At the beginning of the year, I set myself a mission to watch 46 classic movies which I’d never seen. I rapidly abandoned it, realising that I was going to find it way too tedious. It seems that just because a movie is seen as a classic is no guarantee I’m going to enjoy it.
Instead, I ended up with a new mission. I spend quite a lot of money on movies, having both an Amazon subscription, plus an Unlimited Cineworld card, which, by the way, is one of the best decisions I ever made. I wanted to make sure I was getting the most out of what I was spending, so I started to keep an online diary of all the new movies I watched on letterboxd. This turned from a monitoring exercise into a genuine pleasure, allowing me to look back on the movies I’d watched in a way which I found nerdily pleasing. I even went back and added the movies I’d seen last year, but I decided I didn’t have the stamina to go back any further than that.
By about October, it became apparent that hitting a century was beginning to look possible, so it became a bit of a challenge. I was determined to hit 100 new (to me) movies before the end of the year, so I set myself a pretty punishing schedule of around three new movies a week, which at times I found quite difficult to fit in, considering that I barely seem to be in the house these days.
But, I did it, plus a few extra. As it stands on the 30th December, I saw 105 movies for the first time this year, which seems like a tidy enough number to end the year on.
I’ve loved seeing all these new movies this year – meeting new characters, visiting new worlds, reading endles IMDB trivia pages, and of course strengthening my tragic crushes, plus developing a few new ones, on various actors and fictional characters. A cinema trip has become an almost weekly occurrence with my fellow movie nerd friend from the office (thanks, Ellie!) and I’m looking forward to getting on board the Oscar bandwagon in January as we try to tick off as many of the nominees as possible, we already have our first outing planned to see The Danish Girl on Monday. I can’t think of a better way to distract myself from my New Year diet than by escaping to the movies as often as possible.
So, the only question that remains is how many movies do I aim for in 2016?
A few thoughts on my favourite and not-so-favourite movies will follow…