th birthday, Michael Chiklis!
"The Shield" and "The Commish" star says: "Didn't think I'd make it to 50 but really glad I did!"


"Whose Line Is It Anyway?" stars get their own CW special
The CW will air "Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group," based on their traveling stage show.


Summer TV: Winners and Losers
Winner: "Under the Dome." Loser: "Arrested Development."


Lamar Odom: Busted for DUI
The E! "Khloe and Lamar" star was taken into custody early this morning after he was spotted driving too slow on the freeway.


Fred Armisen sits down for a newspaper interview as "SNL's" Ian Rubbish
Read Rubbish's interview in Portland's Willamette Week.


Watch "The Vampire Diaries" Season 5 promo

"It's been a long summer, Damon."


James Van Der Beek to become a dad for the 3rd time
Wife Kimberly is pregnant with their third child.

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"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

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Exclusive clip: Watch a deleted hospital scene from 'Scandal'

Gladiators can get the season 2 DVD set on Sept. 3

Gladiators may be anxiously awaiting "Scandal"'s return on Oct. 3, but the good news is that it's still possible to get a fix a little earlier. The DVD release of season 2 hits stores Sept. 3, complete with an extended episode, a "Hanging with Huck" featurette, outtakes, and deleted scenes in a five-disc set.

Get an early look here with this HitFix exclusive clip, which shows Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) and Jake Ballard (Scott Foley) getting into a heated argument at the hospital after she suffers a concussion. As if we needed more reasons to be impressed by Olivia, she manages to have a completely coherent conversation while wearing a hospital gown and looking for her street clothes. No wonder the President likes her so much.

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<p>Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in &quot;Joe.&quot;</p>

Tye Sheridan and Nicolas Cage in "Joe."

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Review: Nicolas Cage finds no Southern comfort in grim, grimy 'Joe'

David Gordon Green's latest comes as a disappointment after 'Prince Avalanche'

VENICE - Tye Sheridan seems a nice kid and all, but he sure has terrible taste in father figures. Well, okay, not the real Tye Sheridan – whose dad, I’m sure, is a delight – but the flinty, feral persona he’s honed in two country-fried journeys into manhood this year. First came Jeff Nichols’ “Mud,” in which the steady-gazing teenager attached himself to Matthew McConaughey’s snake-tattooed fugitive Mud, a reverse adoption that ended about as well as it might have done. Now comes David Gordon Green’s “Joe,” in which Sheridan, his face already older and more settled, attaches himself to Nicolas Cage’s skull-tattooed ex-con Joe – a slightly more mutual adoption that, given the boy’s brutal, whiskey-wet home environment, could only be described as the lesser of two evils.

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<p>This may well be the greatest example of a film that demands the largest screen you can find if you're going to appreciate the film's real power.</p>

This may well be the greatest example of a film that demands the largest screen you can find if you're going to appreciate the film's real power.

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Big Question: What well-known movie have you never seen?

We've all got gaps in our film knowledge, and today, filmmakers fess up on theirs

As you read this, I am just wrapping a week-long globe-trotting vacation with my family. Toshi and Allen and I are having lunch with Bigfoot somewhere in the Pacific Northwest right now.

While we enjoy that, I'd like to share the last of five special vacation articles, where I've reached out to a wide array of people I know to answer a different question every day. I sent out the fire questions as part of one big e-mail last week, and I asked people to send me as many of the five responses as they felt like. Some people did one, some people did a few, and several people answered all five.

I would love to hear your responses to these questions as well. When I get back to Los Angeles next weekend, I'm excited to dig in and read all the answers you guys leave, and I hope you enjoyed this week's articles in the meantime.

FRIDAY
We all have movies we haven't seen for one reason or another. Can you tell me one film that you haven't seen but that you want to see, and why haven't you seen it yet?

JUDD APATOW (writer, "Girls")
"City Of God." Jonah Hill tells me to see it very time I see him. I will get to it. I know it will blow my mind. I fear it's greatness.

Jonah is completely right. "City Of God" is exceptional, and you are correct to fear its greatness.

JASON FLEMYNG (actor, "The Quatermass Experiment")
I think it's called "The Cove." It's the film about the dolphin slaughters, and I just can't face it. The film I wish I HADN'T SEEN was "Amour" and back in the day "The Accused." I couldn't drive the car after seeing them. They both killed me, and I got a parking ticket.

PAUL MALMONT (novelist, "The Astounding, The Amazing and The Unknown")
I’m a huge fan of this director. I’ve seen almost all of his movies. Yet somehow I’ve managed to miss the one movie that put him on  the map and I have a feeling I’ll probably never see it. As a film fan, this is embarrassing, but I’ll stand up and admit it:  My name is Paul Malmont and I’ve never seen David Lynch’s "Eraserhead".

