People have asked me to post my list of the 1000 films I have seen (so far). Here you go!
I started this list in 2008 when I was taking a Film Studies course in high school. It was my first serious, academic look into a medium I had always loved. Being a high schooler, I had a lot of time on my hands to watch movies. (And by time, I mean the hours between 1-4 am.) Almost every night that year, I would finish my homework, rev-up my iPod Touch, and settle into a new world from the comfort of my bed. I saw 152 films. I don’t know how I did it.
Keeping track after 2008 was easy. To figure out what I’d seen previously was harder. I:
- Looked at my Blockbuster rental history. (Thanks Blockbuster Total Access!)
- Looked through the movies my family owns.
- Looked at the imdb pages of major actors and directors.
It wasn’t foolproof: Titles would suddenly come to mind while I was in class, in the grocery store, etc. They still do.
- A film goes on the list only if I have seen the whole thing. (Not including credits.)
- I do not mark a film down more than once.
- The Date Seen is based on the time that the movie was finished. (If I started one on 6/1, but finished at 12:01am on 6/2, 6/2 it is.)
I think what kept me going was the joy and energy I gained from the conquest of expanding my horizons. Of plowing through films that were good. Art. I moved into more “adult” fare: Pulp Fiction, Schindler’s List, Downfall. I was exposed to some of the world’s best films: 2001, Citizen Kane, Taxi Driver, There Will Be Blood, and, without a doubt, Mr. Bean’s Holiday.
A fond memory: I had been hearing about that The Matrix movie for a while. At about 2am on 11/2/08, I turned on the film. I was tired and I wouldn’t have started it at all had I not just gotten into one of those how-have-you-not-seen-the-matrix-yet-you-call-yourself-a-film-lover conversations. That movie got my adrenaline pulsing so much that I must have been up until 5am.
I have seen 698 films since I started the list. 698 in 4 years. Not bad. During that time, I decided to go to film school and made a few movies of my own. College film studies courses have put my list in context. I have learned that no matter what I do in life, I want to do it in the film industry.
This list is a history of my moviegoing life. This is what I know. This is my answer to those “Have you seen _____?”s. If you’ve watched one of these films, we have a connection. A bond. We have something to talk about. It’s an even playing field. It’s a powerful thing.
Here’s to the next 1000!
I would love to hear your recommendations…