In a nutshell…. this book.
With an Amazon Gift Card burning a hole in my pocket I sat hunched over my keyboard surrounded by bits of junk, web design magazines, and geeky toys and tried to think ‘what can I use this to buy?’. Browsing through the PS3 games section offered nothing of interest to me and I eventually found myself wandering into the books section to see if I could find something to pique my interest. Considering it had been a while since I updated my copy of Halliwell’s Film, Video, and DVD Guide (2006 to be precise) and since it appears to no longer be in publication I decided to look for something else to steer me through the minefield of what films to watch and which to avoid and ended up stumbling upon this.
‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’ – it’s certainly a challenge and who am I to shy away from a challenge??? Even if the maths is, frankly, quite daunting – assuming an average of 1.5 hours per film that gives a total of 1,501.5 hours / 62.5 days / 8.9 weeks / 2.2 months or 1/6th of a year just to watch these films; this is before you even factor in the effort to be exhausted trying to locate copies of some of them to watch. I’m gonna give it a damn good try though.
You can keep track of my progress here.
The book is, as anything is, by no means perfect. Like every list there are inclusions of classic films that you expect like It’s a Wonderful Life, Citizen Kane, and the original Star Wars Trilogy but likewise you find yourself asking questions like – why does Beverly Hills Cop make the list whilst Lethal Weapon doesn’t??? Anyway, I digress, the challenge is set, the list is in front of me, now it’s time to get started… somebody pass the popcorn.