I like that there are certain films by my favorite filmmakers that I haven't gotten to yet. I would hate to think that the only thing I had to look forward to as a film fan were new movies. I think it's important to save some great films to savor from time to time, and I don't think the goal of any film fan should be to just run down a checklist. There are films that I might not be in the right mood for until years after I buy them, but it's great to have those films on-hand for when the moment finally strikes.

GERRY DUGGAN (writer, "Nova")
That film used to be "Lawrence Of Arabia" for me, but I waited to see it in 70MM at the Arclight. I knew enough not to try and enjoy it on a small screen. I'm glad I waited.

This is great, and I do my best to take people to see "Lawrence" every time in plays 70MM here in Los Angeles. I feel like it's one of the great examples of a film that works best in a theater, and I've never had someone tell me after seeing it that they felt like it was a waste of their three hours.

PAUL SCHEER (actor, "The League")
"Mad Max." I don't know why I've never seen it but I never seem to be in the mood for it. I know it's supposed to be good and people love it. But I've never seen any of the "Mad Max" films and I guess I should but I never do.

Wait… so you haven't seen "The Road Warrior"? I may have to stage an intervention if that's true, Paul.

ALBERT PYUN (director, "Radioactive Dreams")
I haven't seen "AntiChrist" because I am as yet too impressionable.

PAUL DINI (creator, "Tower Prep")
"To Kill A Mockingbird." I somehow have it in my head I have to read the book first, but every time I pick up the book, I think, "Why bother? Sooner or later I'll see the movie."

Wow. I'm surprised by this one, but I shouldn't be. After all, it's one of those films that can easily look like it's just going to be homework, all message, but it's not that at all. I think people are surprised when they do see it to find that it's thrilling and scary and funny in places and brutally sad at times. If you ever want to change that, Paul, I will drive a copy to your house.

DAVID HAYTER (actor, "The Castle Of Cagliostro")
I try to see everything I can, though I need to have a Fellini festival in my house sometime.  I have never seen "The Grapes Of Wrath," though it was playing on TV in Austin, as I was getting dressed to go to the film festival, and the writing was amazing.  (And funny...?  Wow.  One word -- "Dustbowl".)  I have to admit that I have never been able to get through "Double Indemnity," though I have tried twice.  (Which I believe is referred to as "Quadruple Indemnity".)  

I have also managed to miss a full one and a half of the TRANSFORMERS movies, but so far, my life does not seemed to have suffered for it.

You may survive the lack of "Transformers" movies in your life, David. I love your reaction to "Grapes," though, and it's something that is often true when we finally see a classic film that we've only heard about. They tend to be far more than whatever their reputation is, and that liveliness, that surprise that we feel when a classic turns out to be rowdy or weird or hard-to-define, is part of what I have always loved about working my way back through the history of film.

SCOTT DERRICKSON (director, "Beware The Night")
"Stagecoach." I love Westerns and have seen most classics in the genre, but not this one. It's certainly a movie I am supposed to see, but that makes watching it a kind of homework. I'll often watch silent films or European films or independent films out of moviegoer discipline… but I can't do that with a Western. I can only watch a Western because I feel like watching a Western, and I've just never really felt like watching "Stagecoach."  Maybe it's because the title is really boring.

I am curious how you react if you finally do end up seeing it. There are so many movies that have been built on top of the bones of "Stagecoach" that I feel like you'll recognize it. To some degree, there are movies that we ingest as film fans whether we realize it or not, and by the time we finally do see them, we've already processed much of what makes them great because we've seen it diffused out through hundreds of other films.

DEREK HAAS (novelist, "The Silver Bear")
I haven't seen "Sorcerer," and I'm dying to see it. The Friedkin movie with Roy Scheider. I have no idea why I haven't seen other than I always forget the name of it when I'm thinking about downloading a movie. The name doesn't match the film so it never come to me. I had to look it up just now to answer this question.

You're in luck, Derek. Friedkin finally got the rights to the film back and he's working right now to restore it and get it ready for a major theatrical re-release followed by what I hope will be a spectacular Blu-ray. It's amazing, and the idea that you'll get to see it in theaters for the first time should have you very excited.

KEITH CALDER (producer, "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane")
I still haven't seen the original "Texas Chainsaw Massacre." I wasn't allowed to watch R-rated films as a kid, and I'm only now catching up to the 70s and 80s horror classics. I keep avoiding "Texas Chainsaw" because I want to see it with an audience of people who also haven't seen the film. I just haven't figured out the right way to set that up yet.

Oooooh. I want to be there when you see it because I want to talk to you immediately afterwards. I think "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" is not just a great horror film, but a great film. When I look at that movie, I am baffled about how Hooper never quite put it together like that again, but he certainly wouldn't be the only filmmaker who has one great moment that shines brighter than the rest of their work.

GEOFF LATULIPPE (writer/director, "Untitled Paramount comedy")
I've only ever seen about 15 minutes of "Reservoir Dogs." I don't know why I've never rectified that. Otherwise, I can't think of anything "classic" that I want to see that I never have.

