Goals For 2011: Cinema

I often find myself in a rut with the films I watch, never mind books and TV shows.  I simply spend more time writing and reading articles online than anything else.  However, I really want to catch up on various forms of media, aside from my music obsession, and thus, I’m laying down a few goals to be completed before the end of next year.

First Goal:  Watch Quentin Tarantino’s Top Twenty List

Quentin Tarantino, one of the best directors ever to be gifted to our world, made a list recently of the top twenty films released since he became a film maker.  Granted, this excludes the last year, which brought Inception, a film that strikes me as a Tarantino taste, but it’s pretty epic.  I’ve bolded the ones I’ve already seen.  I also reserve the right to stop watching any of these part-way through if I hate them.

Battle Royale
Anything Else
Audition
Blade
Boogie Nights
Dazed & Confused
Dogville
Fight Club
Fridays
The Host
The Insider
Joint Security Area
Lost In Translation
The Matrix
Memories of Murder
Police Story 3
Shaun of the Dead
Speed
Team America
Unbreakable

Total Seen At Start:  9/20

Already, you can see some flicks on here that probably seem to be glaring omissions for someone with discerning tastes (Lost In Translation).  I have to confess:  I hate Scarlett Johansson and thus, have avoided that movie like the plague.  But I’ve made a nice dent in these, and look forward to the Japanese and Korean goodies.

Second Goal:  Attempt To Watch As Many Of IMDB’s Top 250 List As Possible

This will be a tedious chore, namely because I am already screaming bloody murder at how poor most people’s tastes are (Avatar over Donnie Darko?  ARE YOU FUCKING SERIOUS?!) and how if a tiny group all rate a film high, it gets to coast up the list.  But a friend of an ex did this once when unemployed (he stuck to the top 100) and found it enlightening and challenging, so I figure it’ll be fun.  I don’t expect to see them all, due to age/availability/sheer number, but let’s see what I can do.

Movies in bold are ones I have seen and can at least tell you the gist of them; movies in red are movies I know I saw as a kid (you can tell what my dad liked by these) but barely remember them.  I plan to eventually rewatch those, but they’re low priority.

The Shawshank Redemption
The Godfather
The Godfather Part II
The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
Inception
Pulp Fiction
Schindler’s List
12 Angry Men
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The Dark Knight
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King
Seven Samurai
Star Wars: A New Hope
Goodfellas
Casablanca
Fight Club
City of God
The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Rear Window
Toy Story 3
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Once Upon A Time In the West
Psycho
The Usual Suspects
The Matrix
The Silence of the Lambs
Se7en
Memento
It’s A Wonderful Life
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
Sunset Blvd
Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Forrest Gump
Leon: The Professional
Citizen Kane
Apocalypse Now
North By Northwest
American Beauty *due to strong objections to a plot point, I will not watch this film*
American History X
Taxi Driver
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Vertigo
Saving Private Ryan
Amelie
Alien
WALL-E
Lawrence of Arabia
The Shining
Spirited Away
Paths of Glory

A Clockwork Orange
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Pianist
Double Indemnity
The Lives of Others
The Departed
M
Aliens
City Lights
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Requiem For A Dream
Das Boot
The Third Man
LA Confidential
Chinatown
Resevoir Dogs
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Modern Times
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
Life is Beautiful
Back To The Future
Pan’s Labyrinth
The Prestige
Raging Bull
Singin’ In The Rain
Nuovo Cinema Paradiso
The Bridge on the River Kwai
Some Like It Hot
Rashomon
Amadeus
All About Eve
Once Upon A Time In America
2001: A Space Odyssey
Inglorious Bastards
The Green Mile
Full Metal Jacket
Braveheart
The Great Dictator
The Apartment
Bicycle Thieves
Downfall
Up
Gran Torino
Metropolis
The Maltese Falcon
The Sting
Gladiator
The Elephant Man
Sin City
Unforgiven
Mr. Smith Goes To Washington
On the Waterfront
Oldboy
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Rebecca
The Great Escape
Die Hard
Batman Begins
Mononoke-Hime
Jaws
Slumdog Millionaire
Hotel Rwanda
The Seventh Seal
Blade Runner
Fargo
No Country For Old Men
Heat
Touch of Evil
The Wizard of Oz
The General
For A Few Dollars More
Ran
Yojinbo
District 9
The Social Network
The Sixth Sense
Avatar
Donnie Darko
Snatch
Annie Hall
The Deer Hunter
Cool Hand Luke
Strangers On A Train
Witness For The Prosecution
Smultronstallet
High Noon
The Big Lebowski
Kill Bill Vol 1
Hotaru no haka
It Happened One Night
Platoon
The Lion King
There Will Be Blood
Into The Wild
Notorious
Million Dollar Baby
Toy Story
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Gone With the Wind
The Wrestler
Ben-Hur
Trainspotting
The Big Sleep
Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
Scarface
The Graduate
Groundhog Day
Life of Brian
The Grapes of Wrath
The Bourne Ultimatum
Finding Nemo
Amores perros
The Gold Rush
The Terminator
Stand By Me
How To Train Your Dragon
Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
The Thing
The Best Years of Our Lives
V For Vendetta
Casino
Twelve Monkeys
Dog Day Afternoon
Ratatouille
The Kid
The Secret in Their Eyes
Gandhi
Star Trek (2009)
The Wages of Fear
Les diaboliques
8 1/2
Ikiru
The Night of the Hunter
The Princess Bride
Judgment at Nuremberg
The Incredibles
The Hustler
Tonari no Totoro
The Killing
In Bruges
The Wild Bunch
Good Will Hunting
The Exorcist
Network
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
A Streetcar Named Desire
Children of Men
The 400 Blows
La strada
Stalag 17
Persona
Ed Wood
Dial M For Murder
The Battle of Algeria
Let The Right One In
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Big Fish
Magnolia
Kind Hearts and Coronets
Rocky
All Quiet on the Western Front
Mystic River
Kick-Ass
Rosemary’s Baby
Kill Bill Vol 2
Manhattan
Duck Soup
Barry Lyndon
The Passion of Joan of Arc
Patton
Fanny and Alexander
Letters From Iwo Jima
Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl
Festen
Infernal Affairs
Mary and Max
The Truman Show
Roman Holiday
In the Mood for Love
Harvey
Nights of Cabiria
Crash (2004)
Howl’s Moving Castle
Sleuth
King Kong (1933)
His Girl Friday
Arsenic and Old Lace
The Philadelphia Story
Three Colours: Red
A Christmas Story
Rope
Monsters, Inc
Toy Story 2
Mulholland Dr
Shadow of a Doubt
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance

TOTAL SEEN AT START: 92/250
TOTAL SEE
N AND REMEMBERED AT START:  70/250

Like I said, I’m under no illusions I can finish all of these on top of other goals, but I’d like to take a shot.  American Beauty, for personal reasons, is a movie I cannot watch.  I’m not going to elaborate on why, but trust me, it’s a good reason.

Coming Shortly:  my reading list and TV show catch-up goals!  All of these lists will be linked to a page tab at the top of the blog, and updated with my progress.

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