Welcome to Where Everyone Has Gone Before, the weekly column where 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:'On the Waterfront' (1954), Dir. Elia Kazan

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger and Eva Marie Saint.

Why I Haven't Seen It Until Now: Sometimes, a film's "classic" status becomes so overwhelming that you can't help but feel immature, ridiculous and entirely indefensible feelings of resentment toward it. I'm sure it's good. Yeah, I'll see it sometime. Eight Oscars? You know what else won that many Oscars? 'Out of Freakin' Africa.' I'm aware that it's a masterpiece. You've told me that about fifty times. Okay, fine. FINE. I'll see it. Sheesh.
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On the Waterfront
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