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!
After much deliberation, I’ve narrowed down my fictitious list of classics for the newbie to movies.
I’ve decided to keep it to easy to watch movies, all in the English language and to also exclude silent movies (boo!). To ensure they’re all classics, all movies will be at least 30 years old.
Without further ado:
1. All About Eve (1950)
2. Blade Runner (1982)
3. Blazing Saddles (1974)
4. Cabaret (1972)
5. Jason And The Argonauts (1963)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. Star Wars (1977)
8. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
9. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
10. Tootsie (1982)
So you build up a reputation at work as a movie buff and people start asking for your opinion on all things film.
At some point, you’ll get the dreaded questions: What essential movies do I need to see?
Recommend me a classic?
You see, this lays upon you a burden of unforeseen depths and a huge responsibility.
Do you get all pretentious and offer a list of greatest films that you know full well won’t be enjoyed by a novice viewer or do you compile a list of movies you think they’ll enjoy and perhaps encourage them to seek out more movies?
Here’s the thing. A film like The Godfather (which I love) isn’t perhaps the best choice for someone looking to get into the classics. It is three hours long and there are many others with a shorter running time just as enjoyable.
There’s a key word for you: joy.
It should be a pleasure to watch a movie and not a task. You need find something that supposes little to no effort and is also readily available.
I’m also thinking erring on the side of caution and not mentioning movies not in the English language.
So, I think this may call for a proper list or a top 10 and this will suppose a challenge.
Part two to follow in blog post near you.
Maybe just leave that Satantango recommendation just for now…