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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!

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.


Halloween Horrorfest 2015

As promised, here’s a quick round up of this year’s Horrorfest.

Out of 39 movies watched in October, 18 were horrors. That’s 46% of what I watched, which is something of a fail on my part. I apologise.

On a more positive note, I completed both the Nightmare On Elm Street and the Friday the 13th boxsets which now leaves me free to watch the Freddy vs Jason series.

I also made progress on my John Carpenter season which I should complete by the end of the year.


New Movie Challenge 2015

So I’ve stumbled upon this challenge and I think it’s meant to be completed within the space of a year. In addition to the 1001 movies challenge I’ve set myself. I’m unsure how I’ll do this but for now, here’s the list:

A movie that’s 3 hours or longer.
A classic romantic comedy.
A remake.
A movie released this year.
A movie with a number in the title.
A movie made by a director under the age of 30.
A movie with non-human characters.
A comedy.
A movie directed by a woman.
A thriller.
A one word title movie.
A movie composed of short stories.
A movie set in another country.
A documentary.
The first movie by a well known director.
A movie starring a favourite actor or actress that you haven’t seen yet.
A movie recommended by a friend.
A best picture Oscar winner.
A movie based on true events.
A movie from your watchlist.
A movie your mum loves.
A movie that scares you.
A silent movie.
A movie with a horrible poster.
A movie you say you’ve seen but haven’t.
A movies based on a diary or journal.
A movie under 80 minutes.
A movie with antonyms in the title.
A movie set somewhere you want to visit.
A movie set in the town or area you were born.
A critically panned movie.
A trilogy.
A movie released the year you were born.
A movie with a love triangle.
A movie set in the future.
A high school movie.
A movie with a colour in its title.
A movie that made you cry.
A musical.
A movie based on a graphic novel.
A movie by a director whose work you haven’t seen before.
A movie you own but haven’t seen yet.
A movie you saw at the cinema as a child.
A movie in a language you don’t speak.
A Christmas movie.
A movie with a character with your name.
A movie set in one room or space.
A movie that’s censored in your country.
A movie based on a TV series.
A movie you started and never finished.

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.

12 Months, 12 Classics

So, I have this ongoing project in which I watch a new classic each month. I’ve been doing it for a few years now, here’s last year’s list:

  1. Modern Times (1936)
  2. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  3. The Kid (1921)
  4. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  5. Brief Encounter (1945)
  6. Cria Cuervos (1976)
  7. Valley of the Dolls (1967)
  8. The Stranger (1946)
  9. Pillow Talk (1959)
  10. A Star Is Born (1954)
  11. Funny Face (1957)
  12. The Elephant Man (1980)

Can A Rewatch Sway An Opinion?

There are some films that you watch once and think ‘never again’. Sometimes this is a good thing, it’s just that the movie was too intense to watch again. A good example of this is Irreversible. A brilliant film, just not one I’m in any rush to see again.

There are others that you do not want to see again because you hated them.

And here is where my experiment comes in. I’m going to rewatch a few of these films to see if time and distance improves on a bad memory.

I have a few movies in mind, the first one I’m going to watch is Dirty Dancing. I can’t stand it and I hate the cult following it has.

Now, I’m not going to buy a copy so Dirty Dancing will have to happen to me. I might ask some colleagues if I can borrow it, maybe.

So sometime in the near future, I’ll post again on this subject having watched Dirty Dancing. Eek.