I actually just alerted the WGAw and all the studios to this fact, Geoff, and we'll be needing you to go ahead and pack up and move out of LA now, please.

BETH SCHACTER (writer/director, "Normal Adolescent Behavior")
I can't see "United 93." I mean, I know I have to and I love Paul Greengrass but I can't sit through it. I saw it from the ground, I'm not sure I can see it from the sky.

On the other side is "Marley & Me." I've seen it, but only in pieces. I can't sit down and forget that its a movie. No way. I mean... no way.

I don't have any problem with people who know that they can't see a movie because of something in the film. "United 93" caused me to have an intense visceral reaction when I saw it, and I think I was one of the calmest people in the theater. And with "Marley & Me," if you love dogs at all, that film is damn close to being a war crime.

JENSEN KARP (owner, Gallery1988, JASH, Tyson/Givens Marketing)
"Midnight Cowboy." It was my dad's favorite movie, and you just grow up assuming you'll hate anything your parents love. I just kept pushing it further and further as I grew up and now with him passed, I just never want to close that chapter I guess? Just to have something to get to from his checklist is nice, but I'm sure I'll see it one day.

Man, I would love to talk to your dad to ask him why "Midnight Cowboy" is his favorite movie. That's a pretty unusual choice, and while I can imagine it would hit someone hard at the time it was released, for it to stay his favorite film over the last 40 years, it must have been something very particular that he responded to.

SCOTT FRANK (screenwriter, "Get Shorty")
It's a long and embarrassing list, but one that sticks out is "Fight Club."  Never saw it. I have no idea why not. I keep telling myself that I want to see it the right way, on the big screen. But how? When?

I will let you know if I see any revival screening of it happening in LA at any point, Scott, as long as I can come with you so we can talk afterwards. In fact, that's the one thing I feel about most of this list. I hope you all get to see all of these films, and I'd really like to be there when you do.

TRAVIS STEVENS (producer, "The Aggression Scale")
"Repulsion."  I have no idea.  Maybe it's the title?

Ooooh. Another tough one. There is nothing easy about "Repulsion," and I get the feeling that no matter when you see it in your life as a film fan, it packs a brutal punch.

DAVID PRIOR (DVD producer, "Panic Room")
"The Sound of Music." I didn't see it young, I was generally never a big fan of musicals (with a few notable and well-loved exceptions), and it easily slipped by the wayside as years went on. I must own three different editions of it on DVD.  All in the shrink wrap. I will get to it one day....

This is another one of those films that I feel like you'll recognize from start to finish when you do finally sit down to watch that. "Sound Of Music" got totally and completely absorbed by pop culture, and I'm willing to bet you've seen hundreds of references to it over the years in films you have seen.

DOUG TENNAPEL (writer/artist, "Tommysaurus Rex")
I haven’t seen "Paranormal Activity 2," simply because I don’t enjoy being terrified. The first movie did such a number on me that I didn’t want to subject myself to the superior horror work that I experienced on the first movie. That’s right. It does it’s job so well that I want to see it but can’t.

I know many people who can't watch horror films because they have responses that go way beyond "I liked it" or "I didn't like it." I love to be terrified, but that was something I learned over time. The first few times I saw horror films, I almost couldn't process what I was watching. Learning how and why those movies hit me that hard is part of what made me who I am now, and I love anything that makes me feel that way again. If you don't, I certainly can't fault you for that.

LUCKY MCKEE (director, "The Woods")
I just checked the big one off of my list a couple months ago. "Lawrence Of Arabia." I was waiting to get the opportunity to see it in a theater, but I ended up giving out and watching it on my set up at home. It's a fairly good film if you've never seen it. Heh.

GREG LONGSTREET (publicist)
A ton!!!  I do love movies, but I’m not that guy who just sees it all.  I admire those who can just absorb all that cinema.  For me, it’s all about what draws me in – if my interest is piqued then I’m.  I’ve never seen "The Maltese Falcon," but I’m sure there will come a time where I’ll say “why not” and sit down to finally watch it.  That’s if "Die Hard" isn’t on… BUT IT’S ALWAYS ON!!!!

It's been a great week, and everyone who participated, both in the articles and in the comments sections, I thank you deeply. I do not often get a chance to disconnect from my job or from the day-to-day cycle, and so these articles represent that rare moment I can step away, and I couldn't have done it without the help of all of you.

What I hope this does, more than anything, is spur you to share your own secret shame, those titles you've never quite worked your way around to seeing. I have a huge list of titles that qualify for this, including several films by Kurosawa and Berman's "Fanny & Alexander," and I love that I have so many good films and great experiences to look forward to in the years ahead. I still feel like out of the literally millions of you who read our site every month, we only ever hear from a small percentage of you, and I would love to change that.

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