Monday, May 10, 2010

A Tale of Two Lists (Part Two)

So, in the first part of this post, I mentioned my goal of watching the 100 best movies. Both lists.

Well, once I finish that, I am going to work my way through the worst movies. This will be harder to do for a couple reasons. First of all, the worst movies will not be easy to watch for the simple fact that they are so bad. I may end up going crazy trying to watch these, or may get so bored or disgusted I turn the movies off. Hopefully I can power through that.

The other reason it will not be easy is that it is not easy to find lists of the worst movies ever made. The American Film Institute certainly doesn't have reason to compile such a list. I did look at IMDB, but their list changes constantly, and is full of foreign movies I cannot access. So, I turned to Wikipedia. By combining the list of Golden Raspberry Winners and the list of the worst films ever, I managed to compile a list of 60 movies that are generally considered the worst. Of these, I have seen two already, with a handful of the nominees (which are not part of my list at this time).

Along with this, sort of as a fun little diversion between the two herculean tasks, I am adding in a list of the 23 Strangest Movies that I stumbled upon a while back. Seems like it would be a fun thing to do. I have already seen a few of these as well, though will need to rewatch some of them since it has been a while.

Big picture, by the end of this experience, I will have seen the 123 best, 23 strangest, and 60 worst movies of all time. A total of 206 movies, comprising the opposite ends of the spectrum. At that point, I think I can officially call myself a movie buff.

A Tale of Two Lists (Part One)

So, a couple years back, I started myself on a quest. A simple thing, really. I vowed to watch the 100 best movies of all time. This seemed like a noble thing, as I am a movie lover. It seemed easy enough, and I knew of a list to go off of. The problem is, there were two versions of the list. The American Film Institute compiled one list in 1998, but then did an anniversary update to the list in 2007. Looking at both of these lists, it was painfully clear that there were some amazing movie on both. So, I did what any self respecting movie lover would do. I combined the lists and set forth.

Here I am, two years later and not much further on my journey. I have 51 movies left to watch. Not to impressive, until you realize that between the two lists, there are 123 movies total on there. That means I actually only have about 41% of the movies left to watch. Not to shabby, overall.

Anyhow, I have recently tried to renew my drive toward this goal by watching movies more often. For the month of May, I am trying to watch a movie every day. Not all will be from the list, in fact many will not. But, if I happen to have access to a list movie, I will be watching it. Just for fun, I am linking to the two lists.

How many have you seen?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

New Nightmare

So, I saw the remake of Nightmare on Elm Street. I have added to the original reviews to include the new addition. Also have a review of the Boogeyman franchise in the works.