Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the column in which I continue my film education before your very eyes by seeking out and watching all of the movies I should have seen by now. I will first judge the movie before I've watched it, based entirely on its reputation (and my potentially misguided thoughts). Then I will give the movie a fair chance and actually watch it. You will laugh at me, you may condemn me, but you will never say I didn't try!

The Film: 'A Matter of Life and Death' (1946), Dir. Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger

Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Roger Livesey, Marius Goring and Abraham Sofaer.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now:
Every film buff worth his salt has at least heard of Powell and Pressburger, the brilliant duo behind such films as 'The Red Shoes,' 'Black Narcissus' and 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.' After all, here are two guys commonly cited by great filmmakers like Martin Scorsese as major influences. But let's be honest with ourselves here -- how many of you have actually sought out and watched all of their work? As highly regarded as their films are, few of them scream "Watch me! Watch me now!" From the outside looking in, their stuff just looks, well, a little antiquated.
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