Thursday, November 10, 2011

UPDATE - November 2011

I'm going to be away from the blog from now until probably Sunday night or Monday, so I figured I'd drop in and give you all a little update. I'll be watching some non-BOOK movies over the next few days, including working on a couple of reviews for my DVD review blog. This weekend, I'll be spending my movie watching time with my wife, as she's finally convinced me to check out the Twilight Saga. Keep your eyes on the DVD review blog and as always you can hear my opinions on anything, non-BOOK related, at the end of the month at recap time.

While I'm here, I figured I'd give you guys (and girls) a tentative schedule for the remainder of this 100 films. We're quickly approaching the halfway mark of this current 100 and when we get there, I'll be reviewing "The Shawshank Redemption". I intend for that movie to be watched at exactly the halfway mark of this 100 (or at 350 films watched).

At somewhere on or around 360 films watched, I'll be doing a four film tribute to Robert Wise, which will include: "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "West Side Story", "The Sound of Music" and "The Haunting".

At somewhere on or around 380 films watched, I'll be doing my tribute to Jean-Luc Godard with "Godard Week". That tribute will include all eight of Godard's films that are contained in the BOOK and they are: "Breathless", "My Life to Live", "Contempt", "Alphaville", "Pierrot le Fou", Masculine-Feminine", "Two or Three Things I Know About Her" and "Week End".

Also in the remainder of this set of 100 films, I'll be continuing my effort to make this set rife with films from the 1960s. 27 films have been selected, by yours truly, to round out my 60s project and I plan to stick to this schedule.

There are also 14 "open spots", which means that for the remainder of this 100, I'll have free range when it comes to certain choices - 14 to be exact.

So, to sum everything up, here's how the rest of this 100 will go:

*The Shawshank Redemption
*4 Robert Wise films
*8 Jean-Luc Godard films
*27 random films from the 60s
*14 open spots or totally random choices

Add that all up and you get 54, which is exactly what we need to hit 401 films watched and thus make my 4th TOP 20. I hope you'll join me as I continue my journey. As always, thank you to those who follow me, send me comments or even take a few moments to read something I've written. I'll see you next week folks!

November 10, 2011 12:41am


  1. Hey on November the 22 you should review JFK

  2. Good idea. However, if I don't get to it this year, there's always next year, because I'm sure I'll still be doing the project then.

  3. Hi..
    I've had a few looks at the Dvd review site..Feeling your efforts deserve a reply, I tried to.. but when I have to select a profile(like when I started here) demands URL numbers for strange sounding accounts I don't have or know about (or even understand what they are). You suggested I simply use 'annon' to send, but the Dvd review drop down dosn't offer that option. Suggestions?

  4. I'll certainly look into it for you Ray. But in the meantime, if anyone reading this has any ideas, feel free to offer them. Thanks

  5. Okay Ray, I figured it out. You should have no problem posting as "anonymous" on the DVD Review site now. Thanks for the comments, as always.

  6. Not Godard!!! Not Godard!!!! At least these are all his 1960's films.

    Assuming you are a little familiar with him. Do this:

    "Alphaville" and "Week End". Those are my favorite of the lot.

    Then "Breathless" (jump cuts and look for the Bob The Gambler reference among many others) and "Pierrot le Fou"

    "My Life to Live", "Masculine-Feminine" together. It's good that you have watched The Passion Of Joan Of Arc already since it will play an important role in My Life To Live.


    "Two or Three Things I Know About Her"

    I really hope you don't have to go beyond the 1970's with Godard. He goes from being a pretentious #$% who made good movies to just being a pretentious #$%. Good luck!

  7. Well, Michael, I'm not THAT familiar with Godard at all. I've seen "Breathless" once before and thought it was just OK. And no, I don't have to go beyond 1970. The ones I mention above are the only films of his from the book.

  8. Sorry, I saw Godard in your blog post last night and I saw red.

  9. Room for a very late addition?
    Michael.. Regretably, I'm finding myself so strongly agreeing, i had to add to a long dead debate. I hope you are still about to see it.
    It has taken me a long time.. and lots of other Godard films cropping up in other lists for me to decide.. sorry, i don't like him.. at least not the later stuff. Which, on reflection, means anything post 'Breathless'

    Ok, a bit unfair... 'Weekend'.. fair deal.., I will give you that one
    Oh dear.. that is a rather sweeping condemnation.
    The main reason for being so emphatic may be because I just ground my way through the unbearably awful 'Histoire(s) du Cinema' set


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