At the beginning of 2012, I made the New Years Resolution to watch all of the IMDb's top 100 films and review them in reverse order. That was a review every 3.65 days. Obviously, this did not happen. It was a pretty tall order and I did not succeed. But then, I guess that depends on what you mean by succeed, because I don't see my efforts as a failure.
There were various reasons for starting the blog: I needed to keep writing between degrees; I needed to get over my fear of letting people read that writing; I needed something to keep me used to learning between degrees; and, finally, I needed to watch some flipping films! It seems odd to say it now, seeing as people always ask about the blog and what films I've seen recently, but before the challenge I really knew nothing about film. I'd seen less than half of the list, and was frequently left out of film-related conversations, having seen so few films generally. Now I'm the annoying analyst who likes Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy for its interesting camera angles. Now that's progress.
Rather conveniently, I find myself at the mid-way point: 50 reviews down, 50 to go. New New Years Resolution: finish the darned blog! Thank you to everyone who's stuck with me throughout the year; to you faithful followers, thanks for hassling me into action and keeping this thing alive. We've got even better films coming up!
Now might be a good time for a little review of my favourite films so far in this challenge. I'm not a fan of the star rating system, as I think a quantitative method of evaluation is an inaccurate way of representing the quality of a film. But, I can still put my top ten favourites in order...
10 - Star Wars Episode VI - Return of the Jedi: OK, it's an awful film, but I'll never get over Ewoks.
9 - Princess Mononoke: My first experience of Studio Ghibli's work will always have a special place in my heart.
8 - Some Like It Hot: I couldn't love Jack Lemmon any more.
7 - Gladiator: I've over-watched this film, but it still blows me away every time.
6- L.A. Confidential: I think the first time I ever gasped at a plot twist in a movie.
5 - Pan's Labyrinth: Because I've never sobbed at a movie's ending so much in my life. Literally wracked.
4 - Wall-E: For visual, auditory and emotive brilliance.
3 - The Lives of Others: For the volume at which I shouted 'NO!' at the screen.
2 - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: Earns second place for its ingenious navigation through the inner recesses of the memory. Cinematography at its best and most inspiring.
1 - Oldboy: Wins top spot! and not just for that scene in the corridor with the hammer. I think any filmmaker who makes an innocent girl from Sussex enjoy an uber-violent film about murder, suicide and incest deserves high praise indeed.
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