PopWatch Confessional, Vol. 63: My Pop-Culture Blind Spots

Eve_lNow, I consider myself pretty well-versed in the entertainment spectrum. I’ve seen more movies than is probably healthy — and can remember more about them than I should. (There was a time, a few years ago, where me and fellow PopWatcher Wook Kim performed Raiders of the Lost Ark from memory while standing outside a coworker’s cubicle. Or most of it, at any rate…I think we were derailed by a laughing fit somewhere around Sallah’s little H.M.S. Pinafore interlude. "I am the monarch of the sea," indeed.)

But for as complete a geek as I claim to be, I know there are still some embarrassing pockets of never seen/never read/never listened to on my CV.

To wit: I’ve never seen All About Eve (pictured). Or The Third Man. Or any film by Pedro Almodovar. Or Wong Kar-Wai. Never listened to a Bruce Springsteen Album. Or N.W.A. Or Neil Young. And if you printed out the list of great books I’ve never even cracked open, you could paper the Pentagon.

What about you? Where’s your weakness when it comes to pop-culture consumption?

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  • Dana

    I have never seen Citizen Kane or any of the Lord of the Rings trilogy

  • Lynn

    I’ve also never seen Citizen Kane. Does the fact that I now know Rosebud is a sled ruin it for me, or should I just go ahead and rent it?

  • GRAINGER

    I’ve never seen E.T!

  • Rachel K

    I’ve never seen any of The Godfather, one, two, or three. It’s not that I don’t want to it’s just that I never seem to get around to it.

  • Cinderella

    Never seen a single John Wayne film, a single episode of the Sopranos, or any of the Godfather films – for those, I’m always like, “Someday, I’ll watch them. Just not today.”

  • Shirley

    I too have never seen Citizen Kane nor Casablanca, The African Queen, The Maltese Falcon and 2001: A Space Odyssey. On the TV front I’ve never seen Buffy, Angel, X-files, The Shield, Rescue Me, ER and Nip/Tuck.

  • geegee

    Wow Shirley. Ditto but I have seen Nip/Tuck. Add all the Star Wars. Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter. Also, I thought Beautiful Mind was a steaming pile of Dung. And I walked out of Dan in Real Life.

  • jen

    I’m reality show illiterate. I’ve never watched Survivor, Amazing Race, Big Brother, etc.

  • Rich

    At least people aren’t acting like missing Citizen Kane and All About Eve is a badge of honor. The first is incredibly entertaining and the second is wickedly written. I, myself, have never seen an episode of American Idol OR Dancing with the Stars. I’m just not excited about variety shows.

  • GeeMoney

    I’ve never seen “Gone With The Wind.” Not sure that I give a damn, either!

  • Alli

    I’ve never seen the following movies:
    –The Godfather or either of its sequels
    –the Indiana Jones films
    –Any of the Halloween, Nightmare on Elm Street, Chucky, or Jason movies (though I still have Freddy Kruger nightmares on occasion)
    I am not proud of this, I am just merely stating the facts.
    Also, I have never watched an episode of Family Guy.

  • Rinda

    I’ve never seen an episode of Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, or Survivor. I’ve never heard the Dixie Chicks or Timbaland, and I’ve never read or seen The Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings trilogy.
    @ Lynn: See Citizen Kane anyway. Rosebud isn’t really a main part of the story, so knowing it isn’t going to ruin anything for you. (And if you like it, watch RKO 281, which is about the making of CK. It’s phenomenal, even if Melanie Griffith is in it.)

  • Charlie

    Way back when, my parents bought me a copy of E.T. on tape. And despite owning it, I’ve never been able to work up an interest in watching a rotund, bald, creepy, bug-eyed, wrinkled alien for two hours. Sorry!

  • edubTV

    I’ve never seen a lot of supposedly great trilogies. I know they’re good, but I just don’t think I’d enjoy them.
    I haven’t seen any Star Wars, LOTR, or The Matrix. Call me crazy.

  • Lindsay

    I’ve never seen the vast majority of “classic” movies. I think I can count on one hand the number of “great books” I have read, and we can thank my high school english teachers for that accomplishment, as far as it goes. Even now as a graduate student who pretty much spends most the day reading anyways for school, I have no interest in updating that list. Also, no Oprah books will be added to it.

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