How many times have you heard/uttered that phrase? I ask this because I got into a conversation on Twitter last night with two other movie lovers (you know who you are). I mentioned The Night of the Hunter to one of them, they replied they've heard of it. I then asked if he had seen it, to which he replied no (he told me he added it to his queue).
The other person in question has admitted he has yet to see a number of classics. The more classics he admits to not seeing, the more I wondered about this guy's credibility as a movie lover.
A lot of other Twitter users/movie lovers I talk to tend to talk about recent movies than classics. I mean, I do too, but let's face it: a lot of the newer movies kind of, uh, suck.
Now don't get me wrong. I have to see my share of movies as well but mind you, most of them have been released in the last twenty years. I, for one, am trying to catch up on movies featuring actors who have either passed away recently or are going to be gone sometime in the near future (which is kind of evident in that movie list I made).
In short, I wouldn't go around saying you're a movie lover if you haven't seen the most essential ones. Or at least half of either AFI's "100 Years...100 Movies" lists.