There are so many movies I haven’t seen. It happens nearly everyday that I read or hear about some film that sounds fantastic that I have not seen, sometimes that I’ve never even heard of. To understand any art form you need to understand where you’ve been in addition to where you are. Simply watching the “best” movies that come out each is insufficient if you want to nurture a complete and rich film vocabulary. This year I endeavor to work toward fixing the deficiencies in my own film vocabulary.
This is the first in, what I plan to be, a series of posts. I have selected two movies per month that I have never seen before. I plan to watch them over the course of the coming year, one every two weeks or so, and write about my thoughts and reactions. Some are famous, some are not, some old, some new, some domestic, some foreign. My purpose in posting this is two-fold (beyond simply the pleasure of watching movies). First, like Odysseus at the mast, I hope that by binding myself in the present to actions in the future I will be more inclined to follow through with my plan. Secondly, I hope that this will provide an opportunity for me to improve my writing.
I encourage anyone reading this to respond (perhaps with encouragement or (more likely) astonishment that I’ve never bothered to see “Inception”) both to this post and upcoming entries. The first selection is Billy Wilder’s Hollywood classic, and often referenced, “Sunset Boulevard”.
The complete list is below.
January: Sunset Blvd.; Velvet Goldmine
February: Beyond the Lights; Eyes Wide Shut
March: Moon; Stalker
April: Gone With the Wind; Stagecoach
May: The 400 Blows; Clueless
June: Broadcast News; Sullivan’s Travels
July: Slacker; Blow Out
August: The Big Sleep; The Third Man
September: Y Tu Mama Tambien; Inception
October: Badlands; Alien/Aliens (this is a two fer)
November: Tokyo Story; The Bicycle Thief
December: 8 ½; Mean Streets