No, that's not a typo. He said 100, the title of this post says 50. But more on that later.
Anyway, I thought it a great idea. I'm sure many a blogger has made a mental list - and some have probably posted their lists every year, but I think it just works as a general thing to do each year for all. We make our Top lists at the end of a year; we should make a list of films we plan to see for the next year right after. A list of film resolutions, of sorts.
Unfortunately, it turned out to be a hell of a lot harder than I thought it would. I quickly realized that 100 was too ambitious for me. I could certainly find and list hundreds of films that I'd like to watch in the coming 364 days, but realistically I knew that I'd never watch all of them. Much as I'd like to, I just don't watch that many movies a week - and that was before a bouncing bundle of baby entered my life (though that might end up enhancing my film watching in the long run). So I narrowed the list to 50. IMDb helped. Random internets lists helped some more. And Netflix helped the most, especially when taking into consideration what's available on Instant Streaming. Some are classics. Others have been on my to-do list for some time. Still more are just there out of morbid curiosity. And hell, I even own some of them on DVD (and have for years).
So the End of Year Spectacular has been added to. I look forward to doing this every year, and more importantly, looking back a 12 months later to grade how well I did. I'll be happy if I see 2/3 of 'em...
UPDATE: I've added a button to the main navigation to this post, and I'll be updating it periodically. After I've seen one of the films listed below, I'll strike it out and offer a link to any words written about it, if applicable. Check back often!
|1||8: The Mormon Proposition|
|2||A Fistful of Dollars|
|6||Angels & Demons||Read the book; it's been sitting in the Netflix queue for months, though.|
|7||Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans||Cage!!!|
|8||Before Sunset||Own it - have yet to watch it.|
|10||Black Hawk Down|
|12||Bonnie and Clyde|
|14||City of God|
|15||Contagion||Damon, Winslet, Fishburne, Law, Paltrow, Soderbergh = I'm in.|
|16||Cowboys and Aliens||Looks like too much fun. Love to see Ford in a villainous role. Favreau has yet to make a bad flick (that I've seen).|
|19||Dog Day Afternoon|
|21||Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II|
|22||I'm Still Here|
|23||Master and Commander|
|24||New York, I Love You|
|25||Night of the Living Dead||Own it - have yet to watch it.|
|29||Frost + Pegg + Mottola = Yes, please!|
|32||Sixteen Candles||For a series Hatter is running ('cause I've never seen it).|
|33||Two words: Duncan Jones.|
|36||The Constant Gardener|
|37||The Descendants||Alexander Payne's latest; as a bonus, it stars Clooney.|
|39||The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Fincher's version. The urge will be too much to overcome.|
|41||The Hangover Part II||Yea, it'll be a letdown, but that's okay.|
|42||The Hunt for Red October|
|43||The Illusionist||The new one.|
|45||The Proposal||Why not? I'll be in the mood for it one day.|
|46||The Road Warrior|
|47||The Shining||Can you believe it? Though I feel like I've seen it already.|
|48||Own it - have yet to watch it.|
|49||Timecrimes||Love me some time travel movies, and I've heard too many good things about this one to ignore it.|