Let the Shaming Begin (The Confession of @AnnaRenee)

My mind palace is filled to capacity with movies…movies, Movies, MOVIES. (and photos of Benedict Cumberbatch…but that’s another blog…).

Before Google (and before I taught my mom how to use Google), I was constantly called to settle disputes or come up with an actor’s name (‘Anna, what’s the name of that guy in that movie where he was not very smart and loved the Beatles, and had a little blonde daughter? You know, he was married to Forrest’s Jenny in real life’?…the answer, of course, Sean Penn). My depth of movie knowledge, however, leans more toward the less commercial indie flicks and away from anything I would have had to over analyze in a film class (had I ever taken one). I blame living a few blocks away from THE GREATEST VIDEO STORE EVER in college (Plan 9 Video in Bloomington, IN) and a deep seeded hatred of anything “mainstream” in my 20’s. I can count on three fingers the number of late 90’s romcoms I’ve see…and count on zero fingers how many I’ve seen more than once. But…

Nowhere? yup. Shallow Grave? sure. Secretary? YES.

It appears, though, I might be missing some ‘fundamental’ films in my viewing history. So, here’s my list of 12 I plan to watch over the course of this year (NONE of which are Bond films…thanks to @007hertzrumble and #Bond_age_)

*deep breaths*

  1. The Godfather
  2. Taxi Driver
  3. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  4. Gone With the Wind
  5. Platoon
  6. Casablanca
  7. Rear Window
  8. The Apartment
  9. Annie Hall
  10. A Nightmare on Elm Street (EDIT: This might change to Night of the Living Dead)
  11. Singin’ in the Rain
  12. White Christmas

I’m looking forward to screening all these movies…well, maybe not A Nightmare on Elm St…but I’ll make sure to watch it in the daytime and I’ll be fine. Most of all, I’m looking forward to *finally* being able to say “Yes, I have seen The Godfather…now get off my back”.

Confession of Shame by @JakeDelToro

I’m sat looking at a list of sixty-one films. Well, I was before I started writing this. Why, you ask?

Well, I’ll come to that. Let me start at the beginning…

A few weeks back while perusing Letterbox’d, I thought I’d make a list of all the movies that I feel like I ‘should’ have seen by now. How do you go about qualifying films for a list like that though? Hmmm, tough question. The answer is as follows; any film that when talking to a fellow film fan would elicit a scathing response such as the one demonstrated here: “WHAT??? You haven’t seen Raging Bull?!? That’s ridiculous, everyone has seen that movie! You need to watch it immediately” So I set about creating such a list, for my own reference, so that I could tick off the films on it as and when I watched them.

Back to me staring at my list…

Earlier this evening (21st January) I spied the following exchange between @007hertzrumble and @campbelldropout:

Tweets

Perfect! I had to get in on the action. And that is why I was sat looking at a list of 61 films.

I was trying to narrow my own list down to just 12 films which I will be watching at a rate of one per month and then writing about the film here. It was quite a difficult process. Essentially, I had to pick one out of every five movies on my list to watch. How do you possibly narrow a list like that down, after all these are all films that are considered ‘classics’. Well eventually I just thought “Bollocks to it” and scanned the list quickly and picked out films that stood out from the pack. Not necessarily the twelve that would be considered the most classic but twelve films that I am genuinely excited to watch and feel could make for an interesting topic to write about. I have tried to make it a varied list taking in many genres and styles.

So here it is:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  2. The Wild Bunch
  3. When Harry Met Sally
  4. Manhattan
  5. Raging Bull
  6. First Blood
  7. Fargo
  8. A Nightmare on Elm Street
  9. Casablanca
  10. Badlands
  11. Once Upon a Time in The West
  12. My Neighbor Totoro

Over the next twelve months I will be watching these films, one a month, and then documenting my progress and thoughts on the films as I go along.

First up: First Blood.