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About That Challenge

You may remember in January I set myself to complete the #52FilmsByWomen challenge.

I thought back then that it would be breeze and I would see these movies organically, without having to plan for them.

And was I wrong about that!

I’m currently on my 31st movie, which is way behind. A quick peek on Letterboxd shows many other participants having completed and seen many more. So what have I done wrong?

I definitely should have planned this and I’m now going to have to if I want to complete the challenge. So please, recommend away!


Movies. Women. Film.

It can be tough being a female movie fan. I should know, I’ve been one all my life.

There’s an expectation that you should only like certain genres. People assume you must love Dirty Dancing and The Notebook; I don’t.

When people discuss the latest blockbuster, for example, I find that my opinion “doesn’t matter” and I’m largely ignored. Certain folk just cannot fathom the fact I can enjoy a Sci-Fi or comic book movie. For the record, I love Sci-Fi. Love it.

It’s not all bad though, there are respectful peeps out there with whom I can enjoy in depth discussions of whatever’s current in the movie world.

Let me make one thing abundantly clear: my gender has no bearing in appreciating movies, understanding them or analysing them.

It occurs to me I should start a series celebrating women’s achievements in film. This will be for future posts.

I’ll leave you with some statistics in the meantime:

Women across the top grossing films of 2014:
1.9% – Directed by women
18.9% – Produced by women
21% – Had a female lead
11.2% – Had female writers

Source: womeninfilm.org

Definitely time to start recognising women in film.

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!