Movies You're Embarrassed You Haven't Seen

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Jurassic Park hit theaters on June 11, 1993, and was by far the most successful movie that year. I can understand why I didn't see it right away—our big 8th grade field trip was that weekend, which was soon followed by the rigorous middle school graduation preparation circuit. But after all the diplomas were handed out and all the mortarboard-shaped cake had been eaten, I don't know why I couldn't fit Jurassic Park in. It's not like there were a lot of other activities competing for our attention, and I managed to see all the other Top 10 movies of '93 (plus Sliver and Weekend at Bernie's II).

Two regrettable stints with Columbia House passed without purchasing the movie, and in eight years as a Netflix member, it never reached the top of the queue. So finally, in November of 2009, I vowed to set things straight. I marched into the Wayne Public Library the day before Thanksgiving and borrowed Jurassic Park.

And today I returned it, unwatched, and paid a $2 late fee. I'm never going to see this movie. What movie(s) are you somewhat embarrassed to say you haven't seen?

2. When I was very young, I used to tell people I wanted to be a game show host. (I'm sure my family was thrilled.) That dream was never realized, but I will be manning the merchandise table during portions of this Sunday's Mental Floss Trivia Show in Brooklyn. So that's close.

Think back to your early childhood ambitions. What did you want to be when you grew up?

3. We're approaching company holiday party season. What's your best (or worst) office party story?

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