What would a three year anniversary post be without a round of "thank you's"? First and foremost, I need to thank my wife. It takes a lot of free time to watch 523 movies in three years and it takes a very understanding woman to allow me to do that. My wife has been nothing but supportive through this entire endeavor and without her I probably would have given up on this blog a long time ago. Thank you Ruthie, you're my rock and I'll always love you. Then there's the sixty-one of you guys who have clicked my "follow" button and taken that one moment to think about me and my writing and for that, I am forever grateful. To the people who have left comments on the blog, an even special-er thanks to you - every single one of them means the world to me and while I don't always take the time to comment back (I'm lazy like that) I DO appreciate them very much! (Ray, I hope you're well and your comments are missed).
A special thank you to Karen Burroughs Hannsberry who took time out of her busy schedule earlier this year to collaborate with me on "Seven Shadows Week" - a week's worth of film noir that I enjoyed promoting greatly. Karen, thank you for taking the time enjoy seven films with me.
I wasn't the most popular kid when I was younger. I didn't have a lot of friends at school and when I got home on Friday afternoon, I looked forward to nothing more than sitting in front of the television and oftentimes, my escape was a good movie. I can remember when my brother was in college and every weekend, when he'd return home for a couple days, we'd head to Pat's Discount or Video 99 (two local video stores) and rent two or three flicks (usually horror movies). Those were some great times. I can remember being so excited for my brother's visits, not only because I got to spend a couple of days with him, but because we, once again, got to make our weekly trip to the video store, turning over cellophane wrapped VHS cases and being hopeful that our choices were the right ones. I can remember my wife and I moving into our first apartment and not having cable for a couple of weeks and spending a lot of our days watching movies. In fact, the very first night I spent away from my childhood home and with my wife in our new apartment, was spent sitting on the floor, alphabetizing our movie collection. By the time we were finished, my home sickness had worn away and I was settled in. A lot of my favorite memories involve movies, which is why I'm happy to have a blog dedicated to furthering my knowledge of cinema and you can rest assured that I'll see this project to it's conclusion.
For my three year anniversary, I borrowed an idea from a fellow blogger friend of mine, Michael (Please check out his blog "I Shoot the Pictures" - he knows his stuff!). You guys know how much I love making lists and here's hoping you love reading them. I've compiled four separate lists below, for your viewing pleasure. Please be aware that all of these lists are UNRANKED and were thrown together in the last hour or so, but I'm very confident in the choices I've made. Also note that these lists were compiled using only the first 500 movies from THE BOOK and that nothing since "Paths of Glory" was considered for these lists.