I completed this goal this morning. Haven’t done much else tho:)
Here’s what I learned:
I no longer enjoy the actors whose movies I sought out initially, ie Johnny Depp, Jimmy Stewart, Gwenyth Paltrow, Ben Afleck, Kathryn Hepburn and Val Kilmer. They were familiar names so I watched their movies. Then I discovered Robert Montgomery, Kay Francis and Stanwyck. Now I’m tired of all of the above and don’t watch movies if they are starring in them, especially GP, KH and BS. Over the last 9 years have come to love Constance Bennet, Bette Davis, and many, many others whose names are not coming to me at the moment.
Also what’s interesting to note about this goal is that there are dozens of movies I watched in say 2007, 2008 or 2009 and can’t remember a thing about them. Yet I can remember lines from some I’ve seen in 2004.
After I completed the ratings (it took me 4 months to rate 1040 films) I then downloaded the information onto a spreadsheet. 1040 movies from 2004-2012, keeping in mind that 2012 is not over yet.
I was watching lifetime movies at first in 2004 (I did not know better, just like I didn’t know that Joan Crawford is more enjoyable to watch than Kathryn Hepburn) Over time I evolved to watching classics. I’ve seen all three versions of Of Human Bondage.
If it’s suspense, it either has to be a major blockbuster or a mystery from the 1940s or 50s ie Dial M for Murder. The only lifetime movies I watch are romances.
A few nights ago, I watched a wonderful movie called A Walk in Spring Rain. Just awesome. I thought I’d watch a little while I drifted off to sleep but it was so wonderful that I watched the entire thing!
Tonight I’m in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes from 7-10 pm. While water is boiling on the stove or in the oven, I came here to 43things, on other nights I’ve watched movies. Piece by piece. Five minutes here, ten minutes there. I just can’t abide by reality TV, I can’t do it and don’t see how anyone else can, but to each his/her own. My main form of entertainment is film. Film has even surpassed novels in recent years.
Speaking of novels, many of the movies I watched are based on films, I created a separate list for these books. Some of the books that were just as good as the movie were Of Human Bondage (of course) Persuasion, Logan’s Run, Laughing Boy, A Slipping Down Life, Notes on a Scandal etc. I couldn’[t get into the Primrose Path book (I believe it was called February Hill). For the most part it’s better if I read a book that is attached to a movie than a book with no film adaptation. Since it’s been so difficult for me to enjoy fiction these last few years it’s helpful if I know I already like the story. I believe a Walk in Spring Rain has a book. I’ll look for it at the library! 4 months ago