I’m going to attempt one little unofficial project between now and Oscar night.
The mission is to watch as many of my unseen Best Picture winners as I can. As luck would have it, many of them will be aired on TCM between now and the end of February, so that will be a big boost. Some of the ones that won’t be aired (THE LOST WEEKEND, ORDINARY PEOPLE, CHARIOTS OF FIRE) are readily available at my local indie rental shop.
Of those three, I’ll probably reach for the latter two soon since they break up a rather lengthy streak. Once I watch those two, I’ll have seen all of them all the way back to 1967. Now that I think about it, that’s the sort of minor gap that should have made me watch them ages ago.
I don’t have any sort of deadline in mind – I’m not doing any sort of “30 Days of Oscar” or anything. It just feels like it’s time to get some of these scratched off my list. Hell, I’ve already seen 62…why not light a fire under seeing the other 22?
In other news, our friend James Blake Ewing lit a fire under me and got me looking through more first-timers this week. James mentioned – somewhat correctly – tht there are so many unseen treasures out there, how much time should one really waste rewatching the same old “same old”. He’s right, to an extent. I usually put on the stuff I’ve seen before if I’m not feeling particularly awake or attentive. So considering this week I was feeling rather awake and attentive just about every night…we have a lot more first-timers than repeats.
Here’s The Week at Hand…
SHORTS NOT PANTS, Winter 2013 - A fun night indeed. Yesterday, I posted two of the selections. If you haven’t already, give them a watch and also check out another film we watched: DISCO
SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN - That leaves three nominated docs to go. Something in me thinks I liked the music in this film more than the film itself.
Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Never Seen
A FOREIGN AFFAIR - Much to the chagrin of Mr. Ewing
CRUMB - I wasn’t supposed to actually like this guy. Was I?
GIRL WALK // ALL DAY – Would have made my top ten of the year had I seen it in time. Turn your speakers up loud and give it a watch.
STRANGE DAYS - Very 90′s.
THE LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA - Marvelous film. It’s no SNOW WHITE.
Blu-Rays/DVD’s I’ve Watched Before
THE INCREDIBLE HULK - If you squint just so, you can imagine that it’s Mark Ruffalo.
THOR - Yep, I was right. That’s the order you should watch The Avengers films in (CAPTAIN AMERICA, IRON MAN, IRON MAN 2, HULK, THOR)
Boxscore for The Year
12 First-Timers, 12 Re-Watched
24 Movies in Total