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30 Before 30: Cinema Edition. The Final List.

17 Jan
Cover of "Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special ...

Cover of Citizen Kane (Two-Disc Special Edition)

Here it is. The final 30 Before 30 movie list, which I originally wrote about here. These are the 30 movies I plan to see before I turn 30 on January 5, 2012. Most of them are classics. All of them are movies I have never seen. And I have about 350 days to change that.

  1. The Graduate
  2. The Godfather
  3. The Godfather: Part II
  4. St. Elmo’s Fire
  5. The Color Purple
  6. The Shining
  7. Casablanca
  8. Citizen Kane
  9. The Exorcist
  10. It’s a Wonderful Life
  11. A Streetcar Named Desire
  12. Psycho
  13. Cool Hand Luke
  14. The Big Lebowski
  15. Amelie
  16. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
  17. City of God
  18. Memento
  19. Rebel without a Cause
  20. Rocky Horror Picture Show
  21. Sophie’s Choice
  22. Heat
  23. Goodfellas
  24. Singin’ in the Rain
  25. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  26. The Usual Suspects
  27. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  28. Terms of Endearment
  29. Love Story
  30. Annie Hall

Wish me luck! I’ll keep you posted on my progress.


30 Before 30: Cinema Edition

11 Jan

Three hundred fifty-nine days from now, I will be saying “Goodbye, twenties!” and “Hello, thirties!”

So to celebrate the last few days of my youth, I thought it would be fun to do a 30 before 30 list. However, since I have less than a year to do this and since I just started an 11 for 2011 list on January 1, I think I’m going to forgo the traditional skydiving, bungee-jumping, climb Mt. Everest hullabaloo and try something a little different. A little more low-key.

I’m making a list of 30 must-see movies to watch before I turn 30. As someone who comes from a somewhat disadvantaged background (You can read more about that here), one of the phrases I hear quite often (usually from my husband) is “What!?! You’ve never seen that movie!?!” There are a lot of classic (and cult classic) movies that I have never seen: The Godfather, The Shining, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Color Purple, Airplane!

Over the next 359 days, I hope to shorten that movies-not-watched list, and I want your input. I’ll be posting the list within the next week or two. What movies do you think I should add?


19 Jan

I went to see Cloverfield tonight. I don’t really know what to think about it, other than maybe I should have taken a Dramamine beforehand. I would say that I only suffer from mildish motion sickness, but after about 15 minutes of the horribly shaky video footage, I had a major headache and felt like I was going to hurl any minute. I still feel sick. That said, it was a pretty good movie, but I don’t know if it was worth the $20 spent or the nausea.

Before going into the movie, I already had a love/hate relationship with J. J. Abrams. I am a loyal LOST fan, but there are days, especially during that whole “tailie” storyline, when I want to strangle Mr. Abrams for asking more questions than he answers. In true Abrams fashion, that’s exactly what happens with this movie. In the end, I was left a little … unsatisfied. With all the buzz surrounding Cloverfield, I went into the theater with a lot of questions. And I left the theater with even more unanswered questions. Oh J. J., why must you torture your fans?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that the movie was bad. There were some positive aspects. First, the few glimpses that we did get of the “monster” were pretty satisfying. Granted, we have no idea what the thing is or where it came from, but it looks pretty cool and has some rather interesting characteristics. (I can only wish J. J. would do the same thing with the mysterious “black smoke” on the island.) There was also an underlying love story (I’m not going to say how that ends) for those people who aren’t that into suspense. One thing the movie did do well was suspense. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next. There were even times when I wasn’t quite sure what was happening at all.

So, to wrap it all up, I’m kind of ambivalent about Cloverfield at the moment. I’m not one of those people who is going to spend hours and hours on the Internet visiting viral sites to try and figure out the “broader concept” of the movie, so if I have to do that to get the full story, then Mr. Abrams has left me a little disappointed. However, if J. J. is planning on following in the footsteps of the Godzilla franchise and making more Cloverfield movies, then I might keep watching, hoping for some sort of resolution. I do, after all, still religiously follow LOST. I am putting my movie/television faith in J. J. Abrams and hoping his “master plot” does not disappoint.