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Quick Challenge Update

We’re nearly halfway through the year so it’s time for an update on my movie challenges.

  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die – 708 movies (60%). The challenge is made up of all the movies mentioned in all the editions published so far, that’s 1177 movies at this point in time.
  • 52 Films By Women – 14 movies (27%) – I’m behind schedule on this one as I should have watched about 20 movies at this point. I’m confident I’ll complete this by the end of the year.
  • As for my regular movie watching list, I’ve set myself a goal of 450 movies this year. I’m well on track with 218 movies (48%) and I’m confident I’ll surpass this figure too.

Happy movie watching!

Box Set Completed: Toy Story

I first saw Toy Story back in the day when it was released and hated it. You couldn’t have paid me to see it again.

Subsequently, I avoided all things Toy Story from that point on.

Of course, all three bloody movies had to be features on 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die… great. For completion purposes ( I have set myself the task of seeing them all) and with the assistance of my OH, I sat down to watch them.

So, twenty years have calmed my vitriol but are they movies I’ll happily rewatch anytime soon? Maybe not.

2015 In Numbers

It’s 2016, everyone!

Has it been a fantastic year for movies? I don’t know about that one.

So let’s put some numbers out there:


I watched a total of 576 movies. Intentionally less than the previous year, as there’s more to life than watching movies!

And finally, here’s how:

  • 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die – (1177 movies in the full list) – 677 (58%)
  • Every Film Ever Nominated For An Academy Award In Any Category – (4644 movies in the list) – 1093 (24%)
  • The Oxford History Of World Cinema – (5035 movies in the list) – 673 (13%)

1001 Movies Challenge Update 2015

I first posted about this challenge in June 2014, CLICKY. An update was subsequently posted in November 2014, CLICKY 2.

So for this year I set myself the goal of 52 movies to make it an average of one per week.

I started the year having viewed 609 out of 1167, or 52%.

Please note that a new edition has been published this year, pushing the grand total of movies to watch to 1177.

Drumroll, please…

I finish 2015 having viewed 677 movies out of 1177, or 58%.

So, challenge accomplished for this year.

Let’s see how many I manage in 2016.


Series Completed: Mad Max

In anticipation of the release of Fury Road, I set out to watch the original trilogy.

It’s been on my radar for a while, especially as Mad Max is on the 1001 challenge list.

So I sit down and… I’m not impressed. At all.

Mad Max seems to build up to the climax forever. Not a lot of bang for your buck.

This brings me to The Road Warrior – where the whole of the first movie is covered in the opening scene! Bang! Didn’t need to see that!

Although a far superior movie, it still doesn’t amount to that much.

The less said about Thunderdome, the better. What a waste of time. And Tina, babes, heart you muchly but you can’t act so please don’t.

I did love the song at the end. With the credits rolling.

With all this, you may understand how sceptical I was when I went to see Fury Road.


This was a different kettle of fish.

A little bit of exposition and away we go!

It’s practically a non-stop chase through the desert, just what the doctor ordered.

The casting’s superb (love Tom Hardy), great story and very entertaining.

Highly recommended.

Box Set Completed: Trilogy Of The Dead

I’d been wanting to see Night Of The Living Dead for some time now; it’s part of the 1001 Movies list I’m working my way through.  As I got my hands on this box set I decided to watch them all.

Night Of The Living Dead was somewhat of a disappointment. I understand its importance in cinematic history but throughout I felt like I was watching a student movie.

Dawn Of The Dead was the only movie here I’d seen before. It’s my favourite of the lot and the only one I have any real time for.

Day Of The Dead is a bad movie, in my opinion. I didn’t like it at all and was bored for most of it.

And this is what doesn’t make sense to me. I love horror and quite enjoy zombie movies but not from the guy who pioneered them.


1001 Movies Challenge Update

I refer to my blog post dated 18th June 2014, clicky here.

At that point I’d seen 551 movies from the list, which is 48% of the total.

Remember I’m aiming to have seen 600 movies by the end of the year.

So where am I at this point in time?

Today, 29th November 2014, I have seen 581 movies from the list, which is 50%.

The list I’m working on is every title ever included which adds up to 1154 films in total.