Let’s get a couple of things straight: I am a movie fanatic. I love movies. If ever there were movie lovers, I would make the list by a mile. But alas, I have not been a movie lover my whole life. It was only at the end of 2009, I decided to make a New Years resolution: get more into movies. And so, over the course of 2010, I scoured through all the shortlists of great movies and tried to knock off as many as I could. Of the famous 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die book, I have seen 193 movies, and counting. When I first purchased the book at the beginning of 2010, I’d only seen 51. I was not experienced with movies, they’d never really interested me. But when I delved into the complex and invigorating wonderland that is film, I fell in love with it. Now more than a year later, I am a fanatic. Every day I watch two movies, minimum, and 80% of the time they are movies I’ve never seen before. I have a Hell of a time checking all those movies off my must-see list and I believe I’ve only ever seen around 600-700 movies in my entire lifetime. Not many. I keep a regular log of the movies I watch, and always write reviews of at least three or four sentences. I give the films a rating on a scale of one to ten, and there are only about 25 movies I’ve ever rated ten. I’m relatively young, too, so I have my whole life ahead of me to complete the difficult challenge of becoming a true movie know-it-all. This is my goal. Before 2010, I barely ever went to the theatre. Now I go at least two or three times a month, wisely choosing which I view. Though it’s healthy to watch a substantial amount of rubbish movies (to help you better appreciate the definition of a good movie), I tend to stick more to classics and more well-received movies.
I have a Top 10o Movies List, ranking my favourite one hundred movies, and I intend to post the list to my blog soon enough. Until then, I will keep watching the movies, reviewing and letting my opinion be heard. Here’s a checklist of movies I really want to see, and I will gradually check each one off.
In random order:
The Seventh Seal The Third Man
Come and See
Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi
Gone With the Wind
It’s A Wonderful Life
The Lord of the Rings trilogy
Citizen Kane Wild Strawberries
Singin’ In The Rain
Judgment at Nuremberg
Any of the films of Federico Fellini, but particularly La Strada and 8 1/2
Any of the films of Woody Allen (I’ve only seen Annie Hall, gasp!)
The King of Comedy
The Godfather: Part III
Rosemary’s Baby (well, not necessarily this, but anything by Polanski)
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
Spartacus (the only Kubrick I haven’t seen!)
The Straight Story (the only Lynch I haven’t seen!)
Any popular sport movie that does not star Rosie O’Donnell
All About My Mother The Decalogue
Any movie that lasts longer than 3 hours (I’m a freak for excessively long movies!)
On The Waterfront
Any of the great, surreal cinematic masterpieces of the 1920s or 1960s, the two most eventful periods for film development.
That one with that guy who was in that movie that was out last year?
So I think, off the top of my head, that’s basically the list. Please, tell me in the comments what you think of these movies if you’ve seen any of them. I know I’ll get around to watching them all eventually. Did you like them? Did you hate them? Inform me, and when I check them off, I’ll be sure to write a review. BTW, if I had to place one of these at the top of the list of must-sees, it would be Nashville. I’m a complete Altman whore.
Thanks for reading.