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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.