100 years of movies

For over 30 years, I’ve watched films.  Devoured them in fact.  At an early age, I fell in love with movies from most eras.  While my diet consisted primarily of new releases, I would sneak in the occasional older title.  Alfred Hitchcock.  To Kill a Mockingbird.  James Bond.  Twelve Angry Men.  Akira Kurosawa.  Godzilla.

While I like older films, I found myself getting lazy.  Given the choice, I was watching the contemporary film over the classic.  It’s created a situation where the holes in my film knowledge have become chasms.  Something had to be done.

Hence, 100 Years of Movies.

I felt I needed to bring some discipline to my movie watching.  Otherwise, I’d forever be watching the latest releases.  I started in 1910 and began watching films from that year.  Then I moved on. 1911. 1912. And on and on.

The mission has changed and may change again. At first I watched three to five movies from each year.  It was not enough.  So now the average is closer to eight or ten.  Once I am in a year, I set up shop for a while.

How do I pick the movies?  Honestly, it’s a kind of alchemy.  Obviously, I seek out the classics, but the goal here is more than that.  I want to know what people were watching in any year.  So I’ll watch anything that strikes my fancy.  And that has led to some amazing discoveries.  Sometimes it’s a performance buried in a meh film.  Other times, I fall in love with something I’d never heard of (Fritz Lang’s Spiders films are fantastic).

If you have suggestions for a particular year, feel free to pass them along.  I can be reached at to100yearsofmovies@verizon.net.

In my other free time, I am a marathon runner and am approaching this project exactly like a race.  I’m here for the long haul.  Hope you enjoy reading.